My 2022 Writing Goals

I can’t believe it’s already a new year! I’ve spent most of this holiday break getting myself organized and setting up my writing and publishing calendar. Here’s what 2022 looks like for me:

  • Draft and publish two full-length romance novels – one contemporary (Coming in Feb!) and one fantasy
  • Publish two novellas – one previously only available in an anthology (I get the rights back this year) and the other a new work.
  • Draft and publish two new short stories for my Free Reads collection
  • Query one project (Dream Crossed) for traditional publication
  • Attend book festivals in PA and NJ (COVID restriction dependent)

Those are just the goals in Romance. I also write Young Adult novels under another pen name, and the plan there is to publish one novel in the fall, draft and query a brand new project, then overhaul, revise and query two other full manuscripts.

Along with that, I plan to survive on two hours of sleep a night and a helluva lot of caffeine. And of course, I’m a writer, so there are sure to be plot twists that shoot those plans straight to hell. We’ll have to see how it goes.

Happy New Year and wish me luck!

New Covers & A New Novella!

That’s right, there’s a new novella breaking next week, the final installment of my Seasons of Love series. BLUSTER is a fun story about an Autumn witch and the disconcertingly handsome warrior brute she hires as her guide through a dangerous land. It’s got snark, it’s got fire lizards (!), and most of all, it’s got heart and plenty of steam.

In addition to BLUSTER, I’m still putting the finishing touches on a new Valentine’s Day romance that you’re going to fall head -over-heels for!

By now you’ve noticed that DREAM CROSSED missed its release date – I was originally shooting for September, but the release of my YA novel (under my alternate nom de plume) sort of ate all my writing time. I was planning on early December, but then a major publishing house decided to have an open call for submissions that I couldn’t ignore. I sent it in and crossed my fingers, and if it gets ignored, I’ll publish it this summer, I promise.

Finally, two of my older holiday novellas have gotten a makeover. When I first published NAUGHTY OR NICE and AULD LANG SIN, I was a newbie author who knew precious little about book publishing or good cover design. They were both long overdue for a glow up. So allow me to present their new (and much hotter) replacements:

Aren’t they gorgeous? Just the thing to spice up the holidays – and all yours for only 99 cents!

Cover Reveal Day For DREAM CROSSED!

I am thrilled to share with you the cover and blurb for my next novel, DREAM CROSSED! Isn’t lovely?

Special thanks to Red Leaf Book Designs for this amazing cover! And now for a little about the book:

Brad Reynolds and Gemma Marchwood come from two different worlds. Brad has made a fortune as a young entrepreneur in present-day New York City, socializing with the rich and powerful and crawling into bed feeling empty every night. For Gemma it’s 1906, and she spends her days tending to her beloved family estate, Sheffington Park, confined by the strictures of society in Edwardian England and facing the prospect of a loveless marriage. One magical amulet bridges time and space, allowing them to meet in their dreams. What starts as a little bit of heaven soon becomes a whole lot of heartache as they fight to hold on to each other despite impossible odds.

DREAM CROSSED will be out October 2021!

Cover Reveal Coming!

The third week of June will be big! Not only is June 18th Pub Day for the FATE’S CALL anthology (featuring a story by yours truly), but the 15th is cover reveal day for my next full-length paranormal romance, DREAM CROSSED! Here’s a hint for you:

I can’t wait for you to see this cover – it’s soooo beautiful! And this story has taken me hostage, eating my days and nights as it poured onto the pages.

DREAM CROSSED will be revealed in less than two weeks!

I’ve Answered Fate’s Call . . .

I have been busy these last months working on a special project, and now I’m thrilled to announce that I’m part of the FATE’S CALL anthology!

Aren’t those covers gorgeous? And as you can see, in addition to the main anthology, we also have a manlove edition. All stories are paranormal romance, with the theme of surprise wedding/surprise mating. My story, FAETED BRIDE, is about a girl who finds herself unknowingly mated to a Fae prince after a steamy Tinder hookup – and will be available exclusively in the anthology.

So if you can’t get enough sizzling stories about faeries, vampires, shifters, witches, and other magical creatures, put this one on your TBR list. Pub date is June 18th!

First Look at THE SACRIFICE (With Excerpt!)

In just a few weeks, you’ll meet Shysera of the Stories, who thought she was a routine sacrifice to an indifferent god. What she finds instead is a malevolent entity determined to inflict suffering as a means to his ultimate goal. It will take all her wits – and an alliance with a very pissed-off prince – to vanquish a god and free the world. Here’s a first look from the opening chapter . . .

“Do any of you know her name?” She asked. “The female who died?”

No one answered. The female from the Skylands turned her head away. The young girl from the Waters finally replied.

“Her name was Ezbera,” the girl said softly. “She seemed nice. From the Wilds.”

Six cells. Six cages to hold a member of each of the people on the planet. That meant the woman had been a shifter, most likely a lioness, with that mane of golden hair. Shysera wondered what it had looked like when it was clean, and she had been healthy and strong.

“How long was she here?” Shysera asked.

“How long are any of us here?” The male from the Summits asked flatly. “Time doesn’t have any meaning in this place.”

“I’ve been counting the meals,” the young girl from the Waters said. “Since they come only once a day. I’ve had twenty-six meals. She was here before me.”

Shysera gave her a small, approving smile. “That’s very smart.”

The girl returned the smile, a bit wanly. “My father says I’m smartest in our family.” Her eyes welled with tears, and she buried her face into her skinny, scabby knees, trying to hide her sniffles.

