So far, this year has been one to bring about many changes: new jobs, new challenges, new ideas, and new projects. Nothing is without hard work and dedication, but sometimes I wish that wasn't the case because I could sure use a break! But seriously, I've hand to make some calls this year and there's definitely a big one coming down the pipe.
LEGACY OF SECRETS:
I've decided to revamp the series this year as part of the ten year anniversary! The books will be revamped, edited, updated (maybe even extended), and re-released. They will have new covers and all of the current five will be released along with the next installment that I've been working on recently. I will still be adding another two or three books, depending on how the story flows, but they will come out next year.
The current versions will remain available on Amazon for a few months, but I will pull them a few months before release. The old versions will be obsolete and I don't want to cause confusion. I will be looking for some alpha and beta readers, so be on the lookout for those posts. All of those who read for me will get signed ARCs from me and I might even decide to do a few contests. Who knows?!
Book two will be published this year, come hell or high water! My goal is to work on this story next and have it be available before I begin revamping LoS. I've had it buzzing around my head for a while and I'm actually pretty excited about doing something so different from what I'm used to. Fantasy is amazing and I love creating worlds, but the years of binge watching Law & Order: SVU has prepared me for cop drama so I need to cash in on that! XD
A SHIFTER'S TALE:
I will be pull these novellas and instead publishing them on Wattpad! I realized that with the nature of those stories being relatively short, they would be better suited for Wattpad than Amazon. I will be adding Thea's Reawakening this weekend and then I'll add Layla's Vindication probably within the next two-three weeks. I will continue this series as a side project, but will try to post new tales at least three times a year.
I'm pretty excited about some new stories that have come to mind that I are only in the conceptual phase as of the moment. Unfortunately, I won't be getting to writing these new stories until next year, but I will post updates when I have them. If everything is completed sooner than I expect, I'll be able to get crackin' on some new stories!
Well, that's all I've got, I think. I stay the most active on Instagram so be sure to follow me there. Also, sign up for my newsletter so you will be notified of all the new releases and changes before everyone else! I'll be looking for some folks who might want to lend a hand in various capacities this year, so please follow me!
See you around!!
Sorry I've been kind of ghosting everyone for the last week or so. There've been some big personal changes going on that has kept much of my attention. Not to mention that I now think I'm getting sick, due to the fact that my whole body feels like it's underwater and I've got some pretty bad headaches (not yet turned migraines) going on - blegh.
I thought about doing a short story recently, but I'm honestly not sure to start. I don't even know if people read short stories?? I'm thinking I may do some on my Wattpad since I haven't used it in AGES. Do people still read on there? I'M SO OUT OF TOUCH!!
Anyway, I plan to try to use Facebook Live a bit more often (once I am no longer sick). I guess we'll see if anyone watches!!
'Till next time!
Life is full of crossroads.
Some of us look for pros and cons before making a decision and some of us just go with our gut. What holds true to all of us is that often these choices have us facing things in life we hadn't expected. While, at the time, we might be struggling or feeling as if we can't push on, we are learning a lesson desperately needed to put us on the necessary path.
I'm a firm believer in everything happening for a reason. I believe the universe puts us on certain paths to learn certain things as a means to understand our existence and share our knowledge with others. We are here to learn and grow and make those who come after us wiser by sharing the knowledge of the universe.
As a writer, I often pour my emotions into my work as well as life experiences, to a degree. I haven't experienced everything my characters have, mostly because I don't live in an actual fantasy world (how I wish!), but I can empathize with how they may react in certain situations.
So why the post? I'm coming to a crossroads, myself. How do I choose which way to go? Do I need to abandon something I love for something necessary? Is there a way to keep everything in my life? Is this one of those times that the lesson means more than the thing I'm giving up?
How do I choose when it's all important to me in one way or another? Deep down, I think I know what my decision needs to be, but I still want to be sure that I'm making the right choice. I've come to the apex of things and will need to make a choice soon, but I don't quite know what I should choose.
