Can you believe that half of 2019 is already over?! Where is the year going? It sure seems to be flying by fast and that means we only have six more months this year to get things done. Crazy!
This year I have been writing a little slower than I would like, life keeps getting in the way but I am still plugging away and trying to accomplish my writing goals and dreams. Despite some setbacks, I have already had a decent year. I have had one solo book release, the first novella in my Port Stone series, Port Stone: Dangers of the Swamp! I have also sent off the second book of the series this month to my editor and it should be out by late summer/early fall. I plan on starting the third and final book of the series next month and getting it out in December. I have also been in four different anthologies released so fat this year, Flash Fiction Addiction, Evil Lurks, After Undead Wars, and Pandemic. I also have two more stories set to come out in anthologies later this year! I also have three more stories out on submission, so fingers crossed there.
So now to look towards the second half of the year. Like I said I should have edits back from Port Stone Book Two: Delmar's Demise soon and hope to have it out in August or September. I will also write and release the third book in the series by the end of the year. I hope to write and submit about three or four more short stories before the end of the year as well. I am also working on some novels to release this year and next! Right now I am working on a contemporary romance entitled It All Comes Back to Paris. I have a second contemporary romance that I want to write after that, as well as two fantasy novels. So this is going to be a busy second half of the year writing wise for me.
And as a special treat for all of my readers, I have another freebie for all of you now through Sunday! Grab your copy today!
Karen is a woman looking to make a new beginning after breaking away from an abusive past. Her first stop is a tattoo shop, to show herself that she is no longer afraid to live her life the way she sees fit and to mark her freedom with a permanent reminder to never go back. When she catches sight of her tattoo artist, Ben, well she suddenly has things other than ink on her mind. Ben is wild, free and uninhibited, everything that she wants to be and more. Soon she is left alone with the man that embodies her dreams and sparks begin to fly. It's safe to say that she gets way more than she bargained for when she originally stepped into his shop, as Ben helps her unleash her wild child and truly begin her life again. One wild night can truly change a woman forever.
I hope that you all are ready for a lot of book reviews over the next few weeks. The awesome and lovely author lady Torie James has a series of shorts out entitled Fractures Fantasies and I happen to have all 13 books on my Kindle! That means I have been doing a lot of reading and am going to be giving reviews for all the books in the series! Today we are starting off with the first two books in the series, Point of No Return and
Here is a little bit about Fractured Fantasies: Fractured Fantasies are cautionary, carnal tales.
Past the shadows of lust and temptation there is a secret dimension of dark, forbidden desires. Abandon rational thought and step into a world of shattering rapture, furious ecstasy and burning secrets. Worship the flesh and submit to carnal seduction but remember passion comes at a high price. What are you willing to pay?
Point of No Return is a fun and steamy short that delves into sin with someone who should know a little something about sinning, Satan's daughter herself. Hurt in the past, she has now found her rightful spot in her father's kingdom, but some things and men are not so easily forgotten. This is a hot, hot story that I hope that the author writes a sequel to one of these days! 5/5 stars.
Reclaiming the Rabbit Hole is the second book in the Fractured Fantasies series. This one took some inspiration from Alice in Wonderland, but this is certainly no kids book! Sex is good, sex is fun, sex can also be a weapon. This is a tale of revenge that takes some unlikely turns that will keep you reading and wanting more! 5/5 Stars
I have 11 more shorts to review from this series, so come back next week for some more!
I am all about encouraging people to stop and relax during the summer, perhaps by reading some fun books. In my effort to help people with that, I am offering my zombie/horror meets steamy romance novella Our Last Salvation for free now through Sunday! Head over and grab your copy today!
Kol's living her dream. Her gorgeous neighbor, Nick, promised to make her life brighter yet, until something from her past threatens the entire world.
Kol is trying to outrun her troubled past and start anew. She is finally living the life she always wanted in NYC, where she has met the man of her dreams, Nick. Just when her future is looking bright, an infection takes hold of the country, sending her and Nick on a race for their lives. Now Kol must face the pain she wanted to leave behind forever, in order for anyone to have a future.
