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Weekly Word Count #149

Word Count: 2,538

What story I’m currently working on:

Another slow writing week, but there happened to be a major wrench in my plans, sigh. After Glows Publishing is going through a reorganization process, so my Cupid’s Cafe book is also on hiatus. So, I returned my attention to Taking Root and have continued writing the follow up chapter to what I had prepped for the proposal. I figure I’ll just keep trucking away at that one until I get some news to push me in a direction. It’s been a ton of fun so far.

What I’m editing/marketing: Continuing to work on synopses and queries, but I’m making some headway and sent out the first submissions. I finished the Wanderers edit, and it’s STUNNING. I also got the beta reads back for the fae novella, so I started doing some edits on that–though, I have time since it’s not due until July! Once that’s done, I’m returning to Musketeer Pirates to spiffy it the hell up. My young adult fairytale, A Reflection of Ice came out three weeks ago, same with Corsets and Cogs, which hit bestseller and is now available in paperback!! In upcoming news, the other steampunk boxset I’m in, Gaslights and Graves, is available for pre-order!

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Teaser of the week:

Right now, she didn’t want to think about the future, she just wanted to feel something wild and deep, something with fire enough to thaw the ice encasing her heart..jpg

Line of the week:

“Going to pull a Cinderella once midnight strikes?” he asked, barely able to hear his own words amidst the pulsing music and the bodies twisting and turning around them. He didn’t want tonight to end. He wanted the chance to get to know her in a real, lasting way like the imprints she’d left on his memory all those years ago.

Her lips quirked in a smile that didn’t reach her eyes, the sadness gleaming in those mesmerizing jade eyes. “Wouldn’t be any fun otherwise,” she responded. “Got to leave a little mystery or I’ll lose my allure.”

Disappointment curled in his chest, but she pressed her body against his, her nails digging into his shoulders. Not only did that lithe body of hers strike a fresh match to embers that he thought had died, but her vibrancy and her lonely fight made him want in a way he’d forgotten.

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Weekly Word Count #148

Word Count: 2,780

What story I’m currently working on:

So, my deadline for the fae novella got pushed back. *HUGE sigh of relief* However, I have a lot of life stuff coming up and general busy-ness, so I’ve had to laser focus my time. I finished the proposal for the Daphne/Apollo story, Taking Root, and I’ll be sending that in a day or two! Woo! However, that also meant I had to boot Cupid’s Cafe to the back burner, at least until I send off this proposal.

What I’m editing/marketing: Ugh, I’ve been working on synopses and queries all week long until my brain matter wants to bleed out of my ears. I’m about halfway through the final readthrough of Wanderers–it’s an honest dice roll whether or not I’ll send it before the Paris trip or after. Only if it’s super ready. Once Wanderers is off my plate, I’ll be able to dive back into fae novella, and Musketeer Pirates which has been backburnered for awhile now. My young adult fairytale, A Reflection of Ice came out two weeks ago, same with Corsets and Cogs, which hit bestseller and I’m still excited for that!! In upcoming news, the other steampunk boxset I’m in, Gaslights and Graves, is available for pre-order!

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Teaser of the week:

_Each step forward offered a better view of the crystal walls ahead, the castle appearing like something out of a fairytale._(1).jpg

Line of the week:

Her skin crawled. She needed to answer, but the words gummed in her mouth. The idea of him heading anywhere nearby made her mind splinter, the white noise rising to blank out the memories it took years of therapy to resurrect. The longer Kyle Peterson remained a free man, the more of a chance he had to kill again. Even if the fear shot through her like Novocaine, she knew what she needed to do.

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Diversity in Publishing: Enjoy the Ice Cream

Had an awesome conversation with Rob about the issues of diversity in publishing and media in general, whether it’s TV, movies, whatever.
 
