Upcoming Books: Update
I've gotten some excellent feedback on my new YA high-fantasy novel (yep, I'm still keeping the title secret--let's just call it "The Road" for now), and I'm currently hard at work making revisions for optimal excitement and allure. I cannot wait for all of you to read it when it's ready!
In addition to that moody and mysterious fellow, I've completed outlining another new, original-world fantasy. You can expect an exotic flair from this one, an all new magical system, and lots of monstrous creatures.
In short, we're in the calm of the storm before books begin raining down again. Get your umbrellas ready! Book spines and thick plots hit hard!
If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter (I'm still having technical issues with FB), you may have seen a few pictures pop up while I was visiting Utipiacon this year for my very first book signing.
Being the ambivert/introvert that I am, I love meeting and talking to people, but I'm terrified of "the spotlight". Yep, I get stage fright, big time. The shaky hands, the cringey awkwardness, all of it. I was more than a little nervous about stepping behind the signing-table, the way so many of my author-heroes had. But I was excited too, and thrilled to challenge myself.
As it turned out, the stories about Utopiacon were true! Absolutely everyone I met was friendly, supportive and enthusiastic about our shared passion for all things speculative-fiction. After the very first afternoon, I found myself completely at ease. I spoke with so many wonderful readers, authors, editors, designers, and reviewers, that rather than feeling drained by the long weekend (introverts, you know what I'm talking about it), I wound up feeling energized. I didn't want it to end.
Nashville was incredible. I don't know when or where my next opportunity to visit will be, but I can't wait and I truly look forward to meeting more of you!
That's it for now, but check back soon for updates on those two new series I'm working on. Concept art will be incoming!
I've heard great things about this convention and I can't wait to meet all of the wonderful people involved in it, the staff, editors, authors and readers alike!
Prepping for a convention...
My recent radio-silence has been a combination of prepping for the con and one technical difficulty after another. Bleh! The robots have risen against us! But I'm here now, and that's all that matters.
DIY goes a long way, as an author, and I've hand-designed the following things for my table: New logo, standing banner, printed table runner, glow in the dark wrist bands, buttons, stickers, bookmarks (portraits by Volta), postcards (sketches by Brittany Willows) and business cards, as well as having worked on the limited book prints for the signing.
Swag for the swagalicious! Come to table 49 and get it while it's hot!
I'd post pictures of all of those things right here and now, but I had all of it shipped to a bestie in Austin, TX so I wouldn't have to lug it from Hawaii. Hopefully it all looks good...elsewise, we're all in for a surprise!
Here's a preview of a few of my designs:
Joined by my two sisters and one of my fantastic besties, I will be roadtripping up from Austin, TX to Nashville, TN in one crazy-long drive! Being that I'll also be flying in from Hawaii and connecting in San Francisco, I might just be a brain-eating zombie that not even the brilliant Isaac Marion could return to humanity by the time I get to Nashville! You've been warned. (Note: I can be effectively distracted by cookies)
Keep an eye on my Instagram. I'll be posting pictures of my travels beginning Tuesday the 20th!
Last thing, I've overhauled the website! Hope you like it.
I think that's enough yammering for now. Seize that summer, lovelies!
UTOPiA-CON 2017 #BookFreaks #StepWriteUp
Good news, everyone! (Yes, I love me some Futurama.)
I am thrilled to announce that I will be flying across the great blue Pacific to attend UTOPiA-CON this summer in Nashville, Tennessee! This fantastic, annual writer/reader’s convention will have its doors wide open from June 22-25th, 2017.
I’ll be signing books and handing out awesome War of Princes swag on Friday and Saturday in the exhibit hall, so feel free to swing by, say hello and grab yourself some goodies! (If my name isn't on the Signing Authors list on their website, it just hasn't been updated yet.)
UTOPiA 2017 is going to be a true wonderland, packed with incredible authors (I mean, look at that lineup), brilliant readings, illuminating talks, constructive workshops, and an award-ceremony and after-party event that should not be missed. Check out the sparkly schedule here. Did I mention that the theme is “Freak Show”? I think I’m in love with this convention, and I haven’t even gotten there yet. #BookFreaks #StepWriteUp
If you can make it, I look forward to meeting you--and if it isn’t in the stars for you this time, keep an eye on my social media for pictures and updates! (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook)
Good gravity, I think I’m going to have a fan-girl meltdown, myself. I simply cannot wait.
