Life has been insane lately, some good, some bad, all of it leaving me little time to sleep or be on the internet. I realized I hadn’t even sent out an update when Ravaged was available, which was over two weeks ago. If you made it to the signing, thanks so much!
I had a friend staying with me for 2.5 weeks from Norway, so between that and spending last weekend at Archon, I’m playing catch up this weekend and trying to clean the house. So I’ll leave you with links to where you can buy Ravaged – this time it’s available for Nook as well!
Ravaged on Amazon
Ravaged for Nook
Life has been crazy lately, to say the least. BUT! I got the shipment of books to sell at the launch for Ravaged on Thursday! So excited to have these in my hands at last and ready to get them to you!
I was also interviewed on Brothers on Whatever podcast yesterday. Check it out here. I had a great time on the show with Nate, Brandon and Donnie and look forward to being back sometime down the road.
If you’re in St. Louis, come out to Subterranean Books on Delmar Thursday night at 6:00 for the reading/Q&A/signing. I’d love to see you there! If you can’t make it, check out amazon.com to get Ravaged in ebook or paperback.
I sent Ravaged off to my editor, Shawn Mihalik, tonight. We have a consultation scheduled for tomorrow night. I’m interested to see what that entails since I’ve never worked with a professional editor before. The book is getting closer and closer to being ready for publication, and September 26 is creeping up! I can’t wait to get this in your hands!
Speaking of September 26, don’t forget about the reading and signing at Subterranean Books that night at 6:00PM. All the details are on my Events page.
Just wanted to let you all know Jennifer over at Books Make Me Happy Reviews had me over for a guest post yesterday. It’s part of her weekly Words & Music Monday series. So head on over there and find out what I listen to when I write and how music inspires me. Thanks for having me Jennifer!
Words & Music Mondays with Jennifer Sights
I’d really meant to type this up much earlier in the week, but I went from Con-Tamination directly back into Mary Kay mode, which has been keeping me insanely busy this week. So here’s the full update from the con!
I didn’t sell as many books as I’d hoped to, but I made some really great connections, so I’m very happy with how the weekend went and I will definitely be a vendor at Con-Tamination next year. I’m even more excited about Archon now! I learned an important lesson about cons – no matter how close you live, get a hotel room! You will want to stay for the after parties, and that’s much more convenient – and safer – to do if you don’t have to drive home. I ended up missing the after parties due to this, so I’ve booked a room for Archon so I don’t have to worry about it, even though it’s close to home.
Like I said, I made a lot of connections, new friends, and learned about other events I might vend at in the coming months. I’ll update the events page as I solidify things. One I have in stone is the Brothers on Whatever podcast is going to interview me on September 23 at 6:00PM Central Time, so stayed tuned for that!
And of course the most exciting part of the weekend, being on the news! Here’s a link to the segment online.
I also had my picture taken for
St. Louis Magazine – I’m in the first one on the second page of photos. As a side note, on the second page are my friends, Harley Quinn and The Joker.
I also joined Z.O.D. – Zombification Orientation and Defense. The members I met were fantastic, and it sounds like a great group to be a part of.
The weekend was an absolute blast. I can’t wait to get more involved in Z.O.D. and get to know my new friends better!
Just a reminder that I’ll be at Con-Tamination selling my book this weekend. Come by and say hi and pick up a copy of Divided in paperback and get it signed!
FRIDAY 4:00PM -5:00PM VIP ~ 5:00PM-9:00PM PUBLIC
SATURDAY 10:00AM-11:00AM VIP ~ 11:00AM 7:00PM PUBLIC
SUNDAY 10:00AM – 5:00PM PUBLIC
Also, I was interviewed by a local news station. The interview should be online by 5:30pm tonight. Check KPLR 11 and Fox 2.
Little Read Riding Hood hosted the cover reveal of Ravaged this week. Head on over there to check it out. It’s gorgeous!
Ravaged Cover Reveal
I have several events in the works, both physical and virtual. But first, the one I know you’ve all been waiting for. Ravaged will be release on Thursday, September 26. That’s just a little more than 2 months away. I’m so excited to know when the next chapter in Elena’s adventures will be shared with you!
On that same day there will be a reading and signing at Subterranean Books, the same place who hosted the event for Divided. It will be from 6:00-7:00PM. Head on over to the events page for all the details.
I bet you also want to see the cover, don’t you? Well, you’ll have to wait just a little bit longer for that. I have it, and it’s absolutely amazing! Little Read Riding Hood will have the cover reveal this coming Tuesday. So head on over there Tuesday morning to check it out. I’ll post a reminder.
I’ll also be selling and signing books at Con-tamination August 2-4. Again, all the details are on the events page. I’ve also sent in an application to have a table at Archon, so I’ll let you know as soon as that is finalized.
I have a few other things in the works, but I’ll save those for later since they’re a bit down the road. This is a very exciting time in my writing career, and I’m so thankful you’re along for the ride!
I’ve finished my edits for Ravaged, and just sent it off to Chase Night for story consultation. I really look forward to getting his comments back – that will be when I really have a lot of editing work to do.
I also sent everything over to my cover designer, Denise Wy. She did such an amazing job with the last one, I can’t wait to see what she comes up with this time.
So now I’m in a holding pattern and don’t quite know what to do with myself! Well, that’s not entirely true. I think I’m going to start brainstorming for the next book in the series, and work on some ideas for how to improve the book I plan to publish after Ravaged. Not to mention a brand new, non-writing project I’m working on with some friends! Yes, I still have plenty to keep me busy while I regain strength in my shoulder.
It’s been two weeks since my surgery. I’m doing better than I expected to be. At the checkup my doctor said I can move my arm full range of motion. Let me tell you, I never thought the simple act of stretching would feel so good. My shoulder has gotten very weak though, and I can’t have it in the same position for any length of time without it getting sore or tired. So next week I’ll start physical therapy for some stretching exercises. I still can’t do any weight bearing exercise.
The saga of the dogs hasn’t ended yet. By the time we were ready to have Cookie and Emmy at the kennel together for socialization, Cookie had gone into heat. (We will have her spayed ASAP, but with her heartworm treatment, then all the training issues, we haven’t been able to yet.) Because of that Bo couldn’t socialize her (it can cause fights.) So Emmy came home, and Cookie stayed at the kennel for obedience training. This Monday we finally got them both there together. They tried to fight each other at first, but have progressed to ignoring each other when in the play yard with a bit of curiosity. As Bo explained, the steps are agression, ignoring, curiosity, then playing/friendship. We hope to bring them home Monday. It won’t be over yet, but we’ve all come a long way.
I’ve also started doing a bit of editing on Ravaged. I’m trying a more defined method this time. I’ve created a checklist of sorts that’s a combination of Roz Morris’ Beat Sheet and the Elements of a Scene Worksheet from Jami Gold. I must admit it’s pretty tedious. Rather than doing it on paper, I created a spreadsheet. So I read a scene, switch to the spreadsheet, make notes, repeat. But I can already see where things need to be changed, fleshed out, perhaps removed. I can tell it’s going to be a very helpful, and more refined, method.
I’ve also been receiving feedback from my alpha reader. It’s been very helpful, and I can’t wait to put it into action.
So that’s it here. Lots of sleeping, reading, watching TV, and just taking it easy in between the little bit of editing I’ve done. I very much look forward to whenever I’m able to start working on strengthening exercises for my shoulder.