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Infinitas Publishing – Status Report

Time for the Infinitas Publishing monthly status report! 😀

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Starless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). Outline needs review.

SBibb - Whispers in the Code - New Trial CoverThe Glitch Saga (Distant Horizon spin-off series): We’re temporarily testing a new cover for the series, starting with Whispers in the Code. If sales do better, then I’ll swap out the rest of the covers in the series. If not, then I’ll switch back to the original for the time being.

Also, Whispers in the Code is free from Oct 30th to Nov 3rd.

Afterward, it will be 99 cents throughout November.

If you haven’t already got a copy, now’s the time to grab it. 🙂

Galina’s Saga – Part Two (Distant Horizon spin-off series): With Deceived now published, it’s on to book two!

We’re expecting two or three more books in this series, and possibly a brief crossover between this series and Distant Horizon #3.

At the moment, we have a rough outline of book two, but the outline needs revision before we begin the rough draft.

Lily’s Story: (Distant Horizon series spin-off/prequel novel) On hold. (Has outline).

Sky Runner: (Multiverse novel). On hold. (Has outline)

The Multiverse Chronicles: On hold. (Needs edits).

Little One: I’ve managed to input a few more of Isaac’s notes into the manuscript between projects, though there are more to go.

Magebane: (Book Three of The Wishing Blade series) The print edition has been finalized! Click here to order the paperback!

Next up, writing book four.

TWB 4: (Book Four of The Wishing Blade series). The first chapter has been revised from Isaac’s notes and I have an idea of where additional revisions need to be remade for the next couple of chapters. Then I’ll need to continue writing the rough draft.

Runes and Ravens (Stone and String 3): I’ve got an idea for how this story is going to go, but I need to revise a few scenes and continue the rough draft. At the moment, I’m expecting this will be the final story in the series, but we’ll see.

The Secret in the Shadows: (Prequel novella for The Wishing Blade) On hold.

The Legends of Cirena – Collaborative Adventure Facebook Group: Recently finished the story of the Anethian priestess of Harethn, the god of travel, in the Darden Isles… though she might have gotten to travel a bit further than she expected.

Getting ready to start a new series. A cross-over has been voted on, so now we need to decide which characters will show up. 🙂

Ro’nor’s Story (A Legends of Cirena short story): I’ve almost finished revisions. Just a couple small polishing tweaks still need to be made, and then I’ll be sending it out to beta-readers. 🙂

I’m hoping to finish revisions on the next couple LoCCA stories before the end of the year, that way I can put them up for pre-order early next year.

I also have an idea of what the covers will look like, and I have a proof cover created for Ro’nor’s story.

“MOG”: On hold. (Needs revisions)

Changeling: (Huntress #2) Needs to be formatted for print.

Huntress 3: Now has an outline! Still needs a bit more detail, but there’s enough there that I can start the rough draft. I’m planning to write this in November for NaNoWriMo.

This one will focus on the fairy tale of Rumplestiltskin. 🙂

I also have ideas for book four, though it still needs an outline.

Game Design: Currently on hold now that Isaac’s classes have started back up.

Space Adventure Comic: I’ve begun rendering scenes for the comic, though it’s been a bit slow going since the scenes are fairly large.

Add having to send the new laptop in for repair earlier in the month, and progress has been slow.

However, there has been progress, so that’s a plus. 🙂

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Marketing: In mid-September we had a booth at Geek U.P. in Houghton, MI. This was a blast, and we had a lot of fun. We had our books and games available for sale, played several rounds of Phalanx with con-goers, and I also offered a few of my Daz-creation prints for sale.

A friend snapped this photo for us while everyone was on dinner break, which is why you don’t see many people walking around behind us (and it was one of the few times we were free). There were several really awesome cosplays there, too. 😀

Geek UP 2019

LitRPG / GameLit Story: On hold. (Needs revisions and restructuring).

SBibb’s Photographic Illustration: Finished blurb work for one author and I’m now in the progress of proofreading a manuscript for another author.

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Happy writing and reading! 🙂

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Deceived – Now Available!

Deceived by the government. Exposed by her powers.

Will she drown in the Community’s deception?

This prequel novella to the Distant Horizon series is now available as an ebook! 😀

Deceived takes place about two years before the main events of Distant Horizon, and follows Galina, a character who was mentioned early in the Distant Horizon as having never returned after taking the Health Scan.

