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The Year-End Wrap Up

It's time for the year-end recap. The good, the bad, and the oh dear sweet and fluffy lord, why?
I came into 2014 with a really awful sense of dread hanging over me. I was so depressed. I didn't know why, but I was terrified something bad was coming. Surprise! Instead, I got news that seemed freakin' awesome.
Remember, Kensington picked up Lyrical. That was something else. Whoa, big house with my little fish books. The Convict and the Cattleman came out somewhat disastrously in January. The ebook didn't launch the day it was supposed to. Gee, that was a little awkward, but it was one of those shifting houses things. I spent most of January finishing another historical romance. And that nagging fear stayed on.
In February, though, that was when the bad news splatted through the fan. My mom's husband had terminal cancer. Things took a huge nosedive. I was trying to write a contemporary western romance and not having so much luck. I was still really depressed. Like…

Christmas Eve Wishes

Have a beautiful holiday, y'all!

Eban is Hot and so is Pre-ordering

I'm sick *cough cough*

Boo, you whore.

But seriously, I am. So you're not getting much out of me today. Friday we did the cover reveal for Eban. Today, in case you missed the notices on the social media, I'm giving you the pre-order links for Eban, because, hooray, pre-order!


Amazon || B&N || Kobo
And don't forget in the post below this one, I'm having a giveaway for a $5 Amazon gift card. so get in on that thing.
Meanwhile, I have to try to feel more like a human and less like a miserable lump before Christmas.

Cover Reveal & Giveaway - Eban (The Heckmasters)

Drum roll...

Here it is, the cover you've all been waiting for...


Our dark and handsome hero is steaming up the cover of this book, coming from Samhain on April 7, 2015!

About The Book:
Eban (The Heckmasters, Book 2)
Author: Allison Merritt
ISBN13: 978-1-61922-634-0
Length: 70k

If love can’t save them, there will be hell to pay.

Grateful for his mother’s human blood that cools the dark fire of his demon father, Eban Heckmaster has set up a medical practice in New Mexico territory. But there’s no hope of living a normal life until he rids himself of a seductive demon that’s been pursuing him.

Vanquishing it won’t be as simple as sharpening his demon-hunting sword. The clever creature is hiding inside his best friend’s head, and she has no idea of the havoc she’s been wreaking, especially with his body.

Beryl suspects Eban knows why she’s been waking up with no memory of where she’s been or what she’s done, but he’s not talking. But when she inevitably learns what he’s hiding—or rathe…

An Old-Fashioned Christmas

Saturday night was a big one. One of my favorite events of the year. The Luminary Ceremony at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield. It was a great night for it, not cold like it's been in the past and not snowing and being all nasty like it was last year--they canceled because of it and broke my young heart.

So I have photos of the inside of the Ray House for you!







Dark as it was inside the front rooms, it had a homey feel. With all those people living inside the house (remember, the Rays had 11 children between them), it might have been more than a little cozy. You can read more about the Ray Homestead here.

It makes me want to write a Christmas story really bad.

The luminaries aren't there just to celebrate Christmas though. There are 2,539 of them placed on the 5 mile road around the battlefield in remembrance of the men wounded and killed at Wilson's Creek (otherwise called the Battle of Oak Hill) on August 10, 1861. It's both eerie and beautiful to follow a road…

Book Feature - Scandalous Endeavors by Amanda Marie

I have the pleasure today of introducing you to a book I got to read by my fabulous editor, Amanda.

Blurb:
Lady Amelia’s willing to create a scandal to stay in her beloved England. A Scottish duke ignites her passion, but will she abandon her endeavor for love?

Lady Amelia has only known the comfort of life in mid-nineteenth century English aristocracy. But when first her mother and then her father die, she finds herself alone, grief stricken and….. not of age. Her appointed guardian, an American uncle, has ordered her travel to his plantation where she must remain for at least two years when she will come of age.

With the help of Lady Grace and Lady Sarah, Lady Amelia gets her uncle to agree to give her four weeks to settle her affairs and unbeknownst to him…find an English lord to marry so she can remain in her beloved England. Despite her mourning period she endeavors to trap one of London’s eligible bachelors in matrimony.

