The party happened June 8, 2014, at The Morris Book Shop in Chevy Chase here in Lexington. I created this spread in my smashbook just a few minutes ago.
I’m a guest blog at Jodi Lee’s Into the Mirror.
Buy Midnight and Harlan County Horrors for one low price!
Posted by Lesley Conner on May 13, 2014 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments
Midnight by Mari Adkins has officially been released and to celebrate we’re running a deal to make sure readers get their fill of the horrors that haunt Harlan County, Kentucky. Buy Midnight and Harlan County Horrors, Apex’s regional horror anthology that Mari edited, together for one low price.
Snag print copies of both books for only $20, plus free domestic shipping!
Prefer the paperless feel of eBooks? The eBook editions can be bought together for a mere $8.99.
The sale runs from May 13th till May 20th.
To take advantage of this fantastic deal head over to the Midnight product page. Order links for the sale are below the cover image.
This is the cover for our upcoming novel MIDNIGHT by Mari Adkins. The artwork and design was created by Billy Tackett. The book is due to be published May 27th.
A romantic supernatural fantasy, Mari Adkins’s Midnight introduces us to Sami as she first enters Harlan County, Kentucky and begins a journey that will change her life.
Samantha Clark has always known she was different. Brought up in a loveless household, she can almost forgive herself for turning to an abusive boyfriend to help give her the roots and love she desperately needs. But that solution turns violent, and Sami is on the run, turning to a college friend who offers her a new hope at ‘family’.
Set in Harlan, Kentucky in 1985, Midnight is the inward journey of Sami’s self-loathing, self-reflection, and eventual self-acceptance. Through the love of her friends and the mysterious Michael, Sami not only heals from the scars given earlier in life, she finds her personal strength.
So I worked out probably my biggest problem with Destiny’s Story.
I had too much material.
I had the brainstorm the other day to do another notebook. I’ve not done a physical notebook (binder) for any story since … oh about three or four back, honestly. Doing this helped me see what I had – and what I had was a lot. So I sat down with printed sheets, dividers, pens, and markers.
Turns out I have enough material for three books.
Since then, I’ve been working on breaking up what needs to go into which book, updating notes, separating sections, answering questions, setting up various pages and notes I need/use in OneNote. Kind of, in a way, starting this whole project from scratch. Yesterday, I printed off four pages of questions I need to answer. Today, I spent a bit of time answering them. Tomorrow, I need to get the timelines for all three books set up.
After that – I should be ready to write again. Finally.
Which is good because I have some of this material up for the WriteOnCon and need to get it all switched around and redone before the actual con starts next week!
I also finished one editing project (remember the one with all the commas?) and got it turned in. I’ve got a piece to read before Thursday evening, to turn it back in to my critique group. And I still have one editing project in progress.
During all this, I’m sitting here thinking – maybe I need to break the Midnight sequel into two books, too … But I’m not ready to tackle that yet. I need to clear what’s right in front of me first. (must stop piling on more and more and not getting things done!)
This made me happy!
I’ve known for some time that Destiny’s Story just wasn’t working the way I wanted it to, but I couldn’t figure out why. I thought maybe, at first, the format I had chosen just wasn’t working. I wanted my 15 year old FMC to write journal entries.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about this story since my father-in-law passed last month. It’s funny what gets a writer’s mind working toward the right direction. Anyway, I’d been trying to decipher the problem and find a solution. Of course, you can’t prescribe a fix without a diagnosis, so for a while there, I just went around in circles. As if my ADHD brain doesn’t need more circles to navigate.
The problem is two-fold.
- I started the story entirely too early
- The narrative needs divided into months — such as what I did with the Midnight stories — not diary entries
So now, I get to sit down with the new starting point and get on from there.