My BooksThis is what I’ve been up to for the last couple of days Some of it has even been to do with writing… Go Me!

  1. Fixing up my gardens yet again—I’m not going to say the dynamic duo of Oliver & Robson ran amok and knocked it all about again… but I did have to transplant a few things and shift them to safer ground.
  2. I wrote up and now need to type up a new story Idea (NSI) though I’m thinking I might find THE HUNTED and see if I can marry the two together somehow and use it in one of that trilogy.
  3. Emailed Fireborn to see what’s happening about a cover and release date on MOON RUNNERS 2: I Won’t Let You Go… I’ll keep you informed on what I hear back.
  4. Still working on THE LINES OF MARSDEN 4: The Trail of Red Roses... trying to keep myself on track of where I need to be in the storyline.
  5. also getting together everything I need for the next instalments of THE CONNELLY CHRONICLES 3: Because of You… & WARDENS OF THE GUILD 3: Heart Strings.
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My Head Hurts…

NJN_Avatar_FbEveryone is talking about the author who has Trademarked that certain word and is calling out people and threatening legal action if they don’t change their titles—which realistically means a change of cover and a shit load of problems for the poor authors in the process. I don’t even want to say the person’s name as that is only giving power to them.

I must admit that I am no way affected by what she is trying to achieve in her absurd power grab… but I feel for my fellow authors who are. Everyone seems to be so caught up in the hatred of what’s going on. I think instead we should band together and ignore her. Shun her like in days of old. Maybe then she’ll realise she’s not the be all and end all of the writing world. Though I’m not one to speak as I’m not as famous as others in our world either. I prefer my little spot where I sit back and watch and listen. I write my books and sell a few here and there. All is good in my world. I try not to make waves.

Though I do think if her so-called followers can’t tell the difference between her name and someone else’s then maybe she should concentrate on making sure her name is clearer on her covers instead of bitching about everything else.

Honestly, I would like one day in our writing world where things ran smoothly and people actually got on with each other. We should be supporting each other to get our names out there. To help get our sales up and the word spread that we are awesome at what we do… instead of trying to tear each other down.

Maybe one day I’ll go onto social media and see people saying nice stuff about their fellow authors. I’m not saying I don’t see that now. I’m just saying that there’s too much of the bad crap mixed in with it.

Okay, my rambling rant is over… I should add this is my opinion only. so don’t go blaming anyone else for what I’ve written here today. Sometimes I just need to get the thoughts out of my head so I can move on and start fresh.

My Guest: Aria Peyton

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One day of perfection.

Five minutes to change it all’

All it took was the cruelty of one man and the actions of their clan to tear them apart.

Fated Mates; destined for each other. Forced into a solitary life until another enters their story.

Will his presence reunite them? Or will the past rear its ugly head and destroy them

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Death. Solitude. Grief.

And one bright star in the darkness.

When he discovers his guiding light he is related to the person responsible for two of the deaths will Nate welcome her with open arms? Or turn her away from the stain now marring his family name?

What happens to Kirsty when the darkness bleeds over, forever tainting the life they could have shared?

Will Nate stick around or cut and run?

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FB_IMG_1525127955842Tiffany knows Santa is real. After all, she caught her mother with him ten years ago. What Tiffany doesn’t realise is that the shifters she reads about are real, too, and there’s one on her roof.

Robert was kidnapped as a child and forced to live a life of slavery until one night he meets his mate. She frees him from the spell he’s under and escapes the clutches of the one who stole him.

They think they’re getting their HEA, only now Tiffany finds herself wielding incredible amounts of unmanageable magic, and there’s only one person who can help her.

Roberts captor.

Aria Peyton

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New story Idea

0ad16decd2a48055721ac1df8eff1a7fThese guys are the Stenmark twins are the inspiration for the characters in my new idea. Grant & Warren Stanton (with tie) they’re close but are very different people. Warren works for the father’s company [not sure what the company is yet] while Grant is a high profile photographer. He refused to work for the father (Oliver Stanton) when they left school and instead decided to make his own way in the world without his father’s money or backing. Warren toed the line. He dated a girl his father approved of worked in the department his father dictated and was damn good at his job. He might not always be happy, but he’s an adult now and life wasn’t always about being happy. Even though Grant went his own way his father never worried, it only seemed to be Warren he was hard on. I should add Warren is the MC in book one.

