Update: Novum, Indie Authors, and Shadow’s Reach!

Shadows Reach for Email

Hello, Gentle Readers!

I have a few absolutely wonderful updates for you!

  • Novum is beginning to get into gear: characters coming into focus, obsessive bolting awake at night to jot things down… I will be keeping you all up to date here, on Facebook, and over on twitter as well. You can follow the hashtag #NovumTrilogy if you want to see where I am in the story!
  • There will be a new feature coming up on the website shortly: indie author features! In the lull between Shadow’s Reach and the Novum Trilogy, I will be featuring other authors and their works, so that you hand-picked recommendations of things to read! I have three features lined up for the coming weeks, and if you have an author that you would like to see featured, let me know and I can reach out to them!
  • As you can see above, Zezhou has come up trump again on another beautiful cover, this time for Shadow’s Reach, a series of short stories set in the Light & Shadow universe!
  • Speaking of Shadow’s Reach, the tentative release date is October 21 – don’t worry, I’ll send an email! (This would be a good opportunity to sign up for the mailing list. I will absolutely only send you Cool Things.)

I hope your weeks are going well!

-M

 

What Lies Ahead

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Hello, Gentle Readers!

The weather continues to yo-yo between a crisp autumn and a few last, raucous bursts of summer. I have been so focused on Shadow’s Reach and the SciFi piece that I have wished for a few more cold, fall-ish days so that I could snuggle up beside the fire – but I suppose I should savor the warmth while it’s here! Winter is coming, and all that.

  • As you can see above, the Shadow’s Reach cover is coming right along! I hope to be able to show it off soon, and not only because I am impatient by nature – the proofs are wonderful.
  • I have been dabbling in the worlds of Unbound and Kickstarter. That is all about that for now. (Although I encourage you to check out the projects that are currently listed. There are some pretty incredible ones out there! On Kickstarter, Acadia, in particular, looks quite excellent…although more than fully-funded already.)
  • I have started reading Wool, at long last. I’m captivated; I wish the story would linger a little sometimes, but I really am enjoying it. I can’t stand Bernard, though.
  • Speaking of Wool, any authors in the audience may be interested by the recent pieces about Hugh Howey and Michael Wallace.
  • The SciFi project is coming along, and I am so excited to share this new world with you! Stay tuned for updates!

-M

 

The Parajunkee Indie Summer Blog Tour!

Hello, and welcome to the Parajunkee Indie Summer Blog Tour! The blog tour is close to the end, but there’s still time to complete the treasure hunt and win a Kindle Fire! (Whee!) You can find the earlier blog tour stops here, and I encourage you to check them out. There are multiple genres being featured, and you may find some new favorites!

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As you will certainly know if you’ve been following along thus far, the theme of the scavenger hunt is travel – where would I like to travel? Where would my characters like to travel?

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I myself have always wanted to see Iceland. I cannot think of a landscape that is more wildly evocative than the glaciers, volcanoes, barren isolation and unexpected beauty of the island. Like the burren in Ireland, Iceland is a place where life triumphs in unexpected ways: tiny, exquisite flowers blooming in crevasses, lichen and moss gaining a foothold on a seemingly desolate expanse of rock. In the winters, the long nights bring the aurora to life, and the crispness of winter is offset by yuletide festivity.

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It may seem odd to you if you’ve just begun reading the Light & Shadow books, but I very much think that Miriel and Catwin would enjoy a sojourn to Iceland as well. Catwin, of course, would be only too happy to escape the court, and Miriel, however much she might seem to thrive in her pursuit of the king, is not so simple a character as she might appear…

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Last but certainly not least, don’t forget to check out the other two Shadowborn blog stops, on Papercuts Blog and Erzabet’s Enchantments! There are giveaways for e-copies of the entire Light & Shadow series (because who wants to have to stop reading to download another book? Honestly), and both blogs feature reviews of other delightful indie books!

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Enjoy!

-M

Vacation!

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Gentle Readers –

This weekend is vacation, but with a few exciting details scattered within…!

  • The Light & Shadow short stories are close to completion! I am setting myself the goal of completing them by the end of September, and releasing them by mid-October!
  • While visiting my hometown, I was able to reconnect with an old friend who is also writing! Her first book was The Power of Poppy Pendle, and I am beyond excited to crack it open on this trip! (Also, it’s worth noting that the recipe for shortbread on her website is GOLD. Gold, ladies and gentlemen. Shortbread to make you weep.)
  • I continue to beat my head against this new SciFi piece. That’s not exactly an exciting detail. Whoops.
  • The Parajunkee Summer Blog Tour is winding onwards, and I am very excited for my tour stop on September 12th! As a reminder, the tour is a scavenger hunt, paired with a giveaway for a Kindle Fire – answer a question about each author, and you’ll be entered to win! You can find the tour here.

