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Radiant is now available on Amazon!

Find the magic within…Radiant, my third book in the Psyne series, has been published as an eBook on Amazon! For only $2.99, this action-packed fantasy is the perfect way to end your summer!  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B014PU7RY2

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RADIANT (Psyne, #3)
A Psyne Novel
by Jasmine Angell

A mysterious pool of the past…a cave of prismatic wonders…a dying planet.

The future of two peoples hangs in the balance.

In the wake of the victory over the Council and Atargatis, a new dawn breaks for the Psyne people. Ilauria embraces her title as Lysannah and has only one goal: secure freedom for her people. But between assassination attempts, a tentative new alliance with the male Psyne, and a strained relationship with Phaedrus, the man she loves, Ilauria soon learns the precariousness of her situation.

After a violent confrontation with the Bahree, tragedy strikes and the Vahjra Child goes missing. Events continue to spiral out of control for Ilauria and her friends when a dangerous prisoner escapes, allies become enemies and a powerful Ancient bent on revenge is revealed.

Will Ilauria’s era of freedom have a chance to thrive or will it end before it’s even begun?


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Radiant (Book 3, Psyne Series) Coming Soon!

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Summer is upon us and that means the latest novel in the Psyne Series will be available as an eBook at the end of August! The third book is entitled, Radiant, and continues where the sequel, Prism, left off. Between now and August, there will be a flurry of activity regarding the book as I continue to work furiously to get it ready for fans. The artwork for the cover is nearly complete and will feature our favorite mentor/Bahree named Shivan. I’m super stoked to see the cover design next month and the custom font work for the title created by the very talented, Joanna (Bishop) Wayman. It’s been very difficult for me to blog on a regular basis (or at all) while I’ve been writing the new novel and that’s why I’ve been so quiet this year but I’ll be sure to post new developments as they become available.  I’m excited to share the next thrilling installment in the Psyne Universe with all of you.


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NaNoWriMo Update!

I’m happy to report that 5 days into National Novel Writing Month, I’m still alive!  Last Friday, November 1st,  I was really hoping to start out with an outline but it just didn’t happen.  I usually don’t have a working outline until I’m a good quarter of the way into a novel so I wasn’t too worried.  To help me stay on track, I wanted to calculate how many words I needed to hit each day in order to reach 50,000 words by the end of the month so I divided 50,000 words by 30 days and got 1666.666666666667.  My first thought was “wow, that’s a whole lot of 6’s!  Is this a sign of some sort?  A bad sign?”  But since I’m not a superstitious person, I shook off my initial alarm.  More importantly, I was a tad relieved because reaching a quota of 1,667 words a day isn’t that much more than the 1,200 words that I would normally hit when knocking a novel out in the past.  My next thought was, “This crazy endeavor might actually be doable!”

I’ve done really well logging in my daily words so far because my novel is practically writing itself at this point.  I chalk it up to having been away from writing for so long and now that the flood gates have been opened, it’s all just rushing out in a torrent that I can barely keep up with.  During the entire process of preparing my novel, Luminous, for publication and then promoting it on the internet, I kept thinking, “I’m so not cut out for this.  All I want to do is get back to writing!”  And now that I am writing again, I feel in my element again, no longer a fish out of water, or rather, a Psyne out of water.

Another reason the story is flowing well is that I’m writing the third book in the Psyne series so I know my characters really well and the plot is very organic, growing out of the cause and effect from Book 2 entitled, Prism.  I commend those NaNoWriMos who are tackling a new novel with entirely new characters in it.  I would be seriously struggling if that was the case because it can be a bit like pulling teeth when getting to know new characters.  In my experience, new characters like to take their sweet time revealing themselves and their motivations.  It can be downright frustrating under certain time constraints.

I’ll be sure to check in weekly to give you an update on how things are going.  To my fellow WriMos, stay true to your own unique writing process and the words will come!  You can do it!

