Monthly Archives: February 2017

On the mend and ready, set, go!

One month ago I had surgery for a total knee replacement. I am happy to report that I’m well on my way to recovery, and finally beginning to feel like my old self again, minus the excruciating pain. I’ve been back at my day job for the past two weeks, and I caught up on the backlog of paperwork and filing. That was a relief and a definite feeling of accomplishment.

Best of all, my mind is starting to focus on my stories once again, and I’m going through manuscripts to see where I left off, and what’s left to finish. I’m glad that I don’t have any events planned this year, it’s going to be enough trying to finish what I’ve started, with the plan to get it all published. In the midst of all of it, I have a ton of promoting to do, book covers to plan, and corresponding swag to go with everything. There’s nothing simple about writing a book. One part leads to a dozen other things to make it all happen.

On top of it all, March is slated to be a learning experience. I’m attending a one-day writer’s conference, and a couple of weeks after that, I’m meeting up with my publisher with the intentions of learning how to format. My first attempt will be Eternal Embrace. Nothing like a little pressure, right? But when I format my book, and it comes out good, the sense of accomplishment will be phenomenal. If I mess up … I don’t believe that’s an option. LOL

Right now, however, I’m working on my newsletter for March and I’ve decided to give one lucky subscriber a very special prize. Since my birthday and Mardi Gras are going hand in hand this month I put together a package, which includes a Mardi Gras mask and a Kindle Fire. If you want to a chance to win, just go to my website, MadisonGranger.com and scroll down to the bottom of the page. Sign up for the newsletter and that’s it. Doesn’t get any easier than that! Random.org will pick one winner and they will be announced in the March 1 newsletter.

On that note, I need to work on a newsletter. Enjoy the weekend!

Till next week,

~Madison

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Light at the End of the Tunnel

I can finally see it. The light at the end of the tunnel. It’s still a white dot surrounded by darkness, but it’s there, and I can see it. After the chapter I’m almost done with, I have few more chapters to go on The Veiled Path to Destiny~The Veil Book 2.  Woot Woot!

If you haven’t read book 1 yet, here is the link.

Things are not always simple or what they seem.
Daria McClaren is content. She has her dance school, her cousin Celine and the man of her dreams. Literally.
Iauron is uneasy. As the High King of the Fae, his chosen Queen Verisiel is calling to him, but he cannot find her. The court insists that she has crossed over. He is not so sure that is the case. He has searched every realm looking. Every realm, but the human one.
The race is on. Beyond the veil lie truths waiting to be revealed. Which one will have the courage to look? Will they be in time?

Until next week…Happy Reading!

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~Jolanthe~

Crunch Time

Last week I said that I was hopeful to have both covers for you for the re-launch for Book of Time & Book of Change. Book of Time is close, but not quite, so I’m going to have to hold off one more week on that one…but here’s Book of Change with its facelift. we changed fonts and updated the back text….nothing major, but a big difference when we factor in that the rest of the series will have a common font and element for the covers to tie them together…Promise, it will be worth the wait!!

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Once I have them both, they will both be reloaded to the print and ebook vendors for release…who knows, maybe March 7th when C.A.S.E. Revelations, we’ll have even more to look forward too. Stay tuned!

Setback? Make new deadlines …

This past week has been one of small progress, and a tremendous amount of pain to get there. But I made it through my first week back at work.

I finally got my manuscript back to the editor for the last round of edits. Hopefully, a quick turn over, and Eternal Embrace will be on the desk of my publisher for March 6. In the meantime, I’m going over A Destiny Denied and apply what I’ve learned, correcting grammatical errors and strengthening POV’s (the dreaded Point of View). I need to finish that one before I start on Blindsided, book 4 of The Kindred series. I’ve got a novella and several short stories that are going to keep me busy the rest of the year. Seems my goal is to finish all the stories so I can get them published.

One of the author hats I now wear, and there are many, is the one for promoting and marketing. I’ve got that one out for this weekend. I need to get on track with getting the word out on Eternal Embrace’s upcoming release. I’ve got some work to do on my newsletter too. To entice subscriptions, I’m putting together a package for one lucky reader. Since Mardi Gras and my birthday are so close together this year, I decided to celebrate by giving away a Kindle Fire and a beautiful Mardi Gras mask, among other goodies. If you want to enter, go to www.madisongranger.com and scroll down to the bottom of the page. You’ll find the Sign Up box to my newsletter.

I also have one other important detail to take care of this weekend, and that’s to post reviews. I’ve read a few amazing books and not only do I want to let the author know how much I enjoyed their books, I also want to let other readers know too. Believe me, reviews mean everything to the author. Amazon keeps track of the number of reviews and when a writer gets a certain amount, they start promoting the book. So, if you’ve read a book that you truly enjoyed, please leave a review. It doesn’t need to be long or wax poetic, a simple “I loved it” will do nicely. Please take a moment out of your busy life and leave a review.

