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BLOG – Rambling Prose Ep 4 – 3 Urban Fantasy Genre Writing Tips

Hey there! I’m sharing the transcript (almost but not exactly word-for-word) of my latest episode of my Rambling Prose YouTube channel.
On this episode I discuss very briefly the background of how I got into the urban fantasy genre and give 3 quick tips for those who want to write the genre as far as how the market currently stands. I am a YouTube newb so the quality will get better as time goes on. If you find my videos helpful, please click subscribe, like, and share on social media. Thanks so much!

Hi, and welcome back to another episode of Rambling Prose. I’m Kasey Mackenzie, author of the Shades of Fury series for Penguin Random House under their Ace imprint and I’m represented by Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown. Please check out my Phoenix on the Rise series – I’ll pop the links where you can find it below. I write mostly urban fantasy and paranormal romance, but I do also write fantasy, science fiction, and romance.

Today, though, we’re going to focus on urban fantasy, which is my absolute favorite genre to read and write. Don’t get me wrong, I love many other genres, too—but this one definitely holds the keys to my heart. At its simplest, urban fantasy mixes magic and the real world. It has its roots going back to ancient mythology, when cultures all around the world looked to explain the inexplicable natural phenomena around them in a way they could understand. I will often describe what I write to those completely unfamiliar with the genre as Harry Potter written for an adult audience. Now don’t go getting the pitchforks and mobs. It’s completely okay that many of us adults also enjoy Harry Potter! It’s just something that even people who don’t read fantasy are pretty familiar with.

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BLOG – Rambling Prose Ep 3 – So You Think You Can Pants? 8 Pre-Planning Tips Before You Strut Your Stuff

So You Think You Can Pants? 8 Pre-Planning Tips Before You Strut Your Stuff

Hey you guys! Time for me to share the transcript from my latest episode of Rambling Prose, So You Think You Can Pants? 8 Pre-Planning Tips Before You Strut Your Stuff, for those who either can’t or prefer not to watch the video. Please do consider clicking like or subscribe on that video if you can. It’s always helpful and appreciated!

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Hi, and welcome back to another episode of Rambling Prose. I’m Kasey Mackenzie, author of the Shades of Fury series for Penguin Random House under their Ace imprint and I’m represented by Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown. I write mostly urban fantasy and paranormal romance, but I do also write fantasy, science fiction, and romance. As mentioned in a previous episode (which you should totally go watch!) I am what the writing community calls a pantser, meaning I write mostly by the “seat of my pants.” Staring at a blank page just waiting for inspiration to strike can sometimes be daunting. On the roughest days, it can also be extremely unproductive! Being a pantser doesn’t mean you can’t do some pre-planning, although it’s definitely not for the faint of heart!

So you think you can pants? Let me share 8 pre-planning tips to help make your pantsing life easier before you strut your stuff.

First what I like to start with typically is the hook, the theme, and the initial conflict. Hook: Something intriguing or different about your story that immediately draws readers in and makes them want to keep reading. The hook is something intriguing or different about your story that immediately draws readers in and makes them want to keep reading.

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BLOG – Rambling Prose Ep 2 – Starting a New Book

Time to share the transcript (even if not exactly word-for-word, I do improvise somewhat!) from my Rambling Prose YouTube Channel, Episode 2: Starting a New Book.

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Hi, and welcome back to another episode of Rambling Prose. I’m Kasey Mackenzie, author of the Shades of Fury series for Penguin Random House under their Ace imprint and represented by Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown. I write mostly urban fantasy and paranormal romance, but I do also write fantasy, science fiction, and romance. I’m currently working on revitalizing my indie publishing career with my Untamed Elements series. You can pick up Book 1, Reborn in Fire, from Amazon now; and Book 2, Forged from Flame, is available for pre-order. That book’s official launch date is May 1st. I’m hard at work on Books 3 and 4 of this first Quartet, Phoenix on the Rise, with the plan to launch those in the months after Forged from Flame so readers won’t have long to wait.

Since I just started Book 3, Embraced by Embers, this week, I thought it would be a great chance to talk a little about my own process at the start of a book. I’m what many in the writing community call a “pantser,” meaning I write “by the seat of my pants.” Other writers are what you would call “plotters.” Logically enough, that means they plot ahead of time. Pure plotters outline most (if not all) of the main details of their books before they ever set pen to paper, finger to keyboard, or voice to recognition software.

Now, as with most things in life, there are many people who fall somewhere in between those two extremes. I don’t even consider myself a 100% pure pantser. I do perform a little pre-planning as far as getting a vague idea of the main storyline, the major characters, and since I write mostly fantasy and science fiction, the most important elements of world-building like magic or government systems. Beyond that? I pretty much fly into the great wide open (as the late, great Tom Petty sang), making up crap as I go and hoping it all comes together in the end. Okay, kidding just a little bit. I mean, I DO totally make up crap as I go, but the beauty is that my subconscious is putting all the pieces together into a neat little package that my conscious mind just has to go back and polish to a prettier shine once the first draft is complete.

