New Release for Deb Logan!

I’m really excited to announce that my alter-ego’s latest short story is now available from all your favorite e-book distributors! “The Worst Summer Vacation Ever” (by Deb Logan) was a blast to write, and based on a real lake house that I visited in NY State’s Finger Lakes region many years ago. Of course, no one died in that house (at least, not that I know of!), but it was fun to set my YA paranormal mystery/romance there.

Here’s the information:

THE WORST SUMMER VACATION EVER
by Deb Logan
Audience: Teen | Paranormal | Short Story

Amanda Baines loves her family. Really. Even her younger siblings, the rug rats. But when her parents take all her carefully crafted summer plans and blow them straight to … well someplace even hotter than Oklahoma in July, she is definitely not a happy camper. Spending the summer at the lake house her father had frequented as a child is SO not what she had planned. Especially not when said house is totally secluded and offers no modern conveniences. Not even an indoor toilet! Will Amanda survive an unplugged summer in a creepy old house that seems to be watching her like a beast of prey?

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In other Deb Logan news, be sure to check out her “Bundles Galore” page for news about TWO StoryBundle opportunities! “Thunderbird is featured in a YA bundle and “Faery Unexpected” is in a Fantasy bundle!

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The Faery Tales Bundle: Author David Miller!

I’m excited to introduce you to David Miller, author of Stone of Destiny, the first book in his Irish Cycle.

Take it away, David!

Where do you live and what does your writing space look like?
I’m originally from New York, but for the past seven years Southern New Hampshire’s been home. I have a dedicated office in my home, but I tend to not write in there much. Usually, I’m either out on the sofa in the living room or at my favorite place to write—when the weather cooperates—in a lounge chair out on my deck.

Why do you write?
First and foremost I write to entertain myself. I have always been a voracious consumer of stories; TV, movies, books, comic books, whatever. So the idea of creating my own stories, stories that I’d want to read, fun for me.

Also because I’ve spent so many hours being entertained by others, by reading what they’ve written, for me to have a chance to do the same, to entertain people, to give them a few hours of enjoyment or escapism, that’s very gratifying to me.

When did you start writing?
Years back, when I was working a corporate job, I traveled a lot, upwards of two weeks per month, so I had a lot of time on my hands; flying, in hotel rooms, waiting around airports. On the Internet, I saw an open call for short story submissions for a Star Trek anthology series called STRANGE NEW WORLDS. I’ve always been a big Star Trek fan so I thought it would be fun to try and write a story for it. It took me eight years but I managed to sell them three stories, and that was it. I was bitten by the writing bug.

Tell us about the book you have in the bundle. How did it come to be?
The book I have in this bundle is called STONE OF DESTINY. It’s Book One in what’s called the Irish Cycle series. The story takes place in modern day Boston where a cop, Sean Regan, teams up with a Celtic warrior demi-goddess from Irish mythology sent to our world to safeguard an ancient mystical artifact. Along the way they encounter supernatural creatures and mythical beings drawn from a mix of mythological and paranormal legends.

I wanted to do an urban fantasy series that would uniquely combine ancient mythological characters and concepts such as those in the Celts, Norse, Asian, and other mythologies, with the supernatural elements of witches, vampires, werewolves, demons, and Satan, to bring them together in a modern setting, in this case Boston.

The Irish Cycle series tells the tale of Sean Regan and his team’s attempts to battle the forces of ancient evils invading our world and preventing an apocalyptic invasion from many Otherworlds. STONE OF DESTINY is book one in that effort.

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?
Oh, there are so many, but the one thing that sticks with me the most is something I heard either Michael Connelly or Jeffery Deavers say about writing crime stories, but I think it applies to any genre. I’m paraphrasing, but here it is: “It’s not about how the detective works the case, it’s how the case works the detective.” In other words, the most important thing about the story is not what is going on, but always how the character is affected by what is going on.

Are you a planner, or do you write into the dark? Do you write fast or slow?
I do outline, but I keep it loose, never letting myself get confined by it. An outline keeps me focused, and from wandering down time-wasting rabbit holes. I write out the basic beginning, middle, and end in a one page blurb, then I do a more detailed breakdown of beats for about the first quarter to half of the novel, leaving the second half rather vague. As I write, I’m thinking about what needs to come next and like a ball of yarn pushed out ahead of me I flesh out the story (the outline) with greater and greater detail, creating the outline as I go. If that makes sense.

