It’s already been two weeks since the launch of my debut novel, Ashes Swept. Looking back, I can’t help but take stock of the entire process–what worked, what didn’t, and what to do another way next time. Here are five (totally random) things that I’ll definitely remember when I’m ready to do it again…
So that’s that! The five (completely random) things that helped me publish Ashes Swept. As random as they all are, they all made the publishing process (and everything leading up to it) go much more smoothly for me. I hope something here will help you, too!
Lots of things inspire me when I write, but nothing inspires me more than music. The right song can help me flesh out my characters, spark plot ideas, and can even influence entire scenes. The playlist for Ashes Swept is one of my favorites so far, so I’m excited to share my five favorite songs on the playlist with you, along with some of the lyrics that inspired me.
#1 Home by Gabrielle Aplin
So when I’m ready to be bolder, and my cuts have healed with time;
comfort will rest on my shoulder, and I’ll bury my future behind.
I’ll always keep you with me. You’ll always be on my mind,
but there’s a shining in the shadows, I’ll never know unless I try.
#2 The Lightning Strike by Snow Patrol
Just for a minute, the silver-forked sky, lit you up like a star, that I will follow.
And now it’s found us, like I have found you. I don’t want to run, just overwhelm me.
#3 Broad-Shouldered Beasts by Mumford & Sons
These apartment walls are paper thin, and no one is trying to listen in.
What to hear our doubts, hear our whispered shouts, they don’t care.
Wasn’t it you, who said I was not free? And wasn’t it you, who said I needed peace?
And now it’s you who’s floored by fear of it all. And it’s alright, take it out on me.
And it’s alright, take it out on me.
#4 Bird Set Free by Sia
Now I fly, hit the high notes–I have a voice, have a voice, hear me roar tonight.
You held me down, but I fought back loud.
#5 Change of Time by Josh Ritter
I had a dream last night, and when I opened my eyes, your shoulder blade, your spine,
were shorelines in the moonlight; new worlds for the weary, new lands for the living,
I could make it if I tried, I closed my eyes, I kept on swimming.
If you’d like to see all fifteen songs on the playlist, be sure to check back here (or my facebook page) on launch day, this Friday, September 29th, to find out how!
I’ve been waiting for months to finally share the book trailer for my new novel, Ashes Swept, which will be available at Amazon on Friday, 9/29!
I’m so excited to finally share the cover of my new novel, Ashes Swept, which will be available on Amazon.com next Friday, September 29th. The cover was created by the talented Clarissa Yeo of Yocla Designs. Thanks, Clarissa!
Stay-tuned for more exciting goodies as launch week for Ashes Swept continues!
To kick-off launch week for my new novel, Ashes Swept, I’m excited to share with you the official book blurb! Ashes Swept will be available on Amazon.com on September 29th!
As a ministerial daughter, Synda May Ivey has a duty to her family and to all of Floridian—but she has no interest in galas, garden parties, and high-tech society life. With everything in disarray after her father’s death, marriage to her aristocratic childhood friend is the last thing she wants. After escaping to a world of simplicity in the low-tech tractlands, life couldn’t be more perfect. Silver Glen is everything she’d hoped for, and Wilken Kirby might help her forget about the noble Everton Greer. But with her overbearing stepfamily in pursuit and her true identity cloaked in deception, her two worlds may not stay separate for long. Having seen her nation through different eyes, she may find it difficult to choose freedom and love over duty.