Lord Goldstone, Lady Grace’s nephew is devilishly handsome, …

Bask In the Glory of My Splendid Tree

Whew! Done with the final proof for Eban and I now have the final books in my hands. Well, on my flash drive. This is the first time since I started getting covers that I haven't immediately revealed a cover. It's coming to some blog near you on December 19th. Are you excited to see the cover for Eban (The Heckmasters)? Of course you are.

I'm currently hard at work (almost 4k) into my second contemporary western novella. I'm feeling pretty good about it. It should round out about 20k or so, maybe a little over. Writing novellas is challenging, because it's important to make the world feel realistic, but not overload the senses with detail because you're limited on the word count.

I also joined tsū this week. You can come friend or follow me over there if you like. I'm liking it a little better than Google Plus, at least for right now. It's a nice change of pace from the FB scene, although the majority of my content is still going there for a while.

In t…

Jingle, Jingle

But not quite the way you think.

Saturday was the Ozarks Romance Authors Annual Christmas Party. We had a pot luck, a Dirty Santa gift exchange and a super cool new way to celebrate our achievements from this year.

Introducing, my fabulous, extremely jingly new charm bracelet.


I'm not even 1000% sure what all these little jingly things are. Some are for finishing books, some are for publishing books, obvs the letters are for ORA, and the heart is for service because I was the newsletter editor last year. The colored beads are for contest placings. I should have bought another one, because I have four of those, but if I add any more, I might have to add another bracelet. That thing is super noisy and heavy as it is.
Right before January, I'll do a recap of all the things I have accomplished this year, so stayed tuned for that.
We also took a lovely picture (Thanks, Quillen, for taking the pic) with our other accomplished authors. 
It was so much fun, getting together and celebr…

On Writing - What's in it for Me?

The fine folks at Webucator have posed a few very important questions about writing. Specifically, why am I doing it? I've elected to answer their questions, because talking about writing is almost as much fun as writing.

What were your goals when you started writing? I started writing very early, but I was a teenager when I realized this is what I really wanted to do with my life. I wanted to be published in romantic fiction. Romance novels have always been my first love. There was a manuscript that shall-not-be-named that I helped co-write with another author. It was briefly considered by Harlequin. It was rejected when I was 18. I was always writing creative fiction even though I was working toward my degree in mass communications. Up until my dad died, that is. I stopped writing altogether after that. Insert long interlude without any writing. Five years. I wanted to write, I made multiple attempts, but nothing worked. And then one day I realized I was going to die (eventually,…

Big Damn News Time

Yeah. It's that time again.

Big Damn News time.


This isn't the last good news I have for you for the year, but it's pretty exciting. As you know, from September to about the third week of November, I was eyeballs deep in writing on a novel I never dreamed I'd attempt. I love, love historical romances. There aren't many sub-genres I don't pick up. However, I can honestly say, I don't believe I've ever read a Viking romance before. Not that I recall anyway.

So writing one...that required research. It was fun. I do enjoy my research, I love uncovering new facts about old timey times. Well, they're not new to everyone, but they're new to me and I think it's fun to have all this random knowledge on hand.

Funner still to apply it to a novel. The one thing that always blows my mind about writing a historical novel is how everyone seems to assume that because it's history, it's going to bog a story down. Me, I'm a lover of the character …

They Like Me, They Really Like Me

I got a fantastic email yesterday. I knew it was probably coming soon, but I couldn't help wondering if maybe this year it would be a Dear John letter.

Sometimes the first line of an email doesn't contain the information to get you pumped up. This one, however, began with a 'can you please confirm you received this email', which is always a good sign. In fact, such a good sign, that I'm quite pleased to inform you all that I am once again participating in the Kimberling Area Library's Author Day this February.
I'm trying to get print copies of my books to gussy up the table. Keep your fingers crossed.
I've also got a couple of other good news items up my sleeve, but you'll have to wait a bit. One thing at a time. Teehee. All I can tell you at the moment is that 2015 is going to be another interesting year for Allison Merritt.

