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.

 

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Wrapping up, Moving on …

To Kill A Demon is with my publisher. While waiting on the outcome of her final read, I’ve put together all the little extras that will become my next book. Once I get her take on it, I’ll have to deal with suggested changes. Next, formatting. It’s a process, and it takes time.

My emotions are all over the place with this book. I’m excited that Demon is finally going to happen. I’ve been working on this one off and on for the better part of a year. I’m nervous, too. This is my first urban fantasy novel. I’m hoping my paranormal romance readers will like it, as well as finding an audience dedicated to urban fantasy. My beta readers were thrilled with it, so I’m hoping that reaction follows through with others. One can only hope.

After Demon is wrapped, I’m diving back into Blindsided. About halfway through, I’m eager to see what the characters have waiting for me.

Until next week,

~Madison

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Distractions and Snippets

I’ve been working on Veiled Hearts or Veiled Hearts Revealed. I’m still bouncing around those two possible titles for the third book in my Veil Series. There is also the question of, since this is going to be a short story or novella, is it really book 3 or is it more book 2.5? These are just two of the random thoughts bouncing around my head and are not really helpful when trying to write.

The last week and a half has been full of distractions. The kind of distractions that don’t allow for sticking your head in the sand. Nope, the ostrich method was not an option…and I don’t mind telling you how much that sucked.

Every day I get a little more written. Not as much as I would like, but every word on the page is one more than was there before. Anyway, I thought I’d give you a brief, unedited, subject to change, snippet of Celine and Coipeail’s story. I’m not going to do a lot of these snippets for this story because it is going to be shorter than a full length book. This sneak peek is from chapter 1.

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Through the panes of beveled glass, the first streams of the morning’s light pierced the darkness of her room, cutting a swath between the twin curtains fluttering on the current of the wind flowing through the open window. A new day was about to begin. Lying beneath a multi-colored comforter, Celine found she no longer looked forward to uncovering new discoveries, but the day and her employees didn’t care about her current melancholy. The minutes and hours would continue to tick ever forward. Her staff had expectations that she would continue to garner business to ensure their healthy paychecks padded their pockets and checking accounts. She was needed, and yet…she wasn’t.

Raising her hands, she scrubbed her face, and groaned. “Alright, Celine. Enough of this pity party. Get your ass out of bed and get going.”

Her body and mind still at war about leaving the warmth of her bed, she laid there a bit longer until the fullness of her bladder, making itself known, settled the argument of whether or not to get moving. She threw back the covers and shivered as her feet made contact with the cold wood floor. Hurrying to the bathroom connected to her room, Celine’s ears listened in vain for sounds of her cousin, Daria, moving around, even though she knew she wasn’t here. Daria wasn’t even in the same realm, which just made the silence in the house that much louder. Shaking her head, Celine tapped down the maudlin feelings threatening to rise within her chest, and got on with the business answering the call of nature.

Stepping out of her room, the scent of freshly brewed coffee tickled her nose. “Thank the gods for whoever inspired the person who made programmable coffee makers.” © Jolanthe Aleksander 2108

Until next  week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

 

 

New Year- Even the Old is new again

YEOWSA. The world is turning faster than I think I can keep up. I can honestly claim that I’m meeting myself – at the door, at the coffee pot, and at the pillow. Part of the crazy is my own fault, I took on A LOT this year…but other parts, are just moving too fast.

I have a slug of new, or reworked, covers to share with you, so watch for that to start SOON. I have releases that are coming out of sets that will be re-releasing solo soon…which means new physical books at signings. AND, I have new stories coming to the mix as well. All in all, it’s a mad scramble of so many things…who wouldn’t be meeting themselves?

I am also hip-deep in the swag pile making goodies for the five signings that I have left this year. I’m pretty sure that something is going to get missed, but what it could be, will probably be a surprise to me too, two minutes too late.

With luck, I’ll be revealing covers starting next week…stay tuned. Meanwhile…send coffee.
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Hanging on by a Thread

When I started writing, I took a pen name. Not for any mysterious reason. I simply find my real name very plain. I wanted something a bit more attractive, for lack of a better word. After almost three years, I find myself with two personas … Madison Granger and that other woman who has the day job. My best friend calls me by both names. I answer to both. It’s only confusing to the people around us. LOL

Right now, Madison has stepped into the shadows because the real me is dealing with a personal crisis. I’m grateful to be in-between projects, because I find it hard to think about, much less focus, on writing. I’m hoping to get things back on an even keel soon. It won’t be long before I’ll be formatting Demon and getting back to Blindsided. Until then, any good wishes, prayers, or lit candles you could send my way would be greatly appreciated.