Until next week,

~ Madison

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Snippet

My brain is mush. That being said, I’m doing a mad mental scramble to find a blog post. aaaaaack! So my coffee provided the idea of doing a little sneak snippet of The Veiled Path of Destiny~The Veil Book 2. Mind you it is unedited and subject to change, but here you go.

 

 

At the mental call of Daria, Iauron sifted, without hesitation, to the healing waters grotto ready to confront whoever managed to breach his wards. His senses quickly told him the there was no foe to defeat or defend his Queen against, He swallowed the bitter taste of panic which had risen at the thought of her being taken from him once again. Closing his eyes, he inhaled deeply, and reached within for his center.

Daria felt him before she saw him. His warm energy reached out to touch her even as the warm water swirled around her, lapping at her skin with its silky wet kisses as she moved towards the water’s edge. “You came.” She thought at him.

Dark blue eyes opened, piercing her with their heat and intensity. “Did you doubt I would?” One by one, an article of clothing sifted away with each step he took forward. “Did I not request you wait until I could be with you before coming to the grotto?”

Iridescent silver eyes darkened to a smoky gray drank in the epitome of male perfection stalking towards her. A seductive smile gracing her lips, Daria stood. Water sluiced down her pale skin, effectively drawing Iauron’s gaze to the watery pearls reluctantly dripping from the tips of her swollen nipples. “A request is not the same as an order.”

“The order was well implied.”

“You should know me well enough to know I hardly ever take orders well.”

“You should know me well enough, mo grá, to know there are punishments for those who do not follow my orders.”
The Veiled Path to Destiny~The Veil Book 2 © Jolanthe Aleksander

Until next week…Happy Reading!

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~Jolanthe~

#AmWriting

Lately I feel like I’ve used that hashtag to the point that it should be falling apart. Guess not, cuz it still works just fine. 🙂

I wrapped one WIP Sunday morning just before 2:00 am. I spent most of the day getting all my ducks in line to give to the accountant for taxes, and then…like I have been for weeks, sat back down at the desk to work on yet another tale until the wee hours of the morning. See…I meant it when I said I was going to try to make up ground this year.

I have set an aggressive schedule for myself and with a little help from the family (insert, less than 2 interruptions per hour), I’m on track to get there. By the end of April I will have a book, a boxed set, and an anthology out. I have a novella planned for May, another book for July, and yet another book for mid-fall in the midst of Con-crazy. A second anthology is scheduled for October as well. The only unknown now is a story that kicked me awake and has been taunting me to get into the mashup. The jury is out on if that will happen in ’17 as well or not.

Come on…I’m crazy but sheesh.

Add to the mix that professionally I’m up for a promotion, which almost certainly translates to relocation, making ‘aggressive’ is a mild word. Beyond all this…I will be re-booting Book of Time with a new cover, and Book of Change got a facelift too. If everything comes together, next weeks post will be GORGEOUS!

Last, there’s a cover overhaul planned for Viva Zapata & the Magic 8-Ball as I’ve gotten tons of feedback about the cover and the need for it to be more indicative of the subject…I heard…I’m trying to line that up too.

Signing season begins in just over a month with Booking in Biloxi…do you have tickets? Do you want a pair?? Find me on Fb to claim a set.

I need to get back to words, cuz you know…they don’t write themselves. Until next time, read something good and share with a friend. See you on the pages.

Making it work …

This past week has been a struggle. I have been fighting my body’s limitations in order to work on edits of Eternal Embrace. It’s been hard going, and it’s not over yet. My knee is not healed enough to allow me to sit at my desk for prolonged periods of time.

My daughter tried to rig up a table that would hold my desktop so I could use it while lying in bed. Thankfully I have a touchscreen, so I don’t have to deal with towers and extra parts. I love the convenience called wireless. While the set up was working, it wasn’t perfect. I kept waiting for the table to collapse and take my desktop with it. I finally gave up and we put it back on my writing table.I finally conceded that editing was only going to get done in several hour-long increments of a day. It was the best I could come up with.

This past Wednesday I had my two-week appointment with my orthopedic surgeon. I can go back to work on Monday, as long as I continue with my exercises. I’m not out of the woods yet, but the trail is clearly marked. I can do this.

Today, I broke down and bought a laptop. Maybe after the fact, but I’m in bed with my leg propped up as I write this blog. The way I look at it, whatever works. I need to get a handle on these edits as quickly as possible. I still have one round with my editor before the manuscript is sent to my publisher for her crack at it. My schedule is skewed but I think it’s still salvageable. No matter how I look at it, I’m on a mission. Eternal Embrace needs to get finished. Hopefully, my next blog will be news of another story taking precedence.

Until next week,

~Madison

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Time Warp

Time wise, this has been a weird week. My internal clock has either been a day behind or a day ahead, and it’s only Wednesday. Yep. I checked, multiple times today.

