How is it almost Thanksgiving?
Sorry/not sorry for the swear in that one. That’s how I feel a lot lately. Time has made no sense at all for the last few years. How does it feel like it’s dragging and also flying at the same time? And I never get enough done in the day, but I’m also always busy, except when I’m not.
In any case…
New Editions at Last–and a SALE!
So after much formatting, reformatting, fixing, formatting, and reformatting of both print and e-book versions, the second editions of Ravenmarked and Bloodbonded are at last done and live!
If you already own them, don’t worry–nothing about the story or main content of the book has changed. We mostly cleaned up some formatting, added some new excerpts, and revised my personal details.
HOWEVER, there is one big change: the new editions include a code that will get you into a secret page on my website that has some great bonus content–deleted scenes, sneak peaks, and backstory that you won’t find anywhere else.
If you are already one of my loyal readers and you want the code, you can get it one of two ways:
- Wait until Unquickened is out. The same code will be in the front of both the e-book and print versions of Unquickened.
- E-mail me and ask for the code. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will happily provide you a link and a password.
Now is a GREAT time to share Ravenmarked and Bloodbonded with friends, because I’ve put the e-books on sale for $.99 through the month of November.
And don’t forget to pre-order Unquickened! Print versions will be available for order from Amazon on November 22, and I’ll have some copies here for signature shortly after. If you want a signed copy, you’ll be able to order one then.
All of these links are updated on the individual book pages:
Remember, Christmas is coming!
Okay, that was a lot of GIFs.
Time to tone it down.
On the theme of time, given that it’s November, I’m once again thinking about goals for next year.
Historically, I’m pretty bad at setting goals. Well, not at setting them–at meeting them. I always start out with ambitious plans and deadlines, and then… stuff happens. Sometimes it’s stuff that’s mostly or entirely out of my control, like when a global pandemic shuts everything down or when I have an emergency tooth extraction and lose a few days to fever. But sometimes, it’s my own bad habits or my inability to restart after things have been thrown off.
It’s also tough to set goals around work when I have basically two entirely different income streams and one of them is nearly non-existent. I make more money doing commercial writing, but I do eventually want to only write fiction. But to get any traction with fiction, I’d probably have to do it full-time, which would mean little to no income for an indefinite period of time, and that would mean nothing to fund that pipe dream. So I’m still trying to figure out how to split my time and efforts and make goals for both side of my life more realistic.
In any case… I’m in self-reflection and assessment mode right now, which is maybe not where I should be a week out from a book release, but there it is. I am not very good at faking things.
Anyway, I will tell you that I am going to try REALLY HARD to finish Soultainted next year. The draft is there, but it needs work and expansion. I don’t know if I’ll actually release it next year, but I will try to at least set a release date by the end of the year. I am determined not to let this one expand to fill eight years like Unquickened did or even the four years that it took to finish Bloodbonded.
One Week to Launch!
I suppose I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you all about the fact that Unquickened goes live next Tuesday, November 22, 2022.
When I set out to get the book published this year and finally set a release date, I had a lot of plans for launching it with fanfare. I really did. I wanted to do a real party at a bookstore. I wanted to maybe do a livestream or something. I thought about giveaways. I intended to send ARCs to reviewers.
I did not plan or do any of those things.
But you know what? I think I’m okay with that.
I wrote this book for the threes of fans who have been so faithful to stick with me for so long, and as far as I know, y’all know about the release. I’m going to just focus on the fact that I’m finally releasing the book. Someday when I am working on my fiction full-time, then I’ll worry about all the other things.
For now, I am going to focus on the next thing… And I guess for right now, the next thing is Thanksgiving, I think.
I will be back with a launch day post next week, but if you happen to be out of town or celebrating with friends and family and don’t have time to read my post, let me just wish you a day full of all your favorite foods and people who make you happy!