Fracture is on sale!

Fracture was released a little over a year ago, and to celebrate, it’s on sale for a buck!

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Every nightmare has an end.

There’s no way Nora can ignore the beating. Same heavy boots. Same curses, same pained groans. But that was two years ago, and this a different man, a different part of war-ravaged Sarajevo. This is her second chance. She has to try.

And then she’s stuck with him, nursing him, putting up with him. Declan’s an ass. He’s rude and tactless. He’s arrogant. Dismissive.

Charming. Intense. Caring when she needs it most – and least expects it. He tears away the numbing fog that’s been her constant companion and offers her a way out and a way home.

And it damn near destroys her.

Nora’s survived two years in a war zone. Can Declan show her how to live?

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Nora and Declan’s story remains at the top of my list – I love this book so hard. If you haven’t picked up your copy, now’s a fabulous time to do so!

First Monday: June 2016

As I’m writing this, we’re preparing for our first 90 degree day of the year. I can hear all you East Coasters and Southerners snorting with derision, but…hush. Us PNW-ers are not cut out for this.

Game of Vengeance is DONE. Final files turned in. Progress on Game of Lies is moving along at an almost-too rapid pace. I keep telling myself that if I can keep up with it, it’ll be off my plate that much sooner and I can take a week or three off to do nothing. Sultry is also done. Like, off to the formatter done. No pre-order links available yet, but I’ll post them when they go live.

I’m in an odd place – once Game of Lies is turned in for copy edits, I have nothing that needs to be done for months. I’m nearing the end of a first draft of a new story (tentatively called Lie to Me), but it’s not under contract and I’m not (at this point) planning to publish it myself. Aside from the remaining bits of work on Game of Lies, I could, in theory, take the next couple of months off. What’s probably going to happen is I’ll continue working on Lie to Me, but at a much slower pace than I normally go.

I’ve been trying to do a better job of stepping back and taking breaks. It’s not the easiest thing for me to do. Once I set a goal and pick a due date, I feel a constant push to keep working toward that due date, even if it’s just one I’ve set for myself (as opposed to one set by, oh, a publisher). Sometimes life intervenes and makes it so I can’t do anything, and I’m learning to embrace those times as an unexpected but well-earned break. Besides, soon enough I’ll have to start drafting Learning Curve. I’ve also got a few ideas I’m playing with for late 2017 releases. Just need to see how they might fit into my schedule.

The Seattle International Film Festival wraps up this week, and I have to say my experience this year has overall been disappointing. It started with the schedule itself. Normally I end up with between ten and fifteen films I’d like to see, and I have to narrow it down to six (they offer a six-pack of tickets at a discounted price). This year I ended up with tickets to four, and aside from the first one I saw (a documentary called Kedi), they weren’t worth the time I spent on them. Also, I skipped one because it was right after work and I decided I’d rather go home. Sigh. There’s always next year.

I think June’s going to end up being a lazy month. Let’s hear it for laziness!

First Monday: May 2016

Is it really May already? It seems like just yesterday I was still trying to recover from my trip to Ireland.

April was another busy month. Galley proofs for Game of Vengeance have been turned in. We’re a little over two months away to the release of Game of Shadows, and I’ll be sending out review copies to a few select reviewers. Reviewers: if you’re interested in reviewing Game of Shadows, check NetGalley under Kensington. It should go up for reviewers within another week or so. I have a very limited amount of copies I’m allowed to send out on my own, so if you contact me directly for a copy, it’s likely you won’t get one from me.

That just leaves Game of Lies, and we’re at the end of Cass and Nick’s story. I haven’t started edits yet (crossing my fingers that’s happening soon), but it’s been a long, often tiring road. I’m thrilled y’all are going to get to meet Cass. I heart her. I heart her so hard.

Sultry has been sent off for copy edits! The release date for the Nola Naughty Nine is tentatively set for August 15th. Once the cover’s been finalized and pre-order links are available, newsletter subscribers will get the dirt first (which means you should sign up for my newsletter 🙂 )

I’ve been making slow progress on a couple of stories with the hopes one will be finished and polished by about August, when I have to switch over to Learning Curve. Paul and Marie’s story is starting to take shape in my head…well, more than it was. I’ve always had the basic idea of how it would play out, but I’m starting to add in the details at this point. The stumbling block will be, as always, making it interesting for 70,000+ words. Of all the sub-genres I write, contemporary is the most difficult. I can’t just throw a dead body or a car chase or something in there to make things interesting. There’s a possibility (albeit a small one) that Declan may put in a cameo in Learning Curve, but only if it fits with the flow of the story. It may not. I’ll have to see.

With work on the Game of Shadows trilogy coming to an end and the Seattle International Film Festival starting up mid-month, I don’t anticipate getting a lot of work done on other projects this month, and that’s okay. Or I’m working on being okay with that. I stopped work on one project because I’d managed to talk myself into thinking it wasn’t original enough for a publisher to want it, so I switched projects. The new one isn’t flowing as easily as the old one, but I’m still chugging along. If neither are finished by August, I’ll just have to adjust my plans. *tries not to panic*

Enjoy your May, my lovelies, and try not to let the pollen kill you with tiny knives.