Queen’s cover is by CCR Designs. Blurb below:
Chaos will rule…
Next release will probably happen around September.
The kids have two weeks off school, so obviously it was time for another bout of sickness. One kid started puking on Friday. It’s now Tuesday (I think?), it’s three down, two to go, and both parents are borderline. We’ve had some lovely bright mornings, but we can’t go anywhere, so that’s a shame. Maybe next week!
There are some pretty big changes happening in my personal life that will have an impact on writing/publishing. I have two books close to ready, two manuscripts that need a massive edit, and two editing slots in the summer. Beyond that, I don’t know how much things will slow down. We’re on the wait and see train right now. But I will not leave any unfinished series hanging out there.
My dilemma is that I planned on publishing Make You this month, and Queen next month. But Queen came back earlier than expected, and it’s in better condition than Make You. I feel like I should just publish Queen this month and give Make You more time (because something’s irking me about it), but that feels a little unfair to those who are waiting for Make You. Right now, both stories need covers, Queen needs a proofread, and Make You is waiting on another edit + proofread, so it makes sense in one way to get Queen out of the way, but that’s really close to Fade, considering the rest of the books won’t be published a month apart. I’ve been going back and forth about this for weeks, and I’m still no closer to figuring out what to do.
In other, kinda-related news, I’m struggling with Chaos #4. The previous two books were obviously too easy, and this is my punishment. 😀 I’m, again, having trouble making decisions on what goes into this book. I don’t even have a title which is weirdly unsettling. The almost ready to be published books hanging around are distracting, so I’m hoping once they’re out of the way that this will get easier. It’s during months like this that I wish I wasn’t in charge of everything. I’m not decisive enough. 🙂
So yeah, I’m not online as much, but I try to keep people updated as often as possible, hence this (kinda vague) post.
And I’ll end with a place-holder cover for Queen (Chaos #3) because I’m obviously procrastinating if I’m blogging and creating place-holder covers.
Here’s the blurb if you’re interested:
Chaos will rule.
Fade (Chaos #2) is now available for preorder on Barnes & Noble and Smashwords with a sale price of 99c until Monday. It should be available on Amazon this Friday. Apple haven’t listed it yet, so if you’re interested, either keep an eye out there or look for an epub copy on Smashwords.
Edited to add: We’re on the iBookstore. Ignore me; I’m an idiot!
The cover is by CCR Designs. Expect Make You in April, and Chaos #3 (title & blurb reveal at the end of Fade) in May/June.
Blurb and cover below:
Official release date – 28th March 2014
Cara Kelly should have left the faery realm now that it has a king to rule all, but nothing is that simple. The real king is trapped in the Fade, and Cara’s journey is just beginning. Guilt-ridden by the fact Brendan’s soul was sacrificed for hers, she’s determined not to desert him after his one pure act of goodness. Time is running out; even if she makes it past all of the dangers of the Darkside, a shade might await her in the Fade. Running from enemy and friends alike, she sets out on a path that will lead headfirst into danger.
Even if Cara makes it to the Fade, even if a goddess watches over her, she doesn’t trust all of her companions, she still has to find a way home, and freeing Brendan could cause a war between the faeries she cares about.
And all the while, Chaos grows unchecked.
Today’s the day. First book in a brand new series. Woo. Now on to the next one. I’m actually halfway through the NaNoWriMo word count on the sequel to Soul which is called Fade. I have an editing slot for that in February. Next brand new release should be Tested. I still need a cover for that, but I might post a teaser thingy next week.
On to the details!
Also Free! Darlings of Urban Fantasy is a free collection of nine young adult urban fantasy novel. My novel Stake You has been included. You can download Darlings of UF on Amazon US, UK, CA, etc., Kobo, and iBookstore IE, AU, CA, GB, US, etc. If it isn’t free for your location, it will be very soon. 🙂
Cara Kelly’s life is going nowhere when she’s lured to a faery festival. There she sees darkness and magic, madness and lust, and she comes out the other side with new eyes and an addiction to the fae.
When the faery who saved her life returns to her, Cara knows there’s something wrong. Two souls exist in one body, and both need her, but to help one, she’ll end the life of the other. At first, her mind is made up, but both souls know how to charm her.
As the days pass, it becomes clear that the faeries need a leader, and Cara finds herself sucked into a world where morals don’t exist. The truth of her past is hidden in the magic, but all Cara needs to do is survive the king’s coronation, then the fae will let her go forever.
But that’s not what she wants anymore, and it’s getting harder and harder to tell the difference between a king and a half-blooded solitary faery. Cara’s losing her way, and her heart, to the fae, but there’s still her life, and her humanity, left to lose.
Hey, hey, peoples. The more frequent blogging thing has obviously not worked out very well! This month has been full of the crazy.
I’ve been working on the final edits for Tested because it’s due to go to the editor very soon, but I’ve been super distracted. I feel like there is a lot going on right now. Soul is available on pre-order on Amazon, B&N, the iBookstores, and Smashwords. One Night with the Fae has gone free everywhere, and the kind folks at Wattpad have been promoting it this month, so I’ve started using the site again. Links & covers & blurbiness below. (Just pasting what I sent out in the newsletter).
We have an unwelcome furry visitor to the house that’s driving me crazy. I can hear the fecker in the walls, and he’s the type that steals food from traps then saunters off like he owns the world. Jerk.
The kids are on their mid-term break. this means there’s much of the noise. They got to dress up in their Halloween outfits on the last day of school. The twins (who had their birthdays this month – happy birthday, shitheads) were vampire kings because they are made of awesome. (This is starting to sound like a My News schoolwork thingy).
The countdown to NaNoWriMo has begun! I told myself what I was going to write, but I’ve decided to work on Fade (sequel to Soul, and I still don’t have a title for the series, grr!) instead because I can’t wait. I’m excited to get back into the constant writing jazz after so many months of the constant editing jazz.
And it’s our anniversary today, so I shall probably lose a day tomorrow!
Have a great week and happy Halloween – and just ’cause I’m currently obsessing…
Soul is available for preorder on Amazon US, UK, CA etc., iBookstore US, GB, AU, CA, IE, etc., Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. Release date is set for 8th of November, and the first 50% is available for sample on Smashwords if you’re unsure. This is the first in the series I’ll be concentrating on from now on, so I hope you all will love it as much as I do. Still sending out advance review copies, so if you’re interested, let me know!
Cara Kelly’s life is going nowhere when she’s lured to a faery festival. There she sees darkness and magic, madness and lust, and she comes out the other side with new eyes and an addiction to the fae.
One Night with the Fae is also free on Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, iBookstore IE, GB, CA, AU, US, etc., and Amazon UK & US. It kickstarted the idea of this series, so you might like to read that first.
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…
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!
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.
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!