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Mid-2016 Update   12 comments

First of all, I’m alive and well, seeing as some of you have been worried about me. Sorry for the lack of communication, but the last few months have been pretty crazy. We had a couple of health scares with my father, but he’s doing much better now, though I’m still pretty busy trying to lighten his load around the house. I’ve gotten pretty good at splitting and stacking firewood. 🙂

The last day of school was yesterday, so maybe now I’ll get a chance to take a breath and try to write again. I’ve been trying to write the bonus features for the next Magebound novel, but writer’s block has hit me bad, and the few times I have had time to write, the ideas just aren’t there. It’s probably just stress and I’ll get over it now that I have a break from work, but it has been very frustrating.

I’m very disappointed in myself, as I expected to have Memoryache published months ago, but the one thing that I won’t do is publish work that is anything less than the best that I can produce. Thanks for all your concern and for your patience, and hopefully I’ll have good news by the end of summer.

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Posted June 17, 2016 by katicalocke in Books, Personal, Writing

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2016 State of the Author Update   6 comments

Hello! I hope everyone is doing well. It looks like spring may be on its way early in my area, so I’m bracing for a rough allergy season. Other than that, I’m doing very well. The weather is (unseasonably) good and no new traumas have rocked our family in a while.

Unfortunately, I have some disappointing news. I’m going to have to take a break from posting, both on Alpha Spirit and on Moonlight. This is a very busy time of year and just don’t have time to work on those, and other projects, and work, and family obligations. I know you guys understand, you’re always so good at understanding and being supportive, but I still feel bad.

My first priority right now is getting Memoryache read for publishing. I’ve edited the main text several times, though it still needs another read-through. I don’t have any of the extras ready, though. I have the short story outlined, but I still need to write it, and several new articles.

It’s also nearly tax time. I do my own taxes, which is time-consuming, but usually not difficult.

I was also asked to create a rhyming-word bingo game for Dr. Seuss’ birthday at work. We’re having a family reading night at the school, with story readers, photo booth, fishing game, and bingo, so that’s taking some extra-curricular time.

And my mother and I planning a road trip for Spring Break, driving from Eugene, OR to Tuscon, AZ to visit some family friends who are living there now, so we’re trying to sell some of our crafts to make the $$$ to afford the trip, so I’ve been spending a lot of time crocheting blankets and sewing furry hats.

Anyway, that’s what I’m up to. I’m hoping to have Memoryache out in March or April, and hopefully I can start working on and posting Moonlight and Alpha Spirit soon after that. I’ll be sure to post updates when I get closer to release time. Thanks for understanding!

 

 

Posted February 6, 2016 by katicalocke in Books, Personal, Writing

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End of Summer Update 2015   Leave a comment

Well, summer is over and the new school year is right around the corner. I didn’t get nearly as much accomplished during the break as I wanted to, but I feel well rested and ready to get back to work. I still don’t know what my schedule for this year will be, but as we are introducing full-day kindergarten, I imagine I’ll be spending a lot of time with the kinders. I hope I have them in the morning, before they get tired and grumpy, lol.

Last week, all school employees had to undergo ALICE training, which teaches us what we can do to protect our kids and survive an active shooter in the school. How horrible is that? I’m a teacher, not a police officer, not a marine. We shouldn’t have to make life or death decisions in the event that some deranged person comes trying to kill our children! I’m glad we had the training, though, because the world can be a terrible place, and it’s better to know what to do, even if it never happens.

On the writing front, I got almost nothing done over the summer. I was (almost) able to keep up posting chapters of Moonlight, although the chapters kept getting shorter. Why, you may ask? I blame my new laptop, lol. I thought I’d be so productive, able to write anywhere, but it turns out, I’m too much a creature of habit. I can’t get used to the laptop keyboard. It just feels different from my desktop keyboard. And trying to write anywhere except my bedroom is too distracting, and sitting on my bed with the laptop in my lap is too uncomfortable. And the biggest distraction is that the laptop runs games better than my desktop, so I’ve wasted most of the summer playing Flight Rising, Farmville and Minecraft. Sigh.

So now I’m back to writing on the old, faithful desktop, and in the past three days, I’ve written more than I was writing each month during the summer. I have the next chapter of Moonlight all ready to post on Monday, and it’s more than twice as long as the last few chapters have been. I even got some work done on the next book in the Magebound series, which I plan to release early next year. And I got the next book in the Suburban Fantasy series published.

I decided not to enroll A Visit From the Truth Faerie in the Kindle Select program, and have removed the four stories that I did have in it. It used to be, every story read through the Kindle Unlimited program gave the author the same royalty, about $1.30, no matter how long or short the story was. Since I had my short stories and novellas priced at $0.99, and was receiving $0.35 for each purchase, this sounded like a great deal.