It’s the first book in a series of novellas, and takes a closer look at what happens to the students who fail.

Long story short?

When Galina turns herself over to the health clinic after believing she’s infected by a hallucinogenic plague, she discovers the truth might not be what it seems. Will she drown in the deceptions?

Read Deceived to find out!

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Note: Deceived serves as a good introduction to the Distant Horizon universe if you want to test the waters and get a feel for how the world works before diving into full-length books like Distant Horizon, or jumping head-first into the commotion with the Glitch saga. ;-D

Deceived is only 99 cents until October 1st, after which it will go to full price.

Grab it on sale while you can! 😀

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Alternatively, sign up to the Distant Horizon Universe newsletter to receive Deceived for free as a thank you bonus, along with twice-monthly sneak peeks, behind the scenes updates, and special promotions. 🙂

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Click here to sign up and start reading today!

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Deceived

YA Dystopian Novella

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Deceived by the government. Exposed by her powers.

The Community concocted a lie to conceal the truth about her—and students like her.

She’s in their grasp.

But she’s not going to sit back and let them hurt her or her friends.

Can she escape?

Or will she drown in the Community’s deception?

Begin your dystopian journey into the Community’s dark secret… read this thrilling novella today!

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Begin your dystopian journey into the Community’s dark secret…

And explore one young woman’s determination to protect her friends.

Read Deceived today!

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Infinitas Publishing – Status Report

I managed to miss a monthly Infinitas Publishing status report last month, so I’ll be covering both July and August (and about half of September) this time around. Lot’s to report! 😀

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Starless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). Outline still needs review.

The Glitch Saga CollectionThe Glitch Saga (Distant Horizon spin-off series): Now available in Kindle Unlimited!

The series is no longer wide at multiple retailers, but this is a test run to see how it does in KU. If there don’t appear to be results, then I’ll probably move it back to multiple retailers.

In the meantime, if you’re a subscriber to Kindle Unlimited, you can read Tim’s story at no additional cost.

Deceived - Book CoverDeceived: Galina’s Saga – Part One (Distant Horizon spin-off series): Since I made The Glitch Saga exclusive to Amazon, that meant I needed a new newsletter reader magnet. I was hoping to have this done last month, but the order of projects meant that I just now put it up for pre-order.

That said, the outline has been written, rough draft written and revised and handed to Isaac while on a trip, edited, and then sent to beta-readers, read-aloud, proofread and now up for pre-order! It’s been sent out to Distant Horizon Universe newsletter subscribers, who received it for free as a thanks for being a subscriber.

I plan to release it to the public on September 22nd. I’m releasing it at 99 cents until October 1st, when I plan to raise it to $2.99 later.

This is a novella (23,000 words), and is the first in a series of novellas following the character of Galina (who is mentioned in Distant Horizon). The cover is complete and title chosen (“Deceived”).

It’s now available for pre-order at most major online retailers. 😀

Lily’s Story: (Distant Horizon series spin-off/prequel novel) On hold. (Has outline).

Lady Black’s Story: Isaac and I brainstormed ideas for this story… but for now, we’re realizing that we don’t have a good way to tell her backstory within the scope of the current universe for the cover we originally planned to use for this.

So her story is being put on hold. Not to say that it won’t ever be told, but it’s going to need a lot more refinement and a different cover if we do tell it.

That being said, we’re tinkering with other ideas for a story to use the cover we originally picked up for her story. Nothing set in stone, but we’re considering going a bit further back and focusing on Patricia Black’s story (thus making it a Multiverse novel instead).

Still a lot in the air on that one, though.

Sky Runner: (Multiverse novel). On hold. (Has outline)

The Multiverse Chronicles: On hold. (Needs edits).

Little One: Needs Isaac’s notes input into manuscript, and then revisions.

Magebane: (Book Three of The Wishing Blade series) The paperback edition has been formatted, and the proof copy came in a few days ago! I’m currently in the process of reading the print edition to look for any sneaky typos that slipped through my previous round of proofreading.

That said, the print edition is technically available on Amazon right now, but I would advise not ordering a copy until I officially announce that the proofing is complete.

(It would be really nice if KDP Print would let us order author copies without publishing first.)

