Thursday, June 26, 2014

Last post

Hey guys,

I've been putting this off because I wasn't sure how to phrase it, but with my next YA book being so up in the air, I felt the need to post this.

I won't be publishing any more books under this pen name.

That's right. I'm shutting it down. I probably won't do anything under K.D. Jones either because while I love reading epic fantasy, it's too much of a PITA to write.

That's part of the reason why I've stopped writing YA. I wouldn't say I've outgrown it by any means, but I definitely don't enjoy writing it nearly as much as I used to.

Well, if I haven't been writing YA, what have I been doing? For starters, learning the ropes of copyediting. I'm almost done with a certificate program, and I hope to someday officially open up shop for that skill once I gain more experience. I enjoy it because it makes me use a different side of my brain than I do for writing. It's nice to turn off my creative faucet every now and then.

I've also been reading and writing a lot more adult-oriented books. (No, not erotica. =p) Just books meant for women and men, not teens. I feel a lot more freedom writing it because you don't have to worry about target audience restrictions. The writer I started out as a few years ago loved YA (and I still love reading it), but the writer I am now enjoys writing for adults much more.

I don't want to write or publish subpar material, which is why I'm not writing anymore books for teens. The heart just isn't there in the writing. The prose is bland, and as a writer that loves weaving suspense into her stories, that isn't good enough. I want to write books people will enjoy, not fall asleep through.

Sorry if this is disappointing anyone who was looking forward to the fairy book. Please don't email me asking to see it, because while finished, it's a wreck. I feel bad enough shoving my WIPs onto beta readers, let alone regular readers.

Thank you guys for supporting me through the years. I appreciate all the wonderful people I've met. I'll be leaving the Red Sector Chronicles trilogy up since it's complete, though the covers will be getting makeovers to reflect current trends. They're a bit outdated. Snow White will stay up too at this site, as I'll probably be nixing the other domain once it expires.

Also (because I know you're going to ask), I won't be sharing my adult fiction pen name. I honestly enjoy the anonymity and the freedom that brings. I might come out of the pen name closet someday, but for now it's my secret.

Thank you all again for sharing the start of my writing journey. Here's to the future, whatever that may hold.


Friday, February 28, 2014

Guest Post: Dracian Legacy by Priya Kanaparti

For those of you who don't know, Priya is a total sweetheart. And her book is freaking awesome. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC. (Which I'm reading right now and plan to post a review for soon.) Her debut novel, Dracian Legacy, released this month, so I wanted to tell you guys about it, and about the lovely author.

At seventeen, Ren Pernell knows the meaning of tragedy.

But then, a year after losing her parents, Axel Knight walks through the door and changes everything. Strange creatures start to appear, her best friend suddenly finds her irresistible, and an undeniable, unexplainable bond with Axel threatens to drive her insane. She knows he’s the key. There’s something he’s not sharing, and she’s determined to find out.

Demanding answers, she finally learns the truth: everything she ever believed is an illusion. Caught in a centuries-old blood feud between races she never knew existed, Ren discovers her true destiny. She’s the chosen one, the Echo, preordained to end the bloodshed.

There’s just one catch–in order to save those she loves and a homeland she’s never seen, she’ll have to die.

With the clock running out, she’ll have to navigate a new world of betrayal, lies and deceit. If she can forgive, finding love even in the darkest places, she just might be able to escape the prophecy. But how much is she willing to sacrifice for a cause she didn’t know she was part of? And what will it take for her to be free?

Buying links (Or you could download a sample!) Amazon || Amazon UK
REUTS Publication - Dracian Legacy (Read the first chapter or order epub format here!)

Priya lives in the beautiful city of Boise, ID as a full-time working mom and part-time YA Novel Author. For the past 7+ years she has worked in multiple fortune 500 companies and has recently found the passion to read and write.  The Dracian Legacy is her first YA paranormal romance series. She strongly believes that true love conquers all and that’s a common theme you’ll find within her novels.
You can find her online at: Blog - Facebook - Pinterest  - Twitter

Congratulations, Priya!!!!!!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Giveaway Hop: Vampires for Valentines (Hosted by Felicity Heaton)

It's that time of year again! Once again, I'm participating in the Vampires for Valentine's Giveaway Hop hosted by Felicity Heaton. Vampires are probably my favorite paranormal creatures (next to unicorns, because who doesn't love unicorns?). I'll be giving away three copies of my complete Red Sector Chronicles trilogy, which follows seventeen-year-old vampire hunter Sloane McAllister in her quest to save her brother from the alluring undead. The first book is currently free.