Then Amazon changed their policy and payouts. Now, they pay according to pages read, so longer books earn more and shorter books earn less. It’s a great policy and far more fair than the previous one, but it defeated my entire purpose of adding my short stories. I may consider putting one of my epic novels into Select, but for now, I’m out and I have re-priced my shorts back to $0.99. They were never supposed to earn me a living, just get people interested in my other books. This also means that I no longer have to be exclusive to Amazon and will be placing them back into Smashwords sometime soon.

Anyway, that’s about all that I wanted to say. I’m happy, healthy, and eager to get back to work. Stay tuned for more upcoming releases and thanks for being the greatest fans in the universe. I feel so blessed to have such wonderful readers!

Want a Signed Copy of Spellwrought?   Leave a comment

Guess who got a big box of books in the mail yesterday! This is one of my favorite parts of putting out a new book. ^_^

Spellwrought BooksI ordered 10 books (9 in the pic because I put one on my shelf beside Magebound already). If you would like a signed copy, I’m asking $10 each + shipping and packaging ($5 in the US). I do offer multiple-book discounts and, if you buy a book from me, I’ll send you a coupon code for a free digital copy of the same title at Smashwords. Amazon has this same offer, called Matchbook, but only on books purchased through them. I can’t give away books through Amazon, but I can through Smashwords.

Contact me via email: katicalocke(at)gmail(dot)com

Payment accepted through Paypal

I also have several copies of Magebound, Breach, and Broken Wings available.

You can also find Spellwrought on Amazon for $12.95

Hooray! Spellwrought is Finally Here!   11 comments

SpellwroughtCoverPurchasing Information:
Spellwrought by Katica Locke
Genre: M/M Fantasy Romance
Length: 104,400 words

E-book: $4.99
Smashwords
Amazon

Trade Paperback available soon.

I started writing this series nine years ago, and Magebound was first published seven years ago. It’s been a long, winding road, but finally we made it. Spellwrought is now live and available for purchase! Thanks to everyone who has hung in there with me on this strange adventure. I hope you all enjoy the book as much as I do.

By now, I think you all know that marketing and promotion is not one of my strong suits, lol, so do me a favor and if you know anyone who might like this book, let them know about it. Share it on your twitter, tumblr, and facebook. Tell the world. Thank you!

Over the next few days, I plan to post excerpts from the book, interviews with some of the characters (I love doing these), and I’m trying to think of more creative, fun ways to celebrate this long-awaited release, so who knows what might happen! Stick around and find out! ^_^

 

Surprise Post! Boo!   10 comments

Did I scare you? ^_^ Happy Friday, everybody.

All right, so now that I am nearly ready to publish Spellwrought – and barring an unforeseen catastrophe, I do mean nearly – I’m thinking about my next project. I do plan to re-publish some of my old stories, Slave to the Crown, The Shadow Faerie’s Secret, and my Suburban Fantasy series are at the top of the list, but I also want to put out some new material.

One story that I have been working on, on and off for a few months, would be the first book in a new series (like I don’t have enough going on already). They would be novellas, around 25k to 35k words, M/M romance, of course, and would tell the adventures of a traveling wizard and his assistant. Pretty typical stuff for me. The concern that I have is that the characters are anthropomorphic animals, also called ‘furries’. (Think of Disney’s Robin Hood, where Robin was a fox, Little John was a bear, and the Sheriff was a wolf. That kind of thing.)

I am aware that not everyone likes talking animals in erotic stories, but I do, and so I usually keep those kinds of stories separate from my professional writing. But I am really proud of this one and would like to publish it. I just don’t know if I should use my current pen name or not. Katica Locke does have a following and is recognized in certain circles. A new name would be starting from scratch and trying to build an entirely new fan base. But I would hate to offend or turn off any of my fans who buy the book expecting the characters to human (or faerie).

I would love to hear your opinion on the matter. I have come up with three options, but if you have another suggestion, feel free to leave a comment. Thanks! ^_^

One Step Closer to Spellwrought   8 comments

So, I finally buckled down and finished rewriting the end of Spellwrought. I like this version a lot better than the first, though I’m probably going to tinker with it a bit more before publishing. Still, it’s essentially finished.

Now, I need to write the Bonus Features section of the book. I’m having trouble deciding what short story to write. The ideas I came up with are: A story about Rayne and Belaeden, who are introduced in this book; a story about Kivixl; or another story about Schaff’s backstory.

The problem I have with more Schaff is that if the first two books have stories about him, readers might expect them all to be about him, and I know what I want the story in book 3 to be about, and it’s not Schaff, so I don’t think I’ll be doing him.

I haven’t given Kivixl’s backstory much thought, so it might be interesting to flesh him out some more.

Rayne and Bel would be the easiest because I have already started a story about their past. The whole thing is too long to include in this book, so it would just be a part of the story.

If you have any ideas or opinions on the matter, I would love to hear them. ^_^