Publishing updates!

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It’s been a while since my last post, and I’ve got some news to share! 

The first is that in the past couple of months, I signed a book on with Mocha Memoirs Press, and I am SO excited to see it get published. 

Trail Blazer is a weird fantasy western and book one of a duology, and my main character Dahlia was an incredibly fun person to write, so I can’t wait until you get to meet her on release day. 

The second big piece of news is the announcement of book two in my LGBT+ urban fantasy novel series, “Women are Magic,” which focuses on Helena and Iris’s continued journey after the dire events of book one, The Witch & the Wolfwood, which released March 30, 2021.

Book two, titled The Devil & the Dreamerwill be finished soon and should be available to order by the end of 2021 or the beginning of 2022, which means you won’t have to wait long at all. 

And lastly, I was incredibly proud to have earned a position as a semi-finalist in the Writers of the Future contest (first quarter of 2021) for one of my short stories. I got some truly inspiring advice on my work from David Farland, which was an incredible experience.

I hope everyone is staying safe out there! Keep an eye out for future reveals of book covers and release dates.

Pre-Order The Witch & the Wolfwood now for $2.99!

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While tracking down straying spouses is pretty typical P.I. work, tailing a woman who left her husband for a magic-worshipping cult is new.

Something about this case hasn’t felt right from the start, but Helena’s got bills to pay–magical beasts and murderous kidnappers be damned.

The Witch & the Wolfwood is going to be released on February 28, 2021!

If you order it before release day, you can get it for just $2.99. Get your copy now!

We Who Burn is out NOW!

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Happy Sunday! Can you start to feel that crisp autumn breeze in the air?

Whether you’ve spent your morning lazily sleeping in or getting your chores done, one thing you need to do today is get your copy of We Who Burn, which is out right this very minute!

Petra Freyrsdótter can raise an entire village from the dead with her magic—so why can’t she bring her lover back to life?

Petra has spent the last two years trying to resurrect Orrus, the man she loves. And even though she’s a powerful necromancer, nothing works, and Orrus is perpetually stuck as a listless shade at her side while she searches all of Aelamor for a way to restore him. 
But when Petra gets caught by a priest for the God of Truth and Light—an order that burns necromancers at the stake—instead of killing her, he presents her with a strange gambit: If she can retrieve a blade that was stolen from his order, the priest will not only let her live, but will also reveal what he knows about how she can fully resurrect Orrus.
Although making a deal with a burned brother isn’t a good idea, Petra is desperate and out of options. Apart from saving her own life, she must do what she can to fulfill her promise to Orrus so they can be reunited in the world of the living.
When Petra finally tracks down Caspar, the thief who stole the blade, she can’t help but feel attracted to and intrigued by the handsome stranger whose hatred for the order is as strong as her own. 
Everything falls apart, however, when Petra and her companions are captured by the mad priests who serve the God of Truth and Light and they discover the secret of the blade and the vile ritual the order intends to use it for.
Now, Petra and Caspar must work together to keep the blade out of the priests’ clutches and bring the entire order to its knees before it’s too late. And she must be willing to risk everything—including her chance to be with Orrus again—if she wants to make sure the horrible future the order has planned can never come to light.

Get your copy of We Who Burn for only $4.99 today!

New releases, updates, and more!

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I hope everyone’s been doing well given the circumstances.

Last month in July, it was my distinct pleasure to have my short story, “Precipitation” published in The Sirens Call 50th issue! If you’d like to read it, along with many other wonderful short stories, you can download a free copy here.

In other news, my urban fantasy novel, The Witch & the Wolfwood is going to be getting a cover soon, and I am beyond excited! This will be my first book with publisher Filles Vertes (FVP), and I’m looking forward to doing a cover reveal soon. This title, featuring smart-aleck private eye Helena Birch, will be available in April 2021, hopefully in time for an in-person return to JordanCon here in Atlanta.

Last year I had an idea for a story pop into my head, and it was so in depth that I plotted the book in about an hour and wrote it in a month and a half. Now, that very same book is coming out in just a few days! 

We Who Burn is a dark/paranormal fantasy novel about a necromancer trying to resurrect her lost love while being hunted by a witch-burning order with a world-destroying scheme in their sights. If you’re a fan of sword and sorcery, a kick-ass female protagonist, and a little bit of romance, then pre-order a copy of We Who Burn now! (You don’t even have to wait that long!)

