SOLD! Strained (Book #3 in the Alexa York series)

I just signed the contract for STRAINED the next book in my Alexa York series. Thank you to Purple Sword Publications for making this happen. What a way to welcome the weekend. I’ll be head’s down in my first round of edits this weekend, which suits me just fine.

Strained is a reprint of Half Breed, but I had to add some extra words, change up the plot a tad, and twist some things around so that it tied more smoothly into Stricken. All in all, I think it’s a much better story than before. My hope is that fans will think so, too.

Next up is a brand new blurb and a cover to boot. I can’t wait!

SOLD! Stricken (Book #2 in The Wonderful Human Hybrid World of Alexa York)

You read that right. Alexa York will live on in STRICKEN, thanks to the fabulous publishing house of Purple Sword Publications. Now whether not I’m going to keep that series name is another story. That was just me playing around because I have Harry Potter on the brain and have no clue as to why. Anyway, no word on a release date, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be some time this year. Nevertheless, you’ll know as soon as I do because I’m planning some release-day promo around that date, which will probably come with a giveaway or two.

Check out the blurb…

Personal tragedy convinces half-werewolf Alexa York to get away to the town of McCormick, Pennsylvania where she’s charged with protecting Dr. Aiden Joss, physician to the supernatural community. Not only does she need the money, she needs the distraction. Unfortunately, she gets it in spades when Joss’s personal issues and a myriad of dangerously sick patients make her new job nearly impossible.

A mysterious disease is running its way through the New York Order of the Amazons and leaving bodies in its wake. The same warrior who had chosen her clan over Joss has asked for him help. Even though the disease is real, Alexa has reason to believe his ex’s sincerity is not.

Given the other numerous problems she has to deal with that are outside of her job description, Dr. Joss might be the biggest threat to his own safety. But, protecting him comes first. That’s difficult to do when his efforts to find an antidote put everyone in his remote clinic in danger, including Alexa.

Welcome to Charlotte!

movingIn case you haven’t been keeping up with my Facebook entries (the few and far between because that became a victim to my absence, too), we’ve moved to Charlotte, NC! And that picture couldn’t be more accurate in terms of how I felt after the move. I won’t say it’s been a nightmare, but it’s been one heck of an adventure.

It all started when I started looking for a new job and got an offer I couldn’t refuse in Charlotte. The crappy thing was I had to move within 2.5 weeks after getting the offer. That sucked beyond all get out. I had to pack up my family, make arrangements with movers, look for a house to rent, and factor in I still own my house in Raleigh and what to do with that.

Well, we survived, although there were two casualties. Two of our zebra fish survived about two days later before we accidentally fed them to death. There was also the fact that Little Bit had gotten a urinary tract infection about a week after our move-in. The house is nice, but the neighborhood sucks. Honestly, your neighbors are so close on either side that you can reach out and touch someone. It’s been about five weeks and we STILL haven’t finished unpacking. But that last part was intentional. We’ve decided to look for another house because we just can’t take it at our rental anymore. It’s an okay house, but it’s obvious that the landlord is nothing more than a gimme man who has no clue about the condition his last deadbeats had left the house.

So where does that leave my writing? Well, for starters, my apologies to anyone who might have been looking for me at The Novel Experience. It turned out the same week I had to move from Raleigh to Charlotte fell right on top of that. So, I wasn’t able to make it. I’ll be at the other cons, of course. I’m still debating on going to Authors After Dark because I don’t know if my grandmother will be visiting. I still might go regardless. After all, I pass by the hotel that’s hosting the convention everyday on my walk back to my car. But like I said, the good news is I’ll still be a guest at ConCarolinas and Atomacon this year. I’m anxiously awaiting for guest applications to open up for Mysticon 2015. I’ll definitely be there!

As for writing, I’m starting to pick it back up again. I’m hellbent on getting Stripped 3 completed. Stripped 2 is done, but it needs to be polished. I want both of them done before I submit. Also, ideas for some short stories and novellas have been percolating in my brain. I blame Mocha Memoirs Press for that. 😉 But for now, I’m focused on the Stripped series. I really want to get that done and even resurrect a YA short centered around Alexa and her first encounters with the Hunting Club.

