My Patreon Page – How You Can Easily Support Me

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It’s been a while since I created my Patreon page, but I finally decided what to do with it:

I’m giving you stories before I publish them, and I’m posting updates about what I’m working on. I tried posting what I wrote every day, and that worked only as long as I was steadily writing one novel at a time.

I’m no longer doing that. I’m jumping between stories, between chapters, between everything. Since I finished the Wolf series, my writing has become chaotic, as I’m trying to find something new to focus on. Apologies also for… some mental health breaks.

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June 2024 Progress Report

Progress Report 

Screenshot from Valheim, showing the latest trophy (Bonemass) at the altar stones.

For this progress report, I’m sharing a gruesome but triumphant image from Valheim: My character Gerla has finally slain Bonemass and hung its trophy on the altar stone, gaining a new power.

Of course, I haven’t gained a new author power, although that would be a fun thing to contemplate. But a few things have changed. I’ll tell you in a moment.

Winds and Pillars Progress Report

I’m back to writing Sun Burns, more regularly than before. Making progress – and there isn’t much story left to tell. In fact, I will post a cover preview in my newsletter, and I really have high hopes of being able to release it next month.

Yes, you read that right, my cover designer is already on it, and I love what she has done. Sadly, she was ill for a while and the final cover is slightly delayed, or I would have had an official reveal already.

I really hope that I can report a release in the next progress report!

(Have you already read Sky Falls?)

Wolves Progress Report

Once I release the next Winds and Pillars book, I’ll pivot back to the Wolves. If you have followed my reports, you already know that the next book is called “A Wolf’s Hacker”. One of the MCs will be Shane (from “A Wolf’s Peril”), and yes, he gets a redemption arc.

Both he and Dylan are talking to me, and Writer Brain is taking notes. This will be fun to write, especially as I’m using IRC for some of their communication. Great memories, IRC. (In fact, I still have my own channel, not that I use it for much.)

Writing Progress Report

I already mentioned that I’m writing more regularly now. That’s because I’m working – gently, easily, being soft with myself – on re-establishing a morning writing habit, and it is already yielding results, even if it doesn’t happen every morning just yet.

Even so, Writer Brain is happier, and that means it’s giving me more ideas and blocking me less. That is a very good thing because writing used to be my happy place.

Store Progress Report

Not much to report. Very few to no sales, and that makes me a little sad. But people are locked into the Kindle and other eReader ecosystems, and so far, it’s still working for them. (Yes, I also have a Kindle, but I do email books to it all the time.)

I’ll drop the link anyway, if you feel curious enough to check it out. So far, it has the Winds and Pillars and most of the Wolves. (Yes. I lack motivation to do more. Yes, it’s a vicious circle.)

Hannah’s very own Bookstore

Valheim Progress Report

Well. This is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but yes, I am making a lot of progress in Valheim, as you saw in the header image. Both MC and Twink slew Bonemass, and I’m exploring the Mountains with both and lugging silver home.

The pattern seeker in me realizes that it’s just “more of the same” with a different name, however, and is getting a little bored. I’m trying to overcome this by envisioning my first full stone castle in the Mountains. One that includes a Wolf Barn. Who knows when I’ll actually build it – and where!

Life Progress Report

I’m alive.

I’m becoming a bit of a hermit, only leaving my apartment for errands or work. Makes it difficult to make new friends, but most of them live online anyway. I learned that a lot of Autistic people do better with online friendships.

Even so, I feel lonely and I wish I had more support. It will be fun to figure out that particular problem, but hey, I’m asking the Universe to send me a meet-cute. That works, right?

Ember Progress Report Newsletter Ad

This is the image for today’s Ember Tale. As you can see, this is not Ember. She has made another friend, and poor Spark has a huge problem.

I only post the Ember Tales in my newsletter. So if you want to find out what happens with Spark, you’ll have to subscribe. (I’m sorry. But I’m not making those rules, Ember is.)

Fortunately, it’s easy – just fill in the form and then click the confirmation link in the email you’ll receive. And I only send it out once a month, on the 13th.

In addition to the Ember Tale, you’ll get my writing news, some awesome book deals that are carefully curated, and a special monthly coupon for my store.

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May 2024 Progress Report

May Progress Report Illustration

Writing this Progress Report, I feel a bit like my character above – sitting in a dark cave, waiting for the light to come back.

Because, honestly, there is not much to put into a progress report. I’ve barely been writing, my book sales are dismal, and there is very little news – except once nice bit that might (with some luck) give me a good review. More about that below.

Winds and Pillars Progress Report

Poor Sun is still sitting in the desert, albeit in an oasis where they have food and water, as well as shelter. Not going to last, I need to write a confrontation next, because there is no rest for the wicked.

