Cover redesign

I’m looking at redesigning my covers, only a few of them, though. My favorite cover, so far, is Embraced, Darkness of the Past, Part One. However, that being said, I’ve been looking over my covers recently, and though they’re okay, I believe they can be better. I intend to make the changes one day soon, after I’ve fiddled with the current covers. If I don’t like the fiddling, then I’ll just scrap them all and make different ones. I’m actually looking forward to it, though that might be because I just want to procrastinate on my writing duties. 😉

I’ll post the new covers once they’re done.

Happy December!

Embraced, Darkness of the Past, Part 1 released

Annika’s third book-Embraced, Darkness of the Past, Part 1-is now live on Kindle for $2.99, or free on Kindle Unlimited.

Embraced--darkness of the past cover part 1

Here is the back cover:

In 1910, I, Annika Kinsey Pierce, was born; it is now 2015. I’m one hundred and five years old. For the last three years I didn’t have my memories and all those in my small Ridge Bay home knew it. I now know who I am.

I am a field operative in my sire’s agency and have been for the last eighty years. I am keeper of vampires, queen to all vampires, even though my cousin, Kat, is the face of royalty where it concerns my people. I am a hybrid, I am lover to many, many men, and I have three that I hold inside my soul. I did all this for a young boy, one that would have been targeted by Tribunal if they ever caught wind of who he was, and don’t regret my decision for an instant.

With my memories returned, I have a lot of people that need to be back under my roof, and hopefully back in my bed, if they can forgive me for my abrupt decision to save a small boy from death, or worse. Not all will understand, because in a lot of cases, I was an operative first and a lover second, but I can only hope they will forgive me.

Not all of this is about my lovers but my status as an agent. I may be semi-retired but I have missions to complete, least of which is destroying an evil vampire and removing her stranglehold on Hunters. She’s not my only mission, of course, because missions crop up often in my world. Good thing I’m surrounded by the best agents in the world because I’m going to need their help if I want to complete my missions.

Approximately 120,000 words.

https://www.amazon.com/Embraced-Darkness-Past-Annika-Pierce-ebook/dp/B01KR4LWKK/

Annika 3 update

Whew! Done. Book 3 is finally, freakin’ finished. For the longest time I had contemplated just killing her off, mostly to be done with the story, but I realized, in the twenty (slight exaggeration) or so half-started books, I ended up knowing a lot about characters I didn’t know anything about. But, I finally got this book done. Unfortunately, it has ended up being a two-part book. I’m in the process of writing Book 4 right now, but I have no idea if this is going to be easy, or difficult like 3. I have a plan of publishing both within days of each other, once 4 is complete, but that’s months away, unless this ends up being easy-peasy, and I doubt that very much.  Annika is the second hardest book series I’ve attempted to write, mostly because there are so many moving pieces.

Now, on that happy-dappy note, I will probably release an unpublished short story before I publish 3 and 4. It is a short story, simply titled, that expands on the story of a few characters that were mentioned mostly in passing in Acceptance. Then I have another short story to complete, also simply titled, that expands on a set of characters introduced in 3, but that won’t be published until after the third book is out in the public eye.

Here’s the schedule, without dates:

Short story (approx. 40,000 words)

Annika Book 3 (116,000 words) <–shortest I’ve ever written for a full length novel

Short story (approx. 40,000 words)

Annika Book 4 (have no idea)

Kat Book 3 (maybe)

And if I can keep to that, I’ll probably be golden, but who knows what the heck is going to happen.

Cripes. I have a lot of writing to do and not enough time in the day. Kinda wish I could stay awake like the vampires. It would be so much easier.

Okay, so that’s the end of the update post in more depth.

2 books…other side of the pond

I didn’t forget the UK, of course, so on 14 Mar, I will have a sale for UK readers. .99 cents each for Deceptive and Betrayed, Kat and Annika’s first books. The sale will end on 19 Mar.

Buy links (UK):

Betrayed (Annika Pierce Book 1): http://www.amazon.co.uk/Betrayed-Annika-Pierce-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00WE4RPV2

Deceptive (Kat LaMond Book 1): http://www.amazon.co.uk/Deceptive-Kat-LaMond-Book-1-Ricki-Baker-ebook/dp/B00XTHGN2U

In the US, those two books are still on sale for $1.99 each on Kindle, until 11 Mar.

Buy links (US):

Deceptive: http://www.amazon.com/Deceptive-Kat-LaMond-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00XTHGN2U

Betrayed: http://www.amazon.com/Betrayed-Annika-Pierce-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00WE4RPV2

 

2 books…on sale?

Holy cow, you’re having a sale! Why, yes, I am. 😉

The first book in each of my series will be on sale for 7 days, starting on the 5th and ending on the 11th of March.

