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!

#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.

 

Saying Goodbye to Bones

I’m a bit late on this, but I wanted to talk about Bones. The series finale happened on March 28th, the day after my birthday, after 12 years. SPOILER ALERT. Do not read any further if you wish to remain unspoiled.

Most series now do not last that long, so I am so grateful for every year of the twelve it aired. I am also glad I gave it a chance after watching one episode and not liking it. (Yeah, imagine that, not liking it!). I ended up getting the DVDs to play catch up and then began watching it live around the 5th season.

Bones was a bit different than other police procedural/forensic shows. It had a main character who was a forensic anthropologist (someone who studies the bones of the dead to determine who and what killed them) and I was — and still am, actually — fascinated by it. It had some amazing villains and crimes, awesome character development and relationships, and even romance. There were also serious things, like one character being in a coma, or another character getting injured and coping with being in a wheelchair (which was handled superbly). Gambling addiction. Long-lost parent coming back into a character’s life. Pregnancies, children, high-stakes chases, death threats, serial killers….this show had it all, and it handled it all with grace and integrity.

Bones has been a part of my life for what feels like forever. It was originally on Wednesdays, then switched to Mondays (before or after House, M.D. — another favorite — I don’t remember which. So Mondays were made better for that.) Then they switched to Thursdays, where it was for a few seasons. And then for the final short season they switched to Tuesdays which I did not realize and missed the first 2 episodes! I was pissed! But then I managed to get into the groove. I literally ran my life around episodes of Bones. Kinda silly, I know, but I preferred watching it live. I looked forward to it every week. And now, it’s over. It’s kinda like saying goodbye to an old friend, one you’re not sure you’ll see again. (There was talk of maybe continuing it in some fashion, but I’m not sure how true it is). I guess ratings were slipping, even with its super-loyal fanbase. They were able to get the short season to end the series right, and again, I am grateful for that because how many shows end on cliffhangers? But the feeling was very bittersweet. I teared up a few times. But despite the subject matter (aftermath of an explosion), it did not feel like a finale. Sure, it wrapped everything up and left hope for the characters’ future, but I didn’t feel a sense of awe as with other shows. Not saying it sucked — it was great episode. Maybe I’m in a bit of denial? I don’t know.

I have very mixed feelings about it. I’ve been busy with edits on Ever Touched so I haven’t really had time to really process it. But I’m sure it will hit me and the tears will come.

And Brennan and Booth. Man, what a love story. I remember the episode where it was revealed that they’d slept together and Brennan was pregnant. And boom, they were a couple. But it wasn’t all hearts and flowers. These two had their struggles, and sacrifices, and tough choices, which made it even more awesome when they finally got married (and it was beautiful). I just can’t think of another TV couple that tops them. They are it for me.

As you may or may not know, Bones was based on Kathy Reichs’s Temperance Brennan novels. They took a huge departure from the books, though (totally new characters, including Booth). And a lot of times that goes horribly wrong. But it actually worked out pretty well. Obviously they are two separate entities, but still. I have yet to catch up on the Brennan novels. Kathy Reichs did a great job (and she is a real-life forensic anthropologist — how cool is that?).

So I guess this is goodbye, and I feel an ache in my heart. Sure, it was just a TV show, but for me was more than that. It was friends, and fun, and cool stories and romance and killers. It was an hour once a week I cheerfully gave to see what was going to happen next to the coolest characters on the planet. It fun, sometimes heartbreaking, and cool. It was one of the greatest shows ever produced in my opinion. It was life.

It’s over now. I wish it wasn’t, but life goes on. Maybe someday there will be more, or maybe not. But whatever happens, Bones changed my life and the way I see things. And that is the mark of a great show.

Godspeed, Bones. You will be missed.

#ROW80 Final Check-in 3/19/17

I’ve decided to do my final check-in today because I have a really busy week coming up and I am bound to forget! So, without further adieu, here it is!

~Finish Ever Touched 2nd round edits ~DONE and turned in March 1st!
~Finalize Ever Touched cover art ~In progress. Cover created, just waiting on feedback.
~Start on a blurb ~DONE! Still more work needed, but it’s a start.
~After Ever Touched is finished, start Fireborn revision ~NOT DONE. Have been thinking about this, though. 
~Add 5k to Covenant (using 8 minute writing if possible) ~NOT DONE. Issues with sleep due to eczema and general stress has killed my energy. I did write 1,349 words on it a few days ago, though, and plan on continuing with it.
~Continue FYFB class (I’m so horribly behind now, it’s not even funny!) ~NOT DONE. Once things calm down, it’s the first thing on my priority list.
~Eat healthier/lose 5 pounds ~KINDA SORTA. Lost about 3 pounds total. Trying to eat healthier.
~Restart transferring Survivor Rewrite outline to Scrivener ~NOT DONE. Just plain ran out of time.
~Exercise: housewalking 3x per week ~DONE ONLY ONCE. Really need to get serious about this in the next round.
~Water – 1 glass 5 days per week ~DONE!
~Chocolate consumption reports of course! ~DONE!