This is my writing log for the first 5 days.  Day #1:  2413, Day #2:  1947, Day #3:  1705, Day #4:  1768, Day #5:  1673


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Feature: The Mermaid of the Month is Shivan! (Part One)

For the month of November, I’d like to introduce you to the third Psyne who rounds out the trinity of mermaids in my novel, Luminous.  Her name is Shivan and she holds the position of mentor, a title that comes with much honor and prestige.  As mentor, it is her job to train the young Psyne in her charge.  She is the long-time friend of Ilauria, and while Ilauria is younger and has the tendency let her passions influence her, Shivan is older and wiser.  At thirty-five hundred years old, the golden blonde with the light green eyes still retains her twenty-year-old appearance but her many years of experience have tempered her judgment.  She acts as mediator between Ilauria and the volatile, Adante, but Shivan also harbors a deep, dark secret she has never divulged to Ilauria.  Like the other mermaids, Shivan has many layers to her character and Luminous gets at the heart of what she holds most valuable.  When the stakes are raised, Shivan has the power to end their rescue mission or to ensure its success.  Look for more on this fascinating mermaid later on in November!


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Feature: The Mermaid of the Month is Adante! (Part Three)

Happy Halloween!  To conclude the month of October, I’m posting one last Mermaid of the Month feature on one of my minor antagonists, the Venvian Psyne named Adante.  In Luminous, Adante experiences the wonders of ‘first love’ but it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.  For the first time, she’s unsure of herself and she feels out of control which is a sensation she’s not familiar with and doesn’t like in the least.  Many of us have experienced that feeling of ‘first love’ as well as the inevitable choice we face:  do we pursue it even though we risk getting our heart broken or do we shun it, at the cost of regretting the decision the rest of our lives?

For my Venvian Psyne, falling in love is extra complicated.  They are taught to hate humans, especially human men.  Adante’s emotions are confusing to her, to say the least. For the Psyne, falling in love with a human doesn’t mean there will necessarily be a happy ending.  Succumbing to emotions such as love is seen as far too human and is one of the cardinal rules strictly enforced in their society.  If a Psyne decides to become human in order to stay with the object of her love, she doesn’t need to seek out a sea witch for the spell.  All she has to do is use her own magic, denying her Psyne form and embracing her human form in its entirety from that moment forth.  But choosing love comes with a price:  by becoming human, she will have a fear of the ocean for the rest of her life and the touch of saltwater will always feel like acid to her skin.  As if that isn’t bad enough, there is the danger of being discovered by the Bahree, the Psyne Council’s secret police, whose job it is to hunt down Psyne-turned-humans, otherwise known as defectors, and take them away from their human love, torture them, convert them back to their Psyne form and take them back to the Council to be sentenced to an eternity of imprisonment on the exile planet, Dervitika.  If only love was simple…

Adante Trivia:  The inspiration for her name came from a fellow classmate I knew in high school.  Adante is an unusual name and to me, it exudes strength and mystery.  Names are important in fiction and this name fit my character like a glove.


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Feature: Mermaid of the Month!

The Mermaid of the Month for October is Adante!  She is the antagonist to our heroine, Ilauria, which makes her one of my absolute favorite mermaids to write.  Being a member of the Venvian Psyne, as well as part of the Venvian leader’s entourage, Adante is the bad girl of the group.  It’s fitting that Adante’s month is also the month Halloween falls upon.  She is edgy, outspoken, and doesn’t back down to confrontation.  Due to her close position to the Venvian leader, she is privy to confidential knowledge that most Psyne are shielded from and Adante relishes in giving Ilauria an education she won’t soon forget.  With her long, straight black hair and sapphire blue eyes, she’s not only striking but is a force to be reckoned with.  In Luminous, Adante begins the rescue mission with a few preconceived notions regarding humans but as the story progresses, these ideas are suddenly thrown into question and she is left having to cope with the effect they have on how she views her entire life, not to mention her status as one of the Venvian.  Her character arc is not only dynamic but is revealing as well.  This stunning Psyne will also be gracing the cover of the second book in the Psyne series entitled, Prism, which will be released next spring.  Look for more on the mermaid, Adante, throughout the month!