Kira Brady
Jan 19
2012
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I am so excited to announce my very first covers!!!

Hearts of Fire is the prequel novella of the Deadglass Trilogy, which will debut in July as ebook only.

Hearts of Darkness is the first book in the Deadglass Trilogy, which will debut in print and ebook August 7, 2012.

Jan 19
2012
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I’ve read four books in the last week. FOUR. This might be a record since my pre-baby days. *sighs wistfully* Back in those carefree days of wanderlust and youthful exuberance, I read a book a day on average. Now it’s a luxury I hurridly squeeze in between the baby’s bedtime and my own. I usually give a book a chapter to hook me. Sometimes though, even though a book is enjoyable, I simply drift away and forget I was reading it until months later in a frantic cleaning rage I find the poor, neglected novel under a layer of board books and duplos.

So this week I am THRILLED to announce that I’ve read three and a half very good books. I’m on a roll!

The Pleasure of Your Kiss by Teresa Medeiros

Ms. Medeiros’s books have everything that made me originally fall in love with the romance genre, and this book is her very best yet. Pirates! Harems! A feisty heroine who crosses verbal swords (quite wittily) with a dashing, rakish hero! I didn’t want this book to stop. I laughed out loud. I swooned. I teared up. I clutched my kindle to my heaving bosem and wished with all my might that Medeiros would write faster, damn it. Because I’ve read all her books already, I guess it’s time for a reread. Mmmmmm.

 

 

 

The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams

Fans of Karen Marie Moning’s Fever Series will LOVE this one. I was swept away by this action-packed, emotionally driven, urban fantasy debut. Fighting, sexy, rebel fae and a human woman caught up in the cross hairs of two equally sexy, powerful fae men. I can’t wait to read Ms. Williams sophomore book. When will it come out? Details! I need more.

 

 

 

Mad About the Duke by Elizabeth Boyle

This is the book that started off my delicious reading streak, and it made me realize that I hadn’t picked up a historical for a while. No wonder I had been in the reading doldrums! I love Regency and Victorian romance. Gowns and dukes and honor and witty reparte. Yum, yum.

Jan 5
2012
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Happy New Year, Dearies, only a few days late. Tired yet of crafting resolutions? As I pick my way through abandoned exercise plans and over ambitious word count goals, I reflect again on the inevitability of broken resolutions. Life gets in the way of our best laid plans. It’s the way the universe tests us to see how bad we want whatever goal we’ve held aloft. The new year gives us an excuse to start fresh; it is the first day of the rest of your life. But EVERY day is the first day of the rest of your life. You failed your goal already? Start again tomorrow.

“Successful writers show up at the blank page. Ask any of them and they’ll tell you that most days, they come nowhere near perfection. What makes them winners is not instant excellence but the sheer dumb repetition of showing up.” – Martha Beck in Opera Magazine, quoted by Susan Elizabeth Phillips at a workshop at 2008 RWA Conference, and now repeated to myself on a daily basis

I’ve set myself some general goals for 2012, and I’m pretty motivated to carry them out. 2012 is a big year for me: First book, Big Birthday, fabulous 6 week trip across Europe. Unfortunately, the book debuts three weeks after I hit the Big Birthday. The short story, Hearts of Fire, might hit the deadline in time. I don’t know. When I was a kid (12 or so) I wrote down a goal to publish a book before I hit thirty, sealed it with wax, and locked it in a memory box. The road to attainment was not straight. I abandoned the path many times. It lay like a forgotten deer track across my subconscious, overgrown with weeds and briars, waiting for the day when I would return to my sanity and abandon my pursuit of other people’s dreams. Law school. Business School. Blah blah blah.

Anyway, let’s raise a toast to an awesome 2012!! My resolutions and goals:

  • Resolution: I resolve to prioritize good health.
  • Goal: Get my wrist fixed. (Surgery on Friday!)
  • Goal: Make exercise a part of my daily routine. Run 3x a week. Yoga other days (once wrist is fixed).
  • Resolution: I resolve to make better use of my time, to honor it as the gift it is and be mindful of each moment.
  • Goal: Write or read when I have free time, not dick about on the internet.
  • Goal: Write book 3 and start on a new series.

The Mayan Apocalypse is set to occur in December, so maybe with the extra interest in apocalyptic predictions there will be extra interest in the Deadglass Trilogy? It could be an excellent year to have an apocalyptic debut novel.

I’m also planning out the awesome sabbatical in Europe which may involve kilts, trains, and Swiss Chalets. Stay tuned!

Do you make resolutions? Do you have a bucket list?

Great post on dreams vs goals up at Deadline Dames.

Excellent, must-read post on Writers Resolutions up at Terrible Minds.

 

Dec 25
2011
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Glögg and cardamom braid have been left for the jultompte. Good night, dearies, and God Jul!

