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Dance of the Mermaids episode 94

“Where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves—a place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever.”
― Emily Giffin

“This woman could call upon the earth and the heavens to do her bidding. But she gave up her power to be human. Write this into your record, Judge—this Ondine was the most human human being that ever lived. She was human by choice.”
― Jean Giraudoux, 

Updates and Plans

Seven months into this indie writing thing, I probably spent more than I earned. I am writing a few books for free, hopefully for feedback and then self-publication later on. Most of these designs are mine, but I had to pay for the Adobe stock licenses. Only the covers for Firebird and Scent of a Rogue were bought. Thanks to July Bee for Firebird. Thanks to Kuro Ishi for Scent of a Rogue. They are wonderful artists with their own FB pages. Check them out!

The other books, especially the upcoming ones, may still go through cover changes.

Silver Lining

I got my first book rejection last Friday, 18th February. I kind of expected it because my book does not explore trending themes (CEO, billionaire, werewolves). However, I made a stand for its quality. I always prided myself on being nitpicky with my grammar. My plots are also always unpredictable without being ridiculous. Of course, I am saying all these as the writer. lol.

After my confidence got a brutal kicking and punching, it helped that some readers expressed how they like the story. I am so grateful. I know my story is far from perfect, and I need a professional reader to give it a whipping before I self-publish (Yes, this may finally be my year to gather enough courage to do so.)

To comfort myself, I bought a book cover to give my story a new look. I have been coveting this cover for more than a week, and then I gave in. I thought since I am planning to take my publication future more seriously, I should be more serious with my covers, as well.

Click on the picture to be directed to the story:

Triquetra 1 – Lullaby

I am thinking of writing three interlinked stories. It’s not quite a trilogy because they have different H and h pairings. One of the stories may even have two pairs, since they will feature Samuel’s (from The Royal Wolf and Hades’ Daughter) twins Magda and Simon.

“Lullaby” is planned to be a second chance/forbidden love romance. The fairy Roza uses a glamor to supposedly steal away the baby of a warlock king widower, whose ancestors have plundered fairy ground. Her fairy king and former lover orders her to do this as payment for abandoning her place at his harem.

However, things do not go as planned as King Ardere turns out to be quite different from how people – and fairies – portray him.

Ramblings: Possible Future Projects

I like working on Photoshop and Canva in my free time. I get inspired by visuals. So, here are a few covers I came up with. I am just about to write outlines on them. The first three will be part of a trilogy of stories that are offshoots of the Mogochislenia (The Royal Witch) series –> The Triquetra.

The first story, “Lullabye,” already has a blurb:

When warlock king Ardere’s wife dies of childbirth, he seeks the services of a nurse for his newborn son. Because of his temper and the general gloom that takes over the palace, few women volunteer to take on the role. One of them is the pretty Roza, a fairy using a glamor to disguise herself as a mortal woman.

Roza’s former lover Dorian is the king of the fairies. He is disturbed by the climate changes in Prozeus. His hatred, however, goes back centuries, as he blames mortal men for the dire plight of the fairies. He believes that warlocks and demigods have forgotten about the life that was razed by the heat underneath the desert sands. Dorian orders Roza to take Ardere’s baby and use him as a sacrifice to appease their gods. The only other option was to make him serve as a slave. Forever.

The new nurse bides her time, gaining everyones’ trust and love, including the testy Ardere’s own, much to her surprise – and his. She is torn between loyalty to her kind and a love that may raise her from her lowly status. Leaving a changeling will help her keep both, but will she lose Ardere forever when he discovers she is part of a plot against his kingdom?

Lullabye – Ardere and Roza (loss of a wife)

Tourniquet – Magda and Pedro/Simon and Celeste (separation of twins)

Salve – Alex (Alexander Xavier) and Zinnia (loss of a sibling)

The last cover is a standalone, a dark fairy tale about a woman who was “rescued” from an asylum by a mysterious man.

The covers can still change.

PTR Books, February 2022

I have been writing for Dreame for six months now. I did not expect that I will have 3 Pay to Read books by this time. Writing fantasy romances is my third job. I do it after I am done with teaching and writing freelance articles and e-books for clients. It’s fun to do what I love. To be honest, I have not earned much from PTR because I like writing on not-so-popular themes. However, I struggle to write on Omegaverse wolves and billionaires. I like writing what I would enjoy reading myself.

The Royal Flower Ends Soon

Most of my stories are begun without much planning, but they managed to be published on Dreame, with minimal errors. I went back to guiltily fix those errors, by the way. It would be great to have an extra pair of eyes.

I publish my episodes so as soon as I had a little bit of an idea what I needed to do. My first one, The Royal Witch, somehow made it intact with twists and turns in the end. My characters have a tendency to do their own thing, based on their personalities.

Emotions, emotions, emotions

I tend to go emotional. I just did not know that I was expressing those emotions properly until I have received readers’ comments. Yes, I was afraid that I started sounding mechanical and academic because I get very plot-driven.

A Steamy Experience

At first, I was not sure if I wanted to continue writing The Royal Flower. It is outside of my comfort zone, with its alternating first-person POVs and more graphic sensual scenes. It goes against my usual slow-burn romance tendencies.

But here is the thing, as I got to know Carolina and Daniel, they have become more than just an experiment to see if readers will be more eager to read a steamier book. I am writing for an app wherein steamy books with wolves reign supreme.

I went with steamy, but I turned the shifter theme on its head. Hey, what if the character turned into something else – not a creature, but a plant? Sounded like a good joke at first – like an excuse to get a character naked – but then I’ve read about mimics and how they could transform, but not into creatures.

Carolina and Daniel

Carolina and Daniel have also become so real to me that I know how they will act in certain situations. The sex that happens does not feel forced because I have an innocent Medieval princess and an ex-monk who does not have enough experience, beyond one previous relationship with a dominant, seductive woman. Their physical connection takes on a more personal and emotional aspect, as they try to discover more about themselves, their wishes, and desires.

Does this Dreame book interest you? It is still free on the Dreame app for a few more days, as of writing.

The Pay to Read Decision

My first book is going on PTR soon. It is not an easy decision, especially since my book is not about a particularly popular topic. I have no wolves until the sequel. Thus, the constant plea to delay it. My editor (business manager of sorts) is very understanding and has been giving me the best advice IMHO.

Looking back, I chose the medieval setting because I love the idea of chivalry. It was a time when men were still gallant, respecting women and their honor. It also seemed so natural to put in witches. So, yes, it was really the swords and sorcery format that compelled me to write The Royal Witch. It was a whim, really. I did not even know why I started writing. I have a full-time job and even have three regular content writing clients.

I would certainly not say “no” to extra income, but I also realized I would love for more people to read my work first. In the end, though, it is a business and I am under contract. I am afraid of what the PTR switch will do for my book but I eventually have to click on that Apply for V button.