It’s February already. Time is flying fast. Savannah has a book due to drop in March. Madison is in edits for her second book. Me….I’m racing to the end of The Veiled Path to Destiny. I would like to apologize to the readers waiting so patiently for this book, and to thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm. You are truly who this book is for. I’m working to make it worth your wait and patience. On that note…I’m off to put words on the page.

Until next week…Happy Reading!

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~Jolanthe~

Too many directions, not enough gray matter

OIY! Last week I knew I had forgotten something, but like Neville’s ‘rembril’…I couldn’t find what I’d forgotten…remembered it now though – it was my weekly post here. OOOPS.

So, what has me running it so many directions you ask? Wellll….here’s the list:

Starting last week, the preorder campaign went up for the Prowlers and Growlers Box set that I’m in…HOLYMOLY – you want this set. 22 all new stories from a mad conflagration of authors – many of them best sellers or award winners all on their own…and it’s 99 pennies for a limited time…four days into Pre Order, it’s already hit #1 in two outlets, and two countries.

grab your copy with the links here:

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Join the dark side with ***ALL NEW*** stories from some of your favorite NY Times, USA Today, and Award Winning, Bestselling authors.
Step into the shadows with witches, werewolves, shifters, vampires, and soul mates: the sizzling hot alphas you love.
Are you fated to find your fantasy lover in these seductive, steamy pages bursting with danger and desire? Claim your book boyfriend now!
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iBooks: http://hyperurl.co/PnGiB
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2jJSDvf
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2kfFjSp

THEN, tomorrow…is the cover reveal and Pre Order open for my next book:

follow along on my Facebook author page to see it.

C.A.S.E. Revelations.

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Release Date – March 7, 2017

A simple mistake brings the world to its knees with no notice or time to prepare. Young and inexperienced, first term president Baron York will have a lot to answer for when it’s finally done. If, that is, there’s anyone left to answer to.
Lessons from The Great Depression make an encore performance at the Hamilton property as they try to stay alive…and sane. Where were you when the world went dark and everything stopped?

Folks who get my newsletter got to see the cover today, but have to wait for the preorder with everyone else. Not getting my newsletter?? We can fix that. On my website…towards the bottom of the homepage is “NEXT STEPS” The link to subscribe is there and you too can get the latest delivered to your mailbox.

After that is the Sultry & Sinful: Femmes of Paranormal Anthology that is also coming out in April. The marketing for that is going to be amping up soon as well. Keep watching.

The rest of 2017 is a blur. Signings start in March with Booking In Biloxi, put on by the Crazy Cajun Book Lovers for the third year. North Iowa Book Bash is in early April brought by the BFF Bookies…both events are amazing.

Writing wise there are several more titles to come in ’17 from me.
Keep an eye out for details on:

Ella’s cinder – Rags to Riches in Reverse
Book of Mysteries – The Custos series Book 3
an Untitled piece for the Halloween in Savannah anthology due in October
a piece I’m playing with called Gravedigger
and lastly an idea I’m toying with based on reader requests – a follow-up to Viva Zapata & the Magic 8-Ball WIP titled Zapatista Revolution

Soooooo…yeahp, just a few kettles bubbling up right now. Apologies for missing last week. Forgive me? Hope so. Til next time, read something great.
See you on the pages!
Sav

Rehab, Releases and Cover Reveals

It’s been almost two weeks since I’ve had my knee replacement surgery. It’s been emotional, pain-filled, and challenging. I’ve been depressed, excited, and every mood in between. I’ve reached the point where I’m able to get around easier and can do more things for myself. It will be a while yet before I can say I’m healed, but at the same time, I’m close to being able to resume my normal routine.

The best part of being laid up was being able to visit with my friends. Some by phone, others dropped by to visit, it was great being able to catch up on old times. We seldom take time out of our busy lives to visit with friends. Our days are always filled with work and other responsibilities. This past week has been filled with a lot of laughter, hugs, and King Cake. If you’re out of commission around Mardi Gras, take advantage of the fact and make it work for you.

I’ve also spent time working on edits of Eternal Embrace. Not as much as I should have, but I’m building tolerance once again to sit at my desk. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get in a few more chapters this evening before I call it quits. I need to step up my pace because my release date is April 11 and I want to make sure everything stays on schedule.

I’ve got an author take over this evening too. E. A. Copen is hosting the Multi-Author Mega Release party. Drop by and say Hi! I’ll be doing the cover reveal for Eternal Embrace. My slot will be at 7 pm EST / 6 pm CST https://www.facebook.com/events/1710428899247955/  Since today is the official cover reveal, you’ll get first crack at the new cover. I’m thrilled to no end. Cover artist Victoria Miller has outdone herself, once again.

So, it’s back to work for me. Leg therapy and edits are my main priorities. Enjoy your weekend.

Till next week,

~ Madison

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