Jan Writing

Keeping myself accountable, yo. Time for a blog post, hey? (Sorry – This week I’ve been spending too many of my evenings with Final Fantasy Type-O. My life is too exciting for words).

So I finished some bits this January and thought I’d share what I’ve been up to.

At the beginning of the month, I wrote a short story about the twins called Relativity. If editing goes well, I hope to release it in March. I’ll add a coupon code for a free copy to the newsletter that month. It’s not an absolutely essential read in the grand scheme of things, but it has definite links to some future books. (And, yes, Phoenix is in it). Basically, Rosa’s back with a quest to find something dangerous before the rest of the paragons can overreact, and the twins get sucked into the drama. :)

After that, I dove straight into Bad Blood, a VBI story (which I finished today). I know Demon Dog came out forever ago, but I switched up the timeline, and other stories came first. It’s a novel, but it won’t be a long one. I have a lot of research to do to confirm that the stuff I wrote actually makes sense, so I’m nowhere near ready to announce a release date, but I’m tentatively looking at April if everything goes well. I’ve mentioned it before, but it’s the one where the succubi are accused of passing on a supernatural STD that’s killing humans, and Peter and Val are the ones tasked with figuring out what’s going on before the shit completely hits the fan. It was tough at first getting back into their heads after so long, but I got ‘er done!

Next on the agenda is much editing and the next VBI story, Secret Self. I am soooo ready for this one. After that’s done, I’ll either take a break from Ava’s world and work on something new or carry on to Magic Thief with a new POV. (Secret Self will make sense of the Magic Thief title). It all depends on how much time I end up with. I get a good four hours of peace in the mornings now with all five kids in school which is a great start.

Imma try to update what I’ve been up to every month on the blog because Facebook has a habit of making me hate the world, and I tend to give up and ragequit log off before I post anything. (Mind-reading must be the worst superpower…)

 

2016 FTW… Maybe

I thought I should update – it’s been too long since I did a proper post. I’m not going to be officially announcing any upcoming new releases for a bit. I haven’t even scheduled editing or covers yet. I took a couple of weeks off over the Xmas, but I’ve been back in the office this month. I’m working on a number of things, but I don’t want to tie myself down with deadlines because every single bloody time I say I’m going to release a book, my brain decides I need to write at least three other books first. 😀 I’ll update when I’m closer to a release.  Just know for now that I’m planning on spending the next three months writing my arse off.

I’ll just briefly update on books/series you might be interested in. Some stuff is already written, but I still have a lot of work to catch up on.

Chaos – Probably nothing in 2016. I have already written in the world again with a new character, but I think I’ll be putting it aside while I clear up other stuff. I love this world, and I put a lot of work into it, so I’m definitely going to revisit, but right now, I’m already juggling too much stuff.

Evans Pack/Harbinger – I held back Harbinger last Halloween because I had another release that month (and the book is way bigger than I expected). I’m aiming for another Halloween release, but only if I’ve made some headway with the other Evans pack books that I’ve been planning for yonks. So, maybe?

Ava & Lost Souls –  I’m still not wholly sure if Ava will be the star of the show at all this year. These books, man. 😀 I’ve been on a slow build, dropping hints all over the place, trying to piece stuff together, and I think I’m finally getting there. It’s taking me a lot longer than I expected because, well, it’s me. I can’t do anything in a straight line. Right now, there’s a pretty good chance that I’ll be inserting a new trilogy (more similar in style to the original series) in between Lost Souls #3 and #4. I’m hesitant about estimating dates and such. Just because I want to write something doesn’t mean it’s easy it ends up published, so there’s that.

Hollow – Hollow is that contemporary story I thought would be therapeutic but couldn’t face editing. (I just checked. I wrote it in 2012, bought a cover, and then pretended the whole story didn’t exist because I couldn’t deal with the emotions – ha). Every now and then, I take it out and read it and think I’m going to whip it into shape before realising I’ve underestimated how painful it is for me to work on. I’m going to crack on with it one last time this year to see if I can finish the thing. If I can’t, I might upload it to Wattpad for the curious. (This is project pan in book form, people).

