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Weekly Word Count #143

Word Count: 3575

What story I’m currently working on:

So, I had something kind of funny happen this week. I was stepping into working on the fae manuscript and MY GOD was I hitting a wall. Nothing was clicking for me, not even the beginning of this story. I just couldn’t find the pulse. So I decided instead of trying to do an urban fantasy, I’d write a paranormal romance–I like that territory. Obviously, the strategy worked, because I’m 3,500 words in on the new story, where I’d only reached 1,500 in total on the other one, after a week or two of trying to work at it. This is the fae story for the Legends of the Veil anthology that is coming out in August!

What I’m editing/marketing: It’s now March, and I already knocked out the line edits for A Reflection of Ice on Tuesday evening. Woot, woot! There should be a pre-order going up soon for this book, since it releases on March 27th! I’ve been working pretty hardcore on the Airship edits, so I’m down to the final two: vibrancy edits and grammatical/read aloud edits. I’m getting closer and closer, so I can guarantee this will be done by the end of March. Gaslights and Graves is available for pre-order! Nab a copy now before the May release!

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Teaser of the week:

Some days, the sheer amount of enemies we attracted made me question if maybe our crew was a little too trigger happy. That maybe we_d started pissing in too many pots without thinking

Line of the week:

She was a splash of color on a white canvas, and not just because of the blue streaks threaded through the glossy brown hair that tumbled around her shoulders.

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Weekly Word Count #142

Word Count: 425

What story I’m currently working on:

Boo, the Wanderers is over, and I miss it so much! However, that also means I have 3 manuscripts in the editing backlog, so I switched gears completely over to editing Airship. I’m making really solid progress, and I’m about halfway through. I started writing the fae story for the Legends of the Veil anthology that is coming out in August! It’s got a leprechaun lead!

What I’m editing/marketing: It’s now March, and I’m anticipating some line edits…which will bring A Reflection of Ice and Of Tinkers and Technomancers that much closer to release! The Take to the Skies short, One Shot For the Sky is submitted to the anthology coordinator, so you can enjoy that in May in the anthology Corsets and Cogs! Given a straight week of working on Airship, I’m actually about halfway through the edits, both content and line. I’ll definitely have this book ready for an editor by the end of the month! Also, Gaslights and Graves is now available for pre-order! Nab a copy now!

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Teaser of the week:

Candace brandished a pint glass at the ready. Ale could soothe most of these ruffians, and she_d become adept at taming tempers.

Line of the week:

My entire life, I’ve been told I was lucky.

Around me, folks find a crisp hundred dollar bill on the ground, get a run in blackjack, or end up comped their meal due to a chef’s error. So, I’ve never had a shortage of people who wanted to keep me around, even though I wouldn’t necessarily call them friends. And for all the luck I exuded, none of it circled back on around to me.

In fact, my life had been a series of bad events that spiraled out of control a year ago.

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Weekly Word Count #136

Word Count: 16, 356

What story I’m currently working on: So….like I said, I keep my promises. The Airship Also Rises is FINISHED, and I am so, so thrilled. I powered through last Friday and just blazed my way through the ending. The words were magic, the ending was beautiful, and everything laid out the way I hoped it would. When I finished, I burst out into tears, because even though I slogged through this final book and whined a lot in the process, I love those characters, and it was so gratifying and beautiful to complete their circle.

Aaaaand, I did end up charging forward with the Wanderers story. It’s like crack to me right now. Unlike Airship where I was fighting for every word, these are just pouring out of me. It’s exactly what I need to be writing right now, and I’ve already hit 7k.

What I’m editing/marketing: Still waiting on all of the things. I’ve sent out so many submissions my head is spinning, so it’s a waiting game. I’m also waiting on the line edits for A Reflection of Ice, but in the meanwhile, I’m starting in on the marketing game for the Gaslights and Graves boxset. It’s so much fun working with all of these talented authors, and I’m definitely gearing up for this release. On another note, I also got in on a fae related boxset for later in the year, so you’ll have another new fae story to look forward to. I’ve got an interesting one bouncing around my brainbox.

Teaser of the week:

“They shot one of ours.” The lines deepened around his grey eyes. “I’d waste the whole army for spilling a drop of my crew’s blood.”(1).jpg

Line of the week:

“Not coincidence,” was all Maeve said, which didn’t help in the slightest. What made it worse is that Bree agreed. And Bree had made it a point to disagree with her sister any chance she got. But the truth was as brazen as this autumn air. Mom still wasn’t home, and a wraith was on the prowl. Growing up among the Wanderers taught you early on that everything was connected, from stubbing your toe on the kitchen table one morning to finding out a rash of murders spread across Philly. Bree was a firm believer, and right now, that belief settled in her gut like acid.