TWB 4: (Book Four of The Wishing Blade series). I still need to revise the first few chapters from Isaac’s notes, and then adjust the outline.

Also, I have a bit more plotting for the series that will come after The Wishing Blade is completed… though there’s still two more books to go before we reach that point.

Stone and String 3: Figured out a new plot… wrote about 10,000 words… realized there were some major plot holes on the character side of things with that plot after talking to Isaac.

Made new plans, need to revise the current draft and then proceed from there.

On the bright side, I think we have a title: “Runes and Ravens!”

The Secret in the Shadows: (Prequel novella for The Wishing Blade) On hold… though I have some adjusted plotting in mind for it thanks to working on the adjusted plot of Stone and String 3.

The Legends of Cirena – Collaborative Adventure Facebook Group: We completed the “Militant Merchant” story arc in July, and I took a hiatus during August to try to get other projects done while on break. (I was hoping to complete a rough draft for SAS #3 and/or TWB #4, but ended up working on the print formatting of Magebane and polishing Galina’s story/Deceived instead).

However, we have now started a new story line following an Anethian priestess on a mission from the god of travel to find his missing patron in the Darden Isles… a land where dragons once flew.

The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear - Cover“The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear” (A Legends of Cirena short story): Published! Got the revisions made, did the read-aloud and proof-reading, and finished the cover.

Ro’nor’s Story (A Legends of Cirena short story): This is the next Legends of Cirena story I’ll be editing and polishing. No release date as of yet, though I have an idea of what the cover will look like. It still needs a title (though I have a few ideas for that, too). Unlike the first two stories in the series, this one is a novella.

Once this one is complete, I’m considering making an ebook “box set” of the the first three stories, along with a print edition collection. I’d like to have it ready in time for the holiday season, but we’ll see how things go.

“MOG”: On hold. (Needs revisions)

SBibb - Huntress Book CoverHuntress: The print edition has finally been proofread and typos corrected! That means it is finally ready for ordering. 😀

Changeling: (Huntress #2) Needs to be formatted for print.

Huntress 3: Took a while to finally hit on which fairy tales I want to use for this plot, but I think I now have it figured out (after switching plans a couple times). I’ll do a bit more research to be sure, and then start the outline. I’m hoping to write the rough draft during this year’s November NaNoWriMo.

(Plus, I have an idea for two spin-off stories that could show up in this universe, one being based on Beauty and the Beast, and the other based on a Rumpelstiltskin/Tam Lin crossover).

Game Design: While we haven’t made much progress in beta-testing our WIP games, we did make progress in updating the Phalanx game board that will be sold online through Game Crafter. Took a couple shots to get a box and board (in this case, we’re testing a game mat) we liked after they phased out the previous box edition we had been using, but we’re both fairly satisfied with the final results. (Now if we could just get the base cost down).

Plus, we ordered trial run tokens for that game we haven’t officially announced yet and is still in progress.

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Space Adventure Comic: As of a couple weeks ago, all the characters for the first episode have now been finalized.

Next step… setting up the scenes to render. (That, and making a few edits to the script to fix a couple plot holes we found).

Then we need to figure out where to host the comic.

Marketing: I did a paid promo for the free books Fussy Librarian newsletter with Huntress. There was definitely a spike in downloads on the day it went live, though I stacked the promo on the days around it with free newsletter swaps so it wouldn’t be quite such a stark jump. Since then I’ve seen a minor increase in KU reads, and a few extra sales, but I’m not sure if they’re attributed to the Fussy Librarian promo or general sales. No new reviews yet.

However, it’s only been three weeks since the promo, so I’m not sure how long it might take for readers who are interested to pick up the free book they downloaded.

Thus far, general newsletter swaps seem to have been some of the best way to get word about the books out there.

LitRPG / GameLit Story: On hold. (Needs revisions and restructuring).

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Happy writing and reading! 🙂

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Writing Jenna as Bi – Plus 4 Tips for Writing a Bisexual Character

(Warning… spoilers for the romance subplot of Fractured Skies ahead.)

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In the first Distant Horizon book, we don’t see much romance on behalf of the main character, Jenna. What little we do see is extremely slow burn.

It makes sense.

Having just been plunged into a world of super powers, rebellions, and a world government trying to capture her, Jenna simply isn’t interested in pursuing a romantic relationship.

