Writing hours in May 2016

Shaken to the CoreLet me share the most exciting news first: My lesbian historical romance Shaken to the Core has been published today!

I counted, and it’s novel #13 for me (Good thing I’m not superstitious). You’d think it would get old, but it doesn’t. I’m still as excited to see my new book out as if it were the very first. So, if you read it, let me know what you think.

Right now, it’s available at the Ylva Publishing web store and as a pre-order at all major online bookstores, including Amazon, where it’ll be released on June 15.

May was a great month, with a four-day trip to Cologne, including the yummy chocolate museum.

I still managed to get a lot of writing done. I’m having fun with my contemporary romance Heart Trouble, and I think my beta readers really like it. One of them recently made me laugh when she commented:

This, my dear, is a compelling tale.  I can already guess what will come up in the reviews: couldn’t put it down, spellbound, mesmerized, charmed, hot, sizzling, etc.  Enough adjectives to play review bingo.

Review bingo :-)

I’m about 87,000 words into the story, with about eight or so scenes left to go. So I might actually end up with the 100,000 words I set out to write.

I also got my edits for the German version of Just Physical (“Affäre bis Drehschluss“), which will be out in September.

I’ve also spent some time working on another writer’s guide–this one on point of view. I’ll use some of the material for a workshop I’ll be holding in Greece at Lesvos Lesfic next week. I can’t wait to see Lesvos, meet some of my fellow Ylva authors and staff, and talk books all day.

So, let’s take a look at my working hours in May:

 Fiction Writing EditingResearchNonfiction WritingMarketing & AdministrationTOTAL
2016 - TOTAL561 hours361 hours188 hours126 hours72 hours1,308 hours
January100 hours66 hours24 hours46 hours15 hours251 hours
February144 hours74 hours43 hours1 hour19 hours281 hours
March65 hours80 hours95 hours---13 hours253 hours
April116 hours87 hours26 hours---11 hours240 hours
May136 hours54 hours---79 hours14 hours283 hours

Check back later this month for pictures from the Lesvos Lesfic event!


Writing hours in April 2016

May has started, and I’m about to leave for a 4-day mini trip to Cologne to see a musical with my sister and a friend. But before I travel, I wanted to let you know what I’ve been up to in April.

heart-799138_640The most exciting thing is that I’ve started writing the first draft of my new novel, Heart Trouble. It’s a really unusual novel–a contemporary romance in a medical setting (an emergency department), but it also has a paranormal twist. No vampires or shape-shifters, but… well, I guess you’ll have to wait and see.

I’m about 45,000 words into the story, so I might be about halfway through. Hard to tell, but what I can tell you is that I’m having a lot of fun with this novel.

In other good news, I did the final proofread on my upcoming historical romance Shaken to the Core. All looks good, so it’ll be just a few more weeks until the novel is published.

On the editing front, I edited several of the short stories for our “book people” anthology, Finding Ms. Write, for which I also contributed a short story. I also had the pleasure of working with fellow Ylva Publishing author Catherine Lane on her upcoming lesbian romance Public Domain.

So, let’s take a look at my working hours in April:

 Fiction Writing EditingResearchNonfiction WritingMarketing & AdministrationTOTAL
2016 - TOTAL425 hours307 hours188 hours47 hours58 hours1,025 hours
January100 hours66 hours24 hours46 hours15 hours251 hours
February144 hours74 hours43 hours1 hour19 hours281 hours
March65 hours80 hours95 hours---13 hours253 hours
April116 hours87 hours26 hours---11 hours240 hours

Check back at the beginning of June, when I’ll be getting ready for another trip–the Lesvos Lesfic book event in Greece.


Writing hours in March 2016

It’s April 1–April Fools’ Day! But don’t worry; I’m not going to fool you. I’m just reporting in with what I’ve been up to in March. :-)

Shaken to the CoreI’m very happy to say that I just sent the final, edited and revised version of my upcoming historical romance Shaken to the Core off to my publisher. My editor really liked it, so I hope my readers will too. The novel now also has a cover, which I really like. What do you think?

Other than some last revisions for Shaken, I worked on finishing the translation of Just Physical in March.

I also translated my short story “Sex Sells” into German. The German version is available for free here. My English-speaking readers will have to wait until it will be published as part of the Finding Ms. Write anthology.

