How are we already over halfway through the month? Time seems to be flying by. I have had a major health setback, so I am not quite as far as I would like to be this month but I have still been having a decent writing month. First round edits for The Discovery of a Lifetime are back to my editor and I should have the second round next week sometime. I am hoping to have a mid-September release date soon! I had a flash fiction story accepted for an anthology and will have more on that release when a date is set. And as for actually writing, I am about a third of the way done with my Christmas novella that I hope to get to my editor by the end of the month. Hopefully I have a couple good days of writing and will catch up. I even have found a cover for the Christmas novella that I need to purchase this month as well. So all in all a fairly productive writing month thus far despite some setbacks, I really can't ask for more I suppose.
So as many of you already know I have been dabbling in writing some non-romance stories of late. Sure, I am known as being a romance author, of varying heat levels and sub-genres, and I am going to keep writing romance so don't worry. As a matter of a fact I will soon have a Christmas romance off to my publisher and I am working on the sequel to Quest for Redemption and the next Gods Behaving Badly book, so steamy romance is on its way! However I love to write in all sorts of genres and that's why I am going to start using S.L. Velarde for all non-romance releases, just to keep things easy for my readers to know what is romance and what is not. S.L. will be the name on horror, hard fantasy, sci-fi, and mystery books and stories that I have in the works. Sheri will still be the name on anything romance! Pretty easy right? I hope that all of my readers will give both romance and the other genres a chance, but now you will know what you are getting before you pick up my next book!
A couple weeks ago I talked about how my Gods Behaving Badly Series got started with Aphrodite and Looted. But how do fallen angles and children of gods fit into the story? Well that is where Lost Souls comes into play. This started out as just a fallen angel story, but then Aphrodite decided to show up and I discovered that this book and these characters are part of the world that my Gods are in. Yes, discovered, sometimes characters just pop up and change the direction that my story is headed in. Lost Souls may have taken a different course than I originally intended, but I am so proud of the result. This was my first f/f romance and it is still one of my favorites. Below are the links if you are interested!
It's time for another game review, this time for a game that I have been waiting to purchase for awhile, Stuffed Fables. I got to play part of this game awhile back, but didn't get a chance to purchase it and then it went out of stock not only at my local game store, but at their suppliers as well. So at long last it came back in stock and I have gotten to play out a whole story or two now and I love this game. First off, the design of the game is pretty cool. The "game board" is actually a story book, with spaces to move but also with a story to be read aloud with it. As you make decisions and pass or fail your missions, you end up creating more of the story. The premise is that the toys of a little girl come to life at night to protect her from nightmares. The other thing that is pretty cool about this game are the minis, they are awesome and cute and I can't wait to paint them! Game play and set up are pretty easy and the game is super fun and imaginative! The author in me really enjoys the story line that goes with this game. The only down side is that the rule book could be more concise and give clearer rules, it can be a little vague but we still figured everything out. Still it gets 4.5 stars out of 5! A great game and highly recommended.
It may only be August, but NaNoWriMo is just around the corner and I have an awesome idea for my novel this year! I am going to be writing a time travel/steampunk hybrid and that means that I have a lot of research to do before the actual writing begins. I really want to make the science behind the time travel as real as I can, same goes for the steampunk technology. I do have one advantage as I happen to be married to someone who minored in math, so I have some help with equations that I might need to make time travel "possible". I am pretty excited about this upcoming novel. If all goes well I will write more than 50K words in it in November and it will be released early 2019. I have been planning this novel for a long time and even have a cover already to go for it! Stay tuned for updates on this very special project! Here is a sneak peak of the cover because I just have to share it! Cover artist is Lillian Asterios.
How is it already August? That means I have less than 5 months of writing left in 2018! This has been a rather slow year for me on the writing front, too much of outside life getting in the way, but I am hoping to make the most of what is left of the year and have big plans for 2019!
First off my Atlantis story, The Discovery of a Lifetime is off to my editor and I should be working on edits for it soon. I am hoping for a late September release, but we are working on the details. I am also happy to say that this month I am writing a Christmas novella as a sequel to my steamy Not So Silent Night novella. I already have a cover for it and will be getting this to my editor by September 1! It will be released in early December.
In between edits and my holiday novella, I am still researching and world building for my dragon borne series. I am also plotting for my nanowrimo novel this year, which is a time travel/steampunk hybrid! When I have time I am also working on the long awaited sequel to Quest for Redemption. So lots in the works this month and beyond!
So I have been piling up some new (to me at least) games lately and am finally getting a chance to play them, that means its time for some game reviews. Today I am reviewing Santorini which came highly recommended to me from someone at my local game store (Ettin Games and Hobbies for those of you in the Albuquerque area).
Santorini is a very quick and easy game. It didn't take long to learn the rules at all and we managed to fit 3 games in a short of amount of time. The game is very visually stunning (see the picture below) as you actually build the game in 3D. The artwork is super cute (which was one of the reasons I was drawn to it) and with changing strategy based on what cards you draw and how you and your fellow player(s) choose to play, there is a lot of replay-ability. This is a fun two to three player game where you try to be the first player to build a three story building for your god. There are different Greek gods in the deck and each offer you different abilities. It's as simple as that really. This is a great game to play when you need something light and not too time consuming, but that still requires strategy. As my husband and I play a lot of games at night after he gets off work late, I have a feeling this will be getting a lot of play. For the ease to learn, prettiness, fun had while playing, short amount of time needed to get a game in, and the chance to replay multiple times with different strategies 4/5. I highly recommend this game if you are interested!
Today I am happy to share the cover reveal for my upcoming Atlantis story, The Discovery of a Lifetime! It is a mix of romance, sci-fi, and a touch of steampunk. I made the cover myself and must say that I am pretty darn happy with it!
Atlantis is a myth that will not die, it has been told in several forms with each different and interesting in its own right. Why not take romance below the sea into a fantasy world full of wonder and maybe even love?
Karina is the laughing stock of the archaeology world. Despite the naysayers she knows in her heart that she’s right, Atlantis is real and she will find it. With a mysterious backer and state of the art technology, she finds her heart’s desire and then some. Atlantis is not so lost after all, and their prince seems to only have eyes for her.
So I am not only slowly getting my blogging and writing back on schedule, I am also starting to be more interactive on social media again as well. Tomorrow, July 31st, I will be doing a little take over on the Facebook page Passion and Pentagrams of which I am a part of with some other awesome authors! I'll be popping in and out all day, sharing some stuff, playing some games, maybe even giving away a few books! I hope to see you there!
The Venom Protocols is packed with action from the very beginning to the very end. As you follow Charlie through the crazy ride that is her life, with interaction with the FBI to the mob to a nefarious agency, you are never left with a dull moment. This was the first book that I have read from author John Murray McKay and I really enjoyed it. The end is set up for a sequel that I would definitely be interested in reading. All in all this was a real page turner and I give if 4/5 stars.
Here is the link so you can pick up a copy if interested.
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