~ Guardians of Illyria Boxed Set ~

My peoples of the blogosphere!

GUESS WHAT?! GUESS WHAT?!

The first three books in the Guardians of Illyria series is available in a boxed set!! It’s two books cheaper than buying all the books separately, so feel free to swipe up this Cyber Monday Bargain Deal now!

Check it out HERE!

It’s so weird really…the idea that I’ve published enough books in the series to have a boxed set, haha. I’ve only been at this for a little over a year and a half, yet I feel as though I’ve come such a long way. My writing is the ONE thing I know I for certain do right, and to be able to present it to you in the form of these books…gosh, it’s the best feeling!

Anywho, gonna be posting a youtube vid tomorrow, me thinks. A passage reading from one of the Guardians of Illyria books, which I’m uber excited about, because of COURSE I’m gonna make it fun.

Happy Cyber Monday shopping, Readers!

The Iron-Jawed Boy and the Hand of the Moon

Wow, haven’t posted in a while, which I knew would eventually happen, haha.

But anywho, the second book is nearing the completion of its second draft, which means TWO more drafts and it’ll be done. Yes, yes–you are allowed to be this excited…

Expecting it out in December :D…Queue happy dance, which looks rather similar to this:

Aaaaaaaaaaaaand, to top it all off, the first book is getting a completely new cover to coincide with the second one! 😀 Ahhh…it’s the little things that warm’s a dude-guy’s heart.

Rough Draft Complete!

IT HAS BEEN DONE! The rough draft for the second book in the Sky Guardian Chronicles has been completed!

It shall be entitled The Iron-Jawed Boy and the Hand of the Moon, and at this pace, it shall be released early 2014 😀

I’m so excited with the direction this story has gone. It’s going a bit darker, where confusion and uncertainty plague IOn’s thoughts on the daily. He’s going to really start questioning where his life is going and who his allies and enemies are. The lines, he discovers, are not so clear-cut.

The next month or so is going to go by rather quickly. Going to be starting the revisions for the first draft on Monday, I believe, and possibly finish by the end of October. Wish me luck!

Thundercats, HO!

Wrote 2500 words today!

Boom.

I’m getting better and better at writing rough drafts, you know, just letting the words flow instead of getting hung up on all the little things. I just keep telling myself “Stop. Noooo, stop. Seriously stop. Omg, Nik -_- FREAKIN’ STOP ALREADY!” so I don’t obsess as much. It works! Sort of.

Anyways, I’ve decided this book is going to span the month of July, which is only a month after the dreaded night of the CVEs in book one. Ion’s going to be encountering a number of things that challenge his ideas of who exactly the Illyrians are. I’m sort of aiming for an abstract view on authority–like, don’t always be so sure. Question everything, I guess you’d say.

I’ve also decided there’s going to be a lot of this:

And this:

Oh, and this:

And definitely some of THIS:

So you have been warned!

IJB Review of the Day!! Woot!

So, I figured I’d post a review of IJB every other day or so, just to fill up those gaps in the day where I’m not feeling up to writing an actual blog post. Here’s one from last week, I believe it was:

“This book hooked me from the very first chapter! It is an exciting, well-written adventure that keeps you entertained to the fullest with every single page. Once I started reading it, I literally couldn’t stop. I had to know what was going to happen next and how the book was going to finish. When I was done reading it, it only left me hungry for more!

Though the book does slightly remind me of “The Lightning Thief”, my favorite overall thing about this read is how extremely unique it is. The author obviously has a lot of raw talent; coming up with the plot, characters, and story line and putting it together to develop a very beautifully-written book. It is one-of-a-kind and very exciting! It’s also great for both the young reader and the adult reader, so everyone must read this book. I honestly don’t have any complaints. It’s that awesome!

I highly recommend this book to everyone!”

– from Natalie of Goodreads

Thank you Natalie, for I now heart your face.

Nik

Girls in Boy Books

I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately, and the more I go over my first book (and the plans for my upcoming books) I’m quite proud of my female characters.

When I was writing The Iron-Jawed Boy, I was well-aware of the fact that because my book was centered around a 10 year old boy that the book would then be considered a “Boy Book”, but I reject that notion quite vehemently (spelling?). I chose to surround Ion with lots of strong female characters–be it older or younger–because I think it’s important that the book not just be a “boy with another male friend goes on all the adventures and what not” story. Girls are just as brave, just as strong, just as intelligent (most would argue more intelligent) and I wanted young readers who dove into the book to pick up on those themes.

Moreover, the female characters I do provide I make a point of not allowing to lean on the crutches of boys. It’s such an annoying thing (whether in reality or in a book or in a movie), watching some girl constantly rely on the boy for ideas or strength or something ridiculous like that. Not that it’s out of the question, but I thought it vital to attempt a protest of the Disney Princess Syndrome, commonly referred to as Ugh, Why She So Annoying? Disease. Yes, you have to include the queshollienition mark.

I guess my concern over boys learning early that girls are awesome comes from my upbringing. I was raised with two pretty cool older sisters, whom I looked up to for almost everything. To me, there was no one stronger than those two, and I still feel that way. Though don’t tell them that. Here’s one graduating. Also in the picture, you will notice  the beautiful gelled “bowl cut” I was given. You might also notice, I rocked the shit out of that haircut.

In conclusion, if one day my series was picked up by a large audience, I only hope I could empower a generation of girls, just as I plan on empowering a generation of boys. No, I did not plan on that sentence sounding as epic as it did 😉