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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.

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Indie Recs: Play Nice

If you’re in the mood for a rockstar romance, LP Maxa is your girl. In her book Play Nice, we’re introduced to the band the Devil’s Share and holy hell, what a fun group they are! The group is memorable, the story engaging, and the romance hot, so it was definitely a read I ended up breezing through and wanting more. Luckily, there IS more…

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Rock a stadium. Bang a chick. Repeat. As lead singer of The Devil’s Share, Dash Conner could get anything or anyone he wanted—until he met Lexi Grant.

MONEY. FAME. WHISKEY. SEX.

For Dash Conner, lead singer of The Devil’s Share, everything he wanted was his for the asking. Whiskey. Drugs. Money. Sex. But not Lexi Grant. For the first time since he picked up a guitar, a girl was actually demanding he woo her. For a chance with her, Dash would do that and more.

Lexi Grant was no groupie. Just because the biggest rock star in the world smiled at her didn’t mean she had to fall into bed with him—but it was going to be awfully hard to resist that impish smile and those tatted abs. Surely one night of fun wouldn’t hurt anyone.

Unless that night ends with a broken condom.

For Lexi and Dash, that’s just the beginning. Add an overly affectionate pit bull, a missing guitarist, a house full of sorority girls, a junkie ex-bandmate and an extreme aversion to Jäger, and it’s either a recipe for disaster or true love.

 

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The Smexy Blog Hop and Giveaway!

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Smexy Excerpt:

Brenna’s rolled-up sleeves exposed more of her creamy skin, even though she’d buttoned the shirt to hide the burnt holes on her white tank. She sat slouched to the side, and her legs twined along the couch, as if she’d conquered her surroundings. The way she leaned made her sloping curves more pronounced, and Conor couldn’t help following the trail up to her ripe lips. He stirred below at the thought of those long legs wrapped around his waist, and her ample breasts pressed against him.

The woman was wild, and not the kind you placed an arm around or sought to capture. She was the type who chased, who danced into your life like a spring storm, and left you battered and quaking in the wake. He froze as her eyes met his—caught staring.

However, as the tension settled between them, he found he couldn’t look away, nor did she. Her blue eyes sparked crystalline with interest as her gaze swept over him. Heat flushed through him under her scrutiny, and he hardened at once. The crisp ozone of an oncoming storm settled over them, and her scent seized him with longing, strong and sudden. Her breaths came out heavier, each one with a promise, and the languid blink of her long lashes only enhanced his arousal. He found himself drawn in like a sailor lured to sea, despite the dangers of the wild, untamable woman before him.

Adrenaline trickled through him and traveled down. He leaned forward, but before he could seize control, she rushed in like an onslaught.

Her lips pressed against his, and the motion sparked such a strong surge, he almost backed away. Instead, he pushed forward, twining his fingers through her dark, tangled hair and returning the kiss with full fervor. She fought with ferocity, and her nails curled into his shoulder as she bit down on his lip. Conor Malone wasn’t one to shirk from a fight, though, and he returned her intensity, shoving her down on the couch as his lips found hers again and again.

Heat swelled through him, intoxicating his brain. He slipped a hand up into her shirt to brush against her waist, the skin soft as cream and begging to be tasted. A moan escaped her lips at the touch, and she wrapped her legs around his. He kissed her lower, along her neck, and she responded in turn as those delicate fingertips explored his chest, seizing on his belt. Her grip made him even harder. He claimed her mouth again, darting his tongue in to deepen the kiss as he continued pressing her against the couch. The scorching blaze from their bodies purged any rational thought from his mind.

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Blurb:

Hunters are a lonely breed, and Conor’s no exception–until he meets Brenna. Even though she slinks in unannounced and kills the wight he’s hunting down, and he should be backing carefully away, he can’t get her blinding smile or gorgeous curves off his mind. The girl’s a mystery he can’t resist, so since they’re both after the same caster who’s unleashing these monsters, he suggests teaming up. Despite her initial reluctance, Brenna joins Conor’s quest and soon the wights aren’t the only thing the lusty lady is hunting down.

He’s happy enough to satisfy her hungers, though he wishes she’d give him a few answers with her kisses. Soon enough he learns her secrets have repercussions. Faster than Conor can lift his Glock, he’s drawn into a web of kidnappings and Unseelie mischief, and it’s all concealing the machinations of a darker foe–one determined to bring Philly and the two hunters to ruin.

Buy Links:

Loose Id: http://www.loose-id.com/hunting-for-spring.html

Amazon: www.amazon.com/Hunting-Spring-Katherine-McIntyre-ebook/dp/B01AIOZI8G/

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Meet the Writer Wednesday- Jessica Cale

Writers work hard spending time with their words, whether tackling manuscripts, marketing, or blog posts. So every Wednesday here, we tap into some of that wisdom and get to learn about another creative person.

Today let’s welcome Jessica Cale!

With so many quality quotes from different authors on the subject of writing, do you have a favorite?

“You must write every single day of your life… You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads… may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ― Ray Bradbury

Where do you draw your inspiration to write?