There’s not enough time, and she has other things to worry about.

So the first book gets by with a few hints to Jenna and Lance possibly liking each other, but not much else.

Then, we get to Fractured Skies, and things begin to change. Not only do we see a romance subplot begin to develop, the course of that plot takes a slightly unexpected turn with the introduction of a new character.

Originally, Isaac and I planned for Jenna to go with Lance. After all, Lance is her best friend, they’ve been trying to save the world together, he likes her, and she sees him as a potentially practical partner. (And everyone else seems to think they’re already dating).

Problem is… they have rather different world views and life goals.

Lance wants to dismantle the Community and establish a world with new freedoms.

Jenna wants to keep the Community but make a few select changes… namely, no more beast transformations.

As the story proceeded in the rough draft, two things became very clear:

  1. Jenna likes Lance as a friend, but they have very different ideas of what they want.
  2. Jenna has a whole lot more chemistry with Lily, and they work really well together.

Sometimes our characters surprise us.

Either we can rewrite their goals and motivations to push them toward our original plan, or we can go with the flow and see what happens.

So, during one of the final major revision passes, I rewrote scenes between her, Lance, and Lily, with more of a push for Jenna expressing interest in Lily, while exaggerating the differences between her and Lance.

It worked.

Suddenly we had a romance plot we were actually interested in, and the tension between Lance and Jenna allowed for more character development and exploration of the differences in points of view–something this series really likes to explore.

Now, as a caveat, we tried to make sure that Jenna’s interest in Lily didn’t come out of the blue. Aside from building up a slow burn interest in Fractured Skies, early on in the series we had an idea that Jenna was bi, though the first book really didn’t present many opportunities for her to show that, and we were still expecting her to show interest in Lance.

One problem with writing a bi character, especially one who isn’t particularly romance- or sex-focused, is that they don’t always make that interest clear very quickly, which can lead to readers think they’re heterosexual, gay/lesbian, or asexual, depending on what is initially presented.

For Jenna, there is a teensy-tiny hint of her bisexuality in the first book (when she first meets Lady Black), but there wasn’t really a need to bring up her preferences at that point in time.

Romance and sex isn’t at the top of her list of things that are important–especially when she thinks she’s infected with a hallucinogenic plague and a person claiming to be her grandfather just tried to abduct her.

Segment from Distant Horizon, the first hint that she’s bisexual, though her reaction could be fairly easily attributed to Lady Black’s persuasion power or that she’s simply trying to calm Jenna down after the incident:

“Relax,” Lady Black crooned, brushing my cheek with her gloved hand. “You’ll do fine.”

As much as I wanted to pull away from her touch, I closed my eyes. She was safe. I wanted her to stay with me, to protect me from the old man and theophrenia. Her touch was comforting and secure…

“Trust me,” she whispered.

I smiled and swayed, dizzy with warmth. Of course I trusted her. She was an international leader. Why wouldn’t I trust her?

Ivan shooed the other students from the scene. “Thank you, my lady. Commander. The Community is safe.” He looked to me. “Why don’t you go inside? You’ll feel better in the morning.”

I murmured affirmation. Lady Black kissed my forehead and stroked her hand through my hair. “Yes, Miss Nickleson. Come along. Perhaps I could keep you company until your nerves have settled?”

My cheeks warmed, but Commander Rick cleared his throat. The lady pouted at him, then whispered goodnight and returned to the path beside him. Together they disappeared into a cluster of Special Forces agents who walked them through the courtyard.

The cues are subtle, which was intentional since we didn’t want readers to expect a romance-heavy plot this early in the series.

But once things start going back to (relatively) normal by the time we get to Fractured Skies, the idea of dating, of finding someone to share the same life experiences and who has the same sort of mentality Jenna does… that option opens up.

And certain characters clicked.

Things to keep in mind when writing a bi character:

  • Just because they’re bisexual doesn’t mean they’re going to find everyone attractive.
    • Even if you’re heterosexual, do you find every man or woman attractive? No? Same thing with being bi.

Jenna occasionally shows attraction to Lance as well as to Lily. But she doesn’t notice everyone in terms of attractiveness or sexiness. And what she does notice about them is very relevant to her personality. When she first sees Lily, well before she realizes she likes her in a romantic way, she notices the practicality Lily displays and the things which are relevant to the Community (since Jenna is proud of the Community).

