I have been reworking “Dreams of Fire” and “Sylvan Dreams” over the last nine months. They are tighter stories now and contain the seeds of things that happen in later books in the series. I will be sending them out for beta reader comments soon, getting them edited and uploading them to Amazon and some other platforms in the new year! They will also have fresh new covers and fall under the keywords of second chance romance, ghosts, magic, and feline friend.
I am working hard to revise Dreams of Fire, Sylvan Dreams, and Legends and Dreams. Due to real life intervening (rental rehab season) my publication date has moved to early fall. In the meantime, I will be offering a freebie taste “Tidbits, Tales from the Feline Side: Oscar Here” at Moscow, Idaho’s Art Walk from June 15 to June 22nd. Visit Read It Again, a fabulous used book store on Main Street and 6th, to find the flash fiction!
Here is a glimpse into Legends and Dreams: Erin, Ruari’s redheaded sister who hates all things paranormal and has a huge grudge against Sarah and Kelly, moves to a new apartment in Maple Hill and confronts the demons of her past. The haunting is one more sign that the spell protecting Canopus is weakening.
I will also be at Spocon in Spokane, WA August 10-12, 2018! I will run a writer’s workshop and be on several panels about writing and science.
Palouse Digital Press authors Sanan Kolva, Nathan Barham, and Elizabeth R. Alix will be at Moscow’s Art Walk from 5-10pm on June 15, 2018. We’ll be at Read It Again, a wonderful used book store, on Main St. near Maialina Restaurant. Moscow will have art from local and regional artists on display throughout local businesses starting tonight. There will be food and fun–come enjoy yourself!
Legends and Dreams is the third book in the Maple Hill Chronicles series.
Marianne is barely home from a trip abroad when her mentor in all things ghostly and magical invites her on a week long road trip. It turns out to be much more than she bargained for. Sarah is part of a network of living and ghostly defenders of Canopus County, protecting the residents from the Shadow People. Marianne must accept that magic is real and learn to defend herself and others before the stroke of midnight on Halloween.
Back in Maple Hill, Marianne’s boyfriend Ruari discovers that his assistant, Casey, is part of a local production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The last time the Avery did this show, the theater burned down!
As of today 3/24/18, I have temporarily removed both Dreams of Fire and Sylvan Dreams from Amazon in both paper and Kindle versions. The Kindle version of Dreams of Fire will be available till the end of the Kindle Select contract period of April 15, 2018.
This move will make way for a re-release of both books along with the third in the series, Legends and Dreams. In life sometimes there are do-overs. In self-publishing, I believe there should also be do-overs. Since I released Dreams of Fire in October of 2015, I have learned a lot about writing and am taking the chance to edit Dreams of Fire and make it better. I don’t plan to do this often (or probably ever again), but I love the Maple Hill world and the characters and want to give them the chance to shine their best so you will love them too.
If you purchased a copy of Dreams of Fire (1st edition) and want to read the 2nd edition, contact me at ERAlix@turbonet.com and I will send you 2nd edition free of charge when it becomes available. To those of you who read the original 1st edition, thank you. I hope you will like the reboot. Availability by the end of June. Updates to follow!
This summer I have been reading resources on how to improve my writing. Even if you are an avid reader, understanding exactly why you liked something much less how to duplicate that in your own writing can be really hard. There are lots of resources out there but a few have been recommended to me.
Donald Maass “The Emotional Craft of Fiction” and “Writing the Breakout Novel” and Matt Bird‘s “The Secrets of Story.” Maass is the head of a large and successful literary agency. He also runs workshops around the country for writers who want to improve their craft. The workbook version of “Writing the Breakout Novel” got me unstuck in my writing this summer. After reading the first two chapters I had to put it down and apply the exercises to the novel I’m working on now!
Matt Bird is a screenwriter but his advice and suggestions are easily applicable to writing novels, fiction or non fiction. Connecting emotionally with the reader is the central theme. He also tells and shows you how to do that in clear terms. He also has a blog called Cockeyed Caravan where many of his suggestions appear.
Last weekend I went to Spocon in Spokane and had a blast! I was on several panels including Ancient Computers, self-editing your work, and romance elements in SF/F. Thank you to my fellow panelists for a great time: Manny Frishberg, Frog Jones, Grivante, Mark Rounds, Kat Richardson, Alex Fedyr, and Dawn Vogel. I organized the writer’s workshop where Jim Glass, Frog Jones, Sanan Kolva, and I read for three up and coming writers. I also read from “Sylvan Dreams” and some teaser copy from my new book “Legends and Dreams” (MHC#3). Thank you Spocon! Looking forward to next year’s Spocon August 10-12, 2018!
For those of you who like to shiver on the edge of scary, creepy, weird, and fun check out DeadLights Horror Fiction Magazine! It publishes stories that ride the wave of horror-pulp fiction with a more literary feel. Established authors and artists mingle with up-and-coming writers and illustrators. In addition to the longer print mag, DeadLights also digitally publishes Shotgun Horror Clips twice a month.
Sanan’s new epic fantasy “Shrouded Sky” from Sky Warrior Press will be available soon! It is the first in a new series. Visit her page here under Authors for links!