Category Archives: Loki’s Game

The Long, Hard Road out of Hell

So I kinda fell off the wagon for awhile there. It sucks, but it is what it is. Between a bout of depression, sickness from being pregnant, and a general sense of “why bother?” spawning from some less-than-productive professional relationships, I’d started the descent into giving up.

But truth be told, I’m not ready to give up. I’m just ready to be done with the bullshit. I’m ready to do my thing, tell my stories, raise my kids, and say To Hell with the internet in general. Unfortunately in this day and age of everyone trying to scream the loudest, I can’t push it all off to the side. I have to be here and present.

I did get off my duff and re-release this book, though:

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I still love this book. I’m ecstatic over the new cover. The story is updated a bit for continuity and grammatical uglies as well. Click the picture and take a look. I promise you’ll enjoy it. It’s also enrolled in KU, so there’s that as well.

But back to the point…

Yes, I’m struggling with my own personal demons, but that’s not the point of this post. The point is to say that I’m still here, I’m still around, and I’m still writing, very much against the desires of my subconscious.

It’s tough out there. Publishers are folding left and right. The big houses are growing even more elitist. The masses are turning more to self-publishing out of necessity than desire it seems. And the turd peddlers are cranking out even more crap than ever before. And nobody is making any money.

Last quarter, I sold four books. FOUR. And not for lack of trying. It’s extremely disheartening to know how bad the market is. And writing romance means it’s even stiffer competition. None of the readers have any money, and the ones that do are playing it safe with A-list authors they know by name. The market is flooded, and not necessarily with good fiction either.

Hence the “why bother” attitude. Sadly I’ve made more money by giving Loki’s Game away through Kindle Unlimited than I have selling copies of every book in my backlist combined. THAT is how bad the market is.

I was scrolling back through some of my older blog posts and came across one from right after I got started. It was talking about Digital Marketing and how I felt like I was doing it all wrong. Sadly, that was the point in my life when I was doing everything right. Sure, I second-guessed myself and had a pretty bumpy path in front of me, but back then I didn’t shy away from the daunting task of putting myself out there. I could sit here and make excuses as to why, but that wouldn’t be fair to myself or to you. The simple fact is this: I don’t do it. I should, but I don’t. Coincidentally, it was when I knew the least about my craft that I seemed to give the best advice.

I’m frustrated. I’m disheartened. I’m still overwhelmed. I need to learn to let those things go and get back on the writing wagon. Even if it’s 100 words a day, it’s something. I’m NOT giving up. That’s not what I’m made of. So please be patient, but expect great things. There’s always something wonderful just around the bend.

It Happened One Night at Fandom Fest…

So it would appear that I’m totally wrong, which amuses me greatly. Fandom Fest last weekend was kind of a joke in its own right, but I nevertheless walked away with a few good stories. This one is my particular favorite:

I was standing at my table, minding my own business and trying to ignore the insanity of the weekend (all of that has been covered my many, many others so we won’t get into it here) when I had some random stranger walk up to the table.

He picked up a copy of Loki’s Game, then turned it over and began to read the blurb. The conversation that followed went something like this:

HIM: “Wait… wait a minute. What the… Can I ask you just one question?”

ME:  ” Sure. What is it?”

HIM: “So I’m sort of a mythology nut, and I read all sorts of mythology.”

ME: “Okay, I do too.”

HIM: “So most people don’t know that Loki isn’t a bad guy and that he’s actually the god of Night and Fire as well.”

At this point I’m starting to wonder if I missed the question.

ME: “I know he’s not evil. He’s a trickster. In D&D terms, he’s Chaotic Neutral. And I did know he lords over other aspects of nature as well.”

He’s still talking over me at this point like I don’t even exist. He’s also getting red-faced and angry. I don’t think he hears me.

HIM: “…and I’m assuming that Rowan is the descendent of a god, right?”

Finally…a question!

ME: “Technically no. [This is the point when he stopped listening.] He’s the descendent of the dragon Fafnir.”

HIM”: “THEN THERE IS NO WAY THIS GUY COULD EVER OUTRUN LOKI BECAUSE HE DOESN’T HAVE THE SPEED AND POWERS OF A GOD AND…”

I tune out and let him rant. It goes on for a couple minutes while both my husband and Kayelle McClive watch in shock, awe, and amusement.

ME: “He’s a shapeshifter and the descendent of a magical creature…”

HIM: “I DON’T CARE! I HATE IT WHEN PEOPLE ABUSE MYTHOLOGY AND…”

Again, I stop listening. I also physically bite my tongue to keep from laughing.

HIM: “I’m sorry. I just can’t believe this.”

