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Weekly Word Count: 7/11/19

Word Count: 25,000

What story I’m currently working on:

Uh. So I was REALLY into writing this book apparently. I knocked out 10k on Monday alone, which was totally unexpected, and so Pomegranate’s Kiss is DONE guys. I really can’t believe it. But there was so much fun drama and now I should probably switch my focus onto editing pretty hard core, but I couldn’t help myself! I loved this couple so damn much, and I was really feeling the whole family series type of thing, so my brain is already dreaming up book three of the Eros Tales!

What I’m editing/marketing:

Outlier Heir’s just been idling while I write like a fiend, and the other focal point of mine has been micro-edits for A Thief’s Crusade. I’ve also started to work on some of the bigger changes, making the necessary alterations. I didn’t get as much feedback on this one, so I’m going to have to use my best judgement and really go over it well before I begin submissions. And I’m in major prep mode for the re-release next week of Hunting for Spring, Philadephia Coven Chronicles #1, and after finishing book two in the series, I’m even more excited for the launch of the brand new Eros Tales series, starting with Taking Root!

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Teaser of the week:

“I needed a distraction. A drink, a good tumble, anything—even this sure-to-be- trouble punk show.”(1)

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Line of the week:

“Let me help.” She reached out and grabbed Cerberus’s leash, sharing the load with Lex who passed her a grateful glance. The side shave she now rocked only made her hotter, and in a black wifebeater, threadbare jeans, and those Docs she never ditched, Lex was still the only one she fantasized about. Cerberus pranced around, unceremoniously slobbering all over the Dusquene family gravestones, and then trampling over the Mills.

“Normal couples take their dogs to the dog park,” Cam mentioned, a grin on her lips.

“Normal couples are boring as shit,” Lex shot back, heading towards the path that led to the water where weeping willows bowed, their long branches and leaves almost brushing the surface. “Thank fuck we’re nothing like that.”

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Weekly Word Count: 7/4/19

Word Count: 14409

What story I’m currently working on:

Apparently I went crazy with the word counts again this week, because I’m already at 35k in Pomegranate Kiss. Lex and Cam are hot and complicated, which is my favorite, and I’m just about to get into the heavy drama of the book since I’m past the mid-way point. I swear, this one is just clear as day in my head. I want to dive back into Tempting Ballad too, but I’ve been so preoccupied with Pomegranate Kiss that Renn and Kincaid didn’t stand a chance.

What I’m editing/marketing:

The Outlier Heir edit has taken a backseat again because I have the first of my beta feedback for A Thief’s Crusade, so I’m continuing to clean the prose up before I dive in and make some big changes. In two weeks, I have the re-release of Hunting for Spring, Philadephia Coven Chronicles #1, and I’m even more excited for the launch of the brand new Eros Tales series, starting with Taking Root!

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Teaser of the week:

“She was no better than the shells by her feet, tumbling this way and that at the beck and call of the waves.”(1)

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Line of the week:

Cam strode a couple paces behind to walk in line with Lex while Nellie gabbed away with Danny on the way over to the night club.

Lex leaned in, her lips brushing against Cam’s ear accidentally-on-purpose. “You’re a goddamn tease, you know that? I’m going to enjoy peeling that dress off you the moment we get into our hotel room tonight.”

The heat in her voice seemed to transfer directly to Cam’s cheeks. “Are you trying to make me combust on the spot?” She thwacked Lex in the side, hoping the darkness hid the ruddy stain of her flush.

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Weekly Word Count: 6/19/19

Word Count: 9086

What story I’m currently working on:

Well. I had plans of focusing on one book, taking my time, blah, blah, blah. However, both Tempting Ballad and Pomegranate Kiss have been vying for my attention all week. Tempting Ballad’s currently at 5k, while Pomegranate Kiss elevated to 7! I’m trying to put some distance between me and A Thief’s Crusade and the distraction is working. Both couples are going to be SCORCHING too. I’m really excited to keep jamming away at these.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Slogging through the intensive edit of Outlier Heir, which is an interesting experiment in distance, patience, and the power of editing. Whether you’re looking to dive into paranormal romance or contemporary, I’ve got some fresh reads for you! In the PNR category, I’ve got Siren’s Call out for free,  Hypnotizing Beat, and if you want lighter, try Color of a Soul. I’m also prepping for July when I have not only the relaunch of my Philadelphia Coven Chronicles with Hunting for Spring, but the brand new launch of the Eros Tales series, starting with Taking Root!

