Romance, fantasy, and light horror author.
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As I work on self edits on my Port Stone fantasy story, I am working on a new m/m romance story tentatively titled Ice Breakers. It is a hockey romance that is sure to steam up the pages! I haven't gotten to the naughty parts yet, but I know that they are coming. This is the fourth m/m piece that I have written and I am taking what I learned from the other pieces.
This may be a hot romance, but at the heart this is a love story. Two men find each other at the oddest moment and sparks simply fly. They have a lot to overcome, but love is one of the most powerful forces in the world. I hope to have the rough draft of this novella finished soon and hope to get it edited and to my publisher by the first of September.
This is a busy writing month for me, I just hope that I have enough energy to get everything done. Then next month I plan on working on the long awaited sequel to Quest for Redemption, Quest for Self. I have a brand new shiny cover for it, not I need to finish it to share with the world!
Today I thought that I would start a new series for my blog, talking about my latest writing in progress! Right now I just finished the rough draft of the first novella in a series that I plan to write called the Port Stone series. It is a high fantasy series, full of magic, elves, and mystery. The two lead characters are strong females that fight their own battles and kick quite a few men's asses along the way.
The first novella will be called Port Stone: Dangers of the Swamp. Think of the horrors and nastiness of a medieval town and you have a good idea what Port Stone is like. Separation of the classes, which of course involves species in a fantasy world, plays a major part in the story.
It's hopefully for a magazine market and I am pretty proud of it. It is out to my beta right now and I hope to have it submitted by the end of the month. I am inspired by my love of fantasy, from JRR Tolkien to George RR Martin to playing Dungeon & Dragons. Hopefully I have found a market for this story, but if not I will get it to my editor and self-publish as this is a story I am really proud of and a fun and new direction for my writing to take.
Stay tuned for more writing updates on my current projects. I'll be talking stories, characters, inspiration, and more! If you have questions I will be happy to answer.
Thought that I would just give a little update on what I am working on right now. You know me, I am always working on multiple projects all at once!
I am about to enter edits for The Rise of the Inquisitor and hope to have it out late August, early September. Look for a cover reveal soon!
I am also working on a couple of new stories. I am almost done with a rough draft of a fantasy novella, one that I am pretty proud of as it has two strong females in it, something that the fiction world needs more of. I am also working on a m/m hockey romance and the next story in the Gods Behaving Badly series, not to mention continuing to work on the long awaited sequel to Quest for Redemption. I'm going to be very busy the rest of the year that is for sure!
Sorry that I have been rather silent of late. Sometimes life just gets me down. There are a lot of things happening in my life right now. I have been having some self doubts about writing. I must say that this month is has been a bad month for my writing totals. I have had to bow out of a couple projects on my list. I am trying to forge ahead with projects for next month, but right now I am doubting myself. Maybe I should take a break for a little bit. Maybe I shouldn't pack my writing schedule so tightly. I don't know. A slow year in writing just seems to be getting slower for me. But even when I am down, writing is still in my blood and I keep plugging away. Sometimes I really wish I could walk away, just enjoy being a reader again and not have this compulsion to write. Writing is hard and not necessarily something that I chose, it chose me and doesn't seem to want to let me go.
Since a large part of this blog is dedicated to my being an author, I thought that I would give a little writing update. As many of you probably know I am very excited to be part of a horror anthology, Electromagnetism, just released! (Links will be at the end of this post). I am also excited to say that edits are done for a super sexy short for a summer erotica anthology out July 18! I am also thrilled to announce that a sweet romantic novella has been accepted by Hot Tree Publishing and will be out next February! Excited to join the Hot Tree family!
As to what is down the road, I have several horror shorts out on submission and hope to have some acceptances to share soon. This month I am working on another horror short and a sweet winter romance. I am also brainstorming the next two Gods Behaving Badly books and the long awaited sequel to Quest for Redemption. Lots of writing still coming from me this year! So please keep checking back for more updates!
