First, back in January, cover model Jimmy Thomas went on a rant that body-shamed women. It was bad. Readers threatened to boycott books that had him on the cover and cover artists volunteered discounts for authors to change said covers. I was broke and busy wrapping up Melding Souls and the new secret book, so I couldn't change mine right away.
And then in February he went on an even more insane rant saying that sex trafficking should be legal because the women and girls "wanted it." And also, something messed up about how women should always give sex to men because they NEED it because testosterone. ??? Anyway, I think this asshat is on full 'roid rage or something.
If you want to see the screenshots of his ugly rants, you can type his name in the search bar in Twitter or FB. The stuff is too ugly for me to quote.
Anyway, the point is, Jimmy was purged from the cover of Pleading Rapture. Here is the new cover.
The paperback hasn't been changed yet, because that's a slightly longer process, but I hope to have that accomplished next week.... the same time that the paperback of Melding Souls will be out!
I also plan on gradually changing the other Brides of Prophecy covers. Wrenching Fate will be next.
Surprise, surprise! Kissing Vicious is still on sale for 99 cents! My publisher doesn't discount the Hearts of Metal books often and I don't know how long they'll keep it discounted, so grab it while you can.
The 6th installment of my Brides of Prophecy series is pretty weird, but I had fun with it. It's also my first gay romance, so I hope I handled that okay.
Here's the blurb:
They’re from two different worlds….
For months, Beau Thompson, bass player of Rage of Angels and novice mage, has been fighting a secret crush on Artavian Calla, healer sorcerer, and apprentice to the King of Aisthanesthai.
But with a big war coming and a tenuous alliance between sorcerers and vampires to be negotiated, there’s little time to pursue love. Or maybe Beau’s just scared, since he’s only had brief flings.
Yet each completes the other.
As magic returns to Earth and Rage of Angels are recruiting vampires to fight an evil would-be god, the sorcerer and the rock star spend more time exploring their attraction. And together, Beau and Artavian might have the power to save their friends, and maybe both of their worlds, from a returning enemy.
This is a picture of a very pregnant me with my mom, Karen Ann. She passed away on Valentine's Day in 2009.
I still miss her every day and get extremely depressed this time of year. Last year was especially bad because I was half-insane on Chantix and hurting from dental work. (Yes, I got drilled on last V-day. It was awful).
This year, I'm thinking of things that make this day not so bad.
Every novel I write, I dedicate to my mom because I want to give her ALL of the happy endings that she never had.
And at 3:00 AM, I gave her another. I finished my 19th novel, Melding Souls.
Melding Souls is the 6th novel in my Brides of Prophecy series and it comes out on Monday! You can preorder it through your preferred E-Book store HERE
Tomorrow is my ONE YEAR anniversary of quitting smoking! I still can't believe I did it. I was addicted since I was 14 years old.
To celebrate my one year of being smoke free, finishing another novel, AND Valentine's Day, my wonderful romance hero, Kent, is taking me to Red Lobster and then he's FINALLY going to watch The Shape of Water with me.
I LOVE that movie!
Also, for funsies, I was featured in Hot Metal Magazine two years for my Hearts of Metal series. I reread the article because it makes me happy. Check it out!
Anyway, I hope the rest of you have a great Valentine's Day and snuggle up with a good book or movie.
I will be sending out another newsletter on Monday to celebrate my release and I'll probably have a giveaway!
Until then, thank you again for being one of my readers!
Of course, there are also vampires in my Brides of Prophecy series and even though the upcoming new release, Melding Souls, features sexy sorcerers, the vampires are heavily featured in this next adventure.
Beau awoke to a weight sinking beside him on the cot.
Aurora’s voice gently tugged him from the black swirl of unconsciousness. “Rise and shine, sleepyhead. You’ve been down for almost twelve hours.”
“Art—” he groaned, struggling to sit up.
“He left with Delgarias at dusk.” Aurora leaned closer and whispered, “Did you make your move yet?”
“He was digging a bullet out of my arm, ’Ror. Hardly the time to ask which team he bats for.” Beau started to roll his eyes, then froze. “What do you mean, Art left with Del? Where did they go?”
“Some hella intrigue going on.” The drummer’s eyes lit with conspiratorial mischief. “Zareth received a letter from the king of Wurrakia requesting for his son to return for a couple weeks, but Zareth thinks Art’s dad is going to ask him to spy on Zareth. That’s why Zareth’s having Del escort Art. A blatant warning of who Wurrakia would be messing with if they decide to get treasonous.”
