Sundays Spent With Vampires

 

Happy Sunday!

I haven’t gotten much writing done in the last week or so. But I am happy to report that today the dam has broken and the writing is again flowing ๐Ÿ™‚

As the title of this blog states, I am spending my writing time today with vampires. Tuck 4 (I have a title but not ready to share just yet) is well underway. It briefly paused but after going back and fixing a few things,ย  the story is moving in the right direction now. After the events in The Arena, Tuck doesn’t feel like resting much. She has a vampire to hunt, and he isn’t going to make it easy…as if any of them do ๐Ÿ™‚

I have at least four more books (including the one I am writing) before her story is wrapped up. Are there more stories to tell? Yes. But her full story, her path, will end with the last book. Other characters are lining up to have their stories told, including a few vampires.

For right now, though, Tuck’s journey needs to be told, and I will be focusing on her POV until her story is done.

Can I give you hints about book four? Let’s see…

*The story picks up pretty much where The Arena ends.

*The main villain is an ancient one.

*We see some characters from the first book.

That’s all I can really give right now ๐Ÿ™‚ My goal is to have book four finished by the end of January and ready to publish no later than March. I am self-publishing the rest of the books in this series, and hope to also have them available in audio. I am aiming to have The Arena on audio before book four releases.

I hope you all have a wonderful day! And spend some time your favorite vampires- be it a book or a movie- as well โค

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A Little Of This, A Little Of That

Happy Sunday! Just a few odds and ends to keep you up to date ๐Ÿ™‚

*I am working on getting Over the River back up for sale as well as The Red Barn. I’m hoping by the end of the month/beginning of December to have both up.

I plan on putting The Red Barn up for free since it is a short story ๐Ÿ™‚

*I just finished the first round of revisions on Sera’s first book, and will be starting another round today. I really like writing from her POV and am excited to start her second book. I will announce a title soon.

The plan at this point is to self-publish the Isles and West series as well Sera’s books. I will publish the first three books first, then release a box set of them. After that, I will publish Sera’s book so you are not waiting too long for the next book ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m hoping to have Sera’s book out by the end of January/beginning of February of 2019.

I am also working on Delilah and Milly’s next book, which will release after Sera’s arc is finished.

*I am taking part in an anthology (will announce when I can) that will release next October. I am excited to share the story with you! I just started writing it and I can already see at least two novels in that world.

*Also in the works is another, lighter series in the I&W world~ I call them my Dark Cozy Mysteries ๐Ÿ™‚ The first book is finished and I’m working on the second.

*I have started work on an upper YA/NA urban fantasy book. It’s moving a little slowly, but that’s okay. I really like the main character and the world. I think that series will start as a novella and then have at least two full-length books that follow.

In other news:

Some of you who have been following me for a while will know that I am a tea lover. I just ordered myself a brand new teapot and a bunch of tea (because I am really low at the moment on loose leaf tea). I’ll share a picture when it gets here because I think it’s beautiful โค

Yesterday I made gingerbread granola for the first time and it came out wicked good! I’ve never made granola that way (only the chewy granola bars) so I’m excited that it came out so well. It’s also baking season for me so I’ve been baking cookies and bread (apple fritter bread!) and pie. I made a pumpkin pie for the second time- and on my own without help- and that came out so well. I was pretty pleased with myself, as it was a custard and I’ve never made custard before.

Snow has arrived in Vermont and, though I am not a fan of driving in snowstorms (as many are not), it is definitely pretty โค

I’m going to leave you with a book recommendation. Back in October, The Dream Gatherer by Kristen Britain released, and I am so excited that I finally got my copy! I love the Green Rider series (though, certain things in book 6 did not make me happy), and this new release is in that world. I highly recommend this series for fantasy fans. It is one of the few series that I will buy in hardcover and they are worth the read (in my opinion, of course ๐Ÿ™‚ ).

click on cover to go to Penguin’s book page for buy links

Hit Refresh

Happy Tuesday!

I’ve officially been on vacation since I left work last Friday ๐Ÿ™‚ The first three days were spent traveling. I went to a place I’ve never been before but have always wanted to go: Sleepy Hollow, NY and Tarrytown, NY.

I had a great time! I learned so much about the history of the towns and Washington Irving~ I am still in awe of what I learned about Irving and his life and career. The trip was so refreshing for me as a person as well as the geek and horror lover in me.

We visited Irving’s home and grounds. It’s a beautiful home, and one that I wouldn’t mind living in myself. The energy inside was warm and welcoming, so much so that I could just see myself sitting down to dinner with him or sitting in his study writing with him in the room.

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Not the greatest photo, but I loved the architecture, the design, of the home. I could totally live there!