Until next week,

~Madison

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New Year – Need sleep

SO many things are mid- to late-change right now as the summer signing season takes over from the spring signing season and bookies everywhere make plans for stalking. We authors are no different. We want to fan-girl other authors at the events we attend…it just gets done in sprints back and forth.

Me, I’m mid-planning for a couple double do months. I’m scanning the rosters and watching the author announcements, waiting with bated breath to see the floor plans to know which authors will be close, and which ones I’ll be racing around the room to catch a minute with. I’m usually gunning 220 with my hair on fire trying to squeeze in a few stolen moments between manning the table of my stories. It’s just the way it is. So why…if the events aren’t quite here yet, am I already tired? I feel like I could sleep for a week and still come up short.

No matter. I’ve zombie’d more than one event before. And honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way. There is a resounding “ALL OF THEM” in answer to the question of who is more important at an event…readers, or my fellow authors. I wouldn’t trade a one. So, with that in mind, I’m packing my 5-hours and no doze right next to my ‘gittur done’ attitude. It’s summer signing season and I can sleep when winter returns.

What’s your best ‘get everyone in – in the short window’ secret?

 

MPD-Pending

There are some weeks where you want to climb into a book and escape from the real world. This is okay, unless you are working on a couple of different deadlines and every minute of writing time you can squeeze into a day is essential to meeting said deadlines.

To meet these deadlines, I’ve been trying to work on two different stories at the same time. No, there is no way to get them mixed up. They are different sub-genres beneath the romance genre. On one hand, it’s sort of good to step into a different world when the one you’re working on is giving you fits. On the other hand, there’s a real possibility that I may develop multiple personality disorder before the summer is over. I’m sure one of my personalities will let you know my mental status then…or my publisher may let your know where my padded room is located. If you come to visit, I’ll be the one in the bedazzled, purple, hug-me jacket. A girl has to have her bling.

So, until next week…do what I wish I could take a week or so to do, and read a good book or two. Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

 

 

NEW YEAR – Same message

Today is Memorial Day.

My message today is simple.

ALL GAVE SOME

SOME GAVE ALL.

Never Forget.

 


My Life as a Writer

I find myself in that frenzied process of shifting gears some writers go through. I think I may strip my transmission before I’m done. Right now, I’m promoting the release of one book, preparing for the next one’s release, while working on the one that comes after that. It’s not easy keeping up.

Let’s not forget the GDPR Compliancy Policy that’s hitting everyone. I’m not exempt. Because of my newsletter, I had to send out their form to make sure my subscribers wanted to stay on my list. On top of that, Amazon is being nasty, removing reviews. Yes, they got to me too, just not as harshly as some. It’s frustrating, making me wonder why I try so hard. Well, there’s nothing I can do about Amazon, so I’m focusing on what I can do.

I spend a lot of time on my days off posting teasers and buy links to Facebook groups and blogger’s pages. I find it encouraging that I’m pushing A Destiny Denied yet selling more of Phoenix Rising. That’s good, though. Readers are going for book one of my series. Hopefully, they’ll like the first one and continue with the others.

To Kill A Demon is with my editor, and I’m feeling pretty good about it. She’s given me praise about a story that isn’t in her general wheelhouse as a reader. I put together a video trailer the other day for the book, which I thought came out pretty good. Next step will be teasers for promoting. Since Demon is urban fantasy, they’ll be a little different from my usual steamy romance type.

Then there’s book four of The Kindred series. Blindsided is coming along, though a bit slower than anticipated. I figured with an outline, things would speed up, but I didn’t take into consideration the characters and the details. These guys have a story to tell and they insist on telling it their way. One of them has been holding on to secrets for a long time and getting them to spill isn’t that easy.

As always, it will eventually fall into place. I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing.

Until next week,

~Madison

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While working on the third Veil book, I had an eureka moment. It was a moment similar to one I had when working on Breathe Me to Life. This is a short  story. Not everything has to be shown or told…just the important bits that pertain to getting the story from point A to point B.

This little revelation, while awesome, also led to a couple of chapters being wiped out. That was a major ouch, but in looking at them, I wasn’t completely happy with them, and they were dragging the story out unnecessarily. But yeah…OUCH!

Sacrifice the word count for the sake of the story. The story is what is important. It’s a hard lesson to learn and to remember, but an important one.

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe Aleksander~