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BLOG – Rambling Prose Ep 1: Intro of Author Kasey Mackenzie

Time to get this blog on my website back up and running! I’m going to be sharing the transcripts (okay, more like scripts that I mostly stick to but may not be exactly word-for-word) from my brand-new Rambling Prose YouTube channel. I’m hoping to post at least once, if not more times, a week on writing and publishing-related topics with the occasional personal topic possibly tossed in. I would love to have you subscribe to the channel!

Here we go with Episode 1: Intro of Author Kasey Mackenzie & Channel!

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Hi and welcome to my new Rambling Prose YouTube Channel, where—spoiler alert! I plan to ramble about all things writing and publishing related. Just an introduction for those who have absolutely no clue who I am—which, let’s be real, is gonna be pretty much all of you! I’m Kasey Mackenzie, a New York Times bestselling author—no, wait, that’s not me! Um, I’m a USA Today bestselling author—fudge. That’s not me either. Wait, wait. This one’s true! I swear. I’m a Kindle bestselling author—if you squint just a little. I recently appeared in the Once Upon a Star anthology, which debuted at No. 1 in Science Fiction anthologies on Kindle.

Okay, FINE! While that one actually IS true, let’s just go with the plain, unvarnished truth. I’m Kasey Mackenzie, a published author. A multi-published author. Yes, that’s right, I had not one, not two, but THREE books published by Penguin Random House under their Ace Books imprint. If you love urban fantasy with a side order of romance, please check out the Shades of Fury series. I’ve also indie-published a few more books, but years of dealing with grief from the loss of five family members and some mental health issues pretty much sidelined my publishing career.

Fortunately, neither my agent, Ginger Clark, nor my supportive friends or family gave up on me. So now that I’m in a much better headspace, I’m trying to become a Phoenix on the Rise, much like the main character in the indie-published series of the same name I’m working on, as I try to get both my writing and publishing careers kickstarted again. No, no, no, don’t freak out. I’m not asking you to donate money to me via Kickstarter. That’s just a figure of speech. Which I’m totally licensed to bust out as an actual published author. Unless of course you WANT to donate money to me via Kickstarter?

Kidding! So let’s cut to the chase. My friends Yasmine Galenorn and Sarra Cannon, who really ARE actual NYT, USA, and Amazon bestselling authors have inspired me with their own YouTube channels into sharing some of my own advice and experiences with both writing and publishing. I’ll be sharing some of the history behind my publishing experiences, some tips and tricks for writing, and charting my path as I work on getting this indie career going and hopefully sell more books to traditional publishers via my rock star agent. Because if my wonderful friends and family—and if the agent who reps (just to name a few) amazing authors like my childhood favorite Patricia Wrede, amazing YA author Gretchen McNeil, Sandman Slim author Richard Kadrey, and the late great Ursula Le Guin hasn’t given up on me, I can’t give up on myself.

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Official Forged from Flame Release Date: May 1, 2019

Happy April! Don’t miss the chance to buy my first new book in years! Forged from Flame is up for preorder on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Forged-Flame-Phoen…/…/ref=mp_s_a_1_1…, as well as B&N, Apple, Kobo, and A&R: books2read.com/u/mYr62W. Book 1 is already available on Amazon and goes wide (meaning it will be available in those other outlets as well) later this month.

I will also be making this available for libraries via Overdrive in the near future. FFF releases on May 1, and I plan to release Books 3 and 4 in this first quartet in the months after that. More Untamed Elements quartets will follow, including another from Cass’s POV. Print versions (POD) of all books will also be available a little later. I’m super excited about this series!

The release of Forged from Flame was delayed just a wee bit due mostly to my struggling with cubital tunnel syndrome (affects the ulnar nerve that runs through the elbow to the pink and half the ring finger rather than carpal tunnel which affects the wrist). I really do appreciate everyone’s patience! The good news is that I’m planning for fast releases of Books 3 and 4.

Forged from Flame Releases on 2/2/19

I’m super excited to say that Phoenix on the Rise Book 2 – Forged from Flame – should release on 2/2/19. As promised, I’m sharing the gorgeous cover and blurb. Reminder: Book 1 will be going on sale for $.99 with the release of book 2.

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Forged from Flame:

Plenty people have deadbeat parents, but how many keep showing up to kill them? Just one more example of what a lucky woman I am. Oh wait, I’m not even human anymore—I’m a Fire-controlling Elemental called a Phoenix. And boy, do I have daddy issues!

