New Release: Death By Social Suicide by Karen Anne

Psst… My alter ego had a book birthday today… and it was fabulous!

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New Adult Romance from Karen Anne

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Blurb:

The night Brittany Wakefield kissed her best friend, Jaime, she lost everything. Who knew one amazing moment could send him running— spinning a web of deceit and avoidance for two years. Stepping onto campus, she’s ready to win him back, even if it involves pledging a sorority she has no interest in.

Erik Draxton fell hard for Brit the moment she walked into the art room. With vibrant purple hair, music in her veins and a rebellious flair, she’s all he’s ever wanted.

While Jaime shrouds himself in secrets, Brit finds herself longing even more to be a part of his world. Unable to watch the girl of his dreams get tossed to the side, Erik decides to take matters into his own hands. But when Erik crosses a line, Brit feels backed into a corner, and…

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Release Day for Kristen Strassel’s Too Many Reasons

Romance and Rock Stars! Umm… YES, please!!

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TOO MANY REASONS (A Spotlight Series Novel) by Kristen Strassel is here! Check out the excerpt and giveaway below! Kristen Strassel keeps her rock ‘n roll edge in this sexy contemporary NA. I’ve read this one and I love it.

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Title: TOO MANY REASONS (A Spotlight Series Novella)

Author: Kristen Strassel

Age: NA

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: February 9, 2015

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Blurb:

Abby Gauthier is close to getting everything she’s worked so hard for. The band she manages, Sinister Riot, has been offered a major record contract. But it comes with a catch: the band must add Eli Jamison, winner of the talent show The Spotlight, to the lineup.

“You’ve been my favorite part of this city.”


Devon Sinclair is the singer of Sinister Riot, and he’s Abby’s best friend. She’s in love with him, but fears she’ll lose him if she makes the first move. Devon knows…

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Cover Reveal: Machine Head by T.A. Brock

Remember when you were a kid and you would race to the library, spin the wheel that had the coolest books on it and grab the latest Choose Your Own Adventure book? Those books were fantastic because you could read them a dozen different times and have a dozen different outcomes.

I wish someone would make one of those.. but a bit edgier.. maybe for a YA crowd.

Wait. Someone did.

T.A. Brock, a woman I am so excited to call a friend came up with this very concept. And guess what? I get to help reveal the cover today! YAY!!

So without further ado, I give you… MACHINE HEAD:

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Where young rule and elders are hunted to extinction… and you decide who’s guilty.

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MACHINE HEAD

An Interactive Novel

Available April 10, 2015

BLURB:

Adults have poisoned the world with their selfishness, jealousy, and deceit. Now it’s up to the young to heal it. First order: eliminate every elder. Second: discover the secret to never growing up. Third: procreate.

Ten Sixty-Four is on trial for treason. The crimes he committed are unforgivable: hiding elders who should be long dead, consorting with illegal untrained young, and purposely botching kill missions. He’s come a long way from the cold, unfeeling, Sleepwalker he began as. He’s still four years from the death age, which means the Hex can’t afford to kill him. If found guilty, he’ll be given to the Machine for reprogramming. But none of that matters because he’s done what no other Sleepwalker has dared to. He’s found love. And he knows something they don’t. Falling in love is the secret to achieving the third order.

Brille has a secret of her own: the elders aren’t extinct. They’re not even endangered. But what the rest of the world doesn’t know can’t hurt them. At least, not anymore than they’re already hurting themselves. There is no more laughter. No more crying. No feelings of any kind. Only in the secret hiding places where the untrained dwell with elders, can emotion be found. Then it’s anger, rage, and hostility. When she finds herself a target of the Sleepwalkers, she realizes she’s not the only one with secrets. Ten Sixty-Four feels. He might even be capable of love. The idea leaves Brille with an emotion she never thought she’d have: hope.

