A Writing Update

I am going to be completely honest with you~ ever since my father passed away, I’ve struggled with writing romance. Not writer’s block, not lack of ideas, just a complete lack of desire to write romance. Not unexpected but I’m surprised at how much I didn’t want to write anything with a heavy romantic element. Needless to say, my darker books have been getting all of the attention. But I am happy to finally be able to say that I’ve starting writing a bit on the romance again.

Revenant Investigations book five, to be exact.

I don’t want to say too much right now, but I will say that we are revisiting Lena and Knox in this book. Originally, book five starred a new character who just started working for the team, but that didn’t feel right to me. In the middle of writing on one of my darker titles, Lena walked in and promptly let me know she had a tale to tell. Once I wrote the first sentence of said tale, I realized that her book was book five. We will still be meeting the newest member of the team in her book~ someone Arabella hinted at in Ghosts of Midsummer Theatre.

Apparently, my muse wants to introduce the new characters slowly. That is fine by me, I loved writing Ghosts of Midsummer Theatre. I’m certain that Lena and Knox will be just a wonderful and fun to catch up with as Arabella and Lucas were.

I’m hoping to have a rough drafter finished by the end of August/beginning of September, and maybe have a release around November/December. No promises, but that is what I’m hoping for 🙂

As for the other works I had planned to write: I’m taking that one day at a time. I will write as the stories flow and not force myself to write something I’m not enjoying. You will pick on that, and that would be disrespectful to you if I even tried to do such a thing.

So please, keep bearing with me, and hopefully I will have good news in the next few months 🙂 ❤

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Sunday Teaser: A Taste of Ghosts of Midsummer Theatre

Happy Sunday!

Since I was just working on Revenant Investigations book five, I thought I’d highlight book four on the blog today 🙂 So, here is a little taste from Ghosts of Midsummer Theatre ❤

AMAZON ~ EVERNIGHT PUBLISHING ~ BOOKSTRAND ~ SMASHWORDS

 

BLURB:

In 1956, the Midsummer Theatre—Noble, Maine’s most popular playhouse—closed after the daughter of the owners was murdered. Unfortunately, her killer was never found. The owners did not want the theatre opened again, but when the theatre passed into the hands of their grandson, he decided that it was time to renovate and reopen.

But the ghosts of the past don’t just fade away.

As a two year anniversary present, medium and paranormal investigator Arabella Pierce arranges for a private investigation for her and her love, Lucas Brown. Not only to help the owner get answers about his aunt’s murder, but to help keep interest in the theatre until it reopens. But as the investigation gets underway, Arabella and Lucas quickly learn that the darkness behind the murder still lingers, and if they don’t remove that darkness the theatre can never again open its doors.

They have forty-eight hours to solve the mystery of Midsummer Theatre, and every second will count.

 

BOOK TRAILER:

About That Sequel…

Happy Sunday!

I blogged a few months ago about how I was putting the sequel to Son of Thunder on hold because the sales of Son of Thunder were low, and I wanted to focus on other projects due to that. Well…

I’m now 3k into that sequel *sigh* My characters have decided that they want their story told no matter how I feel about it. I can see their path pretty clearly, so the words are flowing strong and fast. I’m hoping to have the first draft written by the end of May (sooner, if I can manage it).

So for those who’ve been waiting for the sequel, I am now working on it and hopefully you’ll have in your hands soon! For now, you can always re-read Son of Thunder 🙂

For those who haven’t read Son of Thunder…

Amazon US – Amazon UK – Amazon CA – Barnes and Noble – iTunes – Kobo – Entangled Publishing

BLURB:

 

Rune is the grandson of Thor, and just as strong. Exiled to the realm of Earth for nearly killing his brother–it was a little misunderstanding– he has to find a way to redeem himself so he can get back to Asgard. And when he lands—literally—in the bed of a fiery redhead with an FBI badge, he realizes that she may be the key to going home. But helping Liv hunt a killer has one big consequence—chemistry. He can’t keep his hands off her, and there’s no way they can ever be together.

Six years ago, FBI Special Agent Liv Winter’s best friend was murdered. Since then, she’s taken a two-week vacation around the anniversary of the death to try and solve the case. She’s used every available resource. Yet, her friend’s killer is still on the loose. She refuses to give up—willing to do almost anything to bring the person to justice.

Apparently, almost anything includes trusting a god. And while she might need Rune’s help with her case, there’s no way she’ll ever trust him with her heart.

Saturday Tidbits

Happy Saturday!

The Revenant Investigations Box Set sale is almost over~ hurry before it ends! Three books for $0.99! Click the photo below to go to Amazon to get your copy 🙂

 

We’re getting closer to the release of Ghosts of Midsummer Theatre~ Revenant Investigations book four. I’m very excited for you all to read what Arabella and Lucas have been up to! Look for the book trailer, blurb, and cover soon ❤

I am working on two stories right now: Revenant Investigations book five, featuring a new member of the RI team. This change is set up in book four, by Arabella. The second story is another paranormal mystery, but a different world and setting. I’m hoping to have both written and submitted by the end of the year 🙂

I’ve been on vacation this week, and relaxing. Here’s a peek at what I’ve been up to. I hope you all have a great weekend!

A Step Back…and Forward

Hello 🙂

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 Wolf  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 🙂 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 🙂 I hope to have news soon!

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 🙂

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 for 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 🙂

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

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 🙂 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 🙂

*a paranormal romance cozy mystery

and

*an urban fantasy

See? A few projects 😉

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 🙂

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