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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.

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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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.

Loki’s Game… The Sneak Peek!

It’s not due out until January 2013, but there’s no better time to start piquing interest than now. Here’s a taste from Loki’s Game.

Where we pick up, Lily has pulled away from Rowan because of his shifter nature. She’s working for Loren, but he wants more. In this particular scene, she has agreed to go to dinner with Loren only to find it has turned into a date… and things are about to get ugly.

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“I can make you forget all about him,” Loren whispered, and devoured her again.

As quickly as this new assault began, it came to an end when Loren abruptly flew backwards, sliding away from her across the floor. His retreat happened in slow motion. When he skidded to a stop, the sounds of the club crashed down on her in full focus, threatening to deafen her with the heavy bass-beats. Lily thought her mind had overloaded and played a nasty trick on her when Rowan’s face materialized in front of her, his massive frame blocking her view of both Loren and the still dance floor.

“Rowan?” she said, struck dumb by his presence. “What are you doing here?”

“Protecting you,” he snarled, his teeth bared in a frightening half-grimace.

“From what?”

“A mistake.”

Loren’s laughter cut through the noise of the club like a knife, piercing her skin with its icy tone as he stalked into view. “The great white knight has come to rescue the damsel in distress, I see,” he said. His eyes were dark and cold, and while Lily could only see Rowan in quarter-profile when he turned his head, she was certain his expression was much the same.

“What the hell are you doing here?” Rowan growled.

“I was sharing an evening with my date, not that it’s any of your business.” Loren causally brushed off the sleeves of his shirt and tucked the hem back into his pants, repairing the damage Rowan had done. Tension popped between them like arcs of electricity. Lily could feel it crawling over her skin, threatening to drown her in frustration and fear.

“Why come here?”

“Public place.”

“Bastard.”

“Rowan!” Lily snapped, stepping between them. The sight of him—the strong, possessive, alpha-male—sent a shock of awareness bolting through her. His handsome face, even contorted with anger, tangled her heart up in knots. “What the hell is going on?”

“Your friend,” Loren said, stepping up to sling an arm around her shoulders, “doesn’t seem to like me very much.”

Lily twisted out of his grip to glare up at him. “What did you do to him to make him not like you?” she shouted over the music.

“I don’t know what you mean,” Loren shouted back, but the hard set of his jaw told her he was lying. She didn’t have to hear his voice to know that.

“Get out of here,” Rowan said over the top of her head. His breath ruffled the small hairs across the back of her neck. She suppressed a shiver, and rounded on him. His vision was still trained hard on Loren.

“And who are you to decide that?” she asked. Again, the sight of him was like a punch in the chest, and she had to focus just to keep breathing.

“The owner,” Rowan and Loren said at the same time. She fell short on a response, gawking back and forth between them. Even in the relative dimness of the club she saw Rowan’s face pale. “And he should have known not to come in here,” Rowan added.

Lily’s mind reeled. They knew each other. And they hated each other. And Rowan owned the damn club. This must be the trouble Rowan talked about.

“All right, outside…both of you,” she shouted, and started for the front door. Rowan caught her wrist and pulled her around behind a curtain, into a dark hallway. The touch of his fingers on her skin burned; threatened to derail her completely. Then the cold night air rushed over her and his touch left her. Lily turned to face the pair of them, taking a deep, hard breath to steady her jangled nerves. “Now, will one of you please explain to me what the hell is going on?”

Loren and Rowan caught each other’s stare, holding in that pattern for a long moment. Neither spoke.

“Rowan…how do you know him?”

“We go way back,” he said through clenched teeth. She was afraid of what that meant. “Your boyfriend,” he spat the word at her, “has a bad habit of stealing things from me.”

“First of all, Loren isn’t my boyfriend.”

“Didn’t look that way inside.”

“I work for him, you idiot. As for that kiss…I hardly had time to process it before you threw him halfway across the room!”

“My prerogative as owner,” Rowan replied, unrepentant.

“Go to hell, Keir,” Loren snapped, obviously having had enough of this game.

“Fuck you,” Rowan said. “Fucking poacher.”

“If you wanted her, you should have marked her.”

“I am not a barbarian.”

“What?” Lily interjected, but went unnoticed.

“So the chest-beating He-Man bullshit is considered civilized in your world?” Loren asked with a smirk.

“You will destroy her.”

“And it is no concern of yours.”

“It is.”

Loren rolled his eyes and laughed, a deep, sardonic chuckle that rattled Lily’s nerves. She had no idea what this argument was really about, but at the center of it was not where she wanted to be. “Don’t give me some lame line about her being your mate.”

“Hurt her and I will tear you limb from limb,” Rowan threatened.

“I’d like to see you try.”

“There won’t be any trying, kitten.” The air shimmered around Rowan’s form. His eyes, normally that soft sea-and-sky color Lily loved, had dilated, shifting to black. His teeth looked sharper, his fingernails more like claws.

“BOTH OF YOU SHUT UP!” Lily screamed, and both men froze.

Loki’s Game Cover Release!

So, did I tell everyone that I finally got off my duff and contracted Loki’s Game? Yes? No? I don’t remember!

Suffice it to say, things have been chaotic in my slice of the world. Real life keeps getting in the way of my fun (and by fun I mean writing), but I’m moving along slowly and steadily anyway.

To prove it, I’m here today to show you the new shinies! Loki’s Game will be out January 2013 courtesy of Sugar & Spice Press. This book has been a two-year battle, and I’m happy to be able to say that I’ve won!

I wish I could give it out today, but unfortunately I don’t think the formatters are going to be too thrilled over that. Until it’s out, here’s something tide you over, provided by the ultra-talented Elaina Lee:

And a little bit about it…

Word Count: 57,000
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance

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 waits 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.