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Tons of News! July 24, 2018

I have all the news!

No, literally, so much to talk about.

I have officially signed a six-book contract with Curiosity Quills Press that includes:

Book two in The Tale of Bryant Adams:

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Currently titled Seven Things Not to do When Everyone is Trying to Kill You, scheduled for release in April 2019.

Book two in The Chronicles of Maggie Trent:

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Currently titled The Girl Locked With Gold, scheduled for release in December 2019.

And… Drumroll Please!

Starting in 2020, The Tethering series will be rereleased!

I am so thrilled to have The Tethering going back out into the world, and to continue the adventures of Bryant Adams and Maggie Trent.

A huge thanks to all of you who have read my books and continue to come hang out on Life Beyond Exaggeration. It has been a pleasure to share the madness of being an author with all of you, and I am so excited to continue the journey.

 

Post Bus Life June 26, 2018

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I’ve been off the road and back from my adventure for almost three weeks.

That’s a really long time to be sleeping in the same bed, which is a really weird thing to say. I’m getting back into the swing of life with Oz 5000 open and life moving forward on the literary front. But I have noticed a few things that are super weird since getting off the bus.

Food. Fridges are a miraculous thing! You can put so much food in them, and when you come back the next day, you still have food! It’s amazing.

Also fantastic: having a washer and dryer in your house. I can have clean underwear whenever I want! What a thrill! (more…)

 

I’m Leaving on a Jet Plane! May 20, 2018

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The national tour of The Wizard of Oz will enjoy its closing night performance in less than an hour, and then tomorrow it’s off to Europe for two weeks!

If you need to contact me in the meantime, please head over to my author website’s contact page and shoot me a message!

Also, to follow the trip awesomeness, head over to the following social media sites!
Megan on Facebook
Megan on Twitter
Megan on Instagram

 

Reading Reviews May 8, 2018

There are a lot of similarities between acting and authoring. The love of storytelling, artistic nature of the endeavor, the constant threat of rejection… and reviews.

Reviews as an actor have never really bothered me. You win some, you lose some, but at the end of the day, you have to do the show the director set to the best of your ability. Altering your performance to fit a review is horribly unprofessional, so you soldier on and keep your chin up.

It’s a little different for books. The book is out there, and there really isn’t anything you can do. Unless there are semi-colons mid-word (as was found in a big name book that will remain nameless), in which case your publisher has to scramble to send a new version out into the world, the book is the book.

But you’re working so independently on your books; you could let the review pressure trickle into your work. Declaring that you’re never going to use a love triangle again, you will avoid writing on all social issues, or banning magic from your books are easy traps to fall into.

I know a lot of authors refuse to read any reviews of their work, and I get it; avoiding psychological damage is important. (more…)

 

Adventures in Authoring May 4, 2018

As I type this blog, I am sitting on my tour bus seat with my computer perched on my lap. (Don’t tell my chiropractor). During the seven months of tour, this seat has been my bed, my office, my sofa, my kitchen.

The thing is, if I didn’t have a writing career, if I were just being a full time actor and living a leisurely tour life, I would have so much time to read and play. But I have an author career to maintain. I wouldn’t want to change a thing. Smashing all my time into writing when I’m not eating and sleeping is a worth the sacrifice.

Generally, I wake up, crawl my way onto the bus, and sleep through quiet hours. Then it’s time for lunch, during which I work on managing my social media accounts. Afternoon on the bus is writing and editing time. Get to the hotel at 3:30-ish, work/swim if there’s a pool, scrounge for dinner. Get on the bus to go to the venue at 5:15-ish. Get to the theatre, cram writing work in between meetings, sound check, and the show. Get back to the hotel at 10:45-ish. Work until about 2am. Go to bed. Start the whole process over bright an early the next morning.

There are times where variations happen. If we’re in a city for more than a day, I can sneak away for a few hours if there’s a hiking trail available. If there’s a really great brewery, I’ll sacrifice a bit of my word count to sample the local brews. But really it’s a lot of time pushing through to get things done.

But it’s worth it because by the end of this tour I will have
Released two books:

Boy of Blood (Girl of Glass, #2)

The Girl Without Magic (The Chronicles of Maggie Trent, #1)

Edited one project to turn in: (more…)

 

A Bloody Sequel April 10, 2018

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Today is the day! Today is the day!

Boy of Blood has been sent out into the world!

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After Nightland’s vicious attack on the domes, the safety and perfection of the world within the glass has been contaminated. Desperate to rebuild, outsiders are allowed into the domes to help, breaking the cardinal rule: outsiders and Domers must always be separated. But the city is in shambles, crumbling into chaos without the Vampers of Nightland to keep order, and one name is carried on the wind: Nola.

Clinging to Jeremy, Nola struggles to find a way to exist in the domes, turning her back on all she learned in the city. But when one of the outsiders brings the dark secrets of the domes to light, the line between survival and murder blurs against the spectre of the dying world.

Can Nola follow the dark path laid out by the domes? Will the dangers of the night become her new sanctuary?

Boy of Blood is book two in the Girl of Glass series, and I am thrilled to be continuing Nola’s journey. Boy of Blood may find Nola back in the domes, but the danger is closer, the darkness more bloody, and the romance heating up.

To celebrate the release, I’m hosting an amazing Rafflecopter with a grand prize of a Kindle Fire 7 pre-loaded with some great Dystopian reads. (more…)

 

A Week to Remember April 7, 2018

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It has been such a great week, I had to add a special weekend update!

Girl of Glass is currently on sale for $0.99. And, this is a huge and, it moved all the way up to number 50 in its category and to 456 on the Young Adult Fiction store on Amazon.

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I’m so utterly thrilled!

To be listed next to such huge books and authors is just amazing! Rick Yancey and Suzanne Collins! What a dream!

The sale is going to end very soon, so if you want to grab Girl of Glass for $0.99, head on over to Amazon now before time runs out!

And for all of you who have already purchased Girl of Glass, thank you from the bottom of my heart! This has been an amazing week, and all of you have been a part of it!

What a thrill!