The Hex has convened. A trial will commence. You, a member of the jury, must decide Ten Sixty-Four’s fate, and with it, the future of humanity.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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T.A. Brock spends her days gleefully plucking words from the chaos of life and dressing them up so they look pretty. Then she calls them stories and tries to convince people to read them. Paranormal, horror, and contemporary romance rocks her socks, but anything YA makes her feel young again, so she sticks with that mostly. She resides in the great land of mountains and green things (Arkansas) with her husband, two children, and her beloved Keurig machine, which she has built a countertop shrine to.

For more information, visit http://www.tabrockbooks.com

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THE EMBERS OF LIGHT Tammy Farrell

Look what released… TODAY!!! I couldn’t be happier for my friend and fellow author, Tammy Farrell! Book Two of her series, The Dia Chronicles is available NOW!

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THE EMBERS OF LIGHT
The Dia Chronicles Book Two
by Tammy Farrell

Genre: Adult Historical Fantasy
Release Date: January 28th, 2015

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Blurb:
The descendants of the ancient gods think they’ve found peace, but the time has come when new magic and ancient powers will collide… 

Stripped of his Dia powers and left to rot, Malcolm is a prisoner of Valenia—a sentence he finds worse than death. His thoughts of revenge are the only thing keeping him sane, but when he finally manages to escape, Malcolm discovers that living as a mortal is more dangerous than he ever imagined. After stealing from the wrong man, Malcolm becomes a captive once more, only this time his punishment is one that he won’t soon forget. His only hope of survival is Seren, an enigmatic young girl with golden eyes and a malevolence to match his own. 

When he’s led to Mara and Corbin, the two responsible for his fall from grace, their new faction of Dia is in chaos, infiltrated by an ancient power thought to have been banished forever. This only fuels Malcolm’s ruthless ambitions, but he soon realizes that he too is under attack, a pawn in a centuries old game of power and greed. As new battle lines are drawn, Malcolm finds himself in uncharted waters, forced to choose between helping those he’s vowed to destroy or give in to his lingering desire to settle the score. 

Debts will be paid, lives will be lost, and no Dia will ever be the same.

EXCERPT:

By the time the smell of smoke and roasting meat finally reached Malcolm, and his hole in the ground was completely black, he knew the time was drawing near. The sound of laughter and flutes from above stoked the fires of determination within him, while the repetitive drumbeat counted down the minutes.
His mind wandered as he stared sullenly at the walls of black earth. He clutched his mangled hand to his chest, far too weary for anger. He was humiliated. Over and over again he’d been disgraced, robbed, laughed at. The hardest truth to face was that there still might be more degradation to come. He had wanted everything and succeeded at nothing. Hope was now but a whisper in the past, still carried on the winds, but too distant to hear.
Malcolm pressed his head against the soft earth. He had nothing left to lose and nothing left to love. Even his own mother had become an unseen shadow, abandoning him in his time of need. She was useless to him, as she always had been, and he vowed that if she ever showed herself to him again, he would speak any word that might pierce a mother’s soul.
About the Author:

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Tammy Farrell grew up in Orangeville, Ontario Canada where she discovered her love of writing, and all things related to Edgar Allan Poe. She now lives with her husband and six fur babies in Greenville, South Carolina, where she attempts to learn French when she isn’t busy writing.

Learn more about The Dia Chronicles and Tammy Farrell’s other works at: http://www.TammyFarrell.com

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Author web links:
http://www.TammyFarrell.com
http://www.facebook.com/thediachronicles
@tamzwrite

Make sure you pick up your copy! Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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Cover Reveal! Death by Social Suicide

You guys! I have been looking at this amazing cover for a month now, and I have to tell you it is everything I wanted. It is perfect. Since this is my first time tackling New Adult Contemporary Romance I wanted something that really grabbed a hold of my characters and gave you a sense of the feel of the book right a way.

I wanted flirty, and FUN. Most important, I wanted it to capture what it feels like the first time you fall in love. That was the challenge I gave Sotia Lazu, and boy did she meet that challenge!

Without further ado, I give you….

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The color purple is so important in this book… you’ll soon find out why. Here’s the blurb:
The night Brittany Wakefield kissed her best friend, Jaime, she lost everything. Who knew one amazing moment could send him running— spinning a web of deceit and avoidance for two years. Stepping onto campus, she’s ready to win him back, even if it involves pledging a sorority she has no interest in.

