Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Writer's Report - Sulan, Episode 2

I am happy to report that after scrapping the entire first draft of Sulan, Episode 2, I finally have a completely new and revised first draft! There is something amazing about completing a first draft. Like getting to the top of a really steep hill after miles and miles of running. I just printed it out last night and plan to spend the next few months frantically editing and re-writing, which are my favorite parts of writing. With any luck this book will be ready to go before the end of the year!

Monday, March 3, 2014

New Releases - Writer's Toolbox


My latest release in the Writer's Toolbox Series! It's up on Amazon for $1.49 and free on Amazon Prime!

Description: What makes readers stay up into the wee hours of the night, eyes glued to the pages of a novel? The answer can be summed up in one word: tension. Tension is vital to any successful story. So just how do you infuse your novel with tension?

This article contains specific techniques to help maximize the tension in your science fiction or fantasy story. Each technique is illustrated with examples. Learn how to keep readers glued to the pages of your novel!


Also just released this month -- the print version of World Integration! This article has  been selling so well that I decided to make it available in print. You can grab it on Amazon for $5.58 -- and if you buy the print version, you get the ebook for free! (Thank you Kindle Matchbook!)

Description: World Integration tackles the tricky task of incorporating worldbuilding details into a science fiction or fantasy novel. This can present an interesting dilemma for genre writers. How can information on a fictional world be delivered to readers in a way that is natural to the story line? How can important details be shared without bogging down readers in pages and pages of boring exposition? This is where World Integration will help. Writers will learn valuable techniques for weaving worldbuilding into a genre story, as well as the pros and cons of each technique. All methods are accompanied with examples from published works. This book is for all science-fiction and fantasy writers looking to improve and enhance worldbuilding in their novels.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Warrior & The Flower - Blog Tour Recap, Day 5

That's a wrap! Here ends The Warrior & The Flower blog tour. Thanks to the amazing Candace at CBB Book Promotions for a wonderful tour!




Mythical Books says: "Did you love the childhood tales? What about the ones from Far East? I cannot believe you didn’t, and I’m sure that the Asian ones have caught you at least due to the mystical and exotic that surrounded them. Camille Picott succeeds in her novel The Warrior & The Flower to make you dream again as you once did." Read the full review here.




J.A. Garland at Where Fantasy Becomes Reality says: "Yep, I was going to listen to this book on my morning trail runs. This was a safe plan because even if I didn’t like the book, I’d still get exercise, which for me, always equals a win.


The next morning I headed out, jacked up on coffee, ready to pound the trails and listen to a motivating book. Car parked, audio book rolling, I began my usual run.

“Hey, J.A., did you injure yourself?” asked another regular on the trail as he zoomed by me. 
What the heck was he talking about? Then I understood. So captivated by the story and all its intricacies, in order to really listen, I had started walking, and I hadn’t even realized it."

This review particularly tickled me since I'm an avid trail runner myself, and I always train while listening to audio books! Read the full review here.


Mad Steam says: "My oh my. This was such an unexpectedly wonderful delight. My ears were so very much happy from the first moment the audio started, for the Mad Scientist loves audiobooks read by men. A males voice can just be soothing." Read the full review here.

Ryan at Book Marks the Spot says: "Well, this book simply blew me away. I was not expecting to love it as much as I did. I adore fantasy as a rule. My favorite books ever are from the fantasy genre, so I was definitely excited about the aspect of the book and I am excited to say it definitely delivered." Read the full review here.

Dalene's Book Reviews says: "First, I would like to thank the author Camille Picott for giving me this book for an honest review. I enjoyed reading this story, the characters are well developed, the main two characters are very believable, and I couldn't help but love them." Read the full review here.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Warrior & The Flower - Blog Tour Recap, Day 4

Wolfie at Writer Person says: "Can I just say this is awesome and leave it at that? No? You want reasons? You want to know why I loved this book? All right, you asked for it." Read the full review here.

Joana at Alwaysjoart posted an excerpt of The Warrior & The Flower, which you can read here.