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Until next time, stay safe!

The Witch & the Wolfwood

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Coming soon, in 2020!

Mercury in Retrograde Audiobook and other updates!

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Hello and Happy Halloween! I have a ton of updates with a little something for just about everyone.

Big news for the A Shot in the Dark series!

First of all, I am beyond pleased to announce that as of just a few days ago, the Mercury in Retrograde audiobook went LIVE on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes!

I am so excited for everyone to hear it because my audiobook producer, Amanda Bell, did a fantastic job and really breathed life into her representation of my characters.

Secondly, as Halloween is right around the corner, and since it’s one of my favorite holidays out of the year (I mean really, we should always celebrate when mosquitos die amirite), I’m doing a mini-sale!
Both Mercury in Retrograde and book two in my “A Shot in the Dark” series, Grand Cross, will be discounted to just $2.99!
And even better news in that series is that I will be participating in NaNoWriMo this year and getting to work on book three, Opposition! Soon, you’ll learn the truth of the orachal trade in Sol and discover how Aralyn and company are going to get out of their latest scrape without pissing off half the galaxy. (That last part is, admittedly, not Aralyn’s strong suit.)

A little something for the fantasy readers…

And, if you’re a fairy tale lover, then you’re going to adore some of the anthologies I’ve got coming out with one of my publishers! Right now, Beyond Neverland, a Peter Pan retelling featuring my short story, “Never Say Goodbye,” and Beyond the Woods, a Little Red Riding Hood retelling featuring my short story, “Wolf’s Bane,” are available for purchase and pre-order on Amazon, respectively.
You’ll be able to find out what happened after Wendy left Neverland and what happens when Red grows up and confronts Big Bad!
Seriously, you will not want to miss these anthologies!

Conventions

I recently attended the first ever year of MultiverseCon here in Atlanta, GA, and it was honestly amazing. You would never have known it was a first year convention seeing as things went so smoothly.
I got to meet one of my favorite authors, Seanan McGuire, and get her autograph on some books, as well as get some amazing advice from her and Cat Rambo, the former two-term SFWA president (and prolific short story teller).
There were several big time indie publishers there, fantastic authors galore, and many, many more awesome things (like Strongbad, what?!). They also raised funds for RAICES.
I plan on going back next year and hope to see many of you there!

And for the romance lovers…

A friend of mine recently released her first ever romance novel, In Too Deep! It’s a sweet office romance guaranteed to make you swoon.
It just came out October 28, so make sure you grab your copy!

If you want to win a free copy of Mercury in Retrograde on audiobook, follow me on Twitter and Facebook (@MeretheWalther). The winner will be announced December 1, 2019!

That’s all the updates I have for now, but I will have excited news coming up soon!

Happy Halloween!

Cross Faded is out NOW!

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The last thing Ezra Ashford expected to see in his apartment is a woman in medieval armor hunting a scarab the size of a Great Dane. But being an addict can do terrible things to the brain, and while he’s no stranger to hallucinations, this seems a little too real to be just in his head.
Despite the woman’s warnings for him to forget everything he’s seen, Ezra’s once tepid existence is quickly overwhelmed by bizarre monsters. From the siren in his local bar to the fly-faced man packing fish at his day job, he can’t seem to stop seeing these creatures everywhere. Ezra can’t tell if he’s burned out or if he’s going crazy like his mother did years before.
And doing what comes naturally to him—getting high to forget it all—isn’t working either. Ezra soon finds himself in a turf war between two rival dealers that lands him directly in police crosshairs, wanted for arson and murder.
The harder Ezra tries to ignore his problems, the more abysmal things become. And the threat grows substantially graver once he finds out that an ancient monster, Bandon, has taken a sudden and irrevocable interest in him; and that all the others he’s taken a liking to have disappeared to parts unknown, never heard from again.
After a lifetime of running from his problems and chasing down his feelings with every new high, Ezra feels powerless to stop his downward spiral out of control. Lost in a world he feels rejected him and plagued by monsters that may or may not be in his head, Ezra must try to find out what’s happening before it’s too late and his personal demons end up consuming him completely.

