Archive for August, 2014

Friday, August 29th, 2014
Re-Reading Old Favorites & Sales Ending

Phantom Warriors’ Box Set Sale ENDS TOMORROW!!! Price will return to $8.99.

Lately, I haven’t been in the mood to read new books. My TBR pile suffers the most when this happens. It starts gathering dust, moths, and mold. But I find it really hard to read new books, when I’m in writing mode. I just finished writing HAWK’S SLAVE, a Phantom Warriors’ story and now I’m back to working on Moonlight Kin 4: Tristan. Yesterday, I outlined the whole story. I know some things will change when I dive back into the book, but it helps to have a loose trail to follow. (Helps me at least.)

Because I’m in writing mode, I’ve been re-reading some of my favorite books. Mainly it’s been D.B. Reynolds‘ entire Vampires in America series, but I’m also re-reading Jennifer Armentrout’s Obsession. I should finish with that one tonight. After that, I may read Cynthia Eden’s latest release, Playing With Fire. I’ve read the other two books in the series and really enjoyed them, but I’m a big Cynthia Eden fangirl, so that’s no surprise. I’m HUGELY behind on my Ilona Andrews’ reading, which KILLS ME because I love her/their work so much. (I’ve bought all the books, but I’m several behind.) I guess that gives me lots to look forward to. I’m also waiting for the final book in Jeaniene Frost‘s Dracula trilogy. I’ve read the first book. Own the second, but I’m waiting to read it until the third comes out in January. Yes, I want to read them straight through. I can’t give these authors money fast enough.

I always hate when I get into these re-read moods because there are SO MANY books I want to read. Books I’m looking forward to reading. But the brain is fickle bitch and in this case, it’s not worth fighting it.

Does this happen to any of you?

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
Ebook Deal of The Day–There’s Still Time

Phantom Warriors Box Set is on Ebook Deal of the Day. There’s still time to pick it up before the book goes back to its regular price of $8.99. 🙂


Sunday, August 24th, 2014
Phantom Warriors Box Set–MONSTER SALE!!!

The folks on my mailing list already received the news, but I’d like to share it with everyone else. Today the Phantom Warriors Box Set went on sale. It’s normally priced at $8.99, but starting today through August 30th it will be on sale for .99. Yes, you read that right. Just .99. This will be the first and last sale of this particular anthology, so get it while you can. 🙂 One thing to note is that I’ve changed Phantom Warriors 1: Bacchus. I recently did an extensive subplot revamp. I like the story much better now. The new version is in the box set and has been updated for the individual story.

On a side note, Hawk’s Slave, a Phantom Warriors story is finished and off for edits/beta reads. It should be released within the next two weeks. YAY!

Friday, August 22nd, 2014
Living Up To One’s Own Expectations

The other day I saw a post on Facebook from one of my favorite authors, Jennifer Armentrout. She was talking about how she wrote a 105,000 word book in 38 days. When I read the short post, I was struck by such feelings of inadequacy. (Totally not her fault.) I know it’s because I’ve been writing a novella for the past few weeks and I’m not done yet. (Will be today, but that’s not the point.) Anyway, my immediate reaction to reading her post was ‘What Am I Doing Wrong?’ I am working as fast as I can right now. I know I need time off between projects or I start developing mental burnout. Of course knowing that meant nothing, when I read her post. I still felt like a failure. Which is why I am so grateful she followed that FB post up with THIS BLOG POST.

Hearing the crazy schedule she keeps was a relief. A relief because I realized that there was no way in hell I could keep her 10 hour a day, 7 day a week writing routine up. I have learned that for me in order to not lose momentum I have to write six days a week. I was writing 500 words a day, which is not much, but recently I’ve up that to 1000. For me, 1000 words a day, 5 days a week (the six day I just try to get a few paragraphs on the page) is sustainable. Anything else is not. Does that mean I only write a thousand words a day? No. Yesterday, I wrote 2500. Monday, I wrote 2200. Tuesday, I wrote 1110. You get the picture. Today will be another 2-3K day because I want to get this book done. 🙂

But the whole situation reminded me again of how dangerous it is for writers to compare themselves to each other. Had Jennifer not said how many hours she works, how many days she works, and how she hasn’t gone on vacation in three years, I would’ve sat there thinking that I was somehow lazy for not being able to produce a book in that time period. I think it’s really easy to look at successful writers and feel somehow lacking. This is especially true when you’re putting in the work. But as she reminded everyone, all writers are different. They approach the craft differently. They work at different speeds and that’s okay.

I wrote this blog post because I thought others might need the reminder, too. 🙂

Now I’m off to finish Hawk’s Slave. Have a great weekend. Jordan

Sunday, August 17th, 2014
Phantom Warriors 1: Bacchus, Among Other Things

I’m in a sprint to finish Hawk’s Slave, a Phantom Warriors story. It needs to be done by Wednesday, so I can get edits in on Thursday before I send it off to the proofer on Friday. This means that for the next several days I will have to hit rather large word counts. I wouldn’t need to sprint so much if I hadn’t taken a teeny, tiny detour on Phantom Warriors 1: Bacchus.

I wrote PW 1: Bacchus YEARS ago. It was published by Ellora’s Cave. I re-edited it in 2011/2012, but didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to the story because A) it had already been published and B) it had already been edited. I decided to have the story re-proofed to make sure I hadn’t missed any typos, etc. Before doing so, I made the mistake of reading it. LOL! Needless to say, I panicked after I read through the book. I know what I was trying to do when I wrote it, but I did not succeed. I ended up taking a razor to the story and cutting a lot of excess material. I also added a small subplot. Is the book perfect? No. But it is IMO a lot better than it was before I started.

If you’ve previously purchased the book, the new version should be available everywhere within the next few days. Contact your bookseller of choice and ask for the newer e-version. I haven’t updated the anthologies that have Bacchus in it yet, but I will. While I was at it, I also had Saber-tooth and Talon re-proofed. Other than a couple of typos and some tightening of language, they are pretty much the same.

Now I’d better get back to Hawk’s Slave. Have a great rest of the weekend.

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
It’s August Already???

I know I’ve been silent, but I have been busier than a cat trying to cover crap on a linoleum floor. I was temporarily sidetracked from working on Hawk’s Slave by Phantom Warriors 1: Bacchus. I made the mistake of reading through the novella before I sent it to the formatter. Needless to say, my writing has changed a lot over the years since it was first written. I ended up ripping the story apart. I kept the basic premise, but added a subplot. I’m not saying it’s perfect, but it’s a darn sight better than it was when I started. It will be sent to the proofreader on Friday. I’m doing one final read through today. I’ll also be writing fiendishly on Hawk’s Slave, since it’s due to the editor next Friday and I’m only halfway through. AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!! No pressure! That’s not blood you see on my forehead. :-O

Did I mention that it’s raining in my kitchen? No, that’s not a joke. It’s what is currently happening. Sigh.

Several readers have asked me about Moonlight Kin 4: Tristan. If everything goes well (big IF), then I hope to have the book finished and released by Halloween (or thereabouts). I have one more book planned for the Moonlight Kin series after Tristan. No idea if there will be anymore after that.

Looking forward, I plan to launch two series at the beginning of 2015. One is a contemporary suspense Bayou series and the other will be the Archangels of Punishment series. I’m also working on several YA and NA novels, but they will be released under a different pen name for obvious reasons.

Hope your August is going better than mine. 🙂