For the most part, though, I spent March doing research for my next novel, a contemporary romance titled Heart Trouble. I’m hoping to start writing the first draft this weekend.

So, let’s take a look at my working hours in March:

 Fiction Writing EditingResearchNonfiction WritingMarketing & AdministrationTOTAL
2016 - TOTAL309 hours220 hours162 hours47 hours47 hours785 hours
January100 hours66 hours24 hours46 hours15 hours251 hours
February144 hours74 hours43 hours1 hour19 hours281 hours
March65 hours80 hours95 hours---13 hours253 hours

Check back at the beginning of April for news on how the writing of Heart Trouble is going.

Have a nice weekend, and don’t let anyone fool you today!


Writing hours in February 2016

Even though February had one day more than usual, the month is over.

And boy, it’s been a busy month!

I’m very happy to say that I wrapped up my historical romance Shaken to the Core. It ended up at 126,000 words, which I think is a perfect length that will satisfy my readers and not make my publisher want to jump out of a window. All that remains to be done is the copy editing and proofreading.

Other than last-minute revisions for Shaken, I have worked mostly on the translation of Just Physical last month. The German title, Affäre bis Drehschluss, roughly translates to “fling until filming ends.” A direct translation of titles rarely works.

I also wrote a short story for Ylva Publishing’s upcoming “book people” anthology, Finding Ms. Write. I really had fun with my contribution, titled “Sex Sells.” Here’s the blurb:

Lesbian mystery writer Mara McKinney has had a crush on her editor, Hayley, for ages, even though the two have never met face-to-face. When Hayley calls her to suggest she introduce more romance into her novels, this might be Mara’s chance to work on her own happy ending.

I also spent some time doing research for my next novel, a contemporary romance titled Heart Trouble. I guess you could call it a medial romance with a twist.

On the editing front, I’ve been working not just on the Finding Ms. Write anthology, which I am co-editing with Jove Belle, but also on a new romance by Catherine Lane and a dystopian novel by May Dawney.

So, let’s take a look at my working hours in February:

 Fiction Writing EditingResearchNonfiction WritingMarketing & AdministrationTOTAL
2016 - TOTAL244 hours140 hours67 hours47 hours34 hours532 hours
January100 hours66 hours24 hours46 hours15 hours251 hours
February144 hours74 hours43 hours1 hour19 hours281 hours

Check back at the beginning of April, when I hope to start writing the first draft of Heart Trouble.

Have a nice week!


The winner of my lesbian romance “Just Physical”

lamb-502557_640Wow. I have to say, my in-box was really full over the last couple of days. Thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway to win a signed copy of my newest lesbian romance novel, Just Physical.

The correct answer to the question (what song did Jill hum to distract herself while Crash helped her out of the stunt harness) was: “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

I just drew the winner.

Her name is Carola, and it seems she’s from the Netherlands, so a fellow European.

Carola, I’ll contact you via e-mail.

Everyone else, please check back regularly for more giveaways. I’m giving away at least one copy of all of my newly published books. Of course, you could also sign up to my newsletter/blog so you won’t miss a giveaway. Just enter your e-mail address into the sign-up box to the right and click “subscribe.” I won’t be spamming you; I promise.

Book giveaway on Oscar night

hollywood-117589_640Today’s the day—the Academy Awards a.k.a. Oscars will be presented tonight.

I have to admit that I haven’t closely followed the nominations (I guess I was too busy writing!), but I agree with what many people are saying: there’s a definite lack of diversity in the nominations. Hollywood focuses too much on white, straight actors/actresses, directors, and writers, while artists of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, and other minorities are underrepresented.

Well, the main character of my latest Hollywood novel, Just Physical, checks two minority boxes—three, if you count being a woman. Jill Corrigan is an out lesbian, and she’s also an actress with MS, multiple sclerosis. The disease makes working on the set of a historical disaster movie difficult, and it’s also the reason why she wants to stay away from relationships…that is, until she meets her new stunt double, Kristine “Crash” Patterson.

Just Physical coverInstead of handing out Oscars, I want to give away a signed copy of Just Physical.

All you have to do to be entered into the drawing is to answer a question and send me an e-mail with your answer:

What song does Jill hum while Crash is helping her take off the stunt harness?

If you haven’t read the book yet, no problem. The answer can be found in this excerpt.

