Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Looking Back & Ahead

I'm sitting here right now thinking about how five years ago I was getting ready to release The Treasure Hunter's Lady. February 10th marks the anniversary of the release date. And of a journey that branched wildly out into the publishing world.

Where I'm at now isn't so different as it was then. Way back as a naive writer who only had two/three books done or nearly done, I wasn't writing for a house. Today, I'm not writing for houses. Then, I wanted to. Funny how things change.

I wanted new covers to the anniversary and veered way off from the original "romance-y" looking covers because they're strongly romance, yes, but I've learned some things on this wildly careening journey about appealing to broader masses.

I've learned a ton, actually. Enough to go back and correct what I didn't know would drag down the writing then. Some of the things I learned were hard lessons that involved a lot of pain. And complaining. And I'm still kind of mad about some of those things, even though I know it was for the best. Five years ago me would probably be impressed with the changes in voice and skill.

Something five years ago me and now me have in common is that we're both still nervous wrecks about putting a book out. Lawless will be my next release and I'm anxious about it. I want to say it's better than The Guardian Chronicles, better than The Heckmasters, but I'm just the author. What do I know? Print copies are coming to VisionCon. Pre-order for the Kindle book is coming soon. Keep an eye out.

And now me is also procrastinating because she doesn't want to work on a Viking book in the heroine's POV. Some things never change.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Best Laid Plans

My intentions to begin blogging again kind of fell by the wayside. Naturally, because this is me we're talking about. I have a PhD in procrastination. But, here I am, trying again.

VisionCon is coming up. It begins February 24 and goes to the 26th. I. Am. So. Excited. I have boxes of The Guardian Chronicles ready to go. Do I have Lawless yet? Erm...well, I was going through the MS again the other day after I got the files reviewed and I found some stuff that needed to be changed. This is about the fourth time I've uploaded that file. I think I'm finally finished now. I pray to be finished because this is the most I've messed with a MS in I don't know how long. I've got to get my rear in gear because the cover reveal is February 8th. Be there.

I'm semi-hard at work on a third Viking novel. Erik Agmar has been whispering in my ear for some time that he would like the chance to be the hero. So...I basically started writing his book and I yanked the rug out from under him. I'm tearing him down right from the start so I can build him into something better. No breaks for Erik.

I'm also less semi-hard at work on a cowboy novella for a set coming out in the summer. I have about 11,000 words down. My crit partner says it's going good. I'm enjoying writing it, so yay. Plus I've got a Victorian romance to plot for a late summer release. I have plans. It's nice.

I also have a week of vacation time coming up that I was absolutely dying for. Yeah, right at the end of winter. I don't know how I'll drag myself back to work after lazing about for so long. I've taken to writing late at night (which was my thing back when I was a teenager on summer breaks). I spent a lot of late nights on The Convict and the Cattleman too, but these days I find myself yawning at 11 pm unless I know I don't have work the next day. Then my stamina stays up, which is how I got started writing Erik's book. Well, that and pirates. I could not get enough Black Sails, and all the violence and angry pirates made me think about Vikings, so here I am again. Seems to be a trend, writing these Vikings during the winter months.

I'll (try to) keep you updated on cowboys and Vikings. On covers and excerpts and all the good stuff. Because you want it, don't you? Yeah. You do.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

What's Up, Buttercup?

The last couple of years, blogging hasn't really been my thing. Of course, the last couple of years has been chock full of doubt, worry, and procrastination in the name of both those things. I hope to rectify that this year.

I could tell stories that would make any author cringe. Or maybe I'm just overly sensitive to what happened that made my writing career look bleak. Doesn't matter. We've all got a story about an experience that knocked us to the ground. And if we're lucky, we rose from it. This year I'm hoping to wipe the tarnish off what happened and make the future look brighter.

It starts with getting Lawless published. We've done the formatting. I'm waiting on the print proof to arrive. Should be next week. I'm gearing up for Visioncon in February. I'd love to do more comic cons because I had a blast with them last year. I'll be debuting the print version of Lawless at Visioncon. It'll be available for pre-order on Amazon as well.

I've got a couple of box sets lined up for this year as well. Another cowboy set, a Victorian, and A Duke Worth His Salt will be re-released in a set. I'll give the heads-up on those. Plus, I've been sitting on two historical romance novels for a while. Time to push them out into the world too.

It's going to be fantastic. Better than ever. I have a lot of hopes for this year.