Life’s Hurdles

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January was a disaster.

I started a new job making less than half what I made before in a call center where every second is monitored and controlled. (No really!) It’s a large financial institution, so they’re very strict. It’s basic customer service and what I was doing in my twenties, so I feel like I’ve leapt back a decade. I’m trying not to feel like a loser, which is difficult because I’m not even making enough to pay all the bills.

Then on top of that, on Friday the 20th, while driving at night in pouring rain, I was sideswiped by another driver who took off afterwards. And it wasn’t my car, but my partner’s car, and therefore her insurance, so I felt even worse. Car’s now in the shop so we’re having to share and she’s having to drive me to and from work. I’m fine, but I really didn’t need this crap.

Then we both had the flu. Recovered now, but all of this meant that my writing and editing goals for the month went right out the window.

And guess what? My fun still wasn’t over!  The first week of February, while my partner was driving my car, some old lady backed into it. So that’s another car to fix and another having to deal with an insurance claim. Again, happy that nobody was hurt, and this time there was a driver at fault who had insurance. But UGH!!!  Enough already!

I’m not even going to bother posting word counts at the moment. Just know that the third Oddities book is coming along okay–it’s at about 19,000 words in the Word document, plus a bunch of pages that are hand written and need to be typed in. I’m in the second round of line edits for the second Oddities book, which is set to be published May 29. And I’m slogging (SLOOOOWWWLY) through the first round of edits for my weretiger m/m novel, set to be published May 15.

So just letting everyone know that I haven’t disappeared, but my online time these days is almost nil.

The last news is that I received my rights back from Torquere Press for my m/m/m novella, “Friday at the 7-Eleven.” I have someone to format it and I’m working on a new cover, and then I’ll republish it. (It’s still up on Amazon under Torquere. I’ve asked that they take it down.)

Thank you for all the reviews. That’s one thing that’s helping me get through this difficult time. I appreciate all of them.

 

2017 Writing Goals

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Every year I try to make a list of goals that I want to achieve with my writing. (I also have monthly and daily goals. It keeps me on track.) In 2015 I had my best writing year ever, writing over 200,000 words. I knew I’d never match that in 2016 with working from home and my partner’s health issues, so the goal I set for 2016 was 185,000 words.

I didn’t make it, but it wasn’t too bad a year. In 2016, I wrote a total of 152,421 new words on books. I don’t count blog posts, editing, or any other words for promotional purposes, just new words on novels and short fiction.

My other goals were to:

  • complete edits for Murder Once Seen and promote it:  Done
  • finish and submit Book Two of the Oddities series (Fraud Twice Felt)– done
  • finish and self-publish my m/m weretiger novel–done, except I chose instead to submit it to Riptide, so they’ll be publishing it
  • finish and submit my YA m/m novel–not done
  • finish and self-publish my 3rd pen name erotica serial romance–7/10 parts done and published, almost done with Part 8.
  • finish the fantasy novel in my first pen name–lol, still not done. Lowest of my priorities.

2017 Goals:

So now, since I know I’ll be deep in editing for the first quarter of the year on two books coming out in the next six months, plus since I’m starting a new job tomorrow and don’t know what my writing schedule will be, I’m going to keep my writing goals for 2017 conservative.

My goal for 2017 is to write 150,000 new words.

In addition, my goals for 2017 are to complete editing and promote the books Forest of Thorns and Claws and Fraud Twice Felt, finish the YA m/m paranormal book and submit it, complete the last parts of the Deena erotic serial romance, write the 3rd Oddities book, and maybe, just maybe finish the never ending fantasy novel.

 

Current Projects:

1. Forest of Thorns and Claws (weretiger M/M), completed, final length 65k: Developmental edits submitted, awaiting line edits. Currently scheduled to release 3/20.

2. Fraud Twice Felt: The Oddities Book Two, (gay paranormal), completed, final length 98k: Working on line edits. Currently scheduled to release 5/29.

3. Fae Fortunes (YA M/M paranormal), currently at 52,813, estimated total 65k.

4. Deena and the Professor (Trudy Judd, BDSM romance), 7 out of 10 parts written, almost done with Part 8 which is currently at 10,800. Estimating 12k for Part 8, 10k for Part 9, and 9k for Part 10.

5. A Conspiracy Uncovered: The Oddities Book Three (gay paranormal), currently at 12,096, total estimated 95k.

6. Fantasy novel currently at 87,257 words, total will be 110k.

If I total up the words needed to finish all these current WIPS, it comes to about 138k. So there’s my year, basically.

Latest News!

