Friday, February 1, 2019

When It Rains, It Ices Over in a Polar Vortex

We survived the Polar Vortex of 2019! We did it by staying inside, and I baked while I worked to keep the apartment semi-warm.

Unfortunately, I wasn't finishing Hero De Novo like I'd planned.

Yet another male cover model decided it was okay to insult and fat-shame a huge number of romance readers on Facebook. Unfortunately, he happened to be on a series of Alter Ego's covers, and a lot of her readers were PISSED.

So I had to spend a good chunk of this week doing new covers. I'd planned to refresh covers anyway this year, but AFTER the Suzan Harden books were written. *facepalm*

Hopefully, I'll have everything wrapped up at the end of today, but a word of warning to everyone: the internet is forever, and it goes around the world. Think twice about what you say. If it's something you wouldn't say to your grandma, then maybe you shouldn't say it on the 'net.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Where Things Are At - Hero De Facto Edition

I sadly underestimated the time it would take to implement a couple of my alpha reader's suggestions and to do the final proofreading for Hero De Facto. Since Alpha Reader was able to read it back to back with Hero Ad Hoc, he noticed some discrepancies that I and my extensive notes hadn't caught.

It didn't help when a curious new symptom appeared during the fall and has gradually gotten worse--I'm sleeping longer and longer each day. To the point, I'm only awake for 12-13 hours at a time.

Since I will be considered as having cancer for the next four years, my doctors jumped all over it. Some extra blood work and a sleep study were ordered.

So slicing out 20 hours of productive time per week, the extra medical appointments, and having to go back and re-write a couple of plot points put me way behind in January.

The good news is I delivered the files for Hero De Facto to my formatter this afternoon!

The bad news is I'm going to put it on pre-order instead of straight releasing it like I usually do.

A few of you had problems downloading A Modicum of Truth from Amazon over the first 48 hours the buy page was live last year. From what I'm hearing from fellow authors, the problem has gotten worse with the latest updates Amazon installed for Kindle Direct Publishing last year.

So in an attempt to ensure a smoother delivery, I'm putting the next few books on pre-order. I'll post here once the pre-order buttons become active.

On the plus side, I plan to do a couple of superhero-themed giveaways when the third book Hero De Novo is released in April. All you have to do is join my newsletter group. The sign-up is to your right if you're looking at my blog in fullscreen mode.

In the meantime, stay warm and safe this winter!

Monday, December 31, 2018

End of the Year Round-Up

Well, 2018 wasn't my best year for getting out new books, but it wasn't my worst either.

I started off by releasing the e-books of A Modicum of Truth (Justice #2) in February and Sacrificed (Bloodlines #8) in March.

And if you're a regular reader of my blog, you know everything got put on hold shortly after Easter.

I kept writing though, as best as I could. The trade paperbacks for this year's releases came out in October and December respectively.

Now that I'm relatively healthy, I'm concentrating on putting out a lot of books in 2019. I'm not jinxing myself by giving specific dates until the pre-order is up and running. (Yep, I'm going to try to stay ahead this year!)

- Hero De Facto is back from my alpha reader. I'll do another round of proofreading before sending it off to my formatter.

- Hero Ad Hoc was literally just sent to my alpha reader before I started writing this blog.

- The first draft of Hero De Novo will hopefully be finished before Hero De Facto goes on sale.

- A Matter of Death needs to be completed as well.

- Then if nothing else goes wrong, I'll finish the last three Bloodlines stories and the fourth Justice novel.

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I'm still looking at the possibility of another surgery, so I'm trying very, very hard to get ahead before this happens, if it happens. But right now, I'm just happy to be alive and doing something I absolutely love--making up stories to entertain all of you.

May you all have an awesome New Year!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

December's Short Story

Many apologies for the lateness! I underestimated the time needed to write this and overestimated how much free time I had to do it. It's amazing how other people plan things for you in December just because it's the holiday season. LOL

Anyway, I've just posted December's free short story for you, a Justice Thalia tale as promised and quite literally brand new!

Happy Holidays to everyone, and I'll see you in 2019 with brand new novels!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Catching Up with the Joneses Part 2

Sacrificed is finally live on Barnes & Noble. Also the trade paperback is for sale on Amazon and slowly filtering to other bookstores.

So the last little bit of production for 2018 is complete, and I'm gearing up for a fabulous 2019!

Monday, December 3, 2018

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Post

Remember how I promised a new Justice tale starring Anthea and Penelope's predecessor Thalia for the free December short story?

Well, it was a story that I submitted, but had been rejected months ago. Not because there was anything wrong with it. I really think the editor flipped a coin on several of the selections, and that's okay. From an editor/publisher standpoint, an overabundance of excellent stories can be a curse as you try to decide what to include.

So out of the blue, I got an e-mail from the editor, asking if that story was still available and they would like to see it again if I hadn't sold it elsewhere.

Hell, yeah, you can see it! I mean, any potential sale is a cause for celebration for a writer.

But I'd promised you all a story from a specific series starring a specific character. And by gum, that's what I'm going to do! It'll just be a couple of days late.

Finishing "Murder Most Fowl" is my priority this week, and it should be posted Friday at the latest.

Thank you once again for your patience!

Monday, November 5, 2018

November's Short Story

I've just posted the latest free short story for you. This one is a one-off ghost story.

The next new story will be posted the first Monday of December.