Blight

I have a crapton of editing to plough (what’s with the red underline, WordPress?) through, and I’m still making sure I write every day, so I’m extra-hermity lately. While I’m posting about the current pre-order, I should probably add some sort of an update. Um, news. I’m on a health buzz (albeit halfheartedly), and I’m avoiding coffee as much as I can stand. If you know me, you probably know I’ve been failing avoidance kicks drinking way too much of the stuff since childhood (so that’s why I couldn’t sleep),  so it’s a bloody big deal. I haven’t killed anyone yet, but let’s not count our chickens, eh?

It’s a good thing I don’t vlog because it’d be fifteen minutes of me screwing up my face trying to scrounge up news from nowhere. Releases, then. I’m not going to talk about certain releases until they’re ready to go – just in case (if I decide not to publish, I’ll just throw the unfinished stuff up on Wattpad for the curious as I did with Tested). The guaranteed big releases are Blight this month, the next Ava book in June, and the final Chaos book in October. I’m pretty sure I’ll have a third Ava book before the end of the year, but I haven’t booked editing for that yet, so can’t predict a release date. Beyond that is… undecided.

So… I’m going to squeeze in a little more editing before I fall asleep. Sometime next week Taunt will be discounted to 99c, and I’ll hopefully have a cover or two to show off soon. You can find details about Blight below. (The cover might be my favourite out of the six.) Ciao.

Blight is now available for pre-order at a discount price of 99c. Official release date is 30th April 2015. The final book in the series will be released later this year.

Blight purchase links & blurb below:
Amazon US, UK, etc., Google Play, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, and iBooks US, GB, etc.

Blight-ChaosAs the blight spreads, destroying the land, Cara’s new subjects turn on her, and Brendan and Drake are no longer there to help her. The Darksiders thought she’d be pliable, or maybe even a miracle-worker, and it’s not as easy to scrub away Sadler’s influence as she thought. 

But Scarlet isn’t her only priority any more, and once the ceremony to swear her in as regent is done, it’ll be time for Cara to join forces with the kings, find a way to stop the blight, and prove to the fae that she can be the leader they need. 

It took a Darksider to steal the throne; it’ll take a faery queen to keep it.

Five Year Indieversary

Previous posts:  one, twothree, and four.

I’m pretty sure today marks my fifth anniversary of self-publishing which means I’ve published books that are older than my youngest daughter. I just barely finished a third series, so maybe that counts (please count) as an achievement?

Reading back on my old posts, I think it’s obvious that the last two years have been more of a struggle than the previous two. I’ll always love writing, and I’m starting to love editing (gasp!), but I’m still kind of hating publishing. My kids are giving me so much hassle about working too much which might be colouring my views a little (and honestly, I’m writing this on a bad day), but even aside from that, I’m just tired of the non-writing/editing things that have to be done. I’m living for the day the kids are old enough for me to guilt-trip emotionally blackmail bribe persuade them to help me. At least one of them has to have better organisational skills than I do, right? 😀

Anyway, what have I done this last year? I just checked, and in the last twelve months, I’m kind of pretty sure I’ve had eight releases (only six were novels though), which is great for me. Two of Stake You, Three Chaos, one Ava, and two Avaverse shorts (yeah, I went there) in case you’re wondering. Oh, and I also posted a full (shitty) novel to Wattpad. Even without that, it’s still over half a million words published (I just quickly did a rough total and wheeeeee, that feels more like an achievement!) If I managed that amount of words even written this year (’cause I delete many, many, holy crap, so many words in the editing process), I would be very happy, put it that way. 2015 has not gotten off to the best start. Still, plenty of time to catch up!

This next twelve month dream plan is to keep holding on by the tips of my fingers, publish the last two Chaos books, the next two Ava’s, and aim for (and likely fail at) one Esther, two VBI, and hopefully, a Halloween crossover, but let’s pretend I didn’t just say that. My true aim is to put the fun back into things – I just need to figure out how. :)

New Release – Break You

BreakYouBreak You is finally available everywhere – 99c this weekend only. Purchase links & blurb below.
Smashwords, iBooks US, GB, etc., Amazon US, UK, etc., B&N, Kobo, and Google Play.

Devlin O’Mara’s world has been turned upside down time and time again since she first came across a vampire. And it’s not over yet.

The vampires may have left her small town alone for a while, but they’ve provoked curfews and martial law in the capital city. The aftermath of their last attacks are still rippling outward, and it soon becomes clear that Emily’s sire is gathering an army. 