Milou Van GroesenThis is Milou Van Groesen (no clue who they are, I’m assuming they are a model. I’m not even sure if they are male or female, but for my story they are male). This is who I based Derek Miller on he is Grant’s best friend, and works for Oliver StantonOliver had his reasons for hiring Derek which you find out in the book. When a death happens Derek &Warren find themselves thrown together.

What starts as a one-off soon turns into more as Warren’s world gets turned upside down. He finds out the world he has lived since he was 18 may have been a lie and he doesn’t know how to deal with it all. Through demands of some people and interference from others, it’s a wonder is Warren & Derek ever get together.

Updates

My BooksI’ve been busy writing down new story ideas. I think my sleep patterns are finally going back to normal and my dreams are giving me a whole bunch of awesome plots that could potentially turn into future books.

In saying that I’ve also been dreaming about my already existing characters and the stories they have to tell so I’m again working on The Lines of Marsden 4: The Trail of Red Roses, as you know and have already plotted out the two books which follow to end off the first line in the series. Book 5: On the 12th Day is the only novella of the series or just over novella length at this stage, but it might change when it comes to actually writing it… and the first line ends with book 6: And then you Die.

I’ve also been busily reworking all my background notes on Outside the Safety Zone 1: Hiding in Plain Sight, and all the books that will follow after. I think people will enjoy this storyline when it finally comes to light.

The hardest one to work on is The Connelly Chronicles 3: Because of You, I’m having a little writer’s block on this one because I know what has to happen. I just can’t figure out how to do it without deviating too far from the path my story needs to be on and still arrive where it has to at the end (if that makes sense). Also, I’m still writing the plots for the last couple of books in the Wardens of the Guild series.

we are still waiting to hear about a release date for Moon Runners 2: I Won’t Let You Go. Next for Fireborn, I’m back onto The Freedomers: Craines Everlasting Faith (M/F) and The Diamond Rose 2: So Pretty on the Outside (M/M).

EIC Edits (Fireborn)

10247310_1569603066657954_1667610901529016488_nI have been working on the EIC edits for Fireborn Publishing on Moon Runners 2: I Won’t Let You Go… I have to do the final read through today before I can send it back to Kathy K.
MY BOOKS: I’ve also still been writing up notes on all the plots for all the stories that I have to write this year. Some are coming to me easy. Others not so much as I can’t remember all the character names which means I have a lot of rereading, and sometimes I really don’t like rereading my own workbecause I always seem to pick up places where I could have made it better, but I never want to be one of those authors that redo their own work and then put it back out for sale. I only plan on doing that for one book and I’m not even sure if  I will for sale it or put it out for free again… but that story is for a later date (Masters of Time 1: Shadows on the Heart).

First Edits

B - UDJust finished first edits and I have to say I hate writing blurbs. I suck at them so badly, and I feel so bad at my poor editor who has to read them and try and help me turn them into something that actually makes freaking sense.

but at least now Moon Runners 2: I Won’t Let You Go is back in the hands of Jamie DR for Fireborn Publishing. So until I get them back tomorrow I’m back onto  The Lines of Marsden 4: The Trail of Red Roses for MLRPress.

One Week In

WU 1My first week of the new year and I never got as much writing done as I would have liked. Life just got in the way.  Or rather, I should say, one little Houdini of a cat named Oliver came to live with us. His penchants for escaping has kept us rather busy in modifying the cat enclosure to make sure it is impossible. I guess I took for granted there would be marked differences between a 17-year-old cat and a 4-year-old cat. At least Oliver and Willow didn’t fight—maybe a little hissing on Willow’s part, but on a whole, they get along.

For those who don’t read my other blog I’m working on THE LINES OF MARSDEN 4: The Trail of Red Roses first up for 2018.

I promise as the year goes on I will get better at my blogging and not be useless like I have been for the last year or two. I’m determined 2018 is my year to get back into the swing of things. here is a list of what I plan on working on this year. I may not get all submitted but I’m aiming for at least 12 of them. to be ready for submission.

