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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)

Currently listening to:

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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Music Monday- In the Eye of the Wind

Hey guys! Let’s welcome Katherine Wyvern today to celebrate her new release, In the Eye of the Wind! She’s going to share her musical inspiration with us!

  1. Loreena McKennitt- Marco Polo

Rikko’s main theme is without a doubt Loreena McKennit’s Marco Polo. It is an instrumental piece with a mixture of western and oriental flavors, and it has a luscious, amorous sort of swagger to it, and all of this is exactly what Rikko’ is about. A character that left the north of this Europe-like world to move into a far freer, sunnier, more sinful city on the southern shores of the Circled Sea. And he’s obnoxiously sexy, of course!

2. Hedningarna- Tass’on nainen

The darker side of Rikko’s character, heritage of a terrible dark-spell laid on his mother before his birth, has its own score, a tremendously powerful, absorbing piece from Hedningarna’s third album, Trä. The name of the song, which has Finnish lyrics, is Täss’on Nainen. Both lyrics and music are haunting, and they fit well this powerful but dangerous darkness Rikko’ carries from the deep North, and also his destiny as a sea-farer.

3. Master and Commander- The Far Side of the World

Much of the sea-chases and battles in the book were imagined with the accompaniment a favourite movie score of mine, the beautiful music for “Master and Commander-The Far Side of the World”. This immediately put me into a sailing frame of mind, and many pieces of the score have a distinctly war-like feel to them, with lots of drums and fifes. Drums mean business, especially in a world where many ships were oar-powered. And the story is heavily inspired by the Master and Commander books, so…

4. La Femme du President

In the Eye of the Wind has a lot of broad, humorous male banter to it, and it was certainly inspiring (and very funny) to listen to traditional mariner’s songs to get into the mood of it. I have a favourite collection of French and Breton ones, and some of them are obviously composed for comical effect and hilariously smutty, like “La Femme du President”, where a wealthy lady invites a sailor to her boudoir for lunch… the lunch lasts three days and three nights, until the seaman leaves, exhausted, not without throwing an irreverent quip at the lady’s husband while on the way out!

5. https://youtu.be/ebYNnZJXCLc

The last song I like to associate with this story is much sunnier piece called “Celebration” by Secret Garden. It’s Gael’s song. I like how it starts small and gentle, almost secretive, to explode into a triumphant, joyous ending.

What are you working on next?

At the moment I am finishing up my new novel A Muse to Live For, which will be published next month. It’s a book very much about inspiration and it also has a Loreena Mc Kennit song as its main theme…

 

In the Eye of the Wind

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Born in the northern wastes of Kaleva in the middle of a devastating war between light and darkness, Rikko’ has found his way south to the warm shores of the Circled Sea, the first elver to ever turn pirate.

Forbidden by the rules of the Andalouan court to pursue such an ungentlemanly career, Gael can only dream of ever becoming a doctor, and his medical studies remain unfinished until his aunt the Queen sends him on a covert mission to the pirate city of Beyas’kahl.

And here, after one night with Rikko’, all his loyalties are put to the test.

Queen Amata has reigned for three decades, and she always used her men cunningly. But even the best player can miscalculate, and her blunder places Gael first in slavery, then in a naval battle, and finally, worst of all, face to face with Rikko’s darkest and deadliest side.

From such darkness, is there any coming back? Is there any hope of love for Gael, or redemption for Rikko’?

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Music Monday- A Talent for Trouble

This week we have the lovely Landra Graf in with her latest release, A Talent for Trouble!

  1. Sinnerman- Nina Simone

My hero’s song. Emilio Morales, drug runner and not the best person. He’s a sinner in every sense of the word. Plus, he is on the run through most of the story.

2. Thin line- Honeyhoney

This is for my heroine, Antonia ‘Toni’ Smith. She’s my sober alcoholic attempting to get her life back on the right track and get her ship back. This song is all about a woman taking what she wants and having to walk the thin line to do it.

3. luka- Secret Sisters

For the chase scenes and the action this song did some amazing things to channel all those moments. Plus, it’s got a creep-some vibe.

4. Down by the River- The Dirty River Boys

Another action song for me. Reminding me of the tough world my characters live in. How escaping their lives for something better may not be easy.

5. Better Love- Hozier

Every book needs a love song and this one is Emilio and Toni’s. Time and again Hozier creates music that speaks to me. This song hits all those levels. A little dark undertone and more.

What’s your next project on the horizon? A Gamble Of Sheep the second in the Bad Boys of Space series. The first book in the series, A Talent For Trouble, is available now.  It’s high octane, action adventure with romance, snark, and a heavy dose of sexual tension.

