New Outlook On Fiction

Book Updates and Life

Hello readers!

I’m excited to announce I have two manuscript’s first drafts completed and ready for edits! Etan’s story and my new contemporary romance Hate at First Sight.

But even more exciting news… Golon’s story is coming along nicely. After a long stretch of starting and stopping this book for various health and family related reasons, it became so hard to immerse myself back into the story. It became this seemingly insurmountable beast in my mind.

But I challenged myself to get back into my passion, writing, and do it! I had a small niggle of a muse for just a rom com book so last fall I started writing it and slowly fell in love with writing all over again. Thus, Hate at First Sight was born. Then I was told about Kindle Vella by an author friend and I decided to put myself on a deadline by publishing the books as I write them. I do my best work with a deadline, and it sure has worked.

Golon’s book is longer than I ever expected or planned but I am blowing through the manuscript right now. I tend to stay immersed in one story for several days and then my brain jumps to another. I’m not sure why, but it’s always worked this way. In Danion and Eleanor’s books that was fine because the other books I jumped to was just the next ones in the series. Not so much now.

The book versions of these stories will have new scenes and added content that was not released in the vella version as the vella’s are early drafts of my writing process and I airways add several scenes later on in the process. I do add notes after a lot of the chapters with behind the scenes tid bits of my writing process as well.

I’ve figured out a system that works, I wrote a lot the past few years but never strung them all together in a cohesive book and then sent it off for editing. But it’s happening now, my hope is to start bringing new books online multiple times a year like I used to do when I was writing The True Immortals Series.

I’m prioritizing Golon’s story, but due to the fact the other ones I’m writing are about half the length, they are finishing up quicker. I’m pushing hard to have Golon released this year. And barring unforeseen massive editing delays, I see no reason it shouldn’t be. Etan’s short story is with an editor now and Kowan’s will be next in the Gelder universe as his is a short as well.

Nix and Arsenio’s stories are going to be started once Golon’s is complete but they do have rough outlines already has they have many overlapping scenes with Golon’s book. Exciting times are ahead.

Anyway, thanks for sticking with me.

As Always,

Happy Reading

New Outlook On Fiction

Update in 2023

Hi Everyone,

This has been a crazy few years for me, and sadly writing just was not able to be at the forefront for much too long. I’ve spent most of the last 3 years either pregnant or deep in the infant stage. Which is lovely and wonderful but very time-consuming. But my family is now complete and I am slowly emersing myself back into my fictional worlds. Writing is still something I am doing more part-time, however, I have been writing diligently for months and I am excited to have new works coming out this year!

Golon’s book, name TBD, has some real shape to it but is not finished. Realistically, his book will not be finished for several months to a year. BUT, since it has been so long from when I originally wanted to release it. I am going to be releasing his book early, chapter by chapter, as I write it this year onto Amazon’s new platform Kindle Vella.

His book has been a monster to write because so much of his book is retelling scenes from the first series in his own perspective and keeping timelines straight with both Arsenio’s and Nix’s books. And so I have written it in chunks and sections and then had to leave it and then jump back to it.

I want his story told, so I am going to let it be open on Vella first. Once the draft is complete, I plan to do a final edit myself, then send it off to my editor for professional edits, and then make my final tweaks and then release the book on Kindle as a full copy as well. If you are interested in reading it more in a Vella style, keep an eye out for the first chapter in February when it goes live. I will send an email when it is available both on Vella and when the full novel is available.

In other news, I have rewritten Kowan’s and Etan’s short stories into complete stories and they are being released to Kindle Vella now. Etan’s story has 4 chapters available right now, with two more coming next week and then one more every week until finished. Kowan’s goes live next week and then will follow a 1 chapter per week format until his story is finished. The first 5 chapters of both of them are very similar to what used to be on the blog, but chapters 6 and on are all completely new and will wrap up each of their stories.

And finally, a completely new book- Hate at First Sight- was written and designed for the Kindle Vella platform and is just about ready to be released. I am just waiting on the artwork to be finalized. It is a new stand-alone contemporary romance book. I am excited about it, and I hope anyone who is interested in it will give it a read!

Thanks for listening to my ramble.

As always,

Happy Reading!

New Outlook On Fiction

Life and Book Update

So… I’m back! I have been writing. I swear. Quietly. In a corner. But I did disappear for a bit and there were reasons for that hiatus.

So the cute one of those reasons… I had a baby! And unfortunately the complications that I had with my first were not a one off thing (detailed in another Blog post) . It was a “going to be every pregnancy and escalate with each one” kinda thing.

Now I knew there was that risk, I was prepared for that. Or at least I thought I was. But there were some things I just didn’t know about, like permament organ damage, maybe not going to full term kinda things, and it turns out I was really, really, REALLY not prepared.

But, thanks to an outstanding doctor my second baby girl (and sadly most likely my last) was born earlier this year and we are both doing great now.

The trauma of my personal 2020 not to mention the massive elephant in the room we all know about that ALSO derailed 2020 means Golon’s book is way behind any schedule I once had. I currently have the story fully outlined and about half of the manuscript drafted. I am making progress but it’s still slow going.

This was just something to let you all know about the delay, and that I honestly don’t have a time frame. I refuse to just spit out words to finish the book, Golon and Marilee deserve better.

I have some ideas to help bridge the long wait between books but haven’t committed to anything yet. Giving some thought to creating a patreon and sharing what I have written as a sneak peak for subscribers along with a few other added bonuses and perks, such as being in the acknowledgements, having a say in the story development by telling me what you are hoping to see, etc. But not fully committed to that yet. Would depend on interest really.

Another idea is posting just the first chapter to the blog, similar to the sneak peaks given in each of the other books.

Or both.

If you have a preference let me know! I am currently posting more things on IG, FB, and Twitter but most of that is just day to day life and writing updates. No spoilers or anything juicy. And I’m notorious for spacing and abandoning social media for months once writing really gets going. But, I’m going to try to be forth coming.

That’s all I’ve got for you wonderful people, thank you for reading my words and as always Happy Reading!