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Weekly Word Count #164

Word Count: 10,606

What story I’m currently working on:

Am I really closing in on the last 10k of this book? It’s been such a wild ride. It also may end up being a little over 60k since stretches of the book took longer than I thought. I’m currently at 47k and I haven’t even gotten into the last stretch of the book yet! Then I’ll need to take a short break from Tribal Spirits to jam out some more words on Hypnotizing Beat. Yet, I’ve got so many ideas for the final two books of the series, eeeeeee.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Legends of the Veil came out last week, and The Airship Also Rises is on pre-order, so August is out to a rip-roaring start! I’ve already submitted An Airship Carol to my editor as well, so now I’ve switched attention back to Musketeer Pirates. It’s moving slowly, but I finally hit the midway point of this baseline edit. There’s still a lot more work to do, once I finish this massive overhaul, but getting through it would put a huge dent into things.

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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.”

Line of the week:

Ava shrugged, slipping onto her feet as she grabbed the tube for the pills and popped them back into it, snapping the lid back in place. “It’s part of the job description. I wouldn’t have taken you on if I couldn’t handle it.” She walked over to him and pressed the pills into his palm. “Paypal me the funds. You’ll get faster service if you pay in advance, FYI.”

Jer grabbed the pills, staring down at the bottle. Ava still stood in front of him, not moving away. Her brows drew together, and she passed him an irritated look.

“Are you waiting for me to perform a dance or something? I need my nap, stat. That’s your cue to take the cute little bike you drive and haul on out of here.”

Jer didn’t hide his grin at that. “You’re sort of standing right in my way.”

Ava opened her mouth and then closed it before she strode back over to her couch. “Right, that would help. Good meeting you, Jeremiah Taylor. If your pack needs a shaman, shoot me a text. I won’t respond to any phone calls.”

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Mid-Year Review

Well now, technically I should’ve written this at the beginning of July, but it’s been a crazy year!

Things I’ve Written:

The Airship Also Rises (set to release in late August)- Steampunk Adventure

A Card of Shadows (submitting out)- Young Adult Urban Fantasy

Taking Root (also out on submission)- Contemporary Romance

One Shot for the Sky (featured in Corsets and Cogs)

Colors of a Soul (featured in Legends of the Veil)

 

Things I’ve Published:

A Reflection of Ice– Young Adult Fairytale

Corsets and Cogs – Steampunk boxset featuring 26 authors!

Gaslights and Graves -Steampunk boxset featuring 6 authors!

Captivating Melody (Discord’s Desire #1)- First book in this paranormal rockstar romance!

Legends of the Veil  -Fae boxset featuring 8 authors!

 

Planned Projects for the Rest of the Year:

Forged Contracts (Tribal Spirits #3)

Hopefully, Hypnotizing Beat (Discord’s Desire #2)

And hopefully, finishing my second Cupid’s Cafe book!

 

Projects to be Published Later in the Year:

The Airship Also Rises (Take to the Skies #3)- The final Take to the Skies book, a steampunk action adventure

Bustles and Bells- Christmas related steampunk boxset

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Music Monday- Legends of the Veil

Celebrating the release of Legends of the Veil with a Music Monday for Colors of A Soul

Summer of Supernaturals - Legends of the Veil

1. You Will Be Found- Dear Evan Hansen

Colors of A Soul is all about both Jason and Kelsey trying so hard to be understood, to be seen and cared for as they really are.

2. Waving Through A Window- Dear Evan Hansen

I feel like this song describes the way Jason is in the beginning of the story so well, how he’s surrounded by couples, afraid to reach out and talk to anyone, ashamed of attending his couples vacation by his lonesome after a bad breakup. Kelsey is the first one to bring him out of that depression, to see who he really is.

3. Illusion- VNV Nation

This VNV song is so fragile, so tremulous that I think it fits those hesitant, early feelings of a romance where both people are trying to figure out what this is and where they stand.

4. Space and Time- VNV Nation

For some reason, industrial music makes me think of the fae, though I can’t explain that one. Regardless, Space and Time has this deep intensity to it that helped me enter big emotional scenes every time.

5. A Million Dreams- Taylor Davis Instrumental Version

One of the things I love the most about Jason and Kelsey are that both of them are dreamers. Kelsey’s a fae who dreams of a simple life, of being a human, and Jason’s an artist trapped in a life that no longer fits him. Together, they have the chance at all their dreams coming true.

What’s your next project on the horizon: Forged Alliances will be up for pre-order come November!

Grab a copy of Legends of the Veil to dive into Colors of A Soul!

Slip into the seelie realm with this collection of paranormal short stories dedicated to ancient magical creatures with the power of silver tongues and a talent for trickery.

LEGENDS OF THE VEIL, the fourth action-packed anthology in the Summer of Supernaturals series featuring fae from nine of today’s best urban fantasy and paranormal romance authors.

Featured Authors: Courtney Shockey, DJ Shaw, Joynell Schultz, Katherine McIntyre, Laura Greenwood, Laurie Treacy, Fleur Smith, Miranda Lynn, and Pauline Creeden.

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Weekly Word Count #163

Word Count: 11,001

What story I’m currently working on:

I’m continuing to rock forward with Forged Contracts, and while I hit 37k as of now, I’m hoping to hit 40k by the end of the week. The goal is to finish the book by the end of August and I’m so very excited. I’ve already started contemplating more on the final two books, so I’m fairly certain they’re going to high on the agenda after. Though, in the interim, I should probably lay down some chapters into Hypnotizing Beat to keep pushing forward. I have the feeling that once I get really going into that series I’ll be firing on all cylinders there too.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Well, first off, Legends of the Veil is LIVE! And The Airship Also Rises is up for pre-order! I’m so excited for it to come out! As far as edits go, I’ve put a massive dent into An Airship Carol, which will be heading to the editor’s by the end of the month. Once I finish that, I’ll push forward on Musketeer Pirates, because I need to continue to put work into that as well. (It’s so hard when I’m wrapped up in writing a new book, because it’s like candy and I love it)

Join my brigade:

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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.”(1)

Line of the week:

Raven swallowed. Her heart squeezed so tight she couldn’t breathe. The truth lay brazen in the air, waiting to be grasped and devoured, and even still, she hesitated. The patterns she’d developed over the years were comfortable, the pain as much a part of her as the scars on her skin. Now she stood on the precipice where she might be able to push past that longing that sliced shards in her chest, and she felt crazy for questioning it.

“What are you, part shaman?” Raven joked, even as the truth settled across her skin, that Jer had shared the same longing, the same pain all these years.

Lana’s lips twisted in a knowing smirk. “Worse. Massage therapist.”

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Legends of a Veil Release Day!

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)

Slip into the seelie realm with this collection of paranormal short stories dedicated to ancient magical creatures with the power of silver tongues and a talent for trickery.

LEGENDS OF THE VEIL, the fourth action-packed anthology in the Summer of Supernaturals series featuring fae from eight of today’s best urban fantasy and paranormal romance authors.

Featured Authors: Courtney Shockey, DJ Shaw, Joynell Schultz, Katherine McIntyre, Laura Greenwood, Laurie Treacy, Fleur Smith, and Miranda Lynn.

Legends of the Veil Promo Graphic 1

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Weekly Word Count #162

Word Count: 10,217

What story I’m currently working on:

Back to pounding out the words! I’ve hit 26k with Forged Contracts and I’m hoping to hit 30k before the end of the month, so next week I should be reporting in from the halfway part. This story has been so intense. Raven and Jer have all of the feelings and issues, and they’ve been an absolute roller coaster to write. It’s usually a good sign when I tear up while writing sections. And I even edged a bit ahead on Hypnotizing Beat, pushing to 13k!

What I’m editing/marketing:

If you haven’t added The Airship Also Rises on Goodreads yet, you should do that thing, as it’s coming soon!!! I’m so, so excited to share the final installment of the series that started my career as an author, and I have all of the intense feelings about it. I’ve also continued trudging along with Musketeer Pirates (I make it sound so exciting!) And if you’re in the mood for some paranormal loving, Legends of the Veil comes out August 1st–next week!

Join my brigade:

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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.(3)

Line of the week:

His wolf didn’t help at all with the way it preened in his chest, a rightness he’d never felt before settling over him like sunlight. The bastard wasn’t discouraging this bad idea, even though over the past forty eight hours he’d thought of approximately six hundred and thirty reasons why Raven deserved someone better than him. Why they could never be mates, even if the potential scorched like silver.

He let his hand drop, shattering the moment. All he wanted was to kiss her right now, but with the mating bond looming, they might as well have a glass barrier between them.

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Weekly Word Count #161

Word Count: 5000

What story I’m currently working on:

Well, I slowed down a little this week, mostly because I had some external factors and my focus was crap. Hypnotizing Beat is still chilling at 12k, but Forged Contracts has bumped up to 17k! I’m still hoping to hit 30k with it by the end of July, as I’ve got a lot planned for it. Raven and Jer’s story is going to grip you by the throat from page one and not let go–intense is the name of the game here.

What I’m editing/marketing:

So, I have The Airship Also Rises formatted for the most part, and I did do a smidge of work on Musketeer Pirates, but the major edits I delved into were the line edits for both Forged Decision and Forged Alliances! No wonder I didn’t have the time to get extra written this past week. On the plus, both books are completely ready to come out next year! Still waiting to hear about the final two Philly Coven Chronicles books, but hopefully we see some movement there so that wonderful series can start hitting the shelves again! And my next release is only a couple of weeks away, with Legends of the Veil coming out August 1st!

Join my brigade:

The best ways to get involved with my work is by joining my ARC List, my Facebook Group, or sign up for my Patreon!

Teaser of the week:

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

Line of the week:

“Mackey Kendricks,” Jer responded, loping forward to catch up with her. “Did you know him from your Landslider days?”

Her shoulders tensed a fraction at the mention of his name. “Everyone knew Kendricks,” was all she said. The coldness in her tone implied more than she let on. Raven didn’t turn around to look at him, and Jer stayed a pace or two behind on purpose. Something in the way she held herself right now was so remote that direct contact, anything that brought her to reality, might spook her.

“Jer?” she said, that same lightness in her tone, the one that caused goosebumps to rise along his arms.

“Yeah, Rae?” he stepped up to the doorframe even though she already strode paces ahead towards her car.

“If you see Mackey, don’t try to hunt him down. Don’t try to fight him. Just run.”