Author Archives: Madison Granger

When your muse speaks . . .

A few weeks ago I had all my ducks lined up. I had a schedule. Finish To Kill A Demon and Heart of Stone, get them published this year. Finish Blindsided and get it ready for release in April 2019. Spend the remainder of 2019 writing Deuces Wild, the final installment of The Kindred series. I was good with the plan.

Then, I had a conversation with one of the nurses I work with. I’d just found out her genre of choice was paranormal romance. She was interested in reading my books. Jokingly, I told her my next project would be in a hospital setting but I wasn’t sure where I would go with it. She told me about a doctor she once worked with. And, there it was—the premise for another book! I’m hoping this one can wait until 2019, but you know how that goes. Once the muse raises its head . . .  I’m so excited about the idea, I contacted my cover artist. She told me she’d drop everything to get on this one. This is a sign, right? I’ll have to see how it goes, but I have a feeling my muse is going to have sit in a corner for the new kid.

For now, I’m promoting the release of A Destiny Denied. I hope you already got your copy. If not, you can get it HERE. The third installment of my Kindred series, this is Doc and Maggie’s story. As with all my Kindred books, they are much more than just one warrior and his Promised Soul. The Kindred are a clan, and their lives intertwine. There’s a LOT going on, and Destiny is no different. Let me know what you think by leaving a review. I always appreciate feedback.

I’m happy to say that To Kill A Demon is with the Beta readers and is scheduled for the editor’s desk in mid-May. That one should stay on schedule for release in August. Now, I’m focused on finishing Heart of Stone. So far, so good.

Until next week,

~Madison

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Special Days

I write because I enjoy it. I love escaping into a world of my own making where my characters come to life. I often wonder about my readers, though. Do they enjoy my books? Do they like my characters and the world they live in? My family and friends are supportive of my work, and they tell me they like my writing. But what about other readers . . . the ones I don’t know. That random person who one-clicks a book on Amazon?

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to meet a couple of them. I was having lunch with my friend, F. J. Roberts, at a local restaurant. Our server told me she’d read one of my books and wanted to read the others. I happily supplied her with rack cards, thinking that was the end of it. She soon came back to our table asking if I would mind meeting one of her co-workers. Another woman had read my books and was a huge fan. Seriously? I had a fan?? Of course, I wanted to meet her. I was soon introduced to a lovely young woman by the name of Talisha. She was obviously nervous, and I did my best to put her at ease. Her story was a familiar one; her love of books, reading to escape the pressures of life’s little problems. Thankfully, F.J. had enough presence of mind to snap a picture of the two of us.

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Finding out that someone truly enjoyed my books gave me an indescribable thrill. Believe me, it was the highlight of my day. Knowing that there are people out there who enjoy my books, who eagerly look forward to my next one . . . those are the ones that keep me on track. I am grateful to those readers.

With that kind of motivation, I can’t stop now. I have stories to tell.

Until next week,

~Madison

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One down, two to . . . Get in line!

You finally get to the point you’ve been working toward. THE END. The air whooshes out of you, leaving you slumped in the chair, exhausted but exhilarated. That’s where I found myself a few days ago. To Kill A Demon is finally finished. I even threw in an extra story because it nagged at me to be included.

Unfortunately, that wonderful feeling of accomplishment only lasted until I had to start revisions. The first draft means you have the story down on paper. Now, comes the hard part . . .  making sure everything works. No plot holes, add descriptions, fix typos, and a million other details that will make the book as good as it can be. Only then, does it go to the editor. Once the editor sends it back, the process starts all over again. By the time my publisher gets it in a formatted version, it’s been proofed so many times I don’t even want to look at it any more. But, that’s the way it goes.

I’m really looking forward to this one, because it’s my first Urban Fantasy piece. I hope everyone likes it as much as I did writing it Sully and Larke were fun. They’re tough, snarky, and a hell of a demon-hunting duo. I have a feeling they may come around again, either as a full-sized novel or another anthology. That one will have to wait until I finish the other two waiting in line, though. At least I’m making progress.

Until next week,

~Madison

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Celebrating my book babies’ birthdays

When my days off finally roll around, the first day is spent doing mundane chores; laundry, shopping, and all the other tasks left undone during my work rotation. While I go about my day my mind is on two things, the topic for this week’s blog and channeling my characters in my WIP. The blog is usually more difficult. I never know what I’m going to write about. Usually, I sit at my desk and words spill out on the page. I started this as a diary of sorts, chronicling my journey as a writer. Believe me, it’s not a glamourous life. If you’ve followed my blog for the last couple of years, you know it’s a constant whirl of emotions, LOTS of revisions, frustrations and small triumphs. I can’t say I’d change a thing, either.

