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Author has written 4 stories for Fantasy.

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April 30, 2015:

Brief update today. I'm still working on the official cover for The Atheling, but I've been sharing the WIP on my blog, so I'm going to share here, too. :) I don't know why I decided to share step-by-step progress on this book. I didn't with any of the others. Maybe it's because I need to remind myself that I am making progress, no matter how small. Or maybe it's because I've had several messages from readers who have asked how I go about working on stories, asking for help with editing or rewriting stories, or asking how I publish.

I work as a novelist, freelance editor, and artist, so I can't give direct help on anyone else's work without some kind of contract. (Sorry, but writers and artists have bills to pay, too.) So, sharing my own work as I work on it is perhaps the easiest way to encourage other writers and demonstrate that it takes time and effort and is not perfect in the first draft ... or even the fourth. The versions of my stories that I share here are drafts. They're advanced enough to be third or fourth drafts, but they're still needing to be sent for that final edit before they're worthy of being called "done". I guess I've decided that if I'm going to share the process for my writing, perhaps I should also share the process for my art.

So, if I have one bit of advice, it's that good writing is a process. (Same is true for good art.) "Good" is in the eye of the beholder, of course -- arts of any kind are always going to be subjective. (One person may love something another person hates. There's nothing wrong with that. What a boring world it would be if we were only allowed to like the same things everyone else liked!) But the more effort and time that the creator puts into the creation, usually the better the product is going to be. So, to demonstrate the value of process, I will share the official cover art and update it as I make progress.

The next update for The Atheling is in the works for tomorrow. Hope you're enjoying it! Please leave reviews! :)

About Me and My Fiction:

Hello and welcome to my FictionPress account. I am a dark fantasy author, currently working on my third and fourth novels in the Elf Gate series. And I've decided I want to make the first three books available as a web serial, for a limited time, for free.

Elf Gate Series, Book 1: The Changeling is a portal tale about an English girl who gets abducted by a mysterious, bone-white elf. She is taken to the hidden realm by mistake, only to find out that humans are not welcome there, and she has no way back. The elf responsible for her abduction has problems of his own. He must avoid the bounty hunters looking for them, protect his friends and family from a civil war that is brewing, and find out what has happened to the ancient gates to make them targets of what appears to be necromantic sabotage. Who exactly is the changeling here? And can they learn to tolerate each other enough to work together to figure this out, so that she can go home?

Elf Gate Series, Book 2: The Fledgling is a continuation of the first book. Trizryn struggles with being a new vampire and telling Aija about their shared curse, so he enlists her aid in plans to steal his summoner's scroll. But when Kassí does her own investigation on their gate problems, she turns up more than one dangerous secret and leads the camp at Absin'navad to discover it has more immediate worries than being found by a Derra Eirlyn summoner.

Elf Gate Series, Book 3: The Darkling picks up right where the previous book ended. Trizryn must get his stolen documents to the Deep Warrens for translation if he ever hopes to find out what's wrong with the malfunctioning elf gates. Accepting the fae realm is a beautiful but cruel place, Aija pushes herself and her companions toward a gruesome discovery that leads her to believe she is not alone in the elven kingdom. And they are shocked to learn secrets about Trizryn's heritage even he didn't know.

Elf Gate Series, Book 4: The Atheling is a WIP.

You can find out more about me and my stories at my website, Bad Cat Ink: https://badcatink.wordpress.com/

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The Atheling reviews
Elf Gate: Book 4. With the latest dragon attack, Aija lost another gate, but learned she is not the only human in the fae realm. She and Trizryn must now repair an old airship to rescue the refugees in the ruins of Absin'navad. That means facing off against the necromancer Ilisram ... if the assassin Mahntarei doesn't seek vengeance on both of them first.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 24 - Words: 128,774 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 15h - Published: 3/3
The Darkling reviews
Elf Gate: Book 3. Trizryn must get his stolen documents to the Deep Warrens to find out what's wrong with the elf gates. Accepting the fae realm as a beautiful but cruel place, Aija pushes toward a gruesome discovery that leads her to believe she is not alone in the elven kingdom. And they are shocked to learn secrets about Trizryn's heritage even he didn't know.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 36 - Words: 168,053 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 7/3/2014 - Published: 3/30/2014 - Complete
The Fledgling reviews
Elf Gate: Book 2. Trizryn goes after his summoner's scroll while adjusting to his transformation. We learn more about his past with Kassi. Aija begins to suspect the elves are keeping more secrets from her. And the camp at Absin'navad gets ready to move to a new location only to discover they have more immediate worries than being found by a Derra Eirlyn summoner.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 41 - Words: 151,226 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 20 - Follows: 17 - Updated: 6/12/2013 - Published: 5/4/2013 - Complete
The Changeling reviews
Elf Gate: Book 1. A young English girl is mistakenly abducted by a bone-white elf into the legendary realm of the fay, which is on the brink of civil war. And the enigmatic elf who abducted her must avoid the bounty on their heads while seeking a way to return her to her own world ... in spite of his own death. Who exactly is the changeling here?
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 35 - Words: 119,885 - Reviews: 31 - Favs: 33 - Follows: 13 - Updated: 5/2/2013 - Published: 1/9/2013 - Complete