Deadlier by the Dozen is Available!

Deadlier by the Dozen is available at both Smashwords and Barnes & Noble!  I’m thrilled beyond all belief.  In fact, I was a little shocked that after being up less than an hour, three people had already purchased a copy.  At Smashwords, no less.  My sales at Smashwords are a lot like everyone else’s.  Abysmal.  Nonetheless, I’m not complaining.  I love every sale that I make, regardless of where it comes from.  🙂  So to those of you who had gotten there before I could make the announcement official, THANK YOU!!

Notice I didn’t say anything about Amazon.  There’s a reason for that.  It takes a while for a book to get up there.  Even worse, I realized after I had pushed the Publish button that I had uploaded the wrong copy of Dx12.  Not that it won’t work, but the Amazon folks won’t like it–and I don’t blame them–if there’s a mention of Smashwords anywhere on the copyright page.  There are three.  😦  So, once they’re done rejecting it, I’ll upload the right version, and it’s another waiting game again at that point.  So for any Kindle users out there, I’m sincerely sorry about that kerfuffle.  Dx12 is coming.  I swear it.

So when does print version come?  I started designing the cover flat today and my interior file has already been already converted into a .pdf format.  So if all goes well, I’ll be able to upload my files to CreateSpace for review some time this week.  That doesn’t mean the print version will be ready by weekend.  I’ll be extremely lucky if I even get the proof by then.  So, plan for the end of the month for the print version.  I’ll keep you guys posted.

And for some other cool news…how do you like my new website?  😀  Some new things I’ve added: Facebook and Twitter links and an FAQ section.  I’ve taken off my Links page because I pretty much have all of the links I visit and love on my blog, so no need to have them in two places. Also, I’ve taken off my Multi-verse page because I think the FAQ is more fun and goes into better details.  These are legit questions that I’ve been fielding for a while now, so I’ve decided to consolidate them.  Another cool feature is if you click on the book covers or the excerpt links on my Bookshelf page, you’ll not only get an excerpt, but you’ll get some stats to go along with the book.  How many times have you’ve forgotten a character and end up tearing apart your brain to remember their name?  I know I certainly do, even with my own characters.  I’m thinking of expanding on the stats, so if you guys have any ideas, let me know.

Hope you’ve had as great a weekend as I have!

Cover Love for Deadlier by the Dozen

Many thanks to Laura Morrigan for her fabulous design and helping me come with something that rocks!  I was going through some serious brain lock when I tried to come up with an idea for a cover.  I even tried my hand at something that turned out to be a cheesy mess, which is why I leave cover art to my two experts.

So even though I know it’s a late, my goal is to have this book loaded up to Smashwords, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble some time this weekend.  The print version usually follows about a month-ish later.  There are still a few tweaks I want to do to the inside, so bear with me.  Plus, I’m finding it hard to deal with the whole conversation process, which I loathe, and finding time to rewrite Hazardous Environment, which I have an incredible newfound love for.  I can’t believe I want to actually procrastinate with getting Deadlier by the Dozen in the hands of readers.  What’s this world coming to?  At pivotal-black-moment-turning-point times like this, I really hate the business side of this business.  😆

Oh, and be on the lookout for an excerpt soon, too.

Interviewed by Loreal Ingram…and The Spider Inside Her

To promote my June 28th release of The Spider Inside Her, I’m participating in a blog chain with a bunch of other authors from Heart of Carolina Romance Writers. Our theme was to have one of our characters interview us.  For my interviewer, I’ve chosen my heroine Loreal Ingram from TSIH…which is probably not very smart on my part.  She’s a tad pissed and trying to hold back.  Who can blame her, considering I’m the one who’s really responsible for her arachnid curse?  Of course, it could be worse.  She could have buck tooth fangs.

Ugh.  I just had a flashback of panel at ConCarolinas that pretty much left me red-faced.

Oh, for heaven’s sake, let’s just get on with the roasting.

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Loreal: So, what made you do it?

Marcia: Do what?

Loreal: Curse me with a spider spirit?  You know.  Similar to an animal one?  The hellish bane of my existence, only you have me crawling on walls and spitting webs?  And what’s up with the alabaster skin and garden spider markings that look more like tattoos?

Marcia:  Oh.  That.  Yeah, well, I was trying to come up with something that hadn’t been done before and I realized I hadn’t read about anyone shifting into an insect.

Loreal: So, I was your guinea pig.  You plucked me out of my mundane existence to curse me to turn into a spider whenever I get the urge for vengeance.  Or rather, whenever she gets the urge for vengeance.

Marcia:  Good lord, woman, would you lighten up?  It’s just a story.

Loreal (takes a deep breath):  So why the vengeance angle?  Not that I’m arguing that bad people deserve to die.  Some do.  But why that particular one?  You could’ve done anything like her being hungry and needing some food or needing to procreate.  Why vengeance?

