No Review November & Other Thoughts

Posted on November 12th 2021 ⋄ By Sara Cleveland ⋄ Category: Uncategorized

I probably should have posted this last week but, well, I think y’all know how I am about stuff like this by now. Anyway, there will be no book reviews through the end of November. I am doing some reading, but with NaNoWriMo, a book release, a holiday, and my birthday all wrapped up in this month well… I just don’t have the time I need to devote to the in-depth reviews that I normall post. Reviews will be back in December. You can expect the first one to drop on the 6th. I don’t yet know what next year’s blog schedule is going to look like, but you can expect at least two reviews during the month of December.

On the bright side, my NaNoWriMo project is going very well. As of the time of this writing, my NaNoWriMo word count is just over 21K. This puts me at over 31% of the minimum length for the books I have planned in this series. If you missed my project announcement on Twitter or Instagram, I am currently working on Cursed Magic, which is Book 2 of the Woodland Curses series. Book 1, Bared Magic, will be released on November 26th.

So far, I’m really enjoying Cursed Magic. The characters have been taking me for a wild ride. I do think revision on this one is going to be a little rough, but I’m excited to see where all these random plot threads are going.

Now, you may be wondering. “Sara, weren’t you supposed to be working on Finding the Dragon?” You are… not wrong. It was originally my intention to get down most of the first draft for FtD during this year’s NaNoWriMo. However, with the interest that Bared Magic has been garnering and the drive I’m feeling on the Woodland Curses series in general, I felt that it made more sense for me to keep riding that momentum rather than essentially starting over with FtD. I do plan on writing FtD and finishing Penelope’s Dragon as a trilogy. So, if you’re one of the people waiting for that, don’t worry, it’s coming.

And, if you are a fan of Penelope’s Dragon, then you should definitely sign up for my newsletter, because this year’s winter holiday subscriber freebie is going to be a short story featuring characters from that series. The plan as of right now is to have some sort of freebie each December for my newsletter subscribers. If my production schedule for 2022 works out the way I planned, then the 2022 freebie just might be a whole novella set in the world of the Woodland Curses books.

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Wait… what day is it? July 2021 Update.

Posted on July 3rd 2021 ⋄ By Sara Cleveland ⋄ Category: Uncategorized

I missed my Friday upload–oops–so I’m posting to the blog today. To be honest, I haven’t been feeling all that great this week. Allergies and the heat have been kicking my butt. As a result, I pretty much passed out after work on Friday and completely neglected to post anything to the blog, so I apologize for that. I am a delicate flower who thrives best on partly cloudy days between 60 and 70 degrees F. Tell me in the comments what your ideal weather is!

News, news, news. Hmm. Well, my first newsletter went out on Thursday. If you haven’t signed up for that, you can do so here. So far it seems like the newsletter is mostly going to be first-look/first-access for cover reveals, beta reading opportunities, etc plus monthly new release recommendations since I read a lot of ARCs.

As for writing… I’m a bit behind where I want to be with Bared Magic. I’m hovering just shy of 40K and need to get my rear in gear. Fortunately, this weekend is a long one; I plan to make good use of Monday and get some words in. I still think I can make my self-imposed deadline of having the first draft completed by the 15th of July.

The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed a soft release announcement for Bared Magic in my last few #JuneDelights posts featuring snippets from it. With an autumn release in mind, I plan to do a cover reveal in the August edition of the newsletter, so stay tuned for that.

Meanwhile, Finding the Dragon hasn’t been getting too much love lately but I should be getting back to that while Bared Magic is with the beta readers in August.

I think that’s pretty much it for this July Update.

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Book Release Thank-yous

Posted on June 25th 2021 ⋄ By Sara Cleveland ⋄ Category: Uncategorized

I just want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped make the launch of Courting the Dragon a success.

First, the livestream was a blast. If you missed it, you can watch the recording of it here. It wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun without my co-host, Rance Denton. If you haven’t already, check out his book, which is launching on July 2nd. He also has a podcast called the Quarantine Book Club, which you can find on iTunes and other fine streaming services.

I also want to thank my husband, Matt for his willingness to mod for the stream chat (not that it was needed, because y’all were awesomely well-behaved. No trolls!). Also, the Stream Deck he bought me was infinitely useful.

Then there’s the ARC readers who have not only left reviews, but cross-posted them like true superheroes. Y’all are awesome and I really, really appreciate your efforts. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book!

And of course, everyone who participated in the livestream, the giveaway, and who bought the book during pre-release or on launch day. You all are amazing. I couldn’t do all this without all of your amazing support.

If I forgot anybody, let me know in the comments!

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April 2021 Camp NaNo Update #2

Posted on April 12th 2021 ⋄ By Sara Cleveland ⋄ Category: Uncategorized

Today’s blog post is not a review, despite the fact that today is Monday. I fell a little behind on those while I was sick last week and just have not had the chance to catch up yet. Normal schedule will resume next week, I promise.

Instead I’m just popping in to give y’all a quick update on how Camp NaNoWriMo is going. In a word it’s… meh. I made great progress the first couple of days, and then I got sicker than a dog so it’s been catch up ever since. I set a pretty wimpy goal, however, so I think catching up shouldn’t be too hard.

All in all, Finding the Dragon is coming along nicely. I’m really pleased with the progress I’ve made despite the setbacks last week. I have no idea when I’ll be ready to start talking publication targets or anything like. That’s a long way off yet, I think. Still, I think I have a rough shape of the plot figured out, so that’s something. I shared a little bit of a teaser to that on Twitter, which I’ll leave you with here.

This part of a “prototype” blurb for Finding the Dragon. (I cut out the part that is a spoiler for Courting the Dragon.) It is very subject to change. Still, I think it gives you and me both an idea of the target I’m shooting for:

Salarath thought his past was buried and forgotten until a centuries-old secret challenges everything he thought he knew about himself. Now to protect everything he’s built for himself, Salarath will have to face who he is and the kin who want him dead.

Can Penelope and Salarath prove that humans and dragons are stronger together? Or will darkness and terror descend on dragons’ wings?

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A Short Camp NaNo Update

Posted on April 2nd 2021 ⋄ By Sara Cleveland ⋄ Category: Uncategorized

Apologies for being late on the posting today. What’s 12 hours, right?

This is just a quick update post, nothing super fancy. Today is Day 2 of the April Camp NaNoWriMo. So far I have managed to keep up the meager word goals I have set for myself. I think it’s a wee bit early yet to say that things are coming together, but I am feeling good about the draft so far.

My goals for April are fairly modest. I’m shooting for 23,000 words of Finding the Dragon. I was roughly 4,000 words in at the end of March and I haven’t written yet today, so April 1st was surprisingly productive.

My total target word goal for the book is 80,000, so even after camp is over I’m going to have a long way to go. Still, I think this is a nice start.

Anyways, I will be back to my regular time and content on Monday with another indie book review.

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