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2017 Accomplishments

So, anyone who has talked to me realized that this was a rocky year. On a professional note, I’ve never charged harder. However, the problem is, when you aim big and get close, the fall hurts that much more. I always have my big career-moving goals, but I set a couple realistic ones this year too. My goal was to have 3 books come out, and to get 3 new contracts.

What did I achieve in 2017?

Well, I had four new books come out:

Rising for Autumn (February 2017)

Waking for Winter (July 2017)

Forged Alliances (September 2017)

Captured Memories (October 2017)

I finished my first series, with all four books of the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles out!

I also got 5 contracts this year:

Waking for Winter, Forged Alliances, Captured Memories, A Reflection of Ice, and Of Tinkers and Technomancers

 

Now, unfortunately with Loose Id closing in 2018, I have to find new homes for my Philadelphia Coven Chronicles, and my plans for the Tribal Spirits series have been put on hold, but I’ll push forward with them next year.

 

On the writing front, I wrote A LOT this year.

Outlier Heir (80,000 words)

Forged Alliances (60,000 words)

Forged Decisions (60,000 words)

Of Tinkers and Technomancers (33,000 words)

Captured Memories (43,000 words)

My currently untitled YA Fantasy (80,000 words)

and I’m almost 60k into the final Airship book

That’s 416,000 words in total this year. Yay!

 

As for editing, on top of the comprehensive edits I did on all of the above projects, I also re-edited and found a home for A Reflection of Ice, a story I originally wrote in 2015, and I re-edited Chasing Fate this past month.

So, even though I faced a lot of setbacks this year, I wrote a hell of a lot and I fought a hell of a lot. I might not have made the drastic strides I wanted to, but I think I came closer than ever before, and I haven’t given up yet. 2017 did its best to crush my spirit into the ground, but I’ve got an amazing support system, from my friends and family who always listen when I get beaten down, to a group of author friends who helps build each other up as we all try to rise.

After the beating I got in 2017, I’m ready to face 2018 with new armor and new drive, having learned a lot from the past year about what’s holding me back. Let’s make this new year a great one.

 

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August Giveaway!

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Enter HERE to win all four books in my Philadelphia Coven Chronicles series!

Hunting for Spring (Book One):

Hunters are a lonely breed, and Conor’s no exception, until the day he meets Brenna. Even though she slinks in unannounced and kills the wight he was hunting down, the girl’s a mystery and he can’t get that blinding smile or those gorgeous curves off his mind. Since they’re both after the same caster who’s unleashing these monsters, he suggests teaming up, and despite her initial reluctance, the hungry way she scans him down promises something powerful.

However, her secrets have repercussions, and faster than Conor can lift his Glock, he’s drawn into the web of kidnappings and Unseelie mischief, all concealing the machinations of a darker foe—one that plans to bring Philly to ruin.

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Waking for Winter Release Day!!!!

The FINAL Philadelphia Coven Chronicles book is now available! Did you love Conor and Brenna’s adventures? Liam and Jev’s story? Alanna and Sam’s tale? Now dive in to the final installment, of Dante and Cami’s epic love.

Buy your copy HERE!

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The Philadelphia Coven has thwarted the Order of the Serpent’s every attempt to destroy their city, only to draw out the scariest nightmare from the Otherworld–the Caoranach. However, one member of the Philly Coven, Cami Akiyama, has already met this creature–the very monster who tortured her and branded her with a mark. Given their history, the Coven leader assigns her a bodyguard–none other than the gorgeous and lethal necromancer, Dante Martinez, the ex-boyfriend she’d disappeared on years ago. A single conversation confirms the spark between them never died, and based on the way Dante teases and flirts, he’s not about to let that flame get snuffed out without a fight.

No one has ever compared to the incendiary passion Dante inspired in her, but after being marked and broken by a monster, she’s too damaged to rekindle any sort of relationship. Not like that stops him. If anything, he fights harder for the memories of a love that kept her sane on her bleakest nights. And despite every effort to distance, Cami finds herself falling for him all over again. Except the Caoranach doesn’t just plan to devastate this city. The Caoranach possesses a deadly secret; one, when revealed, holds the power to shatter Cami completely.

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Rising for Autumn Recap

Silly recap: Alanna is sooo cold and lonely, big mean ice boss!! Sam is also lonely and hot–she wants on that. But because she’s the big mean ice boss who’s keeping his lamp, he haaaaateses her! When necromancers are jerks and Sam’s past psycho pal from Order of the Serpent pops up, he and Alanna start making moon eyes at each other and realize that loneliness sucks, and great sex is yay! Also, Jev stomps through the whole book riling things up, because I love Jev.

