I usually write for teens or adults. But since both my kids were in elementary school, I wanted to write a story for them. My son, Luke, and I came up with the idea of writing science fiction fairytales. But it wasn’t until we came up with the title RoboTales, that we really got excited. This series has science fiction and/or fantasy settings. Readers gather clues in each story, learn something, and enjoy the adventure. And what kid doesn’t love a robot dog?
While Luke did not write the books, he has helped me brainstorm the plots, characters, planets, creatures, and has helped with editing too. I will give him a co-writing credit on the series. Here is the video that Luke and I made. He edited the footage together himself.
KICKSTARTER: HOW IT WORKS
Kickstarter is a new way to help bring creative projects to life. We’ve all had great ideas, but most of us don’t have the money to invest in starting a business. Kickstarter gives people a way to achieve their dreams by giving them a place to share their idea.
Anyone can donate, but Kickstarter is all or nothing. If we reach our goal, those who pledged money will be asked to pay that money, which we will use to fund our project. If we don’t reach our goal, no one is charged and we don’t get any money.
We’re using Kickstarter to fund RoboTales because illustrating this book costs more money that we have. We plan to personally absorb all the other costs associated with self-publishing. Click here to read more about the cost breakdown on our Kickstarter page.
REWARDS: WHAT YOU GET FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION
As investors in our project, you will receive rewards based on the level of your pledge. We have ebooks, print books, stickers, postcards, buttons, coloring pages, and LEGO instructions Luke made so that other kids can build their own Robo dog our of LEGOs. Click here to see the full list of rewards on our Kickstarter page.
Let us know if you have any questions for me or my son Luke, and we will do our best to answer them as soon as possible. Please share this page (or our Kickstarter page) with any friends or family members you think might like these books or might be willing to support Luke and me. We can’t wait to get these books into the hands of young readers! Thanks for your time and consideration.
Jill and Luke
My son and I have been working on the RoboTales books for two years now. This year, I hope to get them in print!
These are advanced chapter/lower middle grade books and will have illustrations in each chapter, so we feel the art is very important to the project. I hunted around until I found an illustrator who really captures the feel of the books. Her name is Kirbi Fagan, and she is so talented. Click here to view her website.
Since we need so many illustrations for the first three books, we’re going to try an do a Kickstarter campaign so we can afford to pay for the art up front. Be looking for the Kickstarter campaign to start in late February.
We paid Kirbi to do a portrait of Robo for the campaign to show everyone the style of art we’re hoping to have in the final books. What do you think?
•I started writing Onyx Eyes, one chapter a week, on my blog as an experiment.
•Outcasts, book two in the Safe Lands trilogy, released.
•I continued writing Rebels, book three in the Safe Lands trilogy.
•I also published The Senet Box in January, which is a short story for new subscribers to my blog.
•I finished writing RoboTales, book two: Mardok and the Seven Exiles.
•I wrote RoboTales, book three, The Tiny Cyborg.
•I was approached by Bethany House Publishers, who wanted to see my new fantasy series idea. I had to set aside Onyx Eyes to put some serious effort into what became King’s Folly.
•I finished Rebels and turned it in.
•I polished my three RoboTales books, wrote a proposal, and sent it all to my agent.
•I started working full speed ahead on the proposal for King’s Folly and its sequels to submit to Bethany House Publishers.
•I taught some workshops at the IdaHope Writers Conference where my friend Bill Myers was keynoting.
•I had my first job shadow with a teen from the local high school.
•Zondervan/Blink sent me on a short tour with authors Lisa Bergren, Jonathan Friesen, and Lorie Ann Grover. I went to Salt Lake, UT and Tempe, AZ.
•I finished my proposal and sample chapters for King’s Folly (book one in the Kinsman Chronicles trilogy) for Bethany House Publishers and sent it to my agent.
•Was accepted as a panelist for Salt Lake Comic Con!
•Spoke at the One Year Adventure Novel conference in Olathe, Kansas.
•Captives won an INSPY award in the YA category.
•Bethany House Publishers offered to publish the Kinsman Chronicles trilogy!
•Started writing Storyworld First in hopes of having it ready in time for Comic Con.
•Hosted a word war on Go Teen Writers when I was home alone for a week. Got a lot of work done on King’s Folly.
