Monthly update: July 2017

We’re headed for a jolly July, everyone! Well, I hope we are, at least. I think everyone could use a little extra jolliness.

(On another note, can you tell my alliteration skills are running a bit thin? I’m determined to pull them through to the end of 2017, though. Here’s hoping I come up with something better for the last few months.)

To be honest, I can’t believe we’re halfway through 2017. The time has gone surprisingly quickly, and at the same time surprisingly slowly. It’s an odd sensation, to be honest.

What’s not so odd? I didn’t quite accomplish all of my goals for June. I did come close, though.

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Cover reveal: Damned, by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor

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One word came to my mind when I saw the cover of Damned, by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor: cryptic. It drifts in when I focus on the title, on the background, on the colours… on everything, really.

“Cryptic” seems like a fairly fitting word for the summary, too. Damned sounds like the type of book that will haunt its reader, the type that will be hard to put down.

Do I have you curious yet? Ready to have that curiosity satisfied?

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Wednesday links: Fair use and Pitch Wars

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I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few. Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

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Author of influence: Christopher Moore

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Remember last month, when I told you a bit about how Meg Cabot influenced my writing? Well, today I want to tell you a bit about another author who’s had an effect on me: Christopher Moore.

Moore is the author of fifteen novels, including international bestsellers Lamb, A Dirty Job, and You Suck. His novels primarily fall into the adult category, and most have a supernatural spin. I’ve recommended three of Moore’s books here already: A Dirty Job, Coyote Blue, and Practical Demonkeeping.

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