Even though her personal life has fallen apart, Devlin can’t let the vampires win, no matter how much they hurt the people she loves. Death is everywhere, and the only way to win is through joining forces with unusual allies.

One final battle is coming. But who will survive?

And if you haven’t picked it up already, you might be interested in HuNted, a free shifter anthology. Verity is part of the bundle which is now available on iBooks US, GB, etc., Amazon US, UK, etc., B&N, and Google Play Books.

RockStarz

I’ve had like seventeen cups of coffee and eaten the entire contents of my fridge today, so a blog post seems like the next logical procrastination method. Until last week, there had been at least one kid home from school for over a month, and I’m obviously so trained for distractions that I’m providing them for myself now.

Aside from sick kids (and a medicated dog), we’ve been all Animal Kingdom up in here. Every time I go outside to call one of my dogs back in, somebody else’s dog and/or cat shows up first. (One particular dog likes to sneak up on me in the dark. We call him Brown Dog because my kids are about as original as I am when it comes to naming things. We call the three-legged cat Dubh, fyi). So then I have to make sure other people’s dogs don’t eat other people’s cats. And wild birds (the fact that they’re looking a bit fat this year has nothing to do with me) keep getting into our kitchen when the door is open for longer than five seconds. The nutters get into the car sometimes, too. It’s getting a bit weird. But as you can see, I truly live the rock star lifestyle.

Anyway, work crap: I’ve ditched everything else to work on finishing up Break You, otherwise known as the Unfinishable Nightmare Book. I thought Clarity was tough going. Holy shit, I was sooooo wrong. I’m mortified by how long it has taken me to get this sucker done (the reasons why have been a combination of wanting to write other things and getting too emotionally involved and therefore not wanting to write the “tough” scenes – I’m a wuss, in other words). I could have written ten novels in the time I’ve wasted staring at this bloody manuscript. And it’s still not done! Even today, I’ve been poking at scenes with a stick. I’m at the point where I’m not completely sure that any of it makes sense. But that might be the seventeen cups of coffee speaking. I am looking forward to seeing the first draft of the cover though! Should be soon. :)

I still don’t know if I should concentrate on finishing up the Chaos series or if I should release an Ava book in between those final two books. Opinions appreciated, as always. I probably shouldn’t have released the first Ava book earlier than planned, but I couldn’t resist. When Chaos is done, I’ll probably stick to Ava’s world for a while. Dividing my attention can be a little hit and miss. It’s good for me to switch it up to keep the oul brain refreshed, but I spend too much time rereading previous books to get my brain back in check when I switch series. Because I’m ancient and can’t retain information any more. One of the twins keeps reminding me how old I am, wondering aloud why I don’t need a walking stick, and warning me that he won’t want to give me snuggles when I have a wrinkly old gross face. Apparently, he’s going to bring me everywhere with him when he grows up as long as I don’t let my hair go grey or white or old. What a charmer. Just like his dad. 😛

And my lab-cross literally just leapt up onto my lap (and half-killed me, the big oaf) because she got a fright, so now I have to go calm her down. And help with homework. And possibly (probably?) lose my mind. Have a good week!

 

Do You Want The Bad News Or, Um…

I’ve been singing Paloma Faith’s song Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful? in my head all day. So do you want the bad news or the worse news? 😀

In somewhat okay news, the kids went back to school today. (I really need to update my bio because all five kids are too old to be called toddlers – even if they still act like it on occasion). You know they’ve been home too long when my desk organiser thingy is full of Crayola instead of pens and the surface of my desk is covered in Loom bands, Play Doh, half-read fairy princess/horrible science books, and indistinguishable sticky stains. I should take before and after photos. But that would mean finding my phone, and that sucker’s been missing since before Xmas. I should be writing (oh, those famous words), but I need to post some kind of update. And blog posts are words, too, m’kay?

For all of us EU readers, ebook pricing is changing because of VAT. We used to pay VAT based on the retailer’s location, and now we pay depending on our own. In some cases, this is a noticeable hike. (Just… ugh). Every retailer appears to be dealing with this differently, so pricing is going to get muddled for a time. I’ve been pretty… worn out with self-publishing for a while now, and this isn’t helping with the happy happy joy joy. Never mind. I’m sure Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream is on sale somewhere.