•Started a Go Teen Writers blog series on Creating Compelling Characters since I was working to further develop my characters in King’s Folly.
•Taught at the OCW summer conference in Portland.
•Rebels, book three in the Safe Lands trilogy, released.
•I released my first solo nonfiction book, Storyworld First, to help writers create a spec fiction storyworld.
•I created an author bookstore using Square. This is a great way for me to offer autographed copies to anyone.
•I attended Salt Lake Comic Con and got to be on five writing panels with a myriad of talented (and famous) authors, including my friend John Otte. I also got to meet Brandon Sanderson and said something ridiculous to him. (I had planned to re-listen to his Writing Excuses podcast on how to behave when meeting an author you admire, but I ran out of time. Ah well.)
•I went to ACFW in St. Louis, where I got to mentor some writers and sit on a panel with Colleen Coble. I was also a double finalist in the Carol Awards with Captives and Project Gemini. I did not win, but, as always, I had a wonderful time.
•I attended the Tree City Comic Con, Boise, Idaho’s first attempt at hosting a con.
•I went on a writing retreat to Lake Tahoe with Stephanie Morrill and Shannon Dittemore. This was a fabulous time and very prductive. I wrote over 36,000 words that weekend and finished my first draft of King’s Folly.
•I did two local school visits for Teen Read Week and Skyped with six other schools from around the country.
•I was asked to give a class at Teen Author Boot Camp in Salt Lake next April! Brandon Sanderson is one of the keynoters. If I get a chance to speak with him this time, I promise I’ll behave. *grin*
•I had some new author pictures taken.
•I worked non-stop on King’s Folly, which is due February 1, 2015!
•Nothing but work on King’s Folly until I turn it in on February 1.
•I had planned to finish the next Spencer book by December 2014, but I got behind. Since it’s so easy to jump in and work on these, I’ll likely work on it while I plot out my Achan and Vrell novella. Ultimately, though, the Achan and Vrell novel has priority over Spencer. Poor Spencer. (Hopefully I’ll be able to finish his book in February.)
•The RoboTales series got some great feedback from New York publishing houses, but was ultimately rejected. Since this is a series my son helped me develop and write, we’ve decided to self-publish them. We’re going to run a Kickstarter campaign in February to try and raise funds to pay an amazing illustrator. These are science fiction and fantasy children’s chapter books to early middle grade level.
•I should be writing my Achan and Vrell novella this month.
•Stephanie and I will be working on putting together our second nonfiction project tentatively called Once Upon The End, which is a writing book for beginners.
•I’ll be teaching at the Teen Author Boot Camp in Salt Lake this month!
•I would like to have Broken Trust (Spencer, book three) release this month. *fingers crossed*
•Hopefully I will have completed my Achan and Vrell novella and be editing it. When I finish, I will dive in to start King’s Blood, book two in the Kinsman Chronicles.
•Lots of hardcore writing on King’s Blood in May.
•Hoping to finish and release Once Upon The End.
•I’m hoping to release my Achan and Vrell novella this month in ebook and paperback. This book will give readers a chance to see Achan and Vrell again and a peek into the world of King’s Folly.
•I’ll be teaching a class at the Pacific Northwest Association of Christian Librarians this month in Vancouver, Washington.
•I’ll be attending the One Year Adventure Novel conference in Kansas. This year Tosca Lee will be there too. Excited to hang out with her!
Spring – Summer:
•Somewhere in here there will be several rounds of edits on King’s Folly.
•More hardcore writing on King’s Blood.
•I’m planning to attend and teach at the RealmMakers conference where Robert Liparulo is keynoting. So excited to finally meet him in person!
•Sept 1 is the tentative release date for the ebook version of King’s Folly: Darkness Reins. Bethany House is going to pre-release the ebook in three parts. Darkness Reins is part one.
•Hoping to release the first three RoboTales books this month.
August to November:
•I should be writing nothing but King’s Blood, which is due February 1, 2016.
•December 1 is the tentative release date for the ebook version of King’s Folly: Epiphany, which is part two of the first book.
•I want to finish my Spencer books in 2016. If I manage to release Broken Trust in 2015, that will leave me with one novella and the final novel for 2016. I’ve got them all plotted and partially written, so this seems doable.