In good news, I wrote a really cool blurb for Sun, and I commissioned the cover. So there is progress. Have the blurb (the cover will take a while longer):

A power out of control. A Pillar in the hands of a Priestess. A deadly desert burning with heat.

Sun Snake’s life is coming to its sacrificial end. His best friend is already gone, and he’s ready to join Moon in death. When his Power goes rogue as the knives come out, Sun literally falls into a new life fraught with danger.

Scared and lonely, Sun struggles to control the fire that bursts from his fingers at the worst moments. He has a single ally, the Priestess who fell with him – if only he could trust her. Desperate to get out of the Holy Empire, Sun allows Laisal to guide him as they sneak across the mountains to the east. Soon they end up being hunted by Houses, driven into a vast desert, towards certain doom.

Can Sun cheat death a second time?

“Sun Burns” explores a part of the continent no other Wind or Pillar has seen yet, in a tale filled with action, magic and desperate acts.

I wish I could tell you when I can publish Sun. Sadly, that’s very much up in the air and depends on finding motivation.

Writing Progress Report

Instead of forcing myself to write, I’m playing a lot of Valheim. It’s my escape, and it’s the place my Autistic brain homes in on right now. There is so much to learn and explore and gather and hoard and build and… well, you get the point. This is my brain’s happy place right now, and nothing I do will dissuade it. Yes, it’s Autistic Hyperfocus at work. I just wish I could make my brain hyperfocus on writing. That would be much more productive.

Even so, I can give you an interview with Night Beats that I did a while ago (long enough that Sky Falls wasn’t published yet!). It went live in April, but too late for that progress report. So without further ado, here’s the link. You can read about my books, my worlds and what books I would recommend to my friends.

Behind the Scenes: Tuesday Author Interview

There is one more great bit of news: SPFBO 10

The SPFBO Progress Report

You might have heard of the Self-Publisher Fantasy Blog Off – it’s (as far as I know) the only contest for indie authors that is not a popularity contest asking for votes. Instead, 300 books will be subjected to the scrutiny of 10 different review blogs, with each of them reading and reviewing 30 books. Each will also choose three favorites, resulting in 30 books becoming finalists. They will vote for the winner after that.

This year, they had to change their process, because those 300 books were submitted within just 40 minutes last year, and the organizer decide that wasn’t fair. So this year, they kept the form open for 24h and then picked 300 books at random from the grand total.

I submitted South Breaks, and it’s actually in! I don’t know if I should be scared or excited.

Take a look at the list and see whether you know any of the other authors: Phase 1 And feel free to follow any of the blogs!

Like everyone else, I’m hoping to make the finalist list. That would give my books a much needed marketing boost.

Store Progress Report

It’s working. And every month, I run a special sale for my newsletter subscribers. (Subscribe below, if you want to take advantage of that.)

If you want to buy a real file, and not just a license from a vendor, that’s where you should go. I’m still adding books to it, but the Winds and Pillars are up, as well as most of the Wolves. Enough to get you reading, at any rate.

Check out Hannah’s store (and make me rich – I wish!).

Life Progress Report

I already mentioned Valheim. It has taken over my life, in a good way. That’s because playing it generally makes me happy. Yes, sometimes there are drawbacks, sometimes things don’t go smoothly. I just had trolls attack my base and destroy things, but fortunately that was an easy fix.

My brain is already thinking about solutions, though. I love this, coming up with ideas and plans and breaking it all down into easy steps.

Thus I am practicing project management in game – but even better, getting things solved in Valheim gives me the confidence to tackle some problems in real life, like fixing my kitchen light. That’s an old installation from halogen times, and the transformer blew a week ago. I have all components (a new transformer, new cables), and now I just need to put it all together.

So life is progressing as it should, mostly. And we’re having nice weather right now, which also really helps. Have I mentioned my lovely balcony?

The thing with Ember – NOT a Progress Report

As I’m sure you hate pop-ups as much as I do, this is what I do instead. I know it doesn’t convert as well, but I want to spare you the annoyance.

I’ve also did my best to fix this form but there is no welcome sequence for it just yet. Which means you’ll be plonked into my general subscriber group (after clicking the confirmation like MailerLite will send you) without further ado.

What’s in it for you?

Well, you’ll get my writing news, you’ll get links to curated freebie lists and sales that I hope will appeal to you if you like my books. You’ll also never miss another release and even better… you will get the Ember Tale. That is only available through my newsletter.

What in the world is the Ember Tale?

Ember is my sweet, little dragon familiar (a plushie, really) who goes on an adventure every month. It’s always cute and cozy, and it comes with a photo of her somewhere around my apartment or sometimes on vacation.

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April 2024 Progress Report

Illustrating my progress report is this screenshot from Valheim, showing me sailing my ship close to the wind at full speed.

