Nightmare Thief Cover Reveal & Pre-order

Here it is, the cover for Nightmare Thief !!!

(All this cover awesomeness was done by Lindsay Tiry of LT Arts.)

And the blurb:

If you do bad things for a good reason … are you still a villain?

Remy Novem is the not so ambivalent caretaker of the dreamscape Somniare, the place where all creatures go to dream. Her job is to keep the barriers strong between worlds, so nightmares stay where they belong, and no one ends up dead or worse. Her magic feeds off of terror, sweetened by the little bit of torture she enjoys doling out to unsuspecting dreamers. Nocturnal suffering in exchange for safety, not a bad deal as far as Remy is concerned. But not everyone is pleased with the current status quo.

When a mystery foe starts springing nightmares from Somniare, causing havoc in all the worlds, Remy will find out exactly how wrong she was about … everything.

And the pre-order buttons:

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The ebook edition of Nightmare Thief is on pre-order sale for $0.99.

Audiobook information will be posted as soon as I have it.

Ummm … I think that’s about it for now. This post was to reveal the cover and the cover is revealed. 😉

Until next time …

The Eclipsed is LIVE!!!

Today is the day.

Today is the day

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goes LIVE!!!

And shit am I nervous. Even though this is the 25th full-length novel under my belt, it’s the first released under my new pen name Dara Kent. And it’s also my first non-romance novel. This release honestly feels like my first all over again. I want people to read my book, but I also don’t want people to read my book. I just … yeah, I think I might puke. Ugh.

I suppose this is where I should post the buy links. I almost forgot. Probably because a part of me, like I mentioned above, doesn’t want anyone to actually read this book. But I also don’t want people to not read this book. Mmm Hmm … I am a neurotic mess with all of this. I know, I know, it’s pretty obvious.

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Ummm … Yep, again, that’s it for now. I think I might go hide under a rock for a bit.

Until next time …

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The Eclipsed Cover Reveal & Pre-order

Here it is, the cover for The Eclipsed, the first novel by Dara Kent.

 

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(All this cover awesomeness was done by Lindsay Tiry of LT Arts.)

And the blurb:

Eighty-nine is just a number …

A nameless immortal tasked with ensuring fixed points in time. Without fail she’s always done her job, protecting reality.

But Eighty-nine’s world is flipped upside down when a jarring discovery, followed by a loss, causes her to question everything.

With the help of an unlikely ally, Eighty-nine will embark on a journey that will end with one simple choice: To save reality or let it be ripped apart forever.

Maybe it isn’t so simple after all.

And the Pre-order buttons:

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Although, not all the pre-orders have gone live yet. I will update as they do. The ebook & print will both be released on May 12th, so a short few weeks away. The audio book is still in the works so I don’t have a date for that yet. It is coming though.

Ummm …

I guess that’s it for now.

Until next time …

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2020 update

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the roaring twenties …

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again.

Let’s hope this decade is better than the last. Onward and upward and all of that jazz. 😉

Now for the reason why I’m writing this post:

I finally have an update for all of you. (It’s about time, right?) I’m working on a standalone title called The Eclipsed. I’m hoping to have it wrapped up and ready to go into the editing process by the end of February. *fingers crossed on that one*

I’m very excited about this novel. Not only will it be the first title released under Dara Kent, but I have been letting my creativity run away with me on this one. In this case that’s a good thing … I think. heh.

I will have a less vague timeline for release stuff soon, I swear. I’m just excited I have any kind of booky news to share so I decided to do just that.

And now that I have …

Until next time …

TWLove

 

 

The Lost Art of Taking Your Time

As many of you know, since I’ve posted blogs on my other site as D.T. Dyllin, the last couple of years have been … rough. Between having to adjust to Hashimoto’s, trying to cope with the suicide of my best guy friend, and the sudden death of my German Shepherd Kira, I’ve been, let’s just say, not exactly focused on my writing.

But you know that old adage that says something about it always being the darkest before the dawn? Well, I thought about giving up writing more times than I could count. It didn’t seem to hold the same kind of joy it once did. I wanted to connect creatively like I used to, but I was numb. I simply stopped caring. I didn’t see the point in continuing, especially with the state of the publishing industry.

I wrote nothing new from October 2018 until January 2019. And I did a super soft release of Gentlemen Prefer Unicorns by D.T. Dyllin. I didn’t promote that title at all, and I didn’t mention it on any of my social media sites. I associated writing that book with too many unpleasant things, and I just wanted to forget about it and move on. Done. That’s exactly what I did.

I told myself I just needed time to start writing again, and I allowed myself to have it. So when January 2019 rolled around, I forced myself back into my writing chair, and began writing Nightmare Thief. It did not go well. I adhered to my schedule, but there was no joy in it. I halted the process when I got about 20,000 words in. I simply wasn’t feeling it, and if I wasn’t feeling it then my readers definitely wouldn’t either.

I gave up. I all but officially quit writing at that point. It was time to move onto to something else. It was fun while it lasted, but all good things eventually come to an end … blabbity-blah-blah. I said it all, and I believed it. I was relieved. No more self-induced pressure. No deadlines. This was going to be a good thing. I focused on training my new puppy, and getting back into cardiovascular shape. Also decorating. Basically, everything … anything else.

Then it happened. I was in the shower one day, and an idea for a new book gently wound itself through my brain. But I refused. I was done writing. If I ignored it then it would fade away. (I bet you already guessed where this story is going.) It didn’t go away. I started having dreams about this idea. Everything reminded me of it, and I simply couldn’t ignore it like I’d planned. I decided to start the book. Surely, once I began writing the feelings of urgency to write it would dry up.

They did.

The feelings of urgency completely went away.

But then I discovered something wonderful: The art of taking my time.

You see, I’d never done it before, taken my time, that is. My first book, Hidden Gates by D.T. Dyllin, was created in a kind of frenzy. I wrote the entire thing out by hand in about thirty days. I didn’t have a laptop back then, so I worked with what I had. Twenty four books later under the name D.T. Dyllin, and all of them were written in the same manner … with a single-minded focus that bordered on insanity. Maybe I was a little crazy then. Or maybe I just didn’t know any other way.

I’m currently working on a standalone novel by Dara Kent–the first under that name. And I have my joy back. Yep, somewhere between quitting and losing that weird frenzy, I found my writing again. The thing is, I’m not sure how long it will take me to write this book. A few months? A year? I don’t care anymore. When I gave up, it was like losing a part of myself, and then I realized who I truly write for: Me. Yes, of course, I want readers to enjoy my work, but if they don’t, oh well, at least I had fun during the creative process.

Taking my time offers me a different kind of joy–the kind of joy in luxuriating in the creative process. And it made me wonder … When did pumping out novels become imperative? When did mass output become more important than enjoying one’s craft? When did creating under a sort of desperation become the norm? Like if you don’t do it a certain way then you’re not a “real” writer?

As I look around at my fellow authors, I can’t help but notice that so many of us have lost “the joy”. If this is the case, then maybe it’s time to ask: Why did you start writing to begin with? My guess, for the majority, is that you loved books. You loved them so much that you decided to create your own. Don’t let things like writing speed or anything else bog you down. So what if it’s taken you five years to write the first half of your book. Just keep going. Let your love of literature guide you. There’s room for all of us and all of our unique styles in the publishing world. Just don’t forget to enjoy yourself along the journey. And if you lose your way for a time, the way I did, find your way naturally, by letting time take it’s course. Because if you feel no joy for your writing, there really isn’t a point to doing any of it. Or as I like to say: The cake simply isn’t worth the bake.

Until next time …

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