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Fierce

Recently, a very dear friend of mine advised me that they love that I am ‘fierce.’ I take this as a priceless compliment. I think I am fierce too. I love fiercely, live fiercely, and charge forward with an untenable focus on my pursuits. It is no mistake that the Rhino is my logo and philosophy.

I am also fiercely loyal as a friend. I will interject myself into situations to defend when necessary, or to stand up in the stead of a friend who is not present to do so for themselves. I personally believe this is the hallmark of friendship, or at least one of them…brutal honestly, and sometimes being the director of shenanigans is also in the job description.

But…all this fierceness, makes the results fierce too. For example…the mad, crazy juggle often is the source code for a FIERCE headache, fierce disappointment, and fierce self-condemnation. I am angry and frustrated when I can’t run as hard as I feel I should, or learn something faster. I want to be better with each day, at everything I endeavor to accomplish. This is not always the reality.

As you have seen, I have been part of two recent sets with others. One was…for lack of a better description, Author Marketing 101 on crack. I have never learned so much in such a short window while at the time feeling like I dropped so many balls. I ran hard, and gave my all…and at the end of the crazy push – I am frustrated that I couldn’t learn more to do more faster. Add that everything else on my plate has sort of become soupy from running together as they got luke warm…and my frustration is ugly, and fierce.

Whatever comes next, there is a fierce pride commingled with the disappointment. Next time…I will be better, I will be faster, and I will contribute more if it kills me. Yes, I’ve said it to myself and the organizer…who assures me that growth takes time. I might believe her.

Until that, I’m re-evaluating my agenda. I still have every intention of releasing the other 5 works in 2017. The dates may juggle, but this is me being fierce…fiercely hard-headed & stubborn to achieve the goals. Which means, it’s back to the cave after I finish posting my promos for today, because juggling…often takes time that would be used for other things…and there are no more hours so NOW it is.

See you on the pages.
Sav.

WOWSA!

 

This week…set 1 of 2 in April drops for me. I’m so stinking proud of the group of authors in the Sultry & Sinful: Femmes of Paranormal group. We had an absolute blast and the hashtags for our little company of crazy will be bouncing around forever for us I’m sure. I can’t wait to work with these ladies again!

This set is about the relationship between two women. It is, to our thinking, an underrepresented genre in the word world. Regardless of what you personally prefer, love is love, and these stories take it to the next level…because, well it’s paranormal on top of being F/F. The stories are diverse and cover the spectrum; sweet, sassy, sultry, sexy, sinful…we’ve got all you S’s covered here.

Dropping tomorrow, you can still grab yours today at the preorder price of $0.99. Such a deal!

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XD398FG
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XD398FG
B&N: http://bit.ly/2m3VSj0
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2m3WiGh

As I mentioned last week. I was just at North Iowa Book Bash. I love this event so hard. Here’s a couple of images from the event…yes, we do start signings by popping champagne…doesn’t everyone?

I had the great joy of getting to have a snap with the always amazing Jenna Jacob…and that handsome guy is Eric Jacob…the cover model I told you about last week. He’s a great example of how to be…say hello to him when you get the chance!

As I’ve been playing taskmaster on the youngest to wrap her online class, I’m behind schedule. Just in time, as I begin working on Ela’s…these little lovelies show up…INSPIRATION for sure!

And now…I’ll get back to the pages because…well, I took some time away and it’s time to put the hammer down. Read something great until I see you again! ~Sav

 

 

 

Return to the cave

I’m wrung out. Weirdly too. From Biloxi Mississippi to home is a 15 hour drive. I did that with few hiccups, though the drive to the gulf was nearly my undoing…15 hours on next to no sleep made the sway of the car far too soothing to easily continue. caffeine was my friend.  North Iowa Book Bash is a mere 4.4 hours away…should be able to do that blindfolded and in full zombie, but the return trip this time kicked my ass.

The great thing about it is that I sold out of 2 titles, and liberated most of my swag inventory….which means…I get to order books and choose new swag. YIPPPEEEE….it’s like a holiday all over again. My Mardi Gras connection is getting a call ASAP! I need more goodies with Book of Mysteries hitting this summer.

Seriously though, BFF Bookies do such a great job of putting on an amazing event. I swear – it’s like a reunion with all the folks that you shared the kids table with at Christmas and conspired with on how to liberate the desserts without the grown ups noticing. SO MUCH FUN! I will return every year they’ll have me. TRUTH. Normally, I’m a full table girl cuz I like to spread out. This year I had a half and shared which was fine…but I’d sit at a tv tray in the corner if I had to…if you’re in range – PUT THIS ON YOUR TO DO LIST! I promise you’ll thank me.