My progress report will go a lot like the image above. Which is from a game I was introduced to by a good friend, called Valheim. Now, a lot of you already know Valheim, after all, it’s not exactly a new game. Even so, Iron Gate are still adding to it, most recently an entirely new biome.

No, I’m not adding biomes, sorry. But I am adding XP and new skills to my life, thanks to the amazing coach I have right now (and sadly, not much longer). Here’s what’s happening:

Winds and Pillars Progress Report

I’m still writing Sun. The sad truth is that I haven’t written a lot in the past weeks. At least my writing is now picking up as I’m establishing a new structure with morning writing times.

There is not a lot more story to tell, I almost have them where they need to be to get ambushed and separated. Then Sun will face his personal nightmare… and get much, much more than he expected. That will be so much fun to fill in.

I do hope I can finish the book this month. So with a bit of luck, we’re looking at a release in late May. (Still need to order the cover.)

Oh, and I’m starting to get a much better sense of Moon. She got a cameo in Sun the other day, which was great fun and will actually tie her book much closer into the story line. I love it when that happens.

Wolf Shifter Progress Report

Not much happening with the Wolves, apologies. But Shane and Dylan are stirring in my mind.

However, I do have question for those of you who read “A Wolf’s Christmas”. I put a lot of German into it (kinda had to) and I wonder how well or awkward it read. Would you drop me a comment or an email and tell me if it bothered you, or whether you actually enjoyed it?

I need to come up with a solution for the audiobook – I’ll probably remove the German stuff, which will create new problems.

Penumbra Progress Report

Yes, they are still on my mind. I love all three (or even four!) of them. I’m letting my predictions for the world in 20 years setting in – and they might just get influenced by the recent news about global warming/climate change. Because all of that horrible stuff might be closer than most scientists expected (or hoped). The fallout will not be pretty, and the tales need to reflect that.

Store Progress Report

That is another sore point. Because while I was sure the store was nicely set up and working well, in fact, it did not. Orders were not fulfilled, and it took me a couple of weeks to realize that. Fixing it wasn’t difficult, once I knew there was a problem.

So if you tried the store and didn’t get your books (you should have by now!), please let me know. Or try again. Because you’ll help me earn more per sale at no cost to you – and you will actually get an ebook, instead of a reading license from Amazon etc. that can be revoked at will.

Hannah’s Store

Life Progress Report

You may have seen on social media that I was traveling. In fact, I stayed with my sister for two week, first housesitting for a few days while they were away (also keeping little nephew company). The best part of that was taking care of the chicken.

You see, one of the hens always settles on a nest at night. She needs to be lifted off and settled on the rod they are supposed to perch on. I was scared of that. But she really was a dear and allowed me to handle her without much protest. And of course, they all love me when I scatter some grain for them.

I also celebrated my sister’s and my dad’s birthdays, did a bit of shopping and visited the spring festival of an agricultural museum one village over (check them out if you know German or just want to see some pictures: Museum auf dem Gutshof Waake). Best part of that was meeting old neighbors from when I grew up, as well as a lady who used to head the table tennis team I played in. Honestly, I have more roots in that area than I thought.

Which feels darn good.

I’m also getting some coaching which is awesome. Sadly, there’s only one more session left in the package I received. Even so, it’s helping a lot. I’m feeling better about my project management skills (after finishing a few scary and complicated projects before my vacation), I’m starting to understand that strange brain in my head and finding way to use it better. And that gives me much hope for improving my life and enjoying it much more.

The Ember Progress Report Newsletter Reminder

Even Ember is making progress. You see, she traveled with me and when we had some time to kill, she dragged me into a store full of plushies. And there she met… but you’ll have to read my newsletter to find out.

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March 2024 Progress Report

Progress Report decorative image.

It shows a scene from Valheim.

I do have quite a bit of news for this progress report. And that makes me rather happy. Let’s this take step by step, however.

Winds and Pillars Progress Report

I’m writing Sun. Nothing new there. However, something exciting happened this very morning: He got to speak to members of a House and a certain Moon. Yes, the MC of Moon Rises. So much fun. I love it when such connections happen. And no, it wasn’t planned.

I’m pretty far in with Sun, over 30k in, so I believe the book will clock in at a little over 50k. Which is basically the standard size for my tales. I’m going to have a lot of writing time around Easter, so I hope I can finish the book by then. Tentatively planning a May release.

Wolf Shifter Progress

I’m sorry. Shane and Dylan just have to wait. Right now, it’s Sun’s turn.

I also haven’t found the time to make any progress with the audiobook for Fred and Mark (A Wolf’s Christmas). That is a tad complicated, but I hope I can get to it fairly soon. I’ll admit that I haven’t seen the sales I had hoped for with this book, so I do lack a bit of motivation, to be honest.