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It’s official! I’ve signed the contract to have Riptide publish my weretiger mmromance, Forest of Thorns and Claws. If my editor and I can manage to rush through the line edits, then we’re tentatively releasing the book in March.This is a standalone book, set in Sumatra and highlights the plight of the Sumatran tiger.

 

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Also a reminder–there’s still a giveaway going on at Goodreads to win an autographed copy of my gay paranormal romantic suspense, Murder Once Seen (The Oddities Book One). Don’t miss out on entering!

Last day of the blog tour and giveaway!

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Today’s the last day to comment to one of the blog tour stops for a chance to win a $20 Riptide gift card!  Lots of good stuff over at Riptide that you may want to check out.

Since I didn’t post yesterday, here’s the roundup of posts from Thursday and Friday:

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My Fiction Nook (Interview)

Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents (Guest Post–favorite characters)

MM Good Book Reviews

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Sinfully Gay Romance (Guest post–Day in the Life)

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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And over on Goodreads, don’t forget about the giveaway for a signed print copy!

Meanwhile I’m rushing through some more developmental edits on that m/m weretiger novel . . . more news to follow soon.

Thanks to everyone for their support. I really appreciate it.

 

Day 3 Blog Tour Stops

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Just a quick post today to put up the links to today’s blog tour stops for the release of Murder Once Seen, and a reminder to followers that if you want to get in on the giveaway for a $20 Riptide gift card, be sure to post a comment to one of the blog tour stops!  Also, the giveaway of a signed copy of the book continues on Goodreads.

So far it seems that the playlists for Derwin and Elliot has been the most popular post that I wrote, and today I decided I need some more music for them for Book 3, so I’m updating my iTunes with some new songs.

Anyways, onto the blog tour:

December 14: Love Bytes Reviews (Guest Post: subplots)

December 14: Book Reviews and more by Kathy

December 14: Bayou Book Junkie

December 14: Wicken Faerie’s Tales and Reviews

 

Goodreads Giveaway

Blog Tour Day 2, and another giveaway!

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First, here are today’s stop for the blog tour for the gay paranormal romantic suspense novel, Murder Once Seen (Book 1 of the Oddities Series), just released yesterday. Remember, you can win a $20 Riptide Publishing gift card by posting a comment to any of the blog tour posts!

December 13:  Alpha Book Club

December 13:  Booklover Sue

December 13:  Diverse Reader (Guest Post and Review)

December 13:  The Dark Arts

December 13:  Prism Book Alliance (Guest Post: Writing Space)

**In addition, I’m offering ONE autographed copy of the trade paperback of the book on Goodreads, today through December 27 (U.S., Canada, and U.K.) Go enter the giveaway now!**

Enjoy!

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RELEASE DAY! Murder Once Seen

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It’s finally here!  Book One of the Oddities Series is out at Riptide, Amazon, ARE and everywhere else eBooks are sold. This is a fast-paced gay paranormal romantic suspense set in a near-future alternate Earth.

Amazon link to buy

Riptide link to buy

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Here are links to today’s spots on the blog tour. There’s a giveaway going on between December 12 to the 16th for a $20 Riptide gift card. Check it out!

Main page for the blog tour at Riptide

Dec 12: Joyfully Jay (Guest Post: Character Playlists)

Dec 12: TTC Books and More

Dec 12: OMG Reads

Dec 12: Attention is Arbitrary (Guest Post: Writer’s Block)

About Murder Once Seen

In the city of Nis, things often aren’t what they seem.

Derwin is a bounty hunter gifted with the Oddity of superhuman strength and agility—perfect for hunting down fugitives and demons who roam the streets. One killed his boyfriend two years ago, and Derwin won’t stop until he finds out who. Police suspect it was someone he sent to prison, but he can’t shake the idea that they’re missing something.

Elliot is a rentboy who’s been living on the streets since his parents disowned him. He mistrusts everyone and, given his uncontrolled ability to Read Objects and a client list that includes a major gang boss, despairs of ever having a normal life.

Derwin and Elliot meet in a storm of lust. Derwin’s Oddity is fed by the pain of others, but he only wants what’s freely given. Elliot loves pain, but needs safety and a way off the streets before he can allow it. They may be able to solve each other’s problems . . . if they can survive long enough to work together.

I’ll also put up a post sometime soon about the demons featured in Murder Once Seen and in the Oddities series, and I’ll be posting a link to a Goodreads giveaway once it goes live.

Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Murder Once Seen, one lucky winner will receive a $20 Riptide credit! Leave a comment on the tour stops with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 17, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.