Something new – If I don’t work on something new sometimes, my brain decides to melt out of my left ear. I’ve been sitting on three or four different series that I haven’t had time to focus on, and I’d like to do some work on one of those. I’m leaning toward something witchy, but we’ll see what happens. I’m open to taking requests. :)

Current work in progress – This week, I’m working on Bad Blood, the second VBI story. I thought this was going to happen earlier, but I kept changing the timeline, and it only fits now. It’s going well (or it will once I stop making new playlists or editing this blog post for the seventeenth time). Basically, Layla hires Peter and Val to prove that her ladies aren’t the ones spreading a new super(natural) STD. Hehe. After that, I’ll be back to Secret Self (book 3) in which Peter and Val hunt down Ava. I’ve never been this excited about anything ever. 😀

That’s about it. Not gonna lie, 2015 was a tough year for me writing-wise. I struggled with pretty much everything I worked on because I let myself get stressed out about… all of the things. It was really disappointing and frustrating. That’s partly why I went offline most of the time. Over the holidays, I just put it all aside and focused on my family, and while it’s been tough getting back into the office, I’m slo(ooooo)wly finding my confidence again. I’m looking forward to what I have planned, but if those plans need to change, then I’m going to be less hard on myself about it. She says now… 😉

New Releases Dec 2015

Copy of Newsletter

Hi, all. This will likely be the last you’ll hear from me this year, so I have two new releases for you. The first is a novella set in Ava’s world (see free coupon code & other info below), and the other is the third book in the Lost Souls series. It’s available at a discount (99c) over the holidays, so grab it while it’s cheap. :) Thanks for all of the support this year – it’s been a tough one, so roll on 2016!

Bind-GenericBind – An Esther Novella

*Best read before Tithes*

When Esther is sent to meet with a new pack to maintain a shaky level of peace between the shifters and everyone else, she knows she’ll be facing her worst fears, but nothing prepares her for her reaction to a true alpha.

Free Coupon Code: SP27W
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/601886

Bind may not be available everywhere by the time this newsletter reaches you, but Smashwords has a variety of files for all reading devices.

Tithes-GenericTithes – Ava Delaney: Lost Souls #3

Ava’s been trying to help her past and her future co-exist, but when it all goes wrong, she’s barely able to take a breath when the next drama begins, and she begins to wonder about her string of bad luck.
Tensions are already running high when evidence of slavery appears on Ava’s doorstep, quickly followed by an unwelcome blast from the past with news that forces her to rethink where her trust lies.
The only thing Ava knows for sure is that it’s time to finish cleaning up the mess that started with Fionnuala because bad luck is catching, and everyone she cares about is affected.

Available on Amazon US, UK, CA, etc., Google Play, Smashwords, Kobo, iBooks US, UK, CA, etc.

New Release – Sacrifice (Chaos #6)

This post is just a copy of today’s newsletter. Have a great weekend!

Another newsletter with two releases to share! We’ve come to the end of the Chaos series with Kings (a freebie) and Sacrifice (99c until Halloween). You don’t have to, but I highly recommend reading Kings before you jump into Sacrifice. You can find links under the blurbs. Thanks to anyone who has read this series – I loved writing it, and I’m sad it’s over, but it’s been lovely to see that other people are sad to see the end, too. :)

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Set between books five and six in the Chaos series, Kings is a brief look into the lives of Drake and Brendan. After sealing the rift, Drake hears word of his wife’s sickness only to find that the cause is exactly what unites his enemies against him. Brendan’s journey across unexplored waters is only beginning, and if he finds what he’s looking for, he’ll owe a determined woman a throne by his side. But can he do it? Whatever course of action is taken next, they will change their world.

 

 

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~The final book in the Chaos Series.~

As a king’s life hangs in the balance, alliances are made then broken. Only trickery can help Cara protect those she cares about, but when her enemies show their true face, she realises the truth: every distraction feeds Chaos. Cara’s not the only one searching for a legendary treasure, not the only one reaching for power. The journey’s not over, but at the end of every path lies Sacrifice.

Get Kings for free on Amazon US, UK, CA, etc., Smashwords, B&N, iBooks US, CA, GB, AU, etc., Kobo, and Google Play Books.

Sacrifice is currently 99c on Amazon US, UK, CA, etc., Smashwords, B&N, iBooks US, CA, GB, AU, etc., Kobo, and Google Play Books.

 

October 2015 Update

Well, hello there.

Remember me?

