I don’t know about anyone else but for me, January was three years long. LOL Like holy hell, did it draaaaaag!! But February is finally here and I feel like 2019 can finally start. I know that makes no sense but it’s weird how our brains work. LOL
And February is going to be crazy-busy! I leave in three weeks to have 10 days travelling with some friends from the US and will be flying from home to Sydney, to Melbourne, to Brisbane, doing lots of sight-seeing, and two book signings! It’ll be fun, but busy as hell, and tiring. But I can’t wait!! I’ll try and post some pics. They’ll mostly be on my Instagram page but I will post some here as well!
The signings I’m doing are:
Sydney – Books by the Bridge
and Brisbane – Bookmarked and Sexy
I’m excited to start doing more Australian signings! I don’t know what to expect to be honest, but I’m certain it will be all kinds of fun!
My kids went back to school at the end of last week, and OMG the silence in my house on Friday was heavenly. It’s hard to explain, but as an introvert, I really do NEED silence and space and me-time. So while having the kids home is great, six weeks of it for school holidays grinds me down.
But life returns to normal this week! Thank GAWD! And along with that normality, is hectic schedules of school, sport, after-school work, extra study classes for my daughter (she’s going into Year 11 this year, so the workload cranks up a notch). But keeping busy is a good thing, right?
(disclaimer: I may need reminding of this in about July/August when I’m completely frazzled LOL)
Oh, and I’m also having a built-in bookcase added to my office!! I’m very excited about this! It should be installed two weeks from now and I will most definitely be doing some before/after photos but it’s going to look a little bit like this!
I’m sooooo excited!!!! It’s costing me a not-so small fortune but it will make my office space so much more functional and prettier! Stay tuned for pics!!
Oh, and next week I might show off my cover for my next release. Upside Down will be released sometime late March (depending a lot of factors) but I’m hoping it will be late March and will do my best to make it happen! I don’t have the tweaked blurb yet and I probably should wait until I can post both together, but I get too excited and impatient for covers!
My WIP is at 7K words. Still only early days, but with my kids and school starting, last week was slow on the writing front. But this coming week should be productive! Except I have another dentist appointment tomorrow which is going to suck. But these things are unavoidable, I guess.
Oh!!! And my new website should be up and running this week or next! I’m really excited to show it off!
Okay that’s all for this week!! Much love!
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…
It’s been a busy one, productive, and exciting. I’ve finally managed to get some words done in my WIP which is a huge relief. I can tell you it’s a Christmas story and it’s set in 1969-1970, revolved around Woodstock and Vietnam. And it’s titled A Soldier’s Wish. It’s currently at 32K and I’m thinking there’s another 10-15 to go. It’s part of a group release, involving a bunch of other awesome authors, and I can speak more about it soon. Release day is December 2nd.
I’ve also had some translation releases!
The Weight of it All is now in German! Ein Kleines Bisschen Versuching is out now!
A Chiare Linee (Clarity of Lines – Thomas Elkin Book 2) Italian Translation is available on September 12th.
And Evolved is out on audio!!
You can grab it at Audible!
And a little bragging moment… The audio of The Weight of It All was listed on USA Today as one of the Top 5 Audios to cure your Crazy Rich Asians (book/movie) hangover!! Right next to Bridgette Jones’s Diary was Henry and Reed. I could not believe it! You can read that article HERE!
And if you want to check out the audio of The Weight of it All, you can find it Audible.
Oh, and I’m registered for some book signings!! Where will I be??
GRL – Portsmouth Virginia USA October 2018 (it’s in 37 days!! eeeek!)
Books by the Bridge – Sydney NSW Australia February 23 2019
BookMarked & Sexy – Brisbane QLD Australia March 2nd 2019
RARE 2020 – Edinburgh Scotland!!! (shhh, I haven’t told my husband yet LOL)
Book Boyfriends Signing – Newcastle NSW Australia September 26 2020
Now this week I want to finish A Soldier’s Wish. A big ask, but I am determined! (And by determined, I mean way behind schedule and I just need to finish the damn thing LOL)
I’ll be back next week with a cover and blurb release of Nova Praetorian!! I can’t wait to share it – it’s my first delve into the historical genre so I hope you all like it!
Until then… <3