And for today’s book, one of them, don’t stop at the cover. It’s charming in a childish way, but this story is so much more! And I love the character’s voice.
Abracadabra by K. Stevens released last October in the Paranormal Urban Fantasy genre.
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Magic and mayhem are his middle names. Figuratively. Not literally. He’s not sure he even has a middle name, let alone two. Rod’s a trickster by trade, magician by hobby, and thief by night. But when an old friend hunts him down and asks a favor, he can’t refuse. Mostly because she’ll likely try to kill him before asking again. But also because it presents a very interesting puzzle: to hunt down what a half-elf, magic weapons, and a killer-led cult of shapeshifters have to do with each other.
Lucky for him, Rod has the ability to be in three places at once. The problem? Even he can’t always tell which him is the real him.
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“I had a couple debts hanging over my head at the time,” I lied. “She promised to wipe the slate clean for me. Eliminate all my Keeper records, settle my debts, things like that. Anything that could make trouble for a thief like me.”
Miles gave in with a slight humming grunt, not trusting my words. Couldn’t blame him; I probably wouldn’t have trusted them either.
“So, she wanted blood in exchange for freedom,” Miles continued, changing the subject. He drew out the vials I gave him earlier and tipped them, watching the dark red liquid slosh around for a moment. “The question is…why?”
“Don’t play dumb,” he sighed, switching his eyes to me. “Did she ever tell you why she wanted the blood?”
I gave a half-hearted shrug and stood, walking back to the dash. “Something about genetics. She’s doing some sort of experiment with marwolaeth genes and needs a wide pool to draw from. To be honest, I stopped listening about five seconds into her theory.”
About the Author
From an early age, K. Stevens devoured all things magical and mystical. To this day, she hesitantly struggles to keep one foot in reality while the rest of her remains firmly rooted in the fantastic and insane. In 2015, she finally worked up enough courage to share her stories with more than just her family, and was encouraged by the fact that she wasn’t eaten alive for it. She may be the crazy lady that talks to bugs and stares incessantly into the sky, but don’t mind her. She’s just thinking.
What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
My writing process really depends on how the idea came around and what I’m planning to do with it.
If I’m on somewhat of a time crunch and the piece is going to someone else for review (essays, submissions), I sit down and brain-vomit on the keyboard. Then I sift through that to make it coherent, then I sort and slot until I’ve got myself an outline. From there I take it point by point, copying over every major turning point into a blank space (doc, scriv page, paper) and write to that point. I make sure to include all the subpoints as I begin to get a rough skeleton of the piece, then rinse and repeat until I’ve got a rough idea that actually looks like complete sentences. It’s all editing from there; first a run-over for word choices, expansion or retraction of scenes/points as dictated by flow and pacing, then a second run-through for cohesiveness, and finally I put all the pieces together and go over it again to make sure everything works together. I might go over it one last time to make sure I’ve got everything, or run it through a few online grammar/spelling checkers, then I’ll send it on it’s way.
For short one-shots, like the stories I did for my 30of30 event, I literally sat down and began typing. I may or may not have come up with a rough outline or a sort of brain-fart moment I expanded into words, but mostly the finished product was a single-round bout between me and the keyboard. But most of those were for my own gratification (and a challenge to force myself to realize creativity isn’t a finite resource), so I wasn’t as worried about how it looked so much as I was finishing it. The whole month was kind of a practice round for bigger pieces.
If it’s for a novel/book I’m planning to publish myself, I’ll often start with a rough typed idea to make sure it fits with the larger picture, and work out the kinks through that process. Then I’ll jot a rough outline that so far I’ve never been able to stick to (for various reasons) and then start writing. After that the process varies due to the character, how many times I write myself into a corner, etc. I’m willing to remain flexible with how I do these kinds of projects, because while I want others to enjoy them, I’m not submitting them to anyone but the audience. And in the very least, you guys aren’t going to send me rejection letters, lol.
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Nice cover. I liked the synopsis and excerpt. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.
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