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Weekly Word Count: 2/19/20

Word Count: 10,014

What story I’m currently working on:

I slowed down my pace quite a bit this week, only reaching 12k in Of Alchemists and Arsonists. My goal is to hit 1/3 of the way through by the end of the month, which should be quite doable, since the Whitfield Files books tend to be 30-40k. I placed Paranormal Western to the side for the time being, but I’m sure I’ll pick it up when the mood strikes me. I’m getting more comfortable with not needing to doggedly plow through my pet projects. Since I have dozens of pet project manuscripts lying in torpor, I don’t need to add another to the stack quite yet.

What I’m editing/marketing:

I started getting beta feedback in for Tempting Ballad, which means I also started diving into the content edits. This book is going to need a bit more work than my more recent ones, but I’ve been trucking through the earlier content changes–hopefully they all fall in line as easily. I’m also still trying to polish up an older manuscript, and I’m still waiting on word for both Outlaws and Dungeons and Dating. Not going to lie, I’m terribly excited to start both of them.

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Teaser of the week:

“The blood staining Ellie Whitfield’s hands was as good a reason as any to run from the mutton shunters.”

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What I’m currently reading:

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Line of the week:

“Thank you for joining us,” Nate whispered low, catching her gaze. “I know how difficult the choice must have been.”

Bel’s heart lodged in her throat. When he spoke those sweet words to her, when he looked at her with the sort of care that made her dare to dream, she couldn’t help but fall further into the fantasy of a future without Blair, without running. With the sort of warmth she’d only witnessed from the outside of a window, peering in.

When she’d looked into Nate Whitfield’s eyes, the choice hadn’t been difficult at all.

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Weekly Word Count: 2/12/20

Word Count: 10,014

What story I’m currently working on:

I slacked off with the Paranormal Western, only hitting 9k, but that’s okay, because I picked up steam with Of Alchemists and Arsonists, hitting 7k. I think this steampunk foray should be a blast, and it’ll feel nice to finish up a series, so I’m picking up speed with it given that in mind. Honestly, my two favorite things with series is both starting and ending them. I adore the initial spark of whimsy and inspiration that involves a first book in a series, and I also adore the finality of finishing up with one, being able to close out the series and feel content with its completion. I live for trilogies, because they’re such a tight structure, and the Whitfield Files has been fun thus far.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Currently, I’m waiting on beta feedback for Tempting Ballad so I can begin to crack into the edits for that. It’s going to feel great to send that off to submission in a month or two. Which also leaves room to begin the FINAL Discord’s Desire book as well. With all of these conclusions coming up, I’m hoping for some good news in the Outlaws or Dungeons and Dating front, as both series are going to be a massive amount of fun. I’m also currently working on polishing up an older manuscript which has been interesting, to say the least.

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Teaser of the week:

“The blood staining Ellie Whitfield’s hands was as good a reason as any to run from the mutton shunters.”(2)

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What I’m currently reading:

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Line of the week:

“If you need a building set on fire, then I’m your girl,” Belle offered with a half-smile. Sitting across from him and enjoying a pint was the closest she’d been to anyone outside of Blair’s crew for years. External associations were frowned upon, and after the Ellie incident, he locked those doors even tighter.

“Given that I own a very flammable storefront, I’d much prefer you on my side than against it,” Nate murmured back, an amused grin on his lips. The man had no right to be as handsome as he was, and sitting this close to him, she caught a whiff of bergamot and vetiver that coursed through her with surprising intensity. The man’s proximity was addling her mind, especially after witnessing the kindness he’d shown to her yesterday.

Men like Nate Whitfield were rare.

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Weekly Word Count: 2/5/20

Word Count: 8,333

What story I’m currently working on:

Well, first off, I FINISHED Tempting Ballad. So once I get some feedback on it, I can begin working on the edits, and then you’ll hopefully have a lovely new book in the series coming to you this year. It honestly just feels like a massive win due to how long I spent on that project. I couldn’t decide what to work on next, so I wrote another chapter in paranormal western, bringing it to 6k, and then I ended up writing the first 300 words to Of Alchemists and Arsonists. Can’t hurt to put more words into that, since it’ll be due this year, and it’s the last in the series.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Currently, I’m bouncing between two old manuscripts that I’m slowly attempting to polish up and maybe resubmit down the line. While Tempting Ballad is off with beta readers, I’m catching up on the things I normally don’t have time for. And I’m also getting ready to promote both Rising for Autumn and Of Coppers and Cracksmen in April!

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Teaser of the week:

“The blood staining Ellie Whitfield’s hands was as good a reason as any to run from the mutton shunters.”(1)

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What I’m currently reading:

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Line of the week:

He heaved a sigh and began to rearrange the bottles on the shelves, making the display more even. Different colored liquids glowed with pearlescent promise, while others looked like the sludge scraped off shoes at the end of the day.

The first time his shop had been broken into overnight, Theo had swung over to install a locking mechanism on the door sure to keep thieves out.

The second time his shop had been broken into in the middle of the day, Ellie had arrived to place a Derringer in his palm with a warning to practice his aim.

