Hitting the Genre Right

Writing books isn’t the only thing a writer has to keep track of, especially not when she’s indie. I am pretty stoked to share that I have updated, or my cover artist Candice Gilmer has updated, the look and feel of the covers for my science fiction “during apocalypse” romance trilogy, the Maelstrom Trilogy. These covers should be hitting the genre right, not a swing and a whiff! I also renamed the first book from Angeli to DEFENDER because, well, there are no actual angels in that book (only fake ones) and it wouldn’t be fair to fans of actual angel romances to drag them into the scifi nonsense, would it?

Without further ado…

Three book covers of manchesty man for Traitor, Defender, and Prodigal. These are new science fiction romance covers

Hopefully these new covers that look more like SF and less than PNR will help readers find the delicious during apocalypse hijinks with fake angels, emo warriors, angry refugee women, resourceful computers, and lots of settings across the American West. Oh, and a brief appearance of a cat in #3 to appease Meankitty!


The cover for blue guard by jody wallace on a fancy blended blue background

Jody Wallace’s 30+ titles in sf/f and contemporary romance feature diverse protagonists, action, adventure, and plenty of cats. Visit her at www.jodywallace.com and the cats at www.meankitty.com

Writer Prompts, Feline Style

I don’t know about your brain, but my brain is constantly whirring. Even when I sleep, I apparently dream eight things at a time and often remember them. As much, I frequently come up with “great” ideas for my career, for my crafting, for my family, for friends, that I often have to stamp down because 1: there’s only so much time in the world, and 2: they are not all great ideas.

However, my latest brain fart IS a great idea, and I will duel anyone (with words) who thinks otherwise! You know how on Twitter and in other places there are a slew of writer prompts that get the brain churning and stories flowing? Well, I have had the grand notion to stimulate my writerly and not so writerly friends with my own version of writer prompts — naturally, catty writer prompts.

Catty Writer Prompt #1. In the town where you live, everyone's cat has started giving birth to polydactyl kittens...even cats kept inside the house!

I’m On Week 3!

I have had some responses on Twitter and a few on Meankitty’s Facebook page (go see!), although Facebook appears to be locking my views down since I can’t afford to buy ads. So I believe I’ll also post them here, on mah blog, as a repository for anyone who is interested in being inspired to write GOOD fiction, ha ha. Obvs fiction is at is best when it’s about cats….right??

Catty Writer Prompt #2. Your cat's DNA has been found at several crime scenes.

Next week I’ll share this week’s and next week’s prompts and we’ll be caught up with our catty writer prompts. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram under the #cattywriterprompts hashtag. Got any cat stories inside you? This should bring them right out. Comments are open 🙂

Here’s one of my cat stories (free) if you want to read one that started with a catty writer prompt of sorts…


The cover for 1000 kisses, a paranormal romance in which a cat plays a significant role (though not as one of the people in the romance)

Jody Wallace’s 30+ titles in sf/f and contemporary romance feature diverse protagonists, action, adventure, and plenty of cats. Visit her at www.jodywallace.com and the cats at www.meankitty.com