•I’m missing Onyx Eyes. I really love that project and hope to get back to it once Spencer is done. I’m like to submit it to publishers. If there is no interest, I’ll go back to the blog plan, then self-publish it.
•I have a fun idea for a middle grade stand-alone fantasy that’s itching to be written.
•I’d like to finish writing Thirst, the prequel to the Safe Lands trilogy.
•I’d like to write my two sequels to Replication.
Of all my projects, which interests you most? Share in the comments.
What are you planning to accomplish in 2016? Share in the comments.
Got some new pictures taken, since I look a bit different from the one of me in the red shirt. I’ve narrowed it down to these four. I will crop whichever one I choose.
What do you guys think?
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Also, the 99¢ ebook sale on Chokepoint, Ambushed, and Storyworld First ends tonight (Monday, December 1), so grab these while you can.
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Until next time. Save more. Read more.
It’s getting close to the end of the year, which for published writers, means inventory. At the end of each year I must count the copies of the books in my house to report on my taxes.
Last week, I spent several hours cleaning my book area. I am down to 50 copies of Replication in hardcover! (I once had 500 copies, so this is a big deal for me.) This is the original book that you see pictured below.
I want to get rid of these!!!
Why, you ask?
Because my publisher sent me author copies of the paperback version with the new cover, but I don’t want to take them to conferences to sell until all the hardcover books are gone.
So I’m going to give these away to the first 50 people who order them through my Square store. They are free, but it costs me $3 to ship each book. So you’ll still have to pay $3 to get the book. But $3 is a great price for an autographed (personalized) hardcover (now limited) edition of a book.
Anyone need some Christmas presents?
No more than one copy per order/person/address and I can’t mail them internationally for $3 shipping. So if you live internationally and want one, we’ll have to figure out what the international shipping cost is.
If you’re interested, click here to see the free copy of Replication in my bookstore.
If you purchased an ebook version of Rebels with a total of 38 chapters, please contact your retailer for a new file. The complete book should have 40 chapters. If you have trouble getting the new file from your retailer, please let me know.
Sorry for the inconvenience!
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Thanks to everyone who participated in the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt. It was a lot of fun. Here are the winners for the overall hunt and my personal website giveaway. All winners have been contacted.
Follow the clues for a Chance to Win
a Kindle Fire HDX or 30+ novels!
The hunt is open to international entries. The grand prize is a Kindle Fire HDX. Two runners-up will receive a new release from each of the participating authors.
IN CASE YOU FIND A BROKEN LINK…
Robin Lee Hatcher has prepared a “cheat sheet” with direct links to each author’s post in case a site goes down or a link gets broken. We hope there will be no such issues, but just in case, please make note of the URL for the Participating Authors & Stops page so you can check back and be able to complete the hunt.
Meet Carrie Turansky!
It’s my pleasure to introduce to you Carrie Turansky, my guest for the scavenger hunt. Carrie is the award-winning author of more than a dozen inspirational romance novels and novellas including The Edwardian Brides Series. She loves to connect with readers through her website, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.
Here’s what her book, The Daughter of Highland Hall, is all about:
Strong-willed and beautiful, debutante Katherine Ramsey feels ready to take the London social season by storm, and she must. Her family estate, Highland Hall, has been passed to older male cousin Sir William Ramsey, and her only means of securing her future is to make a strong debut and find a proper husband. With her all-knowing and meddling aunt as a guide, Katherine is certain to attract suitors at the lavish gatherings, sparkling with Great Britain’s elite.
When a shocking family scandal sidelines Katherine, forcing her out of the social spotlight, she keeps a low profile, volunteering with the poor in London’s East End. Here Katherine feels free from her predictable future, and even more so as a friendship with medical student Jonathan Foster deepens and her faith in God grows. But when Katherine is courted anew by a man of wealth and position, dreams of the life she always thought she wanted surface again. Torn between tradition and the stirrings in her heart for a different path, she must decide whom she can trust and love—and if she will choose a life serving others over one where she is served.
Praise for The Daughter of Highland Hall:
“In The Daughter of Highland Hall, Carrie Turansky sweeps readers back into the early nineteen hundreds, to the glamour of London society as well as the desperate world of those struggling to survive in London’s East End. This beautiful story is filled with endearing characters who will steal your heart and surprises that will keep you engrossed until the very end.”
