Niiiiiight of the Hunter: Chapter 1 Sneak Peek

sneak-peek-titleYes, I sang that as I typed it. Yes, it is a reference to a 30 Seconds to Mars song. Here’s a little tidbit you may not have yet realized about my fiction… All of the book titles? They’re song titles too. I tend to get really into a particular album or band while writing a series and name each book for a song whose lyrics touched my heart.

Night of the Hunter is no different. In fact, this tale is probably the nearest and dearest thing to my heart. It is set in the first fantasy world I ever wrote in, with present-day incarnations of the first two characters I ever seriously wrote about. (Sorry Cat; I still love you, I promise!) Continue reading “Niiiiiight of the Hunter: Chapter 1 Sneak Peek”

Projects & Progress: March 2018

FullSizeRenderI have to start this off by saying, to all The Warding’s fans, I’m sorry. I failed you last year. I really meant to have the The Last Dance, book three in the series, finished and published in 2017. Sadly, that did not happen. For whatever reason, this part of the story has taken me a lot more effort to write than the first two installments. This part of the tale is just super slow going for me, and I don’t have a good excuse for that. I’m really hoping this means its going to be a stellar installment when all is said and done (and worthy of the wait!) but, in the meantime–I’m sorry to make you wait. Continue reading “Projects & Progress: March 2018”

Progress, at long last!

After a long creative drought, there is a lot going on in the mind and world of Robin L. Cole these days!

I’m (finally) hard at work on the third book of The Warding: The Last Dance. It took me much longer than I would have liked to get my footing in this one, but I have no one to blame but myself. Like Cat, I wasn’t prepared to be dropped into the middle of faery and needed to do some backtracking to figure out where I was headed. I’ve dug myself out of the weeds now and am hopeful for a late winter 2017 release. If I cannot get The Last Dance out before December, I will do my best to aim for January. So save up some of that holiday present $$$ and be prepared!

In addition to my next urban fantasy work (which I hope is eagerly anticipated), I am currently at work on three (yes, three!) non-fiction projects as well, all of which are near and dear to another passion of mine: Tarot.

The first book, co-authored by the amazing Valerie Colangelo, will be a workbook of sorts, featuring fun games and thought provoking exercises meant to help you learn to intuitively read your deck of choice. We’re working on balancing out the work and the play, and the first draft is looking good. No title has been settled upon as of yet. Expect to hear more about this fun venture in late 2017!

The other written project–which will not see the light of day until 2019, by my current best guess–is my personal take on a tarot-based spiritual practice, which I am calling The Path of the Modern Mystic. This book is largely based on the experiences I have had and the practices I hold close to my heart as a modern day pagan who relies heavily upon the use of tarot in her day to day practice.

The last project–which is likely going to be the most time consuming and is the biggest departure from my fiction writing–is the creation of my own “ritual deck,” a system along the lines of an oracle deck that can be used ritual work. This deck is something I started creating for myself, as my personal practice evolved and simplified, but I think it might appeal to a broader audience by the time it is done. I envision this deck being used in conjunction with The Path of the Modern Mystic, though it in no way replaces Tarot!

I have started the concept artwork for this deck, using watercolor markers as my format of choice. It will also be around deck. My reasoning for this was artistic at first. The first cards I was drawn to create were moon phases and cards pertaining to the pagan Wheel of the Year, as those were simple representations I wanted for my ritual altar that “normal” Tarot decks were missing. Then, the more I thought on it, the more a circular card made sense. The most important works of a witch happen within a circle. This shape was just meant to be for this deck.

Here’s a little sneak peak into my concept art sketchbook for the latest card I worked on: the New Moon:

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So, this project is a loooooong way from final deck creation, but its speaking to my soul quite strongly and I can’t wait to share its progress with all of you. If you’d like to see images of this deck as it progresses, keep an eye on my Instagram. I hope to have this deck finished in 2019 as well, but as of now–no promises yet!

That’s it for now. There’s a lot going on these days and a lot of fun things coming in the days ahead! I’ve got more stories floating around in my noggin for Caitlin and Co. as well, so don’t think The Last Dance is the last you’ll see of them! If y’all want to keep reading her tales, I will certainly keep writing them.

I will try to post more frequent updates on Facebook as well as posting regularly on Instagram so you can all keep an eye on the progress of your favorite projects. I might even resurrect this sorely neglected blog. Who knows!

Much love to you all. Until next time…

 

Faster: The Warding Book II Cover Reveal!

Fiona Jayde continues to amaze me with her top-notch artwork on this next installment in The Warding series. No one else can bring Cat to life like she does–and I hope you all are in love with this next cover as much as I am!

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“Caitlin Moore thought finding the Secret Keeper would make all her problems go away.

Not so much.

She can no longer deny the fae blood running through her veins but coming to grips with her new life as a Warder who is immune to the Gifts of other fae is the least of her worries. Kaine and Co. are still stuck in Riverview and she’d love nothing more than to get him out of her life once and for all.

The plan should be easy: find the key, use it to break the banishment spell, and send them on their way across the Veil to stop the mad High King. Only things are never so simple when the fae are involved. To key they need is an ancient sword long thought to be a myth. Even worse? They will need to use it to summon the Morrigan, a powerful goddess, and beg her to break the spell.

Caitlin and Gannon, her teacher and fellow hunter, race to find the sword but she finds herself confronted by new dangers at every turn. She must make the impossible choice between righting the wrongs of her past or fulfilling her promise to see Kaine home—no matter the cost.”

Faster: The Warding Book II will be released on October 25th 2016 on Amazon (Kindle and paperback), Barnes n’ Noble Nook, and iTunes.

Pre-release information will be coming mid-September and will be shared here, on my Facebook page, and on Twitter.

Things to Come

Sorry that I’ve been pretty quiet here on the blog and on social media in general. I’ve been meaning to make more updates but… dang, have I been busy! I’m still having a little trouble balancing this whole full time indie author gig along with my full time day job and other aspects of life in general. I’m getting better at it, bit by bit, but every spare minute I have at a keyboard right now has been spent on furthering book two, which I’m sure matters more to y’all in the long run than my rambling on about this or that.

But, since its quiet today and I have a few minutes before the inevitable holiday madness descends and keeps me crazy busy throughout December, I thought I’d do a little “what’s up” check-in sort of post today…

Continue reading “Things to Come”

Want to win a FREE copy of Iron?

Interested in Iron, but short on funds?

Well, here’s your chance to get a score a free signed, first edition paperback copy! Gift the first book in my “deliciously dark and humorous” new urban fantasy season to someone you love this holiday season. (Or keep it for yourself–I won’t judge.)

Enter my Goodreads Holiday Giveaway below, for the chance to win one of those three signed copies. Good luck!

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Iron by Robin L. Cole

Iron

by Robin L. Cole

Giveaway ends December 10, 2015.

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Iron featured on Betty Book Freak

Not gonna lie–seeing Iron‘s cover as the lead image on Betty Book Freak today made my morning!

Iron is being featured as their fantasy new release today, and I’m truly honored that they chose my book’s cover to be the main image of the day. (Fiona Jayde Media‘s fantastic cover art gets all the credit, of course. It is gorgeous and I’m still head over heels in love with it.)

Check it out!

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