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Month: September 2013

Updates – Now with 80% More Waffle

I’m trying to get back into the whole regular blogging thing. I’m seriously stressed out this month (for lots of boring reasons I won’t lull you to sleep with), so talking about positive/different stuff might help.

Darlings of Darkness has been released, and I’ll leave the info at the bottom of this post.  If you don’t know, it’s a vampire-related anthology that Thirst is a part of. Hopefully, it’ll be free everywhere by Halloween. Over half a million words in the thing!

My editor is done with the first pass on Soul, so that might be my next release – I’m still not sure when exactly. I’ve been thinking of holding it off when it’s finally ready and doing the pre-order thing on Smashwords so everyone can get it on the same day, but I’m not sure if it will work out perfectly. I’m still looking out for a new cover for One Night with the Fae. I want to make that free because it’s connected with Soul, and it’s so old now. I’ve wanted to make it free for a long time, but I thought it would be better to wait until Soul was ready. Soul decided to be a series, but I don’t think I’ll be working on the sequel (Fade) until next year because I found it so intense to work on the first book (and it’s 100k!), so I need to work on shorter, less suffocating stuff for the rest of the year (she says now) because next year will be full of Soul, methinks. 🙂

I’ve been working hard on Peter’s voodoo zombie Halloween novella. (Looking for a cover for that, too. I have looked at so many premade covers lately and, holy crap, there’s a lot out there to wade through). I might not have time to get it ready before Halloween, but I’ll try anyway. It’s written, but I’m struggling between choosing first or third person. I keep switching because I can’t decide. I wanted to use third person because I mostly use first person, and I think it’s good to make yourself uncomfortable as a writer sometimes. But while third person works for this story to a certain extent, in some places it feels very far removed, and I miss the intimacy of first person. Also, I forgot how seriously Peter takes. Every. Bloody. Thing. so it’s not as light-hearted a story as I anticipated. If I haven’t mentioned, it’s set years before he met Ava, and I’m really enjoying looking at that stage of his life. The only familiar characters are Aiden, Eddie, and Koda btw.

The third thing in the works is a book set in Ava’s world. I originally said (and thought) that Ava would be in the second half of this book, but it’s far, far longer than I expected, so it might be a two-book thing. The main character is mentioned in the very last pages of Traitor, and the first part is set across Taken, Taste, and Traitor. The ending will correspond directly with Traitor’s ending. The second part will continue on from there and involve Ava pretty heavily, exploring her and the new main character’s heritage and how it relates to Seth. I originally planned on this story happening within Ava’s series, but it would have dragged out the series too much and taken too much focus away from other characters.

This one may be released before Christmas, if not, January. It’s written, but it’s taking me a long time to perfect the timelines because certain points coincide with what we’ve heard in Ava’s books. Also, using real places without naming them and figuring out their escape routes has been tricky because it’s an alternate universe, but I still want to maintain hints of reality. The main character is already on the run in the UK with her father when the BVA takes over, and society basically shuts down. The clip of Ava revealing herself to the world has a real effect on their path. They head north with the idea of getting a boat out of the country, but obviously, nothing is that simple. It gives a little insight into what kind of effect the BVA had on the UK, and how it worked. Also, some details on “the games” that were mentioned at Fionnuala’s dinner party. And how the changes in Ireland affected people not in Ava’s circle. It’ll be called Tested/Tainted.

I’m also working on the first draft of Make You, a direct sequel to Stake You. It’s too early to tell if it will be released, but I like the characters a lot, and it’s kind of a break for me between heavier stuff. Which is probably a weird thing to say considering some of the themes within, but it’s a very simple story, and it was fun for me to write. I don’t want to say too much about Make You in case I drastically change storylines, but it’s set in the summer after Stake You, and the characters are just settling down and readjusting to their new lives when people start dying and disappearing, and the only person who has actually seen the bodies is the one suspected of foul play. This kind of story is like my time off. 😀

It’s getting closer to NaNoWriMo, so I’ve been thinking about what to focus on for that month. Last November, I wrote Hollow, which is a contemporary y/a that has been literally sitting on my desk in print form all year, mocking me with its unedited state. It was very close to home in some ways, and it took a lot out of me. Mucho depressing, and I wasn’t happy with the ending. Anyway, recently, while I was supposed to be editing the half a million things I seem to need to finish, I got a shiny new idea that I couldn’t shake. For two days, I wrote down scenes just to get it out of my head and go back to work, but I realised it had a very NA vibe, so I ditched it because I knew I wouldn’t finish it. But it wouldn’t go away (still haunting me, people!), and I slowly realised that if I strip away the NA vibe then the basic ideas would work really well as a sequel to Hollow (if I rewrite a huge chunk of the poor neglected thing) and therefore fix the ending of Hollow into something far more realistic. (It’s such a weird kind of relief to finally have the right ending). I called it Halo, and it’s on the first draft list for November. It probably won’t work, but I like to think of NaNoWriMo as my unofficial excuse to experiment month. 😉

This post is already 1000 words long! I’m becoming extremely long-winded in my old age. So, yeah, the rest of my year feels pretty full. After the releases mentioned here, I won’t have anything new ready to publish until March at the earliest, and that will likely be a sequel. I really wanted to write the demonolatry series this autumn, but it looks like I won’t have the chance until this time next year at the very least. 🙁 And I’m not sure if/when I’ll get around to working on Death is a Trial again. I absolutely love the characters, and I want to revisit them, but I’m not certain there’s enough of a story to work with yet. It’s missing something, and I think I’ll find it if I wait. And also, I’m kinda afraid to commit to the amount of work and editing these super-sized (by my standards) stories need. I miss novellas…

And Darlings of Darkness is available right now on Amazon US and UK for 99c/77p, and on Smashwords for free. There’s also a Facebook page. Here’s the pretty cover:

Darlings of Darkness


September Updates

Howdy, y’all.

