A Step Back…and Forward

Hello πŸ™‚

While I have written on a few stories during the first half of the year, I will admit they didn’t get far. Not because I didn’t like them, and not because I wasn’t excited to finish them, but because I was more burned out from so many releases last year than I realized. Claimed by the WolfΒ Β has been the only release this year, and I feel so bad about that for my readers. But, I truly needed to step back and breathe and let the stories come to me when they wanted to. I could not force words onto the page because as excited as I was to write the ideas I had, I was tired.

And that break paid off.

This past Saturday, I wrote a solid 2k on a new story. Then, on Sunday, I wrote more, and today I plan on writing more…after I’ve had dinner πŸ™‚ I’m very excited about this story, and I hope to have it release October/November. The story is set in the Revenant Investigations world, and stars Arabella and Lucas working on an investigation. Just the two of them.

What could our medium and the skeptic be up to this time…

This new story feels like a short story, or a short novella. It’s also the lead-in to a new book with a new character coming to town. The story is meant to be a fun, spooky mystery, and if I had another full day off from work I’d probably get it close to done or completed.

As many of you already know, I write under two pen names. Libby is my romance name. October Weeks is my dark paranormal/horror/dark fantasy pen name. I always have stories going on both sides, and my darker stuff took a front seat because those stories were, and still are, flowing. Now my romance writing is flowing again and I couldn’t be happier!

Sometimes a break can really refresh the well, and I’m glad I took the break. In that time, I also came to the hard realization that some of the series I wanted to continue have to be let alone. I have the first chapter of the sequel of Son of Thunder written, but it won’t be finished. At least, not in the near future. Why? Because Son of Thunder didn’t sell well enough to justify continuing what I was planning on becoming a series. I apologize to those who loved the book- that means the world to me- but I cannot waste energy on a series that isn’t going anywhere right now. I also had plans to write a sequel to An Island Christmas, but that won’t be happening anytime soon, either. I hope to come back to those series at some point, but for now they are on the back burner.

I hope you will all bear with me a little longer and be patient- good things are on the way πŸ™‚ I hope to have news soon!

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Spring Cleaning

Yesterday, I only meant to vacuum one part of the house because I’d tracked in mud. I ended up vacuuming the whole house, and then washed the downstairs blankets. Today, I’m doing the rest of the laundry and the bedsheets. Tomorrow will be the bathroom…and probably the windows. Because once I start the spring cleaning like this, I can’t stop until it’s finished πŸ™‚

This also happens when I go through my book collection, which I did a couple of weeks ago. All I wanted to do was rearrange a few books because I’d culled through them and pulled several to donate to the local library (I do this twice a year, and yet the size of my book collection doesn’t seem to change…). I ended up spending close to two hours moving around books and rearranging the shelves. I have my books shelved in a specific way; one set of shelves is for finished books, the other set of shelves is for ongoing series, and one forΒ non-fiction books and poetry. The books are also placed by author and genre (YA books, urban fantasy, epic fantasy, romance, mystery…etc), and then by paperback, trade paperback, and hardcover.

I’m one of those people who are a touch OCD about my books being even on the shelves. This is an issue when an author goes from paperback to hardcover. Sometimes, I just have to suck it up and deal with it (which is not an easy feat for me), and other times I can replace the beginning paperback books when the publisher releases then in hardcover (which doesn’t always happen).

With romance and mystery, that isn’t too much of an issue, as most of the authors I buy are solely paperback πŸ™‚

Does anyone else have those quirks with their bookshelves? I can’t be the only one πŸ™‚

When I’m not switching the laundry around or folding it…or putting it back on the bed, I’ll be doing some writing. I’m working on a couple of projects, and really enjoying the stories. I’m hoping to have updates soon, so stay tuned!

This and That

Long time no blog- shame on me! I hope you’ve all been well ❀

I’ve been writing on a few different projects over the last few weeks. Slowly, the stories are finding their feet. I went through a short period of not being able to write (due to personal stress and such), but I’m getting my writing groove back πŸ™‚ What have I been working on? Well…

*Shifter romance, but these take place outside of the Green Mountain Shifters trilogy. Same world, different characters, different places. They’ll probably stay about the length as the GMS series (Romance on the Go length, so anywhere between 9k and 16k words).