As an author I am constantly trying to find and read new books about the craft of writing. I read a lot of such books, but my favorite is still Zen in the Art of Writing by the great Ray Bradbury. When I am feeling bleak and down about my own writing, I love to reread this book. It is such an inspiring read. It really helped me in the month of May. I had found myself in a writing funk and reading this book was the kick in my pants to write five short stories in May. I really needed that kick and that is the highest praise I can give a writing book, it actually helped me write! If you have not read this book and you are an author, go find a copy now. You will thank me later.
I know that I have been posting a lot of movie reviews and other things lately, but I have not been talking much about what is going on in my writing. But rest assured that I am still writing away.
First, I will have a steamy erotic tale coming out July 18 in the Summer Seduction box set! Look for more info coming soon!
I have also been working on branching out in other genres. I have had one horror short story accepted for an anthology and have submitted three other horror and sci-fi stories that I am waiting to hear back on. I am writing and submitting at least one more story this month as well. Maybe 2 if I can finish them both. Five short stories in a month is not bad. It feels good to be exploring some of the other genres that I love, like horror and sci-fi. I'm actually hoping to get enough professional sales this year in horror markets to join the Horror Writers Association. A woman has to have goals right?
But never fear, I am not leaving the romance genre behind. Next month I will be writing a sweet winter romance. And later this year I will have two more books in the Gods Behaving Badly series along with hopefully finally finishing the sequel to Quest for Redemption. I have some other projects already planned out, so it is going to be a busy rest of the year in writing for me! Stay tuned here for more info as releases come up and for more updates on what I am working on.
One of the perks of working a day job again is being able to go to the movies a lot more often. I forgot how much I love going to the movies and how inspiring a different art form can be on my own creative endeavors. In the past couple of week my husband and I have finally been able to catch up on some big movies, like Rogue One and Fantastic Beasts (yes, we were very late seeing both). We also just went to watch A Monster Calls. All three movies inspired me with their story telling and interweaving of characterization. Fantastic beasts inspired my wonder of things around me, something that can really come across in writing. A Monster Calls inspired me not only to think of story telling outside of the box, but how stories impact our lives. On a side note it was visually so pleasing that it also inspired me to get back to my art, but that is another post coming up this week.
So back to writing inspiration, it's great to allow other forms of art and creativity to inspire you. Movies are just another medium of story telling and I think can help you add more visual cues to your writing. Books inspire other books. Non-fiction books can inspire fiction. Poetry and painting can inspire feelings that make their way into novels. All art is inspirational and I am glad that I am getting back to be inspired!
What inspires you in your own creative endeavors or just in life in general?
The end of 2016 was not kind to me when it came to writing. Too much stress, too much ill health, too much of everything made it hard for me to write. Not being able to write as I wished only worsed my moods and my depression. Thankfully 2016 is behind us and it is the start of a new year, a new beginning, a new chance to get back into the writing groove.
Right now I am finishing up edits on the fifth book in the Gods Behaving Badly series. Love and Wisdom willhopefully be out in February. I am about to start edits on book six as well. I am also finally back to working on the sequel of Quest for Redemption, it is tenatively titled Quest for Self. I am over 11K in and I have the next couple days off and hope to reach 20K by the weekend! My goal is to have the rough draft finished by the end of January, revise and edit in February and get it to the editor by March. I am thinking an early summer release! Fingers crossed I can get that done! I am also about to start a novella for part of a summer sizzle box set, so I really do need to get back into the writing groove.
This year there will be no excuses, no matter what life throws at me I will keep writing. Even if I only manage a couple hundred words a night after work, I will keep moving forward and reach my writing goals!
I am continuing my theme of getting my goals for next year out into the universe. Today I am going to talk about my writing goals for 2017! I may not be writing quite as much due to the day job, but I will certainly be writing! Three novels to write, and at least six shorts. I will probably write some short stories as well for anthologies and magazines when I see calls that speak to me. I may not have a release a month in 2017, but I will still be pretty busy!
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