Me, the Goldfish

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Don't you just hate it when you have a fantastic idea — and then you forget what it was?
I'm struggling to remember what awesome plot twist I came up with. Something that would have pulled the current book together, give it more conflict, more darkness…and I went and FORGOT it.
Very annoying.
I need to start writing things down again.
I know, that's an odd thing to say, but it's true. 🙂

Anyway. Caedir is written, and currently stands at 51k. I'm changing a few bits still, but on the whole…yep. Done.
Unless I remember what I was going to add in… lol. Then it might get longer.

Once it's beta read, and off to the publisher, I'll get going on the next one…

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My book buying habits

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I think it's interesting how people who were adamant nay-sayers about self publishing…suddenly self publish and tout it as the best thing since sliced bread.
I'm not against self publishing, but I am against self publishing unedited, poorly executed drivel.
There is a glut of bad books out there, and it's becoming increasingly difficult to find a good one amongst the rubbish.
Sales figures are no indicator of a good book either. It just means the masses aren't very discriminating.
There is a lot to be said for reviews.
I generally read them, and also look at the other books a reviewer likes.
If their tastes are the same as mine, I will likely pick up the book.
The cover plays a big role too. If it catches my eye, I'll likely take a closer look. No, I don't judge by the cover, but I definitely give it a closer look.
If I then pick up the book, and the writing isn't up to par…then I'll never pick up another by that author. You only get one shot with me. If I liked the first, I likely pick up another.
If I frequently pick up books by an author, and they start putting out stuff I don't like…I'll give them another chance. Maybe two. After that it's over, even if you get rave reviews.
Authors who start genre-hopping are also treated with extreme caution.
And then there are certain words I simply won't tolerate from a woman author and there won't be another chance to offend me.

Those are the factors that influence my book buying.

What are yours?

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Watch Me Cover Reveal!

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It's official!

This is the cover for "Watch Me"

Poor little Tiffy — that's how her pack members and the Alpha view her after the brutal murder of her father, and Tiffy is sick of it. She wants independence, not pity or protection. Then handsome Lycan Keric O'Neill shows up and Tiffy wouldn't mind some protection — and other things — from him.
When Keric finds himself the target of Tiffy's misguided seduction, his mission to track down his brother takes a violent turn at the hands of the Alpha — but yields some devastating revelations.
Two years later he is back. This time he will stop at nothing to avenge his brother, and even falling for Tiffy won't sway him from his goal. Unaware of her past and the links to his brother, he doesn't know his actions and heritage will crush Tiffy's fragile trust.
But danger comes in many forms, and when Keric's secrets and betrayal come to light, will revenge and vindictive pack members destroy the delicate bond between them?

So there you have it.

Right now it is scheduled for September 3rd. If this changes…I'll let you know.

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Frustrations

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I am hard at work on one of the Gatekeeper books, and Watch Me is done and dusted.
The release date has gone out again — I don't know why. This is the third time now, and I'm getting a little narked.
Right now it's scheduled for release on the 3rd September.
I believe it when I see it.
What's more, it's been over a year since the book was submitted. (May 2011) We didn't go into edits until December, and quite frankly…that's taking the piss.
I like my publisher. And my editor. They are good to work with — but it's taking too long. I'm trying to build a name, a career here. I can't have a year and a quarter between releases, that's ridiculous.
It makes self publishing a heck of a lot more attractive, because I'd be in contol of the release date.
We'll see.

There is a third installment, but it's not finished. We also have a series title now. "Pack Justice".
As far as I'm concerned, it's not a series. It might be a trilogy, but not a series. That's another thing. I feel like I'm pushed into this, and I don't want to be.

Right now I'm finishing up Caedir — and then we'll see what happens.
I have several projects on the back burner at the moment, and any one of those might be my indie publishing debut.

Watch this space. 😉

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Win win win! x6 !!

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It's the Lyrical Press Author Blitz today — and you can win copies of the following:

Howl by Silke Juppenlatz
Fire's Ice by Brynna Curry
Worth Fighting For by Sondrae Bennett

Head on over to the blogs below, and enter the giveaways!
You get not just one, but SIX chances to win!

 

Rachel Firasek's Blog

Lisa's World of Books

Jess Resides Here

Sugarbeat's Books

Earth's Book Nook

Book and Movie Dimension

 

Here is some more about the books you can win:

Howl by Silke Juppenlatz

When life hands you wolves, howl.

The alpha wolf in Zalin's pack is slowing going insane, which is tough enough to contend with, but the guy is gunning for the woman Zalin loves–the rancher's daughter who saved his hide. He's torn between taking off to avoid a confrontation with the Alpha, and sticking around to protect Lucia. Opening his heart to her is not an option– he's had enough rejection to last a lifetime.

Lucia is fascinated by the "wolf" she saved–at the time unaware he was more than a canine. Zalin seems out to save her from his Alpha, but she wants more than protection from him. When spilled family secrets make her doubt everything she knows, she turns to Zalin for stability, only to learn he's planning to leave.

Will Zalin desert the one he loves when she needs him most, or will he howl a challenge on her behalf?


Fire's Ice by Brynna Curry

Born the son of a Scottish laird a thousand years ago, but now trapped by his cousin's spell, Devin McLoch has seen countless battles and death. The erstwhile thief has turned away from darker pursuits to lead a life of peace, protecting those he loves and considers part of his clan. However, there is one woman he can never forget, who must be given a chance to change, to accept her heart and his.

Arianne Farrell is just as dangerous and intoxicating as her power. Imprisoned in an ancient stone dance more than a thousand years ago, her only chance at freedom from the spell is through love–a love she denied. When Devin asks for her aid to save another from imminent death, she realizes there is more at stake than just her freedom or her heart.

WARNING: Two stubborn sexy wizards using magic with no bounds, scorching love scenes, and happy ever after. Ever play with fire?


Worth Fighting For by Sondrae Bennett

All’s fair in love and war.

As leader of a fox skulk, Cody is used to feeling protective. But when his best friend, Misty, gets attacked, his panic has nothing to do with duty. Suddenly, he’s noticing Misty as a woman instead of the girl he grew up with. But pursuing those feelings would risk their friendship, something he's unwilling to do.

Misty's tried everything, without success, to convince Cody she's not "one of the guys". Yet now that he's looking at her like she always dreamed, he pulls away every time she gets close.

Danger lurks in the background, waiting to pounce. Someone plots against the foxes, leaving them all in jeopardy…especially Misty. Will Cody overcome his fears in time to save the woman he loves?

 



What are you waiting for?

 

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