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Weekly Word Count: 3/26/20

Word Count: 18777

What story I’m currently working on:

Welp, I zoomed ahead with Alchemists and Arsonists, finishing the book at 39k! I’ll definitely have some work to do in the edits, but it honestly feels good to finish another series. (as far as completed series go, I have Take to the Skies and Tribal Spirits). With Eros Tales #3, I only ended up hitting 9k, because the reward to myself for finishing Alchemists and Arsonists was to write a F/F forced proximity romance to get out all my feels during this quarantine. Of course, I’m really feeling this book so I already hit 10k.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Right now I’m not editing anything…yet. I’ve started to get beta reader feedback in on Alchemists and Arsonists though, which means soon I’ll be diving into editing that, which is great, because then I can get it sent off to my publisher! While I currently have 4 books coming out this year, two are re-releases and I’d really like to have 4 new releases out for people. One of the new releases will be Tempting Ballad in June of 2020! And also Of Coppers and Cracksmen is already out for pre-order!

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Teaser of the week:

“Lana intertwined her fingers through his. “That’s all we can ever do. Try,” she responded, her voice hushed. “Try to hold on to those moments that flicker like candlelight with the people we care about. You and I bo

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Line of the week:

Mia shook her head. “I’m shocked you’re not swarmed. Successful chef with the best sense of humor on the planet and straight up gorgeous? I would’ve guessed you’d be turning down women left and right.”

“There’s nothing straight about me, babe,” Sky responded back, the huskiness in her voice sending a shiver down Mia’s spine. “But no,” she continued. “You forgot a workaholic who only really talks about her cats and completely crumbles when someone tries to hit on her. Not the best selling points.”

“Sounds perfect to me,” Mia responded, before she could catch herself. She couldn’t help but flirt with Sky, even though she knew she shouldn’t. This was her best friend, someone who she’d just reconnected with, and yet everything came out of her mouth suggestively. It didn’t help that ever since she’d cracked the code that she was bisexual, she’d realized what her very strong attraction to her best friend back in high school was.

Sky’s cheeks pinked as she wolfed down more of the pizza. For a few moments, they ate in silence, dodging the occasional paw from Shelley and Byron.

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Weekly Word Count: 3/4/20

Word Count: 3513

What story I’m currently working on:

My pace ground to a halt, not because I haven’t been working on writing at all, but because I had to divert attention. Still, we’re getting into the final chapters before the big final part of the book, so I think I’ll get through it sooner rather than later. I know for a fact I’ll have it finished before the end of March, which is a good thing! Belle and Nate are just too precious. I’m at 23k in Of Alchemists and Arsonists, but hopefully I’ll push through soon 🙂

What I’m editing/marketing:

Because I rocked through the content edits for Tempting Ballad, I’m now down to the final three passes of my line edits for the book which are really time consuming. However, I’d like to stake the claim here and now that I’ll be done the edits and have the book ready for submission by the time I report in next week. I’ve been working really hard on it and focusing on trying to get it completed so I can have another book out there this year.

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Teaser of the week:

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Line of the week:

Belle blinked, watching the back and forth. Despite the loud shouts across the table, she caught the hints of smiles on everyone’s faces. This family banded together amidst all their bickering, their care a current in the air. Envy plucked at her chest in an off-chord. While escape offered the chance to live for herself, traveling from town to town would be a lonely existence. If she’d been born in a different life with a different past, maybe she could’ve fought for something as warm and comforting as this.

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Weekly Word Count: 2/12/20

Word Count: 10,014

What story I’m currently working on:

I slacked off with the Paranormal Western, only hitting 9k, but that’s okay, because I picked up steam with Of Alchemists and Arsonists, hitting 7k. I think this steampunk foray should be a blast, and it’ll feel nice to finish up a series, so I’m picking up speed with it given that in mind. Honestly, my two favorite things with series is both starting and ending them. I adore the initial spark of whimsy and inspiration that involves a first book in a series, and I also adore the finality of finishing up with one, being able to close out the series and feel content with its completion. I live for trilogies, because they’re such a tight structure, and the Whitfield Files has been fun thus far.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Currently, I’m waiting on beta feedback for Tempting Ballad so I can begin to crack into the edits for that. It’s going to feel great to send that off to submission in a month or two. Which also leaves room to begin the FINAL Discord’s Desire book as well. With all of these conclusions coming up, I’m hoping for some good news in the Outlaws or Dungeons and Dating front, as both series are going to be a massive amount of fun. I’m also currently working on polishing up an older manuscript which has been interesting, to say the least.

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Teaser of the week:

“The blood staining Ellie Whitfield’s hands was as good a reason as any to run from the mutton shunters.”(2)

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Line of the week:

“If you need a building set on fire, then I’m your girl,” Belle offered with a half-smile. Sitting across from him and enjoying a pint was the closest she’d been to anyone outside of Blair’s crew for years. External associations were frowned upon, and after the Ellie incident, he locked those doors even tighter.

“Given that I own a very flammable storefront, I’d much prefer you on my side than against it,” Nate murmured back, an amused grin on his lips. The man had no right to be as handsome as he was, and sitting this close to him, she caught a whiff of bergamot and vetiver that coursed through her with surprising intensity. The man’s proximity was addling her mind, especially after witnessing the kindness he’d shown to her yesterday.

Men like Nate Whitfield were rare.

