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From Mia’s Desk: October 17th, 2016

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From Mia’s Desk will post the second week of each month and discuss something of interest to Mia, which she hopes others will find interesting too! It may focus on opinion pieces, literature (historical and current), or even movies–because a good story is a good story.

Release Day!

The next Adelheid story is, at long last, finally available! It’s the first in a series of seven short stories working on a loose theme. I explain more in the book’s introduction, but suffice it to say, the first one is now available and the others will be coming every two weeks. There will be pre-orders available!

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Apex (Adelheid #6)

There are certain things you don’t mess with.

You don’t tug on Superman’s cape. You don’t spit into the wind. You don’t play with preternatural genetics. And you don’t screw around with Dakota.

People seem to have forgotten that.

She’ll just have to remind them.

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The Adelheid Chronicle: October 10th, 2016

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The Adelheid Chronicle will post the first week of the month to discuss interesting facts about the series, the setting, its creation, about current and future releases, teasers, etc.,

Hunter’s Point

I’m happy to finally give you a little more information about the next series I’m planning to write, which will be a series of paranormal cozy mysteries. Think… Murder, She Wrote with vampires! How can that not be cool, right? I get to talk about it here, since while it’s not in the Adelheid series or city, it is in the same universe.

It will be primarily set in a city called Hunter’s Point, Maine, in the United States of post-Cameron’s Law existence. 🙂 I may have Adelheid characters make visits and cross-overs, which could be fun. The series will follow a narrator named Victora ‘Vic’ Morgan as part of a cast of character who, frankly, amuse me. I hope they’ll amuse you too!

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Other Side of the Pen: September 26th, 2016

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As a writer, as a freelance editor, as a reviewer… Well, sometimes Mia gets mouthy, and the fourth week of the month is when she’s gonna let you know just what she thinks!

I Wear Many Hats

Books and words are, almost literally, my life.

I’m an author who writes and publishes my own books. I edit, format, and create cover art for the books of others. I do “hobby” writing. I have a book review blog where I read books for others, and then I read books for pleasure.

The author and editor are the two most prominent, since the latter is my “day job” and the author still my “night job.” Since I do these things in addition to being a mother, and a wife, and maintaining a household, and dealing with chronic illness, the day job that helps pay the bills comes first. This often means that my own writing suffers.

Further, after spending a day working on other people’s books, it can be too much to want to work on my own.

It’s been difficult trying to find a balance between the two. Like most people, finding a way to pay the rent and live our dreams is a hard one. It’s one that I continue to struggle with, pretty much every day.

This is one of the reasons I created my Patreon account, to try to help afford a little weight to the scales and allow myself to write more. Otherwise, I soldier on.

Do other author-editors find this as much of a struggle as I do, I wonder.

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Nutmegs & the Charter Oak: September 19th, 2016

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Mia is from CT, and Adelheid is in CT…so, let’s talk about Connecticut!

Autumn!

I’m so excited that it’s rolling into autumn–officially starting in just three days!–that I’m running around squealing! Okay, not really, but pretty darn close. New England is BEAUTIFUL in the autumn! Drive down some of our lovely rural roads, and the trees look like they’re on fire…without the actual nastiness of being on fire. <3

From Mia’s Desk: September 12th, 2016

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From Mia’s Desk will post the second week of each month and discuss something of interest to Mia, which she hopes others will find interesting too! It may focus on opinion pieces, literature (historical and current), or even movies–because a good story is a good story.

Book Signings

I’m happy to announce that I’m going to be attending three book signings in 2017! I’ll be spreading the word more as we get closer, but if you are or will be in any of the areas, feel free to stop by and see me. 🙂

All About the Indies – Sharing a table with Diantha Jones
18 February 2017 in DC

A Royal Affair – Sharing a table with Diantha Jones
19-20 May 2017 in Winchester, VA

Books in Vacationland
14 October 2017 in Portland, ME

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The Adelheid Chronicle: September 5th, 2016

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The Adelheid Chronicle will post the first week of the month to discuss interesting facts about the series, the setting, its creation, about current and future releases, teasers, etc.,

Apex

As the next Adelheid book draws nearer, here is a quick taste of it…

Being liked is highly overrated.