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A Talent for Trouble (Bad Boys of Space Book 1) by [Graf, Landra]

When notorious drug runner Emilio Morales meets desperate bootlegger Antonia Smith, they discover contraband isn’t the only thing worth breaking the law for…

Drug runner Emilio Morales is one deal away from being the sole runner from Earth to the upper planets—until his partner attempts a double-cross. Now, Emilio’s stuck in a disabled spaceship with an unpredictable, attractive female who’s willing to help him out if he’ll assist her in retrieving her ship from an impound facility.

Antonia ‘Toni’ Smith is sick and tired of being beholden to men. The only way to guarantee freedom is to get back her bootlegging ship to run her own business again. When Emilio kills her ticket out, she’s forced to rely on him for assistance. Emilio, the most wanted and annoying man in the solar system, is a sexy-as-hell means to an end.

But every plan the duo makes falls apart and every day they spend in each other’s company increases the tension between them.

With the death toll rising and their defenses low, can Emilio and Toni get the happy ending they want, without falling for each other in the process?

 

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Music Monday- Forged Decisions

Return of Music Monday! This week I’m taking over with Forged Decisions, and next week, Landra will be talking inspiration for her book Talent for Trouble!

1. Whatever it Takes- Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons is a favorite of mine for this series in general, and Whatever it Takes has this liquidity to the song, this driving beat that makes it perfect for a lot of the action and fight scenes. I loved listening to it while Finn and Navi were hot on the trail of the Landsliders’ meth distribution, but also some of the emotional beats as well.

2. Summer Air- Italobrothers

One of the things that got me in the mood to write the summer atmosphere of book two was this song. I felt like it captured the bit of carefree that comes with the warmer temperatures as well as the yearning that was prevalent in this book.

3. Ghost Town- Adam Lambert

This song had a lot of the past in it that I thought fit both Navi and Finn’s characters well. Finn is struggling with the past murder of his parents, while Navi constantly wars with her past as Tribe, harboring a bit of resentment towards the lonely life she’s forced to lead.

4. Despacito- Justin Bieber, Luis Fonsi, and Daddy Yankee

This super sensual song was really fun to listen to during some of the scorching scenes that happen throughout the book. Finn and Navi had grade A chemistry from the start, and even before the book begins, they’ve already hooked up, so both of them are just prolonging the inevitable.

5. Mouth of the River- Imagine Dragons

The joyful aspect of this song makes me think of unity and of finding direction. Finn struggles throughout this book in limbo of his old position in the pack changing and looking inward to find a new direction. The character’s inner turmoil while tough at the start grows into something beautiful when he finally makes his choice at the end.

What’s your next project on the horizon: The final book in the Tribal Spirits series! Book three comes out April 16th, and book four is currently in edits, so we’re gearing up to finish the series this year!

Dive into book two, Forged Decisions, now! Or begin at the start with Forged Alliances!

When Finn falls for Navi, a member of the East Coast Tribe, he’ll have to choose between the pack and family who saved him and the unforgettable woman who’s made her mark.

Ever since Sierra and Dax mated, forming their alliance, Finn has been restless in his position as beta for the Red Rock pack. So, when Navi, the gorgeous, lethal member of the East Coast Tribe, conscripts him to help break up the Landsliders’ drug-running ring, he leaps on the opportunity. As they work together, their attraction deepens to more than comrades and far more than a one-night stand. Except Navi isn’t sticking around town forever and Finn has his own responsibilities tethering him to the Red Rock pack.

When the trail to the drug ring leads them to the man who murdered Finn’s parents, Finn’s forced to confront the fears he’s buried and, in the process, the connection between him and Navi grows scorching and unforgettable. However, with an underground meth lab to bust and his parents’ murderer to take down, Finn throws his heart and soul into the fight, because he knows, even if he survives this, he’ll be forever marked by the goodbyes to follow.

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Weekly Word Count #171

Word Count: 5007

What story I’m currently working on:

Slow and steady! I’ve been pushing forward with Hypnotizing Beat, but I also got sidetracked the past couple of days with edits, so that put heavy writing days on the backburner. However, I did hit my goal of 30k in Hypnotizing Beat. I will finish this book by the end of the year, I swears it. I’m hoping to at least hit 60k with this book in October, if not complete it. If I don’t complete it next month, then I’m going to be finishing it in November to kickstart NaNoWriMo.

What I’m editing/marketing:

So, the reason I slacked harder on writing Hypnotizing Beat was because I started burning through edits on Forged Contracts…to the point that I finished them last night and sent in the submission. Fingers crossed for some good news, guys! Now that I have that edit out of the way, I can focus most of my editing mojo on The Lies We Weave, which I’m determined to finish this year. I’m super excited for next week, since the pre-order for Forged Alliances goes live!!! I absolutely can’t wait to relaunch this series!

