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Echoes in the Dark is basically my blog now.

 

Update: Now with correct links!

If you’re subscribed to this here blog that is no longer a blog but is now a news page, you might consider subscribing to Echoes in the Dark, which began as my monthly author newsletter but has basically morphed into my new author blog since I switched it from Mailchimp to Substack.

I’ve got short weekly posts talking about my writing process and the progress of my current WIP, and longer monthly posts in which I share a weird story from my life and give a quick recap of the previous month. And this week, I’ve begun experimenting with adding a podcast format.

You can get all of that delivered straight to your inbox if you subscribe, but even if you don’t, you can still read it all here.

Photo by Kaitlyn Baker on Unsplash

Goodbye Blog – Where to Find My Writing Online

I’m officially throwing in the towel and admitting that the personal blog is dead.

Oh, sure, there are a few holdouts that are still going strong. But for the most part, the world has moved on, and there are simply too many alternative platforms for multipassionate writers like me to get our writing fix to not move on with it.

As such, this here blog is a blog no more, in the old sense of being the place where I collect all my thoughts and writerly ramblings. From henceforth, this space is primarily for news and announcements about current and upcoming books and writing projects, although I may update it from time to time with links to articles I’ve written elsewhere online.

For those of you who have actually enjoyed my occasional ramblings well enough to subscribe and who want to keep up with my bloggy-style writings, here’s a comprehensive list of all the places you can find my writing online:

  • My freelance writing portfolio – all of my professional writing. Lots of pet-related articles, and some pieces on minimalism, simple living and personal finance, among other topics.
  • Echoes in the Dark – My author newsletter on Substack, where I tend to ramble about what’s happening in my life each month, share tidbits about the books I’m writing, as well as what I’m reading and cool things I’ve come across, both online and off. I just added a “short” weekly letter (I really need to work on the short part) tracking my progress on my current novel and opening a discussion thread where you can share your own cool things.
  • A Quiet Life – My other monthly Substack letter, which offers more personal blog-style content focusing on faith and finding beauty and purpose in the ordinary. The first issue will go out later this week.
  • Medium – I’ve posted there sporadically and have several articles under my user profile, but I’m getting ready to launch a faith-based publication focused on simplifying, slowing down and living according to your values, called Abide + Align. It will launch later this month. Follow me on Medium so you don’t miss the first post. (I may also start a second publication there in the nearish future focused on content relating to writing and publishing.)
  • Instagram – It’s supposedly for pictures, but I post a lot of shorter bloggy-style content there. And lately in my stories I’ve been posting daily updates on how my current WIP, Desolation of the Damned, is coming along.

Where to stay up-to-date on new releases, book sales, etc.

Signing up to my newsletter, Echoes in the Dark, is the best way to stay informed about what I’ve got coming up as far as books and publishing news. Subscribers there will also be the first to get cover reveals, novel previews and pre-order offers, among other exclusive goodies.

But if newsletters aren’t for you, here are a few other ways to keep up-to-date:

  • This blog – It’s not the best, because honestly, posting my news here is usually an afterthought, and it usually happens a week or more after I’ve already sent the news to my mailing list. But I do get around to posting that stuff here eventually.
  • BookBub and GoodreadsFollow me on BookBub and you’ll automatically get notified when I release a new book. Follow me on Goodreads, and I’ll likely send out an announcement when I’ve got a new release coming up.
  • My Amazon Author Page – Click the follow button on this page and you’ll get notified every time I have a new book come out on Amazon.

I also have a Twitter account and Facebook page, but those are way, way down on my priority list, currently. I’m actually considering whether to delete them. For now, neither of those are a good place to keep up with me.

So there you have it — all the places where you can currently read and interact with me online. I hope you’ll come and find me there. ♥

Deliverance of the Damned

It’s Book Release Day for Deliverance of the Damned!

Deliverance of the DamnedIt’s finally here!

As you’re reading this, if you pre-ordered Deliverance of the Damned, it should already be waiting for you in your Kindle library.

