In case you were curious where all of the books fit in my paranormal world, here is a handy picture guide. Hopefully it makes sense but if it doesn’t and you have any questions, post a comment here, on facebook, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Obviously it doesn’t include my contemporary romances but if it did, I’d say they are current with the Stone Lover/Stone Romance/Siren Song stories.
You’re all winners unfortunately I only have so many prizes and not everyone won something. 😦 You all have won my love and everlasting thanks, though. The list of winners is located at the rafflecopter site above (no last names) and the winners have been contacted so if you see your name be sure to check your email and your spam folder so I can get those prizes sent off.
The daughter and I just got back from a week and a half in Virginia (the middlest son stayed behind for a while longer) and while we were there we got to visit D.C. Everyone needs to go to the nation’s capitol at least once in their lives – this was my first time and it was really neat. I do recommend wearing really good shoes – there is a lot of walking involved.
Of course, being absent-minded I left my camera at home so we had to pick one up and that was the coolest thing because we got the Nikon Coolpix S3500 and it comes with some pretty fun effects:
Also, Stone Destiny is now available at Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/348632 and will soon be available at other stores (Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Sony, iTunes….)
This past weekend was the freebie days for Awakening and while it did well (over 2,000 downloads) it didn’t do nearly as well as Blind Attraction (well over 20,000 downloads.) And yet, with all of the Blind Attraction downloads, Awakening still inspired more hits to my blog/website. It’s strange but I think that it is also very interesting. One of the coolest aspects about being a self-published author is not being bound by someone else’s schedule, which is also a bad thing if I am having a particularly long writing slump. It also means I get to focus on the books that have a higher demand (ahem, gargoyles) instead of following a set time frame.
I started this thing just over a year ago with Darkness Comes and I had every intention of writing the second book immediately but I had Stone Lover and Blight more or less ready to go so I published them and went back to work on Darkness Comes part 2 (it has had several working titles, including Darkness Sees, which would be followed by Darkness Conquers, which I thought was hilarious.) But then a funny thing happened: readers discovered a love for gargoyles and so I wrote Rhys’s story, with the plan to follow up with Armand’s. Taking a little break after Rhys I cleaned up another book that I had written and that became Siren Song. Then back to work on Stone Destiny, which was put on hold because life happens. Since I was busy with everything else, I pulled out two other books that I had written to clean up for publication: Blind Attraction and Awakening (originally titled Original Sin: Eternal, or something.) Now I am back to writing Stone Destiny and it is going in some directions that I didn’t expect but it is moving forward. Yay!! I think the extra time that it has spent percolating has improved the story; I hope it has, at least.
Anyway, what I guess I am trying to say is if you love a book, especially a self-published book, let the author know; you’d be surprised at how much sway you can have influence which book gets written next. Write reviews, tell your friends, become a fan on facebook, leave feedback. whatever it takes to have your voice heard because you have a lot of power. Writing can be very solitary and hearing from readers can make a HUGE difference. I know that there are a few people out there waiting for the continuation of Darkness Comes and I am really, really sorry that it has taken me so long to get back to it; I will write it, I swear.
My current schedule (subject to change, depending on, well, my readers) is:
1.) Stone Destiny (50% done!)
2.) After Blight (75% done)
3.) Darkness Comes part 2
4.) The continuation of Awakening
5.) …. (I have 2 that I really want to work on plus a billion more ideas, any one of which might scream loud enough at the right time to be picked.)
So, happy reading!!
My husband is very sweet – he bought me my seven sinning gargoyles for Christmas and had them be from the main characters in the books. Merry Christmas!! 🙂
Yesterday I wrote about the chaos of my organization abilities – or lack there of. So today I decided to take some pictures to share the craziness. Not only are the notes scattered over pages and pages of paper the writing is barely decipherable. Of course, not everything that is written on paper will be in the story – and a lot of what isn’t written will be. If only every story followed the same rules I might be able to figure out a better system but I have written several books and every one has taken its own path. It’s enough to drive a person mad – talk me back from the ledge!!
As always, I love love love hearing from readers – feel free to post comments here or on facebook.
The quilt that I am making for my nephew’s Christmas present is almost done!! My fingers hurt from pulling the needle through to get the yarn ties but thankfully I have a couple of kiddos that are willing to help tie it up. All that is left is the binding – woohoo!!
I am hoping to have Stone Romance up at amazon soon-ish. As soon as it is up I will set up the free days as well. I am also getting back to Stone Destiny – I hope to be able to work on it this evening some during my daughter’s dance class. I have a ton of notes to go through – I hope I can find everything I wrote down. I have started a new method recently – each story gets its own notebook and a matching folder; so far it seems to be working well. Now I just have to figure out how to organize my notes….