Book and Author News

Book and Author News

Lots of news this month. First up, for those of you who weren’t aware, I just released two shorter stories under my own name, C.D. Watson: A Mutual Feeling, a SciFi Romance, and Intersections, a Fantasy Romance. Both of these were intended for my collection of Weird Romances (Romancing the Weird), but were so long, I decided to publish them on their own.  Any subscriber of either of my Lucy Varna newsletters had a chance to pick up a free…

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Dreaming of a Dark Christmas

Dreaming of a Dark Christmas

I’ve finally finished all four stories in my “secret” project, a collection of dark Christmas stories which will be published under each of my writing names, Lucy Varna, V.R. Cumming, Celia Roman, and C.D. Watson, one story per name. I conceived of this idea after stumbling across information on chapbooks, and had thought to produce four super short stories and have them published either individually or collectively as a chapbook. Now traditionally, chapbooks are rather small in size and length,…

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Book and Author News

Book and Author News

Not too much to report this month, but some interesting stuff nonetheless. The Contests, Giveaways, and Sales page has a new format. I’m going to try to keep this updated a little better, but here’s where you’ll find information on upcoming and ongoing events, other than new releases, which have been added to the right-hand side of the page.  Cemetery Hill, the third Sunshine Walkingstick novel, was released on 13 October. I’m happy to have this one out at long…

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Looking for America

Looking for America

I’m on my way home from a spontaneous road trip, embarked upon last week due to an itchy restlessness I couldn’t shake. I haven’t been on one of these in a while. The last one took me to the very same place I ended up in this time, along a very similar route, almost exactly one year ago. I tell people I’m a free spirit, but maybe traveling this journey twice in two years is the beginning of a routine,…

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The Pontiac Man

The Pontiac Man

I come from a family of many stories. When we can’t find one appropriate for a situation, we make one up on the spot. I tease my dad that he kissed the Blarney Stone one time too many, as good a reason as any as to why he’s such a great storyteller, but the truth is, some people have the gift of story and he’s one of them. One of his stories revolves around Pontiacs. Dad has been a fan…

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Book and Author News

Book and Author News

Lots of news this month, particularly concerning the Sunshine Walkingstick Series published under Celia Roman, one of my pen names. First up, the free stuff. I have three GoodReads giveaways going on right now, each ending on 30 August 2017. Three paperback copies of each title are up for grabs to US residents, so hop on over and enter: Greenwood Cove (Sunshine Walkingstick, Book 1) by Celia Roman; Alien Mine (The Pruxnae Series, Book 3) by Lucy Varna; and The…

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Rediscovering the Joy

Rediscovering the Joy

A few weeks ago, when it became clear that I was on the verge of (finally) finishing the first draft of Cemetery Hill (Sunshine Walkingstick, Book 3, by Celia Roman), I decided to re-read the Daughters of the People Series (Lucy Varna) in preparation for continuing work in that story world. The last series release was in August 2015 (Sanctuary, Book 5), and while I’ve been fiddling with developing the final three books in the series over the past two…

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How I Wrote My First Novel in Seven Weeks

How I Wrote My First Novel in Seven Weeks

Note: Most of this post was originally published in January 2014 on a now-defunct blog. My process hasn’t changed significantly since then, only now I have the experience to understand exactly how hard it is to write when I deviate too much from this process. Lessons learned! Yesterday*, I promised to share the techniques I used to plot and write my first novel, in the hopes of helping another would-be author who’s having similar problems. I didn’t expect for that…

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Book and Author News

Book and Author News

It’s been a crazy hectic month here. Lots going on, which translates to lots of book news, starting with brand new audiobooks. As promised, Rebecca Winder finished narrating “Death Omen” (the Sunshine Walkingstick short story available exclusively to newsletter subscribers) and it is absolutely awesome. Rebecca has a smooth, pleasant speaking voice and does an incredible job rendering Sunny’s deep woods accent. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the audio version to upload to my mailing list host. Until I decide what…

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The Mummy (2017) and Double Mumbo Jumbo

The Mummy (2017) and Double Mumbo Jumbo

We went to see The Mummy yesterday and, to no one’s surprise, three out of three people in our crowd disliked it, including the person who wanted to see it most. For me, the biggest fails came through the multiple times my suspension of disbelief was tested. As screenwriter Blake Snyder says in Save the Cat: The Last Book On Screenwriting That You’ll Ever Need, “…audiences will only accept one piece of magic per movie.” (Emphasis in the original.) There…

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