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.
Sav

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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?

 

MPD-Pending

There are some weeks where you want to climb into a book and escape from the real world. This is okay, unless you are working on a couple of different deadlines and every minute of writing time you can squeeze into a day is essential to meeting said deadlines.

To meet these deadlines, I’ve been trying to work on two different stories at the same time. No, there is no way to get them mixed up. They are different sub-genres beneath the romance genre. On one hand, it’s sort of good to step into a different world when the one you’re working on is giving you fits. On the other hand, there’s a real possibility that I may develop multiple personality disorder before the summer is over. I’m sure one of my personalities will let you know my mental status then…or my publisher may let your know where my padded room is located. If you come to visit, I’ll be the one in the bedazzled, purple, hug-me jacket. A girl has to have her bling.

So, until next week…do what I wish I could take a week or so to do, and read a good book or two. Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

 

 

NEW YEAR – Same message

Today is Memorial Day.

My message today is simple.

ALL GAVE SOME

SOME GAVE ALL.

Never Forget.

 


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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While working on the third Veil book, I had an eureka moment. It was a moment similar to one I had when working on Breathe Me to Life. This is a short  story. Not everything has to be shown or told…just the important bits that pertain to getting the story from point A to point B.

This little revelation, while awesome, also led to a couple of chapters being wiped out. That was a major ouch, but in looking at them, I wasn’t completely happy with them, and they were dragging the story out unnecessarily. But yeah…OUCH!

Sacrifice the word count for the sake of the story. The story is what is important. It’s a hard lesson to learn and to remember, but an important one.

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe Aleksander~

 

 

 

 

 

New Year – New Plan

Being an author in today’s environment is akin to being fitted for a straight jacket that you may or may not ever wear…and if you do, it will likely be without notice. The world as you know it will upend and scramble in the time it takes you to refresh the page. But, that’s also part of the thrill.

As such, being flexible to the fickle tide is imperative for anyone who deigns to dip their toe into the publishing world game. Thinking about the recent things (the last week or so)…namely trademarking words, and the accelerated closing of Amazon’s Kindle Worlds projects, it’s like waiting for the next fiasco to hit the current White House administration. Take a breath, turn the page…Whoops – there it is.

I myself am affected by the Amazon KW closing, but am fortunate enough to be writing in a world that will continue on, though differently, after the demise is final. The stories I’ve been working on to continue my little corner of the Paranormal Dating Agency world will find light and in a couple of ways…and be able to reach new audiences because of what has happened. Did I see that silver lining when the closure was announced? No. I don’t think any of us did. We all more likely felt the pinch of sliding into the jacket, and an uncomfortable buckle being cinched tight….limitation once again in the writing world.

My thanks go out to Milly Taiden, the matriarch of PDA for the quick action that will enable I, and others, to keep our stories out and add to the growing world that Gerri uniquely matches up pair by pair.

Cross one near-catastrophe off the list, and hang the jacket back in the stand-by closet for the next event. Meanwhile…there are words to write and worlds to build.

See you on the pages.

Sav

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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No Resting on the Laurels

Breathe Me to Life in the Once Upon A Twisted Time box set has been out for a little over a week now. It’s now available on Kindle Unlimited, so if you have a KU membership and have been waiting for it to switch over…your wait is over. 😉

So, what have I been doing since release day? There is no rest for the weary, wicked, or authors.  I’ve been working on Celine and Coipeail’s story. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a shortish story, but who knows…characters sometimes throw you for a loop and insist certain events that weren’t initially planned happen. I’ve also agreed to do a short story anthology…and there may be another project in the works…I’ve also agreed to do an anthology that isn’t going to be released until next year. In other words, I’ve been presented with a writing challenge that will not only push me, but will introduce my writing to different audiences. Of course I answered that challenge with a “yes”. Pray for me and my sanity. I promise to let you all know what is going on with these other projects as they come up.

In the meantime…I need to get back to Coipeail and Celine.

Until next week…Happy Reading! 

~Jolanthe~