Now for the giveaway! Don't forget to visit the other sites for the chance to win cool prizes! Happy (early) Valentine's Day!

Vampires for Valentine's Giveaway Hop

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Let's talk Wicked Wings trilogy

First of all, let me just say that the book probably won't be out until later this month. I know, I know. Another book pushed back. Hopefully this will be the last one, and I apologize for the delay. (Again.)

On another note, I wanted to talk a little bit about what the Wicked Wing trilogy is about, introduce you to some of the characters, and just welcome you to a world I've had a lot of fun writing. =)

The What

Wicked Wings is a trilogy. I first came up with this idea long before I wrote The Scarlet Dagger, but the pull for my vampires was stronger than my fairies, and I wasn't sure what direction I wanted to go in for Smile So Dark (I'll refer to it as SSD). So it got put on the back burner until my vampire trilogy was finished. Good thing is when I returned to it a few years later, I knew what I wanted to do differently with the story now that I'd gotten my writer's feet wet with TRSC (The Red Sector Chronicles).

Wicked Wings shares a lot of the same elements as The Red Sector Chronicles - there's action and suspense, there's a strong heroine, and a dreamy hero who supports her any way he can. The main difference - other than this being about fairies rather than vampires, obviously =P - is that I put a lot more focus on the romance in SSD. In Red Sector, it was there, but it wasn't as present as it is in SSD. Valerie, my MC in WW, was actually the inspiration for Sloane. They share a lot of similar traits. I didn't want her to become a copycat, so I had to change up some parts of her personality. I think she's a little more mature than Sloane and not quite as "in your face." I wouldn't say she's boring by any means, though. She definitely has as much spunk and knack for getting herself into trouble as Sloane.

If I had to classify SSD, I'd say it's an urban fantasy (no dystopian worlds, though they do enter Faery at one point) and a paranormal romantic suspense novel. I can't help it - I have to have danger in my books. It's what I find fun. I enjoy a good, straight romance as much as the next girl, but this is just how I write naturally.

The Heroine - Valerie Bloodstone

Valerie is the same age as Sloane. They're both 17 at the start of the first book in their respective trilogies. Valerie comes from a low-income family, and it's just her and mom trying to make ends meet. She works a part-time job and goes to school at this fancy performing arts academy because she wants more than anything to become an actress so she can take care of her mom.

In exchange for the money to go to school, Valerie signed a contract with the fairy queen when she was fourteen, which is when she discovered she was half-fey and a banshee, at that. Part of her contract is killing those who have killed the fey in the mortal world. Valerie figures she'll do this until she's through school and then she's done, but of course, things are never that simple. The queen chooses one of Valerie's best friends as the next victim, and she has to decide what the right thing is to do. She ultimately decides not to kill him, but it gets her into a lot of trouble because fairies are trying to kill her. lol

She's pretty average as far as girls go. She isn't what I'd call "plain," but she's not super-model pretty. She has more of an "inner beauty." Some of her strengths are that she's hardworking and dedicated and passionate. Her biggest flaw is probably her inability to let people really get to know her. She tends to keep people at arm's length because she's been burned in the past by her father and other people, so she somewhat isolates herself. Because of this, she's stubborn about accepting help from people because she's so used to doing things on her own.

The Hero - Julian Grey

Julian's kind of a hot snob at first. lol He was a really fun character to write because he's a bit of a ham. From the time we meet him, he immediately centers in on Valerie. It's not insta-love by any means. She hates him at first, though you can't deny there's this chemistry between the two of them that neither one of them really understands. Eventually they start to become friends, and you can see it start to grow into something more. Valerie isn't really allowing herself to fall for him completely - although he becomes a total sweetheart later on - because she doesn't fully trust him for the fact he's a full-blooded fairy and you just don't see many of those in the human world. They tend to be very reclusive. Julian shows up about the same time all the trouble starts with her best friend being marked as her next hit, and she immediately thinks he's there to kill her. lol He does prove himself gradually to be worthy of her trust, but it's by no means easy for either of them. I'm very excited to see their relationship grow in the last two books.


