Now Available: Trace the Stars

Trace the Stars

My short story, FIDO, has been reprinted in a space themed charity anthology. All proceeds go to help poor students get into the Doc Smith Symposium (also known as the LTUE Writers Conference). It just came out today, so I’m heading to Provo, Utah, for the release party panel today. I’ll be there all weekend if you want to come get a copy of Thug #1.

Oddly, this is one of my favorite short stories. Get it now!

On an unrelated note, I made an animated gif for an online ad. I’ll just put it here for fun.

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❤ Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤

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Author Interview: Rachel Huffmire

Rachel hit the literary scene fast and hard with her new book, Shattered Snow. Already a #1 bestseller in Fairy Tales and Hot New Releases, this book is the most interesting re-telling of Snow White I’ve ever heard of… including time travel! So lets find out more about the woman behind the novel. 

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  • Where were you born?

I was born in Provo, Utah, a purebred BYU baby.

  • Personal life? (snapshot)

I grew up in the country, surrounded by wheat fields and dirt roads. I was determined to make it to Broadway someday and performed in over 16 musicals during high school. Once I got to college, I switched to ballroom dance and did pretty well, placing 3rd overall for American Triple Swing in the BYU Dancesport competition. I married my incredible husband and followed him to Optometry school in Texas where I started writing. After moving 10 times in 10 years, we finally landed for good in Southern California, where I am now.

  • Educational history?

I was homeschooled until 10th grade. My high school experience was overwhelmingly filled with performing arts electives and I did core classes through independent study. Because of that I was able to be in 4 different choirs, theater, music dance theater, interior design, orchestra, symphony, music theory, and ballroom dance for multiple years. I walked during graduation. I received an enhanced diploma in performing arts. After that, I went to Brigham Young University. I studied Home and Family Living, with a minor in dance. My husband had to leave for graduate school before I could finish my last semester. I only have four classes left to receive my degree, and they’re all English courses.

  • When were you first published and how did it come about?

I signed up for a live pitch session with Holli Anderson at LTUE conference in 2018. I had queried another novel with Immortal Works the year before, but received a super encouraging rejection letter that made me want to try again. Holli requested a partial, then a full, and after two weeks, I was offered a contract for publication.

  • What inspires you?

I love music. I often blast the most random songs in my office before sitting down for a writing session. I’m sure the people at Spotify talk about how weirdly diverse my playlists are.

  • Aspirations? What are you going to do next?

For the last seven years, I’ve wanted to be a published author. Now, I’m ready to run with it. I have seven completed manuscripts and so many ideas that I don’t have time to write them all. I also recently bought myself a pair of bowling shoes, so that’s definitely going in the planner.

  • What’s your dream/end game/final goal?

My dream is to visit all the castles I write about in my fairy tale retellings. There’s a land tour in Europe that hits them all.

  • Advice to the world?

Look for the good in yourself and in others. Then amplify it.cover final

Book Questions:

  • What’s Shattered Snow about?

Shattered Snow is a time travel retelling of Snow White. It’s based on the real-life history of Margaretha von Waldeck, a German countess who is believed to have inspired the Grimm Brother’s story.

  • What drew you to fairytale retelling?

While other kids were reading Goosebumps and babysitters club, I was reading Edith Hamilton’s Mythology and Richard Burton’s 1001 Arabian Nights. I had the idea for adding time travel into Snow White while I was cleaning a mirror. 30 days later, I had a completed novel.

  • How is this better than all the other retells?

Science-fiction based time travel and fairy tales haven’t been combined, so I had a lot of fresh ideas to work with. I love when I can learn ambiguously through books. I did A LOT of research for this story to give it the life it needed. I stayed true to the Grimm brother’s rendition, trying to find a reason for every seemingly random detail they put into the story.

 

Quick Fire Round:

  • Name your favorite book of all time?

Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

  • What’s your strongest personality trait?

Attention to detail.

  • Do you play or watch sports?

I love football, but I’m extremely uncoordinated unless I’m in dancing shoes.

  • Last movie you saw in the theatre?

Into the Spiderverse. Wow.

  • Dog person or cat person?

I like both, but I don’t think I would ever be able to own one. We’ll see if my kids convince me otherwise.

  • Favorite TV show?

Fixer Upper.

  • Favorite cereal?

Basic 4.

  • If you could have a superpower what would it be?

Elastagirl. Hands down.

