Bad News: Delays on Endgame :(

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This past few weeks has been… well… a nightmare.  Almost three weeks ago, I finished writing Endgame.  The following morning, I received a call with news that my dad was incredibly ill.  They thought he was going to die.  Needless to say, we dropped everything to be with him.  And so began the long stretch of sitting at the bedside, trying to be brave, and putting everything else on the back burner.

We are incredibly lucky in that, so far, my dad has pulled through.  The last span of days has been a roller-coaster ride of good days and bad days, with never any certainty or ending point on the horizon.  It looks like we’re in for a long battle, and I’m OK with that, considering the alternative.

There are very few things in the world that can make me so casually set aside my writing and not even look at it.  This is one of them.  I’ve always been Daddy’s girl, and, though we’ve been dealing with health issues for years and I’ve been trying to prepare myself for losing him for years, I am simply not prepared, and I never will be.  Since I got that call, I have literally gotten nothing done.  At one point, several days in, sitting there while he slept, I attempted to do some read-through and revising on my phone.  I just kept reading and reading the same thing and I’m not sure that any of it made it through to my brain.  It was pointless.

Now, with things looking a bit better– he’s “stable”, but frail– I’m trying to get back to normal life.  At least somewhat.  We’ve managed to do some normal things like buy groceries (major victory) and get some sleep.  I’m sure many of you have been through these kinds of family crises and know how it goes.  I’m still devoting a lot of time and energy to Dad, which means that there’s not a lot left for editing and revising.  And honestly, the revision phase of writing is always difficult and energy-draining for me, unlike the writing phase, which usually recharges me.  I’m already exhausted, mentally and physically.  So this last haul will be difficult, and it will likely take longer than it would have otherwise.  And then subtract the three weeks that was just sucked into the vacuum of life.  So what this all adds up to, as I’m sure you could have guessed after reading the title of this post, is that Endgame will be arriving later than expected.

I’ve had emails and blog comments (that I still need to reply to) asking me when Endgame would be released, and generally sharing excitement and enthusiasm over the coming release.  I love receiving those and they really help motivate me.  It makes me so sad to have to announce a delay because I know you’ve all been waiting for this book.  And I’m as excited as you are about finishing the series.  Also, I don’t feel like I can give you an exact answer at this point.  I am planning on putting everything I can muster into finishing this book.  I’m a driven person, so usually I would go on that alone and have a decent amount of confidence about a time frame.  Only, in this case, I’m still living in anything-can-happen-land.  The only honest answer is that I don’t know, but I’m going to try like crazy to keep the delay from being longer than necessary.  Most likely, I think we’re looking at a matter of weeks, rather than months.  And yeah, typing that, it sounds like a long time.  All I can say is… I’m sorry.  🙁  I’ll do my best to post updates on Facebook, etc.

Thank you all for understanding, as I know you do.  A special thanks to the ladies on my street team, for their love, support, and encouragement.  🙂

I am going to send this out in a newsletter as well, so if you’re subscribed to both blog and mailing list, please forgive the duplicate post.

Progress update: Endgame

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laptop-820274_640Endgame is coming along nicely, still on track for spring.  I’ve passed 60k words, now, which is probably around the halfway point, because it looks like this is going to be another long one.  There’s so much to wrap up in this book, so many things that need to happen!  Also, there’s a ton of new characters– some who will feature in the spinoff series that I will be working on when The E Series is complete.

My editor has been through the first few chapters and feedback so far is great, which is such a relief.  I always sweat it while waiting on that initial feedback!  Ah, the power an editor wields over us mortal writers.  :p

Anyway, that’s the lowdown.  Not a whole lot more to say at this point, but I’m still working as quickly as I can.

I hope life if treating all of you well!

Progress update: I’m still alive and working

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Life has just been crazily busy these days, but I thought I’d make a quick post to let you know that I’m alive and kicking.  Elegy is coming along quite well, and I’m still hoping to release it in the late fall (maybe the end of November).  The word count is now at 93,000 words and climbing, which is pretty much a whole book, but I’m not done with the story yet, so it looks like this one will be a long one. defines ‘elegy’ as:

a mournful, melancholy, or plaintive poem, especially a funeral song or a lament for the dead.”


