(Alpha Girls #9)
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: May 12th 2020
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Tessa—part witch, part werewolf, raised human and now the unofficial leader of a newly minted supernatural alliance—thinks nothing of her brother, Axel, texting her and Dastien to meet up. The location pin is in a weird spot, but maybe he found a magical anomaly? But when Tessa steps into the darkened warehouse, she doesn’t expect to see her brother laying in a pool of his own blood, smell the sulfuric scent of black magic, or feel the pain of her mate being shot full of silver.
Tessa has seconds to make a choice, but there’s only one thing she can do to save the two most important men in her life—sacrifice herself.
The last thing Dastien hears from Tessa is her plea—help Axel. Then their bond goes silent. He can’t hear her. He can’t feel her. And there’s no sign of the attackers who took her.
Dastien does everything he can to save Axel before calling his friends in a panic. It takes all of them to find Tessa, but when Dastien’s finally reunited with her, there’s no sign of recognition in her eyes.
No magic in her touch.
No wolf beneath the surface.
Everything that made Tessa who she was…has been erased.
Aileen Erin is half-Irish, half-Mexican, and 100% nerd–from Star Wars (prequels don’t count) to Star Trek (TNG FTW), she reads Quenya and some Sindarin, and has a severe fascination with the supernatural. Aileen has a BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles, and spends her days doing her favorite things: reading books, creating worlds, and kicking ass.
Hi! I’m Aileen, and this is my pretty cluttered desk! There’s a bunch of stuff on there, but I selected a few things that I thought you might find interesting!
First up is my desktop. I used a ton of tools while I’m writing. Top to bottom, left to right:
Spotify. My cousin sent me this awesome playlist, and I use it ALL THE TIME as my writing music. It’s ambient and chill and all-around amazing. I need music when I’m writing to block out the noises around me, but it can’t have too many words or be too intrusive. This playlist fits the bill perfectly.
Next is the Scrivener App: It’s what I use to write. It breaks my novel down chapter by chapter. I can move chapters around, and easily navigate within it. I’ve found it much easier to work with than any other word processing program. My files live on Dropbox, and I can switch between desktop, laptop, iPad, and iPhone no problem! It all syncs together. I can’t say enough good things about this app!
The Notes App is up next. I make a cheat sheet of important details that I need to remember for each series. Since it since I use a number of devices, using the notes app means that I always have my cheat sheet with me. Each series has its own folder within the app, and that way, I can easily type out an idea I have no matter where I am, any time inspiration strikes.
Airtable.com is an amazing site. It lets you create pretty databases of information. I use this site/app to organize all of Ink Monster’s information: links, marketing calendars, and everything else I can think of. I started using it for the Aunare Chronicles as a way to keep track of all the characters, locations, and Aunare language that I was inventing. I’ve found Airtable to be super handy and helpful and again—it lives online and is accessible anywhere from any device.
And finally, Blake Snyder’s Beat Sheet from Save the Cat. This document lives on my Dropbox as well. I print them out as needed. These thirteen points are all I need to get started when I’m plotting a book.
I always keep a notepad handy. I like writing lists, especially when I’m revising. There’s a lot that has to come together when you’re finishing a book and having a list of things not to forget is key!
I always keep my developmental editor’s notes by my side. She does these amazing chapter reviews with key things for me to fix, as well as her usual line edits and comments within the chapters themselves. With the Aunare Chronicles, the world is so big that she started doing a larger document of things not to forget to include as I get farther into the series. Since On Mission is my current WIP, that’s what I have on hand.
And again, more Beat Sheets from Save the Cat. I like to always have them around, just in case something isn’t going write in the story. I can pull one out, write down my plot points, and make sure I’m still on track to get the story where it needs to go.
From top to bottom: I have a file folder for each series I write, and others that I’m currently developing. I jump from series to series throughout the year, so depending on what I’m working on, I’ll pull that folder out, and put the others away. That way, I know everything is there and can focus on what’s most urgent.
I love brainstorming with pen, markers, and paper. I usually use giant post-it note pads, but when I’m writing on the go, these Wipe Notebooks and Remarkable Tablet come in handy. There’s just something different about brainstorming on paper than on a computer. I found that I can’t focus or let my mind wander like it needs to when using my laptop or desktop.
Scent can really help get the mind flowing. I like to keep Sandoval’s LOVE Interior Aromatic spray on hand. When I start my writing day, I spray a little in my office. I also have a little essential oil from Spellbound Sky (my favorite crystal shop in LA) that’s called Enchanted Dreamer. They’re great for getting creative.
I have a massive pen collection. MASSIVE. There’s a whole bunch on my bookcase (not pictured) separated into blue mason jars. But on my desk, I keep a Tokidoki and a Totoro pencil bag for my must-have on-the-go pens, pencils, and mildliners. My pencils are in a Whataburger cup one of my Superfans sent me, and a bunch of my fave pens are in a Butterbeer mug that I got at Universal Studios Orlando on my honeymoon in 2010.
I grew up Catholic and converted to Eastern Orthodox my freshman year of high school, so I usually have some icons and holy oil my mother sends me on my desk. It’s proven to be helpful when I’m working on brainstorming the Samantha book (Invocation – releasing Fall of 2021). I like writing about good vs evil, angels vs demons, but the spooky topic freaks me out sometimes. It’s nice to have some protection around. 😉
I’m also a collector of notebooks. I love them. All sizes! But they have to be college ruled or I won’t use them. I keep some on my desk, and the rest are in a basket on my bookshelf. I also have a few bookmarks—another thing I collect—on my desk, and some stickers that Lola Dodge made for Off Planet that say “Son of a Spacebat!” on them. They make me smile. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them, but I’ll think of something one day.
A couple years ago, we got Nixplay frames for all of the grandparents, but they were so cool, I had to get myself one, too! I have to be careful or I’ll just sit there and watch the pictures of my daughter instead of writing. But it’s nice to have her close by when I’m working.
Those are just a few of the things I keep on my desk. I hope you enjoyed getting a little peek into my workspace. <3
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