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.

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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

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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

Lost Story & NaNoWriMo

question-mark-godOkay… I have searched my Dropbox, every memory stick, and even my external hard drive… and I seem to have lost the first 10K of Experimentals 3: Messages From The Dead. that I wrote for NaNoWriMo back in 2015… so when I start NaNoWriMo this year I’ll have to start from the beginning… On a good note, I did find in my cleaning up, my hand written synopsis for Messages From The Dead… I just don’t know how someone who is as anal retentive as I am about keeping track of shit could lose a story.

Last night I did take the time to take a couple of hours to skim through both #1: Blessed With A Curse, & #2: Running Into Zero Tolerance, and wrote down all the character names getting ready for the big write in November… when I’ll be writing 3 & 4: Movements In The Dark back to back. To get both done, I need to write 2,667 words per day for November.

As you can see, I’ve made it to 5K in The Diamond Rose 2: So Pretty On The Outside… I won’t be writing today as I have a family BBQ to attend today… it’s going to be fun. The story so far is heading where I thought it might. Though, it’s not exactly about who I thought it would be the main characters. At first, I thought it wold be about Tori & Darkan/Goliath… turns out I was wrong. It’s two years later, and it’s now about Wynn & Teagan… But I’m still hoping you will enjoy the read.

I’m at a standstill on The Lines Of Marsden 4: The Trail of Red Roses... but only until my glasses come back. Because, I know once I start back on it, I won’t want to stop, and I can’t do that with fuzzy lenses.

I’ll also be starting soon on Wardens Of The Guild 3: Heart Strings… but again I’m just waiting on the glasses. I’ll have to go and do the whole write down all the character names for this one too. I’m really bad at forgetting names.

Still no news on Moon Runners 2: I Won’t Let You Go… but hopefully I will hear from Fireborn Publishing soon.

Been Working On

collectorcard-2.5inx3.5in-h-frontI’ve just re read through all the books in the series thus far to see where I was heading. More to the point, I needed to figure out where I was taking book 4: The Trail of Red Roses, as it seemed so different from everything so far.

I did have to go back through the first 30K and do some major rewriting, and actually add one of the main character who I seemed to have left out of the first six chapters for some strange reason. Who knows why, but hopefully I am on the right track again now.

I wan’t to try and get this story written by the middle of August, as I still have a few other books that I need to work on for this year. Though most of those are novellas. It’s taken me a long time to get back into writing (15 months more or less) and I’ve found it very difficult to stay focused long enough to get anything finished. By the end of this book it will be 3 for the year and I hope to at least double that by the end of December. I think 6 books sounds like a good amount, and 2018 will be a better year for me as all the bullshit will be behind me.

MLRPress plan

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If I keep my mind on what I’m doing this will be the writing list and the dates I plan to start and finish. I plan on getting them all written, but that doesn’t mean they will all get submitted as I want to pace out the editing factor. Honestly, I don’t mind if i only just get them written because I know I’ll have time in the future to submit the to where they need to go. I’m just enjoying the whole writing process again. I’m going to do everything in my power to stay on track.

