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Guess what?! I’m super excited. My grandmother’s neighbor was able to retrieve my progress on the second novel of the Colors That Bind  trilogy.Crimson Desire. I also have the word perfect disc so I can set that up on my computer (probably tomorrow) and start more progression on that series as time and muse permit. I’m pretty excited about that. I have so many ideas for the third book, however, that I’m going to have to slow myself down a little bit and make a meaningful, well rounded second book before I reach that point.

I may be biased, but I have to say the third book is going to be awesome!

Also on my facebook fan page I have reached 100 likes. To celebrate this I am doing a super cool giveaway where you can get one of these super cool prizes. A signed copy of the debut novel (due out in October) Amethyst Epiphany, a piece of my handmade jewelry, a photo print, a magazine or pamphlet with one of my poems in it signed on the page where my poem appears, or an autographed photo of yours truly. To enter the giveaway all you have to do is be a fan of my facebook page, it’s that simple. Go here for more details:   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Linda-M-Crate/129813357119547?sk=app_228910107186452&app_data.

I’m super excited to share my writing with you all, and I can’t wait to do book signings and all that fun stuff. I imagine it’s going to be very exhausting, but also very rewarding. I’m a shy person by nature, but I do like getting out and about sometimes. Not all the time, though, that would cut into writing time. 😉

I can’t wait for you all to get and know Calliope and all her crazy friends. It’s going to be an epic adventure. What are your favorite novel adventures thus far?

Unforgettable Characters

Well, this week I dropped off my old laptop at my grandmother’s neighbor. It is the computer Amethyst Epiphany and the first eight chapters of Crimson Betrayal (which I’m thinking of renaming Crimson Desire) on it. It’s a fairly old computer – I’ve had it since my college days and I graduated five years ago. I’m hoping that he can salvage my story from the computer that is far past kaput. I know it should be somewhere on the hardrive, so hopefully he can take the start of the sequel and put it on a flash drive or cd for me so I can upload it onto this computer and keep working on it. That would be ideal. 

No idea how long that will take. 

I’m fairly excited about Amethyst Epiphany. There’s still a lot of work to do marketing wise, but I’m confident I can do it. Just have to brace myself for unforeseen complications and come up with solutions to problems. 

But I know Calliope and company are more than ready to make their arrival into this world. I hope that you’ll all enjoy them as much as I do.

This story is very emotional driven and character driven with lots of magic and lessons along the way. I have so many ideas for the sequels that I hope that I get to work on them very soon. I have more ideas for the third book than the second, but I remind myself that I must finish the second first. 

It was funny when I was first working on this I hadn’t expected it to be a trilogy. But the characters have minds of their own and insisted their story could not be told in one book, and after writing the first book, I quite agree. I fell in love with each and everyone of them along the way. Even the villains hold a place in my heart, not as big a place as the heroes though, because evil people are icky. Ha ha.

Have you ever read stories of characters that just couldn’t leave you? What made them so unforgettable? 

Ponderings and Other Things

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my novel.

Amethyst Epiphany was so easy to write, but I’m having some problems with it’s sequel Crimson Betrayal. I actually have more ideas for the third novel than I do the second, so I’m hoping that issue is soon resolved. I hate it when my mind gets ahead of itself which happens quite often for me. My thoughts fly quicker than my fingers can possibly keep tempo.

I really quite like this series. I’m planning on it only being a trilogy, but who knows? I might end up making it into a four book series like Christopher Paolini did with his Inheritance series. Don’t know, only the future knows what it shall hold. I have so many novels in me waiting to be born that it’s hard to say what will happen.

I really love the faeries of my series so much. Each one has a unique look specific to them even if they resemble their parents closely because I feel people like snowflakes while all the same thing are individual and beautiful in their own, there’s some nuance and little quirk that makes them the person they are which makes them different than anyone else.Which is what I tried to convey in my creatures and characters.

Each faerie has typically two and sometimes even three colors in their wings, and their markings are widely varied. Some have typical shapes like moons and stars, while some of them have actual animals.

If you were a faerie in my realm, what do you think your wings colorization and markings would be?

Impatience

Chapter eight of Crimson Betrayal is nearly finished. Something I’m grateful for. I’m a little annoyed, though, because my computer ate part of that chapter so I’ll have to rewrite a bit of it. Yet the idea I had for it that got swallowed up is still etched in my head, so it will be all right. I will rewrite that and then I’ll be happy.

My coworker Nate was asking me a lot about Amethyst Epiphany last night. Without giving too much away I did tell him the general synopsis, and he said that he could already tell it was going to be awesome, and he promised to buy two copies. He said I had to sign them, though. That made me feel good, though, to know that even though I work a  crappy job that a lot of my coworkers plan on buying my book means a lot to me.

I can’t wait until it’s published. I will be happy dancing all over the place I’m sure. Haven’t started revisions yet, but I’m hoping that it’s nothing too drastic. We will see. All I know is that I’m happy it’s getting published. It just seemed like a distant dream that would never happen, but it’s happening! & I hope this only the beginning of good things to come.

It’s funny how I get the greatest ideas, sometimes, just by walking home from work. I’ve gotten some ideas for the second book of this series entitled Crimson Betrayal, but most of my ideas are flowing forth for the third and final novel of this series Emerald Restoration. I, however, have to tell myself constantly that I need to finish the second before I can go onto the third.

My muse is persistently resisting this, insisting I write the third then the second which makes no sense to me, at all. I usually say go where the inspiration flows, but I definitely think it’s a better idea to finish the second before starting the third.

Amethyst Epiphany is an universe I know I’m going to have a hard time letting go even after I finish the series. The characters and I have grown so close over the years, and I’ll probably end up writing short stories about the characters after the series is done.

I’m curious, though, as to what you would like to be or what you would be if you were part of a fantasy world? If you were a part of my universe which would you prefer to be: a lamia, a naga, an elf, a mermaid, a chimera, a siren, a faerie, a vampire, a dwarf, a druid, a nymph, or a sprite? And which one do you think you’d really be (based on personality, etc.)?

Ideas & Books