Hope to see you there!
And in related book news, I'm currently working on a set of revisions for my new fantasy novel. Having a lot of fun with it and I cannot wait until its ready for you guys to read.
Let's be honest about this, the day the patronus quiz was released on Pottermore.com, I shrieked like a banshee, turned translucent blue and haunted my own house until I could reach a laptop to take it. Theatrics aside, I discovered my animal protector, and like so many others, I was surprised by the result...
I'm a friendly, cheerful, skip-through-the-flowers sort of person, so I was surprised that my patronus wound up something as gruff as a badger. But hey, I like badgers, they're tough, smart little jerks and they'd make one hell of a guardian. If you got something interesting, post it down in the comments!
Podcasts and Worthy Mentions
My patronus brings us right down to this awesome podcast I'm shamelessly addicted to. It's called Hello from the Magic Tavern. Be warned, parents and children, it does have some mature content, and plenty of whimsical debauchery. That being said, I'm a complete fan-girl over it.
In the podcast we follow Arnie Niekamp, an average dude from Chicago, who has fallen through a portal behind a Burger King and wound up in the magical land of Foon. Here, he selflessly uses his podcasting equipment to interview the folk of this Tolkien-esque fantasy realm. His two regulars are an enthusiastic, long-named wizard named Usidore (oh, believe me, I have his entire name memorized) and a shape-shifter named Chunt who is most often a badger. So, being a fan-girl, you can imagine my excitement when I discovered that my patronus was a badger...possibly Chunt himself! The whole show is based on RP (roleplay) and improvisation, it's really quite genius!
After Tweeting in my excitement that Chunt turned out to be my Patronus, I nearly died when Chunt himself liked the post. The next day, Usidore the wizard liked it too, and my inner fan-girl took over, much the way the Hulk transforms Bruce Banner. Before my fan-girl spree could turn into a rampage, I was placated by tacos. Ahh...the noble taco, bringing peace and contentment to all the land.
Well, that's it for now guys! Halloween is around the corner, so I hope you're having a great, spooky autumn! Catch you on the flip side.
Guys! I wrote a list of books/shows I recommend for binging on Labor Day weekend (and throughout September), and the Vampire Diaries website picked it up! My inner fan-girl is curled up in fetal position right now, rocking back and forth and muttering about the narrowing degrees of separation between my desk and the Salvatore brothers! ;)
Click the image above, or HERE to check out the list on their website! Mmm...Vampire Diaries. What? I'm not drooling--you're drooling!
As if that isn't awesome enough (ERMGR they're on my Twitter!! *brain explodes, blood everywhere*), my entire series is on sale through the month of September! Each book is $1.99 until the end of the month, so its a great time to drag your friends into The War of Princes world and watch them experience the same things you did while reading. Am I the only one who stares at their friends while they're reading? Heh...heh... >_>
With that, my friends, I'm off! Hope you're off to a great start to September!
A few of us have crazy dreams of seeing these characters up on the big screen somehow (no simple process), and climbing up in the rankings certainly helps! So, thank you loyal readers, for all of your reviews and recommendations, and thank you new readers for joining the WoP family!
...here in the jungle (about a week ago), a storm tore over Hawaii causing a flash-flood right before my eyes. I live beside a year-round stream, and when this storm struck, my stream turned into a raging river in less than two minutes! The overflowing waters had dragged all kinds of debris along with it, plugging my driveway bridge, and with nowhere else to go, the furious flood invaded my yard and climbed up my driveway, headed for the cottage I live in. I could hear the water dragging rocks--it sounded like boulder popcorn--so loud! I really wish I'd gotten video, or even some photos, but I was actually worried about my safety at the time (a rare occasion for an adventurous country-girl like myself). Luckily, the water pushed the debris out from where it had been clogging the bridge, and began to drain to regular flood levels.
For a minute there, guys...phew.
Anyway, I hope you're all having an excellent spring! More updates to come...as always, thank you for reading!
I'm fairly certain my husband and sister thought I needed emergency medical attention as I began gasping, shrieking and staggering around my living room without warning. Luckily, I wasn't suffering any injury (or long anticipated psychotic break?), and when I told them what was going on, they began shouting with me. Cheering, it seems, is contagious.
