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Weekly Word Count: 5/6/20

Word Count: 10050

What story I’m currently working on:

I’m back on track with Eros Tales #3, hitting 30k this week! The pieces are starting to come into place, and while I’m not smitten with the project, I’m finding it easy enough to amble along with it. I also decided to start a different pet project, just because. So now I’m 2k into what is currently getting dubbed YA Mirror Story. I had the concept at random and decided to let it flow. Who knows how that’ll go, but it might offer a nice detour in the interim while I’m still waiting.

What I’m editing/marketing:

With Quarantine Romance aka Confined Desires out for submission now, I have nothing on my plate to edit, which feels WEIRD. So now I’m just waiting for three different submissions to see if I get to start book two in any of those series. Wish me luck. I’m hoping by next week I’ll have some sort of update/inclination. Last week we celebrated Rising for Autumn’s release! And now I’m ‘gearing’ up for Of Coppers and Cracksmen to come out on May 19th! I’m hoping people enjoy Ellie’s story, because she was a blast to write. Next on the agenda after that is Tempting Ballad with Evernight Publishing in June and Waking for Winter with Soul Mate Publishing in September!

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Teaser of the week:

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With Nell pressed up against him, her perfume weaving around him like threads, he’d never felt so consumed in his life. He’d longed for a connection like this, a real one, for so long. And Nell was the perfect balance of sweetness and practicality, logical enough to bring up points others might miss in the process. The older Dukas siblings often talked about how much Nell needed protecting, but they’d missed what a capable, amazing woman she’d become in the meanwhile.

Somehow, just admitting the weight he carried out loud had lightened his shoulders a fraction. He knew he should confide in others, but with so many other folks it would be a fight, an argument, a clash of opinions that would leave him wearier afterwards. With Nell, he just knew she’d understand, even if the rest of the world didn’t.

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Weekly Word Count: 4/29/20

Word Count: 3574

What story I’m currently working on:

Welp, I spectacularly slacked on Eros Tales #3, only hitting 22k. I was having a tough time making the words go, to be honest. I even put an extra thousand words into Paranormal Western, hitting 10k on that project. Over the next few days, I’ll probably be getting back into writing full force, which will be a good thing. Mostly, the writing took a break due to editing assignments and other projects I was trying to finish, so I’ll just dive back into it tomorrow.

What I’m editing/marketing:

What I DID do most of the week was spend it editing Quarantine Romance, now called Confined Desires. To the point that I finished editing it and sent it to the first couple of places for submission. Yeah, that’s a thing. I might just be a little bit impatient. But I also outlined the prospect of a series for this, so I want to dive into continuing a series that can actively come out, whether it’s Outlaws, Dungeons and Dating, or the Rehoboth Pact. What’s tricky with motivation for Eros Tales is that those books can’t come out until 2024, so it’s a little harder to get in gear. If you’re looking for new releases, Rising for Autumn is OUT! Next on the agenda is Of Coppers and Cracksmen is available for preorder now, set to come out May 19th, and after that, in June comes Tempting Ballad with Evernight Publishing!

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Teaser of the week:

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Nell lifted a brow. “Fair trade, stud. If I’m sleeping buck naked, so are you.”

Mitch shook his head. “I’m pretty sure you’re going to kill me,” he muttered under his breath as he popped his boxers off too, revealing that delicious damn cock of his. The man had the sort of length that made her core ache. She remembered vividly the feel of it pushing inside her, the sheer number of times he’d made her come in a single night. Her lashes fluttered as she fought to keep her eyes open.

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Rising for Autumn Release Day!

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Rising for Autumn is out TODAY!

Crisis and danger have become second nature for Alanna Carrington—after all, as the boss of the Philadelphia Coven, she’s responsible for upholding the laws among the supernatural. So when the Order of the Serpent rears its ugly head, this time with the most powerful necromancer this city’s ever seen, she’s the one person who can keep Philly safe. Ex-Order djinn and now ally, Samuel Karim happens to be the best guy to help. Except he’s also the first man who’s stoked her interest in far too long, and ever since she commandeered the lamp he’s tethered to, he also hates her guts.

