Tuesday, November 01, 2016

NaNoWriMo and Current Book Obsessions

MiniBeast Emoji ;P
Happy belated Halloween!

Yesterday was such a great day. Hubz was off work, so I was able to spend the day with him. Then, after Mini got home from school, we went to Mom and Dad's house for Halloween dinner. It was hotdogs and chili night, and Mom had a ton of candy out for the kids. (Confession: I'm still gorging myself on Tootsie Rolls. I can't resist!) After dinner, we took Mini to the firestation to trick-or-treat...and go through the Haunted House. Great times!

For the past month, I've been absent a lot from social media. Instead, I've been workshopping, reading, and studying rather intensively. It hasn't always been fun, but I feel it's been time well spent. My current plan is to use NaNoWriMo to test out some of the new tips and tricks I learned throughout October. We'll see how it goes.

Speaking of which, I signed up for NaNoWriMo, but I'm not totally committed to it like I was over the course of Camp NaNo a few months back. November tends to be a very busy month for me, and I've determined this year not to make myself crazy around the holidays.

Other news-ish things going on... I got the rights back on one of my old titles I thought I'd never have access to again. That's pretty exciting. I had a cover made for it, and I'll be re-releasing in January 2017 on Smashwords. I've also been cleaning up Chasing Moonlight for rerelease. I've made a pass through it already, and so far it looks pretty good. I'm thinking after one more round it should be ready to upload. At any rate, it won't take much longer for that one.

Now for my current book obsessions... Witches. Ever since I watched The Witch, I've been seeking witch-based books to read. To be honest, I'm more interested in reading the non-romancy type, but I've also been looking for the kind that are super creepy with a lot of plot and maybe with some romantic elements (but not a straight up witch-based romance).

Dark, creepy thriller-ish "romance" horror and erotica is also on my reading list right now. I read YOU by Carline Kepnes and loved it. I finished that one and wondered, Why aren't there more books available that read like that?! I hear there's a second book in that vein, also written by Kepnes, but I haven't picked it up yet. It's next up on my purchase list. Also, the Capture Me series by Anna Zaires is on my next-up list. I've heard a lot of hype about that set, and I'm itching to get my hands on it.

Lastly, non-fiction is very high on my list right now. I've been reading a ton of non-fiction lately on various topics: Bob Dylan, art-deco architecture, the Franco-Prussian War, and ghost hunting, for example. However, my current obsession is primarily focused on finding and reading books about the revision process. With the popularity and availability of how-to write guides out there now, one would think good books covering revision would be easier to find. Hm. Maybe it's just me, but there seem to be a lot fewer books devoted to the topic.

That's all for now. MiniBeast just came in from the school bus, and he's wanting a snack, so... Mom reporting for duty. (Ramen noodles or ham sandwich, Beastie. What'll it be?) ^_^  That said, I hope you all had a lovely Halloween. Until next time, happy wishes! ♦

Saturday, October 01, 2016

More Book News

Updates, updates! Yes, more updates.

Before I get started, just for the sake of saying so, it feels a little weird blogging on the Macbook. Everything looks slightly different. My HP little red writing laptop hasn't fully recovered from the Win10 anniversary update. She's tiptop healthy in terms of virus protection, etc. but she desperately needs a trip to visit Dr. Bulldog to fix the black screen on startup issue and spontaneous crashing problem before I end up with more data loss or a fried motherboard. I don't know which would be worse, but I'd seriously prefer not to find out.

That aside, the reissue for Chasing Moonlight is in the final stages and almost ready to go live. I love the new cover, which was created by Sterling Design Studios. The reissue will be out at Smashwords in ePub format first, and other file types and vendors will follow. I'll be revealing the new cover here on the blog very soon, and I gotta say...I'll be extremely glad to have this book in stores again. Out of everything I've written, Chasing Moonlight is probably my favorite Werekind story.

Also, the Kindle, Nook, and iBooks editions of Mating Instinct are in proofs and almost ready to go.

The Midnight Moon Trilogy Omnibus is also on the table, moving right along, and looking good. Feral Instinct, one of my harder to find by stories, will be included in the omnibus along with Under a Midnight Moon and Mating Instinct. So, if you missed Feral Instinct when it was contracted through Ravenous, take heart. It's getting a reissue as well.