The Lines of Marsden 4: The Trail of Red Roses 01/01—08/03

The Lines of Marsden 4.5: On the 12th Day 09/03—05/04

Sons of Evenmore 3: Fear The Scarlet Moon 06/04—03/05

Lancaster’s Way 3: Pre-Loved 04/05—30/05

Lancaster’s Way 4: Riding Fences 31/05—27/06

Lancaster’s Way 5: A Stuart Family Christmas [Ends] 28/06—25/07

Experimentals 3: Messages from the Dead 26/07—22/08

Sons of Evenmore 4: Pieces of You 23/08—19/09

Intended Mates 2: Dancing to the Sounds of Madness 20/09—17/10

Experimentals 4: Movements in the Dark 18/10—14/11

Sons of Evenmore 5: Always Been Yours 15/11—12/12

Sons of Evenmore 6: Touching Shadows [Ends] 13/01—09/01/18

What’s Going On #1

36764_105130762871417_6990716_nI have most of my books through MLRPress, they were the first publishing company to take a chance on me, and I’ll be forever grateful to Laura and the team. Over the next 3 years I plan on finishing: 
The Lines of Marsden (up to Book 6): We’ll follow Michael and his ever-changing family before hand of the story to the next generation. This story takes up a large part of my heart, and yes Doyle is still my favourite character for the first Line. the more I write these books the more I love unravelling the secrets of their lives.
Experimentals: Another story I wrote by accident originally it was supposed to be part of the Mixed Tape anthology, but as per usual with me the story line took off and in the end it had nothing to do with 80’s music. Never the less it is still a story I really enjoyed writing & can’t wait to explore more from the lives of the characters within.
Intended Mates: This is still a new concept to me. I’m still trying to figure out who is who, and where they fit within the story line. pardon the pun─I wasn’t even intending to write this story, but when my editor pitched it to me I couldn’t help but jump on board. I’ll have to do some more planing on this one before I can share, because I can’t tell you what I myself haven’t figured out.
Lancaster’s Way: I should have this series finished by the end of July this year. I know I have been promising to pull my finger out and get it done─now that I’m writing again it’s time to make true on that promise. #3 is Chet & Grady, #4 is Kelly Mac & (I’m still deciding), & #5 we visit Riley’s family in Australia.
Pack Matters & Watson Falls: Here I’m hoping to tell of the beginning background story (or prequels if you will) to Sons of Evenmore: This is another series I’ve been lax on and for that I apologise, but I promise to make up for this over the next 3 years. Hopefully I’ll tie up all the lose ends.
Toowoomba Boys:  #1 of this series was the first story I ever had released and by the time we get to #7 we’ll have come full circle. and have come back to Angelo & Marlowe. I know the wait will be worth it in the end.

Belated Happy New Year

b-rtI have had a busy and somewhat frustrating start to 2017. I’m glad the new year is giving me a fresh start. I have determined what I can realistically work on writing wise this year… = 6K 5 days a week… I need the other 2 days for edits and running errands. Any-hoo this is what I’m going to be working on (written in no particular order).

10259753_695003427211884_6309451945217256490_nFireborn Publishing: 11 (all 40K)

  • HH 3: Going By the Book
  • HH 4: Couples Cover
  • MR 2: I won’t Let You Go
  • MR 3: Something That You Said
  • TDR 2: So Pretty On The Outside
  • TDR 3: Sometimes it Hurts
  • TDR 4: Monsters Like Me
  • TF 2: Craine’s Everlasting Faith M/F
  • TF 3: Drake’s Broken Prophecy
  • TF 4: Finding Arotol’s Destiny M/F
  • TF 5: Maven’s Guardian Angel

36764_105130762871417_6990716_nMLRPress: 13 (1 x 100K/12 x 40K)

  • EX 3: Messages from the Dead
  • EX 4: Movements in the Dark
  • IM 2: Dancing to the Sounds of Madness
  • LW 3: Pre-loved
  • LW 4: Riding Fences
  • LW 5: A Stuart Family Christmas
  • SOE 3: Fear the Scarlet Moon
  • SOE 4: Pieces of You
  • SOE 5: Always Been Yours
  • TLOM4: The Trail of Red Roses
  • TLOM 4.5: On the 12th Day
  • TB 4: Securing the Heart
  • TB 5: Bending the Law 

PRIDE_transparent-3-300x143Pride Publishing: 6 (1 x 100K/ 5 x 40K)

  • WOTG 2: All That Shimmers
  • WOTG 3: Heart Strings
  • WOTG 4: Gilded Cages
  • TCC 3: Because of You
  • HOD 1: Saving Shane
  • HOD 2: Needing Norman 

question-mark-godNot Yet Decided: 6 (all 40 K)

  • QC 1: Meghan’s Way M/F
  • TC 1: Lie To Me
  • SI 1: Claiming Roxby’s Heart
  • MM 1: Jessup’s Retreat
  • TGP 1: Admetus Gaea
  • GOTDB 1: Cullen Arianan