The Haunted is out now! In the wild and everything! :D
I can’t believe I have two erotica books out there now. (And that I’ve released three books in the past two months, ha!)
Now to keep working on The Hunted, which is the next one. It’s coming along brilliantly (she says, still needing to write the last ten k or so words ;))
Bloodshifted, the final book in the Edie Spence series, is alllllmost out! :D
The reader response on this one so far has been pretty darn fantastic. I’m very pleased that it’s getting its moment in the sun, and trying not to have all the feels in the world about it being the last one.
When I turned it in, I did so assuming that I’d be getting the chance to write additional books in the series. And so while it has a book ending, it does not have the epic series ending that the series deserves. Which is why people are already asking me if there’s gonna be a sequel. At this point, I really don’t know. I have all the sequel stuff going on, up in my head, and I’d love to write it — but I only have so much free time, currently. Y’all don’t understand how much hustling behind the scenes I’m doing right now, trying to get my erotica career to kick off, and waiting on pins and needles to hear back from my agent about my YA.
If either of those things take off, full steam ahead, then I can stop working extra shifts, and then I would have time to write Dayshifted. (See?!?! I already know what it’d be called. *sob*.) But if they don’t, then I am where I am, writing my ass off until the next big thing takes.
It is no lack of love or enthusiasm for Edie that’s stopping me. It’s just that it’s far easier to ‘hit’ with something new than it is to flog life into a pre-existing property. And so while I love that Edie has a small and dedicated fanbase, I also have to take things into consideration like ‘how much free time I currently have’ and ‘do I like to eat and/or pay bills?’
I do hope you enjoy Bloodshifted, it’s a great book, and totally worth your time. As for a series-ending, trust me, no one’s hurt more by this than I am.
I’ve been busy pretty much every day since The House came out! I had a few glorious days there high on assorted lists (so thanks for buying it, newsletter subscribers! ;)) and now excellent reviews are popping up as more people read it, which I’m thrilled by :D. Tonight friends of mine are going to perform part of it in San Fransisco at a naked reading event, which I am tickled pink about. I can’t be there, I’ve got to attend a wedding, but they’ll tell me how it went I’m sure! :D
So last week I injured my back :P. Again? you ask. No, this time in a different place. I was at work, and I bent over, and I felt something shimmy in my hip — I hurt my SI joint :P. I picked up an extra day of work and then I drove in to the doctor on an off day, and then I had a ton of traffic the day after that — I’m pretty sure it was all of my commuting that did it, bah. And then there was some irony on Weds of this week, driving in to the doctor again to get a drs note so that I wouldn’t have to drive in to work again till Weds this upcoming week. I bought a special seat thing for it and am using tons of ice and alleve and hopefully it’ll straighten out asap. It does feel better incrementally each day which is good because nothing freaks me out as much as back pain, after the 2.5 months I had to take off two years ago (and use a walker to walk, and do significant PT, etc. As my husband threatens when I work too hard “Do you want to use the high chair toilet seat again?” And I’m always, nooooooooo.)
My folks visited for a few days, which was lovely, and I’ve been writing up a storm. I did 4000 on The Hunted right before they came…and then lost it somehow (I know, I don’t know how either, it’s insane :P) but between yesterday and some effort today, I’ll be caught back up again and then pressing onwards.
Tonight’s wedding should be awesome (even if I am missing naked people reading my book for it :P ;)) — it’s one of my husband’s coworkers who is way into superheros. We’re all going to be dressed normally for the wedding, but then switch into superhero t-shirts for the reception :D.
Then all weekend healing and writing and soon enough back to work! The Haunted is out being formatted, and I want to have The Hunted done by the end of this month, so I’d better get cracking now :D.
The House — my choose your own adventure erotica novel — went live yesterday on Amazon and appears to be glitch free, so I’m hyping it up now! :D
This is the cover we wound up going with — and people are checking it out and buying it already which is freaky cool and awesome!
I’m very stoked. I never thought that a silly exercise in creating a choose your own adventure — where no one died! which is really hard! That’s why you died so often when you read them as a kid! ;) — would wind up being a real book that I’m immensely proud of :D.
Now, back to writing on The Hunted!
So I wrote up a Maleficent review to post today with pix, but since I found out Jay Lake passed last night, I don’t feel like sharing it today.
