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Revamp News

There’s a bit of revamping going on. Be on the lookout for new covers for both Once Bitten and Up in Flames. When Sparks Fly will be out before the new year. I’m still stuck doing edits (more of an overhaul than I’d anticipated).

With the cover changes print editions for both Once Bitten and Up in Flames will be going away in the coming weeks, so if you’re the type who loves holding a novel in your hands, now is the time before they’re gone for the foreseeable future. Up in Flames will have additional content with the new cover, although there will no need to re-purchase if you own it already. Plotlines have not changed.

Netherworld book 4 has been written and is also in edits, although it currently doesn’t have a title. I’ve started work on book 5, although that’s proving to be quite the beast and will probably take some time before it’s finished.

Also, be on the lookout for 2 other series I’ve started work on. The first is a sci-fi, the other is fantasy (both romance, of course). I have two completed first drafts but am holding on to them for the moment until I figure out what direction I’m going to take. I don’t want to bite off more than I can chew which I’m notorious for.

Upcoming Netherworld Releases

Phew. I got news. Don’t you just love that?

So here’s the thing: I put out these two books (Once Bitten and Up in Flames) YEARS ago and never got around to finishing the series. That was kinda crappy of me. Now, keep in mind, my publisher went out of business and honestly, I spent a lot of time wondering if I wanted to even continue writing. I got a bit dramatic about the entire thing.

Now add on that I met the hubs and got a little tangled up in new romance, marriage, life… my books got away from me. After awhile, I settled down and said “I’m going to finish that damn series one way or another”. It’s my baby, after all. It’s been growing steadily in my mind for years and years and years.

I got all gung-ho and sat down and whipped out most of book 3, half of book 4, and got a decent start on book 5. Guess what happened then? Computer crashed. I lost EVERYTHING. And, because I like to live dangerously, I didn’t have anything backed up. The only thing I had left was a printed out rough copy of book 3.

My husband, being my beacon of support, bought me a new computer and reminded me (repeatedly) that my books aren’t going to write themselves. If I want to be an author, I have to do it. After hearing numerous Yoda quotes (“Do or do not…”) and being asked repeatedly how that book was coming along, I sat my butt down in my office and started writing.

I used my print out of book 3 and began typing it into a new Word document. Now here’s the real kicker: I read it as I went and I hated it. Book 3 sucked. That’s the thing about letting these books stew for so long…the stories have already changed in my mind and have morphed into something a bit different than they were years before.

I’m hoping these monster changes end up being a good thing, but I guess I’ll have to wait and see. Book 3 – after much molding and refining – is finally finished. It’s in the hands of beta readers and editors, all with their red pens primed and ready. Book 4 is nearing completion and will hopefully be ready for edits within the next week or two.

My wonderful husband also made sure I have an external hard drive hooked up with all my files backed up on it. He’s so smart ๐Ÿ™‚ He’s already told me I should’ve listened the first time, and he’s right. But hey, hindsight is twenty-twenty.

As of right now, Book 3 (WHEN SPARKS FLY is the working title for now but that may or may not change) will be released by November 1st. That’s my promise. I still need a cover and all that jazz, but it’ll get done. Book 4 (WILD AND UNTAMED for now) should be out within 6 weeks after Book 3.ย IF I can maintain this momentum, Book 5 should be out by the beginning of 2019.

I’ll post updates as I know them ๐Ÿ™‚

PS: Thanks for being patient. And for those who haven’t been, thanks for being a huge pain. I mean that. I love y’all.

Release Day!

Release day never gets old. When ONCE BITTEN came out, my release day was the most exciting thing I’ve ever experienced. Now that UP IN FLAMES came out today, I’ve noticed that the excitement doesn’t go away. I’m just as excited for this book as I was for my first, and as I will be for my third. And forth. And fifth. You get the point.

When ONCE BITTEN came out, I went out with some friends, had a Pain Killer that knocked me on my butt at the Mexican restaurant (who has the best cheese dip ever), and just had a good time. Now that UP IN FLAMES is out, I feel like I should go do something. Pop open a bottle of wine? Throw some steaks on the grill? Nah. How about work on book 3?

BINGO!

What better way to celebrate than to keep on keeping on? I got books to write. I have a schedule. I don’t deviate from my schedule, just ask anyone who knows me. I’ll be pointing at a clock in a flash. So much to do, so little time.

But I love it. I love every minute of it. So, maybe I will open a bottle of wine (after 12, of course) and I’ll put on some good music that helps me focus. Shall I listen to 80s rock ballads? How about some John Denver? Or, when in doubt, I can always go back to my trusty Ben Howard.

Regardless, I’m ready to write.

UP IN FLAMES COVER REVEAL!

The second book in the Netherworld Series – UP IN FLAMES – is due to come out in May. I hope everyone is as excited as I am. In the spirit of celebration, I’m positing the cover of Up In Flames for your enjoyment. ๐Ÿ™‚

(Sorry…this picture had to come down due to copyright issues! As you guys know, I’m no longer associated with my old publisher, so I can’t show off their images anymore)

Once Bitten in Paperback

Once Bitten is now available in paperback at Amazon!

In other news, the second novel in the Netherworld Series finally has a title. If all goes to plan (and I see no reason why it shouldn’t), Up In Flames should be released in May. I’ll post updates as I learn about them.

I hope everyone is staying warm this winter!

Sweet Reviews

Let me just start out by saying “Wow”. I was sitting down this evening to continue editing the second novel in the Netherworld Series and in the spirit of procrastination, I googled myself. I do that sometimes. Anyway, what I found was absolutely exhilarating for me. Reviews. Oh, the sweet reviews.

I’ve known about the ones on Amazon andย Barnes & Nobel for some time, but what I found was a little (and awesome) site called Night Owl Reviews. And thus I found my first professional review. I even got this cute little sticker next to it:

Now that I’m floating on Cloud 9, I suppose I should get back to work. This book isn’t going to edit itself.

Happy Reading!

Sooo…

For the past month (or maybe two), my house has been under construction. Like the good procrastinator that I am, I find that I cannot work in messy conditions. Of course this only happens when I have a deadline to meet. When I do force myself to sit down and write, I haven’t been very productive. I peck out a few paragraphs and then I almost immediately delete them. Garbage. Who would want to read that crap?

I have thrown out two rough drafts when they were almost completed and have started over yet again on a new manuscript. We’ll see how this one plays out. Luckily for me I’m ahead of schedule. The manuscript I’m wrestling with belongs to the fourth book. But what about the second book you ask? Good news. It’s finished. Sort of.

So maybe I have several more hours that I need to devote to editing it. Again. And maybe I’ve been putting that off too since my house has started this total renovation. With less than a month to go before Christmas. It begs the question, what was I thinking?!

Well, whatever. What’s done is done and I just have to find the…patience(?)…discipline(?)…MOTIVATION to get everything done without significantly increasing my blood pressure. So my goal for today is to find that rough draft of the second book I need to finish working on (I know it’s around here somewhere) and get a few more pages under my belt.ย  Just as soon as I clean off this dining room table. And maybe organize my bookshelf (arranged by genre>alphabetical>order of release, of course).

Wish me luck.