As the Order gathers the necromancers of her city and sparks a dangerous alliance, she finds herself working with Samuel Karim more and more. Hatred burns to passion, and when he exhibits a strength and compassion that breaks through her ironclad defenses, she finds herself falling deeper despite the complications between them. Yet with her city under siege and their lives on the line, the sharp desire between them erupts into the temptation to break their own rules, before the Order of the Serpent robs them of the chance permanently.

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Weekly Word Count: 4/22/20

Word Count: 5,040

What story I’m currently working on:

Whenever I binge-write and finish something, I usually take a break from writing for a little bit, even if it’s just a couple of days. So I focused on some projects from editing clients and only made it up to 20k with Eros #3. Still though, that’s 1/3 of the way through the book, so that’s saying something. The story’s still flowing decently, so I’ll probably focus on that until I hit a wall. I suppose I can continue working on the Eros Tales series too if that ends up being what I’m vibing with. It’s tough to gauge right now because so much is in limbo with submissions.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Alchemists and Arsonists is officially under contract! Which means that by January 2021, you’ll be able to nab the final book in the Whitfield Files series! I already finished the content edits to send to her, which also took up a chunk of my week. The other thing I started diving into heavily was Quarantine Romance for editing. But, Kat, you say. You just finished that last week! Yeah, I know. But with this quarantine still going on and a few beta reader responses back, I figure that’s enough to dive right in and start polishing away. A Thief’s Crusade and Saving Throw are still in limbo, so we’re just playing the waiting game on those books. If you’re looking for new releases, Rising for Autumn is also available for pre-order, set to come out next week! Next on the agenda is Of Coppers and Cracksmen is available for preorder now, set to come out May 19th!

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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:

“Hey Mitch?” Nell’s voice sounded down the hallway. Mitch brought his beer with him as he strode toward the bathroom, billows of steam emerging from the room. Nell’s hair was pulled into a low bun, strands plastered to her face. She had a towel wrapped around her slender curves which left little to the imagination. Nell bit down on her lip. “Do you happen to have a shirt I could borrow too? Apparently the only clothes I have packed are ones for going out, which will be useless to sleep in.”

Well if he hadn’t already been half-hard, the idea of her wrapped up in one of his shirts did the trick. He nodded. “Hold on a second.” Mitch jogged for his bedroom, hoping she didn’t catch the massive hard-on trying to punch through the seams of his jeans. He snagged the top t-shirt from his drawer and headed back to offer it over to Nell.

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Weekly Word Count: 4/15/20

Word Count: 16,000

What story I’m currently working on:

Weeeeeeeeeeell, I finished writing Quara-Romance, hitting 41k in it! Lots and lots of words. So that’ll probably simmer while I wait on critiques for a week or so, and then I’ll be diving into it to edit it and hopefully get it off for submissions by May/June! Since that’s done, I’ll switch my focus back to Eros Tales #3, maybe even diving into Para-Western when I want to. I’ll kinda tread water with Eros Tales #3, because after that’s finished, I don’t really know what I’ll be starting next–it all depends on where my submissions are at.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Well, I already have some good news on the Alchemists and Arsonists front! My editor loved it, which means you’ll probably see it come out sometime later this year! I need to do a few content edits to send back to her though, so I’ll be working on those probably next week. As for A Thief’s Crusade and Saving Throw, I’m still in limbo, so we’ll seeeee. On the plus, my new releases are coming up sooner rather than later. Of Coppers and Cracksmen is available for preorder now, set to come out May 19th! Rising for Autumn is also available for pre-order, set to come out April 29th! And later in June, Tempting Ballad is projected to release!

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Teaser of the week:

“She placed the beer in front of him. “Keep on wishing, babe,” she purred. “I’m STD free and want to remain that way.”

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Line of the week:

“I love you,” Mia murmured, a few tears slipping down her cheeks. “I’ve always loved you, Sky. I just didn’t know if you’d ever be ready to take the leap. I know you miss her.”