It’s not a big sale because I’m trying this whole Kindle Countdown Deal for the first time and want to know what will happen. If it goes well, I just may do another sale, but we’ll see. Don’t want to go getting ahead of myself before I even know if this will work.

So here’s how this deal-y thing will work:

5-8 Mar, beginning and ending at 8am MST, Betrayed and Deceptive will go for the low, extremely low, price of .99 cents each. What’s that you say? Ninety-nine pennies for a book over 500 pages? Under 2 bucks for two books, totaling over 1000 pages? Whaaaat??

So yeah, two books for $1.98, or .99 cents each. Try it out, take advantage of this sale, tell your friends…

8-11 Mar, beginning and ending at 8am MST, Betrayed and Deceptive will go for the inviting price of $1.99 each, having gone up by $1 each. That’s less than 4 bucks for 2 books, totaling over 1000 pages. No kidding? Not in the least.

Here are the buy links:

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

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

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If you read them, liked them, and want more…

Annika’s second book, Acceptance, is on Kindle for $2.99. That one is almost 800 pages of vampires, drama, romance, and a little mystery…not much, really only a smidge of mystery…

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

Kat’s second book, Conflicted, is on Kindle for $2.99. That one is around 700 pages of vampires, drama, a tad more mystery, romance, and on-screen intimate interludes…

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BIYLZJQ

Tentative releases

So, over the last year, I have released 5 novels. Woot. Okay, I can’t get all that excited about it considering the fact that Annika 3 is still a work in progress. I’ve thought about writing a few short stories and publish those in another compilation format, which will work, but again, I have to write those.

One thing I did notice since I’ve started publishing my full length novels, and that’s the new schedule. The last three novels I published were about 3 months apart. I like that schedule, as it allows me to release four books a year. However, if Annika 3 won’t work out, the time between publishing will lengthen to just two books a year. Why? Because I only have Kat finished, up to the tenth book.

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My tentative–probably never going to hold to it–schedule this year will be:

Kat 4-this will happen this year (TBA)

Short story compilation

Annika 3

Novella

Annika 4-possible

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I’ll keep you updated on the actual release dates, how long until Annika 3, and all other writing things. 🙂

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. 😉

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

Conflicted (Kat LaMond Book 2) Live

Hello! Kat’s second book is now live on Kindle. $2.99 or free on Kindle Unlimited.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BIYLZJQ

Here is the blurb:

The witch did her job well, so well that when Kat wakes up in her bed alone, the only thing she remembers is her business meeting with Starla, as well as her ex-husband, Todd. The mystery unravels quickly as soon as Sven and Thorn appear, reminding her that she had far more than just work and an ex-husband. Visions of a silver-haired vampire, and others, prompts Kat to take action to save those people that had once been so dear to her, if she could only remember who they were. Getting her people back from the evil clutches of the witch that removed her memories was going to take more than she could possibly know.

Once life starts to return to normal for Kat, her natural abilities come through and vampires—good and bad—find her, thrusting her back into the norms of a life she would have preferred stay away.

When it comes to her life, business is what she knows, bad vampires can be dealt with swiftly, but the men in her life drag out the uncertainty deep inside, causing conflict in her personal life. But through it all, she knows so long as Todd is at her side, she can get through anything. Hopefully.

And the beautiful cover:

Conflicted cover

Humbled, Kat 2, ramblings

Wow. I tell you, I am humbled, excited, and utterly surprised that I have readers. I may not be in the mid-list level yet, but I don’t really care. I am so darn excited to know that I have readers, period.

For just over two years I’ve been publishing (July 2013) and have feared that my awesome (in my head) books were never going to see the eyes of people I didn’t know. To my surprise, just recently, my books have garnered some attention. I have been surprised to see the Kindle Unlimited pages read, and noticed that not only are readers reading Betrayed, but are actually reading the second book in Annika’s series, Acceptance. They’re also reading Kat’s first book, Deceptive. That is so fricken cool!

I seriously cannot adequately express the feelings that run through me whenever I see people have read my books: part excitement, part surprise, and part humility. (Truth be told: the last emotion is odd, foreign even, to me.)

To be honest, I didn’t think I’d have any readers since I have so few reviews (Goodreads and Amazon). I was under the assumption that in order to have any sort of presence on Amazon.com would mean I would need a zillion (or, at the very least, 10) reviews. So far, I’ve had fair interest, and that is a humbling experience for me.

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Note: I am still on track to publish Kat 2, somewhere in the neighborhood of 17 Feb 2016, as offered previously on my FB page.

I have to say, I hate editing Kat, not because it’s difficult but because of the content. I’ve sort of gone away from explicit sex scenes in my books, but Kat is laden with them, and truth be told, it’s fricken embarrassing. However, I will persevere, and get the second book out this month.