We also visited the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and Old Dutch Church/Burying Ground. We did a small, one hour tour as well walking around on our own the last day we were there for three hours. The time was well spent. The history alone, of how both the Old Dutch Burying Grounds and the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery formed and got their names, and how both tied into the legend as well as the tie to Washington Irving (who he was as a person and as an author).

The Old Dutch Burying Grounds are hallowed ground, which in many legends means that ghosts cannot walk upon said ground. That is why in the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod was trying to get onto the Old Dutch grounds. The Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is non-denominational.

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Washing Irving’s headstone. This is not the original headstone that once stood. He is buried with relatives, as he never married.

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This is the Old Dutch Church.

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Andrew Carnegie’s gravesite.

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There were many beautiful mausoleums and headstones. All of them had their own beauty and energy.ย 

During the tour we got to see the inside of the receiving vault. I only took a few pictures, but I did like this touch ๐Ÿ™‚ The show Dark Shadows had scenes in the cemetery~ in the picture is a photo of Barnabas Collins.

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Another highlight was the Sleepy Hollowย Lighthouse (also known as the Tarrytownย Lighthouse and Kingsland Point Lighthouse). Construction surrounded the lighthouse so we couldn’t get as close as I’d hoped, but it was still beautiful to see. The park was nice and had great views ๐Ÿ™‚

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One of the other highlights of the trip happened during the cemetery tour. A mated pair of hawks was perched not too far overhead near Irving’s grave. They were beautiful! And it was such a treat to see ๐Ÿ™‚

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How did this all affect me as an author? The energy and experiences of the drive down and back (no stress at all on the driving down and back!) as well as what I saw and learned on the trip was so refreshing that I as a person feel wonderful, and as an author I feel like someone hit the refresh button. I have so many ideas and am so excited to write! The trip also brought clarity to what was wrong with the books that I’d gotten stuck on, that the plot wouldn’t move forward so I set them aside, and now I can go back and finish those books! โค โค โค

If you’ve never been to Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown but really want to go, I highly recommend it. I can’t wait to go back and see what we didn’t have time to on this trip!

Slayers, Ghosts, and Updates

Hello, and Happy Sunday!

I apologize for the lack of blogging. As you may have seen on my FB feed and Twitter, I lost my father in April and my focus has been elsewhere. But I do have updates on some things:

1: Tuck 3 is now over 40k and still chugging along at a nice pace. If this keeps up I will be done by the goal date I set ๐Ÿ™‚

2: Sera’s first book is still waiting for me to return to it for revisions and rewrites. I plan to get to this soon, especially since her second book is itching to be written.

3: I’m writing on a few other projects as well~ four, to be exact. But my main focus is Tuck and Sera.

Lots of changes for me in my personal life in the last six months, and especially the last month with the loss of my father. Writing is giving me an outlet, allowing me to get lost in other worlds. I love creating these worlds, I love sharing these worlds with you, and I hope to have another book in your hands soon โค โค โค

In other news:

I’m really upset that The CW didn’t pick up Wayward Sisters! I’m rather angry about it, actually. At a time when we need this show, they pass on it (despite it having far high ratings than the other shows they green lit). This is a show with strong female leads who are diverse, from different walks of life, who bring those different strengths to the screen. The wide range of ages, life experiences, body types…etc. I’m highly disappointed, and yes, I signed that petition.

On the flip side, the season finale of Supernatural was very well done, and even though I expected for that moment (no spoilers!) to happen with Dean, I was still heartbroken that it did. Season 14 will, at the least, start with a bang ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!

Oops, I Forgot Dinner

So, not unlike most authors I know (and follow), I was so deep into writing that when I came up for air, I realized I hadn’t eaten anything since about 10am. I’ve remedied that just now~ had a nice, hot bowl of chicken soup for dinner ๐Ÿ™‚ I feel better now LOL

I’ve been writing on Tuck 3 since about 8:30am. I had two breaks in the morning due to also doing laundry, which is why I remembered to have a morning snack at 10am. I’m still writing~ a little over 4k words, and I’m guessing another 1 or 2k before I call it quits for the night. Tuck is just starting to realize the real danger she and her friends are in. We also get to meet someone that I think will be part of at least one more book (Tuck 4).

The ending of this book is crystal clear to me~ what happens to Tuck, what happens to her friends, what happens to the bad guys, and the consequences of every action. I know what needs to happen between now and the end, but every move isn’t quite as clear as the ending is. This book…it’s going to lead to bad things. Things that Tuck is going to have to deal with for a long time.

I’m really glad she started talking so loudly again. I’m glad to be back in her world~ for the good and the bad and the wicked.

Now, back to writing!

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ ), 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 โค

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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