And he puts the book down and walks away. I have to try very hard not to fall into a hysterical giggling fit at this point because he’s still within earshot. I then launch into my  very own tirade about how all of the mechanics are covered in the book and I know what I’m doing and I’ve read dozens of books on mythology and don’t take changing the stories lightly and…

Well, you get the idea.

Now it’s really funny. At least it is to me. And it’s one of those moments that made the atrociously horrible weekend that was Fandom Fest bearable.

Buy It… Buy It Now!

So I got a new phone Monday. I kinda killed the one I had which, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t really all that bad because it was almost two and a half years old. My sad little HTC Desire served my well. Too bad I’m a clumsy oaf who can’t seem to hold onto things.

Now I have a shiny, new Samsung Galaxy S2 and I’m in love. It also means I can realistically acquire a Paypal credit card reader. Perfect timing, too, because I’ll be getting my paper copies of Loki’s Game shortly, and I need to remove any possible excuse as to why someone realistically can’t buy a copy.

“Oh, no cash? Well let me jLoki's Game Coverust swipe your card…” Shameless, isn’t it? I’m really loving it.

So yeah, I’m taking orders for paperback copies of the book. If anyone’s interested, hit me up and I can (a) order a copy for you to buy from me or (b) point you in the right direction to order a copy for yourself when they’re available.

Beyond that I swear I’m still trying to write. The cowboys keep talking and I keep trying to listen.

March and April are particularly bad months now. Yesterday this time last year was the start of the month-long trek through hell that ultimately ended with my father’s passing. I’m still having a hard time with it, and the ups and downs are getting more and more drastic with each passing day. If I can just make it through the next month, I should be okay. It’ll be hard, but I’ll get there. Just have patience with me.

And buy my book. It’ll help make me happy.

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | All Romance eBooks | Sugar & Spice Press

BOOBS!

Ahem… now that I have your attention, let me tell you first and foremost that I have shamelessly tricked you to get you onto my blog today. That tactic is called a “bait and switch” for those who don’t know, and it’s all part of the social experiment. Yes, it’s a known psychological fact that certain words and phrases trigger automatic reactions in humans. I know. I studied psychology for a few years.

Throughout the month of March, I’m going to be conducting two experiments, which means the purpose of this post is twofold.

FIRST – I’m going to track which of my posts get more hits – the ones with raunchy, quirky titles, or the ones with normal, intelligent titles.

SECOND – For those of you that hang around and read this far, I’m offering a choice regarding romantic fiction. I recently had two books release within days of each other. One was contemporary romance. The other was paranormal romance.  I want to see which one sells better.

So to you, my readers, I present said choice. I want you to do two things now. First, I want you to choose one of the books below and buy it. Then after you read it, I’d like you to come back and leave me a comment telling me which one you chose and why. If you’re willing, I’d also like for you to tell me what you liked and didn’t like about the book.  If you choose to buy and read both, PLEASE come back and tell me which one you liked better and why.

Anyone who participates will be entered into a drawing (details to come!) at the end of March.

The point of this experiment? To see which of the romance subgenres has a bigger following. So, ladies and gentlemen…

MAKE YOUR CHOICE:

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

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Something In the Air
Purple Sword Publications

Release Date: February 6, 2013

Kelly Ray Patrick is a sweet, southern girl who has never been lucky, either in finances or in love. But as the recent co-recipient of a lottery jackpot, she and her friends have set out on a Valentines-themed singles cruise in the hope of relaxing and meeting Mr. Right. Only, to Kelly Ray’s surprise, Mr. Right appears to be her best friend, Dominic James. Nic appears to be feeling the effects of the trip as well, and has discovered his own interest in Kelly Ray.

The only thing stopping them: their friend, Trevor, who has been carrying a torch for Kelly Ray since they were all kids. Will respect for that friendship be enough to stem the budding relationship, or will they throw caution to the wind and indulge in their desires?

Buy It Here: Purple Sword Publications
All Romance eBooks | Amazon

PARANORMAL ROMANCE

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Sugar & Spice Press

Release Date: February 9, 2013

Unemployed museum curator Lily Redway responds to an advertisement in the newspaper, thinking she is applying for a job. On the other side of that small, black-and-white box awaits two things: a fantasy world come to life, and a man named Rowan Keir.

Rowan is a man with many secrets. He is a shape-shifter, a descendent of old world mythology, and the guardian of a rare and valuable Nordic artifact. He is also being hunted by the god Loki and has spent the last six-hundred years outsmarting and outrunning him.

With the fury of Asgard on Rowan’s trail, Lily finds herself caught up in a real-life fantasy story, a love triangle, and an ages-old war that pitches her into a different world and one very hard truth:

All is fair in love and war.

Buy it here: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | ALL ROMANCE EBOOKS
SUGAR & SPICE PRESS

The Tour Goes On!

