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June 2017

It’s June. It’s hot. It’s two weeks out from the school holidays. I am nervous. My children hate their school more than each other right now, but even so, I may not survive this summer. 😀

This month, I’ve gotten some work done on the Harbinger trilogy. I have a beginning, middle, and end in each book (I know, slow clap), and I’m about to get stuck into hard-core editing. For some reason, the second book is what’s slowing me down, which is weird because I like it best. I still have to go through the original Cursed series and deal with details that need to go into a series bible, but I’m starting to feel like I’m actually getting somewhere. Edit: I wrote that part yesterday. Today I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing, so…

I’m about 35k into the first draft of a weird new story that veers a little too close to reverse harem territory. It’s loosely inspired by Slavic mythology, and like most stories I’ve written this year, I have no idea who would want to read it because it’s not like any of my other stuff. Woe is me and all that. 🙂

Right now, I have no plans to publish this summer. With the kids at home for the next two months, I won’t have any uninterrupted time, so there’s no point promising anything. I might (might) look for beta readers for Sleepwalker in the summer, but I won’t be releasing that until all three books in the trilogy are ready to go. I don’t feel comfortable with this trilogy, and I’m not sure why. Maybe I’m getting too old to be writing about teenagers. 😀

Speaking of getting old, my kids aren’t toddlers anymore, so I desperately need to write a new bio. (My baby is going to be seven this summer, and my eldest will be a teenager. I am officially ancient). The only thing worse than writing a synopsis is writing a bio. Just. Yuck. It’ll have to be something like Claire Farrell writes every day and yet magically never manages to finish anything. 😛

Just checked the time and had a mini heart attack. The kids will be home soon. I seriously need to stop using this blog to procrastinate. By the way, does anyone have any recommendations for a new series to obsess about? I’m overwhelmed whenever I try to look for something. Fantasy or urban fantasy, preferably a finished series with a female POV (or joint if it’s not too cheesy/sappy – black-heart here, and second-hand cringe has been destroying my life lately).

Ooh, or gothic romance if you really want to spoil me. 😀

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18 Comments

  1. Sarah Sarah

    Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. Bad-ass fae, the nine (awesome supernatural beasts of unknown origin), sidhe-seers with kick-ass abilities, and an evil, sentient book with a bloodlust like no other. I recommend your Ava series and hers ALL. THE. TIME.

    • Claire Farrell Claire Farrell

      Thanks for the recommendation, Sarah! I did start the series before, BUT that was when I lived in Dublin – I’m super weird about books set in places I live, so I didn’t get very far – but maybe it’s time for a fresh try. 🙂

  2. It’s good to see you’re well!!! Yes, it’s one thing to write about teens, but when you actually HAVE one of those beasties roaming the house, you begin to question yourself. My kiddo became a teenager this year. We were watching the new Netflix series, Anne with an E, the other day. I thought my son would enjoy it. I loved watching Anne of Green Gables when I was about the same age. I watched it first…and cried. Kiddo saw the SAME scenes and said, “Mom! That little girl doesn’t look sad, she looks constipated.” Sadly, seen through his eyes…the main character did look a little constipated. Sigh… Boys!!! LOL

    I’ve been on a YA binge read. I can’t think of a series I liked in that genre, but The Hired Girl, by Laura Amy Schlitz was very well written. It’s the sort of book I’d recommend to ANY teen girl or older. One of the best stories I’ve read in a long time, actually. It’s about a fourteen-year-old girl who takes a job as a maid around the turn of the century. (Okay, my description makes the book sound boring, but I really loved this book!) This is a coming of age story.