Artavian had been talking about the political tensions between his homeland and Zareth, but Beau had fallen asleep. Now he wanted to kick himself. How bad was it? Would Art be in danger? What if the Wurrak king refused to give Art back to Zareth?
“Damn it! Art was just telling me how afraid he was to go home.” Beau launched himself from the cot and ran out of Artavian’s chambers, only half-hearing Aurora jogging after him. “Zareth should have refused!”
By the time he got down the spiral staircase and reached the crowded solar, he was too out of breath to call out the King of Aisthanesthai. Even more frustrating was that he’d have an audience. Xochitl was beside her husband, Sylvis stood nearby with Kerainne, who cradled Silas and Akasha’s baby with heart-wrenching tenderness. Then there were all the vampires filling the large room, their eyes glittering with hunger.
Dizziness nearly buckled his knees as an alien thought slipped through his mind. We’re almost all here.
“Beau?” Xochitl appeared in front of him, grasping his shoulders. “You okay?”
“Physically? Just fine. Art is a miraculous healer.” Anger restored the strength to his muscles as he jerked away from Xochitl and strode to her husband. “You shouldn’t have sent him back to his father.”
Instead of lashing out at him with kingly ire like Beau had seen during royal audiences, Zareth only nodded. “I didn’t want to. But I do not want to risk an uprising.”
“Why not?” Beau crossed his arms over his chest, something he couldn’t have done if he’d been treated by a doctor on Earth. “You’re king of this entire world. You can raise an army and crush him. They don’t even use magic in battle.”
“For one thing, I would be a tyrant if I went to war over the loss of an apprentice.” Zareth sighed with impatience. “For another, I have no wish to slaughter Artavian’s kin. Though I’m even less fond of Aylmer than his son is, I do not wish to kill him unless I’m forced to.” Before Beau could respond, the sorcerer continued. “Artavian will return. Aylmer didn’t demand him to be brought home permanently, just for two turns of the gold moon. And in case he ventures down that line of thought, Delgarias will be there to remind Aylmer of Artavian’s importance to me.”
“You could have at least let me go with him.” That way, Beau could have made sure Art was okay. And was Zareth saying that Art would be gone for two months?
Zareth shook his head. “Your presence would vex the Wurrak king further. You know why.”
Because he was gay and Artavian’s country was a heteronormative dystopia. Though there was no judgment in the sorcerer’s voice, Beau cringed. “Why would you take Art back when you think his father wants to use him as a spy?”
“Because I have faith in Artavian’s loyalty to me. He risked his life to help me before.” Zareth reached up with his eerily long fingers to toy with a lock of his long black and silver hair. “This time, he’s in no danger and may be able to provide me with useful information as to which way the wind blows in Wurrakia. War is coming. I will need all of my people to be prepared and cannot have any kingdoms going against my decrees. Mephistopheles will sniff out those sorts of vulnerabilities and exploit them.”
Beau’s eyes widened as he grasped the unspoken aspect of the king’s motives. “You’re using Art.”
I hope you enjoyed the exceprt! Melding Souls will release February 18th!
Well, I was supposed to go over last year's goals and document my new ones last week, but I was too busy writing instead of slacking for once.
So here we go:
Last year's goals: #1: Create a schedule:
I started out amazingly with this one. I got the My Shining Year Planner by Leonie Dawson, along with an hourly planner and kicked ass. ....Until I started Chantix. Then everything fell apart by February.
#2 Create a budget:
I did pretty well with that because it was even in the workbook... and then my book sales plummeted.
#3: Write a Will
Damn it! I STILL need to do this!
#4: Work on Health
Just like with the Chantix, I started strong, stretching and taking my vitamins, and then it went to hell.... except for a couple great things! I QUIT SMOKING! That wasn't even a goal, but then my roommate got COPD and had to quit and my son came to live with me full time, so I quit for them. I also cut out Sprite and now drink zero calorie sparkling water.
Just for quitting smoking alone, I'm going to call that a win.
#5.) Produce at least one Audiobook.
Hahahaha nope. Didn't have the time or money to do that.
#6.) Do at least one local book signing.
That's a big regret. The Chantix insanity lasted almost five months. After that, I'd fallen behind on all my writing and was in a constant state of catch-up.
#7.) Write 4 books for 2018.
I wrote two full Hearts of Metal novels, one half of a Brides of Prophecy novel, and a quarter of my new SECRET book idea.
#9 Begin NEW secret idea book
NAILED THIS ONE!!!
#10.) Be good to my loved ones.
I feel like I pulled this one off as well.
