Writing hours in July

I’m always amazed on how fast another month has gone by and it’s time to update my monthly writing hours. In July, I worked mostly on True Nature, which is with the content editor right now. If her feedback is as demanding as it was for Second Nature, there’ll be two or three more months of hard work ahead of me before the manuscript is ready for copy editing. But I know it’s worth it. I edited a novella titled Rich Girl, whose author patiently hung in there with me, successfully making it through several editing passes. I also participated …

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Book giveaway — 2 signed copies of Beyond the Trail

I’m in a pretty good mood today—my shape-shifter short story collection, Natural Family Disasters, is out and selling well, I sent off my novel True Nature to the content editor yesterday, and my new website should be up soon.  To celebrate all of that, I thought I would give away two free signed paperback copies of my other anthology, Beyond the Trail. Beyond the Trail includes six short stories that give us glimpses into the lives of Luke, Nora, and the other characters from Backwards to Oregon. The Blue Hour: When her mother dies, twelve-year-old Lucinda Hamilton decides to start …

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Natural Family Disasters is available!

I’m happy to announce that my shape-shifter short story collection, Natural Family Disasters, has just been published. The two main characters of this anthology, Jorie Price and Griffin Westmore, first met in my novel Second Nature. The events in Second Nature took them on a wild chase from a tiny town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to an off-the-books poker game in Detroit and then into the council chamber of the most powerful shape-shifters in Boise, Idaho. Running for their lives didn’t leave Jorie and Griffin much time to enjoy their families’ company or to share romantic moments. This anthology gives them …

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Femslash Con – today!

Yesterday, the online community celebrated the 6th International Day of Femslash. For those of you who have never heard of it: Femslash is fanfiction featuring relationships between two women (who, most often, are straight in the canon universe of the TV show/movie). They always hold an online FemSlash con on the nearest weekend, discussing various fandoms, pairings, and writing-related topics. That convention is taking place this weekend, and I’ve been asked to be a panelist on the original fiction panel, which is today. The other panelists will be Shira Glassman and Zelma Blitzreiter. Here’s a synopsis of the panel: Writing …

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Second Nature is out!

After months of revising, rewriting, tightening, hair-pulling, and editing, the second edition of Second Nature has finally been published. While my first republished novel, Backwards to Oregon, has mainly just been cleaned up and improved on a sentence level, Second Nature underwent major revisions. And when I say “major,” I do mean MAJOR. I tightened the beginning considerably, because it was dragging a little in the first edition, but extended the ending so that readers could enjoy the romance between Griffin and Jorie more fully. I wrote a handful of new scenes—including a new opening scene for Griffin—and completely changed …

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Writing hours in June

I spent most of June with my shape-shifters. Fictional ones, of course. I finished the last revisions of Second Nature, wrote a new short story for Natural Family Disasters (a shape-shifter anthology), and started revising True Nature, the sequel or rather spin-off to Second Nature. I put that manuscript aside when I had the idea for a short story in summer 2011… One year later, that short story had turned into a full-blown novel titled Something in the Wine. So it’s been two years since I last looked at True Nature and can now take a more objective look at …

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The Morning After

Just in time for the beginning of summer here in Germany, my publisher released my short story The Morning After as a single. It has been previously published in the anthology Connected Hearts, but we thought we’d make it available to readers who don’t want to buy the whole anthology. The story has about 10,300 words, so it’s not too short. The cover makes me want a Piña Colada and a loooong vacation at the beach :-) Here’s a short description of the story: After a friend sets her up on a blind date from hell, Amanda has enough of …

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Walking the Labyrinth

Many years ago, long before I first started writing in English, I read Coming Home by Lois Cloarec Hart. It was actually one of the first lesbian romances I read. To this day, it’s still one of my favorites. I was so impressed by this heart-felt novel that I sent Lois an e-mail, practically begging her for a sequel or maybe a “spin-off” featuring my two favorite minor characters, Dana and Lee. This year, I was honored to have Lois as a fellow Ylva author and even more honored to edit her newest book, Walking the Labyrinth, a novel that …

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Writing hours in May

Another month is over–and what a month it was! I spent a lot of time revising Second Nature, which will be published in July. I’m almost finished with the novel now. In the evenings, I got started on the research for a historical fiction novel taking place in San Francisco in 1906. That’s my idea of a relaxing evening ;-) Here are the numbers for May:   Writing Editing Research January 46 hours 14 hours — February 44 hours 19 hours — March 82 hours 15 hours — April 71 hours 4 hours — May 105 hours 5 hours 25 …

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Join me on Facebook

I’m finally on Facebook. On my fanpage, I’ll post updates on my latest writing projects and other interesting news. I already have my shiny new banner up on my Facebook page, so head over there and check it out. Here’s the link: http://www.facebook.com/JaeAuthor Have a nice week everyone!