Saturday, September 4, 2021

I've never been a consistent blogger, but the last few years, with the day job and blogging not being as cool as it used to be, well, it's about never?

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I've got Book 3 in Shifter's Heart coming out on Tuesday Sept 7, so that's a thing! See above for cover.

A big, bad wolf meets an innocent grad student

Beth Ogden has lists and notebooks and transcriptions and scans and years of work toward her PhD in History. She’s preparing to go to a shifter commune to do more research when she’s asked to take an undercover FBI agent along as her assistant. An attractive, intriguing FBI agent.

There are warning signs that the peaceful, spiritual commune is turning into something more sinister.

Agent Alex Three Feathers, half wolf shifter, half bobcat shifter, all jaded, slips into his role as research assistant, but wishes his undercover days were over. He’s being considered for a role in the FBI’s Shifter Task Force, but there are a few problems:
1) His half-brother is his liaison for this assignment and is already on the task force,
2) They hate each other,
3) He has to survive this commune that’s a hair trigger away from exploding in his face,
4) He’s falling for Beth, who’s likely to get herself killed through her naïveté.

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I also just put the pre-orders up for the ebook version of Christmas Spirit, a re-release of my first book, a Christmas ghost novella. Slightly updated and edited from 2013 (has it really been that long???)

 A math professor meets her great-grandmother's ghost
 
Dr. Annabelle Smith is new to her tenure-track position in the math department at the small college where her great-great-grandfather taught more than a century before. She's years away from being tenured faculty and has to be the perfect professor in all ways, considering the tight, unforgiving university job market.

She definitely doesn't believe in ghosts, but ever since she bought her ancestors' farmhouse, intense dreams have plagued her.

When her attractive history professor neighbor, Chris, returns from sabbatical, the ghost invites all her memories and throws a Christmas party in the living room.

The ghost wants to know what happened to her son.
Chris wants Annabelle.
Annabelle wants to keep her job AND Chris.


Saturday, June 26, 2021

Time for Book 2!


It's out on Tuesday, June 29th but you can pre-order or buy from the same link. I uploaded the final version of the paperback, too, and told it to go live, which should happen in the next couple days. 

Kindle ebook ($4.99), Kindle Unlimited (included in the KU subscription price), and paperback ($9.99). Those are US prices - the international prices are based on those, but I don't know them off the top of my head.

So: I love my wolf shifter swordfighter and my magic healer vet and you will too. ENJOY!

 LINKY LINK HERE

P.S. Still getting a panicky feeling about promo and the promo sites people recommend are booked up far out into the future and/or cost a whole lot more than I'm making. SO... maybe on the third book? I have some rewrites, new scenes, and edits to do on it, plus it doesn't have a title or a blurb yet, but I'm aiming for August, which.... EEK.



Sunday, May 9, 2021

Not anxious at all, of course not! Oh no....

 So yes, pre-order and buy and read and love and review!

The part of this indie publishing that's getting to me, though, is that I was going to treat this book as a sort of soft launch, like restaurants do (probably other industries, but I have seen it with restaurants), to see what works a bit, see what doesn't, get my feet under me, build some word of mouth, not spend much on it, relearn how to do advertising on websites, etc etc. Then I'm going to come out bigger with the second book, because I'll know how to do stuff!

Yeah, do I even know me? Have we met?

On top of not doing more than a bare minimum, I'm anxious because I haven't done more than a bare minimum. 

I mean, in my spare time from too much day job, of course, but also because I don't know what I'm doing with marketing, etc. and instead of trying stuff, I'm spending that time stressing and doing what I already know how to do (posting on social media, mostly). And also stressing.

I recently listened to a book that I loved in so many ways, but the main character had a history of depression and should have been diagnosed with anxiety, too, because every time someone had a secret, she started to spiral. "He talked to his ex and is nervous about it, therefore she's pregnant and he's going to dump me!" and this book was FULL of secrets and she ALWAYS got anxious and there were too many misunderstandings. The misunderstandings were organic to the characters, though, not really the "Big Mis" that bugs me a lot in some books, the kind that can be solved with a conversation. In this case, they  had to each unpick the secrets and misunderstandings of their families and their entire lifetimes. And probably get some therapy.

Right, what was I saying? Anxious. Yes. So here I am writing about it on a blog that has sat moribund for a few years.

And to link this back to my book, my main character, the eponymous Fox, has a few secrets, but she mostly won't look into Tommy's secrets too hard because the secrets might hurt her. She doesn't confront him about bullsh*t very often, just gets distant and cold. I'm pretty sure I will be told she's unlikeable and should have been more open and trusting, but she has her reasons.

And, you know, she has a lot me in her.