#11 Get Little Beast on the road
Hahaha. I did not have time to do any car work aside from my daily driver.
#12: Put Engine in my son's truck.
Kent did that. Does it count?
#13: Learn how to airbrush flames.
Alas, I didn't have time to play with my airbrush kit last year, but I really hope to this year. I did do some kickass scratchboards though.
So... 3 1/2 goals out of 13. Not good.
MY 2019 Goals
I'm not going freaking 13 of them this time, lol.
1.) Have realistic expectations for myself.
I think when I was working three jobs, and juggling between writing and marketing, I got too used to working 18 hour days and burned myself out. Which is probably why my productivity took a nosedive for 2017 and especially 2018. That said....
2.) Go back to having a schedule and planner.
Since I have to rebuild by business, I didn't get Leonie Dawson's planner this time, though I HIGHLY recommend it if you're generating more than $500 a month on your business. She also has a cool life goals workbook as well.
But now I'm trying this one. Only on Day 8, but I'm doing well!
3.) Write 27000 words a month.
It's my eventual dream to get 30K a month and average 1K a day, but I feel like I should have days off for emergencies or just days off to live. And 27000 a month is enough to net me a book every three months!
4.) Get one more tooth fixed.
My teeth are in bad shape. Already had to get one more pulled because it wasn't salvageable. Hopefully I can get my book sales up enough to start putting money aside for that.
5.) Get my son driving and insured.
He's saving money enough to cover a couple months of insurance, but he needs more driving practice.
6.) Write a Will
THIS WILL BE THE YEAR, Damn it!
7.) Keep a better log of income and expenses.
And that's it. Seven goals and most about writing. Yes, I'll still attempt to market, but writing will be my priority. I have a new series coming, several more Brides of Prophecy books to write, and a new series to plan.
This was by far my most difficult Hearts of Metal book but it seems to have been well-received.
I also had a great start with my 2018 goals, keeping to a schedule on my planner and making my wordcount goals.
Then because my roommate had to quit smoking due to COPD, I had to quit too. I started Chantix, which immediately helped me reduce my smoking, but it made me too sick to write so my progress died.
I had some Dental work done, got down to 3 cigarettes a day, then two, then one, then smoked my last on the 14th. Unfortunately, aside from making me sick, the Chantix made me insane AND affected my cognitive abilities.
So I tapered off the Chantix and took up vaping to keep me from picking up a cigarette.
I completely quit the Chantix, and got started making vape juice. If it weren't for vaping, I'd pick up a cigarette right away.
Then in tragic news, Kitten, Kent's grumpy old lady cat, passed away. :(
I finished Tempting Beat. My brain was still messed up from the Chantix, so it took longer than anticipated. However, it was a really fun book and more light-hearted than Forbidden Song was.
Kent and I went to Reno for RT! We had so much fun and met so many new friends and I almost sold out of books! You can read the full recap HERE
When I got back, I also wrote an outline and pitch for a book series in a subgenre I've been wanting to write all my life. I STILL can't tell you all what it is, but the reveal WILL be coming soon. June: Tempting Beat released.
The last effects of the Chantix FINALLY wore off and I got back into writing swing. I immediately started kicking ass on the final Hearts of Metal book.
Due to treats from Kent and my friends, I also got to go to some concerts. I saw Buddy Guy at the Fox Theater and Dead and Company (again) at The Gorge. (Again).
Only downside of June was that my beloved laptop started falling apart. The keyboard had to be held in with cardboard and the casing literally started breaking apart and cracking and had to be held together by electrical tape.
Due to donations from readers and selling huckleberries, I got a new laptop. If I hadn't had debt from my dental work and expenses from the convention and reduced book sales, I would have been fine. So I am still overwhelmed with gratitude for those who helped me with half the cost of a replacement.
I did a lot of writing and started working on my battle vest. As a metalhead, it's about time I made one.
I finished Heart Throb, painted the back patch of my vest, AND writing went well on the new project.
November: Heart Throb released. The last Hearts of Metal book.
Sadly, my writing progress on the new projects tanked. I don't know if it's pressure from NaNoWrimo, the start of the holiday stuff, or what, but I NEVER have a good writing month in November.
My writing progress sank lower, but that was because of Christmas preparations. I did a lot of art, though. You can check out the rest in my previous post.
So even though I was thinking it was a shitty year, there were a lot of good parts. Still, I hope I do better next year. My 2019 goals should be up tomorrow or the day after.
I hope the rest of you had a good year, and if not, have a better 2019 as well!