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Weekly Word Count #165

Word Count: 8,500

What story I’m currently working on:

Forged Contracts is MOVING along! I might be a smidge behind because there was a lot going on last week and will be a lot going on this week, but I’m still pushing forward with it. Last week I thought that this book would be 60k, but since I’m currently at 55k and there’s a significant amount of stuff that still needs to happen, I’m thinking it’s going to be closer to 65k, which is great. The book has a lot going on, esp emotional stuff to unpack, so I think it’s good for it to have more room to breathe.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Currently, I’m still slugging away at Musketeer Pirates. I will finish that book before the end of the year, even if it kills me. It just might. The Airship Also Rises comes out TOMORROW, which marks the end of my Take to the Skies series. I’m thrilled, but also sad. It’s a bittersweet thing, since An Airship Named Desire was the first book ever published for me. Right now though, the entire series is available for under 5 bucks, so yay!

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Teaser of the week:

“Rare stories traveled of those who rose too high, the ships who sailed like Icarus towards the sun.And like him, they crashed and burned for their arrogance.”(1)

Line of the week:

A knock sounded on the door.

“Who the hell is knocking on my door this time of day?” Jer muttered, running a hand through his curls.

Raven snorted. “You mean lunchtime? Because I’m pretty sure it’s lunch time. Might want to throw a shirt on, stud.” Her fingers trailed down his chest before she snapped them away and headed for the door.

Jer couldn’t help the grin that rose to his lips as he stalked over to his bedroom and snagged a wrinkled shirt from the floor.

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Weekly Word Count #164

Word Count: 10,606

What story I’m currently working on:

Am I really closing in on the last 10k of this book? It’s been such a wild ride. It also may end up being a little over 60k since stretches of the book took longer than I thought. I’m currently at 47k and I haven’t even gotten into the last stretch of the book yet! Then I’ll need to take a short break from Tribal Spirits to jam out some more words on Hypnotizing Beat. Yet, I’ve got so many ideas for the final two books of the series, eeeeeee.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Legends of the Veil came out last week, and The Airship Also Rises is on pre-order, so August is out to a rip-roaring start! I’ve already submitted An Airship Carol to my editor as well, so now I’ve switched attention back to Musketeer Pirates. It’s moving slowly, but I finally hit the midway point of this baseline edit. There’s still a lot more work to do, once I finish this massive overhaul, but getting through it would put a huge dent into things.

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Teaser of the week:

“They shot one of ours.” The lines deepened around his grey eyes. “I_d waste the whole army for spilling a drop of my crew_s blood.”

Line of the week:

Ava shrugged, slipping onto her feet as she grabbed the tube for the pills and popped them back into it, snapping the lid back in place. “It’s part of the job description. I wouldn’t have taken you on if I couldn’t handle it.” She walked over to him and pressed the pills into his palm. “Paypal me the funds. You’ll get faster service if you pay in advance, FYI.”

Jer grabbed the pills, staring down at the bottle. Ava still stood in front of him, not moving away. Her brows drew together, and she passed him an irritated look.

“Are you waiting for me to perform a dance or something? I need my nap, stat. That’s your cue to take the cute little bike you drive and haul on out of here.”

Jer didn’t hide his grin at that. “You’re sort of standing right in my way.”

Ava opened her mouth and then closed it before she strode back over to her couch. “Right, that would help. Good meeting you, Jeremiah Taylor. If your pack needs a shaman, shoot me a text. I won’t respond to any phone calls.”

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Weekly Word Count #163

Word Count: 11,001

What story I’m currently working on:

I’m continuing to rock forward with Forged Contracts, and while I hit 37k as of now, I’m hoping to hit 40k by the end of the week. The goal is to finish the book by the end of August and I’m so very excited. I’ve already started contemplating more on the final two books, so I’m fairly certain they’re going to high on the agenda after. Though, in the interim, I should probably lay down some chapters into Hypnotizing Beat to keep pushing forward. I have the feeling that once I get really going into that series I’ll be firing on all cylinders there too.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Well, first off, Legends of the Veil is LIVE! And The Airship Also Rises is up for pre-order! I’m so excited for it to come out! As far as edits go, I’ve put a massive dent into An Airship Carol, which will be heading to the editor’s by the end of the month. Once I finish that, I’ll push forward on Musketeer Pirates, because I need to continue to put work into that as well. (It’s so hard when I’m wrapped up in writing a new book, because it’s like candy and I love it)

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Teaser of the week:

“They shot one of ours.” The lines deepened around his grey eyes. “I_d waste the whole army for spilling a drop of my crew_s blood.”(1)

Line of the week:

Raven swallowed. Her heart squeezed so tight she couldn’t breathe. The truth lay brazen in the air, waiting to be grasped and devoured, and even still, she hesitated. The patterns she’d developed over the years were comfortable, the pain as much a part of her as the scars on her skin. Now she stood on the precipice where she might be able to push past that longing that sliced shards in her chest, and she felt crazy for questioning it.

“What are you, part shaman?” Raven joked, even as the truth settled across her skin, that Jer had shared the same longing, the same pain all these years.

Lana’s lips twisted in a knowing smirk. “Worse. Massage therapist.”

