Official Upcoming Release Schedule!

Due to changes in how my publisher assigns dates, I won't have release dates until I finish the book. I'm currently working on:

Taking the Realm which is book 3 of Sha and Connor's trilogy (previously titled Shaking the Balance)

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Camp NaNoWriMo

So Camp NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow! It's pretty much like regular NaNoWriMo except it'll be running through the month of August. I'm hoping to be able to use this as a chance to finish up Breaking the Nexus so I can edit during the month of September and focus on that aspect. 

Breaking the Nexus started back in November as part of NaNoWriMo 2011 so I think it would be awesome to finish it during Camp! I won back in November and validated over 50k words. After some editing and additions (and life getting in the way) my current count is around 63k and there is definitely plenty of story to tell left. We will see what happens this month!

And in awesome news, not only will I be doing NaNo with one of my best friends, I'll also be doing it with one of my new absolutely wonderful friends! Christina Moore is the author of The Shadow Chronicles and we are both going to be working towards completely 50k words in our respective stories!!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Let's Explore Breaking the Nexus!

At least once a week I'm going to try to feature a post about my upcoming novel Breaking the Nexus and this is the first installment! To kick things off I'm going to discuss the book I've been mentioning on Twitter and Facebook. So let's have a little Q&A with the voices in my head also known as my inspiration...

What is Breaking the Nexus and how did it come about?
Basically Breaking the Nexus is a paranormal romance novel that was born during NaNoWriMo 2011. My older sister convinced me to participate with her and I decided on paranormal romance because it is one of my favorite genres. I have always had fantasy worlds going race through my head and I knew it was time to try to get them on paper.

So what is the Nexus and why is it Breaking?
Before I can answer the first question, I'll give you a little background. You know all of those fairy tales you grew up with? The ones with dragons, fairies, shape shifters, and demons? All those mythical and legendary creatures you hear in stories but are told are simply fiction? Well they do exist. You see the world you live in now is not what it seems. This is merely one realm, the Human Realm. Living amongst you and for the most part hidden from view are all of these fantastical creatures living in Mythria, also known as the Mythrian Realm. The realms are separated by a barrier known as the Nexus.

The Nexus was raised millennia ago in an effort to protect the humans. It is not completely solid, however, and along the Nexus are gateways. Over in the Mythrian Realm, the Sentinels watch over the Nexus and ensure it remains intact. There's just one teensy little problem...the Nexus is breaking. Gateways are shattering and the creatures of Mythria are spilling over into the Human Realm. As for why it is breaking? You'll have to read to find out :)

Who are your main characters?
I don't want to say too much on this because I plan to do some character bios later on but the main hero and heroine are Detective Connor Flynn who is a human detective and Sha Phoenix who is a Mythrian Sentinel. Sha is a Sorceri, a race possessing magical abilities. I will give more details on both of them as well as going into more details about the Sorceri and some of the other races, creatures, and characters in later blog posts.

So there you have it. The characters are demanding they get their next scene written so that's all for now. Breaking the Nexus is still a work in progress but I am aiming to publish it this fall. Be sure to follow me on this blog, Twitter, and Facebook for more peeks into the world of Breaking the Nexus!

Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my blog!! This fall I will be self-publishing my debut paranormal romance novel, Breaking the Nexus. I will be posting all sorts of goodies about my upcoming novel including character bios, snippets, updates on my progress, and other information on the novel.

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And now for sneak peek at the unedited prologue of Breaking the Nexus!!

For countless generations, humans throughout the world have heard the tales of the supernatural. Men and women who could change their shape at will into magnificent beasts, beings with mystical powers over the elements, and fantastic creatures that appeared to be a conglomeration of multiple animals. Beginning in infancy, children learned of werewolves, gryphons, centaurs and mermaids. Of elves, sorcerers, and even demons. All of these stories were thought to be no more than fairy tales intended to amuse and entertain while teaching lessons and morals to the young. As children grew up and became adults, they were discouraged from believing the fanciful stories until finally they too relegated the supernatural to the incredible imaginations of youth. There was just one small flaw: those fictional legends were rooted in far more truth than the humans ever realized.

Thousands of years ago, humans coexisted with the supernatural Mythrian races, albeit tumultuously. There were some humans who envied the magic of the supernatural and resented living under their Power. Likewise, there were some Mythrians who viewed the humans as weak and sought to eradicate the inferior race. Time pressed on and a powerful darkness spread through the human cities, led by a powerful demon known only as Ferren. Misery, pain and death were all that remained in his wake. The kings of the magical races were approached by the leaders of the great human civilizations, who begged the Mythrians for aid. Efforts to stop Ferren were in vain and many lives were lost. Finally, it was decided that the supernatural beings would protect the humans by erecting a magical barrier to split the physical world into two realms: the Human Realm and the Mythrian Realm. The realms could exist simultaneously and independently so long as the Nexus, as the magical barrier came to be known, remained intact. One brave hero volunteered to act as a sacrifice to give the barrier the necessary strength to hold Ferren and his armies at bay. After one final, fierce battle between the hero and Ferren, the demon was sufficiently weakened, giving the Sorceri time to raise the Nexus with the power of the hero’s sacrifice providing further strength. The kings selected a group of the most powerful beings from each of the Mythrian races dedicated to maintaining the Nexus, calling them the Sentinels. These Sentinels would also act as enforcers to try to prevent Mythrians from penetrating the Nexus through the few Gateways necessary to allow the humans to enter their realm.

With the exception of the few humans who had fallen in love with a Mythrian and chose to stay in the Mythrian Realm, the human race gladly withdrew to their side of the Nexus. Since the Human Realm was far more isolated, as time progressed and civilizations rose and fell, the stories passed down from generation to generation began to sound less and less like truth. In the present day, any human who claims to have seen supernatural beings is ridiculed and dismissed. But trouble once again brews, and soon these people may not seem so crazy after all…

(copyright 2012 Lindsay Avalon)