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Waking for Winter Cover Reveal!

That’s right guys, it’s HERE! The cover of the final Philadelphia Coven Chronicles book!

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Add it to your Goodreads!

The Philadelphia Coven has thwarted the Order of the Serpent’s every attempt to destroy their city only to draw out the scariest nightmare from the Otherworld, the Caoranach. One of the Coven’s own, Cami Akiyama, has already met this creature—the very monster who tortured her, branding her with a mark. Given Cami’s history with the big bad, the Coven leader assigns her a bodyguard, none other than the gorgeous and lethal necromancer, Dante Martinez, the ex-boyfriend she disappeared on years ago. One conversation confirms the spark between them never died, and based on the way Dante flirts, he won’t allow that flame to extinguish out without a fight.

No one has ever compared to Dante and the incendiary passion he inspired in her, but the Caoranach broke her—Cami’s too damaged for any sort of relationship. Not like that stops him. If anything, he fights harder for the memories of a love that kept her sane on the bleakest nights. And despite every effort to distance, she finds herself falling for him all over again. Except the Caoranach isn’t finished with her—the branded mark holds the secret to the city’s destruction or salvation, and Cami stands in the center of the storm.

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Weekly Word Count #103

Word Count: 15,046

What story I’m working on: ….so, the Cupid’s Cafe story is finished. Sometimes things just flow, and this story…well, flew. Which means I’ve got an empty slot for what story to tackle next…I *might* have penned the first lines to the final Airship book, The Airship Also Rises…

What I’m editing/marketing: I’ve still been paring away at Future King edits while waiting on beta-reader responses, but I’m moving forward one baby step at a time. I’ll also probably be plunging into Cupid’s Cafe edits soon, mostly because it’d be nice to get something out the door. Once I get lines in for Waking for Winter, I’ll be entering full fledged work mode on marketing, since the release keeps getting closer and closer!

Teaser of the week:

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Line of the week:

“Some days, the sheer amount of enemies we attracted made me question if maybe our crew was a little too trigger happy. That maybe we’d started pissing in too many pots without thinking of the consequences.

But then I remembered that most folks couldn’t hold to a basic code of honor if it killed them. And kill them we did. Repeatedly.”

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Weekly Word Count #102

Word Count: 10,002

What story I’m working on: Weeeehell now. I apparently surged ahead a lot quicker than anticipated with Cupid’s Cafe, because I’m now at 25k (with about 15k left to go!) If I can keep up this pace, the goal is to finish the rough draft by the end of May, which *may* (har har) in fact be doable! It’s a really intense story, but since it’s shorter, the plot already unfolded quite clearly and it should be an engaging ride.

What I’m editing/marketing: Oh my lord, I submerged myself in edits for Future King. Got through the content edits from my first beta reader, and now I’m kind of chilling at the moment while I wait on more crits to come in from other beta readers. I’ve got fine tuning edits to do at this point, since I tackled a LOT of content stuff. The story is hella fun though. As for marketing, I’ve begun firing things up for Waking for Winter since it’s less than two months away from release!

Teaser of the week:

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Line of the week:

“I think I’m quite capable of deciding what’s safe and not,” Liv argued, her grip tightening so hard around her mug it threatened to shatter. “And just because you’ve got access to someone’s personal details doesn’t mean you should dive right in. Folks deserve to share their secrets on their own accord.”

“Your judgment hasn’t always been sound,” Lex warned, that preachy big-brother tone in his voice. Tessa, who had been backing him up, whipped towards him, indignation written on her face.

Oh hell no.

Fury radiated through Liv in one fierce, sweeping torrent. Fury at what had happened to her back in college, fury at the way how so few treated her as normal the second they found out, and fury, endless fury at the blame that infiltrated even from her closest.

“You’re going to shut the hell up, now, Lex,” she said, her voice simmering at a deadly, even tone. “And you’re never again going to attempt to blame me, your younger sister, for what that monster did to me. If you can’t manage to treat me with the slightest modicum of respect, and if you can’t treat me as anything other than the goddamn victim I’m not, then I have no more use for you in my life.”

