Frustrations and positivity

I know. Those two don’t go together very well. And its frustrating on both sides of the fence; readers want the next book in the trilogy and I want to publish it. Magick has been read by two editors, and both have made the same suggestions to make it better. When the first editor read it, and made the suggestions, I was a little indignant and wanted a second opinion. So I sent it out to another editor. And my best friend. The other editor came back with almost identical suggestions, and my best friend was succint: it’s not your best work. That’s why she’s my best friend. So I am currently rewriting the entire second half of the book. I admit, I got caught up in all the fun and exciting aspects of writing and publishing, getting good reviews, and I rushed Magick. Eternity had 8 drafts before it was published. Choices had 7. Magick had 2 complete drafts. Not a recipe for an excellent book.

On to the positive part! You can be assured that once Magick is published, it will be worthy of your time, and not just thrown together to get it out there. I’m sorry if I am taking a long time to do this; remember, I am not a full-time writer-I have a full-time job, a son, a husband, go to school, and run a household, so I write about 10 hours a week if I’m lucky. I promise you though, Magick will be awesome and well worth the wait ๐Ÿ™‚ Teagan wants you to read her story, and she is quite persistent!

 

Whew!

Bad news- Magick won’t be released on December 17th unless my editor can work miracles. After a month of strep-throat, bronchitis, Thanksgiving, and an upper-respiratory infection that wouldn’t go away (the whole frickin house was sick…), I managed to squeek through the last 10K words on Magick, but it is going to take heavy revisions. I followed that old addage of “it doesn’t matter what you write, just write”. Eh, that’s a double-edged sword. I don’t really like where the story went, but as we all know, characters and flow have a way of taking on a life of their own. I will have to see what my editor says.

walking-dead-internment-zombieWhat my house looked like after a month of illness

Good news- Magick is finished- at least until the red pen comes back. I’m hoping it will only be delayed a month (fingers crossed!). In the meantime, I’m starting to read it today so I can try to anticipate what my editor comes back with and be pro-active! As much as anyone can be pro-active through a Nyquil hangover. Anyway, I digress. I have a month of light work ahead of me, so that’s plenty of time to get Magick polished and off for publishing. Then it’s on to Solstice, Harley and Damien’s story, and that’s going to be a doosie! Stayed tuned for updates! And maybe some little tidbits ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hi everyone!

Taking another breath of fresh air, and letting everyone know that Magick is almost done! YAY!!! Editing will begin soon, and it looks like I am still on track for a December 17th release ๐Ÿ™‚ I haven’t been working on Solstice (book 3’s new title), so that will most likely be released in late 2014. Things have been so crazy lately, between work, motherhood, school, and writing! Plus a little side business that I’m starting lol. I just wanted to drop a line and give everyone an update! Have a gorgeous day!

Blessed be!

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The Unfinished Song series by Tara Maya

One day I got an e-mail from an fellow author’s personal assistant, and she introduced herself and said that Tara Maya wanted to do a blog swap with ย me. Sure! I answered quickly, thinking to myself that I have no clue what to do for a blog swap. I’ve only done one other with Loren Kleinman, so I’m still new to this stuff. So Katie (that’s her name) sent back a link to a free copy of the first book in the series, Initiateย (get it free on Amazon!). Now…I admit up front that when I read the synopsis that, I thought to myself that it wasn’t my usual reading. However, I had made a commitment, and I was going to stick to it.

I started reading about Dindi, and Kavio, and tama’s, and dancing chromas and before I knew it, I had bought the whole series. All six books. I bought the last three even before I finished the third book! Tara brings you into the story, puts you right into the middle of Yellow Bear tribe and the Rainbow Labyrinth; you can feel Dindi’s shyness and longing when she steals a look at Kavio, and her heartbreak when…well. I don’t want to give away anything. I’m still in the middle of book five, so I don’t even know how it’s going to end, but I have a feeling a certain Zaevedi (sp?) is now a certain Deathsworn….anyway. I get caught up.

I’ll be brutally honest-I can’t even write my own synopsis for my books without spending hours upon hours fretting over it and pulling out hair (not always my own) so I would NOT do the series justice if I tried to describe it to you, dear reader. Just trust me when I say that you will thoroughly enjoy the series, you will truly care about the characters, and you will truly come to love Tara Maya’s Faearth. I think I’m going to go dance my own tama, and let my chroma’s flow. Enjoy!

 

P.s. Looking for more info on Tara Maya? Click the links below ๐Ÿ™‚

http://taramayastales.blogspot.com/

http://www.amazon.com/Tara-Maya/e/B004HAI038/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

 

 

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I need your opinion!

So, I’ve been REALLY busy. I mean, REALLY REALLY busy. I get up at 5 (or maybe 6 if I hit snooze enough times), get my son out of bed, walk the dog, throw breakfast together, then I’m out the door for work. I get home around 5-ish, make dinner, check homework, kiss hubby…sounds like a normal day, right? For a lot of women, it IS a normal day. Not so me. After I kiss the hubby and hug the son, I’m either out the door to do school work, or I’m out the door to find a place to write or promote (which I haven’t been doing so that I could just write). 6 days a week. On Sunday, I don’t rest; that’s when I’m washing clothes, cleaning the house, grocery shopping, etc etc ad nauseum. I DID choose this life for myself, that is true, but now I am exhausted. I have to give up something.

I am NOT giving up writing. I refuse!

I also don’t want to give up school; it’s a dream of mine to finally finish my college education. That just leaves the full-time job, because I obviously can’t give up my husband and son! So, I’m going to submit Magick on Pubslush, a crowdfunding platform for authors. No, I am not soliciting donations (although I wouldn’t turn them down!) but I need to build my profile on there before I can start my campaign, which will hopefully lead to enough money that I can take 6-8 months off work so that I can devote a full 8 hours a day to writing, and maybe get some down-time to boot. ย One of the things that I need is 3 images that represent Magick, the book. Now, I know that no one has read Magick, but if you read Eternity, then you definitely know the characters in Magick-Teagan and Noah- and I need images that best describe them. I’ve been scouring Google for hours now, giving up precious writing time, and I just can’t find anything that I am happy with.

This is where YOU come in. Send me images you think would represent Magick, and if I pick your images, you will receive an advanced copy of Magick before it gets published! You can either send me a link in the comment section below, or drop me an email at author@teresafederici.com. I can’t wait to hear from you and see all the images that you’ll pick! Good luck! Okay, I’m off to write some more before bedtime.

 

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Coming up for air

I didn’t forget! I just have been burning the midnight oil to get Magick finished, and now that I am on a 3-week break from school, I should be able to kick it into high gear! PLUS, I’ve added some new plot twists that are completely unexpected! Okay, time to take a gulp of air and head back under. I’ll be surfacing a little later in the week to post about Tara Maya’s The Unfinished Song series, which has totally hooked me. Talk to you soon!

 

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Moving along…

Well, work on Magick has been going well, but life has reared its ugly head again, as it’s wont to do! Back to school shopping, mother-in-law visit, kitchen cabinet install, and a wicked final paper due in my Criminal Justice class have taken up all my time in the past week, so Magick hasn’t had a visit from me in TWO days! ARGH. Also, Eternity is going to be on audiobook, so I had to audition voice actresses and am VERY happy to announce that I found one! Her reading of the Prologue gave me goosebumps!

I just noticed that I’m using a lot of exclamation points, so forgive me. I’m just a wee bit excited.

 

Have no fear though, I will be back to working on Magick within the next week or so, and hopefully still be on track for a mid-December release, which is when I’m planning on releasing Eternity on audiobook. Stay tuned for updates!

 

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