Just back from the excitement of the James River Writers Conference. There were a ton of terrific speakers and I learned a lot. I came away with a huge to do list. One of those things is putting myself out in the world in more than just print.
In a perfect world, we introverts would just do terrific work and people would flock to it because it's terrific. That's not really how the world works. We/I have step outside our little bubble and actually tell people what we're doing. With that in mind, I recorded this video on Friday. Unfortunately, due to the vagaries of hotel WIFI, I wasn't able to upload it until I got home. So, it's a couple of days old, but still just as relevant.
Are you an Outlander fan? Have you worn out your copies of the books through rereading them? Did you loan them to a friend never to see them again? Did you fall in love with the show and now want to read the books during the crazy long midseason break? Well, now you can win the whole series!
This week I tackled The Angry Woman Suite. In this rich complex story three different characters give three perspectives on the dysfunction within the Grayson family that spans generations. When Francis is a little boy he lives with his mother and aunts in the family home. But all is not well. The house is full of tension between the women living there that Francis as a little boy has trouble understanding. As he grows up he attracts the attention of his teacher and local historian Aidan, who helps Francis find freedom and comfort in music. Francis escapes his family through music building a career travelling and playing until he meets and marries the mother of Elyse. This little girl gives the final view on the Grayson family troubles and resolution, of as close to it as they're likely to get.
This week I rode on the emotional roller coaster that is Nina Bruhns's Warrior's Bride. Rini Herelius is recovering emotionally abusive relationships with her former fiance and her mother. While attending a Native American Powow she meets and has a fling with a nameless warrior/dancer. They both think it might be the start of something more, but one misunderstanding leads the already heart-sore Rini to take off without even learning his name.
Coleton Lonetree is a handsome, successful lawyer who just wants to find a woman he can count on. After being given up for adoption and being deserted by his first wife after less than twenty-four hours Coleton seems to expect the worst from every romantic relationship.
I just wanted to mention a few updates on how things are going.
Last week I released a brand new short story in the Once and Future Series. I intend for this story to be free for everyone. I am still waiting for Amazon to price match it, however it is already free on BN.com, KoboBooks and Smashwords. Here is a description.
Jessica or Jesse makes her living as a Death Replacement Agent thanks to a genetic variation that makes her a Necronite, someone whose body can restart itself after dying. So she acts as a kind of death magnet when accidents happen she can step in and die on behalf of someone, then reboot herself after a brief down period. But one day a "client" tries to kill Jesse permanently. In trying to figure out why, Jesse uncovers a rat's nest of conflicts and conspiracies within the agency she works for and various other authorities. On top of that she's trying to manage a personal life including friends, a lover and someone who is somewhere in between.