One of the first times Jenna starts showing (still subtle) interest in Lily in Fractured Skies comes during a skirmish, when they’re still fighting on opposite sides of the battle:

I glanced at her from the corner of my eye, trying to see if there was anything about her that I could use to my advantage. She couldn’t be much older than me. No make-up, no nail polish, and her hand had a light pink scar running from the knuckles to the wrist. Except for her tunic and the braid, which was longer than Community standard, she could have easily been Community.

Too bad she was a merc.

Bisexual or not, when having a character notice someone, be sure to keep in mind what that character finds important, and what they like.

Once they start warming up to them, they might start noticing other things they like about that person.

  • Being bi doesn’t necessarily mean they’re only attracted to cis men and women… they may also be attracted to nonbinary or transgender people.

There are a lot of terms that surround bisexuality. Bi, bisexual, pansexual, non-monosexual, plurisexual… It’s easy to get lost in knowing what terms to use. On the technical side of things, “bi” typically means “two” and would seem to imply that someone who is bisexual is interested in two genders.

However, this is largely technical and falls a lot to personal preference. Someone who identifies as bi might not always take such a limiting approach (though some people do).

You may wish to consider if the character leans toward being attracted to one gender more often than another.

  • Being romantically interested and sexually attracted are two very different things.
    • This is why someone who is asexual may still be romantically inclined, or why someone who enjoys sex might not be interested in romance.

Romantic tension tends to be more emotionally related, whereas sexual tension tends to be more physical. Often, your characters will display both forms of tension, but not always.

  • You don’t have to make a big deal of sexual preference.
    • Caveat: a historical or contemporary piece may be very different than a story set in the far future. Different cultures have different reactions. Keep in mind context.

When writing Jenna’s character, the first time she realizes she likes Lily, she’s not surprised that she likes a woman. She’s surprised because Lily is a mercenary. She wouldn’t have thought Lily to be her type, and yet she has shown more consideration for Jenna’s feelings and been someone she enjoys being around.

Lily cleared her throat and offered a shy smile. “So… um… no hard feelings? About the teasing?”

A lump formed in my throat. Unlike Lance, she seemed to understand where I was coming from, even if she didn’t know as many details about the memory attacks and the battle.

“No hard feelings,” I agreed.

She ducked her head, trying to hide her grin, and then opened the door for me. “Thanks.”

“For what?” I asked, heading back inside.

“For being a good friend. Mercenaries don’t have many friends they can really trust. True friends. Not just acquaintances. But then, I’m not really a mercenary anymore, am I?” She scuffed the toe of her boot on the floor.

I raised an eyebrow suspiciously. “Are you?”

“No.” She grinned, waved, and jogged toward the training room. I stared after her, watching her braid swing back and forth until she was out of sight.

For the love of the Community…

Why did I get along better with a former mercenary than my best friend?

It takes her a little while to acknowledge that she likes Lily romantically, not just as a friend, but these little steps bring her closer and begin building that foundation for a relationship. (Also… it’s slow burn romance. Some romances are set to burn much faster).

Isaac and I actively chose to have Jenna’s interest in both genders be accepted by those around her, or at least not be a point of contention. Are there people in her world who wouldn’t like that? Sure. But we haven’t seen them at this point, and I’m not sure if we will. One of the nice things about writing in a science fiction or fantasy world is that we can choose to portray the world we would like to see, selecting the good things as well as the bad things that the characters are trying to fix.

Of course, as with many relationships, things don’t always go smoothly.

Distant Horizon is a world where manipulation (especially involving powers) runs rampant, and without too many spoilers, the romance and friendships that begin to develop in Fractured Skies take a major hit by the end of the book.

Like many relationships, working to build those ties back up, and hopefully into something better, will take time… which we’ll work on developing in the third book.

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I hope you found this article helpful. 🙂

Have you tried to include any romances in your stories? What did you find the most useful or hardest to write about?

Further Reading:

This was a helpful explanation of the difference between bisexual versus pansexual: https://medium.com/@pricelindy/bi-vs-pan-whats-the-difference-6587cdadce89

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The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear – Now Available!

Fooling a gryphon?

Not on her ideal day of treasure hunting.

