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New Year…new titles

This year will have a landmark number of new titles for me if I pull off everything I have planned. At the moment, I am one off the goal because of some mandatory training time for the other me, and I am adjusting. The goal is still possible, but it’s going to take every spare moment, and there really aren’t that many unaccounted for.

That said, let’s focus on happy things…like covers. I’ve been promising cover reveals and I have a BUNCH of them coming. I’m going to break them out over the next couple of weeks. Here today, I’m sharing the next cover in The Custos series, Book of Revelations, which should be accompanying me to the next signing I have, Writers on the River in Peoria Illinois and the following week at Literary Love Savannah in Savannah, Georgia.

Other than the graphic artist and my street team, no one else has seen this…so here’s the big reveal. MWAH!

 

If you haven’t started the series, you have time. Book of Time is a prequel novella and is free on all outlets. That only leaves Book of Change and Book of Mysteries to get through before July 20th. Are you up for the challenge?

I knew you would be.

 

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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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New Year- Even the Old is new again

YEOWSA. The world is turning faster than I think I can keep up. I can honestly claim that I’m meeting myself – at the door, at the coffee pot, and at the pillow. Part of the crazy is my own fault, I took on A LOT this year…but other parts, are just moving too fast.

I have a slug of new, or reworked, covers to share with you, so watch for that to start SOON. I have releases that are coming out of sets that will be re-releasing solo soon…which means new physical books at signings. AND, I have new stories coming to the mix as well. All in all, it’s a mad scramble of so many things…who wouldn’t be meeting themselves?

I am also hip-deep in the swag pile making goodies for the five signings that I have left this year. I’m pretty sure that something is going to get missed, but what it could be, will probably be a surprise to me too, two minutes too late.

With luck, I’ll be revealing covers starting next week…stay tuned. Meanwhile…send coffee.
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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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New Year – Need sleep

SO many things are mid- to late-change right now as the summer signing season takes over from the spring signing season and bookies everywhere make plans for stalking. We authors are no different. We want to fan-girl other authors at the events we attend…it just gets done in sprints back and forth.

Me, I’m mid-planning for a couple double do months. I’m scanning the rosters and watching the author announcements, waiting with bated breath to see the floor plans to know which authors will be close, and which ones I’ll be racing around the room to catch a minute with. I’m usually gunning 220 with my hair on fire trying to squeeze in a few stolen moments between manning the table of my stories. It’s just the way it is. So why…if the events aren’t quite here yet, am I already tired? I feel like I could sleep for a week and still come up short.

No matter. I’ve zombie’d more than one event before. And honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way. There is a resounding “ALL OF THEM” in answer to the question of who is more important at an event…readers, or my fellow authors. I wouldn’t trade a one. So, with that in mind, I’m packing my 5-hours and no doze right next to my ‘gittur done’ attitude. It’s summer signing season and I can sleep when winter returns.

What’s your best ‘get everyone in – in the short window’ secret?

 

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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New Year – New Oooops

Running in circles is dangerous I’ve discovered. In my quest to keep up with so many pieces, I wasn’t paying attention. Consequently, I’m going to be far more ‘gold’ than I’m used to for at least the next 4 – 5 weeks.

What?

As a woman of a certain age…with teenage (almost not) daughters…I am a bottled blonde. As long as I have a 5-spot in my pocket and blonde comes in a bottle, I will be fair-haired. 🙂 I came into this world so fine and light that you almost didn’t know I had hair…I like it that way. Not to mention, the greys are too vivid a reminder of my stress level.

Anyhoop…I ran through the beauty supply and grabbed my vice to do the deed as I was close picking up something else. Oooops. Instead of grabbing the high-lift that keeps me looking like the silver strands are lovely hi-lights…I grabbed the normal version which is more golden (insert yellow) than I’m used to. I’m afraid the streaks of stress are going to come through on the ‘tinsel’ shade this round and give me away. Luckily, I’m not going anywhere before the next opportunity to correct the oversight.

Still…it’s a bit disheartening. My knees, hips, and back have the deal down pat of reminding me my age. My hair and I had a bargain, and I blew it. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? I’ve learned my lesson. I’m out of the ‘selfie’ game for a month or so. 🙂

On the writing side of my world, I gave myself heart failure earlier this week. I foolishly sat down and listed the writing projects for the balance of 2018 & the upcoming 2019 agenda. Things I want to do, things I’ve committed to doing, and the stretch goals based on reader feedback and what folks are waiting on me for. WOWSA! I need to pay closer attention to this world as well. Grabbing the wrong color hair dye is repairable in a month or so…the writing agenda? Good grief, I might get to sleep when I’m dead. Then again, maybe not at this rate.

I have figuratively put superglue on the desk chair for my hiney for the foreseeable future. This is not counting the promotion things that are in process and the signing event that is kicking into overdrive in about 6 weeks. I might need to look into cloning soon. I’m not sure how this will all come to fruition…but, as always, I’m determined.

I’m doing my level best to stick with the social media stuff…but that’s likely where the disconnect will happen I’m afraid. So…if you’re missing me somewhere…give me a shout and hold me accountable to come out of the cave for a spell. I’m giving you that authority. It’s that…or the next time you see me, I might still be yellow haired…but with a pair of black-splotch smudged eyes and who knows how fallow my skin could go.

I’m counting on you.

You might be my only hope.

 

 

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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