If you’re new around here, or just haven’t been paying attention, Deliverance of the Damned is the oft-requested and long-awaited sequel to Dominion of the Damned and the second book in a planned trilogy (the third of which is already underway). And it’s out in the world today!

You can head here to buy a copy, or borrow it and read for free if you’re signed up to Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime.

I’ll post the book description below, but be warned that it contains spoilers for Dominion, which couldn’t be helped. If you haven’t yet read the first book and want to get in on this series from the beginning, head here to get Dominion of the Damned for the Kindle for only 99 cents (it’s also available in paperback and audio).

Don’t have a Kindle? No worries! You can head here to download a free Kindle app for your phone or computer and read Kindle books to your heart’s content (I actually prefer the Kindle app on my phone to my Kindle device). Not an e-book person? Hang tight — the paperback version of Deliverance is coming soon.

All right, enough housekeeping! On to the description!

Here’s the spoiler-free, tl;dr summary:

This second installment in the Trilogy of the Damned series continues the fast-paced thrill-ride through a post-apocalyptic zombie wasteland begun in Dominion of the Damned, in which the remaining humans find themselves imprisoned and ruled by a powerful race of vampires intent on the survival of their only food supply.

Here’s the full back cover copy:

“So what happens now?”

“Now? Now we go change the world.”

Alek Konstantin sounded so certain. But Hannah Jordan, changed forever by the events of Dominion of the Damned, doesn’t share his certainty.

No longer fully human, not quite fully vampire, Hannah hovers somewhere in between, something new, the next level of evolution that could save humanity and vampire-kind alike — or lead to their destruction, more assuredly than the zombie plague that started it all.

Within her veins lies both an antiserum against the plague and a cure for vampirism — and there are those who would fight and kill both to attain the cure and to destroy it. As they gather allies and assess their enemies, it’s impossible for Hannah and Alek to be sure which side anyone is on.

Hannah only knows one thing for certain — that her love for Alek, also altered by her blood, and for her infant brother Noah, means she’ll do whatever it takes to protect them, and to make the world habitable again, a safe place where she and Alek can raise Noah in peace — if they manage to survive.

There are causes worth dying for, and there are causes worth living for. Hannah finds herself caught between the two.

Order your copy of Deliverance of the Damned today.

And happy reading!

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Pre-Order Deliverance of the Damned (Plus a Cover Reveal)!

Fast on the heels of my previous announcement about the new audio book version of Dominion of the Damned, I’m thrilled to announce that the long-awaited sequel, Deliverance of the Damned, is available for pre-order! Check out the cover below!

 

Deliverance of the Damned

 

This second installment in the Trilogy of the Damned is set to launch on November 8th. Order it now to have it automagically appear on your Kindle on that date!

PS – Want to make sure you never miss an announcement like this? Enter your e-mail below to join my mailing list!

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Dominion of the Damned is Now an Audio Book!

Dominion of the Damned Audio BookIt’s been a while since I posted book news here on the blog (to make sure you don’t miss any of that, it’s best to sign up for my newsletter, which you can do below), but I have things to tell you!

To start with, over the summer I collaborated with the very talented voice narrator Raquel Beattie to produce an audio version of Dominion of the Damned. I couldn’t be more excited or pleased over how well Raquel brought Hannah, Alek and company to life. Listen to a sample on Amazon, and get it free on Audible when you sign up for a free trial!

Watch this space for more news coming soon!

 

Monday Update: On looking for an easier world, loving poetry, and a progress report

“…don’t waste time
looking for an easier world.”

~ Mary Oliver, Dogfish

In a poem that already spoke to me, to a lot of what I’ve been dealing with over the last couple of years, this line jumped out and hit me square between the eyes.

I’m so guilty of this, of constantly looking for an easier world, and easier life, and it really is such a waste of time, isn’t it? It’s a distraction that keeps me from just getting on with it and living my actual life.