Sky’s eyes heated up at that. The reason why Mia had never pushed her hard throughout this was because she’d always understood. Sky had locked herself into limbo the moment Jamie died, afraid that if she embraced true joy, true happiness without her sister, that somehow she’d be betraying her memory.

But she was beginning to learn—moving forward didn’t mean forgetting the past.

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Weekly Word Count: 4/8/20

Word Count: 14,396

What story I’m currently working on:

Well, I kind of balanced getting some heavy writing and heavy editing done. I jumped back in on Eros Tales #3 and I’m currently at 15k on it, so if I keep a steady pace I can look to have it done in a month or so! As for quarantine romance, I’d be very shocked if I didn’t get the book finished this month, since I’m already at 25k and I’m not planning on it being a full length romance. For both books I’ve got vague outlines and I’m taking baby steps ahead as I try to figure out what I want to do. After those books are done, who knows what’s coming next. A lot depends on where my two series starters are in submissions (Outlaws #1 and Dungeons and Dating #1)

What I’m editing/marketing:

Because of all this time since I’m furloughed, I rolled through the edits on Of Alchemists and Arsonists, and the book is already submitted to my editor. So, fingers crossed for some good news with the final Whitfield Files book soon! On the Thief’s Crusade and Saving Throw front, I’m in a perpetual waiting cycle, so we’ll see where things go. I’m hoping to have some clearer answers by the end of the month. If you’re looking to grab some new reads, Of Coppers and Cracksmen is available for preorder now, set to come out May 19th! Rising for Autumn is also available for pre-order, set to come out April 29th! And later in June, Tempting Ballad is projected to release!

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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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Line of the week:

The entire car ride back from the airport had been silent.

Nell hadn’t wanted to bring the situation up because Greg claimed he had things he wanted to talk about, and yet he brimmed with quiet the entire time. She may as well have turned the music in her car off, because the powderkeg tension one breath away from explosion drowned out anything else.

She parked in the driveway of their house and her heart twisted tight. Nell had snuck a glance or two toward him, somehow hoping maybe he’d suffered a little from his actions—that he might’ve felt some remorse. However, Greg’s hair was neat and combed back, and the sharp lines of his features undeterred, as if he were heading to a business meeting, not the dissolution of his marriage. She’d once found him so attractive it was painful, and now she couldn’t look at him without disgust roiling through her stomach.

How fast it had all faded.

She felt stupid for falling for him in the first place. For not realizing that he was just using his sales tactics on her to get her into his bed, his heart, his home. She honestly couldn’t tell if he’d ever been in love with her or if it had always been a gambit.

Nell turned the keys in her ignition and hopped out of her car, making her way to the door.

“You aren’t going to help me with my bags?” Greg asked, his brow lifted.

The audacity.

“Get them yourself,” she said curtly, heading for the door. “We’ll talk inside.”

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Weekly Word Count: 3/31/20

Word Count: 7001

What story I’m currently working on:

I’ve currently paused on Eros Tales #3 because I’m in a groove with my quarantine romance, which I’ve hit 17k on. I’m not quite sure how long this will be, but I’m aiming for at minimum 40k. I think that’s pretty doable since we’re just getting into first kiss territory and there’s quite a bit to go over still. It’ll probably get physical really fast and they’ll miss some of the emotional necessities which will tie into the black moment after the quarantine is lifted. WOOO. I gots some tentative plans. #thatplantserlife

What I’m editing/marketing:

Well, since I got some beta reader feedback in on Alchemists and Arsonists, I’ve decided to dive into editing that full force. I’ve already rolled through content edits, and I’m through a significant amount of line edits, so we shall see. Who knows! Maybe next week I’ll be updating that the book’s ready to send off to the publisher! As far as upcoming reads go, Of Coppers and Cracksmen is available for preorder now, set to come out May 19th! Rising for Autumn is also available for pre-order, set to come out April 29th! And later in June, Tempting Ballad is projected to release!

