Author Archives: Madison Granger

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

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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

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My muse stirs …

My writing, and everything related to it, has had to take a back seat because life demands my attention elsewhere. I’m still not able to claim time as my own just yet, but I’m getting there.

I did contact the cover artist who is doing my Kindred series for me, sending her the information she needs to start on Blindsided. As usual, my hero is very detailed and it’s going to be hard to find a stock model who fits his description. I can’t wait to see what Victoria Miller comes up. She hasn’t failed me yet. I expect nothing less this time around.

Not being able to write doesn’t mean my mind has been idle. I know exactly how to finish out the chapter I was working on. I’m eager to get back to the story. I have a feeling once I get to it, I won’t be coming up for air anytime soon.

Until next week,

~Madison

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One Day at a Time

A friend privately messaged me the other day, wondering where I’d been. There’s a lot going on right now that’s not up for discussion. Suffice to say, I haven’t been on social media much the past month. I have personal issues that require all of my attention. Until they are resolved, everything else is on hold.

Thankfully, I’m between projects, so there isn’t any deadline looming over my head. I’m still waiting on my publisher’s final read of Demon. Once I get that, I’ll have to get back to the grindstone. Until then … I have time.

My muse is being patient with me. While I want to work on Blindsided, it’s not a persistent nag. Though, I am thinking about the story line. Even though the release date isn’t until next year, I’ve been thinking about the cover. I might have to get that in the works. What better motivation than an awesome cover, right?

For now, I’m taking one day at a time. Things will work out, one way or the other, and I will deal with the outcome, whatever it may be. Please keep my family in your thoughts and prayers.

Until next week,

~Madison

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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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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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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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A Familiar Place and Old Friends

Book four of my Kindred series, Blindsided, was started sometime last year. About thirty thousand words in, I had to shelve it for more pressing projects. I put it away with reluctance. The story was virtually writing itself, and I hated leaving my world of The Kindred.

I am now ready to finish Blindsided. Of course, I had to reread what I had first, making a few corrections and tweaks. There’s so much happening in this installment I needed an outline to keep myself straight. Once I got a workable timeline, I could see the story a little clearer in my mind. All I have to do now is sit down and write. What I wouldn’t give for the luxury of staying at home to write all day. That, sadly, is wishing for the unattainable. At least, for the next few years. So, I make do the best I can, saving my writing for my five days off. That gives me ten days a month to devote to writing. Immersing myself into my world of warriors and Promised Souls is my ‘happy place.’ It’s a lot like going home.

I think you’ll enjoy the story I bring back with me.

Until next week,

~Madison

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The In-Between

I’m in that deceptive in-between place. I’ve finished one project, ready for the editor. Another project is completed, waiting its turn, while the next one up is still on the shelf, waiting patiently to be taken out to be worked on. Deceptive, because there really is no in-between in a writer’s world. Projects or WIP’s, whatever you choose to call them, always overlap. There’s always something that needs attention, some sort of promotion going on, something that needs revising or tweaking. A writer’s brain never shuts down. If I’m not thinking of one story, another one is tapping incessantly trying to garner my attention.

I know that as soon as I finish this blog, I’ll be opening the manuscript for Blindsided. It’s been awhile since I was in that world, so I’ll have to reread what I have, immersing myself in my favorite place with old friends. I remember how excited I was when I started it, and I know it’ll come back to me. I’m savoring the moment of anticipation, at the same time dreading it. Part of me wants to drag it out because writing will bring me that much closer to the end of the series. I try not to think that far ahead. I hate saying good-bye.

So, for this little space of time, I’m going to enjoy my in-between. Another cup of coffee sounds good, too.

Until next week,

~Madison

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Rave Reviews, A Writer’s Bliss

For the past three weeks, I’ve been floating on a very special cloud. I’d signed up for Kelli Smith’s Reviewer Roundup. I’d done this before with a novel and a novella at different times, with very good results. But this time, Kelli was trying something new. She was featuring book series only, no more than four books, giving the readers three weeks to get their reading in and reviews posted. Of course, I signed up my Kindred series. The third installment, A Destiny Denied, released April 11 and I was dying to know what readers thought of it, and the series so far.

Three words. Totally. Blown. Away. Today is the last day with tonight’s Author Meet and Greet, so I don’t have the final count, but going by what I do have is phenomenal! Twenty readers asked for my books. Albeit, three readers didn’t turn in reviews at all, and three others didn’t review all of them, but the others . . . OMG . . . they more than made up for it. Over one hundred thirty reviews on one to seven different platforms! Are you kidding me? I’m over the moon and beyond. The icing on the cake? Except for one three-star rating (which still had a decent review), all of the reviews were four and five stars!!

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Because of my day job and other things, I haven’t been able to attend any book signings to speak of in the last two years. That hurts me as a writer, because my name isn’t bandied about. While I’m on social media, I’m not publicly interacting with the readers. My books can fall into the cracks quite easily. I was scared that was happening to me. Thanks to Kelli Smith and her marketing genius, I don’t feel so “invisible” anymore. Readers like my stories. They’re eager for the next book in the series. They want to read my other works. This is music to any writer’s ears.

 

I’m diligently working on my next two books. One will be sent to the editor this month, the other is completed and waiting its turn. It won’t be long before I can return to Blindsided, the fourth installment of my Kindred series. I’m excited, all over again. My muse is rearing to go!

Until next week,

~Madison

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