Yes, here we are. A brand new site, a brand new blog, a brand new day. I suppose I'll kick things off here with a little update. My novel, Dragonfly, is heading towards its first blog-tour in April. I'll post more info about that as we get closer to the date, but today, I'm mailing four copies of my book out for review, plus emailing an e-pub version. It makes me a little nervous, but I suppose if I wrote it, I should be willing to have people read it. Especially since it's already for sale. :) 

My other contracted novel, which has yet to have a concrete release date, has recently been sent to me from my publisher with the final edits for my approval. Honestly, this editing process has been absolutely fantastic. The editor I've been working with is just so spot-on, and as I read the changes and see the way my story is being polished and perfected, I'm getting so excited to see its release. I hope readers love the characters and the world I created for them. Or maybe it's the world the characters created for themselves. After all, it often felt like my characters had plans of their own, that they only let me in on as I was writing. Anyway, I'm looking forward to its release date and to seeing how that one does. Just so you know what to look for, it's entitled Infusion. It's a YA Science Fiction.

Then, I have a novel which is in the pre-editing stage. I've had one rough copy-edit done, and now I recently hired an editor to do an actual edit on it. This is the first time I've worked with this particular editor, but he comes highly recommended, is from my home-town, and is reasonably priced, to boot. I'm really looking forward to seeing how things go. There's no title, as of yet... at least not one I love so far. This one's a YA post-apocalyptic novel. It's a little grittier than the others I've written, but might be my favourite yet.

Finally, I have another piece I've written which isn't speculative fiction at all (gasp!). It's in the very early stages though. I wrote it last year, but have yet to actually re-read it. I'm afraid it will be terrible, and I'll hate it, and I'll have wasted all that time writing, and I'll abandon all hope of ever writing something mainstream. It's a sweet YA romance, or maybe a drama... I'm not entirely sure, since it's been so long since I wrote it and it kind of took on a life of its own as I wrote. But after I have the post--apocalyptic one done, I'm going to open up this one and take a look. 

So, that's where we are today, at this moment. Heading out to the post-office to mail my books. Wish me luck! Or, even better, stop by Amazon and check out books by Alyssa Thiessen - and maybe, if one seems interesting, give the sample a read. And if it seems like you might enjoy it, download it. And, if you read it and do enjoy it, please leave a review. Reviews help books get seen, which help them get read, which help them get reviews... you get the picture :)  

Happy reading! 


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