Lately, I’ve been promoting my upcoming release, making teasers and swag, preparing for another giveaway (I’ll give you more details on that in a bit), and working on my WIP. I also signed up for another Reviewer Roundup with Kelli Smith coming up April 18. I’m really excited about it because it’s for series only! The “Spring into Series” is a multi-genre event guaranteed to have something for everyone. I’ll have my Kindred series listed and will be posting notices closer to the event.

Now, for a quick rundown on my giveaway. I have declared April as Kindred Month! All of my Kindred book babies are released in April. To celebrate I’m giving away a set of all my books, signed of course, and a special swag package to one lucky winner. There’s a catch, however. Isn’t there always? You have to be signed up for my newsletter to find the key to enter. If you haven’t already signed up, you can do it here: https://www.madisongranger.com/ You have to hurry, though. My newsletter goes out tomorrow, so you need to sign up TODAY!

Until next week,

~Madison

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Finding my Passion

In the midst of making teasers and swag for my upcoming release, I decided to make myself a charm bracelet. I seldom wear bracelets, and never was really into charms, but this one was going to be a special one. I made tiny book cover charms for the books I’ve written, including the three I intend to publish this year. Added to that, I have charms that pertain to each book. Once I got them all on the bracelet, I was amazed at how full the links were already. Looking over the charms made me realized how exciting the last two and a half years have been. That’s right, I started Phoenix Rising in August of 2015. My life has certainly changed for the better. I can’t imagine not writing, now.

I’ll never get rich, and I may never make that elusive best seller list, but those were never goals when I started writing. They still aren’t. I started writing because I had a story that had to get out. Now that my Kindred series is more than half done, I’m working on other stories. I’ve found something I truly enjoy doing. I’ve found my passion.

I’m discovering I have a faithful following of readers who enjoy my stories, too. That’s my reward. Not money, not a label to stick on my book cover, (though I would be lying if I said I don’t want it 😉) No, my greatest reward is when a reader tells me how much they enjoy my books, eagerly waiting for the next one. This past week I’ve been able to visit with a few of those special friends. This is the best kind of encouragement to keep me writing.

On that note, I’ll leave you with the link to my upcoming release, A Destiny Denied. You can pre-order now for only 99 pennies. Grab your copy now! If my Kindred series is new to you, book one is Phoenix Rising, followed by Eternal Embrace. My sexy Alpha warriors would love to meet you.

Till next week,

~Madison

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From WIPs to Releases

I’ve spent the past week working on my urban fantasy novel, To Kill A Demon. I finally finished the last story. Well, I thought it was the last one. I started a short story a while back. It had to do with zombies. *shudders* Personally, I don’t care for zombies. Don’t like the movies, and I sure don’t want to write about them. My muse, however, had other ideas. So, the story was started, but never finished. The closer I got to finishing the WIP, the more the zombie story kept jumping in my head, wanting to be completed. I’m not sure which way to go, either finish it as it is, or change the zombies to something I can deal with. Believe me, at this point, suggestions are welcome! Either way, I’m afraid it’s insisting on being a part of the Chronicles of Sully and Larke, which is going to give me seven action-packed tales.

Have you seen my pre-order link for A Destiny Denied? I’ve been posting it everywhere! Book three of The Kindred Series will be released April 10. If you pre-order now, you can get it for only 99 pennies. That’s a hard deal to beat! Get Doc and Maggie’s story HERE

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Until next week,

~Madison

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Always learning . . .

The past couple of days I’ve spent working on a video trailer for my upcoming release, A Destiny Denied. After countless attempts and edits, I finally figured out how to make the new program work. I was so impressed with the results, I paid for the pro membership. That’s saying a lot. My advertising budget is practically nonexistent. I’ve had to do what I can, when I can, with what I have available. Having a video trailer for your book is not a necessity. I just happen to like them. I think they add a nice touch when you’re trying to promote your latest release. I have one for all of my books. With Kizoa, I’ll be able to continue making them.