Other than a little library thing…I’m in the cave now. I’ve WAY overloaded my calendar and I’m raring to get on it. I’ve got a box set and an anthology releasing this month yet…but I’ve got FIVE more releases happening THIS YEAR…and after a brain detour in Clear Lake…I may be swapping a cover out yet for one of those (or quite possibly two) with a model whom I’ve come to respect for his professionalism and poise in the midst of the reader event crazy. It matters…and this guy has earned the marks…hope you agree when you see the covers. It makes me happy to give back to the community that shares this writing world.

So – keep an eagle eye on the horizon…there’s gonna be something popping up often. Til then, see you on the pages.  ~Sav

 

Well…there’s that.

PHEW!

I’m home from a week+ away. I spent over 35 hours on the road there, back, and in between to other places and I’m spent. But…there’s no rest, not really anyway. There will always be something more to do and the list is cross one-add three. Invariably, I’m looking at one thing and something else pops up…”well, there’s that now too.”

BUT…it’s all good. I met some amazing readers, had some awesome chats with new to me (and new to publishing) authors…and got to laugh out loud. So, I’m solid. This week will be a lot of catch up for me, to get the promo back on track for Sultry & Sinful: The Femmes of Paranormal, and Prowlers & Growlers….as well as to be continuing the promotion for C.A.S.E. Revelations…there’s tons in the hopper.

I’m off again in less than 2 weeks to North Iowa Book Bash, and another fun, incredible signing event, plus I’ve got to finish Ela’s Cinder for May. Like I said, no rest. So, I guess I should take a moment to say thanks for the ones I just had.

The little river house was lovely, and mostly quiet…and if I didn’t use each moment to the fullest, I have no one else to blame.  Watch for the last March newsletter coming out from me on Wednesday with some reads from the signing authors at Biloxi…I’ll leave you with my final sunset from the trip.

Til next time…see you on the pages!

 

Running 220 with my hair on fire

It’s that day. I’m on the road and likely recording errant thoughts for work I intend to do when I reach my destination. I’ve been running 220 with my hair on fire for weeks leading up to this. C.A.S.E. Revelations came out a scant two weeks ago, and I’ve got an anthology & a boxed set on the near horizon that has been calling hours to promote as well. Add in packing & prep for a signing (and liberation from the real world), plus final edits/assessment of a manuscript for someone else (that I finished at nearly 3 am on Saturday morning, I might add), and you’ll have me scrambling to pack and get out the door on time.

But, by the time this posts, I’ll be long on my way. Send coffee. I’ll need it by now.

With the sun coming up to my left, I should be well beyond my beloved home state and likely  well on my way to warmer. It’s always amusing to make this trek, shedding layers as the hours pass.

So…what will you do this week? Me, I’ve got no phone, no neighbors…and a large riverhouse to shelter me and my thoughts as I try to plunk out at least 1 or 2 of the upcoming works that need words…and grab a few lazy hours on the deck in the hammock catching up on some great reads! Bliss folks…bliss is coming.

I’m going to hope for access to post next weeks snippet with fun from Booking In Biloxi…the signing is the gold standard and I’m hopeful to find a coffee joint if necessary to upload before I get back on the road to head north and have to stop to once again put pants on.

Til then…read something awesome.
See you on the pages.
Sav

 

#AmWriting

Lately I feel like I’ve used that hashtag to the point that it should be falling apart. Guess not, cuz it still works just fine. 🙂

I wrapped one WIP Sunday morning just before 2:00 am. I spent most of the day getting all my ducks in line to give to the accountant for taxes, and then…like I have been for weeks, sat back down at the desk to work on yet another tale until the wee hours of the morning. See…I meant it when I said I was going to try to make up ground this year.

I have set an aggressive schedule for myself and with a little help from the family (insert, less than 2 interruptions per hour), I’m on track to get there. By the end of April I will have a book, a boxed set, and an anthology out. I have a novella planned for May, another book for July, and yet another book for mid-fall in the midst of Con-crazy. A second anthology is scheduled for October as well. The only unknown now is a story that kicked me awake and has been taunting me to get into the mashup. The jury is out on if that will happen in ’17 as well or not.

Come on…I’m crazy but sheesh.

Add to the mix that professionally I’m up for a promotion, which almost certainly translates to relocation, making ‘aggressive’ is a mild word. Beyond all this…I will be re-booting Book of Time with a new cover, and Book of Change got a facelift too. If everything comes together, next weeks post will be GORGEOUS!