But that’s exactly what she’s going to have to do if she wants out of the ruins alive–with her treasure in tow.

The next Legends of Cirena short story is now available as an ebook! 😀

“The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear” is the second story written for my collaborative adventure Facebook group.

Like “The Wind Mage of Maijev,” this one takes place approximately 200 years before the events of The Wishing Blade series and the Stone and String series.

Except, instead of a wind mage in a city that hates magic, we’re dealing with a shapeshifting thief and an uppity gryphon. Can the thief outwit the gryphon and get the treasures inside the ruins?

Read “The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear” to find out. ;-D

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“The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear”

YA Fantasy Short Story

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Fooling a gryphon? Not her ideal day of treasure hunting…

After a hunter cheats Nuaka in a game of cards, she’s ready for payback. A few shapeshifting ribbons later, she sneaks into his room and steals a promising set of directions to the local ruins—and treasure horde.

If she gets the treasure before he does, she’ll be rich, and that cheater will learn his lesson:

Don’t mess with the shapeshifter.

At first, everything goes smoothly.

And then she runs into the gryphon.

Can she use her wit and her magic to make it out of the ruins alive… and with her treasure?

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Explore the trickery of a shapeshifter in this exciting short story.

Read “The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear” today!

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Infinitas Publishing – Status Report

The vacation month has passed (spent a lot of time roaming around Missouri visiting friends and family), and now it’s time for another Infinitas Publishing Status Report! Not quite as much to report, since… you know… vacation, but there’s still a few updates. 😉

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Starless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). Outline needs review.

SBibb - Glitch: Whispers in the Code Book CoverThe Glitch Saga (Distant Horizon spin-off series): As of July 12th, we will be removing the Glitch Saga (Whispers in the Code, Ghost of a Memory, and Spirits of a Glitch) from all retailers except Amazon. Then, once it’s been removed from all retailers, we will place it in KU (Kindle Unlimited). KU requires exclusivity, but we’re hoping to see a boost in readership similar to what we saw with Huntress.

In the meantime, I’m writing a new short story for the reader magnet. It will be free to newsletter subscribers, and I intend to make it available for 99 cents elsewhere.

The new short story will be from the point of view of a Community student who has failed the Health Scan, which means an inside look of a beastie plant from someone who doesn’t know/believe that powers exist. Currently working on the rough draft.

Lily’s Story: (Distant Horizon series spin-off/prequel novel) On hold. (Has outline).

Lady Black’s Story: Needs brainstorming.

Sky Runner: (Multiverse novel). On hold. (Has outline)

The Multiverse Chronicles: On hold. (Needs edits).

Little One: Needs Isaac’s notes input into manuscript, and then revisions.

Magebane Book CoverMagebane: (Book Three of The Wishing Blade series) Needs paperback edition formatted.

TWB 4: (Book Four of The Wishing Blade series). Isaac has read the first few chapters and provided notes. I will be revising those chapters based on his notes and then I’ll adjust the outline before continuing with the rough draft.

Stone and String 3: Original outline needs updating after discussing plot with Isaac. New plan for the story.

The Secret in the Shadows: (Prequel novella for The Wishing Blade) On hold.

The Legends of Cirena – Collaborative Adventure Facebook Group: We’ve completed the cross-over story between Livena and Nuaka, and have started a new story following an ex-militant merchant who has discovered a threat in Sastae, the city of the gods.

“The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear”: (A Legends of Cirena short story). Beta-reader feedback is in. I need to make revisions and edits, and then I’ll move on to finalizing it for publication. I’m almost finished finalizing the book cover.

“MOG”: On hold. (Needs revisions)

Huntress: Proofreading the print edition for typos.

Changeling: (Huntress #2) Needs to be formatted for print.

Huntress 3: Still brainstorming. Have a few more plot points, but may need to re-evaluate the fairy tale I originally planned on using for this one.

Game Design: It’s summer, so Isaac has been making progress. He’s revised the rules for one of our games (as of yet unannounced, but has been through multiple beta-testers, and is the second game we started working on with Infinitas Publishing). Plus, he’s made place-holder tokens for testing, along with an updated map to allow for more space. All of this still needs more artwork finalization, but the good news is that version two is almost ready for testing.

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Character from our Work-In-Progress Space Adventure Comic

Space Adventure Comic: We’re diving into the waters of comic book creation!