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Weekly Word Count #101

Word Count: 4,085

What story I’m working on: Slowed down a bunch this week due to coming home from Steampunk World’s Fair and having to get back into the writing groove. I hit 15k with the Cupid’s Cafe story where I’m scrambling to figure out where they’re heading before the next big plot point comes up.

What I’m editing/marketing: Threw myself fully into editing Future King, which has been super fun even if the edits are slow going. I’m going to practice some patience on this one and make sure it’s as polished as possible before I submit though. Plus, in the span of a week, I managed to get four rounds of content edits exchanged with my editor, meaning Waking for Winter is off to lines!

Teaser of the week:

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Line of the week:

The word said aloud made him cringe, from the thousands of confessions he heard at the meetings to the memories tied along with it—of the scent of vomit and piss in a rotten alleyway, of how every muscle in his body ached so much he thought he’d never move again, and of the deep depression that saturated his bones in the aftermath, so strong he wanted to die.

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Weekly Word Count #100

Word Count: 8,065

What story I’m working on: Hit 11k in my Cupid’s Cafe story and I’m pushing through some really, really dark scenes. This romance is going to be a rough ride, but my lord, Liv’s character is just leaping off the page. She’s so vibrant and clear.

What I’m editing/marketing: Just got the first beta reader response on Future King which is enough of a motivator to throw myself into the deep end a little deeper. When this story is done, my lord, it’s going to shine. Also got the first round of edits done on Waking for Winter, so now I’m just waiting on round two! Plus, An Airship Named Desire AND A Tale of Two Airships are on sale for 99 cents this week only!

Teaser of the week:

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Line of the week:

The years melted away as they kissed, each clash of their lips like he breathed life into her once more, like her hopes hadn’t shattered on the rocks years ago. Like she was still sixteen and could almost reach that sky full of stars.

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Weekly Word Count #99

Word Count: 12,759

What story I’m working on: Guys….I FINISHED Future King and it feels so good!! I even sent it to the first couple beta readers for feedback–I’m hella excited for this story. It’s groundbreaking in so many ways for me. And now that I finished Future King, I’m working on a bitty project, the contemporary romance for the Cupid’s Cafe world! Zane and Liv’s story is promising to be interesting.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Well, now that I finished Future King, I started doing clean up edits on it! Usually I wait to do these, but I wanted to get a head start on some of the adverb and filter word cleanups, and I can always do another sweep through pretty easily. I’ve already started getting feedback in from beta readers too, so I’ll have plenty to occupy me, soon enough!

Teaser of the week:

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Line of the week:

This date had started as bland and was speeding right along to abysmal.

Liv sucked in her straw, taking in an extra hefty helping of her black and white milkshake, as if the creamy goodness could block out the absolute drivel coming out of this guy’s mouth. He hadn’t seemed like this much of a twat online, but hey, dating profiles lie, lie, lied.

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Weekly Word Count #98

Word Count: 10,069

What story I’m working on: Since my word count from last week was so low, I charged into this week at full speed, hitting 70k. Now that I have nothing on the editing plate and because I’m nearing the end of Future King, I am just throwing all my efforts into this story. It’s either going to be another 5k or 10k (not really sure yet) so I’m anticipating finishing it next week. This story is my heart and soul at the moment, so I’m really hoping to have some luck with it.

What I’m editing/marketing: NOTHING TO EDIT!! Seriously, this rarely happens. Since I pushed so hard with Forged Alliances though, my editing plate is freed up. I’m also waiting for the first edits for Waking for Winter too, so yeah…it’s crazy!

Teaser of the week:

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Line of the week:

I’d met criminals with more honor than an entire battalion, I’d tapped into the magic that I’d been told to push down my entire life, and I’d met the sort of man who inspired me to fight those restraints, who helped me achieve more than I ever believed possible.

“I understand now,” I said, my fingertips tracing the glass in front of me as I stared out with her, into the starry sky beyond. “How you could leave Europa and never look back. Why you’d risk everything for this cause.”