Author Archives: Madison Granger

Old friends and comfort zones . . .

While it’s fun to start a story with fresh characters and exciting new worlds, it’s just as satisfying to get back to a series in progress. Getting back with familiar faces and settings is as comforting as a warm blanket on a winter day. I find it easier to pick up where I left off and easier to continue my train of thought. Everything seems to flow in my series. I don’t know if it’s just me or if other writers feel the same. It’s not something I ever asked. It does make me wonder, though. Is this why authors like Sherrilyn Kenyon have twenty-something books in her Dark Hunter series? Maybe that familiar place is just easier to write about.

Getting back to work on Blindsided has been a labor of love. The Kindred are eager to share their stories with me. I have noticed however, that the twins are staying in the background, just out of reach. That sneaky duo are going to make me work for their story, which is the last installment of my series. So far, they haven’t given me a clue as to what Deuces Wild will be about. Oh well, they’re going to have to give it up soon enough.

On another front, the countdown has begun. Only a month left before I pack up and head to my state capital for Booking in Baton Rouge. I haven’t been to a big signing since my debut in Atlanta, so I’m nervous as well as excited. I’ve got books and swag, all I need are you guys. Hope some of you can make it.

Until next week,

~Madison

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Summer colds and skewed plans . . .

I want to lead off by saying that my thoughts and prayers are with everyone having to deal with Florence and her aftermath. Hurricanes and storm surges are devastating. I’ve seen the destruction first hand. It’s not something you ever forget.

Plans for my days off went a little sideways this time around. Knocked low by a summer cold, I decided to go ahead and get my flu shot out of the way. Right now, I feel like death warmed over and spent the first two days of my days off sleeping. I’m pretty sure I’ll live but it was iffy at one point.

I’m going over Heart of Stone a few more times, making sure everything is in place before it goes to the editor. I still have some time, so I’m good on that front. I really need to finish though, so I can get back to Blindsided. I still have a ways to go before the next installment of my Kindred series is done, and I want to have it completed for the end of the year. These are my personal deadlines. I’m trying to stick to them. I want to have all of 2019 to devote to my final Kindred installment, Deuces Wild. Something tells me I’m going to need a cleared calendar because I have no clue what the twins have in store for me . . . not even a hint.

After that, . . . Don’t worry, there’s more. 😊 My coworkers are insisting on a book with a hospital setting. Big surprise there. Three guesses what type of paranormal my hero is . . .

Before I forget . . . don’t forget about Booking in Baton Rouge! I’ll be there on Oct. 20 from 11 am to 4 pm. Lots of authors and BOOKS! You can get your tickets HERE.

Until next week,

~Madison

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Life Lessons

I had the most interesting conversation with a fellow author the other day. A woman called me, asking for advice about a book signing at the local library that was coming up next month. I’m always willing to help out when I can, and we soon ended up chatting like old friends.

This woman may have never been to a book signing, but that didn’t mean she didn’t know her way around the literary block. In the past year, she’d self-published five books, garnering hundreds of five-star reviews. Not only that, but she had a Reader’s group, an ARC group, a Street Team, and probably a couple more I’ve forgotten. All of them with hundreds of readers actively participating to help promote her books. I was stunned. I was more than a little envious.

She was quick to point out that she didn’t work outside the home. Her children were grown and at college. She spent all her time writing and networking in groups. She’d hired a graphic artist, an editor, a formatter, and someone to promote her works. She even had a PA who worked for free. She was also drowning. Trying to keep up with everything had her working from the early hours of morning till late at night, every single day. Oh, she loved what she was doing, but she was racing against time to keep up with it all.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized that her life was not for me. I work full-time. I have a family. While I don’t have any young children, my girls still depend on me. The best I can manage is to publish two books a year. For the most part, book signings are out for me. Either my work schedule works against me, or I can’t afford to go, plain and simple. I’m learning to accept what I can do, and what I cannot. I can’t hold myself up against other authors. I can only do what I can do. That has to be enough.

I admire women who can do it all. I used to be one of them. Times have changed, and so have I. I’m learning to be content with my life. I may never have hundreds of readers, but the ones I have are awesome. If it’s meant to be, the numbers will grow. If not, that’s okay, too. For now, I’ll spend my days off working on the next manuscript.

Until next week,

~Madison

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Getting my Groove Back

I am happy to report that I’ve had a most productive week. My first urban fantasy, To Kill A Demon has been released. While not taking off quite as well as I’d hoped, I’m still confidant that once I find that group of urban fantasy readers, Demon will find a home. I don’t regret writing in a different genre. I’m proud of this book and know it will be appreciated on its own one day soon.  You can still get it for 99 cents HERE.

My formatting job went smoother than I could have dreamed. I figured I would spend my entire five days off working on it, having to send it to the publisher for the final tweaks. To my amazement, I finished it in one day with no issues. Well, none that I’ve heard back on, anyway. On my end, it was letter perfect. I’m just tickled that I’m beginning to understand the mysteries of formatting.

To make everything even sweeter, I finished going over my friend’s debut novel. He made his corrections and formatted it. Hitting upon a few snags, he sent it to me to see if I could fix it. I had my doubts but agreed to look at it. Once again … trumpets sounding … I figured it out and fixed the problem. Yay, me! You have no idea how excited I am. To me, this is a huge accomplishment.

I’ve started working on Heart of Stone again. Figuring the best way is to start at the beginning and work my way through it. I don’t mind. It feels great to be in the swing of things once again.

