Since my last update post two weeks ago, I've experienced an unexpected (but much needed) spike in energy and efficiency. I can't say for sure, but maybe it's because I saw the cover for Unmoored (hint: it's beautiful). It definitely helped kick me into gear, though. It reemphasized that I need to get it out there to share with the world. The book, not the cover. The cover is being revealed February 14 (click that link to take part in it).
If you've been checking the progress bar in the sidebar as often as I have, you may notice that it now sits at 90% instead of languishing in the late 80's as it had since before the Winter Holidays. In the past few days, however, I've expanded 2—almost 3—whole chapters. And while I still have a lot more to do, I feel more confident than I have in days that I'll get it all done and make this story the best it can be.
Comment below and tell me something you've accomplished this January. And do you have any goals for February?
If you've been keeping tabs on my social media, you'll know that today I was shown the cover for Unmoored and LOVE it. My cover designer Jennifer Munswami is amazing and I'm so lucky to have found her.
I'm so excited, I've even updated the cover in the info block below. Yes, I know I'm mean in only showing you the least-revealing corner, but how else am I supposed to make you sign up for the cover reveal? You can find the form right below the book info.
Series: The Belgrave Legacy, 2
Author: Zara Hoffman
Genre: Upper YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: ZH Press
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A witch. A siren. Soulmates?
Alec Belgrave is overwhelmed. He's busy protecting his sister Fawn from the forces of Hell while also attending college in a different state. The last thing he expected was to learn their shared best friend was his soulmate.
As a siren, Ivy Moore knows a lot about attraction. But having Supernatural beauty is useless if her own soulmate doesn't see her as anything more than a sisterly best friend. Is it so unreasonable to want her soulmate to want her without fate pulling the strings?
They may be soulmates, but that doesn't mean love will come easily.
Unmoored is a young adult paranormal romance featuring magic and sirens. As a spin-off of The Belgrave Legacy, it can be read as a sequel or a stand-alone book.
About the Book
Author: Chris Barnham
Genre: Historical SciFi / Time Travel
Publisher: Filles Vertes Publishing, LLC
Cover Art: Kate Cowan, Broken Arrow Designs
Publication Date: February 12, 2018
Jacob Wesson is a timecop from 2040, sent back to WWII London to stop the assassination of Britain’s war leader. The assignment plays out with apparent ease, but the jump home goes wrong, stranding Jake in war-ravaged 1944. Jake’s team, including his long-time girlfriend, is desperate to trace him before something else goes wrong.
Stuck in the past, Jake must pull from his training and blend in. He clings to the one familiar face he can find, Amy Jenkins, a war widow whose life he saved during the assignment. Drawn to each other by their loneliness and thrown together amid the terror of war, Jake and Amy look to a future together.
But Jake’s future cannot let him go. And when his bosses finally find him in 1944, Jake faces a terrible choice: risk unraveling the modern world, or let Amy die.
“What is it?” asked Jake.
“There’s more detail in here.” Robinson tapped the file on the table. “Read this in a minute, but it can’t leave the room. I’ve downloaded the orders on your palmers so you can brief yourselves later. But here are the basics.” Robinson opened the folder and glanced at the first page. “The backroom boys picked up unauthorized temporal Jumps into late April and early May 1941.”
“London?” Lew leaned forward.
“Yes. A history scholar like yourself, Agent Brockley, won’t need me to tell you how crucial a time this was in the war with Nazi Germany, with Britain fighting alone and in danger of invasion.”
“So what’re they trying to do?”
“They’ve already done it, of course,” Robinson said. “We’ve checked it out, and the system says it’s at least 90 percent likely they’re behind the assassination of a politician, a guy called Winston Churchill.”
“Should I know him?” Jake didn’t share Lew’s interest in obscure periods of the past, but the thoughtful expression on Brockley’s face said he’d heard of Churchill.
“Well, he was prime minister for a year, as I’m sure Agent Brockley could’ve told you,” Robinson said. “I’ve had it checked out: if Churchill isn’t shot after a year in the job, he turns out to be an inspirational war leader.”
You know what they say about the best laid plans, but that didn't stop me from making a bunch at the end of December to make 2018 rock from start to finish. And I was doing well: I was working out 3x a week, took care of my dog and apartment like a boss while my mom had to be away for a week, made a rewriting list for Unmoored, printed out the manuscript, and was ready to go.
And then it all went down the drain because I got sick. I'm not even sure what it is (yes, present tense—I'm still sick as I'm writing this). It may be the flu, or a really bad virus. But I've had it for about a week now and I'm sick of being sick. And the 1 killer migraine I had didn't exactly help, either. But at least that was knocked out in 1 day of sleeping (which I was already doing a lot of).
But this isn't all to say that I've accomplished nothing. If you notice the new subscription box at the bottom of my blog posts, you can see that I am now offering my first book for free to newsletter subscribers. On the back-end, I actually completely switched from Mailchimp to Mailerlite and rewrote my welcome system. Feel free to sign up below!
Looking forward, I'm planning on tackling the Unmoored rewrites, revision, and edits. Stay tuned!
About the Book
Title: Twisted Fate
Series: Twisted, 1
Author: Jessi Elliott
Genre: NA Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: February 13, 2018
Cover Artist: Okay Creations
Being kidnapped by the Leader of the Fae really puts a dent in your senior year.
Aurora Marshall is sharp, witty, and always has a plan. Ready to finish her business degree and graduate, her life is going smoothly—until the night she meets Tristan Westbrook.
Tristan, the overbearing, gorgeous fae leader, and an admired businessman in the human world, is all kinds of dangerous. While he finds Aurora intriguing, her refusal to bend to his will keeps them locked in a constant power struggle.
