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Forged Redemption Release Day!

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With the end of the series hitting the shelves today, I wanted to take a little time and talk about the Tribal Spirits series.

This series had a rocky start–I tried it at a bunch of places and even faced some rejections because the female alpha heroine in the first book was ‘too strong.’ Funny enough, that’s what most readers liked about her the most. Then I placed it at Loose Id and while the second book was on submission at Loose Id, I found out they were closing doors.

That led me to Totally Bound Publishing, a place that has been an absolute joy to work with. They’re innovative, cooperative, and constantly put out quality final products. So, because I had the second ready to go, the pace on this series grew faster and faster. I had already started book three, so I plunged right into working on it, and then book four, and earlier this year, the very book that’s coming out today. The series started out a bit more lighthearted and snarky, and as is my norm (at least if the Coven Chronicles are any indication), the issues grew heavier with the ensuing books.

That leads me to Drew and Ally’s book. Most of the issues my characters dealt with in other books were things I had to research and imagine, however this one was an issue I’m well versed in–infertility. So often I’ve seen infertility utilized as a plot device in books, where the heroine can’t conceive, but by the end of the book, BAM, she magically can. While everyone going through it hopes for that outcome, it’s not always possible, and I wanted to write a couple who lived with the reality that sometimes life isn’t so forgiving, but you create your own family in whatever form that takes.

This book is dedicated to everyone who’s either dealt with or is still dealing with infertility. I want our voices heard too, our stories out there. So, with that, I hope you enjoy the final book in the Tribal Spirits series. It’s been a wild ride–I’ve learned a lot, laughed a lot, and cried a lot writing this series and these characters, and I’m going to miss them.

Grab Forged Redemption here!

The sparks of Ally and Drew’s old relationship ignite, but their broken pasts and a final fight against Mackey Kendricks threaten any hope of a future.

After Drew fell in with the Landsliders and destroyed his former pack, forgiveness isn’t something he deserves. However, no matter how hard the Tribe has tried, Mackey Kendricks can’t be stopped. So when they narrow down the vicinity of the monster’s hidden lair, the Tribe calls upon him again, this time for one of the most dangerous hunts—a recon mission to find the exact location.

However, when his former flame Ally signs on as the other member of the team, their attempts at avoiding each other crumble to the ground. No matter how hard they both try and no matter how many times they’ve walked away, the flame has never extinguished between them. This time, Drew’s fought for his redemption, changed for the better, and the relationship that blooms between them, for once, might stand a chance.

All they have to do is survive the fight against the biggest, baddest shifter on the East Coast.

 

 

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Weekly Word Count #152

Word Count: 11,100

What story I’m currently working on:

Well, Taking Root is just flowing from my fingertips. I’m really adoring this book at the moment, and even more than the main characters themselves, I’m falling in love with the whole Dukas family. I really hope I get the opportunity to write their entire series. I just hit 34k, so I’m over the halfway point and heading towards a lot of fun scenes. As for Hypnotizing Beat, it’s coming more slowly, but it’s still moving along! I got to 3k and finished the first chapter, so I’m delving into Danica’s perspective next.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Shocking everyone, I’m waiting on a lot of things at the moment. Loose Id finally pulled my Philadelphia Coven Chronicles and Forged Alliances, so I’m hoping to find a home for them sooner rather than later. I sent a bunch of submissions out early in the month, so I’m crossing my fingers that responses will start arriving soon. I’m on the final edit for the fae novella for Legends of the Veil, which I’m realizing really needs a title. And if you haven’t checked out Of Tinkers and Technomancers yet, you have your chance! Gaslights and Graves went live last week!

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Teaser of the week:

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Line of the week:

Adrian leaned back in his seat again and tossed the stack of envelopes off his lap. This talk had ripped all the scabs wide open and doused them in alcohol. And as much as his ears pounded and his chest ached like he was drowning, the first bit of cinnamon warmth whispered through his veins.

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Weekly Word Count #151

Word Count: 11,394

What story I’m currently working on:

This is always what happens when I find a story I jive with. I actually don’t know when I crammed all these words in, because it was a busy as hell week, but I hit 24k in Taking Root, because something is just flowing with that story. The characters jump off the page and just carry the story away with them. Soon, I’ll be at the halfway point, and I’m hoping things will keep amping up from there so I can race to the finish line of this book! And I tiptoed up to 2k with Hypnotizing Beat, a story I’m starting to wade into again and adoring the return to that snarky, fae-filled universe.

What I’m editing/marketing:

As per the usual, it’s a waiting game. I have a bunch of submissions out for A Card of Shadows, the proposal for Taking Root out, and I also started resubmitting the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles and Forged Alliances in the wake of Loose Id’s closure on Monday. I’m also putting a dent into the edits on the fae novella for Legends of the Veil, since I have an editor booked for June! In other news, the other steampunk boxset Of Tinkers and Technomancers is in, Gaslights and Graves, just went live on TUESDAY!

Join my brigade:

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Teaser of the week:

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Line of the week:

Fuck, who didn’t own more than one mug?

Bitches in WitSec who lived by their lonesome, that’s who. Danny slammed her cupboard shut, staring at the assembly of three soup bowls, one coffee mug, and three glasses she’d rummaged up. When her last two mugs broke, she just hadn’t seen much use in replacing. After all, she was the only one ever using them.