I’m pretty sure this is a 9 thing (that’s my Enneagram number, for those not keeping track). After all, the sloth is our spirit animal, and our besetting deadly sin. We 9s just want to float through life without much challenge, and when we are challenged we get angry and resentful, except anger is too challenging, so we deny it and just get sleepy instead.

But I know the truth, that challenges are good for us, or at least for me. When I’m in a healthy place, the right kind and amount of challenge and hardship pushes me to get up and shake off my complacency and perform like a 3, and this is when I thrive.

But it’s so tempting, always, to embrace my inner sloth and go to sleep and numb myself with entertainment or distract myself with work, to seek out the path of least resistance, to not simply deny but resent the hard work that needs to be done to get where I want to be.

These Monday morning musings are brought to you by the numbers 9 and 3 and the Enneagram and my reignited love of poetry and not enough sleep over the last few nights.

I’ve always had an on-again, off-again love affair with poetry. I wrote a lot of it back in my twenties and early thirties. I even did the occasional live reading. Yes, I, who hates public speaking and am struggling to work up the nerve to start my own podcast because I feel so goshdern awkward, actually stood up in front of a coffee shop full of people on poetry night at Borders and read my poetry aloud. I can’t really believe it, either, but it happened, more than once. A long time ago.

Poetry kind of fell off my radar about a decade ago, when we got hit with a long string of hardships, the kind of challenges that don’t spur you on to greatness but that instead break you and force you to rebuild your whole identity and worldview. Fun times.

But lately I’ve been jonesing for poetry. I feel like my life is better with poetry in it, and it makes me feel a little more like my old self, back before the breakening, when I was full of daydreams and possibilities. I’ve been writing poetry again, too, but I have no plans to get up and read it, or share it anywhere. It’s something I’m doing just for me, and there’s healing in that.

What I’m Working On

Deliverance edits are continuing apace, albeit more slowly than I’d like. With several days of rain in the forecast, we spent most of last week busting our butts to rake and burn as much of the remaining leaves as possible. We’re on a break from yard work thanks to the rain finally arriving this weekend, but when it passes there’ll be more leaves to deal with, because they truly are never ending, and we’re quickly running out of time to get them out of the way before mowing season starts.

At any rate, this weekend I also started the second novella in my upcoming Mae Bishop series, because I felt inspired, despite already having a backlog of stories that need editing. I’m trying to write at least 1,000 words a day on that before switching to editing my novel. At this rate, I’m piling up finished first drafts a lot faster than I can edit them. I might have to stop writing for a while and just focus on getting all of these manuscripts edited and ready to publish, but I want to get at least two more Mae Bishop novellas done as quickly as I can, and also the third and final book of Trilogy of the Damned. I might also need to switch up my methods and stop fast-drafting and start editing as I go.

This would be a lot easier if I could just write full time. As if I’m not the billionth writer to say that.

Newsy Bits & Sharing

If you’re the sort of person who actually leaves book reviews, I’ve got free digital ARCs of both Dominion of the Damned and Women’s Work up for grabs at Booksprout. There are a limited number of copies available of each, so be sure to grab yours quickly if you want one.

And please remember, a book review can be as simple as “I enjoyed this book” or “I didn’t enjoy this book.” Nobody’s asking you to write a book report.

Over on my writing and publishing blog, I shared four ways to hone your story instincts and become a better storyteller.

If you’re a chronic illness sufferer, you might want to check out this blog post series from Kristine Kathryn Rusch about writing with chronic illness. Even if you’re not a writer, I think it has broader applicability for how to manage your life and work around your illness. Here’s part one, part two and part three.

This thirsty squirrel might be the most precious thing you see today.

And now I must get back to work, but I’ll leave you with a photo of my dog Pete sharing my blanket cocoon (which, in my completely unbiased opinion, might give thirsty squirrel a run for his money).

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Dominion of the Damned 3rd Edition Now in Paperback!

Physical book lovers rejoice! Dominion of the Damned, the first book in my post-apocalyptic humans vs. vampires vs. zombies vs. evolution sci fi saga, is now in paperback. Click here to get your copy!