P.S. This is also my 100th post for the year. Wow.

Master Procrastinator

So no one's hugely surprised that I failed NaNo, right?

I have reasons. Real, legit reasons.

I have a fear of endings. It's true. Tell is the last Heckmasters novel and I'm terrified of what will come after that. Which is currently...nothing. I talked to my editor about a sort of spin off, but I don't have any solid ideas yet. Endings are scary. Also, I have the horrible fear that I will fail the readers who love the Heckmasters. Wystan is good, Eban is going to be epic, and I don't want to flop with Tell. I have to shake this off. But never fear, because Jano is coming up. Maybe I can finish it for Jano. The good news is: I did write 15,000 words. So it's a great start. That's more than I'd have written if, say, I didn't write anything.

I made this in case, like me, you flopped spectacularly:

I almost think I plotted too hard (in my head) over what was going to happen in Tell and that much plan scares me. Not that being a pantser is a super-brillia…

Cover Reveal - His Country Bride by Debra Holt

Release Date: June 22, 2015
Format: e-book
Recommended for ages 18 and up

A burning wedding dress, a runaway bride dancing around the flames in her satin undies, and one unsuspecting Texas lawman trying to do his duty—all ingredients for trouble with a capital T.

Sheriff Lucas McCann has been burned once before by a city woman and is bound and determined never to be in that position again. Until Ellie Perryman comes along, with her china blue eyes and feisty attitude, in need of his protection from her ex-fiancé, Thomas, who won't take no for an answer. When Thomas turns to stalking and endangers Ellie's life by running her car off the road, Lucas' lawman instincts take over. His head keeps telling him to keep things professional, only his heart won’t listen. Why does it seem the best place for her is locked in his arms?

Ellie Perryman was ready to write off all men when she ran away to the country—not find another one. However, the by-the-book sheriff won't stay out of…

11/19/2014

"Grief is forever. It doesn't go away; it becomes a part of you, step for step, breath for breath...  Grief and love are conjoined, you don't get one without the other." -  Jandy Nelson, The Sky is Everywhere 

I put off writing this letter this year. I've been busy, which would be a good thing, if I was busy with creative projects or a hobby I loved. But I think you might know that's not the case. So I'm writing it now, on a cold, cloudy day. The kind that reminds me of the day we found out you were never coming home. Don't worry, I'll get through it, because you taught me I can get through anything.

The good news is, the memory of this day didn't dog me through the last year. Eleven years didn't carry the solid throb of grief the way 10 did. It wasn't an every day, all the time sadness. It hurts. It won't ever stop hurting--in fact, it's sort of killing me right now, but I'm up, I'm breathing, I have plans for the futu…

Tuesday Teasers, Because I'm Frozen

Brrr. It is so cold today! My hands are like icicles. How can I be expected to work in these conditions? I don't know.
One thing I do know is: Celia and Turner don't have any trouble keeping warm while they're playing in the snow. 

Get it at: Breathless Press Amazon || ARe || Bookstrand ||Smashwords || Kobo

Winter Woes, NaNo Blows (Up)

Good morning! Did y'all get that snow? We got some ice-like pellets in addition. Made for tons of fun clearing off the windshield. Not enough snow to justify staying home on this very cold morning. 
Suddenly I feel like I'm writing an article for the local paper, you know, one of those weird gossip columns. Let's get away from the weather. Although I would like to declare that I find the weather ridiculous for the middle of November. What madness is this?
I didn't get a lot of writing done this weekend. My NaNo train has totally derailed after some serious issues in which the engine didn't want to start anyhow. I did a little work on Tell, but mostly I was reading the galley for the print version of Wystan, which is supposed to come out in October next year.
I also spent a great deal of time entertaining the PeeWee Monster, who was very rowdy this weekend. We spent the night with my mom Saturday and watched a lot of My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding yesterday. I…

NaNo Updates and Writings of the Future

NaNoWriMo is kicking my tail. I'm trying, great googly-moogly, I'm trying, but I am so far behind, I will never die.

