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NaNoWriMo 2017 WON!

And that’s a wrap! . This was the first time I’d ever tried NaNoWriMo, and I just crossed the 50,000 word mark for November. Of course, 27,000 words were finishing up Misfortune of Time (because my muse can’t read a

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Editorial review for Legacy of Truth

A great new editorial review from San Francisco Review of Books!   “Richly detailed and well written, Legacy of Truth is a treat for fans of historical fiction.” “If they made history in school this interesting, everyone would pass with flying colors!”

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Call of the Morrigú is a Discovered Diamond!

A lovely new 5-star review of Call of the Morrigú by Kristen McQuinn at Discovering Diamonds  … This was, simply put, a remarkably fun read. Author Christy Nicholas weaves in mythology and history smoothly throughout the narrative. Readers are given glimpses

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Great new HNR review for Call of the Morrigú

A great new review by Thomas Howley of Call of the Morrigú is now live on the Historical Novel Society webpage! It’s 1798, a particularly tense time in always rebellious English-occupied Ireland. However, the troubles haven’t yet reached the country

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The Student and the Slave: an Adventure Novel with a Giveaway

Take a look at this exciting new young adult action and adventure novel, The Student and the Slave, now available for purchase! This is the third book in the Krillonian Chronicles, after The Collar and the Cavvarach and The Gladiator and the

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Legacy of Truth won an award!

Legacy of Truth has won Honorable Mention in the Fantasy/Historical category of the Global eBook Awards, 2017! ***** I write historical fantasy novels, mostly set in Ireland, and a contemporary romance based on my parents’ 30-year search for true love.

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Genesis of a Novel – Part XII – Beta Edits

This is the next installment of a series of posts I’ve been writing, following the process of writing a novel from conception through publication and beyond. . I sent my latest WIP, Misfortune of Vision, to 7 different beta readers

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The Enchanted Swans is LIVE!

Release Day! The Enchanted Swans is live! GO get your copy for 99 cents now! The price goes up on March 12th. ***** The March Newsletter Giveaway is still going strong – enter for your chance to win! Enter the March

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Call of the Morrigú is on contract!

Well, crap, that was fast! I sent in Call of the Morrigú ten days ago. Ten. I just got the contract offer today! Ten days! Usually it’s several MONTHS. Ten days. Evidently my new editor (just got switched to her

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Call of the Morrigú is submitted!

After many iterations, sessions for feedback, edits, and efforts, my latest novel, Call of the Morrigú, has now officially been sent in to my publisher for consideration!   And now I wait…   Would you dare rouse a Goddess?  

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The Drafts Your Novel Needs (and Why You Probably Won’t Use a Single Word of Your First Draft!) – ProWritingAid

The way I draft is an extension of the way I approach novel planning as a whole – which is to start with a simple concept and then add more and more detail until I have a fairly comprehensive outline.

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Books similar to mine, per Amazon?

I wanted to conduct an experiment. . Amazon lists an arguably helpful group of books under ‘Customers who bought this item also bought…’ . But were these books really comparable to my own? Was the writing on the same level,

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Genesis of a Novel – Part VIII – The Boggy Middle

The dreaded “Boggy Middle” of the novel has arrived. . That is the part of writing the first draft where you are past the initial giddy excitement and dread of the opening – where you introduce characters and -set up

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The Enchanted Swans – new novel now On Contract!

HAPPY NEWS! The Enchanted Swans is now ON CONTRACT!!!  WOOHOO!!!!! . The Enchanted Swans is a novelization of the beloved Irish Fairy Tale, The Children of Lir. . In pre-Celtic Ireland, Fionnuala was a fairy princess, born to a life

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Genesis of a Novel – Part VII – Scene by Scene

This is the next installment of a series of posts I’ve been writing, following the process of writing a novel from conception through publication and beyond. . Now I’m into the ‘meat’ of a novel. The daily slog and joy

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Back to School Sale Blast!

WELCOME TO THE BACK TO SCHOOL SALE BLAST!  Click on any of the below book covers to be taken to the page that has more information on the novel as well as the Buy Links! Please make sure to scroll

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Genesis of a Novel – Part VI – Characters Going Awry

This is the next installment of a series of posts I’ve been writing, following the process of writing a novel from conception through publication and beyond. . I started pre-writing Misfortune of Vision on July 23, 2016. On August 23, I

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Genesis of a Novel – Opening Lines – Part V

This is the next installment of a series of posts I’ve been writing, following the process of writing a novel from conception through publication and beyond. . You only have one chance to make a great first impression. That is

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My Locations at the DragonCon Art Show

Labor Day Weekend is Nerdigras in Atlanta, Georgia! 80,000+ geeks and sundry nerds descend upon 5 downtown Atlanta hotels and have a geekfest. I will, as always, have my beaded jewelry and photoprints at the Dragoncon Art Show, located in the Hyatt, two

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Genesis of a Novel – The Scene List – Part IV

This is the next installment of a series of posts I’ve been writing, following the process of writing a novel from conception through publication and beyond. . I did the next step on Misfortune of Vision (Book 4 of The Druid’s

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