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Thursday, February 15


Now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble is the writing guidebook Revision Is A Process by Catherine E. McLean.

A first draft holds the possibility of what will be a great story. Revision turns that rough diamond into a spectacular gem worth a reader's money and time.

Writers are individuals but to be a producing writer means creating a system to revise and polish a work so the reader thoroughly enjoys the story. REVISION IS A PROCESS is a guidebook for writers and authors that shows how a simple 12-step process can be tailored to eliminate the most common and chronic maladies of writing genre fiction. This valuable guidebook contains secrets, tips, practical advice, how-to's, and why-to's for taking the frustration out of self-editing.

If you were to write a series of novels, what would it be about?

I usually write stand-alone stories, but now and then along comes a story with secondary characters that I could write their story, such as the Bonded Souls series. That series continues beyond the original Karma & Mayhem ( novel with Rowen, the brother. He had such a hard time of it in Karma & Mayhem what with being kidnapped, having his veed cut out of him, being attacked by tormantratas, and traumatized by a disgustingly ugly witch-vampire.

Okay, perhaps I should backtrack. Karma & Mayhem is a fantasy paranormal romance set on a future Earth colonial world. It's wherein Tienan, a warlock and a lawman, is determined to solve a series of diabolical murders. An incident in his youth gave him a terror of death and made him fear his birthright soul—an energy symbiote called a veed which gives Tienan extraordinary skills. Hosting that veed also contributes to Tienan's failed relationships with women and has convinced him true love doesn't exist.

Now, Janay is an ex-militia woman down on her luck who is haunted by personal demons—and real ones. When she rescues Tienan's brother (Rowen), Tienan considers her a gutsy but semi-deranged commando. She's audacious and unconventional but, with all she's been through in her life, it rankles that she still believes in true love.

The premise is, of course, the romance of Tienan and Janay. But it's also about Tienan accepting and trusting in his love for her, embracing the power needed to wield an Executioner's Katana, and defeating a triad of murderous witches intent on immortality.

Since I write happy-ever-after endings, you know it ends on a positive note, with a twist.

Rowen's story is in note-taking stage. The story is about him intent on earning a fellowship at a prestigious architectural firm by entering a contest to design a spaceport and meeting Jiggs, one of the best spaceport maintenance techs, and a blacksmith. When Rowen confesses he got his grandmother to pull strings to get him a summer job at the spaceport so he could see how things really work underneath the facilities and behind the walls, Jiggs (who knows what it's like to be an underdog) decides to take him under her wing.

She keeps a low profile because she's often harassed by the government because her parents are dissenters, who will protest just about any cause—much to Jigg's embarrassment and shame. But growing up under such a family lifestyle, she's developed the ability to spot government men, especially those in disguise. She has vowed never to marry and subject a husband and children to the stigma and persecution she's suffered. Trouble is, she's found a broken key that's alive—an Infanatas, an entity created by the Archangel Adrada (who was featured in Karma & Mayhem). That key has conned her into salvaging broken Infanatas and repairing them. Of course, someone wants to steal those Infanatas. The tentative title for this novel is Karma & Chaos. I also have notes and some chapters for a third in the series.

I have many other stand-alone drafts of stories that could be part of this Bonded Souls series, but, geez, there never seems to be enough time in a day to edit and polish them.

If you're interested in this series, drop by the Karma & Mayhem blog for updates or, better yet, subscribe to my Readers Bulletin ( bulletin only goes out a couple times a year.


One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/ gift card. Stop by other blogs during the tour for more chances in winning. 

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About the Author

Catherine E. McLean's lighthearted, short stories have appeared in hard cover and online anthologies and magazines. Her books include JEWELS OF THE SKY, KARMA & MAYHEM, HEARTS AKILTER, and ADRADA TO ZOOL (a short story anthology). She lives on a farm nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains of Western Pennsylvania. In the quiet of the countryside, she writes lighthearted tales of phantasy realms and stardust worlds (fantasy, futuristic, and paranormal) with romance and advenure. She is also a writing instructor and workshop speaker. Her nonfiction book for writers is REVISION IS A PROCESS - HOW TO TAKE THE FRUSTRATION OUT OF SELF-EDITING.

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  1. I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. Good morning! Hello Mary and Lisa. Glad you dropped by. I'll pop by a few times during the day to answer questions or chat. To those entering the raffle - Good Luck! And have a great day.

  3. Thanks for sharing the great post, I enjoyed reading it!

  4. Hi, Victoria and Rita, glad you dropped by. Have a great day and, as always, I wish you luck in the drawing.

  5. Stories with happy endings are my favorites - especially love stories.

    1. Hi, Janet,

      Thank you for stopping by today. HEA (Happily Ever After) is an awesome way to end a love story. I wish you all the best with your reading and writing.

  6. How many hours do you spend reading a week? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

    1. Hi, Bernie,

      I spend way too many hours reading. My day starts with breakfast and the local newspaper (real newspaper). In a day I read upwards of 125 emails. I read text that needs editing. Do I get to read books? Not until I get to go on vacation. I stockpile novels and binge nonstop when on vacation. I estimate that I read 12-14 books a year, which is one book a month, but I do it in six to 10 days.

      Thanks for the question and thank you for stopping by today. I wish you luck in the drawing.

  7. The day is nearly done, and I thank my host for featuring my guidebook for writers today. I also thank everyone who posted a comment and hope you will all achieve success with your writing and storytelling. Goodnight.

  8. What inspired you to persue a career in writing? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com


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