The Editing Never Ends

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This was the “final” copy of Wildflower Crown. The one that was completely corrected and without errors. Yeah. That’s like 150 markers. To be fair (to me), there were only two or three actual mistakes/typos. The rest were “Hmmm, I could totally word that better,” or “DIALOGUE TAG WHAT ARE YOU DOING GTFO.”

So yeah, this is a little reminder not to freak out over shitty first drafts. This is the 6th draft now. However, all I have to do is make sure that fixing all those little tab things didn’t mess up any spacing and then format it for Kindle and it’ll be ready for publishing. Depending on how much time it takes to go live, Wildflower Crown will be out sometime this weekend or early next week. (I don’t know about you guys, but I’m excited. My second book! Woo!)

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Seriously got down to one of these things. Didn’t even notice until I’d already shut the book. Good thing I didn’t find two more things to be super picky over :p

Wildflower Crown Cover Reveal!

Wildflower Crown

Wild has been running her whole life from a power she never asked for. Determined to fill her life with excitement and fun, she’s done everything she could to push her dark secret from her mind. When outlaws come to her with a proposition to infiltrate the castle and switch places with the princess, she immediately accepts the job. What could be more fun than being a princess?

Daivat’s life has always been structured and orderly. He wakes every day at dawn and practices tirelessly at his knife work. His dream is to be a member of the king’s personal guard, but first he must prove himself by keeping an eye on the imposter princess while she fools visiting nobles into thinking she’s real royalty.

As the queen struggles to keep the kingdom from war and the real princess fights to survive the outlaws, Wild and Daivat must endure each other as their personalities collide. Can Daivat bring order to Wild’s life, or will Wild turn Daivat’s life upside down?


Now, this might not be that exciting as I’ve had variations of this cover posted around the site when I thought there would be an earlier publishing date, but here is the official cover! (Alright, so the font might change, but that’s it, I swear!)

Wildflower Crown will be coming out in the beginning of June, the 1st or 2nd depending on how Amazon handles things. All that’s left to do is proofreading and deciding if I’m going to stick with the alternative ending I just came up with two days ago! I’m really excited about this book, so I hope you all like it and don’t get sick of me talking about it constantly for the next few months 🙂

-Charlotte Cyprus

Draft One is Done!

I just finished the first draft of Only in Whispers. I’m so excited; when I lulled after chapter four, I really thought there was no way I was going to finish it. I’m so glad that I have, because I wouldn’t have felt right if I’d kept myself from sharing that story with the world.

Tentative publication date is in February, but that’s VERY tentative. I know that I need a lot of proofreading as well as changing/adding scenes, so editing it is going to take a lot of work. Still, I should have time come winter to really get to work on it, though November will be spent writing Colors of The Sky. Hopefully. We’ll see.

-Charlotte Cyprus

Kiss of The Fey – The Meaning Behind The Title

Originally, Kiss of The Fey was called Woman of Fire, Man of Ice. Why? Because I didn’t have any better ideas. Xenos was literally made of ice and Johara had a fiery passion. It all fit, right? However, I decided that the title didn’t really work with the book. It was too cliché, I felt, and it just didn’t convey the message that I wanted to get across. It was just a bit too literal and silly.

After tons of different titles were scribbled down and rejected, I decided on Kiss of The Fey. There are a few reason, all of them fairly obvious once you think about it.

  1. The literal kiss. Xenos kisses Johara, which wakes her up. However, Xenos isn’t a fairy. He’s not magical. Why is his kiss in the title? Well, if you look up the word “fey”, the Scottish definition is “marked by a foreboding of death or calamity.” That fits very nicely, doesn’t it?
  2. The figurative kiss. Going with what people typically assume when they hear “fey,” the fairy Kasmira “kissed” both Johara and Xenos with her magic. Without it, we wouldn’t have had much of a story, so it’s a pretty important part.

It’s not a very exciting explanation, nothing secretive that involves spies or explosions, but there you go. The meaning behind the title.

-Charlotte Cyprus

I’m officially published on Amazon!

