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Twenty Books Published!

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My first book, An Airship Named Desire, got published with Hazardous Press in 2012.

Come August, I’ll have been a published author for seven years now, and I have to say the amount I’ve learned in that time has been immense.

For the longest time, twenty books was my goal. It offered something tangible to work towards in an industry where everything is constantly in flux. I hadn’t planned on doing any self-publishing, but when Hazardous Press, Jupiter’s Garden Press, Breathless Press, Loose Id, Ellora’s Cave, and After Glows Publishing ALL closed down, I went different routes with each of the books. With the sheer number of press closures I was in the middle of, I had begun to feel cursed.

Still, twenty kept me in the game. I’d built in my head twenty as the magic number, where I’d finally spill over into the success I’d been chasing. And now that I’m here at twenty, am I where I thought I’d be? Not in the slightest. However, the mind likes to dream big, whereas real progress is measured by different markers. Has my writing improved in that time? Staggeringly. Each book has me learning new techniques and expanding my horizons. Have I been able to beat my own sales records? I have, and that is something to take pride in.

So, while twenty books isn’t the fanfare and confetti I once imagined it might be, I can still appreciate the discipline learned and how setting that goal gave me a push I needed to keep writing and keep creating. And if I can keep up that trend, I feel like I’ll continue climbing up that mountain until I reach the top.

See you all at forty books!

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Weekly Word Count #147

Word Count: 8,055

What story I’m currently working on:

While the fae novella is out with beta readers, I was going to focus on editing solely. *laughs hilariously* Yeah, so first I started a Cupid’s Cafe story that’s flowing like wine on a Friday night. It’s a super easy write because it features characters I’m already super familiar with, sort of like writing about best friends. So of course, I’m already 3k into that one. But hey, I can’t stop there, right? I had this contemporary romance idea where each story is a retelling of a Greek romance, with less tragedy. (most of those were bleak as fuck) Aaaand with that one, I got 5k into it…because yeah.

What I’m editing/marketing: Editing has calmed down this week since I plowed through the vibrancy edit on Wanderers. I started working on the query as well, and I’m going to take my time on this one, because it’s super important. I don’t want to rush and toss out shoddy work, so I’m carefully doing this final readthrough. Once I finish editing Wanderers, I’ll probably dive back into editing Musketeer Pirates which has been hanging in the dead zone. But the fun doesn’t stop there. My young adult fairytale, A Reflection of Ice came out last week, same with Corsets and Cogs, which hit bestseller!! And of course, the other steampunk boxset I’m in, Gaslights and Graves, is available for pre-order!

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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.(1)

Line of the week:

His phone buzzed in his pocket, dragging his attention away from the now closed door. Lex.

“What’s up?” he asked and lifted his fingers, trying to grab Mitch’s attention for the check.

“So…there’s blood all over your kitchen, and it’s not my fault.”

Oh, fuck.

 

Currently Reading:

Cremains of the Day by Misty Simon and The Chosen by JR Ward. Feel free to comment if you want to discuss either book!

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Weekly Word Count #146

Word Count: 5,216

What story I’m currently working on:

Thus far, I’ve been really good at staying true to my promises! The fae novella IS finished and out with beta readers! It ended at around 21k, so I just blasted through the rest of it. Of course though, that leaves this big open hole of WHAT DO I WRITE NEXT? However, I think Cupid’s Cafe answered that question, as I started putting the first couple lines down on Lex and Tessa’s story.

What I’m editing/marketing: TOO MUCH. So, this week, my editor actually got the Airship edits back to me AND I turned them back around. OMG. So of course, I’m continuing to stampede through the Wanderers edits as well AND MIGHT EVEN HAVE THEM FINISHED BY NEXT WEEK. Ahhhhh. But that’s not all, folks. My young adult fairytale, A Reflection of Ice came out on Tuesday, huzzah huzzah. And then literally a day later, Corsets and Cogs hit the e-shelves!!!! Now is definitely the time to buy, as it’s only going to stay 99 cents for a week! And of course, the other steampunk boxset I’m in, Gaslights and Graves, is available for pre-order!

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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.(1)

Line of the week:

Some days, Tessa managed to keep the flames to a minimum, but others, that inferno raged out of control. Today classified as grade A dumpster fire with an extra splash of gasoline.

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Journey of A Reflection of Ice

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.

So, some stories leap out of you for seemingly no reason, and this was one of them. It was the middle of summer, the weirdest time to have a mythical exploration into a remote, wintry fairy tale. Except this story came roaring out of me in the span of two weeks, this slow sense of creeping fear that had me watching the mirrors as I walked around the house.