Okay, it has to be said: I am horrible at keeping deadlines. I tend to publish before, or on the rare case, well after the suggested publication date. I will post on FB when it is released. So, keep an eye out if interested in Kat’s second book!

Annika’s third book is slow going, and by that I mean it’s like pulling teeth, having no-anesthesia surgery, and a migraine all rolled into one giant clusterf*ck. Some day I will get the stinkin’ book done, and when I do, I’ll be sure to let all of you know.

Why do I describe it that way, you may ask? Well, that would be because there’s so much information that’s necessary to explain what happened, before and after, that I’m not sure there are enough pages to write it out properly. I also don’t want to give too much information away too soon or too late. It’s a fine balancing edge that I’m dancing, and this song and dance has gone on long enough for me.

Truth: I’m beginning to hate Annika 3. Love the characters, love the story, hate the inability to write the damn thing.

Okay, I’ll get off my soapbox.

Keep an eye out for Kat 2, soon to be published.

Keep an eye out for Annika 3, sometime this decade. Fingers crossed.

Thanks again to those who have read my books, and if interested, there are two other books for readers: Unearthly Yarns (paranormal compilation), and Ciera (a mercenary/vampire tale).

All my currently released books are on Kindle to purchase and free on Kindle Unlimited.

Once again, thanks so much for the interest and keeping this ego-laden author humble! 😉

Christmas 2015

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Today is Christmas, and though it is a happy time, it is also a sad time for my family. I planned on an uplifting post, and I suppose this is, to an extent. Probably not.

On 19 Dec 2015, we lost our 13 year old pup, Barkley. He was a great companion with a lot of pain, yet he never complained except at the end, which was his due.

Let me start with a little of his history. When I saw him, I hadn’t known his past, only that he needed a home and he was a beautiful Lab/Akita mix. He came with a pal, but that pal, Rocco, needed a single family home that we couldn’t give him, as we already had another dog, Strat. One day, I’ll tell you all about him, too. For now, here is Barkley’s story.

He had a home, a good home, until his “parent” was sent on business and was left in the care of his roommate. The roommate had stuffed the two dogs into a garage all day and night, rarely allowing them outside to piddle or poop, let alone run around, and would toss food at them. It wasn’t to watch them fight, it was carelessness on the person’s part, but they had water (not that that made it alright). The “parent” came home to find his two pups in horrible conditions and set on trying to right the wrongs that had been committed, but the landlord had demanded the dogs find new homes. That’s how Barkley and Rocco came to live with me and my small family (hubby and Strat).

The first time we fed Barkley, he nearly bit Rocco’s neck off, just because he thought he would have to fight for food. He was a big dog, as was Rocco (Rottweiler), and needed a lot of food. First order of business was to show him that he could have all the food he wanted. We fed them until they puked, cleaned it up, and fed them again, until they realized they would always have food. Barkley was smarter than stunted-Rocco, and caught on quickly.  Strat and Barks became best buds. I found a good home for Rocco with a divorcee who wanted a pup that needed attention. From some contact still, Rocco is doing pretty well.

Barkley traveled with us from Japan to Germany to New Mexico. He’s seen the Eiffel Tower, Strasbourg, Frankfurt, Berlin, and many other places in Europe. He’s traveled with us throughout Japan, as well. He even got to travel to San Antonio, TX when we had business there.

Barkley’s last days were filled with pain, and we had to make the horrible decision to put him to sleep. My husband and I spoke of this possibility, and relied on the advice of the veterinarian. Barkley was in so much pain and his quality of life would have suffered even if we had gone ahead and slammed him full of antibiotics and whatever else they could throw his way. Our decision, as difficult as it was, was for the best. Not for us–we wanted to be selfish and keep him with us forever–but for him; he needed peace and to be free of pain.

He had blindness and the inability to walk in his last days; his dignity and peace in life had come to an end. He had been a strong, dignified pup, and this was no way for him to live. We chose the most humane choice given to us, and he is now romping through fields of snow and vibrant green meadows with Strat. He lived a long, full life with us, and I believe (hope) a happy life.

As his last act, so to speak, he gave all of his knowledge to the next in line, Loki, and shared that same knowledge with Sammy.

Barkley was an awesome pup, one that will live on in the memories of our other dogs, in us, and all those lives he touched at one point or another.

Barkley will be missed but to know he is happy and free of pain, that makes his passing easier. And no matter if you believe in Heaven or not, I know he’s up there with his best pal, Strat.

One day, I may even explain why I have such certainty, but that is not now, maybe there will never be a time for such explanations.

This Christmas is dedicated to the best companion anyone could ever have: my baby-Barkley.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Ricki