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Line of the week:

Sky headed to the kitchen to grab her a glass of water for when Mia finished up. The way she looked with her muscles flexing, sweat dripping down her body, and her clothes plastered to her body turned Sky on more than anything. If she hadn’t been such a coward the other night, she wouldn’t just be here watching in the aftermath. Hell, instead, maybe she’d be the one peeling the fabric off of her and tasting the salt on her skin as she memorized Mia’s body with her mouth.

The thought had Sky wet in seconds, and she clenched her thighs together to try and distract herself. Nope, instead she sailed her away on her quickly sinking failboat and pushed the woman she’d lusted after for years away. Good move, champ.

Sky focused on getting the glass of water and pouring herself another mug of coffee that she heated up in the microwave. Even still, she noticed Mia in her peripheral, looking all sweaty and gorgeous, her hair pulled into a ponytail and stray strands glued to her forehead. The flush on her cheeks probably looked the same after she—

Oh Jesus fuck. Head out of the gutter.

The soft sound of Mia’s sharpened breaths wasn’t helping Sky at all. She might as well just pour the ice water over her now—maybe the shock might pull her out.

Tonight. She’d nut up and have a real talk with Mia tonight.

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Rising for Autumn Available for Pre-Order!

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Rising for Autumn is now available for pre-order! Grab your copy now!

Crisis and danger have become second nature for Alanna Carrington—after all, as the boss of the Philadelphia Coven, she’s responsible for upholding the laws among the supernatural. So when the Order of the Serpent rears its ugly head, this time with the most powerful necromancer this city’s ever seen, she’s the one person who can keep Philly safe. Ex-Order djinn and now ally, Samuel Karim happens to be the best guy to help. Except he’s also the first man who’s stoked her interest in far too long, and ever since she commandeered the lamp he’s tethered to, he also hates her guts.

As the Order gathers the necromancers of her city and sparks a dangerous alliance, she finds herself working with Samuel Karim more and more. Hatred burns to passion, and when he exhibits a strength and compassion that breaks through her ironclad defenses, she finds herself falling deeper despite the complications between them. Yet with her city under siege and their lives on the line, the sharp desire between them erupts into the temptation to break their own rules, before the Order of the Serpent robs them of the chance permanently.

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Weekly Word Count: 3/17/20

Word Count: 5704

What story I’m currently working on: 12349

I’m now on 32k in Alchemists and Arsonists and down to the final four chapters, which means this book will be complete in the next few weeks, and another finalized series under my belt! I’ll admit, I got sidetracked with all of the abject chaos of the virus and fluctuated work situations, but I know getting this book out the door will only help. And I’ve also run off with Eros Tales #3 because I’ve been wanting to write contemporary romance and this story’s been percolating since last year. I’m already at 8k in that book and it looks like it’ll be a fairly enjoyable write.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Well now I’m editing nothing, which is kind of nice after the big stint on Tempting Ballad. Which paid off, by the by, because Evernight picked it up already! Tempting Ballad’s set for a release of June 2020! I’m enjoying this break on editing my own stuff for now and I’ll begin to ramp up marketing for Rising for Autumn and Of Coppers and Cracksmen, the two next books to release for the year!

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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.”

Currently listening to:

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Line of the week:

“Hey, Mitch,” Nell said, a hesitation in her voice that caused him to stop. “Do you mind swinging out front for a smoke?”

At that, Mitch turned around, his brows inching up his forehead. Nell stood on the steps above him, the shadows highlighting her gorgeous curves. Her mouth was poised and her eyes serious.

“Are you kidding me? You don’t smoke, Nels.”

Nell shrugged and brushed past him, offering a delicious glimpse of her tanned shoulders. “Once in awhile, though no one in the family knows. Mom would kill me.” She plucked the packet of Camels from the slim purse dangling at her side. “I’ll even share if you’re jonesin’”

His tongue slicked across his lips before he could help himself. He didn’t doubt for a moment that slip of suggestiveness from her was on purpose. The woman was a succubus in human form. He combed his fingers through his hair. They needed to get out of this stairwell—this proximity—and it wasn’t like he’d be able to competently flirt with Nell by his side.

“Fine, let’s grab a smoke,” he agreed, even as he wanted to slam his head against the wall.

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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.