World of Ash Read Along!

This is super fucked up stressful terrifying weird right? Many of us are trapped inside, some with hobgoblins children, some not but feeling a bit lonely. I was trying to think of something to do to help you all break the monotony of being home and saw some of my teacher friends offering to do online classes with school-aged children, friends wanting to Skype board games or movie nights, anything we can do to not feel so hemmed in by our walls and maybe take a break from the anxiety of it all.

So, what can I do to help? The idea of kids watching how-to videos and having virtual classes made me think of my favorite part of school: reading time. I didn’t care if it was free-reading where I got to spend 10 mins with my own books, or we read as a class where a student read a page or so and then another kid took over, or when the teacher just read to us, I loved it all. Hell, I was a super nerd in HS and took honors and AP classes and we friggen loved it when teachers read to us. It really gave us a break from it all.

Well, that I can do.

I’m gonna read to you. Even if it’s just one or two people who sign in or if I’m just reading so the stars can hear me, I’m gonna do it. A chapter a day (maybe 2 if a chapter is particularly short). And what better than my own weird post-apocalyptic story, World of Ash? If you have a copy you can read along as I read aloud, if you haven’t been able to get a copy now’s your chance to find out what it’s all about!

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I’m trying to decide when is the right time to do this. Obviously my book is Young Adult, so it’s up to you if your kiddos are mature enough to listen, but it’s not a kids book, that’s for sure. I would say it’s 13 years old and up, but your kid’s maturity levels may vary and you can decide if it’s appropriate for them. And I’m in California so I need to plan this well. I was thinking 11am my time, that’s mid-afternoon for much of the county and just before lunch over here. English class was never my first or last class of the day, so that feels right.

But maybe late afternoon is better? I just know as the day becomes evening and night I like to curl up on the couch with the telly and the later in the afternoon I do it Pacific Standard Time, the later it is for most and we’re edging into dinner time.

I just practice read chapter 1 and it took about 14 minutes to get through. I’m a fast talker thanks to living in SoCal, so I have to  make a conscious effort not to speak too fast as I read.

Now WOA has 34 chapters, so I can always try out 11am and see how it works for people and change it to a different time if people would prefer. Obviously you can replay the videos later, but I am going to live stream so if people want to ask questions or whatever, I’m actually there for it. If you ask questions after the broadcast, I’ll answer them in the coming days (no spoilers please).

What do you think? Fun? Morbid? I saw a lot of people on Twitter and Reddit asking for end-of-the-world book recs, so I know some people are in the mood. Maybe because the books often have some message of hope? And we could all use that right now?

Anyway. I’m gonna do it.

Starting tomorrow.

You can follow me on Instagram or on Facebook. I’ll set up the livestream for both so you can watch how you like. I’m either going to use my iPad or steal my hubby’s phone so I can use my phone for Instagram and one of those for Facebook. Who knows, if it goes well and is popular enough, maybe I’ll keep reading.

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P.S.

I’m not gonna lie, guys, I am a little nervous for us right now. My husband is a private personal trainer, so if we lose clients to quarantine we’ll be in danger of not paying our bills like so many others. I’m not doing this for money, I’m doing it for the fun of it, but if you do want to drop a dollar or two, I’ll put links for that too. And you can always become a patron for exclusive content and continued support. And of course, buying books is always helpful and leaving reviews helps sell them to others, so please feel free to show your support that way!

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My Loss is Your Gain

Ever since the Thomas Fire in December we’ve been clawing our way out of the hole that it caused us for shutting down my husband’s business for a month, and then having clients catch colds and flus and vacations.

Every month we’ve clawed a little closer to normalcy but it seems like each  month brings with it a new small catastrophe that we could have easily dealt with had it been a normal winter for us.

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Last month we had to repair equipment for the business and then, yesterday, our refrigerator died. I mean. You can live without a washer or dryer. We do live without a dishwasher. But you can’t live without a fridge. Maybe if you live in the tundra and can keep food in the snow? But not in So Cal and not in these rolling heatwaves.

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So my loss is your gain. How so? I’m offering a deal on my Manuscript Critique and Content Editing services. If you email me at shaunagranger82@gmail.com with the subject line “Manuscript Critique Refrigerator” or “Content Edit Refrigerator” I will give you a 25% discount on your project. Just don’t forget that key phrase.

And if you’re just in the giving mood you can support me on Patreon. I post unpublished fiction, tarot card readings, and give rewards based on your level of pledge. I will be sharing a brand new book, serialize, in the coming weeks.

If a monthly pledge isn’t your bag but you still like to send money to strangers, you can hit me up on my Paypal here: paypal.me/JSGrangers

So if you have a book you’ve been dying to get work done on, now is the time to hit me up!

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Housekeeping and Coupons!

So this week, Friday to be exact, I have a book releasing. This one was a weird one for me. I wrote it as a flash fiction exercise for my patrons over at my Patreon page. So it took a fair bit of editing once it was done. By the time I was done with it, I wasn’t even sure if it was a book or not.

But, my critique partners all assured me it was, in fact, a book. The three of them and my editor all seemed to have glowing things to say about it. So, I should feel better, but I’m still kinda like, what did I even write? This will be my 23rd published novel between both names and I’m still like, okay but am I any good at this?

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Well, you can always voice your opinion if you want to grab a copy–you can pre-order now or buy it on Friday.