I hope your summers are going well, gentle readers!

-M

 

Updates

Hello, Gentle Readers!

A brief note: my website was apparently targeted by a brute-force attack sometime yesterday. InMotion shut down access to the site, and the hackers do not appear to have been successful. Hopefully this will not happen again!

After the flurry of activity that was importing all current works into Scrivener, I have begun to wade into writing again. Heaven, Purity, and the Light & Shadow short story set are all seeing modest progress! This morning began early, sending my husband off to a business trip, and I have been writing as the sky got lighter. Now I am all ready for my first nap of the day…

As a note to other indie authors out there, I have just finished beta-reading a lovely short story by Scott Zachary, and I am once again free to be beta-reading or reviewing indie books! If you have questions as to what I read, head on over to my Contact page!

Hopefully, everyone’s weekend is going well!

-M

P.S. If you’ve read any great indie books lately, please think of leaving a review. Reviews, positive or negative, are invaluable to authors and readers alike! As always, if you have any feedback on my works, you can feel free either to leave a review or send me feedback directly!

What’s Moira Writing?

Hello, Gentle Readers!

It is always reassuring to know that the author is writing, is it not…? And so – an update! Hooray!

Light & Shadow Short Stories: a set of short stories to give you a glimpse of your favorite Light & Shadow characters, and a peek into the backstory of some characters you would not know so well! So far, there are plans for stories told by Roine, Marie de la Marque, Temar, and Miriel. If you have a favorite character, and would like to hear their story, speak up! I’m aiming for a set of six or seven stories total.

Origins and Inheritance: this would be a prequel and sequel (respectively) to Mahalia, my first novel. Inheritance follows the story of Mahalia, Nasrin, and Faseira when Pale Ones, their distant cousins, arrive from another land and demand the return of the magic that has been woven into the Yeshuhain. Origins is told by Isura, Mahalia’s sometime-enemy, and is set during the acquisition of the Great Oasis – a time of upheaval and tension across the desert.

Heaven: the story of the first human venture to a habitable planet, told through a series of vignettes from the point of view of different characters. It is difficult to describe this piece. Hopefully, it will be released sometime soon!

Purity: a three-part science fiction epic centered around the remnants of terran culture on a distant planet. It is hard to say too much more without giving away spoilers!

For now, Heart of the World is on the back burner, but it may make an appearance in my writing shortly!

-M

 

Giveaway!

Alright, everyone. A while ago, I said that if I hit #1, I would be doing a giveaway. And I did! In France! Hooray!

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So here’s the deal: the giveaway runs until midnight on August 8th. Leave a comment here and I will use random.org to select a winner for a signed copy of Shadowborn, to be sent anywhere in the U.S., the UK, Canada, or Europe (that’s right!). Feel free to share this post – the giveaway will also be running on Twitter and Facebook!

Thank you all!

-M

Short Stories & Sneak Peeks

Gentle Readers,

A very pleasant weekend to you! It is raining outside, but Spring is unmistakable – green and pink and yellow all about. Curled up with my writing and a steaming mug of coffee, I feel very cozy, indeed!

First, and very exciting: there is now a sneak peek of Origins available on the site! You can head over and check it out here, and feel free to speculate and comment away! I am sending Origins to the beta readers chapter by chapter, and another should make its way off to them today!

Next, exciting as well: I am dipping my toes back into the world of Miriel and Catwin, and the stories that are emerging are enlightening, vibrantly alive, and occasionally disturbing. It is a struggle to pick just whose stories to tell, and how to tell them, and I find myself sifting through isolated little vignettes I wrote for Catwin’s friends and foes…

Speaking of Light & Shadow, the first book blogger review went up over at Little Ebook Reviews on Friday, and you can find it here. Huzzah!

Questions? Comments? Feel free to leave a comment!

-M

 

Exciting Day!

Hello, all!

Well, today was fantastic. I went onto Amazon and found this…

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I am amazed at having cracked the top 100 so quickly, and all I can say is thank you to all of you! I hope you are adoring the book!

Meanwhile, by way of a more tangible thank you, remember to check out the sneak peek of Heart of the World – another will be up shortly! In addition, I’ve received requests for more stories from Miriel and Catwin’s world, and I’ve been dabbling around in their world once more, collating scenes that didn’t end up in the final story, pondering which pieces of backstory to add in for minor characters … No time frame yet, but I’m excited!

Here’s wishing you all a lovely night!

-M