Two Submission in Less Than a Week

Yes, I’m very proud of myself. 🙂 Both The Underground Portal (Portal book #2) and Strained (Alexa York book #3) have been sitting on my back burner for a little while, but not because I ran out of steam. It’s been a whirlwind for me and my family over the past two months.

It all started in March when it was time to start looking for a new job in Charlotte, NC. I had found one and accepted their offer. Not only that, but we were in the middle of moving to a safer neighborhood, too. Low and behold, another job opportunity came knocking. I didn’t think much of it because I thought the interview went “okay”. Well, it went better than that. They had given me an offer I couldn’t refuse.

So, I packed up my family for Greenville, South Carolina. Woohoooooooooooo! 😀

Of course, I had traded the stories in my head for To Do lists. We had to move twice in less than six weeks. For the Greenville leg, I had two weeks to find us a place to live (taking into account good schools and safe neighborhood), find movers (Moving Help by Uhaul saved our lives), pack (I love my mom), and still put in the last five days at the old job.

Like moving to any new city, you need time to settle in. We’ve been doing that for a 1.5+ months and it’s been okay, so far. Slowly, I’ve worked writing back into my schedule while at the same time, doing some experimental promoting with The Light at the End of Judgment and Day and Stricken.

And through all of that, somehow, I managed to get those two manuscripts off to my amazing publishers, Mocha Memoirs Press and Purple Sword Publications. Whew!

Hello, Greenville, SC! :mrgreen:

What Have I Been Up To?

ThePortalGuards_FantasyRomA lot has happened since selling The Light at the End of Judgment and Day (TLEJD) to Mocha Memoirs Press. I’ve already lined up a review tour with Goddess Fish Promotions, who handled the review tour for The Portal Guards. By the way, I can’t recommend them enough. Very professional and they offer one of the most comprehensive list of services I’ve seen in terms of book promotions and tours that fit perfectly with my hectic schedule. I’m also on the lookout for various places to do a guest post or two. 😉

And before I forget, TLEJD’s release date is 3/12/2015, so mark your calendars.

Speaking of my Portal series, the second book, The Underground Portal is complete! I haven’t handed it over to MMP yet because I’m 4,000 words over the limit. I need to perform one more round of edits to see if I can knock some of those words down to something more manageable. But, it’s done and that’s what matters. 🙂 Next stop, a blurb.

I’m working on a couple of things right now, dividing my time between what works and what doesn’t. The Grave at the Edge of False and Prophet is an ongoing project, so no need to worry about me putting that one down just yet. I’m also looking at conventions for this year. A part of me wants to branch out and try new ones while another part of me is asking if it’w worth it. Don’t get me wrong. I like hanging out with readers and writers. But I’m better off spending that money toward promoting what I currently have out and casting a wider net for new readers. So, we’ll see.

Happy reading! 🙂

 

Another Stop on the Review Tour for THE PORTAL GUARDS

NBTM Review The Portal Guards Tour Banner copyIn case you’ve missed it or haven’t been keeping track, I’ll have another review posted for The Portal Guards at Straight from the Library. Oh, and there’s a $10 gift card at stake, so don’t be left out. 🙂

Next stops on the tour:

November 13: Straight from the Library
November 20: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love

Review Tour Stop #1 for The Portal Guards

I know this is a little late, but my blog didn’t post like I had planned for this morning. It was still sitting in draft mode and I haven’t had a chance to check it until now. That’s fate for me.

Anyway, The Portal Guards has it’s first stop in my review tour at the Kinky Vanilla blog. Be sure to check it out!

More Details About the Upcoming Tour of THE PORTAL GUARDS

NBTM Review The Portal Guards Tour Banner copyJust a quick reminder that my tour for The Portal Guards starts this Thursday. Be sure to check out the places where I’ll be, and if you commit, your name will be entered in a prize drawing at the very end. I’ll be stopping by, too, as much as I can. Don’t be surprised though if you don’t hear from me until later in the afternoon. It’s the day job’s fault. Honest.

Here are the tour dates and where The Portal Guards will be…

October 30: Kinky Vanilla Romance
November 6: Romance Novel Giveaways
November 13: Straight from the Library
November 20: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love

Trying to Get Back Into the Blogging Groove

NBTM Review The Portal Guards Tour Banner copy

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.

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!