Last, there’s a cover overhaul planned for Viva Zapata & the Magic 8-Ball as I’ve gotten tons of feedback about the cover and the need for it to be more indicative of the subject…I heard…I’m trying to line that up too.

Signing season begins in just over a month with Booking in Biloxi…do you have tickets? Do you want a pair?? Find me on Fb to claim a set.

I need to get back to words, cuz you know…they don’t write themselves. Until next time, read something good and share with a friend. See you on the pages.

Too many directions, not enough gray matter

OIY! Last week I knew I had forgotten something, but like Neville’s ‘rembril’…I couldn’t find what I’d forgotten…remembered it now though – it was my weekly post here. OOOPS.

So, what has me running it so many directions you ask? Wellll….here’s the list:

Starting last week, the preorder campaign went up for the Prowlers and Growlers Box set that I’m in…HOLYMOLY – you want this set. 22 all new stories from a mad conflagration of authors – many of them best sellers or award winners all on their own…and it’s 99 pennies for a limited time…four days into Pre Order, it’s already hit #1 in two outlets, and two countries.

grab your copy with the links here:

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Join the dark side with ***ALL NEW*** stories from some of your favorite NY Times, USA Today, and Award Winning, Bestselling authors.
Step into the shadows with witches, werewolves, shifters, vampires, and soul mates: the sizzling hot alphas you love.
Are you fated to find your fantasy lover in these seductive, steamy pages bursting with danger and desire? Claim your book boyfriend now!
Amazon Smart URL: http://hyperurl.co/PnGBs
Nook: http://bit.ly/2jzPcGI
iBooks: http://hyperurl.co/PnGiB
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2jJSDvf
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2kfFjSp

THEN, tomorrow…is the cover reveal and Pre Order open for my next book:

follow along on my Facebook author page to see it.

C.A.S.E. Revelations.

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Release Date – March 7, 2017

A simple mistake brings the world to its knees with no notice or time to prepare. Young and inexperienced, first term president Baron York will have a lot to answer for when it’s finally done. If, that is, there’s anyone left to answer to.
Lessons from The Great Depression make an encore performance at the Hamilton property as they try to stay alive…and sane. Where were you when the world went dark and everything stopped?

Folks who get my newsletter got to see the cover today, but have to wait for the preorder with everyone else. Not getting my newsletter?? We can fix that. On my website…towards the bottom of the homepage is “NEXT STEPS” The link to subscribe is there and you too can get the latest delivered to your mailbox.

After that is the Sultry & Sinful: Femmes of Paranormal Anthology that is also coming out in April. The marketing for that is going to be amping up soon as well. Keep watching.

The rest of 2017 is a blur. Signings start in March with Booking In Biloxi, put on by the Crazy Cajun Book Lovers for the third year. North Iowa Book Bash is in early April brought by the BFF Bookies…both events are amazing.

Writing wise there are several more titles to come in ’17 from me.
Keep an eye out for details on:

Ella’s cinder – Rags to Riches in Reverse
Book of Mysteries – The Custos series Book 3
an Untitled piece for the Halloween in Savannah anthology due in October
a piece I’m playing with called Gravedigger
and lastly an idea I’m toying with based on reader requests – a follow-up to Viva Zapata & the Magic 8-Ball WIP titled Zapatista Revolution

Soooooo…yeahp, just a few kettles bubbling up right now. Apologies for missing last week. Forgive me? Hope so. Til next time, read something great.
See you on the pages!
Sav

The Bionic Woman…and other things I dare to be.

As many of you know…I’m in recovery mode. What started last April as a pain, has become a marathon course in varying degrees of how much I can actually handle. The meds are lovely, but they hijack my system sixty ways by noon and I’m afraid I can’t keep up with that.  Right now, I’m doing my best to ignore the throb and keep working without the chemical interference. mneh – I might be winning that.

I joked with several that I am now part Borg, or perhaps Terminator. lol. Maybe Bionic Woman would be better as I only have a couple seriously upgraded parts. The rest is the same ole me. The same half-sane, running 220 with my hair on fire, point me to the bar gal that always has more on the plate waiting to avalanche than there will ever be room for. I happen to love it that way. I can rest when it’s over…for now, I’m racing the clock that says ‘You can’t possibly’ and daring it to reconsider.

In my quest, and up next on the list is the newsletter foe that I thought I mastered until I tried to send it. I will get that remedied and you WANT to be on THIS LIST. ((The sign up is on my website-follow the link))  I have enough free tickets and other goodies to give out that there should be a prize or three in every single issue… Also, it’s where you’re going to get the first look at what’s coming next. The only people getting it sooner are my street team, and honestly…they’ve earned that.

