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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)

Currently listening to:

Currently reading:

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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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Of Coppers and Cracksmen for Pre-Order!

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Of Coppers and Cracksmen is now available for pre-order! Grab your copy today!

Lawmen were never Ellie Whitfield’s type…until now.

When Ellie Whitfield’s accused of a crime she didn’t commit—though she’s committed many—only one man believes her. And he’s the unlikeliest man as well—Detective Bernard Taylor. He’s a handsome chap, but lawmen were never her type. At least, until now…

Bernard Taylor’s hunting down the Butcher of Broad Street, and though Ellie Whitfield’s led the coppers on a merry chase through Islington too many times, the woman’s no cold-blooded murderer. As they work together, he can’t help but be charmed by the vivacious Ellie, and before long, heated glances turn into something more explosive.

However, the closer they get to solving the murder, the deeper the serial killer draws them in—one misstep and they might be his next victims.

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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.”

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Currently reading:

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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: 3/4/20

Word Count: 3513

What story I’m currently working on:

My pace ground to a halt, not because I haven’t been working on writing at all, but because I had to divert attention. Still, we’re getting into the final chapters before the big final part of the book, so I think I’ll get through it sooner rather than later. I know for a fact I’ll have it finished before the end of March, which is a good thing! Belle and Nate are just too precious. I’m at 23k in Of Alchemists and Arsonists, but hopefully I’ll push through soon 🙂

What I’m editing/marketing:

Because I rocked through the content edits for Tempting Ballad, I’m now down to the final three passes of my line edits for the book which are really time consuming. However, I’d like to stake the claim here and now that I’ll be done the edits and have the book ready for submission by the time I report in next week. I’ve been working really hard on it and focusing on trying to get it completed so I can have another book out there this year.

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Teaser of the week:

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Currently reading:

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Line of the week:

Belle blinked, watching the back and forth. Despite the loud shouts across the table, she caught the hints of smiles on everyone’s faces. This family banded together amidst all their bickering, their care a current in the air. Envy plucked at her chest in an off-chord. While escape offered the chance to live for herself, traveling from town to town would be a lonely existence. If she’d been born in a different life with a different past, maybe she could’ve fought for something as warm and comforting as this.

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Of Coppers and Cracksmen Cover Reveal!

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Add Of Coppers and Cracksmen on Goodreads! This second book in the Whitfield Files series comes out on May 19th!

When Ellie Whitfield’s accused of a crime she didn’t commit (though she’s committed many), only one man believes her—the unlikeliest as well—Detective Bernard Taylor. He’s a handsome chap, but lawmen were never her type. At least, until now.

Bernard Taylor’s been hunting down the Butcher of Broad Street, and though Ellie Whitfield’s led the coppers on a merry chase through Islington too many times, the woman’s no cold-blooded murderer. As they work together, he can’t help but be charmed by the vivacious woman, and before long, mere
heated glances turn into something explosive.

However, the closer they get to solving the murder, the deeper the serial killer draws them—one misstep and they might be his next victims.

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Weekly Word Count: 2/19/20

Word Count: 10,014

What story I’m currently working on:

I slowed down my pace quite a bit this week, only reaching 12k in Of Alchemists and Arsonists. My goal is to hit 1/3 of the way through by the end of the month, which should be quite doable, since the Whitfield Files books tend to be 30-40k. I placed Paranormal Western to the side for the time being, but I’m sure I’ll pick it up when the mood strikes me. I’m getting more comfortable with not needing to doggedly plow through my pet projects. Since I have dozens of pet project manuscripts lying in torpor, I don’t need to add another to the stack quite yet.

What I’m editing/marketing:

I started getting beta feedback in for Tempting Ballad, which means I also started diving into the content edits. This book is going to need a bit more work than my more recent ones, but I’ve been trucking through the earlier content changes–hopefully they all fall in line as easily. I’m also still trying to polish up an older manuscript, and I’m still waiting on word for both Outlaws and Dungeons and Dating. Not going to lie, I’m terribly excited to start both of them.

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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.”

Currently listening to:

What I’m currently reading:

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Line of the week:

“Thank you for joining us,” Nate whispered low, catching her gaze. “I know how difficult the choice must have been.”

Bel’s heart lodged in her throat. When he spoke those sweet words to her, when he looked at her with the sort of care that made her dare to dream, she couldn’t help but fall further into the fantasy of a future without Blair, without running. With the sort of warmth she’d only witnessed from the outside of a window, peering in.

When she’d looked into Nate Whitfield’s eyes, the choice hadn’t been difficult at all.

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Weekly Word Count: 2/12/20

Word Count: 10,014

What story I’m currently working on:

I slacked off with the Paranormal Western, only hitting 9k, but that’s okay, because I picked up steam with Of Alchemists and Arsonists, hitting 7k. I think this steampunk foray should be a blast, and it’ll feel nice to finish up a series, so I’m picking up speed with it given that in mind. Honestly, my two favorite things with series is both starting and ending them. I adore the initial spark of whimsy and inspiration that involves a first book in a series, and I also adore the finality of finishing up with one, being able to close out the series and feel content with its completion. I live for trilogies, because they’re such a tight structure, and the Whitfield Files has been fun thus far.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Currently, I’m waiting on beta feedback for Tempting Ballad so I can begin to crack into the edits for that. It’s going to feel great to send that off to submission in a month or two. Which also leaves room to begin the FINAL Discord’s Desire book as well. With all of these conclusions coming up, I’m hoping for some good news in the Outlaws or Dungeons and Dating front, as both series are going to be a massive amount of fun. I’m also currently working on polishing up an older manuscript which has been interesting, to say the least.

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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.”(2)

Currently listening to:

What I’m currently reading:

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Line of the week:

“If you need a building set on fire, then I’m your girl,” Belle offered with a half-smile. Sitting across from him and enjoying a pint was the closest she’d been to anyone outside of Blair’s crew for years. External associations were frowned upon, and after the Ellie incident, he locked those doors even tighter.

“Given that I own a very flammable storefront, I’d much prefer you on my side than against it,” Nate murmured back, an amused grin on his lips. The man had no right to be as handsome as he was, and sitting this close to him, she caught a whiff of bergamot and vetiver that coursed through her with surprising intensity. The man’s proximity was addling her mind, especially after witnessing the kindness he’d shown to her yesterday.

Men like Nate Whitfield were rare.