WS Momma Readers Nook says: "I really enjoyed listening to this book and think the author did a fantastic job of portraying the characters and bringing the story to life for the reader :) And Al Kessel did an awesome job with his voice inflections for each character. It made me laugh, made me cry and had me on the edge of my seat many times! That is exactly what a good book should be :) Definitely recommend it!" Read the full review here.

Girl of 1000 Wonders hosts me for an interview -- you can read it here!

Angel at Spare Reads says: "The Warrior & The Flower is an Asian inspired adult high fantasy novel written by Camille Picott. Being a Chinese native myself, I jumped at the opportunity to review it. It is not often that I encounter books mixed with Asian elements. The few times when I do, the references are either incorrect or inaccurate. Thus, I was both thrilled and anxious (just a little) when I picked up this book. Fortunately to my surprise, The Warrior & The Flower proved to be quite a delightful read with realistic traces of Asian traditions and I owe many thanks to both Camille and Candace :)" Read the full review here.

Fidah at Met In Eleven says: "Something about audiobooks just brings so much more liveliness to a book. I was hesitant when I heard the sample but the narrator's voice grew on me really quickly. The way the story was narrated made me appreciate the world that Camille Picott has created and experience it to it's full potential. She has created a breathtaking fantasy world. From the scenery to the creatures to the magic to the characters. Everything was detailed without having to use difficult words to complicate and confuse the reader. Camille Picott has written a beautiful story with lovable characters." Read the full review here.

Friday, January 31, 2014

The Warrior & The Flower - Blog Tour Recap, Day 3

Marlene Harris at Reading Reality says: "There obviously isn’t enough Asian-inspired fantasy, because The Warrior & The Flower is not just a captivating epic fantasy, but everything feels fresh and new because of the setting. So if you enjoy epic fantasy but are starting to feel like everything is a bit too similar, try The Warrior & The Flower.

So what do we have? The story feels like a classic; the warrior with nothing left to live for finds new hope and purpose by adopting a child. But it’s so much more than that." Read the complete review here.

Deejay at DJ's Corner says: "Never expected to like this book as much as I did. I mean, wow! I was taken by complete surprise!

This is my first Asian-influenced high fantasy and will probably be the only one I ever read for fear that someone might ruin the feels for me. When I signed up to review this book, I was sure it was going to be a three star like so many tour books I receive. I was so so wrong! This book was wonderful from start to finish, and can I just say it now, hilarious!" Read the full review here.

Girl of 1000 Wonders says: "This book is filled with adventure, excitement, humor and heart. It is a phenomenal read, and I will definitely pick up Picott’s next installment in the 3 Kingdoms series to see where the rest of the adventure take Yi an Tulip." Read the full review here.

Curling Up With A Good Book posted an interview with me here.

And Candace at Candace's Book Blog (the amazing woman who organized this blog tour!) posted an interview here about my experiences of being an indie author.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Warrior & The Flower - Blog Tour Recap, Day 2

Day 2 of The Warrior & The Flower blog tour! Lots of positive things being said about Yi and Tulip and their adventure.


Heather at Buried In Books says of Warrior Yi: "I loved Yi. He was a seasoned warrior, hardened by tragedy and loss. But a truly honorable man. And he is incredibly committed to Tulip. From the moment they are together, he is protective of her and determined to make sure she is always protected. And he is loyal to the Emperor and his mission to him."


Heather also says, "Tulip is adorably naive and this gets her into a lot of trouble that Yi and others have to get her out of. But she is also a very special little girl. Raised in a brothel with her mother, she is rescued by Yi and given a much better life than the one she was headed towards. She takes her mother's words to heart, but she is a little too naive to understand what they really mean. She is funny, loyal, proud and resourceful and a delight to get to know." Read the full review here.


Gin at Gin's Book Notes says: "The audio version is fantastic. The narrator does a great job of bringing the characters and the action to life. I was able to envision each detail as he read and on many occasions found myself laughing, wiping away a few tears, and cringing at some of the battles as I listened to this great story." Read the full review here.


