Archive for November, 2012

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

As I’m writing this, I hope that it is true. I uploaded the manuscript to Barnes and Noble and Amazon on November 28th. I will put it up for sale on Smashwords and Kobo on Monday. This book officially wraps up the Phantom Warriors’ and the Atlantean’s Quest series. It is NOT a stand-alone title. I mention and utilize a lot of other characters from previous books, both Atlantean and Phantom.

***A word of warning, this title is MUCH hotter than my other books and contains a M/M scene (not the hero) that some readers may find offensive.***

Happy Reading!!!


Monday, November 26th, 2012
Official DARK KING Blurb

Here is the blurb for Atlantean’s Quest 5: THE DARK KING. I’ve also updated the sneak peek on the AQ5 page.

Taylor Shelley has always had the worst taste in men. When her latest ex turns out to be part of the Russian mob, she’s offered the chance to start a new life…on another planet.

No more bad boys for her.

Hades, The Dark King is both feared and rejected due to his mixed Atlantean/Phantom heritage. As King of the Phantoms, he rules his land via blood and claw. Hades doesn’t have time to watch over a human female, even one as enticing as Taylor, but a debt is a debt. If keeping an eye on the woman for a week will clear the slates, then he’ll do it.

Taylor isn’t sure how a cage-fighter ended up on the throne, but she wants nothing to do with this royal bad boy.

What starts as an obligation, ends in a game of seduction where the players are evenly matched. There’s only one rule to remember when playing with the Dark King—the house ALWAYS wins.

Sunday, November 25th, 2012
The Dark King Is Finally Done!

I just typed in the last of the edits on The Dark King. I have to re-read the last two and a half chapters tomorrow to make sure that I caught everything, then it’s out the door. I will turn the book over to the formatter on Monday. I’m shooting for a Dec. 5th/6th release date. I am relieved to have the book done, but I had a really good time writing it. The word count came out at a little over 72K, so I think it’ll make for a nice length.

I still have to write the back cover blurb. I plan to do that tomorrow. I’m hoping it doesn’t take long. Now that the book is finally finished, I can feel myself deflating. There’s always a slump right after a manic writing/editing session.

It won’t be long now. Soon Atlantean’s Quest 5: The Dark King will be in readers’ hands. YAY!!!

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
James Bond/Skyfall, TusCon 39, and Edits

The edits for AQ 5: The Dark King are ticking along. I should be getting edits from my critique partners within the next few days. The book has an appointment with the formatter on Nov. 26th. and should finished by the beginning of December. Barring unforeseen circumstances, the book will be out on schedule.

I attended the TusCon 39 Convention this past weekend. It was low key, but I had a good time. There were a lot of familiar faces at the con and some new ones I had the pleasure of meeting. I ended up on a panel with S.M. Stirling, which was quite exciting. He seemed like a really nice man, who excelled as a wordsmith. The panel discussed British sci-fi shows versus American sci-fi shows. It was a lively discussion. Weston Ochse was also a guest of honor. His latest book, SEAL Team 666 comes out in a couple of weeks and has been optioned for a movie. (I got an advanced copy. Ha-ha! Thanks to the lovely folks at Mysterious Galaxy (Jeff, MaryElizabeth, and David). Wes and his wife, Yvonne are always fun to hang out with, especially when they bring a Goblin with them. 😉

On Sunday I went to see Skyfall, the new James Bond movie. I am a HUGE Bond fan. Always have been. Prior to going to see this movie, I’ve heard nothing but RAVE reviews. Most reviews going so far as to claim it was the best Bond film EVER made. High praise indeed. So needless to say (but I’m going to anyway), I was SUPER excited to see the film. I think my expectations were too high. Yes, the film was good, but something about it didn’t ‘feel’ like a Bond film. It’s kind of hard to explain. It was almost more like a Bourne film, than a Bond film. Sure we had the damsel in distress, the pre-bad guy/bad guy, and the big bad guy in the film, but the first two were glossed over. Normally they are stretched out to intensify the tension. Make us hate the ‘big bad guy’ more. Not so with this Bond movie. They are in and out of the picture so fast that the audience doesn’t have time to care or time to worry. Frankly, it was odd. There were also a lot of scenes that reminded me of other movies (i.e. things that I’d seen in other movies that they used in this film). I thought maybe it was because I was tired from the conference, but dh felt the same. That said, we are going to go see the movie one more time to be sure it wasn’t ‘us/our mood’ at the time. If you like Bond, I’d still recommend seeing the film. It wasn’t a bad movie. It just wasn’t as good as Casino Royale IMO.

Next up, Wreck em’ Ralph. 🙂

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
Atlantean’s Quest 5: The Dark King Is Finished!!!

I just typed the last words for Atlantean’s Quest 5: The Dark King. It took me a week longer than I’d estimated, but the book is now done and off to my critique partners. It came in just over 66K, which should make for a nice read. I’m really happy with how this story turned out. It will require a few extra warnings in the blurb, since it has elements that none of my other books have had.

I definitely consider this book to be an erotic romance. The story has a very sexual nature, but that’s not what the book is about. There’s a lot of action/adventure like in my other stories, but these characters are darker than usual–especially my hero. Hades’s not nice in the beginning and he’s not nice in the end. Lucky for him, my heroine isn’t into ‘nice’ guys.

Tomorrow I’m going to contact the gentleman who formats for me. Hopefully he can get the book done by the end of this month sometime. That should put it right on schedule for release at the beginning of December. Also tomorrow I am going to work on the blurb. I hope to have it up by the end of the week.

For now, I think I’ve earned myself a few episodes of Dr. Who and maybe a round or two of Ratchet and Clank. 🙂

Thursday, November 1st, 2012
Leaving RWA

This month I decided not to re-up my membership to the Romance Writers of America organization. It was an incredibly tough decision for me. I’ve been a part of RWA for well over ten years. To be perfectly frank, RWA helped me get published. I still recommend that new writers join the group no matter what genre they write in. RWA teaches you a lot about the publishing industry (at least the traditional one) and it teaches you how to write. Both kind of important if you want to make writing your career.

I’ve been torn about leaving for a long period of time. I get quite a bit from RWA’s RWR magazine. (It has a lot of good articles.) But I haven’t gotten much from the organization itself for quite a while. RWA is kind of like having training wheels on a bike. You need them until you get published. Once you’re published, the training wheels don’t really help you pedal. After a lot of contemplation, I realized that the only reason I was staying in the organization was because of sentimentality. Sometimes that’s reason enough to keep doing something, but not in this case.