I write slowly. 700-1000 words an hour depending on how well I’ve outlined a scene or whether I get into that elusive groove writers all chase. If I can get between 2000 and 3000 words a day done I’m satisfied. That’s three to five hours of writing and then the rest of my time is spent doing the admin and marketing business that needs doing.

Tell us about your most recent book.
I just finished a novella that introduces a new character into the Irish Cycle series. It’s called THE DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS. The protagonist is Sarah Prentiss, a young woman who begins to exhibit unusual powers even as she learns that demons are real.

It’s with my editor now. We hope to have it released by the time this bundle goes on sale.

What are you currently working on?
I’m working on Book 2 in the Irish Cycle series. The working title is GATEWAY TO SHEOL. In it, Sean Regan and his group are in a race to find—and deal with—a Gateway into Hell. It’s scheduled for publication in early fall.

In addition to STONE OF DESTINY, readers might be interested to know there’s another book in the Irish Cycle series, THROUGH THE AGES, available now in eBook and print format. THOUGH THE AGES is a collection of stories featuring Saito Izumi, a 400-year-old Japanese vampire, who’s a prominent character in STONE OF DESTINY.

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The Faery Tales Bundle: Author Linda Jordan

Today I’m delighted to introduce you to Linda Jordan, author of Faerie Unraveled, the first book in her Bones of the Earth series.

Tell us all your secrets, Linda!

Where do you live and what is your writing space like?
I live in the Pacific Northwest, about half an hour north of Seattle. In the woods. I have two main writing spaces. In the cold, wet weather I write at my desk in the kitchen/dining room of a teeny tiny house. My desk closes up because — cats! When I open it up there’s a (small) space filled with lights, and rocks and artwork. It’s very pretty. And pens, lots of pens, even though I use a laptop to write on. I’ve been collecting rocks since I was old enough to pick them up. I haven’t stopped.

In the summer, when it’s not raining, I write at one of the tables outside in the garden. When it’s cooler, I pick a table in the sun and when it’s hot, I head for the shade. We have extension cords stretched across the garden to various tables, so I can plug in and get to work. It’s wonderful to write outside and be influenced by the birds, the wind and other various noises that come into my world. Writing outside is my favorite place, which always makes me wish summer would last a bit longer.

Why do you write?
I’m the kind of person who needs to be creative. I chose writing as that outlet because I was a voracious reader. It seemed the best fit for me. I sometimes make other art — paintings and mosaics, very badly.

When did you start writing?
I started writing when I was in my early 20’s. I floundered around for many, many, many years before I took a writing workshop from Steve Perry, and then went to Clarion West.

What genre(s) do you write?
Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy, Science Fiction and Mystery. There may be others, I always like to try new, shiny things.

Tell us about the book you have in this bundle. How did it come to be?
I was sitting around one spring day, settling in to write. I knew it was time to write a novel, I’d just written a slew of short stories and was ready for something longer. I saw the first scene in my head. A woman walking around the Fremont area of Seattle (where I used to live) in the early hours before dawn. She was watching a coyote eat something, probably a cat. And I knew she wasn’t human. It took me quite a while before I figured out who and what she was. That was the birth of Faerie Unraveled. Which eventually grew into a five book series.

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?
Oh, there’s so much awesome advice. The best I’ve received recently is to immerse myself completely in the character. Feel what they are feeling, smell what they’re smelling and taste what they’re tasting. And write that. If you just keep following the character, you’ll find your story.

Are you a planner, or do you write into the dark? Do you write fast or slow?
I used to be a planner and plot everything out. But then I never wanted to write the book. I felt done with it, since I knew what happened. So I began to write in the dark and it’s so much more fun. I’m so often surprised by where the story takes me.

I write fast when I apply myself. When I spend more hours in the chair. However, since my life is crazy busy, I don’t get as much time and focus as I’d like. Then I write very slowly.

Tell us about your most recent book.
I have two most recent books. Both published in April of 2017. The first one is the third Faerie book: Faerie Descent. The second is the beginning of a cozy mystery series, Horticultural Homicide.

