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Weekly Word Count: 3/17/20

Word Count: 5704

What story I’m currently working on: 12349

I’m now on 32k in Alchemists and Arsonists and down to the final four chapters, which means this book will be complete in the next few weeks, and another finalized series under my belt! I’ll admit, I got sidetracked with all of the abject chaos of the virus and fluctuated work situations, but I know getting this book out the door will only help. And I’ve also run off with Eros Tales #3 because I’ve been wanting to write contemporary romance and this story’s been percolating since last year. I’m already at 8k in that book and it looks like it’ll be a fairly enjoyable write.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Well now I’m editing nothing, which is kind of nice after the big stint on Tempting Ballad. Which paid off, by the by, because Evernight picked it up already! Tempting Ballad’s set for a release of June 2020! I’m enjoying this break on editing my own stuff for now and I’ll begin to ramp up marketing for Rising for Autumn and Of Coppers and Cracksmen, the two next books to release for the year!

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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:

“Hey, Mitch,” Nell said, a hesitation in her voice that caused him to stop. “Do you mind swinging out front for a smoke?”

At that, Mitch turned around, his brows inching up his forehead. Nell stood on the steps above him, the shadows highlighting her gorgeous curves. Her mouth was poised and her eyes serious.

“Are you kidding me? You don’t smoke, Nels.”

Nell shrugged and brushed past him, offering a delicious glimpse of her tanned shoulders. “Once in awhile, though no one in the family knows. Mom would kill me.” She plucked the packet of Camels from the slim purse dangling at her side. “I’ll even share if you’re jonesin’”

His tongue slicked across his lips before he could help himself. He didn’t doubt for a moment that slip of suggestiveness from her was on purpose. The woman was a succubus in human form. He combed his fingers through his hair. They needed to get out of this stairwell—this proximity—and it wasn’t like he’d be able to competently flirt with Nell by his side.

“Fine, let’s grab a smoke,” he agreed, even as he wanted to slam his head against the wall.

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Tempting Ballad is Under Contract!

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Book three in the Discord’s Desire series, Tempting Ballad, is under contract with Evernight Publishing and slated to come out in June of this year!

One hot night together was all Renn and Leo shared, and neither expected to see the other again.

However, when Leo Kincaid shows up after one of their gigs on the other side of the country, Renn’s intrigued. When Leo produces information on Renn’s missing sister, he’s ensnared. Leo needs an alliance from an Unseelie family, a rival to those who kidnapped Renn’s sister. It’s enough dangled bait to ditch the band, and the sparks between them are immediate and incendiary.

On their own, they don’t stand a chance of retrieving his sister, but luckily for him, his bandmates aren’t the giving up sort. Together with the Discord’s Desire crew, they prepare for a fight against one of the most dangerous Unseelie families. However, spending so much time around Leo Kincaid is dangerous. Renn finds himself wanting something more, which breaks the pact he made long ago: never get attached.

 

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Weekly Word Count: 3/11/20

Word Count: 5704

What story I’m currently working on:

Well, I’m starting to pick up steam again (ha, steampunk pun), and I hit 26k in Alchemists and Arsonists. Considering this book is meant to be about 35-40k, I think I’m making decent headway for my goal of finishing it by the end of the month. On a lark, I also started the first chapter of Eros Tales #3, because even if they aren’t coming out until 2024, if they’re all written and ready, I can do a rapid release of the series. So I’m already 2k into that new book as well. I’m not going to lie–that book will probably fly by, because I’ve been jonesin to write contemporary romance recently, and it’s my first May/December romance.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Guys, I finished Tempting Ballad AND sent it out for submission last week. So hopefully there’ll be good news for you soon, maybe even as early as next week! With that done though, I don’t have anything I’m currently editing, at least not until I finish the next book in my Whitfield Files series! I’m also going to start ramping up the marketing for Rising for Autumn and Of Coppers and Cracksmen! It’s weird after a year of so many releases to have so few this year! I’ve got to get cracking on that.

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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.”(1)

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Line of the week:

Lex and Adrian viewed their sister as this bubbly, sweet thing—and he’d seen that side of her. Nellie was probably one of the gentlest, most genuine individuals he’d ever met. But the side they’d never seen from her, what he’d witnessed was the flirtatious, seductive minx who knew exactly what buttons she pressed.

Which was apparently the side that stepped out to play tonight.

“Sure thing, Nels,” he responded, the familiar nickname one that hadn’t slipped from him in years.

Her eyes smoldered in response. “How about tequila?” She pursed her lips, fixing him with her stare. “Whatever you think will leave me satisfied.”

Mitch restrained a groan. God, this woman. Why couldn’t she be coming in on Matty’s night? Based on the fixated stare she gave him, this was all intentional. They’d been dodging around each other for years now, ever since she’d gotten hitched to Greg. However, tonight was a reappearance of the girl he’d tumbled into bed with, even when he knew Lex would slit his throat if she ever found out.

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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: 2/26/20

Word Count: 8006

What story I’m currently working on:

The pace remained slower this week, mostly because I also had other things in the mix, but I did reach 20k in Of Alchemists and Arsonists, so either the halfway point or more in this final Whitfield Files book! I’m having a lot of fun with the book. Belle and Nate are both saccharine sweet, and it’s so much fun to see Ellie and Theo in action again, especially since the big bad of this book will tie the whole series together.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Well, I slammed through a lot of the content edits for Tempting Ballad far faster than I thought I would.Which means I’m ticking away at the line edits, and I’m nearing closer and closer to be able to send it out for submission. I know at least by the end of March, that book will be sent out, which makes me really happy. It’ll be great getting things out there again. Last year set me back a bit with projects that are waiting to find homes and ones that are waiting a few years to be able to release. So I’m hoping to get some books out this year and a few more lined up for release next year to pad things out. We shall see!

