Presenting…Drowned History!

I was getting a little panicked because I wasn’t exactly done with the first book in the vampire series, which I was hoping to release in March. But never fear! I will have a book out in March and it’s one that’s very close to my heart.

Drowned History is the story of four people who get drawn into a search for a mysterious artifact buried in India in the fall of 1940. They quickly discover that some things are not what they appear, and the past comes back to haunt two of them. A lost love binds them together, but their trip into the far past may well tear them apart.

The release date for Drowned History is March 13, and I’ll open pre-orders at the end of February. There will be both print and e-book copies and I plan to have them available at every retailer. I’m so excited!

 

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All Sorts of News

Guess who’s back with a brand new logo, a new release, and a new WIP?

You guessed it, it’s me! I haven’t been very active online for a while for various reasons, but I’m back now and have plenty of news to share.

 First off, you may have noticed that my site has a new look. I got a beautiful logo from Chelsea Barnes and I think it gives my site a personal look and tells new readers exactly what I’m about. I absolutely love it!

Next, I have a new series in the works! It’s going to be a paranormal romance series with an association of vampires called the Night Lodge. The first three books are going to be a trilogy, and I plan to do a couple of standalones after that. I’ve been working on some teaser images for Facebook and Twitter, so follow me there and you’ll get a taste of the series as I work on it.

Last but not least, I had the good fortune to be included in a Victorian box set with a Rogue theme with the same amazing ladies who were in the Treasured Love box set, and it’s been doing really well! It’s currently on Amazon for $2.99 or free on KU, and there are six all-new stories to enjoy. Mine is a full length novel called Only a Rogue Knows, which will be released on its own in January. Get your copy now!

That’s all for now. If you’re interested in a sample chapter, I’ll be posting that next week so stay tuned!

The Struggle

I’ve been pretty silent recently, due mostly to the fact that I’ve been a little depressed. As I said before, Booktrope’s closing has been really rough on me. Without resources to self-publish The Detective’s Brother, it leaves me with no books available to promote or sell and no means to go forward self-publishing on my own with any degree of professionalism. As much as I would like to put out my own work, the fact remains that I just can’t afford it.

Our family’s circumstances have changed dramatically in the months since Booktrope closed, and part of the reason I went with Booktrope in the first place was because I didn’t have the money or resources to self-publish on my own. Now that we’re in an even worse place financially (temporarily, I hope!), I’m stuck with a lot of work that may or may not ever see the light of day.

I do have a couple of publishers I would like to submit work to, but to submit Detective’s Brother to them I need to have it free and clear from my Booktrope obligations and right now I don’t have the money to do that. I’m looking to submit Turn the Page to a small publisher as well but I need to finish editing it first. I’ve got so much to do and zero motivation to do it.

It doesn’t help that I see friends who have been able to turn their Booktrope titles around and self-publish them having success because I know that if I had the money to do what they have, I might be in a different place. Instead I’m back to where I started before I was ever picked up by the now-defunct Sinnful E-Books.

I envy people who say they’ve never considered giving up on writing. I’m not saying I’m giving up, but this is the sort of thing that makes me want to curl up in a corner and never touch a computer again.

I’m tired. Just tired.

The Detective’s Brother Cover!

No pirate excerpt this week, I’m afraid, but I’ve got something even more exciting to share with you – the cover for The Detective’s Brother!

Detective's Brother

When the book was originally picked up by Sinnful Books, we made it all the way to a cover reveal before they shut down. I really liked that cover and was really disappointed I wouldn’t be able to use it. They did give me permission to use the art if I was planning on self-publishing it but Booktrope snapped Detective’s Brother up and the search was on for a new cover.

Ashley Byland is my cover designer and she kept some of the same elements that I liked but found a picture of Quinn that I thought fit her better! The font she chose is amazing too. It really makes the title stand out. The cover she made is beautiful and I can’t wait to see them stacked up on the table at a signing. The fire wraps around the back cover as well!

We will be releasing The Detective’s Brother at the end of March with this beautiful cover and it will be available in both print and ebook formats. I’m going to be ordering some copies to take to a signing, so if you’d like an autographed copy I’m more than happy to oblige!