But let me tell you about my 2nd Faerie book: Faerie Contact – The Bones of the Earth Series: Book 2.

Faerie must find a way to tell humans they exist. The sylph, Skye, goes to Glastonbury as an ambassador. She needs to pass as human to gain their trust.

Just as she begins her work a strange being who threatens Faerie’s existence appears. Skye and her friends must thwart the being’s plan.

Faerie threatens to fall and take our world with them.

An earthy epic fantasy set in contemporary times that provides a welcome breath of fresh air.

What are you currently working on?
I’m currently finishing up a science fiction novel that I must change the working title for, so I can’t tell you what it is.

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Thank you, Linda. It’s always fun to get to spend time with you!

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The Faery Tales Bundle: Author Leah Cutter

It’s my privilege to introduce you to my friend (and editor!) Leah Cutter, author of The Changeling Troll, the first novel in a new adult urban fantasy series.

Welcome, Leah! Tell us about yourself 😀

Where do you live and what is your writing space like?
That’s complicated. I have a house on Capitol Hill in Seattle: think funky, comfortable, urban. My husband owns a farm out in Ravensdale: 6.5 acres of woodlands. I spend time at both properties. I have three desks between the two properties. Plus, I write on the couch, sitting on chairs, sitting outside on the deck, at the Starbucks in town… I know some people advocate always writing at the same time everyday, and in the same location. That will never work for me. Variety helps me produce more.

Why do you write?
I always change this question to: why do you publish? I write because I have no choice. I publish, and share my work, because I’m a tour guide at heart. Come, let me show you, dear reader, the strange and wonderful places I’ve been to, either physically or just in my head.

When did you start writing?
My first journal from when I was eight years old states that, “When I grow up, I want to be a writer.” I don’t remember a time when I didn’t tell stories.

What genre(s) do you write?
Fantasy, science fiction, mystery, literary, horror.

Tell us about the book you have in this bundle. How did it come to be?
I was at CampCon (group of writers who get together for a weekend every summer and camp and write) and the novel I’d planned to write wasn’t going well. I went on a hike with my husband and we talked about what I was really interested in, what did I want to write instead. “The Changeling Troll” turned out to be the result.

The sequel, “The Princess Troll” is already available.

The final book in the trilogy, “The Fairy Bridge Troll” is currently scheduled to be published in October. (The book is written and is at the copyeditor at this time.)

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?
Have fun. If you’re not having fun, you’ll burn out as a writer.

Are you a planner, or do you write into the dark? Do you write fast or slow?
I write mostly into the dark. And I write fast. I’m always trying to hit “flow state” as soon as I sit down, training myself that when I sit down with my writing computer, it’s time to write. Period. I’m up to about 2000 words per hour at this point, and am working toward pushing that up to 2500.

Tell us about your most recent book.
“The Harps of the Six Kingdoms” – a dark epic fantasy that was a long time in coming. I started the initial trilogy in 2008, however, the books were broken. I would have had to rewrite everything from scratch. Instead, I decided to scrap those books and start again, in the same world, 1000 years later.

What are you currently working on?
Short fiction for the next month or so. Too much going on to focus on a novel. I’ll be picking up “Bloodied Ice”, the last of the Cassie stories, later in the fall.

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Thanks, Leah. It’s always fabulous to spend time with you!

Information about the Faery Tales Bundle is available at BundleRabbit.

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The Faery Tales Bundle: Author Deb Logan

Yes. You read that right! While Debbie Mumford is the curator of this bundle, my alter-ego Deb Logan is one of the authors 😀

So … here’s all about Deb:

A prolific copywriter by day, Deb Logan has been published in WMG Publishing’s Fiction River anthologies, Dreaming Robot Press’s 2017 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide, as well as other anthologies and e-zines. WDM Publishing has released several short stories, short story collections, and novels for young readers, including the popular Dani Erickson series. Find out more about Deb’s work at deblogan.wordpress.com

Where do you live and what is your writing space like?
I make my home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest of the USA. Vancouver, Washington to be exact. No, not Vancouver, British Columbia, that’s in Canada, several hundred miles north of where I live. Vancouver, Washington is just across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon, and in some ways, is a bedroom community to Portland.

