Trying to Get Back Into the Blogging Groove

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Blatant self-promotion again. But if it helps me sell a couple thousand copies, so be it.

Yeah, that title pretty much says it all. I usually don’t have a lot to say unless I have a new release because my life just isn’t that interesting. Sorry, folks. That’s probably the case with most writers, though their Tweets and Facebook postings probably make you think otherwise.

So what made me want to do this today? Probably because I need to straighten some things out in my brain in terms of my writing for the rest of the year. Might as well do it here.

The Portal Guards (fantasy romance)
I’m still trying to drum up some promo for this one as well as having some future promo in the works, too. This is my first foray into Romance in more than a year. Let’s just say I was romanced out and needed a change. Now, I’m feeling my romantic side again. Not on every project I’m working on though.

The Underground Portal (fantasy romance)
I’m currently working on this and I’m loving the way it’s turning out. This time, we’re in the city of St. Pierre, which is somewhat having it’s own identity crisis because there are parts that are very fantastical, parts that are very modern, and parts that look like it might have come from the steamy side of the Victorian Age. Nonetheless, we learn more about Evelyss’s sister from The Portal Guards and how having a passport through the portal doesn’t mean it’s smooth sailing from there. It gets more complicated when you fall in love with the main guy the Officials keep pretty much under lock and key, since he’s one of the few scientists who’s researching how the portals work and how to create them on a whim.

The Light at the End of Judgement and Day (paranormal)
If you’ve read The House on the Corner of Brim and Stone (short story in the In the Bloodstream anthology), then this is the first “full-length” story in my Yvette Mills angel series. Yes, it’s under 30K words, but for Mocha Memoirs Press, it’s at the maximum word count. Therefore, I’m calling it full-length. Think of this as Touch By an Angel meets The Conjuring, but with a taste of Michonne thrown in. I have plans for my character in another follow-up novel I’m working on called The Grave at the Edge of False and Prophet.

Stricken (urban fantasy)
I haven’t talked about this much, but I’m about to now because it’s on submission. If you’ll recall this is the follow-up to Stripped and it’s currently at 60K words. I’m bringing back Alexa York and in a big way. So, keep your fingers crossed that you get to read it someday.

Strained (urban fantasy)
This was originally titled Half-Breed, but I had gotten my rights back and made some changes so that it fell more in line with Stricken. I don’t know exactly how much of the novel has changed in terms of word count, but I feel like it’s a much stronger story than previously. Again, it’s on submission, so cross your fingers that I hear something soon.

What’s next on the horizon? Well, I’ve been kicking around a few ideas in my head for the sequel to Bittersweet. However, keep in mind that the next book will most likely feature Phaedra in college and more along the lines of a New Adult. I also have a secret project that I’ve worked on all last year that’s in the science fiction genre. It was more of an experiment, really, which also made me decide to start a new pen name as well. I’m going to tell you what that is because I’m not ready to yet. Perhaps next year–it just depends. Also, since I tend to like my romances more on the shorter side, I’ll probably keep that bus rolling with works around 30K words.

So that’s what I’ve been up to lately. How much everything will change is anyone’s guess. But, I’ll keep you posted as much as possible.

On Sale! THE PORTAL GUARDS

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of The Portal Guards today!

ThePortalGuards_FantasyRomBlurb: Evelyss Nontage is a housekeeper at the Talbert Estate who has been hired to keep order. Her family is also relying on her to learn of the location of a mysterious portal that allows those from the Fringe Line to pass into the human world. For her and her loved ones, it’s a matter of life and death. Brahm Gushon is an occupant who has been with many of ladies in waiting. He’s tired of them, too. He’s drawn to the solitary housekeeper who has her mind two things. Her duty and her loyalty to the household. No one will break her concentration. Not even him. Evelyss and Brahm must work through their frustrated feelings to send a deadly intruder back to hell…assuming he doesn’t take both of them with him. It’ll take another leap of faith in each other to overcome the second enemy they don’t see coming.