Except, after I wrote it, edited it, and kind friends beta read it for me (and then I edited it some more) the submissions were just hitting a blockade. I submitted it to place after place and accumulated a massive pile of rejections in the process. This was back in 2015. Last year, I started working with After Glows Publishing, and they opened Opal Moon Press, their YA imprint. A Reflection of Ice popped into mind, of course, but there was one problem–their minimum word count was 30,000, and the original story was 20,000. However, I hadn’t touched the story in a couple years, and my writing has changed drastically in that time, so I figured it was worth retooling.

I went through the entire manuscript, fleshing out weaker sections, honing the word choice, and really just bringing it to life. When I finally submitted it to Opal Moon Press and got the acceptance, I was thrilled. And now, three years later, this book is finally coming out today. Every story has a different journey and a different purpose, and I’m just so happy that this bone chilling tale is now out to the public!

Buy your copy of A Reflection of Ice today!

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Weekly Word Count #144

Word Count: 5500

What story I’m currently working on:

I’m back to a normal pace! Which means I’ll probably be able to finish this fae story by next week! After hitting the wall for so long with the other concept, this one is a cork popped free and I’m just flowing with it. I love paranormal romance, and this is a sweet, breezy one in a similar vein to By the Sea. I’m now at 9k on this story, and while the minimum for the anthology is 15k, I’m thinking I’ll probably end up at 20k. This is the fae story for the Legends of the Veil anthology that is coming out in August!

What I’m editing/marketing: Well, shit. A Reflection of Ice is coming out on March 27th, and it’s already available for pre-order! I’m going to make a ballsy promise with the Airship edits, that I’ll be finished them by the time I report in next week and have them sent to the editor. I’m close though. In the final 20 pages for the vibrancy edits I do, and a couple chapters in already for the grammatical and read aloud edits. If you’re looking for more fun, Gaslights and Graves is available for pre-order! And it’s sales galore this week, with both A Tale of Two Airships and Snatched available for only 99 cents!

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Teaser of the week:

The ice castle awaits those lonely enough to find it...

Line of the week:

She reminded him of the lake itself or a waterfall come to life, the way the liveliness just poured out of her, how it sparkled in the sun.

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2017 Writing Goals!

With the new year comes new goals, and as someone who loves that sort of organization, this is a non-stop thrill ride for me. You think I’m kidding? I’m not. I’m the freakin Leslie Knope of the writing world.

So, I’m sharing my goals with you lovely folks, why? To keep myself accountable. And so you can get excited along with me for the wonderful new projects and releases on the horizon!

Goal #1: Seeing Philadelphia Coven Chronicles to completion.

Rising for Autumn, book three, is slated to release on February 7th, 2017, so this task isn’t as daunting as it might seem. I’m hoping to have Waking for Winter edited and submitted by February or March, so hopefully it’ll be picked up and released later in the year! Once Waking for Winter is out, it means I’ll have my first finished series under my belt! Yay!

Goal #2: Meet anthology deadlines.

I have a piece I’m working on for an anthology that’s up in March, so I’m 9,000 words in on a story that’ll probably be 30 to 40,000 words! On that note, I’m hoping to find another anthology to work on after that, so I can continue getting some shorts/novellas out there.

Goal #3: Get another contract

Whether it means Chasing Fate gets attention or I find a publisher/agent for Captivating Melody, I’ll be working towards this goal throughout the year. Cross your fingers and toes for me!

Goal #4: Two more novel length stories

One of these is Future King, my YA space opera that I already started, so I’m hoping to finish that midway through the year. The next will be a project of my choosing.If I manage to get a contract for Chasing Fate or Captivating Melody, I’ll be working on a sequel to that, but if not I’ll probably work on whatever new story strikes my fancy!

Goal #5: Attend another author con

My experience last year with Unmask the Romance and the two library signings I did was great, so I’d like to get ballsier and hit a new author con, even if it means a little traveling.

Goal #6: Revamp another of my old manuscripts

Last year, rewriting Chasing Fate turned into a great project, proving I can still utilize old manuscripts, even if they weren’t the right story at the time. So I’m going to either recycle/reinvent When Fire Ignites, Red Skies Take Warning, The Iron Legacy, or Night Awakens.

Goal #7: Continue growing my readership

As always, my career doesn’t amount to much if my books are going unread. So as I do every year, I’ll try to reach out to more people, and get more readers sucked into the worlds I create, like the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles! I already have a couple events planned to help speed this process along, so I can make new friends and connect with even more people! I want to bring hope and love and exciting stories to everyone I meet!

Wish me luck! I’ll be rooting the rest of you on as well. Let’s kick ass in the New Year!