In the middle of my rant about why it’s necessary (Rob’s a gem to listen to these, honestly), a really solid metaphor cropped up, and I wanted to share. Right now, there’s a lot of push and pull involving the change that needs to happen. A lot of voices who previously weren’t heard are gaining traction and really fighting to BE heard. However, a lot of times, when people hear ‘hey, we’re tired of it only being straight white guys in books/movies,etc’ it gets filtered as white guys in books/movies are BAD!
 
So, say an ice cream shop only serves vanilla ice cream. And folks eat the vanilla for a long time, because it’s good ice cream and apparently the only shop in town. However, people speak up because they want to see other flavors on the menu. In response, the ice cream shop adds chocolate, pistachio, cookies and cream to the menu boards. Most folks are excited. More flavors! However, others start ranting about how it was better back when it was only vanilla. How the other flavors are crowding out the vanilla. But in all honesty, it’s just adding more variety to the board, allowing more than just one taste. And guys? That’s a really good thing.
 
Now, I know that’s distilling an incredibly complex issue with a lot of facets into sweet, sweet ice cream, but I’m just talking about this one element today. Variety is good, and just because there is MORE out there, doesn’t mean there is less of the thing you liked. So dive in and enjoy the metaphorical ice cream. I know I am.
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Weekly Word Count #147

Word Count: 8,055

What story I’m currently working on:

While the fae novella is out with beta readers, I was going to focus on editing solely. *laughs hilariously* Yeah, so first I started a Cupid’s Cafe story that’s flowing like wine on a Friday night. It’s a super easy write because it features characters I’m already super familiar with, sort of like writing about best friends. So of course, I’m already 3k into that one. But hey, I can’t stop there, right? I had this contemporary romance idea where each story is a retelling of a Greek romance, with less tragedy. (most of those were bleak as fuck) Aaaand with that one, I got 5k into it…because yeah.

What I’m editing/marketing: Editing has calmed down this week since I plowed through the vibrancy edit on Wanderers. I started working on the query as well, and I’m going to take my time on this one, because it’s super important. I don’t want to rush and toss out shoddy work, so I’m carefully doing this final readthrough. Once I finish editing Wanderers, I’ll probably dive back into editing Musketeer Pirates which has been hanging in the dead zone. But the fun doesn’t stop there. My young adult fairytale, A Reflection of Ice came out last week, same with Corsets and Cogs, which hit bestseller!! And of course, the other steampunk boxset I’m in, Gaslights and Graves, is available for pre-order!

Join my brigade:

The best ways to get involved with my work is by joining my ARC List, my Facebook Group, or sign up for my Patreon!

Teaser of the week:

Candace brandished a pint glass at the ready. Ale could soothe most of these ruffians, and she_d become adept at taming tempers.(1)

Line of the week:

His phone buzzed in his pocket, dragging his attention away from the now closed door. Lex.

“What’s up?” he asked and lifted his fingers, trying to grab Mitch’s attention for the check.

“So…there’s blood all over your kitchen, and it’s not my fault.”

Oh, fuck.

 

Currently Reading:

Cremains of the Day by Misty Simon and The Chosen by JR Ward. Feel free to comment if you want to discuss either book!

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One man has swiped bounties from Viola, the Brass Violet, for years. Longstanding rivals, they’ve only had brief encounters, and if she had a choice, she’d avoid him entirely. When he saunters into her bar with an offer to work together on a job, the proper response would be to shoot him down and send him back to Shantytown. However, curiosity’s a wicked beast, and Viola needs to know why, after so many years of stealing her marks, he’d approach her now.

The man is insufferable, annoyingly cavalier, and tends to stir up memories she’d rather forget–but she needs assistance on this job and he’s offering aid and blueprints which could cut their work in half.

Given the intense way he looks at her though, working together isn’t all he has in mind. Van Clef is known for his persistence and, with his charm, he wins women over effortlessly. Viola’s not so easy though–she’s wise to his tricks. But if he wants to play the game, she will gladly rise to the challenge. By the end of this bounty, she’ll be the one leaving him in the dust.