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USA Today Bestselling Author!

USA Today Bestselling Author!

It still setting in. I’ve been working all year on this. First drafting ‘A Fistful of Magic’ then promoting the heck out of the box set it is in, Fire and Fantasy. The book itself is hands down my best. Each one I write I hope I improve over the last. I plan on doing a few sequels to Wash and Caitlyn’s adventure. They will have to wait a little while. Life is complicated for everyone! In the meanwhile, thank you for all your support and time in purchasing, reading, and reviewing A Fistful of Magic. I don’t write for me, or for my family, or honestly for the money (it is always nice though) I write to tell stories and entertain. If only one person ever read my book I would be okay with that, as long as they enjoyed it. Until next time,
-Cassy

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The Wait is Over!

The Wait is Over!

Wreathed in Flame is now available on Amazon.com and Kindle Unlimited. Buy or borrow Book 3 of Faith of the Fallen, today!

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Wreathed in Flame

 

Children are disappearing all over Seattle. When Detective John Yu’s niece goes missing under mysterious circumstances he fights fire with fire and calls in Alexi and Savanna. Missing children, however, are just the tip of the iceberg. With the help of a new coven of witches and some old friends, the duo has to find the missing children, save a stranded fae from certain death, and fight a bloodthirsty pack of werewolves. All in a day’s work for a vampire and a witch, until things get personal. With the fate of the world in the balance, Alexi must choose between saving her daughter or saving the planet. 

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We’re in the final stages…

We’re in the final stages…

Good news! Wreathed in Flame will be released on schedule Tuesday, December 27th! Despite my appendicitis, I have managed to make the final edits and send it off to the final round of proof-reading. I’m excited to see what everyone thinks of Alexi and Savanna’s latest adventure. Please feel free to message me on Facebook, email me or leave a comment below. Thank you all for being such awesome readers!

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

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I love this holiday. Being thankful for the people, and things my life is something I try to do every day. One day a year we gather as a family and celebrate our thankfulness. In that respect, here is a treat for us all to be thankful for!

Doing what you Love

Doing what you Love

There is something undefinable about doing what you love. I used to think to do what you love meant hobbies and extracurricular activities. Playing games on the weekend, seeing movies, reading books, etc. The rest of the time you did what you had to do. Then I started seriously writing. A year ago today, I was half way through Blood Sacrifice thinking I might not finish it. Who was I to be a writer? Spoiler alert: I did finish it. Both With the Dawn and Blood Sacrifice have been a fantastic success for me. I’m not about to roll out of here on my private boat, but it is going to be more than enough to keep me writing. Probably for the rest of my life. Well, as long as I keep releasing books.

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Yesterday With the Dawn went on a Kindle Fire sale. It is where people who own a Kindle Fire can buy books at a discount. Going into the sale I was nervous. What if it didn’t perform? What if my ranking didn’t move? What if it went down? Within an hour of the sale, a sale which included hundreds of books, I was under a thousand. An hour later I hit 400, then 180, 160, and finally 120. My author rank also shot way up and for a few glorious moments, I was the twenty-fifth best-selling author on in Fantasy on Amazon. Nearly 24 hours later and my ranking is still hovering under 500. I guess people like Alexi and Savanna. I’m glad and I hope they continue to like them as I release more books. I can’t tell you I will never end the series, but I don’t see that in the future yet.

All the best,

-Cassy

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With the Dawn has launched on Amazon.com

With the Dawn has launched on Amazon.com

It’s finally here. The day I have been waiting for all my life. I know that sounds dramatic but it really has been the day. With the Dawn started out as a challenge to write a full sized novel in Urban Fantasy and turned into a life changing project. With the Dawn, a single novel, turned into a series called, Faith of the Fallen, which spawned two more books I’ve already written. WithTheDawn-eBookFINAL_08032016The second novel, Blood Sacrifice, comes out on Tuesday, exactly a week after With the Dawn launched. As a reader, I hated having to wait years for a sequel. As a writer, I won’t do that. The third book, Wreathed in Flame, is already written as well. I’m planning on releasing it by the end of December. I won’t be ending the series there, though. I have sketched an outline for two more books… at least! I love Alexi and Savanna, to me they’re real people, they just happen to live exclusively in my head. I hope you will join me on this ride. Read With the Dawn, interact with me, ask questions. I am a people person and I love nothing more than talking to people about my craft. Especially, when they’re as interested in it as I am!
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Also, don’t forget to sign up for my mailing list! If you do you will receive a FREE story called, By Silver Light, with Alexi, Savanna, and Victor. This story will never be available anywhere else. If you like my work, consider leaving a review and recommending it to your friends. You can also share my Facebook page. Thank you for being here with me, it has been an amazing journey so far and I can’t wait to see what comes next!