Marcia:  Well, first, needing food wasn’t a big enough reason to kill people.  For those writing vampires of the evil kind, it might be.  As for sex, that would imply writing something that was either an erotica or a paranormal romance.  Sorry, but I’m not feeling the romance genre right now.  Haven’t for a while, in fact.  Revenge came into play one night when I was watching Conan the Barbarian on TV and thought about how powerful it must be for a man to spend his life looking for the ones who had killed his people.  He’s like a musclebound Captain Ahab.

Loreal: And the domestic abuse angle?

Marcia:  That’s something near and dear to my heart.  Even though I have never been in an abusive relationship, I know others who have.  Members of my own family, for that matter.  It’s enough to make me hope that karma bites the hell of abusers and sucks them dry.  Of course, that’s putting it mildly.  Also, there’s another reason that has to do with the dedication in my book.  All I’ll say about that is his story still haunts me to this day.

Loreal (pause):  Okay.  So…am I going to die?  Yeah, I know that has spoiler potential, but I need to know.  For heaven’s sake, you have to the cops after me, grim reapers, and everyone in the supernatural world fearing for their lives.  Oh, and a crazy ***big-time spoiler alert*** is after me?  Are you insane?  As if the Oni Warriors weren’t enough.

Marcia: No, I’m not crazy–that I know of.  And no, you’re not going to die.

Loreal: Am I going to have a sequel?

Marcia: Yes and no.

Loreal (eyes bleeding black and a second pair opening up on her cheekbones)

Marcia (squirming in my seat):  Now, hold up, sister.  No need to go all spider on me.  Chillax.  Chillaxxxx.  You’re going to make a pivotal appearance in Deadlier by the Dozen, which is due out late July.  But, you’re not the lead character in this book.  In fact that book was written before The Spider Inside Her was.  I wrote TSIH because I had fallen in love with your badass self.  Girlfriend, if the Terminator was a paranormal, you’d be it.  (pounds chest gangsta style) I’ve got nothin’ but love for you, girl.  Honest.

Loreal (transformation reverts and is human again): An appearance, huh.  What about the third book?

Marcia: I haven’t gotten that far,yet.  Basically, my Dark Encounters series is about humans who have first-time brushes with the supernatural world.  Though I want each story to be standalone, I also want them to be interconnected.  So that means, you might make an appearance in that one, too.

Loreal: But no chance of being cured.

Marcia: I haven’t decided yet.

Loreal:  And what kind of name is Loreal?

Marcia:  I got it from that fancy makeup commercial.  I think it’s kind of cute.  Besides, it could be worse.  I could’ve named you Cover Girl Ingram.

Loreal (snorts and folds her arms):  You sure watch a lot of TV.

Marcia: More like a lot of Nick Jr.  You’ll find out one of these days.

Loreal:  Holy crap!  Does that mean Nathan and I will have a kid?  Please tell me he or she won’t have eight legs.

Marcia:  Would you stop?  You don’t even have eight legs.  Well…not yet, anyway.

Loreal: Uh huh.  Oh, by the way.  Am I going to go all black-widow on Nathan?  Because he’s kinda cute.  At least that was one thing you did right by me.

Marcia (reaching for the camera lens): Okay, enough.  This interview is over.  One more word out of your mouth and I’ll be pirating my own work.  Just be thankful webs only shoot out of one orifice and not the other. 😡

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So if you liked that embarrassing display, here are some more.  😆  Just kidding.  About the embarrassing part, that is.  Check out my other fellow HCRW authors who have been–or will be–brought to their knees by their characters.

6/6: Aimee Laine : http://www.aimeelaine.com/blog
6/8: Lyla Dune : http://lyladune.com/blog.html
6/10: Carol Strickland : http://carolastrickland.blogspot.com/
6/12: Amy Corwin : http://amycorwin.blogspot.com/
6/14: Lilly Gayle : http://www.lillygayleromance.blogspot.com/
6/16: Rebekkah Niles : http://juturnafaerthing.blogspot.com/
6/18: Laura Browning : http://www.laurabrowningbooks.blogspot.com/
6/20: Andris Bear : http://andrisbear.wordpress.com/
6/22: Marcia Colette : https://marciacolette.wordpress.com/ *waving hello*  😀
6/24: Nancy Badger : http://www.nancylennea-inlove.blogspot.com
6/26: Sarah Mäkelä : http://blog.sarahmakela.com
6/28: Jennifer Harrington : http://www.romanceadventures.blogspot.com/
6/30: Scott Berger : http://romanticadventurestories.wordpress.com/