Penumbra Progress Report

Stalled out.

It’s an ambitious project, and I definitely want to write it. Partially to challenge myself and partially because the characters have already hammered a hook into my soul. So yeah, those books will come, but… probably only at the end of the year. Maybe.

Business Progress Report

I have a huge step to report for my author business: I created my own store!

That’s right, you can now buy directly from me and have your ebooks delivered by BookFunnel. In fact, I’m working on an option to also sell my Wolf audiobooks directly – but so far, there is no clear integration through BookFunnel, so I’m not there yet.

As I write this, all Winds and Pillars are up there, and I’m working on the Wolves. Eventually, all my books will be there.

What are the benefits of my own store?

First of all, you get to buy a file and not just a license (as you do when you “buy” from Amazon). By using BookFunnel, I’m also giving you a way to have a backup of all your purchases in their Library so computer crash won’t wipe out your ebook pile. The file is an epub, so you can put it on any reader you want, including the Kindle.

Second, I actually earn a little more per sale than when I sell through the big stores. Yes, there are some fees, but all together they are noticeably less than the 30-40% most stores demand.

So this is a Win-Win, and I hope I can entice you to at least check out: Hannah’s Store

Author Life Progress Report

Okay. I have to admit a new weakness: Valheim. As you probably noticed with the header image.

I can so totally get lost in that game. Which made me ponder why? Why is it so attractive?

Remember, I’m autistic. I love exploring and hoarding and building, but I hate pressure. And Valheim has little pressure. I can toddle around at my own speed, build bases, explore, gather stuff and build more. Yes, there are mobs and events, and yes, I have to create defenses, but as of now, it’s not a high-stress game. And I adore that.

Best of all, the friend who introduced me to it is actually playing it with me and showing me tricks. That makes a big difference. (Yes, I also created a Twink and use her to practice stuff with, but that’s me. I’m a character hoarder.)

It does relax my brain. I even bought the soundtrack. And that helps me write.

The Newsletter (not a Progress Report) Part

As usual, you get my newsletter sign-up spiel at the end – sparing all of us those annoying pop-ups. I send out my regular newsletter every 13th of the month (yes, 13 is my lucky number, why do you ask?). Once in a while there might be an extra one, for a release or a special sale. Those happen very rarely.

In the regular newsletter, you’ll get this progress report, you get some awesome opportunities for curated book sales and grabs, you might get a review if a book totally flashes me, but most of all, you get the Ember Tale.

Ember is my cute little dragon familiar (most of the people mistake her for a plushie, to her chagrin), and she gets into sweet little adventures. Those are only available in my newsletters, I don’t post them anywhere else.

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My Brand New Online Bookstore

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Yes, that’s right. I just finished setting up an online bookstore via PayHip where you can buy books directly from me. Right now, it only has six books (my Winds and Pillars), but I’ll be adding more in the next few weeks.

Setting it all up wasn’t entirely easy, although there were plenty of good guides and help files. With everything to do, it took me about a week to get it all done. Some of it was really tricky, such as adding a subdomain to my DNS files.

Why my own bookstore?

If you’ve followed me or even just looked at my books and the links, you already know that I sell through a lot of stores, such as Amazon, Apple, Kobo, B&N and even Tolino. Among authors this is called “being wide”.

I never liked to keep all my eggs in just one basket (which in this case would be called “Amazon”). That means I’m foregoing a few perks that Amazon only offers to those authors who work exclusively through them.

Creating my own bookstore takes me even “wider”, if you forgive the pun. It means that readers can buy directly from me, giving me a little more money per sale than the bigger stores or libraries (yes, my books are also in library systems).

Best of all, I don’t have to wait two or three months to get the money I earned through the sales, unlike with all the other stores.

How does the bookstore work?

It’s really simple, actually, because it’s just an online store. You click on a book, and then you can buy it (or download it if it’s free). Payment is through credit card (Stripe) or through PayPal. Easy enough.

I went with a slightly more complicated option for fulfillment, because in the end, it’s easier for everyone involved. Let me explain:

I use BookFunnel to deliver my eBooks (and in the future, my audio-books). They have a whole help desk to help you, my reader, if something goes wrong. Or if you can’t figure out how to get the darn eBook to your Kindle (or other eReader). Yes, you can get any eBook you buy from me to your Kindle, and it’s easy peasy.

If you buy a book from my store, you get to download a PDF with instructions, but you’ll also receive an email from BookFunnel with the download options for the eBook. In addition, the book will always be in your very own BookFunnel library, just in case your computer crashes and you lose all your data.

Where can I find that bookstore?

Simple. I added the link to my books menu, but I’ll also dump it into this post. Here you go:

Hannah’s Bookstore

I’m trying to keep it clean and easy to navigate. Fortunately, PayHip does offer nice ways of organizing the products.

