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Weekly Word Count: 3/28/19

Word Count: 18004

What story I’m currently working on:

Oh my dear lord, I plowed through the ending and will probably have to retool a lot in edits. But more importantly, FORGED REDEMPTION IS COMPLETE.  I’m so stoked that I hit my revised goal of finishing this book by the end of the month. I feel like there’s this huge weight off my shoulders now. The full breadth of the fact that my shifter series is over hasn’t quite sunk in, but I think when it does I’ll absolutely miss them. It’ll probably hit when edits are all over and I click send on the email. In the meanwhile, I wrote a scorching sex scene for Grif and Dan in A Thief’s Crusade, so here’s hoping the rest of the writing goes as smoothly. (It won’t.)

What I’m editing/marketing:

I’m editing….nothing at the moment, which is why I had all this time to write, lol. From here on out though, I’ll have Forged Redemption to edit, so that’s a thing. And I’ve now got more time to promote, which is good, because of all the Tribal Spirits books coming out. Forged Decisions is 99 cents for a few more days, so catch it now! And then Forged Contracts releases in under two weeks, and I’m so not prepared. I am excited for that book to come out though, because it’s one I was super proud of. And from there on out, the books continue rolling, because Forged Futures will be up for pre-order in April to release in May, Tales from the Skies releases in May, and Color of a Soul will be out in June.

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Teaser of the week:

“Raven moaned at the sensations ripping through her, like the first splash of color on a monochrome canvas.”

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Line of the week:

None of them said a word as the colors burst like fireworks, as the sun dipped below the horizon, as the first breath of night cooled their skin. Yet every time the light died, eventually, those rays would burst through again.

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Weekly Word Count: 3/20/19

Word Count: 17010

What story I’m currently working on:

Ha. Ha, ha, ha. I’m back, baby. After doing so freaking much editing the first month of the year, I thought I’d never get my writing stride back. My goal had been 50k, but I blew past that and hit 60k. The end of this manuscript is in sight, at about probably another 15k. If I have another week like this one, I’ll be able to finish the book by the end of the month, which was more than I could’ve hoped.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Finished the initial edits of Waking for Winter, which means my full attention is on writing. Which is good. After all of the work I did earlier on editing nonstop, I’m excited for the break. It feels weird not having something to simultaneously edit. Of Tinkers and Technomancers came out last week, kicking off my brand new steampunk romance trilogy! And there’s only about a week and a half left to grab Forged Decisions for 99 cents, so you can catch up for Forged Contracts when it releases a week after! Of course, the onslaught doesn’t stop, because Tales from the Skies and Color of a Soul will be coming out in May and June.

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Teaser of the week:

“She placed the beer in front of him. “Keep on wishing, babe,” she purred. “I’m STD free and want to remain that way.”

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Line of the week:

Drew snorted as he pulled up an extra chair to the table with them, a plate of pancakes piled high and drenched with syrup. He slammed his fork in and began to chow down.

“I’m just getting rid of the baggage before diving into the good stuff. Perfectly reasonable.”

“Chew a little louder,” Ally shot back. “They can’t hear you in France.”

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Weekly Word Count: 2/20/19

Word Count: 6662

What story I’m currently working on:

So, my pace has slowed, but for good reason. I finished up writing the LGBT heist proposal, and still managed to get a little work done on Forged Redemption, bringing me up to 14k. Once this proposal is turned in, I’m back to placing my full attention on Forged Redemption, and I think I know where everything’s going to go. My god though, it’s been a crazy February. Once I finish Forged Redemption (estimated by April/May), I’m most likely launching into finishing the Narnia Club book.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Lor, it was a week for editing on the fly! I finished the Narnia Club proposal and turned it in, and then finished writing the LGBT heist, so it’s edits time.  I’m continuing to make plodding pace with the Rising for Autumn edits too. Luckily I’m in the last leg of those, and after that it’s just Waking for Winter. Once I get my final proposal turned in, I’m switching my attention to Of Tinkers and Technomancers release, which comes out March 12th! And I’ll soon have news on the way about a Tales for the Skies compendium of shorts from my Take to the Skies universe.

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Teaser of the week:

“Hope you enjoy the show then, darling.” Heat flickered in his amber eyes, and his lowered voice made the implication quite clear.

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Line of the week:

“He was a sweet kid who didn’t deserve that sort of hell,” Drew murmured against her neck. His words made her want to sob, for him, for…

“Do you ever wonder?” he continued, his voice a hoarse scrape. “What ours would’ve been like?”

Even after years had passed, Ally couldn’t voice the answer out loud. The words stuck in her throat, and the chasm in her chest throbbed anew. Drew simply hugged her tight to him, because he understood.

Every damn day.

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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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Line of the week:

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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Line of the week:

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.