So I won some and I lost some. Not a bad round considering all the health crap I had to deal with. I’m okay with it. 🙂

Final chocolate consumption report: Triple chocolate cake last night for my early birthday party, chocolate brownie topped with chocolate ice cream and hot fudge recently, chocolate pudding, hot chocolate. The chocolate is strong in this one. 😉

How did you do?

#ROW80 Check-in 3/12/17

It’s ROW80 time again!

I’ve been mostly brain dead. I think I really needed a break, I think. Come April I’ll be doing Ever Touched’s final copyedits, and getting it ready for release. So I’m taking time now to rest and relax and do things I won’t be able to do later (Guild Wars, for an example). I’ve wanted to write a little, but nothing’s really setting me on fire at the moment.

Daylight Saving Time is kicking my butt. #abolishDST

So, the rundown:

Ever Touched cover – In progress. Waiting on feedback.

Blurb – Also in progress.

Water – Every day except one.

Guild Wars – Finally completed the mission that was giving me fits. Working on the next. It’s much more challenging. I’ve been logging a lot of time in there as of late.

Weight – Not really sure, as I haven’t weighed myself this week.

Eczema/psoriasis – Not bad this week at all. Of course, I’ve been taking cold showers, which sucks, but keeps the itching down. Actually, I had a rough night last night with my feet itching again. Seriously?!

Exercise – Other than cleaning, nothing. Bad Erin, no cookie!

Chocolate consumption: Gluten free brownies, hot chocolate, Snickerdoodles (not chocolate, but there you have it). Chocolate cupcakes!

 

#ROW80 Check-in 3/5/17

Annnnnnnnd it’s ROW80 time again!

I skipped last week because I’d fallen behind on my proofreading, but never fear, I turned it in on time! I did notice that my main character’s eye color changed twice, so that needed to be fixed. She’s in both book 1 and book 2, but as a secondary character. Her original introduction was in book 1…which I wrote back in 2012. So, yeah, memory lapse. It was very subtle, but I didn’t want to break continuity.

So that’s off my plate. I get a bit of a breather until April 1st, when the copyedits hit my inbox.

Here’s the rundown of where I stand with everything else:

Water – Every day except one.

Weight – Ugh, gained 3 pounds. It may have been the paczki I’ve been eating. Maybe.

Cover for Ever Touched – Basically finished, except I need to still do the print cover, and I can’t do that until I have a blurb and page count.

FYFB class – Still on hold. I’d like to start it sometime this month if possible.

Guild Wars – Been logging lots of hours on it. It’s been fun and challenging.

Eczema/psoriasis – I backslid a bit on Thursday. Took my shower and upped the heat a bit as I didn’t want to be cold, and my hands got so itchy I couldn’t stand it. I slept with my ice pack in my hands the whole night. It worked, and they seem to be better. No more hot showers for me!

Exercise – Housewalked a bit yesterday, yay!

Fireborn revision/Covenant/Oubliette – Been doing some serious thinking about each. I’d like to get some work done on at least one of them before the end of the round. Question is, which one?

Chocolate consumption: Chocolate wafer bars, white fudged covered pretzels, chocolate mug cake, and….I think that’s it?

How are you doing this week?

 

 

#ROW80 Check-in 2/19/17

It’s ROW80 time!

I’ve been doing pretty well, actually. I finished Ever Touched (tweaks+escape scene+rewriting the climax) and I’m gearing up to proofread it. It’s due March 1st, so I should be okay (she says, hoping that doesn’t jink her!).

As for everything else, here’s the rundown:

Water – Every day!

Exercise – I took a walk with the hubby yesterday. The weather was AMAZING. Feels like spring!

Guild Wars – Been doing more of this than I want to admit, LOL. It’s been fun, and a good stress release.

FYFB class – On hold till I turn in Ever Touched.

Weight – Lost another pound!

Eczema/psoriasis – Doing better! My feet are pretty much cured. My hands still itch, but not nearly as bad as they were. I’m still sleeping at night. I also found out from my primary care doctor that it’s actually not eczema/psoriasis but an eczema that looks like psoriasis. Yeah, slight distinction, but not any different treatment-wise (if you recall, I was sleep deprived + overwhelmed at that first appointment so I wasn’t sure of the specifics).

Other projects – Been trying to formulate a plan for after Ever Touched. There’s really so much I want to work on, and it’s killing me that I have to choose (I do better with 1 or 2 main projects, as opposed to more). So that’s been happening. I’m going to stick with shorter projects and/or nearly finished projects b/c my goal is to get more stuff out there quickly. That’s been the plan for about 6 months now, and I’d hoped to release a second novel/novella this year. Still possible if I get my act together (and that’s actually part of the FYFB class, mindset and productivity.)

Chocolate consumption: hot chocolate, chocolate hearts, devil’s food/marshmallow cookies. I am currently addicted to apple bars. Which sucks for the chocolate thing, but there you have it. My mother-in-law gave me a box to try, and the rest is history. 😉

So that’s it for me! How about you?