If you are missing a book of mine that you really want to get – let me know. Write a comment, drop me an email, and I’ll do my best to add it as fast as I can. For now, I’m working my way through my series, basically in order of how well they sell. My short stories will probably be last. (But as I said, I’m flexible.)

Unfortunately, I cannot add my store link to those wonderful Books2Read Universal links. I did ask, but it’s just not in the cards. So please, bookmark my store page if you intend to use it.

If you’d rather buy from a big store, don’t feel bad. I’m still earning money, and you can find all my books right here: Hannah’s Universal Book Link. I do understand that it can be much more convenient.

Not a bookstore – the newsletter not-a-pop-up

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February 2024 Progress Report

Decoration for the Progress Report February 2024

Image shows a pond, with bare trees on the shore, rhododendron in the foreground and the spire of a church in the far background.

In this progress report, I have quite a bit of good news for you. First of all, I am finally feeling better. I’ve done a lot of admin stuff – still some ways to go, but the really difficult things are done.

I’m developing some new habits to keep my mind in a positive state, and it’s making quite a difference. I really hope I can keep that going. But let’s dive into all the other news first!

Winds and Pillars Progress Report

Sky Falls is out!

I’ll repeat the description, even though I already posted it last month. But hey, no need to click back, so here you go:

A daring escape. An unlikely ally. A wicked betrayal.

When the day of his sacrifice draws near, Sky Falcon has nothing left to lose. Daring the wrath of the Priests, he escapes through a clever application of his magic, taking the love of his life with him.

Together, they hatch a desperate and daring plan: After escaping the Holy Empire through different routes, they vow to reunite near Jungle Fortress in the south.

On his own, Sky makes an unfortunate mistake which leads him down the road to doom. Can he escape once more or will he find himself bound on top of a Pyramid, after all?

“Sky Falls” takes you on yet another intense and fast-paced ride through the world of the Winds and Pillars, with familiar characters lending a hand.

If you adore being sucked into a tale of magic, adventure, love and battle, you will devour the second book of the Pillars of the Empire by Hannah Steenbock.

And yeah, I’m not above giving you a purchase link, either (ebook all stores, print from Amazon):

Grab Sky Falls here!

Of course, I’m already writing the next book, Sun Burns. I’m 25k in, so that’s about half-way, and he’s about to sneak out of the Holy Empire. And get into trouble. (What else is new about my characters?)

Wolf Shifter Progress Report

I will admit I haven’t done much since the release of A Wolf’s Christmas. Yes, I know the next book up will be A Wolf’s Hacker, and I already know Shane and Dylan, their backgrounds and quite a bit of the plot. I’ve written a few scenes, and if you have read my Wolf series, you already met Shane – he’s one of the villains in A Wolf’s Peril. Here, he gets his own book and a redemption arc.

Right now, Sun wants my attention, but I promise, I’ll get back to Shane and Dylan. And I have plenty more ideas for more shifters, including Mustangs. I hope I’ll get to them soon.

Penumbra Progress Report

Okay, there is awesome progress to report, because I bought covers! Yes, that’s right. I spotted an insane deal, and I have covers for the first three books.

And the cover for “Lion’s Battle” has already inspired a plot point – now I know how Leander’s dark hair actually turned white and why. I also know where they get their leather jackets. I love it when that happens.

Enjoy!

I really hope you like them as much as I do. I saw these and simply had to grab them. The designer is James from GoOnWrite.

Life Progress Report

I started doing something that I call “Bed Yoga”, very firmly tongue in cheek. It’s basically just tightening the muscles in a body part for 15-20 seconds, and then relaxing – and feeling that relaxation. (Yes, I stole a page from Jacobson, if you know that kind of thing.)

It’s having amazing results. I’m such a slouch that even doing so little has been improving my muscles, I’m sleeping better and my tense shoulders are easing up. Feel free to grab the idea.

In addition, I’m working hard on breaking my limiting beliefs on being happy. (Yes. I had a therapy practice. I know how those work. If you want to know, I’m doing the tapping thing on those.) And I’m seeing results there, as well. It feels really good.

Enter Ember! (Not a progress report.)

You know this part. It’s where I tell you about my newsletter instead of installing a pop-up, simply because I hate pop-ups.

It goes out once a month. It has updates about me, some book deals and of course, the Ember Tale, which you cannot get anywhere else, not here nor on Patreon. If you want to have it drop into your mailbox, subscribe below.

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Sky Falls – the new, powerful book 6 in the Winds and Pillars Series

Yes, it’s true! Sky Falls, Pillars of the Empire Book 2, is finally out and available in all stores, with print via Amazon.

