Hello from the road! We’re traveling this summer on the vacation of a lifetime: a cross-country road trip to visit four national parks! You can follow the daily update posts on my Facebook Author Page and check out the Cross-Country photo album on there, too. I've arranged the pictures chronologically and have updated photos as of a couple of days ago. More will be added in the days to come.
Reading Roll Call: I’ve been reading a ton of excellent books lately and will be sharing my thoughts on them in the next newsletter. I just haven’t had time while on the road to jot down impressions and reviews.
Social Media: I spend a lot of time on Facebook (FB). It’s the easiest way to connect with the majority of my readers. I apologize to those without FB accounts who’ve written to me and requested more contests and updates be posted on my website. I will implement changes this summer, when we return, to include more on the website.
For a recap, here’s what’s been happening on FB (these links will only work for you if you have a FB account):
Name that Character: I asked readers to name a character in an upcoming book.
Question to readers: What country/setting would you like to see in Blood Reckoning?
Name the secret group for manipulators in Blood Reckoning
New Subscribers: We’ve recently had a ton new subscribers who’ve signed up and received my starter library of books, which currently includes Death’s Servant and Vampire Vacation. Thank you for trying my work! If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read, please consider leaving a review at your favorite retailer or reviewing site, like Goodreads. If you’d like to receive more books from me for free, consider joining my ARC Team. You can read more information about the group on my website.
Book Club: I apologize to the FB urban fantasy book club members. In April, I posted links to a bunch of FB events in May for other authors, hosted by the book club, that either got postponed or cancelled. In the future I will only give notice of my events, or events I’m sure will happen. Terribly sorry for the inconvenience!
Writing Updates: Despite what’s posted everywhere online, I have not been able to finish the next installment of Sharpen the Blade (a free read for newsletter subscribers only) and the release date for Blood Reckoning has been pushed to September. I’d love to be able to blame the trip on the books not being completed, but that’s not the case.
I’d planned on finishing both before we left so my editor could work on them while we were gone. Alas, the story refused to come together in my head and I wasn’t able to force it. Struggling with this latest installment has made me decide to end the series with the seventh book, Blood Reckoning. The last book will wrap up all the threads that have been woven together in the recent books, but it will also leave the door open for future adventures if I decide to come back to it at a later time. This decision has required re-plotting to ensure everything is covered adequately.
This doesn’t mean I won’t be writing anymore – I will. I’ll just be working on other series for now. I’ve been plotting two others while we’re traveling, and I’m excited to get started when I return.
Behind the Scenes: My publicist has recommended I write short "behind the scenes" type of pieces about each book and what may have been going on while I wrote them, the inspirations, and thoughts that went into creating them. Please look for the first link to such a feature in the July newsletter.
Upcoming Appearances: For personal reasons, I’ve backed out of Authors After Dark in August, and Readers n ‘Ritas in November. I will not be attending any other reader conventions in the near future. If I sign up for any next year, you’ll hear about it here in my newsletter.
Contests: I’ve started a Summer of Giveaways weekly post for boxes of books and other goodies. Here’s the recent one you can still enter.
Recent Winners: The winner for the giveaway ending June 20th is Elaine Gausden Colle! The winner for the June 27th giveaway is Lucia Filomena Russo! Ladies, you have one week from today to contact Jen, my assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We need your mailing address. The packages will be mailed the week we return from our trip, which will be mid-July.
**Please note: as with all my contests, if we don't hear from you in a timely fashion, the prizes will be awarded to someone else. **
As always, thank you for showing an interest in my work and in supporting me. Wishing you a fabulous summer!