That pretty much covers it for now. I do have a couple more new releases on the way, but I can't comment on them just yet. At any rate, it's pretty busy here. A good thing, since it keeps me out of trouble. ;o)

Until next time, best wishes! xoxo    

Friday, September 30, 2016

Mating Instinct is live at Smashwords

It's finally here! It's been a nightmare week of pure tech hell, but my new Werekind story is finally available...in ePub format at Smashwords. 

About Mating Instinct

Gemma Warren can hardly believe it when she is handed down an unexpected mating decree from the pack alpha. Who is the mysterious R.T. and why does he think they should be mates? Does it have something to do with that unfortunate little trespassing incident she got herself into a few weeks before? There is only one way to find out...

Smashwords link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/669382

The current edition is available only as an ePub through Smashwords. More formats and web vendors are in the works.

A special thank you to my personal tech Genie for saving my bacon. I owe you big time!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Today's the Day

It's release day for Mating Instinct! I thought I better drop in and post a quick update while I have a few minutes free time. I'm presently working to get the files uploaded, and as soon as I have the instore links, I'll be back with an official announcement, the (very slightly) updated cover, and the download urls. A big thanks to everyone who has waited so patiently for this new Werekind story. I love you, guys!

Update 9/26: Bear with me, y'all. I've officially been awake for 24 hours straight. I'm still trying to get the new book uploaded. I've been using a new program for creating books, and I keep getting an muhfrikkin auto vetter error, and I'm trying to work out how to fix it. If I can't solve the problem by this afternoon, I have a friend who has offered to help me with it after work. I'm freaking out and very sorry. It will be up as soon as I can get the thing to accept my file. #panic :(( I will update again very soon - hopefully by this evening! xoxo

Friday, September 09, 2016

Werekind Updates: Mating Instinct Cover Reveal: Series Info

Mating Instinct now has a cover...and a release date. The story will go live September 25th, 2016 with an initial release on Smashwords.

Mating Instinct is about Gemma from the Silver Werewolf Pack. It's the final tale in the Under A Midnight Moon trilogy.

The other stories in the trilogy are Under A Midnight Moon (Betsey's story), and Feral Instinct (Adriana's story). I'll be compiling an omnibus edition with all three stories very soon. If you haven't read Under A Midnight Moon, you can get a copy of it for free on Smashwords.

Next up on the 2016 Werekind release schedule is a reissue of Chasing Moonlight, Blaze Logan's story. The novella has a beautiful new cover that I'll be posting about in the coming weeks.

For those who have asked, Seth's story is still in the works. I'm aiming for a December release. I'll post more about it when I have the cover and a concrete release date. That just leaves Austin's story, which is coming out in 2017.

If you'd like an email notice when my new books are released, you can subscribe to the Smashwords email alerts on my profile page. It's a new feature that will send you an email once I upload new books there.

That's all for now. I'll be back next week with more bookish news. Sending out lots of happy wishes for the weekend. Until next time... xoxo

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Busy, Busy Bee

Road crews are working on the street right outside, so it's very loud in the writing cave today. When standing in the kitchen and in my office, it's possible to feel the vibrations from the machinery through the concrete floors. It's driving the doggles batty. Competely understandable. Fun times.

It's the last day of August, and I managed to hit everything on my to-do list for the month. Gemma's story (still debating about the title, and leaning toward changing it) is in edits. I finally fixed the no scrollbars issue in Word for Mac so editing with the Macbook is possible and writing with it is no longer a chore. This weekend, I'll be installing a new antivirus program for the new comp, just to be safe. I'll also be unlocking the "unlimited" feature in the new pubbing software I picked up recently, so I can compile the new Werekind story with it. I'm sooo excited to try out this new software! It's been fun to tinker with, but my options are limited and I can't upload anything with it until it's unlocked. But I digress... I have Gemma's test cover ready, and finalizing it is on my priority list. Expect a cover reveal next week!

