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Of Coppers and Cracksmen Release Day!

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Of Coppers and Cracksmen is out 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: 5/13/20

Word Count: 17014

What story I’m currently working on:

I slowed down on Eros Tales #3 again. I’ve been struggling with it–not because the story or characters are uninteresting, but mostly because it’s tough to work up motivation when these books won’t be coming out until 2024. Still, I made some progress, hitting 33k. As for YA Mirror story, I ran out of steam fast for the same reason I ran out of steam with Paranormal Western–I haven’t been in the right mindset for paranormal/fantasy at the moment, though I still hit 3k in YA Mirror Story. What I put a major dent in on was Rehoboth Pact #2, which I started on a whim, even though I haven’t found a home for it yet. I hit 13k in the manuscript already, and I’m zooming toward the midpoint of the story.

What I’m editing/marketing:

I’ve got nothing of my own to edit, and the next edits I’ll be waiting for from publishers are the ones for Tempting Ballad and Of Alchemists and Arsonists. Right now, I’ve got Confined Desires, A Thief’s Crusade, and Saving Throw all out on submission, so it’s just the waiting game still. I’m getting ready for Of Coppers and Cracksmen to come out on May 19th–next week! Ellie and Bernard were so much fun 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:

“The blood staining Ellie Whitfield’s hands was as good a reason as any to run from the mutton shunters.”(2)

Currently reading:

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Line of the week:

“Getting started early?” Selina asked, stepping up to the counter beside Aubrey. “And if I recall, there was no bragging involved on my part, just a firm reminder that you’re never going to see me dance.”

Selina ordered a pint of porter and flashed the bartender the sort of dazzling grin that never got aimed her way. Most of the time she received grimaces or eye rolls from the owner of Renegades.

“I think that sounds like a challenge to me,” Aubs said, sidling a little closer to Selina.

Selina arched a single carved brow. “Everything sounds like a challenge to you.”

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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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Teaser of the week:

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Currently listening to:

Currently reading:

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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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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:

Currently reading:

Building Forever (This Time Forever, #1)

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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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: 2/26/20

Word Count: 8006

What story I’m currently working on:

The pace remained slower this week, mostly because I also had other things in the mix, but I did reach 20k in Of Alchemists and Arsonists, so either the halfway point or more in this final Whitfield Files book! I’m having a lot of fun with the book. Belle and Nate are both saccharine sweet, and it’s so much fun to see Ellie and Theo in action again, especially since the big bad of this book will tie the whole series together.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Well, I slammed through a lot of the content edits for Tempting Ballad far faster than I thought I would.Which means I’m ticking away at the line edits, and I’m nearing closer and closer to be able to send it out for submission. I know at least by the end of March, that book will be sent out, which makes me really happy. It’ll be great getting things out there again. Last year set me back a bit with projects that are waiting to find homes and ones that are waiting a few years to be able to release. So I’m hoping to get some books out this year and a few more lined up for release next year to pad things out. We shall see!

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Teaser of the week:

“Because Jeremiah liked to hurt like he liked to breathe—it was an inevitable part of existence.”

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What I’m currently reading:

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Line of the week:

Belle took one more sip from her mug and placed it on the countertop. “Thank you for the tea and the chance to dry off. I’d best be off before I’m lulled into a sense of complacency.” She unrolled her sleeves and her trousers before slipping her shoes back on. She could feel the press of Nate’s gaze on her, and she wanted to look back, desperately.

“You know the offer still stands,” he murmured, an undisguised concern in his voice. What she wouldn’t do to remain here in the warmth of his apartment.

“You’re a blessing, but I’ll be testing my mettle on the streets tonight,” Belle responded, her heart thumping harder in her chest. She rested her hand on the cool doorknob. “Thank you.”

At that, she strode out into the corridor. She hadn’t gone three paces when the chill from outside began to set in and her skin braced for a night of icy, permeating rain.

 

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Wrap-Up for 2019

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Books published in 2019:

Forged Decisions (Tribal Spirits #2)
Forged Contracts (Tribal Spirits #3)
Forged Futures (Tribal Spirits #4)
Forged Redemption (Tribal Spirits #5)
Hypnotizing Beat (Discord’s Desire #2)
Color of a Soul
Tales from the Skies
Taking Root (Eros Tales #1)

Re-published:

Of Tinkers and Technomancers (Whitfield Files #1)

Hunting for Spring (Philadelphia Coven Chronicles #1)
Scrying for Summer (Philadelphia Coven Chronicles #2)
Captured Memories (Cupid’s Cafe #3)

Words written:
320,000

Books to be published in 2020:

Of Coppers and Cracksmen (Whitfield Files #2)

Moonlit Encounter (Tribal Spirits Short)

Re-published:
Rising for Autumn (Philadelphia Coven Chronicles #3)
Waking for Winter (Philadelphia Coven Chronicles #4)

New projects written:

I’ve got the starts to two new series in progress, both A Thief’s Crusade (Outlaws #1) and Saving Throw (Dungeons and Dating #1) which I’m trying to find homes for. I’m hoping for some good news in the new year with both of those.

There were a LOT of complications this year. In all honesty, it burned me out of publishing a bit, and I’m taking a bit of a step back. I’ll continue to write the series I’ve started, but I’m not pushing nearly as hard because of how much this year really wrecked me.

There was a complication with the new Eros Tales series I started, and while I’m going to be writing the entire series over the next few years, the entire thing won’t come out until 2024 when I’m planning on doing a rapid release. Pomegranate’s Kiss, #2 in the series is already written and I’m planning on writing #3 out of 5 next year. I’m also going to be midway through Discord’s Desire #3, Tempting Ballad, which I’m hoping will come out next year. This year was a lot of catch up, considering most of the novels and novellas that came out were re-releases of stories that were previously with other publishers.

Despite all of the pitfalls this year, I’m going to continue on, just at a bit of a slower pace. Regardless, I am so grateful for all of you wonderful readers and for the gift of my publishers believing in me enough to release my stories out into the world.