Archive for July 2011

Free Fiction Friday — Demon’s Law   1 comment

Finally, Friday is here! It’s been a long week for me, but I survived, so here’s a little treat. Demon’s Law is a bite from a novel I hope to write someday (along with about a hundred others) so it probably feels a bit incomplete.

On a side note, I got all the edits of Spellwrought finished and sent back, so it could be a matter of days or a couple of weeks before it’s available at Amazon. I don’t know how long it takes or how busy my publishers are, so we’ll see, but it won’t be long now.

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Posted July 28, 2011 by katicalocke in Writing

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Free Fiction Friday — Dream Lover   Leave a comment

Just popping in to let you all know that it’s Friday! So head on over to the Free Fiction section and check out my latest short story, Dream Lover.

Posted July 22, 2011 by katicalocke in Writing

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Spellwrought Final Edits   2 comments

I received the first final edit of Spellwrought today. I was absolutely thrilled! I’m going to spend the next couple of days going through it and making sure there are no errors from the conversion to PDF, then I’ll send it back, and then it can be sent off to the printer! I’m going to err on the side of caution and say it probably won’t be available until the first week of August, but you never know.

So! If you are planning to purchase Spellwrought through Amazon.com, could you please make your purchase as close to August 1st as you can. If it’s not out by Aug. 1st, then Aug. 6th. If it’s still not out by the 6th, then the 13th.

If we can coordinate, it will boost my rankings on Amazon and hopefully attract some attention. And as a little added incentive, if Spellwrought can break 10,000 (the best I’ve ever seen Magebound hit is 46,000), then I will post a new short story on my website and on FictionPress–The Man With the Dragon, the story of Professor Tessex and Taerith the selkie from Moonlight. I was going to save it for when I publish Moonlight on Smashwords some years from now, but if we can rally together to give Spellwrought a boost, I think a celebratory story is deserved.

Posted July 21, 2011 by katicalocke in Books

Free Fiction Friday – Wolf’s Kiss   Leave a comment

There’s a new short story in the Free Fiction section–Wolf’s Kiss.

It’s a little different from my other stories and very short. I’ve been practicing writing short, short stories since brevity is not one of my strengths. As always, I’d love to hear what you think and I appreciate constructive criticism.

Posted July 15, 2011 by katicalocke in Writing

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Building Character   Leave a comment

Sometimes they’re my best friends or my worst enemies. Sometimes I live vicariously through them, riding unicorns and talking to dragons and all the amazing things that I jealously dream up to make their lives more interesting. They are my characters and one of my favorite parts of being a writer.

You can read about my character creation process here.

Posted July 12, 2011 by katicalocke in Writing

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Broken Wings Cover Art – I Think We Have a Winner   Leave a comment

So, I tried all the suggestions that were made regarding the cover for Broken Wings and I think we might have a winner. Thanks to Drazuki for suggesting using the colors of all three main characters. I hadn’t even considered it, but it makes sense and I think it turned out beautiful. My only real concern is that it doesn’t look like a typical erotic story cover (i.e. no half-naked men). But then, it isn’t a typical erotic story (at least, I don’t think it is, lol).

I’d love to hear what you think of the new cover and if there are any more little tweaks you might recommend.

Now remember, it’s going to be shrunk down to thumbnail size on most websites and look like this:

It’ll have the title and author written clearly beside it, though. Even tiny, I think it’s rather eye-catching.

The next beast I need to tackle is the blurb and you all know how much I suck at those, so I’ll be asking for advice on that, too. I’m going to be house-sitting again for a few days without much internet access, but I’ll try to check in once a day, at least, to read your comments. Thanks! ^_^

Posted July 10, 2011 by katicalocke in Books, Writing

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Check Out Free Fiction Friday!   Leave a comment

Happy Friday! To celebrate, I’ve posted a new short story in the Free Fiction section. It was inspired by the picture I use on my home page. Be sure to read the warnings, though. It’s pretty explicit and definitely non-consensual–not violent, but if you’re sensitive to the subject, you might want to proceed with caution.

As always, I love getting feedback, so don’t be shy.

Not Your Average Faerie Tale by Katica Locke

Posted July 8, 2011 by katicalocke in Writing

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