Monday, January 30, 2017

The Very Late Mid-January Update

I'd originally planned to be releasing Resurrected in a couple of weeks. I tried to have Ravaged ready to be released by February 1.

Neither is going to happen.

I'm frustrated beyond all measure at the moment. On one side are my health issues. Endocrine breakdown exacerbates Seasonal Effective Disorder. My Vitamin D levels drop, which cause fatigue. Supplements barely make a dent, and with the overabundance of clouds and rain this winter, natural Vitamin D production is very low. So I tend to depend too much on caffeine in an effort to feel normal, which isn't a good thing either.

Then there's the other stuff that's stressing me out.

Yeah, I know no one wants to hear entertainers talk politics. Yeah, I know some you will be pissed off and swear never to read my books again. Yeah, I know I might be ruining my writing career.

But a long time ago, I swore an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States of American.

Not once, but three times.

Hell, I can still recite the preamble from memory.

Now, I'm seeing people in our government blatantly ignoring due process, betraying intelligence resources, and putting our armed forces at risk.

I'm not taking party sides. They've both equally guilty of putting party interests before the interests of the people they are supposed to be representing.

Darling Husband and I had a long talk last night about my reactivating one of my law licenses and doing volunteer work. It would mean putting writing aside once again for Goddess knows how long. DH made the comment that sometimes art has a greater effect on people than legal action. I said people in jail aren't going to be reading my books.

His answer: The people being detained aren't the ones who I need to be communicating with.

So what's the right answer?

There isn't one. Not for me anyway. I'm reassured that whatever decision I make, DH will support it All I can do is figure out what's best for everyone.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Mid-December Status Update

First of all, thank you to everyone who downloaded a free copy of Blood Magick and bought Zombie Goddess and Sword and Sorceress 31. I hope all of you will leave a review once you've finished reading those books.

I'm about a month and a half behind compared to where I'd planned to be in completing the last three Bloodlines novels back in October. I actually thought I'd be finished with the first draft of Ravaged by today, but...

The story took a left turn that I wasn't expecting. Sometimes the characters do things you don't count on, but that make more sense than what you as the writer originally planned. That's both the fun and frustrating part of writing. As a result, Ravaged is going to be longer than planned as noted in the status bar to your right (if you're reading this on a fullscreen device).

While this means my entire schedule will be pushed back yet again, as [deity of your choice] as my witness, the last three books of the Bloodlines series will be done before I move on to the next series!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Blood Magick Is Free!

In a special one-time deal, I'm offering Blood Magick free on Amazon from now until December 10th.

Blood Magick at Amazon

In the meantime, Zombie Goddess is still $0.99 until Saturday, too.

On Sunday, they both go back to their regular price of $4.99.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Zombie Goddess Is Live!

After three-years, one-month, and four days, the latest episode of the Bloodlines saga is live! And it's only $0.99 until December 10th!

Sam Ridgeway really thought her little family was settling into their new lives in Las Vegas.

Except her vampire fiancé turns into a jealous rage-monster every time Ares, the Greek god of war, tutors her in using her new powers. The daughter of one of her baby zombies sues Sam for desecrating her mother’s memory. And to top it off, Baron Samedi kidnaps her brother Max in exchange for a certain basketball-playing necromancer’s soul.

Which, by the way, she doesn’t have.

What’s a zombie goddess going to do? Because this time, Sam’s snarkalicious attitude won’t stop Armageddon.


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Sword and Sorceress 31 Is Out!

My latest story is available today! (Print versions will be coming soon.)

"Pig-Headed" - Sword and Sorceress 31

With the examiner from the university on his way to administer her entrance exam, Talis is stressed beyond belief. Add to that, accidentally turning her brother into a farm animal and an ogre threatening to eat her best friend, Talis's day becomes a whole lot worse.

Amazon, all countries
Barnes & Noble

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

I'm not quite done with the proofs for the Zombie Goddess e-book. Let's just say a trip to the emergency room was involved last week. *sigh*

But needless to say, no matter how many times you go through a manuscript, no matter how many other eyes are on the pages, some little pesky gremlins sneak through!

And like Ash, I must catch them all!

At least until DH and Jaye pull me away from the computer and sedate me. Probably with fun-sized Snickers tonight. LOL

I promise I'll announce the release (plus some extras) as soon as ZG is officially released into the wilds!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Mid-October Status Update

It's hard to believe that we're half-way through October already! So what are the project priorities?

Priority #1
I'm nearly done with the edits on Zombie Goddess. Unfortunately, I'm not going to have it out by my arbitrary deadline of October 28th, which is the third anniversary of the release of Blood Sacrifice, aka the last new release in the Bloodlines series. So I'm shooting for Halloween provided my formatter isn't backlogged.

Priority #2
Finish writing Ravaged by Halloween. This has been a difficult story to complete because it deals with a lot of uncomfortable subjects. It doesn't help that the storyline mirrors some elements of the current U.S. political climate. I can honestly say this story was outlined well before the recent bullshit. I'm hoping to have it edited in time for a Thanksgiving release.

Priority #3
Finishing Sacrificed will be my National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNo or November) project. Frankly I lost a day when I accidentally deleted Chapter Nine of this book without a backup. *facepalm* If I can stay on schedule, I hoping for a Christmas release.

Priority #4
I'll spend the holidays finishing Resurrected. It won't be out until late January/early February because both my formatter and my cover artist take time off to spend with their children--as they should!

P.S. When a project's status bar disappears off the right column, you'll know the first draft is finished!

Not a Priority, but You're Going to Notice
I added a new project on the right, called The Four Soccer Moms of the Apocalypse. As a soccer mom myself, I said the only way I'd ever get a fucking mini-van is when the Four Horsemen arrive to announce the end of the world. Well, my heroine Danielle feels the same way. When a drunk driver totals her beloved pick-up, nearly killing her and her son, what does her hubby bring home as a replacement? Unfortunately in Danielle's case, it really does trigger Armageddon!

Starting the first chapter was my consolation the day I accidentally erased a chapter of Sacrificed because I was out of chocolate. (By the way, I placing a huge order with Lindt tonight to get me through the rest of the year.)

Sword and Sorceress 31 with my story "Pig-Headed" will be out on November 2nd. In fact, Amazon is already taking pre-orders. This is an independent tale and doesn't take place in any of my pre-existing worlds. All I can say is Talis, a sorceress wannabe, is having a very bad day, starting with accidentally turning her brother into a farm animal and ending with an ogre threatening to eat her best friend.

All righty, then! Time for me to get back to work!