Saturday, December 13, 2014

A blog post! (Finally! Am I right?)





Hello all! It’s been awhile! Too long, I suppose. I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I last posted on here. Time flies! Anyways, I just wanted to let you all know that I haven’t fallen into a dimensional rift or anything. I am still around and am working on the third book. I meant to have it out by the end of the year, but moving and renovating put me severely behind schedule. So sorry! But I am cracking the whip and am going to try my best to get it done and out as soon as I can. In the meantime, I hope everyone has a happy holiday season!

~Casey

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Mark your calendars!

Or whatever you all do to remember!

Dec 5 is the prospective release date for my next title, Entangled, a short story prequel to the Cursed Magic Series. Hooray! I know how hard it's been to get any sort of release date out of me lately. Still don't know when the third will be out. (See previous blog post.)

Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!

~Casey

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Whoa! An Announcement!

Hello all!

Many of you have been asking me about the release for the third book. Unfortunately I STILL don't know yet. I apologize and I assure you I am not doing it to be mean. I swear! It's just, due to ongoing health conditions of both me and my editor it's hard to get things done in time. Things just take a little bit longer, is all. And I like to make sure things are done right instead of just slapping it together. So please be patient! I am working on it, it'll just take a bit longer!

I know what you may be thinking, 'That wasn't an announcement?!'

But alas, I DO have an announcement! It's a side project that I have been working on. It's a sort of prequel/ sequel to the Cursed Magic Series. It takes place two years prior to the events in the first book, but I call it a sequel because, ideally, it should be read after the second book in the series to avoid any spoilers!

Check it out!





Entangled


Set two years before the events in Cursed, Entangled follows Claire as she navigates through her seemingly normal life where things are about to get a bit more difficult. 

Take a sneak peek into the life of Farron when he was
Sin de Reine, The King's Shadow.







Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Random Blog Post

Hey all!

Just wanted to share this article I had found recently. I feel it captures what I tried to do with Claire PERFECTLY and my whole thoughts on the whole 'boy with boobs' female characters. Love her or hate her, I believe Claire is a strong female character, though many will disagree with me I'm sure.

Anyways, check it out if you have the time!

I Hate Strong Female Characters

~Casey

Saturday, June 1, 2013

It's Not A Trilogy

First off, I would like to thank all the readers that gave my books a chance and sent me kind messages. I never thought so many people would actually read them, let alone like them!

This past month has been a little crazy! Not that that's a bad thing!

Now, onto the topic: A lot of people have been asking me when the third book comes out and if it's the last one, or many just assume that it is. I guess given the prevalence of trilogies these days, I can't really blame them. But don't fear! I won't beat a dead horse and drag it through the mud. I do have the ending in mind, it will just take me longer than three books to tell the story I want to tell.

I just started working on the third book, so it might be a little bit of a wait before it is released.

In the meantime, here is a cute picture of my cat hogging my purse to help hold you over!



Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Awakened (Cursed Magic Series: Book Two) is finally here!






Hooray! It's finally here! It's available at Amazon right now. I'll also be uploading it to Smashwords and it will be available in paperback in a week or two. I hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Five Stages of (Writer's) Grief

Whenever I get my manuscript back from my editor-friend, I go through the five stages of grief.

Step 1- Denial: This isn't so bad, my book is pretty good. I read it and re-read it multiple times already, what could possibly be wrong with it? Pshhh! This'll be a piece of cake!

Step 2- Anger: I hate this stupid thing! Why did I think I could write anyway? Did I really use that word so many times? I'm going to burn this book! At least it would keep me warm in the winter!

Step 3- Bargaining: Next time I will be better, I swear! I will keep that thesaurus within arms reach, I can change! Please don't be like this! That's what re-writes are for, right??

Step 4- Depression: *Sobbing uncontrollably* My book sucks! It's the worst string of words put to paper since the beginning of time! Next to this, '50 Shades of Grey' looks like Shakespeare! Why did I ever think I could do this! I actually thought people might want to rest their eye sockets on this piece of garbage?

Step 5- Acceptance: Well, maybe it's not worse than 50 Shades... Perhaps it's even readable. Now that it's polished, it may actually shine in parts! Someone out there may enjoy it. There is hope after all!!

Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 was...

…a good year. It was the year I finished and published my first book and wrote my second. It was the year I got my first good review, and my first not-so-good review. I learned that, no matter how hard you try, you can’t please everyone— and shouldn’t try to. 2012 was the year I lost a brother, but gained a backbone. A little one at least… It was a year where I almost got away with not being sick, until Mother Nature was all like ‘Oh no you don’t!’ and struck with a vengeance. 2012 was the year I finally said goodbye to super skinny Casey, the end of an era. 2012 was the year the world did not end, for better or worse, depends on the day I had. The Walking Dead finally became good. Glee is bearable again. The Hobbit, Avengers, Game of Thrones met and or exceeded my expectations. Snow White and the Huntsman did not (Charlize Theron as the evil queen was amazing though). 2012 was a year for fashion and Pinterest, I like to think they have something to do with one another. And even though nothing exciting happened, 2012 was still a good year.

Happy New Years! And may 2013 be just as good or better!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Are we more critical of female protagonists?

Something has been nagging at me lately, a question on the edge of my mind that I finally realized and admitted doing myself recently:

Are we more critical of female protagonists?

I like to think of myself as an equal opportunity person, and I more than anyone love a great kick ass woman. But I've been seeing a rather disturbing trend lately. Mostly in reviews. And especially in reviews written by women. I fully admit to doing the same thing myself, being overly judgmental of female characters of a book. By why is that? Why don't we seem to hold the same standards to our male characters as we do to our female?

If a woman is created too strong, then she is considered unrealistic, too feminine, then she is weak. I'm tired of seeing people bash female characters and then laud male characters even though they share the same qualities. A man kills, he is strong. A woman kills, she is a bitch.

Even more troubling, in my opinion, is the startling trend that if the main female character likes anything even remotely feminine then she is considered weak. If she cries, she is weak. If she has to be rescued by a man, even if she has no fighting skills and her opponent is twice her size, she is weak. And this is coming from other women. When did we start becoming so harsh on ourselves?