Check it out guys! Just click the pic above or click THIS to see the BuzzFeed post. To be mentioned at all, let alone at the top of a list such as this, in such stellar company... well, I am both awed and honored.
Hope you're all enjoying Lastland!
It's major announcement time, so I'm just going to dive right in!
You can PRE-ORDER now! The entire series, including the long-anticipated Book 4 will be released January 5th, 2016!
The first three books have been re-visited and revised, and even have a few all new scenes! Perfect for the avid re-readers, continuing readers and newcomers alike! Many of you will notice that Book Two, formerly DRAGOON, has been renamed PAPERGLASS. Also, the series name has been rephrased as THE WAR OF PRINCES. Same books, new names.
"Why change the cover art?" you ask. Well, I'm an art-lover and was excited to see what our designers would come up with. Also, I wanted all of you original readers to easily be able to show that you were there from the beginning--the original books are like rare special-editions now. Paperback copies have been pulled, so for the time being, we're digital-only.
Introducing Book Four: LASTLAND
Keep an eye on this blog, Facebook and Twitter for new updates, as I'm going to have a new year's giveaway, as well as some new content here on the website. Thank you guys for your patience and your unending support. And now, let the adventure continue!
two wonderful editors over at Alloy Entertainment. There are at least 2 cover-to-cover rounds of edits per book, and we've gone over all four books in consecutive order, cleaning, streamlining and adding unique material along the way. I recently finished the first round of edits for book four (I'm sure my neighbors heard the squeals of excitement and the gibbering wails of nostalgia that night), and now I'm onto the second round of edits, beginning with Haven all over again. Yeehaw!
The experience of the editing process in traditional publishing tends to have mixed reviews by its authors and can seem like a frightening hurdle for indie authors considering a traditional alternative. To be honest, I've heard some authors say that editing is akin to having teeth pulled at the dentist. And, to be fair, I've found others (like Marina Adair, friend and romance author extraordinaire) to completely enjoy the process. My take on it? It's a puzzle... like redesigning a spiderweb while retaining its original shape. It's nothing that cannot be conquered with hard work, focus, and a brimming mug of coffee (Note: Caffeine is not for everyone. Please consult your metabolism before consumption.) Also, the end result is so beautiful, it deserves its own mirror. ;) I have a massive appreciation for my editors (past and present), and feel lucky to have worked with such awesome people. Yes, awesome is the technical term.
ORBIS calculates the the time and distance it takes to get from one place to another, by foot, carriage, horse, military march or boat. There are a lot of variables in using this tool, too many to list, but things like roads, seasons, terrain, speed, river, coastal and open ocean travel--even cost--all come into play and can be toggled. ORBIS is based off of Roman era technology and set in our very own world. It can be adapted for original-world fantasy, medieval, western, historical, or heck, even on-foot science fiction, to give you at the very least, an accurate range of time versus distance and method of travel. If you happen to be writing a Roman historical fantasy, well, then you've struck the gold-mine on this one! Check it out here, and I hope it helps you in your written worlds!
That's about all for now, guys! More to come soon, and as always, thanks for reading!
First step: Pick five of your favorite books. Be sure they share your story's POV (whether it be first-person or third-person perspective) and tense (past or present). I also recommend choosing books from the same genre you are writing.
Second step: Open up a blank document or grab a clean sheet of paper, and pick a page from each of the five books at random. It is important to select these pages in no particular order so that you do not become distracted by the awesome and entertaining storyline as you repeat this exercise- instead, you'll be focusing on the writing itself.
Third step: Transcribe! Copy down the entire page, word-for-word, comma-for-comma. When you're finished, you'll have one random page from five of your favorite authors.
Fourth step: Throw it all away. Your transcriptions, not the books. ;) We're not here to plagiarize these amazing authors, but learn from them. Musicians practice the songs of other musicians to expand their skills- this is the same thing.
That's all I've got for now. Time for me to crawl back into my writer-cave like an unnervingly cheerful bridge-troll (not to be confused with an internet troll). Do not fear, my friends, I keep my curtains open and eat plenty of fruit to keep the scurvy away! Just kidding... mostly... when I have a break from writing or working on revisions for my re-release, I plan on finding a pool of water to fling myself into. I hope that you're all enjoying your summer!
A. R. Ivanovich is likely typing away at her desk, with a cup of heavily caffeinated tea and a cat on her lap.