I just hit 12k on Tell last night. Which for someone who isn't trying very hard is really impressive because I was just at 2k when November 1st rolled around. Yes, Tell is still setting things on fire and borderline evil, but Sylvie's going to save the day by doing something crazy. Yay, plot!

In other news, Her Heart's Surrender is with my historical critique group where they will pull it apart and go, what is this? And I will probably be reduced to a shivering pile of dear lord, what is it?! Because I'm like that.

But I'm definitely tinkering with another Viking romance, oh yes I am. And I'm further plotting in my head another contemporary novella. I gots to get on that soon. It looks like the rest of this month, December, and January are going to be very book oriented. At the very least, I want to get the majority of Tell written, becau…

Double Cover Reveal - Juliette Cross

DOUBLE COVER REVEAL FOR JULIETTE CROSS

SEALED IN SIN

THE VESSEL TRILOGY, BOOK 2

GENRE: URBAN FANTASY/PARANORMAL ROMANCE

PUBLISHER: SAMHAIN PUBLISHING

RELEASE DATE: APRIL 21, 2015

Sin can look an awful lot like heaven.

One demon prince may be festering in the bowels of the soul eater Cocytus, but Genevieve’s troubles are far from over. Prince Bamal, demon lord of New York City, still wants her. But this time, he wants her alive, to control her inherent power as a Vessel of Light.

With Jude Delacroix off searching for the prophecy, Thomas—a guardian angel with sea-green eyes and an aura of winter woods—steps into the gap, offering her the power to protect herself.

Yet she hesitates, for the transfer of that power comes through a kiss. While Gen’s love for Jude is true,

Thomas stirs a desire where there should be none. Thomas also knows Jude’s darkest secret and plans to use it, if necessary, to win Gen for his own.

While her Vessel power grows and more demon spawn creep from every dark c…

Brain Melt, Edits, and the Little WriMo Who Wants to but Can't Find Her Motivation

Well, Halloween is over and now there's nothing to look forward to for the rest of the year. Unless you count Black Friday, which is a legit day off at my place of work. Thank God. Well, Veteran's Day too, which is also a legit reason for closing my place of work, but I'm not a veteran, so I kind of feel like an ass for taking it off. Don't get me wrong, though, I love a free day. It's pretty sad that I get a day off because men and women have fought for our freedom.

So...NaNo. Failing spectacularly. I wrote a little on the first day. I wrote nothing yesterday. I did get my line edits finished for one book, a second round of edits done for another book, and I have two galleys to read and return before the end of the month. Plus, I've been over my Viking romance so I can submit it to my online critique group. I need to write a synopsis for it as well. NaNo is a huge, hulking NoGo right now. I can't find my mojo to NaNo and later I'll kick myself for it, …

Howloween Hop, Giveaway, and a Special Peek at Wystan (The Heckmasters)

Happy All Hallow's Eve eve!



I'm so glad you could join me for this Paranormal Romance Howloween blog hop with giveaways and a very special look at my newest release Wystan (The Heckmasters).


Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and nothing thrilled me more than having a book release right before it. Wystan (The Heckmasters) is the first book in a paranormal/historical romance series about three half demon brothers in charge of making sure Hell doesn't break loose on earth.

The idea for the heroes actually came from a tombstone at a mall kiosk. It read 'HECKMASTER' and I thought, anyone buried with that tombstone has to be a badass. And the Heckmaster brothers were born.

Here's the blurb for Wystan:
Her search for safety lands her in a totally new kind of danger.
Certain that an ad for a job in a small New Mexico Territory town is the answer to her prayers, Nebraska schoolteacher Rhia Duke packs her sister into a rickety wagon and heads west.

Except when they …

How a Viking Saved My Writing Life

There's something I've wanted to admit for a while now, but I can never quite find the words I needed to say it. It's hard to admit we have flaws, even though we have plenty.

Sometimes I get really depressed. It feels like a gray abyss that's impossible to break through. Actually, I once read some fan fiction in which a character was depressed and he described his feelings as living in a dark room with no windows and doors and no way out. That's what it's like.

