I’ve been bad at keeping my blog updated!

I guess I just don’t have many interesting things to say! Most of it comes out in my work. I’m sorry for how dead this blog has been! I don’t know what to do with it. I don’t think I have enough authority to write an article, and I’ve always been a firm believer of the words, “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all!”

So you can tell by my silence that I’m a big old bastard. 😛 But don’t worry!

Two new releases have happened and there are two more in the horizon up until May! 🙂

There is one thing that I’ve managed to figure out, and that my inspiration is incredibly fickle. No matter how many times I tell myself to buckle down and be disciplined, my mind just goes where it wants to write. But the one great thing about this is that when I want to write, I really want to write.

So anyway, that’s it for now. Thank you so much for sticking with me despite the fact that it’s been a month and I haven’t written anything in this blog. Thank you so much for the support!

Safe and Sound was released just yesterday! 😀

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A New Series and Some Thoughts

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Today I write a little bit about my new series. It’s been a long time since I’ve used this blog for its secondary purpose of letting people learn more about who I am, my thinking process, and some of the things that ‘bother’ me in day-to-day life.

The fourth book of Into the New World is already out for preorder. It’s been half a year since I started my journey to becoming a writer. In that span of time, I’ve written five novels – four of which are under one series, and one is in another which I’m about to tell you all about right now.

The sun, the squawking of seagulls, and crisp, bright blue waters: all signs of a tropical paradise, and all having a bit to do with the island of Lykaios. (Hee, such good reasons for wanting to step away from Into the New World’s NYC for a little bit!)

Lykaios is still in the realm of the paranormal, because let’s face it, I do love werewolves. I love them to bits. They’re my favorite. Add some Ancient Greek lore, a little bit of Fantasy elements into the mix, and as always, hot, hot, hot erotic romance, and I’m hooked every moment I step into its world.

Lykaios doesn’t have that gritty edge to it like Into the New World does too, now that I think of it.

I wanted something a bit more fun. I wanted something that felt light-hearted and something that made me grin whenever I read it. I also wanted something to do with swords and sandals and gladiators and Lykaios seemed like the perfect answer, even though none of these men are gladiators. But they are wolf shifters!

Into the New World still has some juice left in it. Three books’ worth, in fact. They’ll all be scattered throughout 2015… I hope I’ll be able to share all of them with you this coming year. 😀

After that though… let’s see what 2015 holds. 😉

How Things are Progressing

With the third novel currently undergoing its second round of edits (along with two title changes!) I’m confident it’ll be the best it can be when it’s released this December. I was a little lazy last August and didn’t submit anything, which is why the third novel isn’t being released sooner. I’m sorry to anyone who’s been waiting!

Currently I’m working on the fourth novel. It’s looking to be a bit shorter. I have four and a half chapters left to write in my story, and it’s definitely looking a little shorter than the first three novels, which can both be a good and bad thing, depending on how you look at it. Sweet and concise is better as I wouldn’t want to bore you all! Then again it’s only the first draft – I’m definitely going to try to hit that “sweet spot.” 🙂

But after this, I may take a little break from writing Into the New World to write that new series I’m currently writing. It’ll be a series of shorter novellas, as I think they’ll allow me to write it more… and a little faster!

Writing a new Series and other things in Life

Hi everyone! I just thought to give a little update on what’s happening on my end for the moment.

My new series, entitled Sweet Victories is coming along well, with 2,500 words in the current work in progress. It hardly sounds like anything at all, but considering how I went from one idea back to another and I keep careening back-and-forth regarding the setting, I’ve been doing okay with the manuscript.

The first book, Looking for Paradise, should be finished by this month, and the fourth novel of Into the New World is coming along great. I’m excited to share their story with all of my readers.

In fact, Looking for Paradise should prove to be a little fun! It’s going to be a contemporary novel and I hope that the reception for it will be just as warm as peoples’ reactions to Rude Awakening.

October 23rd is still the release date for Irrevocably Intertwined, and I’m sad to say that no new releases are coming out this November for me, but I hope that’s okay! 🙂

Thank you all for your support and see you again soon!

Life as a Newly Published Author

… is not as different as I thought it would be from usual, although in some cases, it feels worlds apart.

It’s not so different in that you will still be doing the things you do day-to-day, only you’ll finally see the return of investment from spending the days, weeks, months, or even years of toiling on that novel and seeing people liking the little teaser and wanting more. You’ll still have that open document file while you use the computer or laptop, and of course, you’ll still be doing your dayjob (or, if you don’t have one, you’ll still be working your ass off doing chores or playing video games, whichever!)

It’s different when you get your notice of acceptance from a publisher saying they want your novel. In my case, it filled me with drive and pushed me to write more and more. I became supremely confident in my work (and rightfully so, since it’s going to be published!) and because I have editors who tell me what’s good and what’s bad; how to fix it, what to focus on it and how to change it so that it becomes the best version I think it can be, that even gave me more reason to feel excited, counting down the days until the release of the novel.

Days, or weeks, or months pass. The day of the release draws closer and closer.

For me, it was a great 72 hours before, during, and after the release of my first novel. People were buying it in droves (on the day itself, roughly the same number of people bought a copy as the entire time Rude Awakening went up for preorder, which amazed me) and then came the reviews. The ones who loved it really loved it, and it filled me with hope to see people leaving ratings and reviews. There are people who only thought it was okay or didn’t quite like it, for varying reasons – and that’s alright: different strokes for different folks, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion – though the negative reviews did make me feel a little sad. I learned not to let it get to me because, as people, we all have the capacity to improve, and as always, we can’t please everyone.

I’m so thankful to the number of people – by the hundreds, even! – who bought my novel. Some of you loved it, and I’m glad – I hope you like the second, third, and fourth one, too! It’s going to be a touch more exciting from that point on! – and then there are some of you who didn’t like the novel. These are the people to whom I say, I’m sorry it wasn’t your cup of tea and I’m happy it evoked a response in you enough to leave a review out in the world. It may have hurt me for a moment, but it didn’t kill me, and although we as people don’t usually like to be criticized, I can try to understand where you’re coming from. You just didn’t like the theme of the book, or the characters, or how it was written. We all have our opinions, and yours is just as valid as the rest of the people who liked my book, even loved it.

Life as a newly published author can be tough. It can be lonely (you spend your hours in front of a computer writing down words into a document in the hopes that the people who buy it love it as much as you do, after all, but you don’t really see these people since you’re in your own home, writing) and it can be disheartening (especially when you take a bad review to heart,) but it’s also fulfilling. I love sharing my stories to the world.

I’m not going to cry over my bad reviews, but what I am going to do is thank (profusely!) the ones who loved my story. I’m not going to cry and stress about how hard promoting yourself is and how difficult it can be, but what I am going to do is thank each and every one of you who took the time to shell out some money and support my right to live (Five dollars is a meal at McDonald’s!) I guess all I’m trying to say is that, as with any person’s life, being a newly published author has its highs and lows, and I’m glad that I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of this neck of the woods.

I’m just thankful for each opportunity, each constructive piece of criticism or opinion, each word of praise or thoughtful piece of advice thrown my way. So from the bottom of this newly published author’s heart, thank you. I hope to fill my blog with more words soon. 🙂