    And…if you’re in the mood for something dark, like REALLY dark, I LOVED the YA book, Rotters, by Daniel Kraus. Now, a disclaimer: This in NOT my usual flavor of reading material. And…it’s told from a teenage boy’s POV. However, Daniel Kraus is probably one of the most talented writers I’ve ever read. PERIOD. He is also one of the only YA authors I would NEVER recommend to any teen I know. Rotters is about a teen boy who is sent to live with his father, and discovers his father is a grave robber. Not a typical storyline, for sure. I really can’t figure out how Daniel Kraus does it, but this story almost reads like poetry. Beautiful and graphically disgusting poetry. If you can listen to the audio version of this book, EVEN BETTER! Kirby Heyborn is an amazing narrator. Nothing sappy in this book. It’s more of a “family” story. ??? If your family consistent of high-functioning sociopaths. It also goes into GREAT detail about the “science” of decomposition and the history of grave robbing…so I suppose you might call this book educational. ??? The book has a very satisfying ending. I’ll probably listen to the audio version again in the fall, when I’m looking for a creepy monsterish story.

    • OH! And The Girl Waits With Gun, by Amy Stewart is LOADS of fun!!! (It’s part of a series and a GREAT book if you want something light.) The Kopp books are loosely based on a true story about the three Kopp sisters. Constance Kopp was one of the first women to become a police deputy…before women were even given the right to vote. (My book club Skyped with the author.) The crazier bits in the story are all true! Constance was about 6 six foot tall and rather intimidating. In REAL LIFE, she’d pick up men by their lapels and pin those criminals against a wall. Yet, she still had to be a lady. The author stalked the surviving family members, so she brought a lot of fun details into these books.) The book starts with what happened in real life, the sisters were just riding into town with their horse and buggy when a mobster hit their buggy with his car and changed the course of their lives forever. Okay, NOT a supernatural story, but the ladies in this book are NOT sappy and I can’t get enough of them. I already pre-ordered the third book, she’s finishing up the fourth book, and the author plans on writing 10-14 books total.

      Amy Stewart also wrote The Earth Moved. It’s another favorite book of mine. The only fantastic nonfiction book ever written about earth worms. I know! Earth worms!? She also wrote the Drunken Botanist, another nonfiction book. (This author has a quirky sense of humor.)
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    • Claire Farrell Claire Farrell

      Thanks a million!

      The Hired Girl sounds like something my daughter might like – I can’t keep her supplied in books lately! I read the Anne of Green Gables books when I was young, so I should probably check it out on Netflix.

      And you know I like the dark. 😛

      Earth worms, decomposition, and grave robbing. A nice mixed bag of recs there, Juli. 😀

  3. Maria Wright Maria Wright

    Didn’t you say not to long ago that you got more done when you kids were smaller and at home all the time and had less interrupted time? Just think of this summer as throw back to that time 😉

    I always want to read what you write! Your characters have an amazing voice and presence that suck you in so you feel part of the story.

    I finally nailed down a routine with the little one (who turned one yesterday) & cleaning & whatnot so I’ve been able to read a lot more than I have been able to. I’ll send you recommendations on Goodreads that way you can read the description of the books.

    • Claire Farrell Claire Farrell

      Ah, but that was back when they were sweet and small, and still liked me and each other, and best of all, took naps. 😀

      My almost-teenager is the only one not acting like a stroppy teen lately. I see a lot of family bonding time in my future. 🙂

      To be fair to them, when I was sick recently, they tried to let me sleep while they attempted to make dinner. That caused a bit more work for me in the end, but the thought was there!

    • Claire Farrell Claire Farrell

      Oh, and happy birthday to the little monster – make the most of the naps while you still can!

  4. andrea andrea

    hi Claire these a few series I enjoyed if you haven’t already read them
    The girl in the box series by Robert Crane- not much romance but kick butt heroin.
    The Bain cornicles by Jasmine Walt – has the package romance – kick butt heroin I would say it was YA .
    but I have read a series just recently and really enjoyed this series – The Hellequin – chronicles by Steve McHugh no romance and male lead but lots of action and great story I read one after the other 🙂 it was a nice change.

    • Claire Farrell Claire Farrell

      Thanks a million, Andrea. I don’t think I’ve tried any of those, so I’ll get cracking on that. Thanks again!

