Upcoming for November

Happy first day of snow! (At least here!) November had arrived, along with winter and National Novel Writing Month!

This month, I can’t wait to dig into writing The Circlet: Artifacts of Avalum Book 2. If you haven’t checked out the preview for Book 1, The Torc, you can find it here: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/WNGLSOVB1GOP

Coming up in the blog will be a few winter book reviews, my NaNoWriMo experience, and updates on the Avalum world. I can’t wait to share this with you so be sure to check in regularly! What does your month hold?

JEH

The Torc Cover Art Reveal

I’ve finally got to a good place with my new project, The Torc, and I’m hoping it will be ready for readers in a couple of months. Do you know what else is ready? The cover! Isn’t it beautiful? The art work was once again done by Leah Keeler. I love it, it might be my favourite so far, though the Twisted Currents cover is tough competition!

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What I’m Reading: Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay

Book Review: Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay

A month ago I had the amazing experience of attending the When Words Collide writing conference in Calgary and listen to Guy Gabriel Kay read. I’ll be honest, I’d never read a Guy Gabriel Kay book prior to learning he would be a keynote speaker at the 2017 festival. Tigana was the first book of Kay’s that I’d ever read, and I loved it.

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Tigana is one of those fantasy books that doesn’t feel like fantasy because the world is so concrete, so real, that you can taste the blue wine and drink the details. Tigana might be set in a fantasy world based on renaissance Italy, but it comes alive on it’s own. With a myriad of characters, there was a lot to discover in Tigana, and it one of the most wonderful endings I’ve ever read.

So, if you’re like I was and you’ve never read a book by Guy Gabriel Kay, now is a great time to start.

5/5 Stars

JEH

Making Goals, Taking Breaks, and the Inevitable Arrival of Fall

Somewhere in the past week I was sure that I’d posted an update, but I guess my much needed break ran away with me. It is an amazing feeling to accomplish a goal, even if it is last minute and by the tip of your pinkie. But I did it, I typed the last word, wrapped up one last project, took a break, and now it is time to switch goals. And what a good time to do it as the season is also changing!

As part of my celebration I went out and purchased some of my favourite things: books! I also drank coffee, gorged on mouth-melting cinnamon buns, and made salsa fresh from my garden. Over the next couple months, I plan on reading and getting The Torc ready for publication.

The next twelve months are going to be a year of rewriting. I will still work on some drafts, but I’m slowing down my word count in order to focus on beautifying my completed first drafts that have been gathering dust for months to years, and I’m truly-possibly for the first time ever-looking forward to rewriting.

Like I said, a complete change of pace. I’m still going g to blog about what I’m reading about and what I’m writing about, but of course there will be no word count updates, but project updates.

Join me. We’ll have a blast!

JEH