Dec 6
2011
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I did it. I finished my second novel, book 2 of the Deadglass Trilogy. I love these characters and this world, but can I say that 11 months is too long to spend working on a single book? These last two months have been great in forcing me to make dedicated time to write; there is nothing like a deadline to get the creative juices flowing. For my next book, the 3rd and final novel of the Deadglass Trilogy, I plan to spend the first month PLOTTING, the next three months writing, and an easy two final months editing. I’ve been a panster, but it would be so much easier to plot. Recently author Rachel Aaron wrote an excellent piece on how she writes 10k a day (10K EVERY DAY??!?!!?!?!) based on knowing exactly where the scene is going and what needs to happen first. Since I wasted a lot of time writing scenes that got thrown out with Hearts of Shadow, I really, really want to try her method of how to plot a novel in 5 steps.

Do you plot? Do you have a method that works wonders for recovering pantsers? I’m going to use Cherry Adair’s plotting board too. Wish me luck.

Meanwhile, my editor sent me my very first copyedits for the short story Hearts of Fire that will debut as an ebook in July 2012. It’s a prequel to Hearts of Darkness. Copyedits make it all seem more real. I expect Hearts of Darkness copyedits in a few weeks too. Busy, busy December.

I still need a shiny new blog design, but who has the time? ;)

Nov 22
2011
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Book 2 of the Deadglass Trilogy, Hearts of Shadow, is due to my editor at Kensington on December 1st. I have not been blogging. Now you know why. But as Thanksgiving approaches and I’ve been digging deeper and deeper into my WIP, I’ve been thinking about how much I love my job and how lucky I am to do what I do. I’m not saying every day is roses and kittens; many writing days are like digging my wisdom teeth out with a piece of sea glass. But that’s why Write or Die exists. It allows me to get over my perfectionism and just get words on the page. Real writing is all about rewriting, and I love rewriting. I can spend hours editing a single page. The feeling of having a beautifully, shiny, edited scene is priceless. Satisfaction. Creative fulfillment.

I get cranky when I haven’t been writing. This fast approach of the Deadline of Doom is actually really good for me. It forces me to buckle down and crank this baby out. I never wrote a paper in high school or college that wasn’t the night before it was due. (NOTE: Don’t worry Peter, I am NOT writing this book the night before it’s due!!!) I thrive on the deadline. It also stresses me the F out, but I have to admit some of that stress is a good thing. It fuels the brain and the creative energy.

I’m also extremely grateful for my family who has stepped in to help with the baby while Mr. Kira has been out of town for the past two weeks. And I’m thankful that Mr. Kira is back and helping out while I finish this book by the deadline. I’m lucky to be able to do something I love and still have a ton of time for family.

What are you thankful for?

Nov 8
2011
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You may have seen your friends kvetching about this mysterious “NaNo” or “NaNoWriMo” this month. You may have already signed up for the challenge. Either way, I have some Brilliant advice to guide you on your journey to understand this cultish self-flaggelation that is writing a novel in 30 days.

National Novel Writing Month is an international endevor to write 50,000 words (which is typically only half of a novel) during the month of November.

Rules:

1) HAVE FUN.

2) Write 50,000 words…or 1,666 words per day.

3) HAVE FUN.

Technically NaNo is supposed to be the start of a new project, but it’s great motivation to work on something with a lot of international peeps who also feel your pain. NaNo is all about quantity over quality. At the end of the month you should have a zero draft of your novel. December is national editing month. During November DON’T think about editing. Turn off your internal editor entirely. Just write.

I strongly recommend Dr. Wicked’s Write or Die for this. Just type in 1,666 into the word goal field and push start. Then type your fingers off. Don’t stop.

Good luck to all who have taken up the challenge. For those of you cheering from the sidelines, send cake!

Oct 6
2011
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I like inspirational messages, so I’m sharing with you this quote and video from Apple and Pixar co-founder Steve Jobs who passed away today. He said that for the last 33 years he has looked in the mirror and asked himself if this were his last day on earth, would he be happy doing the work he was about to do? And if he said no too many days in a row, he knew it was time to make a change. I think we all need this message over and over. It’s too easy to put our dreams off until tomorrow…”I’ll write that book when life settles down and I have more time.”

I’m actually quite afraid of death. Especially since I became a mother, I ruminate over all the terrible things that can happen. When I read a sad story in the news I think about it for weeks afterwards. It’s not enough just to be aware of death — it’s all over the news every day — one must have faith that if we follow our hearts it will all work out for the better. Jobs does a good job of highlighting that necessity of faith. It is fear that keeps us from following our dreams. It takes more than fear of death to spur us in the other direction.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

How to Live before you Die

 

For me, I can’t say that I would be satisfied if my ride was up tomorrow. It’s not that I’m not following my dreams, because I most definitely am. I just have so much to look forward to. I have three books and a short story about to be published. I have a loving, supportive Prince Charming and a bouncing, beautiful baby girl. I want to be here to watch her grow up and realize her own dreams. I want to bounce grandchildren on my knee. I want to be a white haired old woman who wears crazy hats and tells people exactly what’s on her mind. I’ve already had the luxury of traveling to far off places, coming home to live by the sea, and doing something to make the world more beautiful. I’m not done yet.