I will say that Sky is also a character dear to my heart, at the same level as West. He’s just so much fun, so curious, so sweet. In fact, he’s pretty much a scientist in mind, he loves to experiment and try out new things.

Of course, once he escapes the Sacred Square, he does get a little overwhelmed with all the new things he has to learn.

Once again, Taire Morrigan has created an awesome cover for me and the series. I really think it captures the essence of Sky – all of his power in the flash of lighting, but also his intelligence and quick understanding of situations.

For this book, I also had a wonderful beta-reader. I have to thank them for catching quite a few errors and typos – so if there are any left, you have to blame me for them.

I really hope you’ll like Sky Falls as much as I do. And well… don’t start this story in the evening because you may not get a lot of sleep that night.

But see for yourself!

Sky Falls cover

Description for Sky Falls:

A daring escape. An unlikely ally. A wicked betrayal.

When the day of his sacrifice draws near, Sky Falcon has nothing left to lose. Daring the wrath of the Priests, he escapes through a clever application of his magic, taking the love of his life with him.

Together, they hatch a desperate and daring plan: After escaping the Holy Empire through different routes, they vow to reunite near Jungle Fortress in the south.

On his own, Sky makes an unfortunate mistake which leads him down the road to doom. Can he escape once more or will he find himself bound on top of a Pyramid, after all?

“Sky Falls” takes you on yet another intense and fast-paced ride through the world of the Winds and Pillars, with familiar characters lending a hand.

What people say about Sky Falls:

“Just plowed through Sky Falls. Thank you for this wonderful book! It calmed me when I needed calming (even though a part of me wants to see those priests BURN).”

Links for Sky Falls:

Amazon | Google | Apple | All other stores | Print

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Progress Report January 2024

A view in the park, showing ice building on the pond. Some snow is on the ground, the whole image creates a sense of bleak winter.

Illustration for the progress report.

There is plenty to talk about in this progress report, even though January has been a frazzling month so far.

I did spend the rest of December with my sister, which has been a balm and a recovery period for me. I lazed around quite a lot, read a lot, did an editing pass for Sky (more on that in a moment) and actually ate a lot healthier than I generally do at home. I’m trying to carry that over into life here in the north.

Winds and Pillars Progress Report

I’m still putting the final touches on Sky, after my awesome beta reader has discovered quite a few more typos and pointed out a few sentences that weren’t clear. I’m so grateful for that! (Incidentally, if you find typos in my books, I love hearing about them. Especially the ebooks are easy to fix, but even print isn’t hard to do, thanks to Atticus, the formatting software I use.)

I still need to commission the cover – did I mention that January has been frazzling – but I’m fairly hopeful I can get Sky published by the end of the month. Here’s the description for his book:

A daring escape. An unlikely ally. A wicked betrayal.

When the day of his sacrifice draws near, Sky Falcon has nothing left to lose. Daring the wrath of the Priests, he escapes through a clever application of his magic, taking the love of his life with him.

Together, they hatch a desperate and daring plan: After escaping the Holy Empire through different routes, they vow to reunite near Jungle Fortress in the south.

On his own, Sky makes an unfortunate mistake which leads him down the road to doom. Can he escape once more or will he find himself bound on top of a Pyramid, after all?

“Sky Falls” takes you on yet another intense and fast-paced ride through the world of the Winds and Pillars, with familiar characters lending a hand.

If you adore being sucked into a tale of magic, adventure, love and battle, you will devour the second book of the Pillars of the Empire by Hannah Steenbock.

Wolves Progress Report

A Wolf’s Christmas is doing nicely, but I haven’t seen any reviews yet. That’s fine, I’m sure a few people grabbed it and never found the time to read it over the holidays.

However, if you enjoyed the book, it would be awesome to let people know what you thought about it. Reviews make such a huge difference for visibility.

If you haven’t read it yet, well, here’s the link. Check it out – it takes place in Germany!

A Wolf’s Christmas in all stores.

I already know the next Wolf book and have started writing it. It’s going to be called A Wolf’s Hacker – and the main character is Shane. Yes, the same guy who had the zoo in A Wolf’s Peril. He has a new life in Ashton, but lives in shame about everything he did. It takes danger to one of the few friends he has to draw him out of his funk. I also know the basic plot, but haven’t found the urgency to write it yet.

Help me out? Do you want another wolf book now?

Penumbra Progress Report

I’ve stalled out a bit on the vampires, alas. I’m shifting their story into the near future, and worldbuilding that has been fun. A lot can happen in 20+ years, after all. I have rearranged our world quite a bit, and yes, the climate crisis is getting worse.

A few scenes are done, I’m reworking them to fit the year 2042. It’s not easy, because I have to create my own version of a future that’s very much uncertain right now. I hope I can tell you more in the next progress report.

