Here's a little post about new things.
First, welcome to the world, nephew! Oliver is a blessing and a joy. I'm so happy he's here.
He's the cutest of the cute.
As July is coming to a close, big changes are coming to me. It's pretty exciting. I've finished my first edit on the sequel to Revelation. I have several more edits in my future, but the first read-through is always the hardest. It's looking pretty dang good, and I think I'll have it ready for you by September.
At the end of the month, I will also be moving across the country with my husband. It's something that I've wanted to do for a while now, and I hope it will bring about new changes, new friends, and awesome experiences I can share with you all. I plan on updating you guys with pictures, so this will be a travel blog of sorts for the duration of my drive across country. I'll still be working on my books, but pictures and exclamation marks might be the most you get out of me for a while. We'll see how it goes. I'm anticipating all the stress such a move can bring, but I'm also certain it will be worth it.
If you guys have any cool places to stop on I-40, I'd love to hear them.
Today, I was thinking about gratefulness. In particular, I was thinking about the people who have made it possible for me to write what I do as often as I do and with such fun in my heart.
I have encountered numerous authors who have a sense of entitlement to their art. They hate questions; they hate critiques; they hate having to update the fans and let them know what's going on with their lives and with their stories. They think of their works as gifts to humanity. You should enjoy them, praise them, but not inconvenience them. This is astonishing, and, quite honestly, crap.
There's a saying that hate isn't the enemy of love - apathy is. Hate is driven by passion, as is love. They are pairs, no matter how often we wish to distinguish one from the other. Apathy is much worse than hate. It is deadening.
Apathy is definitely not a monster I want to feed.
When people care, when the fans care, you get questions, you get people poking at you to complete the next in a series, wondering when you will be finished with your book, etc. It is simply part of the order of things. Are all of these questions done with consideration for the author's nervousness or pressures they may be under to finish the work? No, of course not. But it is done with love. It is done because the author has managed to bring out something in the reader that is beautiful, loving, and exciting. It meant something to them, and that is special.
Indignation over people wanting to know more is simply bizarre. Believing that everyone should treat you like a god because you wrote a thing is insulting. Every fan is precious.
I love getting messages from you guys. I love knowing that you are wrapped up in my world. I love owning your souls. (What? You didn't know reading my books could do that?) Every single person who comes into my life because of what I've imagined is a true miracle, and I will never, ever find myself annoyed that you care. If I can't answer a question, I won't, but I will always love you all for asking, for diving in with me into the madness, for caring.
Thanks! And I'll see you on the next post!
Remember way back when, on my previous post, that I said cool things were headed our way? Well, here is an official good thing, brought to you by the Council of Awesome, people who like things, sunshine, and Smashwords.
That's right, Smashwords is currently running a site-wide sale on their books, and I have opted in to the promotion. I decided to go the distance and have put several of my books as free. It's only on Smashwords, and it's for a limited time, so hurry and go get 'em. The books currently free on there are Controllers, a YA science-fiction romance extravaganza of death and survival, Craft, a magic ride, sans carpet, and Revelation, a YA meet-cute between an assassin and a girl with a knack for unraveling mysteries.
Here's the link to Controllers. If you poke around a little, you'll see the others...just sitting there, free.
Did I mention they were free?
Also, happy Comic Con to you lucky bastards who are currently in San Diego living it up. If anyone is interested in helping me knock that trip off my bucket list next year, let me know. : ) For now, I'll have to be satisfied for being happy for you/jealous at a distance
Happy reading! Happy conning! And Happy Thursday!
I hope the summer is treating you right. Unless you're in the southern hemisphere, then sorry about winter. At least it's nearly time for Christmas in July, right?
I know that finding me on here has been a little hit or miss. For that, I am sorry. Someone made it not very fun to blog. I like it a lot, particularly when I get to run freebies and get excited about things and share them with you. I'm going to try to be better about it from here on out. Just know that everyone who has shared their support has made it all worthwhile, and I am so grateful. Thank you!
Here's what I've been up to.
I've released the latest sequel in The Dreamer Chronicles, Nightingale. I have to admit to loving Julie Aim and her story. For those of you who have been asking, there will DEFINITELY be more books in the series, and things will get crazy. Well, crazier. If you have underwear on, I would on hold on tight to them just in case. Things will get worse before they get better.
Don't worry, though, Julie can take it.