—Melanie Dobson, award-winning author of Chateau of Secrets and The Courier of Caswell Hall
“From London’s East End to the royal presentation court, Carrie Turansky pulls back the curtain on Edwardian England in this sweeping new drama. The Daughter of Highland Hall will delight romance fans as well as those who like a peek behind the scenes into the lives of the elite and the people who serve them. A delight from the first page to the last.”
—Carla Stewart, award-winning author of Stardust and The Hatmaker’s Heart
“From first line to last, The Daughter of Highland Hall is a sumptuous Edwardian feast, brimming with romance, history, and spiritual truths. Society and its glitter fade away as what truly matters comes into play. A delightful addition to the Edwardian Brides series!”
—Laura Frantz, author of Love’s Fortune
A Scavenger Hunt Exclusive from Carrie:
The Art of the Curtsy
by Carrie Turansky
Early on in my research for the Edwardian Brides Series I learned that aristocratic young women spent months preparing for their presentation at court. This rite of passage opened the door for them to take part in the London Social Season, meet potential suitors, and hopefully receive a marriage proposal from the right young man. One of the most important skills they needed to learn for their presentation was the art of the curtsy.
The year is 1912, the height of the Edwardian era. Kate Ramsey is eighteen years old. She has learned court protocol, how to carry on polite conversation, how to dance, and finally she must learn how to perfect her curtsy. A dancing instructor is called to her home and she receives several lessons, so many in fact that her knees are aching and she is longing to be done with it all.
But Kate carries on, because she knows all eyes will be on her when her presentation day finally arrives. She’ll wear a lovely white, low-cut gown with a long train. She’ll also wear an ostrich feathered headdress and veil. Two feathers are worn by a single woman, three by a married woman. Most debutantes also carry a bouquet of flowers. She will look very much like a bride, and may some day refashion her presentation gown for her wedding day.
Here’s an excerpt from the story:
She crossed to the center of the room to practice her curtsy a few more times before tea. Perhaps without everyone hovering over her and criticizing her every move, she could relax and master the graceful movements she needed to impress the king and queen. And everyone else who would be watching.
Closing her eyes, she pictured the motions. Step to the left and place your right foot behind. Then slowly sink down until your knee almost touches the floor, but not quite. Lower your head and hold perfectly still while you slowly count to three before you rise.
She lifted her hand, stepped to the left, and sank down once more. Lowering her head, she counted to three, and then slowly rose. There, that was better. She smiled at the imaginary queen. “Thank you, Your Majesty. I’m very pleased to meet you.”
Even after all that practice and expense, Kate will only spend a few minutes in the throne room. But being presented to the royal family will open many doors for Kate . . . now she must choose which doors to walk through.
Would you like to see more photos of presentation gowns and the characters in The Daughter of Highland Hall? Take a look at my Pinterest board by clicking here.
I don’t know about you, but I could get lost on that Pinterest page. Those Edwardian gowns are amazing! I’m going to have to get a copy of this book. Thanks for visiting my blog, Carrie!
Make sure you grab a copy of The Daughter of Highland Hall where you can be transported back to Edwardian England. You can find a copy:
The Scavenger Hunt Skinny
Thanks so much for stopping by my site and participating in the new Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt. Before you move on to Stop #23, which is Carrie Turansky’s site, to pick up your next clue, be sure to write down this STOP #22 clue: and which have gone
Your next stop is Carrie Turansky’s blog. Have fun!
1) My dystopian novel, Captives, will be FREE in all ebook formats next weekend, October 24-26. If you’d like to be reminded of this awesome chance to grab the first book for FREE, sign up for my ezine, and I’ll send you a reminder next weekend.
2) Five winners get a FREE book!
I’m giving away five books to scavenger hunters. International winners are welcome, but will have to wait longer for their books to arrive. Here are your choices! Enter to win the paperback of your choice on the Rafflecopter form below.
Winners will be announced on this blog and via the email address entered in the Rafflecopter form. If I don’t hear back from winners in a week with their mailing address, I will choose a new winner.
Good luck in both the scavenger hunt and in my bonus contest! And as always, look under my Contests and Freebies tab to see what other giveaways I have going on each month.