-Cassy

With the Dawn is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com!

With the Dawn is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com!

With the Dawn available for pre-order now!

It has happened! My debut novel, With the Dawn, is now available for pre-order on the world’s largest ebook retailer! Order it now to have it on your kindle September 20th. Once you’ve read it, don’t forget to sign up for my mailing list for a FREE story involving Alexi, Savanna, and Victor. Afterwards, return to Amazon and pick up the sequel, Blood Sacrifice, and don’t forget to leave a review!

Blood Sacrifice available for pre-order!

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How I turn an Idea into a Novel: My Process

How I turn an Idea into a Novel: My Process

The number one question I get asked is, “How do you come up with a story?” Quickly followed by, “How do you turn that into a novel?” We won’t talk about the umpteen million times I get told, “I have an idea for a book”. I used to think authors exaggerated that. Who tells another person, “I have an idea for you to do something in your profession, and oh yeah, it is so good I could make money off of it, but I am giving it to you for free”.
Regardless, I thought I might share with you, my process.

Ideas come from a lot of places while reading, watching TV or a movie, or about any time during the day. They come from about anywhere. The two biggest places I receive revelation for stories is in the shower, and through conversations with my significant other. I kid you not. The other day we were looking at some art together and talking about the current political climate and *BAM* an idea hit me. I won’t go into the idea because I haven’t written it yet.

What then? How do I turn a single idea, or image in my head, to a fully fleshed out novel? Good question. Let me tell you, it isn’t easy. Before I buckled down and put my shoulder to the wheel of writing, it would appall me to throw out words. I wouldn’t do it. Eight thousand words in and the story wasn’t working at all, I would ride that train right off the cliff! What I had to learn to do was to write, and not be afraid to start over. If you’re not feeling the story in your bones, then you need to think about tossing it out and starting over.

For With the Dawn I had several incarnations of the characters, the story, even the setting. In my first attempt at writing it, I didn’t want it to be in anyone city. I tried to keep it generic. Halfway through the book, I realized that I needed to be specific because of certain magical things that happen. I love Seattle decided to use that.

My point is that you have to be willing to start over. Do not fall in love with your first draft, if you’re serious about writing, you will need to get serious about drafting. I promise you that you will know the best version when you write it, and it ‘s rarely the first one. When we brainstorm our minds go for the easiest things to grasp, it is called low hanging fruit. In nature, that is the easiest fruit to pluck. In our heads, we have a lifetime of novels and movies and it all coalesces with our imagination. The first thing that bubbles up to the surface will be the thing we’ve seen the most.

What next? I write. A lot. A lot a lot. Four to five hours a day, twenty minutes at a time, totaling three to five thousand words each day. Some days it’s magic, some days it’s garbage. There isn’t anything you can do to replace this one simple task.

Notice that nowhere did I mention outlining. Because I don’t. Everyone has their process, and for some people outlining is their jam. For me, it is a deathblow to my creativity (See my earlier post). You have to be in a creative mode to come up with the best ideas. I can’t do that while trying to figure out what should happen next. When I’m writing the story flows out of me like a river. I know what happens next because it feels right. Weird, I know. Remember, I’ve spent my whole life telling stories, reading stories, and reading about storytelling. It is the number one subject at my house. Ask my friends what I talk about the most and they will say, “Movies, TV, Books, Comic books, and storytelling”. You have to live and breath it. I think that part is true for most authors. Writing is not a sometime thing, it is an every time thing.

That is about it. I find an idea, I write about it until I think it can be a whole novel, then I start writing. Sure, pantsing isn’t the most elegant way, I have to create backstories on the fly and fill out the background as I go. This means I have to be extra careful in the editing phase to make sure my continuity is correct.

The one thing I want you to remember is that all of this means nothing if you aren’t willing to write. You need to be hungry to write, you need to be willing to put aside all your hobbies and time wasters, and focus on this one thing. Trust me when I say, those things won’t mean as much to you, as finishing your first novel. They certainly won’t mean as much if you manage to publish it through a publishing house. The same goes for when you make money on your work, your words, your imagination. There is no feeling quite like it.

In the words of some of my favorite podcasters,

You’re out of excuses, go write.

 

All the best,

Cassy

Accepted by Kindle Press

Accepted by Kindle Press

There is a fantastic feeling that comes when someone other than your immediate family validates your hard work. I’ve never needed anyone person’s praise but having over a thousand people’s praise, that’s something special. Thank you to everyone who supported With the Dawn. I don’t have a release date yet, but when I do, you will all be the first to know!

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