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August 25, 2015

How Far in Advance Do You Plan Your Books? This is a question that I've been asked so often that I decided to write a post about it.
When I first started writing TRISTEN, I wasn't sure how many books in the series I would be writing. Tristen was just a boy in my head who wanted to come out. There were several times that I put his story aside and focused on life instead of writing.
I never saw myself as an author, and never wrote stories. Occasionally I wrote poems, but they were more an expression of my emotions, a journal of sorts, rather than "writing".
But little Tristen just kept begging to come out.

Many times "marketing gurus" advise that you have a strong "WHY" to your business instead of a "What". Why are you doing what you're doing? instead of What are you selling?

The answer to that is that Tristen won't let me stop. He keeps me going. And so I just started writing to Get Him Out.

The story kept going though, even after the first draft to book 1 was done. I knew that there was so much more to the story and it was this, that, and this. And that Afterword -- well that just fell out of my brain as I was typing. Although, the minute I wrote it I knew what it meant.

Sometimes, the subconscious of your brain forces you to type things and then your consciousness recognizes that the surprising thing you just wrote isn't really a surprise and was really there all along.

And so, the story of Tristen kept expanding in my mind, forcing my fingers to keep on typing. To this day, I know exactly what will happen up to 5 books. For sure, there will be 5 books in the series.
And so... those minor pesky characters like Piper and Greg and Brooks and possibly even car salesmen and lawyers that keep popping up in seemingly random places are just tiny pieces to the puzzle that, when everything is all typed out and you are reading them on your ereaders and in books will become a big picture. And then you will understand. Everyone has a place and a purpose. Even sweet innocent Isolda. Especially her.
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Published on August 25, 2015 17:13 • 155 views

July 26, 2015

ANNOUNEMENT TIME:

Book 2: The Secret Heeder will be released September 10th. It will be released at .99 cents (international rates vary) during the pre-order period and the first week of it's release, so snatch it up. It available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.
And here is the cover of the second book. Isn't it beautiful???


...Also, I will be releasing a TRISTEN novella that goes into the life of Mr. Becker. Where he's from, what was his life like growing up, what's his deal?? :D This novella will also be released at .99 cents (again international rates vary) on December 25th. Merry Christmas y'all. I love 'The Prophecy' cover also!!
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Published on July 26, 2015 18:20 • 122 views

July 14, 2015

Great news, my first book is now FREE on both Smashwords and Barnes and Noble. I'm working diligently to make it free on Amazon also, but these things take time. Amazon won't let you post your book for free unless you sign up for their program, and the conditions for signing up for that is that your book is only free for (up to) 5 days and that you have to exclusively sell through them.
I love Amazon. They have always been very patient and helpful with me. But it's time for me to branch out so that all my readers can read on their devices. So I don't want to be exclusive with them.
However, they do price match, so I'm working diligently to get them to price match my FREE book.

If you're unfamiliar with Smashwords, you can download it in pretty much any format you want, including Kindle. So even though (right now) you can't get my book free on Amazon, you can get it from Smashwords and then send it to your kindle.

***Edit: Amazon has now placed my book for FREE. I'm so excited about this. Please let everyone know that they can now download the first book for gratis. :D***
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Published on July 14, 2015 19:53 • 114 views • Tags: fantasy, free, paranormal, romance, time-travel

April 21, 2015

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I just finished my edits for Book 2 of TRISTEN and am so excited!!! Now it goes off to my friend, who will make sure all my T's and Q's are crossed.

This time they travel back to the year Lincoln was inaugurated, (I still need spell check for that word! haha. Although, I did learn how to spell assassinate.) and the South (of the US) isn't very happy about it. I get to explore all the different reasons why the South seceded from the Union, especially in Maryland, who was not only right on the border between the North and South but also just a stone throw away from Washington D.C..

This book has been super fun to write because I've gotten to work with the trios relationships. Things are changing because Ailey has a big secret(s) that will influence things in a big way. **spoiler alert if you haven't read the first book** Greg still clings on to Isolda even though she's made it clear that she's not interested, and Mr. Becker is still gone and unavailable to answer all their questions.

Tune in for a release date, along with another release surprise.
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Published on April 21, 2015 17:58 • 102 views

February 24, 2015

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Isn't it funny how we see pop stars in our mind? We see the glammy side of them, or the shameful side depicted in magazines and on webpages. We think of red carpets and mobs of fans, trying to get their autograph. We beg them to follow us on twitter and hope we see them one day to take a picture.

Things we don't generally think about is how they brush their teeth. Or whether they like ice in their drinks.

Joan of Arc is a 15th Century pop star. We're still talking about her hundreds of years later. Most of us know the general story: she lead France to win against England. Then, when she won, France gave her over to England and they burned her at the stake (Not cool guys, not cool).

But, how much do you know about her childhood?

One thing cool about writing historical fantasy fiction is that I get to read about those kinds of things. Things that you have to dig for, instead of doing a general Google search.

Here are 3 pretty awesome things I learned about Joan of Arc.