Until next week,

~Madison

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All the Hats

Being part of a hybrid publishing house means you have to do a little of everything. Not only do I write, I also do a bit of proofreading, editing, and formatting. I am nowhere near proficient at any of these, though I’m getting better. One day, I hope to be able to take on editing and formatting as professionally as my publisher. It’s a goal.

I’m almost finished going over my friend’s debut novel. If things go right, I’ll be done in a few days, leaving me available to format another friend’s latest work. Each effort brings me a little closer to understanding the complicated world of formatting. I may not get it completely right, but I’ll give it my best shot.

After these projects, it’s back to work on a novel I have in the works to be released in December. One of my beta readers pointed out a few weak spots that I’ve been itching to fix. After taking a trip the other day to the New Orleans Museum of Art, I have a few changes I need to make, too. It’s been too long since I was able to sit at my desk and let the words flow. The excitement is building.

Don’t forget! My first urban fantasy will release August 28. You can still pre-order To Kill A Demon for 99 cents!  Get your copy HERE

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Until next week,

~Madison

 

So it begins …

This has been a productive authory week, and I have to admit it feels good. To Kill A Book1Demon2SmallDemon is up for pre-order, releasing on August 28. You can grab your Kindle Edition here for only 99 pennies. I hope you enjoy reading the adventures of Sully and Larke as much as I did in telling their tales.

One of my closest friends is getting close to releasing his debut novel. I’ve been going over it with a fine-toothed comb, making sure it’s as error free as it can get. I’m not sure which one of us is more excited about his baby. I’ve read it so many times, I feel like I know it almost as well as one of my own.

Of course, there always seems to be that one piece of bad that tends to give me grief. It seems that Facebook is cracking down on professionals from promoting their wares on their profile pages. Yes, I have an author page on Facebook, but the majority of my friends and readers are on my profile page, not my author page. Now, according to the Facebook police, we can’t post anything about our business on our profile page without risking being shut down, which means anything about my books. Which is fine and dandy, I’ll post on my author page. Unfortunately, not many will see those posts. Therein lies the problem. How do you get your friends to LIKE your business page, other than asking? I guess I’ll see in the coming days as I ask all of you to come over to the other page and LIKE me. I hope you’ll join me there. I would hate for you to miss out on the fun.  https://www.facebook.com/MadisonGrangerAuthor/

Before this weekend is over, I still have to put together a newsletter and finalize plans for Booking in BR 2018Booking in Baton Rouge. I’ve ordered my books, reserved my room, and touched base with the event coordinator. Need to go over my swag and see what I’ve got, and what I’m going to need. It’s been three years since I’ve been to a book signing of this caliber. I’m equally nervous and excited. If you’re going to be in the Baton Rouge area October 20, you can get tickets for the event here. I hope to see you there.

 

Until next week,

~Madison

 

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Now that I’m back …

Things are looking up lately and it’s a nice change of pace. I finally got Demon off to the publisher. If things work out, I’ll still have that August release. It may be toward the end of the month, but I’ll be keeping my personal deadline of August. Still need to work on promos to get the word out.

I sent Heart of Stone off to a couple of my beta readers. The feedback was sorely needed. I knew the story needed “more,” I just wasn’t sure what points needed it. Now, I have a better idea of what and where to fix what’s lacking.

In between my own works, I need to buckle down to help out a friend. He’s *this close* to releasing his first novel, and I promised him a thorough going over before it makes it way to the public. While doing that, I need to pull some quotes so I can work on his teaser promos, too.

No rest for the weary, here. As soon as I get all of this done, it’s back to work on Blindsided. There’s a lot more to go before it’s finished, and that deadline will be here before I know it.

Until next week,

Madison

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Getting there … slowly

To say I’ve been busy is a profound understatement. Settling into a new place is usually something I enjoy. This time around, not so much. While I love all the windows, it leaves little wall space for my many prints. Keepsakes that were kept in the attic have found themselves on the floor in my office. I don’t want to put them in storage because it isn’t climate controlled, but I have no other choice. There’s just not enough room for everything. I’ll get through it. It will just take time.

In between boxes, I did manage to finish up To Kill A Demon. I’m 90% finished with the formatting. A few more tweaks and I should be able to send it to my publisher before the weekend is over. As usual, formatting never goes smoothly for me. I always seem to run into a snag or two along the way. Thankfully, my niece came to my rescue and is helping me. Though why for the life of me you can upload a perfect copy to Createspace and still find issues. I just don’t get it! Maybe one day I’ll figure it all out, but I’m pretty sure it won’t be this day.

For now, it’s back to finishing up the formatting and unpacking more boxes. There’s light at the end of the tunnel, but it’s still a pinpoint. I’ll keep working at it. At least, the background of rain of the roof is soothing. Today will be a better day.

Until next week,

~Madison

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Light at the end of the tunnel

I’m sitting at my desk in my new house. Yes, I’m surrounded by boxes yet to be unpacked, but that will come in time. The good news is that thanks to my daughter and a few awesome friends, we have made the move from one home to another. I knew I had a lot of stuff, but the amount to go through was staggering. Clothing was donated, pieces found new homes, a lot was discarded, and precious memories were rediscovered. The challenge is to find places for everything in the new house. I have a feeling that storage unit I rented for just a couple of months may be in our possession a tad longer than anticipated.

I’ve gone through a lot emotionally, and I’m more than ready for my life to settle into some kind of normalcy. Now that I’ve got my office pretty much set up, I’m itching to get to work on the final edits of To Kill a Demon. Wednesday will start my five days off and you can bet I’ll be right here working on that manuscript. Hopefully, I can get it all together and formatted in that time. I think Sully and Larke have waited long enough. It’s time for you to meet them.

Until next week,

~Madison

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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