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Support hose on standby

I’ve never felt so old in my life.

A former assistant of mine was fond of commenting how the body began its crumble at 40. I laughed at her for years…
Having managed to eeek out another decade before mine started giving in, I guess I should be grateful, but MANNNNN, there are days when I’m thinking the years since 40 conspired and jumped to catch up all at once! My bones hurt, and my muscles argue for days after I do any project that is remotely physical.

My mad scramble lately has been wrapping a couple of writing projects for deadlines so I could get my office moved out of the lower level where just about every recent storm has decided to come in. Saturday night at 10:52 CST, the last of the words were sent off and it was time. The next line of storms are already tracking this way. I had to move quickly.

Over the next 24 hours, THIS…

 

…became this.

It sure feels empty now.
I’ll be spending the next week or so getting everything re-homed in the new space. Paint and recently shampooed carpets weren’t quite dry…so I’m giving it time. (or, maybe it’s just me needing a break.)

Either way, I’ve earned a respite…a day or two anyway. Stories #5 & #6 of 8 for 2017 have whisked away to where they need to be and it will be time to take #7 & #8 off the shelf to rework, clean, & polish once the office is back up. I can ill-afford the day…but at the same time, there isn’t another one coming soon, or in sight.  I set a heavy load & aggressive pace for this year. I’m determined to complete (and survive) it. Come November…Scotch for everyone. I’m pouring if I can move. 🙂

Til next time…all the usuals; read something good, take care of you, and keep checking my facebook page and author website, I’m still in the midst of cover reveals, preorders going live, and author features for my co-conspirators in Cimmerian Shade. Don’t miss out!!

Sav

Writers On The River ReCap

As some of you may remember, my first signing was last weekend at Writers on the River in East Peoria. It was the second year for this event, and oh my….how it has grown.

As soon as the doors opened, we were off and running. The VIP readers came pouring in. There was never a lull in the day. It was awesome, and the event raised $7,500 for two charities, Thistle Farms and The Center for Prevention of Abuse. I love when the proceeds of an event I’m signing at go towards a charity. The ladies who put this signing together are pretty darn awesome as well.

Sooo, as I said…the reader traffic was non-stop, which means the two books I was able to buy right before the doors opened, are the only ones I purchased this time and I didn’t have time to even think about taking pictures. Busy is a good thing!

Ooooooh…and The Veiled Path to Destiny made it’s debut! As of this morning, the ebook was still available for $0.99. If you were thinking of downloading it onto your Kindle, now would be a good time to do that.

Until next week….Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

All set and ready to sign some books.

With Deandra Hall and Savie

With Ms. Jenna Jacob

With Savie

Covers, covers…everywhere!

Posting on Mondays is odd sometimes…especially when covers are revealed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays. This past week, my PA started a promo/review tour for me that includes the cover reveal for Book III in The Custos Series – Book of Mysteries. Soon, I’ll be able to share the story – but for now…here’s the blurb & the cover, graced by a good friend of mine, Eric Jacob.

Book of Mysteries The Custos Book III

Release Date – September 2017 Pre-Order coming soon

Twins Poppy and Bergie share everything, including an ability to read the mysterious book that Bergie gets Mardi Gras Day when the Muddy Graws debut in the big parade. Not to be left behind, Poppy inserts herself into the twisting turn of events when she takes the book from its hiding place and changes everything, shifting the balance between light and dark.

Sebastian Winder has his hands full. The new Keeper has a twin who knows more than she should and is being actively recruited by White Diamond. Fearing the worst, the Custos guardian asks for an assistant. Who he gets is as green a Custos as there ever was, fresh from the Farther Fields, Ramsby Roth.

In this third installment of The Custos series, it might take every one available to keep the book from the wrong hands as the odds are stacking against them. Just when they think the end is in sight, World War I erupts, Bergie is sent to serve, and Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans are cancelled.

How can they keep the book safe now?

Only the book knows.

NEXT WEEK – I have ANOTHER cover reveal for Imposs-i-Bella. Sadly, unless you’ll be joining me at Writers on the River in Peoria this Saturday, you’ll have to wait 2 weeks to see it here since it comes out on Wednesday…

 

It’s a Book!

There is a certain giddiness when you see the transformation of your manuscript into a book, and you see it and get to hold it in your hands for the first time. I was grinning like the Cheshire Cat when I opened the box and saw my pretties beneath the butcher paper protecting them.

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting them for another couple of days, so I didn’t even look at the mailing label well enough to realize it was from the printer. I was wondering what I ordered from amazon and forgot about. lol

I pulled out a copy, held it under the light, and admired the cover that Suzanna Lynn from Funky Book Designs created for me. She gave me exactly what I wanted and created something that had me saying, YES! That’s it perfectly! She is amazing!

I opened it up, and had to hold in the squeeee wanting to escape as my mother, who was there, was already looking at me like I had lost my mind. It’s so pretty, and I can hardly wait for all of you to see it in person, because the picture doesn’t do it justice. Thank you to the ones who took my manuscript and turned it into a pretty book. You know who you are.

The Veiled Path to Destiny~The Veil Book 2 releases on July 8th. You can’t pre-order the print copy, but you can the e-copy on Amazon for only $.99. That’s right, 99 copper pennies will get you an e-copy delivered to your choice of Kindle reader/app on July 8th. www.amazon.com/dp/B072YT686B If you’re at Writers on the River on the 8th, you can be one of the first readers to get your hands on the print copy. 😉

Not to be outdone, the e-book of the first book in the series, Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams~The Veil Book 1, is also available for $.99 for a limited time www.amazon.com/dp/B015NP04Q6

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

Aaaaaaand….Send!

