A Woman’s Scorn Now Available!

I have been out of the blogging loop for the past couple of months, but it has been for good reason. I spent the time labouring to get thnanowrimoings finalized: dotting i’s, crossing t’s and making sure the cover is just right. I even skipped this year’s NaNoWriMo to get everything done. And now, I am proud to announce the release of my second novel, A Woman’s Scorn.

Book One of the Trials of the Chosen trilogy, A Woman’s Scorn tells the story of the Munaedaar Raftennon. The wizard made his first appearance in Knightfall as a secondary character. Now his mysterious origin is told, from his earliest childhood. You will learn of Raftennon’s humble roots and what made him an extraordinary young man, even before he became one of the few Chosen by the god of knowledge and magic. You will follow him as he discovers the worlds of spells, of love and of loss. Most of all, you will witness the events that led him down the road to a destiny that has yet to be revealed.

 

He made his choice, now he will pay!

A Woman's ScornA simple fisherman’s life was not in the cards for young Raftennon. The wonders of the Arcane Arts drew him in. He devoted his life to them, mastered their secrets. Now his peers deem him one of the most powerful mages in history.

The sacrifices he made to attain his strength did not seem too much to bear—until she decided payment was due. The cost will be high and he will have no choice but to suffer the consequences.

Will he be ready for what is to come?

Can he survive what is demanded of him?

 

Published by Lupyne BooksA Woman’s Scorn is but the first instalment of the spellcaster’s spectacular journey. The story will continue in The Daemon and The Lady, which has a tentative release set for the fall in 2016. The trilogy will conclude in TwinSoul, where everything will come together.

The paperback is available for purchase at Amazon, while the e-book version can be found at multiple on-line retailers like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, ITunes and Smashwords.

Stay tuned for the progress on my future works. I will keep the progress bars on this site updated so you know when to expect the upcoming novels. And do feel free to leave reviews, good or bad. We often need others to point out our flaws to us. And only by knowing we have them can we move forward to correct them.

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Finishing

The hour was growing late, the day nearly at an end, when it happened. She…

Well, you’ll just have to read the novel once I publish it to find out what happened.

Camp-Winner-2015-Twitter-ProfileAs I mentioned in my previous post, Nearing the End, I participated in this month’s Camp NaNoWrimo. Challenged by a friend, I was to write 25,000 words in 31 days. A much easier task than the 50,000 words in 30 days I am used to attempting each November.

I do not say this to boast. I am so used to the gruelling schedule of Nanowrimo that having to push myself to write 2,000 words in a sitting is ingrained in me. Missing a day makes me nervous, because sometimes you fall short of your daily writing goal and you need to catch up. Just knowing I have a deadline puts me in a mindset where every minute counts. There is no time for writer’s block, or the nagging feeling what you just wrote just doesn’t feel right and needs to be fixed right away.

So I found myself writing more than I needed to this month. I wasn’t reaching the insane levels of my November output, but I gave myself enough leeway to take some extra days off. It has been much less draining. I won’t need to step away from the writing or editing process as I always do after completing Nanowrimo.

It was nearing midnight when I wrote the last sentence. I had reached my word count goal twenty minutes earlier, but I was so close to the end I needed to keep going. Only a few more words and the story was done.

10232322_sNow comes the truly tedious part: the editing. I wish I could skip this part, or have someone else do it for me. But I also don’t want anyone else making changes to my story. I’ll take suggestions, but the tale must be told as I want it to be. Which means I have to go through it, as much as it pains me.

Trials of the Chosen  Book One: A Woman’s Scorn must come first, however. Fans of Knightfall have been waiting for this novel for years. But don’t fret, Meeting the Dark will see its day on the virtual shelves of on-line book stores.

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Nearing the End

Here I was, playing with plugins and other widgets to enhance this new blog, when the unexpected happens.

I find some nice progress bars to show you just how far I am in the writing process of my various works. I was looking for these, because they were part of the old site and I liked them. So this is not the surprise I mentioned. These are a different style, which makes no difference to me. But I digress.

I enter the stats for the five projects I have on the go. I don’t know how other authors work, but I never envisioned myself having so many stories building around me at the same time. Not to mention, I also have ideas for three more series. I have no idea when I’ll be able to get to those, but it’s a good sign. I’ll have something to write for a long time yet, which I hope pleases a lot of people.

Get to the point!

Yes, well, all this to get to the realization that took me aback.

Filling in the numbers for those fancy progress bars, I notice the blue under Meeting the Dark almost reaches the right end. I am under 3,000 words away from my projected goal. The story is almost done, and I had no idea it was coming!

I mean, I knew where I was in the telling. I know what is coming, and I know roughly how many chapters I have left to write. I just didn’t realize the word count was already that close. Of course, the novel will have as many words as is needed, which now looks to be more than I envisioned.

How could you not know?

3326379_sAuthors use different tools to write their manuscripts. There is software that helps you organize your ideas, some to plot your story, others to get down to it and compose. Some use good ol’ word processors to do everything. I have no doubt some even stay away from keyboards and put pen or pencil to paper.

Personally, I use Scrivener. This tool puts everything at my finger tips in one convenient place. It even tells me just how far I am in my writing. It does that, if I do things like I’m supposed to.