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Dominion of the Damned by Jean Marie Bauhaus

Book News: Dominion is Back, and All my Indies are Everywhere!

Dominion of the Damned by Jean Marie BauhausWhat I thought was going to be a quick project that would take a couple of months at most but ended up taking about as long as an actual pregnancy has finally reached fruition: the brand new, revised and updated edition of Dominion of the Damned has finally arrived. And I think it was worth the wait.

If you’re new around here, Dominion is my post-apocalyptic novel depicting what would happen if a zombie outbreak happened in a world in which vampires secretly existed. From the vampires’ perspective, this would be akin to a mad cow disease outbreak on steroids occurring at the same time as the blight from Interstellar killing off all vegetable matter. In other words, their choices would be reduced to take drastic action or starve. They choose drastic action, and humanity pays a steep price for those actions.

The novel centers on Hannah Jordan, a newly orphaned nursing student burdened with the responsibility of raising her infant brother, and her fight to keep them both alive in this terrible new world. Along the way she makes both enemies and allies and also finds love in unexpected places.

I first published this novel in 2012, and although it was well received with enthusiastic reviews and reader reactions, as I read it last year while gearing up to finally write the sequel, I realized that my writing style had matured since then, and I didn’t want there to be a noticeable difference between this book and the next. So I set out to give it another polish and then turned it over to my husband, who is a freelance editor, for what I expected to be a quick proofread. But then he found even more stuff that needed to be tightened up or smoothed over, so it took longer than I’d counted on. And then we had to move, and then holidays, and life, and so on.

But he finally got the last of the edits done last week, and since there weren’t actually that many, it didn’t take that long for me to comb through and apply them. And now the revised edition is finally here, all new and improved, and I can cross that project off my list just in time to start revisions on the sequel, praise the Lord and hallelujah.

If you previously purchased a Kindle copy of Dominion you should be able to log into your cloud library and download the new version, if it didn’t get automagically pushed to your device. It includes a first look at the sequel, so you might want to grab it just to read that, if you didn’t already see it when I sent it to my newsletter last fall.

If Dominion is new to you, you can find links to all the retailers currently carrying it here.

In other book news…

Yesterday, all of the indie books I had re-enrolled in Kindle Select expired, so as of today they are no longer available in Kindle Unlimited. But I once again put them in the queue for wide distribution, so in a day or two they’ll be available at all the major ebook retailers in addition to Amazon.

You can find all the links to all the books here.

Whew.

Counting this new edition of Dominion, that’s three books released in three months. I hope that’s enough to tide y’all over for a while, because I’ve got three more books in the queue that need to be revised and edited (including a novella that I’m about two-thirds finished drafting), so I’ll be taking a break from publishing anything new during the spring quarter to focus on getting these books ready to release over the back half of the year.

Onward!

Books Leaving Kindle Unlimited in March

Back in December, I removed most of my indie titles from non-Amazon retailers and enrolled them in Kindle Unlimited and the Kindle Prime Lending Library. That enrollment will end on March 4th, and I don’t plan to renew it.

That means, if you’re subscribed to Prime or KU, you’ve got until March 4th to borrow and read the following titles:

Eucha Falls

Fragments & Fancies

Midnight Snacks (this one is free for everyone through this Sunday, after which it goes back to free for KU subscribers and $4.99 for everyone else)

Sniny: A Clockwork Fairytale

Weather Witch

After March 4th, they’ll once again be available at all major e-book retailers!

Free for a Limited Time: Midnight Snacks

From now through Sunday, get the Kindle version of my horror collection, Midnight Snacks, absolutely free!

This collection of Twilight Zone-esque shorts includes flash fiction set in the Trilogy of the Damned universe, a short story that has been favorably compared to works by Richard Bachman (aka Stephen King), and fan favorite Eucha Falls, my creepy pasta-inspired novelette about the haunted site of an abandoned amusement park.

Click here to grab your copy before it returns to its regular retail price of $4.99!

 

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