Yay for release days!!! They’re both exhilarating and horrifying, nerve-wracking and awesome all rolled into one! But there’s also a huge amount of relief that comes with every release day. Think of it as making a kite… you spend months building it, honing it, refining it, only to launch it into the air to see if it flies.
That’s what releasing a book is like. Especially the fourth book in a series that my poor readers have waited an eternity for. LOL See the thing is, Cronin’s Key ended at three books. Alec and Cronin stopped talking to me and all went quiet in the Cronin world… until Stas and Kennard finally came up for air LOL.
So, what you need to know about Cronin’s Key IV – Kennard’s Story…
- It is not a standalone. If you haven’t read the first three books, book four won’t make a great deal of sense.
- It will be in Kindle Unlimited for the first three months.
- It is 36.6k words – approx half that of the other books.
- Like all the Cronin books, it’s a crazy ride from start to finish. Actually, it’s probably crazier than the others. LOL
- Kennard and Stas are just the cutest couple ever!
Also, for your chance to win a $50US Amazon gift card, check out the Release Blitz happening with Xpresso Tours!
CRONIN’S KEY 99c SALE
Cronin’s Key (book one) will be 99c for release week of Book IV so if you want to delve into Cronin’s world, now is your chance!
In other news, Upside Down is in the very capable hands of my editor. It ended up being 66K words and my beta-readers loved it! Which is always such a relief!
I love these characters and their story so much! It’s very close to my heart and I can’t wait to share it with the world!
In WIP news… I have started my next book! OMG I know, right? No rest for the wicked. LOL I’d spent the week doing research and adding bits and pieces of info to my doc with links and some plot points etc, only to have Word and Mac both decide to make me cry and wipe the doc clean…
Yes, I have back-up procedures in place. No, they didn’t work. I did manage to salvage some of it which is better than nothing. But onwards and upwards, and I shall trudge on. LOL I have a working title but I don’t want to jinx anything but I can say that it will be angsty and it’s a friends to lovers story. I’m getting Sam and Iz vibes from Switched with this one, and I’m thinking it will be around 60K but I usually do go over my original estimates 🙂
My kids go back to school at the end of this week! Not gonna lie, the 6:30am starts are gonna suck but getting our routine back will be fab. And my blissfully quiet house for six hours every day will be heaven on freaking earth!
Until next week! <3
Yes, I know… you’re getting this a day early, but there are things that are time-sensitive so I figured I’d live a little dangerously and send this out Sunday instead of Monday. LOL
First things first… FREE BOOKS. Yes, free books. There’s a whole stack, and you can download them, easy peasy. Awesome books from amazing authors of LGBTQIA+ romance!!
Act quickly though because this fab deal is only good for two days, January 19 and 20!
All you need to do is to click on this link to ProlificWorks (it used to be called Instafreebie) and check out the amazing authors and their books they’re giving away
Lucky – Garrett Leigh
Flashbulb – Clare London
Summer Heat ARC – Jay Northcote
Changing Lines – Rj Scott & V.L Locey
Cronin’s Key – N.r. Walker
Quentin Heart: Vampire Hunter – Amber Kell
Crooked Tree Ranch – Rj Scott
Play On: A Glasgow Lads Novella – Avery Cockburn
Farm Fresh – Naked Organics Book 1 – Posy Roberts
How to Howl at the Moon – Eli Easton
Knit Quick – Annabeth Albert
Colorado Hitch – Sara SJ York
The Altered – Annabelle Jacobs
Scorched Haven – Amy Lane
Goaltender’s Penalty – V.L. Locey
Yes, I’m GIVING AWAY copies of Cronin’s Key – just in time for Kennard’s Story to be released later this week! GRAB IT NOW IF YOU HAVEN’T READ IT ALREADY!!
Other news of timely importance
Private Charter will be leaving wide distribution and heading back into KU very soon. If you haven’t grabbed it, now is your chance!!
Nova Praetorian will be leaving Kindle Unlimited in the next few days and will be available at all major retailers asap!! If you’re a KU user, now is your last chance to grab it!!
Are you ready for some excited rainbow vomit?? LOL Because I also have FOUR books up for voting for BOOK OF 2018 at Love Bytes – yes, four!!
You can check that poll out HERE if you’re so inclined to vote. You can choose as many as you like, but you can only vote once <3
NEW COVER REVEAL FOR SIXTY FIVE HOURS!!
I am so excited to share this…
I’ve shared this in my Facebook groups already, but now for you guys…
As you may know, I’ve had to remove all my paperbacks from Createspace and move them to IngramSpark (because Amazon is a mofo) but the cover I had done for Sixty Five Hours (in 2015) wouldn’t comply because Ingram is a lot harder to please lol.
Sooooo, I had to have the cover redone. This book has had its fair share of covers since 2011 (not all of them great) and I wanted to give Cameron and Luc the cover they deserve. And who else better to make a forever-cover than that amazing Reese Dante
And it’s absolutely perfect!!
Things to know:
⭐️ There is NO new content (from the 2015 version)
⭐️ The ebook will stay FREE – new cover to be uploaded at all sites asap!
⭐️ Paperbacks will be available soon! And they are priced as low as I can possibly make them
⭐️ I have two signings coming up and if you’ve pre-ordered the Sixty Five Hours paperback, it will be the NEW cover – unless you tell me you want the old one.
⭐️ I’m so in love with this, you have no idea omg. I will post the wrap cover in the comments because it’s SO freaking awesome!
The new covers should start appearing in the next few days!
CRONIN’S KEY IV – KENNARD’S STORY
Kennard’s Story is out this week!! OMG I’m so excited!! It was so great to spend time with these guys again – I will post buy links asap!! Also, ARCs will be going out today or tomorrow… whenever I can get them done!
