Girl of Glass Late Breaking News!

Late Breaking News!

Pre-order for Girl of Glass has begun!
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Two worlds…one glass wall…no turning back.

The human race has been divided. The chosen few live in the safety of the domes, watching through their glass walls as those left on the outside suffer and die. But desperation has brought invention, and new drugs have given the outsiders the strength to roam the poisoned night unafraid – but it comes at a price.

Seventeen-year-old Nola Kent has spent her life in the domes, being trained to protect her little piece of the world that has been chosen to survive. The mission of the domes is to preserve the human race, not to help the sick and starving. But when outsider Kieran Wynne begs for Nola’s help in saving an innocent life, she is drawn into a world of darkness and danger. The suffering on the other side of the glass is beyond anything Nola had imagined, and turning her back on the outside world to return to the safety of the domes may be more than she can stand. Even when her home is threatened by the very people Nola wants to help.
I am so thrilled for this story to be heading out into the world in ebook and paperback form December 6th!

You can find Girl of Glass on Goodreads, and you can pre-order on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, and Kobo.

Hooray for pre-order!!

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Numb Face Fatigue

Life has gotten crazy. Good crazy. Great crazy even. But as I type this I’m too tried to feel my face. Which is unfortunate since I’m backstage at a show. I’m currently having trouble balancing dead stage face with creepy, too big smile face. It’s an issue.

I finished a novel today. Writing one, not reading one. I wasn’t supposed to finish it for three weeks but… poop happens. I need to revise and edit and all that jazz, but it’s written so yay! And Girl of Glass comes out in less than a month. Also in crossover for shows, which basically means doing ten shows a week while learning a new show in fourteen hour days. Soon I’ll start working on edits for The Chronicles of Maggie Trent with Curiosity Quills Press, and then the first official round of official The Tale of Bryant Adams should be coming down the pipe.

There are times, usually when I’m about to kick my face and I’ve been working for ten hours already, that I think to myself, “Self, you are crazy. You don’t need to do everything. For the love of all that is holy sit down and watch a movie.”

Occasionally the voice wins, and I spend an entire day on the couch vegetating and refusing to get up for anything but food. But most of the time I think of doing nothing and I cringe. Continue reading

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Spelling the Spells

Hello! This is Christopher Russell, Megan O’Russell’s husband. Megan and I have reached the end of her first series: The Tethering. This is a journey on which we embarked when Megan saw—in her mind’s eye—a boy waiting in a window. She had to find out why he was there. That led to the first book in the series, and it all just gushed forth from there.

Throughout the four books, I have been Megan’s chief spell linguist and co-fight choreographer. The fight choreo was pretty straightforward. I was involved in the martial arts from the time I was two-years-old until about eighteen and have since worked in the theatre, where I have performed dance and fight choreography in multiple productions spanning more than a decade.

But as I said, that was the easy part. Being the chief spell linguist was much more time-consuming, required much more creativity, and involved a lot of research. J.K. Rowling, for instance, took her spells pretty much directly from the Latin. In order to do so, she had to make sure the spells not only matched the desired effect, but that they also sounded good when spoken aloud. Think about it. How easy is it to hear the word “lumos” in your mind? It just rolls of the tongue. As does “expelliarmus.” Continue reading

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Typing and Tapping

I wish I could block out three hours every day to sit at my computer and write. In a window seat, or maybe at a fancy desk. With like tea, or wine and chocolate. Maybe a cat snuggled up on my lap while well-played jazz music floats through the air.

But that’s not how life goes. I’ve never had a window seat. I live in cast housing where I rarely have a desk and cats are banned. Having three hours of interrupted time doesn’t fit into my schedule. Having an hour of time rarely fits into my schedule. So I write when I can.

A half hour while I eat my breakfast. An hour between shows. And sometimes when I have lots of down time during shows backstage.

That’s right. While others are onstage belting, I’m sitting at my dressing room station, working on my laptop. I shove my makeup aside, turn my laptop on airplane mode, and work. Continue reading

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Stupendous News!

Drum roll please!!!! I officially have a literary agent!! Huzzah! I am now represented by the fabulous Lane Heymont of Tobias Literary Agency!

I am so thrilled!