Sorry for the disappearing acts – lots going on. I’ve been drowning in paperwork all morning, so a blog break might help keep the madness at bay!

This month, I have been busy preparing Tithes (Ava Delaney: Lost Souls #3) for my editor as well as putting the last touches to Sacrifice (Chaos #6) which should be available to buy by the end of this month. If you haven’t already, you might want to check out Kings (Chaos #5.5) in the meantime. It should be free, so please do not pay for this novella – if it’s not free on your usual retailer, try Smashwords. My bad scheduling (and life) has put the editing of Harbinger on the sidelines so that might end up on hold this month.

Still waiting on covers, so nothing new to reveal there yet.

I’ll be taking part in NaNoWriMo next month to finish up some drafts, but I currently have no plans for next year’s writing schedule. If you want to throw me suggestions, I’m happy to hear them, but I’m not making any concrete plans until I have everything else off my plate. :)

Mayday

I uploaded Crucible yesterday (do not buy), and the pre-order for Tethers (covers below) is live, so I thought it might be time for a blog post. Yesterday was a full-on summery day, so of course today is absolutely miserable – perfect blogging weather!

Just a quick heads up about Crucible. It’s a Phoenix novella that does not have to be read to understand Tethers. It’s just a snippet into what was going on with him between Demon Dog and Tethers. It’s the kind of thing I write to help me keep track of the world state, and I might not have published it only for some people on the Facebook page expressing an interest in Phoenix (colour me surprised) and the werewolves – so blame them. 😛 Sadly, there’s only a little werewolf action in this one. There’ll be a coupon code for a free copy in the newsletter I’m sending out on Friday. This week, I’m working on a short Esther story, which I’m not sure I’ll publish, and a short Chaos story in the POVs of Drake and Brendan (because they’re both supah busy between Blight and Sacrifice), which I’m pretty certain will be published (as a freebie) in either July or August because the cover is nearly ready, so why not? And I’m supposed to be starting that Halloween story on Monday, but I still haven’t decided who I’m actually writing about or even if I’ll go ahead with a crossover story. Give me an eye roll, please.

Back to me, me, me. May has been one of those weird roller coaster months. Himself is very unwell, one of the twins has been sick every week this month, and even the dogs have had dodgy tummies. All the hard work I had planned for this month kind of never happened. I did get to the end of a lip balm for the first time in my life, so that’s… something?

In good/great/this brought tears to my eyes news, the marriage referendum passed in Ireland. I was a nervous wreck the entire two days of the voting and counting. I have never been so invested in a vote; it was amazing. And my daughter wrote me a song yesterday (she also earned a merit at school for writing a story full of magic, evil faeries, and dead bodies – that’s mah gurl). The lyrics were all about how freaking deadly I am, so I’m going to keep them and show them to her next time she’s mad at me. She’s currently terrified of becoming a teenager because she believes she’s going to wake up on her thirteenth birthday with insta-hate for me, but she’s failed to notice that she already hates me on a regular basis – usually when the words “Clean your room” are involved. 😀

I’m actually super popular with my kids at the moment (probably because Daddy’s all sick and pathetic, but I’ll take it!) And all it took was some epic old lady dancing in the kitchen to a certain soundtrack (and losing at a sack race. Leave your pride at the door when you come to my house). But really, they’re like my little shadows (or clingy little limpets, depending on the day) this month. I walk from the office to the kitchen (yes, for more coffee because I suck at, you know, not drinking coffee), turn around, and find a whole bunch of gigglers in a line behind me. My desk is covered in Lego, drawings (of me), notes (to me), four pairs of sunglasses belonging to a four-year-old (basically every time she’s in a shop with her father, she manages to convince him she needs a pair), and an abundance of hair accessories that nobody is able to find come school time. There’s usually a kid (or a grown man) hidden somewhere under the desk waiting to scare the shit out of me. (Reason 72 why I’m a nervous wreck). My eldest has been spending his evenings reading over my shoulder while I’ve been editing (“Ugh, crying. Really? I hate crying in books. There better not be any kissing in this chapter. Um, Mom, I think it might be more interesting if” – shut up), and I just know I’m in big trouble when the kids come home because I forgot to watch (Geek & Sundry’s) Craft Lab on YouTube with them yesterday. Only one more month at school before the summer holidays screw everything up make us all extra happy. 😀

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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!