What dreams do you have that you’ve been putting off? What small step could you take to put yourself on that path today? If it’s writing, try the 100 Club. Commit to writing 100 words every day for 100 days. 100 words is a paragraph; it’s a manageable amount. If you get on a roll you don’t have to stop after 100 words. It takes 100 days to form a new habit, so after that 100 day commitment you’ll have the writing muscle primed and ready to step it up. It helps to say your goals out loud to friends who can keep you accountable. At least that’s what we hear every year at writing conferences. :P Good luck!

Oct 2
2011
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Today was the first day of the 2011 Northwest Bookfest over in Kirkland. Organized by Deb Schneider the Library Goddess, who also happens to write romance novels, the event showcased local authors across all genres. With free panels for readers and writers, food, music, and story time, it was an event not to be missed. I dragged my whole family. :)

Starting off with Caspar Babypants, which I’ve been wanting to take the baby to for a while now and finally, finally! made it. We danced. We clapped. We sang along. Afterwards she left for the library with Grandpa, and I headed to the YA panel featuring Liz Gallagher, Heather Davis, librarian Darcy (the moderator), Caridad Ferrer, and Kevin Emerson. Pretty much they all started off writing lit fiction for adults, but realized after working with teens that there was an unmet need for good middle grade and YA fiction. It seems like everywhere I look adult authors are jumping ship to the YA battilion, but I’ve read a couple ranting articles about how YA is a different beast and it isn’t so easy to successfully make the switch. I wanted to ask what the differences were in speaking to a YA audience, but didn’t get the chance.

I have a YA book brewing at the back of my brain. I’d really like to write it, because middle grade and YA were the books that struck me most growing up. Watership Down, The Last Unicorn, Dealing with Dragons, Julie of the Wolves, Cheaper by the Dozen, Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Golden Compass, Sabriel, all of Roald Dahl: these books had a huge impact on my development and psyche. But I’m a little nervous about revisiting my teenage self, and I’m so removed from pop culture that I worry about being able to connect with today’s youth. That makes me sound like an old fart. Teenagers can’t have changed that much in a decade, right? The problem is, I’m not sure I connected much to teenagers when I was one myself. I think I’m going to just write the book that speaks to me and not worry about the rest of it. But that’s after I finish my current contracted trilogy. June 2nd….that’s when I can turn my mind to new projects.

After that session, I attended one on Steampunk and Urban Fantasy with Cherie Priest, Kat Richardson, Mark Henry and anther Mark. No photo, sorry. Urban Fantasy has reached the mainstream with True Blood and the movie Underworld. Steampunk doesn’t have that recognition yet in pop culture, and although Cherie Priest wouldn’t mind seeing brass goggles at Hot Topic, the other Mark noted that it would cease being “Punk” if it reached the mainstream. I wasn’t taking notes; that’s just the gist of what I remember. So don’t quote me.

The high point of the day was the Queens of Romance Tea with the lovely Elizabeth Boyle, Susan Mallery, and Lisa Kleypas. I loved hearing their sale stories and the process they go through to write those fabulous books. Ms. Boyle definitely has the best first sale story I’ve heard so far. Her husband actually took a last minute plane ride to New York to deliver her manuscript in person. A RL Romance Hero in action! I also won a giant gift basket from Ms. Mallery in a raffle. Sweet.

Sep 30
2011
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If you are in the Seattle area, there is a great FREE book event this weekend across the pond in Kirkland. A ton of authors from a multitude of genres will be on panels and signing books. There will also be a performance by Caspar Babypants (aka the lead singer from the Presidents of the United States of America) and storytime for the younger set. Here are some of the events I plan to attend. Please say hi!

Saturday:

11am: Imaginary Worlds–Writing for Teens with Heather Davis, Kevin Emerson, Caridad Ferrer and Liz Gallagher

Noon: Steampunk and Urban Fantasy with Mark Henry, Kat Richardson, Cherie Priest and Mark Teppo

1pm: Queens of Romance Tea with Elizabeth Boyle, Lisa Kleypas, Susan Mallery and Susan Wiggs
Contact Parkplace Books for tickets, 425.828.6546 or parkplacebooks@integra.net.

Sunday:

1-4pm: Smart Chicks Kick-It Tour Young Adult Authors with Musical Guests: Woodland and Adam Hurst Kelley Armstrong, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Rachel Caine, Melissa de la Cruz, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Sophie Jordan, Melissa Marr, Richelle Mead, Jeri Smith-Ready, Margaret Stohl, Rachel Vincent and Sara Zarr

I’d really like to attend the graphic novel and children’s book illustration workshops too, but I won’t be able to fit it in.

For more information, please visit http://www.northwestbookfest2011.com.

Hope to see you there!