Corroded Thorns: It’s Out!

CORRODED THORNS IS HERE!!!! 😀  I wanted to make sure everything was ready for Friday, but it turns out Kindle puts up books a lot quicker!  I’m so happy to finally have this book released.  A big thanks to my parents, Anne Elisabeth, and Jill Stengl for helping me make this book possible!

You can find Corroded Thorns on Amazon here.  If you feel so inclined, please spread the news!  🙂


A fairy godmother—in prison? Madeline can’t remember even being a fairy godmother, let alone doing something bad enough to land her in a cell. When a mysterious lady sends her back to her old village with cryptic instructions and no answers to her many questions, Madeline must find a way to free her father, who has been imprisoned in a tower by a terrible beast.

First banished by his father the king, then cursed by an angry fairy, Prince Darcy will do anything to escape this fate and achieve revenge and power. Just when he thinks his chance has arrived, by some cruel trick of fate a girl from his past returns and once again wreaks havoc on his life. Worse still, he begins to question what he truly desires.


Corroded Thorns Release Date

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I have some exciting news today! Next Friday, July 17, I’m releasing Corroded Thorns on Kindle! (I’m hoping all the Kindle publishing stuff goes smoothly).  There’s not going to be a big blog party or whatnot, but I’d love your help getting the word out on Friday.
So mark your calendars for July 17!  I can’t wait to share this story with you all.

Don’t know what Corroded Thorns is about?  Check it out on Goodreads here.

Coming this Summer…

Perhaps you all have been curious since I left you with that cyptic blog post a couple weeks ago.

Well, today I am pleased to announce that I will be self-publishing Corroded Thorns!

On the day the Five Enchanted Roses winners were announced, I recieved an email from Anne Elisabeth, the publisher of Five Glass Slippers and Five Enchanted Roses.  She told me that she and the judge who read Corroded Thorns really enjoyed it–however, it was too dependent on Broken Glass to work well in the collection.  But she and the judge strongly encouraged me to self-publish the story.

Thus, I am self-publishing. I hope to release Corroded Thorns sometime in June, in ebook format. I’ve hired Anne Elisabeth as my cover designer, and oh my, the cover looks AMAZING so far! And I’ve also hired the same editor who edited Broken Glass. It makes me so happy getting to work with the same wonderful people who made Five Glass Slippers possible.

So that’s the deal with Corroded Thorns. I can’t wait to share this story with you all!

Beautiful Books: Corroded Thorns


I missed out on the second set of questions, cause I wasn’t writing any books at the time, but since I’m editing Corroded Thorns, I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon again.

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On a scale of 1 (worst) to 10 (best), how well do you think this book turned out?

Pretty well.  I’ve already finished one round of edits and now I’ve just got to clean up my writing.
Have you ever rewritten or edited one of your books before? If so, what do you do to prepare yourself? If not, what’s your plan?

Haha, the only thing I’ve edited was Broken Glass…and it was surprisingly easy.  There was only one scene that needed a lot of work.  What do I do to prepare myself?  Put in ear buds.  Turn on good music.  And…stare at my screen for a few minutes.
What’s your final word count? Do you plan to lengthen or trim your book? 

18,500 words–ish.  I have around 1,500 words to spare, which is awesome.  I was getting really worried I’d run out of words (there’s a 20,000 word limit for the Beauty and the Beast story contest), but thankfully I didn’t.
What are you most proud of? Plot, characters, or pacing?

Plot and characters.  Right now, I’m feeling pretty good about them.
What’s your favorite bit of prose or line from this novel?

“It was a fact that Darcy disliked people; they had a habit of being stupid or getting in his way.  ”
What aspect of your book needs the most work? 

The description/setting.  I always have trouble with that; I’m not a detail person, so when it comes to descriptions I’m just like…”they were in a…place.  With things.  Yeah.” *continues writing copious amounts of dialogue*
What aspect of your book is your favourite?

Well, I get to write a sequel about Darcy.  That makes me happy.
How are your characters? Well-rounded, or do they still need to be fleshed out?

They may need a little fleshing out, but not much.   I think my first round of edits nailed Darcy’s personality a little better and Madeline’s too.
If you had to do it over again, what would you change about the whole process?

Actually…nothing.  It took a little while for me to start the story, but I’m glad I kept starting over and scrapping the beginning.  It made the writing process easier later on.
Did anything happen in the book that completely surprised you? Have any scenes or characters turned out differently to what you planned? Good or bad?

Yeah, there was a scene where Madeline got strangely  violent and just attacked this one evil person. She had a good reason though.  I was like, “What?  You go girl!”
What was the theme and message? Do you think they came across? If not, is there anything you could do to bring them out more?

Um…Beauty and the Beast?   I think it’s pretty clear.  😛
Do you like writing with a deadline (like NaNoWriMo) or do you prefer to write-as-it-comes?

Well, this story has a definite deadline and a word limit, which are nice.  It means I actually have to get my act together and write this thing.  No floundering around.
Comparative title time! What published books, movies, or TV shows are like your book? (Ex: Inkheart meets X-Men.)

Um…it’s a bit like Howl’s Moving Castle, maybe,  only with Lydia from Pride and Prejudice instead of Sophie.
How do you celebrate a finished novel?!

I prepared for a  Latin Convention.  :/  But after my first round of edits, I took a couple days off to blog and read.  That was nice.
When people are done reading your book, what feeling do you want them to come away with?

The sort of happy, mushy feelings you get after finishing a good book.  Isn’t that what any author wants?  I’m a happy endings type of gal, so I really hope my readers never walk away wailing and weeping and depressed.  That’s not my intention.