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Weekly Word Count: 11/15/18

Word Count: 11771

What story I’m currently working on:

I’m midway through Forged Futures and ramping up to the big twist in the middle. I was rolling really fast on this book, but the last couple of chapters I feel like I’ve been sputtering a bit, so I’m about to get back on track. I’m currently at 30k, so I’ve put a significant dent into this book. To be quite frank, I’ll probably be done it by the end of the month, if not the end of the year, which is hella cool.

What I’m editing/marketing:

I started sending out more submissions for The Lies We Weave, though I’m debating on doing one more editing run through. But most of my focus this week was on Forged Alliances’ release day, which was Tuesday! A little over a year since it was last out, it’s now back with a LOT of fuel behind it. After all, I’ve got the next two already stacked to go, and I’m working on the fourth in the series. I will absolutely be finished the Tribal Spirits series by next year, and that’s pretty awesome. If you haven’t grabbed Bustles and Bells yet, I’d recommend it! An Airship Carol is a super fun caper. Next on the agenda is the pre-order for Forged Decisions on November 20th, which I’m super excited for.

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Teaser of the week:

“Except here he crouched before her, all breakable brown eyes, old scars and the shortest temper she’d ever encountered. And unlike every other guy she’d messed around with before, this was the one man she couldn’t s.jpg

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Line of the week:

For this single moment, she could exist here with him. For this single moment, she wasn’t a widow, she wasn’t the wife of Greg Bennett. For this single moment, he wasn’t one of the Tribe. For this single moment, he could stay.

Her gaze landed on his lips, but Lucas pulled away first, shattering that fragile, quavering ray they’d clung to. Lana stepped back to grab her coffee, as if the heat from the mug could dispel the way her fingers tingled from mere touch.

“So, taking down Ganzorig?” Lana said before taking a quick sip. Not like she could evade the heat in Lucas’s eyes, or the way her body flushed.

He nodded. “Yeah, we’re taking down the Landsliders.”

Even as their mouths formed different words, Lana recognized them for what they were.

Goodbye. Goodbye. Goodbye.

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Forged Alliances Release Day!

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So much can change in a year. Around this time last year, Forged Alliances had just come out with Loose Id, and I was full of excitement to be pushing forward on a brand new series. And then….December hit, and Loose Id announced their closure. While my second book was on submission, of course. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t devastate me. I loved working with that publisher, and I was so sad to see them go. On top of that, since the official closure wouldn’t hit until June, I wasn’t about to go and write the third book until I found a new home for them.

So, I waited.

I expected it to be a long time until I could find a home for this series, however, Totally Bound happened to open up submissions in June, and I leapt on the opportunity. I had long been interested in that publisher, but they’d been closed. In a sweep of serendipity, I submitted Forged Alliances, and it got accepted. At once, I dove into book three again, desperate to dive back into this world. I am so in love with these shifters and this series, and I’m so thrilled to bring them back to you with book one, Forged Alliances.

Buy your copy HERE today!

“Mislabeled the sign,” a cocky voice called from the door. “Should read ‘Doggie Daycare_ with the amount of pups packed into this place.” The man_s eyes twinkled with his l

Sierra Kanoska fought hard for her position as wolf alpha of the Red Rock pack, and intruders in her territory receive the full brunt of what her claws, fangs and smarts can accomplish. So, when Dax Williams, de facto alpha of the Silver Springs pack, pays an unwelcome visit, Sierra’s ready to toss him out. However, the pack elders sabotaged Dax’s fight for alpha against his brother, driving him from his lands. Sierra hates underhanded crap like that, so she agrees on an alliance.

As they work together, she witnesses an alpha who wants to do right by his pack, not just a cocky wiseass. Their growing attraction blazes hot, but the moment she and Dax lock lips, a mating bond emerges. Sierra sure as hell isn’t ready to share that intimate connection with a stranger and the thought of forever sends Dax running.

Before they can talk, the Tribe commanding the East Coast shifters arrives to settle the dispute. Dax and his brother’s punishment for their pack’s civil war is a free-for-all on their lands. Not only does he have to defeat his brother, but any challenger in the region. Despite Dax and Sierra’s initial resistance, his wily charm relaxes her control-freak tendencies while her steadfast support bolsters his strength. Yet every new opponent places their newfound relationship under siege—one misstep, one wrong blow in the ring, and Dax could leave in a bodybag.

