Author Archives: Terra Harmony
Catching up on all thing social media, and I realized I haven’t posted since…January. Oops. But I promise I’ve been working! I just finished my 7th full length novel – it is now in the editing stages. ‘The Betrayed, Book Two of the Painted Maidens Trilogy’ follows ‘The Rising’, my young adult mermaid fantasy series. Catch up now before the release date; you can get The Rising on Amazon, B&N, or Smashwords.
Even though ‘The Betrayed’ falls in the middle of a series, I think the book – or at least the writing process for the book – stands apart from any I’ve ever done, for several reasons:
- 100% of this book was written between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am. There were no exceptions. Writing time competed heavily with my brain telling me I need to sleep. When life gets busy, my desire to write is not put on hold – I just have to make a few adjustments, and a few sacrifices.
- This book was hard to write! As any author will tell you, significant time and energy go into creating a full length novel. But with my Akasha Series, and to an extent the first book of this mermaid trilogy, the ideas were plentiful. Looking back, I almost feel like the stories flowed straight from my brain out through my fingers and onto my keyboard. They were fun to write and they went quick. ‘The Betrayed’ was slow writing. There was a lot of stopping to research and lots of solid brick walls that sent me tumbling backward. I really had to pull out all the stops to finish this one.
- I almost quit. Or at least I told myself I should just quit, which is as close to quitting as I’ve ever come since I started writing. Maybe it was the difficulty level of the book, or maybe it was writing hours, but for the first time, my second job as author became too cumbersome.
- “Great work. Certainly your best yet, I would say. I very much enjoyed reading it.” Exact words of my primary editor, who has edited every one of my other six books. Now, the novel still has several editors and beta readers to go, but I am certainly going to ride the high of her words for as long as I can!
Over the next few months, get ready for some fun posts. Guest interviews, cover reveals, writing samples and lots of giveaways. My goal is to reconnect with my readers in the best ways possible. Please sign up to follow my blog via email if you haven’t already, you don’t want to miss out!
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Following my World Building with Mermaids Blog Post about nine months ago, I thought I’d give the wolves their fair share of the spotlight. I’m currently writing the second book in ‘The Painted Maidens Trilogy’. In this book, tentatively titled ‘The Betrayed’, we rise up from The Deep and explore the world of The Dry a little more. I have to admit, I’ve not done a lot of research on werewolves, possibly because I don’t want my ‘wolf world’ to turn out too cliché. So here is what I’ve come up with so far, comparing commonly accepted facts about werewolves to the wolf clan in ‘The Betrayed’:
- A person becomes a werewolf by being bitten or scratched by another werewolf. Not true in ‘The Betrayed’. I definitely don’t want to give anything away for those that haven’t read ‘The Rising’, but werewolves come from somewhere else entirely.
- Silver will kill or slow down a werewolf. Haven’t touched on the subject in ‘The Betrayed’, and I’m not sure if I will. They are, however, extremely afraid of wolfsbane, a small, yellow and poisonous flower.
- Werewolves communicate through a form of telepathy. Absolutely not true in ‘The Betrayed’. I didn’t play that card with mermaids and I certainly won’t do it with the wolves! Good old fashioned growls, scents, and body gestures will have to work.
- Werewolves in the same pack or clan have a link that binds them together. True in ‘The Betrayed’. This is why Liam, the good Werewolf, can’t part from the pack no matter how hard he tries.
- Werewolves are afraid of the water. True in ‘The Betrayed’. However, they feel bonded to it, unable to go far from the shores just as they can’t part from the pack.
- Werewolves only transform with the full moon. Nope! But their transformation in ‘The Betrayed’ is not always under their control, and it does occur as a response to the energy around them (again – don’t want to give too much away).
So what are some of your favorite werewolf myths or facts? What are some of your favorite werewolf books? Comment below and help an author with her research!
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With five sets to giveaway, and six people that entered, I couldn’t just turn one person down! Congratulations! You are all winners. I will be contacting you via email…
Happy New Year!