It’s been a while. That’s because I’ve been busy working on the neverending story. The story that just doesn’t end. The story that keeps getting added to, even when I think it’s finished already. It. Doesn’t. Want. To. End. So I caved, and it’s now the first in a series. Now everything’s cool, and everything’s smooth. Over three years of wondering why I couldn’t finish the story, and all along, the answer was that I hadn’t reached the actual real live end. So now it’s done-ish, and the entire family is celebrating.

So, yeah, September already. Nothing has gone as planned, but that’s the summer for you. We had heat, actual heat – seriously, how do people who live in hot climates get anything done? I mean, ever? The kids drove me insane, the dogs drove me insane, work drove me insane, and everything I said would happen did not and will not happen. Because that’s how we roll around here. 🙂

The kids are back at school. The twins started big school – they’re so freaking adorably miniature in their over-sized uniforms – and the 6-yr-old has already made every excuse possible not to go to school because she hates all of the work and homework. Plus, her teacher is scary, and there’s a high chance of there being insects anywhere she doesn’t like to go. Also, going to bed early sucks because it interrupts everything fun like tormenting her brothers into an uncontrollable rage, and I can’t even brush her hair without hurting her, so what’s wrong with me? Not to mention the fact seeded bread actually hurts her throat now, and her runners have (ohmigod) grass on them (on the actual shoes I expect her to wear on her actual feet) which means they can’t be worn again. Or something. The big dude is counting down the years to secondary school, and I’ve been spending way too much time with the 3-yr-old. My mornings now go a little like this (in between pretending to watch Monsters Inc. Thank you, headphones inventor.):

Me: Okay, I really need to get a little work done this morning, okay?

3-yr-old: Yay, work! *Attacks me with a cracker* The crocodile’s eating you! The crocodile’s trying to eat up your belly, Mom!

Me: *Screams*

3-yr-old: *Drops her arms with a sigh* No, Mom, look. It’s just a cracker. It’s not really a crocodile. Look. *Stares at me* C’mere. *Leads me to door* Hey! Hey, you birdy! *Bangs glass with cracker* The crocodile’s trying to eat you!

Crow: *Stares at me with eyes of death*

3-yr-old: See, Mom? The birdy knows it’s just a cracker. No crocodiles in this house. Okay, Mom? You okay, Mom? Just. A. Cracker. Okay?

Me: Oh. I see.

Or this:

3-yr-old: You gonna work, Mom?

Me: Yep. So we need to be nice and quiet for a few minutes, okay? I just need to finish something.

3-yr-old: Sure, Mom. I just need to sing my special song, okay? *Grabs pink guitar and carries it up the stairs after me.*

Me: *Heavy sigh*

3-yr-old: *Almost drops guitar* Whoa! That was a close one! So dangerous, guitar. So dangerous, you cheeky little–Oh, wow, you so boo-ti-ful, guitar. Isn’t that right, Mom? Isn’t the guitar so boo-ti-ful?

Me: It’s very beautiful, but not as beautiful as you.

3-yr-old: *Snorts* Well, yeah, Mom. I already know that. *Shakes head at me*

That’s my girl. 🙂

Anyway, actual updates for this month are as follows:

Thirst is going to be part of a free anthology called Darlings of Darkness which features ten vampire stories by female writers. It’ll be published by the end of this month and hopefully be free everywhere by Halloween. The cover is pretty, so check out the Facebook page if you want to take a look at that (and the rest of the stories). I don’t personally know the writers involved, so I’m looking forward to checking out their work myself. 🙂

Soul (yeah, baby–we’re still celebrating up in here) will be with an editor this month. I’m not sure on a release date yet (probably some time in October) because of a couple of things coming up, but I’ll probably post the first chapter or so on the blog when it’s edited & proofread by people who actually know what they’re doing (hint: not me). It’s been extremely challenging to work on (because the characters are an extra special flavour of screwed up), and it’s the longest story I’ve ever written – it’s more than 40k longer than I expected. So it’ll be the first in a series, it’s inspired by One Night with the Fae, it’s about faeries, it has my favourite cover (my OH even had it put on a birthday cake) and I’ve been promising to finish it for years now. More about that when the time comes.

Right now, I’m working on a novella set in the Ava Delaney world for Halloween. Kind of. I’ve wanted to do a Halloween story with Peter Brannigan and voodoo zombies and Kate’s grandmother forever (all of those characters came before Ava). I’m not sure if I’ll publish, but even if I don’t, I’ll make sure newsletter subscribers can get a copy if they’re interested.

I’m also sitting on another novel set in the Ava Delaney world that will hopefully be published in December. I did say that Ava would make an appearance in the second half of the book (it’s about the first lost soul btw), but the first half is so bloody long that I might have to split it. I don’t want to do that, but I’ll have to leave out a lot of details about the war (and the games!) from the UK point of view to keep it in one book, so I’m torn right now. Hence the sitting. And the lovely indecision I’m so well-known for.

I’ll have other updates soon, now that I’m rejoining the world of… well, just the world in general really. Ciao for now!

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