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Teaser of the week:

“Danny smiled sweetly. “I’m an Aquarius who enjoys long walks on the beach and playing in the blood of my enemies.”

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Line of the week:

“I bet the clients come pouring in just for your award-winning attitude,” Mitch drawled, amusement in his eyes. He’d stopped piercing a couple of years ago for Inkspirations, but their friendship somehow weathered their born from the bowels of Hell dispositions.

“I’m not paid to pontificate, dickbag,” Lex continued. Truth be told, she owed Mitch a lot. He was one of the few friends who stayed after she’d gotten locked up, and even though they didn’t work together any more, they still hung out, whether it was taking the bikes for a drive or catching a shitty horror movie.

“Busting out your thesaurus now?” he joked, his eyes crinkled at the edges with his smile.

“Ladies love a linguist,” Lex shot back even as she focused on the sweep of the lines. That fugue state she descended into when she inked began to set in—the hyper-concentration, the way her hand swerved in a mesmerizing rhythm of lines and edges, only interrupted when she blotted the ink and dabbed more on. She was head over heels for this piece and they’d just started at the base of his arm, with plans of eventually doing a full sleeve. It was a messload of death and destruction, the black lines of the skulls, the crows flying overhead, and the flickering candle at the base, as flame ran up through the scenes.

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Weekly Word Count: 6/13/19

Word Count: 3282

What story I’m currently working on:

After finishing A Thief’s Crusade last week, I turned down to a slow simmer on the word count front. Still, 3k of a head start into Tempting Ballad (Discord’s Desire #3) isn’t bad! Of course, right as I start Tempting Ballad, ideas for Pomegranate Kiss (Eros Tales #2) keep creeping into view. I’m hoping to finish both of those books this year. Since I still have half a year ahead of me, I’ve got high hopes.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Catch the fae trifecta I released over the past two weeks! Siren’s Call is out for free,  and Hypnotizing Beat is out, and if you need a light beach read, check out Color of a Soul. Soon enough, I’ll be diving into edits for A Thief’s Crusade, but in the interim, I decided to challenge myself with an intensive edit on Outlier Heir. I think it’s really changed how it reads, and I think the earlier issues are becoming that much clearer. And in July, we’ve got the relaunch of my Philadelphia Coven Chronicles with Hunting for Spring, and the brand new launch of the Eros Tales series, starting with Taking Root!

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Teaser of the week:

“I needed a distraction. A drink, a good tumble, anything—even this sure-to-be- trouble punk show.”(1)

Currently listening to:

Line of the week:

“Ditch the cigarette,” Renn said, hooking his thumbs through the belt loops of his patched-up leather pants. His Doc Martens scuffed the asphalt as he closed the distance between them.

Kincaid’s lips pursed, amusement gleaming in those eyes. “Oh yeah? Any reason I’d give a damn about, or do you just feel like being bossy?” His deep bass rumbled through the air, and Renn sucked his lower lip through his teeth. He’d probably murder someone to hear that voice whisper dirty things in his ear.

Renn reached out and grabbed him by the lapels of his button-down. “Yeah, because I don’t want to fucking taste an ash tray when I make out with you.”

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Weekly Word Count: 6/6/19

Word Count: 16,500

What story I’m currently working on:

WELL NOW, I finished A Thief’s Crusade at 73k! Man, that was a fucking rush. I love that story, which means I need to put some time away from it before I dive in to edit. Which will give me a chance to explore the following books in the three series I have open, Discord’s Desire, Whitfield Files, and The Eros Tales.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Well, shit, everything’s still chugging along! Siren’s Call is my FREE read that’s now out! And I’ll be diving back into editing soon enough with A Thief’s Crusade, so I’ll enjoy this blessed gift of time for right now. Sounds like Forged Redemption will be coming out October 1st, which leaves plenty of time to catch up with my Tribal Spirits series! Or if you’re in the mood for fae, you can dive into Hypnotizing Beat, Color of a Soul, or the upcoming Hunting for Spring!

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Teaser of the week:

“I needed a distraction. A drink, a good tumble, anything—even this sure-to-be- trouble punk show.”

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Line of the week:

Dan slipped out after him, jogging to catch up since Grif had already started walking. “Anyone ever tell you that you’re bossy?”

Grif flashed him a heartbreaker smile. “That’s why I’m the boss, babe.”