I'm not depressed today (at least, I don't think I am. I wrote this post in advance of what I'm about to share with you, so past me is feeling pretty good about herself). In fact, I've had a superb October, which is great and I hope to carry those good feelings with me to get through November. You know I hate November.

I finished the semi-sekrit project I've been hinting at. It's a historical romance about Vikings. I've never written anything like this and I never imagined I w…

All the Good Book Things

Whew! What a week. In case you missed it:

Wystan (The Heckmasters) came out on Tuesday.

The Cowboy Up box set hit #1 on Amazon in the US. We'd already reached #1 in the UK and Canada.

And The Convict and the Cattleman and The Wrong Brother's Bride are now in paperback.

You can get any and all of those things by visiting my Book page.

What a rush.

I also hit 40k on my WIP last night. This novella was only supposed to be 30k. The characters just keep talking and talking, so I'm not going to try to curb them. I don't think it's useless prattle, at least all of it currently seems relevant to the story. It will probably take another 10k to wrap up now. I was really, really trying to have it finished before NaNoWriMo, but I'm not certain that's going to happen what with 9 days left before November 1st. Curse of the pantser.

My favorite part of the writing process is how the story unfolds like a movie in my head. Then it's like I suddenly figure out where the …

Patience-schmatience

I owe you all some ghost hunting photos from Friday night. They're forth-coming, never fear. It was a fun experience and I'll tell you all about it soon. Definitely worth going to.

In other news, I kind of thought I'd be finished with my sooper sekrit project by now. I really meant to have that thing done by end of last week. My plans were foiled by this and that and now I'm still going, frack, it's not done yet? Which is bad, because I asked one of my critique groups if they'd like to critique it next month. Write, fingers, write harder! Also, what with NaNo coming up, gee, it sure would be nice to have that done so I could start afresh on Tell's book.

I may have sort of, kind of brought in a character in the sooper sekrit project who could potentially create a situation that would give life to a second sooper sekrit project. We'll see.

I also sent off Eban edits yesterday. Parts of it were oh, that's easy to fix and parts were like, geez, I'm …

Getting to Know You - The Bad Guys

Good grief, it's already Friday. Actually, wahoo! It's already Friday!

You should know, I got the first round of edits on Eban (The Heckmasters) this week and, kids, it's going to be brilliant by the time it's done. I promise.

Today, I'm going to introduce you to the bad guys in Wystan (The Heckmasters).

Major players:
Noem - He's ugly, he's mean, he wants everyone and everything in Berner, New Mexico Territory dead. Charged with wiping the Heckmasters off the face of the earth, he once tried to make Swiss cheese out of Wystan before he was driven away. He's back and in a form you might not except. With reasons beyond revenge that totally make sense once you read the book. You can try to kill him, but this sucker just keeps going like a demonic Energizer Bunny.

Here's a little something-something about everyone's favorite territorial demon lord: “Tell wounded Noem, yes. But he has the favor of Astaroth and with it the power to change forms. He’s b…

Book Feature & Giveaway - Remember By Moonlight by Nancy Gideon

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: October 13, 2014
Length: 324 Pages
Buy it at: Amazon

About the book:
Because the road to . . . 
Clever, cool and preternaturally lethal, Max Savoie is leader of a secretive shape-shifter clan, heir to a mobster’s legacy, and the love of New Orleans’  top cop . . . but he can’t remember any of them.  The only way to recover his past, and his rightful place in the arms of the woman who risked all to save him, is to surrender to a mysterious visitor who could use him as a weapon against all he’d loved.

Happily-Ever-After . . . 
After rescuing her mate from his ruthless captors in the North, hard-hitting Detective Charlotte Caissie is now painfully vulnerable—a stranger in his eyes . . . and in his bed.  The key to his memories is locked in a tortuous past.  To reclaim the strength of their passionate bond, Max must learn to trust her enough to face that darkness at her side before the threat it hides exposes the secret Cee Cee carries.

Is never smooth…