To update or… Wait. There is no Option B

How to tell when a writer is working: you don’t see her for months on end. Ever make a detailed, step-by-step action plan, only to have it get derailed at every single freaking step? That’s pretty much been my year so far. My plan was to write and finish Prince of Deceit and Dearest Love, and make some progress on Sweetest Kiss, all while doing the barest minimum on the business side. Well, Dearest Love is done and out, so yay for that. As for the rest… imagine me laughing anxiously while holding back frustrated growls. Instead of finishing my novel, I ended up writing a whole lot of other stuff (which I loved!), restructuring my entire business model (not so much with the love), and doing a bunch of stuff I hadn’t planned on, but which turned out to be necessary (long-suffering sigh).

Long story short, due to technical reasons with which I won’t bore you, I am having to change the Dragonblood series name. I did not come to this decision lightly. I’m not doing this just to get prettier covers (although they totally are!!). I’m doing it to correct a problem I’ve had with the series since before book 2 came out last year. The original series name had to be changed at the last second and because I was rushed for time, I ended up slapping on a new one that doesn’t really fit the series story line. This is something that has been pointed out by readers, reviewers, friends, and family, and has bothered me for almost two years.

So why now, rather than after Prince of Deceit? Because I recently started the process of moving/expanding my print distribution to IngramSpark, and a part of it involves reformatting the covers. So I can either make the change now, or duplicate my work later. For the sake of my own sanity, I’m opting to do it all now in one fell swoop.

Mind you, the stories themselves are not going to change. The book titles are not going to change. All that’s different is the series name and the covers. If you already have a previous print version of The Royal Wizard and/or Dragonblood, congrats. They are now limited first editions that could potentially be worth a lot of money in a few…decades. 😉 If you don’t, give the eBooks a gander. Check out the previews and see if they strike your fancy. Ya never know until you try! (*hint hint*)

Okay, that about covers the boring stuff. And now, without further ado, allow me to introduce you to the newly revamped Dawn of Ragnarok series, and reveal the cover for the third and final (planned) book: Prince of Deceit.

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Thank You Rebel Followers!

Dear friends,

Hello again! I have returned from my exotic Hawaii vacation refreshed, rejuvenated, and raring to go right back again. Seriously, my Zen took a huge hit upon reentering the big city. Apparently, I am still a small town girl at heart. Oh well… one day.

CatchMeBooksI wanted to write a quick note to thank my Rebel Court followers out loud for signing up for Catch Me. Your response has touched my heart, and I’m saving each and every one of them (which is  usually pretty creepy, but I’m a writer so I get a pass 😉 ). Your packages are all ready to go out in the mail tomorrow, so you should be getting them soon. 🙂

If you liked it, I hope you will tell your friends. I’m still doing this similar deal for the next book in the series, Dearest Love, except that one will be sent out daily. Sign up will be open all the way up until the first chapter goes out (date TBD) so if you know of anyone who enjoys erotic romance and Snow White, send them here to sign up.

If you haven’t read it or missed the sign up deadline, the complete novella is now available for pre-order everywhere. Check out the first 20% at the Smashwords link. The official release date is October 8, so coming up soon!

DearestLoveI’ve hit a bit of a writing slump, so progress is slow, but I am working on both Dearest Love and Prince of Deceit. The first one is tricky. These characters have history and they’re very eager to discuss it. At length. I’ve scrapped 3 chapters and started over again to make it more comprehensible, but getting them into bed together is proving to be a challenge. The thing is, the complications that make this difficult are actually what make it awesomely fun. I get to retell the story of Snow White in bits and pieces through the memories of her allies. Hopefully, by the time it’s all said and done, it will all make cohesive sense.

DBSmallThe second one is tricky for a whole other reason. I have too many focal points in the story, pulling me in too many directions. I need to figure out how to consolidate it without losing the richness of all that is happening in Wilderheim. Prince Fal has something of an apocalypse on his hands… I can’t say more because it would spoil Dragonblood, so if you haven’t read that one yet, please do! 😉 But I can say that Loki is back, and stirring up trouble wherever he goes. Religions will clash in a big way and the war will be terrible. I hope. Or, err… you know what I mean. Should be fun!

Anyway, I now return you all to your weekend enjoyment. 🙂

Until next time!

How did I get here?

When I wake up tomorrow morning, Dragonblood will be available for sale across online booksellers around the world. It’ll mark my 10th original book publication, and the 7th full-length novel to be unleashed upon the world from the dark recesses of my twisted mind. Quite honestly, this is the first time I’ve actually counted them, and that kind of gives me pause. How many writers out there lose track of their books? Is there anyone who would have passed a milestone like that and not notice?

Years ago, when my stories were being madly scribbled into the back of my ECON101 and PHIL210 notebooks, I kept meticulous track of every single title. No, seriously. Look:

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State of the Author Address

So I tried to do an author video. Learned a few things:

  1. Never attempt to do videos on short notice
  2. Plan your “stage” ahead of time
  3. Always have a clear path of escape
  4. Keep plenty of water nearby
  5. Outlining a script is a good idea

As you have probably guessed, I learned all these by NOT doing them. Let’s be honest here–there’s a reason why I’m a writer and not a spokesperson LOL I can do a dozen cool things behind the scenes, but put me in front of a camera (or an audience) and I’m a train wreck.

Luckily, I do have one advantage, and that is that I can splice and dice like a pro. So what started out as a straight-forward video of me talking into a camera turned into a quirky, self-deprecating comedy of errors set to silent film music. Because why not? Everyone loves a good blooper reel.

Which leads me to the main reason for this post: Announcing the official release date for Dragonblood!

The book will be available in digital and paperback format ( a gorgeous, 6″x9″ trim with a 1.01″ spine, wrapped in a touchable, full-color matte cover, 389 pages, 45 chapters, plus a sneak peek at book 3, Prince of Deceit… oh yeah, talk dirty to me). Ebook pre-order links should be happening soon and the print edition should become available on or shortly after the release date.

This story has become one of my favorites now; I absolutely love Liadan and Tir, both for who they are, and who they are together, and I can’t wait for you guys to read all about them! September 3rd can’t come soon enough, I tell ya…

And while we’re on the subject of release dates, here’s one more for ya:

CatchMePRemember that erotic romance series I’m sending out by weekly chapters? Well, Catch Me is about halfway finished by now, which means we’re approaching the pre-release stage. The full story will be available for sale as a complete novella on October 8, 2016, so pre-order links should be happening sometime in the next 2-3 weeks. I’ll post and share when they go live.

This was another experiment for me, and what I learned is that it’s not really fun to drag a story out over 3 months or more. You lose interest after a while. You forget you were reading it. Or you hoard the chapters so you can read them all at once. So with the next one, Dearest Love, I’ll do things a little differently. Instead of weekly chapters, I’ll do them daily, which will shorten the reading time down to about 2 weeks. Of course, that means I need the story completed before I start sending, so the second story in the Rebel Court series will be delayed a little. But hopefully, it’ll be a much more pleasant reading experience when it does come. 😉

For now, you can still sign up for the mailing list here. And look for Catch Me and Dragonblood at your favorite online bookseller soon!

Until next time! 🙂

Reinventing The Wheel

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the moment you root your feet, you get struck by a speeding bus. Okay, maybe that’s a little harsher than I intended, but the sentiment is sound. The only constant in this universe is change, and that holds true for everything in life: relationships, business, art, culture, language, and everything in between. We come to expect it, get bored when nothing happens for a while. But we tend to develop a serious blind spot when it comes to ourselves.

Photo credit: Vaikoovery
Photo credit: Vaikoovery

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