• Announcements,  Books,  Cover Reveals,  Happy Dance,  Indie Author Life,  Novels,  Writing World

    Cover Reveal: Winter’s Siren!

    GUYS! LOL! First off, can I get some kudos on that banner? 😛 So, before I get to the cover, I wanted to chat a tiny bit about the process. 😀 With my last novel, I had one concept idea. Of course, I thought of one or two other things, but I didn’t like any of the mental images better than the one I went with. This time, I had several ideas! Well, I had four. 🙂 I gave my cover designer three, and she came back with the two she thought would be the most striking. What you’ll see below is concept number one. It’s the second concept I…

  • Mini Rants,  Novels

    On Covers & Romantic Plot Lines

    Let’s cut right to the chase: New Adult Romance. If I see another generic cover with some random brown-haired guy almost kissing some random girl (of any hair color, but to be honest, they all look the same)…well, there is no good way to end this sentence. I’ve read a LOT of historical romance, folks. And I don’t have a single book on my shelf that has people canoodling each other on the (front) cover. Definitely, sometimes, on the inside cover, but not the front. Because I won’t pick up books like that. Because it gets OLD. I see a lot of covers sometimes, and I really can’t be sure if the…

  • Editing,  Novels,  Writing Journey

    Discord, My Love ^_^

    As is tradition here on The Narcissistic Rose, whenever I move another project to the finished pile, I like to reflect on it and what I learned while I was writing it. ^_^ Reflection Happy **Amazing things can happen when you trust yourself and the characters to tell the story. **I’ve learned to embrace my half-panster nature. I don’t have everything figured out before I start, and that’s okay. **Don’t skimp on the sleep and still expect to be able to write the next day. If I stay up to finish a chapter one night, I’m pretty much no freaking good the next day. Complications & Solutions So, some of…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Fun,  Novels,  Story Graveyard,  Story Vault,  Vampires

    On Loglines & Taglines

    I think there’s value in being able to summarize your stories in as few words as possible. It really helps you identify the heart of your story and this comes in handy when writing blurbs or queries. I actually read somewhere a time or two that if you can’t summarize your novel in one sentence, you might have a problem. While I think that’s a little dramatic, I have found it to be true. In the past, the stories I couldn’t summarize in one sentence had a lot of wrong going on with them. So, I thought it’d be fun to collect a few novels I’ve written (and I few…

  • Novels

    Chains of Destiny

    Confession: I queried this story again. Next week I’ll talk more about why and what’s happening. But today I want to highlight novel number 13 Chains of Destiny, before it joins Stone of Darkness on my shelf of completed novels as only the second novel ever to avoid the dreaded story drafts folder, also known as, the story graveyard, where crap goes to die.It took me 4 months to write the first draft. I realize that’s not turtle speed, especially considering I started over from scratch halfway through. But I usually finish stuff in about 8 weeks, 10 if I waste time freaking out about it, which is most times.…