Let's face it, life hits us with a ton of shit sometimes and all we can do is grit our teeth, clench our fists, and mow through the days. Is it easy? No. Is it fun? Hell no. But it is life and sometimes you have to decide how you're going to face it; head up and fast or head down and slow. I'm a head up and fast kind of person, which is exactly why I've been out of the game for so long.
In a very short period of time, a lot of things kind of fell apart and together simultaneously. Getting married, getting pregnant, getting sick, being on disability and bed rest due to the pregnancy, getting better and going back to work, having the baby, being on maternity leave, going back to work and dealing with the sleepless nights that come with a new baby, and now dealing with having a toddler again after eight or so years and maintaining my other kids, as well. My older two sons are great with their little brother, but mom is still a tired mess because working full time and sleeping around four or five hours a night kicks my ass. But...I'm alive and kicking and doing what I've gotta do in spite of it all. I know this phase of his little life will go by quickly, so all I can hope is that I will be able to maintain momentum.
One thing that has happened, though, is my continued and ever-growing struggle with my anxiety. I absolutely love my children with every fiber of my being, but there are only so many times I can restart the same three or four movies on Netflix or read the same cardboard books before my brain starts to melt inside my skull and I'm left with pudding between my ears. I have been so focused on giving everything as needed that I haven't taken the necessary time for myself and my mental health. I have had several break downs and mood swings have been a regular thing. My poor husband has endured, although I'm sure there have been plenty of times he wished I came with a mute button. Oh well, it's what he signed up for.
So recently, I've decided to slowly step back into the things that made my mind happy. Reading, writing, imagining, creating...all of those things were like breathing for me for so long and I have mostly forgotten it all. You'd think with having as much time off as I did, I would have made progress, but nope (lol). The monster on my back got the best of me and instead of keeping it at bay by feeding my creativity, I let it feed every single ounce of self-doubt and self-loathing I possess. Needless to say, it's been an interesting and not exactly fun ride and I'm ready to move forward.
Luckily, many of my previous contacts in the blogging and writing communities are still valid so I've managed to pick back up where I left off, mostly. I've lucked out and actually had some new folks jump on board and join my Beta Readers Group to help me with future work! It's exciting to meet new people so eager to help me and I have to admit that I'm feeling the new author jitters again! It feels like the first time, y'all!!
My goals are big for this year, but I'm confident that if I stick to my guns, I'll hit them with little trouble. Firstly, I will be publishing a completely different work Falling Undercover. It's a romantic suspense novel and something exceptionally different from LoS, but it's very exciting! I'm not sure if it's going to have any serial aspect, but I'll probably leave it open enough for the possibility later.
After that, I'll be releasing a retitled and revamped work Thea's Reawakening. This novel will kick off a type of shifter series that will be a side-project for when I need a fun little to-do. Likely, these will be shorter novels, but novels none the less. I don't know if they'll all be connected yet, but wouldn't it be fun! I'm thinking something along the lines of Terry Spear's The World of Fae novels (which I absolutely LOVE).
Lastly, but certainly never least, I have some pretty massive work ahead to finish on Legacy of Secrets. Guys, I'm gonna be honest, I don't know exactly how many books I have left. It could be three, it could be four, but I'm hoping for the latter. Not because I don't want to keep the story alive, but because I have other stories BEGGING to be written and I'm not very good with multitasking my stories. It's been WAY too long since I've released something as it is, I don't want to have another three or four year hiatus because I'm trying to perfect the story. However, I can't push it because then the story will be shit and I can't have that either! So, I just ask you be patient with me and know that I will be doing my best to tie up all the LoS loose ends and do the story some justice.www.amazon.com/Lisa-Logue/e/B007FG4XCI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1520998961&sr=1-1
I think that's all I've got for now. I'll come back in a few days and write something else while I procrastinate from the writing I should be doing (HA!). Good night all and don't hesitate to drop me a line or even join my beta group I've linked above!!
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 )
I think I have a problem. I tend to disappear for a while from social media and miss out on a lot of goings on, but sometimes I get busy. I'm human, I suppose. Between a regular full time job, growing business, family and my sanity, sometimes I need a break. I mean, who wouldn't?
Anyway, apologies aside, thoughts have been tugging at the back of my subconscious about stories. So many ideas, so much potential, so little time. I wish the muse could jump out of my head and write some of these stories on its own, but that would be silly. Silly, and incredibly helpful. Yet, I am determined to finish Legacy of Secrets. The last of the previously released novels and novellas is being released this week and then I'll be entering into brand new territory. It's scary and refreshing to be working on something new!
Currently, I'm working on Blood Promise, the next novella in the Legacy of Secrets series. This is Leslie's story, telling where she's from and how she fits into the group. Some felt that Leslie popped out of nowhere in Binding Secrets, but this was deliberate. She really is an instrumental piece to the puzzle and this novella will hopefully shed some light on just how important she is to Lia and the team!
