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Weekly Word Count: 1/8/20

Word Count: 5493

What story I’m currently working on:

I hit 41k in Tempting Ballad, so already in a week I’m picking up speed. I’m hoping to at least reach 70k or finish the book by the end of the month, which I think would be doable. The plot is starting to unfold and I’m finally passing the big midway twist, but I think this book is going to be longer than the last since I’ve got some bridging to do to get the overplot where it needs to be for the next novel.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Saving Throw and A Thief’s Crusade are in limbo and will probably continue to be for the first half of the year since they’re out on varying levels of submission. Once I get homes for those though, it’ll start up two brand new series, so I’m going to spend a lot of this year trying to finish up pre-existing series. (Looking at you, Whitfield Files and Discord’s Desire) I finished edits on Of Coppers and Cracksmen and got offered the contract, so next on the agenda for that series is the final book, Of Alchemists and Arsonists!

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Teaser of the week:

“Hope you enjoy the show then, darling.” Heat flickered in his amber eyes, and his lowered voice made the implication quite clear.

Currently listening to:

Line of the week:

“Besides,” Leo cut in, resting a hand on his shoulder. The heavy weight felt grounding in a way Renn wasn’t used to. “I’m simply enjoying a stroll through the marketplace with my lover and my business associate. The warning to the King of the hunter’s attack came from an alternate source. With all the King’s fighters crowded in there and ready to rip heads, I can’t afford to be tied to anything.”

Renn shot him the side-eye. “Like you’d ever be willing to get tied to anything.”

“That’s your kink, not mine, sweetheart,” Leo purred, that gravel voice coursing right through him like pure sex.

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2020 Goals for the New Year

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Books scheduled for release in 2020:

Rising for Autumn (Philadelphia Coven Chronicles #3)

Waking for Winter (Philadelphia Coven Chronicles #4)

Of Coppers and Cracksmen (Whitfield Files #2)

Moonlit Encounter (Tribal Spirits short)

 

Books written and trying to find homes:

A Thief’s Crusade (Outlaws #1)

Saving Throw (Dungeons and Dating #1)

 

Books in mid-progress:

Tempting Ballad (Discord’s Desire #3)

 

Books I plan on writing in the new year:

Of Alchemists and Arsonists (Whitfield Files #3)

Eros Tales #3

Alluring Refrain (Discord’s Desire #4)

 

If I get good news on the Outlaws or Dungeons and Dating front, I’ll be writing the next books in those series, but if things are either taking longer than planned or stalled out, I’ll set back into my pet project of a paranormal western tale I’m looking forward to writing out.

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Wrap-Up for 2019

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Books published in 2019:

Forged Decisions (Tribal Spirits #2)
Forged Contracts (Tribal Spirits #3)
Forged Futures (Tribal Spirits #4)
Forged Redemption (Tribal Spirits #5)
Hypnotizing Beat (Discord’s Desire #2)
Color of a Soul
Tales from the Skies
Taking Root (Eros Tales #1)

Re-published:

Of Tinkers and Technomancers (Whitfield Files #1)

Hunting for Spring (Philadelphia Coven Chronicles #1)
Scrying for Summer (Philadelphia Coven Chronicles #2)
Captured Memories (Cupid’s Cafe #3)

Words written:
320,000

Books to be published in 2020:

Of Coppers and Cracksmen (Whitfield Files #2)

Moonlit Encounter (Tribal Spirits Short)

Re-published:
Rising for Autumn (Philadelphia Coven Chronicles #3)
Waking for Winter (Philadelphia Coven Chronicles #4)

New projects written:

I’ve got the starts to two new series in progress, both A Thief’s Crusade (Outlaws #1) and Saving Throw (Dungeons and Dating #1) which I’m trying to find homes for. I’m hoping for some good news in the new year with both of those.

There were a LOT of complications this year. In all honesty, it burned me out of publishing a bit, and I’m taking a bit of a step back. I’ll continue to write the series I’ve started, but I’m not pushing nearly as hard because of how much this year really wrecked me.

There was a complication with the new Eros Tales series I started, and while I’m going to be writing the entire series over the next few years, the entire thing won’t come out until 2024 when I’m planning on doing a rapid release. Pomegranate’s Kiss, #2 in the series is already written and I’m planning on writing #3 out of 5 next year. I’m also going to be midway through Discord’s Desire #3, Tempting Ballad, which I’m hoping will come out next year. This year was a lot of catch up, considering most of the novels and novellas that came out were re-releases of stories that were previously with other publishers.

Despite all of the pitfalls this year, I’m going to continue on, just at a bit of a slower pace. Regardless, I am so grateful for all of you wonderful readers and for the gift of my publishers believing in me enough to release my stories out into the world.

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Weekly Word Count: 12/13/19

Word Count: A lot

What story I’m currently working on:

Oh damn, I am WAY behind! Like an entire month of missed word count updates! So, funny enough, from a month ago, I’ve only gotten 2k ahead in Tempting Ballad–to 32k, because I completely switched gears. Not only did I finish out Of Coppers and Cracksmen for NaNoWriMo at 40k, but I also wrote and submitted a 4500 word short story to Totally Bound which will be a free read, a short sexy scene from Tribal Spirits. Life has clearly been insane, but I’m still trucking! Next week onward, I’m going to get back on track with Tempting Ballad.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Well, Dungeons and Dating not only has a title, Saving Throw, but it’s also out on submission to a bunch of places. I also began the onslaught of submissions for A Thief’s Crusade, so fingers crossed. It’s been a bit since I’ve gone through the submission mill, which is always an excruciating experience. I’m done with releases this year, but the only two I have on the books for next year are Rising for Autumn and Waking for Winter. However, on the positive, I’ve got Of Coppers and Cracksmen most of the way finished and will get that submitted before the year’s end!