As I continue to not only learn and grow as an author, not to mention that I am still trying to gain balance between writing and my day job and all my other responsibilities. So that means that I am trying to teach myself to actually plot out my novels and stories. Plotting, boy that is a scary word to me.
Now some of you might be thinking that authors always plot. Our books always have plots, this is true. That does not mean that all authors plot out their books before they start writing. I have always been what is known as a pantser. This means I open up my computer and write by the seat of my pants. I know some story points, I have characters, but I just write and see where the story takes me. It's fun and has served me well, but now that I am busier I think that I see that plotting might be something for me to explore.
Right now I have less physical time to devote to writing, which means that I need to use my time more efficiently. Plotting would help this, at least I hope. This way when I sit down to write I will know what points I need to hit each session, I will know where the story is going and I should write fast then right? Well I am just working on my very first plot right now as I also work on edits, so maybe by next week I will know if plotting is the magical tool that I need to write my books faster and better. Wish me luck!
Summer reading season is here and through a little shameless self promotion I'd like to suggest my small town/mob princess book A Whole New Life as something to be added to your to read list! It's such a fun and romantic story, one that I am pretty proud of! Give it a read and let me know what you think!
A handsome deputy who’s not looking to settle down.
A mysterious woman who’s on the run.
When Deputy Henri Gunther realizes there’s so much more to waitress Jenna Trippleton, his simple small-town life explodes right open. With her safety and freedom at stake, Jenna must decide whether she can put her trust in the one man who’s promised to protect her.
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I have been having a hard time concentrating on my writing of late. Health issues have been making me tired and unmotivated. Some mental health issues have been making it even worse. Depression and anxiety have been making every day a struggle, in particular when it comes to my writing. But that does not mean that I have stopped writing. Nope, I am still trying. I always figure some words are better than no words and that is what is keeping me moving forward. That is the approach that I am taking with everything in my life right now in the face of a lot of adversity. Just keep moving forward and you won't get stuck right?
So despite being very slow at writing right now, I still hope to finish the second half of 2019 strong! I have a few short stories already accepted to some anthologies that will be out later this year. I have a couple more short stories to write for other anthologies that I obviously hope will be accepted. I will get the second novella in the Port Stone series off to my editor this month and hopefully release it in late August. I am also working on two novels that I hope to get out this year, if not early next year. And hopefully I can get the third and final Port Stone book out in December. That means that I have a lot of writing to do. And at least I am making progress towards my goals no matter how small that progress is some days.
Summer is here! At least it is in my neck of the woods! Looking for some fun and steamy reads while you relax and enjoy the warmer weather? Why not grab a copy of my Blood, Lust and Love: A Collection of Vampire Shorts? This book contains three vampire inspired novellas sure to steam things up more than the weather. Also available in paperback.
Three vampire stories in one collection for the first time!
In Under a Ring of Fire, everything changes for Jackie thanks to an eclipse of the sun. She is a dying woman, living what's left of her life in misery. One night, one mysterious guest and she will be forever altered. Is this her chance to live at last?
In Curse of the Blood, not even service to his king in time of war could prepare Melvil for the pleasurable evil he would suffer at the hands of Honnor. One act of kindness dooms him to a life that he never wanted.
In Alone No More, the tortured Melvil is back, living a life of penance. One night he saves a young woman from ghouls and sees hope for the first time in years. Ella is a woman alone in life, until a mysterious Frenchman saves her from more than ghouls.
It's been a bit but it's time for another book review! This time I am reviewing the first of a series of horror books by one of my now favorite up and coming horror authors, Vesper Brooks! Check out her work, seriously.
This is the first book I have read by this author, but it won’t be the last. I have always loved stories about the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse and have read many. This one gives a new take on this classic trope, turning up the creep and horror factor. I liked the gritty portrayal of this story and how Famine comes to be. This story is not for the faint of heart and that is what I liked most about it. I look forward to the other books in the series. This was for sure 5/5 stars!
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