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Speaking of getting a book ready, I’m plugging my professional critique services again. I have time in June to take on a couple of books, so if you want to hit me up, now is the time (though I’m happy to book you in advance for other months so if you want, just email me)! If you mention seeing this blog post, I’ll give you a 20% discount on the total price! I’m especially in the mood for some fantasy or cozy mysteries, but I’m pretty open to most genres. Just email me at shaunagranger82 @ gmail . com — Gimme something to read, y’all! My Red Pen of Death™ has been lonely!

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And, since I’m mostly just reminding you guys of things, this week’s pledge-free Tarot Card Reading is live on my Patreon page. This week’s card is The Hermit.

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I offer these posts pledge-free so you can check out my page and see if you’d like to chip in and become a patron–levels start as low as $1!

That’s about all that’s going on right now. I wanted to make sure you guys were aware of all the Things. Can’t believe it’s almost June and half the year will be gone already. But hey! That means my half-birthday is coming!

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New Edition for an Anniversary

Seven years ago this week I self-published my first book.

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I was strangely casual about it (not the decision, just how I told people about it). I posted on Facebook that I was doing it and once the buy links were live, I’d post again.

It’s kind of hilarious in retrospect.

(Although the excitement was overshadowed by President Obama’s announcement that we had finally killed Bin Laden. Seriously, not kidding, same day.)

I reached out to some book bloggers and asked them to read and review, for good or bad, and I’ll always be eternally grateful that they did that for me. The reviews were overwhelmingly good, easing my anxiety over the choice to put my work out there.

But when I started the self-publishing industry was just starting to break out of the cliche molds it had been in. You know, boxes of vanity published paperbacks in rejected authors’ garages. And since it was still so new I didn’t totally know what I was doing.

I was lucky to have met my now-editor, Cassie, a year before I published. She was the only person in my sphere who also had a degree in the Literature world and I reached out for her help in line editing. We were so new to this that we didn’t even know what Track Changes in Word was.

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It’s hilarious to think of now, but it also meant that Earth didn’t get quite the polish that subsequent books got. Cassie did a great job when she first tackled Earth for me, making it much, much better than it was. But we both agreed, after a couple of years of us both honing our crafts (Cassie even started her own editing company, Joy Editing), that Earth deserved a second look.

So, here on our seventh anniversary, I finally have the second edition of EARTH: Book One in the Elemental Series. It is tighter, better polished, and something I’m very excited to share.

I also took the opportunity to correct a few tasteless comments in the book. When I was teenager in the 90’s my friends and I had very cutting and sarcastic senses of humor. We ribbed each other and poked at each other. We knew it was in fun and we loved each other, but I know, today, we would have been more mindful in our choices. When I wrote Earth, I tried to tap into that teenager mindset I had and, as a result, there were some poor choices. I’ve rectified those. I hope I’ve caught all of them. If my thoughtless comments hurt you or offended you, I am truly, deeply sorry.

Those are the only real edits that we made to the content in the book.

That was probably why I put this off for so long. I never like to go back to creative work too many years later because if I wrote Earth today, it would be a totally different story and the characters would be different, because I am different. I was afraid that I would change the book too much if I tried to work on it now. So I just let Cassie work her editor magic on it, sticking strictly to grammar and structure and I left the voice alone. But there was no way I was going to let the “Flamer” jokes stay. I hope my readers understand and have grown with me on that as well.

So, if you’ve bought Earth in the past, I have uploaded the second edition to all ebook outlets. I believe if you just “sync” your libraries, the new edition should over-write on your device.

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If that doesn’t work, I invite you to email me at shaunagranger82@gmail.com with proof of your purchase of Earth and I will happily get you a new copy. Kindle users, be sure to tell me your kindle email address so I can easily email your device.

If you’ve never checked out my Elemental Series, I invite you to check out Earth. It’s a YA series about magic and monsters, that hopefully is even better today than it was yesterday.

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Working and Writing

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Hello my loves! Happy almost Halloween!

I’m sorry I’ve all but abandoned you over here. It’s difficult to remember everything I’m committed to and sometimes, something gets left by the wayside. Too bad it’s my blog. I’m failing at Twitter pretty hard too.

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But at least I’m still writing! I’m currently working on the outline for my NaNoWriMo project this year–the spin-off of the spin-off of my Ash and Ruin Trilogy. Was that confusing enough for you?

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You’ll remember I released Dandelions, that was the first spin-off. In that story the main character’s sister is Maggie. Maggie wanted her own story. So I’m writing that. That’s the spin-off of the spin-off. I have the first act written, and if you’d like to read the rough draft of that you can head on over to my Patreon page and, with just a small pledge of $3 a month, you can read it and all the other fiction I’ve shared there and will continue to share (click the pic to be taken to my page!):

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If you pledge more, there are rewards that come with those pledges! I hope you’ll check it out.

I’m hoping to use NaNoWriMo to finish the rough draft of this book so I can focus on something new and witchy, inspired by my recent exploratory trip to Ireland. If you’d like to read about that, you can see what I posted over on the Spellbound Scribes’ Blog. You should follow us there! We’re a group of fantasy writers who post weekly about writing, reading, and all things bookish.

So, while I may forget to blog from time to time, know that I’m still working to bring you fiction and stories and words.

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