Your perspective will tell you if that was the bad news or worse news. 😀 I hate saying this, but I’ve had to cancel this month’s editing (Chaos series) which means that the whole publishing schedule will once again fly off track. I just need my editing fund for other things right now. Can’t be helped. Technically, I could publish Blight next month and be done with it, but I’d hate myself if I didn’t wait for editing. I do not like disappointing people, but if I went ahead and published it without making it as good as I possibly can, then it’d be a worse kind of disappointment, and I’d have stress dreams about it, and I desperately need some sleep. :)

My next editing slot is now in March, which sounds really far away. But I’ll try to get another inbetweener story set in Ava’s world (well, hello there, Phoenix) finished between Break You and Blight. I’m not making any promises though, because to be completely honest, I can’t remember the last time I read a book, and all my imagination wants to do is write historical fiction (yeah, thanks a lot, fucker), and I have a lot to do in the real life world, too. I’m basically holding on to the whole writing thing by the tips of my fingers right now. So it goes. Still, I’m going to keep on being ridiculously ambitious and sleep deprived because reasons, and 2015 is going to be the year I get (more) organised. *Swears* (Pretend I’ve never said this before…)

Have a good ‘un!

New Ava Stuff

So… new release time. I’ll post the contents of the newsletter below (with an added Google link that I forgot about, sorry).

TaintedCover Tainted (Ava Delaney: Lost Souls #1) is the big release (now on preorder at a discount). I wrote it last year (because *I* wanted to know what was up  with everyone), and I was going to release it next year, but I figured I should test the waters a bit. This series is not going to be like the original.  There’s no big bad across the books. It’s more like individual stories, and I’ll be working on other (hopefully shorter and therefore quicker to produce)  stories in the world in between. (I’m being stupidly ambitious, but it might work out eventually!) For example, in my current plan (that could totally  change because I can’t stick to a plan to save my life), the order of the next batch of releases in Ava’s world are looking like this:

Tainted (Lost Souls #1)
Ghost Moon Rising (A Peter Brannigan novella) (I’m testing out a new character in this that I’ve wanted to write a series about for a couple of years.  Still undecided).
Demon Dog (VBI #1)
Tethered (Lost Souls #2)
Unnamed Esther story

The second release, Tested, is something I decided *not* to publish last year. It’s in the POV of Ava’s first lost soul during the vampire war. The editing isn’t quite finished, and I’m uploading it a couple of chapters a day on Wattpad until Tainted is officially released. You don’t have to read this one, but if you do, then you should probably read it before Tainted. And I tried to make Tested as stand-alone-y as possible, so it can be read without prior knowledge of the world. If you’re curious, it’s set in the same time frame as Taste and Traitor (Ava books 5 and 6), just in different places.

Newsletter info:

Tainted, the first book in my new Ava Delaney series is now available for pre-order at 99c with the following retailers: Amazon US, UK, CA, etc.,Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBookstore US, IE, GB, AU,CA, etc., Google Play, and Smashwords. Official release date is 10/10/2014. (Also available is a kind of prequel to Tainted. Read the rest of the newsletter to find out more on that.)

Blurb:

~Best read after the original Ava Delaney series~

The backdrop may be grim, but Dublin city has become the centre of change. And as the humans and supernaturals figure out how to live in each other’s worlds, the person who forced that change has quietly stepped aside for a peaceful life.

Ava Delaney is still trying to adjust to her own altered existence when a tainted nephal turns up on her doorstep, apparently on the run from the monster who changed Ava’s life before she was even born. But she’s not supposed to interfere, even for the lost souls she’s vowed to help.

But as the first vampire leaves death in his wake, and Ava becomes an easy target to blame, she realises she has to take care of business once again. There are more secrets hidden in the shadows, more voices just waiting to be heard, and obedience has never been Ava’s thing.

Only one thing is for certain: for people like Ava Delaney, there’s no such thing as a peaceful life.

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In the meantime, I’ve started publishing Tested to Wattpad. I’ll be uploading a couple of chapters a day until the release of Tainted. If you’re interested, here are Chapters One, Two, and Three.

Blurb:

The child of an angel, Jessica was supposed to be one of the great warriors, the nephilim, until the first vampire came for her mother. Tainted by the vampire since birth, Jessica has been on the run with her father since then, always keeping one step ahead of their enemy. But now they’re stuck in the UK while the vampires stage a takeover, and life just got a lot harder. The only sign of hope comes from Ireland, from the one person her overprotective father will never trust. Even so, there’s only one way out of the war, and that involves travelling for weeks, all the while avoiding a new breed of vampires, seemingly indestructible monsters. The taint inside her makes Jessica strong, but if she loses herself to it, her own father will take her life. If the vampires don’t kill her, her father just might…

What’s Up With Everything

I don’t know why I’ve become blog-phobic lately. But I thought I should check-in here a wee bit.

