Nearly two months ago, I sat down and wrote a list of all the books I (currently) have in the works: three series of five, a trilogy, at least two novellas, and a collection of short stories.
Then I pulled out the calendar and planned their releases based on my current writing schedule.
… At that rate, I will be writing until 2031. A time where, if we haven’t fallen into some form of dystopian future, we might be planning day trips to the moon.
Needless to say, I need to get writing. And that’s what I’ve been doing. My goal now is to have the last two books out in the Louisiangel series by the end of next year. Currently, I’m planning on April and December, but I do hope to move that up. Then I will (hopefully) be simultaneously releasing Cupid’s trilogy (this is more spin-off, then central to the plot. It will be an LGBT urban fantasy, and Cupid deserves someone to make him happy while showing the world just how awesome he is), and now that you’ve met him in ‘Angel Tormented’, the second series focusing on Gabriel. They’re both still taking form, so I won’t say much more on them, but I will keep you posted.
Otherwise, I’ve been working on book four, ‘Angel in Crisis’.
November is NaNoWriMo and I haven’t been able to complete that in years. The last one was because I had too much going on in real life, and the one before that was because I was editing. When Camp NaNo came up last month, I set myself the target of 50,000 words, and by the skin of my teeth, won! I’ve continued writing, and I'm happy to report THE DRAFT OF BOOK 4 IS COMPLETE!
Now I will sit on it for a while (move onto book 5, 'Angel Exalted') and try to read books 1-3 before even thinking about coming back to the draft. I shared my editing process earlier, but my first step is check for continuity.
After that, that’s when the editing process kicks in. While there’s a possibility that I might be able to get it out this year, I can say for certainty that will not happen. I’m saving for a house, and hope to be in a position to buy early next year – which means covers and editors need to go on hold for a bit. I’m not prepared to deliver anything sub-par, so unfortunately, that means you need to wait a little longer.
I will be continuing to write though. Like I said before, there’s a lot of books I want to write, and I want to get started on those additional scenes for this current series. Those will be going out on this website and Wattpad. Both of which are free to read, so you will have something to tide you over.
I also haven’t sent a newsletter out in a while, so I need to do that. That will be the first place for the bonus stories, so make sure you sign up if you want to read them first!
I'm guessing, by now, you've seen the cover for Angel Tormented, right? On the off-chance it hasn't appeared in your social media - here it is:
Created by the amazingly talented Amalia Chitulescu at Amalia Chitulescu Digital Art, Amalia has once again provided me with a stunning cover which captures a particular scene perfectly. I am so pleased with it!
Find out exactly what the rules are, and what can be broken;
Find out what is going on with Joshua and me;
Get much, much, much better at using a sword;
Work out where Lucifer is and defeat him…
With people are camping outside the churches in the city, waiting for their own miracles, trying to keep a low profile has been an easy task. Michael has had her under house arrest and with the cherubim gone and the remaining angels too busy (or lazy) to help, Angel has been too distracted to worry about the fact there are two Princes’ of Darkness in New Orleans. Until Ty – the nephilim she doesn’t know if she should trust – comes to her with information that could lead to the end of Asmodeus.
When tragedy strikes, Angel has her hands full trying not to let the convent descend into chaos. The list of things Angel must accomplish keeps getting longer, and as each item grows more important, so too does the urgency at which it must be completed. With her list of allies constantly changing, can Angel remove the evil from New Orleans and keep Joshua safe?
Angel Tormented is the third book in the Louisiangel Series, available from online retailers for pre-order now. (Release: June 14th, 2016)
Technically, this should be a May update as I appeared to miss that!
I need to start with a big thank you to everyone who came to my book signing. It was my first and pretty scary but I really enjoyed it in the end, particularly because I met so many people! I just wish I'd thought to take some pictures. I will be holding another one in October - just before book 2 is released so you can pick up a copy before it officially goes on sale.
In other news, this last month has been crazy busy. It's coming up to the end of the academic year so I've been doing a few extra DJing shifts, but that doesn't mean I haven't been busy writing.
I've made a start on book 3! (I would share the title, but I'm still trying to decide if what I have is right!) As soon as something is confirmed, I will share. I'll also confirm a release date - I'm currently working on that being April 2016.
I have finally updated one of my FanFictions (it only took me two years), and have started work on what I hope is the final chapter of another - or at least the penultimate one.
I'm going to be busy over the next couple of weeks (there will be photos) and then I'm coming back and putting my editing hat on. That October release date it looming...
I haven't updated for a while here, but thankfully, with good reason.
I've been busy writing book 2 - Angel Eclipsed, and I can happily report that it is finished. Well, in the sense that I've finished writing and sent it out to my wonderful beta readers. It won't actually be finished finished until the summer as it will still need editing. Either way, it's out of my hands for a while now.
So what am I doing now? Well, in the background, I'm plotting book 3 (title to be announced). I will be getting in touch with Amalia again for the next cover, and I will also be doing a book signing! Details of which are in the Events tab. Oh yes, I've been updating the website again - There's an Events section, and there's now an extras page for AiT.
There are two books awaiting reviews - one from the list below, and one not (darn you Jennifer L. Armentrout for releasing another book!). Oh, and I'm part way through two other books. Book reviews will be up over the next couple of weeks.
Wow, that's my news in one short blog post.
It has been a while since the last post. I've been busy with many, many things.
First of all, I have had Angel in Training with the editor. It's still there, but should be finished soon, which will mean samples and excerpts can be shared soon. It's been interesting to read the comments - mainly because I have read this myself so many times now (on my kindle, on my phone, two printed versions, and goodness knows how many on screen times) and I still managed to miss things. Hopefully, this will now mean a polished, error free manuscript for all you lovelies.
I have tracked down someone to do my cover, and she should be working on that soon. I'm so excited about it - her work is beautiful. When I have a clue when it will be finished, I will share the artwork with you. And her details (call me selfish, but I don't want to give anything away!)
Outside of writing, the academic year has started and Freshers have hit Hull. For me, that means the DJing has started up again. Honestly, you have no idea how much I miss this during the summer. There's nothing that compare to the moment when you put a song on and the room goes wild.
Friday night I was asked to do the commercial side of a Silent Disco. If you've never been to one before, it's where the people attending wear headphones and have the option of switching between two channels - mine (commercial, cheese, dance) and the other had indie and rock on it.
The highlight of the week for me, it beat out the Tower Beach Party (Tower is the name of the night I DJ, the Beach party is the first one of the year, and what I usually consider to be my best night of the year), which in itself was epic - over 3000 people through the door and such an amazing atmosphere.
Actually, it was one point in the night. I put on a song. The song received a ridiculous cheer. Then I had the entirety of the club singing along, complete with dramatic arm movements. The song, you ask?
Let it go.
No kidding - the whole room.
And yes, I was singing along, doing my best Elsa impression too.
The thoughts and musings of an author who can't get her brain to shut off.
I don't like rating books. I think a 'good book', much like 'good music', is subjective.
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