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Mid-Year Review

Well now, technically I should’ve written this at the beginning of July, but it’s been a crazy year!

Things I’ve Written:

The Airship Also Rises (set to release in late August)- Steampunk Adventure

A Card of Shadows (submitting out)- Young Adult Urban Fantasy

Taking Root (also out on submission)- Contemporary Romance

One Shot for the Sky (featured in Corsets and Cogs)

Colors of a Soul (featured in Legends of the Veil)

 

Things I’ve Published:

A Reflection of Ice– Young Adult Fairytale

Corsets and Cogs – Steampunk boxset featuring 26 authors!

Gaslights and Graves -Steampunk boxset featuring 6 authors!

Captivating Melody (Discord’s Desire #1)- First book in this paranormal rockstar romance!

Legends of the Veil  -Fae boxset featuring 8 authors!

 

Planned Projects for the Rest of the Year:

Forged Contracts (Tribal Spirits #3)

Hopefully, Hypnotizing Beat (Discord’s Desire #2)

And hopefully, finishing my second Cupid’s Cafe book!

 

Projects to be Published Later in the Year:

The Airship Also Rises (Take to the Skies #3)- The final Take to the Skies book, a steampunk action adventure

Bustles and Bells- Christmas related steampunk boxset

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2018: Never Give Up, Never Surrender

With the spectacular dumpster fire I was left with at the end of 2017, my usual goals were a lot more difficult this year. So much is unpredictable, so much is wavering. The master plan I had even one month ago is completely gutted, so I had to find an entirely new plan, and new goals to go along with.

However, I’m not one to back down.

2018, I can promise three releases minimum, though my hope is to get more on that roster:

Of Tinkers and Technomancers (After Glows Publishing)

A Reflection of Ice (Opal Moon Press)

and The Airship Also Rises (Final Take to the Skies book!)

My goal is to get at least three more contracts too, and once my rights are released mid-May, to find new homes for my Philadelphia Coven Chronicles and my Tribal Spirits series.

As for the writing plan, once Airship is finished, I hope to continue a series, whether that be one of the books I’m pitching to agents and publishers, my Tribal Spirits series, or another Cupid’s Cafe book. I also want to dive into my new pet project, a YA urban fantasy that started percolating this year. On the editing front, I’m going to get Airship ready for release, and I’m also going to finish editing my YA Fantasy from 2017.

Submission-wise, I’m launching a full-scale attack with Outlier Heir and Chasing Fate come January. Wish me luck.

I have realistic goals for next year, but as always, I’m shooting for the stars. Stick with me, and I can promise new reads and one hell of an interesting ride. I hope for my dreams every year, but year end is where I refill my well of optimism for the new year. I’m going to fight with everything I have to make 2018 my year.

 

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Weekly Word Count #125

Word Count: 21,187

What story I’m currently working on: Welp, I did it! I finished the YA fantasy novel before the end of October. This story was incredibly fun, and though I have a lot of work to do in regards to editing in the proper worldbuilding and ironing out some major inconsistencies, I think I’ve got the foundation for something amazing. So now I’m letting my brain rest for a couple days before I start into The Airship Also Rises come November 1st!

What I’m editing/marketing: Captured Memories is still getting rave reviews from the release last week, which is nice to see!! So with that out of the way, I can start the baby steps of prep (marketing images and such) for Of Tinkers and Technomancers and A Reflection of Ice! I’ve pretty much neglected edits on Forged Decisions because of the massive amounts of writing I was doing, but now I’ll be giving those content edits a look-see and trying to get the story ship shape. It doesn’t need drastic things thankfully, just pruning and fine tuning.

Teaser of the week:

_Each step forward offered a better view of the crystal walls ahead, the castle appearing like something out of a fairytale._

Line of the Week:

The sensible thing would be to run. Ditch the pirates, the guards, and sail away on a stolen boat to Damascar. A week ago, she would’ve done that without hesitation.

However, Katerina’s hope had infected her, Fiona’s drive inspired, and Lorne’s presence reminded her of what was worth fighting for. Salima clenched her jaw before nodding in response.

“Two of us against a horde of guards?” she cracked. “Couldn’t ask for better odds.”

He grinned back at her, lifted his pistol in the direction of all the chaos, and pulled the trigger. “Then let’s tango.”

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Plans for the end of 2017 and beyond!

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While I do weekly updates of what I’m currently working on and what my future plans are, I usually have things a lot further mapped out than I detail in there! I figured I’d share a little bit about what to expect for the rest of the year as well as next! Surprisingly, I already have quite a bit lined up for next year, and all of it is exciting.

So, first off on the agenda are the definites:

Of Tinkers and Technomancers, my steampunk novella, is contracted with After Glows Publishing, and is set to release late 2017/early 2018. It’s got my trademark snark but with more historical language than I normally play with–I really clung to the Victorian era on this one.

A Reflection of Ice, my young adult fairytale, is contracted with Opal Moon Press, and is set to release early 2018. It’s incredibly creepy and whimsical, and I hope everyone enjoys it, because I loved writing this story.

Next are my projects I’ll be finishing this year:

Forged Decisions, book two in the Tribal Spirits series, is finished in the writing stages, and now I’m going through the large edits on it. I’ll be attempting to finish those edits and submit the book by the end of November, so hopefully you’ll be seeing it hit the e-shelves at some time in early 2018!

The Airship Also Rises, the final book in my Take to the Skies series, is just beginning, and I’m going to try to put a major dent into it during NaNoWriMo in November. The plan is to finish it by December/January, and for symmetry’s sake, I’ll probably try to release it on August 17th, the same date the other two released. With that book, the Take to the Skies series will be complete, and I’m so excited about having another completed series under my belt.

