Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Status Update - August 2017

Holy Cthulu! Summer's almost over! Because I'm behinder (yes, it's a word!) than I planned, I have set up a very strict schedule for myself for the rest of the year.

The first task is getting the rest of the Bloodlines series paperbacks ready for production. Unfortunately, I'm not speedy when it comes to proofing. And my lovely formatter Jaye is much faster than I am.

If you're viewing this blog on a desktop, laptop or tablet, you'll notice that Ravaged is now marked as in the editing phase. Yes, I started on it Monday. I've learned a lot in doing the first six books, so I'm hoping I'll get faster as time goes on.

Also, you may have noticed a large increase in words for A Modicum of Truth. I promised someone it would be out by my birthday, aka Halloween. It's become a race to get the first draft done by the end of this month, or as close as possible in order to release the ebook by my favorite holiday.

And one of the interesting opportunities of participating in the Author Fair last month is putting my books in the Ohio Digital library. The state is specially putting together a local authors selection. As much as I want to jump on this NOW, I need to get the above list done first.

The ultimate goal is to have five books out by the end of the year. Y'all have been very patient, and I really appreciate it.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Just a Reminder

I'll be at the Findlay-Hancock County Library's Author Fair tonight from 6-8 p.m. Signed copies of my 2016 releases, Zombie Goddess, Justice: The Beginning, and A Question of Balance, will be available for purchase.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

A Deep Breath and Moving On

Three weeks ago, Darling Husband's mother passed away. Unfortunately, DH and I ended up shouldering a good deal of the responsibility in the aftermath.

FYI: It's a lot harder to write an obituary for a family member than to write a 100,000-word novel.

And thanks to my own chronic health issues, the stress caught up with me and landed my butt in the ER the night after the funeral. *sigh*

But I'm back in the saddle (or in my case, alternating between my recliner and my desk chair), and things are getting done. While I was recovering, I focused on getting the Seasons of Magick series and the Bloodlines shorts reformatted and new covers on them. Okay, I mainly played traffic cop.

Jaye Manus of QA Productions does the interior work. Elaina Lee of For the Muse Design has redone the covers for the entire Bloodlines series and designed the covers for the Justice series. Don't these ladies do a fabulous job?

In between their e-mails, I started proofing the print copies of the first four Bloodlines novels that have been sitting on my desk for two years. No to mention, I still haven't delivered Blood Sacrifice to Jaye for reformatting for the e-book as well as formatting the paperback version. I want to get those finalized before I start editing Ravaged.

And Thursday, I finally got back to writing.

Things are going a little slower than I planned. We still need to spend some time with DH's father as he makes the transition from married for 60 years man to single guy.

But the writing and publishing are inching forward, and that makes me feel pretty good.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A Moment of Silence

Due to a death in the family, things will be on hold for my various universes for the next week. This is what a couple of more experience writers call "life bumps." I hope to be back to writing and publishing soon!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Something New Under the Sun

Believe it or not, I'm doing my very first book signing. I'll be at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library Author Fair on July 20, 2017.

I'll be ordering the books from the printer in the next couple of weeks. If you can't be in Findlay for the signing and want to buy a signed copy of one (or more) of my books, drop me a message from my website or my Facebook page.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Status Report - May 2017

I'm happy to say the first drafts of Ravaged and Sacrificed are DONE!

And as I started back into Resurrected last Friday, I realized I had a bit of a problem. There's a two-year gap between the last two books, and there's also some major changes that take place within the Western U.S. Vampire Coven over that time period. In the very ancient outline from which I'm working, I'd planned to use exposition, flashbacks, and memories to fill in the blanks, but the changes still come across as pretty jarring.

Not to mention, doing so will make Resurrected a very long and exceptional boring read. I don't like that kind of book, and I highly doubt y'all would like it either. So I decided to do two mini-novels that will take place between the big novels so everything makes a little more sense.

Besides, I'm already giggling at the thought of Tiffany having to team up with her mother-in-law to save the day. 😈😈😈