First Monday: July 2015

I spent my Fourth of July weekend baking my first gluten-free pie (it tasted like a pie should, thank god), watching True Lies for the first time, and generally laying low and out of the heat. We’ve been stuck in a heat wave for much of the past two weeks, with yesterday marking the, what, sixth? Seventh? Day in a row of 90 plus temperatures. In a city where having air conditioning in your house is a novelty, not a necessity, it made for a rather uncomfortable couple of days.

I also started copy edits for Hidden Scars, and contracted the cover! It’ll be designed by Rainey Cloud9, the same amazing designer who did the cover for Run. I have a cover reveal scheduled for late August (bloggers, sign up here for the cover reveal), and a release date of late September. If you sign up for my newsletter, you’ll get that information first. Just sayin’ 🙂

I’m really curious to know what readers think of Sara and Taylor’s story. I feel like I’ve got two styles: hard and fast and sweet and sexy. Hidden Scars, while it’s got an element of suspense, falls into the second category. Fracture is definitely the first, as is Game of Shadows.

Speaking of Game of Shadows…it’s been contracted! The entire trilogy will be released by Kensington’s Lyrical Underground imprint, with book one (Game of Shadows) releasing sometime next summer. The schedule is tight, with just a few months between each book, so you don’t have to wait long to read the next part of Cass and Nick’s story. And I can’t wait for you to read it. Cass is so very, very awesome, and I know you’ll love her. It’s kind of hard not to.

I have finally finished the first draft of Broken Down, and I owe a huge thanks to my CP, Liv Rancourt, for helping me brainstorm the turning point of this story. It was a difficult book to write, not the least of which was because every word felt like pulling teeth. With a pair of tweezers. It’s a heavier story than some of the others I’ve written, dealing with grief and loss, addiction, epic miscommunications, and a taboo subject I’m not quite ready to talk about yet. Let’s just say I may be making a very brave or very stupid move with this book. I haven’t decided which. Readers will be introduced to the heroine, Krista, in Hidden Scars, but will only get a hint of the hero, Shane. I’m aiming for an April 2016 release date.

Progress on the rewrite of Impulse Control has slowed to a halt, for the most part. As a treat for finishing Broken Down, I wrote another chapter, bringing me to the two thirds point. While I’d hoped to have the first draft done by August, that may not happen. Besides copy edits for Hidden Scars, I have some prep work to do on Game of Shadows before I can start the editing process and a few other minor tasks to complete with the second book in the trilogy (like, oh, finish the first draft so I can get it to my beta readers) and the release work for Hidden Scars. If I’m really lucky, I’ll have the draft done by the middle of August.

If you’re keeping track of my release schedule, here’s an (unofficial) update:

September 2015: Hidden Scars

Late October/early November 2015: Run*

January 2016: The Perfect Man

April 2016: Broken Down

Summer 2016: Game of Shadows

Fall 2016: GoS book 2

Early Winter 2017: GoS book 3

Summer/Fall 2017: some book I haven’t written yet**

*Run will be released as an ebook once all the chapters have been posted to Wattpad and it’s gone through copy edits. There won’t be a pre-order for it, nor will there be a newsletter announcement, but I will announce it on social media (Facebook/Twitter) and on the blog.

**Once the contract for GoS is up, I’m not sure what I’ll do next. I may do the next book in the Hidden Scars series, or it might be a standalone. It might be two years away, and yes, publishing tends to move slowly, but my schedule does not. Case in point: Broken Down. Doesn’t release for almost a year, but I need to have a revised version ready to go and to my editor by September.

That’s it for me! June was a busy month, and July looks to be even busier – RWA Nationals is later this month, in New York City. It’s one of my least favorite cities, and I’m bracing myself for the heat and humidity. But it should be fun, too – an old friend of mine lives there with her husband, and I’m looking forward to seeing them, and learnin’ me some writin’ stuffs. Hope everyone had a safe and happy Fourth! Stay chilly!

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