Erik Draxton fell hard for Brit the moment she walked into the art room. With vibrant purple hair, music in her veins and a rebellious flair, she’s all he’s ever wanted.

While Jaime shrouds himself in secrets, Brit finds herself longing even more to be a part of his world. Unable to watch the girl of his dreams get tossed to the side, Erik decides to take matters into his own hands. But when Erik crosses a line, Brit feels backed into a corner, and discovering Jaime’s secret leaves her devastated.

With a shattered heart from Jaime, and the risk of losing Erik on the horizon, she knows one thing: navigating the social circles can be a suicide mission.

If this sounds like a book you would like to read, you can add it to your TBR list here:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24182820-death-by-social-suicide

Death by Social Suicide will be available on February 13, 2015, just in time for Valentine’s Day ❤

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What’s in a name?

Anyone who follows this blog knows one thing: Kat Daemon is all about Paranormal.

So when I wrote my first New Adult Contemporary Romance that held no magic in it’s pages other than the sparks between true love’s first kiss, well I started scratching my head.

It was pointed out by several agents that I could be one or the other, but not both.

As an indie author I think it is possible do both, after all, I know an author who does this and DOES IT WELL. But I do respect people’s opinions and therefore gave the matter much consideration. Not wanting to have to create a new persona every time I wanted to branch out into a different genre, I found a solution.

For all of my paranormal, horror, supernatural, fantasy, and anything that goes bump in the night, those books will be listed under Kat Daemon. You know her, the chick with the top hat…

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For the first heartbreak, the shattered friendships, hopes, dreams and navigating the real world without a broom, I give you…

Karen Anne.

You can find her brand spanking new Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Anne/771646132928125?fref=nf

and you can also read the blurb and add the book to your TBR list here:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24182820-death-by-social-suicide

This is just the beginning, and I’m very excited to share this journey with you. Thanks again for your support, I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again. Readers are the reason I write!   XO ❤

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Goodbye 2014: My year in writing.

2014. What a year.

This is the year I stopped talking about getting published, and actually published TWO novels and TWO novellas.

The year started off shaky. Back in January I was signed with Entranced Publishing. I had just handed Killing Darkness over to my new editor. I assumed the position –my head between my knees– as I hyperventilated. February was a sea of anxiety as I prepared myself for the release of my first novel while I anxiously awaited the fate of my second. My first book, Taming Darkness released on March 3, 2014. The excitement didn’t last very long. On March 25th Entranced Publishing closed it’s doors. I was numb. But, with my rights back, I was free. By April 16th, with the help of S.P. McConnell who designed a gorgeous new look for the series, Taming Darkness was back on the shelves… literally! It made it into my local Barnes and Noble.

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Not gonna lie, losing my publishing house/ my three book deal.. it sucked. It was a horrible time. My dreams were crushed, but I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, so I persevered. Boy am I glad that I did. In May, I boarded a plane by myself and headed from NYC to NOLA for the RT14 Convention. I had the most amazing six days of my life. I met incredible women who hold such a special place in my heart. Kara Leigh Miller, Georgeann Swiger, Barbara Garren, Ana Blaze and Rachell Nicole. I love you gals so much! If Entranced did anything good, it brought us together and our friendship is priceless! ❤

In New Orleans I realized something, I wanted nothing more than to be a writer. Yes, I was a writer, but I wanted it 24/7. I wanted to eat, breathe and sleep words. I wanted to create whole worlds and surround myself in the ups and downs of this profession.

And so I did.

After 12 years, I left teaching, and spent June sending out my manuscript to those editors and agents who had requested it at the RT14 Convention in NOLA. By July I was ready to face the Darkness again, and dusted off my old manuscript that I was planning to self publish. In August, a year after I had received my contract from Entranced, I sent Kara my amazing editor Killing Darkness, the sequel to Taming. While she worked on that, I kept myself busy. I wrote a full length New Adult Contemporary Romance in September that I hope to release in February. Then something really amazing happened, I embraced being indie.

