Character descriptions and more

I’ve added some more information to The Trident of Merrow page: character descriptions, settings, items of interest, and more. If you haven’t read the book yet and want to know if it’s for you, take a perusal and see if something piques your interest!


Thank you, Encore Books!

A big thanks goes out to Encore Books in West Lebanon, NH for hosting our book signing yesterday! We had a lot of fun and saw a lot of great people. Thank you to all who stopped by and gave your support!

Kris plans to reach out to other book shops soon, so watch this space for news of more signings in the near future!

Check out the photos on Facebook here.

Book Signing on Feb 18th at Encore Books!

Encore Books in West Lebanon, NH is hosting us on February 18th, 2012 at 2pm for a book signing for The Trident of Merrow. Hope to see you there, please spread the word! Thanks!


The Trident of Merrow is now available on Smashwords ( as is Call Me Strega ( and The Price of Longing ( The latter two are FREE on there.

New plans

Amber here with another Trident of Merrow update. We’ve decided to skip the professional editor proofread. My husband, Garin, has agreed to proofread the manuscript (or at least start proofreading) over his spring break next week. He’s sharp and has a critical eye so I think we’ll be good with that. A typo here and there isn’t the end of the world anyway.

Then I’ll register for copyright with the US Copyright Office. It’ll probably take 4-5 months but they say you don’t have to wait to publish because technically your copyright is from when they receive your application (it makes sense; if someone else tried to steal your work and register it as their own the next day, yours would still be recorded as happening first, right?)

After that, Kris and I can see about starting the process of getting it on Amazon and decide if we’re going to do the Create Space thing also so it can be purchased in hard copy, not just e-book.

In other writing news, I’m up to I think around 8000 words of Apertures. I didn’t work on it yesterday. It hasn’t exactly been regular. I worked on it on my snow/ice day that I took on Monday (will this winter go away already, please?!). I’m not one of those writers who sets and sticks to a word count per day. I just write as I feel like it. I think part of it is that I’m requiring more research with this one (though I’ve been to Boston a bunch I don’t know the city that well). When I feel the rhythm of a scene and want to write it, I get hung up on research (and I have been using the tactic of putting in brackets when I need to look something up to save it for later so I don’t lose my groove. The problem is, some of these scenes I really need to know things or I won’t be able to write it).

So really I should do a little research before the next scene. Maybe I can at least do that later today.


Editor searching and a new novel

Amber here with an update. The editor Kris and I wanted to hire seems to be unreachable, so now we’re trying to figure out what to do. Amazon’s Create Space has a line-edit service, but at $0.0175 per word for manuscripts over 10,000 words, our ~88,000 word manuscript for The Trident of Merrow would end up being over $1500. That’s just a little steep for us right now. I’m contemplating just taking another close proofread, maybe using the method of starting at the last sentence and going backward (reading each sentence forward, of course). That breaks it up so you don’t just get caught by the flow and mentally fill in blanks or skip over errors. Another method is to read it aloud to oneself or each other, but last time we did that I was hoarse by chapter four.

In other news, I was inspired with ideas for a sequel to Negatives, the novel I wrote solo. I’ve outlined it at least partly, wrote down a lot of ideas, and finally started writing it yesterday. I’m calling it Apertures for now.

The problem with so many hobbies is that eventually the projects pile up and it becomes as much work (though more enjoyable) as my day job. I currently have a knitting project that I have to finish by the end of the month, drawing the possible cover for The Trident of Merrow for our product image on Amazon in the Kindle marketplace, writing Apertures, and now also peer-editing and providing feedback for other writers’ work as part of a virtual writer’s circle that my friend Mike is facilitating. It’s something I definitely don’t want to half-ass, so I’m saving it for the weekend (the week is full of chores. Oh, being a grown-up is so much fun, am I right? :p)


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