Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Polaris Walkthrough

I've just posted the Polaris walkthrough for those interested in the top tabs.  No more hair-pulling, teeth-gnashing worries when it comes to making it through the book!

**Also I added a new tab titled "Read My Works."  This links to my Amazon Author's page.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

2016 New Year Resolutions

Hi there,

It's that time again!  Time to make a list of things to aim for in the new year and hopefully keep them.  Please feel free to share some of your goals too.

Here are my 2016 goals:

Personal Goals
  1. Lose 20 pounds (I say this every year but I'll try to Wii Fit those pounds off this time!)
  2. Pass a few certifications so I can find a better job; maybe these:
    1. CCISP
    2. SAS Basic Programming 
    3. A+ Certificate
  3. Find a better job ;)
Publishing Goals
  1. Make $100+ from book sales.  In 2015, I made about $37 in royalty, both from sales and pages read through Kindle Unlimited book lending.  Guess that doesn't mean I can quit my job any time soon but I'm not giving up just yet.  I thank you to those who have given my works a chance and hope that I can count on your support in the future.  I'm a noob at this publishing thing but I'll keep working to get better.
  2. Expand exposure of my books.  For #1 to happen, I need to find better ways to market.  Word of mouth really help too so please if you have the chance, spread the word about Lenne Penry!
  3. Publish three books from my new otome-style series: Poetess Xuan.  The first book hopefully to go out in January.
  4. Publish the second book to Malphas.
  5. Publish a the alternate paths to Polaris.  Still can't decide if Han Bei/Jin or Bai Hu/Yue paths should go first.  If you have a fav, let me know.
As always, thanks for reading!  And please, share your goals.

-Lenne Penry

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Score

Hi there,

Let's compare notes.  Did anyone get anything good for Christmas?  Please share, even if you received a lump of coal cuz... I'm nosy.  And, let's keep it PG13.

Here's my Christmas score:
1. Hello Kitty Pajamas (sweet!)
2. Numi Organic Tea: Earl Grey and Pu Erh
3. A Hori battle pad for the Nintendo Wii U
4. Puppeteer Video Game
5. Gifts I bought for myself cuz... I wanted to: Arwen's Evenstar pendant and Dragon Age Inquisition

-Lenne Penry

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Festivus and everything else you may celebrate this season!

Shall We Date apps: Leo & Joel

Hi Readers,

For those fans of Shall We Date apps, what do you think of the new characters Joel (Wizardess Heart) and Leo (The Niflheim)?

My darn tablet had to be reset several times so I kept losing data and had to restart from scratch... which means I haven't been able to finish their story lines but I like them so far.  These are two of their better otomes from Shall We Date apps in my view.

Joel's story line immediately made me think of Malphas from my recent book; ie, Liz Hart met Joel from childhood when he cross-dressed as a girl (June) while the MC from my book, Rosaline, met Malphas when he possessed a girl named Jenny and they were bffs for a year before he left.  Rosaline was eight years old.

In terms of Joel, I like this blunt style which makes him and Eress a pretty funny duo.  Even more hilarious is that Eress likes Professor Schuyler.  Well, who doesn't like Professor Schuyler?  I certainly do! *wink wink* ;)

Leo from the Niflheim is likable so far.  At least he knows what fidelity and loyalty mean unlike Jean at a first glance... but I also like Jean.  Leo's a more level-headed version of Jean; definitely calmer for the most part.  JJ is still my fav though.

And can we talk about the artwork of these games?  I'm so jealous!  CGs for my book will never look that good.  Every detail, to the flower in Leo's hair, is superb.  If only those story tickets would generate faster, I want those CGs!

On another note, Blood+Roses is coming out with a new character too.  Raymond, was it?  His story should be interesting.  Maybe they'll reveal what the heck happened to Harold besides from him just disappearing!

Anyhow, the best thing about writing otomes is that I can play them excessively and use the excuse of 'it's for research!'  So, for research, what are your favorite character archetypes?  Are Joel and Leo likable characters in your opinions?

Thanks for any feedback!
~Lenne Penry

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Nerd Splurge

Here's my nerd splurge: Arwen's Evenstar!  Random thought since we're on LotR, Legolas is hawt.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Upcoming "otome-style" novel

Hi Readers,

Hope you're doing well.

Recently, I went back to work on an "otome-style" e-book I started a while ago.  Unlike Polaris, this will resemble a true otome; ie separated dialogues from paragraph texts and shorter scene descriptions than regular novels.  You'll still have the ability to make choices to advance the story which leads to different endings.  The reason I went back to this one is because well, I wanted to try drawing again.  Hopefully, this new set of doodles will be much better than the set from Polaris.

I know what you're thinking... "Lenne, wtf!  Stop starting new series and finish one already!"