Once I realized that being an indie author was actually the proper path for me, the words flowed and stories began to develop faster than I could type. I released a novella in October, another one in November and by the time December rolled through it was time to release Killing Darkness.

I have to thank T.A. Brock, Tammy Farrell and Kristen Strassel who have really helped me this past fall. What amazing women. They have pushed me to be the best writer I can be. If I have learned anything this year it’s to surround yourself with people who have similar goals. The “write” people can really make you soar.

You gals inspire me EVERY DAY! Seriously, one day we’re all gonna meet and it’ll be like this:

So as I close the door on the literary roller coaster that was 2014, I’m ready to embrace 2015. I have the final installation of The Blood Clan Chronicles coming in January and my New Adult novel in February. There are a ton of different routes I can take after that, I really need to look at what projects I want to work on. It is an amazing feeling to have options! I’ve learned so much in 2014, and I’m super excited about the possibilities that 2015 can hold.

What about you? What do you hope for in 2015?

Happy New Year! 🙂

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Sex, Blood and Rock n’ Roll: The Night Songs Collection by Kristen Strassel

We’d love for you to join us in celebrating the release of the box set for THE NIGHT SONGS COLLECTION by Kristen Strassel!

Title: The Night Songs Collection Box Set

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Author: Kristen Strassel

Age: NA

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: December 17, 2014

Cover designer: Designs by Hang Le

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Sex, Blood, and Rock n Roll Books 1-3 of The Night Songs Collection.

Because the Night

Sex, Blood and Rock n’ Roll

Immortal Dilemma is the hottest band in the Las Vegas vampire rock scene. They draw insatiable fans from around the globe, thanks to a supernatural attraction called Bloodlust. Tristan craved such an opportunity to fill his empty mortal life, and now he has eternity to earn his place along the legends of rock n roll debauchery.

Callie always feared that Tristan’s excesses would get him into trouble, but she never thought they’d lead him to immortality. To reconnect with him, she must weave her way through a world not only she had no idea existed, but does not welcome her.

Blade turned down a spot in Immortal Dilemma after learning what he must sacrifice for that lifestyle. He finds Callie a refreshing change from the girls in the vampire rock scene. When Callie drags Blade back into the world of Immortal Dilemma, his resistance drives her into the waiting arms of Tristan, who shows her the true meaning of Bloodlust.

But the very things that Callie fights so hard to save are the very things that fight to destroy her.

Night Moves

We bonded in darkness, over darkness.

Melanie Vaughn’s job ruined everything. Her social life, nonexistent. Her relationship with her boyfriend, a hostile roommate situation. She resolves to fix everything one snowy afternoon, but instead comes home to discover her boyfriend is already exploring other options. Blonder, bustier options. Rage drives Melanie to do the unthinkable.

When Soul Divider was on the top of the world, so was Ryder Maddox. When the band faded into obscurity, Ryder’s luck plummeted with it. In a last ditch effort to rekindle the band’s heyday, Soul Divider teams up with powerful vampire clan leader, Talis de Rancourt. In return for her services, the band pays the ultimate price for never ending fame.

Now on the run, Melanie meets Ryder in a middle of nowhere hotel. She never expected her teenage rock star crush to be as lost and as in need of a companion as she is. Their connection is all consuming, even before they find they share another kinship: murder.

The newly turned vampires in Soul Divider still have a lot to learn. The police and public begin to connect the girls that go missing or die in sync with the band’s tour schedule. Back at home, clues are also adding up against Melanie as well. Between constant media coverage and unrelenting attention from the authorities, Melanie and Ryder find themselves in uncharted territory.

We Own the Night

The Ultimate Manipulation.

Callie Chabot would stop at nothing to save her ex-boyfriend Blade Bennett from the clutches of vampire clan leader Talis de Rancourt, even if means becoming immortal herself. What she doesn’t know is that Blade has already defeated Talis, and he’s waiting for Callie in the afterlife.

