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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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New year…new mud puddle

FABULOUSNESS. Total fabulousness.

You may or may not be aware of my Rhino philosophy, business model, or life plan…but I’m a Rhino. Sometimes, Rhinos need to plop into a mud puddle and just do the downtime.  Late last week, I and my mini-unihorns headed south for some R&R and dang it if wasn’t perfection. Sweet perfection with a double scotch on top.

Ever notice that you think you know how worn you are…but once you’re back, it’s like…I had no idea how out of psycho I really was? Or realizing how crappy you feel, but only after you feel better? I’m not going to front like I’m magically batting 1000 again, cuz Goddess knows I could use more of the mud puddle…but I’m better. And, I’m coming into clearer focus on what I need to do to hit the marks.

With so many looming deadlines, I couldn’t see how to do anything but keep pushing forward. Except, pushing forward was just bungling the gears and making me edgy. Pause the gas pedal and pull back. Breaks are good.

I literally slept in a lake with my head through an inner tube to keep it above water. Best nap I’ve had in ages. Not to mention time with the extended family was enlightening and pleasant. No pressure, no phones…just food and chill. All shop talk was dropped at the main road and left for the return trip.
Gods, I can’t wait to go again.

Tomorrow starts 3 weeks in a row of releases, so get your one-click fingers ready.

Twelve (Flip-Flopped Fairy Tales) hits the 14th
Rogue (Una-Mor Trilogy book 1) hits the 21st
Black Guard (Una-Mor Trilogy book 2) hits the 28th.

 

I’ll have an update on the other dates next week…There are at least 3 in September, but there’s a chance there will be more.
🙂 Just depends on how therapeutic that mud really was.

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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New Year – Need some new brain cells

Yep. It’s been a while since I posted. How can I tell? Because I couldn’t remember my password for the life of me. Woops.

I still have more covers to share with you, but thanks to some serious schedule shifting for releases…I’m under not one, not two…but FOUR deadlines. I’m living in the chair and feeling like I can’t make headway fast enough. OOF.

July took a renegade course as it was audit month at the daily deal and I lost an assessor mid-way. The buck stops here, so I ended up making a couple extra trips downstate to compensate for the shortage. Add 2 AMAZING signing events and I’m full up, but still running on E.

But, as we have learned over the past years…this too shall pass and my crazy ass will be wherever with bells on and books to share. It’s just how I go.

I’m restocking titles for Show Me Your Books Kansas City, Penned Con and maybe for Booking in Baton Rouge too…that one might be an additional order later. I am perilously low on several titles, and that just won’t do. So, the man in Brown will be visiting me for the foreseeable weeks as things come in and hopefully, I get my deal together before I hit the next hotel.

Where will I see you?

I’ll be in to share more covers and news soon. For now, read something great and tell your friends!
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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

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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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

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