My WIP is now complete. Upside Down is now 66K words and I’ll be sending it out to beta readers this week! Eeeeek!!
What’s next is undecided… whether it’s the angsty addiction characters, or the angel/devil comedy, I can’t decide. They’re still competing for centre stage in my head. It will more than likely be the angsty one…
My 2019 schedule (subject to change) now looks like this:
Jan 28th – Kennard’s Story
Late March – Upside Down
Late May – Angsty addiction story
Late June – Angel/devil story
Late August – beginning of a cop/cold case trilogy to be released up until Christmas or something like that, idk.
Okay, that’s it for this week. I’ll be back next week with the buy links for Kennard’s Story!! Eeeeeek! So excited!!!
Until then…. <3
It’s been crazy busy but a very productive week, and I get extra points for getting shit done with my kids at home all day every day (it’s still school holidays here). I usually need silence to write and the squawk of “muuuuuuuuuum” every time they want something is like a record scratch. LOL But I’ve written 12K words and my WIP is almost done. I have maybe 8k to go – maybe less.
I also have a confirmed title!! Go me! LOL *drum roll* It’s called “Upside Down” and it’s fun and playful, there is much banter and awkward ramblings. The two main characters, Jordan and Hennessy, are perfect for each other but Jordan needs his world turned upside down first. Or does Hennessy turn it the right way up? You’ll have to wait to find out!! Release date should be late March!
My next characters are talking to me already which is usually the sign of a few things:
- That my current story is wrapping up
- That my current story is a stand alone book/no sequel
- That my brain is a jumbled mess of voices and because I don’t plan or outline anything, I’m trying to keep imaginary conversations in my head in some kind of order
All I know is that my next story will be dark. A far leap from the fun of my current WIP. I also have some whisperings from some characters that I was going to write years ago but they went quiet on me. I figured they decided not to have a story but I’m pretty sure they just weren’t ready. The story they’re now forming isn’t the quite same as it was years ago, so it just goes to show that it pays to listen to them. They know what they’re doing, and I’m just the poor typist LOL
I’m also having the cover of Sixty Five Hours redone. I can’t remember if I told you guys this before… The old cover can’t comply with the specs of IngramSpark (who produce my paperbacks) so it’s getting its forever-cover from the AMAZING Reese Dante and it’s going to be AWESOME!! When it is uploaded, it will be a new cover and nothing else will change. There will be no new added content or changes to the story.
I’m getting everything ready for my two book signings in Feb-March. They’re back to back weekends, and I won’t be home in the week in between. I have to get it all sorted for both signings before leaving. Plus I’m having visitors from the US for this time so after the Sydney signing, we’re heading to Melbourne for three days of sightseeing and whatnot, then we’re flying to Brisbane. It’ll be crazy busy but I’m so excited!!!
And it’s just two weeks (and one day) until Kennard’s Story is out!!! I can’t wait for you guys to read this!! It’s 35K words – so much shorter than the other three books in the series – but it’s action packed and some huge secrets about Kennard are revealed! 😀
It will be exclusive to Amazon first up.
Kennard and Stas have been enjoying being newly bonded mates, hidden away for the last six months in Stas’ cabin, deep in the forests of Northern Russia. When they get a visit from Alec, Cronin, Eiji, and Jodis, Kennard and Stas decide to return to London where they get news of a supernatural disturbance in India.
Excited for a new adventure, the band of friends embark on a journey like they’ve never seen before. Following a trail of snakes and serpents, they slip through gates into timeless dimensions all over the world, leaving them without their vampire powers. Even Alec is powerless as they follow a trail of gates and doorways to their final destination.
But the bad guy isn’t who they think it is, and Kennard will need to draw on his past to save their future. Because history is never what it seems…
Oh, and I have two books coming out of KU soon! Nova Praetorian will be at all retailers after January 22nd, and Switched and The Weight of It All will be at all retailers after February 15th.
Okay, so that’s it for this week! I will see you all next week, hopefully with a finished first draft of Upside Down! Until then…
Good Morning Monday!!! At the beginning of every year, I make a new banner for my GMM posts and while this one is kind of cute, I’m not sure if it will be the one that stays all year but we’ll give it a go for the first post of 2019 🙂
And OMG I have some crazy news! Well, it’s more like gloating, but whatever. LOL So this happened…
I was voted 2nd favourite author of 2018 on Gay Book Reviews! Second to the amazingly talented TJ Klune! Can you believe that?? It’s CRAZY!!!! I am beyond honoured and humbled, and I’m again reminded how awesome my readers are! Thank you to whomever nominated me, and thank you to all who voted! <3
I’ve been away for a few days with my kids which is always awesome but I’m really looking forward to getting back to my WIP! Currently at 41K words, there is possibly 15K to go. I’m giving myself two weeks because I also have proofing edits on Kennard’s Story to get done in the meantime as well.
I’m LOVING my characters from my WIP so much, and being there while they fall in love is a freaking awesome thing to witness. It’s still untitled and I’m still unsure on cover ideas – which is NOT like me at all. I normally have those way before now… I’m just trying to not to think about that. 😉 Release will be approx late March, all things going well.
I have a new website design in the works! I needed one that was more user-friendly, and it will be a few weeks away yet but it’s definitely happening and I’m super excited about it! I will share it asap!
Oh, before I forget… If you’ve pre-ordered paperbacks for the Sydney or Brisbane, the invoices need to be paid soon!! If you’ve ordered but missed/haven’t received your invoice, let me know and I’ll re-send it.
Okay, so it’s a super short post this week. I’m still trying to play catch up on laundry etc from being away, and trying to get organised for the coming weeks. I have a feeling 2019 is going to be super busy and I’m here for it!
Until next week! <3