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Happy New Year! Every year, we sit around making resolutions and goals for the new year. How many do we keep, though? For me, resolutions don't usually last. Goals, on the other hand, are more manageable in my mind.
This year, I have a few goals. First, I plan on publishing the fourth and final book in the Isabella Howerton Series, Bloody Endings. I've been working on this book since this summer, with a break around November/December, and I'm so excited to complete it. This book will be the best of all, I think. New characters, plus some interesting developments with current characters. I hope you're as excited as I am.
In addition, I have a brand new series I plan to begin. I am so excited to bring this to you! Keep watching here for more details. I don't want to say much yet, but I am really excited for this one. I've been bouncing this idea around for two years, and I can't wait to start fully realizing it.
Other Worlds boxed set won't be available for much longer! If you want to get the FULL SET of ALL 20 stories, get it now! It's only $2.99! This USA Today Bestseller is available for only a limited time. My novella in the set, Claimed by Moonlight, starring fan favorite Jared, will be available solo, but you'll have to hunt for the rest of the books one by one.
Well, it's time for me to get back to writing. I hope you made some goals for yourself this year, and I hope we all stick to them. As best we can, anyway. Take care!
OTHER WORLDS DID IT! We hit the USA Today Bestseller's list at #124! Thank you to everyone who helped us along the way. We couldn't have done it without your support. Other Worlds will be available for three more months. If you haven't gotten it yet, now is the time! Afterward, you won't be able to get these 20 awesome stories together ever again. You can still read the preview of Claimed by Moonlight on InstaFreebie.
In addition to spending 6 months with an amazing group of authors working hard at Other Worlds, I've also been working with a fabulous book cover designer, Fiona Jayde Media, to update all my book covers. So far, I have sparkly new covers for Bloody Beginnings and Bloody Consequences. I LOVE them, and I hope you do too.
Now I'd better get back to working on book 4, Bloody Endings. It's going to be my November writing project! If you want special updates, don't forget to sign up for my newsletter. Link is on my main page. My newsletter gets first info on book updates, sneak peeks, giveaways, good books I've found, and more!
CLAIMED BY MOONLIGHT
A string of missing persons has citizens looking over their shoulders and locking their doors at night. But the next victim has already been chosen.
Kyrie has made a living as a counselor, using her wits and years of schooling to read people. Waking up alone in the woods, with no recollection of how she got there or where her clothes are, throws the good doctor for a loop. She’s not about to let a little memory issue get in the way of her escape, despite the strange circumstances.
Jared has been working on a string of missing persons cases, trying to find the source of the disappearances. What he finds is pale skin, fiery hair, and a woman who makes his heart race.
The stories are true. The legends are real. Creatures of myth prowl the night. Prey becomes predator under the full moon’s light.
Book one in my Isabella Howerton series, Bloody Beginnings, has a new cover! The fabulous Fiona Jayde Media designed a great cover for the first book, and we're working on covers for the rest of the series. Book 4, Bloody Endings, is about halfway written right now. I also have a novella, Claimed by Moonlight, which will be released on October 17 with the boxed set I'm a part of: Other Worlds! This novella has a fan favorite character: Jared!
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Well, I can finally announce that the novella I've been working on for the last few months is now available for pre-order as part of a special, limited-edition boxed set of 20 stories. This is exciting news! This set contains 20 Sci-Fi Romance and Paranormal Romance novellas. It has a wide variety to choose from, so I'm sure there's something for everyone.
My story, Claimed by Moonlight, features a fan-favorite character from the Isabella Howerton Series: Jared! For those of you itching for more Jared, I have your solution.
Pre-Order today for just 99cents! Release day is October 17, 2017!
Two weeks ago, I went to Portland with my oldest daughter. Big cities are definitely not my thing. If you're from Oregon, you know the difference between Portland and the rest of Oregon. If you're not from Oregon, throw everything you think you know about the state out the window.
First, Portland is an entity on its own. The city is crazy, busy, bustling, unique and all the other things you see on television. The rest of Oregon is forest, farms, quiet life, small towns, beautiful coastlines, grand mountains, dry deserts, an abundant rainfall and high pollen count.
The beautiful thing about living in Oregon is that the state has all of those things, AND a big, fun city or two to visit.