As it turns out, Amazon is full of shit when it says “Processing will take 3-5 business days”, so Kiss of the Fey is out a day early. What I will take away from this is that I shouldn’t set hard release dates, because Amazon doesn’t know what it’s doing. I published the Kindle version AFTER the paperback version (like actually clicked the button) but it says that it was published yesterday, even though it was after midnight when I hit submit, but the paperback version says it was published today.

Oh well. The moral of the story is that you can find my book here, so check it out! Also, for the last time, I’ll remind everyone that to follow my author blog you can just hop on over to here.

I’m also looking for people to review my book, both on Amazon/Goodreads and on their blogs! If you’re interested in getting a free PDF copy, fill out your information here and I’ll get that emailed to you.

So that’s that. I hope everyone will enjoy my book! I’ve worked really hard on it. I shall now celebrate being published by climbing a mountain. (Seriously. I’ll post pictures, assuming it doesn’t rain on us.)

I’m on my way to being published!

I finished editing Kiss of The Fey and then stayed up until 4 in the morning to format the interior of the book (as well as the spine) to submit the files to Createspace for review. This morning I ordered the proof copy. I should have it in a week or two!

I don’t really know what to do with my life now. Between now and September 1st will be marketing, I guess. After the frantic editing and writing and overall obsession over Kiss of The Fey, I feel a little lost now that it doesn’t need more work. I’ll probably return to working on A Game of Madness.

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My Bookshelf: Rushed

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Title: Rushed

Author: Brian Harmon

Genre: Dark fantasy/science fiction

Amazon summary:
“Eric can’t remember the recurring dream that keeps waking him in the middle of the night with an overwhelming urge to leave, yet he spends each day feeling as if he desperately needs to be somewhere. With no idea how to cure himself of this odd compulsion, he decides to let it take its course and go for a drive, hoping that once he proves to himself that there is nowhere to go, he can return to his normal life. Instead, he finds himself hurled headlong into a nightmare adventure across a fractured Wisconsin as the dream reveals itself one heart-pounding detail at a time.”

My summary:
Eric starts having these dreams that make him drive out to the middle of bum-fuck nowhere and find a barn full of crazy chickens. He learns that there is more than just our world, and that there are fissures in the universe where the worlds collide. He walks along this fissure, meeting strange people and terrible creatures. He doesn’t know where he’s going, but he knows he has to keep going and find out.

Cheers:

  • I loved all the descriptions. I loved the other world bit of it, and the fissures.
  • The chickens get their own point. I really loved those chickens.
  • It kept me turning the pages. I would’ve read it all in one go if it hadn’t gotten so late.
  • It’s unique to me. I admit this might not be true for those who regularly read in this genre, but as the only think I have to compare it to is Steven King’s Under The Dome AND I think it stood up pretty well to that, claps for that.
  • This all happens in one day. 84,000 words, one day’s time. Like, shit. Way to keep me interested.

Jeers (possible spoilers):

  • It’s not really horror, in my opinion. A little creepy, maybe, but not horror (as it’s labeled on Amazon). Very suspenseful though.
  • Cut the wife out, cut out all that “bah I hate cell phones shit,” and cut out the detour to Altrusk’s house and you’d have an excellent novel.
  • Overall, things could have been tweaked here and there to make it more believable, but it doesn’t really have to be that believable. Like, ghosts aren’t real, so why not just go along with the story?

Would I recommend it?
Yes! I thought it was a fascinating novel. If you normally read lots of scify and multidimensional stuff then you might be a little bored, but I really thought it was fabulous. I kept reading because the descriptions were so interesting and I just needed to know what would be at the end of the journey. Also, the e-book is free! (Yaaaaay for free things!)

Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/Rushed-Brian-Harmon-ebook/dp/B00AXTOIJM/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t

Bonus:
He’s an independent author and self-publishes his work. He also does the covers for his own work and edits! See, I’m not out to get indie authors! I’m excited to have finally found quality self-published work, as you can tell by my exclamation points!!!!!!!!!! (But seriously yo, this shiz is exciting.)