  5. Sasha Sasha

    If you write a reverse harem story I would DEFINITELY read it!!! Your characters are never boring so I know I would love that reverse harmed story. I’m just saying you should write it 😜

    I sadly don’t have any recommendations I’ve kind of been in a reading slump lately. But I see some the others posted that look really interesting.

    Good luck with your kids this summer!!! We only have my nephew around but he’s more like a teen, playing video games all day & hardly leaves his room. Granted he’s only 8 now so I can only imagine when he really is a teen.

    • Claire Farrell Claire Farrell

      Lol – it’s not strictly reverse harem (I don’t want to give too much away!), but it’s been fun in any case. 🙂

      Yeah, the reading slump is real. I would love to completely obsessed with a series for a while.

      That sounds like one of mine right now. Another is watching videos of other people playing Minecraft. Maybe that’s why I need to lose myself in a book. 😀

  6. Miriam Miriam

    Hey Claire, I actually just started a new series this week and loved it enough to buy the second book. The series is Fall of Angels by Keary Taylor and the first book is titled Branded. I almost didn’t give it a chance because I thought it would be too sappy, but it was creepy enough to keep my interest. The first book was free which is always great. Check it out, you may like it. I just started book 2 so I can’t say if the series ends great or not, but so far so good.

    • Claire Farrell Claire Farrell

      I remember reading that one when it came out, but I’m not sure if I finished the series or not, so thanks for the reminder. 🙂

  7. Maria Wright Maria Wright

    Have you read the most recent Mercy Thompson book? Book 10, Silence Fallen, came out this year.

    I’m currently reading The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, they are good. But they are neither romantic nor female POV. I think I might buy them in paper for Monster when he is older.

    One of my favorite adult sci-fi romance novels are the Spark trilogy by Autumn Dawn. When Sparks Fly is the first book.

    • Claire Farrell Claire Farrell

      I love the Mercy Thompson books. Definitely my favourite urban fantasy series. I should reread the series.

      So weird! Two of my kids are reading that Percy Jackson series at the moment – we’re waiting for one to get delivered to the local shop, but it’s the first time they’ve had something like that in common. I keep saying I have to read it, too.

      I’m not really looking for romance – I know I said gothic romance, but it’s the gothic part that interests me most. 😀

      Are those soft sci-fi? Sadly for my son who thinks all of my books would be better if I’d only include spaceships, the more technical side makes me skim hard. 🙂

      • Maria Wright Maria Wright

        Percy Jackson are great books, however I have to keep reminding myself that they are preteen and teenagers and not to get upset with how they act sometimes (you know like they actually act their age). With the adventures and other stuff they accomplish it is easy to think of them as adults.

        You should totally have a family book group. Each kid pick a book and then go through each one this summer. Family summer break bonding.

        Spark totally takes place in space with aliens, spaceships and whatnot. The first book takes place on a planet/asteroid; the second book part on a ship mostly on an alien planet. The third is mostly in space.

        There isn’t anything technical about the ships in this series that would be different than anything you have written (at least not that I remember). I have read space books written by a former Navy Captain. Those were hard to get through because he was very technical in battles and the ships and well anything that would have to do with the military aspect of the stories, but the story line was good so I preserved. Spark is nothing like that.

        Just think of spaceships as a weird building in fairy. Aliens are just like the fae but not 😉 you could totally do it. And I would so read it 😀

        • Claire Farrell Claire Farrell

          They’ve really sucked in my eldest two – I’m not sure why I’ve never tried them before. It’s not like they’re obscure.

          My daughter has been reading constantly so far. The others… not so much. I’ll have to figure out something to get them interested for the rest of the summer.

          I mean, I used to read space-y books. I think if the focus is the character rather than the techy details then I’m okay with it. I wouldn’t have the confidence to write it. You should see me get paranoid about fact-checking (even when it comes to made up stuff) as it is! Would be cool to try it for a change though!

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