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Weekly Word Count: 1/22/20

Word Count: 10,049

What story I’m currently working on:

Hit 57k in Tempting Ballad which is GOOD GOOD GOOD. I’m closing in on the last collection of chapters in the book and that’s amazing. I’ll have to keep on working hard to try and knock it out in a week or two. I’m pretty sure I can do this! It feels good to be closing in on the end of the novel, even though it’s going to take a LOT of extra work to clean this one up, considering I started in June of last year and stopped mid-stride more than a few times.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Currently there’s nothing on the editing docket, since my edits for Of Coppers and Cracksmen are all turned in! Saving Throw and A Thief’s Crusade are currently living that submission life, so I’m just waiting on an update. Once I finish Tempting Ballad, it’ll be interesting to see what I decide to work on next. I honestly don’t know which one I’m going to be diving into, but I want to keep pushing forward with trying to get closer to the end of some of my pre-existing series.

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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._(1)

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Line of the week:

“Smoke break?” Claude asked, tilting his head toward the front door.

Leo pursed his lips and nodded. Yeah, they needed to talk. He pushed up from his seat and followed the slender man to the front door. The moment he stepped into the brisk Boston air, he tugged at his sport coat lapels, as if it’d stand a chance at fielding the cold. The scents of worn stone and decaying leaves traveled his way, reminding him far too much of a cemetery. A shiver ran down his spine.

Which is very well where they could end up if his plans didn’t pan out.

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2020 Goals for the New Year

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Books scheduled for release in 2020:

Rising for Autumn (Philadelphia Coven Chronicles #3)

Waking for Winter (Philadelphia Coven Chronicles #4)

Of Coppers and Cracksmen (Whitfield Files #2)

Moonlit Encounter (Tribal Spirits short)

 

Books written and trying to find homes:

A Thief’s Crusade (Outlaws #1)

Saving Throw (Dungeons and Dating #1)

 

Books in mid-progress:

Tempting Ballad (Discord’s Desire #3)

 

Books I plan on writing in the new year:

Of Alchemists and Arsonists (Whitfield Files #3)

Eros Tales #3

Alluring Refrain (Discord’s Desire #4)

 

If I get good news on the Outlaws or Dungeons and Dating front, I’ll be writing the next books in those series, but if things are either taking longer than planned or stalled out, I’ll set back into my pet project of a paranormal western tale I’m looking forward to writing out.

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Weekly Word Count 11/13/19

Word Count: 20460

What story I’m currently working on:

So, this is two weeks of wordage, since apparently I missed last week’s update! As you can see, I’m going steady with NaNoWriMo, though my original plan got tweaked a bit. I had planned on throwing the entirety of NaNo into Tempting Ballad, but I decided to rework the end concept of the book and the following one so that I don’t need an in between novella. Yet that means Tempting Ballad is probably going to be 10k longer than planned, so I’m going to give myself a little extra time on that one. Besides, Whitfield #2 has a due date for early next year, so I’m better off trying to get the 30-40k novella finished in November and then continuing on at a reasonable clip with Tempting Ballad. Currently I’m at 12k in Of Coppers and Cracksmen, and 30k in Tempting Ballad.

What I’m editing/marketing:

So I’ve gotten most of the feedback for Dungeons and Dating, and I’m actually through a lot of the line by line edits. My goal is to have this book ready for submission by early December (ideally by PitMad). I’m also going to use PitMad as my litmus test for if it’s time to move on to sending A Thief’s Crusade out to publishers. After all, Scrying for Summer and Captured Memories came out last week and they were my last releases for 2019. Next year the only ones I’ve got officially in the book are Rising for Autumn and Waking for Winter. Which means I’ve got to get writing!

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Line of the week:

The satiation flooding his bones was something new, a quieting he’d only ever felt around this man. Renn lifted a finger to trail down Kincaid’s chest, those marbled pecs glistening with sweat.

“Don’t tell me that’s all you’ve got,” Renn murmured, needing to distract himself from the way those feelings sunk claws into him. He met Kincaid’s eyes with a cocky grin.

Leo shook his head, a grin spreading wide enough to reveal his fangs. “I thought you knew me better than that.” He sank back down and pressed a kiss on his lips again. When he pulled back, he murmured against his mouth. “We’ve got all night, gorgeous.”

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Weekly Word Count: 10/24/19

Word Count: 0

What story I’m currently working on:

I wrote way too much last week, so this week you get NOTHING. Seriously though, it’s all about balance. To write that much in a week means I’ve got to push other things to the back burner, and the next book on my agenda is getting back to Tempting Ballad. I’d say I’m excited to get back to it, but I’ve got a LOT to figure out. I’m going to try to set some groundwork before next week when NaNo starts.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Well, I sent out my Dungeons and Dating book to beta readers, and then I also did a round of line edits on it to smooth things out before I do contents and then go line by line to add depth/eliminate cliches. Color of a Soul should be out in audio book any day now, which is exciting. I’ve got Hallowread this weekend, so I’ll be selling books there, which means bustling around for last minute scraps to put at my table. If you missed the news, Scrying for Summer is up for pre-order! And coming out the day before that is Captured Memories, the third book in the Cupid’s Cafe series!

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“Are you coming back to the RV?” Liz asked. She cast a glance to the door. “We’re currently parked in a lot up the street for convenience.” Renn’s shoulders tensed again, almost imperceptible, but after spending some time in close quarters with him, those slight signals were becoming all the easier to read.

“Or, alternately, you could enjoy some privacy,” Kincaid stepped in. “I’m sure a few rooms have opened up by now. I’ll book them if you say the word.” Waking up with Renn in his bed this morning had offered a brush of relief when he needed it the most. There was something to be said about waking up with another person beside you, something about the proximity that made the world feel a little less lonely. And he’d been feeling lonely for a long time.

“Oh fuck yes,” Danica breathed. “Sorry, guys, but I’d like some time where I don’t have to try and keep quiet because Liz and Kieran are bunked right above us.”

Liz shrugged. “If you’re paying, I wouldn’t say no to some alone time.”