I've recently started blogging about my movie preferences, etc., over on Just About Write. Jenn, who runs the blog, is awesome, and she also has lots of articles about your favorite TV shows to check out. The writing crew is all about women supporting women, and that makes my black heart all warm and fuzzy inside. My latest article is about Princess Leia, because I am a massive nerd. Proudly, I mean. So, that's been fun and interesting. I hope you'll check it out, and give her all the awkward hugs she can stand.
I've also been hard at work on...far too many books at once. I'm currently writing the sequel to Controllers, my one and only dystopian romance. It's 1.99 in all the usual places, and the sequel is coming along nicely. I can't make any promises about when it will be released, but I'm confident it will be sooner rather than later. I will keep you guys updated.
The sequel to Revelation is being edited. I wrote it a while back, then decided to focus on Controllers. I've now changed my mind. Who knew that could happen? I have several more edits to put it through. Like...several! But it will be released before the Controllers sequel for sure. I will start promoting the crap out of it when it's closer to being done. I can't wait for you guys to see it. The chemistry between Willa and Sterling is off the charts. Seriously. It's uncertain if they're gonna kiss or kill each other by the end. Always fun.
So, that's a little taste of my current projects. I'm really enjoying the guest blogging, and if you guys know of any other blogs that are super cool and willing to take on guests, let me know about them below. I also promise to be around on the site more. I have some fun things coming up that I hope you'll enjoy.
Cinnamon rolls, a delicious cup of coffee, and a warm smile to all of you. It's so good to see you again. Seriously. You look sexy!
Until next time!
Hello. I'm not dead...I'm mostly not dead. As those of you in the know, know, I've been hanging out on Twitter and Facebook for announcements. I like blogging, but some people have made it un-fun for me, so here we are. But, I did want to drop by and let you guys know about my newest book being released on April 23rd, in case you are not on my other hangouts.
Nightingale, the fourth book in the Dreamer Chronicles, is available for pre-order through Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, and more. I hope you check it out!
To my loyal friends on here, thank you so very, very much. I love you all.
Sorry I haven't been posting on here as much. I've been having some problems with an aggressive person on here not leaving me alone, and it's really turned me off from blogging on this site. (If I've approved your comments, it's not you). I've been focusing on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, where I can more effectively block people when they are poo-heads. (As you can tell, I'm an adult. We say things like poo-heads.) I don't mean to neglect you, but this site doesn't let me block people outright - still have to read the messages you guys send me before I approve or delete - and I believe in surrounding myself with positivity, so I've taken a step back for a while.
I don't want to be a downer, but I did want to explain where I've been. But...Life's a party. Go celebrate! Yay!
So, first! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a very Delicious Kwanzaa to you all.
Secondly, I posted on my Facebook and Twitter that I've been working on some new things. I currently have a whole freaking lot written of the next Grey Haven book. It's got a lot of game-changing type things in it, plus action, romance, and Julie being all sorts of awesome. I'm looking to have it finished and ready for you guys sometime in Feb. or March. I'm also releasing Revelation, the assassin book I gave away to twenty of you so long ago that I can't even remember when I did it. It's going to be released JANUARY 22. Be there or be ridiculously uncool in every way imaginable.
I didn't mean it. You'll still be cool, just dead to me.
Thirdly, for those of you who don't know. I am currently running a very awesome, very generous promotion on the starters of all my books. (The Watchers, Craft, Grey Haven). They will go off this way-cool sale after the new year, save for The Watchers. You can find them all here, for all e-readers: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/LynniePurcell
Thanks for reading. I hope my stories can bring you even more joy this holiday season than usual. I'm always here if you need anything book related...or just want to say hi. Unless I've overdosed on eggnog and candy canes. Then, please, send help.
Want a free copy of The Elder when it comes out on Oct. 24? I know you do... The next three people to post a short (300 words or less) story will win a copy on the 24th.
Here are the rules:
1: 300 words or less.
2: Has to be posted on my blog - nowhere else.
3: Keep it clean-ish.
4: Absolutely has to include one of my characters - It can be a minor character or a major one, just one of mine.
5: You have to put your email where it asks for it in the comment section so that I can email you back with the book.
6: Be creative!
7: Contest ends when I have three entries.
I will post the replies on a separate blog entry for the world to see - Let me know if you want to include your name in the post or not.