Soul

 

1. Promotions/Sales

Some of my stuff is taking part in the Smashwords sale. It’s over in a week. Lots and lots and lots of books by other writers are up  there, so it’s worth checking out. Soul is free pretty much everywhere right now. Most of my freebies are really old now. I’ve  written a lot of books since Thirst, for example, so I felt like I needed a fresher representation of what I do. Soul is long and  new(ish), and I’m really into Chaos this year, so it seemed appropriate.

2. Editing Slots

A brand new Ava Delaney book is in my editor’s hands right now. I’m trying some new things, and I don’t want to give release dates  or promises. I’m just seeing how this goes. If it works out, it won’t be like the original series. There won’t be a big arc that I need to  wrap up in a final book. It’s hard to explain exactly what I’m trying to do, but I’ve been working on a number of stories in Ava’s  world, and I felt like I needed a story with her first to set up the timeline. It won’t change any of the original series, and there’s no  desperate need to read this one (I mean, unless you really want to) to find out more about what happened in the old series. I’m so  ridiculously bad at explaining this. Full disclosure: I cancelled an editing slot this summer, so my projected release schedule is once  again out of whack. When I figure it out, I’ll update.

3. What I’m writing

I’m currently writing some Peter and Val words. I meant to finish this thing a lifetime ago, but it never happened. It’s just a novella, but if it works, it’ll be the first in their series. If. I hope it does because Val keep surprising me. It’s in third person, and I’m terrified of writing in third person (or in a male voice), so it’s one of those make myself as uncomfortable as possible writing scenarios that I like to punish myself with so much.

4. What I’m Editing

Chaos #4 is my editing punishment right now. I thought I would send it to the editor this summer, but I wasn’t happy with it and sent Ava instead. Now, as I’m editing, I’m all, what’s so bad about this? So the ending must be horrible. Mostly, I needed a break from this series. I cry while I’m writing it, cry while I’m editing it; it rips my heart out and shreds it into pieces. And then I have to take a breather or I’ll die. I’m spacing out my editing a little better, so I don’t get crushed over and over again on the same day. 😉

5. What’s next

Weeell, I’m not as sure as I was. I know I have to write Break You, and I’m excited about that because it’s the final book, so I get to go out in a blaze of glory. I have to write Chaos #5 which I’m still thinking about. The order of events is so important that I can’t screw it up, so I’m going to be planning this one hard. And I’m a pantser, so outlining to the extent I’m planning is going to really suck. I have to finish the Chaos #4 edits, obviously, mixed in with editing another book that I haven’t quite decided on. Maybe the second Ava book. Maybe. I figure my brain will be more cooperative once the kids are back to school (and my baby is starting playschool so no kids in the mornings in September!)

6. Life

I stopped repeatedly getting my phone fixed and got a new one instead (I really hate change), so I’m a little more connected to the outside world. My eldest is away from home right now, so the rest of us are in a state of mourning. The other four are slowly taking pieces out of each other. They’ve been on holidays forever. I mean, really. They’re so intent on wrecking each other’s heads that their verbal battles are almost poetic. It’s hot. It’s so hot that it’s hard to remember to wear clothes or do anything but melt into puddles. My office is the coldest room in the house, and it feels like an oven. But we’re still getting rains and floods, so Mother Nature’s having a lot of fun.  Oh! And I’m super mega uber pissed that Dragon Age: Inquisition has been delayed again. I can’t think of anything else that’s been happening. Yes, we really are this boring. No wonder I don’t update much. :) And now I need to get out of this oven and spend time with my kids, so farewell. Have a good week (I have no idea what day it is)!

Queen Release Day

Queen (Chaos #3)  Queen (Chaos #3) is 99c all weekend. It’s available today on Amazon UKUS, etc., Barnes & Noble, iTunes IEUSGB,AUCA, etc.

Queen’s cover is by CCR Designs. Blurb below:

  Three kings.

Two queens.

One heir.

Chaos will rule…

Next release will probably happen around September.