The next novel, and most likely last, will be Shattered Secrets. This book will be the largest, more than likely a two-parter, and it will be the (probable) end of Legacy of Secrets. I am open to possibly reviving the series with a novella or two later, but I feel this series deserves a well rounded finish to finally flourish as a whole. For too long, I've held the ending hostage due to publishing changes and the like, but it is time for me to move on as well.
Falling Undercover will hopefully be out by the Fall. I have high hopes for my first romantic suspense novel and the only one I've ever been driven to write. Mostly, I prefer to dwell in the realm of endless possibilities, but since I'm kind of a freak for police dramas, I knew I needed to test my hand. I'll be needing betas for this one, so please head over to request to beta read and I'll add you to the list!!
Perhaps the most exciting thing that's popped up lately is the need for an epic story that I can't get out of my head. I've tried telling myself NO, but it's not been working out too well. Right now, I'm in the planning stages, but it will likely be the next series I write. It will be heavily centered on Greek Mythology and I completely freak at the possibilities. There are a few others bouncing around in there, but I'll have to come back to those another time.
Since I didn't write a 2016 post, I suppose this is my update since the beginning of the year. Look out for all the re-released versions of LoS on Amazon! Follow me for updates and news because I'm always posting something random here or there. I'm always reachable for questions, comments or anything else on Facebook or Twitter. All my links are on the home page so go there to find me!
'Til next time - drink that wine and be awesome!
It's been some time since I've written, mostly because year end has me running around like a mad person. Of course, being sick for nearly two months straight didn't do me any favors. So, where do I stand? Well, technically I guess I'm sitting, but that leaves me to plan out my next year so I can, hopefully, bring more stories to life.
With that being said, Legacy of Secrets will come to an end this year. It's been a long seven years and many tears, but it is time to bid farewell. I can't begin to tell you how bittersweet I feel about the whole thing. I mean, it was the first series, the first actual books, I've ever written, and somehow people have enjoyed them. However, my story doesn't end there. I have COUNTLESS stories nagging at the back of my brain, begging to be given the chance to spill onto those pages. I've held them back for a long time, trying to get LoS just right, but that time is about to be here and I'm so, so glad.
Perhaps the first story to be finished will be Falling Undercover, as it is halfway there, but I'm not sure it it's the right time for that one yet. No, I think I have one or two others that might be better suited. First, there's a new series I just cooked up a few weeks ago that's heavily rooted in Greek mythology. Second, the Sci-fi novel that I've kept pretty close to the vest for the last five years or so. That one will be a wondrous book to behold, if I get the courage up enough to write it.
Seems silly, doesn't it? I guess I'm afraid it will not be as good written down as it is in my head. I have this disease where stories play out like movies and then I am supposed to, somehow, figure out how to translate them to other people. It's called being a writer, and sometimes it sucks!
But I digress...here's to a prosperous 2016! We all need it anyway. I mean, we've been working our asses off for twelve months with little to show. It's time there was a year to bring down the shower of dolla dolla bills y'all!! Hahahaha!
What's your 2016 have in store?
One month. That's all that's left of 2015. I keep looking back on this year, trying to figure out whether I've actually accomplished anything. I feel like I've been running in place, grasping at straws and making an all out ass of myself. I can't be alone in this, right?
It seems I like to just fly by the seat of my pants most days and that doesn't work for me. I know it doesn't work, but I've done little to fix it. NO MORE. I am putting some new things into place in December that will help to keep me engaged with my "fans" and connections, free up my computer time to do things that are actually productive and give me some much needed time to spend with my family.
One of the most frustrating parts of this business is the saturation of the market. There are SO MANY authors out there who've published in some capacity. A good portion of them are great, but there are those who need more practice that are ruining it for the rest of us. I hate to sound like I'm full of myself (which if you've read any of my work at all, you know that's not me), but I like to think my talent is at least above the average author. When I see other authors see success when their skill level is lacking, to put it nicely, I get extremely discouraged. Not to say that their stories aren't wonderful, but the delivery leaves something to be desired in some cases.
But I digress. My personal feelings about the publishing world is pretty much irrelevant. Every author dreams of something bigger and I'm no different. Unfortunately, I just don't have those types of connections to make it happen, which is why I have been struggling as of late. I'm sure you've seen me say "Procrastination is my superpower" at some point and I am definitely not lying about that. Sometimes, it gets so bad that I'm up until 6 am just trying to finish a scene or task. It can get pretty ridiculous. This is also why I'm working on correcting my terrible behavior!
That being said, I hope to have another book coming out around the first of the year that is completely different from everything else. You might have seen Falling Undercover listed on my social media or even seen the page on my website. It is a romantic suspense novel that I hope won't completely suck :p.
Well, I'm off to write for about an hour before I have to sleep to go back to my real life job (highly overrated, I know). Happy reading, loves!
I'm a writer, a mother, a wife, a friend, a sister, and a daughter. My journey as a published author is in full swing and I'm inviting all my friends along for the ride!