As for my writing schedule next year?

A lot is nebulous and I purposefully leave it that way. However, I will be working on another of the Tribal Spirits books, Forged Contracts, guaranteed. That series will continue to expand! Depending on if I have the time or not, I’ve debated on doing a follow up to Of Tinkers and Technomancers, as well as another Cupid’s Cafe book. I’ve got concepts for both, and they’re short novellas that would be excellent ways to flex my writing skills.

The reason I leave things so nebulous is because of my ‘dream’ projects, the young adult manuscripts I write that I try to submit the traditional route. I wrote one earlier this year, Outlier Heir, which is a YA LGBT Arthurian space opera, and I’m currently writing a YA LGBT heist fantasy. I find that working on these projects really pushes creative boundaries for me, and while I may not always find a home for them, they’re my big attempts, ones that I hope will eventually find their way out to the public.

I also have a lot of these full manuscripts I’ve written that could use a polish or rewrite and years have passed, enough that it’s time to redo them and try again. I’m a big fan of nothing is wasted, and beyond learning from the experience of writing, I think manuscripts can be reshaped, can transform into something better. Even A Reflection of Ice is a far different novella from what I’d written two years ago and needed rigorous rewriting to bring it up to date.

Obviously, many of these plans for next year can change, but the ones contracted are guaranteed, so I hope you stick with me for the adventure!

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Weekly Word Count #122

Word Count: 12,033

What story I’m currently working on: Well, the fantasy heist picked up steam. I am going to attempt the crazy and try to finish it before the end of October…we shall see…I polevaulted ahead to 40k this week, almost at the halfway point, so it just might be doable. I had an aggressive start, which was awesome, and ideally, I’d like to finish it so I can switch gears to The Airship Also Rises come November! (steampunk pun, hee!)

What I’m editing/marketing: Forged Alliances came out two weeks ago, but already I’m switching focus to the release coming up IN two weeks! Captured Memories is now available for pre-order here! Beyond that, you’ll have Of Tinkers and Technomancers and A Reflection of Ice to look forward to in the beginning of 2018, and I’m not stopping for a heartbeat. Gotta keep on, keepin on. I’ve begun diving into edits for Forged Decisions, and I have a good idea of where I want to go with that, so I’m excited to push them through. My hope is that Forged Decisions will be submission ready by the end of November!

Teaser of the week:

Lyra had been born in the cold, and in the stark of winter she thrived.

Line of the week:

How wrong she had been. The girl who stood before her was the same jagged glass personality, quick for a response and too blunt for her own good, but Weavers bless, she had a devoted heart that hadn’t changed. Once Fiona Blackwater got her talons into you, the woman would sail straight through a storm, torch a building, or even thrash the bitch who ran the serving quarters in retribution. Even when she’d gotten whipped out in the yard afterwards.

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2017 Writing Goals!

With the new year comes new goals, and as someone who loves that sort of organization, this is a non-stop thrill ride for me. You think I’m kidding? I’m not. I’m the freakin Leslie Knope of the writing world.

So, I’m sharing my goals with you lovely folks, why? To keep myself accountable. And so you can get excited along with me for the wonderful new projects and releases on the horizon!

Goal #1: Seeing Philadelphia Coven Chronicles to completion.

Rising for Autumn, book three, is slated to release on February 7th, 2017, so this task isn’t as daunting as it might seem. I’m hoping to have Waking for Winter edited and submitted by February or March, so hopefully it’ll be picked up and released later in the year! Once Waking for Winter is out, it means I’ll have my first finished series under my belt! Yay!

Goal #2: Meet anthology deadlines.

I have a piece I’m working on for an anthology that’s up in March, so I’m 9,000 words in on a story that’ll probably be 30 to 40,000 words! On that note, I’m hoping to find another anthology to work on after that, so I can continue getting some shorts/novellas out there.

Goal #3: Get another contract

Whether it means Chasing Fate gets attention or I find a publisher/agent for Captivating Melody, I’ll be working towards this goal throughout the year. Cross your fingers and toes for me!

Goal #4: Two more novel length stories

One of these is Future King, my YA space opera that I already started, so I’m hoping to finish that midway through the year. The next will be a project of my choosing.If I manage to get a contract for Chasing Fate or Captivating Melody, I’ll be working on a sequel to that, but if not I’ll probably work on whatever new story strikes my fancy!

Goal #5: Attend another author con

My experience last year with Unmask the Romance and the two library signings I did was great, so I’d like to get ballsier and hit a new author con, even if it means a little traveling.

Goal #6: Revamp another of my old manuscripts

Last year, rewriting Chasing Fate turned into a great project, proving I can still utilize old manuscripts, even if they weren’t the right story at the time. So I’m going to either recycle/reinvent When Fire Ignites, Red Skies Take Warning, The Iron Legacy, or Night Awakens.

Goal #7: Continue growing my readership

As always, my career doesn’t amount to much if my books are going unread. So as I do every year, I’ll try to reach out to more people, and get more readers sucked into the worlds I create, like the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles! I already have a couple events planned to help speed this process along, so I can make new friends and connect with even more people! I want to bring hope and love and exciting stories to everyone I meet!

Wish me luck! I’ll be rooting the rest of you on as well. Let’s kick ass in the New Year!

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Weekly Word Count #77

Word Count: 9490

What story I’m working on: Waking for Winter

What I’m editing/marketing: Chasing Fate!!!

Line of the week:

Her skin crawled the closer they got, as if spiders click-clacked all up and down her arms and legs. The air bloomed with the ripe scent of blood, of decay, of magic, and that heaviness coated her tongue with each swallow like oil.