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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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Genesis of a Novel – Part XVII – Artist Package, ARCs and Review Requests, Oh, my!

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. .   Once the editing, formatting, and cover art is done, the publisher will

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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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Sale! Everyone loves a sale!

This month, all my Tirgearr books are on sale at half price on Smashwords! That’s right, half-price… all during the month of July! ANNUAL JULY SALE Most books are 50% off at Smashwords (99c and free books priced as is)

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The Romance Reviews Sizzler Summer Party Event!

Come take part of the Romance Reviews Party Event! More than 200 participating authors – and you can be a winner! Just go to the site and answer the questions. My own is up today, and the answers to the

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Genesis of a Novel – Part XIV – Acceptance!

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. . That’s right! You read that correctly. Misfortune of Vision, the novel whose journey

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Genesis of a Novel – Part XIII – Submission!

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. . Yes, yes, I have finally gotten to where I am reasonably happy with

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Follow me on BookBub!

Are you a fan of Bookbub, the service that notifies you when books go on sale? I ahve an author page there, and if you “Follow” me, they’ll send you a personal note when I have a book sale through

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The Romance Reviews Anniversary Party!

The Romance Reviews celebrate their 6th Anniversary!   ***** I write historical fantasy novels, mostly set in Ireland, and a contemporary romance based on my parents’ 30-year search for true love. Don’t miss information on Celtic myth and history, as

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Genesis of a Novel – PartXI – Beta Readers

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. . So, you’ve finished your first draft. Congratulations! That’s an incredible hurdle! So many

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Genesis of a Novel – Part X – More Procrastination and First Draft Finished!

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. . OK, so I procrastinated some more. It happens. . There sometimes comes a

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What Being an Editor Taught Me About Writing | Literary Hub

I’m an editor at Random House, but for the last several years I’ve been writing around the edges of my day job: mornings, nights, weekends, wherever I can grab the free time. I began my first novel… Source: What Being

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Genesis of a Novel – Part IX – Procrastination and NaNoWriMo

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. . Procrastination is such a wonderful thing. How else would author houses ever get

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Interview with A.J. Clarkson

Welcome! Today I’m interviewing the fantastical A.J. Clarkson, a woman who has my deep respect for her perseverance and resourcefulness. . Where do you get your ideas? . One factor for me is that writing for audio plays is limiting in some

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The Last Kingdom — katieandbooks

The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell. I like to read about Anglo-Saxon England. It is, admittedly, a topic about which I know a fair amount compared to my colleagues but, considering we only had one term class about it, my

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Fifteen Years Married

I’m certainly no expert on marriage. However, I can say I’m celebrating my fifteenth anniversary today, and of my first marriage. I saw many friends get married, get divorced in a few years, only to marry again – and sometimes a

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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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