Today, I’ll be attending a Writer’s Conference. The schedule is jam packed with workshops and celebrated speakers such as R. L. Stine (Goosebumps fame), Monique Patterson (St. Martin’s Press executive editor), Jaycee Ford, and Melissa Marr, among many others. I went last year for the first time. While I found it interesting, I was disappointed to find that it was all geared toward publishing houses. Pleased to see that this year’s schedule has topics that address self-publishing, I have a feeling I’ll get a lot more out of the experience. I’m sure I’ll leave with inspirations and new ideas to keep me writing.

Speaking of which, there’s a story that requires my attention.

Till next week,

~Madison

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Living Two Lives

When I got to the point of realizing I was actually going to publish a book, I decided to use a pen name, rather than my real name. Not for any enigmatic reason, rather a very simple one. I don’t care for my real name. Never did. My real name is very plain. To make matters worse, it’s spelled in the masculine form. Choosing Madison Granger was a decision I never regretted.

One of my closest friends has told me more than once that there’s a difference between Madison and me. He calls me by both names. I realize now there are subtle changes when in my ‘Madison’ persona.

This past week found me wishing I could be Madison all the time, living happily ever after in her world. Madison gets to write, interact with readers, and right now, is beaming with happiness from some incredible reviews on Save the Last Dance. Thank you, Kelli Smith and your Reviewer Roundup, for making that possible! Madison is in her happy place, working on the last short story to add to the anthology, To Kill a Demon. A Destiny Denied has been sent to the publisher, awaiting an April release.

The other me has to go to the day job to pay the bills. Such is life.

Till next week,

~Madison

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Trying to Please Everyone

It can’t be done.

That should be the end of this week’s blog. Right? In all honesty, probably so. But, I can’t leave you hanging, wondering what’s going on in my world, can I?

I signed up once again to an online event known as The Reviewer Roundup. This is an awesome opportunity to garner much needed reviews for your books. The Roundup is split in two, first week for novellas, the second week is for novels. Readers enter, read the books, and leave honest reviews. Prizes are involved, and everyone has a great time. I love the idea. Like I said, this is not my first time at it. Kelli Smith is an awesome marketer, and I have always been thrilled with the results of her services, whether it be swag or events.

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The event has just started, and already there are reviews being posted for my novella, Save the Last Dance. So far, I’m more than pleased with them. What little criticism there is seems to be the same. The readers want more . . . more depth, more conflict, more background, more story. My initial reaction was It’s a novella! If I add all that, it will be a novel.

But I get what they’re saying. Believe me, I pay attention to those reviews. Those are the things that make me a better writer. My next work will be stronger for it. I’ll make sure there is more depth, conflict, and background. I know I can’t please everyone. Doesn’t stop me from trying.

Till next week,

~Madison

 

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A Sense of Accomplishment

When I got down to the final stages to have Save the Last Dance published, and A Destiny Denied edited, I was ahead of the game. Things had worked out where I had enough time to correct any errors, take my time with the final prep work, and have them on my publisher’s desk for publication. Save the Last Dance was released three weeks ahead of schedule. I have two more months until Destiny is released. When I got my edits back, I took my time with corrections, making countless passes trying to catch everything. This week I started formatting.

I’m the kind of person who learns by doing. As with anything, it gets easier after doing it enough times. Formatting has given me my fair share of grief. I’m not to the point where I can say I’ve got it mastered, either. But, I’m way closer than I’ve ever been. Getting the margins set is pretty easy. I simply copy from a cheat sheet I created when I formatted Eternal Embrace.

My bone of contention has always been the header and footer. To be honest, the header has been easy the last two times I did it. So, I think I can say “I’ve got this.” Not so much with the page numbers. For one, I don’t like Roman numerals on the front and back matter. I prefer the actual story to have page numbers, period. But, the page numbers can’t start on Chapter 1 . . . oh no, they have to start on the next page. So, you end up starting the book around page 12. Then, my battle begins. Each chapter is a section. Each section has to be linked to the previous one. So on, and so on. Coming home from work, I would try to format the damnable numbers. Only to have them out of order, scattered all over the place, or something else. Each night I would go back to square one, to try again the next day. I finally got a day off where I could focus solely on numbering the book. Lo and behold, the numbers lined up beautifully! Believe me, I hit save before I could lose it.

While I was on a roll, I even figured out how to increase the DPI on an image I was using. It’s been a good day! Even with all this, I’m going to go over the book a couple of more times before I send it on to my publisher. Since I have the time, I want it to be as close to perfect as it can be. If I did something wrong, I’ll still have time to fix it.

After that, I can get back to writing. Life is good.

Till next week,

~Madison

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