Important: Please send me an e-mail with your answer. Don’t leave a comment on this blog which mentions the answer!

The giveaway ends at noon (EST) on Tuesday. I’ll e-mail the winner then.

Have a nice Sunday, everyone!

The Slow-Burn Approach to Lesbian Romance

Blurred-Lines-300x200As a loyal follower of my blog, you know that I sometimes interview fellow authors of lesbian fiction. Today, in a variation of that, I’m hosting another author who guest blogs and tells us a little about her book and her approach to writing lesbian romances. 

If you are at times finding reading material by looking at the bestseller lists at Amazon, you might already be familiar with her–it’s KD Williamson, whose Cops and Docs romance Blurred Lines is the current #1 on that list. 

So, welcome to my blog, KD. Take it away! 

There is nothing wrong with hard and fast.

Yes…I went there. Now, let me narrow the focus a little bit and think about it in terms of lesbian romance.

First, let me thank fellow Ylva author…well, she’s more like an icon, Jae, for letting me hijack her blog for today. It is much appreciated!

Now, straight to the point.

lesbiansI like reading about immediate attraction just as much as the next woman. Who doesn’t appreciate the kind of sizzle that jumps out at you at the characters initial meeting? Who doesn’t like it when there’s so much chemistry the characters can’t fight it, and they find themselves wrapped up in each other within the first few chapters?

Instant gratification pure and simple. Yasss.


BUT. Let’s not forget about the slow burn.

The online urban dictionary has several meanings for this term, but in my opinion these are the best.

Slow Burnfire

  1. an attraction for someone that is not instant, but grows over time.
  2. the process of becoming attracted to someone over a period of time.
  3. Allowing an event or comment to simmer under your skin until you erupt

I love the idea of simmering just under the surface until the heat just gets to be too much. As a reader, it leaves me breathless. I want more. Hell, I crave it, and by the end there is a certain level of satisfaction that can’t be gleaned from…hard and fast.

Blurred Lines can be considered a slow burn romance. The evolution of the relationship between Detective Kelli McCabe and Dr. Nora Whitmore starts off on one end of the spectrum, builds to a smolder and transforms into a raging fire.

Sexy, yes? I’m not saying there aren’t bumps along the way. Some of them are even of their own making.

Here is a synopsis:

Kelli McCabe is a no nonsense detective with a tough exterior. Only a select few know her as a loyal, loving friend. Committed to her family, her friends, and her job, Kelli puts her needs behind everyone else’s.

As a surgeon, Nora Whitmore is used to being in control. The hospital is her life and leaves room for little else. Respected by her colleagues, but misunderstood by the residents, Nora takes what she needs and keeps everyone at arm’s length. In the process, she creates unexpected enemies.

Tragedy brings them together. As chaos grows around them, the lines between them begin to blur. Despite being from different worlds, friendship grows between them, turning quickly to attraction. Will these two strong, independent women find a way to deal with their individual baggage? Or will they be overcome by it?

If you’re interested…

The e-book is available at Ylva Publishing and on my Amazon Author Page. If you are a traditionalist, you can find the paperback there as well.

If you’re so inclined, you can follow me on my Blog, Facebook, Twitter and I can also be found on Goodreads.

Hope you enjoy!

Interview with fellow author Eve Francis

cover_Fragile_500x800The new Ylva Publishing releases have just been published, and one of them is Fragile by fellow lesbian fiction author Eve Francis. It’s a romance about families, new beginnings…and a book club!

But I think I’ll let Eve tell you more about her novel, so here she is:

How would you describe Fragile? What is it about?

Big question! When I’ve talked about this book to people in the past, I’ve gone right to the characters. Carly is a quiet, introvert who—if she had a choice—would do nothing but read books in her room. Her sister, Cynthia, is a fifteen-year-old kid obsessed with the film Whip It and Riot Grrrl music, constantly going rollerblading so she can one day try out and emulate her heroes from the film. Carly’s great aunt Dorothy is an old woman who has never had kids, always lived alone, and still remained true to herself while she got many science degrees and wrote poetry (which, she often co-writes with Carly). Then there’s Carly best friend, Landon, a female-to-male trans guy who is sensitive and kind, and also helps Cynthia by smuggling her Riot Grrrl zines from the queer library. All these people eventually lead to Ashley, the main love interest; she’s a fast-talking butch woman always cracking jokes who had to start her life all over again after an illness put a stop to her original career trajectory as a contractor. These five characters all interact, grow, and fall in love with one another as the story goes on, and I really liked writing this book because of their dynamic.