I’m done. It’s done. The edits and read-through for The Veiled Path to Destiny~The Veil Book 2 are done!

This book has been my companion, some times combative, some times as silent as a church mouse, for over a year. It was a late bloomer. At times, the characters were reluctant to share their tale, as if sensing their story was coming to an end. But tell it they did. I can hope the words I wove together did their story justice, and you, the reader, enjoy reading about their journey.

This morning, I sent The Veiled Path to Destiny to my publisher. From there it will find itself in the hands of the formatter, who will work their magic, taking a word document and turning it into the form of a book.

The release date is July 8th.It will make its debut at Writer’s on the River in Peoria. Keep watching for the cover reveal.

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

Time to make the donuts

Somedays feel like this. Others, I feel like I don’t have enough hours, can’t get enough done, or lose track of where I’m at & what I’m doing, so starting over is the best option. Time to make the donuts indeed. The days right now are a big time blur. I simply have too many projects all vying for my attention JUST as mother nature decided to stop drowning us out every day and I want to get outside and get my fingers in the soil.

On my desk sits a quote…whose? I don’t know, could be mine for all I remember. It’s just a little something written on a slip of paper with no attribution: “Life is not measured by the number of things we undertake or entertain, but by those we complete in spite of the hurdles.”

I love this. It reminds me every time I sit down that I can juggle as many things as I want, but unless I’m wrapping them up, one by one…they are only static on the journey. I can build great things and move mountains…so long as I remember that I cannot do them all simultaneously. Kinda like eating an elephant, you know?

I realized at a release party takeover I was doing over the weekend that I ooops’d and revealed a cover that hasn’t been revealed yet. LOL. Guess I’ll need to get on that soon. I have so many bits & pieces all coming to the final stages right now..that honest – I’m here, but maybe not HERE-here. So, stay tuned, keep watching…and who knows…there may be lots of surprises popping up!

sav

Edits…Get Your Edits

Two weeks ago I sent The Veiled Path to Destiny off to my editor. It would be the first time eyes, other than mine, have read the story. Yesterday, I received my manuscript along with the editing calls in the mail. Yay…eep…yay!

I’m not going to bemoan the red ink. I’ve come to think of it as a rite of passage a story goes through to reach it’s full potential. I also think it’s sort of a rite of passage a writer goes through on the way to becoming a better writer. One might think the goal is get a story back with no red ink on it. That is just setting yourself up for failure. There are no “perfect” manuscripts out there. If you get your manuscript back with no markings, get yourself another editor, because if they don’t call your attention to mistakes in your writing that you missed before sending it their way…I can guarantee the readers will not hesitate to do so. The goal is to learn from the calls made so the same kind of calls are not made in the next story you send out for edits, at least, that is my goal anyway.

So, on that note…their are edits to get through and the day isn’t getting any longer.

p.s.: I really hope this makes sense. lol. My brain is just now waking up and there has not been nearly enough caffeine crossing the blood brain barrier to fire up all systems.  😉

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

Alive, but that’s about it

I’m alive, but that’s about it. I won’t claim sanity.

I’ve been juggling again, trying desperately not to drop anything. Which, has been sort of successful, but not really. I’ve got dual deadlines on June 1, and another couple June 15th…I will hit them all, but with editing in the May mix of crazy, something had to give, so Ella (which is being retitled) will be coming out a bit later than originally anticipated. It will not see May, but hopefully, late June…it just depends on a couple of factors.

Fear not though…I’m on it. The list is long and winding, but it’s getting checked off daily. (If only for each check there weren’t two additions-)

For now…gratitude for the patience..
And…Double gratitude for all who serve or served. Yesterday was a day of remembrance, and my family spent it serving ice cream. Thanks for understanding my absence.

Sav

The Struggle Is Real…But Oh So Worth It!

Last week I told you I would have some exciting news to share with you this week. I’m going to hold off another week. Why? So I don’t jinx myself.

It’s no secret The Veiled Path to Destiny, the second book in my Veil Series, has taken me longer to write. I have second guessed my abilities to give this second book the words that adequately portray what I was seeing in my mind’s eye. Iauron and Daria deserved to have the second half of their story told well.

There had been  a stretch of time where I thought, after this book is done, I’m done. Maybe I don’t have what it takes to be more than a one book author.

If truth be told, if it were not for the readers and my author friends who have been asking for The Veiled Path to Destiny, I think I would have chucked it. The doubt was STRONG. Thankfully, that thought path didn’t last long. I have refound faith in my ability to spin a tale and do it justice, and this story will be out soon.

It’s been a struggle, but then most things worthwhile are. The trick is to not give into the urge to give up, because nothing is ever accomplished if you don’t push through the tough times.

I have a story to finish, and when I say…this story is for you…I sincerely mean it. You have been my inspiration.

Until next week…Happy Reading!


~Jolanthe~

TODAY IS THE DAY

You’ve been seeing me post for MONTHS about Prowlers & Growlers….

Now today – it is finally here.

Honest…I was beginning to think the calendar had conspired against us.

It took SO LONG.

But it’s here…

If you haven’t yet, you’re running out of time to grab

TWENTY-ONE BRAND NEW STORIES

for $0.99 before the preorder price goes dark.

Seriously, Do It Now!

Any outlet you like.

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