Entering into a deal is the only way to escape Tristan’s clutches, which only plunges Aurora deeper into the fae world. With her future at stake, she is forced to handle his arrogance and extraordinary fae abilities as she fights to stay grounded in her mundane life.
Not to mention her struggle to ignore the growing attraction she knows she shouldn’t feel for the man who kidnapped her.
When people said college would be the most exciting time of her life, Aurora never thought this is what they meant.
It's been a while since I've blogged, what with finals, holidays, finishing the first draft of Unmoored (finally) and readjusting to life back home now that I'm taking next semester off.
Anyway, I'll keep it short and simple. One of my goals this year are to blog weekly (partly to actually use this blog for what blogs are meant for, and partially to keep my accountable with my writing, revising, editing, and publishing). That last part is particularly important because I also have a goal to publish at least the rest of The Belgrave Legacy's sequels: Unmoored and Taming the Alpha. You can already read it and the short stories.
So, that's me. My question for you all is what are some of your new year's resolutions? Comment them down below. And if you have any tips on sticking to those goals, don't hesitate to add that, too.
About the Book
Title: Torrid Little Affair
Series: Forbidden Desires, 3
Author: Kendall Ryan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: Dec 11, 2017
The best way to get over someone is to get under someone else. And I have the perfect candidate all picked out.
My new assistant is tempting beyond belief with her curvy body and take-no-shit attitude. All those luscious curves, and a juicy ass I’m already in love with. God, the things that I would do to that ass…
But it’s the haunted look in her eyes that speaks to me. Like she’s taken just as much shit in her past as I have—maybe more. We both deserve a little fun.
Love can’t fix everything. Mind-blowing sex and a few killer orgasms, on the other hand?
I have a feeling those might do the trick.
This is book three in the Forbidden Desires series, and while it can be read as a standalone, it’s recommended you start with Dirty Little Secret.
I know the book description says that one should go read the first book in the series before cracking this one (it "spoils" the end of Book 1 in the first chapter, but given they're all romances, it's not that big of a spoiler), but given I'm in the middle of studying for finals and writing my final papers, I unfortunately didn't have time to do that (although I intend to once I'm done with the semester). In the meantime, let's get into my review.
The novel takes place in Boston, so woo! Okay, seriously now, my review:
It's been a while since I've done a OneWord365 post because life has been extremely busy for me. But within the last week, I decided to take a leave of absence next semester to take care of myself. I won't go too deep into it, but long story short: if I went into next semester as I am (even with the 1-month winter break) things would not go well. So, I'm taking a step back to get myself and my life in order. That said, my winter plans are completely up in the air. I'm hoping to spend enough time to finish drafting and hopefully revising (and maybe even editing) Unmoored so I can publish it soon.
In the meantime, I'm busy writing 2 final papers and studying for 3 final exams. I've gotten a jump start on one of the papers (the draft is already done), but I still have quite a lot of work ahead of me. So while I may not be able to start thinking of fun things for myself yet, that doesn't mean I don't have something for you, my audience. Below, I have 3 giveaways featuring signed paperbacks of The Belgrave Legacy. The first one ends on 12/20/2017 at 12:00am EST, the second one ends only 2 days later: on 12/22/2017, and the final one goes all the way into the new year: until 2/28/2018.
So enter all three below now, and good luck!
From New York Times and USA Today bestseller Wendy Higgins comes a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America brought to life and entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more. Undone, the stunning conclusion in the Unknown Trilogy is now available! Don’t miss the fantastic excerpt below and grab your copies today!
Series: Unknown, 3
Author: Wendy Higgins
Genre: NA SciFi Romance
Publication Date: December 5, 2017
Amber Tate never dreamed their heart-wrenching escape from the enemy’s attack would lead them to the most beautiful place she’s ever seen. Like everywhere else in the world, Elmendorf military base in Alaska has been taken over, but it’s time to take it back--all of it—one base, one city at a time. After losing so much, Amber clings to the one precious person she has left, and vows to sacrifice everything to help save the Earth.
Remy Haines is a lover, not a fighter, so when she finds herself in enemy territory, expected to feign allegiance while gathering intel for the rebel cause, she’s never been more out of her element. Tensions only increase when her feelings for Jacob “Tater” Tate won’t go away, and the enemy’s leader takes an interest in her. She’s torn between what her heart wants, and what she knows she should do. As for what her body needs…well, it’s always had a mind of its own.
Did he ever think of our night together in the tent?
Without a doubt, I’d been tipsy, but I remembered everything. For so many years there was tension between us. It started as annoyance, my best friend’s older brother who always acted like a douche. Then, after he joined the Army and came back to visit, it was like he’d matured just enough to lose that obnoxious edge and I realized for the first time how sexy he was. I wanted him. Back then, pursuing guys had been my vice, but I knew Amber might be weirded out by it.
When I thought back to that night at the nature reserve…it was really our last night of true freedom and happiness. It’s strange to think we were happy, especially since our parents had been taken prisoners at that point, and we’d watched his grandfather be killed, but we still had hope. We thought we’d get our parents back. We didn’t have any idea just how horrible things were. Or that aliens were real.
I rubbed the prickly hairs on my arms down and took another bite. I didn’t want to think about that night in the tent. The sound of Tater’s laughter. His wide smile. The way the neck of my loose shirt had slid down while I was arranging my sleeping bag and laughing drunkenly. His warm mouth as he kissed me on my exposed shoulder…when I turned to him, Tater had never looked more serious. It had been a look of question, like, “Is this all right?” And I’d responded by sliding my hand behind his neck and pulling him down on top of me.
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