This is still very much in development, but is a project we’ve been working on here and there for the past couple months.

I’m using Daz (a 3D modeling program) to create the art. Right now we have most of the basic character designs, as well as the assets needed to render the images. Isaac has put together a couple different ships and ship bridges from those assets, as well.

Currently we have a rough draft of the script for the first issue, and our next step is to edit that draft so that I can begin finalizing characters and rendering the images.

We are still debating where to host the comic, but it will be online.

Marketing: I kind of slacked on marketing, largely due to vacation. Did attempt Facebook ads, which was… an experiment. Definitely needs more work.

I plan to revisit Amazon ads later in the month to decide how to proceed. Also, I would like to get back into creating Book Funnel promos, which I plan to focus on a bit more once I have the new reader magnet written for the Distant Horizon universe.

LitRPG / GameLit Story: On hold. (Needs revisions and restructuring).

Also, Isaac and I did a panel on Self-Editing Your Manuscript at the Writers of Warrensburg Writer’s Workshop. We had a lot of fun, learned some new things, met new people and had a chance to catch up with old friends. Definitely an enjoyable experience. (Plus, book signing at Reader’s World in Warrensburg!)

Writers of Warrensburg Book Signing 2019

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Happy writing and reading! 🙂

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Infinitas Publishing – Status Report

Almost hit two months between Infinitas Publishing Status Reports, but here it is!

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Fractured Skies - Book CoverFractured Skies: (Book 2 of the Distant Horizon series). The paperback edition has now been proofed and is ready for ordering! You can grab it from Amazon.

Plus, it’s part of the Kindle Matchbook program, so you can get the Kindle edition for yourself when you order the print copy.

Starless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). Need to review the outline with Isaac.

The Glitch Saga: The Complete Collection - EbookThe Glitch Saga (Distant Horizon spin-off series): Debating on putting this into KU for a few months and seeing how it does. I’d like to have another reader magnet prepared before pulling it from wide retailers, though.

Lily’s Story: (Distant Horizon series spin-off/prequel novel) On hold. (Has outline).

Lady Black’s Story: Needs a bit more brainstorming and an outline.

Sky Runner: (Multiverse novel). On hold. (Has outline)

The Multiverse Chronicles: On hold. (Needs edits).

Little One: Preparing to input Isaac’s notes into the manuscript and begin revisions.

Magebane Book CoverMagebane: (Book Three of The Wishing Blade series) This is the next one up on the formatting list for a paperback edition now that the paperback for Huntress is complete.

TWB 4: (Book Four of The Wishing Blade series). First part outlined, and the rough draft of this story is currently sitting at 14,500 words.

Stone and String 3: Outlined, with plans to write the rough draft after TWB 4.

The Secret in the Shadows: (Prequel novella for The Wishing Blade) On hold.

The Legends of Cirena – Collaborative Adventure Facebook Group: The current cross-over story continues Livena’s adventures from “The Wind Mage of Maijev,” and we’re a few episodes away from wrapping this up!

After that, I’ll see whether the group would prefer another cross-over between characters we’ve already seen, a single-character continuation of the characters we’ve already seen, or a whole new character.

“The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear”: (A Legends of Cirena short story). Currently out to beta-readers. Then it will go through one more round of revisions before I move on to the read-aloud and proofreading. I also have a cover proof created, which needs to be finalized.

“MOG”: On hold. (Needs revisions)

Huntress: Paperback edition is here! I am currently in the process of proofreading the paperback in case there are any formatting errors, but this time I checked those pesky ellipses before submitting it, and so far I’ve only found a couple issues that need to be corrected.

Changeling Book CoverChangeling: (Huntress #2) Published! (Also available to read for free for those with Kindle Unlimited subscriptions). Next step, creating the paperback edition. (This is my next formatting project after creating a paperback for Magebane.)

Huntress 3: Still in brainstorming stage. Next step is creating outline.

Game Design: On hold.

Marketing: Getting back into using Amazon Ads now that Publisher Rocket is working smoothly again. In the event that I put The Glitch Saga into KU, I’ll need to change the set-up for the reader magnet (currently Whispers in the Code).

LitRPG / GameLit Story: On hold. (Needs revisions, possible restructuring).

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Have a good month! 🙂

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