Monthly Archives: July 2018

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