Dystopian Freebie & A Shout Out

I know, I know, two blog posts within a week. But this one isn’t all about me, so it doesn’t count. 😀

Fellow spec fiction writer R. Mac Wheeler (he writes fantasy & paranormal fiction of all kinds, even down to vampires & shifters) asked me to share his milestone celebration – he just published his 24th novel. I feel like a slacker now! The latest release is the third in Mac’s post-apocalyptic series, and he’s offering up free mobi copies of New Order Apocalypse, the first book in the series, to my special non-imaginary friends. If you’re interested (cover & blurb below), just visit his blog (where he posts his photography) or his website (where you can read excerpts of his books), and send him a message telling him I sent you for something deliciously dystopian to read for the weekend. 😉

Freebie!

    New Order Apocalypse

  Thirty-three years after the onslaught of an engineered plague that has shredded Earth’s population, technology keeps a starving  segment of the population on the eastern seaboard going, where the death rate from the virus slows only because there are few alive  who it is designed to kill. 

 Jason Kates is recruited to join the inner circle that controls what’s left of civilization. A distrusted outsider, he’s forced into a mission  west to learn if there is anyone left in the heartland, if fields are tilled. He’s not expected to survive. His journey diverges from an  exploration for food, to man’s last chance of survival—New Order.

About Book #24

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This volume of the NEW ORDER APOCALYPSE series continues thirty-three years after an engineered plague shredded Earth’s population. 

Chloe and Ginna Lee must decide whether to continue Jason’s dream to unite survivors, or concentrate on surviving. Chloe hasn’t the tact to play ambassador, and Ginna Lee is more likely to take heads than spread good will. Promises little hope they can build an alliance, especially if peace hinges on a cure for Jihad. Meanwhile, the landscape they must cross still writhes with roamers and desperate clans.

Mac spins tales around rich, gritty characters with a lot of baggage, and puts them through a bit more grief than they can handle. His tone leans toward the sarcastic, passive aggressive. He writes speculative fiction, fantasy, SF, suspense, and paranormal with a twist.

24

 

Make You and… Yeah.

Happy May, people. It’s after 6am, so excuse the half-asleep/kinda wired weirdness that will surely follow.

First off! I forgot to post this here, but I did release the sequel to Stake You. Make You is still on sale at 99c until Sunday. Next release (hopefully this month) is Queen (Chaos #3) – it’s (annoyingly) ready to go, just working out cover options still. (I am gleefully dying to hear responses to that book!) Beyond that, I’m looking at a September release – likely Chaos #4 (title & blurb reveal in back of Queen), but I’m not 100% sure right now.

Between mid-term break, sick kids, a mental block, and some other boring schtuff, I’ve gotten way behind schedule, (yeah, I know, play a new tune, Claire) so I reckon I won’t be online much for a while. I am behind on emails, post, and all that jazz, and even though I’m trying to slooooowly catch up, I’m on kind of an introverted disconnect right now. I vant to be alooone. My life is going through a major shift, so I’m just going to accept that 2014 is a behind schedule kind of deal, embrace the stress, and do what I can. Which is really going to screw with the fantasy I had of taking October off to play Dragon Age: Inquisition. 😉 (And the bigger not-a-chance-in-hell fantasy of going to see Faith No More, Black Sabbath, & Soundgarden in England this summer. Tear).

Also! Am I the only person who’s getting bored with Game of Thrones and ridiculously over-excited about The Vikings? I’ve been having serious trouble sleeping for the past few months, so I’ve been spending way too many wide-eyed early hours of the morning time (well, hello there, sun) with Netflix watching Sons of Anarchy (dude, why am I crying over bikers?), True Detectives (anything remotely gothic ftw), and now Rectify. I am loving the slower pace of the last two. Mini-series are my new thang. (Until Claire gets her sleep back).

/Vague nonsensical waffle. So not why you’re here.

Make You is available on Smashwords, Amazon US,UK, etc., Barnes & Noble, and Apple iBookstore IE,GBUS, etc.
Make You

Cover is by CCR Designs. Blurb below:

It’s been months since Devlin O’Mara’s boyfriend killed a vampire for her, months since her family and friends covered up the incident for her. But now teenage girls are going missing and dying, and it seems as if Sully could somehow be back in town.

As the kidnappings draw too close to home, Devlin sets off on a mission to find the truth. But as she soon discovers, enemies can become allies, allies could be the true source of her problems, and vengeance is one of the few emotions vampires retain.

It’ll all end in blood and tears… but who will survive?