Sunday, September 11, 2016

Morgan on the Run ~ Nine Morgans Book 2

Just popping in here to share a draft cover for Morgan on the Run, which has a tentative release date in November.  I'm feeling unusually tired today and not sure why, so this afternoon I decided to do the cover instead of writing.  Yesterday I spent my writing hours helping a dear friend with her book, so this makes two afternoons in a row that I've played hooky from the story.

I've got to bust a move on my word count tonight, so wish me luck!

Happy Reading,

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Morgan in the Mirror is now available!

Post baby #2, things are moving along again in my world!  Morgan in the Mirror went live today, and last night I sent the first section of Morgan on the Run to my editor.  I'm well into writing that one, and already starting to think about the outline for the next Waldgrave book.

I'll admit I'm a little nervous going into a new Waldgrave book.  Secrets of the Guardian was published in 2011, and it's been almost five years.  I finished writing that series sometime in 2007, so really, it's been almost ten years.  Appropriately, that's the approximate time gap for the characters as well.  The epilogue at the end of Secrets, where Brandon finally meets his destiny, was set around ten years after Lena made her return to Waldgrave.

I've said it before in previous blog posts, but for those of you who haven't been following me the last 5 years, I have written other books in the Waldgrave universe. Several, in fact.  They're unedited and a little disorganized, and I never intended to have them published.  I still don't intend to publish the vast majority of them because the stories need more polishing, and some of them might threaten to bore readers to death.  Some of them went a little wild and cross-genre, becoming more romance or science fiction than urban fantasy.

I've even already written a very rough and freestyle draft of Brandon's book, a.k.a. "the next Waldgrave book".  I wrote it back in 2008(ish), going by the file dates on my computer, and it's currently 60,000 words long.  So why haven't I published it, all of these years?

It leans a little more into the SciFi realm, because it does go into what's on the other side of the portal.  (I won't be giving any spoilers here on the portal, what it is, where it goes, etc.  You'll have to wait for the book.  Sorry!)  But beyond the genre shift, I initially outlined Brandon's story as a second trilogy, and after I wrote the first one, I found myself enrolled in two Master's degree programs and desperately in need of cash to pay my bills.  Writing took a back seat to school and a job to pay for tuition and groceries.  (In a grand irony, even with the relatively small following that Waldgrave has, three more books in the Waldgrave universe probably would have given me enough income to write full time by now.  But alas--hindsight is always 20/20.)

So there I was.  One finished book in a trilogy, ending in a pretty steep cliffhanger, no time to finish the series, and no idea when the time would come around.  Would I have been annoyed with an author putting out a cliffhanger without having the next book ready?  Yes, I would have.  So I kept what I had unpublished and put it on the back burner.

And then I started getting fans for that series.  And I started worrying I would disappoint them.  And I put it off a few months, and another year, and just until the next series was done...until now.

In October, I am going to rewrite what I have, and hopefully make it worthy of all of the wonderful readers who have written me over the years wanting more from these characters.

Book 4 is coming, people.  I hope we're all ready.

Happy reading,

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

What has Morgan le Fay been up to all these years?

Find out on September 1st.  The pre-orders are now up on Kindle, Google Play, Nook, Apple, and most other major retailers.

I sent out the ARC copies to the great folks subscribed to my newsletter who volunteered to read and review, and I'm getting pretty excited for the launch of this book.  Some feedback has already come back that's helping me pick and choose areas to focus on in the second book, which is coming along nicely, so I'm getting very excited for the series as well.

With the arrival of my new baby, I noticed today that my vegetable garden is in a terrible state.  It's been overrun with weeds.  I may have to take some time to reclaim things from the wilderness.  Not for a few more days, because my older child is sick with a virus this week (poor guy!).

I'm already contemplating the outline for the next Waldgrave book, which is the next project on my list.  I also accidentally read a very brief snippet of a lovely review that someone left on the seventh book in the Redemption series today; I don't make a habit of reading my reviews, because it doesn't play nice with my perfectionism and that way lies insanity.  I caught the first sentence of this one while trying to fix something on the sales page, however, and it was very motivating and encouraging to hear that someone enjoyed the series so much and wanted more books.

Thank you, kind stranger.  Your words made me smile.  Someday, when I'm dusting off the outline for the next book, it's fans like you I'll be thinking about.

Happy Reading,

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Ebook Sale & Update on Morgan Book 1

The manuscript for Morgan in the Mirror, Nine Morgans Book 1 is now out to my new list of beta readers.  I am so incredibly happy with my team for this novel, which includes several new members who had subscribed to my email list after reading another of my books.  Special thanks to everyone who volunteered!

I am currently writing the next installment in this new series, and it's coming along a little slower than usual due to the arrival of my new baby.  I did work a little maternity leave into my schedule, though, so I should be able to catch up and make my deadline.

Happy Reading,

Also, Roz Marshall has orchestrated another listing for free and $0.99 ebooks, so be sure to swing through--your next favorite could be in here!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Morgan in the Mirror

I finished my initial edits for the first book in my Nine Morgans series.  The latter half still needs to go through additional editing, but for the most part, the book is done.

I'll be putting together my outline for book 2 in that series today.  I'm optimistic that I'll get that one at least mostly written before my second child is born (due mid-July), but I've had some symptoms that make me think baby may be arriving sooner than later.  We'll have to wait see.  Coupled with my toddler being sick the last few days, I'm running a little behind on my schedule, but I'll feel much better once I get this outline done--that way I already have my road map if I end up taking a short maternity break.

Anyone subscribed to my newsletter will be getting some sneak peak chapters and a cover reveal of the new series today, so enjoy!

Happy Reading,

P.S. Roz Marshall organized an Urban Fantasy June Sale!  Check out the books below.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Wishing everyone luck at July Camp NaNoWriMo!

I'm going to try to participate this year.  I usually do.  However, I'll be setting my word count goal a lot lower than normal.

I'm pregnant, and my due date is mid-July.  :)

My toddler is thrilled that he's getting a new baby to play with (as are the rest of us), and I've been writing like mad the last several months to keep up my writing production schedule so that I don't miss a deadline if I end up taking some maternity leave.  This may explain for some of you why I suddenly started writing novellas instead of novels, as is my usual habit.  I've been busy cleaning out a spare bedroom, and in recent weeks, helping my husband to convert it to a baby room for the new arrival.

But the baby room is almost done, and the baby is almost here, and I am almost done writing the first book in a new series that I will publish this fall.  Anyone signed up for my email list will get a sneak peek of that cover in the Zombies & Zinnia release email that will go out on July 5th, as well as an invitation to beta read for the new series.

Happy Reading (& Happy Writing, to all of my friends doing Camp NaNoWriMo),

Friday, June 3, 2016

More Witches on the way

...and maybe a Fay?  The latest series I'm sketching out is going to feature Morgan le Fay.  I've got the outlines complete, and I spent last night drafting covers for a 5 novel series arc.  Stay tuned for more on this one, because I'm a stone's throw from finishing the first book, and I intend to launch the series this fall!

I'll be putting the finishing touches on the 6th installment in the Hawthorn Witches series today, and it is set for a July 5th release.

A new Facebook page is up, so go ahead and give it a "like" if you want to keep up with my new releases on social media:  The page is still in progress, so forgive any mess until I get things put together and put up some posts.  Alternatively, you can always hop onto my mailing list if you want to get updates in your inbox.

I'm also participating in a free book promo this weekend, so be sure to swing through the lists to pick up some free books!  It's not just exclusive to Amazon this time around, so Apple, Nook, Kobo, and Google Play readers can get free books too.  :)

 Link to free books!

Happy Reading,