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Zombie Takeover, Final Edit

I can’t even tell you how many edits this baby has been through. From critiques to line edits to copy edits to content edits, it has been shaped, revised, edited, then edited some more.

I kept wanting to have it published, kept thinking it was done, but…

There was just something missing.

I didn’t know what, but it wasn’t the best it could be.

Enter the Editorial Review.

(Insert heavenly singing of the Hallelujah Chorus here…)

Now, Nadine Brandes has no idea I’m going to do this, but I have to brag on her a little bit. (Yes, the Nadine Brandes, author of A Time to Die. Such a good book!)

I hired Nadine to complete an editorial review on my manuscript, and I was all pins and needles waiting to hear what she had to say.

(Not sure what an editorial review is? Read about it here: Nadine Brandes Editorial Services.)

Not only did I make her laugh (Yes!), she loved the story and had so many exactly-what-I-needed-to-hear suggestions.

I am now ready to give my book baby to the world. (And the world will be much happier reading it without all of those pesky little errors.) ;)

In other words, I’ll have a real release date soon! Ahhh!!! Happy screaming!

I can’t wait!

In Him,

Michele

So sad!

I just wanted to let you know that February is the last month you can get both of my paperbacks for $9.99 each!

(insert sobbing emoticon here)

I know! It’s so sad!

I’ll try to be as brief with the details as possible, but I got an email saying Wisdom & Folly’s distributor had to raise their prices, and, “Would you like to raise the price of your book as well?”

Um, no!!!

Seriously. I originally tried to get them to price the book at $5. No one would listen to me. (Apparently paying for each book you sell is a very, very bad thing. Who knew?)

But the numbers say I just can’t keep it at $9.99. (Why, IngramSpark? Why?)

So, as of March first, Wisdom & Folly will now be $12.99 each. But there’s good news! I promise!

The eBook is staying at just $2.99, and there may-even-might be a sale for $.99 for Zombie Takeover’s launch. Woohoo!

(Which I’m working on like a mad crazy person. Seriously. My husband is questioning my sanity right about now.)

So that’s it. That’s my news.

And I hope my very next post is Zombie Takeover’s release date.

(holds breath)

Squeal! I can’t wait!!!

In Him,

Michele

(Btw, you can purchase Wisdom & Folly on Amazon, B&N, and Kobo. Just so you know. Happy Reading!) :)

She’s back!

She’s back! The artist who started it all, who fired my imagination with what Folly looked like, is finally back on DeviantArt.

And she gave me permission to share her deviation with all of you.

I’m so excited!

This is Lost Angel by, well, another Sarah! (Known as Sugargrl14 on DeviantArt.)

I have tried to get in touch with her for over a year now, to use this image, or one similar, on the brand new story I was writing, Wisdom & Folly.

At the time, I only wanted to use it as a chapter header for the abbreviated story I published weekly on my website. Of course, you now know I began following Sara Helwe’s art and fell in love with her design and artistic flair.

I can’t imagine a better Folly for my cover than the one Sara crafted! (Folly’s model on my cover: Ruxandra Tudorica. Wisdom’s model: Georgia Stanwix.)

But I had to share with you the image that started it all.

I had already read the verses that first gave me the idea for an angel story, following the sisters Wisdom and Folly (Then I (Wisdom) was beside Him as a master craftsman. Proverbs 8:30 NKJV…and…The woman Folly is loud…her guests are in the depths of Sheol (hell). Proverbs 9:13, 18 ESV), but I had not written anything until I saw this image.

The minute I saw this picture, the story started flowing out of me and wouldn’t stop.

So thank you, Sarah, from the bottom of my heart, for inspiring me to write my first published book! It means the world to me that you came back to DeviantArt and gave me permission to share this deviation. A million times, thank you!

In Him,

Michele

 

Lost Angel by Sugargrl14 on deviantart.com. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (ESV), copyright © 2001 by Crossway. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

Wisdom & Folly, Part One

Wisdom & Folly, Part One

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Genre: Supernatural Fiction
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This book was so much fun writing, you guys. Authors start with the question, "What if?" and my question was, "What if Wisdom is actually an angel? What if her sister, Folly, hates her, and they are locked in a battle that spans the ages? A battle that very much affects each one of us?" This book is completely from their perspective, and I am so sad not to be writing any more of it. I hope you love it! :)
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Wisdom. She may have crafted the worlds by the Maker’s design, she may have been by His side since the beginning, but her heart aches. Her sister is gone. Defected, to a group of rebels who loathe their Creator with every fiber in their beings, who plot His downfall. Her new assignment? Fight them. Defeat them. But how can she fight her sister, when all she wants to do is bring her home?

