New Year…where did it go?

I’ve been MIA.
It’s been a whirlwind summer and I’ve met myself at the door so many times, I’m thinking I don’t know where I am anymore. Most recently, I’ve been at PENNED CON. If you’ve never been…make a point to get there. It is a phenomenal event all proceeding charity. Readers…180 Authors…someone has to tickle your reader fancy.

While I’m still hip deep in words, because I set an OUTRAGEOUS goal for this year…I can’t pass the chance to share so many great moments.

 


Highlight for me.
Gravedigger getting the nod for Best Ugly Cry in AMAZING company.

Best Keepsake ever!
READER autographs.

Signing Day one -Talking books.

Channeling PINK for the Lip Sync

Posing with the Beast Revealed for Lip Sync night


 

Signing Day TWO with the fabulous!

 

 

 

 

Awards Night – Roaring 20’s as Charlie Chaplain.


This is what Charity means.

RICK MILES – Organizer & Founder…dressing up to raise funds for AFA Academy

 

 

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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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Cover Reveal

I am so excited to share with you the cover of Veiled Hearts Revealed~The Veil Book 3.
Veiled Hearts Revealed, Coipeail and Celine’s story, is the last book in The Veil series. It will be making its print debut at Penned Con. This series has been a labor of love. What started out as a NaNoWriMo project went on to be a 3 book story and now it’s time to visit with new characters and see new worlds.
Here is the Pre-Order link if you would like to see how Celine and Coipeail’s story unfolds. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H1MHHKX

Cóipeáil, the King’s shadow, never knew who he was beyond his bond to his Fae father. Born and bred to be his master’s mirror and guardian, when he was sent to find a human female, he didn’t know what it would mean to fall in love with her.

Hidden away on an island thought lost, Celine found paradise with a man she’d never known she wanted. But, love wasn’t enough, not for the bonds of fealty her lover obeyed, or to keep him with her when he doubted his own worth.

Her heart bruised by rejection, Celine set her course on a new path, determined not to let his absence break her. When he returns, wanting a chance to rekindle the flame between them and prove that his love for her was never in question, only his worth for the beautiful woman he wants as his mate. Will the feelings she’s never relinquished for him be enough to bind them back together?

Is love enough to bring a human and a Fae together for eternity?


I’d like to thank Suzanna Lynn of Funky Book Designs for working her magic! I would also like to thank the Eclectic Bard Books team for working to get this book to press.

Until next week…Happy Reading!


~Jolanthe~

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

 

Reaching the End of the Tunnel

Ladies and Gentlemen…I wrote the lovely words, “The End” on the final chapter of the final book in the Veil Series. Veiled Heart Revealed is in the hands of my editor.

What does this mean? Well, I’ll tell ya. It means, barring any surprise hurdles, I will have print copies of Veiled Hearts Revealed AND Breathe Me to Life at Penned Con! Woot Woot!  I will need to discuss with my publisher when the release of ebooks will be. So, I’m not going to give you a date on that….yet.

The back cover for Breathe Me to Life is in the process of being created, and the blurb for Veiled Hearts Revealed has been sent in to be placed on the back of its cover. Things are falling into place…yay.

What am I doing while I wait for my edits you ask. I’m doing some research for my next short story. I’m researching shifter species that don’t get enough love and attention. What’s your favorite little known/talked about shifter?

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

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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School. Has. Started! 

It’s that time of year where the dulcet tones of children and teens everywhere (at least in this part of the country) have turned into whining, and smiling, laughing faces turn into pouting ones. School is back in session!

To be fair, not all the whining is that of the kids. I admit I’ve been doing my fair share of whining about having to wake up earlier than I had to do as recently as last week. I’ve already had a morning of sleeping through alarms. It’s been an adjustment…coffee helps.

Anyway…here is the  update as to where I am in my writing.

Breathe Me to Life is off to the formatter. The back and spine for the cover is off to the cover magician.

Veiled Hearts Revealed is almost done being written. I have missed the deadline between my publisher and I. I will be talking with them about a release date soon-ish. The cover is done! I can’t wait to share it with all of you. I’ll do that when I have a definite release date. It’s so pretty.

In a little over 30 days, I will be heading to St. Louis for Penned Con! More on that later!

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~