Good morning everyone,
I have a bit of a newsy post today about tentative release dates for my upcoming work, what titles are coming first, and a bit of a challenge that I set for myself.
First: THE CHALLENGE
I’m a very lucky writer. I can write upwards of 12,000 words per day if I know where the story is going and the characters are talking to me. However, I don’t pull a lot of those. Maybe two in one book process. Normally, I sit around 5-8,000 comfortably and that allows me to finish a book like Quintessentially Q (which came in at 116,000 words) in 6 weeks. Once my first draft is done, I go over and over and over it. I tend to do six drafts before I’m satisfied. So now you know a bit of my process, here is my challenge to myself.
I have SO many books that I want to write this year that I need to get the whip out and get cracking. 2014 already feels like I don’t have enough time, so… I need to become a machine.
What is my challenge you ask? I’ll tell you.
CHALLENGE DETAILS: **WRITE an 80,000 word book in EIGHT DAYS**
(Not edited, or complete, but first draft written and done in eight days)
My hubby has kindly let me have a week off normal work to do this ridiculous challenge. I have a feeling by the end of it my brain will be mush, my fingers swollen, and I won’t be able to talk in full sentences, but I’m willing to give it ago.
I’ll be writing minimum 10,000 a day (hopefully a few more so I can have some words as back-up.) Every day I will post my progress in installments, and then every night share a teaser.
The book I’m writing? DESTROYED.
This is the first time you’ll have heard about this book. It came to me quickly, the characters landed in my head and didn’t leave. And the only way to get them out is to write them out.
Let me introduce you to Roan Fox and Hazel Hunter.
She’s a woman with a dirty secret.
I’m complicated. Not broken or ruined or running from a past I can’t face. Just complicated. For good reason.
I thought my life couldn’t get any more tangled in deceit and confusion. But I hadn’t met him. I hadn’t been sucked into his lies or taught to run from everything that he is. Instead, I let him ensnare me, seduce me, trap me with secrets—Hazel Hunter
He’s a man with a killer secret.
I’ve never pretended to be good or deserving. Despite the shadows I live in, I’m ultimately a slave to my secrets and that gives me a free pass to chase who I want, be who I want, act how I want.
I didn’t have time to lust after a woman I had no right to lust after. I told myself to shut up and stay hidden. But how could I deny her? How could I deny my one chance at redemption? But then she tried to run. I’d found a cure to my existence and damned if I would let her go—Roan Fox
And secrets silently destroy them.
I didn’t believe her when she said she was complicated.
She didn’t believe me when I said I had secrets.
I didn’t believe the truth, even when she let me glimpse behind her mask.
She didn’t believe that I wasn’t strong enough to live with the consequences.
I thought she was a saint.
She thought I was a sinner.
Too bad we didn’t try to find the truth.
We both paid the price.
We destroyed each other.
So, now you know my challenge. Will you help support me? If you see me online and not working–ask what my word count is. Share my teasers if you like them, and generally throw pompoms if I make my target and heckle me if I don’t. 🙂
Now, onto other news.
UPCOMING BOOKS & TENTATIVE RELEASE DATES
(I won’t give exact dates as I don’t want to let you down if life gets in the way and I can’t deliver on time. However, I’ll update those dates as the books become closer to publication)
If you follow me, you’ll know I have two books currently published.
Tears of Tess (which is still on sale) http://www.amazon.com/Tears-Tess-Monsters-Dark-1-ebook/dp/B00EV9LSJI/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1388350135&sr=1-1&keywords=tears+of+tess
AND NEXT UP IS:
(Please see above for blurb and prologue) The cover is being designed currently and if I manage to complete my challenge, it will most likely release: Late Jan / Early Feb 2014
2. TWISTED TOGETHER
The third and final book in the Monsters in the Dark series.
Blurb: “After battling through hell, I brought my esclave back from the brink of ruin. I sacrificed everything—my heart, my mind, my very desires to bring her back to life. And for a while, I thought it broke me, that I’d never be the same. But slowly the beast is growing bolder, and it’s finally time to show Tess how beautiful the dark can be.”
Q gave everything to bring Tess back. In return, he expects nothing less. Tess may have leashed and tamed him, but he’s still a monster inside.
RELEASE DATE: Feb / Mar 2014
Blurb: What would you do if you knew you were going to die?
I’ll tell you what I plan to do.
• Travel the world
• Indulge in a Ménage à trois
• Get so deeply into trouble someone kills me before I waste away.
At twenty-one, Ofelia thought she had decades left to live. That was before the news. The news that changed her from prim honour graduate who always obeyed the law, to an adrenaline seeking rebel who no longer cares about her mortal body.
At twenty-nine, Griffen no longer has blood in his veins—he has cocaine. Carving a niche for himself as a business-savvy drug-lord amongst cutthroats and dealers, he’s looking for someone reckless. Someone who has no morals, expectations, or aspirations.
A woman who no longer suffers consequences meets the man who will ruin her life. Ofelia got what she wanted.
For better or for worse.
**The Golden Ashes Series follows four men involved with illegal dealings who fall for women too good for them. All separate stories, no cliffhangers. Intended for mature audiences**
RELEASE: June / July 2014
4. LAST SHADOW
Blurb: “My life wasn’t perfect but at least it was mine. Now, I live in hell and owned by others. I fell for a guy who promised me the world and sold me for five kilos of cocaine. I want nothing more than to end this existence of abuse and slavery. I’m not weak. I’m not giving up. I’m just done.”
Owned. Possessed. Used.
Lyric is a whore. After three years as a pawn in a high class game of bastards and sex, she’s had enough. Every hope and dream she’s ever had is inked on her skin—a reminder of why she should stay alive. But she’s lost all hope and the moment she runs out of flesh to tattoo, Lyric will find freedom. Freedom by death. As her last breath fast approaches, she needs nothing and no one…until him.
Kage was born to be one thing: a killer. Trained from birth, he’s an expert in blood and extermination—the last shadow his victims ever see. He’s the best at his profession; a ruthless, unfeeling assassin. He needs nothing and no-one…until her.
A man who lives to kill and a woman who wants to die. A serendipitous match…or so they thought.
RELEASE: August 2014
5. BROKEN CHANCE
Blurb: Working at the local race track for Beatrix Black is heaven and hell. She may or may not have a gambling problem.
Paying her way through college, Trix lives up to her name by using her skills as mathematics major to work out race algorithms and bets far more than she can lose.
The tips aren’t bad, and the view of hotshots in their suits ain’t bad either, until Arron Jackson appears. Betting heavy on a shitty horse, he wins the jackpot.
Then Trix’s luck runs out and her debts are called in.
Flashing his new cash, Arron has eyes on other ponies and tries to rope Trix in for a ride. In a game of chance they both battle to say on top, but someone has to lose and it won’t be Trix.
RELEASE: October / November 2014
I also have a lot of unnamed books, drafts that may or may not come before these titles. I’m a writer who has to be consumed by the characters to do their story justice. So if Last Shadow talks to me before Ofelia, or Broken Chance before Shadow then I’ll update accordingly. But I will ALWAYS set a confirmed date when I know exactly what I can deliver.
I think that’s it for now. Now, I’m off to go and tackle the first 10,000 words on Destroyed! Hope you have a great day!