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Weekly Word Count: 2/13/19

Word Count: 14035

What story I’m currently working on:

Well, things changed immensely in the span of a week…I’ve got two proposals due by the end of the month, so I finished my 9k one for the Narnia Club, and I’m 2k into the LGBT heist romantic suspense. Unfortunately that also means that Forged Redemption had to take a backseat for a little while, because this has the more pressing deadline. However, I did still make it to 13k with Forged Redemption, so some forward progress on that book! Holy shit though, I launched myself back into writing in an intense way.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Well shit, guys. The news keeps coming. Hypnotizing Beat just got contracted with Evernight Publishing! And editing is finally taking a backseat while I do some writing, though I’m still working through the initial Rising for Autumn ones. If you’re into some steampunk romance, check out Of Tinkers and Technomancers, which comes out March 12th! And if you’re an audio book fan, you can get the entire Take to the Skies series on audio book now that The Airship Also Rises is out!

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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.”

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The city of love was the last place Luciana Martinez wanted to be.

She leaned hard against the side of the cab, staring out the window as the city flickered by, all boutiques with seafoam green overhangs, and the patisserie windows lit in amber light featuring mouthwatering eclairs and pistachio tarts. Throngs of business professionals strolled along the sidewalks in posh scarves, fitted peacoats, and slim suits. She tugged at the worn duffel bag slung over her shoulder, one she should’ve dropped when she entered but had been clinging to like a security blanket the whole ride over.

Sure, it was Callie’s turn to pick their vacation, and sure, they’d geeked about coming to Paris for years, but man, the fucking timing. Her divorce papers weren’t even old enough to crawl.

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Weekly Word Count: 2/6/2019

Word Count: 4505

What story I’m currently working on:

Even though I’m only at 10k with Forged Redemption, I’m another thousand words closer to my normal weekly pace, and I’m hoping to really step it up the rest of February. A lot of the book is already crystallizing in my head, so I’m excited to really sink into it and start feeling along with the characters. I’m really freaking excited to finish the Tribal Spirits series, but also a little sad, considering this wild ride started just two years ago when I was writing this piece in response to a call for shifter stories.

What I’m editing/marketing:

So, not only was Forged Futures contracted but I’m already neck deep in content edits! And I’ve got some more news on the horizon too, so stay tuned. I did turn in the initial Scrying for Summer edits and launched into the Rising for Autumn ones, and I’m hoping by March at least this editing fervor has died down and gives me more time to write. If you haven’t gotten it yet, pre-order Of Tinkers and Technomancers, which comes out March 12th! And if you’re an audio book fan, you can get the entire Take to the Skies series on audio book now that The Airship Also Rises is out!

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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.(1)

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Ally let out a low whistle. “When did you become more than just a pretty face?”

“Let’s be real, I’m not much without my looks,” Drew drawled in response. “I blame Lucas and his band of Tribe for all this planning ahead nonsense.”

“Sure, all that bad Tribe influence,” Ally shot back. “Just like the Boy Scouts are out to corrupt wayward kids into learning discipline.”

Drew pumped on the gas, speeding up to catch up with the car they were tailing. All the dips in the road made it that much harder to keep track of. “Hey, we start teaching kids discipline and the next thing you’ll have is upstanding citizens. No one wants that. Chaos and malarkey for all.”

“Malarkey? What are you, eighty?” Ally cracked the window as she leaned her arm out the side. Her golden hair streamed in the breeze, silken strands he longed to run his fingers through. Spirits above, every inch of her body was pure temptation for him.

“Yep. Mackey better watch out, because I’m coming for him, walker and all.”

