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#ROW80 Check-in May 21st

Here we are with #ROw80 once again. This week’s been crazy busy for me. It’s been a bit of a blur.

The main thing I’ve been working on is promotions for Book 1 of my series, Fey Touched. I just put it into KDP Select and have my free days chosen. So I’ve been working like a madwoman trying to finding places to advertise. (If you’re willing to help with this, please let me know! You would have my undying gratitude.) I am hoping to pull in new readers to my series and hopefully sell more books!

Here is the rundown on the rest:

Secret project – up to 2,330 words so far! Yay!

Fireborn – I hope to look at this today.

Water – Missed one day, but nailed the rest!

Covenant – 626 words written today!

FYFB class – Nada again. It’s on my list, I swear.

I also started (or rather, restarted in a different format) my Fiction Friday series where I do quickie reviews of books I’ve read. Trying to branch out into other things that may appeal to readers. 🙂 I’ve done two so far. It’s looking like I will be posting every other Friday (to give me time to read. I’ve slowed down a lot lately). I hope this will be something fun and worthwhile.

Chocolate consumption report: chocolate zucchini bread (homemade, yum!), ice cream Twix bar, dark chocolate caramels, chocolate chip cookies, WW ultimate chocolate sandwich.

How did your week go?

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Fiction Friday – May 19th edition

Today I’ve got three books to discuss. I used to read faster than this, I swear!

A reminder of the grading scale:

Yay – Phenomenal book, could not put down, amazing. A winner for sure.
Maybe – Not quite a yay, but not horrid either. Read at your own risk
Nay – For whatever reason, I didn’t like it. Would not recommend.

Affiliate disclaimer: Yes, the links used in this post are Amazon affiliate links, fyi.

Okay, here we go!

The Chosen by JR Ward – OMG, a total yay! I’ll admit, this is an ongoing series, and I wasn’t a fan of the heroine. Or the hero, actually. They both grew on me. It was actually a great story. Of course, there are several subplots progressing, and those were good, too.

This was basically a story of forbidden love. The hero committed treason against his king, and the heroine knowingly saw him in secret…and when the secret is revealed…oh boy…you have to read it to believe it. It ends happily though. 🙂

If you haven’t checked out this series, what are you waiting for? Sexy vampires, a fallen angel, scary villains, love stories that’ll knock your socks off and make you cry at times…yeah, they’re that good. Start with Dark Lover, book 1. That one had me totally hooked. (And I still love Wrath, the hero of that book, the best. And his mate, Beth.)

Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer – A definite yay! This one caught my eye because it is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty…but…it’s about sisters. One of them lost her sight to a faerie when she was 2, and the other lost her sense of touch and voice to another faerie at birth. They are inseparable…until one has to marry the prince of a nearby kingdom. The sister left behind runs away…and then is pricked by a spindle…and falls asleep…but there’s so much more to it then that. There are two faeries, twin sisters, who are important in the story. It is a story of love, and sacrifice, and sisterly bonds. It wowed me. Warning though: it does end on a cliffhanger. There is a sequel called Winter Glass.

Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe – This one is a paranormal young adult book about a girl who can see and speak with ghosts. Apparently the only one. Her sister, who died 4 years earlier, is still hanging around. When one of her classmates wants her to find and talk to his deceased mother for him, it sets a whole chain of events into motion. I had to feel for the protagonist, Cass, because she was an outcast and had been bullied — just like I had been when I was in school. (Except without the ghosts, of course!). Cass uses the ghosts who inhabit her school to get dirt on other people, and she calls them on their nefarious deeds. And…she discovers that that might not be the wisest — or most important — thing. I really enjoyed it, and really liked the ending. A definite yay.