I hope to turn this into hope punk, but first, I need to unfrazzle my mind.

Life Progress Report

Life has been throwing me curveballs that I’m trying to solve, mitigate and turn into something positive. However, my little autistic brain doesn’t do well with quite a bit of this stuff.

You see, I react badly to loud noise. And we had two very noise, honking, rumbling protests where farmers ran their tractors through town, intimidating everyone.

In very good news, the three ladies who won a signed copy of South Breaks can now expect their packages. It did take me an entire week to sort out packaging and shipping labels (I hate websites that time out *just* when you hit the buy button), but it’s all done now. Phew.

And next time I persuade myself to offer signed copies, please hit me with a 2×4, someone.

Next week, I’ll have to change to a new version of MailerLite. Sadly, that will kill the archive, which means you won’t be able to go back and read all the old Ember tales anymore.

Would you like me to pull them all together in a little ebook? Let me know!

And talking about Ember, here she comes:

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Progress Report December 2023

December Progress Report 2023
Snow days in the park.

I have great news in this progress report: I published a new book this month!

But first things first:

I didn’t finish NaNoWriMo. The Wolf story ended before I could reach the 50k words, and that was just fine with me. I wanted a Christmas novella, after all, and that’s what I got. I put the rest of the month into editing and formatting that tale.

Which leads me directly to the…

Wolves Progress Report

A Wolf’s Christmas came out on December 2nd (depending a little on the sales channel).

Cover of A Wolf's Christmas, part of the Wolves progress report

It was great fun to write, seriously. Thing is, I deliberately set the story in a small town in Germany that I know (not really that well, but Google maps help).

I also used the opportunity to show off some German Christmas traditions, as festive decoration of the story. And of course, Fred and Mark have a problem to solve and get into trouble – like all my Wolves.

They do good work, as always, and yes, there is a romance subplot. How could there not be, considering it’s a Christmas novella?

Here’s the link if you feel like buying the book: A Wolf’s Christmas in all stores.

And yes, I’m still writing the story of Shane and Dylan, A Wolf’s Hacker. I do think I can manage to get it all done and published next year.

And no, I’m not forgetting all the other shifters. I wish I could write faster, because I love all those ideas.

Winds and Pillars Progress Report

Okay, not writing those right now (we’ll get to that soon), but I have plans to edit Sky Falls during my Christmas vacation. It’s basically written, and just needs cleaning up and editing a few bits and bobbles. I have high hopes I can get it published in January (February at the latest).

Sky is also a character I fell in love with (nothing special, I love them all), and I really hope you’ll like him, as well. And I can promise cameos by other beloved characters.

Sun’s story is also almost done, and I already know quite a few things about Moon. So rest assured, I will finish this series.

Lit RPG Progress Report

Yes, that’s one of those series I’ve kept hidden on my backburner. It’s called The Mengarian Conspiracy and it’s pretty much a tale of a party of adventurers having, well, adventures, doing good and eventually (no idea how long or how many books that’ll take) uncovering a conspiracy to murder the current king and queen. I have three finished books, but I’m being held back by the (always rather stressful) search for a cover designer I can actually afford.

In very good news, I have a beta-reader for book 1 (who already told me they like it), so maybe I can figure out the cover problem. There might soon be more progress to report.

New Vampire Series Progress Report

It was bound to happen. I mean, I’ve been reading vampire books for a while now, and Writer Brain does read along. I have a series name already – Penumbra – and I have a few main characters and a few side characters. I also have titles (which might change slightly) for four books. There will probably be more, with the MCs changing in every book, in the Romance series fashion. That also means the books will be stand-alones, but tied in with the other books.

A Lion’s Battle
A Warrior’s Dream
A Breath of Spring
A Librarian’s Wish

It won’t be the classic vampire stuff, instead I thought of a twist. You see, my vampires are actually Children of the Sun and they fight the Hunters of the Night. They were created to defend humanity from evil, and to be reminded of that, they need to feed on blood. They also have some of the classic vampire abilities (strength, speed, fast healing), while their foes have other classic vampire features (can’t stand sunlight, turn into bats, not photos or mirror images). Oh, and Old Souls also matter.

Writing Book 1 now and having much fun with it. At least I’m back to writing every day, even if the word count isn’t entirely impressive.

Life Progress Report

Two words: Daylight Lamp.

As long as I can remember to turn it on in my mornings, it does make a huge difference in how I feel during the day. I definitely battle with SAD, and let me tell you, the days in Northern Germany are DARK in winter. (And right now, we’re having few sunny days. Can’t wait for the Winter Solstice.

I’m definitely looking forward to the Christmas break from the day job. Also seeing family, which is always nice.

