Rafflecopter Giveaway for Betrothed: A Faery Tale!

Hey folks!

Here is the link to my Rafflecopter giveaway for an ebook of Betrothed: A Faery Tale in the format of your choice!

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Blog Tour for Betrothed!

Betrothed_FBprofile_OptizimedForFeedHere is where I will be stopping by for my blog tour. Each spot will have an excerpt and a link to my rafflecopter giveaway. Follow me around for a few days and learn all about Puck and Sky and the faery realm.

9/15/15 – Dreamspinner Twitter Takeover (giveaways! conversation & chaos!)
9/21/15 – MM Good Books (mmmmmm good books *Homer drool*)
9/22/15 – Keysmash Blog (da;dkfjkda;jfdlk)
9/23/15 – Queer Sci-Fi (RELEASE DAY!!!)
9/24/15 – The Novel Approach & Hearts on Fire
9/25/15 – Diverse Reader
9/26/15 – Jay Northcote’s Blog
9/27/15 – Manlove Confidential
9/28/15 – Boys in Our Books

*If you would like to host me for this blog tour, get in touch please! If you are a review site and need an ARC copy, just let me know. Thanks!

Can’t wait to order??? Me EITHER. Good thing the pre order links are available!

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COMING SEPTEMBER 23rd!

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My first full length novel!

Blurb: Faery royalty have always married for duty rather than love. Prince Chrysanths should be no different – except with a human for a father, the prince known as Puck already is different. When he is betrothed against his will to Prince Sky, Puck flees to his father in the human world, only to have Sky follow.

Prince Sky Song of the Clouds isn’t thrilled with the prospect of marriage either, but is bound by duty to follow through. If he can’t win Puck over, the faery realm might very well dissolve into utter chaos.  Too busy arguing, Puck and Sky are unaware there are others with a vested interest in seeing the betrothal fail. In a bid for Puck’s crown, they’ll seek to keep them apart, even as Puck and Sky realize that duty and love don’t always have to be mutually exclusive.

Query Letters – Pick Me! Pick Me!

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I’m sending out queries like a mad woman for the YA science-fiction adventure I finished writing. It features LGBT main characters so I know it’s going to be a hard sell, but that’s not going to stop me from at least looking around.

Developing a query letter is difficult. I’m still tweaking mine as I go. I’ve found some really great resources though to share with you.

Query Shark – read the archives. All the archives. Watch how Janet transforms each letter and then work on your own. If you’re brave enough, you can send her yours for critique. She only does a few a year though. And you have to attest that you’ve read all the archives before sending yours in. IT IS WORTH IT THOUGH.

Query Tracker – this thing is a god send. SERIOUSLY. You can look up agents by genre. Each agent has a link to their publisher’s site so you can see exactly what they are accepting and how to submit. Each agent has a comment section too so you can read what others have had to say about their interactions. Some agents are notoriously slow. Others are super fast. Others give personal feedback. Some only form letters. Once you’ve chosen an agent and sent a query, you can track the progress. That way you don’t accidentally send a query to someone who as already rejected you OR to two agents within the same agency at the same time (which is a no-no).

I feel like this is all an exciting new chapter of my career. I’ve written something completely different than my norm and I’m excited to get it out there and try new things.

So what’s coming up for me now? Well, I have Betrothed coming out with Dreamspinner in Sept/Oct. I have an Ordinary Hero coming on in Jan 2016 with them as well. I”m working on a holiday novella for their holiday call. And then I have a full length novel I’ve been working on for 2 years that I want to finish up by the fall. Then I will write the third of the Clockwork series. After that? Well, there is a western I want to finish that I’ve had 70k of sitting around for years. I have an idea for a fun geeky contemporary new adult. I have another NA involving a ghost. I have another paranormal M/M I want to write. And then, of course, the sequel to the one I’m trying to find an agent for.

SO MANY THINGS TO WRITE. SO LITTLE TIME.

Have you ever written a query letter? How’d it go? Any suggestions for agents to try? Drop me a line in the comments!

Yikes!

Goodness, I didn’t update in May. Oops! And it’s almost halfway through June.

But I have been very busy!

I just finished the first edit of Betrothed: A Faery Tale. It comes out in September and I’m so excited to share it with everyone!

I’ve written 67k of a yet-to-be revealed work. I have to write the last chapter, but the first 15 chapters have been edited and gone through by my first beta. The second beta has them now. I’m excited for this one too.

I have plotted and outlined a holiday story for the DSP Advent. I just need to WRITE IT.

I made a Facebook page. Because I got awesome advice from a fellow author and sat down and did it. Come drop me a line and “like” me. 🙂

A few friends of mine are making graphics for me! To help with all this new social media stuff. I’m excited to share those when they are finished.

I started a new day job. And it’s keeping me very busy.

That’s about it! What have you guys been up to?

Camp NaNo – Womp Womp

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Welp – I pledged 40k for Camp NaNo. I’ve gotten 36079. And I just don’t think I’m going to make it, unfortunately. If I had all day tomorrow, I definitely could, but I’ve started a new important day job and it has crushed my will to live my ability to write during the day.