Okay, you get a bonus one. I’m going to start reading book 2 of this series, so here’s my thoughts on book 1:

Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand –  A yay for sure. This book is about “imitations” – people who are basically clones of important people. They are created to be used if the important person gets killed, needs an organ, etc. They study their “Authentic” so they can be completely believable if they have to take the Authentic’s place. And this is what happens to Ven, the Imitation of Raven, the daughter of an Important Person. There’s a threat to her life, and Ven is called into service. But all is not what it seems, and there are secrets to be uncovered. And of course, there’s a romance, too. 😉

So I’m diving into book 2, Deviation, soon. Stay tuned for my thoughts on that.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

What are you reading right now? Got any recommendations?

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#ROW80 Check-in May 17th

EvT cover3 3-30-17 copyI am here, just busy. I’ve been working on getting reviews for Ever Touched, promoting, and trying to figure out what I want to do next.

I’ve been having severe eye pain again this week, and it has effected my productivity for sure.

I have a short story due to my editor on 6/1 that i still need to start.

Here’s the rundown:

Ever Touched – Released on 5/1 as planned! Yay! The print edition is also live as well.

Covenant – Will be on the back burner for now.

Fireborn – My next project. Probably a rewrite. I need to go through the entire manuscript and make notes and figure out what can stay and what can go. I am also going to run it through the “plotting through the middle” method and Holly Lisle’s Create Your Plot Clinic to see if I can come up with anything else that could help expand it. I’m looking at around 50k-60k (it is currently 23k now).

Water – Missed a few days this week, but the previous weeks right on!

FYFB class – Will try to get something done this week.

When She Sleeps – Going to plot this formally (I have a lot of it in my head right now!)

Secret Project – Remember this? I’ve resurrected this idea. I have a loose plot, and I will be working on it soon. Shooting for about 30k.

Chocolate consumption report – Chocolate ice cream sandwiches, chocolate fudge-covered cake, chocolate chip cookies, GF chocolate bars…wow. Not a lot. Must change that!

Would anyone be willing to review Ever Touched? :puppy eyes: Free copy + my eternal gratitude.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fiction Friday

New feature here at the blog. I belong to four ARC teams and I am basically reading at least two books at any one time. So, thought you might find my thoughts interesting.

I will be giving some quickie reviews of books I’ve read recently. No spoilers!

Here’s the grading scale:

Yay – Phenomenal book, could not put down, amazing. A winner for sure
Maybe – Not quite a yay, but not horrid either. Read at your own risk
Nay – For whatever reason, I didn’t like it. Would not recommend.

Affiliate disclaimer: Yes, the links used in this post are Amazon affiliate links, fyi.

So let’s get down to it, shall we?

~Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh – a strong yay. Her Guild Hunter books are always amazing. This one had quite the mystery, and an interesting one at that. I highly recommend it.

~Blood Magic by Holly Hook (ARC) – A definite yay. Intriguing world, intriguing main character, a good start to a series. Releases 5/15.

~The Devil’s Kiss series boxed set by Gemma James – A definite yay. These books were hot, hot, hot. Hardcore BDSM, just fyi. It’s about a woman who’s caught embezzling money from the company she works for. Instead of having her arrested, her very dominant boss demands that she become his submissive.

~Blood Vow by JR Ward – Another yay, for real. Love her books. This new spin-off series so far is phenomenal. Axe and Elise were hot. Scorching hot.

~Dying for a Living by Kory M. Scrum – Another yay, and a very unique, interesting series about a girl who’s a necronite – basically she dies so others don’t have to. There is a neat mystery as well.

~Bitter Thirst by SM Reine – another yay. She’s always a yay, especially with this series. I absolutely love the main character Cesar, and all the trouble he gets into. This one concerns a cult infiltrating the Office of Preternatural Affairs, a mysterious and gruesome death, and some family issues. Link to my review

~PODS! and other Supernatural Tales by D.F. Holland – another yay! New to me author. Loved all of the stories and the creepy factor. Awesome. Link to my review

That’s all for today. Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? Or do any of these appeal to you? Let me know in comments.