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Weekly Word Count: 1/22/20

Word Count: 10,049

What story I’m currently working on:

Hit 57k in Tempting Ballad which is GOOD GOOD GOOD. I’m closing in on the last collection of chapters in the book and that’s amazing. I’ll have to keep on working hard to try and knock it out in a week or two. I’m pretty sure I can do this! It feels good to be closing in on the end of the novel, even though it’s going to take a LOT of extra work to clean this one up, considering I started in June of last year and stopped mid-stride more than a few times.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Currently there’s nothing on the editing docket, since my edits for Of Coppers and Cracksmen are all turned in! Saving Throw and A Thief’s Crusade are currently living that submission life, so I’m just waiting on an update. Once I finish Tempting Ballad, it’ll be interesting to see what I decide to work on next. I honestly don’t know which one I’m going to be diving into, but I want to keep pushing forward with trying to get closer to the end of some of my pre-existing series.

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Teaser of the week:

_Each step forward offered a better view of the crystal walls ahead, the castle appearing like something out of a fairytale._(1)

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Line of the week:

“Smoke break?” Claude asked, tilting his head toward the front door.

Leo pursed his lips and nodded. Yeah, they needed to talk. He pushed up from his seat and followed the slender man to the front door. The moment he stepped into the brisk Boston air, he tugged at his sport coat lapels, as if it’d stand a chance at fielding the cold. The scents of worn stone and decaying leaves traveled his way, reminding him far too much of a cemetery. A shiver ran down his spine.

Which is very well where they could end up if his plans didn’t pan out.

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Weekly Word Count: 1/15/20

Word Count: 6043

What story I’m currently working on:

And I’m slowly continuing to increase the wordage! While not a knock it out of the park week, I’m back to steadily writing, which is a joy and relief. Through December and early January, I was wondering if I’d lost my mojo. But I’ve passed the midway point of this book and I’m getting closer and closer to a conclusion–which if my nebulous bullet points turn out the way I want them to might be a rip-roaring end.

What I’m editing/marketing:

I still have Saving Throw and A Thief’s Crusade in limbo where they’re just spinning in circles for awhile. My goal for this year with them is to have answers for you of where they’re going (hopefully out in the world, because I love both books so much!). However, I realized it’s okay for those to take time, since again, they begin two new series. Even though Eros Tales is on pause, I’m still going to continue writing that series until I have all five books ready for a lightning release in 2024. And after I finish Tempting Ballad, both Whitfield Files and Discord’s Desire will only have one book left in both series! GOALS!

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Teaser of the week:

“Mislabeled the sign,” a cocky voice called from the door. “Should read ‘Doggie Daycare_ with the amount of pups packed into this place.” The man_s eyes twinkled with his l

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Line of the week:

Leo leaned back, digging his elbows into the mattress. He looked up at Renn, and the moment their eyes met, Renn’s breath snagged. That gaze flickered with a yearning strong enough to set a city ablaze. Like he could even hope to fight against the surge in his chest in response, the sharp twist of longing that made it difficult to think, to reason, to breathe.

Renn hadn’t said anything while Leo talked. What could he say? Most words during his worst times just made him want to punch people in the face. However, as he straddled Leo and their gazes refused to budge, the words reached his lips at last.

“Let me take care of you tonight,” Renn murmured, the softness in his voice this foreign thing, like he wasn’t the one speaking.

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Weekly Word Count: 1/2/20

Word Count: 3869

What story I’m currently working on:

I’m still way behind on my plans for Tempting Ballad, at only 36k, but I’m planning on making more headway in 2020. I’ve got the clarity to develop a little bit more of the plan/plot, and I’m really looking forward to taking another step forward in this series, considering there will be only one book left after that.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Saving Throw and A Thief’s Crusade are still both out on submission, but considering I sent those out in Dec, I probably won’t start getting responses until February or March. Either way, I’m really hoping to find homes for both of those new serieses. On the positive, I also finished up Of Coppers and Cracksmen and sent it off to the publisher, so one of the next books on my agenda will be the final one in the Whitfield Files trilogy, Of Alchemists and Arsonists.

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Teaser of the week:

“The way he spoke to me, the admiration in his gaze, reminded me so, so much of myself staring at Morris, eyes reaching for the stars.”

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Line of the week:

Renn caught his gaze and tilted his head slightly in the direction of Natalia. A slight grin played on the satyr’s lips. As always, the man possessed hidden depths.

“Found another orphan looking for adoption, Batman,” Renn commented, amusement brimming in his tone.

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Weekly Word Count: 12/18/19

Word Count: 1324

What story I’m currently working on:

So, I did the first baby step into continuing Tempting Ballad, getting it up to 33k. I’ll be continuing it tomorrow and I’m hoping to just get 10k further into the book by the end of the year, which seems like a doable goal. I hope so at least, because I want to have that book ready to come out next year.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Saving Throw and A Thief’s Crusade are out on submission, so hopefully that can lead to decent things down the line, but all of that is going to take time. Post the holidays I should be getting back to the book grind more heavily, including finishing up Of Coppers and Cracksmen to get it to the publisher. That means in 2020 I’ve got to be writing Of Alchemists and Arsonists too, which should be an interesting final jaunt in this odd, steampunky universe.

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Teaser of the week:

“Mordecai snorted. “Surely, I thought you_d invite the chaos on board and offer it tea.”

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Line of the week:

Of course, the assholes sent a barrage of texts but no actual explanation why they were having a band meeting in the RV. He’d gotten a dozen or so eggplant emojis in his inbox too, thanks to Ky and Danica. Apart from salacious details on the mind-melting sex with Leo Kincaid he’d overshare to his bandmates, any other thoughts on the man were locked away, even from himself. The lingering warmth in his chest as he finished off the scone begged to differ, but he’d become a vet at ignoring pesky emotions.