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Planning ahead

Written for the daynight Second Chances Blog Tour: What a weird feeling. I started daynight over 3 years ago. I spent more than 6 months writing, and way more than 6 months doing edits and rewrites. For months at a time I let it sit on the “virtual shelf” while I attended to my family and waited for inspiration to hit. Since publishing last November, I’ve promoted it around the clock—doing author interviews, guest posts, blog tours, book blasts, read to reviews, submitting for professional reviews and awards, freebies, giveaways, free promotions, paid promotions and more. It’s been exhausting and exhilarating. …

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Submit or fight: Dystopian Survival 101

Written for the daynight Second Chances blog tour: You are thrust into a dystopian society. What do you do? Do you submit to the regime or fight to the death? In daynight the different characters react differently. Kira and Ethan are at least outwardly submissive—they don’t want to die. Blake has been trained from his youth to fight the establishment. He’s prepared to die for the cause. ForeWord Clarion Review said this of daynight: “The author is adept at creating situations in which the bravest thing the protagonists can do is acquiesce to preserve their sanity. Such situations paint courage in …

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Escapism

Written for the daynight Second Chances blog tour: Escapism: an inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy. Sometimes I feel like I’m in school working towards my Masters in Escapism. Last year was a very stressful year full of unfathomable drama. I read more than 600 books as a form of escape (and put together a world class weapons collection as a diversion, but let’s not dwell on that-which-embarrasses-some-of-my-kids-to-no-end). The same concept can apply to characters within a book and in daynight Kira is Queen of Escapism. Kira’s Escape to Thera On the day Kira takes the SCI …

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daynight’s controversy of Cleaving

Written for the daynight Second Chances blog tour: There’s nothing like starting the morning with a little controversy, so let’s get a couple important things out of the way: – So what is Cleaving? Cleaving is an extreme enforcement of morality.  – Did I purposely pick a controversial, dark subject to drive daynight’s dystopia? Yes. Dystopias are about extremes.  – Am I apologetic for it? No :). That said, I understand it will make some people uncomfortable—as any extreme condition would. In Garden City, Thera (the main setting for daynight), anyone who reaches the age of 18 (without having previously Cleaved), …

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Character Backgrounds for daynight

Written for the daynight Second Chances blog tour: daynight is told from three points of view. I didn’t set out with the goal of having a major love triangle. One of my biggest pet peeves is lopsided love triangles—the kind where one of the guys seems forced into the equation. So I definitely didn’t want one of those. Here I needed all three characters to fully tell the story. Kira’s entering the world of the SCI blind—she wants to escape bad memories at home and get a full ride college scholarship in the deal. Ethan’s been groomed his whole life to be …

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World building: Thera

Written for the daynight Second Chances blog tour: The idea for Thera came to me as I was hiking the canyons of San Diego on a particularly hot day. I ruminated about what it would be like to live in a place so hot that days and nights had to be switched. From there, I thought, what if everything was switched? Thera quickly became the inverse of Earth and the SCI became the apropos “ruler of the night.” When creating a new world there are so many things that have to be thought through: name, citizens, geography, climate, history, technology, culture, …

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The Second Chance Institute (daynight’s dystopia)

Written for the daynight Second Chances blog tour: True story: I have lots of recurring dreams about procrastination. You know the ones where you show up for your final and realize you skipped every class that semester? That’s what I’m feeling like today. I got my assignments when I signed up for the blog tour months ago and waited until the day of the final to get them done. I’ve been a little busy. I swear I didn’t mean to skip class ;). Thankfully I got Brad Darcton, a member of the ruling Ten of the SCI to help me out. …

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clean slate complex (a daynight story) released! FREE on Smashwords!

Get it on Smashwords for FREE through 5/8. Get it on Amazon (99 cents, though I am hoping they will price match soon). ~50 pages/23.3K words Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Worldwide non-profit and do-gooder organization. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Life(TM). Reality: hidden behind every kind act is a dark agenda designed to gain control and force societal and moral extremes. Currently, the SCI’s pushing Project Liberate, a program to woo the poor and downtrodden into their Clean Slate Complexes—where “everything is provided” from jobs to food, shelter, clothing, and education. Unfortunately, as with …

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Deleted chapter from daynight :)

For every 25 reviews posted on Amazon I do an extra for daynight or a teaser for arbitrate. I asked readers what they wanted and they wanted a deleted chapter. Context … I am OCD about editing. I wrote daynight a couple years ago and sent it out for beta reading and got great feedback. But I still wasn’t happy with it. One major problem was that it took too long for Kira to get to Thera. I had started with the party and then covered everything that happened until Kira signed the dotted line with the SCI and left to be a …

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The importance of being edited

The editing process has been on my mind lately, both because I’ve been spending a lot of time editing … and reading things that maybe skipped a few (or all) steps in the editing process. I also have an AWESOME new professional editor who is helping me get up to speed on current standards (let’s just say I might have had a teacher and professor or two who drilled some incorrect concepts into me—but hey, I’m adaptable). On the reading front… for fun or research or out of curiosity or whatever… I decided to read a bunch of the “top …

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