Go big or go home, they say

I’ve been tossing around what to do next and my CP helped me find my way — which is why it’s important to have partners that are good at the things you suck at. For me it’s coming up with ideas and where to put commas.

So I wondered if I should leave medieval China, try something else. Something maybe more “marketable” in case this China thing doesn’t work. But I just couldn’t. So if anything, I’m going deeper into the wuxia genre that inspired me by adding paranormal elements.

It’s quite exciting! The supernatural is so prominently woven into Chinese history and culture that I practically feel like I’m still researching a historical rather than worldbuilding for a paranormal romance. There are major texts on the supernatural and a city that is well known to contain the gate to the underworld. I mean, so well known that there’s practically nothing mysterious about it. I’ll have to change that in my book. 🙂 And it’ll have all the things I love — swords, honor, melodramatic characters – LOL.

I’m trying to learn something new by brainstorming a series. All my previous stories were related, but standalone. Plotting a series you need to think of the series arc as well as each story arc. It’s quite fascinating. I don’t have what I call the “Big Bad” nailed down yet, so things are still pretty loose.

But I do have nearly all five couples mapped out. I realize that I don’t start with character sketches or outlines or even worldbuilding. I start by matchmaking. I figure out the hero and the heroine and gauge if there’s enough conflict and chemistry for them to carry a book. I don’t know much about them other than whether they’ll spark. I guess that’s why at the heart of it, I write romance.

Oh, a hint? Tao sorcery, exorcism swords…a Secret Service team that works for the Emperor (inspired by my research for Unusual Historicals). I think I can start writing by this weekend. Giddy!

Showing off – Myla by Moonlight Trailer

One of my guilty pleasures is making book trailers. I know I should be writing instead, but they’re so much fun when you’re trying to get everything just right. 😉

I had the pleasure of beta reading a historical paranormal romance for one of my writing buddies, Inez Kelley. I was so excited by the book, that I had to make a trailer for her upcoming September release.

Some of the book trailers out there suck and some are the mega-expensive ones with live actors and special effects. Umm….mine’s somewhere in between. And, I have to say, I think it’s pretty darn cool.

Shout out to Kevin MacLeod who offers awesome musical compositions that he makes freely available. (Apology for spelling his name wrong in the credits — trying to fix that.) I’m hoping I can request something for a trailer of my own someday…Enjoy!

Myla by Moonlight by Inez Kelley

Check out the excerpt on Samhain’s site: Myla by Moonlight.