The Door Within is the first book of one of my all-time favorite fantasy trilogies. I highly recommend it for all ages if you like a fun adventure.
Blog spotlight is to share blogs or blog posts I find particularly helpful or inspiring. For my first spotlight, I want to share The Bookshelf Muse. It's basically a huge thesaurus just for writers. They have several categories including Character Traits Thesaurus and Physical Attribute Thesaurus. They've also published The Emotion Thesaurus, which I have and think is a great tool.
My first blog newsletter. I've never done a newsletter before. I never really knew what I'd put in one, but I recently decided to go ahead and try it. I looked at a couple different sites for creating and sending out email newsletters and learned about the fact that they have to include your street address at the bottom of all newsletters. Well, I wasn't too keen on that. I thought of trying to create my own email newsletter, but the last thing I wanted was to have to do all the HTML. So, instead of scrapping the idea, I decided to do a blog newsletter instead, and here it is. I actually quite like doing it this way. Weebly makes it SO easy to do. I still will be sending out a simplified email version of it. It just won't have all the pretty formatting. :) If you would like to receive it and other important announcements, you can subscribe to my mailing list here.
The biggest thing is obviously the creation of this site and revealing of my new pen name, Jaye L. Knight. For seven years I've been known as Molly Evangeline. It's as much my name as my real name. It didn't even cross my mind that someday I would use something different. But it happened. I don't know why, but it was almost like God said, "Here, this is your new name." I'm not sure exactly how it came together (typical when God gives me a new idea), but the night I first had the name in mind, I went to bed lamenting that I couldn't use it. It was still stuck in my mind the next morning, and somewhere in a discussion about it with my mom, I just decided to go for it. And that's how this all came to be. If you haven't already, you can read more about it here in my official announcement.
Besides this quite unexpected project, I'm also getting into the fourth book of Ilyon Chronicles. I finished book three last month. It was an exhausting book and fought me every step of the way, so it's quite a relief to have it finished. I'm still in chapter one of book four, so it's very early in the writing stage of this book. I'm hoping it's a much easier book than the last one. It's my goal to finish it by sometime early next year, about the time I publish Resistance. Speaking of which, this month is also the month I start my last really in depth editing of Resistance before sending it to my first beta readers (can't believe I'm so close to beginning to share this new adventure).
I have a couple other projects I'm working on, so it's going to be a busy few months for me, but I look forward to it. Summer was busy for many reasons other than writing, but I'm excited to turn my focus back to my writing projects. I'll surely keep you updated along the way.
I've received some wonderful reviews and interview requests lately. Thank you so much to authors Jack Lewis Baillot and Jeffrey Allen Davis for their kind words on Makilien, and also thanks to Jack Lewis Baillot and Holy Worlds for having me on their blogs.
June 26, 2013 - Truth review by author Jack Lewis Baillot
May 22, 2013 - Truth review by author Jeffrey Allen Davis
June 15, 2013 - Courage review by author Jeffrey Allen Davis
June 29, 2013 - Trust review by author Jeffrey Allen Davis
July 7, 2013 - Interview with author Jack Lewis Baillot
July 23, 2013 - Holy Worlds blog interview
Characters are my favorite things about both writing and reading. Character driven stories are my favorite. I thought it would be fun to spotlight some of my favorite characters, both ones I've created and ones I've read about.
And the first character I've chosen for my spotlight is Falon from The Door Within Trilogy (also my recommended reading for this month). Unlike most characters will probably be, Falon isn't human, or even human like. Falon is a mortiwraith, a giant, serpentine creature with hundreds of legs who lives underground. She is one of my favorite characters of The Door Within. Terrifying, yet fascinating once you get to know her. I thought Falon's storyline through the trilogy was brilliant. She was so much fun to read about, especially the first chapter you meet her in entitled Falon's Stair. Talk about a fun read aloud. I had tons of fun creating her raspy, hissing voice while reading it to my younger brother a couple years ago. :) Even now we randomly quote some of her lines regularly. I love when a seemingly random character turns out to have a key role in the action later on, which is just what happened with Falon. What that role is, you'll just have to read it and see.
Because of this new site and how much fun I've had creating it, (seriously, this is probably my favorite site out of all five that I've created) I want to showcase Weebly as one of my favorite resources. I've used it on all my websites now, and am so pleased. Now, it may not have a gazillion different templates, but it has quite a few, and if you know some HTML, you can tweak them to fit your unique personalty. But if you don't know HTML, that's where Weebly is so great. It's all drag and drop website creation. And even if you do know what you're doing, the drag and drop saves a lot of time, which we writers always lack. I love that I can put together something that looks good without days of work. And the absolute best part of all, Weebly's basic hosting is 100% free. That's exactly what I'm using right now, and look! No ads. Love that. All you'll see is the little message at the bottom of the site saying "Create a free website with Weebly." That's not annoying at all. So if you're looking for an easy and cheap (i.e. free), then I highly recommend giving Weebly a try.