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The Airship Also Rises Pre-Order!

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The crew of the Desire returns for one final, thrilling adventure.

Ever since Bea and the crew stole that box from the British Merchant ship, they’ve been drowning under enemies. The Brits, the Morlocks, and the man who started it all—their ex-employer.

However, Bea finally tracks him down and prepares for one final fight against the man who made their life hell. He’s got superior numbers and more weapons and wealth than she could dream up, while she’s got a threadbare crew running on grit and dreams alone. The crew of the Desire doesn’t stand a chance.

But Bea’s spent a lifetime defying the odds, and she and the crew will risk it all—their livelihood, their ship, and their lives, for the chance to fly the skies free once more.

Secrets will unravel and loyalties will be tested in the smoking conclusion of the Take to the Skies series.

Pre-order now!

If you haven’t read An Airship Named Desire (Book #1) or A Tale of Two Airships (Book #2) catch up before the final book releases!

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The Airship Also Rises Cover Reveal!

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The final Take to the Skies book has a cover!!!! The Airship Also Rises comes out August 17th, and the pre-order will be arriving soon! In the meantime, add it on Goodreads!

The crew of the Desire returns for one final, thrilling adventure.

Ever since Bea and the crew stole that box from the British Merchant ship, they’ve been drowning under enemies. The Brits, the Morlocks, and the man who started it all—their ex-employer.

However, Bea finally tracks him down and prepares for one final fight against the man who made their life hell. He’s got superior numbers and more weapons and wealth than she could dream up, while she’s got a threadbare crew running on grit and dreams alone. The crew of the Desire doesn’t stand a chance.

But Bea’s spent a lifetime defying the odds, and she and the crew will risk it all—their livelihood, their ship, and their lives, for the chance to fly the skies free once more.

Secrets will unravel and loyalties will be tested in the smoking conclusion of the Take to the Skies series.

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Weekly Word Count #162

Word Count: 10,217

What story I’m currently working on:

Back to pounding out the words! I’ve hit 26k with Forged Contracts and I’m hoping to hit 30k before the end of the month, so next week I should be reporting in from the halfway part. This story has been so intense. Raven and Jer have all of the feelings and issues, and they’ve been an absolute roller coaster to write. It’s usually a good sign when I tear up while writing sections. And I even edged a bit ahead on Hypnotizing Beat, pushing to 13k!

What I’m editing/marketing:

If you haven’t added The Airship Also Rises on Goodreads yet, you should do that thing, as it’s coming soon!!! I’m so, so excited to share the final installment of the series that started my career as an author, and I have all of the intense feelings about it. I’ve also continued trudging along with Musketeer Pirates (I make it sound so exciting!) And if you’re in the mood for some paranormal loving, Legends of the Veil comes out August 1st–next week!

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Teaser of the week:

He didn_t know what he searched for out there in all the blue. Maybe the faintest glimmer of hope, like the sun gliding off the rippling surface of the lake.(3)

Line of the week:

His wolf didn’t help at all with the way it preened in his chest, a rightness he’d never felt before settling over him like sunlight. The bastard wasn’t discouraging this bad idea, even though over the past forty eight hours he’d thought of approximately six hundred and thirty reasons why Raven deserved someone better than him. Why they could never be mates, even if the potential scorched like silver.

He let his hand drop, shattering the moment. All he wanted was to kiss her right now, but with the mating bond looming, they might as well have a glass barrier between them.

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Weekly Word Count #161

Word Count: 5000

What story I’m currently working on:

Well, I slowed down a little this week, mostly because I had some external factors and my focus was crap. Hypnotizing Beat is still chilling at 12k, but Forged Contracts has bumped up to 17k! I’m still hoping to hit 30k with it by the end of July, as I’ve got a lot planned for it. Raven and Jer’s story is going to grip you by the throat from page one and not let go–intense is the name of the game here.

What I’m editing/marketing:

So, I have The Airship Also Rises formatted for the most part, and I did do a smidge of work on Musketeer Pirates, but the major edits I delved into were the line edits for both Forged Decision and Forged Alliances! No wonder I didn’t have the time to get extra written this past week. On the plus, both books are completely ready to come out next year! Still waiting to hear about the final two Philly Coven Chronicles books, but hopefully we see some movement there so that wonderful series can start hitting the shelves again! And my next release is only a couple of weeks away, with Legends of the Veil coming out August 1st!

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Teaser of the week:

“A thousand curses on girls with smart mouths and access to firepower.”

Line of the week:

“Mackey Kendricks,” Jer responded, loping forward to catch up with her. “Did you know him from your Landslider days?”

Her shoulders tensed a fraction at the mention of his name. “Everyone knew Kendricks,” was all she said. The coldness in her tone implied more than she let on. Raven didn’t turn around to look at him, and Jer stayed a pace or two behind on purpose. Something in the way she held herself right now was so remote that direct contact, anything that brought her to reality, might spook her.

“Jer?” she said, that same lightness in her tone, the one that caused goosebumps to rise along his arms.

“Yeah, Rae?” he stepped up to the doorframe even though she already strode paces ahead towards her car.

“If you see Mackey, don’t try to hunt him down. Don’t try to fight him. Just run.”