Well, variety is the spice of life.  If my mind is stuck on this one, trying to write book two to that other one will end up making that other one sound a little angry; or angrier, I guess.  If you'd like to read book two to Polaris or Malphas, let me know and I'll put that on the priority list.  Otherwise, my wayward mind might wander far and wide.

Anyhow, for the upcoming "otome-style" ebook, production date is not yet slated.  I still have a lot left to do.  Just a little preview of the expected story line though, this one will be set in Viet Nam.  That's a little different, right?  Most otomes are set in Japan or China.  The "otome" will reference true historical figures, though very loosely.  Mainly, the famed poet Ho Xuan Huong will provide a heavy influence to the story (but she won't be in it).  More info to come.

To learn more about Ho Xuan Huong's poetry, I think this book does a decent job and the only one I know of that has attempted to translate her works to English:  "Spring Essence: The Poetry of Hô Xuân Huong" by John Balaban.

Now before folks get up in arms and complain that this is a terrible book to recommend since it doesn't capture Ho Xuan Huong's intentions (based on some reviews I've read); I have to say, who knows what Ho Xuan Huong's intentions are except for Ho Xuan Huong?  Remember that Rodney Dangerfield movie where he went back to college and hired Kurt Vonnegut to write his paper on Kurt Vonnegut's works... and received a bad grade because the professor thought the paper didn't understand Vonnegut?  Anyway, I'm not a poet though so I don't know what's good or bad poetry and we're all entitled to our opinions.  I read the text many years ago and didn't see anything wrong with it. Translating anything, especially really old texts from another culture, is extremely difficult to do while trying to keep the meaning similar so I have to give kudos to the author.  Well, that's my rant on that.  What I meant to say overall was... check out Ho Xuan Huong's poetry ;)

On another note, if you have ideas for an "otome-style" novel you'd like to read about, please feel free to make recommendations.

As always, thanks for reading!
~Lenne Penry

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Xmas Splurge

Well, I had decided that I would try to save my money this year instead of splurging on Christmas but the nerd in me couldn't help it.  I treated myself to Arwen's Evenstar costume jewelry piece ($10) and Dragon Age Inquisition ($15-video game).  Let's hope Christmas gets here quick before the nerd in me continues to tempt the shopper in me; because the accountant in me is going to have a fit come New Year!

Anyone out there bitten by the last minute shopping bug too?  See any good deals out there?

By the way... I saw Walmart selling Kingdom Hearts Remix 2.5 for $15; that's a darn good deal!  Should I go for it and then tape up the mouth of the accountant in me?  Anyone played it yet and would recommend?

~Lenne Penry 

Friday, December 11, 2015

New Series: Phylactery--Malphas

Hello Readers,

I'm pleased to announce that the first book in my new series  is available on Amazon Kindle.  As mentioned in a previous post, this will not be an "otome" style but a more traditional fantasy romance novel.

The book is titled Malphas under the series name Phylactery.
Please give my book a chance, especially if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription since you can read for free ;0)

Main Characters Intro:
Rosaline Iris Padalecki: The MC.  Twenty-eight years old. Employed in the IT department of Jeong Tech, an insurance firm.  Hates office politics but can't avoid being the target of the unruly and privileged office cliques.  Tends to be hardworking, reserved, sarcastic, and antisocial.  Malphas holds the contract to her soul.
Malphas: A demon who comes to collect Rosaline's contract on her twenty-eight birthday.  Through Rosaline's abrupt declaration, they strike up another deal.  Rosaline is immediate attracted to his human host though his demonic personality and demeanor is initially off-putting.
Ethan Merrick: The successful, charming, humanitarian and CEO of Allenby Inc. He's seems too good to be true.. and maybe he is.  What secrets are he hiding behind that million-dollar smile?

Story Summary/Description:

"Be careful what you wish for! Who knew that included birthday wishes?

Rosaline finds out the hard way when the demon Malphas comes to collect the debt on her 28th birthday.  To be freed from her contract, she will have to enter another.  While battling with the morality of becoming a demon's pawn, dealing with office politics, workplace bullying and trying to preserve her soul, Rosaline comes to a revelation.  To her surprise, and also his, there develops an unexpected bond.

However, aside from their rocky relationship, something more nefarious lurks behind the scene.  In the end, it comes down to one matter.  Can you really trust a demon?"

Below is the book info:
Title: Malphas
ISBN: 978-0-9966338-4-0
Amazon Paperback: $14.49 (I know that's high but the printer sets the price.  Go with the ebook if you can.)
Amazon Kindle: $2.99 or read for free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription or through Kindle Owners Lending Library (this is available when you have an Amazon Prime account and a Kindle device).

As always, feedback is appreciated.

Lenne Penry