What sparked the idea for your book?

A few things. One of the main plots of the story revolves around the grand opening of a department discount store where the two main characters (Carly and Ashley) meet. I worked in one like that and often found myself day dreaming about characters while I was on cash and during my breaks. After I quit that job (because I was going back to school) it made me wonder what would have happened if I kept a character in that environment. What would happen to them? Would they be happy there? Everyone always told me I would never be happy in a job like that—and that I should, of course, quit and go back to school. While I’m glad I did (because I do like my teaching job now), I still wonder ‘what if?’ a lot of the time.

Often times with romance novels, we want a fantasy to be delivered. It’s why we focus on amazing jobs, good cars, and sexy people. But what if everything was ordinary—could we still derive a romantic fantasy out of it? Could a character still find a happy ending there? I think so, and I wanted to explore how that would come around. Not everyone can leave minimum wage jobs like that. But who’s to say that their lives aren’t the stuff of romance novels?

How did you come up with the title?

Fragile is fairly straightforward as far as titles go, but I really liked the tagline that Gill McKnight, my editor, came up with (sometimes you’re stronger than you think) because that summarizes the basic idea behind calling the story Fragile. The main characters—Carly, Ashley, Cynthia, Landon, and Dorothy—are all perceived as fragile beings who will break under the slightest touch. But they’re all strong characters, so when they do chose to be fragile with one another, it has so much more meaning.

Did you plot out the entire book before you started writing, or did you explore where the story would take you?

I have to have a majority of a book plotted before I dive in. Usually, that means writing out the basic chapter by chapter summaries, character sketches, and the final ending. Sometimes, as I write, I’ll realize that something in the planning stages no longer pans out and rewrite the plan as I’m going along. But for the most part, because of how many projects I often have going on at once, I need to have a plan in front of me before I can really do any kind of work.

What do you like about your main characters?

I’ve answered some of this already, so I’ll just focus on Carly. I really like her because in spite of being a “creative type” who writes poetry, she doesn’t long for fame or publicity. I’ve read so many novels where any writer characters often want to conquer everything and be #1—and screw anyone else who gets in their way. I don’t like that mentality. I think there’s room to strive for your goals, but I also think we need to stop putting so much emphasis on deriving our self-worth from the type of work we do, and how much we work (or overwork) ourselves. Carly writes poetry, but she doesn’t want to be the next Adrienne Rich, Elizabeth Bishop, or even Andrea Gibson. She just wants to have a simple life with someone she loves.

What are you currently reading?

I’m about to start the novel Trilby by George Du Maurier for one of my graduate classes. It’s about life in bohemian Paris in the 1850s, so I’m pretty excited to start—and even more excited to finish. This is one of the last classes I’ll have to take as a student and after that, I’ll focus on more work completing my PhD.

Before Trilby, I was reading a bunch of short fiction from Daily Science Fiction in between essay marking for students in the English class I’m teaching.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

It varies! This past week, I’ve been catching up on Orange Is The New Black since some of my graduate work derailed me from watching it all when it first came out. I’m in my first year of my PhD, and after my course work is done, I’ll be prepping for my area exams which involve reading a lot of different books. In some form or another, I suppose I’m either reading or writing! Always on a computer, or attached to my phone in some way, until my partner finally drags me away from screens!

Where do you write, and what is your writing process like?

I live in a two bedroom apartment with my partner, and we had an agreement when we got the place that I’d get the second bedroom as an office if we moved in. So I’ve taken over this small room, filling it up with books and comics and action figures, and put up a bunch of old band posters and art prints. I also have a couple stacks of milk crates by my desk, filled with contributor copies, article drafts, and other things. My computer is a fairly simple laptop, but I use it a lot (and currently, I have to use an attached keyboard because I’ve actually broken the keys on the one it came with from writing so much!).

My writing process is simple: I plot, write the draft as soon as I can and with as few distractions as possible, then it takes me at least three times as long to actually edit. I have to move much slower in editing, because that’s where I’ll catch typos, errors, or plot holes.

What was your favourite part about writing Fragile?