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Weekly Word Count: 12/9/18

Word Count: 5434

What story I’m currently working on:

Like I projected, Forged Futures is finished! And it already has an anticipated release date once it’s contracted too. (I’m supposed to turn it in by February) So, since I did all of the writing through November, December is gonna be a heavy editing month. I’ll probably start Forged Redemption in a week or so, but it’s going to be a slow beginning. Aka, you’ll see some pretty low word counts, because I’ve got too many projects to edit.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Well now, both the edits and line edits are done and turned in for Forged Contracts, so that’s something. I’m continuing to plug away at the Hypnotizing Beat edits, and I’m going to probably work on the content edits stuff next week just to knock it out. In November, Forged Alliances came out, and now already, Forged Decisions is available for pre-order! I’d also be remiss to not mention Bustles and Bells since it’s only available for the holidays!

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Teaser of the week:

A slow smile rolled to his lips. Even though she_d insisted the favor be professional, his mind couldn_t help but wander to all the things he_d rather do with her than work. Those

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Line of the week:

Lucas’s smile lit his whole face, those white teeth gleaming and his scars crinkling with the movement. His brown eyes gleamed like she was the first breath of warmth after an eternal winter. Lana swallowed, but pushed up on the couch to press her lips to his. The kiss was as ethereal as a sunbeam, the heat soaking through her like a sip of coffee, and for the first time in far too long, she tasted hope.

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Weekly Word Count: 11/28/18

Word Count: 13178

What story I’m currently working on:

I hit 57k with Forged Futures AND completed NaNo for the month. Next on the agenda is completing these final chapters. I should be done the book by next week! Holy hell, I’ve been ripping through the Tribal Spirits series. It’s crazy to think that the next one to write is the final one 🙂 And guys, I have THOUGHTS. They might be a lil twisted. After I finish this book, I’ll probably just launch straight into the final one, at least after a break to edit Hypnotizing Beat.

What I’m editing/marketing:

I finished the edits for Hunting for Spring and turned them in to the editor, so we’ll be really ripping and renovating that series. It’ll be like reading a brand new book. It’s crazy to think how much I’ve grown writing-wise in the span of a couple of years. Also feels crazy that a mere two weeks ago, Forged Alliances came out! Forged Decisions is available for pre-order as well, which is all of the excite. If you’re feeling holly jolly, get Bustles and Bells! It’s a steampunk Christmas anthology sure to put you in the holiday mood!

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Teaser of the week:

“Maybe being surrounded by rockstars has me looking for a regular guy.” Liz locked gazes with Kieran, challenge flashing in her eyes. The poor bartender was getting dragged into batt

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Line of the week:

His mate strode with a feline grace, her chin lifted and her jade eyes blazing. She met his eyes, and the air evacuated his chest. Understanding reflected in her eyes, what they never could communicate through words. No matter what happened today, he didn’t regret a second of the time they’d spend together. Of coming to Red Rock and Silver Springs territory. Of falling in love with Lana Renoir.

They stepped onto different paths, both heading for the woods. Both heading towards different dangers.

Both too terrified to ever whisper goodbye.

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Weekly Word Count: 11/15/18

Word Count: 11771

What story I’m currently working on:

I’m midway through Forged Futures and ramping up to the big twist in the middle. I was rolling really fast on this book, but the last couple of chapters I feel like I’ve been sputtering a bit, so I’m about to get back on track. I’m currently at 30k, so I’ve put a significant dent into this book. To be quite frank, I’ll probably be done it by the end of the month, if not the end of the year, which is hella cool.

What I’m editing/marketing:

I started sending out more submissions for The Lies We Weave, though I’m debating on doing one more editing run through. But most of my focus this week was on Forged Alliances’ release day, which was Tuesday! A little over a year since it was last out, it’s now back with a LOT of fuel behind it. After all, I’ve got the next two already stacked to go, and I’m working on the fourth in the series. I will absolutely be finished the Tribal Spirits series by next year, and that’s pretty awesome. If you haven’t grabbed Bustles and Bells yet, I’d recommend it! An Airship Carol is a super fun caper. Next on the agenda is the pre-order for Forged Decisions on November 20th, which I’m super excited for.

