Welcome to This Month's Newsletter
In this month's newsletter, we try to answer one of the most frequent questions we receive from readers, "What's it like to live an author's life?"
We're in the home stretch of completing Blood Marked, the second Selby Jensen Paranormal Mystery and then we'll be turning our full attention to the 12th Jinx Hamilton book, To Love a Witch.
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What's It like to Lead An Author's Life?
We're always gratified, but a little amused when readers want to know what it's like to lead an author's life. Even if the actual word isn't used, there's an implication of "glamor." Yeah, not so much.
There are, however, so many things we love about being indie authors, it's hard to know where to start: spending as much time as we like with our beloved pets, working from home, working in our pajamas, and research.
Yes, research. Rana says at least half a dozen times a week, "Thank God no one ever looks at our browser history." A couple of days ago, she and Patti spent an hour reading about a man who allegedly bludgeoned his wife with a fireplace poker before shoving her down the stairs.
That led the conversation to global shapeshifting legends, which had the intrepid Juliette Duo debating the commonality of cryptozoological creatures in Japan and South America.
Take a minor detour by the Bullock Museum website to listen to some oral history recordings before heading over to Google Earth to virtually tour some locations, and you have just experienced one afternoon of plot discussion in the world of two working authors.
Since Patti and Rana live 1800 miles apart, the "office" is a running FaceTime video conference, but that doesn't stop the ladies from sharing desk space via Google Docs and a handy app called Join Me.
Learning to collaborate online in real time took some creativity and involved a few mishaps, but that's just mechanics. The real magic of writing together lies in the creative spark ignited by two divergent streams of thought.
Patti is a demon for logic, consistency, and authenticity in relationships. Rana is a walking compendium of things that go bump in the night, mythological lore, obscure true crime references, and historical trivia.
It's out of that mishmash of conversation, research, and differing interests that words find their way to the page. Maybe it's fitting that so many of those words are about things paranormal, magical, and alchemical.
There are no scientific or esoteric formulas for telling a good tale, but the modern world has certainly afforded the Juliette Harper team fantastic tools to research, explore, and write. So there you have the writing life: not glamorous, but certainly fun!
Free on Book Funnel
In this prequel novella to Witch at Heart, readers are introduced to the magical roots of Jinx's world through Tori's voice.
The latest Jinx book, To Teach a Witch, is now available on Amazon in ebook and paperback formats.
When a client arrives on Selby's doorstep with symptoms of vampirism, the team takes the case only to realize they've landed smack in the middle of a blood-sucking conspiracy. What results is a supernatural road trip for the ages!
As usual, Jinx has her hands full. The HBH kids are knee deep in the Howard McAlpin murder case, just as Jinx has a wedding to plan. Generally she counts on getting by with just a little help from her friends, but sometimes a little help is entirely too much!
If you haven't read Descendants of the Rose and want to catch up before the release of Blood Marked, the book is available on Amazon for just .99 cents or free for KindleUnlimited subscribers.
Snippets from Our World
Patti's most recent adventure was a weekend camping trip to Nickerson State Park where she cast fashion to the winds covering every inch of bare skin to avoid mosquitos. Though mocked for her appearance, she reports no bites and a good time had by all.
Now sweltering in the Texas summer heat and experiencing an epic degradation of patience as a result, Rana has moved on to the third book in Elizabeth Hunter's Elemental Mysteries series, The Force of Wind.