Jay was one of those people that you felt you’d known your whole life, even when you barely knew him. He was charismatic, magnetic, smart as hell, and honorable as fuck. We broke a bed once together (there were other people involved!) and he went swimming with us at Clarion West. He was going to be gone when I was driving home from CW, but he gave me a house key so that I could crash for a night in Portland instead of drive straight for 14 hours home — that was the kind of guy he was.
I was really lucky to get to know him over the past ten years, on and off at conventions, when he visited SF, and at writing retreats. He was always kind and wise, and had the best writing advice of anyone on the planet.
Y’all might remember my Jay Lake tub post from awhile back — I still have that napkin.
Would that I could reach the end of my own life as gracious and well loved as him, after having made a difference in so many people’s lives.
Love you Jay, and good-night.
So today I started working on my 18th book in earnest. (Yesterday, I just transcribed recorded notes for it off of my phone ;)). I’m up to 5k today. I’m just doing sketchy outlines of where I want the book to go, snippets of scenes I want to get to, but it feels good.
I can’t believe I’ve done this 18 times. I suddenly feel very old, heh.
The Hunted’s going to be the 2nd book in my Sleeping with Monsters series, and it’ll be coming out in August.
Now, onto today’s Maleficent! We’re an exciting two days away from the movie!!!
It’s another group snowglobe, but since two of them are Maleficent it’s OK ;)
Sorry, skipped a day, had a weird health thing (see yesterday’s facebook and/or twitter griping ;)) — and now I need to triple up because Maleficent’s only 3 days away!
This is also one of my favorite Maleficents ;) — I have a lot of favorites, what can I say! ;) — and it has a rotating top so you can put treasures inside the chamber underneath. (I think it’s full of Maleficent pins at the moment.)
And here’s another Maleficent for you — a close up –
This is the top of a combo snowglobe, which I’m of two minds on. I love stuff that’s just Maleficent so much more than combo villain items, and it really irritates me when they just put all the villains in a group together, to cast such a wide net, when I really just want stuff with her. But I understand that if they don’t do that….
Then Chernabog never gets to come out to play. And he deserves some time in the spot light too!
I just wish there were enough of a market for all the individual villains that they could have separate ones all the time. I’ve never seen a good Ursula snowglobe ever, for instance, and I would buy that sucker in a heartbeat if there was one. Same for Jafar. Anyhow, though ;) –
I’m facing a blank page today. It’s been awhile. I feel really rusty at this. Which is ridiculous, because it’s only like my 18th book ever written. (I know. I KNOW. I feel old.) I could take a day off — and, after my health scare yesterday, some would say should :P — but that’s only because those people don’t know how hard it is to get back on the horse, each day longer that you’re out of the saddle. Starting up again tomorrow would only be more stressful for me than just getting work done now, honestly.
Plus, I already bought a cover for my next erotica, which is gonna be The Hunted. So I should play with that some, and then maybe also work on the Dark Man’s Concerto (the next in my Tales from The House series ;)).
The upshot of staying busy will be not biting all my nails off while I wait for my agent to read my YA ;)
Seven days to go to the Maleficent movie! Annnnd, also I finished my YA novel, Electricity. DOUBLE TRIPLE AND I HAVE REVIEW COPIES AVAILABLE OF THE HOUSE! ;)
Here’s today’s Maleficent before I get chirpy! This is my second favorite. (I do have a preference for the dragon-ones ;))
I just finished the last line of Electricity like an hour ago. I’m still post-finishing-a-book high. I’m going to take the next two days to polish it up (it’s about 70% polished as is) and put in chapters (which I never do until the end) and then send it off so it’ll be on my agents desk when she gets back on Tues. I’m so pleased with this book, you have no idea. I’ve mentioned it sort of timidly elsewhere before, but this is my Great American Novel book, if I can ever be said to have had one in me, and I did it justice, all the way through The End.
I also have .epub and .mobi files of the House available at long last! I’ll figure out how best to disperse these over the next few days — but if you’re an erotica reviewer, let me know, and I’ll put you at the top of my list!
8 days until Maleficent COMES OUT.
Here’s my most favorite of all my Maleficent snowglobes:
This one is also super rare. Not that I give a shit about that or certificates or boxes ;). I like to have my things out, you know?