I'm up for *2* awards. Can you believe that? I'm still kind of in shock.
I'm up for the Artwork on Fish To Die For seen at the left. This composite is made up of 10 layers, 3 different fish and 4 human body parts, to capture the imagination of the author.
Keith Milstead is up for his own P&E in Short Story Horror for this book.
Go here to Vote for artwork: http://critters.org/predpoll/artwork.shtml
My Debut novel, Silent Heart, is up for a P&E in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category.
Silent Heart is the tale of a deaf woman who stumbled headlong into the murder of a royal. As the only witness to a horrible crime she must make it across the country to seat of the King and tell him of his son's death. A stranger stumbles into her path and realizing what she has seen and what she must do swears to protect her. Through battles, night time cliff climbing, abductions, torture, and houses under siege a love like no other blossoms and changes them both forever.
Go here to vote for Silent Heart: http://critters.org/predpoll/novelsf.shtml
Here's your chance to get a copy of Silent Heart for FREE! For two days only, Silent Heart will be free on Kindle July 13th and 14th. You better grab up this special offer while it lasts because it won't come again soon.
Silent Heart is back and better than ever! The newly edited and relaunched version of Silent Heart is now for sale. Check out the brand new cover art too! Don't worry if you see the old purple cover on Good Reads. The links will take you straight to the new version and I will have the new cover up there soon as well. Go to Amazon to check out some amazing rave reviews.
Oh, and did I mention? The price has come down! That's right, print copies are only $8.99 now, and the kindle is only $2.99.
Those of you who follow my Face Book are probably sick of the updates, but I can't help it. I'm just so excited to get this copy out and get everyone reading again!
You know I'm getting psyched about this next book. It needed a lot of rewrites but the joy of rewrites is, as much as they suck, in the end you get something so much better than you ever thought possible. The flow is going much better and I was able to eliminate things that grated on my nerves. Not that I understood much why these things bothered me, just that they did.
The book is set in post apocalyptic United States, but not immediately after whatever it was that caused the destruction. It's sort of like Steven King's Gunslinger world. Things are practically back to a medieval level, but with random references to the world we live in now. One of the major ones will be music. The heroine is a singer as well as many other things. **Warning: Small Spoiler** A very small part of her back-story is her parents were traveling minstrels that studied the music of the "ancients". Just imagine all the fun that could be had with that. I'm interweaving songs from today, looking at the melody and the lyrics for things that would have meaning in this new world.
Just of a couple of the groups included will be Plumb and Soundgarden as well as few individuals like Adelle and Corine Bailey Rae. I want to show readers new music they might never have listened to as well as give them a chance to see it in a whole new light. Lets look at how these songs effect a generation and how it would be seen to following generations. When George Gershwin wrote music did he know it was going to shape an entire genre? Did the Beetles know how much they would effect an entire generation and the generations that followed? What music now will stand the test of time and why?
Making all these changes I'm falling in love with the story again. Its not heavy action like 'Silent Heart' Or 'Under A Twisted Moon'. There are some real life issues but the descriptions aren't as brutal. There isn't a whole lot of wondering and worrying if the hero and heroine will fall in love. However, this is a book of enduring love. It's almost a snapshot of a year in the couple's life and all the things that brought them closer together. A look at the way solid marriages work. There is a deep earth magick involved and the fate of a nation. Its a softer book than I normally write which is why I wasn't sure I was going to share it with the world at all, but I think it's time Morna and Arrick got out of my hard drive. They have lessons to teach and you know, sometimes you just want a book that makes you feel good. Life for them is never picture perfect, only moments, but they make you smile anyway.
Keep a look out for 'Morning Song' hopefully coming July or August.
Susan is a plural writer and artist by day, a child and pet wrangler by night, and occasional crazy person on the weekends.