On My Last Nerve

The past two months have been full of trials, tribulations, and setbacks. I’m at the point right now that if I don’t get a break I may have to commit myself. As it is now, I’m typing this blog on my phone because my internet provider not only didn’t show up for my scheduled appointment, they didn’t bother to call and let me know either! Now, I have to reschedule. Next available date…five days from now.

That’s setting me back two days I could have been moving. Pushing me further back from getting settled and back to work on getting Demon released. To put it mildly, I’m fit to be tied.

I know…first world problems…it’s just a thing…this too shall pass. All true. But enough little setbacks turn into a mountain of stress. Welcome to my world.

Hopefully, next week will be better.

~Madison

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Minute by Minute

It has been a while since I’ve posted here or on any social media platform. I want to thank my publisher, Eclectic Bard Books, for their endless patience.

There are times when the whirlwinds of life leave you tumbling through the air so fast and so far from what is your norm, that you don’t know which end is up. You can only get through the day, minute by minute, from one breath to the next, with the hope that the next day will be a better one. Sometimes it is. Sometimes it’s worse.

Friday, I will be heading to Peoria for the Writers On the River book signing. For the last two months my plans for this event have been in limbo. It wasn’t until Monday, that I was sure I was going to be able to go. My siblings, however, thought I should, because what will be will be. So, I thank them for this much appreciated respite.

My table will be short on swag, but I’ll have pens and magnets to give away. Aaaand I’ll have books! I hope you can stop by and say “hi”. I’d love to see you.

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

 

Progress Report

Wanted to let you know what’s going on in my world. Still packing, making a little headway. We’re putting non-essentials in a storage unit for now. Apparently, my life was filled with a lot of unused items. We’ve been sorting as we go; throwing away a lot, keeping some, discovering the forgotten. It’s been an emotional and sweaty task. Believe me, an attic in July is no fun. Hell on earth can be found at my place right now.

We found a house. Had to go through background checks, credit checks, application checks … I swear I didn’t go through this much to work at the local hospital! Finally got the approval and will sign the lease next week on my next day off. Then, the work really begins. At this point, my daughter and I are more than ready to get this over with. It’s time to tie up the loose ends of the past and move forward to a new future, one with a clean slate.

Then, it’s back to work. I have a book to get out.

Until next week,

~Madison

2nd try

New Year – New Covers

Sorry for missing last week. I just up and lost track of the days. I’m trying to prep for back to back signings halfway across the country from each other as well as keep up with the word-work. It’s not lost on me that I’ve become a bit reclusive.

BUT..as promised I do have some new covers to share. One should be familiar, just a wee touch up. The other two are new. Rogue got a facelift. I think it’s a good one and it helps draw the series together. Black Guard is new, as is Assassins. I am uber pleased with them!

Rogue and Black Guard, which have been doing time in a couple different sets, will release solo, together, on August 1st. Assassins will release later this year to complete the Trilogy. (The back for Assassins isn’t done yet, so I’m only sharing the front for now.)

Ready to see them??



Til next time, read something great.
Yes, I have more covers to share…can you believe it?

Meltdowns and Exploding Heads

I received the manuscript for To Kill A Demon from my publisher. She always does the last read-through before I start the final stage of formatting. It was with a huge sense of relief that I didn’t find a lot of notes in the margins. What she commented on was helpful, as always, and won’t take long to correct.

Problem. I’m in the middle of a huge maelstrom of stress. I’m scurrying around trying to find another place to live, get all my stuff packed (there’s a lot of stuff), and get moved before the end of the month. This all has to be done around my work schedule. I’m too busy to have a proper meltdown, though my head may explode with everything going on around me. Thank goodness for my daughter, who has taken on the lion’s share of the work.

This leaves me no time to work on Demon—at all. At least, not until I get settled into a new place. My publisher and I had discussed middle to late August for the release. I’m thankful beyond words for the time now. That will give me the space I need to situate myself, then buckle down to fix my book for publication.

Bear with me, please. It’s been a ghastly roller coaster ride on my end and unfortunately, it’s not over yet.

Until next week,

~Madison

2nd try

My muse stirs …

My writing, and everything related to it, has had to take a back seat because life demands my attention elsewhere. I’m still not able to claim time as my own just yet, but I’m getting there.

I did contact the cover artist who is doing my Kindred series for me, sending her the information she needs to start on Blindsided. As usual, my hero is very detailed and it’s going to be hard to find a stock model who fits his description. I can’t wait to see what Victoria Miller comes up. She hasn’t failed me yet. I expect nothing less this time around.

Not being able to write doesn’t mean my mind has been idle. I know exactly how to finish out the chapter I was working on. I’m eager to get back to the story. I have a feeling once I get to it, I won’t be coming up for air anytime soon.