Spotlight posted by Natalie at Book Lover's Life. Check it out here.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Warrior & The Flower - Blog Tour Recap, Day 1

The Warrior & The Flower blog tour has begun! Candace at CBB Book Promotions is an AMAZING tour organizer! Here is a re-cap of the reviews thus far:


Shelly at Tsk, Tsk, What To Read? says: "What a magnificent tale. Camille Picott has woven a spectacular fantasy without all the elaborate world building and difficult language. She manages (seemingly) effortlessly to narrate this exciting and thrill packed story without heavy descriptives and complicated terms. Yet she's able to capture the lush scenery, the beauty and ugliness of a society steeped in culture and tradition and on the verge of war, and most of all, the instantaneous and loving bond between a decorated warrior and a mere child.


I found myself quickly absorbed in the story and eager to follow our unlikely, but inevitable companions on their journey. From the moment they meet, it's easy to see Yi and Tulip have a rare connection. Their banter  and inner monologues offer lightheartedness and a bit of laughter to their often dire circumstances. The affection that they share is endearing and left me melting in familial goo." Read the full review here.

Wattle at Whimsical Nature says: "It’s all pretty straight forward really, there’s villains and a really cool fantasy element involving lightening. There’s interesting creatures and politics. There’s no romance (I was so pleased by this!) and it was so well written. I very much enjoyed reading The Warrior & The Flower, it was nice to get lost in something that was so different." Read the full review here.

Amanda at My Tangled Skeins says: I enjoyed this book. It was different than I had thought it would be going into it. I didn't expect it to capture my attention and fire up my imagination the way it did. The author created a world that it at once similar yet different from our own. Read the full review here.

Mary at Mary's Cup Of Tea says: "I thoroughly enjoyed the book! Yes, there are some sad things that happen in the beginning, but then it gets a lot better and the pace picks up after Yi decided to take Tulip with him." Read the full review here.
I enjoyed this book.  It was different than I had thought it would be going into it. I didn't expect it to capture my attention and fire up my imagination the way it did. The author created a world that it at once similar yet different from our own.
Read more at http://mytangledskeinsbookreviews.blogspot.com/2014/01/blog-tour-warrior-flower-by-camille.html#PsB1yPc0eMfzbkRT.99
I enjoyed this book.  It was different than I had thought it would be going into it. I didn't expect it to capture my attention and fire up my imagination the way it did. The author created a world that it at once similar yet different from our own.
Read more at http://mytangledskeinsbookreviews.blogspot.com/2014/01/blog-tour-warrior-flower-by-camille.html#PsB1yPc0eMfzbkRT.99
I enjoyed this book.  It was different than I had thought it would be going into it. I didn't expect it to capture my attention and fire up my imagination the way it did. The author created a world that it at once similar yet different from our own.
Read more at http://mytangledskeinsbookreviews.blogspot.com/2014/01/blog-tour-warrior-flower-by-camille.html#PsB1yPc0eMfzbkRT.99
I enjoyed this book.  It was different than I had thought it would be going into it. I didn't expect it to capture my attention and fire up my imagination the way it did. The author created a world that it at once similar yet different from our own.
Read more at http://mytangledskeinsbookreviews.blogspot.com/2014/01/blog-tour-warrior-flower-by-camille.html#PsB1yPc0eMfzbkRT.99
I enjoyed this book.  It was different than I had thought it would be going into it. I didn't expect it to capture my attention and fire up my imagination the way it did. The author created a world that it at once similar yet different from our own.
Read more at http://mytangledskeinsbookreviews.blogspot.com/2014/01/blog-tour-warrior-flower-by-camille.html#PsB1yPc0eMfzbkRT.99
I enjoyed this book.  It was different than I had thought it would be going into it. I didn't expect it to capture my attention and fire up my imagination the way it did. The author created a world that it at once similar yet different from our own.
Read more at http://mytangledskeinsbookreviews.blogspot.com/2014/01/blog-tour-warrior-flower-by-camille.html#PsB1yPc0eMfzbkRT.99

Spotlight posted by Chrissy at Every Free Chance. Check it out here.