I hope everyone had a great holiday season. As a way to welcome all of my great new followers, and to thank all of my long-time followers, I am giving away five copies of the first two audio books of the Akasha Series. To enter to win ‘Water’ and ‘Air’, you must follow my blog by email (if you haven’t already – sign up over there on the right). Then comment below with the best thing that happened to you in 2013, and be sure to include a way to contact you in case you win.
I’ll start! The best thing that happened to me in 2013 isn’t one specific event, but rather everything falling into place. I am at a good place in life, with my family, my writing, and my job. I work hard, but am starting to reap the rewards and for the first time in a long time, I feel like everything is balancing out.
Sometimes, it’s difficult to remember all the good points in your life over the past year. Because of that, I’ve decided to start my own ’2014 Good Things’ jar, and have each of my kids do it, too:
Get started and that way next year when I have this giveaway it will be easy for you to recall the best memories of 2014 – just open up your jar!
Now remember to comment below, sign up to follow via email if you don’t already, and leave a way for me to contact you. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to send me your contact info if you like. The contest is open internationally and will close at midnight on Saturday, January 11th.
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Thank you to all who participated!
The winner of the $25 Amazon gift card is: dnewmananovelgathering. Congratulations!!!
Let’s get right to it, shall we? I will be giving a $25 Amazon gift card away to one lucky winner. This is part of the Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop hosted by BookHounds and I am a Reader. Enter by filling out the form below, and follow the link below that for more great prizes in the blog hop!
In order to enter, at least one of the below actions is required. Liking me on Facebook will get you 1 entry, following me on Twitter will get you 1 entry, and following my blog by email will get you 4 entries.
For one entry, like me on Facebook: click here.
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For four entries, follow me by email: On the right hand side of this page, follow Terra Harmony by e-mail.
Complete the form below and good luck!
Contest closes on December 31st at midnight. No purchase necessary. The winner will be announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.
If you are out there…I have an awesome Christmas present for you! Check it out:
Akasha ornaments – they are kinda cool, right? Please say yes because I made them myself. My plan was to post step-by-step instructions with pics that would rival any DIY craft blog, but things got a little messy. You can probably get all you need to know from this:
And by the way, the wine in the back was totally involved.
So how can you get your hands on this set of ornaments? Here’s how: send your answers to the below questions, and one fan who emails correct answers by Dec. 14th will be randomly selected. I have to give my sincerest apologies – this contest is only open to those in the US. I just shipped a bunch of books overseas and those rates are killer. So summing up; answer questions by Dec. 14th, US only. Send an email to: email@example.com.
Question 1 from ‘Water’: How did Shawn manage to overtake Kaitlyn and Susan, ending in Kaitlyn’s fateful trip to the Galapagos? (I’m specifically looking for the element used – you have a 1 in 4 chance!)
Question 2 from ‘Air’: What happens to Cato at the end of the book?
Question 3 from ‘Fire’: Where (what island) does Kaitlyn choose to hide from the rest of the gang?
Question 4 from ‘Earth’: The Akasha Series takes the reader all over the world, but near which city (or for bonus points, the exact location) does the final battle take place?
Hopefully the questions are fairly easy, it’s been a while since some of you have read the series! Again, just email the answers to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and hopefully I can get these beautiful ornaments to the winner by Christmas!
Good luck and happy holidays!
A time travel anthology including a short story from yours truly! Bloggers – sign up for the tour now. Forbidden Future is now available for $3.99 on Amazon.
What becomes of mankind in the future? Is life better or worse?
Forbidden Future by James Wymore
When a time machine technician working the graveyard shift gets divorce papers from his wife, he decides it’s time to take the machine for a ride—no matter the consequences.
Jump by Jon Bradbury
Jesse Kendall thinks he’s seen it all. He’s about to see more.
Road Trip by Matt Mitrovich
Four friends drive to a college party and take an unexpected detour into the future.
