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Don't mind me, I'm lame...
So last week I was a bit under the weather, but I did manage to finish my next release! Thea's Reawakening is in editing currently (as my independent beta readers are working on it right now) and I'm hoping to release it in the coming weeks. I've got some graphics to be drafted shortly and then I'll be off to publish! Keep an eye out on social media for updates!
I posted a new episode of my story podcast today. My goal is to post a few chapters every Monday and even have some guests! My next guest is a good friend and beta reader, Julie O'Dell. She's an avid reader and loves all things literary. We're going to talk about some of my books, some of her favorites, and just some general bookish nonsense! I'll post more as we hammer out the deets.
A little secret...I'm not very interesting. I work a lot and kill a lot of time doing nothing or I'm spending time with my family. Writing and reading tends to be difficult sometimes. However, I'm working on my half-year resolution by writing an hour a day. It's hard, but as soon as I'm done with this post, I'll be cracking out some words (hopefully). Do you have any writing or time management tips? I'm all ears! Drop me a line and let me know what your secrets are!!
...til next time!
I wish I could say that I was the most organized person and was on track with all of my plans, but I'm not. Being a working mom with three kids and school just starting and extra curricular obligations, I'm lucky to sleep some days. I'm doing my best, though, and I'm trying really hard to stick to my initial plans. That being said, there aren't too many updates, but I'm here to tell you what little there is, if you really want to know.
Ultimately, my goal is to adhere to my release schedule as well as to add some fresh stories to the roster. I have plans to release some short stories on Wattpad, but I need to finish my upcoming releases first. I can't work on those and new stories at the same time because I'm just not that good, to be honest. I have a hard enough time finishing one story! I hope to, one day, be the type of writer who can write multiple stories at once, but I'm just not there yet.
So I did a thing...
Aside from that thing, my next release will be Thea's Reawakening. My graphic artist is working on the cover currently so once that's done, we'll be on track for release in a few short weeks! The Shifter's Tales will be a series based around this particular group of characters and the world in which they live. Not all stories will be immediately related, but they'll definitely tie in together at some point.
Well, I think that's all I've got for you today. Look out for the next episode of my podcast Monday and the upcoming release. I'm more active on Instagram these days and will likely start going live there periodically so look out for that, too. I've made some half-year resolutions (another blog about this coming this week) to be and do better, so you should start hearing more from me once I get my schedule finished.
Thanks a bunch for all your support over the years!
Hey hey, it's your friendly neighborhood fantasy writer here! I'm just popping in to give you an update on the goings on in my neck of the woods!
The cover of Blood Promise was released on Instagram a few weeks ago. If you didn't catch it, head on over to check it out! Along with the cover reveal, we have a tentative release date of 10.31.18! I'm crazy excited to finally move into the next chapter and give this story the conclusion it deserves. Sadly, all good things must end.
I have a new series, Shifter's Tales, I will be releasing. These novels will be available exclusively on Amazon. The first one, Thea's Reawakening, will be released 8.31.18. They will likely be shorter than my normal novels (probably closer to 40,000 words), and will be stories based in the same realm, not necessarily all dealing with the same characters.
The next, and possibly most difficult, release is Falling Undercover. I realized after writing almost half of this book that I need to re-write much of it so that put me behind. I had initially intended on releasing this book months ago, but alas, I couldn't have done it justice as it was. This book will be released for 12.25.18! A good, cozy, Christmas romantic suspense novel to keep you warm :)
That's all I've got for this year, but it's definitely a full plate when you factor in a full-time job, three kids, and a brand new school year on the horizon. All of the dates listed are tentative, but I am committed to reaching them by any means necessary! I'm ready to close out 2018 with a bang and hopefully you want to stick around with me. As always, drop me a line any time and follow me on social media to get the latest!
I swear, I am THE WORST when it comes to trying to keep up with all my social media. No matter how many times I try to set myself a schedule, I end up dropping the ball somewhere. Oops. These days, I'm plugging away at my various books in the attempt to start releasing new titles again because, let's face it, I've been pretty bad at that, too!
My ultimate goal is to put out two or three books this year, one of which is the next installment of Legacy of Secrets, Blood Promise. I finally found a groove in the story and have made some good progress. The next book is Thea's Reawakening which is the first of my shifter novels. And finally, Falling Undercover will be the last one I release. I don't know exact dates yet, but I'm aiming for the next one to be VERY SOON!!
I don't have too much more news, so PLEASE head over to my IG and follow me! I've been the most active there and Twitter lately. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or if you are interested in being a beta reader and receive special perks!!
Love you guys!
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 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!