As to the question of my writing space, I don’t have an actual office. I write on a MacBook Pro laptop, sitting in my favorite chair in the living room … with my feet up. What can I say? I’m into comfort! With my body at ease, my mind is free to wander into other worlds and visit possibilities of existences other than our own.

Why do you write?
I’m an avid reader—I think most writers are—and I’ve always found myself saying, “Yes, but what if that happened?” At some point, I stopped wondering about nuances of other writers’ worlds and decided to create my own. It’s harder than you’d think, being the god of an imagined world, but at the same time, it’s exhilarating and freeing. When I’m really in the zone, I’m completely submerged in my story. Words rush from my subconscious through my fingers onto the screen without me being consciously aware of what I’ll write next. It’s like magic! Characters do things I hadn’t even dreamed of, and my surface mind wonders, “What will they do next?”

Ultimately, that’s why I write…to discover what happens next.

When did you start writing?
I can truthfully say that I wrote my first story before I could read. I dictated it to my mother and then illustrated it with crayon drawings!

Then came a LONG period of no writing other than school assignments and later, Christmas newsletters. I thought about writing often while I was raising my children, but time with them always took priority, so I didn’t truly start writing until my husband and I launched them out into the world. Then I sat down and wrote my first novel. I finished it, all 100,000 words, in a little over six-months and blithely sent it off to agents and editors, thoroughly expecting it to be snapped up immediately.

Yeah. Not so much. My novel was met with universal form letter rejections. I was so green, I didn’t even have a clue about what I’d done wrong. At that point, I buckled down, found some writing mentors and began to learn my craft. Can anyone say “cart before the horse”? Definitely. But you don’t know what you don’t know, and at least I started and finished a novel and had the confidence to send it out. I also used the rejections as a goad instead of letting them defeat me.

What genre(s) do you write?
As Deb Logan, I write contemporary fantasy for middle grade and teen readers. My alter-ego, Debbie Mumford, writes a little bit of everything from fantasy romance to science fiction to mystery. If it interests me, I write it!

Interestingly enough, Deb Logan always writes in first person, but Debbie Mumford writes her tales in third person. Yep. I definitely have a personality split!

Tell us about the book you have in this bundle. How did it come to be?
One of the very first short stories I wrote was a frame story – a little girl sitting on her grandmother’s lap and listening to stories of her grandmother’s childhood. I’d envisioned a whole set of these stories. The group that was mentoring me at the time suggested that frame stories were kind of dated, that I should simply tell the story. So I did, and Deirdre’s Dragon was born. Their advice was good, because that story was my very first sale!

But it was also a very short story and didn’t really tell the whole tale. So I rethought my premise and this time, I wrote a novel. Faery Unexpected is the story of a perfectly normal teen girl who inherits a dragon and discovers her destiny.

That very first story, Deirdre’s Dragon, is currently available as a free read for my newsletter subscribers. If you’d like to know more about my writing and are curious about that story, please sign up for my newsletter at http://eepurl.com/bTXJ-f

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?
Don’t give up! If you enjoy writing, write. Eventually your readers will find you.

Are you a planner, or do you write into the dark? Do you write fast or slow?
I write off into the dark. I start with a character, in the case of Faery Unexpected it was a girl who inherited a dragon, and then I just start typing. I discover the story as my fingers type it, and that’s my favorite part: discovering the story!

As to speed, it depends. I’ll often take a week or two dreaming of a short story, but when I set out to write I usually start and finish in the same day … if I’m not interrupted by real life *smiles*

Novels come in fits and spurts since they’re too long to accomplish in a single sitting, and sometimes those fits and spurts are very widely spaced!

Tell us about your most recent book. 
At the moment, I’m writing short stories. My most recent publication, Beauty or Butterface?, is a re-imagination of a classic fairy tale, a contemporary story very loosely based on Sleeping Beauty.

What are you currently working on?
Right now I’m in the dreaming phase of a sequel to Faery Unexpected. I’m not planning a novel, more likely a short story though it could expand into a novella. We’ll see. My working / dreaming title is Faery Unpredictable. I expect to enter the writing phase as soon as other projects permit, but definitely by the end of September.

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And now you know a little bit more about the other side of my personality! Thanks for reading 😀

Information about the Faery Tales Bundle is available at BundleRabbit.

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