November was a dreadful month for sales, but December is coming along nicely so far. And somehow, seeing sales and the occasional review really makes me happy. It is a validation in a way, and a relief that people do like my books.

Ember Progress Report

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Progress Report November 2023

Progress Report November 2023

Image shows a pond in a park, with a big tree framing it to the left and leaves on the right. At the other side of the pond trees show off fall colors, underneath a blue sky with thin white clouds.
The park where I like to walk – taken today.

I’ll start this progress report with the best news ever: I’m writing again and I’m having a lot of fun with it!

A big part of that is NaNoWriMo. I’ve done it several times, and it usually is enough external motivation to get me writing again. I failed it last year, and I’ll probably fail it this year, but it still is an incentive to write more than I have been.

Because this year has been rather frustrating with writing. I’ve had years like that before, where nothing really drew me into stories. And I still have that now. It’s hard doing it all alone, after all.

I’m trying to find author friends, trying to establish connections here in town. I’ve failing at that, as well. But at least, the ideas are coming again.

More about that below, in the individual progress reports.

Winds and Pillars Progress Report

You probably saw that I finally got Earth Splits published. I’m very much relieved, even though I had to do a quick fix to the epub when a friend told me about an unedited chapter. That was embarrassing. Fortunately, they caught it before I published the print book. Phew.

Sky Burns is next, and his story is mostly done, it just needs some cleaning and possibly filling in some blanks. I’m definitely hoping I can get it published in January next year. And just like all the others, Sky is special and dear to my heart. He even gives West a run for his money.

I’m still in the process of writing Sun (Burns). Sun is… precious in a very different way, and where he ends up was as much a surprise to me as it was for him. I’m learning about a very different aspect of history through him and his adventure, and that’s wonderful. I think I’ll be able to share his story in spring.

Even Moon has already said hi. (Moon Rises). She’s quite a character, cocky, strong, determined and often wrong. It’ll take her a while to learn to temper her arrogance and admit that the world isn’t quite as she thought it was. And I already know she’ll meet someone quite fascinating – and related to a side char in one of the other books. Yes, I’m being mean and won’t tell you anytime soon.

Wolves Progress Report

This is where I have some exciting news. You see, I’m racing to finish A Wolf’s Christmas in time to release it, well, before Christmas. That’s what I’m writing for NaNo, and I’m about halfway done. Mark and Fred have also become dear to me (guess it happens with all my MCs, or I can’t write them. And in this book, you’re getting a taste of Germany.

Shane and Dylan have been pushed back, but I think I’ll be able to finish their story in time for a release in early spring, between Sky and Sun.

Because I have a lot of plans for the world my Wolves live in. LOTS.

Shifter World Progress Report

You see, when I started writing NaNo, Writer Brain took that as a signal to shower me with all the story ideas. And I mean ALL. I’m serious.

I already started the first story in a spin-off series I’ll call Mustangs of the West. Yep, those will be stories about horse shifters. Don’t be surprised, you know West. I couldn’t let him be the only one, okay?

So “A Mustang’s Dream” will be the first, and while I’m still looking for a name for the MMC, I already know where they live – out in Oregon, close to plenty of Herd Management Areas. That gives me plenty of opportunities for them to run in the desert.

But that’s not all. Writer Brain also showed me a Tiger shifter who has been kidnapped and needs to be rescued – and he might be part of the Shifters of the North spin-off. That will feature big creatures from the northern hemisphere, bears, lynxes, maybe moose. Not sure yet, but that is definitely a plot kernel I want to explore.

Even that isn’t all, though.

You see, I finally found an origin myth for my Wolves, and while I won’t spoil more just yet, I already have a name for that third spin-off series: Wolves of the Past. That will be alternate history, and yes, it’ll come with a lot of research. So much fun.

Life Progress Report

Life is not… an area where I’m making a lot of progress.

Loneliness is still getting me, I find it difficult to get everything done that should be done, and right now, it seems that making RL friends here in town is beyond me. I have days when self-care is hard.

And I’m being open about it because authors are real people, and we’re more than just the books we put out. I managed, I’m independent, I’ll carry on, but it can be hard, and that does impact how much I can write on a given day. If my energy goes into holding the big black dog at bay, it’s not going into my stories.

I suppose that’s a roundabout way of apologizing that I haven’t published more this year.

Social Media Progress Report

I’m starting to move more and more into the Fediverse. I’ve been on Mastodon for a year, and it’s quickly become my favorite place on the web. I just added a Lemmy community – partially because the enshittification of Facebook is building and I don’t know for how much longer I can stomach it. I love my fan group there, but I’m building one away from commercial internet.

So now there are Hannah’s Dragonriders in the Fediverse, and you can actually follow that message board thingie (it does look ugly, sorry) from Mastodon, just put this into the search bar: !hannahsdragonriders@sffa.community

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