Now Callie only has her creator, Tristan Trevosier, to turn to for guidance. But he’s too wrapped up in the debauchery of the Las Vegas rock scene to give a damn about the particulars of being undead. That’s enough to drive Callie crazy on its own, but female vampires are automatic clan leaders.

Not only does Callie have no idea how to wrangle a vampire clan, but her would-be followers have more to gain from her failure. They instead choose to follow Blade–and he’s hell-bent on making Callie pay for her bad decisions. Since he took out the existing clan leader, that automatically puts him at the helm of what should be Callie’s new clan.

A Master of Deception.

That’s when seasoned rogue vampire, Cash Logan, shows up, shrouded in magic and mystery. No one is sure which side Cash is on, but Callie needs to take a chance on the one vampire who is willing to give her the answers she needs, no matter how dark and frightening they may be. Callie must trust her instincts and form alliances that may backfire. Cash shows Callie that playing nice is no longer an option, and that fixing her wrongs won’t always make everything right.

To take control of her clan, Callie must look to her rival to discover exactly what makes her a leader.

About the Author:

Kristen

Kristen shares a birthday with Steven Tyler and Diana Ross. She spends each day striving to be half as fabulous as they are. She’s worn many hats, none as flattering as her cowboy hat: banker, retail manager, fledgling web designer, world’s worst cocktail waitress, panty slinger, now makeup artist and author. She loves sunshine, live music, the middle of nowhere, and finding new things to put in her house.

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No one will care more about your books than you.

I first began my writing journey back in 2006.

It was a wonderful time, and here’s why. There were zero expectations. I wrote for one person and one person alone: Me. It was a way to release some steam at the end of my work day. It became a sort of therapy for me, a place to escape. The reason I began writing was simple. I couldn’t find the book I was looking for. Sounds arrogant, doesn’t it?

Let me explain. Back when I was thirteen I read Phantom by Susan Kay. It had love, passion, betrayal, murder, culture, history and the words poured off the page. I was hooked. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve read that book. I lost count. I own it in paperback, hardcover and digital. It’s the book I always recommend because it has everything for everyone.

That book ruined me for other books.

The closest I came to feeling that type of satisfaction during a read was Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, but even that wasn’t my beloved Phantom.

I became a book junkie. A total addict. My library card was swiped so many times it cracked in half. I took a job at Barnes and Noble just for the discount. And all the time I searched for a book that would give me what Phantom gave me.

Some came close. I loved The Red Tent and was so happy to see it was made into a Lifetime special last week. Memoirs of a Geisha was another favorite. And we won’t even open up the Pandora’s box that is Harry Potter. All I’m going to say is when the movie props toured in NYC and I got to put that sorting hat on my head, my cries of pure joy echoed throughout Times Square as the hat proclaimed me a true Slytherin.

Back to books…

When Twilight emerged I was equally thrilled and disappointed. It was fantastic to have vampires back in the spotlight, but when you shone that spotlight on them– they sparkled. Enough said. *sigh*

So that’s when I began to realize that maybe it was time I created what I couldn’t find. I looked to these amazing writers who filled my bookshelves as my inspiration and hope. If I could create a tenth of what they have accomplished, I’d consider myself blessed.

When I first began writing, I was under the illusion that you write the book, clean it up, query an agent, get a deal, see your book on the shelf. Sure it will take some time, but I believed that this would happen for me.

Um… no.

Yes, that does happen for some people, and for those brand new authors that land that deal… my hat is off to you.

But it didn’t work that way for me. And there are a few reasons it didn’t. The first being, my book simply wasn’t ready. I’ve learned some valuable lessons on my journey, here let me share a few.

1. Having your friend the high school English teacher check your grammar does not strengthen your writing.

No offense to high school English teachers… I ADORE high school English teachers. But, a book needs to be professionally edited. This not only includes sentence structure, but searching for consistency, plot holes and time lapse. If your character is wearing a red sweater on page 11, why did he take off his blue sweater on page 13? An editor is also valuable to teach you the difference between SHOWING and TELLING. Anyone can give a play by play of the scene, but having the scene unfold without the reader realizing they are absorbing precious information, details, and foreshadowing.. that is an art form.

