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Roses of Ash Trailer

Below is the trailer for my WIP, a sleeping beauty retelling called Roses of Ash:

I’m dedicating this weekend to working on Nameless, but wanted to get this ready to show you guys :-)

In other news, I made the trailer using iMovie, which is a big deal because… I made it on my new laptop!!! Chris and I’s three year anniversary is tomorrow, and he surprised me with an early gift on Thursday, to replace my old Macbook which had, ironically, died for the second time last week. I was like :O then :D.

I’m also working on making a vlog parody today… I’m going to be needing glitter and dragon figurines. Will post when finished.


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A Day In the Life: Talia

Recently Sarah J. Maas started off a new series at LTWF called ‘Why We’re Not As Cool As You Originally  Thought’ where she shows her life in comparison to her characters. I’ll be taking my turn at sharing a similar post in a few weeks and showing pictures from my daily life, but I wanted to do a mini-series here on the blog where I show you a day in the life of my characters, beginning with Talia from the sleeping beauty retelling.

This was super fun to do, and a great way to brainstorm if you don’t feel like doing any actual writing at the moment.
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Teaser Tuesday: Sleeping Beauty Excerpt!

If you watch me on Twitter then you might have seen me talk a lot lately about writing this first draft of Roses of Ash, my sleeping beauty retelling. Oddly enough, it’s going way better than I expected. I wrote 10k this weekend and am close to breaking 32k on the story itself. I will, of course, hope to end at around 80k but we’ll see. The ending keeps wanting to spin off into a trilogy, yikes!

Anyway, because I’m thrilled to death with the story and the characters I thought I’d share an excerpt from the beginning. For context, our main character is Talia (Sleeping Beauty), and this scene takes place just after she’s woken up with no memory of the past, and the servant with her, Soren, has explained what happened a hundred years ago. They’re about to venture out into the winter to try and escape the frozen kingdom.

This is also pretty much the first fight scene I’ve ever written.

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Sleeping Beauty story approved! And summary

A lot of my friends have a wide emotional range, and pass through the spectrum easily and frequently. I’m more of a slow-mover in that respect, but I got some news today that gave me the rare motivation to literally jump up and down and produce fangirl-like squeeing noises:

My agent approved the proposal for ROSES OF ASH, my sleeping beauty retelling, which means I now have full permission and encouragement to write it!!!

I’ve been so nervous for the past few days that my agent would want me to work on Soulmancer instead, when ideas for Roses have been flowing swiftly. The other night I couldn’t sleep because I kept coming up with plot idea after plot idea, and I took to writing in my journal again like I used to do when working on NAMELESS in high school.

Suffice to say, I’m having the best time, and am beyond thrilled that all this positive energy can be focused towards an approved project!

Here’s a short summary:

ROSES OF ASH is a YA fantasy, Sleeping Beauty retelling about a girl who wakes with no memory of who she is. She must figure out what happened to her a hundred years ago in order to save her land from a fairy using Earth as a staging ground for a war against Avalon. This goal is complicated by fairy politics and the fact that no one, not even her surviving family, will tell her the truth. Is she a princess, or isn’t she? Did she cause the 100-year-long curse of sleep, death, and endless winter, or did someone else? Is her former love a prince or a fraud, and is he alive, dead, or completely fictitious? Everyone has a reason to keep the secret of what really happened; enemies may be friends, friends my be enemies, and the MC must figure out who to trust if she wants to stay alive, let alone save the world.

Things I couldn’t neatly fit into the summary: There’s twist after twist after twist, a delicious love triangle (especially with the Forbidden character) and some awesome sword fighting. Can’t wait to paint you up some pics of the main characters.

This picture says a lot.

Chris has been a big influence in this story; several nights we stayed up late playing Tetris and world-building. The plot actually borrows from Charlie Wilson’s war in terms of fighting a war you can’t officially fight by using other people to do it for you.

Anyway, I was excited to share with you all, and look forward to working on it while I wait for Nameless edits!

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Famine and Feast

For three years I had failed writing ideas. They were great concepts, but I didn’t get that ‘feeling’. You know what I’m talking about. The feeling that this story is going places, that the road will reveal itself if you just start driving.

Then after my agent suggested I condense Antebellum down into one book, I had to seriously get over my writer’s block in order to generate new ideas for the stories. I realized what I’d been doing wrong (for three years!) and got back on track.

And then, after such a long famine, at a time when I needed to be focusing completely on Antbellum, I received the inspiration for not one, but two more novels:

The first, tentatively titled SOULMANCER is about a boy named Jorian with the power to manipulate life forces, and his human best friend, Annika. Jorian, is ‘confiscated’ by a society known as the Spaeren. Confiscation involves separating the soul from the body in a way that each survive, but the soul is cast into a terrible void until the body finally dies and releases the soul to the afterlife. However, Jorian is so close to Annika that instead of existing in a maddening void his soul attaches to hers and he clings to life in this way. Annika must go on an adventure to discover the lair of the Spaeren and somehow get Jorian’s body back so he can live again. Along the way, Annika starts to develop powers of her own, while Jorian slowly forgets what it’s like to be human, and when the reason for Jorian’s confiscation is revealed, Annika must choose between her best friend and the safety of the world. SOULMANCER is strongly influenced by Scandinavian fairytales, and I’m going to try and incorporate trolls and giants, and all sorts of fun things.

The second is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Talia wakes in an abandoned castle, surrounded by dessicated roses, and with no memory of who she is or how she got there. A young man in the room with her tells her that she’s been asleep for 100 years, following a terrible accident she was responsible for that killed her family, brought endless winter to the land, and cursed her to a century of sleep. Now that she’s awake, the land will begin to thaw, and she must go to the neighboring country to marry the prince, whose armies and gold can restore her country and protect it from the evil magical beings that have taken up inhabitance. However, Talia doesn’t feel like a princess, and certainly doesn’t have the personality for it. As they travel through lands infested with evil creatures and home to a few remaining peasants, Talia learns more about the history of her country, and ultimately the truth about who she is, and what really happened a hundred years ago. There’s going to be epic romance, betrayal, an immortal witch, and some sword-fighting ass-kicking. I’m thinking of retelling this story by alternating chapters, with one chapter taking place 100 years ago, and the next taking place 100 years later. There’s a twist ending, too!

So, I’m incredibly excited about both these ideas, but Antebellum has to come first now. I’ve completed Chapter 6 of 31 for the rewrite, so it’s moving right along. I just wanted to share my new ideas!

I also wanted to share the song that I can credit with inspiring both of these novels. This is Florence and the Machine’s BLINDING, and I listen to it on repeat every time I’m in my car, dreaming of these two new worlds I’ll get to work with soon: