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Weekly Word Count: 6/26/20

Word Count: 22002

What story I’m currently working on:

Welp, I forgot to update this on Wednesday, so I’m a bit further on the writing front than usual. Also because I just wrote a ton in this book in a week. I’m nearing the end, and it’s delightfully fun. I hit 44k in Rehoboth Pact 3 and it’s still not done, which means this book is going to be the longest of the trilogy. I think that works perfectly though, each novella being a smidge longer. Kyle and Chelsea’s romance was hoooot. And they’re both sorta tough nuts to crack with a Taurus/Scorpio romance. I really enjoy that pairing. It’s going to be so tough to figure out what to work on next…definitely a work project, aka continuing one of my series.

What I’m editing/marketing:

I started into some of the line edits for Rehoboth Pact #2 for funsies, but my week’s been pretty loaded with editing work. Plus, I’m enjoying writing the third book a ton. I’ll probably wait on serious edits until my third and final book is completed. ALSO, Tempting Ballad comes out NEXT WEEK, and I’m so pumped for this release. It’s such a fun, sexy, weird story, like all of the Discord’s Desire books. That series is a lot more work for me because of the complicated twists and overplot, but it’s honestly one of the ones where I let my characters do the weirdest shit.

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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.”

Currently reading:

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Line of the week:

“Fuck reasonable,” Kyle murmured, her voice soft. “I’ve been thinking about you taking me all week.”

With Chelsea, the sex was more intense than any she’d experienced, but her need for this woman was ravine deep—far more than physical. When she was around her, for a few brief moments the insecurities faded away. She’d felt awkward and gawky in her body for so long, like she was coated in shame at her presentation to the world. Chelsea silenced those voices with the way she touched, the way she claimed, the way she possessed. The relief was monumental.

Chelsea pivoted to tug on the belt loops of Kyle’s jeans, bringing their bodies flush together. “Look at you, sweetheart, talking all sexy-like. You’re already so irresistible that I’m tempted to just strip you down here and eat you out on the steps.”

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Weekly Word Count #137

Word Count: 15,642

What story I’m currently working on:

Well now, I honestly didn’t think I’d be able to keep up that breakneck pace with the Wanderer’s story, but as I’m typing this, I’m closing in on 23k. I’ve very rarely had a story pour out of me this quickly, but apparently it’s been pent up and needing to be told for some time now. This story has been tugging at my heart in all of the best ways too, the lead characters so vivid and vibrant it hurts. Cole is proud, and responsible, and constantly smoothing over the fights between his siblings, the weary sort of soul who carries too much. And Bree is fire and a fight, she’s the crack of a whip, with the sting that lingers.

What I’m editing/marketing: To quote Shrek the Musical: the waiting, the waiting, the waaaaaaaiting! While I’m testing my patience with all this waiting, I’m charging ahead with the writing of the things. I’ll be getting edits in soon as well, so I have plenty to work on. I got the cover for A Reflection of Ice, so that was excitement, and I’m launching into marketing prep for that eventual release as well as Gaslight and Graves.

Teaser of the week:

A Reflection of Ice coming in early 2018!

Line of the week:

Riley snorted, letting out another slow stream of smoke. “Mrs. Wormwood’s voice is currently the soundtrack of my nightmares. Her nasal drone haunts me.”

“Got to remix that shit,” Cole said stubbing the toe of his boot against the gray paver in front of him. “Throw some electronic backbeats behind it, add in cat wails for good measure, and you’ve got a hit on your hands.”

Riley let out a sharp laugh, one of those surprised, real ones. “You’re missing your true calling. ‘World War Mew’ would be a way more entertaining way to spend history class.”

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Cover Reveal for Hunting for Spring Paperback!

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Hunters are a lonely breed, and Conor’s no exception, until the day he meets Brenna. Even though she slinks in unannounced and kills the wight he was hunting down, the girl’s a mystery and he can’t get that blinding smile or those gorgeous curves off his mind. Since they’re both after the same caster who’s unleashing these monsters, he suggests teaming up, and despite her initial reluctance, the hungry way she scans him down promises something powerful.

However, her secrets have repercussions, and faster than Conor can lift his Glock, he’s drawn into the web of kidnappings and Unseelie mischief, all concealing the machinations of a darker foe—one that plans to bring Philly to ruin.

If you want the latest updates on when the paperback comes out, add it on Goodreads!

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August Giveaway!

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Enter HERE to win all four books in my Philadelphia Coven Chronicles series!

Hunting for Spring (Book One):

Hunters are a lonely breed, and Conor’s no exception, until the day he meets Brenna. Even though she slinks in unannounced and kills the wight he was hunting down, the girl’s a mystery and he can’t get that blinding smile or those gorgeous curves off his mind. Since they’re both after the same caster who’s unleashing these monsters, he suggests teaming up, and despite her initial reluctance, the hungry way she scans him down promises something powerful.

However, her secrets have repercussions, and faster than Conor can lift his Glock, he’s drawn into the web of kidnappings and Unseelie mischief, all concealing the machinations of a darker foe—one that plans to bring Philly to ruin.

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Weekly Word Count #101

Word Count: 4,085

What story I’m working on: Slowed down a bunch this week due to coming home from Steampunk World’s Fair and having to get back into the writing groove. I hit 15k with the Cupid’s Cafe story where I’m scrambling to figure out where they’re heading before the next big plot point comes up.

What I’m editing/marketing: Threw myself fully into editing Future King, which has been super fun even if the edits are slow going. I’m going to practice some patience on this one and make sure it’s as polished as possible before I submit though. Plus, in the span of a week, I managed to get four rounds of content edits exchanged with my editor, meaning Waking for Winter is off to lines!

Teaser of the week:

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Line of the week:

The word said aloud made him cringe, from the thousands of confessions he heard at the meetings to the memories tied along with it—of the scent of vomit and piss in a rotten alleyway, of how every muscle in his body ached so much he thought he’d never move again, and of the deep depression that saturated his bones in the aftermath, so strong he wanted to die.

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Steampunk Unlimited 2016

As always, Steampunk Unlimited was a blast!

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Haven’t heard of the yearly steampunk event at the Strasburg Railroad? This was the fourth year and as always, a huge crowd came out!

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If you haven’t been and Lancaster County isn’t too much of a journey, I highly recommend the trek. While I was behind my vending booth the entire time, I could hear the panels going on in the room and the entertainment tent was hopping the entire time. What I love the most about these events though are the people. Everyone is so friendly and willing to chat! They’re from all different walks of life, all different ages, and it’s rare to find a community as wildly accepting as the steampunk one. Of course, I’d be remiss to not mention the amazing friends we’ve made there, ones who even seeing once a year still warm my soul.

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My heart is aglow from all the wonderful folks I chatted with, and I especially want to shout out to those who took a chance on my books for the first time, or for the wonderful individuals who stopped by to simply share how much they enjoyed An Airship Named Desire and A Tale of Two Airships. To an author, those kind words mean the world to me. I store them away in my cherished box of happy memories for those days when the rejections are heavy hitting, sales are low, and things look bleak.

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So all in all, I left Steampunk Unlimited feeling uplifted, and I have the wonderful community to thank for that!