A Dark So Deep, and Other Things

A Dark So Deep

DsD_ebookIn case you missed it,Β A Dark So DeepΒ is now out. I realized that I never actually posted on my website that the book had been released. Whoops. Sorry.

So, yeah, you can now continue the journey with Hayli and Tarik in Book 2…and if you do, I would (as always) love to hear what you think about it!

Also, because I love you guys, here’s a picture of the crew of The Madness Method:

Here comes trouble

Here comes trouble

Left to right: Scorch, Jig, Anuk, Tarik, Hayli, Coins, Griff, and Shiver.

In other news, starting in 2016 I’m going to steal a really cool idea I saw on another blog, and do an A-Z challenge. Which means that every week I’ll write a blog post dealing with either a theme or a character/place/object from one of my books. Just to give you a hint of what’s to come, I’m going to be kicking off “A” with “Arah Byen.”

Since I’m not likely to post again between now and then, Merry Christmas y’all, and a happy new year!


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    • Meg on January 11, 2016 at 4:38 pm
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    I was excited to read “A Dark So Deep” since I finished the “The Madness Project” and I was not disappointed! J.Leigh Bralick you did it again! I love how much Tarik had to grow up into his own in this book, how Hayli discovered that she was the only person who was really keeping his sanity intact, and the real development of her character. Is it a bit too obvious that I love Hayli? Anyway, thank you so much for once again proving to me and all devoted readers why you are my favorite author! It might also be because small books kinda bore me after a while and your books in this series are MASSIVE! I squealed when I saw the pure size of it!
    On another note, I love the image of them all. It’s nice to have a visual of what they actually look like compared to my imagination. Hayli is much more attractive then I imagined her: absolutely don’t mind.
    I know that pleading to hurry and finish the next book does not do much, but all the same: PLEASE FINISH THE NEXT BOOK!

    1. Meg, thank you so much for the kind words! I am thrilled that you enjoyed the books so much…and I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to send me this message! It really means a lot to me. πŸ™‚

      Yeah, those poor characters definitely went through a lot in this book, didn’t they? πŸ˜‰ And I have to say…it’s not over yet! I’m so glad you like Hayli β€” she’s one of my favorite characters I’ve written, too!

      Yes ma’am…Going to work on ASLG right now. πŸ™‚

    • Kevin Cyr on January 21, 2016 at 3:08 am
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    Your book looks great. I’m looking at writing one, I have an idea and everything. Do you have any advice for a first time author? How was your experience writing your first book? What would you do differently?

    Also, I’d love the educational blog idea that you’re talking about. Feel like I’d learn so much!

    Till next time,

    1. Thanks Kevin! The best thing to do is to just start writing! Some people do well writing out a detailed plot synopsis or outline, but a lot of people like to just wing it. For myself, there are certain things I like to develop before I start writing β€” what is the setting like, and if it’s a fantasy world, does it compare to any time period/culture on Earth? In what ways is it similar, and how is it different? Who are my main characters and what do I know of their histories? What is the major conflict?

      With my first book, well, it was a first book. It was an idea that I’d had from when I was pretty young, and I kept polishing and polishing it over the years. Went to a writing workshop, learned a TON, went back and edited it again, and published it. If I could do it again, it’s that I would have really tried to get more beta readers who didn’t know me and the story, because by that time, I knew the story so well I couldn’t see where I left gaps in the storytelling. Having fresh eyes look at it would have helped a lot. The book has since been significantly revised and re-released, but it’s still carrying some reviews from that first edition β€” the feedback I should have gotten from beta readers. Ah well. That’s life. πŸ™‚

      So yeah, I would just say, write write write…study and learn as much as you can, realize that your first draft is likely to be terrible, but don’t get discouraged! Writing is a craft as well as an art…it takes patience and hard work and willingness to learn. But always, always enjoy yourself!

        • Kevin Cyr on February 26, 2016 at 4:40 pm
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        I’ve been writing 1000 words a day for two years now. I can feel myself getting better, so that’s good!

        Literally my only concern is beta readers. My family reads my stuff, well because they’re my family. I know I need outside Betas. How did you find them and what did you offer in return?

        I need that feedback!!

        1. That’s fantastic! 1000 words a day is a great achievement.

          Yeah, it can be tricky to find good beta readers. Usually you want to find betas in your genre, since readers who prefer other genres might not appreciate the same characteristics/treatments as your audience, and might criticize things that your proper readers would love. If you’re in a writing circle or online writing group, that can be a good place to ask around. I’ve also heard people rave about Scribophile, but I’ve not tested it for myself yet.

          Some betas will be willing to read your book for nothing, but it is nice to offer something as a thank-you, like a Starbucks gift card or something like that. I usually like to credit them somehow in the book’s acknowledgements, too. πŸ™‚

            • Kevin Cyr on February 29, 2016 at 12:55 pm

            Thank you for taking the time to guide me. Once im finished this semester of school ill be getting your book πŸ™‚

            And try to blog too! It would be cool to get your thoughts on things.

            Have a great day!

    • jim on February 4, 2016 at 11:28 pm
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    I just finished “darkness so deep” and all I can say is WOW. This series is so awesome that I can’t do justice to it in praise. I can hardly wait for the third book, and the end of this war.



    1. Thank you so much, Jim! I really appreciate the kind words, and am thrilled that you enjoyed the book! I’m pretty excited about the rest of the series, and can’t wait to share it with y’all! πŸ™‚

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