Cacotopia by James Lauren
Kayne Adamson went into suspension to await a cure, but never imagined how long his sleep would last or the world he would awaken into. Is it really the utopia it first appears to be?
Society by Terra Harmony
Take a ride on the Energy of the Future where society gets a fresh, clean start—no matter who they have to leave behind.
The Mountains Haven’t by Kade Anderson
Something is very wrong in the downtrodden town of Dignity and only the town’s Watcher, Julia, can see what it is.
Between Utopias by Michael Trimmer
After being saved from a fatal heart attack by being transported to the future, David must choose from two opposite utopias.
Finally available across all channels for purchase! ‘The Rising, Book One of the Painted Maidens Trilogy’ has been described as a wonderfully unique story. I guarantee this young adult series sets apart from any mermaid story you’ve read, or what you might come to expect.
The ebook is $4.99 on Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, and iTunes. For the rest of November, I’m willing to send out a free copy of ‘The Rising’ for anyone who agrees to post a review on either Amazon or Goodreads, or both. Send me an email at email@example.com or comment below. And don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads TBR List. I encourage you to take the plunge – you might just love what you discover down in the deep!
“It was a great ride. I devoured every page and loved the whole thing through.” by Ariel Avalon, Book Blogger
“This is a wonderfully unique story.” and “I recommend this if you enjoy mermaids or werewolves with some great action, mystery and a bit of romance.” by Darker Passions Book Blog
“The book is fast paced filled with action that keeps you on the edge of your seat till the very end, add in a little romance and mystery for the perfect balance. The author has written a beautiful story that sparks the imagination. I loved everything about the story and can’t wait for the next one to see what happens to both Serena and Liam as their stories unfold.” by The Reading Diaries Book Blog
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With the help of Patchwork Press, and a handful of amazing book review bloggers, we will kick off the Painted Maidens Blog Tour on October 21st. It will run all the way through November 9th with several reviews of the book, a character interview, an author interview, a dream cast reveal and a couple different guest posts by yours truly.
But the best news of the whole thing is that I will be giving away some awesome prizes; 5 lucky winners will receive a free e-copy of ‘The Rising’, one winner will receive a $10 Amazon gift card, and the grand prize is a brand new Kindle Paperwhite!
The contest runs from October 21st through November 8th and is open internationally. You can enter as much as one per day by tweeting about the giveaway. Click above to enter and good luck!
Fifteen-year-old Serena is the youngest member of a dying race. The increasing acidity of the ocean is destroying her home, slowly eating away at the once thriving underwater landscape. But since the night of Serena’s birth, it is an outside force that most threatens their dwindling population. Werewolves, who once served as protectors for mermaids in the Kingdom of the Undine, now seek to eliminate all who dwell in the ocean—and Serena is about to find herself right in the middle of the deadly conflict.
Given the title of Werewolf Liaison, Serena is determined to make things right for her people. When she ventures to The Dry, she meets Liam, the werewolf with hazel eyes, and her whole world gets turned upside down. As Serena discovers the real history between werewolves and mermaids, she is left wondering who her true enemies are.
Some exciting stuff happening over the next month, and no – I’m not talking about Congress finally passing a budget. I’m talking about ‘The Rising’, baby! If you missed the cover reveal and blurb, click here. ARCs are now available via NetGalley (if you request a copy of the book and are denied, just email me and let me know – I’ll make sure you get a copy). The blog tour starts on Oct. 21 and goes through Nov. 9th, where I’ll be giving away several e-copies of ‘The Rising’, plus a grand prize of a Kindle Paperwhite. If you haven’t already, sign up to receive my blog posts via email (over on the right), so you don’t miss out on this contest.
Finally – something fun for The Akasha Series fans – a new book trailer! See below and let me know what you think! It was put together by Kellie Sheridan of Patchwork Press (thanks, Kellie!) and the vocals are by Emily Gittelman, the narrator that did the entire Akasha Series on audiobook!