My covers and other news

You know what I love? My covers.

They may not be a zillion dollars, they may not be professionally made, but I still love them. Why? Because they are simple in design, and the color of the interior border allows for coordinating the series and offshoot stories in a seamless fashion.

If you go with the silvery border, that’s Annika’s series; if you go with the pinkish color, that’s Kat’s series; if you go with a purple-ish border, that’s Annika Pierce World Novels; and if you go with orange-ish border, that’s compilations, or standalone novels.

This may all change in a year, but for now, I really love my covers.

Book cover Combo 1.2

That being said, I am not a fan of my latest creation, or the attempt at my latest creation. I have started Annika’s 5th book a handful of times, and though I have learned something each time, it’s annoying and I can’t seem to figure a linear path towards completing her continuing story. Then there’s her zombie book, maybe another alternate universe story, my Realm series that I keep putting off in favor of writing other things, and a were-animal story that I’ve started (roughly 100 pages).

Maybe I’m overloading my mind with the things I have to do rather than enjoy the writing process and forget about everything else…until the story is complete. In that case, I probably should examine my head. πŸ˜‰

One day, I’ll release Annika’s 5th book, and I’ll update when other books come together and are getting ready for release. πŸ™‚

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Updates and hints

So, there may be some concern over Embraced, Part One. To answer that concern, I’m writing this: There will be a part 2. It’s just taking forever to write.

I’m (possibly) a quarter of the way done with Part 2, but it’s like wading through molasses–agonizingly slow.

And now onto some hints. Don’t forget, you heard it here first!!

The first hint is that I’m also starting, however slowly, on an alternate realities book for Annika. This is “hinted” at in Part 2. πŸ˜‰

So far, I’ve written about fifteen words on it, which is absolutely nothing in the big, or little, scheme of things, but it’s a start. As per the usual with Annika’s stories, it’s slow going. However, saying that, I do plan on writing at least two novels in that alt-reality; it may even spawn more. And with alternate realities, I can go anywhere and introduce any myth (or made up myth) that comes to my mind.

I really like the freedom alternate realities provide, as it allows me to open up whole new worlds for a stable of characters that I have grown to cherish.

Also, as I’m sure you’ve seen on my Facebook page, or not, I’ve hinted at Anya’s story. That is mostly done, I’m just working on the tie-in to Annika to complete the story there, though there will be a resolution in Anya’s standalone novella. Again, they’re taking their sweet time in letting me in on the big secrets.

Okay, what next?

Kat.

I plan on releasing at least one of Kat’s novels this year, though it’s going to take a bit of extra work, nothing horrible and nothing I can’t handle. Then I’ll do up a cover and blurb, and set a release date. Not sure when exactly, but sometime in late 2017.

Anything else?

Nope, that’s all I’ve got for updates and hints. For now. There may be more in the future…

A silly revelation

So, I was thinking of my next move for Annika 3, and my mind was wandering. Of course it was wandering. In those wanderings, I realized that I had six novels published. I know, right? Well, this just hit me, and it was an exciting little nugget of a revelation. Six novels! Yes, I’m aware that this may be nothing more than a drop of water in a big bucket for some authors, but to me, it’s a big deal. I never thought this would happen. Ever. I figured my novels would stay in the dark drawer of disk drives forever. Well, it’s a reality, and that’s a shocker. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I forgot to announce this, because I was dealing with other things. Among my release for Conflicted (Kat LaMond Book 2), I reduced the price for Acceptance (Annika Pierce Book 2) by $2, down to $2.99 on Kindle, or still free on Kindle Unlimited.

In reflection, I’m going to list all of my books once more, with links and pricing. All books are free on Kindle Unlimited.

Kat LaMond series:

Deceptive (Kat LaMond Book 1):$2.99

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XTHGN2U

Conflicted (Kat LaMond Book 2): $2.99

http://www.amazon.com/Conflicted-Kat-LaMond-Book-2-ebook/dp/B01BIYLZJQ

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Annika Pierce series:

Betrayed (Annika Pierce Book 1): $2.99

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00WE4RPV2

Acceptance (Annika Pierce Book 2): $2.99

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017JBNT1Y

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Standalone novels:

Ciera (a mercenary/vampire tale): $1.99

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013AXJQUI

Unearthly Yarns (a paranormal compilation): $0.99

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E11J50A

Unusual Request

This is one unusual request, at least from me.

At first I thought, what the heck, no need to ask because people will do it. What I didn’t take into account was the fact that most readers may not even be aware of this.

Amazon changed their ratings’ system. That means, someone like me, who has okay sales but no reviews, gets tossed into the black abyss of Amazon’s site. Their system now goes by how many 5 stars, 4…3…2…1…0, and then there’s some calculations that go on, yada yada, and the books with the greater number of 5 star ratings get front and center, first page, etc. 4 star ratings get second page recognition, and so on…

Here is my request:

If you have two minutes to go into your account, after reading my book, any of my books you’ve read, and leave a one or two sentence description with your star rating, that would go a long way to helping me get a little more recognition.

The sentence can be as simple as: “This was a great book.” Or as lengthy as a play-by-play of the novel. Though, I would ask that you not give a complete play-by-play.Β More is less, less is more. πŸ˜‰

I would truly appreciate the time taken by you to leave a tiny review. Besides, I’d love to know what others think of Annika and her world.

Thanks so much for indulging me. Have a great day!

Expectation

Hello! I wanted to give you an update on what to expect from now until end of year 2015.

First, I plan on releasing Annika and Kat’s second books. Tentative plan is October and November, respectively.

Now, if I can hold to that, this would be a great plan. πŸ™‚

Second, I’m going to try and keep my FB page updated.

Again, if I can hold to this, that would be fricken wonderful.

Third, I plan on finishing the third book in Annika’s world.

That is a big one because this freakin’ third book hates me. I’ve started it over and over and over…etc…again, and it still doesn’t like me. Don’t get me wrong, the story line is great, each and every time I write over a hundred pages, it’s wonderful. Then I have to toss it because the voice doesn’t fit Annika or the plot took a turn that doesn’t fit her world, etc.

Fourth, regroup and refocus on writing.

With the third book fighting me so much, I’ve just about given up on Annika’s world. I’m actually tired of writing about her. She’s great. Love her to pieces, but the fighting is worse than just writing crap, or having writer’s block, or whatever.

I think I’ve put her in a box, and neither of us like boxes, so that means we battle. I don’t think some things should be in there, as this third book deals with a lot of sensitive subjects, and could potentially turn off readers or get me cut from Amazon. However, the story needs to be told properly, and in order to do that, I have to write freely. And…what for it…I can’t. Well, I can, and I have, but those are trashed pages.

Fifth, open the box I put Annika in.

Now that I’ve given a small glimmer of what my plans are, and stepped off my soapbox…

Thanks for reading.