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Pre-Order Waking for Winter!

Book 4 of the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles is now available for PRE-ORDER!

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The Philadelphia Coven has thwarted the Order of the Serpent’s every attempt to destroy their city, only to draw out the scariest nightmare from the Otherworld–the Caoranach. However, one member of the Philly Coven, Cami Akiyama, has already met this creature–the very monster who tortured her and branded her with a mark. Given their history, the Coven leader assigns her a bodyguard–none other than the gorgeous and lethal necromancer, Dante Martinez, the ex-boyfriend she’d disappeared on years ago. A single conversation confirms the spark between them never died, and based on the way Dante teases and flirts, he’s not about to let that flame get snuffed out without a fight.

No one has ever compared to the incendiary passion Dante inspired in her, but after being marked and broken by a monster, she’s too damaged to rekindle any sort of relationship. Not like that stops him. If anything, he fights harder for the memories of a love that kept her sane on her bleakest nights. And despite every effort to distance, Cami finds herself falling for him all over again. Except the Caoranach doesn’t just plan to devastate this city. The Caoranach possesses a deadly secret; one, when revealed, holds the power to shatter Cami completely.

 

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Philly Fun in Waking for Winter!

With my latest novel and the final book in the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles series coming out next week, I wanted to chat a little bit about what hijinks the crew gets up to this time!

Throughout the series, we’ve covered Fairmount Park like…a bunch. We’ve also visited the Magic Gardens on South Street, hit the goth/industrial club, Chinatown, Mount Moriah Cemetery, and the Laurel Hill Cemetery. And Waking for Winter isn’t about to disappoint with more Philly exploration. On top of roaming through more of these city streets, one of my favorite scenes in the book takes place at the Wells Fargo center amidst an ice hockey game with our home team. (The Flyers, for those who don’t know. Even folks like me who aren’t as into the sportsball are quite aware of the Philly teams.)

The Coven Chronicles series dives into the heart of this city, albeit an alternate version infected with monsters, and I hope you guys can see the uniqueness on every page.

Join the fun in Waking for Winter!

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The Philadelphia Coven has thwarted the Order of the Serpent’s every attempt to destroy their city, only to draw out the scariest nightmare from the Otherworld–the Caoranach. However, one member of the Philly Coven, Cami Akiyama, has already met this creature–the very monster who tortured her and branded her with a mark. Given their history, the Coven leader assigns her a bodyguard–none other than the gorgeous and lethal necromancer, Dante Martinez, the ex-boyfriend she’d disappeared on years ago. A single conversation confirms the spark between them never died, and based on the way Dante teases and flirts, he’s not about to let that flame get snuffed out without a fight.

No one has ever compared to the incendiary passion Dante inspired in her, but after being marked and broken by a monster, she’s too damaged to rekindle any sort of relationship. Not like that stops him. If anything, he fights harder for the memories of a love that kept her sane on her bleakest nights. And despite every effort to distance, Cami finds herself falling for him all over again. Except the Caoranach doesn’t just plan to devastate this city. The Caoranach possesses a deadly secret; one, when revealed, holds the power to shatter Cami completely.

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Weekly Word Count #107

Word Count: 2006

What story I’m working on: I know, I know, I have failed this city, rounding out the week with 7k on Forged Decisions. I did so much editing this week that there wasn’t much time for anything else. On top of that I’ve been a little aimless. I definitely need a new project to sink my teeth into and get the juices flowing so that I can keep on keeping on with Forged Decisions and The Airship Also Rises.

What I’m editing/marketing: EDITING LIKE A BOSS. SERIOUSLY. I’m in the final round of edits for Outlier Heir, my YA space opera, so woot!! Plus, fiddling around with marketing like a boss, since Waking for Winter’s release is going to come before I’m ready, lol.

Teaser of the week:

Alanna Carrington, head witch of the Philadelphia Coven, hurtled his way, and with her, trouble was a guarantee.

Line of the week:

“What if the owner’s a guy?” Finn teased. “Are you saying you want to flirt with him too?”

“Guy, girl, stick—I don’t care who you flirt with,” she responded. “Just get a pulse on who’s running the operation through their storefront.”

“I feel so used.” Finn smirked as he pulled in front of the general store, cleverly titled just that.