Wyrd Calling Is Published!

Wyrd Calling is now up on Amazon and available for pre-order! I spent the last 24 hours bouncing and dancing around like a thing possessed. I didn’t know I was capable of such glee and excitement!

There’s been a change of plans with the cover art. I’m still using the fabulous Reese but due to unforseen circumstances she can’t have the cover to me by November 7th. So, I, being the ingenius soul that I am, made up a temporary cover. Well actually a friend did, and I love it! It’s bold, striking, and wonderful.

This is the cover by John Lewis and I love it!

This is the cover by John Lewis and I love it!

So where can you find my wonderful, amazing, début novel? You can pre-order it for the very reasonable price of $3.99 right here on Amazon.

Official blurb:

No one escapes the Wyrd Sisters. Thalia gave it her best shot. She ran away and devoted her life to tricking black market traders out of their money. She could only run for so long. They always catch up with you, one way or another.

If you’re not entirely if it’s for you, then you can read the opening chapter hereIf you’re still really not sure, and I can’t imagine how that would possibly be the case 😉 Then you can read the latest review:

I was provided a free advanced release copy of  Wyrd Calling by Shen Hart, an author I know, in exchange for an unbiased review.

Wyrd Calling is a powerful and complex tale about a female shifter named Thalia who is bound by the Wyrd Sisters to solve a series of murders in a distant city.  She is ordered to assume co-leadership of a group of shifters, unwittingly paired with a partner from her dark (or should I say “even darker?”) past.  The book explores Thalia’s ambivalence about her life situation and her personal growth in the context of the pack and their mission.

Most striking to me is the author’s ability to develop characters that are complex and interesting, slowly and indirectly revealing bits and pieces until a fully relatable (or hateable, in some cases) character emerges.  There is something really unique about the way that the animalistic traits of the protagonist and her pack are conveyed.  Elements of the peaceful but distractible raven, the intimidating jaguar, and the predatory red wolf are interwoven to form Thalia, a head-strong, sensual, and sometimes brutal woman who repeatedly struggles for freedom from the Sisters as she leads her unruly pack of cubs.  And each character of the book is as thoughtfully developed as the main one.

The vivid imagery in Wyrd Calling, not only of landscape and cityscape, but of the subtleties of shape shifting itself – how the characters’ moods were reflected in the shifts of tails, ears, teeth, or jaws – was captivating.   There is also amazing imagery surrounding shadow dancing and the other energies.

I must admit, urban fantasy is not a genre I’ve read before.  I was afraid that I would be left in the cold by my lack of knowledge of the shifters, faes, elves, and other assorted beings found there.  Fortunately, all I needed to understand was woven into the story without disruption to the flow or pace of the book.

As I understand it, this is the first volume of a series.  I can’t wait for the next, not only because I’m left wondering what happens next, but because I want to fill in some of the hinted-at but not quite revealed back-story of Thalia (or is it Suriel?)!

Catherine.

Don’t forget, you can pre-order it here. 

Thank you to everyone for the love and support.

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Updates!

Wyrd Calling is going absolutely fabulously. We’re onto the copy-editing and formatting stages already! I’ve also heard back from my cover artist which means that I have the hopeful date of November 7th as the release date, how exciting. <Happy writer dance>

I’m taking a short break from Wyrd Calling to let it sit so that when I go back over it I’ll be more likely to spot any little problems, that same thinking applies to my wonderful editor. I’m not sitting on my laurels though, nope, I’m still working hard. I have the rough plot in my head for Feathered Touch which is the sequel to Wyrd Calling. I’m really happy with the ideas and arcs I can ‘see’ so far. I also have the opening scene written. 😀

I’m currently making notes on various key scenes and points in Feathered Touch and should start writing it properly in the next couple of days. It has a very different tone and outlook to Wyrd Calling but I don’t view that as a bad thing.

 

All in all, great news, everything is going swimmingly!

 

I’ve done it!

My gods I’ve only gone and completed the first draft of Wyrd Calling!

It’s a fantastic feeling and one which has been too long in coming. Wyrd Calling is the fourth book which I’ve completed but the first which I plan on taking to publication. I’m so incredibly excited and happy about the entire thing. The ending is quite how I’d pictured it when I first started it and some twists and turns occurred, but I feel like the book and the series are better for them.

I’m really happy with the cast of characters and how they develop throughout the story, as well as the plot itself. I can’t wait to dive in and begin editing it. I have contacted the cover artist I want to work with, and my editor is ready to work on it when I’ve done my own edits. It’s fantastically exciting!

I won’t have a set publication date until all of the edits are complete but I’m really hoping for October. We’ll see!

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Not A Role Model.

I’m officially past the 70% mark on my ideal word count! Squee!

 

Ahem, now that that little celebration is out of the way I’ll get back to the actual topic at hand. Thalia, as you know, is the protagonist in Wyrd Calling. She is not, by any stretch of the imagination a good role model. I won’t give away too many details, you’ll have to wait for the book 😉

That being said, she is irresponsible, far from a traditional hero, and thinks nothing of trying to harm those she’s been sent off to save. I love it. She’s fantastic fun to write because of that. She has very real flaws which shine through and dictate her actions, which then affect the plot and the other characters. Her emotions are strong and very rarely kept in check which gives me something to sink my teeth into.

What I’m saying here is, Thalia provides a real rollercoaster ride. She’s not straight-forward or a clear-cut good guy. There is no crisp white shining hero with her, she’s all sorts of fun shades of grey and black. That’s amazingly fun to write and I hope it’ll be incredibly fun to read too.