It’s the characters, more than anything. My series, the Southwark Saga, has a lot of supporting characters outside of the hero and heroine of each book, and I think about them constantly–where they came from, what they want, what kind of adventures I’d like to send them on. Even relatively minor characters can take on lives of their own, and I like to see where they’re going to go. For example, in Tyburn, Alice Henshawe is a silent, thirteen-year-old barmaid. She appears again in Virtue’s Lady with a slightly larger part, and now she’s going to be the heroine of the third part of the series set several years into the future. This book was completely based on Alice, her insecurities, and my need to give her the happy ending she deserves.

Out of any character you’ve written, is there one that’s near and dear to you–that you feel like you could write about forever?

I have a lot of love for Tyburn’s heroine, Sally Green. She is a very strong character. I put her through more terrible things than a person should ever have to live through, and she’s very close to my heart. I’d like to check in with her periodically to make sure she’s still enjoying life and to see how she’s coping with all of her new responsibilities. She does appear again in Virtue’s Lady, and I have more plans for her for later in the series.

If you had the chance to go anywhere on a dream vacation, where would you travel?

I would love to go interrailing around Europe for a few months. I lived in the UK for several years and did some traveling then, but there’s still so much I want to see. I’d like to take my camera and a notebook and try to get lost!

What project are you most excited for right now?

Right now I’m finishing the third book of The Southwark Saga, tentatively titled The Long Way Home. This one is set six years after Virtue’s Lady ends, and follows barmaid Alice Henshawe as she gets lost in France and takes up some…erm…unusual employment. This has been a very challenging project because it has involved a lot of new research, and I’ve been up to the eyeballs in French history for the past year! The setting is about as far away from seventeenth century Southwark as possible, and all of the characters apart from Alice and Jack are new, and some of them are well-known historical figures. This book has been very hard to write, but I’m finally getting toward the end and I hope my readers will like it.

When you’re not writing, what TV do you watch? Do you have a favorite show on air?

Game of Thrones, hands down! My first degree was in Medieval History, so I love that for fantasy, it’s so close to the reality. The characters are complicated and well-developed and they really make it for me. No one’s really a hero, are they? I’ve read all of the books, so I’m excited to see how everything plays out.

What about in the realm of books? Any recommendations?

I just finished reading the ARC of Vice by Rosanna Leo and it was fantastic. The heroine leads a support group for friends and family of people suffering from gambling addiction and the hero runs a string of casinos. It was emotionally engaging and very sexy, and I just loved it. My other favorite books from this year were probably A Scandalous Wager by Cassandra Samuels and What a Duke Wants by Amy Quinton–both outstanding new regency romances.

What’s your zodiac sign?

Scorpio/Sagittarius cusp!

Do you have any huge pet peeves that might make you put a book down?

I don’t like male characters to read like two-dimensional caricatures of “alpha males”. There has to be more to them than a six pack + something about them to make them “deep.” More than anything, though, I get frustrated when I read a book and I can’t picture what’s going on. I’ve read a lot of these over the past few years. I understand the need to be concise and to keep the pace consistent, but without details, all you have is a three-hundred page conversation. I want to see the houses, feel the clothes, and smell the coffee. I try to make up for this in my books as much as possible, even if the details are unpleasant!

Oh man, I agree with you wholeheartedly on the caricature alpha males! Now, where can readers find you and your books?

Tyburn and Virtue’s Lady are out now from Liquid Silver Books. They are on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, All Romance E-Books, and lsbooks.com. Paperback copies are also available on Amazon.

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From toiling for pennies to bare-knuckle boxing, a lady is prepared for every eventuality.

Lady Jane Ramsey is young, beautiful, and ruined.

After being rescued from her kidnapping by a handsome highwayman, she returns home only to find her marriage prospects drastically reduced. Her father expects her to marry the repulsive Lord Lewes, but Jane has other plans. All she can think about is her highwayman, and she is determined to find him again.

Mark Virtue is trying to go straight. After years of robbing coaches and surviving on his wits, he knows it’s time to hang up his pistol and become the carpenter he was trained to be. He busies himself with finding work for his neighbors and improving his corner of Southwark as he tries to forget the girl who haunts his dreams. As a carpenter struggling to stay in work in the aftermath of The Fire, he knows Jane is unfathomably far beyond his reach, and there’s no use wishing for the impossible.

When Jane turns up in Southwark, Mark is furious. She has no way of understanding just how much danger she has put them in by running away. In spite of his growing feelings for her, he knows that Southwark is no place for a lady. Jane must set aside her lessons to learn a new set of rules if she is to make a life for herself in the crime-ridden slum. She will fight for her freedom and her life if that’s what it takes to prove to Mark—and to herself—that there’s more to her than meets the eye.

Liquid Silver: http://www.lsbooks.com/virtues-lady-p1008.php

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Virtues-Lady-Southwark-Saga-Book-ebook/dp/B00VC6B9SS

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/virtues-lady-jessica-cale/1121713113?ean=9781622102051

All Romance E-Books: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-virtue039slady-1782182-340.html

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/virtue-s-lady

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/virtues-lady/id983809003?mt=11

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25238694-virtue-s-lady

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