Victoria Miller has done it again. I commissioned her to make me a logo because I decided (drum roll please) to make my first solo series!
Chicago Underground is about the children of underworld figures, who have varying degrees of interest in following in their parents’ footsteps. They’ll all be standalone books but there will be some character overlap. These things happen.
The next one will probably be Jimmy Hirakawa, whose father could find anyone, and then Nick Navarro’s son (who doesn’t have a name yet). That won’t be for a while though.
Originally I wanted to call it the Chicago Gray Line series but Victoria is the bee’s knees and told me it’s a company’s name. Whoops!
I also got my print cover, which is gorgeous. Look at this beautiful thing! And check out the blurb from one of my reviews on the bottom. I absolutely love this cover. Perhaps one day I can put “Bestselling Author” on my covers too.
Logos, reviews, it’s like I’m a real author now!
If you follow my Twitter you may have seen that I got a new job! I’m excited to report that after 16 years of working in clinics (and in one case a teaching hospital), I have traded my scrubs for a lab coat and gone to work at a reference lab.
It’s been an adjustment. I really did love the clinic I worked at, so there were lots of tearful goodbyes and hugs. The Sunday before my first day at the lab was so strange, knowing that I would be going somewhere completely different the next day. It made me incredibly sad but I know this is the best move for me.
The adjustment continues as now I have a 45-60 minute commute between Fort Worth and Dallas. I used to be able to roll out of bed, throw on my scrubs, and be at work in 10 minutes. Now I’m packing my lunch the night before, making a smoothie in the morning and heading out. I’m not about to sugarcoat the fact that the traffic is awful. In fact, I’m fairly certain that 5:00 traffic on 121 violates the Geneva Convention. I have my podcasts and am branching out into audiobooks, so it’s at least informative, and I can now drive to work without needing my GPS.
The lab is ridiculously busy, so the days just fly by and right now I’m working directly with my boss. I was nervous, but he said that I am doing really well, I’m picking things up quickly and he’s glad to have me. Things are a-ok.
Plus, the pathologists buy Starbucks sometimes.
If you’ve been reading the pieces of Absence of Intellect that I’ve been posting on Wednesdays, I hope you’re enjoying the story! I’ve had an idea about it and I’m hoping you’ll enjoy that as well.
Once Absence is completed, I’m going to re-edit it and put it up on Amazon and in KU. It’ll be e-book only and permafree, so if you missed a chapter or just want to read the whole thing from the beginning, you’ll be able to own it and read it at your leisure. It’s going to be novella length, probably around 30-32K, and hopefully it’ll spark interest in my other books.
So far I’ve written 15 chapters and have 3 more to write, so it’ll be a couple of months before any of this happens but I’ll put all the news here so you’ll be the first to know when it does. I’ll likely release it around Christmas with no preorder, so no pesky waiting!
I hope you’ll keep reading the chapters of Absence as they’re posted, and give me your feedback on them. I’m looking forward to doing this and possibly started a new story after this one is concluded. I’ve got a bit of an idea sort of rolling around in my head that seems like it could be a good novella.
There’s always the possibility that I’ll get impatient and start updating twice a week or something like that, but we’ll see where this goes. Writing is a wild ride and sometimes all you can do is hold on and hope the brakes work.
I love sharing good news, so working on projects I can’t yet go into detail about drives me crazy. I love my current project so much that I want to tell you all about it, but you’ll have to wait a little longer to hear about it. What I can tell you is that next month you’ll be able to get a free book as a part of it! You get get it even sooner by subscribing to my mailing list, and read the story before anyone else. My mailing list will only go out about once a month, and you’ll get previews of my books and be the first to know about new projects in the works. Sign up here!
Next month I’ll get to share a little more about the project and in July I’ll share the cover when the preorder begins. I’m so excited! I know I say that a lot but it’s easy to get excited when you love what you do.
While you’re waiting, you can still buy Drowned History for $0.99 on Kindle or read for free in KU.
Preorders for Only a Rogue Knows are also still happening for $0.99 until June 12th, when you’ll be able to read it for free in KU or buy a print copy from me.
On a related note, this fall I’m going to be doing some book reviews on Tuesdays! I’m looking forward to reading some great books and sharing my opinions with you. Because as we all know, I have plenty of opinions.
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!
Happy New Year! I hope 2016 is super for you – it’s going to be exciting for me!
I have been so incredibly lazy this last week, due to my sinking myself into a side project and being completely engrossed in the Flawed series, so I don’t have a finished project to show off. Instead, I have a couple of halfway made WIPs that I am embarrassedly showing you.
First up, half of a baby sweater. I decided I was going to make another one in pastel because I have a ton of purple and white yarn left over from the polka dot baby blanket and I thought it would be fun to make one in a smaller size. This is what I finished a couple of days ago before I threw everything aside to read Outsider.
Second half-finished project is a super-chunky scarf that I’m crocheting for a gift basket! It’s really bulky and warm, and I can’t wait for it to become someone’s new favorite scarf. I like crocheting with bulky yarn because it works up quickly and you can see the detail in the stitches, which makes double crochet look totally fancy.
I’m going to finish these projects over the weekend with any luck (definitely the scarf, maybe on the baby sweater) so I can move on to working on the Christmas Exchange blanket…a week after Christmas.
I never said I was punctual.
Next week my crochet posts move to Wednesday, my Open Book posts to Monday, and I’m going to really try to do a Friday writing post. Thursdays are going to be book review days. One of my 2016 goals is to read a book every week, so I’ll be on the lookout for new stuff. I don’t like to be pinned to any one genre, so there’s always the possibility that I’ll tell you all about Stephen King’s newest at some point. You’ve been warned!
Now that I’ve started seriously sending out my work to small publishers, I figured it was time to make a site. I’ve been rejected by a lot of agents so I thought I’d try the direct route. I’m nervous and excited at the same time and I plan on sharing everything I can about the process.
Since I do most of my writing from a beat up netbook with no reliable wifi, most of these posts will be written on my iPad. Any way I can write, I will! I honestly can’t imagine not writing, I’ve been doing it so long, so I’m not gonna let a little thing like this stop me.
I’ll try to update this blog regularly but not on any particular schedule so if you want the latest, please subscribe and get new posts sent directly to your email. Convenient!
And if anyone wants to spring for a new laptop for me I would LOVE one.