The sky was a sapphire blue with smears of pastel clouds scattered throughout. The wind brought the crisp scent of water traveling his way, and Grif threaded his fingers through his as they strolled down the walking path. Up ahead, the Buckingham Fountain spurted jets high into the sky, the pale green statues chalky under the intense rays. The water glittered like crystals sprinkled in the drops.

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Weekly Word Count: 5/29/19

Word Count: 3543

What story I’m currently working on:

I started out slow, but I’m hoping the latter half of the week picks up! By next week, I plan to be moving at full force through A Thief’s Crusade with a plan of finishing the book before the end of June. I’m at 57k as it currently stands. Chances are, I’ll probably start working on Tempting Ballad next, book three in the Discord’s Desire series. I’m down to the final six-ish chapters of A Thief’s Crusade, so it’ll depend on if I’ve got the time to delve into this.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Hey! I upheld my vow! Forged Redemption is turned in to my editor! That’s also why the word count output was low, because I was throwing everything into finishing the book. That means Tribal Spirits is going to be finished before the end of the year. If you haven’t checked out the series yet, now’s a great time to catch up since book four, Forged Futures, is out! On top of that, my Discord’s Desire series is continuing with Hypnotizing Beat, which actually came out today! On top of that, Color of a Soul is coming out in a few days, Hunting for Spring is coming out July 17th, and Taking Root on July 16th!

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Teaser of the week:

“Trevor had lived a long time, but he hadn’t dared believe he’d ever see the stripped down and unplugged version of Danica Maslanka.”

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Line of the week:

He whirled around and closed the distance between them. The rest of the crew might tease the hell out of him, but he could deal with their shit. Grif gripped the back of Dan’s neck and pulled him towards him. His lips descended, pressing against Dan’s soft mouth, opened in invitation.

Dan melted against him, the heat between them incendiary. He tasted syrup sweet, and the scent of his coconut and lime cologne amplified his arousal. Something powerful reached inside his chest and tugged. Grif had operated off of listening to those tugs in his gut from the start, and he’d followed his intuition when he chose each of his Outlaws. That same intuition told him Dan was important, that he was worth holding onto.

Grif’s grip around his nape tightened for a second, and he swept his tongue through to deepen the kiss before he pulled back.

“Don’t take any stupid risks,” Grif murmured against his mouth.

“Already did.” Dan’s eyes gleamed with a knowing that settled inside him, one that brushed across his skin like fresh sunlight.

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Weekly Word Count: 5/23/19

Word Count: 0

What story I’m currently working on:

Well, my pace ground to a halt this week! I had a three day convention to vend at, and then when I returned on Monday, I was in full edits mode, which left zero time for working on the new story. On top of all of that, I had a release both Friday and Tuesday, so any hope of getting new wordage out was flushed down the toilet. However, hopefully by Monday at the latest, I’ll be back into the swing of things and pounding out the words. I’m in the last sector of this book.

What I’m editing/marketing:

So, I’m fully committed to getting Forged Redemption done. I make the vow now that by next week’s check-in, I’ll have the book finished and turned in to my editor. (That’s how freaking close I am) It’s what I’m working on all day today. On top of that, Forged Contracts is still on sale for 99 cents, and Forged Futures is now live! If you haven’t nabbed Tales from the Skies yet, it’s available for only 99 cents! More news on the agenda includes Hypnotizing Beat, book 2 in my Discord’s Desire series is going to be coming out before the end of the month, potentially May 29th! And if you haven’t nabbed Color of a Soul yet, it comes out June 3rd, and Hunting for Spring and Taking Root will be coming out the following month in July!

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Teaser of the week:

“She was two steps from vomiting on the lawn, yet here she stood sounding like a homicidal maniac.”

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Line of the week:

“Wait,” Grif said, clapping a hand on his shoulder. Dan stilled, soaking in the heat from his palm.

“Tuesday is the day I lost them. Ever since then, I’ve never done a job on that day.”

Well, shit. Dan didn’t need to ask who ‘they’ were. He’d seen the shattered glass pain in Grif’s eyes at the mention of his murdered parents. He’d heard the acid edge to his tone when he talked about what had happened to them. Dan reached up to rest his hand over Grif’s, and he squeezed tight. Those words, faint, exposed, and wholly real, gave his heart a violent tug. If he wasn’t careful, he might tumble headfirst for this man.