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!
I’m excited to announce that I’m doing NaNoWriMo again this year!
Well, I have some incredibly sad news. As of May 31st, The Detective’s Brother will no longer be available as Booktrope is closing down.
I got the news on Friday and immediately started texting and messaging other Booktrope authors that I have become friends with, as well as my editor. As near as we can figure out, until I pay the team what their usual rate would be my book will be stuck in limbo.
I’ve decided – as have a number of my fellow authors – to go the self-publishing route. I’ve learned a lot from my time with Booktrope and I think I can go it alone as well as possible. I have a day job that I love so I’m not in danger of losing a large chunk of my income, and I’ll have a little more control over what I’ve written.
A couple of friends have encouraged me to try and explore small presses but honestly, I’m not looking forward to doing that again. I’ve been down that road before and it only leaves me stressed and unhappy when no one wants to read historicals or requests chapters and then never says anything again. Not to mention the fact that the two indie publishers that picked up The Detective’s Brother both went under. Sinnful at least returned the rights to me with no strings attached. Booktrope is returning the rights but, as I said before, I can’t republish until my team is compensated and that will take a while if they want the money up front. I adore my editor but I can’t afford her rate unless she lets me pay her back in installments or something.
Turn the Page is still slated for a release this year, though it may be a little longer in coming than originally planned since I’m going to have to shell out the money for the editing and cover myself. However, I’ve got a designer I like picked out and a couple of stock photos for her to work with. I’ve got a few ideas for contemporaries and historicals, so you definitely haven’t heard the last of me, and I hope you’ll stay with me through the next big adventure.
This week we’re talking about failing at the goals we’ve set for ourselves. It happens to everyone at least once in their writing career, moreso if you’re trying to balance family, a day job, and writing. It’s not the easiest thing to do – especially if you have young children who can’t entertain themselves – and at some point you find yourself with your head in your hands wondering how you managed to get there.
Setting goals for yourself is a great thing for those of us with super hectic schedules. I’ve heard many people say that it’s a good thing to schedule some time in your day to write and even read one person say you should commit to being creative during your scheduled time. The problem is, your brain doesn’t always cooperate.
You can’t schedule creativity. You can find time to write but if the creative juices aren’t flowing there’s a good chance you’re going to have to cut everything you just wrote when you edit it.
So what do you do when you fail at a goal you’ve set? I accept the fact that I didn’t get where I wanted or what I expected, then use it as a lesson. What worked? What didn’t? Was there a reason I didn’t make my goal, and if so can it be worked around next time? By asking myself these questions I not only learn a lot about my writing process, I also learn about myself and get that much closer to achieving my goal next time.
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As promised, here’s a little bit from the contemporary I’ve been working on, Turn the Page. It’s very early in the process and I can’t guarantee it’ll even be in the finished book but I wanted to share it with you. Enjoy!
“Sorry I took so long to call you. I should have done it yesterday. I like hanging out with you,” Marc said. “Even if it’s squeezing in a snack on my way to a reading.” Then, before she could come up with something clever to say, he leaned down and gave her a quick kiss. Chelsea stopped in her tracks and he looked at her curiously. “Should I not have done that?”
“No,” she said quickly. “You definitely should have done that.”
“I’m glad.” He grinned at her. “Mind if I do it again?”
“You can do it all you want.” It didn’t seem possible but Marc’s grin got even wider and he put the hand not holding the last of his ice cream on her waist to draw her closer. The warmth of his body pulled her like a magnet and she resisted the urge to press every inch of herself against him. It had been a long time since she let anyone kiss her and she had missed it. His mouth that was still slightly cold from the ice cream warmed as his kiss became deeper and Chelsea’s lips parted to let his tongue brush past. She tasted blueberries as their breath mingled and her heart beat faster. When they parted, his face was completely serious for the first time since she’d watched Crosswind and she hoped she hadn’t done anything wrong.
“I hope you don’t think I’m bailing on you after that,” he said with another glance at his watch, “but I have to get going.”
“Sorry if I made you late,” Chelsea said, tugging at her shirt uncertainly. It was something else she hadn’t done in a long time and she willed herself to stop it. Marc smiled at her, this time more gently than he had before.
“Don’t worry about it,” he said. “It was worth it.” He brushed back the side of her hair. “Are you going to ask me out now?”
“You’ll have to wait and see,” Chelsea said with a smirk. “See you tomorrow.” She walked to the end of the block, then turned around to make sure he wasn’t following.
Sunday night a wonderful thing happened. I finished the first draft of Turn the Page, the contemporary romance story that started out as a novella and turned into a full-length novel. If it hadn’t been for Camp NaNoWriMo I don’t think I could have gotten it done this quickly, and time was of the essence since I really need to be getting back to the pirate novella that was supposed to be finished by now.
The next step is to give it a quick once-over, attach a bunch of tape flags to the pages, and chase my husband around the house trying to get him to read it before sending it to beta readers, then off to my editor at Booktrope!
I’m really excited to get this next book out there, so hopefully it’ll be out later this year! I might have an excerpt for you on Friday if I can get my stuff in order before then. It’s the first contemporary I’ve written and I can’t wait to share it with you all!
As of about ten minutes ago, I am officially a Camp NaNoWriMo 2016 winner! My validated total is 43, 683 and a big part of me feels like I should have set it for the full 50,000 words but when I started this month I planned to have it help me finish a novella. Now it’s helped me almost finish a novel.
I donated $25 this session after donating $10 in November, so I get a couple of swanky stickers to add to my November sticker on my computer. It’s funny, I was so against putting stickers on my computer before, now I’m plastering them all over. Only the writing related ones, though.
I still have a little ways to go on this one but I can definitely see it hitting the full 50K by the time the sun sets on April. There are three big plot points that need to be wrapped up and it’ll be at least two or three more chapters. My characters, Chelsea and Marc, have been through a rough time and things are finally looking up for them. For now.
This is definitely going to be my next book for Booktrope and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. Now what the heck am I going to write in November?