Folly. Fury seethes within her. Jealous of the attention the Maker lavished on her sister, she turned to a new master and became his favorite. Or so she thought. Determined to prove herself, to become invaluable, she realizes destroying her sister just may be the key to Lucifer’s heart. Her plan? Engage Wisdom. Distract her, defeat her. If only there wasn’t the minor detail she wasn’t counting on. Missing her sister.

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Wisdom & Folly, Part Two

Wisdom & Folly, Part Two

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I was so sad to see my story come to an end--but what a fun ending to write! I hope you enjoy my book as much as I enjoyed writing it, or perhaps even more so. Happy reading!
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Wisdom. She is furious. Her sister has destroyed countless of the Maker’s creatures and shows no sign of remorse. Or of stopping. She knows Folly’s end is near and cannot wait to staunch her sister’s wrath. Forever. Now if only her heart believed her.

Folly. Her hatred wanes with each passing day. What’s the point? Her defeat has been promised, and its surety strengthens with each step of time’s cruel march. Can nothing change her path? Why did she leave heaven’s bliss for such a cruel taskmaster?

But Wisdom has orders to thwart her sister. Folly’s orders are the same. And both are determined to win.

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Short Stories and Accountants and Vampires…Oh My!

I am interrupting your regularly scheduled blog post for one that is crazy fun.

I mean, seriously. So fun.

I’m taking a writing course through ACFW, and one of the writing prompts was to write in one or two sentences the five major plot points of a book. Well, I royally screwed it up (by reading the instructions incorrectly–it was 2am, okay?) and wrote a short story instead. Oops!

But it was SO MUCH FUN. Considering how stuck I was editing Wisdom and Folly, it was refreshing to do something new!

I had to share it with all of you.

Without further ado, I give you my story. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it! :)

(Oh, yes! The prompt* is about Clive and Olivia, who are accountants, and has a Christian theme. I could choose any genre, take the story anywhere I wanted…so I did.) ;)

1.

Clive and I are just ordinary accountants. Day in, day out, we do the same blasted thing. Every. Single. Day.
“Are you a vampire?”
“Yes.”
“Coming or going?”
“Coming.”
“Sign here.”
Or.
“Going.”
“Please state how you would like your funds transferred. A lump sum, or doled out in monthly payments.”
Bor-ring.
Clive eats it up. Not literally. He could do this for the rest of his days, you know, forever, and be perfectly content.
Not me.
I want adventure.

2.

I long for the day when I ask, “Are you a vampire?” and the person looking at me says, “No,” with a wicked gleam in his eye.
I’ll rise up out of my chair, slowly, like this, as a smile slides across my face.
“Who are you, then?”
“Your worst nightmare.”
Okay. So I need to come up with something better than that, but you get the idea.
Then I’ll say, “Bring it,” and we’ll have the most glorious fight, flinging desks and this awful paperwork everywhere, where it will be shredded beyond repair. And then I’ll…
“Olivia. Olivia!”
Blast that man.
“What now, Clive?”
“You’re daydreaming again. And scaring your next customer. Pay attention.”
I look around. All work has ceased. All eyes staring. At me.
I plop down in my seat, not bothering to glance at the man standing before me. I let out a loud, rebellious huff. Fine.
“Are you a vampire?”
“No.”
I stare up at him, jaw slack.
Uh. That’s not good.

3.

“You let him escape!” explodes from Clive’s mouth.
“It’s not like you did anything to stop him, either.”
We are shoving paperwork into industrial-sized shredders as fast as we can.
“He was your customer.”
I stop and stare at him. “Really? So it’s only my fault?”
He has the grace to look embarrassed. He waves at the piles of paper in my hands. “Hurry up, will you?”
Grumbling, I turn back to my task. “What I would like to know is, why on earth do we ask the stupid question anyway if no one is supposedly let down here but vampires?”
“I don’t know.”
Stalemate.
Any time Clive is done talking to me, all he says is, “I don’t know.”
It is obnoxious.
“All I know is you need to hurry before the rest come and kill us all.”
My stomach drops, and I hang my head. “Sorry,” I mumble.
“I know.”

4.