Until next week,

~Madison

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New Year…whoops.

I keep thinking I have more time than I do. It’s nearly the end of June and I’m completely flummoxed by that at the moment. This post will be short-ish…but oh so sweet!

I have two things to share…ONE is that for this week, Gravedigger…my thriller/suspense/mystery title that came out late last year is $0.99 on all outlets. That’s right! You read that here…the e-book version….however you like to read ebooks…is on sale! Grab your copy before the price goes back to normal!

I LOVE…ABSOLUTELY LOVE almost every one of my covers, but this one is so special. My graphic artist actually LAID IN A GRAVE to get this shot and let her hubs stand over her with the shovel. That’s trust. And, that’s immense craft in my opinion. (Turn the cover sideways for the full effect.) I cannot ever say enough about this one, or the designer Suzanna from Funky Book Design.
MAD LOVE GIRL!!

Thing number TWO this week is another cover reveal. September 7 – 9 I’ll be attending Show Me Your Books Kansas City. This new event is a charity fundraiser for The Dream Factory. If you know me even a little, you know why I signed on. BUT…adding to the good juju is that opening night there is a small group of authors who have all agreed to release a new title, and the proceeds from that night go straight to the charity…no middle nuthin.
GUESS WHO is in that group. Seriously. Guess.

Yeappers…it’s me. I’m excited to sneak peek the cover here. The tale is the first of a new series surrounding Heartland Emergency Air Regional Transport. It will be stories surrounding the team of professionals who staff the life flights where seconds matter and having heart is sometimes harder than getting a medical license. I can’t wait to introduce you to the crazy cast of characters who have been keeping me awake.

The HEART Flights lift off September 7th.

Check back with me next week. Maybe, just maybe I’ll have an update on what’s what…but I’ll definitely have at least one more cover reveal. (I’ve got 4 more for you…so, it could be more than one.)

Read something awesome.
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One Day at a Time

A friend privately messaged me the other day, wondering where I’d been. There’s a lot going on right now that’s not up for discussion. Suffice to say, I haven’t been on social media much the past month. I have personal issues that require all of my attention. Until they are resolved, everything else is on hold.

Thankfully, I’m between projects, so there isn’t any deadline looming over my head. I’m still waiting on my publisher’s final read of Demon. Once I get that, I’ll have to get back to the grindstone. Until then … I have time.

My muse is being patient with me. While I want to work on Blindsided, it’s not a persistent nag. Though, I am thinking about the story line. Even though the release date isn’t until next year, I’ve been thinking about the cover. I might have to get that in the works. What better motivation than an awesome cover, right?

For now, I’m taking one day at a time. Things will work out, one way or the other, and I will deal with the outcome, whatever it may be. Please keep my family in your thoughts and prayers.

Until next week,

~Madison

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Signing Season

My signing season is fast approaching. I cannot believe it is already past the half way mark of June. The year is half over people. How did that happen? Where did the time go when we weren’t looking?

This year I am only doing to events, Writers on the River and Penned Con. One of the things I love about these events is that their proceeds go to charities. This will be my third year going to these events. I cannot say enough about the heart and soul the organizers pour into them to make sure that the readers and writers have a wonderful experience.

The books I will have at Writers on the River are Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams and The Veiled Path to Destiny. Unfortunately, Breathe Me to Life will still be under contract with the Once Upon A Twisted Time box set. However, if you are able to make it Penned Con, the rights for that story will have been returned to me and I will have print copies there for sale. With luck and the grace of my muse, I will also have the third book in the Veil series at Penned Con for sale as well.

Ack! I need to get in touch with my cover artist!

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

 

 

New Year…new titles

This year will have a landmark number of new titles for me if I pull off everything I have planned. At the moment, I am one off the goal because of some mandatory training time for the other me, and I am adjusting. The goal is still possible, but it’s going to take every spare moment, and there really aren’t that many unaccounted for.

That said, let’s focus on happy things…like covers. I’ve been promising cover reveals and I have a BUNCH of them coming. I’m going to break them out over the next couple of weeks. Here today, I’m sharing the next cover in The Custos series, Book of Revelations, which should be accompanying me to the next signing I have, Writers on the River in Peoria Illinois and the following week at Literary Love Savannah in Savannah, Georgia.

Other than the graphic artist and my street team, no one else has seen this…so here’s the big reveal. MWAH!

 

If you haven’t started the series, you have time. Book of Time is a prequel novella and is free on all outlets. That only leaves Book of Change and Book of Mysteries to get through before July 20th. Are you up for the challenge?

I knew you would be.