2. Having friends and family read your work is not going to get you an honest critique. 

Only recently have I discovered the value of an honest critique and a red pen. Your work needs to bleed on the page before it can be classified as ready. I used to hate revisions– because I didn’t understand them. Now when I get honest critiques back and I see the notes and comments, I no longer cringe, I celebrate. Here’s why: My critique partner didn’t sugar coat anything. They poured hours of their personal time into making my book shine. They thought about how it could be better. They told me what works and what doesn’t. Anyone can say “it’s good”. It takes a professional to say, “let’s make this better”.

3. People will say no.

The first rejection I received made me cry. As did many others, but then you get over it. It’s not personal. It’s business. Yes, as a writer I am an artist, but the publishing world isn’t looking at my work as art. They are looking at it as “Can this be sold?” I took on the literary impossible. I queried paranormal books in an oversaturated market. Did I know the market was saturated when I wrote them? Of course not. I wrote what I wanted to read, in the hopes that others would want to read as well. Rejections come in all forms. Some make you feel invisible. Those usually start out with, “Dear Author…” that’s when you feel like a statistic and not a person. Some are to the point. “Sorry, not for me.” Then there are the rare gems that make you smile. The rejections that restore your faith in the publishing world. The rejection that talks about your submission and CLEARLY shows it was read by that agent or press. The rejection that points out your strengths and weaknesses and says although this was not the ideal fit, they still encourage you to submit other works to them in the future. When you get one of those, hold on to it. It means the big guy is rooting for you.

4. People will say yes. 

The first time I got an offer it was an out of body experience. I stared at my email in disbelief of its contents. I printed out my contract and peeked at it often. It was the foreign object in my house. For those of you that follow my blog you know that my experience of publishing with a small press was not all sunshine and rainbows. It resulted in my getting my rights back and pursuing a career in indie publishing. But it wasn’t a total loss. I made strong connections along the way and valuable friendships. Prior to that contract I was very alone in my writing journey, now I’m surrounded by brilliant people who have similar visions.

That contract was not the only contract I was offered. I had other offers as well, from agents and small presses. I thought long and hard about what I wanted and I decided, that independent publishing was the best fit for me. This was MY choice. I had to come to it on my own terms. The purpose of me mentioning it here is to show you that sometimes even when people say yes, you need to look at the offer from all angles and ask yourself, “Is this the offer I wanted?” If it’s not, take a step back. The last time I jumped on an offer it resulted in the press taking my money– the money I had earned from book sales. They stole from me and they stole from the readers that supported me. So now I proceed with caution.

Does that make the agents or presses that I rejected bad? NO. It makes them not a good fit for me. We always hear the people on the other side of publishing telling us that we are not a good fit for them. It’s okay to say the same thing to them. I’ve learned that forcing a square peg into a round hole will only result in aggravation and resentment.

4. Self publishing is an option– and it’s a good option– for ME.

Going indie was something I struggled with. After the fall out with my press, I self published Taming Darkness to ensure that it wouldn’t die. I took that book to New Orleans, had my first signing and handed out business cards to strangers on Bourbon street. (Just to clarify, when you’re in NOLA, shame goes out the window, so it was relatively easy to hand someone my paperback and ask, “Do you like sexy shifters and a villain with no moral compass who seduces a nun?”) As much fun as I had, there was a dark side to my trip. I was surrounded by “successful” authors. It was a reminder of how everything had fallen apart so quickly. My contract no longer existed. My book hadn’t even sold 100 copies. I had self published. To me it meant, I gave up.

So I pitched my other book. And I waited. (I’m STILL waiting on someone who has had my full MS for seven months.) Although I had miraculously broken even with Taming Darkness, it was dying. I had given up my full time job of being a teacher to make my dreams come true, and I felt like a failure.