Some interesting things in Elegy (in no particular order):

  • Another journey.
  • Jonas participates in The Contest for the right to rule Wynwood.
  • Somebody falls head over heels in love.
  • Eden makes some life-changing/world-altering decisions.
  • Apollon says the word ‘quack’ repeatedly.
  • Some new characters, including Lozzi, who is named after… well… Lozzi (our contest winner).
  • Some old characters.  Not saying who, but we know who you’re all hoping for.
  • Eden and Apollon’s relationship takes an interesting turn.
  • Jonas apologizes.
  • Eden smells octopi.
  • A kick-ass Sentry battle (Am I allowed to call it ‘kick-ass’ if I wrote it? *Shrugs*)
  • Death, destruction, and rock ‘n’ roll.  OK, maybe not the rock ‘n’ roll.

…for starters.  So, yeah, a lot of changes in this book, and some things that never change.  Kind of like life.


I still have not set an official release day.

This will depend somewhat on my editor, and whether he makes me rewrite the book a thousand times along with ten pages of “I will not write crappy sentences.  I will not write crappy sentences.  I will not write crappy sentences…”

Hopefully not.

Meanwhile… everything is going great.

The E Series had record sales in the month of July.  Thanks so much to all of you who are out there supporting my work and spreading the word.  Thanks for all the new reviews, likes, and shares.  I count myself very lucky that you’re all part of my writing journey.

As for blogging…

I often find myself running out of things to say.  Usually I communicate through my stories.  At any rate, if you have any questions, topics you’d like me to write about, etc, I will happily take the suggestions.  Feel free to reach out through the comments, email, or social media.


I hope this finds you all well.  Have a great weekend, everyone!

Cover Update

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I’ve been contemplating updating the covers of my books for quite a while. I liked the covers, but I wanted something simpler, more streamlined, and a style that would be easier to carry across the series, uniting all the books visually.  Well, it was time to really start thinking about the cover of the third book, which meant it was also a perfect time to think about updating.  So, without further adieu, here are the new covers:

E cover e2cover

The cover of Book Three, which is entitled Eden, is also done, though I may end up tweaking it a bit here and there before I release it.  The writing is moving along— sometimes faster and sometimes slower.  Yesterday, for instance, I didn’t get any writing done because I was working on book covers.  But today the writing will resume.  We’re about halfway there.  The first chapter has gone to my editor and come back with only a few bits of red pen, yay!  And we are shooting for release somewhere around June.

Writing progress

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I finished writing the rough draft of the prequel a few days ago, and now it’s on to the third book.  I’ve carried the writing momentum forward, but unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of time right now.  If it was up to me, I’d sit down and write all day every day, and it would probably be written in a few weeks.  But alas.  There is this thing called “real life”.  So realistically, it’s going to be a while.

At this point, I’m aiming for release during the early summer, but we will see how that pans out.  The good news is… the prequel will not be far behind the third book.

I’m going to take a moment and do the happy author dance over finishing the prequel.  It’s always so good to write those last words and know that another piece of the story is coming together.  But I have to say, I enjoyed writing this one so much that it just flashed by before I knew it, and I’m really sad to be done with it.  It has definitely been my favorite book to write so far.

I think this book captures a good dose of the poetic vibe that a lot of readers loved in E, and, even though most of my readers will have an idea about the story itself, there are a few surprises.  Of course, I’m dying to share some quotes, but as of yet I am resisting the temptation.  Probably better to wait until we’re closer to release.  We’ll see.

In the meantime, I hope you are all well and enjoying life.  Have a great week, everyone!

Upcoming Promo on E, Rambles About Book 2

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I mentioned not long ago that E would be going on promo sometime soon.  I thought this would be during the month of September, but it turns out that the advertising that I want to do in conjunction with the promo could not be scheduled until October.  So… on October 3rd E will be going on sale on Kindle for 99 cents.  It’s a great time to tell your friends about it.  🙂

I’m sure these updates are getting a little boring, but I’m stilllllllllll editing.  This is probably the most tedious part of writing a book, but it is so important.  I want the next book to be as good as it can be when it hits the shelves.  There are always lots of loose bits that need to be tightened up, and things that amuse me, the writer, but apparently amuse no one else….  Those have to be dealt with.  I also tend to understate things at times, and my editor always catches me on those and demands I rewrite them properly.  :p  I’ve just gotten back a rewrite of the first section of the book with a note that says “BETTER”.  I had to ask what “BETTER” meant, specifically, and apparently it translates to a pass… however I still feel I would like to make some changes, so I think I’m going to have another look at it.  First I’m going to finish my rewrite of the next section so that my editor can get on with that.  We’re coming up on deadline quickly, and I am determined to release in November at the latest.