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Teaser of the week:

Her mouth curled into a sensual smile, and her hazel eyes glowed with the challenge. “Do your worst, Finn Kelly.”

Currently listening to:

Line of the week:

Even if Leo had fast grown far more attached than he’d ever given himself permission to. Renn Cantrell wasn’t just a pretty face with a talent for drums and a lithe body made for sex. The man’s dedication struck a chord in him, how he’d defy his flesh and blood and sacrifice so much to keep searching for his sister, even after all these years. After all, he’d done and would continue to do the same for those precious few he truly loved.

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Weekly Word Count: 10/30/19

Word Count: 1344

What story I’m currently working on:

I got a little bit of Tempting Ballad worked on and then I also wrote a paragraph in Whitfield Files #2, though I didn’t get nearly as much worked on as I hoped for in launching back into writing. I’m planning on going full force for NaNo in November, so maybe I can make up for lost time then. I didn’t plan on this whole getting sick thing, which has wiped me out half of the week.

What I’m editing/marketing:

I started diving into content edits of Dungeons and Dating, did some line edits on it, so pretty much all I’ll need to do are final content edits and the big vibrancy, cliche, and grammatical passes. I’m thinking I’ll be done by the end of the year, which is all sorts of excite. Currently, I have A Thief’s Crusade out on submission, but if I don’t have any luck by December, I’m going to start submitting to more publishers. I really want the Outlaws series to come out for you guys next year. Also, Color of a Soul is now available in audio, and next week both Scrying for Summer and Captured Memories come out!

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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 listening to:

Line of the week:

Renn rolled his eyes. “All work and no play makes Leo a pent-up boy.” He knew the man had a one-track mind for his goals in the same way he had a one-track mind for sex. “So far, you haven’t come close to meeting my sex drive’s requirements. I can always pop off for a snack on the side.” He knew he was goading the man on, but damn was it fun.

A growl came from Kincaid’s lips, and he rose from what he was doing to stalk over in his direction. Those hands gripped his wrists like iron and all Kincaid needed to give was the slightest shove for him to fall back onto the bed. Renn’s grin widened.

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Weekly Word Count: 7/4/19

Word Count: 14409

What story I’m currently working on:

Apparently I went crazy with the word counts again this week, because I’m already at 35k in Pomegranate Kiss. Lex and Cam are hot and complicated, which is my favorite, and I’m just about to get into the heavy drama of the book since I’m past the mid-way point. I swear, this one is just clear as day in my head. I want to dive back into Tempting Ballad too, but I’ve been so preoccupied with Pomegranate Kiss that Renn and Kincaid didn’t stand a chance.

What I’m editing/marketing:

The Outlier Heir edit has taken a backseat again because I have the first of my beta feedback for A Thief’s Crusade, so I’m continuing to clean the prose up before I dive in and make some big changes. In two weeks, I have the re-release of Hunting for Spring, Philadephia Coven Chronicles #1, and 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:

“She was no better than the shells by her feet, tumbling this way and that at the beck and call of the waves.”(1)

Currently listening to:

Line of the week:

Cam strode a couple paces behind to walk in line with Lex while Nellie gabbed away with Danny on the way over to the night club.

Lex leaned in, her lips brushing against Cam’s ear accidentally-on-purpose. “You’re a goddamn tease, you know that? I’m going to enjoy peeling that dress off you the moment we get into our hotel room tonight.”

The heat in her voice seemed to transfer directly to Cam’s cheeks. “Are you trying to make me combust on the spot?” She thwacked Lex in the side, hoping the darkness hid the ruddy stain of her flush.

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Weekly Word Count: 6/26/19

Word Count: 15695

What story I’m currently working on:

Um. I went a little overboard the past week. The pace on Tempting Ballad slowed to only 6k, but that doesn’t even matter because Pomegranate Kiss blew up. I hit 21k in that book, which is crazy because I literally started it a week and a half ago. However, Lex and Cam won’t shut up, and their story is really interesting. There are certain times when writing is just *easy* and when you catch hold of that precious flow, you need to ride it out.

What I’m editing/marketing:

I slowed down on the Outlier Heir edit because I needed to make space for some other things, including beginning to dive into small, line edits on A Thief’s Crusade. Even though I’m still waiting on beta reader feedback, I couldn’t help but at least start to clean the prose up. If you’re looking for new books on the horizon, in July I’ve got two releases on the docket. The first one is the re-release of the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles with book one, Hunting for Spring, and 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:

“She was no better than the shells by her feet, tumbling this way and that at the beck and call of the waves.”

Currently listening to:

Line of the week:

Lex returned to Cam’s mouth, drawing out the kiss until she pulled back. The sky was dark and the moon had peeked out to cast silver hues across the tombstones. They’d kissed right through the sunset. Cam’s chest heaved with the desire that charged the air between them, but as she had from the beginning, she let Lex take the reins.

“Looks like I was able to make you a spooky bitch, after all,” Lex cracked, her eyes gleaming with amusement. The joke shattered the tension between them, and Cam flicked her in the arm.

“You’re ridiculous. Come on, let’s see the rest of this cemetery of yours,” Cam said, snapping her bra back on and running her fingers through her hair to comb it back. She took the footsteps forward, and Lex followed, trailing behind a couple of places.

This was one of the few, lonely places where she could admit the truth, where her self-delusions crumbled like the tombstones surrounding her. No matter how much she tried to convince herself the opposite, she was falling for Cam.