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Goals for 2019

It’s that time of year, folks, when I start sitting down and really analyzing what next year is going to look like. I can speculate a lot mid-year, but with completing books and submissions and contracts, all of that can be in flux. I’m at the point where I have some serious definites.

Books Scheduled for Release in 2019:

Forged Decisions (Tribal Spirits #2) January 1, 2019 with Totally Bound Publishing

Forged Contracts (Tribal Spirits #3) May 21, 2019 with Totally Bound Publishing

Of Tinkers and Technomancers (Whitfield Files #1)  April 2, 2019 with Totally Bound Publishing

Captured Memories (Cupid’s Cafe #3) November 2019 with Inkspell Publishing

 

Books Under Contract:

Hunting for Spring (Philadelphia Coven Chronicles #1) with Soul Mate Publishing

Scrying for Summer (Philadelphia Coven Chronicles #2) with Soul Mate Publishing

Rising for Autumn (Philadelphia Coven Chronicles #3) with Soul Mate Publishing

Waking for Winter (Philadelphia Coven Chronicles #4) with Soul Mate Publishing

 

Books Under Submission:

Taking Root (Book one in my Greek Myths series)

 

Books Written to be Edited:

Hypnotizing Beat (Discord’s Desire #2)

 

Books in Progress:

Forged Futures (Tribal Spirits #4)

 

Books to Write in 2019:

Forged Redemption (Tribal Spirits #5)

Alluring Refrain (Discord’s Desire #3)

Next Cupid’s Cafe

Of Coppers and Cracksmen (Whitfield Files #2)

 

What ones are you the most excited for? With any luck, my Tribal Spirits series will be finished by next year!

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Music Monday- Forged Alliances

Getting my Music Monday on with the release of Forged Alliances tomorrow!

1. I Don’t Wanna Live Forever- ZAYN/Taylor Swift

This song had a kinda sexy vibe to it which worked for the scorching chemistry between Dax and Sierra. Even though Sierra’s all blunt edges, stubbornness, and flames, Dax was lazy seduction with a cocky confidence that worked so well with her.

2. Friction- Imagine Dragons

This book had a lot of shifter fights involved, and this was my favorite song to play when I was working on the challenger fights. It has an intense beat and a pulse-pounding intensity that got me in the right mindset.

3. Begging for Thread- Banks

Another sensual song, this one worked perfectly for the sex scenes later on. As Dax and Sierra get to know each other more and more, their chemistry becomes explosive and undeniable, which the inexorable seduction of this melody highlighted.

4. Wolves- Selena Gomez

How could I not have this song on the playlist? Since this was the kick-off of my shifter series, I had to include this one, for the energetic beat and the lyrics.

5. Revolution- The Score

I especially loved the line ‘all my wolves begin to howl’ because within seconds of starting this series, they were ‘my wolves’ and ‘my mountain lions’. I fell hard for the Red Rock and Silver Spring packs, and the energy in this song made it perfect for big scenes between the packs.

What’s your next project on the horizon: The fourth book in the Tribal Spirits series! Book two, Forged Decisions is coming out January 1st, and book three, Forged Contracts, is coming out May 21st!

Dive into the first book of the Tribal Spirits series now: Forged Alliances!

Sierra and Dax’s alliance is already rocky. He’s a cocky wiseass, and she doesn’t put up with bullshit. So, when a mating bond appears between them, it threatens to send them both running.

Sierra Kanoska fought hard for her position as wolf alpha of the Red Rock pack, and intruders in her territory receive the full brunt of what her claws, fangs and smarts can accomplish. So, when Dax Williams, de facto alpha of the Silver Springs pack, pays an unwelcome visit, Sierra’s ready to toss him out. However, the pack elders sabotaged Dax’s fight for alpha against his brother, driving him from his lands. Sierra hates underhanded crap like that, so she agrees on an alliance.