Cross Faded is the first of one of my new urban fantasy series, and just came out on May 4! You can get your ebook copy at Amazon for only $2.99.

Happy Valentine’s Day! (.99c Book Alert!)

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

I hope your day is filled with whatever you love, be it the people in your life or the cheap book discounts which, let’s face it, are what I’M really excited about.

I’m pretty pumped to announce a couple things that have been in the works, and since it’s been a hot minute since I posted on here, you’re definitely overdue for it.

The first good news is that today, Mercury in Retrograde is only .99c on the Kindle store. Whoo! Who doesn’t love cheap books?

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I’m really excited to also announce that I got in touch with a wonderful voice actress recently who will be doing the AUDIOBOOK for Mercury in Retrograde, which I am absolutely over the moon about. More details to come!

The second great—and dare I say even better news—is that the sequel to Mercury in Retrograde, Grand Cross, is now available for pre-order in the Kindle store as well.

In case you haven’t heard if you’re not following me on Facebook or Twitter (and really, why aren’t you?), this awesome book will be out April 2, 2019 for both paperback and ebooks alike.

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And, as a bonus, for the duration of time between now and the release date, Grand Cross will also be just .99c! After that, the price will return to $4.99 for the Kindle version, so I’d recommend grabbing it soon.

Lastly, I can’t believe it’s almost time for Cross Faded, my new urban fantasy novel, to get released by the awesome people over at Crazy Ink! This novel was a long time in the works, so I’m really eager to get this series rolled out because fantasy was always my first love in writing, and I adore creating magical universes.

I’ll be doing a cover reveal sometime in the next month so you can get a visual on just how rocking this story is gonna be.

In the meantime, enjoy your day of love, have fun, and buy some cheap books.

Stay weird!

 

 

Black Friday Freebie!

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I don’t know about you, but I love getting books for free! It’s pretty flippin’ magical.

So for Thanksgiving this year to celebrate the re-release of my first book, get yourself a free ebook copy of Mercury in Retrograde with its spiffy new cover.

Yes, this ebook is absolutely free from Thursday, November 22 – 23! 

Have a great holiday weekend and enjoy your gift!

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Self-Doubt Doesn’t Care Who Or How Successful You Are (So Just Do ‘The Thing’ & Write Your Novel)

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I’ve been writing since I was a little girl. Mostly, I would just draw pictures and follow my mother around the house and tell her the stories I’d come up to go along with them and be ecstatic when they went on the fridge. I was also a voracious reader, but I was never content to only read; I always wanted to create. I didn’t know what writing was, really; I just knew I had stories to tell.

Writing wasn’t about plotting or world building when I was young; I just wanted to put all my ideas down.

I used to write stories for my friends and then leave them on cliffhangers for weeks while I figured out what came next.

In high school, I was the editor for the paper and wrote several articles. I created “Stickman! The Series!” which was an ongoing comic I passed out to various people in my classes. It was filled with dark humor and constantly skirted the safety of a PG-13 rating in every issue. By the end of my senior year, I was making a handful of photocopies in the library because people I’d never even met before had read it and wanted more.

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“Hello dear sailor, I’m a siren, here to kill you.”
“Kill me? Why?”
“It’s what I do. I gotta be me.”
(10th grade humor. You’re welcome.)

But through all of this, I never once had much doubt about my ability to write. It was just something I did.

Writing was as much a part of me as breathing. But without knowing why, I knew I wanted to get better. So I started researching how to write. And this is where I hit my first real hurdle and my lack of skills became self-evident. My talents were raw; they were unformed clay next to master sculptures. I saw the divide, and for the first time, it bothered me that I wasn’t a better writer. It was like seeing color when I never even knew I was colorblind to begin with. But I was still excited to dive in and learn, so I did. I started reading everything I could find on how to be a better writer.

But the more I learned about writing, the harder it became to write. As technical concepts starting taking root, it felt like my knowledge was actually ruining my ability.

Before, I wrote what I wanted, completely in the dark as to whether it was good or not. But the more I took in, the less the words seemed to flow.