Shysera looked out at the rest of them. “Do we know anything else about her? Her village? Her family? What her place was within her clan?”

“Nobody’s here for conversation.” The big man from the Southern Lands snapped. “So you can just shut it.”

“We’re all in here together,” Shysera said. “Doesn’t it make sense to—”

“None of this makes sense,” the female from the Skylands said. She pulled her wing up over her face and curled into the wall. The male from the Summits did the same. The girl from the Waters was turned away as well, weeping softly. Southern Lands man just glared at her. Conversation over.

“She had a story,” Shysera said softly. “A life. A family. People that she loved and people that loved her. She needs to be remembered. Please—you were all here with her. Someone must know something?”

“What good will any of that do her? She’s dead.” The male from the Summits answered her.

“If we can find a way out of this place,” Shysera said, “one of us can take her story to her people. So they know how fiercely she fought, and how bravely she suffered.”

“You think her family wants to hear that?” The female from the Skylands snapped. “How badly she suffered?”

“She has a story,” Shysera repeated. “It needs to be told, and remembered.”

“No one is going to remember her, or any of us.” The big man from the Southern Lands said. His voice carried no rage, only a flat certainty chilled her to her bones. “And none of us have a story anymore.”

Would You Like A Sneak Peek?

I meant to do this back in January, but I was approached to take part in not just one, but two Paranormal Romance anthologies, so it sort-of ate my life for a bit. I have a quick moment to breathe between the launch of the ELEMENTAL DESTINIES Complete Set and final formatting of THE SACRIFICE, so you get a quick peek at 2021.

This aesthetic gives you some snapshots of the projects I have lined up for this year, in chronological order (L-R, Top to Bottom):

This is three novels, three novellas and two short stories. Whew! None of these are the actual covers, of course – just teasers. My full-length novels include a fantasy romance, a time-travel romance, and a contemporary holiday romance. Can’t wait to share them all with you!

The ELEMENTAL DESTINIES Set Is Out Now!

It’s here! THE ELEMENTAL DESTINIES Complete Set is out now! Along with these four terrific books:

💨 WINDSINGER

🌊 SEASINGER

🌻 EARTHSINGER

🔥 FIRESINGER

You also get a not-yet-available copy of the bonus novella FORCE OF NATURE! (FON is Keb’s story, for those of you following the series).

I am beyond thrilled to offer this exclusively on Kindle/Kindle Direct.

BUY IT HERE!

What’s Up For 2021?

It’s 2021 – Hallelujah!

New year, new goals, new books – and I’ve got a lot of them planned! I keep a running file of a good two dozen book ideas at any given time, plus I buy up amazing book covers whenever I see an outstanding one that sparks a story. The net result is a bunch of seeds that will hopefully grow great stories that I can share with you.

2021 is going to kick off in a couple of weeks with the cover reveal for my next novel–oooooh I am so excited to share this amazing cover! Just wait ’til you see it–you’re going to be completely blown away. That will be followed by a box set announcement (complete with a bonus novella) at the end of the month. February will bring a new Free Reads short story, and then in April, you’ll get my next novel, THE SACRIFICE – a fantasy romance about a malevolent god, a girl with wings (and a tremendous gift) and a stubborn Prince who works with her to bring the god down and free their people.

Summer will start out sizzling hot with two novellas. We’ll hike the Alaskan wilderness and run with wolves in FORCE OF NATURE, a spin-off novella set in the universe of The Elemental Destinies. That will be followed by BLAZE, the next installment in my Seasons of Love novella series, and we’ll be falling in love in the South Pacific for that one. We’ll end the summer with the release of this year’s second novel, DREAM CROSSED, a story about lovers from different centuries who meet up with a little magical help.

We’ll move into Fall with another Free Reads short story, then I’ll end my Seasons of Love novella series with BLUSTER, a story of a young witch trying to master her powers, and then we’ll move into the holiday season with the release of my third novel in 2020, SNOWBOUND. This is a contemporary romance about two people thrown together into a survival situation at Christmastime.

And then I’ll fall down and not get up for a while.

So there’s the plan. We’ll see if I can actually keep to it. Here’s to an ambitious year!

2020 In Review

2020 was one hell of a year–and not necessarily in a good way. I am blessed to have a day job that shifted easily to a work from home environment, so financially, the pandemic impacted me by giving me two extra hours a day (I commute 82 miles round trip in moderately heavy traffic) and saving me a chunk of money that would have been spent on gas, tolls, and mediocre cafeteria lunch.

On the downside, I lost my college roommate–who was previously perfectly healthy–to COVID, and his wife and kids are without him, as well. I have friends and family members unemployed and struggling. I’m watching small businesses in my little town falter and go under.

During this tumultuous year, I managed to write and publish two fantasy romance novels, three romance novellas, one holiday romance novella collection, and two short stories. I also wrote and queried two Young Adult novels, and finished the first draft of another YA novel as my NaNoWriMo project. All-in-all, I’m pretty proud of what I managed to accomplish while the world went to hell all around us.

Your writing mileage may vary – and your accomplishments this year may have been limited to getting out of bed and remembering to brush your teeth. I had plenty of days like that in 2020. And that’s okay. Really. This year was unbelievable. Unreal. Unfathomable. If you’re here in the USA with me, it was capped off by a president and governmental leaders who are unconscionable. With all that devouring your energy, it’s enough just to tread water right now until the rescue boat arrives or land comes into view.

Here’s hoping we all get a better 2021.