|Posted by Robyn Pierce on October 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM||comments (0)|
ALL DATES ARE TENTATIVE, AS STATED IN THE TITLE! I have high hopes that I'll be able to finish these titles in time for these dates, but they are subject to change. :]
**This list is bound to change over time! I'm always coming up with new story ideas, so anytime this list changes, I'll make sure to post that there's been a change.**
- Hollywood at Heart
February 3, 2015
- On The Road (I Met You… #1)
July 14, 2015
- Carpe Noctem
October 2, 2015
|Posted by Robyn Pierce on September 27, 2014 at 1:30 PM||comments (0)|
I have come to the realization (belatedly) that my series titled “The Lanistter Chronicles” and my admission on my About page about previously being a fan fiction writer might be misconstrued.
Yes, I used to write fan fiction.
Yes, the name of my series bears a resemblance (who am I kiddin’? It’s the same name spelled differently.) to a very famous fictional family.
None of my books have ever been fan fiction.
In high school, I discovered my love for writing. I joined Gaia Online and began role playing there with people I didn’t know, though they became very good friends over the years. A majority of our best (most successful — i.e. playing it out ’til the bitter end) role plays revolved around a royal vampire theme. One of my closest role playing friends was involved in one of them from the very beginning, and borrowed the name “Lannister” for the royal family.
Eventually, he and I (with permission from some of the other writers in our role plays) decided we wanted to try our hand at writing them out in book form. At the time, we planned to write two novels — one revolving around the American branch of the “Lanistter” family (at that point, we were overly attached to the name. Our “Lanistters” have absolutely nothing to do with the very famous “Lannisters”.) and the other revolving around the European branch of the family.
As time passed, he wrote less and less, and, eventually, told me I could continue on my own. From that point on, I started from scratch, with only the character profiles we’d created together. (At this point, I would like to say that any characters that remained from the good ol’ role playing days were characters whose creators gave us permission to use them. There are only a handful of characters that weren’t completely remade during the entire process.)
I didn’t make much progress while writing until November 2010, during my very first NaNoWriMo, when the first draft of Darkest Embrace (previously titled Dark Castle: New Arrival) was written.
I hope that clears everything up for anyone who ever questioned my Lanistters and their relation to my fan fiction history. (None of those stories will ever be owned up to, though a few still linger about on a fan fiction site…
|Posted by Robyn Pierce on April 1, 2014 at 9:00 AM||comments (0)|
Unmasked (The Lanistter Chronicles #4)
Release Date: May 6, 2014
30 years after the masquerade, another ball is being thrown.
Happily married, Chastity should have nothing to hide. But she does. She has tried to move on from the things haunting her past, but there is only so much she can do before the guilt eats away at her conscience. The fact that she’s still on the assassin team is only a part of it. And now there’s a shadow at the ball, threatening to reveal everyone’s secrets…
Despite his reluctance to have the first masquerade, Lazarus can’t deny that it was an effective way of finding a Mate. To give his daughter a head-start on the process, he forces the same thing on her. About an hour into the party, though, his darkest secret is threatened to be brought out into the light. He’ll do anything to protect this secret. He’s done something terrible with the goal of getting what he wants, and now it isn’t just his marriage on the line.
There is a vampire at the ball with unknown ties to the Lanistter clan. He knows all of their secrets, and wants to destroy the family for good.
Without further ado...
|Posted by Robyn Pierce on March 7, 2014 at 12:25 PM||comments (0)|
I have a hard time staying on topic with a lot of things, so when I have a topic, it will be filed under “Robyn Rants on…” This way, it’s a clear warning that I’m probably going to go off on a tangent regarding the topic. I’ll try to have a rant every Tuesday.
I read reviews.
There, I admitted it. I feel better with that off my chest.
I know I shouldn’t read them, because they could upset me or whatever, but I do. I love to read every review written for my books. I prefer reading the negative ones, because they tell me where my stories fell flat for the reader.
I can’t help it; they’re addicting. I get a little bit of a rush when the number of reviews on my books has grown. The time it takes for the page to load, while short, is a moment where time stands still for me as I wait to find out whether or not someone enjoyed my work.
Now, just because I read them doesn’t mean I comment. I think I might have commented on a few in the past to thank the reviewer, but I could be mistaken. I know I’ve messaged at least one reviewer to thank them for taking the time to read and review my work, but that’s as far as I’ve ever taken it. (And it was a 2-star review, so it isn’t as though I was playing favorites with the favorable reviews.)
This is probably a very important topic, because of the “bully war” going on over at Amazon and Goodreads. I personally don’t see most* of what authors complain about as bullying behavior. It’s a huge mistake to comment and sic your readers the reader who left the review, though, and I think it’s a huge problem.
As writers, we have to develop thick skin to be able to handle everything that comes our way. I’ve taken a few workshop courses where we’re required to listen to the opinions of our readers without being allowed to say anything in retaliation. It’s an excellent way to learn how well one takes criticism and, if one doesn’t take it well, they can work on reacting in a more appropriate way.
I don't think it's really ever acceptable to jump into a reader's space just because you got your feelings hurt. At this point in the whole "war" it might just be better off to not comment at all, period. Even if it's a simple, "Thank you for taking the time to read and review my work." Not even if you put it on every single review, good and bad.
Bottom line: If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen. Or, in this case, don't read reviews.
I’ve been dying to address this topic for a long time, and I think this semi-coherent post just covers my thoughts on reviews.
See you next week!
*I’ve seen some deplorable behavior on Goodreads and Amazon (hell, on the internet as a whole), but that isn’t really any of my business, so Itry to stay out of it.
|Posted by Robyn Pierce on February 25, 2014 at 5:10 PM||comments (2)|
This isn't a giving up post, I promise.
I'm starting to realize goal-setting (in terms of things like #WriteMotivation) isn't the way for me to get things done. Sure, I set goals, but they're private goals that I hold myself accountable for. You'd think that if I had a bunch of nice, like-minded people supporting me, I'd be better at holding myself accountable, right?
If anything, my goal-reaching abilities seem to be hindered by the added pressure (if you can even call it that) of "disappointing" other people. (Not that I would be disappointing anyone but myself by not working, but that's kind of how it feels.) For some inexplicable reason, I can't keep myself on track when I join in on things meant to motivate. The sole exception to that is NaNoWriMo, although I do sometimes struggle through that as well.
This is just a shameful update where I confess to not writing enough. Next Tuesday, I hope to blog about how much writing I've gotten done. (Not to mention, Masquerade releases next Tuesday... I can't wait!)