I started writing Meeting the Dark in November 2013 for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I reached my goal of 50,000 words during those 30 days. But a writing stint like that is always draining, so the story took a back seat while I rested for a bit before working on other projects.

Along with their November writing frenzy, they have Camp NaNoWriMo in April and July. With a variable goal, it’s not so intense–unless you want it to be. I usually skip these, but this summer, a friend of mine challenged me to write 25,000 words.

I decided to work on Meeting the Dark. With my previous work in November and the little bit I did in the year and half following, 25,000 words would finish off the novel nicely. To make it easier on my to submit my word count to the site, I opened a new file for this part of the manuscript. So, the progress I was seeing on a daily basis was only for the last part of the book, not the entire thing. This is why I was surprised when I added the counts from both file together to see how far I was.

clockFor those of you who don’t write, reaching the end of a manuscript is like watching the clock in class on the last day of the school year. No matter how much you enjoy school, everyone wants that break where they don’t have to wake up, sometimes before the sun comes up, and get ready for the day. You just want to spend a week sleeping in.

I’m nearing the end of the first phase of a new novel. I love experiencing that accomplishment. I’m not the only one who feels this way, am I?

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A New Beginning

Back in the Saddle Again

I’ve been away from blogging for awhile. Too many things going on to distract me. That, and I’m a constant sucker who falls for the wiles of procrastination. But I have an urge, and I will indulge it. Let’s see how long that lasts.

This sudden resurgence came with my desire to update my website. The creative juices started flowing, now that I was focussing on something else. For the past few weeks, I have been mired in the editing process of my second novel. Add to that a challenge from a friend to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo this month, it was a nice change to move away from the creation of a story.

The “Joys” of Simple Tasks 

So with renewed fervour, I finish polishing the new version of MarcLabelle.com, and that’s when the frustration starts. My hosting provider proved to be as unreliable as it’s ever been. The months since my last attempt to alter my site were not enough to temper my disappointment in their inadequacies. I did what any sensible disgruntled customer would do: I kicked them to the curb.

FrustratedOf course, they had to kick me in the shins as a last goodbye. They were courteous and  prompt with their replies, but I had to drag the work out of them. A simple transfer of a domain name turned into four days of me acting as the middle man between the two companies, getting the information for the new provider while demanding the needed information from the old one. All I wanted was one email stated everything was done. But that clearly was too much to ask.

I know my limitations, and I know what I am capable of. I am confident enough in my knowledge to create and upload my own websites. I’ve done it before. I also added my old blog without too much trouble. But it seems transferring said blog is beyond my skills. The old version somehow got lost in the shuffle. I know it’s out there somewhere, but I have already spent two days trying to get it done. I’m not attached enough to it to worry about it any longer. My last post was over a year ago. I’m sure no one will miss it.

So What Now?

Basically, here I am, starting over from scratch. I had a few pages and features I liked, so I will be adding them to this version. The rest will be new, however.

I geared my first blog toward the topic of writing. Despite not having a degree in English, or any formal training, I could convey what I have learned during my journey to publishing my first novel, Knightfall. I will still relay those nuggets I have unearthed, but they will not be the focus of Version 2.0. You will read about other trials and tribulations of mine, which may not necessarily have to do with the writing process. I might voice my opinion on how funny it is to see all these people reacting to what happened to Jon Snow (read the books and you won’t be so taken aback!). I might say something about wishing writers in Hollywood going back to actually writing a plot, instead of hashing out a movie that has already been done a couple of times. But if you’re looking for a theme, there will be one. I’m a fantasy and supernatural nut, so I will most likely gear my posts toward those genres.

I have also read a few articles on how these entries should be written. The content need to be engaging…it needs to be fairly short to more easily keep readers’ interest…and don’t forget to add pictures…and headings…and always ask the readers for their input…things like that.

I will turn this site into somewhat of a personal journal for me. I needed to vent my frustration regarding the transfer of my website, so I did.

Will the entries remain short so the readers can move on to something else fairly quickly? Just look at this post. I will write as long as I need to. If I feel like posting a novella, I will. Actually, I won’t. I’ll keep those for publication. But I won’t restrict my ranting to conform to proper blog etiquette, or mere guidelines. You can lift your chin up, though. Most of what I’ll post won’t be this long.

Will this be considered engaging content? Maybe. I’m sure someone out there has gone through a similar situation and will be gratified in knowing they’re not alone.

Will I keep adding pictures and headings? The pictures, probably, but the headings might be less of a staple. I won’t make either of them a focus, however. I reserve the right to not use any.

And asking for people’s comments, well, that might be something that falls to the wayside. I value the opinion of others, but I’m the type of person that doesn’t like asking for it. I will end my posts the way that feels right to me. That might mean there won’t be an invitation for you to weigh in. But know that I always accept comments, or even criticism. So, if I happen to not direct you to fill in those fields at the bottom of the post, do remember you are free to do so. Call me out on anything I say, or elaborate on a point I made. That’s what these blogs are for–to engage the reader.

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So here is the beginning of the next stage of this site. I can’t promise when I’ll be seeing you again, but I have enough of an itch it won’t be too long.

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