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Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto Cover Reveal

Hi everyone,

I wanted to share this gorgeous cover for Nicki Pau Preto’s upcoming novel, Heart of Flames! Isn’t it lovely? It is the sequel to Crown of Feathers. Check out the synopsis for this book below. Kekai Kotaki is the artist behind this amazing cover 🙂

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Synopsis from Goodreads

Veronyka, Tristan, and Sev must stop the advancing empire from destroying the Phoenix Riders in this fiery sequel to Crown of Feathers, which #1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake calls “absolutely unforgettable!”

You are a daughter of queens.

The world is balanced on the edge of a knife, and war is almost certain between the empire and the Phoenix Riders.

Like Nefyra before you, your life will be a trial by fire.

Veronyka finally got her wish to join the Riders, but while she’s supposed to be in training, all she really wants to do is fly out to defend the villages of Pyra from the advancing empire. Tristan has been promoted to Master Rider, but he has very different ideas about the best way to protect their people than his father, the commander. Sev has been sent to spy on the empire, but maintaining his cover may force him to fight on the wrong side of the war. And Veronyka’s sister, Val, is determined to regain the empire she lost—even if it means inciting the war herself.

Such is your inheritance. A name. A legacy. An empire in ruin.

As tensions reach a boiling point, the characters all find themselves drawn together into a fight that will shape the course of the empire—and determine the future of the Phoenix Riders. Each must decide how far they’re willing to go—and what they’re willing to lose in the process.

I pray you are able to pass through the flames.

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Can’t wait for this book 🙂 It releases in February 2020. I’m part of Nicki’s street team, First Riders. It’s been a blast connecting with fellow book lovers. ❤ Happy reading, everyone!

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Taking Time to Refill the Creative Well

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April 30th, 2019

Hi everyone! It’s been a long time since I blogged about my writing journey. I didn’t write a lot in April. I did, however, spend time planting flowers, walking on the beach, and reading books.

In April, I noticed I was starting to feel stressed out about my novels. The words weren’t coming. I felt like I was scribbling empty words. I would write a chapter and go back and delete it. I know some people suggest you have to write something down so you can revise it. This time felt different.

I needed a creative break.

I took time off from my seafaring project, THE LOST SAGES, and dabbled in another story world for a bit. I wrote snippets of dialogue and explored the setting. I heard back from my wonderful critique partners who read TLS. I have a pile of notes 🙂

Now that we’re on the cusp of May, I’m working on a plan for revisions. I don’t feel burned out but instead excited to dive back in. What do you do when you’re feeling drained?

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Hopewell Rocks, NB (little Maggie May in the corner, haha)

I enjoy going to the beach and walking. I especially love finding sea glass.

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Happy writing, friends ❤

Until next time,

Loie xo

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Rewriting and Querying Update

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February 21st

Hi friends, it’s been a while since I’ve written a personal post. I’ve had a lot of interviews, cover reveals, and reviews so I thought I’d change it up today.

Firstly, how is everyone doing 🙂 ? Have you had a good winter/summer season so far, wherever you might be?

I’m going to share about my writing journey today.

Rewriting

Right now, I’m rewriting my creepy Bluebeard retelling. You can find one version of the fairy tale here.

This was actually the first novel I ever attempted to write. I began it when I was 20 years old and living in Toronto. I went to a local cafe every day, dutifully putting in my hours, haha 🙂 I remember thinking to myself, if I don’t start writing, I’m never going to!

I decided to try my hand at a fairy tale retelling. That year I had been inspired by Marissa Meyer’s ingenious futuristic fairy tale, Cinder.

I began writing that story but came to a dead end at around 30,000 words. That fall, I started a story that would later become THE LOST SAGES, my seafaring fantasy I’m currently querying.

Alas, as I query THE LOST SAGES, I’ve decided to rewrite my Bluebeard story. It’s been so much fun to dive back into that world. I feel excited when I get to the computer. It’s a nice change and helps with the querying angst, hahah!

Querying

Querying isn’t easy. It can be discouraging and upsetting at times. I have to remind myself why I write. If I forget, I get caught up in striving and ruminating about finding an agent.

I’ve read many interviews, and a lot of authors say it only takes one yes 🙂 Don’t give up, friends! Remember why you write ❤ Also, make sure you research the publisher or agent you’re sending your manuscript to.

I hope you feel encouraged. We’ve got this! We can ALWAYS keep improving our craft.  We can work hard and write the best story possible. Find critique partners and swap novels or chapters.

Yesterday, as I reread a chapter from the middle of TLS, I grinned to myself. It read like a real book 😀 What a nice feeling and boost to keep going.

Have a good week. I’m going to return to regular blogging. I’d like to keep posting more calls for submissions and interviews with authors.

Let me know what you’re working on in the comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Loie xo

 

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The Artist’s Way

January 17th

Hi everyone! I am rereading Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way. In one month, I’ll write up another post about the workbook and exercises.

For those of you who don’t know about Julia’s book, stick around ❤

The Artist’s Way

This is a creative writing method separated into 12 weeks. Julia writes about what creativity is and how to harness it. She suggests you read one chapter a week. There are a series of exercises you should complete along the way 🙂

Morning Pages

Each day, write around three pages in a notebook. You don’t have to plan anything. Write whatever comes into your mind.
I picked up a notebook and reserved it for Morning Pages. I usually write these before I’m about to start work. I write down worries I have, bits of dialogue, or prayers. It’s a pure stream of consciousness.

