Chilly, but Sunny

Happy Saturday, my lovelies! It’s cold but sunny here at home. I did all of my outside stuff early this morning so I could stay inside, where it’s warm and cozy, and write 🙂

I’m pleased to announced that the first draft of Sera’s first book is finished! I’ve printed it out and will probably dive into edits/revisions in the next week or so. After finishing the first draft, it looks like Sera will get two more books. Her story arc won’t be complete with only two. She has a lot of baggage, to say the least, and that’s going to take some time to sift through. I’m hoping to have the first book ready to submit by the end of March.

In other writing news, Tuck is still going strong. I know what events need to happen and what the end fight will look like. Getting there will be interesting, and I can’t see that path quite as clearly at the moment. Sometimes those don’t come into focus until I’m actually writing the scene. I’m aiming to have the first draft complete by the end of April, and the way the book is writing at the moment, that is very doable.

I do have secret project going on but I don’t want to say too much right now. The book is on submission to a publisher I’ve always wanted to work with, and I’m both excited and nervous to hear the verdict. The book is part of a trilogy, and takes place within the Isles and West world. This trilogy has new characters in a new town (still in Vermont 🙂 ), and has more romance. The romance is not the main plot, but there is more of it. I’ve already started writing book two- it’s currently around 12k and going strong. I’m looking forward to being able to share the book with all of you and I think you’re really going to love the characters and setting!

In non-writing related news: I’ve finally healed enough from my surgery that I can exercise as I did before- this makes me extremely happy. My health is going to be a priority this year- from nutrition to fitness, to my overall outlook on the future. I’m looking forward to more writing, more adventures, and a wonderful year. So happy to have you all along for the ride ❤

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Be Very Quiet, I’m Hunting Vampires

The Damned and Path to Damnation were published in 2015, and A Taste So Bittersweet (The Damned told in Fiona’s POV) was released in 2016. Since then, I’ve tried writing Tuck 3 to no avail. If you look back through the blog, you can see where I thought Tuck was writing well and that I’d made headway, but nothing ever took for too long.

But, I’m happy to report that Tuck 3 is finally underway…for real, this time 🙂 After five or six false starts, I’ve finally found the story that Tuck wants told and I’m very excited about this one! I’m almost afraid to say too much about the book in fear of jinxing the momentum, but I will say that this story involves vampyr and strigoi, and that we meet new slayers. One of which is mentioned by Tuck in Path to Damnation. We also meet another one of Tuck’s brothers, and we get to see her in new locations.

For now, that’s all I’ll say. Once I’m further into the book I’ll give you little glimpses of the story. I’ve already made the book trailer for it, so there’s that to look forward to as well 🙂

And now, I bid you a happy Monday! I’m off to hunt vampires.

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Christmas Morning

Good morning, and Happy Christmas to those who celebrate! Happy Monday to those who do not 🙂 We have beautiful snow falling quietly down this morning, and it’s just so peaceful that it makes me feel peaceful as I watch it gently fall.

Confession: I have never been able to sleep on Christmas morning. I’ve always been up between 2am and 4am, even now as an adult…and without children 😀 I’m sure it annoyed the hell out of my mom and siblings growing up LOL But now it’s more about the feeling of the holiday season rather than “Come on, let’s see what Santa brought us!”

October through December have always been my favorite months, and not just because of the holidays. They’d still be my favorite months even if the holidays were taken out. And to help celebrate this wonderful time of year, I am going to be doing a giveaway!

DATES: December 25 through January 1st

HOW TO ENTER: Simply leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite season is.

PRIZE PACK: an Isles and West hoodie (several colors to choose from), an October Weeks mug, an Isles and West keychain, an ebook copy of The Damned and Path to Damnation, and a $5 gift card to Amazon.

This is what the hoodie look like in Heather Gray:

Speaking of Isles and West…

Today through Friday, all three of the full-length books in the series will be on sale for $0.99! You can purchase your copies by clicking the image below.

Have a wonderful, peaceful, calm day ❤

 

Happy December

Hello, and happy first day of December 🙂 I hope you’ve all been well. I apologize for the blog silence- I’ve had a lot going on, including surgery, and that put me behind on a few things. Just a few things for you all today:

First: the Isles and West series has a new logo! Thanks to the lovely Niki at Once Upon A Design for creating this lovely logo for me. Look forward to some giveaways, swag, and merchandise in the near future.

 

Speaking of the Isles and West series…

If you hurry you can still get GHOULTOWN on sale for $0.99!

 

Second: Sera’s book is still writing well. Because of my surgery, I didn’t write anything for about two weeks, but I’m now starting to dive back in. It’s in the last quarter phase, so I’m about to put her through the Hells…because of I am 🙂

Third: I have a book recommendation for you. I’ve just finished Deadly Storm by Skye Knizley, which is the tenth book in the Storm Chronicles. I loved it, and suggest if you haven’t read the series to give it a try, and if you do read the series- go get this one right now! It was worth the long wait 🙂

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And that is pretty much it for right now 🙂 I’m hoping to have news soon on one of the books I have on submission, and I’m hoping Sera’s book will be out by Spring 2018. Stay tuned!

 

Progress Report

Happy Saturday! I just realized that it’s been a bit since I gave a progress report on my writing. So, here we go:

Sera’s Book: going well! Probably another 20k before the rough draft is done. Getting close! And yes, it does have a title, but I’ll wait to announce that once the first round of revising is done 🙂

On Submission: the first book of a trilogy that is on submission is…well, I’m still waiting to hear 🙂 This is the nature of publishing and that’s okay. I’m very excited to share this series and hope to have news for you before the end of the year. I think you’re going to love the characters, and the mysteries I set upon them.