So that’s all I have for now. I’m moved, I’m tired, and I’m actually liking my new job.

What I’ve Been Working On

So, there are a couple of updates that I have, and hopefully they’re good ones.

New bookcover for Bittersweet. That’s right! I have a new book cover coming soon for Bittersweet. I’ve seen the draft and it’s gorgeously haunting. I’ll share as soon as it’s finalized. What that means in terms of the story, not much, since the content will remain the same. Which leads me to the second update.

The Novel Experience update. I’ve been wanting to update Bittersweet‘s book cover for a long time now, and there’s no better time than The Novel Experience.  This is pretty much a huge book signing event that will be taking place the last weekend in March and will be held in Atlanta, GA. Check out the link for more details because this will be something you don’t want to miss, especially when you think about the parties, the reader-author get-togethers, the corsets and tattoos. You name it! I’ll be participating in the preview session on Friday and the mega book signing on Saturday. I’m planning to have print copies of Bittersweet with the new cover, too.

Stripped, Book 2 – Untitled. I’ve been saving what I think is the best for last.  Not only have I gotten the rights back for Half-Breed (which I’ll be revising and changing the title), but I’ve been working on the follow-up story to Stripped. The only reason why I feel okay talking about it is because I have about 5,000 words left and I wanted to make sure I could finish it. I’m pretty sure of that now. 🙂 So what’s it about? Well…all I’ll say at this point is that my favorite human hybrid is in the middle of a supernatural mess that involves factions, treachery, and hopefully an ending you won’t see coming. Oh, and did I mention that she’s got the scoop on who’s in love and who’s in denial? Given her familiarity with matters of the heart, navigating those waters as an unwilling cupid might be the most dangerous mission of all.

Stripping Back to Second Gear

I knew it would happen.  I do this all the time.  Whenever I get sick and tired of working on one story, I hit up another one.  In this case, I had slammed head-on into writer’s block with STRIPPED 2.  I stopped writing around page 180 and started working on my YA project. 

What I thought would be a simple rewrite turned into a massive one.  I was going to fix things here and there, but I ended up redoing about 75% of it, working on plotting, pacing, characterization, and ramping up the tension.  Just when I thought I couldn’t love that book any more, I found I could.  Heck, I think it’s my strongest book to date.  But guess what ugly sucker reared its horned head again?  Yup.  Writer’s block.  So, I’ve put my YA aside. 

But there’s a happy ending to this story.  You see, that freed up a new scenario with STRIPPED 2 and helped me create a beginning that’s more emotionally charged and with much larger stakes.  I’m back to loving this book again, even though it’ll probably need a huge overhaul like my YA project had once I’m finished.  Either way, it’s great to be back on the half-wolf bandwagon again.  My biggest fear is that I’ll suffer from second-book-itis and end up with a flop on my hands.  I’m so hoping that’s not the case, but I be sure until I’ve finished the book.  Fingers crossed I succeed.    🙂

Oh, and before I forget, a huge THANK YOU to all of you who have purchased copies of STRIPPED.  You guys have really made my day.  Heck, my entire year. 😀

I’m a Guest at Wicked Jungle

I’m on a blog roll, I guess.  Today Wicked Jungle.  Thursday somewhere else.  I really need to check my schedule and update it.  

But as the title suggests, I’m being spotlighted on Wicked Jungle, so if you missed out on winning something, here’s another chance.  Head over, if you want to know the deepest, darkest secrets of my heart.  Or, if you’re nosy like I am when it comes to interviews, that’s another good reason to stop by.  😉

Oh, and did I mention another copy of STRIPPED is up for grabs, too?

Guest Blogging at All Things Urban Fantasy

Yes, I’m running around and doing the promo thing these days.  So, if you missed a chance to win a copy of STRIPPED, here’s another chance.  Oh, and this won’t be the last one either.  Just check back on Monday.  😉  In the mean time, hit up All Things Urban Fantasywhere para is normal.   

I love that tagline!  Wish I had thought of it.  Rats.