• Anniversary,  Excerpt,  Story Graveyard,  Story Vault

    Blast from the Past

    As part of my celebrations for the 16 year anniversary of my first completed novel attempt, I’ve sifted through the vault and decided to embarrass myself by posting an excerpt for your amusement. Introducing novel number 5 – Played for a Fool. ^_^ (circa May 2001 – Genre: YA Fantasy with a supernatural or paranormal bend, depending on how you view vampires. POV: 3rd omniscient with one MC and a secondary POV.) Novel numbers 1 & 2 were not in the running as they are so bad, they’re not even buried with the rest. I was very tempted to go with the first novel I queried (number 8), but I…

  • Anniversary,  Books

    Celebrating 16 Years: Ode to L.J. Smith

    Drum roll, please! It’s July! And this summer marks the 16 year anniversary of my first ever completed novel attempt! I’m celebrating it all month long and I’d like to kick off the celebrations by dedicating this post to L.J. Smith (aka Lisa Jane) aka the author who inspired me to try my hand at fantasy. I first read a book by this author in the 8th grade. I had recently finished my first novel and as you can imagine…awful is an understatement. I’ll skip the formatting woes (like start a new paragraph much) and just say it was too short and I apparently couldn’t punctuate a sentence to save…