Everything is moving forward and release day is imminent. Speaking of covers, I'm also in the final stages of having a new cover remade for Chasing Moonlight, which is getting a reissue in September. That's probably my favorite story in the Werekind series, so I'll be thrilled to have it back up and available for readers.

I guess I should get back to work now. I'm trying to get as many pages cleaned up as possible before MiniBeast gets home from school. Yes, yes, back to the yearly grind. I miss summer already. I hope y'all have a lovely day, and until next time, happy wishes! •

Cute bee graphic by forestgreen and anarres courtesy of openclipart.org

Sunday, August 28, 2016

41 Candles + 25 More

Happy Birthday to me...us! I'm sitting around in my pajamas at the moment, but in an hour or so I'll be going over to my mom and dad's house for c a k e. They're hosting a joint birthday party for Bub and me. His 25th is tomorrow, so I always share my bday with him. It's a special kind o' thing. Thank goodness Mom said she's not adding all the appropriate candles to the cakes, though. The result would likely resemble and choco-strawberry forest fire.

Let's see...what's been going on lately. Mini started 6th grade on the 25th. He said all his teachers are really nice this year, which is pure awesomeness. His second day back to school, Mother Nature threw an epic hissy fit. There was a storm that flooded one side of our yard, and the municipal water went out for two days. During the storm, Hubs went to move my car from the more floody side of the yard to the high-and-dry side, and noticed I had a flat tire. Whew! It's been crazypants around here. But on the upside, the weekend before Mini's school started was a blast. We went on a shopping quest to buy Minibeast new sneakers, and ended up at the Hibachi Grill before prowling through Big Lots for last minute supplies. We had a good time. It was the first time in months that all four of us: Hubs, Mini, Oldest, and Me were on an outing together.

Then, last night, I wrapped up the first round of hard revisions for my newest Werekind story that's headed to Smashwords in a week or two. *confetti* I consider that story a birthday gift to myself.

It still needs another round of revisions in at least two places, then I think it will be ready for copyedits. It's Gemma's tale, the last story in the Midnight Moon Trilogy. It's long overdue, I know, I know. After Gemma's story is released, I'll begin compiling the trilogy stories into an all-in-one edition for those who'd rather have the stories in that format. The all-in-one will include: Under A Midnight Moon, Feral Instinct (currently very hard to find a surviving copy of the anthology that short story ended up in), and Gemma's tale (I'm currently torn between two different titles.) So for anyone who wasn't able to pick up a copy of Feral Instinct the first time it rolled out, that one will be available soon, too.

Speaking of writing and tech-ish issues, I'm still wading through a few Windows 10 computer problems. I've managed to fix a few small annoyances but my primary laptop is still getting a black screen on startup. Restarting temporarily fixes it, but I don't know how long that's going to work before it shorts something out. I've tried several suggested fixes, an nothing has worked so far. I don't think Windows knows what's causing the error yet, or how to fix it. At any rate, I'm racing to get Gemma's story completed and uploaded before I send my comp to Dr. Bulldog. There's not much on my laptop to worry about, I tend to store thing on the cloud, but in the weird chance there is data loss or he has to strip everything out of my comp and do a reinstall, I don't want to lose everything that's there. So...I've been rabid saving everything. Uploading, burning, swapping files around. whew!All in the name of self preservation, yo. ;)

When Gemma's story gets to a certain level of completion (no more moing blocks of text around in revisions) I'll be able to send the document via dropbox to my Macbook and take over from there. It's too much of a pain to work in Word on the Macbook to do everything on it - my Word for Macbook has missing scrollbars. Go figure! It's a Word template problem but I haven't had the time to search out a fix. It's on my length to do list. Nevertheless, I've still managed to get a ton of writing done by swapping the document back and forth between computers. Now to just get the story nice and tidy so I can release it.

I'm out of time, so I'm off for now. I gotta go get changed out of my pjs into something presentable, then wrangle the boys into the car and head to Mom and Dad's. It's c a k e  t i m e!

I hope you have a lovely weekend, and for those heading back to the classroom this coming week whether as a student or a teacher: I wish you a safe and happy new school year!

Until next time, everyone. Happy wishes. xoxo

Cute birthday cake graphic by spreckers courtesy of openclipart.org