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My tour, that is. Today is Day Four, which means there are three previous stops. Want to check them out? Do it here:

Day 1: Alexx Momcat’s Gateway Book Blog
Day 2: Fandom Fanatic
Day 3: Girl Who Reads

More to come as I get the links. Randomly, the Twitter Party was a blast. We actually trended with the hashtag #LGTP (Loki’s Game Twitter Party), and it made me a very happy little writer.

That’s pretty much where we stand at the moment. Oh, except for the fact that the buy links haven’t quite made it up yet. Anyone who wants Loki’s Game can get it on the SUGAR & SPICE WEBSITE. For those of you who want Amazon, B&N and ARe, it’ll be up by Friday. Links to come as we get them.

A/N: I stand corrected. We’re now available on All Romance eBooks!

And there was a bit of a snafu with the Goodreads page. Somehow the ISBN number is linked to another book already. That alone is enough to make my eyes crossed. Oh, well…we’ll get it fixed.

Then we get print copies later this year.

Yay!

Until then, take a look at the Rafflecopter Giveaway! Two copies of Loki’s Game up for grabs!

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Blog Tour Update

Things are moving along quite swimmingly in WriterLand. Don’t believe me? Check this out –

My book tour for Loki’s Game begins in just over a week. [Eek!] I’m steadily writing guest blog spots and scrambling to get everything in order. Even with Ali’s help it’s a lot of work, but it’s going to be worth it.

What’s more, my lovely publisher put a bug in my ear this morning about print copies of the book becoming available this spring. Fingers and toes crossed, y’all. I want it so bad I can taste it!

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On February 7th, I’ll be taking part in a Twitter Partaaaay! Lots of fun stuff up for grabs, including copies of Marked, Blood Doll and She-Wolf, as well as a couple Amazon gift certificates. I’ll pass the info along as I get it.

Then, the rest of the tour kicks off on Release Day – February 9th. Here’s the rest of the schedule:

Feb.9thAlexx Mom Cat’s Blog (Guest Post, Promo and excerpt)

Feb. 10thFandom Fanatic (Promo/Excerpt)

Feb. 11thGirl Who Reads (Guest Post)

Feb. 13th– Library Girl Reads & Writes (Guest Post)

Feb. 14thMy Other Book Blog (Guest Post)

Feb. 16thBreath of Life (Guest Post)

Feb. 18thMich’s Book Reviews (Guest Post)

Feb. 20thSelah Janel (Guest Post or Character Post)

Feb. 22ndAlexandra Christian (Author Interview)

Feb. 23rdLindsey Gray (Review)

Feb. 25thSeventh Star Press (Guest Post)

Feb. 26thThe Twigasm (Author list, Guest Post)

Feb. 27thJennifer Malone Wright (Guest Post/Author List)

Feb. 28thAll In One Place (Review, Promo/Excerpt)

Mar.1stParanormal Tendencies (Review and Promo)

Mar. 2ndLynn’s Romance Enthusiasm (Review)

Mar. 4thSarah Aisling  (Promo/Excerpt)

March 6thAli’s Bookshelf (Guest Post/Author List)

March 8thBreath of Life (Review)

March 9thCabin Goddess (Review and Author list)

Are all of you excited? I know I’m excited. Now I just have to finish these guest posts and get them out before I forget what I’m doing.

Later, taters.

Falling Off the World Again

Yeah, I did. I fell completely off the planet for yet another month. Sad, isn’t it?

No matter. I’m back now and gearing up for all sorts of big things!  I have some really fun announcements, so hold tight and let me get them all out.

FIRST – I’m proud to announce that Loki’s Game is set to release February 9th from Sugar & Spice Press.  As it’s my first novel, it will be going on tour with Jitterbug PR!

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Alicia Justice has been wonderful to me so far, and I’m sure she’ll be even more awesome as the tour goes on. I’m excited already and I can’t wait to get on the blogging road.

On that, the first event is actually a little early – I have a TWITTER PARTY!!! scheduled for Thursday, February 7th.

At long last, this book is going to be released.  I need help selling lots of eBook copies too… I want to see this one in print so bad I can almost taste it!

NEXT UP ON THE ANNOUNCEMENT CHAIN!

Having been released from their contracts late last year, I’m happy to announce that “Something in the Air” and Letting Go” have been picked up for republication by Purple Sword Publications.

Let me tell you guys right now – Purple Sword is awesome. The books aren’t even out yet, but I already have that feeling of coming home. It’s wonderful to have another publisher at my back that feels so right.

What’s more, I have shiny new cover art for Something in the Air! Take a look and tell me what you think.

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So, just because I’ve been quiet doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. Perhaps I should stay quiet more often and see where that leads me in the writing game.

Nah. I like to talk too much.

For now though, I’m out. I promise I won’t wait another month to drop in though.