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Teaser of the week:

Wistful notes spoke of loneliness, as solitary as the final birdsong of autumn or the trill of summer_s last cicada before the wintry freeze.

Currently listening to:

Line of the week:

Danica slipped beside him, craning forward to peer into the water. “So, what’s your guess, guitar boy? Think it’s in the middle of this muck? I’m happy to go splashing in the kiddie pool after the dive through Shark Central Station.”

Trevor lifted a brow. “I’ve been relegated to guitar boy now?” He couldn’t help the grin that rose to his lips. He’d love to chalk it up to her leannan sidhe charm, but he’d met plenty. Danica had an effortless ability to make him laugh, her brand of sharp wit and weird something he doubted he’d ever tire of.

“Yep,” she responded. “Better pull out the stops to wow me if you want a bump up on the nickname list.” Danica gripped the golden stones framing the pond as if she prepared to launch into the water.

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Music Monday- A Tale of Two Airships

Today’s Music Monday is featuring A Tale of Two Airships, the long awaited sequel of An Airship Named Desire which releases this Wednesday! (Though is currently available for pre-order HERE!)

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1. Outlaws- Delta Rae

This was a band I discovered while working on this book, and their music quickly became the top of my playlist, especially while editing. There’s a desperado/western feel to a couple of their songs that it with the themes and vibe of Take to the Skies so so well, and this song definitely nailed a couple scenes for me.

2. Hold the Line- The Clockwork Dolls

You can always count on The Clockwork Dolls for stirring, emotionally intense music. I had a really heartbreaking scene to write in this story, and this was the song I put on repeat to get through it. A lot of times when I’m writing a scene that’s taxing emotionally, I really need to immerse myself in the scene, which involves the right musical accompaniment.

3. Tarantella- This Way to the Egress

This is an Take to the Skies book, so of course there are bounty hunter bars on the seedy side of town and plenty of fighting. And with This Way to the Egress’s jaunty, vaudevillian music, it’s easy to envision the sort of bars Bea and the crew are sauntering into as they go to stir up trouble.

4. Delta Rae- Chasing Twisters

This song has such a stirring melody behind it that I can’t help but want to take to the skies. Or ride a horse into town to bust up a saloon. The western vibe is powerful, and the song itself is intense, like the building to a rising battle, which works perfectly for Bea and the crew, since the entire book builds to the final confrontation at the end.

5. First Aid Kid- Silver Lining

My husband found this song for me, and the first thing he said was that it reminded him of Airship. And I wholeheartedly agree. I can’t think of a song that emotionally captures Bea and the crew of the Desire better. They live a fast and furious life, free yet weighted by all the life lost, and all the tragedy they’ve dealt with. No matter what obstacle they face, they ‘keep on keeping on.’

Book three, The Airship Also Rises, will be on the agenda for 2017, though it may not release until the following year. As with this book, shout it loud enough and I may be persuaded to work a little faster–enthusiasm is infectious!

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Music Monday- What You Want

Musical Mondays for all!

Today let’s welcome Landra Graf with her book What You Want to discuss her musical inspiration for the book!

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Say You Do by Dierks Bentley – This song makes me think of early on in the story, when both hero and heroine have met, but she’s trying to convince him to agree to a little dessert.

Come a Little Closer Baby by Dierks Bentley – This is an end of the book song. One that has all the Happily Ever After and sexy I could dream of. Also, this guy’s voice… if you can’t tell I love it.

Come Over by Kenny Chesney – I easily got into the mood for writing Kanoa and Laney’s scenes leading up to the big smexy moments listening to this song.

Just a Kiss by Lady Antebellum – This song means a ton for my heroine, Laney. I can’t say specifically why, but kisses are a big deal.

Like a Wrecking Ball by Eric Church – One of the naughtiest country songs I’ve heard in a while. It fits my characters and came in handy for the more sensual moments in this book.

What’s your next project on the horizon? What You Want is the second in the Desperately Seeking Submissive series. The third one, What You Desire, is coming in April and features one of the characters from this story. What You Crave, the first book in the series, is available now.

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What You Want

When her sister gets sick on the night of her 1Night Stand date, Laney Malcolm is asked to fill in and pretend to be her twin. Treating it as a lark, she looks forward to an adventurous event with a free dinner and not much else. She isn’t prepared for the fierce attraction nor the urge to help the Hawaiian, tattooed submissive she’s introduced to.

Kanoa Mahelona has spent the last year trying to find himself, but he’s tired of random hook-ups and women who only want him for his bad-boy image. Madame Eve helped his boss, so he turns to her for assistance. Attractive and damn good at breaking through his barriers, the blonde Domme challenges him in a way he can’t seem to turn down.

Only she’s not who she appears to be, and, once the truth comes out, it may be too late to go back.