It took the realization that I wanted the career more than I wanted the dream to get things going for me. I know it’s taboo to talk numbers, but I’ll let you in on a little secret. During August and September, I sold 3 copies of Taming Darkness. I had to really pimp that book to get those sales, and hence my depression. But then things changed. During the last seven weeks, I sold 300 copies of my books. How did I go from 3 to 300? Simple. I wrote more books. That’s all. I released two novellas and a novel between October 22 and December 5. I took my career into my own hands. I invested in editors, formatters and cover art. I rounded up beta readers and critique partners. I stopped waiting for someone to say yes to me. I said yes to myself.

Now some people might see that number and think it’s pathetic. Everyone has a different yard stick to measure their own success. To be honest, I see this as the foundation that I am laying the bricks of my career on. I have another novella being released in January that will complete my vampire series and a New Adult Contemporary Romance that will release in February. My only problem is, what do I write next? I have so many plot bunnies multiplying in my brain, how do I choose? See with indie publishing you don’t have to worry about what will agents want. You only worry, what will readers want?

Thank the gods for George R.R. Martin. It makes me sad that I discovered Game of Thrones only after it was televised. Not only is he a brilliant writer, but he inspired me to write what I was always drawn to– a world where happily ever after doesn’t necessarily happen. Back when I was querying, I was limited to who I could sub to, because most places required HEA, especially if you are a romance writer. Yes, HEA is a lovely escape, but I can’t relate to it.

One of the conditions when I signed with my press was that I change the ending of Taming Darkness. They wanted HEA. The thought made me sick. We negotiated and compromised, I gave them HFN. When it came to Killing Darkness I had to write the story I wanted to tell. I took a HUGE risk. Based on my readers response, and the questions of… when will we have book 3? I’d say that risk paid off.

5. No two writing paths are ever alike.

I wish there was a magic formula that I could give you. A way to say, if you do this you will be successful as an author. But I can’t. Everyone has to find their own path. As you can see, I’m still learning. This was my journey. What’s yours?

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A tour of my book universe.

So as many of you know, I’m a city girl. I grew up in Queens, New York and was just a fifteen minute train ride from Manhattan. This means that NYC is my stomping grounds so it seems only natural that all my books would be set there.

Yes, I do make up places… what author doesn’t? Our job is to tell fantastic tales. Basically, I get paid to be a professional liar. BUT, some of the places in my story are real concrete places that you can go to. So let’s take a tour and see where my angels and demons like to hang out.

Inside the devil’s playground. St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The last place Adam ever expected Brielle to take him to was church.

“If you wanted a lion, all you had to do was ask me for one.”~Lucas 

Brielle finds comfort in the stone lions outside the NYC Public Library. She loves to read, so the library is an obvious choice. But the lions are a symbol of Christ. Unknowingly, what comforts her is the enemy her father refuses to speak of.

“I can’t let you pay. If you pay for dinner, then it’s a date.”~Brielle

Dinner at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in Greenwich Village called Burrito Loco and drinks at The Slaughtered Lamb. Yup, you can go there, too.

“I didn’t bring my swimsuit.”~Adam 

This rooftop bar is one of my favorite places to go in the city. It’s a great place for a “girls night”.

“They got the sword all wrong.”~Michael

While at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brielle has a discussion about this painting in particular with two archangels.

Bethesda Fountain. When Brielle goes looking for Michael, she knows just where to find him. This is my favorite spot in Central park. It holds many wonderful memories for me, so it seemed fitting that Brielle and Michael would have an important scene take place here.

“Adam told me to meet him at the fountain.”~Brielle

The Metropolitan Opera House. One of my absolute favorite scenes to write. I hope you enjoyed it too!

Lucifer’s Lair.

Now, I need to be vague with this one. His address may be the upper East Side, but taking creative liberties, this building is located on the West.  If his lair was easy to find, everyone would be ringing his doorbell. But you have to admit… he’s got a great view 😉

These are just some of the places that my characters hang out around in Killing Darkness. To find out where else they go… well, you’ll have to read the book.

Killing Darkness is available NOW in digital and print.

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