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Teaser of the week:

“Because Jeremiah liked to hurt like he liked to breathe—it was an inevitable part of existence.”

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What I’m currently reading:

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Line of the week:

Belle took one more sip from her mug and placed it on the countertop. “Thank you for the tea and the chance to dry off. I’d best be off before I’m lulled into a sense of complacency.” She unrolled her sleeves and her trousers before slipping her shoes back on. She could feel the press of Nate’s gaze on her, and she wanted to look back, desperately.

“You know the offer still stands,” he murmured, an undisguised concern in his voice. What she wouldn’t do to remain here in the warmth of his apartment.

“You’re a blessing, but I’ll be testing my mettle on the streets tonight,” Belle responded, her heart thumping harder in her chest. She rested her hand on the cool doorknob. “Thank you.”

At that, she strode out into the corridor. She hadn’t gone three paces when the chill from outside began to set in and her skin braced for a night of icy, permeating rain.

 

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Weekly Word Count: 2/19/20

Word Count: 10,014

What story I’m currently working on:

I slowed down my pace quite a bit this week, only reaching 12k in Of Alchemists and Arsonists. My goal is to hit 1/3 of the way through by the end of the month, which should be quite doable, since the Whitfield Files books tend to be 30-40k. I placed Paranormal Western to the side for the time being, but I’m sure I’ll pick it up when the mood strikes me. I’m getting more comfortable with not needing to doggedly plow through my pet projects. Since I have dozens of pet project manuscripts lying in torpor, I don’t need to add another to the stack quite yet.

What I’m editing/marketing:

I started getting beta feedback in for Tempting Ballad, which means I also started diving into the content edits. This book is going to need a bit more work than my more recent ones, but I’ve been trucking through the earlier content changes–hopefully they all fall in line as easily. I’m also still trying to polish up an older manuscript, and I’m still waiting on word for both Outlaws and Dungeons and Dating. Not going to lie, I’m terribly excited to start both of them.

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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.”

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What I’m currently reading:

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Line of the week:

“Thank you for joining us,” Nate whispered low, catching her gaze. “I know how difficult the choice must have been.”

Bel’s heart lodged in her throat. When he spoke those sweet words to her, when he looked at her with the sort of care that made her dare to dream, she couldn’t help but fall further into the fantasy of a future without Blair, without running. With the sort of warmth she’d only witnessed from the outside of a window, peering in.

When she’d looked into Nate Whitfield’s eyes, the choice hadn’t been difficult at all.

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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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What I’m currently reading:

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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: 2/5/20

Word Count: 8,333

What story I’m currently working on:

Well, first off, I FINISHED Tempting Ballad. So once I get some feedback on it, I can begin working on the edits, and then you’ll hopefully have a lovely new book in the series coming to you this year. It honestly just feels like a massive win due to how long I spent on that project. I couldn’t decide what to work on next, so I wrote another chapter in paranormal western, bringing it to 6k, and then I ended up writing the first 300 words to Of Alchemists and Arsonists. Can’t hurt to put more words into that, since it’ll be due this year, and it’s the last in the series.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Currently, I’m bouncing between two old manuscripts that I’m slowly attempting to polish up and maybe resubmit down the line. While Tempting Ballad is off with beta readers, I’m catching up on the things I normally don’t have time for. And I’m also getting ready to promote both Rising for Autumn and Of Coppers and Cracksmen in April!

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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.”(1)

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What I’m currently reading:

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Line of the week:

He heaved a sigh and began to rearrange the bottles on the shelves, making the display more even. Different colored liquids glowed with pearlescent promise, while others looked like the sludge scraped off shoes at the end of the day.

The first time his shop had been broken into overnight, Theo had swung over to install a locking mechanism on the door sure to keep thieves out.

The second time his shop had been broken into in the middle of the day, Ellie had arrived to place a Derringer in his palm with a warning to practice his aim.

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Weekly Word Count: 1/29/20

Word Count: 8,011

What story I’m currently working on:

Only at 65k in Tempting Ballad, which is a little behind on where I wanted to be, but honestly, I’m closing in on the ending and that feels like a victory. Especially since most of the books I started last year are in limbo. I’m projecting this to be about 70k, which should be perfect, so by the time I update on next week, if I’m not finished, something is severely wrong. But seriously, this story was really fascinating from beginning to end, and I’m going to miss Leo and Renn.

What I’m editing/marketing:

I had to work on the last round of edits for Rising for Autumn, which is exciting, because both that book and Of Coppers and Cracksmen are slated to appear in April! After how many releases and re-releases I went through last year, it feels weird to have slowed down. I think it’ll be close to 6 months between releases. However, I’m hoping for good news on the submission front, which will help with my whole release plan and kick off some new series for next year.

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“I mean, we could look, or we could just start pulling shit off the shelves,” Renn said, his hands moving before he finished the statement. All this anxious energy buzzed through him threatening to short circuit his brain if he didn’t move, move, move. He tugged one book off the shelf, sending it clattering to the ground and immediately went back for another.

Ky snorted, but the incubus stood beside him trying to same tactic. “Works for me.”

“You could try to prove me wrong about my estimates on your intelligence at least some of the time,” Jett murmured behind him.

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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.