Sorry for the blog silence. Been REALLY busy lately and working on many things in the background, but being very productive. Here's the skinny on what's happenin' and if you leave a comment below, I'll enter you in a drawing to win a free, pre-released copy of Midnight Captive.
New Release – Midnight Captive – Book 2
I know…it's been a long time coming, but Midnight Captive is finally coming out in mid-February! This is book 2 in the Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles and I've received many e-mails from my faithful readers over the holidays, asking when Cailin will have her story told. The other updates below will let you know why the writing and editing of this has been delayed, so I'll let the events speak for themselves.
Book 2 is going to reveal some of the origin of the Vamsyrians and how Broderick and Davina play a part in the prophecy…and what that prophecy means. We also get to see Rick and Davina after they've been married for 17 years…one of my favorite parts of writing the book. Of course, there's the new love between James and Cailin…crackling with sexual tension, love and adventure. And a couple of characters from Book 1 make a cameo appearance at the beginning as they set this book into motion with a mysterious item delivered!
I'll keep you posted with blog tours, promos and a release party (for those of you who are local). If you haven't subscribed to my website, please do. You only get notified if I post something on the blog…and if you see the history of my blogging, you know that won't be very often, so you won't have to worry about tons of stuff from me in your inbox.
Midnight Conquest Coming to Audio Book
I've been getting a lot of requests for my books in audio and a fellow author friend of mine turned me on to ACX.com. They're connected with Amazon.com, Audible.com and iTunes, so distribution is huge. As a voice talent – I used to do voiceovers, phone systems and volunteered to record books for the Blind & Dyslexic – I'll be recording my own books. But I'm also offering my talent for other books. If you'd like me to record your book, you can find my profile here at ACX.com. OR if recording audio books is something you've always wanted to do or just want to do for your own books, I would highly recommend checking out ACX.com. Look at their tutorials on how to set up your own home recording studio. And I'll give you some tips they don't tell you on the website:
- Audacity (<– link) is FREE audio editing software. It's not the BEST, but it'll do in a pinch when you're on a tight budget. Leave a comment below if you'd like free tips on how to eliminate background noise and learn what I did to set up my own home studio for pennies.
- You can spend less than $60 to set up your studio. Amazon.com has a great (link –>) podcast kit that I use for my recording and I love it! Who knows…you might enjoy doing your own podcasts, too!
- Don't have milk products before recording. They make you very phlegmy and you end up doing a lot of coughing. Well, at least I do. ACX does tell you to drink plenty of water and have it on hand…good advice!
I just got a two-book deal with Victoria Vane to record her Devil DeVere erotic series. Sooooo excited!!! I'll let you know when the books have been produced and when they go up for sale.
New YA Steampunk Fantasy Series – Coming Soon!!!
The story has been aching to be told and my characters are screaming to be put on paper, so I've had to divert some of my attention to a new series my husband and I are crafting together. It's the Keystone Chronicles and it's a nine-book series that takes place on a planet called Evanterra. I'm a little over half-way finished with Book 1 – Havencrest: The Awakening. Click here to read the Prologue and opening chapter.
Helping Authors Increase their Chances of Getting Published
Of course, I'm still editing and providing advice for authors on how to increase their chances of getting published. Mystical Press Services is the company I just started with my best friend/editor/critique partner, AJ Nuest. We like to say we bridge the gap between the form-letter rejection and getting published. An author can't get published until they learn to write a publishable manuscript…but frequently, authors learn and flounder on their own with no real constructive and HONEST feedback on their writing. Gods love our family and friends, but they just don't really tell us what we need to improve our skills…because they just don't know. So we really can't fault them. And it's not the job of an editor to critique your manuscript. That's where we come in! AJ & I will give you honest feedback that you can afford. We have online, self-paced classes (as little as $40 each) where your assignments are edited – just like a real manuscript – and you not only learn the lesson taught in the assignment, but you finally get your own writing edited. THAT'S where authors learn the most in their journey to writing – when they are edited.Check us out! Here are some testimonials…
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We Had an Accident!
And in the middle of alllll this, our washer overflowed on Thanksgiving morning. Thank the Gods we have home owner's insurance, so insurance is paying for the damages. We're taking this opportunity to remodel the house, making those dollars stretch and do some much needed improvements. However, it's taking up a LOT of our time. I can't wait to post the before and after pictures, though. Very exciting improvements to increase the functionality of our home.
Leave a comment below and I'll enter you in a drawing to receive a copy of Midnight Captive PRIOR to the release of the book. You'll get it before anyone else!!!
That's my two pence…