So, here’s the only reminder you’ll get. 🙂 Sign up soon or miss the issue – there are LOADS of goodies going in and I’m excited to see who’s going to win. Will it be you??

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Taming a dragon

I finally took the plunge and invested in speech recognition software. Interesting is as apt a descriptor as any. I can’t decide how I feel about it yet. I do know however that the office door will be closed far more often. My dragon has sensitive ears and evidently the house is noisy. Funny, I have always considered it quiet. Wonder if that’s a message I should be hearing?

I have discovered that my m’s and n’s need clearer enunciation as well. I suppose we all have something like this…I hadn’t noticed though until my dragon could not clearly define a few words. In that respect, the dragon has already been helpful.

You may be wondering why I’m telling you this, and the answer is I have no idea. 🙂

Actually, it is perhaps for some perspective. I have once again proposed an extremely aggressive schedule for this writing year and am hoping that the ability to dictate books and leave my hands free will help with production of the things I have decided to take on. HOPE being the operative word. I have decided to give it a month or two to see how it goes.

Once again, I have 8+ events on the agenda for this year and have been tagged or sent info on a couple of others. I LOVE getting out to events to meet readers and talk shop with the other folks trying to bang out stories…but, it back logs me nearly every time as I get no writing done, or deadlines get shuffled.

Right now, on my calendar in addition to the events I’ve already mentioned, I have a handful of releases to coordinate for other authors of the house here, I have 2 box sets/anthologies that I’m participating with for April release and a couple of others I’m waiting to hear on for fall, I have 3 releases of my own that I’m working on for 2017, and after talking to a co-author from a previous release, there have been quite a few enquiries about where a few story lines might go and if there is a possible spin-off to be done…the short answer there is I don’t know. It will take some time and careful consideration, which means shuffling priorities to squeeze in. What’s a girl to do?

Being an author is so much more than stringing together words anymore…even those who are contracted with the big houses are finding that more and more of the responsibilities are falling into their laps. A writer is a writer…but also a PR person, a marketer, perhaps a designer for swag, covers, or clothing, a financial consultant trying to manage the budget to go to events or not, buy pens or paper swag, redo a cover, buy an ad, afford a promotional price reduction…the list is enormous.

Being a writer nowadays is like trying to tame a dragon – from the front end while the fire is on the tip of their tongues, the heat is oppressive, and the changes of being incinerated never quite die off. It is exhilarating and exhausting, exciting and yet terrifying. There is no drug like it, and no adrenaline rush can quite compare to the feeling when you pull yourself out of the free fall scant millimeters from face-planting thirty seconds before the deadline expires. Me? I’m well singed and a bit crisp in places, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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The word is THE WORD

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Normally I don’t put much fanfare into the changing of the guard from one year to the next, but 2016 was exhausting. I am ready for the fresh page…the clean slate…the new DO. Ya know?

Lots of changes ’round these here parts. We have permanently said goodbye to two authors here, have a third that is undetermined, and yet a fourth who has been on sabbatical for family issues almost half as long as the house has existed. And, you know what? ….it’s OKAY. Really. Eclectic Bard was born of a need for an experiential, co-operative effort, indie house. It has muddled through, and I dare say, managed to get some great titles out to the shelves of the voracious readers we love. To me, that’s a win…no matter what else…it’s a win.

No, I’m not Suzie Sunshine of the eternal optimists club. I’m a realist through and through. The thing is…the realist in me recognizes that sometimes, to navigate the waters, you have to pull the sail in and hold the rudder tight so you don’t drift. Those moments, you feel your way through, against, or with the current to arrive in calmer waters where the fish are biting.

So, those of us that remain will stay the course.

Perhaps…this will be the year that family issues resolve and we regain one of our founders. Perhaps too, this will be the year that not writing is more tormenting than trying again for our undecided wordsmith. Who knows. I know that I don’t.

Right now, I’m counting blessings. I have hit all but one writing deadline that I set for myself…and it was an aggressive one before it was taken. I ignored the realist, reached for the optimist I never claim to be, and said I think I can. I didn’t, but I came so close…and that too, is OKAY.

2017 is stacking up to be a good year writing and release wise because I pushed a little harder than I thought I could take. 2017 has multiple releases happening in the first quarter plus a couple days and I’m jacked out of my mind. 2017 has another ambitious writing agenda to it, and I’m tickled to see if I can pull it off.

A teacher ages ago once told me, “Plan your work and then work your plan.” I can’t say it better. 2017 is planned…now it’s time to work it.

What are you doing this year?