Winter’s Heart cover reveal

This book is the reason I was having difficulty writing Darkness Falls. For weeks there was this… blockade in my head with something pulsing (pushing?) against it. I knew there was a story behind it but I had NO access to it, just the knowledge that it was there. When I stalled in Darkness Falls, I put that book aside and decided to write  a different story that I was thinking about. Before I could do that, I went back to a story I started a few months back (I had 22,000 words) but I had slammed into a wall and put aside. Anyway, I read it, giggled, and got to the part that made me crash and, though it pained me, I cut almost 2,000 words. And then the gates opened up and the story vomited itself all over the place and it was all I could do to keep up with the Muses’ screaming (they don’t scream in words, they scream in white noise. Literally.) It’s been an insane two weeks: 90,000 words of insanity. When I wasn’t typing, I was writing down scenes for what was going to happen. When I wasn’t writing, I was trying to sleep (not easy when the Muses kept whispering in my ear. My notes during this time are indecipherable because they were written in the middle of the night, in the dark, by a zombie) or take care of the house (yeah, that wasn’t happening.) I was a woman possessed. I had a mad kick Sunday evening because the Muses were growing quieter and the end was near so I stayed up until 3:30 in the morning and kicked out the final 13,000 words.

And then there was the cover. le sigh. I had the original image, which I bought last year, and I just wanted to play around a little bit. It came together like magic. Everything about this book has been… it’s been a rush.

And without any further ado, the Cover:

Winter's Heart ebookWinter's HeartI still have the blurb to write (the least fun part about writing – trying to condense a 111,000+ word book into a few words) but I ordered the proof this morning and once I get it, I will go through the book, smooth out as many rough areas as I can, and then BETAS!!!! Just a warning, Winter is naughty. He explores the upstairs, the downstairs, the front door, the back door, and everything in between, but with fewer euphemisms. So saying, I frickin’ LOVE Winter!!!

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January updates and stuff

Wow, it’s been eleven days since my last post. It’s not that nothing has been happening – in fact, lots has been happening I just haven’t written about any of it. Between dance and writing and doing quick hits of a few sites on the internet, time has simply disappeared. First up is news of our cat. He’s a strange, strange creature. No longer skittish – at all – he has taken over the house and become incredibly loving. He plays with the dog, making sure she’s all right even as he tries to take her down. If he realizes you’re awake, he sits on your chest and purrs at you and if you try to read your kindle, he nudges the kindle aside and purrs louder. And he talks in his sleep, a little meow-purr that is adorable.

The Darkness Falls files have been sent off to createspace and a proof has been shipped out, which I should receive soon. The book isn’t done, there are still a few scenes left to write but I wanted to have a different format to kick start my brain into wrapping it up. I know what I want to write, what needs to be written, I just have to do it. Unfortunately, my brain is hot on a different story, a contemporary romance that is just gushing forth, keeping me awake late into the night writing and waking me up early in the morning with ideas and snippets of conversation. I started it before I got into Darkness Falls and then I hit a wall and was able to concentrate on Malorie and Feryn and their fucked-uppedness. But then I hit a pot hole with Darkness Falls and was going to start in on another story that was screaming at me. I decided to read over what I had written and it made me chuckle – until I hit the last scene that was there and it came to a screeching halt. Though it pained me, I killed the scene and ever since the words have been flowing. Luckily it was only 1,500 word or so and it’s already a thousand times better.

Yesterday, I took a silver sharpie and colored in my tattoo. It’s healing well – I’ve been using coconut oil on it so it smells good, too – and the next time we go down to visit my son and daughter-in-law I’ll be getting it colored in with actual ink. But until then, I have an entire array of markers at my disposal. 🙂

Colored in with a silver Sharpie

Colored in with a silver Sharpie

One last little note. I took part in Erotic Enchants Holiday games this past December, which was a lot of fun and Bookie Nookie is seriously one amazing woman for getting everything organized and keeping it running smoothly. Anyway, I sent out most of the prizes this past week (the paperback books will be going out in the mail when I get them!) and a few of the winners responded that they would leave a review when they were finished reading. My initial mental response is always, “Well, only leave a review if you loved the books.” LOL. Regardless if they love it or hate it, I always appreciate an honest review. Not all books are for all people so if someone doesn’t like my books, that’s all right. And comments are always welcomed.

I got inked!

This weekend I was incommunicado because I went south to Savannah again to visit with my eldest and his wife and to bring my middlest home after he spent a month with his brother. We had a late Christmas and my amazingly beautiful, incredibly talented daughter-in-law gave me my first tattoo – an adorable little gargoyle on my right thigh. He still needs to be colored in, which will happen the next time we go down to visit. The tattooing wasn’t so bad. Of course, I got him done on my thigh, one of the least painful sites to do a tattoo, but it wasn’t nearly as painful as I expected. Now to let him heal…. (and get colored….)

My favorite tattoo artist

My favorite tattoo artist

taken today - he's still a little swollen.

taken today – he’s still a little swollen.

Freshly inked (soon to be colored)

Freshly inked (soon to be colored)

The boys also had a little fun:

There's something not quite right....

There’s something not quite right….

Best friends: Jacks and Stormaggedon (Stormy)

Best friends: Jacks and Stormaggedon (Stormy)

Feel free to share your tattoo stories and tips here or on facebook!! 🙂

 

 

Here’s to a fun-fanging-tastic 2014!

I welcomed in the New Year playing Lego Marvel with my daughter and drinking sparkling apple cider. It was a good way to start the year!

For the year ahead:

Darkness Falls will be coming this year, hopefully sooner rather than later. I want it to be the best story possible and at times it feels like it’s getting away from me but then I read it and it’s pretty good. So, we’ll see. After that I am not sure which story will be tackled. There is the third book in the Blight series (sorry about that!) and the next book after Awakening and a whole box that is overflowing with brief and not-so-brief synopses, including the story that wants to be written RIGHT. NOW. We’ll see if it still demands my time after Darkness Falls.

The darling daughter will be participating in her first dance competitions this year. I am amazed by how much she has progressed these last couple of months of more intense lessons and it is a joy watching her dance! She is working so hard but she is also having tons of fun, which is as it should be. Dancing is such a beautiful art form, from the graceful ballet to the energetic jazz to the freakin’ awesome tap. All of her teachers are absolutely amazing and it is so cool seeing what they come up with. I am awed.

The eldest is off on his own, which makes me proud and a little sad, and the middlest is not far behind. 😦

As exciting as this year has been for all of us, I’m sure the upcoming year is going to be just as crazy.  I hope all of you have a blessed and wonderful 2014!!

and from http://cheezburger.com/7980515072 (click on the image)

really great year