Next in the queue (subject to change at will):

White Death by Chris Tortora (ARC)
Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe

Currently reading:

The Chosen by JR Ward

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#ROW80 Check-in April 30th

It’s been awhile. I have been busy working on Ever Touched, which releases TOMORROW. ZOMG, it’s almost here!

I had an issue with Photoshop and my wrap cover for the print edition…it is finally resolved and a proof is on its way to me as I type this.

Yeah…

So here’s the rundown:

Ever Touched – Everything is done and ready for tomorrow, except for the print edition. Waiting on the proof.

Covenant – Nothing yet. Planning for after EvT’s release.

Fireborn – Will be a rewrite for sure. That’s all I know right now.

Water – Yes, for the most part.

FYFB class – Not yet, but it’s on my list!

I also have three two guest posts to write, so that’s happening. I wrote one last night.

Haven’t decided on whether I want to work on Fireborn or Covenant next. Covenant might go faster, since it’s drafting, but then again, parts of Fireborn are staying. So I don’t know. Will continue to ponder.

I also have two more books I am starting to plot, a rewrite of an old one called When She Sleeps and an older idea I’ve been dying to work on called Darkweaver. Stay tuned on those.

And it just dawned on me that this is my first check-in since posting my goals. Didn’t realize I was gone that long!

Chocolate consumption report: Ye Gods. Chocolate robin eggs (1 whole bag – but not at once!), hot chocolate, chocolate caramel thingies, chocolate ice cream brownie (Big Boy’s), chocolate donuts, chocolate-covered malted milk balls. I think that’s it.

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Cover Reveal: Ever Touched

EvT cover3 3-30-17 copyIt is my pleasure to reveal the cover for my forthcoming novel, Ever Touched, book #3 in my Fey Touched series.

Here is the blurb:

One secret remembered, another forgotten…which one will explode first?

Brianna has two problems: she cannot remember her past, and she astrally projects to another woman who has predictions tortured out of her. As a result, she is lonely and feels distanced from her co-workers — the only family she has ever known — the Fey Touched Hunters. She is their intelligence gatherer, and her episodes are interfering with her ability to do her job.

When Fey Touched Hunter Cobra, her friend, finds her alone and injured from an episode, she accepts his help. But she’s terrified of doctors and of being thought mentally ill, so she refuses to tell him what’s wrong or let him take her to get medical help. Still, Cobra continues to help and protect her. They find themselves falling in love.

But Cobra, too, has a secret that could rip their fragile bond apart.

When Brianna discovers through her episodes that someone has plans to destroy the Fey Clans, the Fey Touched decide to put their hatred aside and help them. But it’s not just a matter of someone with a grudge: there are other, more powerful players — beings thought to be legend.

As they unravel the mystery, Brianna’s episodes become more frequent and more dangerous until she is faced with a choice. To find the mystery girl and help the Fey Clans, she must risk opening herself up to the Hunters and to Cobra, and put her own life on the line. But is she prepared for the answers she’ll find?

This book was such a joy to write, and I think you’ll enjoy Brianna and Cobra’s story.

Ever Touched is releasing May 1st, so stay tuned!

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#ROW80 Round 2 Goals

I’m a bit late posting my goals. I’ve been really busy with the edits on Ever Touched. I’m jumping in now!

I have fewer goals this go around to limit my stress level. I’ve been very stressed out in the past few months and need a break from it all.

So here are my goals:

~Publish Ever Touched on May 1st (on track to complete as of right now)
~Add 10k to Covenant
~Start formulating a plan for Fireborn (looks like a rewrite as of right now)
~Drink a glass of water 5x a week
~Start working on FYFB class once things settle down

And that’s it! No exercise-related goals yet because I seem to have reinjured my knee. 😦 Once that gets worked out, I may add an exercise-related goal to the mix.

I would also like to add in some mental downtime per week. I’m not making it an official goal, but we’ll see once Ever Touched is published. I had some of that with Guild Wars, but since I’ve been so busy with edits and such, I haven’t been able to play this week at all. So we will see on that as well.

And, as usual, the famous chocolate consumption report.