Buy links: Amazon, Mocha Memoirs Press

The Portal Guards is Going on Tour

Check it out. This is my promo I’m doing for my October release, The Portal Guards. I’ll update my blog with the stops as soon as I get them. Oh, and you should know there’s a free giveaway involved.

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COVER REVEAL for The Portal Guards

ThePortalGuards_FantasyRomCheck it out! I absolutely love this cover! This is my new Fantasy Romance that will be coming out with Mocha Memoirs Press next month and I can’t wait. Fabulous cover, amazing editor, terrific publisher. What more could I ask for? Oh, yeah…a bestseller will be nice. ;)

Blurb

Evelyss Nontage is a housekeeper at the Talbert Estate who has been hired to keep order. Her family is also relying on her to learn of the location of a mysterious portal that allows those from the Fringe Line to pass into the human world. For her and her loved ones, it’s a matter of life and death.

Brahm Gushon is an occupant who has been with many of ladies in waiting. He’s tired of them, too. He’s drawn to the solitary housekeeper who has her mind two things. Her duty and her loyalty to the household. No one will break her concentration. Not even him.

Evelyss and Brahm must work through their frustrated feelings to send a deadly intruder back to hell…assuming he doesn’t take both of them with him. It’ll take another leap of faith in each other to overcome the second enemy they don’t see coming.

Coming October 2014!

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Quickie ConGregate Wrap-up and Other Stuff

I’m fresh off the ConGregate wagon and home relaxing. Okay, so more like home catching up on bills because I purposefully didn’t feel like paying them before I left. Sad, but true, and that’s unusual for someone who’s as anal about paying her bills as I am. 

Anyway, ConGregate was absolutely awesome!! For their first time con in Winston Salem, NC, they did a fabulous job. Next year, the convention will be in High Point and I’ll be there. Only, I might not stay in the con hotel because it was the same one used by StellarCon. I hate that hotel with a passion. 

So some of my highlights were meeting fabulous friends like Lexxx Christian and Nicole Given-Kurtz. Their respective incredible spouses, Tally Johnson and Randy Richards. Sharon Strogner has been a LOT of fun hanging out with, too. We FINALLY got to share some panels together, including Fandom Feud. Yeah, we lost, but who cares. Everyone did because the only prize you got were bragging rights. Which means, we won because we didn’t rack our brains that hard for nothing. LOL! Panels were especially fun when you get to spend it with folks like Janine K. Spendlove, Stuart Jaffe, and Faith Hunter, too. ;) Oh, and cross your fingers for me because I’ll be working on something for Janine this week. Here’s to hoping it pans out. 

One of my favorite panels, though I wished it was longer because we didn’t scratch the surface was the Self-Publishing panel. People tend to forget that there is a such things a “hybrid” author who does both self-publishing and traditional. It’s another option other than going all the way if you’re not quite ready for that. Yes, it’s hard to get into traditional, but at the same time, you can still self-publish while you’re waiting for the traditional iron to strike. You build your name, and ultimately, that’s what sells books.

The urban fantasy panel will and shall always be one of my favorites because I love love love talking about the things that got me into writing in the first place.

So what’s next on my horizon? Well…I got my official invite to Imaginarium in Lexington KY in September. I’m thoroughly stoked about that one because I’ve never been and I’ve been hearing extremely cool things about it. After that, it’s Atomacon in Charleston, SC! I discovered this convention late last year and was only able to be a panelist, which means you didn’t see that much of me. But this time, it’s different. I’ll be a full-fledged guest, which means more face time with the audience and I can’t wait. :D

 

My ConGregate Schedule

congregate alienIf you’re in the Winston Salem, NC area and you’re into Sci-fi and Fantasy, you might want to check out ConGregate. Here’s what my schedule looks like, so stop by. I’d love to see you there. Oh, and I’ll have some swag and some books on hand for signing, too. :)