How do you make important choices? What do you weigh when deciding things?
I'm just going to cut through the formalities and list out the important info for you. I mean, most people don't really read the whole post, right?? Ha!
1. Legacy of Secrets will briefly disappear and be re-released on Amazon and then soon on other platforms. Look out for some holiday deals!! (wink, wink)
2. A new shortish story will be released before the end of the year as well. It will have a continuation either in the Spring or Summer of 2017.
3. I will be writing the remainder of Legacy of Secrets over the next year. Three more titles (at least) will be released before the end of 2017. If I don't do it, you have my permission to send me hate mail!
4. I will release the box set of LoS once all stories are completed and released. I will post the release date of this once it is confirmed.
5. Falling Undercover will also be released in 2017. It's possible that this will be a series, but this hasn't yet been decided.
6. I will have another series to start after finishing LoS. This hasn't been announced yet, but it's currently in the planning stages.
I think that about does it. I'm also going to be working on having all of my books available in print for those who prefer printed versions. As of the moment, I am looking for the best distributor. Please note that I will be having a new baby in December, which is why I'm not posting EXACT release dates for my titles. I don't want to short-change anyone. If you have any questions, drop me a line and BE SURE TO FOLLOW ME EVERYWHERE!!! (You might just see cute pics of my pug, Frankie! She loves taking pics while I write :P )
So what I'm about to talk about has nothing to do with the book world, although I know that similar issues arise in all areas of life. One of the biggest issues plaguing my day-to-day lately has been drama. I. HATE. DRAMA. There are people that I've stopped speaking to in the last several years because they carry drama with them everywhere, like a blanket of hate that they just drape all over everything and everyone around them. It's exhausting, unnecessary and completely childish.
I like to think that I can conduct myself fairly well as an adult and handle my relationships as such. I don't like confrontation, but I'm not afraid of it either. If I have a problem with someone, I try to talk it out because you never know when there's just a misunderstanding. However, I'm also one of the rare breed of people who can separate their work life and personal life. This means that if I have a disagreement with someone on a working matter, it likely will not carry over outside of work because I don't tend to bring work home with me if I can help it. I'm realizing that this is a rarity.
One of my faults is honesty. I say this is a fault because people DO NOT like honesty. It often hurts or makes them uncomfortable. I just prefer not beating around the bush because, well, what's the point? We're all adults, right? Shouldn't we be able to handle criticism by now? Shouldn't we be able to differentiate between constructive and destructive criticism? Am I just living in La-La Land? Is there some unspoken rule that I don't know about which dictates that this thinking is wrong?
Each day, I have to remind myself that there are people who can't, don't or won't see things this way. These people aren't wrong, but different and that's okay. I guess what boggles my mind is the reluctance to adapt to change and overcome challenges that exist in the real world. I don't understand how these things are feared. I don't understand how people are so frightened of something as silly as switching from writing something on paper to typing it in an email because heaven forbid it's not the same as it used to was (improper grammar intended). It just doesn't make any sense.
In closing, CHANGE IS GOOD! Change makes the world go 'round. Without change, we wouldn't be where we are technologically or socially, for that matter (although one might argue not ALL of the social change has been good). If nothing ever changed, nothing would ever get done. It's just that plain and simple. With that being said, the number one thing that requires change is often ourselves. Whether we realize it or not, we must continue to evolve as individuals in order to survive and that's just the way it is. If I didn't evolve, I wouldn't be able to form intelligent and legible sentences or thoughts. If I didn't evolve, I wouldn't be able to properly mother my children or wife-like to my husband. Most of all, if I haven't evolved, I wouldn't see these problems existing around me on a daily basis. Unfortunately, we can't force anyone to see these things or to do anything to change them. All we can do is look inside and use what we know to keep moving forward in spite of the stunted environments around us.
It ain't pretty, but it's life.
What are your thoughts?
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