I may have to settle for almost. (If we are being technical, I did break 40k, but 5k of that was a fanfic I wrote for a friend. So it doesn’t count. Does it? Can I count it?)

BUT on the same note – this next project has cracked 52k. And I think I only have about 15k to go. And I can do that in May and then edit the hell out of it.

And have it ready for pitmad on June 4th. Maybe? I think. I hope. I AM GOING TO ATTEMPT IT?

Anyone else doing pitmad?

WIP Wednesday

Have a snippet from my novel in progress Road to Ruin (I refer to hit as my gay cowboy fic). It’s something I’ve been working on for a looooooong time. And I plan to finish it this summer after I complete a few other projects. But I thought I would share a piece of it. Hope you enjoy!

Rafe stayed in town until dusk running errands. He grabbed a quick meal of a cheeseburger and fries at the local diner to avoid having to cook when he got home. Just as he finished, a late summer storm blew in and he jumped into his truck right as the sky cracked open. He took off his hat and tossed it onto the dashboard, looking at the black clouds through the windshield and cursing. He wouldn’t be able to get the lock fixed until morning.

With a sigh, he backed out of his parking space. The sparse traffic slogged around him, spraying the gathering water all over the road, the downpour sudden and violent enough for large puddles to already form. The rain beat down on his windshield as the thunder rolled overhead, bright forked lightning slicing the sky in two every few minutes. Rafe pulled onto the main road heading out of town, the horizon dark and ominous, the rain beating a tattoo that echoed throughout the cab. His headlights cut a dim swath across the darkened landscape and Rafe leaned forward, squinting, fingers clenched around the wheel.

He normally didn’t mind the drive. Situated between two small towns, the ranch sat on a long, lonely stretch of road which cut through the rolling farmland of eastern Tennessee, a black ribbon that followed the hills and valleys. Usually, it was a pleasant trip, but in the middle of a severe thunderstorm, with no streetlights and a clouded sky, Rafe’s nerves were stretched thin, on edge as he traversed the narrow road.

Knowing he wouldn’t encounter much if any traffic, Rafe flipped on his high beams just in time to see a figure walking along the white line, hunched over, thumb out.

Rafe yanked the wheel hard to the left, swerved into the other lane, then slammed on his breaks, tires squealing and skidding on the wet asphalt. The truck slid to a stop and Rafe’s heart pounded in his chest as he gasped and cursed, the rain a roar around him.

His hands trembled and even though he didn’t think he was ever really in danger of hitting the hitchhiker, the sudden appearance of a random person on the side of the road in the middle of a storm startled the hell out of him. Rafe clutched the steering wheel, gulping in breaths, trying to calm his racing pulse.

“Fuck!” Rafe slapped the wheel with his open hand. “Fuck!”

He barely heard the tentative knock on the passenger door over his heartbeat in his ears.

Rafe looked up. He hadn’t actually wanted to stop for the hitchhiker – he didn’t trust anyone and had learned that the hard way – but now he was stuck. The road was dangerous to walk along in the daytime and now it was dark and storming and Rafe couldn’t drive off in good conscience.

It didn’t mean he was going to be stupid about it though.

Rafe reached behind the cab seat and gripped the tire iron he kept there and then hit the switch to unlock the door.

The passenger door flung open.

“Thank God! I didn’t think you were going to unlock the door. That would’ve been a dick move, you know. To suddenly stop and then not let me in.”

In a flurry of movement a large army green duffle bag was shoved into the cab, followed by an oversized backpack.

What are you guys working on or reading?

March Goal Review and Camp Nano

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Well, I’m a little late doing my goal review. But better late than never.

My word count for March was *drum roll* 25,162! Heck yeah. In March, I finished up An Ordinary Hero – which is my super hero origin story and started on my new project.

So the new project is a sci-fi YA story with a bisexual main character. It’s a new genre for me and I’m plugging away at it. I see a TON of editing in my future though in regards to world building and keeping my facts straight. Also, I’ve found myself repeating a few phrases. I need to come up with different ways to express a few emotions. Any help on this would be appreciated!!

Right now the YA story is my Camp Nano project. I’m aiming for 40k this month. Which is huge for me. I know some people can crank that out no problem but I have a hard time with editing as I go. I’ve managed to silence my internal editor, however, and for the last 4 days have written 3k/day. So for April thus far, my word count is 12,111. Almost half of what I managed in March. I don’t know how long I will keep this up but I’m going to keep pushing.

Also – I have tentatively planned out the rest of my writing year.

April/May – YA story

May/June – Holiday story

July/August – finally finish my cowboys

September – Clockwork Promise (3rd in the Aerial City series)

Oct/Nov – western romance

Dec – ??? (Toss up between 3 diff projects – a ghost story, a geek story, a myth story)

Anyone else doing Camp Nano? How do you get your word counts in? Any tricks? Tips? I’m all ears. 🙂