Clive and I inch down the tunnel, the exact opposite of brave. We found them. The un-vampire is back, and he brought a hoard of friends. I know we’re supposed to be stronger and bloodthirsty and all of that, but it just isn’t true. We just want to live in peace. Or, at least, I do. I take back every adventure I said I wished I had. Ever.
The voices grow louder, I tremble more, Clive slips behind me.
Seriously?
They explode around the corner, torches lifted high.
“There they are!” Cheers erupt behind the leader.
He marches up to me.
“I–you–halt, person. People. All of you. Uh…”
He takes my outstretched hand and pumps it furiously. I swear it was held out in a “stop right there” stance, not a “shake me” one, but oh well…I guess…
“Crimeny, but it’s good to see you’re still here. I was afraid with all that running and screaming there might not be anyone left. But there you are! And here we are! So if you’ll just take us to whoever’s in charge–”
I hold up my hand–the right way this time, I promise–and quiet his blathering.
“Stop. What on earth are you talking about? There is no way I’m going to let you hurt anyone, and if you think for one minute I’m going to take you anywhere–”
“We want to join you.”
I stutter to a stop.”Uh, what?”
He grins. “We want to join you. Become vampires.”
I stare at him, open-mouthed. Clive peeks at the mob from behind me.
“But why?” bursts from me. “You can go outside, enjoy the sun, have families, breathe fresh air–did I mention go outside?–and be normal. Why on earth would you want to join us?”
He pulls a ginormous text from his satchel. I just about go cross-eyed from looking at the massive thing. Ugh. More paper.
“We’re missionaries, and we want to join you. We want to become vampires.”
Missionaries?
I drop away in a dead, ahem, undead faint.

5.

I stare at our new members, not convinced.
They are nice enough, I suppose, but they’re way too happy. And always talking about this Jesus guy. Weird.
Uh oh. One of them is headed my way.
I look everywhere, but, finding no escape, am caught in conversation.
He smiles. “Olivia. Want to go on an adventure? Above ground?”
No, thank you. The last time, and the only time, I might add, I went outside, I nearly got crispy-fried, bungled our mission, and let dinner go. I couldn’t help it. The guy was so cute with his blond hair and sun-kissed skin–I didn’t want to drink his blood. Gag. All I ever see is dark hair and pale skin. The new look was a blessed relief.
Yeah. I was never let above ground again.
I shake my head no.
He grins. “It’ll be fun.”
Absolutely not.
“Oh, come on. I have a secret.”
I eye him suspiciously.
“Clive agreed to go.”
My spine jerks upright. Of all the selfish–he knows an adventure is my idea.
I stand and sweep my hand. “Lead the way.”
He does. And I find the adventure of a lifetime.

The End.

Wasn’t that fun? I loved writing it! :)

In Him,

Michele

*Prompt provided by Linda Wood Rondeau for an ACFW loop course. www.lindarondeau.com & www.acfw.com (Their courses are amazing, you guys. Check out ACFW sometime if you want to learn how to write and write well.)

Photograph “Stories7” by Faestock on deviantart.com.

Wisdom and Folly Continued…

I have a goal.

To finish my Wisdom and Folly story before this baby gets here.

That means I’ve got 12 weeks to complete and post 12 chapters.

My original plan was to complete the saga after baby girl arrived, but, once again, God changed my plans.

Just in case you don’t remember, I had written roughly a chapter a week for 18 weeks (I know I took a few weeks off somewhere in there), then went to a writer’s conference.

I spoke with a lovely (she was wonderful!) publishing house editor who advised me to stop posting it for free if I ever wanted it published.

That really threw me.

I asked for your advice, and so many of you said, “If God told you to write and post it, then DO IT!!!”

I didn’t listen.

I was so stymied by those who suggested I stop writing, revamp it, and find a way to sell it.

Well, God had other plans. (And apparently the first thing He told me is what He meant! Imagine that!) ;)

Recently, I’ve been working hard on getting my Zombie Takeover novel ready for self-publishing.

I’ve had my book professionally edited, hired a cover artist, been working on back cover copy, bio, ISBNs, and interior layout for both ebook and print versions, and even took a month-long course so I can make it look professional! No way do I want to publish something half-done!

But God told me a four letter word I hate.

“Wait.”

“What? Seriously? I’ve done so much to get my book on the market, YOU led me toward self-publishing, and now You tell me to wait???”

His response made me feel terrible. And I mean terrible.

“I told you to write Wisdom and Folly.”

My heart sank.

That editor is completely right. If I wanted to get Wisdom and Folly traditionally published, I would need to pull it from my website, rewrite it completely, then submit it to publishers.

That’s not what God wants.

So, out of obedience, I am going to try my very best to complete this story before my precious little one arrives, and let Him tell me when it’s okay to publish Zombie Takeover.

I must remember–I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

I will still share my cover with you. I will still layout my book and complete every step I know to get my book ready for publication.

But I am in no way publishing it until I feel my Maker’s release.

It is heartbreaking, but also so utterly freeing and joyous to see where He wants this to go.

Please forgive me for not listening sooner.

Okay, that’s it! I love you all and I pray He can still use my story for His purpose.

Until next time!

In Him,

Michele

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