Other Stories: I finally nailed the perfect opening for Tuck 3, and that makes me so happy that happy isn’t an adequate enough word 🙂 Hopefully this will now make the book write faster and more smoothly. We get to meet new slayers and deepen the world as well as put poor Tuck through the ringer again…because that’s how I roll ❤

I’m also working on two other stories, but I don’t want to say too much right now. Once I’m deeper into those books I will talk about them more.

And that’s my progress report. I know it’s been a while since I released new material, but these things take time ❤ Good things are coming soon!

Halloween Spooktacular!

Hello my lovely readers! I’ve some good stuff for you today 😀

First up: Over the River is on sale for $0.99 for a short time. It’s the perfect Halloween read!

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Secondly: Beautiful Nightmares, the Women of Horror anthology that has my story, The Legend of Old Jack, is FREE for the next two days!

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Lastly: I am going to be a part of a Halloween Spooktacular event on Facebook. Come join the party!

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I hope you all have a great day and come join in on the fun! ❤

Series Saturday: The Hollows

 

Happy Saturday, and welcome to another Series Saturday 🙂

Today I’m featuring The Hollows series by Kim Harrison. While I admit that I stopped reading these around Black Magic Sanction, the earlier books are still some of my favorite urban fantasy. I have them in hardback up to The Outlaw Demon Wails. I do recommend this series to friends who ask for good urban fantasy ❤ I also have the very awesome The Hollows Insider (more on that below) and Into the Woods (the short story collection).

I think what made me fall in love with the books was not only Rachel, but her relationship with the other characters. Jenks, Ivy, Kisten, and Al…and Newt 🙂 This is a wonderful world Kim built, and I love rereading the series when I get the chance.

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BLURB:

All the creatures of the night gather in “the Hollows” of Cincinnati, to hide, to prowl, to party . . . and to feed.

Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining—and it’s Rachel Morgan’s job to keep that world civilized.

A bounty hunter and witch with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she’ll bring ’em back alive, dead . . . or undead.

 

BLURB:

It’s a tough life for witch Rachel Morgan, sexy, independent bounty hunter, prowling the darkest shadows of downtown Cincinnati for criminal creatures of the night.

She can handle the leather-clad vamps and even tangle with a cunning demon or two. But a serial killer who feeds on the experts in the most dangerous kind of black magic is definitely pressing the limits.

Confronting an ancient, implacable evil is more than just child’s play — and this time, Rachel will be lucky to escape with her very soul.

 

BLURB:

Some days, you just can’t win. Witch and former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan’s managed to escape her corrupt company, survive living with a vampire, start her own runner service, and face down a vampire master.

But her vampire roommate Ivy is off the wagon, her human boyfriend Nick is out of town indefinitely and doesn’t sound like he’s coming back while the far-too-seductive vampire Kisten is looking way too tempting, and there’s a turf war erupting in Cincinnati’s underworld.

And there’s a greater evil still. To put the vampire master behind bars and save her family, Rachel made a desperate bargain and now there’s hell to pay—literally. For if Rachel cannot stop him, the arch demon Algaliarept will pull her into the sorcerous ever-after to forfeit her soul as his slave. Forever.

 

BLURB:

The evil night things that prowl Cincinnati despise witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan. Her new reputation for the dark arts is turning human and undead heads alike with the intent to possess, bed, and kill her — not necessarily in that order.

Now a mortal lover who abandoned Rachel has returned, haunted by his secret past. And there are those who covet what Nick possesses — savage beasts willing to destroy the Hollows and everyone in it if necessary.

Forced to keep a low profile or eternally suffer the wrath of a vengeful demon, Rachel must nevertheless act quickly. For the pack is gathering for the first time in millennia to ravage and to rule. And suddenly more than Rachel’s soul is at stake.

 

BLURB:

A fiendish serial killer stalks the Hollows, and no one living in or around Cincinnati—human, inhuman, or undead—is safe.

An ancient artifact may be the key to stopping the murderer—a mysterious relic that is now in the hands of Rachel Morgan, fearless independent bounty hunter and reckless witch. But revealing it could ignite a battle to the death among the vast and varied local supernatural races.

Rachel’s been lucky so far. But even she can’t hide from catastrophe forever.

 

When you dance with demons, you lay your soul on the line . . .

In the Hollows, where the natural and the supernatural co-exist—not always peacefully—desperate times often call for unorthodox measures. But bounty hunter-witch Rachel Morgan did the absolutely unthinkable to save the lives of her friends: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins have come home to haunt her.

As Rachel hunts for the truth behind a terrifying murder, the discovery of a shocking family secret is about to throw her entire life into question. And the long-lost ancient knowledge she seeks resides in the demonic ever-after.

But there are some lines that should never be crossed—like the one Rachel Morgan’s stepping over . . .

 

 

And then we have the prequel! I have not had a chance to read this one, though I do want to 🙂 We know through Rachel some of the details of The Turn, but not everything.

 

The short story collection is one of my favorites ❤

 

And then we have The Hollows Insider. This is an amazing insight into the The Hollows world. Kim did a fantastic job, and I’m grateful she took the time to do this for her fans.

From the author’s website: The Hollows Insider is the Hollows world guide, the definitive source for all things Hollows, with spells, character descriptions, species descriptions, interoffice memos, murder and mayhem.It’s not necessary to read it to enjoy the regular Hollows books, but much like the novellas and shorts, it expands your understanding of the characters and world tremendously. Full color and richly illustrated, it’s a collector’s coffee table book and one-of-a-kind.

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Have you read The Hollows series? What are your thoughts?