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Weekly Word Count #85

Word Count: 5,552

What story I’m working on: Hit 19k with Future King, but I’ll probably pick up steam since I’m coming up to some fun scenes. With the shifter story, I hit 20k, and I’m definitely looking forward to getting into the next scenes–it took a rather dark turn!

What I’m editing/marketing: Polishing up Waking for Winter for you guys! I’m hooooping to submit the novel by the end of the month, but it might end up subbed in January. Regardless, I’m preparing for Rising for Autumn’s release, and already, there are stellar advance reviews rolling in!

Line of the week:

“Stop pacing around like a tap-dancing cockroach. I can feel the reverberations all the way over here,” Tris complained, even though she didn’t look away from the window.

The man’s nose wrinkled with annoyance. “If I’m expected to replenish our stocks down below, I need an accurate count of what finances we’re working with.”

“I’ll make it easy for you,” she replied. “Rummage around in your pockets a little—feel that lint? That’s what we’ve got.”

 

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Weekly Word Count #84

Word Count: 6,562

What story I’m working on: Hit 17k with Future King–slowing down the pace to focus more on the shifter story which is also closing in on 17k since I have a deadline for that one!

What I’m editing/marketing: Continuing to plug away at Waking for Winter and prepping marketing for Rising for Autumn. I’m beyond excited for the release of book three!!

Line of the week:

Dax stalked into his room to put on something decent. Like it or not, Kanoska had agreed to work with him and he was going to hold her to her promise. Even if they had problems keeping their hands off each other and they happened to be mated for life. No biggie. He tugged on a shirt as he let out a long exhale. Hell—he hadn’t stayed in a relationship longer than six months and in stomped a woman he barely knew with lifetime potential stamped all over that perfect ass.

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Weekly World Count #83

Word Count: 4,061

What story I’m working on: Close to 15k with my Future King story, so yay! The shifter story is slinking in fast at 12k, and will probably roll along at a faster than average pace since I’m trying to finish it to submit to an anthology in March!

What I’m editing/marketing: Most of my betas have returned feedback for Waking for Winter, so I’m really surging ahead with edits for it. At this stage, I’ll probably have the novel submitted to my publisher by the end of the month! Also coming soon….Rising for Autumn! February 7th to be specific, and folks, I think you’ll enjoy this one.

Line of the week:

“If we’re fast enough, they won’t hit.” Merlin said with a shrug. “Or if Art there can manage to work the alchemical shielding.” His glance held too much knowledge, like he shared a secret with me of just how much I was capable of. From the second I’d met him, the confidence he had in me was a subtle pressure to my spine, telling me to straighten up, daring me to push past my comfort zone and dive into unfathomable depths. As if I couldn’t bear to fall short of the trust he placed in me.

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2017 Writing Goals!

With the new year comes new goals, and as someone who loves that sort of organization, this is a non-stop thrill ride for me. You think I’m kidding? I’m not. I’m the freakin Leslie Knope of the writing world.

So, I’m sharing my goals with you lovely folks, why? To keep myself accountable. And so you can get excited along with me for the wonderful new projects and releases on the horizon!

Goal #1: Seeing Philadelphia Coven Chronicles to completion.

Rising for Autumn, book three, is slated to release on February 7th, 2017, so this task isn’t as daunting as it might seem. I’m hoping to have Waking for Winter edited and submitted by February or March, so hopefully it’ll be picked up and released later in the year! Once Waking for Winter is out, it means I’ll have my first finished series under my belt! Yay!

Goal #2: Meet anthology deadlines.

I have a piece I’m working on for an anthology that’s up in March, so I’m 9,000 words in on a story that’ll probably be 30 to 40,000 words! On that note, I’m hoping to find another anthology to work on after that, so I can continue getting some shorts/novellas out there.

Goal #3: Get another contract

Whether it means Chasing Fate gets attention or I find a publisher/agent for Captivating Melody, I’ll be working towards this goal throughout the year. Cross your fingers and toes for me!

Goal #4: Two more novel length stories

One of these is Future King, my YA space opera that I already started, so I’m hoping to finish that midway through the year. The next will be a project of my choosing.If I manage to get a contract for Chasing Fate or Captivating Melody, I’ll be working on a sequel to that, but if not I’ll probably work on whatever new story strikes my fancy!

Goal #5: Attend another author con

My experience last year with Unmask the Romance and the two library signings I did was great, so I’d like to get ballsier and hit a new author con, even if it means a little traveling.

Goal #6: Revamp another of my old manuscripts

Last year, rewriting Chasing Fate turned into a great project, proving I can still utilize old manuscripts, even if they weren’t the right story at the time. So I’m going to either recycle/reinvent When Fire Ignites, Red Skies Take Warning, The Iron Legacy, or Night Awakens.

Goal #7: Continue growing my readership

As always, my career doesn’t amount to much if my books are going unread. So as I do every year, I’ll try to reach out to more people, and get more readers sucked into the worlds I create, like the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles! I already have a couple events planned to help speed this process along, so I can make new friends and connect with even more people! I want to bring hope and love and exciting stories to everyone I meet!

Wish me luck! I’ll be rooting the rest of you on as well. Let’s kick ass in the New Year!

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New Years Reflections

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Anyone who’s met me can pretty quickly tell I’m expressive and sentimental person, so the TLDR of this all is I’m incredibly grateful for everyone who’s supported me this year, the readers who’ve shared their love and excitement for my books and the friends who’ve helped me keep going when times were tough.

That being said, 2016 WAS a difficult year. There were so many curveballs that made me have to think quick, on my feet, and replan. So many hopes I had that fizzled out, rejections to weather, and some really significant deaths as well, of a friend earlier in the year and then later my grandfather.

Writing has always been my solace, my way of processing, and my way of fighting, and because of all the external things, I think I had one of my most productive years. Most of the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles books were written this year, and I wrote like I was running out of time (thanks, Hamilton), perhaps because of all the death experienced, of all the loss my friends and family also suffered.

In 2016, we bore witness to some ugly realities–war, death, hatred, so very, very much hatred. And I’d be lying if I didn’t say it shaped me and affected the way I want to write from here on out. I’m proudly feminist, but I wasn’t doing my part in diversity in my earlier works–that changes from here on out. I’m going to write books that defy boundaries, that defeat prejudice, and that show people how to love again–how to hope. Lofty words, so you’d better all hold me to it. I’m writing the stories I love, but with a renewed purpose and with a renewed vigor to fight in 2017 in my own way.

As for you, my lovely friends and readers, I want to thank you from the very depths of my heart. You were the light to my dark days, the reminder that someone IS listening, the support and spark I needed to keep writing and coming up with stories when I had a tough time. I love your enthusiasm, I love your comments on my site, and I value each and every one of you. I am overfilled with gratitude for you all.

2016 was a rough year, and we may have rough times to come, but I always have hope for a better future, for one that we can create ourselves, here and now.

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Weekly Word Count #8

Word Count: 3,529

What story I’m working on: Continuing to plug away at my Future King story as well as the summer Shifter one. Just hit 12k with the Future King and already at 8k with the summer Shifter story!

What I’m editing/marketing: Currently editing Waking for Winter since most of my beta feedback has returned and I’m prepping for the early release of Rising for Autumn on February 7th!

Line of the week:

The few times I’d experienced such unbridled elation circled around past memories as a kid, a freedom I didn’t think I could reach again. Of running through fields with Morgan, the breeze streaming through our hair as we adventured past the borders of Blackwood, exploring the unknown in a way I had only dared to while she was at my side. At once, my heart clenched tight with the realization of how much of myself I had lost with her, how I’d locked that part that lived and loved away after my little sister had died.