I’m really excited to be this close to publication and will share all the new info as it comes!

Delays and Triumphs

Great news! We’re finally getting close to publication, and I couldn’t be more excited.

I had a little bit of a bump in the road recently when my amazing book manager Patti had to resign from the project due to family problems, and I met with my new book manager Chelsea for the first time this week via phone. She’s very enthusiastic but has a little bit different style of marketing than I’ve gotten used to but I think we’re a good fit for one another.

Further complicating things is the fact that the system was acting wonky. My proofreader finished proofing the manuscript in two weeks but it didn’t upload so we were a week behind by the time we got things sorted out. I did the final pass and committed all the changes, then uploaded the final manuscript to the grid to head to layout and I’m super excited to finally be finished with it. I never thought I’d say this, but I’m ready to get Simon and Quinn out of my head for a little while.

I was hoping to have a late March release for the book but it was looking more like it was going to be the middle of April, so I was a little disappointed. Patti put me in touch with a few people before she left and I had set up some Facebook marketing events under the impression that my book would be out in late March. After my first meeting with Chelsea, we have determined that I can still manage not only the late March release but also the book signing I was wanting to do the first weekend of April! I’ve never done this sort of thing so I’m a little nervous.

We are also planning to reveal the cover for Detective’s Brother in the next week or so and I couldn’t be more thrilled to finally share it with you! The fonts alone…gorgeous.

In actual writing news, the pirate project continues at full speed. I couldn’t wait to start writing it and now I can’t stop. As a matter of fact I’m writing this post as fast as possible so I can get back to writing it. I’m about halfway through and it’s super exciting. Maybe next week I’ll have a little excerpt I can share with you!

Up Next: Proofreading!

I finished the outline for the pirate story and have been working on the character sheets, which goes back and forth between being one of my favorite things to do and one of my least favorite things to do. I’m kind of chomping at the bit to start writing the story but am doing my best to wait until the characters and research are finished so I don’t have to go back and do a rewrite.

Scrivener is, as always, an amazing asset. The ability to move scenes and chapters around if I think they’ll be better somewhere else is wonderful, and the fact that I can have all my research and character sheets in one place is even better. I’ve gotten pretty good at navigating around it with the keyboard too! If my editor and publishing process didn’t use MS Word, I’d use the compose mode but I don’t want to write an entire novella in Scrivener just to have to transfer it to Word later and possibly lose my formatting.

As far as editing this work in progress, I’ve decided I’m going to use my editor Carly again. She’s awesome and we really clicked during the editing of Detective’s Brother so I trust her with this one as well. It’s going to be published a little differently, though, so she’ll be able to get it finished quickly with her usual sharp eye.

Speaking of Detective’s Brother, now that the edits are finished and uploaded I can get it to the proofreader for the final read. Then it’s off to formatting and finally publishing it! It really has evolved since I wrote it and I’m very pleased with the finished story. I think I’ll be able to take what I’ve learned from Carly and rewrite Framed a lot more effectively.

The book cover concept has also been approved and as soon as we get that my designer will finish it up and get it sent off. It looks really nice and I can’t wait to see how it looks stacked up on a table at a book fair. I guess I’d better practice my fancy author’s signature!

Roundup!

Once more I have slacked off this week! I almost finished the scarf I was working on for the gift basket but that’s not terribly interesting. I didn’t finish the baby sweater and haven’t started on my coworker’s gift, which basically means I need to go hide in a corner until they’re both done.

The main reason I slacked off was because my editor finally sent me half the edits for Detective’s Brother and I’ve been working on those. She has some great suggestions and I’m glad to have her input. I really feel like she’s helping me polish my work into the best possible story, and I hope my readers feel the same way.

I’m also trying to work on an outline for a new Yeah Write series. I’ve got the idea, I just don’t have the time to work on it right now. Maybe after I send back these edits I’ll be able to do it, but for now it’s on the back burner.

And in the last piece of writing news, I found myself a new cover artist! She’s really great and her portfolio is amazing. We were bouncing some ideas off each other and I think she’s a great fit for the team. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with.

That’s pretty much it for this week. Hopefully I’ll have more to report next week, but for now it’s head down and back into the edits!