FIREBORN PUBLISHING—6

  • Hidden Hearts 3: Going by The Book (Travis) (0/40)
  • Moon Runners 3: When the World Stops Shaking (0/40)
  • The Diamond Rose 2: So Pretty on The Outside (5,003/40)
  • The Diamond Rose 3: Sometimes It Hurts (0/40)
  • The Freedomers 2: Craine’s Everlasting Faith (0/40)
  • The Freedomers 3: Drake’s Broken Prophecy (0/40)

 

MLRPRESS—9

  • Experimentals 3: Messages from The Dead (1,509/40)
  • Intended Mates 2: Dancing to The Sounds of Madness (0/40)
  • Lancaster’s Way 3: Pre-Loved (5,052/40)
  • Lancaster’s Way 4: Riding Fences (186/40)
  • Lancaster’s Way 5: A Stuart Family Christmas (0/40)
  • Sons of Evenmore 3: Fear the Scarlet Moon (1,186/40)
  • The Lines of Marsden 4: The Trail of Red Roses (26,003/100)
  • The Lines of Marsden 4.5: On The 12th Day (Asher) (500/40)
  • Toowoomba Boys 4: Securing the Heart (0/40)

 

PRIDE PUBLISHING—5

  • Destiny House 1: Saving Shane (0/40)
  • Destiny House 2: Needing Norman (0/40)
  • The Connelly Chronicles 3: Because Of You (0/100)
  • Wardens of The Guild 3: Heart Strings (108/40)
  • Wardens of The Guild 4: Gilded Cages (0/40)

Submission Calls At MLRPress

36764_105130762871417_6990716_nRock on!

There are so many bands out there that everyone has ONE artist or band that they are dying to see. Whether it’s a classic rock band (Rolling Stones, Queen) or an artist (Billy Joel, Lady Gaga, David Garrett, Jimmy Buffett) or a modern band (Maroon 5, Foo Fighters, One Republic) there are concerts for all types of music.

Submissions should:

One of the characters must be focused on attending a specific concert

Be a minimum of 10k, maximum of 40k

Any subgenre is welcome and all prohibitive guidelines are observed

Submissions should be sent to submissions@mlrpress.com

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: April 30, 2018

Any questions can be sent to Kris Jacen at KrisJacen@mlrpress.com 

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Strange Things Can Lead to Love… in the ER

We’ve all heard those urban legends of things happening in the ER or happening to cause a visit to the ER. The guy that decides to experiment with a new toy and it gets stuck. The guy that is in the ER for a dislocated shoulder or leg that ends up under the doctor when the doctor attempts to snap the bone back into place. The frat guy that gets hurt during the afterhours party.

The situations are endless.

Submissions should:

One of the characters must have to visit the ER for a mishap

Be a minimum of 10k, maximum of 40k

Any subgenre is welcome and all prohibitive guidelines are observed

Submissions should be sent to submissions@mlrpress.com

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: May 10, 2018

Any questions can be sent to Kris Jacen at KrisJacen@mlrpress.com

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Misfits

There have always been those toys that just don’t fit in. They’ve gathered on the Isle of Misfits and don’t ever think they’ll find a forever home. Through the magic of Christmas, each resident finds his forever home and perfect partner for him. How the magic of Christmas works is up to the author – could be Santa’s trip around the world on Christmas Eve; could be a magical snow globe; could be Jack Frost; or could be something else entirely.

Submissions should:

Have one character as a ‘resident’ of the Isle of Misfit Toys finding his forever home

Be a minimum of 10k, maximum of 40k

Any subgenre is welcome and all prohibitive guidelines are observed

Submissions should be sent to submissions@mlrpress.com

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: July 30, 2018 – stories will release in December 2018 to celebrate the holidays

Any questions can be sent to Kris Jacen at KrisJacen@mlrpress.com

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Bucket List

Most of us have a bucket list. Those things that we want to do before we die. Whether it’s to travel (see Australia, Stonehenge, Greece, etc.) or to do something (take a balloon ride, climb the 46 peaks in the Adirondak mountains, learn to scuba dive, etc.), there are things out there that people dream of.

Submissions should:

One of the characters must be focused on completing something off his bucket list

Be a minimum of 10k, maximum of 40k

Any subgenre is welcome and all prohibitive guidelines are observed

Submissions should be sent to submissions@mlrpress.com

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 10, 2018

Any questions can be sent to Kris Jacen at KrisJacen@mlrpress.com