As they work together, she witnesses an alpha who wants to do right by his pack, not just a cocky wiseass. Their growing attraction blazes hot, but the moment she and Dax lock lips, a mating bond emerges. Sierra sure as hell isn’t ready to share that intimate connection with a stranger and the thought of forever sends Dax running.

Before they can talk, the Tribe commanding the East Coast shifters arrives to settle the dispute. Dax and his brother’s punishment for their pack’s civil war is a free-for-all on their lands. Not only does he have to defeat his brother, but any challenger in the region. Despite Dax and Sierra’s initial resistance, his wily charm relaxes her control-freak tendencies while her steadfast support bolsters his strength. Yet every new opponent places their newfound relationship under siege—one misstep, one wrong blow in the ring, and Dax could leave in a bodybag.

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Forged Decisions Cover Reveal!

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Add in on Goodreads, and catch it for pre-order here on November 20th!

When Finn falls for Navi, a member of the East Coast Tribe, he’ll have to choose between the pack and family who saved him, and the unforgettable woman who’s made her mark.

Ever since Sierra and Dax mated, forming their alliance, Finn has been restless in his position as beta for the Red Rock pack. So when Navi, the gorgeous, lethal member of the East Coast Tribe, conscripts him for help breaking up the Landsliders’ drug running ring, he leaps on the opportunity. As they work together, their attraction deepens to more than comrades and far more than a one night stand. Except Navi isn’t sticking around town forever, and Finn has his own responsibilities tethering him to the Red Rock pack.

When the trail to the drug ring leads them to the man who murdered Finn’s parents, Finn’s forced to confront the fears he’s buried, and in the process, the connection between him and Navi grows scorching and unforgettable. However, with an underground meth-lab to bust and his parents’ murderer to take down, Finn throws his heart and soul into the fight, because he knows even if he survives this, he’ll be forever marked by the goodbyes to follow.

 

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Weekly Word Count: 11/8/18

Word Count: 12,623

What story I’m currently working on:

I finished Hypnotizing Beat! After months and months of pushing it to the back burner! Woo!!!! I did use NaNo fuel to finish it on day one lol, and it ended at 70k. Now that Discord’s Desire #2 is complete, I’m completely charging forward with my Tribal Spirits series. I’m currently at 19k with Forged Futures, and with any luck, I’ll have finished it by the end of the year.

What I’m editing/marketing:

I’m doing some fine tune edits on The Lies We Weave still, but I’m pretty light on work in that department at the moment. Instead, I’m looking forward, because it’s going to be release-a-palooza soon! If you haven’t nabbed your copy of Bustles and Bells yet, the steampunk anthology will be available throughout the holiday season. And Forged Alliances comes out in under a week. I’m so excited to have my Tribal Spirits series restart! After that will be Forged Decisions, available to pre-order on November 20th, and then release day on January 1st! (I may have already seen the gorgeous cover)

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Teaser of the week:

“I_m more of a documentary kind of gal,” Navi responded.Finn let out a gagging sound. “That_s a thousand times worse.”

Currently listening to:

Line of the week:

“Yeah, no luck in that department for me either,” he responded. “Instead I’ve become King of the One Night Stand.”

Her gaze glimmered as she nudged him in the arm. “Hey, at least you’re getting some.” She tilted her head up to stare at the ceiling. “Even before Greg passed, it had been awhile, and now no one will touch me with a ten foot pole. Apparently being widowed means I also became celibate.”

A deep hunger burned inside him, and his tiger rammed in his chest, a rumble that traveled up and down. His fingers buzzed with the need to skim across her smooth skin, to grip those hips, and he couldn’t stop his tongue from slipping out to wet his lips, suddenly too dry.

Lana’s gaze transfixed on the motion, making him that much more aware that they sat inches apart. Her lips parted, that pristine shade of roses in early morning, the same scent that lingered around her. The need he felt for her grew painful, a tug in his chest, a kick to his libido that had him shifting in his seat. He’d been trying to tamp the lust he felt for her from the moment they’d met, but it grew into a Herculean task when he saw the same flare in those dew-green eyes.

Fuck it.

Lucas leaned in, closing the distance between them. His lips brushed against hers, soft at first, until that sinful breath of relief came from her.