Friday, October 17, 2014

WIP Blog Tour

You haven't heard from me for a while, but I did not fall off the face of the Earth, really I didn't!

There's a reason - no! - a world of reasons for my absence, and even though Volume One of my Emrysia series, Awakening, is getting lonely without Volume Two, Lament, the second "sister" is not quite ready to swim yet. She is fully written, edited and tweaked many, many times over (can I get a "put that red pen down already!"?), but she still needs a little make-up i.e. a few more chapter illustrations. Those of you with e-readers may not get to appreciate these touches, but please bear patiently: I may still release her in e-form a little earlier than the paperback edition. I'm also still working out marketing strategies - ARRRRRRGHHHHH! - the bane of self-publishing existence. But on that note.......

                               Volume One                                              Volume Two
I'm excited to take part in the 2014 Work in Progress (WIP) Blog Tour. Its a terrific idea offering authors the chance to share snippets about their upcoming projects. I'd like to thank Nan Lundeen for inviting me along. Nan's first book of poetry The Pantyhose Declarations celebrates women who "rebuff the duty train and refuse to wear pantyhose". Her more recent anthology, entitled Black Dirt Days, presents poems as a memoir of her rural Iowa upbringing in the 1950's. Both volumes resonate with humor & grit in down to earth, savory yet readable language. I can’t wait to find out what she's doing next!  You can see what she’s up to in her WIP by visiting her post for the tour here.

The rules for the tour are simple: Provide the link back to the post by the person who nominated you (see above), write a little about and give the first sentences of the first three chapters of your current Work In Progress, then nominate four other writers to do the same.

WIP tours are a fun way to stay on top of what a lot of authors are working on, and I’m delighted to give you a glimpse into what the world of Emrysia has in store next for Aryelle, Lureli and Eleanor. I should tell you, however, that even though Lament is technically written and I'm already working on Volume Three: Endurance, I'm still counting Volume Two as my work in progress since she's not "out there" yet.

So here goes:

Emrysia: Lament - Volume Two of the Three Sister Trilogy plunges into the hidden world of the Mer. As Lureli recalls the stormy events leading up to her land adventure, she and the others continue to crisscross the magical continent in a desperate detour they hope will lead toward home. But the Shadow is still growing, and fairytale endings are rare. And some homecomings don't include warm welcomes.........

Chapter 1
Lureli’s thoughts smoldered along with the dying embers of the campfire. Her servants eyed her anxiously, their unease deepening with her blackening mood.

Chapter 2
The hiss of a log tossed onto glowing embers startled her from her reverie. She shook her head amid a shower of sparks, freeing the vision entangled in her memory and rejoining the present. Peering sideways through the smoke, Lureli barely recognized the grizzled, gray-bearded devil who knelt stoking the fire. Tongues of flame licked the new wood greedily, accentuating the bumpy, crimson stain between the devil’s spiral horns, transforming his face into a chiaroscuro mask. His well-muscled torso was smeared with sweat and blood, his wooly lower half flecked with the same. Nodd… his name was Nodd
Chapter 3
Lureli didn’t catch up. In fact, she wasn’t going to follow them at all. She flopped helplessly back into the seat of her litter, tears of self-pity coursing down her cheeks unchecked. To the Abyss with all of them! She’d just sit here and dry up in the sun - what would they care? What did anyone care what happened to her now?

And, just for fun, here's a little sneak peak at Volume Three:

Now, some wonderfully talented authors I've tagged to join the tour (More to come!).  Have a look at their books and upcoming projects:

Janet Givens :

David Stahler Jr. :

Cathy Strasser :



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Every Step Matters

I realize its been forever since I posted here, but I haven't been sitting around twiddling my thumbs. Volume Two of the Three Sisters Trilogy is ready and waiting - just have to finish getting my marketing strategy in place and do a few more chapter illustrations. I want to be a little more on top of things before it's release, but I can hardly wait to share it with you!

Here's a sneak peak at the draft of the cover:

Cool, huh?!

And believe it or not, I've already designed the cover for Volume Three, Emrysia: Endurance.....

.... but you'll just have to wait for that one. Love the suspense!

I have written a couple of posts for my other blog
lately too, but the whirlwind otherwise known as family life has my head spinning with things literal and not literary. Sometimes it seems the goal of publishing success is way beyond reach, but as long as I take steps, even baby ones, toward it every day, I'm confidant that I'll get there.

You can help!

Spread the word
Share my posts
Visit and like my C.A. Morgan FaceBook and author pages
Write a review...

... and be sure to read the other books as they come out.

It's about to get wild in Emrysia!

P.S. I do want to update the look of this site too, but bear with me. I'm using up my limited tech abilities on other things...... Also, look for me at the Lyndonville, Vermont Downtown Street Fair this week in front of Green Mountain Books!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Where was I?

As in, where was I when I left off? Well.... in a place of conflicting emotions, ecstatic about finally becoming and author and frustrated with the minutiae of working out the kinks and navigating the publicity end of things.

Where am I now?
Same place, but with a whole new attitude. In a word, I'm grateful.

Despite the trauma and technical difficulties, the book is launched, and a lifelong goal accomplished. That's no small feat! The next goal is getting it noticed. After all, pursuing one's dream - running the race - is what we've been given our whole lifetimes to do. So, it doesn't matter how long it takes, or how many twists in the road, only that we keep running.

So far, I've had sales and great reader response. As I research and develop my marketing plan, I'm learning complex new skills and information. Yesterday was my first promo outing, and I met some lovely people and garnered space on some store shelves. Today, I'm writing to you and delving into the world of electronic publishing --- who'da thunk!? It's amazing how much better it feels to embrace and engage life instead of whining about it....

I hope you'll run along with me.

If you haven't read Emrysia Awakening yet, do - please do! And if you have, please write a review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.... or in the newspaper, on your blog - wherever! Word of mouth is still the best advertising, and your two minutes could reach around the world.

Thanks, and for a sample chapter to read or share with friends, just leave a comment below.