  • If someone was to make a movie about your life who would play you?

Daisy Ridley.

  • In a moment of rage, you kill your editor. How do you dispose of the body?

I ask Professor Plum to help me bury her in the lavatory with a candlestick.

  • In consequence of the murder, you go to jail. What is the first thing you do there?

Try to become the jail librarian.

  • When you are released from jail, what would you do first?

Hunt down Professor Plum. Because snitches get stitches.

 

Parting Shot:

  • What are you writing next?

I’m currently working on the sequel to Shattered Snow based on Sleeping Beauty. I also have a short story based on King Thrushbeard (another Grimm fairy tale) that will be appearing in “Forgotten Fairy Tales” anthology by Immortal Works. And finally, I’ve been working on a full-length musical with a team of writers and composers for the last year. Hopefully you’ll be able to see it soon!

 

Get Shattered Snow now!

Also, check out Rachel Huffmire’s website.

 

Theocracide Audio Book

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Just out! You can now listen to this shockingly prophetic premiere book. Read by Raphael Biovin and produced by FJP, it’s published by Immortal Works Press and now on Audible!

If you want more information, check out the Theocracide page.

This has been a long time in coming, but it’s great to finally have this first book out in a format many people prefer.

Enjoy Theocracide on Audiobook!

 

 

Author Interview: Indie Beginning

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The follow-up to the previous reading for Theocracide, Indie Beginning Podcast has my author interview up. Go give it a listen, or you can listen to it here. 🙂

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If you want, you can see the ad for this book up on Dr. Who Online!

 

Now Available: THEOCRACIDE

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The latest edition of this shockingly prophetic book is now available on Amazon for Kindle or in paperback. Coming soon: Theocracide Audio Book! If you want to get a jump on the audio, check yesterday’s post for a link to a podcast with the first chapter or two.

For more information about Theocracide, check out the book page.

The latest edition is cheaper and, I think, has the best cover. Here’s a quick reference to the first and second edition covers.

The story of this book is really the story of my writing career. It first came out six years ago (almost to the day) on December 30, 2012. It was my first published book, and it came out the same year as my first published short story. Like most things, it started out rough. I didn’t know much about the publishing industry. What I did know is that most people couldn’t read the title on the cover. To this day, my friends still call this book “The Crayside.”

There were some editing and grammatical errors in the first edition. Between that and the cover, the original publisher decided to do a new edition. I really loved the second cover (and the improved text). It got me by for years. But I felt they never really put the marketing effort into it that the book deserved. And for the last few years it really hasn’t gone anywhere.

Earlier this year, Immortal Works made me an offer to republish three of my books, including this one. With an exciting marketing opportunity, I couldn’t pass up the chance to resuscitate my first literary novel. And since a good deal of what I wrote about has actually come true in just the last six years, I can’t help but wonder what else will happen in the future this book predicts.

Get it now!

 

Indie Beginning: Audiobook Introduction

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Tomorrow is the re-release of Theocracide! This is the new cover. The audio book will be coming soon, too!

Today, you listen to the first chapter on this episode of Indie Beginning Podcast. This isn’t the reader for the actual audio book. But she does a great job. Next week, will be a follow-up podcast author interview. Enjoy!

Out of Print

Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. Three of my early books are officially out of print. I have mixed feelings about this, because I love the covers and I still have a good working relationship with the publisher. However, they just haven’t been selling. (Not blaming you, I know you already have them if you want them.) What I mean is that they aren’t reaching any new audiences. So, when my new publisher made the offer to take them on and hopefully breathe new life into them, I couldn’t resist.

Immortal Works is planning to re-release these books (along with new books) over the course of the next year and half or so.

Theocracide will be out Tuesday, December 18, 2018! This is the first book I ever had published, so I’m thrilled to see it getting new life and new marketing. I’ve seen previews of the new cover and it is gorgeous!

Salvation is getting a new title and a new cover. It will be coming out in late spring or early summer of 2019 (after Thug #1). The map is not getting changed (because I love that map). But the whole thing will be re-vamped and ready to reach a wider fan base.

Exacting Essence will be the last one out. This book is part of a larger collaborative series with R. A. Baxter. His premiere SHROUD book will be coming out October of 2019. So, this book will come out in early 2020 to support that one and hopefully start building support for the series.

I’m really excited, and can’t wait to see where the new partnership will take these stories.