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Weekly Word Count #131

Word Count: 3,018

What story I’m currently working on: So, I’m still slow going on Airship, but I’m picking up a little more speed on it this week and made it to 54k. I’m still trying to find my direction, since Loose Id’s closure is going to cause some trickiness next year. I do promise that by next year I’ll have the Take to the Skies series finished and a new romance series in the works, come what may.

What I’m editing/marketing: A Tale of Two Airships is out in audio book! Captivating Melody is on submission with at least 5-10 different publishers, so cross your fingers for me that I’ll find a home for it! So, in the interim, I started working on Musketeer Pirates, digging into the content edits and getting more beta readers to take a look at it! I also finished the updates on Outlier Heir, so I’m getting input on that at the moment! As for A Reflection of Ice and Of Tinkers and Technomancers, they’ll be coming out in the new year!

Teaser of the week:

A slow smile rolled to his lips. Even though she_d insisted the favor be professional, his mind couldn_t help but wander to all the things he_d rather do with her than work. Those

Line of the week:

I opened my mouth, but the words dried up. All the bluster I’d been rolling in with, all the fire, and I still knew so little about what had been going on all along. I was still fumbling ahead in the dark, groping for any scrap of information to put these pieces together.

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Weekly Word Count #129

Word Count: 13,497

What story I’m currently working on: I hit 50k with Airship, but the binge session on Monday left me needing a bit of a break before I keep pushing with that book. I’ve got about 25-30k left to write and I’m going to get back to it next week, with a goal of finishing it by the end of the December! Plus, I’ll be getting to work on Forged Contracts whenever I want! After two back to back months of pushing 50k out each, I’m stoked to kinda scale back to nice and easy. (Until I get all into the end of Airship and end up binge writing that :P)

What I’m editing/marketing: If you haven’t listened to the audio book for An Airship Named Desire, get on it! A Tale of Two Airships is under consideration via ACX, and it will be out within the next couple weeks! In the next couple weeks I’ll probably start on my Musketeer Pirates critiques, since my two betas got back to me on it! As for Forged Decisions, 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!

Teaser of the week:


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.”

Geoff slung an arm around my shoulders, drawing me in tight. “And where the hell are you getting glue aboard our ship? You know Edwin doesn’t share supplies.”

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Weekly Word Count #119

Word Count: 10,191

What story I’m currently working on: I keep my promises! Forged Decisions is complete!! I started really pounding out the wordage on that one, and it’s already out with beta readers now! So after that crazy haul, I slowed down for a little and spent time getting back into the Musketeer Pirate story, and I finally hit 10k! Baby steps on that one–it’s going to have so much complex plotting that it’s difficult to pin down directions.

What I’m editing/marketing: Forged Alliances is releasing next Tuesday! Continuing the awesome news front, I just signed a contract for Of Tinkers and Technomancers with After Glows Publishing! I’m finished the rewrite of A Reflection of Ice and have it out with beta readers, so once I get critiques back, I’ll be doing the final two edits on this and then submit it by the end of the month! Also on the editing front, my content edits for Captured Memories are complete! Onto lines!

Teaser of the week:

Liv was willing to go to war beside him, to descend into the trenches and fight with him against those demons, and hell on earth if that didn_t mean everything.

Line of the week:

“And the largest crew of Dims to sail the seas,” Lorne called from his seat, brandishing his pistol. Fiona’s groan slipped from her throat unbidden. The moment the slur left Lorne’s lips, silence smeared through this tavern like fresh paint. Fiona resisted the urge to strangle her friend as every eye in the bar turned to them. With the Summit for human rights on the horizon in this magic-hating kingdom, only the boldest or stupidest adepts would call attention to themselves.

Lorne had always been both.

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Preview Paragraph: The Iron Legacy

I twitched as a drop of sweat trickled down my back. “I do declare, is that a vote of confidence in my leadership skills?”

He crossed his arms over his chest and fixed me with a look. “It’s a vote of confidence in your ability to hoodwink the most cynical man. I’ve never met a more manipulative son of a bitch in my life.”

“Why, that’s the sweetest thing you’ve ever said to me.” A slow smile rolled to my face. He wasn’t wrong. Interpreting people came easily for me, and when my survival as a kid hinged on using said knowledge to my favor, I learned how to work around even the most stubborn bastards. Given a little patience and observation, most people delivered their tells early in a conversation. A little bruising of the ego meant nothing to me if I escaped alive.