I also have long-lost sibling issues when my sister and brother show up on my new Elemental clan’s doorstep. They were rescued from Daddy Dearest’s evil lab by an old enemy in a show of good faith. She claims she can help save my bondmate Jake’s twin, Colin. The one we all thought was beyond saving.

Now we’re in a race to find Colin’s watery grave and free my siblings from our father’s mind control powers. If only I master my own abilities as the world’s first Elemental liegelord in centuries, we might stand a chance.

The title’s gender-neutral, thank you very much, and I’m about to show Daddy Dearest he messed with the wrong daughter. Failure’s not an option, because it means that everyone I love will be mind-controlled minions of my father—or dead beyond saving.

Phoenix on the Rise

Hello everyone! I am back with exciting news. As some of you may know, I had a really awful stretch of years where I lost five close family members in five years. The grief and depression spiral, along with the typical work stress many of us experience, meant that I had a rough time writing anything but book proposals for my agent.

Well the good news is that—like a Phoenix on the Rise—I’ve broken through that darkness to reach a happier, more inspired place. I have written more in the past few weeks than I have in years, and it feels fantastic! I’m still working on Fury 4, but it’s on the back burner for a bit as I focus on getting my indie publishing career off the ground. My agent is still shopping books to traditional publishers, but indie publishing is renewing my confidence and passion for writing.

Over the next few months, I will be publishing several books in my Elementals series, being renamed to Phoenix on the Rise. I have the new (and stunning) cover for Book 1 and am sharing it here. The cover art is by Lou Harper with Cover Affairs. She is awesome! I will be making a few edits to that manuscript and then republishing it in Kindle and launching Book 2, Forged from Flame. I’m most of the way through the first draft of that book and should have its cover soon. Those books will be ebook only at first, but I will later make print versions available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also plan to publish a steampunk UF and White-Knuckled Fear next year. I will be launching a new, awesome newsletter with fresh content soon, so keep an eye out for that. I will be updating this page (and social media) more often now so please check back often.

And above all, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your patience and support. Without my readers, I couldn’t do this. You are amazing!

Getting Back Into Action: First Page Preview from White-Knuckled Fear (Fury 4)

So I’m working on getting back into action with regular social media posts (mostly Twitter, but some in Facebook and working on posting here more) and regular writing. I just finished an SF/dystopian science fiction proposal for my fabulous agent, Ginger Clark, for a book that’s a reverse Blade Runner (with the androids in control) meets Hunger Games. In between continuing with the rest of that book, I’m finally picking back up on White-Knuckled Fear, the tentative title for Shades of Fury 4. This is a labor of love that I am completing for my amazing readers and myself, and I’m determined to put this out even though there’s been a big gap between Book 3 and 4. Hoping to put this out either later this year or early next year.

Here’s a quick preview from the first page. I’ll share snippets here and there as I work, mostly to keep myself accountable so that I keep plugging ahead! (more…)

Reborn in Fire Available from Amazon!

I forgot to make an official post here. Reborn in Fire is now available from Amazon. Please check it out if you’re interested; and if you enjoy it, please spread the word! This is one of my favorite urban fantasies/paranormal romances I’ve written, and I hope you enjoy it, too.

Plot Description:

Cassidy Grant just died for the first time. She wakes amid flames after being murdered: naked and unsinged. A stranger rescues Cass before her murderers can return. Jake’s touch ignites her as surely as fire’s caress, but he forces her to face facts she would rather deny. She is no longer quite human, and a group of fanatics will stop at nothing to kill the Phoenix a second time. Permanently.  (more…)

Reborn in Fire – First Three Chapters…

It will soon be official! I have uploaded Reborn in Fire to Kindle KDP and it should soon be live. I will update once it is available. In the meantime, please enjoy the first three chapters. If you like them, please consider buying the entire e-book from Kindle and spreading the news. Every little bit helps, and will make it easier for me to write and self-publish Shades of Fury Book 4. Thank you!

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Reborn in Fire…by Kasey Mackenzie

Chapter One

The investigation started out normally enough, but when masked men dressed like extras in a Bruce Lee movie burst into the warehouse, even an idiot could have predicted that someone was about to meet a Very Bad End. Unfortunately, that someone turned out to be me.

From outside, the building appeared no different from the dozens of others in this industrial neighborhood. But while all the nearby warehouses bustled with activity from sunup to sundown, this one remained empty for no good reason. Supposedly, the joint was haunted. I rolled my eyes, wondering for the thousandth time how otherwise sane people could buy into the whole paranormal schtick. Then again, that penchant for gullibility did keep me gainfully employed. Yeah, people actually paid me to search for things that went bump in the night; but so far, I’d turned up nothing more fearsome than a tomcat on the prowl.

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