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We need to talk…

This will likely be long, and somewhat disjointed, and maybe by the time I’m done typing it all out I’ll decide to not even post it. I’ve done that before when I just got tired of reading myself talk. But I hope I don’t, because this is too important to not talk about.

Before I begin, I want to say that I’m a weirdly dichotomous person. I take certain things extremely personally; I get choked up when a friend hands me a candy bar for no reason other than I’d had a bad day. I get teary-eyed when I listen to a group of people singing in perfect harmony. I take off-hand remarks to heart, to the point where it’s made me so self-conscious that I rarely ever put myself out there. And then there’s the part of me that just does not give a fuck. Call me names? I’ll take it as a compliment. Insult me online? I’ll probably find a way to make a joke out of it that I’ll laugh over with my friends for months to come. Bash my books? I’ll take that criticism and do better next time. I am a woman who freezes first, flees second, and fights only as a last resort, which is kind of scary in practice.

I also hate with the passion of a thousand suns being presented with a problem I have no power to fix. Which is why I tend to stay away from politics, political discussions, and any drama swirling about it. Unfortunately, that’s becoming next to impossible this election season, and it’s got me frustrated to no end, because there is no escaping it anywhere, and there are things I am seeing that are actually making me afraid for the future of this country, and for my own personal safety as a woman. So here is me, addressing the big orange elephant in the room. This is where I drop the cliched line every cliched man dreads hearing from a cliched woman: We need to talk.

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Goodreads Giveaway!

DBSmallI’m giving away an autographed copy of Dragonblood over on Goodreads!

Deadline to enter is October 14, 2016.

Return to a world of fantasy where gods are fickle, demons fly in the night, and Ragnarok is almost at hand. The Royal Wizard has enchanted readers all over the world. Now Dragonblood ramps up both action and danger as an Aegiran prince fights for his tribe’s survival.

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Thank You Rebel Followers!

Dear friends,

Hello again! I have returned from my exotic Hawaii vacation refreshed, rejuvenated, and raring to go right back again. Seriously, my Zen took a huge hit upon reentering the big city. Apparently, I am still a small town girl at heart. Oh well… one day.

CatchMeBooksI wanted to write a quick note to thank my Rebel Court followers out loud for signing up for Catch Me. Your response has touched my heart, and I’m saving each and every one of them (which is  usually pretty creepy, but I’m a writer so I get a pass 😉 ). Your packages are all ready to go out in the mail tomorrow, so you should be getting them soon. 🙂

If you liked it, I hope you will tell your friends. I’m still doing this similar deal for the next book in the series, Dearest Love, except that one will be sent out daily. Sign up will be open all the way up until the first chapter goes out (date TBD) so if you know of anyone who enjoys erotic romance and Snow White, send them here to sign up.

If you haven’t read it or missed the sign up deadline, the complete novella is now available for pre-order everywhere. Check out the first 20% at the Smashwords link. The official release date is October 8, so coming up soon!

DearestLoveI’ve hit a bit of a writing slump, so progress is slow, but I am working on both Dearest Love and Prince of Deceit. The first one is tricky. These characters have history and they’re very eager to discuss it. At length. I’ve scrapped 3 chapters and started over again to make it more comprehensible, but getting them into bed together is proving to be a challenge. The thing is, the complications that make this difficult are actually what make it awesomely fun. I get to retell the story of Snow White in bits and pieces through the memories of her allies. Hopefully, by the time it’s all said and done, it will all make cohesive sense.

DBSmallThe second one is tricky for a whole other reason. I have too many focal points in the story, pulling me in too many directions. I need to figure out how to consolidate it without losing the richness of all that is happening in Wilderheim. Prince Fal has something of an apocalypse on his hands… I can’t say more because it would spoil Dragonblood, so if you haven’t read that one yet, please do! 😉 But I can say that Loki is back, and stirring up trouble wherever he goes. Religions will clash in a big way and the war will be terrible. I hope. Or, err… you know what I mean. Should be fun!

Anyway, I now return you all to your weekend enjoyment. 🙂

Until next time!

How did I get here?

When I wake up tomorrow morning, Dragonblood will be available for sale across online booksellers around the world. It’ll mark my 10th original book publication, and the 7th full-length novel to be unleashed upon the world from the dark recesses of my twisted mind. Quite honestly, this is the first time I’ve actually counted them, and that kind of gives me pause. How many writers out there lose track of their books? Is there anyone who would have passed a milestone like that and not notice?

Years ago, when my stories were being madly scribbled into the back of my ECON101 and PHIL210 notebooks, I kept meticulous track of every single title. No, seriously. Look:

Writing Database

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20 Questions

Saw this on Facebook and thought it’d be fun to do… So here we go!

 

1.) What is you Author name? Alianne Donnelly

2.) What is the first book you ever published? Blood Moons

3.) What is your publiversary? September 27, 2010

4.) What is you favorite book you’ve written thus far? Wolfen

5.) What book took you the longest to write? Blood Hunt

6.) How long did it take you? Over 2 years, on and off. Incidentally, it is now also my least favorite book written thus far. Just because it was such a pain in the ass.

7.) What kind of music (if any) do you listen to while you write? Depends on what I’m writing. For fantasy, I recently found that the Witcher 3 soundtrack is amazing for inspiration. Anything else, I either randomize all my songs or play nature sounds.

8.) Who is you favorite character from any of your books? Err… Hmm… I honestly don’t know.

9.) What are you currently working on? Dearest Love for my Rebel Court series, and Prince of Deceit to round off the Dragonblood trilogy.

10.) Do you have anything you snack on while you write? No. When I write, I often forget to eat and drink all together. I remember when I get light headed and can’t concentrate.

11.) What is your favorite quote or line from one of your books? “My choice is you–always.” (Dragonblood)

12.) Are you a self published or traditional published author? Self-published all the way.

13.) What is your writing inspiration? Everything. Movies most of the time, because they spark my imagination the fastest, but often ideas for my books will come from something I dreamed.

14.) What genre do you write? Fantasy romance, sci-fi/paranormal romance, erotic romance, and post-apocalypse dystopian horror. I know, that last one kind of snuck in there…

15.) Do you have any writing rituals? No. Just write, write, write, whenever and wherever I can, for as long as I can.

16.) Do you have a specific place you write or time? On the bus to/from work, during lunch in the back room, and/or at home at my desk during weekends. I try to avoid writing when I get home from work during the week. I find it burns me out very quickly.

17.) Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? You have to love it. You just have to. If you don’t it’ll kill you like a serial killer slowly removing parts of your anatomy inch by cubic inch. Don’t do it because you think it’s “cool” or because you think it’ll make you rich (trust me, it won’t). Do it because you can’t not. And when you reach that point, don’t let anything stop you. But when you do reach that point, the advice becomes redundant. 🙂

18.) What are your writing goals? My goal is to write the stories I am craving to read and hope that someone else out there likes them just as much.

19.) What authors inspire you and your writing? Every single book I have ever read has had an impact on my writing, whether it inspired me, or cautioned me, or sucked me in so deeply that I still feel part of that world when I remember it. There is no single title or author I can point to. I have favorites I return to again and again, but some books have left such an impact on me after a single read that it’d be a disservice to them to leave them out.

20.) What will be you next release? Dragonblood (September 3, 2016), followed by Catch Me ( October 8, 2016)

Until next time! 🙂