I'm guest blogging over at The Clutter Princess about tips for writing. If you'd like to have a peek, follow me over there at http://theclutterprincess.com/2014/01/19/guest-post-becoming-a-productive-writer/.
Although I've written a non-fiction book about autism, a lot of people don't realize I have a daughter on the spectrum. As such, autism is a cause that is very close to my heart. I'd like to share with you a song my best friend, Laura Moyers, and I co-wrote. And if you would like to find out more about Laura, check out her website here.
I decided amid all the chaos in my life to add pieces of my work on Wattpad. You can find my page at http://www.wattpad.com/user/MariaHooley.
You will find first chapters of all of my novels, eventually. I'm putting them up as I get time, starting with the YA titles. Eventually, I hope to share some of my shorter fiction and poetry there, too. Have a peek, and let me know what you think!
Just a little heads up for those of you who wish to read my short story Strands of Mermaid Hair because although the story is currently available free for download through various outlets, at the end of this year, I will be taking the story down as I've started working on the novel. If you are interested in this story, you can get it here at Smashwords for free. After I take it down from all channels, the story will still be in my short story collection, Life In Debris, which can be purchased at several distributors.
Here's a peak at the cover of the future novel, one of my absolute favorites by Phatpuppy Art.
Although I wanted to get through edits on the first chapter of the new Sojourner book before now, it's been a little crazy with the holidays. Still, here's a belated Christmas present--the first chapter of Conduit. I hope you enjoy it!
After the confrontation with the triune, both Elizabeth and Lev are forever altered. Elizabeth no longer possesses the ability to kill angels. Lev is now human. Yet no action is without consequence. The void left in Elizabeth from that power has marked her and attracted much attention from dybbuks, rogue spirits left behind from sojourns gone wrong. They see Elizabeth as a conduit to return to the world of the living, no matter that such an act might destroy her.
Lev, on the other hand, has become completely mortal and is overrun by all the emotions he's not experienced before. While his love for Elizabeth is very powerful, it is just one emotion among many, and when Elizabeth is taken by the dybbuks, he is at the mercy of other volatile feelings like anger and vengeance, putting lives at stake.
Griffin, Celia, and Even must not only track down Elizabeth, they must also stop Lev from becoming a human time bomb.
Download Chapter One Below!
As I mentioned earlier, I'm hoping to release The Whispers soon, so here's a little sneak peek at the first chapter. I will say that this is still very much a work in progress because it is in the editing stage, so please keep that in mind as you read.
The only thing worse than an abusive husband is a dead abusive husband bent on revenge.
That's what Kate Thibeaux is facing, considering last year she killed her own husband, Kevin Garrison, when he'd left her no choice. She's changed her name, her looks, and everything else about her, as if that would stop Kevin. Kevin haunts her every step, and she wonders if she's going crazy when she moves back to her hometown in a last-ditch effort to leave the past behind.
Kevin, however, won't be forgotten even as Kate reunites with her best friend, Melody Kriss, who introduces her to her brother, Adam Kriss. Neither Melody nor Adam knows about Kevin, but some people refuse to stay buried. When their lives collide, Kate isn't looking for love, and Adam isn't looking to save anyone, but sometimes people find what they need in the last places they expect.
Download Chapter One Below!
Now through Monday, I'm giving away a free e-book of one of my novels as an early Christmas present to my readers. And you even get to pick the one you want. If you go to my Facebook page, you should find the post. All I'm asking in return is for you to like my Facebook page, tell me which of my characters you like best why you like him or her, and which novel you'd like me to send. In return, I'll give you a nice little Smashwords coupon for that title. Ready? Set? Go!
Although it probably seems as though I've fallen off the planet, I'm still here. I've been hard at work writing two projects, Mortal, and Dreamwalker: Abattoir. While Mortal is my Nano book, I did not, unfortunately hit the 50,000 word count. Sad face here. Still, I am happy to say, I'm almost a third of the way finished with it, and I really like the direction the story. I think it's going to be a fun story, but I will say the angels in this story are a bit different from those in Sojourner, probably because this world is a bit darker.
As far as the last Dreamwalker novel, I'm over halfway finished with the first draft and I'm currently in the middle of a dragon attack on our world. Yes, you read that right. Dragons. You didn't think Elijah would go quietly, did you? After all, Misha did just banish him from Alturna.
And I know there are many of you wondering about the Sojourner world. Yes, the manuscript for Conduit is finished. I'm hoping to work on the editing process soon, and with any luck, I'll have the first chapter finalized as a Christmas present for my wonderful readers in addition to the first chapter of another novel--The Whispers. So check back and see what I'm posting.
And if you want to see character inspirations and quotes from my novels, don't forget to check my Pinterest pages. I try to create one for each novel, and there's several up for projects I'm toying with before I actually start writing.
For years, I've scrapbooked, and just recently, I started working in the digital medium. It's mind-blowing how easy it is to create something fun. In fact, I spotted this digital scrapbooking kit that made me want to see if I could adapt it to something for Lev, my hero from Sojourner. In the end, this is what I came up with.
I was going to post this yesterday, but then the new laptop I'd order came, and I experienced Windows 8 for the first time. Let's just say the transition wasn't smooth. To add to the fun, Dropbox is still syncing all my writing data. Still, I promised that I would post my cover and blurb for Nano, and here it is. I hope you're looking forward to the journey as much as I am.
Three Things I learned the Hard Way:
1. Vampires suck as boyfriends.
2. Guardian angels have lousy bedside manners.
3. Never, ever step between the two of them.
Sixteen-year-old Chelsea Montgomery pretty much has her whole life mapped out. She’s going to go to college, hopefully with Tad Coventry, her amazing boyfriend, and maybe become a social worker. Lord knows she’s got enough experience about DHS because her best friend, Olivia Hightower, has one rocky home life. She doesn’t believe in the supernatural, but after a devastating car wreck that should have killed her, that all changes as she finds herself in the middle of an ancient battle between light and darkness. She’s been revived and fashioned into a weapon for the angelic force, but it’s hard to soldier up, when part of you is tied to darkness. Yes, Chelsea’s alive, thanks to the angels, but both factions have secrets, and she’s going to have to forge her own path with her own rules she can live with, and that path might make enemies on both sides.