Friday, September 23, 2016

My First Paperback!

I know I haven't posted for the last month. I've been busy getting the last four books of the Bloodlines series written and edited. It's been nearly three years since the last novel came out, so I'm doing my damnedest to get the rest finished and *fingers crossed* published before the bells toll on New Year's Eve. Thank you to my readers for their patience!

In the meantime, my first paperback is now available!

Yep! Believe it or not, Justice: The Beginning is available in your local brick and mortar stores!

I've listed the links to a couple of the places it's available. If you want to give your favorite independent bookstore your business and they don't have it in stock, they can order it for you through Ingrams, one of the largest books distributors in the U.S.

Amazon
Barnes & Noble

For future reference, I plan on participating in Amazon's MatchBook Program. This means when you buy the paperback, you can get the e-book version free or at a greatly reduced price.

Just a little something extra to keep in mind down the road!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

I'm Editing! Yes, I'm Editing!

I've had these words running through my mind to the tune of "I Feel Pretty" from West Side Story.

And I really have been editing Zombie Goddess. I'm feeling pretty good about the story. A little smoothing of the rough edges is needed. Okay, in my case, that means adding articles and prepositions. When I write, I have a bad tendency to leave those out. My mind automatically fills them in when I read, which is why I have a text-to-voice program read the story back to me.

In my spare time, I updated the temporary website with the new book covers and blurbs. Hope you love the updated versions as much as I do!

I've also added little bar graphs on the right of the page so you have a rough idea of when to expect the next book. I'll try to update the graphs every Saturday night.

So progress on Ravaged may be a little slow while I finish editing Zombie Goddess. But I am excited about getting the next book out!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Update on Bloodlines

I got Zombie Goddess back from my beta reader. There were a few specific things that needed fixed, which I worked on over the weekend.

The last thing I can't address without fundamentally changing the nature of the novel. If you've been reading the Bloodlines series, you know there's a lot of action in my stories, but not everything turned into a major physical battle.

In fact, I thought the foreshadowing I put in Blood Sacrifice regarding Tiffany and Siobhan's efforts to hammer out a treaty between the vampires and the sidhe would have been more obvious. Maybe I was too subtle. Or maybe this is me as the writer looking at the Bloodlines series as a story in the whole.

That's not to say there aren't any conflicts in this novel, but the majority aren't physical. And there are gross, bloody bodies. Eventually. *smile*

Frankly, Zombie Goddess is the proverbially quiet before the storm. I close out a LOT of hanging story threads, but it sets up the last three novels. Readers will either love it or hate it.

I hope they love it.

Just need to finish those pesky edits. . .

Friday, July 15, 2016

Justice: The Beginning Is Live!

The e-book version of Justice: The Beginning is now live. So if you need a little entertainment this weekend, check it out!

Blurb
For the first time, the Justice Anthea and Brother Luc short stories are collected in one edition.

This anthology includes “Justice” and “Diplomacy in the Dark”, previously published in Sword and Sorceress 28 and 30 respectively. A brand new story “The Perfect Partner” gives readers the infamous tale of the illicit lovers’ first cantankerous, and odiferous, case together.

And a fourth bonus tale set in the Justice universe tells how a young sister of Light became a secret bodyguard for a member of the Jing Imperial family.

Magic, mayhem and mystery has never been so fun!

Amazon Buy Link for all countries

Thursday, July 7, 2016

A Major WHOOPS!

Justice: The Beginning should have been out by now. *sigh* The best laid plans of mice and men...

I sent the file to the formatter two weeks ago. She sent me back a formatted Kindle file. I looked it over, found a hand full of typos that slipped by the editor, and sent the revisions back to her. She was backed up and couldn't get back to my stuff until the holiday weekend. At which point, I said, "Spend time with your family. We'll pick this up after the Fourth of July."

So I get an e-mail from her yesterday. The page count is too small for the printer for the paperback edition. WHOOPS!

Now we could have gone through a lot of trials and tribulations to make the print interior work, but there would still be the issue of my cover designer of jumping through hoops to make her side work, too. My formatter said she'd do whatever I wanted.

So I raided the chocolate stash and thought about it. Talked to my business partner (aka Darling Husband), and he agreed with me.

I e-mailed my formatter and asked, "What if I add another story to the collection, resend the master file to you, and you start over from scratch?"

Her reply? "Works for me."

On the plus side, you readers will get four stories for your money, not three. And you'll get a beautifully-formatted paperback if you so desire.

On the minus side, it'll take another two or three weeks longer to get the anthology into your hands.

What's the fourth story about, I hear you ask? I figured since "The Perfect Partner" told how Justice Anthea and Brother Luc first met, then it would be neatly book-ended by the tale of how Shi Hua became Ambassador Quan's bodyguard.

I also want to add thank you so much to my readers for your patience!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

What's Coming Next

It's been a busy June!

The ebook version of A Question of Balance is available at Amazon. The proof copy of the paperback version is in the mail on its way as we as we speak. Once I've looked it over, it will go on sale at various online retailers. If you prefer to give your business to a local bookstore, the bookstore can order a copy through Ingrams (they're one of the largest paper book distributors, if not the largest, in the U.S.).

Which brings me to...

I'll be giving away copies of the paperback editions of my books as I get them published. So keep your eye out here for announcements. If you've signed up for my newsletter, you're already automatically entered.

In the meantime, I sent the files for Justice: The Beginning to my formatter Thursday night. I was late getting them to her, and she's getting hammered by other customers (writers) right now, so it might be another week or two before that volume is available. However, my lovely cover artist/designer sent me this gorgeous cover for the anthology!

In the meantime, I'll start working on the edits for Zombie Goddess while I finish Ravaged, which is Book 7 of Bloodlines. Though my Darling Husband is advocating that I write A Modicum of Truth (Justice #2) first.

I should never have introduced him to Game of Thrones. LOL

Saturday, June 18, 2016

A Question of Balance Is Live!

Yes, I know it's my first new novel in nearly three years, but I'm feeling pretty darn good right now.

The e-book version of A Question of Balance will be available only at Amazon for the next three months. I'm testing a couple of their services, like Kindle Unlimited. However, you can read a sample right here by clicking on the preview button below the picture.

The paperback version is coming soon!

Blurb
From the pages of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword and Sorceress comes Justice Anthea and Brother Luc’s first full-length adventure…

The Reverend Mother’s machinations left Anthea as the chief justice in her home city of Orrin, a post she despises. Even worse, a messenger from Duke Marco interrupts her breakfast. Again. This time, the duke’s retainers found a body in a wine barrel at the duke’s estate. The body of a priestess from the Temple of Love.

In trying to solve the bizarre murder, Anthea and Luc stumble across a massive conspiracy to eliminate the Twelve Temples, the only thing standing between the human race and another demon invasion.

Will swords, magic, and wits be enough to stop the renegades?

Or is a little faith needed?

Novel, approximately 96,000 words or 320 printed pages