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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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Loose Id Closing

“You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down.” –Mary Pickford

So, one of my big goals from 2015 to now was writing and completing a whole series. I accomplished that this year with the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles, only made possible by my amazing publisher Loose Id. They saw me through a lot of different firsts–my first advance, my first individually assigned editor (a lot of other publishers assigned editors on a rotation basis), and I really, really treasured them for it. So, you can imagine when I got the news late Friday night of Loose Id’s decision to shut down in May, I was devastated–I still am.

Honestly, a lot of this year has taken me to the brink and caused me to take a hard look at why I’m really doing this, and how much rejection and defeat I’m capable of withstanding. Apparently, a lot.

I’m not going to sugarcoat things–this hurts. It slices me to my core, and I know the blow will linger for some time now. However, I’m an author, setbacks happen, and I need to keep dusting off my pants and moving forward. So, I will carry the hurt and the lessons with me, and even though the plan I had just got shattered, I will form a new one.

Just a bit ago, I spoke heavily of more in the Tribal Spirits series coming out next year. In fact, that was going to be my main focus. Unfortunately, the rights for the first book don’t revert back to me until May, and then I’ll begin trying to find it and the completed second book a new home. Once that happens, I’ll pick up that project again. So, what does that mean? A wide open slate for 2018? Not in the slightest. It means a readjustment.

I had been reworking my rockstar fae book, Captivating Melody, which after a bunch of rejections from the big leagues I set on the backburner. I’ve decided to put my time into that, shine that bad boy up, and start submitting it to other publishers. And of course, I still have A Reflection of Ice coming out with Opal Moon Press next year, as well as Of Tinkers and Technomancers with After Glows.

The other big focus for 2018 will be the Take to the Skies series. I plan to have The Airship Also Rises finished by January, so then I can begin the editing process. From there, I hope to have it released August 17, 2018, which will mark another completed series.

For those concerned about the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles, and the Tribal Spirits series, don’t worry. They’ll still be available for sale until May, and as soon as the rights are released on June 1st, I will work on finding them the best new homes possible, and hopefully be able to have the books you love back out and available in a newer form. This change is a massive overhaul, I know. And I’m going to miss working with MT, Allie, Treva, and my editor Tamzin, so, so much. However, I will not let this setback ruin me, nor this defeat steal my drive, even if it leaves its marks along the way. As always, I will continue moving forward.