My name is Stephannie Beman and I’m probably out wrangling children, reading a book or three, wandering the ranch, creating book covers, dealing with cows, or doing my first love…Get you mind out of the gutter! I’m talking about writing! Although….
Anyhoo, I’m frequently lost in one of my imaginary worlds, but I do pop in from time to time to have real conversations with living, adult people. You can only get so far with cats, cows, kids, and imaginary book people before your neighbors start to wonder if you are the crazy cat lady and forbid their kids to come play with yours.
I invite you to come in, have a seat, and explore the many lovely nooks and crannies I’ve created for you.
The Stagecoach Bride is the first book in the co-authored Historical Western Romance Series, Wild Hearts. You can order it online at:
Read a sample chapter here.
Loving Khyrsolia is the first book in the fantasy romance trilogy, The Shaa’Madr. You can order it online at:
From Stephannie’s Desk
It’s already February 2014 and I feel so far behind in with everything I want to do that I forget how much I’ve already accomplished.
It’s hard looking at the large to-do list resting in the back of my planner and knowing that there are just some things I’m not going to get to this month. Guess I should get start whittling it down when I can. How does the saying go “accept the things I cannot change.” It’s something I’m still working at.
I’m looking forward to some changes that will be coming to this site and my careers as an indie author and book cover designer.
Books, books, and more books!
I’m looking for a new editor (as mine has decided that she’s done with all this) and some beta readers for my upcoming books, if you are interested let me know here and I’ll be happy to add you to the list or contact you for details.
I’ve a few people ask me when Footprints and the second Wild Hearts book, The Rancher’s Wife, will be out. Footprints is in the editing stage and hopefully be out this year. Book 2 of the Wild Hearts series is on hold for the time being. There are some legal issues that have to be worked out first. My co-author and I have discussed some options and I’m looking forward to working more with her.
In other book related news, I’m hoping to add three to four new books to my backlist this year. A novel in the Children of Khaos Series, Death’s Lover, a novella in The Shaa’Madr Trilogy, Khrysolia. A co-authored book with Jonathan Arvidson and possible another book with Ruth Ann Nordin.
A website re-design.
I have three main sections on this website: main hub with the about, blog, reading, and contact pages; the writing section with all the info about my books and series, and the design portfolio with all the information needed to order a book cover design. The main hub is fine, the Portfolio and Books sections however need an update. Things have changed and yet they remain the same.
I’ll also be making some changes on the blog. My attempts to create a schedule of topics to post that I can stick with failed miserably. It’s not that I don’t have anything to say, I just find that people aren’t that interested in what I have to say with all the other, better blogs out there. I’m just not a blogger. So I’ve pared it down to two post types: Working Notes (business related updates on what I’m doing when I feel inspired to write them) and Free Fiction (samples of my work).
Currently Working On: Death’s Lover
Book 3 of the Children of Khaos Series has been far harder then most, except maybe Loving the Goddess of Love, but not because the story just won’t come or work with me. It’s because I know the ending of the book and decided to write my way there without a plan. I’m not much of a plotter so I didn’t think it was a big deal. Happens that it was.
I’m still trying to find a writing system that works for me. A few weeks back I decided to try Storyboarding after watching a scene of The Writer’s Room. It took me some time to research how I wanted to do this and then actually plan out the book scene-by-scene. Now I have a basic template from which to work and it’s flowing smoothly now. Hopefully I can make my self-imposed deadline and have this book out and in your hands before Summer 2014.