There are people–certain people, a very few people–who I love, and I would put myself in front of a train for them. That does not, however, mean that I always like them, nor do I always want them to like me. Yet the world is obsessed with liking and being liked, and it’s just fucking overrated. You know what comes with being liked? Work. That’s what. And stress. And cooties, yes, I said it.

In my case my cheerful demeanor hasn’t given it away, my name is Dakota. I’m a bounty hunter that chases down the things that go bump in the night, or in the woods, or in the parking lot of the local supermarket. If there’s a supernatural beast making a nuisance of itself, I’m the one that gets hired to go hunt it down. Sometimes that “beast” is humanoid, like a vampire. Two legs, four legs, twelve legs, I don’t give a damn. Give me something to hunt, and I’m gone. That’s how it is and how I like it.

But it seems for a while now, people have been trying to make me be…nice, and social, and likeable. God, I hate it.

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Other Side of the Pen: August 22nd, 2016

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As a writer, as a freelance editor, as a reviewer… Well, sometimes Mia gets mouthy, and the fourth week of the month is when she’s gonna let you know just what she thinks!

Be Bold

While editing, and even in my own writing, I have seen a trend of “over-qualifying” one’s words. It is often unnecessary and, in fact, makes things needlessly wordy. Unless you’re writing in First Person about a character with that kind of personality, don’t do it. Be brave! Be bold!

Instead of saying: “He looked over at her,” say “He looked at her.”

Instead of saying: “She started to walk,” say “She walked.” (The exception to this is if the walking was interrupted immediately after beginning. If that’s not the case, then just let her do it!)

Instead of saying: “He headed toward the wall,” say “He headed to the wall.” (Unless you really mean he was heading in a vague direction.)

Try to avoid “sort of” or “kind of” in sentences, or at least use sparingly and replace with adverbs (though use those sparingly as well) instead.

Use active verbs instead of modifying words when you can. Instead of “ran quickly,” maybe he sprinted. Instead of “looked fixedly,” she stared.

Don’t “give a smile” just “smile.” So instead of, “He gave her a smile” be “He smiled at her.”

These are not hard and fast rules, but things to keep in mind. If you’re confident and bold in your writing, it was make for much cleaner, smoother, and more engaging reading. Don’t be timid!

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Nutmegs & the Charter Oak: August 15th, 2016

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Mia is from CT, and Adelheid is in CT…so, let’s talk about Connecticut!

Notable Nutmuggers

Did you know that Mark Twain moved to Hartford in 1871 and that he wrote many of his most famous works while living in the state? Topically noteworthy being A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. You can see the website and visit his house now! (As many elementary students on field trips still do!)

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From Mia’s Desk: August 8th, 2016

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From Mia’s Desk will post the second week of each month and discuss something of interest to Mia, which she hopes others will find interesting too! It may focus on opinion pieces, literature (historical and current), or even movies–because a good story is a good story.

Good Things in Ten Days!

Check out this teaser from the anthology, which comes out out August 18th–but you don’t have to wait to pre-order it, and have it delivered right to your reader as soon as it’s available!

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When the key witness in a high profile trial needs protection, “human taser” Special Agent Serafina Torres is put on protective detail. But when said witness is a vampire and those in the spotlight are anti-preternatural activists, how could it possibly go smoothly?

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The Adelheid Chronicle: August 1st, 2016

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The Adelheid Chronicle will post the first week of the month to discuss interesting facts about the series, the setting, its creation, about current and future releases, teasers, etc.,

A Hint at the Next Book

Any guesses what this might mean for the next Adelheid volume? (Aside from there being seven stories.)

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