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Weekly Word Count #168

Word Count: 1232

What story I’m currently working on:

Slowly getting back into the swing of things, but for good reason. Even still, I got some wordage in on Hypnotizing Beat, and I’m thinking I may try to ride this book out to its conclusion rather than sidestepping back to shifter land. As much as I love my shifters, the rockstar fae boys need some love too. Besides, the more I get back into the swing of things with Discord’s Desire, the more I remember the characters and feel of the book.

What I’m editing/marketing:

I leapt way far ahead with The Lies We Weave, finishing my rewrite, as well as the added scenes I needed to write in. I thought it would take forever, but it just took a couple super intense days of work. And I’m not going to lie, I felt iffy about this book before, but now I’m smitten. The dialogue leaps off the page, the characters are interesting, and the story resonates. Here’s to hoping. And as for new releases, you can look forward to Bustles and Bells later in the year, and Forged Alliances will actually go up for pre-order at the end of November!

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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._

Line of the week:

The moment she stepped into Kink and Candy, the AC slapped her in the face and she liked it. At once, the sweat started drying like paste across her skin, a fierce reminder to future Danica that a shower was essential tonight. Melrose stalked through the maze of stacked chairs and tables across the floor, heading towards the stage. The woman moved with preternatural grace, but it was anyone’s guess as to why a water nymph would take up residence in the desert. Regardless, Melrose ran a tight ship, and Danica trusted her in the business capacity—which is where she placed everyone.

All except one person.

Lenora hopped off the stage she’d been perched upon and raced over to her, a hurricane in heels.

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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 #56

Word Count: 2,814 (After the past crazy writing binges, I betcha were expecting more! But I’ve got to make time to edit Night Awakens while Captivating Melody is with beta readers!)

What story I’m working on: Rising for Autumn

What I’m editing/marketing: Rocking out the Night Awakens edits. Making really good progress with the and I’m quite happy on that front! As for marketing, the prep for Scrying for Summer’s release is in the works!!! YAY!!!! Only a month away!

Line of the week:

The moment the features of the tall brunette with the pin-perfect ponytail came into focus, Sam let out a groan. Alanna Carrington, head witch of the Philadelphia coven, hurtled his way, and with her, trouble was a guarantee.

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Weekly Word Count #55

Word Count: 20,000something (I seriously lost count cos I was writing such inhumanly large amounts)

What story I’m working on: GUYS, CAPTIVATING MELODY IS FINISHED. What does that mean? The next couple weeks I’m going to sink into editing, big time, since I have two projects on the docket now.

What I’m editing/marketing: Night Awakens, and I’ve been doing a lot of marketing prep work for Scrying for Summer

Line of the week:

However, for the first time as she watched the night sky, though distant, it didn’t stir the ache in her chest. Instead, she watched the way the shadows kissed those cold rays, making them all the stronger.

And in that single, beautiful moment, she understood.

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Weekly Word Count #54

Word Count: 15,020

What story I’m working on: Captivating Melody! I just passed the 60k mark and the story still has some juice left in it, so we might be looking at 70-80k, a much larger beastie than I initially planned!

What I’m editing/marketing: Just finished Scrying for Summer’s line edits and the manuscript is officially off to formatting! Woop woop! Meanwhile, A Tale of Two Airships is currently with an editor!

Line of the week:

“Just because you can fit five clementines into your mouth doesn’t mean you should.” Jett slammed his hands down on the table, getting way too heated over such an idiotic argument.

“Honestly, it’s not going to score you any points with the ladies,” Danica jumped in. “Cramming balls into your mouth seems to be a cred you’d pull out with the other team.”

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Preview Paragraph: Reflections of Ice

“The wind brought more to glide against her cheeks, but she continued trekking towards her glade. As the silence and the snow began to settle around her, more sobering thoughts intruded into her mind. She’d seen Melinda’s secret and the woman wouldn’t let that go. Not when Lyra could call her father and tell him what she’d seen. And he might kick her to the curb, but her father was a lonely man. She’d watched him desiccate over years as he raised her by himself. Even though Melinda was horrible, he threw himself into his work and tolerated her bouts of crazy because she didn’t leave.”

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Manic (Writing) Monday

Cup of coffee? Check.

Cup of tea? Check and check.

Something resembling food? Triple check.

Word Count? 32,ooo and counting.

This is an update for my current WIP, an urban fantasy involving hunters and fae, two of my favorite things. The location being Philly has been a blast to write since I’ve grown up around this place my entire life. Right now, I’m trucking through at about 10,000 words a week. My goal is 50,000, so I’m over halfway there. What does that mean for you lovely readers? More bang for your buck and the potential of a print version of this fun adventure. These characters have been a blast to write about, even though I’m doing third person and not even my favorite first person perspective!

Sneak Peek:

As the night descended, streetlights flickered on, and neon signs lit up on the myriad of bars that littered the city. Amidst all the mingling scents, of grease, oil, and rotten leaves, a crispness swept through, that sharp ozone that tingled the nose. Brenna wrinkled her nose when she caught the large hole in her undershirt, and post-haste, she buttoned up her flannel, rolling the charred edges of her sleeves.

“They’re going to form quite the opinion on us—you showing up the other day covered in mysterious and rather foul fluids, and now I’m freshly charred.”