Some things to look forward to in the second book:

  • The world outside of Outpost Three.
  • More of the characters you love, and some new ones.
  • Answers.  I know you want them.  (They come with a side of some more questions.)

The Home Stretch

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Editing is moving along swiftly, and I’m feeling pretty good about the changes I’m making.  Meanwhile, I realized I have about fifty million more things to do to get ready for launch!  I thought I had finally settled on my title, but turns out I was wrong.  I am toying with a few ideas and hopefully will make a commitment soon.  That will be really helpful as I start working on the book cover!  My darling editor has come up with a great idea for the cover art, so it is really just seeing if we can pull it off.  We’ll find out soon.

As soon as all that’s in order, I plan to put book 2 on Amazon on pre-order, and, of course, I will tell you all my official release date.  I’m starting to get really excited about seeing it all coming together.

Meanwhile… I am planning to run a special promo on E later this month, so yes, it will be going on sale.  If you have friends who are wanting to read it but haven’t gotten it yet, you can let them know to look out for a 99 cent sale coming up soon.

A couple of new reviews are also up:

Check out Justine’s review on YA Lit Chick.

Jane Dougherty reviewed my book!  Jane is seriously one of my favorite authors ever, and I feel lucky to call her a friend as well.  But yeah, Jane reviewing my book is like… I can’t even think of anything to compare it to.  I’m totally honored.

And SandyReadsALot reviewed my book on Youtube as part of an Indie Book Haul coordinated by Mark Shaw of #IndieBooksBeSeen.  Thanks a ton to both Mark and Sandy!


Hope you are all having a fantastic Labor Day weekend.  I am celebrating Labor Day by laboring away on my book!  :p



Features, news, and rambles…

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I’ve been pretty busy lately, and not keeping up with the blog very well. So… what have I been up to? Writing, for one. I’m still revising TMT, and I think it’s going pretty well. I dove into a major revision this past weekend, and I feel pretty good about where it’s going. I just have to work out a few more bits with the timeline at the beginning of the novel, write in a few changes, and I’m calling that part done. (We’ll see if my editor agrees with me!) Speaking of my editor, I received my first feedback from the illustrious Pol Blaze, who said it was really good. And then told me to change it. But reinforced that it was really good. See why I love him so much? He was absolutely correct about the part I needed to change… which is what I’ve been working on. So it is all going according to plan. Yay.

In other news, I have been sooooo bad about sharing features with you all on my blog. Here’s a couple more:

Kory Shrum has featured me on her website.

And I am Kate Jack’s book choice, part 2.

OK, saved the best for last: Jane Dougherty’s The Dark Citadel is free on Kindle August 20th and 21st only! This is an amazing book and comes with my personal recommendation. If you liked my book, I’m betting you’ll like Jane’s. It is dystopian crossed with fantasy. I read the first and the second book… going to read the third as soon as I have a free moment. It’s like crack cocaine. Seriously.  So go download it.  It’s free right now, for goodness sake!

I am truly tired, so if any of the above ramble does not make sense or sounds like it has been written by a sleep-deprived madwoman, please forgive me.  Just wanted to let you all know I’m still here.  Still writing.  Only a couple more months now!

A book feature, an author interview, Smashwords, and story news…

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A couple of cool things to check out:

I was featured on Tricia Drammeh’s Authors To Watch.  Pretty cool!

I did an interview with Wendy Van Camp on her blog No Wasted Ink.

Thanks to both of these lovely ladies (and fellow authors) for hosting me on their sites!


Yes, E is now available on Smashwords in all the many eReader formats.  If you’ve been waiting for epub, etc, now you can get it.  That also means that E should be on Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and so on within a few days.

Random Rant:

Did Google really just take away Google authorship?  Seriously?  After all the trouble of getting it working in the first place???  *rants*  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, just ignore this one.  OK.  Moving on.


I finally got around to starting some short stories.  Well, not so much short stories as glimpses.  Expect to see some short little bits that will give you a quick look into the lives of the characters from E.  These are really for my existing fans who would like to know just a little more.  Yeah, you.  You know who you are.

If you haven’t read E yet… not sure I would read them until you do.  Not that there are any major spoilers yet… but just in case.  The first one is almost done and should be on this site very soon.  I’ll probably put it in a blog post as well as on the stories page, so it should go out to anyone who is subscribed to the blog.

Click below to read the first 2 1/2 chapters of E: