Monthly Review: March 2019

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It is already the end of March. I can't believe it.

This month has been exhausting, to be honest. My mom's been sick, so I've spent most of March visiting her in the hospital and haven't gotten much time to do anything else. She's much better now, so we're continuing to pray for the best. I got sick last week (this season has just been germy for just about everyone I know), so I'm still getting over that. Of course, we're leaving cold/flu season and sliding straight into allergy season, so send help.

Of course, I also completed my Kickstarter this month, so now I'm just waiting for the funds to come in. I can't wait to get the ball rolling with making rewards for my backers and getting the cover art done, and then getting Fractured Princess published. This has been a long journey, and I know it's only the beginning.

I started working on a website. I'll see how that turns out. Of course, this will remain my primary source of contact for most. I love this blog. It'd just be nice to have something with my pen name in big letters on the header, and my book cover sitting there (*squeal*).

See you all in April!

March Writing Update and Wednesday Words: A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney


I was doing a sensitivity read last week, and this week I'm sick, so you're getting a delayed 2 for 2 blog post today!

So big news: my Kickstarter reached its goal and even overshot it! I'm currently receiving surveys for the rewards, so I now have to work on those. I'm also talking with the cover artist I'm commissioning, and she is really nice! This is going to be an exciting year for Fractured Princess.

I haven't done too much writing otherwise, just some last touches on FP, so I'll be pushing myself to work in my other projects now.

This week I started reading L.L. McKinney's A Blade So Black.

This book is a spin on Alice in Wonderland. I was a big fan of the cartoon, the first live-action movie (with the dragon!? I need to find that movie), the Disney series, but honestly, I couldn't get into the book. Alice was too precocious for my liking, so I never finished it. I was hoping A Blade So Black would help me enjoy another Wonderland take, and I can say so far that it does. Here is the blurb:

The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she's trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.

Life in real-world Atlanta isn't always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice's handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she'll need to use everything she's learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head . . . literally.

The first scene was emotional and intense, and I don't mind a book that throws us immediately into the action, which this one does. I can't wait to see what else happens. Also, the Mad Hatter as a cutie? I'll take it.

Let me share a line I've read already, don't want to spoil anything for myself:

A dog stepped out of the black. Huge paws ended with long, wicked claws that clacked against the ground. Inky skin, no fur, rippled as it moved. Illuminated eyes blinked at her; one pair, then two, and three.

Yeah, multiple eyes are a good place to stop.

What are you reading this week?

Insecure Writer's Support Group

Happy Wednesday!

Can you believe Spring is TWO weeks away? This has been a brutal winter, so I'm ready for it. My allergies won't be, but that's what tissues are for.

It's also the first Wednesday in March. You can join in on the support group fun at, and be sure to thank Alex J. Cavanaugh and the co-hosts for their work.

This month's question is: Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist)? And why?

I haven't written a villain in a while, probably not since high school, but I tend to lean towards writing the good guy's point of view. I don't like going down the rabbit hole too far. My writing's dark enough already.

I have 10 days before my Kickstarter closes, and I'm so excited that it's funded! Here's to self-publishing in 2019!!