Ghost Stories & Thoughts on Wattpad

Ghost Stories for October! Below is the publication schedule for my short stories this month on Wattpad. The first 2 stories will be private, so only followers will have access to them. (Something I’m experimenting with.) The others will be public. Follow if you want to read all of them! Also, I’ve got a new post on my author blog which has some brutally honest thoughts on “Why Wattpad” in addition to the story publication schedule below. Thanks for reading! 🙂
This month on Wattpad: ghost stories!

Oct 7: Ashes
Oct 14: Doug’s Night Out
Oct 17-21: Ice Cream Castle (Divided into 5 parts, one part daily Mon-Fri of that week.)
Oct 28-31? I’ve started brainstorming a new ghost story which I hope to have finished by the 28th, or Halloween at the latest.

How I Spent my Summer, plus weekend reading!

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If Wishes Were Spaceships Cover art: Donna Harriman Murillo.

It’s the last hurrah of summer! Grab a copy of my new book, If Wishes Were Spaceships from your favorite ebookstore for a fast fun read this weekend. If you’ve already got it, leave a review on your bookseller’s site. I appreciate it. Reviews are better for authors than “Likes”, though of course I’m glad you like it. 😉 I’ve got a new post on my author blog: “Writing in the (Rain) Cloud” about writing adventures this summer, and plans for fall — which is almost upon us!

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If Wishes Were Spaceships Released Today!

If Wishes Were Spaceships Cover art: Donna Harriman Murillo.
If Wishes Were Spaceships
Cover art: Donna Harriman Murillo.

Today! If Wishes Were Spaceships is released today! If you pre-ordered the ebook, then it’s already in your pocket. If you didn’t pre-order, grab your copy today! I’ve been doing little posts on my author site about various aspects of the book, but today I have a guest post on author Mary Robinette Kowal’s blog, part of her My Favorite Bit series spotlighting new releases in the science fiction and fantasy field.

For the other posts about If Wishes Were Spaceships on my website, see these posts:

  1. Microcosms
  2. Carnivorous Plants
  3. The Tech Between the Lines


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Cover Art: If Wishes Were Spaceships

Squeeeee! Cover art for my upcoming book If Wishes Were Spaceships! Release date will be set soon. We’re looking at an early spring release. Donna Murillo did an excellent job with the design based upon my input; she was both thoughtful and intuitive. She really captured Jazlyn’s face!

If Wishes Were Spaceships Cover Art: Donna Harriman Murillo
If Wishes Were Spaceships
Cover Art: Donna Harriman Murillo

I had blogged here about problems using stock photography in cover art. This design is digital artwork, and is a combination of reused elements and original elements, used in an original design. It seems like a good compromise to me. I got to work with the artist and it was a very pleasant creative process. The artwork vividly conveys the setup of the book and general situation, which is what good cover art should do. But what’s just as important to me is that I got a character on the cover who looks like Jazlyn, the main character of the book. A lot of my joy in this cover comes simply from the artist doing that character so well.

When Jazlyn is forced to make an emergency landing on a quarantine planet, the worst she expects to find are a bunch of irate scientists complaining because she messed up the pristine conditions of some experiment. But the buildings look like works of art and the inhabitants are a wealthy scion of a galactic dynasty and an anxious techie. While the compound has all the comforts of home, it has none of the basic hospitality she expects. Cut off from all communication, surrounded by a thicket of dangerous carnivorous plants, Jazlyn must find a way to repair her ship — if possible — or hope that her friends find her distress beacon before Sterneworth, the planet’s resident tyrant, does something drastic. Can she trust Blaine, the techie who is completely under Sterneworth’s thumb, and who desperately wants off the planet by any means? Jazlyn has never been one to knuckle under or buckle under pressure. Nor is finesse is one of her skills. She will tackle the problems — the ship repair, the bizarre plants, and the duplicitous inhabitants of the planet — head on. Has the sassy spacer who’s used to getting her way met her match in the power and might of the Sterneworth dynasty? Everyone on the planet has a secret agenda. She has a ship to repair…

The book will be released in the spring, probably early spring. I’m hoping to line up a blog tour for the release, so if you think this little sci-fi adventure novel would be a good fit for your blog, let me know!