1. She was always very compassionate and outspoken about it. She had no qualms about speaking out if she saw an injustice. Even though she was a girl.

There was a tree that Joan and her friends loved. They believed that the Fairies would dance around the tree when no one else was looking. One day, the town priest went to the tree (while Joan was sick) and did a ritual to ban the Fairies from the tree. When Joan got better, she felt sorry for the poor Fairies. So she ran to the priest and convinced him that God had made the Fairies and they deserved to have a place in this world just like any other creature.

2. She loved animals, and would always feed them and help them if they were hurt. In return, they would follow her around sometimes. During dinner, she would let them eat with her and so she would have rabbits, birds, squirrels, cats, and other reptiles, all around the her, and she would feed them as she ate. PETA would've made her their poster child.

3. She was always very brave. There was an insane guy that they used to keep locked up in a cage in the middle of the town. One day he got out and attacked her and her friends with an axe. Instead of running away, she stood her ground and talked the guy into going back into his cage. Turns out, she used to give him food and talk to him and she hoped that he would recognize her, even though he was in a ‘mad state’. Crazy woman!!

To me, little Joannie seems like she would have been a very interesting person to hang out with as a kid.

If you want to know more about her, you can read her story written by Sieur Louis de Conte, who was a childhood friend of hers in Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, Vol 1. The kindle version is FREE. (It says that the author of this book is Mark Twain. I have no idea why it says this, but the book was written by Sieur Conte)

Or, you can read more about my fictionalized version of her in The Last Seeker.
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Published on February 24, 2015 18:08 • 130 views • Tags: fantasy, historical-fiction, paranormal, ya

October 21, 2014

What is your favorite scene in the book?
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Published on October 21, 2014 10:43 • 110 views
What do you think Ailey is hiding?
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Published on October 21, 2014 10:42 • 97 views

October 15, 2014

Yes. Both of them serve a purpose in Tristen’s life. One of the reasons is because he wants them there. Tristen is an immensely powerful Seeker, even though he doesn’t know it yet. He has the ability to attract what he needs or wants to help him in his quest.

But they both serve a very important role to help him with his responsibility. Ailey has always been bound to him and will always play a significant role not only in his life, but she has her own responsibilities to fulfill as well. Even though Mr. Becker has every expectation that Isolda went with Tristen on accident, others of a higher power have plans for her that will be revealed in Book 3.


**If you've read the book and would like to comment on this post, please respect others and post a spoiler alert if necessary. Thanks so much!**
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Published on October 15, 2014 20:12 • 161 views
***This post contains spoilers***
The Tingui seek power above all else. There are many ways that they accomplish this but little is known about their current activities in the present day because they have learned that hiding their influence is more practical. If they do it out in the open then their influence is obvious and forces will combine against them to fight (hello, Hitler?!). If they do them in secret, how do they know what or who to even fight against?

That is why the Seeker is so essential. A Seeker’s main responsibility is to stop the Tingui. If the Tingui can affect the past, how else can they be stopped? Since a Seeker can find the Tingui in the past, they are the only option for stopping them there. Currently there is only one other Seeker and there are... let’s say, problems with him.

A Seeker can travel through time and space. One of the benefits to this is that they can travel through space at will. They can use this ability to travel the world and visit friends, family and any place they desire, for as long as they want.

Of course, the major down side to this is that they are yanked unwillingly, no matter what else is going on, by their power when the Tingui decide to take action. Then, when they get there, they are expected to find the Tingui and stop their plans, and if possible, take them out.

In Tristen’s case, he must be able to do all this with little training or knowledge of what’s going on. He was kept in the dark about everything in order to keep him safe. Now that he has come into his power, or as Mr. Becker calls it, his ‘gift’, he must learn quickly and be able to stop the Tingui’s plans, or else be killed.

The anti-hero to Tristen is the mysterious strutting blond who shows up in France and tries to kill Tristen. It is his responsibility to carry out the plans of the Tingui in the past, as well as try to locate Tristen and give him a dirt nap. Tristen will get to know him much better on his adventures, as they are opposites in the good versus evil in this world. The Last Seeker (Tristen, #1) by Fleur Camacho

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Published on October 15, 2014 20:09 • 108 views

October 5, 2014

What do you think of Tristen?
A little background info on him:
Tristen grew up as an only child. He spent a lot of time with his parents, such as traveling, and so he grew very close to them. Then his mom developed leukemia and so a lot of the fun things that they used to do stopped.

Tristen had to grow up quickly- he had to help around the house: cooking and cleaning, and be there to support his mom and dad. During this time, he grew even closer to his parents and in some ways their relationship grew to become peers instead of a parent-child relationship.

Unfortunately, his social life suffered because of it. He didn't go out to activities because of these responsibilities and doesn't gain a close group of friends like teenagers do at this time in their lives.
And, honestly, Tristen isn't that motivated to make close friends because of he is shy and a bit awkward… until he meets Ailey.

**If you've read the book and would like to comment on this post, please respect others and post a spoiler alert if necessary. Thanks so much!**
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Published on October 05, 2014 08:21 • 79 views