For our big city adventure, we took the Max line (a first for us), visited Powell's City of Books (also a first- I know, weird!), saw a play starring Silas Weir Mitchell from Grimm (and got lucky enough to meet him!), watched the Grand Floral Parade running through downtown, and shopped of course! And this was just in two days.
Even though my happy place is somewhere quiet (what can I say, I'm an introvert), I do enjoy branching out and exploring something new. I don't go to Portland often, but this trip was definitely one of the best I've had since I explored the Saturday Market with my mom years ago.
So, don't forget to be brave and daring every once in a while. We can't all be superheroes, but we can have super days. Explore. Do something outside your comfort zone. Take in a show. Try a new restaurant off the beaten path. This is a big, fun world!
I was recently asked about my writing inspiration. What inspires my ideas? My current series is about vampires, werewolves, and a little bit of magic. What authors inspired me? How do I come up with my titles? How do I come up with my story ideas?
That last question is probably the one I get the most, and it is one of the most difficult to answer. Why? Because I get my ideas from so many places, from books I've read and movies I've watched, and just random ideas that pop into my head.
When I was a kid first writing stories, they were all high fantasy written in 3rd person. Why? Because that's what I read! The first big book series that I read at age 10 was The Belgariad series by David Eddings. A big undertaking for a ten-year-old. After that I read anything and everything I could, but the books that really stuck with me were the Dragonlance books, particularly the original trilogy, and The Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist. The Belgariad and Riftwar books both had a young boy learning magic and growing, all amidst war, politics, and a greater battle for good. The Dragonlance wasn't a coming of age story, but was still centered around a key group of characters doing their part, for the greater good. There's obviously a lot more to all those books than just that, but the key here is the characters. I loved all of these books not just for their fantastical stories, but for their memorable characters. And I'm not even talking about the main characters. Some of my favorites are those other characters (Jimmy the Hand from Riftwar and Silk from Belgariad, to name a few).
Needless to say, these books shaped my ideas of writing, even down to the style I wrote. As I grew older I read more and more books, and started branching out into other genres. That was initially a difficult concept for me, but I found I actually liked other genres. Someone introduced me to Janet Evanovich and I fell in love with her hilarious Stephanie Plum books. I read Harry Potter and Rick Riordan. Yes, I even ventured into YA with Twilight. I also found a love for paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Laurell K. Hamilton was my first discovery, but I quickly found Keri Arthur, Karen Marie Moning, Patricia Briggs and others.
The more I read, and the more I diversified the types of books I read, the more my writing changed.
While I tend to write darker stories (vampires are evil bastards) it doesn't mean I don't love a happily ever after (cue candles, flowers and romance). So, how do I get my ideas? Where do they come from? Life. Books. Movies. Conversations. News. Television. Dreams. My brain.
How do artists come up with their paintings or sculptures? How do designers get their inspiration? Writers are artists. We just use words to paint our pictures.
Bloody Defiance, Book 3 in the Isabella Howerton series will be available on Amazon Kindle starting April 10, 2017!
Read the book blurb here:
“Haven’t you figured it out yet, Isabella?” the vampire asked, suddenly flashing his fangs at me. “Everything comes down to blood. It’s the beginning of all life, as well as the end.”
Izzy is sick of vampire games, but what can she do? Kidnapped by Henri Donovan, she has been elevated to unwilling Queen of his vampires. It’s not a role she would choose, but thanks to vampire control, she doesn’t have a choice. Or does she?
Armies are being formed.
Weapons are being created.
Humanity is at stake.
Far from the werewolves in an unknown location, Izzy has no one to rely on but herself. Each choice is deadlier than the last and defying the vampires might cost her more than just her life. It may cost her very humanity.
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I just wanted to give my loyal readers an update on book 3 of the Isabella Howerton series. I've been going through the last round of edits with my BETA readers. The book has a title, obviously, but it was not an easy thing. It started as Bloody Dreams, then bounced around from Bloody Desires, Bloody Decisions, etc. before finally settling on Bloody Defiance. I have the title for the fourth book ready, but really had a hard time with this one.
The book also has a cover, which I will be revealing very soon along with a release date.
Book 3 is told from two different points of view, which is a considerable difference from my other books, but needed to happen. I think you'll like the other POV! I was about halfway through writing this book when I realized I really needed the other POV. So, I went back and added it in.
Keep watching here for release date info and the first peek at the cover. Oh, the ideas I have for book 4... and beyond!
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