No one ever tells you that self-doubt isn’t just a natural instinct you get handed the first time you put a pen to paper. It’s a creeping sensation that comes out of nowhere. Like walking into a classroom you’ve been in a hundred times before and realizing that something seems different. The desks have been rearranged. You’re not by the window anymore. You have a new seating chart and your buddy is this prick that constantly asks what you’re working on and then compares it to everyone else’s work to make you feel bad.

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And when you start to understand the technicalities of what you’re doing (or not doing, as the case may be), writing isn’t “easy” anymore. It’s not comfortable. It’s not fun. It’s a jerk that looms over you and keeps whispering, “Just quit already.”

So what happened? How did you get dejected from Paradise and sent crashing into this new world? Are you actually a bad writer?!

The moment you become self-aware, your brain is not going to take it easy on you. Suddenly, all those books you loved before aren’t just for you to enjoy. They’re also a model of everything that you aren’t, and that you may never be. And when you compare yourself to them, you’ll feel incredibly foolish for even trying.

By the time I graduated, I was exhausted from “creating” on demand. I shelved many of the books I’d started because I literally got sick of them. I was tired as hell of writing. I had more doubts about my abilities than when I’d started. I was scared of what would happen when I actually finished my novels. When I tried to publish. Would everyone hate it? Would they tell me that my efforts were incomprehensible garbage?

This fear compelled me to quit writing for a little while. I threw myself into work instead and got a position as an editor with several indie publishers. I doubted myself for choosing writing as a college major. I wrote only enough to keep the hinges oiled, and considered jobs outside of my field. But then I got a job with an online magazine as an editor and writer. Inside, I hoped the writing portion wouldn’t come, and for a few months, I got my wish. I was a writer who was afraid to write. The fear of how I would be received had crippled me.

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The first time I was assigned an article, I had a full-blown panic attack. I had to get up and walk away from the computer because I was petrifiedof writing again, especially for a widespread audience. My biggest writing credits at this point were publications in my college newspaper and some minor poetry anthologies.

But I knew, under the fear, that I wanted to do it. And that I wasn’t going to let anyone—least of all me—ruin it. I decided, pass or fail, it wouldn’t be because I gave up.

I wrote the article. It took hours. I hated every minute of it. I was convinced it was the worst drivel I’d ever produced. But when I was done, I realized that I’d written. I’d gotten through it, and I could breathe again. Sending it in to the editor was like a weight lifting off my chest. Then came the next assignment. And the next. And before I knew it, I was writing 4-5 articles a day on a variety of topics. And so I stopped focusing on the technical aspects of how to “craft” everything. I focused instead on the writing. I had a job to do; I had to produce. So even if it still terrified me, I did it.

Before I knew it, I had written over 200 articles.

And while this was going on, I discovered the drive to just sit and write. I stopped self-editing so much; stopped telling myself I couldn’t do it. I let the technical aspects I’d learned guide me, but I put down the story I wanted to tell (reminding myself every time that I could edit later), and suddenly, writing was happening again.

I think I repeated Terry Pratchett’s quote, “The first draft is just you telling yourself the story,” like a mantra, whenever I felt like I couldn’t make it.

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In late 2015, two years after graduation, I finished writing my first soft sci-fi novel, Mercury in Retrograde. I edited it for months, waffled on my resolve, and then finally wrapped it up and researched query letters. And even though I felt that same doubt that said I wasn’t any good, or that no one would like it, I sent it out. I cried because I thought it was the dumbest thing I’d ever done.

Just over a year later, it was published. And just over a year after that, it got silver in a book awards contest. And even now, knowing what I know, the voice in my had still tells me that it’s not good enough. That I’m not good enough.

The hardest part of writing is the deceptive idea that it should be easy. That it should always feel fun, and that if you’re struggling, it’s because you’re a hack. But this simply isn’t true.

Writing is an exercise. A mental one, sure, but you’re working out muscles you may not even know you have yet. It’s going to hurt quite a bit before it gets better. And just like anything in life, you can either use it to make you stronger, or you can cave in and let it smother you.

Don’t focus on your fears. Focus on what you can control. Don’t wait for inspiration; make inspiration happen. Sit down, write that novel.

Don’t worry about what people will think of your book. Write the story that you want to tell; edit it later.

The voice in the back of your head is never going to be satisfied, even when you exceed what you thought was ever possible.

So don’t let it stop you.