$0.99 Sale for BITTERSWEET

I’m a few days late, but I wanted to do something special to celebrate the release of The Spider Inside Her later this month.  So, I’ve lowered the price on Bittersweet.  🙂  Keep in mind this is only for the month of June.  Once TSIH is out, I don’t know what I’ll do.  Seriously.  Not a clue.  I know I won’t hike up the price to $4.99 because I like selling books.  😉 

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I’ve done a complete overhaul on an important scene from Deadlier by the Dozen.  It’s still on schedule to be released in July, so no worries there.  The scene needed to change because there was too much talking and not a lot of action.  Also, I realized during my polishing that I have this horrible–bad bad bad–habit of mentioning things that the reader should already know.  Just to give you an idea of how awful it was, after two-thirds of the way through Dx12, I sliced about 15,000 words.  Yes, it was that bad, but I have a much cleaner manuscript because of it. 🙂

Muse Gifts

I had gotten my edits back from my editor for The Spider Inside Her (Dark Encounters #1).  These are my final edits, by the way.  But instead of working on them, I decided to work on Deadlier by the Dozen, which is book #2 in my Dark Encounters series.  You see, the timing is really good because I’m having my cover artist put some stuff together for the TSIH cover, so it’s not ready yet.  Why bother working on a book when there isn’t a cover?  And since I want to release Dx12 shortly after, I really need to work on that book.

Yesterday morning, I had reached an important conversation  between my heroine and her aunt that didn’t come over as I had planned.  There were bits and pieces of it that bothered me and dragged out the story.  There were also parts that didn’t add much either.  So, I shortened and focused it more on the problem at hand and not secondary issues.  As a result of careful trimming and focusing more on the pertinent stuff, I LOVE it now!!  It knotted up a bunch of loose ends and had given both my heroine and me a couple of important a-ha moments.  For once, the scene didn’t stop me the way it used it.  In fact, it riveted my writing…and hopefully the reading.

I wasn’t expecting that, which made me feel like the muse had given me a gift.  I thank her big-time for it.

Off to make up some hamburger for grilling.  We’re going to the park later on, which is a first for me.  We don’t usually grill in the park, let alone eat there because of the dog-crap scent that travels on the wind.  But that was back in NY.  Hopefully, NC’s leash laws have made it more bearable.  😉

THE SPIDER INSIDE HER – Update!

I’ve been avoiding this post because I know nobody likes bad news.  Assuming you like my books, that is.  If you don’t, then you probably don’t care and are think the world is better off.  😆

Anyway, I got my TSIH edits back from my fabulous editor Patricia over at Hazard Editing–holy smokes, they’re growing by leaps and bounds!–and she hit on things that I had gotten lost in the back of my mind.  Not only that, but bought up some interesting points.  My goal is to finish the edits this week and get them back to her by Sunday.  Fingers crossed because my kid has this way of enrapturing me with a smile.  Not only that, but I’ve finally gotten back on my cardio machine so I can do a better job at keeping up with her.  😉

So what does all of this have to do with bad news?  It means The Spider Inside Her won’t be out until June.  I’m hopeful for early June, but I can’t be sure because I have a date with several panels at ConCarolinas the weekend of the 4th.  It also means that Deadlier by the Dozen has been pushed to July.  Thankfully, I’m almost halfway through polishing off that book before I send it on its merry way.

The good news, I don’t know if Disappearance Hall will be pushed back.  I sure hope not because I really want that book out no later than the summer.  I can’t give an exact date because I won’t know until I figure out how much work I need to put into it.

So where are you with your writing/reading these days?

Disappearance Hall and Other News

One thing about cannibalizing a novel is you never know what other corpses it’ll turn up.  A few weeks back when I posted my publishing schedule, I thought I could get Disappearance Hall done in April.  Not the case.  I had about a third of the book done when I decided to cut half of the remaining pages.  They just wouldn’t work for the new story.  So , I’m down to a total of 252 pages with more cuts coming and more new pages to write.  My best guess is that I’m halfway through my first draft and I’m not going to make April.  😦  May is still a possibility, but…

Something came up last week that could make the April cut, albeit late April.  Though it was a tough decision and one I didn’t take lightly, I’ll be publishing  The Spider Inside Her through Dusk Till Dawn Books.  It’s book #1 in my Cursed series and Deadlier by the Dozen is book #2.  Both of stories need another round of polishing before I can send them out to crit partners and/or my editor.  Not only that, but there’s a good chance that I can release them back to back.  If I do that, then it means Disappearance Hall won’t be in the hands of readers until possibly June or July. 

In essence, I have two books that both need polishing, but I can go through them faster than I can DH.  But…I’m having fun with DH right now and really want to see how my New Adult Paranormal turns out.  It would probably help if I knew which was selling better in terms of the market right now.  Dark Urban Fantasy or YA/New Adult Urban Fantasy?  *sigh*

So that’s where my writing life stand right now.  How about yours?