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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Talk Like a Pirate

Hello!

Did you know that it's Talk Like a Pirate Day?

For Rebecca, in Across the River, she must not only talk the talk but walk the walk. That's right, as a pirate! Just why does the daughter of a lord, more accustomed to silk dancing slippers and sneaking out of her home to visit her beloved Caleb end up on the high seas and entangled with pirates? Rebecca finds herself at the center of a round-the-world adventure. It's 1774, both sides of the Atlantic are poised for Revolution, and anything can happen Across the River.



My best to you all,
Megan

Friday, September 15, 2017

Autumn Magic

Hello!

This week While Aurora Slept, my Sleeping Beauty retelling trilogy released in ebook. In case you missed it, the story is told in three parts: The Power of a Dream, Glass Slippers, and Beast Seeking Beauty. You can pick up your copy of The Power of a Dream for free.


Here is the trailer.


Autumn is beautiful, a time of new awakenings, and vibrant color. The chill in the air whispers with promise, the crackle of leaves tingle with magic. That, at least, is how it feels to me. It is why I find myself turning to fairy tales in September. I like to begin my autumn with a bit of magic, before turning to the classics of Halloween in October. (More about those and my novel Painted Faces here.). If you think about it, this time of the year provides the perfect context for familiar fairy tale allusions. Cinderella rides in a giant pumpkin. To find out why this is, read Glass Slippers (Book Two in While Aurora Slept). Harvest celebrates a bounty. While this is primarily thought of as food, learning naturally finds itself into this as well. Autumn, after all, is when school begins (at least in the northern hemisphere). With learning comes books. If you're anything like me, a beautiful harvest of books sounds just about perfect. Edora, new to the kingdom and to being human, discovers that magical wonder in Beast Seeking Beauty. Hint. There's a library. Hint. It's amazing. At least, she certainly thinks so! She's never seen anything like it before.

Wishing you an abundant beginning of autumn, full of all the best harvest, including books!

My best to you all,
Megan

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

While Aurora Slept debuts as a bestseller and launches around the world today!

It's launch day! While Aurora Slept, an exciting new Fairytale Relling trilogy launches in ebook around the world today! Even more exciting, it's already a bestseller in three categories! 

This trilogy retells Sleeping Beauty, but other favorite fairytales will also appear. 

About Book One:

Aurora and her sister are inseparable, until dreams divide them.
Literally.


“On the night of my sixteenth birthday, I fell asleep. When morning came, I didn’t wake up. It’s been a month and I’m still sleeping, but this isn’t the story that you think it is.”
—Aurora


“People think my name is Maleficent but that isn’t true. And as for crimes, all that I am guilty of is loving my sister. My sister is the dawn, Aurora.”
— Midnight

On Aurora’s sixteenth birthday, she makes a selfless wish to save her sister, Midnight, from a curse that began in their childhood. Aurora falls asleep, but she doesn’t wake up. Months later, she’s still asleep. Now the sisters must find their way back to each other. What good is sleeping peacefully, when Midnight’s days without her beloved sister have become a nightmare?




Why I wrote the books:

Sleeping Beauty was my favorite Disney movie when I was younger. I loved it mainly for two reasons: the dress that changed from pink to blue and the song about meeting once upon a dream. When I rewatched the movie as an adult, I realized that, sadly, Aurora had very little agency. In fact, she had very little to say at all. Did she dream while she slept? What really happened? These questions and more, including why Cinderella's slippers are made of glass, and what happens when a beast seeks beauty are answered in the trilogy. 

Have I mentioned the best part yet? Book One: The Power of a Dream is free and available here.

Even better, all three parts have released today, so you don't have to wait a moment to enjoy the journey and partake in the adventure. 

Another aspect of the stories is the heritage of Aurora and her sister. Their father's ancestors came from a starving land, while their mother's people were native to the lands. The story loosely combines a Native American heritage with European royalty in a high north setting. As I have previously written about in other posts, my own heritage often finds its way into my stories. Unlike my previously published novels, this is not historical fiction and so more fictional liberty is taken. Part of a fairytale's appeal is its sparkling magic. I do have centuries old royalty in me, though, and have been recently learning about some Native American ancestors. I hope that you will enjoy the story and discovering what happened While Aurora Slept.

My best to you all,
Megan


Friday, September 1, 2017

Exciting New Sleeping Beauty YA Fairytale Retelling Coming in Ebook Trilogy!

Hello!

I'm very excited to tell you about While Aurora Slept, an exciting new ebook trilogy that retells Sleeping Beauty in an entirely new way. All three books will release on September 12th, which means you don't have to wait to uncover the rest of the story! Once you begin reading, you can unlock all of its secrets.
Once upon a time just got a whole lot more interesting! Be sure to preorder your free copy of book one: The Power of a Dream!

My best to you all,
Megan


Monday, August 28, 2017

Have you heard the good news? Flight Before Dawn is now available as an audiobook!

Hello!


Have you heard the good news? Flight Before Dawn, my bestselling debut novel is now an audiobook! 
Narrator Paula Faye Leinweber did an amazing job of bringing Victoire, Leal, Rainier, Voleta, Father Pierre, and the others to life. Feel the suspense, uncover the mystery, and live through the occupation of France and the struggle for liberation, in the build up to D-Day, in an all new way.


The audiobooks are available at AudibleAmazon, and Itunes
If you prefer to read instead of listen, Flight Before Dawn is available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook. For information about all of my books, including many retailers where they are available visit my website.

My best to you all,
Megan

Friday, August 25, 2017

Five For Friday: Five Questions to Ask yourself to Make Your Writing Stronger

Hello!
Today I'd like to share another excerpt of my writing tips book with you. This comes from Chapter Seven: Easy Ways to Improve your Writing.

Five Questions to Ask Yourself to Make Your Writing Stronger

1. Have I engaged all senses?
Many authors write what can be seen. Have you included taste, touch, sound and smell as well?

2. Are characters speaking in dialogue or monologue?
For realistic conversation, make sure that your characters are speaking to each other, not at each other. Speaking at each other = series of monologues and not conversation.

3. Have my characters changed in some measurable way?
Plot builds character in books. It's important to show how the plot has changed your characters and how they have grown or developed by the end. If your character is static, this is a problem.

4. Is there enough suspense?
Even if you are not writing suspense, thriller or mystery, you don't want the plotting, pacing, and outcomes to be obvious. Good writing leads to the reader thinking. Make sure that you offer enough questions, twists and variety to let your readers think.

5. Is this in the best shape possible?
Yes, agents and publishers may change aspects of your story. But, don't wait for others to strengthen your writing. Make it as strong as it can be. If you know that it still needs work, that can hinder you getting the attention you need. Be willing to receive help from others, but get your work in the absolute best shape possible. If you need professional help, contact me. I've helped other authors secure publishing contracts, get agent attention, and strengthen their work. I'd be honored to help you with your writing!

My best to you all,
Megan 

P.S. Did you hear the exciting news?
Flight Before Dawn, my first novel and a bestseller, is now an audiobook! My narrator did an amazing job and it's available on Amazon and Audible. Itunes coming soon! 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Liberation of Paris and Remembering the Past

August 24, 1944, the day that Paris was liberated, plays an important role in Flight Before Dawn.

Here, I share a behind the scenes commentary of one of its passages.

My best to you all,
Megan





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