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Teaser of the week:

“Except here he crouched before her, all breakable brown eyes, old scars and the shortest temper she’d ever encountered. And unlike every other guy she’d messed around with before, this was the one man she couldn’t s.jpg

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For this single moment, she could exist here with him. For this single moment, she wasn’t a widow, she wasn’t the wife of Greg Bennett. For this single moment, he wasn’t one of the Tribe. For this single moment, he could stay.

Her gaze landed on his lips, but Lucas pulled away first, shattering that fragile, quavering ray they’d clung to. Lana stepped back to grab her coffee, as if the heat from the mug could dispel the way her fingers tingled from mere touch.

“So, taking down Ganzorig?” Lana said before taking a quick sip. Not like she could evade the heat in Lucas’s eyes, or the way her body flushed.

He nodded. “Yeah, we’re taking down the Landsliders.”

Even as their mouths formed different words, Lana recognized them for what they were.

Goodbye. Goodbye. Goodbye.

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Weekly Word Count #174

Word Count: 8007

What story I’m currently working on:

Well, I slowed down a bit on Hypnotizing Beat again, which I’m at 48k with, but for good reason. A. This book is harrrrd *whines*, but also B. I hit 6k with Forged Futures! Hurray! I’m still working on pushing forward with Hypnotizing Beat and am determined to finish it by the end of the year, but Forged Futures is giving me all of the feelings. I’m smitten with the Tribal Spirits series and I’m so excited to finish it next year.

What I’m editing/marketing:

By some miracle, I have a polished, solid query for The Lies We Weave, so I’m just working on gussying up the final version of the book. But I’m absolutely descending back into release mode, because I’ve got Bustles and Bells coming out on October 29th, Forged Alliances set to release November 13th, aaaaaand A Reflection of Ice is back online with a brand new cover!

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Teaser of the week:

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

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Line of the week:

“Thanks for coming to my rescue earlier,” she responded, clutching tight to her knees as her chin burrowed into them. “I was seconds away from the same fate as my husband.”

His fingers twitched at the sight of her curled up on the couch, emanating a vulnerability that tangled with the fibers of his heart. She could fight—he’d seen her take care of the wolf out there, but she was so wide open with her grief, with her fear, with everything. He wanted to wrap his arms around her on instinct.

“Any time, doll,” he responded. “I’m a sucker for a dramatic entrance.” He tipped his fingers in her direction as he headed for the door.

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Weekly Word Count #170

Word Count: 5006

What story I’m currently working on:

Hit 25k with Hypnotizing Beat, so by next week I’ll be at 30k and right on track! It’s still a slower pace than the Tribal Spirits books which seem to just fly out of me, but I’m having a lot of fun playing in this sandbox again. Plus, SHARKS. (You’ll know when you read it!) I’m going to either try to power out Hypnotizing Beat in October, or finish it in the beginning of November and then squeeze a novella out. Or write the next book in the Tribal Spirits series, Forged Futures. It’s a dice roll at this point.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Well, I got all of my beta reader feedback in on Forged Contracts, and it’s not nearly the endeavor I thought it was going to be, so I’m plowing through content edits and line edits. My hope is to have it turned into my publisher by the end of September or early October! And I’ve gotten some solid feedback from one of my beta readers for The Lies We Weave, so I’m going to be diving into more content edits. Thankfully no more full-blown rewrites though. Of Tinkers and Technomancers also recently got signed with Totally Bound Publishing, so I’m thrilled to dive into that new series as well.

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Teaser of the week:

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Line of the week:

However, she wasn’t afraid.

Danger didn’t terrify her, not like confinement.

Danica would fight her way through a shark tank, bloody her hands in any manner to keep from getting locked away, whether it was a figurative chain or a real one. Trevor’s hand settled on her shoulder again. She glanced back to him at last. She’d expected nerves from the man, but all she found was a steady gaze back.

Trevor arched a brow and glanced to her heels. “I’m pretty sure the sharks are going to eat you first if you’re swimming with those on.”

Danica snorted. “Nice try, he-who-wears-stompers. I’ll sprinkle shark bait on you and kick you in first. Give myself a swimming head start.”