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The Airship Also Rises Audio Book is Live!

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The Airship Also Rises is now available in audio book, narrated by Cari Scholtens!

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 #105

Word Count: 2,328

What story I’m working on: Well, I’m not quite back to full steam yet, but I’m tippy-toeing forward. Right now I’m balancing two manuscripts–The Airship Also Rises, and Forged Decisions. Forged Decisions is flowing easier at the moment, but the stuff I’ve been writing for the third Airship book is pure awesome. The sort of gems that have my shoulders shaking as I’m writing them.

What I’m editing/marketing:Well, Waking for Winter is all ready to launch, so I’m just trying to set up reviewers and marketing stuff for my release day! I’m pretty excited to share Dante and Cami with everyone, as well as bring that series to a close. I’m starting to get some feedback in on Future King, and I put some major time into working on a query this week. As for Cupid’s Cafe, I’m only waiting on a couple more responses, bu I actually have most of the edits finished. I should probably be able to submit it by next week. Part of what’s slowing me down so much is starting two projects simultaneously while I have two editing projects winding down–I need to get at least one of these off the burner!

Teaser of the week:

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Line of the week:

A shot rang through the air, coming from beside me. My jaw twitched.

Sabine stood with her pistol aimed and her finger still on the trigger. Those manicured brows were pulled together in fierce concentration.

“Damnit, Sabine,” I hissed, shooting her a look. “What happened to following my lead?”

She stared back at me with a familiar brand of insolence in those hazel eyes all while feigning innocence. “My finger slipped.”

My blood boiled, and I near had a conniption on the spot. A thousand curses on girls with smart mouths and access to firepower.

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A Tale of Two Airships Release!

Celebrate with me, folks! Book two of the Take to the Skies series is OUT! Get your copy here!!!

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While you could read this adventure standalone, I would recommend going back and reading An Airship Named Desire first! And for even more fun background fill-in, Stolen Petals is a quick and breezy novelette with some familiar characters!

Bea and the crew of the Desire are back, and there’s one fierce storm brewing on the horizon. When Isabella’s old clan delivers a letter that sends their crewmate into a funk, Bea’s suspicious. However, when they’re intercepted by gypsies on the way to their meetup for the next smuggling job, her suspicions switch to pissed off. Yet none of that compares to the rage that ignites after Bea and their recon team return to the docks to find the Desire missing. Stolen. By those goddamn gypsies from Isabella’s old clan.

Which leaves Bea and her four crewmates stranded in Shantytown, home of redcoats who want them dead and Morlocks who want them deader. On top of that, she has no clue if her crew aboard the Desire is still alive. And once the Morlocks spot them in a bounty bar and put a price on their heads, if Bea doesn’t find a way to the skies and fast, they’re screwed six ways to sailing day with their home flying further and further out of reach.

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Plunging into the Sequel

I’m about 12,000 words into the sequel of An Airship Named Desire, and already, the characters are returning like I wrote them yesterday. Bea is still one of my favorite characters to write, hands down. She’s so hot-headed and opinionated, but that’s why I love her. Any situation, when asking what Bea would do, it’s usually the ballsiest, craziest option. She’s brazen and a bit of an asshole at times, but she’s as loyal as the ship she flies and would do absolutely anything for her crew.

One of the things I forgot about with writing Bea though, is how much she butts heads with others, in true Aries girl fashion. Which makes the upcoming scene I’m about to write that much more fun, because I’m introducing certain characters from the extended universe, and chances are she’s not going to take a liking to them on first try.

I’m going to keep plugging away though, hopefully ramping up the pace this month. In the meanwhile, I’ll leave you with this unedited preview.

“A couple sat by the fireplace whispering to one another. The moment I walked in, they turned and stared, giving me one hell of a sneer. Too bad I didn’t play their games. I grinned extra wide, thrust my hips forward, and waggled my fingers at the pair. From behind me, Mordecai audibly sighed. I promised I wouldn’t start any fights—none were made about ladylike behavior.”

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Zodiac Signs for the Cast of An Airship Named Desire

I love astrology, so it shouldn’t come as a shocker that I assigned everyone zodiac signs. I’m curious to see if anyone guessed them.

Bea- Aries. Like she could be anything else. All the warning signs are there–lives in the now, hot headed, prideful, makes impulsive decisions…

Captain Morris- Sagittarius. The man has to be a fire sign too, but he’s more of a wanderer who occasionally wanes philosophical, like a sir.

Geoff–Libra. He’s the calm, the balance to all the hotheads aboard the ship, but at the same time tends to have that Libran charm about him.

Isabella- Scorpio. This girl has a revenge streak a mile long even if she hides it behind sugar. Also, fiercely loyal with a tough outer shell.

Jensen- Virgo. A sign known to keep feelings under wraps better than most, Jensen’s past remains tightly locked.

Mordecai- Gemini. Easily bored, he’s constantly seeking new adventure and endears himself to folks with adept ease.

Adelle- Cancer. Sweet but guarded, and has the natural homemaker skills of the sign.

Seth- Capricorn. Stable as anything, the man has weathered wars and the nightmares of running a ship by the Captain’s side.

Edwin- Aquarius. Logic trumps most emotional arguments for him, and his experimentation deviates into odd and quirky forays.

For any other astrology junkies, did any of these end up jumping out in the story?