Here's What's Coming in 2014

Wow! Can’t believe a month has passed since I last blogged.  Okay, I kinda CAN believe it’s been a month because a lot of crazy shiznit has gone down in the last few weeks, sweeping me up like a tornado and tossing me around.

The holidays are always busy, but this year, it seemed like everything was non-stop.  Just before Christmas, we mourned a death, had a family member hospitalized and dealt with a major power outage that affected a good chunk of the state.  After Christmas, we packed up the kiddos and headed down to Texas to visit my best friend.  It was kind of a spontaneous trip – I seem to like those best these days.  But we returned in time to get slammed by a nasty storm that left us buried in a foot and a half of snow and ice.

Just this past weekend, hubs and I drove two hours north of where we live to pick up a new member of the family – our sweet little Labrador pup, Polar, so named for his pale, almost white-looking coat.  I’ve always had big dogs growing up so I was ready to welcome him into our home.  What I’d forgotten is how much WORK those first few days home with puppy can be!

Holy shit.  Like, all the time.

He absolutely kills me with cuteness, but I’m looking forward to getting past the potty training stage.

As a result of all this craziness, I haven’t been online as much as I’d like.  Another big reason for that though, is I’m writing two projects simultaneously, with another in the works.

For those who don’t follow my FB page, I’m finishing up an erotic novella that’s sort of a spin-off from the Sons of Wrath world, titled The Fallen.  This is the story of how Xander came to be a fallen angel.  Back in December, during the virtual release party for Soul Resurrected over at Bitten by Books, one lovely reader asked about him.  I sort of stuffed that thought aside, thinking, if there’s time, perhaps I’ll explore that a bit later.

Ho ho.

I should’ve known better.  Like most of the alpha males floating around in the oversized bachelor pad I call a brain, he refused to be ignored or ‘back burnered.’  So I jotted a few notes down for kicks.  That snowballed into a few thousand words.  That snowballed into a few more thousand words.

Two weeks later, I’m approaching 32K.

I know I’ve said that each book is dark.  Soul Avenged was dark.  Soul Resurrected was darker.  This book is the darkest thing I’ve ever written to date.  Cringe-worthy, in some cases.  Consider yourself warned.

Add The Fallen to your Goodreads shelf:

So because I like to get the crap news out of the way first, I’ll tell you the bad.  Soul Enslaved doesn’t have the wordage that I’d have liked at this point.  It’s been slowed down by this shiny shiny that I’ve stumbled upon.

Not to worry though, come hell or high water, Soul Enslaved will be in the hands of my editor on the date promised.  I don’t really have a choice there, as she has other clients with deadlines.

Therefore, even if that means I don’t sleep for DAYS and I end up having hallucination of lycan wolves lurking in the shadows of my bedroom, which gets me thrown into a padded room with a cozy shirt that ties at the sleeves, this book is going to be written and delivered.

The good news is, The Fallen will be out VERY soon.

And the even better news??

It’s going to be F.R.E.E.

That’s right!  I’m putting this baby out there for nothing because this was a request from a reader and it’s been a blast to write.

So keep an ear out for that announcement because I won’t be running a huge tour or anything.  Though if there are any bloggers that might want to help spread the word on Release Day, please fill out the form below because I’d LOVE to get your help!  And you get to shout about a free book – that’s always a plus.

[gravityform id=9 name=TheFallen Release Day Blast]

Okay, so The Fallen is coming, followed by Gavin’s story in Soul Enslaved.

I’ve got even MORE news – I’m telling you, the past few weeks have been Cray-Zay.

The second annual Cover Model Contest will soon be underway!!  I’ve enlisted the help of David Wagner, photographer extraordinaire, to help me find some super smokin’ panty dropping hotties that would make one fine looking demon brother.  We’ve already talked about this cover and I can assure you, it’ll be Gavin-worthy.

There are a number of sexy faces on the scene these days, so if you’ve come across someone you’d like me to consider for the contest, post the link to his FB page in the comments below and if he fits the character, I shall check out the goods.  Er, by that I just mean, the level of hotness and muscles.  Not like, you know, the packaged goods or anything.  Here’s an example of a newbie I came across recently:

Ahem. **dabs drool**

Moving on.

The Fallen

Soul Enslaved

Cover Model Contest.

Mark your calendars ...  2014 is gonna be one helluva year!!


The Last Day of 2011

Weeelllll, I know there's a lot of these reflective posts going around, but hey, a lot's happened this year for some of us...monumental events that we'll never forget as long as we live (unless we end up suffering from some medical affliction that makes us forget and in that case, better to have written it down somewhere).  Besides, I'm a writer.  I love to ramble on paper. But I'll try to keep this post short and sweet.

There were some pretty huge events that occurred in my personal life.  I won't go into that since I try to keep personal stuff to myself as much as possible.  But just know that 2011 will go down as a heart-warming year for the simple fact that I got to spend more of it with the most important people in my life.

There was, however, one big thing in my not-so-personal life:

I published a friggin book.

A year ago, had you Googled my name, you'd find NOTHING.  That's right.  Nothing.  How do I know?  I did it many times to make sure there was nothing.  Because at one time, I was a hermit who wanted nothing to do with the internet.

I finished a novel and I needed beta readers.  And NO ONE knew I'd written a book.  Well, except for my mom.  And my best friend.

So I joined an online writing workshop called Scribophile.  I was shy, in fact, I didn't even use my real name at first.  Every time I posted something, I was so nervous I could hardly type without backspacing all over the place.  I met three pretty amazing people who helped me learn how to take criticism for my work.  To post something without the nervous jitters.  They pulled me out of my shell and encouraged me to get my writing out there.

From there, came the blog.  And I had NO IDEA what the hell to blog about.  I struggled for the first few weeks trying to figure it out.

Next was Twitter and I panicked, thinking I'd NEVER learn this 'Facebook on crack' social network.  But I did and I met some fantastic people that I now call friends.  Then came the FB page, the website, four fabulous beta readers, the decision to self-publish, a kickass editor, the book trailer, the cover art, bookmarks and....just over two weeks ago, my first published book.

I know other writer buds who've also had an outstanding year.  Writing a book takes dedication, perseverance and mental conditioning.  There are times a writer wants to toss the WIP and start over, but instead stays the course.  I've had some pretty wonderful words of encouragement along the way.  From my hubby, my daughters, my parents, siblings, cousins, friends, neighbors...

Here are three of my favorite from 2011:

"I would shovel shit the rest of my life, just so you could write the rest of yours"  ~ My all-time favorite from my awesome hubby (also the dedication for my book)

"Mommy, I'm going to publish a book someday, just like you"    ~ My oldest daughter

"Keri, you have busted your ass for this and will soon be inducted into the very exclusive group of people who became published authors within their lifetime.  Your literature will carry forward through generations of human existence well beyond your years, making you literally immortal.  Congratulations big sis!!!  I'm rooting for you front and center. "    ~ My brother, just before the book launched.

And so, one of my New Year's Goals for 2012:  Publish another book

What was the highlight of your 2011?