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Get My Loose Id Titles While You Can!

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May 7th, the closure of Loose Id officially begins, and they’ll be pulling titles from retailers. While I’ve already begun searching for new homes for these books, as with everything in publishing, it’ll be a process. So if you want copies of the Philadelphia Chronicles or book one in the Tribal Spirits series, Forged Alliances, make sure to nab them as soon as possible! While some books might take up to May 15th to come down, you’ll be rolling the dice if you wait!

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Weekly Word Count #150

Word Count: 4,341

What story I’m currently working on:

Weeeeell, I don’t know if you noticed my lack of update last week? That’s because I was in PARIS. An amazing goddamn trip. And while there, I got amazing news that changed the trajectory of what I’m working on! Captivating Melody, book one in my Discord’s Desire series, is now picked up by Evernight Publishing, which means book two is a go! I just started Hypnotizing Beat and got up to a thousand words in! Since I’ve gotten home, I also plunged back into Taking Root and got up to 14k into the book!

What I’m editing/marketing: Well now, I started submitting out A Card of Shadows, what I’ve been referring to as The Wanderers, so it’s currently the waiting game. While I wanted to dive back into the edits on Musketeer Pirates, the fae novella comes first, so I started putting a major dent into that! I also scheduled edits for June, so that puts me on a nice and solid timeline for it. In upcoming news, the other steampunk boxset I’m in, Gaslights and Graves, is available for pre-order and goes live next Tuesday!!! An important announcement too: on May 7th, Loose Id is going into official shutdown and will begin pulling books from retailers. If you want to get my Philadelphia Coven Chronicles series or Forged Alliances, this will be your only chance for some time.

Join my brigade:

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Teaser of the week:

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Line of the week:

A group of college age girls giggled from the other side of the bar, trying to flash him looks they deemed seductive. Trevor had received enough of them to become one jaded motherfucker. Unlike Jett and Ren who constantly whored themselves out, Trevor was a little more careful with who he took to bed. After all, no amount of energy he could siphon from a good fuck would fix the hopelessness that threatened to choke him every waking day. He spent his time waiting for the inevitable—to end up in that cell again.

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2017 Accomplishments

So, anyone who has talked to me realized that this was a rocky year. On a professional note, I’ve never charged harder. However, the problem is, when you aim big and get close, the fall hurts that much more. I always have my big career-moving goals, but I set a couple realistic ones this year too. My goal was to have 3 books come out, and to get 3 new contracts.

What did I achieve in 2017?

Well, I had four new books come out:

Rising for Autumn (February 2017)

Waking for Winter (July 2017)

Forged Alliances (September 2017)

Captured Memories (October 2017)

I finished my first series, with all four books of the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles out!

I also got 5 contracts this year:

Waking for Winter, Forged Alliances, Captured Memories, A Reflection of Ice, and Of Tinkers and Technomancers

 

Now, unfortunately with Loose Id closing in 2018, I have to find new homes for my Philadelphia Coven Chronicles, and my plans for the Tribal Spirits series have been put on hold, but I’ll push forward with them next year.

 

On the writing front, I wrote A LOT this year.

Outlier Heir (80,000 words)

Forged Alliances (60,000 words)

Forged Decisions (60,000 words)

Of Tinkers and Technomancers (33,000 words)

Captured Memories (43,000 words)

My currently untitled YA Fantasy (80,000 words)

and I’m almost 60k into the final Airship book

That’s 416,000 words in total this year. Yay!

 

As for editing, on top of the comprehensive edits I did on all of the above projects, I also re-edited and found a home for A Reflection of Ice, a story I originally wrote in 2015, and I re-edited Chasing Fate this past month.

So, even though I faced a lot of setbacks this year, I wrote a hell of a lot and I fought a hell of a lot. I might not have made the drastic strides I wanted to, but I think I came closer than ever before, and I haven’t given up yet. 2017 did its best to crush my spirit into the ground, but I’ve got an amazing support system, from my friends and family who always listen when I get beaten down, to a group of author friends who helps build each other up as we all try to rise.

After the beating I got in 2017, I’m ready to face 2018 with new armor and new drive, having learned a lot from the past year about what’s holding me back. Let’s make this new year a great one.

 

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Weekly Word Count #130

Word Count: 1,047

What story I’m currently working on: Airship, but I took a break this week due to the massive hit that happened on Friday. That’s when I got the news that Loose Id was closing, which puts my shifter series on hiatus as well. I’ll get back to Airship soon, but I’m licking my wounds right now.

What I’m editing/marketing: The audio book for A Tale of Two Airships will be out soon, so look forward to news on that! I just spent the last week working on rewriting Captivating Melody and just started submitting it out, even though I’m a bit nervous. And now that it’s done, before the end of the year, I’ll be working on the Musketeer Pirates edits! I’m still waiting to hear from my editor, and for Of Tinkers and Technomancers as well as A Reflection of Ice, I’m awaiting my first set of edits, but they’ll still be coming out next year!

Teaser of the week:

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Line of the week:

Viola approached, her gaze fixed on the horizon. “What’s to bet the tackiest building in the neighborhood belongs to that cur?”

“Not everyone can fancify a joint like you, darling,” I drawled before skipping a pace or two ahead to try and get a better view. “The rest of us are slapping twigs together with glue.”