So the big things I mentioned in that previous post? They happened. I’ve moved to the country, where I’ve been wanting to be for a few years now. It finally happened. Everything just lined up and BOOM. Country Me was born.
I’m so freaking excited. I have a whole new Hobbit Hole house. I can finally unpack all my books and decide what to keep and what to donate. I can spread out all my movies. I can have a couch! And a chaise, dahlink!
But my favorite thing of all is my closet wall. It’s a whole wall with a closet on either side and a built-in chest of drawers in the middle. It’s glorious. I designed it myself and my dad, brilliant carpenter that he is, built it for me. He pretty much built the whole house himself, really.
He’s 75 years old. Seriously.
But anyway, I’m here, and I’m ready to get focused on getting this third book in the trilogy done. I’ll be unpacking for a while, but if I can just keep zooming with my beloved sister most nights, I should be done in no time. Especially when I reach that tipping point where I can almost taste the end and just want to write write write get it done done done.
Almost there. Getting close. There has to be some sex first. Sigh.
Two out of three books in the snarky vampire trilogy are done! Woot woot! And I’m already working on the third! Yay!
It’s been a crazy few weeks. Maybe a crazy month. Big things are afoot that I’m hoping will really help put me in my best place to be productive and prolific. Everyone keep their fingers crossed. I hate to be cryptic (that’s a lie; I love being cryptic), but I daren’t say anything just yet and risk jinxing it.
Just… cross all the things. Fingers. Toes. Arms. Legs. Eyes. Streets.
But not Chuck Norris. No one crosses Chuck Norris and survives.
More detail soon, I hope!
Okay, so COVID didn’t kill me, but it certainly didn’t make me stronger. I did, however, manage to write not one but TWO books since last I updated! That’s right, folks. I wrote a duology for your reading entertainment, both holiday-based.
The first is His Monstrous Web, which is a Halloween/fall-based story about a girl and her apple-selling, farmer’s market crush… who happens to be a shifter who turns into a giant black widow spider every full moon. And she’s afraid of spiders. So that’s fun.
The sequel is His Christmas Web, which you can probably tell is the asked-for Christmas dinner at the spider’s family home in Upper Peninsula, Michigan. It’s jam-packed full of snowy shenanigans, so many vegetarian gourmet dinners, and festive cheer.
So I have been working, and even on the vampire story promised in the “coming soon” section of my website. It may, however, be a trilogy instead of a standalone. Sheepish. So it’ll still be a while before it’s ready. But I’m working on it!
And I’m eyeballing the space shifters story, too. Warily, but still.
Anyway! Love you all, and I hope you have a very happy rest of the holidays!
I’m back from LLS! Made some friends, made some money, got some COVID–
Yeah. Sorry. I got COVID at the con. I didn’t wear my mask because I was vaxxed and boosted. I got overconfident. Won’t happen again. I don’t have the PTO at work for it!
That’s the worst part about having a chronic condition or two AND a day job–there’s never enough paid time off to go around. It took everything I had to save up enough for the conference, and I still had to work a few hours extra to cover the time.
One of these days. I’m shaking my fists at the skies. I am!
Writing writing writing! And trying to get ready for LLS, which is next week! So exciting!
I’ve never taken a vacation in my adult life. Seriously. The closest thing was a trip to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii back in the year 2000 that I and my boyfriend at the time won. That’s it. That was my last vacation. 22 years ago.
So yeah, I’m a little excited. Was just telling my beloved sister that I’ve never had to craft an out-of-office message for my work email. Ha!
I dunno if I’ll be posting any pics from the con or not. I’m not actually much for pictures unless I’m in a theatre thing, but you never know. I’ll have all my shiny books lined up, and I’ll be in costume for at least one event–the Book Tea, for which I’m going Victorian–and you never know what other fun stuff might pop up. We’ll just have to see.
Until then, I’m gonna enjoy the ride and hope all goes well! And avoid the Savannah-in-July heat as best I can, because I am a delicate flower who wilts in direct sunlight. Mwahah!
So I maybe wrote a whole play script last week. I got an idea, and my theater peeps often ask if I’d write them something original, so I just kind of did the thing.
I did keep writing on the cheeky RH vampire romance, though, so those of you who are waiting for that one, it’s still going strong. I’d say I’m about a third of the way through, depending on how long the sex scenes get. Heh. Okay, maybe a quarter of the way.
Got good words tonight, and I’m hoping to get good words the rest of the week. Early in the week is always harder for me because my body kicks up a fuss, but we’re at midweek now, baby. Turn up the juice and get that bread!
And the winner of the harem job contest is… Shelby Rollins! She’ll receive a signed copy of Lone Wolf Mates soon!
She suggested a space gardener, which really is the most important part of any space crew. You may or may not need to fight. You may or may not need a navigator.
You WILL need to eat!
Check in again for more contests and fun. I’m currently preparing for the Literary Love Savannah writer conference in July, but writing every day!
Find Lone Wolf Mates here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B44Y2Y5R/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_QTGYGNS4HHW2GFHKCMW3
In honor of my latest release, Lone Wolf Mates, I’m holding a little conversation. A contest, really.
Oh, hell. A free signed paperback to whoever gives the most creative, fun answer. If there are too many fun ones, I’ll just draw a random number for the winner.
So, what’s the game? I’ve written a lot of different jobs for my harem guys. Bounty hunters, private eyes, photographers, even a conservation agent. I have a space RH where all the guys hold on-ship positions like engineer and navigator and pilot, etc. I love it when the guys have a job and then BOOM… they have a woman that puts that job second place.
I have an upcoming fic where the guys are an FBI agent, a CIA agent, and an ATF agent. I can’t wait for that one. It’s about a water goddess, and there will be so many “Stop, please, that sound makes me have to pee!” jokes, because I am a child and easily amused.
So what’s your favorite job idea for harem members? I want space port janitors. I want middle management gods-in-hiding. I want mutant Congresspeople–
Er… okay, that one was already done back in an old X-Men movie. But you get the idea. Reply with your favorite RH jobs that get sidetracked for the lady fair, and one of you will win a signed copy of Lone Wolf Mates!
Hit me with your best shot!
Thanks to help from my beloved sister, Joely Sue Burkhart, I managed to get a Coming Soon page going. Woo-hoo! That feels a little better.
I love my tree, the colors are nice, and I’m able to update pages as I need to, I think. Website is officially updated. You guys can see what I’m up to, and I can push out updates and post snippets, and we’re all good!
What I’m mostly focused on right now is LLS, a writer’s conference in Savannah, Georgia. This will be the first conference I attend as a writer, and I’m SO excited! I can’t wait to see how much fun we have there! I’m a little nervous, but I’ve been to one con as a reader, so I’m hoping it won’t be all that different. Joely and I will be doing several things together, and I have one event, the Book Tea, that I’ll be doing on my own.
And the big Saturday book sales and signings! Eeeee! Meets and greets galore!
Maybe some of you will be there? Or maybe next year!
It’s prettier, anyway, and has all my latest books in the bookshelf. I’m still tinkering with what sorts of pages I need to add. I’m thinking of adding one for each book so you can click to the blurb and maybe a snippet, something like that.
As you can tell, I’m learning on the fly. Web design is so not my thing! I can’t get a page layout that I like for a “coming soon” page, so I think I’ll just title any blog posts where I talk about upcoming projects as COMING SOON. I’ll just need to be consistent, heh.
Until then, I’ll try to do updates and treat this section like a blog. Snippets of current works, speculation on future projects, moaning about the writing, all that sort of thing. Deal? Deal!