The characters! I think I’ve gushed enough about them, though, so I’ll also add: the music. Because Cynthia is so into the Riot Grrrl scene, I spent a lot of time in the editing stages of the manuscript going back and relistening to Bikini Kill, Sleater Kinney, Excuse 17, and The Sand Witches, among many others. There is a fantastic mix someone made on the platform 8tracks.com and I would listen to it nonstop while editing: https://8tracks.com/dannygirl22/riot4roy

Are you working on a new novel? What can your readers expect next?

Yes! I’m in the editing stages of a novel about two young women living in Brooklyn. One is a comic artist who is trying to get over her mother’s death, while the other one is a bass player in a band and attempting to connect to people again while still being on tour. It’s tentatively called The Open Window and I wrote it when I had time off during the spring semester.

How can your readers stay in touch with you?

I’m online a lot, and the best/easiest place to find me is my tumblr here: http://paintitback.tumblr.com/

This is a personal space, so I spend a lot of time discussing TV, reblogging things I like, and add occasional commentary about writing, school, or just random life stuff. If you just want info on books and only the occasional fandom post, then my website is probably better and can be found here: evefrancis.wordpress.com

I’ve never been good at any other social media outlet, so I’ll leave it at that.

Thanks for taking the time to talk about your new book, Eve! 

Readers, you can now get Fragile via the Ylva webstore or pre-order it on Amazon or other major online bookstores. If you’d like to read an excerpt, click here

Celebrating lesbian romance on Valentine’s Day

post-it-861870_640This month, Ylva Publishing and Bywater Books have teamed up to introduce you to a variety of lesbian writers and lesbian fiction novels from all genres.

If you have missed the previous stops on the blog hop, take a look at contributions from Jove Belle, Rachel Spangler, Cheryl Head, Gill McKnight, and Baxter Clare Trautman.

Today, I have the honor of getting to post on Valentine’s Day—and that’s very fitting since I’d like to tell you a little about Departure from the Script, the first book in my Hollywood series. The book not only begins on Valentine’s Day, it has also originally been written for a Valentine’s Day anthology.

Three years ago, I wrote a short story with the title “The Morning After.”

Its main characters, Amanda and Michelle, are an unlikely couple at first glance. Amanda is a wannabe actress who has never been attracted to a butch woman before, and Michelle is a photographer and—you guessed it—the epitome of butchness.

After Amanda suffers through the blind date from hell, she’s thoroughly fed up with romance. At an Anti-Valentine’s Day party, she has a few too many cocktails with the tell-tale name Mind Erasers. The next morning, she wakes up in Michelle’s bed with a hangover, not remembering a thing that might or might not have happened the night before.

That sounds like a fun read, doesn’t it?

Apparently, my readers thought so too, becausedeparture-from-the-script they encouraged me to write another short story about these characters. And when I say encouraged, I mean subtle and not-so-subtle threats and promises of lots of ice cream. Since I can never resist ice cream, I sat down and wrote another short story about these characters…which then grew into a novella…which in turn grew into a short novel. So, by now my readers probably owe me a bathtub full of ice cream.

Long story short (or is it short story long, in this case?), the book was published under the title Departure from the Script. By now, it has turned into an entire series of romance novels set in Hollywood, each book starring different main characters. The latest, Just Physical, has been published in December.

The original short story, “The Morning After,” is now available for free, so if you’d like to get—or give someone else—a little gift on Valentine’s Day, here’s a calorie-free option.

To spare you the searching, here are the links:

The Morning After (free short story)


Barnes & Noble

Ylva Webstore

Departure from the Script (novel)


Barnes & Noble

Ylva Webstore

Bella – where you can get Departure from the Script at 50% off just for today, Valentine’s Day!

Thanks for checking out my contribution to the Ylva & Bywater Blog Hop. Next up is Carol Rosenfeld, whose debut novel, The One That Got Away, has been published by Bywater last June. I haven’t read it yet, but the cover makes me think it has to be a really interesting read, so check out the book and Carol’s blog post tomorrow!

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

Interview with fellow author Caren J. Werlinger

Caren Werlinger & HermioneThose of you who follow my blog know that I regularly invite other writers to talk about their writing and their books on my blog. Today, I’m honored to interview Caren J. Werlinger, author of award-winning novels such as In This Small Spot and Looking Through Windows

I was the lucky person who got to edit two of Caren’s books, Turning for Home and Cast Me Gently. They are very different books, but I loved both; Turning for Home for its main character, Jules, and Cast Me Gently for the sweet love story that developed between Teresa and Ellie. 