Not going to lie, it was a long road. Like worse than Dorothy trying to get to Oz long. Worse than a Rick Grimes trying to get to Atlanta with a pack of walkers chasing him kind of long road. But I made it! And there will be more excitement to come. I’ve had wonderful opportunities so far with The Tethering Series, Girl of Glass, and Nuttycracker Sweet. I’ve signed a great contract for The Tale of Bryant Adams to be released next year. Things were going well. Lots of fingers in different pies, lots of opportunities being seized. There’s just something in having an agent say, “I believe in your career (because the new expectation is that I will, in fact, have one), and I want to invest my time and expertise in you.”

The best part is I had this idea in my head that I wanted an agent by my last birthday. I knew it was a long shot since some authors try to find an agent for years and years upon soul crushing years, but it was a dream. The day before my birthday I got the contract offer for The Tale if Bryant Adams. No literary agent offer, but it was something to keep me from crying on my birthday cake. Continue reading

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Braiding the Plot

Have you ever hiked a braided river?

No? Well let me tell you, it’s rather like writing a book as a pantser.

For those of you who don’t know the crazy writer lingo, a plotter is someone who knows exactly what she wants to happen in every chapter of the book before she starts writing. A pantser is someone who writes by the seat of her pants. I know where I want the story to begin, I know where I want it to end, and there are a few compass points along the way. Then I just let it go and write.

It’s twisty and turny, and sometimes you end up in a tunnel and you just have to be like, cool, I’m in a tunnel. Hope they make it out alive.

Because if your characters who were supposed to make it to the end of the story as triumphant survivors die tragically in the tunnel, you have to make a decision. Do you want to let them die, deal with the consequences, which will probably involve coming up with a whole new justification and plot for the end of your story, or do you want to backtrack until you find the moment when the tunnel entered the story. Even if that entrance was a hundred pages ago as a mere mention of the sound of stepping on a hollow section of earth.

Now we can go back to the braided river analogy.

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This is a braided river. A simple-looking gravel riverbed with braids of streams cutting through it. Sometimes six inches wide, sometimes an impassable six feet. And like a chess game, you have to plot six moves ahead if you want to keep moving ahead. Continue reading

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The Final Reading

So, I know I promised I would tell you my super exciting news. But not yet… The time has not yet come.

But there are other really exciting things going on!

The release for third book in The Tethering Series, The Dragon Unbound, is imminent. And while waiting for the release, I’ve been busy working on the fourth and final book in the series, currently titled The Blood Heir. The first draft is done, the first revisions finished, it’s gone to the constant Beta reader, and now it’s time for my favorite part of edits. The bit where I make my husband read the whole book aloud to me.

I know. I have the most tolerant husband in the world.

And I don’t just love read-aloud because I get to sit near my husband and listen to his wonderful actor voice say all the words I wrote. Continue reading

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Safety Shoes

So, many exciting things have happened this week. But I can’t really talk about the excitement of the week. But I really want to tell you all the things.

Umm… right now I’m rehearsing for a show, and I have fancy gold shoes.

Shoes are a good, safe topic.

So, I leave you with a picture of my torn and tattered fancy show shoes with the hope that next week I will be able to tell you a great story!

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Begin Begin!

In less than three months Girl of Glass will be released!! Ahhh!!

I know three months probably sounds like a whole lot of time, and really it is. I’ll have opened and closed a show and opened another before it’s time for the book release. My little baby nephew might have learned words by then. But still it’s a-coming, and preparations have begun!

At this point, it’s really just working on blog posts for the eventual blog tour.

(For the blogger peeps reading: the signup for the blog tour hasn’t gone up yet, and I will definitely share it on here and on my Facebook page when the time comes.)

The trouble with a blog tour is that you’re writing a whole bunch of posts about the same book. Continue reading

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Announcements and Impending Chaos!

I have news, and I can finally share it!

I signed a contract with Curiosity Quills Press for The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days!

Megan O’Russell’s THE TALE OF BRYANT ADAMS: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days, pitched as a tongue-in-cheek take on Harry Potter meets Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, in which evil shadow-cloaked monsters and mist ladies track Bryant Adams through the streets and tunnels of Manhattan all because of a magical cellphone that burned down half his school, most of a penthouse… and a trash can, until it increasingly looks like surviving the weekend might take more magic than even the pyromaniac’s dream phone can provide. Continue reading

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