Monthly Archives: October 2013

Echoes of Balance Trivia (ROUND 2)

First of all, is anyone else a fan of XMind? It’s a free software (I think you can pay for some weird upgrade – I never have) that helps you to map your thoughts by making cool charts and stuff. You can connect topics, create subtopics, color code to your hearts content, and best of all, you can add notes upon notes upon notes about all of the topics that hide away under a sneaky little button until you double click AND THE WHOLE WORLD REVEALS ITSELF TO YOU.

This is my XMind for The Ways Trilogy and a few other books that take place in Chloe’s world. And by that, I mean this is my XMind light. It has the major players from EoB and a few casual mentions that are going to go into their own stories later. The full XMind for Chloe’s world makes my brain hurt and always ends with me cursing technology when all the little lines get kerfuffled and basically ruin my life, so this is what you all get to see for now:


Don’t worry, there are no spoilers that you’ll be able to see.

Anyway, I always think its kind of cool to see writing process (it might be and probably is an art school thing) so I thought I’d share. Also, today’s trivia is coming from the notes on notes on notes that I tucked into XMind when I started giving Chloe’s story serious attention a few years ago!

1. In Echoes of Balance (The Ways Trilogy Book One), you’re introduced to three of Chloe’s family members: two cousins and a brother.

2. Josef, that debonair vampire? He would be a Virgo like Chloe, if vampires kept track of birthdays. I have no idea what that means astrologically – fill me in.

3. Gregory Ducante was a character created last but has generated the most short stories (ala earlier posts in this blog). He’s just so interesting! I recommend getting to know him before Echoes of Balance is released on December 17th.

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So, I was going to give y’all more trivia. Or, even a short story with some of the characters. While both of these things might still be forthcoming, recent events have led me to share a personal post with you all, which is fine because it gives you a better idea of where I come from when I write.

Today, I came home from the day job and jiggled my apartment door to see if one of my room mates had beat me home and undone the deadbolt. Instead of an answer, I was met with a horrible squawking sound from the other side of the door. Horrified, I unlocked the door and pushed it open and spied only my cat. Then I turned and saw a parrot.

A god damn parrot.

Just CASUALLY sitting on my room mate’s bike in our entryway.

I closed the door super quick and ran around trying to figure out what to do (and took a picture for evidence because I was clearly the only one home) and then decided to just make spaghetti and pretend the bird didn’t exist until someone else got home.

So one of my room mates walks in, and I quickly point out the bird and he starts freaking out and we start making some ‘DID YOU LOSE YOUR BIRD COME TO OUR APARTMENT’ signs in my room and try to figure out if anything in our house resembles a bird cage then we go out to find the signs and THE GOD DAMN PARROT IS GONE.

LIKE THE ULTIMATE SNEAKY CAT, IT JUST VANISHED. And I know it vanished or flew away or whatever, because both our apartment cats were locked in a room far away from the bird and we don’t have that many hiding places.

What this means is, basically, my apartment can be casually entered and exited by birds whenever they see fit so they probably come party during the day when we’re all at work.

Also, this is the third time in my five years living not with my parents that I’ve come home to WILDLIFE in my apartment and the second time that I’ve been the only one around to deal with it.

So… now you know more about my life. Goodies coming soon.

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#EoB Trivia (Round 1)

With today’s Echoes of Balance cover release on Writer’s Ally and my fantastic editor Kisa tweeting some of her favorite lines from the book, I thought it might be appropriate to post some random trivia about the book and it’s characters. Consider this the first in many rounds – more to come when I’m feeling too low-energy to actually write a short story about Ducante and some of my other favorite characters that don’t get a lot of air time in The Ways trilogy. So, here we go:

1. Chloe, in her first iteration, was created when I was about eleven. I think she started as a Harry Potter-esque wizard and then I decided she wasn’t that at all, and slowly she evolved into being what she was and having a family and all that jazz and rhyme.

2. Chloe’s birthday would be in September (exact day unknown, she doesn’t keep track). Because I just feel like that’s a good season for her. Also, several of the people closest to me have birthdays that month, and I feel like she embodies some of their best – and worst – qualities.

3. Naimei is pronounced nigh (rhymes with ‘high’) may (rhymes with ‘hay’). It came about when I realized I finally had to name what Chloe was if she was going to be a main character. I think I was staring at a garbage can when it happened.

4. Naimei have existed in or around every major civilization and culture which is why the names of Chloe, her family members, and others of her kind seem so diverse – they’re an extremely multicultural people. THE WORLD IS THEIR OYSTER CULTURE.

5. That debonair vampire in the story’s cover release/back cover blurb? His name is Josef.

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October 8th – which for the record, is like not even that many days from now – is the big release for the cover of ECHOES OF BALANCE. The book itself will be released on December 17th in Ebook and Print. If you’re interested in being a BETA reader, feel free to get in touch with REUTS at

For Chloe Moraine, fighting wild bears– and the occasional vampire– is a better pastime than the tediousness of keeping the universe in balance. But balancing is the family business. It comes with being one of the last in the ancient line of Naimei.

So when the impending return of the Original Demons threatens global harmony, Chloe is obligated to help. Even when that means the dull-as-dirt task of following a human girl who “might be involved, maybe,” instead of the thrilling hunt she craves.

With their powerful magic and ancient Ways, Chloe’s family is unconcerned, certain they’ll quickly fix the imbalance while she’s preoccupied with human high school. But when the Ways start to fail, the threat becomes more serious, and the only person that seems to know anything is a debonair vampire with an offer to help.

If Chloe chooses to trust him, and the darker side of the supernatural he represents, she’ll betray her family and risk losing them, and herself, in the process. But if he’s right, he may just be their only chance to stop the return of the Originals and save the world.

Maybe high school won’t be so boring after all.

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