But let’s see what Caren herself can tell us about her newest novel, Cast Me Gently



How would you describe Cast Me Gently? What is it about?

Cast Me Gently is a romance at heart. It’s the story of Teresa Benedetto, a thirty-four-year-old woman, still living at home with her family. She’s never allowed herself to think that she could fall in love, and she’s totally unprepared for just that when she meets Ellie Ryan. Ellie is all alone and longs for family and love more than anything. As Teresa and Ellie fall in love, Teresa has to figure out how to choose between her family and Ellie.


How is Cast Me Gently different from your previously published novels?

It’s not all that different, actually. The relationship between Teresa and Ellie is the heart of the story, but it weaves in themes of loyalty, friendship, duty to family—things I’ve explored in some of my other novels. All of those things that tug at us and pull us in different directions.


What made you decide to set your novel in Pittsburgh in 1980? Do you have a personal connection to that city or that era?

I lived in Pittsburgh in the early ’80s. I guess it made more of an impression on me than I had realized. Pittsburgh was facing a unique set of social issues during that era, with the closure of the steel mills. It made for an explosive mix of class conflict, crime, and homelessness. Those things serve as the background for this story.


How did you come up with the title for the book?

It’s from the Sarah McLachlan song “Answer.” There’s a line that says, “Cast me gently into morning, for the night has been unkind.” That line seemed written for Teresa and Ellie—each struggling with her own hardships, her own need to find love, yet doubting that she ever will.


What kind of research did you do for Cast Me Gently? Do you enjoy research, or is it a necessary evil?

I love doing research! I remembered a good bit from when I lived there, but I have pages and pages of details about Pittsburgh neighborhoods and the inclines and all kinds of things. I found old newspaper articles talking about Pittsburgh’s recession, which was roughly double the rest of the nation in terms of unemployment figures. Remember the TV show Hill Street Blues? That show was based on the Hill District of Pittsburgh.


What was the hardest thing about writing Cast Me Gently?

Remembering what it was like to fall in love for the first time. All the fear and uncertainty of wondering whether she feels the same, gathering the courage to do something about it, trying to learn how to be intimate with another woman when you’ve never done it before. I think I gave myself flashbacks to the trauma of those early experiences!


What was your favorite part about writing Cast Me Gently?

Remembering what it was like to fall in love for the first time! There is a wonder to that first time that’s never there again. I felt very much as if I were reliving that first time with Teresa and Ellie.


One of the things that sets your novels apart from other works of lesbian fiction is the use of flashbacks. In what ways do you think flashbacks can enrich a story?

It’s funny that my writing style has gravitated so much toward the use of flashbacks, but it has occurred to me that most stories start in the middle. If you think about it, the characters’ pasts—their growing up, their successes and failures, their fears—all of those things influence how they handle conflict, how they relate to the other characters they meet. You can’t really understand what they’re going through now if you don’t gain some insight into what came before. I hope readers feel as if the flashbacks are seamless glimpses into the characters’ pasts.


risingftashesfinalAre you working on a new novel? What can your readers expect next from you?

I’m working on a fantasy that I hope will turn into a trilogy. Set in Ireland about 700-800 A.D., about the time of the Viking invasions, it’s about a young girl whose village is pillaged, leaving her injured and orphaned. She is rescued and raised by a family of badgers, not realizing her ability to communicate with them is part of her magical power. When her power comes to the attention of others with magic, she is brought to a mystical forest. It’s not Hogwarts, but for her, she has to learn how to deal with humans as much as she has to learn how to channel and control her power.


How can your readers get in touch with you?

I can be found in several places:

Blog: https://cjwerlinger.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarenWerlingerAuthor

E-mail: cjwerlingerbooks@yahoo.com


Readers, has anyone read Cast Me Gently or one of Caren’s other books? What did you think? Please leave a comment.

P.S. Caren’s fantasy novel, Rising from the Ashes, has been published by now! Reviewers have called it a “first-rate literary fantasy with unique characters, a masterful plot, and beautiful writing.” Personally, I think it will appeal to both adults and young readers, so if you’re interested in fantasy novels at all, check it out. 

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