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New Glyphs From Spell of Vanishing

New Glyphs From Spell of Vanishing

Or, I Sketched Some Ideas For Spell Marks My Characters Use In The Dark Caster Series

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Anchors represent salvation and hope.

The bridge, the X, the chalice, and the six-stringed harp create links between the physical and the spiritual worlds.

A six-pointed star is the symbol of the human soul.

The zodiac sign for Libra and the scales both symbolize cosmic justice.

A bell represents power.

The zodiac sign for Virgo is a balance of positive and negative forces.

The last two are my own creations:

The open-ended spiral is used in the overwhelming joy spell.

The variation on the Celtic cross is used to cast black magic.

These, and others, are used by the necromancers in the Dark Caster Series.

<3 Anna

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New 5-Star Review of Spell of Vanishing

New 5-Star Review of Spell of Vanishing

Or, An Enthusiastic Endorsement For The New Release In The Dark Caster Series

I feel so blessed to have the job I have. Thank you, RC!

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SiMPLiREAD’s review of Spell of Vanishing:

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This book is brilliant! It is thoroughly gripping and keeps the reader on the edge of the seat. I enjoyed it, needless to say. The plot beautifully blends the paranormal world of the White Wraith, Dark Caster and Cole with the earthly world. It’s a pretty tough job to create a world of where such fantasies are abound.The book combines many genres at one go – drama, suspense, action and dark fantasy. The author is also an excellent story-teller, having conjoined the suspense and thrills in the lives of the protagonists with the ambience. The characters are perky, witty and mentally strong, all at once. If you love reading books that are fascinating and electrifying, with memorable characters, you would love this one as much as I did! 5 out of 5 stars. –RC Bean

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Something An Author Never Wants To See

Something An Author Never Wants To See

Or, What Happens When You Use Stock Photos For Your Cover

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During my recent book tour for Spell of Vanishing a reader pointed out the male model on the cover of Spell of Summoning is the same as on the cover of HP Mallory’s Sinjin. And then during the same tour I found an almost identical cover for Vanessa Waltz’s High Stakes as the Spell of Vanishing cover I paid a designer to put together for me.

Insert forehead smack.

But what’s an indie author to do? I can’t afford to photograph my own models or hire artists to create covers from scratch, so I have to use stock photos. Just like almost every other indie author. I suppose, with only a few stock photo sites, it’s inevitable that two authors will choose the same model or graphics. But it still stings when I see it happen.

Are you feeling my pain? lol

<3 Anna

 

Final NaNoWriMo Update

Final NaNoWriMo Update

Or, The End Is Finally In Sight!

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This year I’m writing the final novel in my Dark Caster series for National Novel Writing Month, and so far it’s going great. Maybe it’s that I’ve already written two other novels this year (Panacea and Spell of Vanishing) so I’m in the groove, but this year has been the easiest so far. I’m over 40K words and I haven’t even written the climax or resolution yet. I know I’m going to be able to finish the contest with no problems (barring emergencies–knock on wood).

I’m thrilled to get this final book finished and edited so I can share it with those of you who have been reading my Dark Caster series from the very beginning.

Happy Thanksgiving!

<3 Anna

Tuesday Tease #27

Tuesday Tease #27

Or, An Excerpt From My New Paranormal Romance Spell of Vanishing

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“Did you draw all these?” Talia ran the pads of her fingers over the illustration and felt a spark, as if the glyph itself held power. “They’re beautiful.” When Cole didn’t respond, she asked, “What’s so special about them?”

He plucked the book from her hands. “They channel black magic.”

Spell of Vanishing, ms pg 78

<3 Anna

 

“I Lived In A Haunted House” And More!

“I Lived In A Haunted House” And More!

Or, Swing By The Final 2 Stops In My Blog Tour & Enter To Win A Free Ebook

Enter to win a free ebook copy of my new release Spell of Vanishing here.

SOV quote 1400x2100Fangtastic Books hosted a guest blog for me today. I got to tell my very own ghost story, “I Lived In A Haunted House.” Make sure you read it here, and leave me a hello in the comments.

At my final blog tour spot today is a fun interview on Creatively Green Writer. Read it here.

I had so much fun on my blog tour, visiting new blogs and making new friends. Don’t forget to enter the contest here, and then stop by each blog using this master list.

<3 Anna

 

Win A Free Copy Of Spell Of Vanishing!

Win A Free Copy Of Spell Of Vanishing!

Or, Join Me On My New Blog Tour

Enter to win a free ebook of my latest novel Spell of Vanishing here!

Click below to pop into my blog tour and say hello (all links updated/refined daily):

 

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Mon., Nov. 10, 2014

Author Interview

Roxanne’s Realm

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Guest Blog

SimpliSpeaking

Tues., Nov. 11, 2014

Author Spotlight

Penny Writes

Wed., Nov. 12, 2014

Guest Blog

Coffee Addicts Books

Thu., Nov. 13, 2014

Author Spotlight

SBM Book Obsession

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Author Spotlight

Share My Destiny

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Author Spotlight

Hope to Read

Fri., Nov 14, 2014

Freshly Baked Books

Mon., Nov. 17, 2014

Guest Blog

Fang-tastic Books

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Author Interview

The Creatively Green Write-At-Home Mom

See you there!

<3 Anna

Mid-Month NaNoWriMo Update

Mid-Month NaNoWriMo Update

Or, My 1st 2 Weeks Of NaNo 2014

Current word count => 18,265.

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I love November more than any other month. It’s the one month I get to wildly obsess about writing and be cheered for it. (I love my job!)

If you’ve ever thought of writing a novel, I encourage you to sketch out an idea next year and then take the NaNoWriMo challenge in 2015. You won’t regret it. Because even if you don’t meet the 50,000 words in 30 days goal, you will write much more than you would in a normal month.

Last year I wrote the final book in the Red Plague trilogy–Panacea.

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This year I’m writing the final book in the Dark Caster series. (Title to be determined.) The cover below is from the first book in the series.

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I work during the day and then am a mom and wife in the evenings. On top of that I write. What I learned right away is that I can’t procrastinate this month. Sometimes I wait to write until the time just “appears.” But that isn’t working right now. Not when I need a solid hour to complete 2000 words (my daily goal). With work, school, theater practice, violin lessons, dinner, etc., etc. I can’t squeeze in the time and go to sleep at a reasonable hour. So, I’m going to have to force myself to get up an hour early starting tomorrow morning, even though I’m not a morning person at all. But if I don’t get my word count in before I go to work I spend the entire day worrying about how to finish everything.

So, think of me bleary-eyed and pounding away on the keyboard tomorrow morning, slurping coffee by the quart as I try to do justice to Derek and Jessa’s story.

Thank goodness there’s December and National Editing Your Manuscript Month (If it doesn’t officially exist, it should!).

<3 Anna

Tuesday Tease #26

Tuesday Tease #26

Or, An Excerpt From My New Paranormal Romance Spell of Vanishing

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“I don’t like this place.” Talia rubbed her hands briskly over her arms, trying to warm them. Dust and cobwebs was one thing, but residual dark magic was something else. “I’m leaving.”

Spell of Vanishing, ms pg 91

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