Artist Date

Once a week, break your routine and take time for yourself. You might listen to music, go for a walk, explore ice caves or paint. Do something that allows you to relax and enjoy life.

Last weekend, I explored Cape Enrage. Wow! What a sight. Not only did I physically benefit from walking about, but I also came up with some new ideas for a short story.

I highly recommend both exercises.

Have Fun Writing

I hope you have a great rest of your week. In a month I’ll blog about my experience with The Artist’s Way.

What are you working on this month? I’d love to hear below ❤

Until next time,

Loie xo

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STORYSTORM and 85K Challenge

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January 1st

With a New Year comes new writing challenges and opportunities! I have to say, I love them all.

Today, I’m going to share about two opportunities I found out through friends: STORYSTORM and 85K90.

Keep reading to find out more!

STORYSTORM

What is STORYSTORM? How do you participate? It’s easy 🙂

  1. Register by January 7th.
  2. Read daily blog posts.
  3. Jot down story ideas.

By the end of January, if you have at least 30 new ideas, you can sign the STORYSTORM PLEDGE and possibly win some PRIZES! How awesome is that? Check out the first post here!

Shoutout to Jennifer Shelby for sharing this challenge on her blog ❤

85K

This challenge focuses on writing 85,000 words in 90 days. You have to commit to 1,000 words, every day, for three months. Some writers will write more in one day. The 90-day time frame gives writers time to catch up if another commitment interrupts them.

April is the first of three 30-Day editing months. This means you have a month in April to finish up your project before the editing phase that begins on May 1st.

Learn more here! Shout out to my friend, Rebecca, for sending me the link 🙂

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I hope you guys have a blast with these two challenges! I’m excited and have already written 1,000 words on a new project about a lace maker in the 1880’s 🙂 ❤

Until next time,

Loie xo

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Happy New Year

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December 31st

Hi friends,

Short post here for now. I just wanted to say I’m thankful for everyone I’ve met this year and whose supported me with writing.

Huge shout out to #WriteMentor’s creator, Stuart White and my two mentors Amber R. Duell and M. Dalto.

Stuart, thanks so much for your generosity and heart. This program is amazing and has helped so many writers already. I can only imagine what the future holds.

Amber and MB helped me so much! They both helped me edit and bring my YA fantasy novel to another level ❤ I learned a lot about writing and storytelling from them. Big hug to you both ❤

Thanks to my writing pals at Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada. I’m excited to get to know you all more this year. Also to my friends at Genre Writers of Atlantic Canada. Go Atlantic Canada, haha 🙂

I met some wonderful friends via writing websites and fan groups. Lots of love to you all. I hope 2019 is a year of inspiration, growth, and success for all of you ❤

Best wishes and Happy New Year!

Loie xo

 

 

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Flash Fiction: Santa’s Secret

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December 21st

I wrote this short story for the Weird Christmas flash fiction contest. I wanted to continue the story of my characters, Beira and the stag. You may have met them in The Winter Crone.

What happens to Beira and Alaor when they find Santa Claus? Who do they unexpectedly discover behind the fluffy beard :)?

Enjoy ❤

Santa’s Secret

The white stag hated Christmas lights.

It reminded him of the dreary Hallmark movies his mistress enjoyed so much. She wept and scratched her watering nose at every cheesy ending while he wondered when the filmmakers would hire a better writer.

His mistress begged to differ.

“What are you brooding about now, Alaor?”

Beira, the Winter Goddess, leaned towards him and draped an arm around his neck. “I can see that scowl from a mile away.”

“Why is he here?” Alaor asked. “Parading around as the jolly Santa Claus?”

Beira shrugged. “Your guess is as good as mine. I thought I got him for good. Maybe my Granny magic didn’t work.”

She sniggered to herself but Alaor shook his great head, upsetting a child carrying a tray of hot chocolates. He hardly regarded the spilled brown liquid or the tears in the boy’s eyes. Beira leaned down to help the little boy.

Alaor had greater matters on his mind.

Jolly St. Nick. The stag wanted to rush in and spear the bugger in the belly with his antlers.

If the children only knew who was really behind the mask.

Beira popped back up and flicked his ear gently. He didn’t look away from the imposter.  Her gaze softened as she regarded him a moment too long. “Stop worrying.”

“I’m not worrying,” he snapped before stalking forwards through the evergreen decorated gate.

Passersby’s exclaimed as they took in his majestic white coat and amber antlers. A little girl darted forwards, a dingy carrot in her hand.

“Beira,” he snarled, and she laughed in ringing booms before swooping down to catch the little girl’s arm.

“That’s so sweet of you but my friend doesn’t like carrots. He’s – um – allergic.”

Alaor snorted, streams of white clouds exiting his nostrils. Trying to feed him like a second-rate mule. He was the Winter Goddess’ protector.

“Hmph.”

Beira sunk her fingers into his fur and purred, “Don’t be so uptight. They think you’re pretty.”

Alaor choked and she nudged him forwards, grinning. “Come on. We need to go see Santa.”

He followed his Winter Goddess before stopping at once.

Santa sat on a scarlet velvet chair. However, behind the white beard and embarrassing red broadcloth, the Sun King glared at him and Beira.

“You tried to kill me,” he grunted.

Alaor raised an eyebrow at the Sun King and his ridiculous disguise.

“Least you managed to survive, Santa. I’ll make sure to pay a visit to the North Pole. Looks like you’re in my realm now,” Beira said sweetly.

The late Sun King gritted his teeth and Alaor stamped his hooves.

Winter reigned with fury.