*a paranormal romance featuring witches, vampires, and werewolves. This one should be full-length πŸ™‚

*a paranormal romance cozy mystery

and

*an urban fantasy

See? A few projects πŸ˜‰

While you wait for these, I do hope you’re enjoying Claimed by the Wolf. The Green Mountain Shifters series was one of my favorite to write, and in the third book you really get to sink into more of that world. I’m hoping to maybe do one more book for the GMS series. It’s a trilogy, which has been completely, but I think I’ll be back to write longer works πŸ™‚

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Edits and Updates

Hello, my lovely readers πŸ™‚

First round edits for Claimed by the Wolf (Green Mountain Shifters, book three), arrived today! I’ll be working on those the next couple of days. This one is a bit longer than the first two in the series, and I think you’re going to love the expansion of the shifter world in this one. You get to see what it’s like to be a new shifter, and what the bonds are between the bitten and the attacker. You get a peek at foreign shifter politics because our hero is from the England pack- one of the sons of the Alpha πŸ™‚ Can’t wait for you all to read this one! ❀

I’m also working on an anthology story that I’m hoping to finish within the next two weeks, and I have another paranormal romance in the works. I’m almost done with the first novel in a new trilogy that has an erotic touch, filled with monsters and mayhem, and love (of course πŸ™‚ ).

Hopefully I’ll have the cover for Claimed by the Wolf soon so I can share it. This one is coming from Evernight Publishing sometime next month!

Lazy Sunday: Writing

Hope everyone has had a great Sunday!

I got up, showered, and then got into a pair of clean pajamas πŸ™‚ I did get a few things accomplished this weekend…besides laundry and perusing the interwebs LOL

*I finished editing/revising the third and final book in the Green Mountain Shifters series (my Romance on the Go series). I’ve submitted it to my publisher and am now waiting to hear back. So keep your fingers crossed!

*I wrote about 2k on a new paranormal series. Don’t want to say too much on that right now, but I’m really enjoying the characters πŸ™‚

*I also wrote down a few ideas for new books, that I plan to write over the next year. And yes, for those who’ve asked, one of those books is the sequel to Son of Thunder ❀

I’ve almost finished my Christmas shopping. The list wasn’t long- just some for the kiddos in my life- and I have one more left to buy.

And that’s about it for my Sunday πŸ˜€ Don’t forget that An Island Christmas is only $0.99 until this Friday, December 16th!

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Romantic couple embracing at the beach

Something’s Brewing…

Happy Friday!

A little update on things: I’m in revisions for the paranormal romance, so I’m on track for getting that submitted next month. The paranormal mystery is coming along nicely as well- almost 36k into it. The rough draft will probably come in around 45k, and after revisions I’m guessing it will be settle in at 60k-70k. I have another idea for a short story (a Romance on the Go) in the Green Mountain Shifters series that I’m hoping to finish soon as well.

As for what’s brewing… I’m hoping to have a little surprise for fans of the Revenant Investigations series. Things are in the works, so I hope to be able to share the news with you soon πŸ™‚

 

Lazy Sunday: Haven and Laundry

Happy Sunday! I am doing laundry and writing as Haven season four is playing on the tv. I’m working on my paranormal romance, and I’m hoping I can finish the rough draft today. I’m close but…we’ll see. I’m going to try my best πŸ™‚

And what can I say about season four?

 

SPOILERS!!!!!!

It’s a good, strong season. We get introduced to a new overlay- Lexie. I really liked Lexie, and how different she is than Audrey. And I find it rather amusing that Nathan doesn’t really like her πŸ™‚ Especially knowing how much he liked Sarah and Lucy.

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We also get to meet Jennifer (who I love, and think she’s perfect for Duke), and her connection to Haven is an interesting one. Her death really saddened me- I cried, and mourned right along with Duke.

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And then there’s William. His connection to Audrey and who she started life as was a great plot point in the season, and learning about her past through him was a highlight. Colin played him perfectly- the tension he created was wonderful to watch.

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The best part of season four (in my humble opinion) is what we learn about Audrey and her origins. Discovering that Mara, the person she started life as, is responsible (along with William) for creating the Troubles, was heavy. And in the last episode, when Mara is finally awakened in Audrey’s mind… It’s chilling, and it opened a whole new amazing role for Emily Rose to play.

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I can’t wait to get to my favorite episode of the season, though- The Trouble with the Troubles. Nathan as a doctor and Duke as a cop? Too much fun!

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Hope you all have lovely Sunday!