Saturday, May 28, 2016

Another 7x7x7 Challenge

I was challenged by Tiffany Hoffman this time for 7x7x7 Challenge. This has me post some of my work in progress.

This is seven lines, starting from the seventh line on page seven of the current urban fantasy story I'm writing. It is still very rough as I'm still working on the first draft, but here's what I have at this time:

Someone stirs. Looking to tip the balance.
All the ancient deities slept, only able to connect with people in dreams or meditations.
From my slumber I cannot tell. Be careful, my child.
“I will. Thank you.”

Her presence slipped from my mind, leaving an emptiness, a longing. I thought of my daughter and my love for her eased the void.

I will now tag some of my writer friends on Twitter to see what they come up with.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


My wonderful critique partner, D.H. Poirier, and I have wanted to do something in the writing world for a while. Since we both write darker fiction, we are launching a Twitter chat, #DarkLitChat.

This will happen on the third Tuesday of every month at 8 p.m. eastern time. The first chat will take place on June 21. We invite all writers of darker fiction, regardless of the genre, to join. It's meant to be a fun chat to connect with other writers and share.

If you want reminders for the chat, fill out the form on D.H.'s webpage here.

We are also looking for published authors to feature during these chats.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Cover Reveal - Triskaidekaphilia Book One

This week I'm proud to show off the cover for Legendary, Triskaidekaphilia Book One.

Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary.

The man with a hook for his hand was in the backseat of her car!

…the call is coming from inside the house!

Urban legends. We’ve all heard them, we’ve all told them. They fill the role that fairy tales once held­—morality tales meant to frighten us into sticking with the herd, obeying the rules and not taking any chances. In most urban legends once someone transgresses—by breaking a rule, getting intoxicated or (gasp!) having sex—we know things are not going to end well for them.

We thought it would be fun to take that idea and stand it on its head by doing an urban legends romance anthology. We’re looking for stories inspired by recognizable urban legends, but with a romantic twist.

Want to be part of is?

Check out the submission details below or at Pen and Kink Publishing's website.

Stories between 3,000 - 15,000 words long

Reprints accepted but not preferred
When submitting a reprint include information about its original publication in your submission email

Open to all pairings and multiple partners (m/f, m/m, f/f, m/m/f, etc.)

Any heat level

Any setting or sub-genre is welcome (historical, paranormal, steampunk, contemporary, etc.)

The romance needs to be key to the story so we’re not looking for anything too darkly horrific, and the stories must have a happily ever after (HEA) or happy for now (HFN) ending—no killing off the love interests.

Payment: $10 USD and a paperback copy of the anthology in exchange for the non-exclusive right to include the story in the both the print and electronic versions of the anthology.

Open submission period: June 1, 2016 - July 31, 2016

Tentative anthology publication date: January 13, 2017

To submit: Email story as a .doc or .rtf attachment to lauraharvey1535 [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line Legends Submission: STORY TITLE

About the Anthologist: Laura Harvey is an editor, writer, bibliophile, horsewoman, historian, teacher, debate coach, nerd, DIY junkie and occasional rescuer of kittens. She holds a BA, MA, and is ABD, making her an exceptional asset in Trivial Pursuit. She loves reading so much that all of her handbags share one crucial ability: fitting a standard paperback or Kindle. She lives in northern California with a menagerie of beasts (dogs, cats, horses, and family members). Her previous anthology efforts include Demons, Imps and Incubi from World Weaver Press.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Accepting A Critique

I have exciting news! My manuscript was selected to be part of #FicFest! There were over 400 entries into the contest and 45 writers were picked, along with 15 alternates, to be mentored. I'm honoured and thrilled for this opportunity.

As I await for my mentor to provide her suggested revisions for my urban fantasy manuscript, I'm reading reactions from some of the other mentees as they also wait or start to receive revisions from mentors. I see lots of excitement and nervousness, and a lot of hope that their stories will be greatly improved by this experience.

In preparation of this round of revisions for my novel, I thought it apt to discuss some things to keep in mind when receiving a critique. I'm talking about every level, whether it be from a critique partner or an editor. Hopefully you have a good person providing the feedback who is honest and has the best interests of the story at heart. Critiques should NEVER be an attack on the story or writer, but look at both strengths and weaknesses.

Receiving a critique on something you have spent hundreds of hours working on and that you are emotionally tied to can be a challenge. Sometimes when you see the feedback a light bulb goes off and you wonder why you hadn't thought of the suggestions before. Other times you want to cross your arms, and say no.

When I had my manuscript edited by a freelance editor, the very wise Kate Angelella, she suggested that I read the edit letter, put it away for a least a day and not think about it, then go back to it. This is sound advice. Your initial reaction to suggested revisions can be mixed or upsetting. It's best to give yourself time to digest the suggestions.

You need to consider every suggestion as objectively as possible. This can be hard because you are so invested in your manuscript. Try to be open to new ideas. Sometimes we are resistant because we have rose-coloured glasses on when we look at our work; sometimes we are afraid of how much work it will take to incorporate the revisions (a manuscript overhaul can be extremely daunting); sometimes we are just being stubborn. Everyone has their own reasons. Think on the suggestions and consider if it will make your manuscript better.

Do you need to blindly accept suggestions? No. You should be open and willing to make changes, but if you disagree with a suggested revision, you don't have to do it--but you should know why. Don't be blinded by pride, have a valid reason as to why the aspect of the story needs to remain. It's best to discuss the revision with the person who made the suggestion, listen to their side, maybe once it's discussed you will agree, or maybe you won't. If your manuscript is being reviewed by an agent or editor at a publishing house, you will need to defend your choice.

If someone has taken time to read your whole manuscript and given it enough thought to provide you with ways to improve it, be grateful. You don't have to agree with everything suggested, but you owe it to that person to take their thoughts under serious consideration.