Would you risk your life for true love?
For seventeen-year-old Valerie Bloodstone, life is far from normal. By day, she attends a prestigious performing arts academy with the hope of someday fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming an actress. By night, she carries out the fairy queen's bidding, killing those she's marked as traitors to the Fey. Valerie follows the queen's orders without question - until the day she marks her best friend.

When Valerie refuses to follow through with the death sentence, she suddenly finds herself as the prey. About the same time, the handsome, roguish Julian Grey shows up in her life, a new student with an annoying knack for making Valerie weak in the knees. Despite the fact she doesn't trust him and suspects he was sent to kill her, she finds herself drawn to his seductive smile and carefree attitude.

As Valerie evades death - and her attraction to Julian simmers to a boiling point - she struggles to keep a firm hold on the life she’s built in the mortal world. But if she is to truly be free, she must travel to the heart of Faerie and confront the evil that has placed a bounty on her head before the queen destroys everyone and everything she's ever loved.

YA Paranormal Romantic Suspense

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Thank you guys for reading! For those of you who don't like to read on a computer (I totally understand. It hurts my eyes, too!), I'm going to try to vlog this entry so you can listen to it. Thank you again for all your support. =)

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

New Year's Resolutions for 2014

I love New Year's because it's a time of reflection, and it feels like a fresh start is just over the horizon. I've already started doing some of these things, but here are my personal goals for 2014:

1. Lead a healthier lifestyle. I don't smoke or do drugs, and I'm not a heavy drinker. (Maybe an occasional glass of wine at dinner.) Mostly, this goal is about making an effort to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day and an hour on my days off. I've already started working out, and can feel the effects. I have more energy. I don't experience my usual "mid-afternoon crash." I just feel better. I'm taking in more water, no soda, no processed sugars, and little sodium. I keep a little notepad in my purse to count calories, not being obsessive with it but just so I'm aware of what I'm putting into my body. I'm hoping to keep up this goal and get in good shape this year.

2. Write more books and publish more often. I fell off the horse, so to speak, this past year with regards to getting books out when I wanted. It's taken me a bit longer to get settled and figure out my own voice and what I really want out of this publishing endeavor (freedom, mostly, and a better lifestyle for my family), so I'm thinking this next year will be much more stable in terms of being able to actually meet the publication goals I set now that I've hit my stride. I don't like missing goals, I really don't. My publication dates seem doable in the beginning while in reality they aren't realistic because of the other things I have sucking up 80% of my time. Along that note...

3. Drop to part-time. This is what I'm shooting for by the end of the year, if not sooner. I'm a work-a-holic, which often leads to burn-out and stress. I made a joke the other day with a coworker that if I wasn't in a constant state of stressed-out, I wouldn't know how to function. When I accepted the fact I couldn't do everything at once and there will never be enough time to do everything that needs to get done, I learned not to be so stressed out. I just make the most of each day, and try not to sweat the small stuff. (Something I have to remind myself of occasionally when the stress demons creep back into my life.) Trying to be a full-time writer and work a full-time day job did nothing but make me bang my head against the wall. No one should work 80+ hours a week. It's just not healthy, in my opinion. Since I want more time to write and do the other things I love, something's gotta give eventually, and since I'm not giving up my love for writing, it has be day job hours.

I'd also like more time to spend with my family and "me." "Me time" gets cut out of the daily picture quite often, because I feel like there's always something I could be doing to get ahead in my goals. (Again, the work-a-holic thing.) I've lost touch with a lot of hobbies and interests for the simple fact I don't have much free time (read = "me" time), except on my days off. After many long years of ignoring "me" (all through high school, college, grad. school, and my working life), I'm growing weary. I'm not saying I want a four-hour work week (I'd get bored plus feel guilty), but I would like a bit more than a half hour a day, if that, to do something for the sheer heck of it.

I want to have kids someday, and I can't imagine how little "me" time - if any - mommy writers/workers must get. That's why I'm hoping to drop to part-time sooner rather than later, for my own sanity. Eventually, I hope to cut the day job completely out of the picture, but I don't think it will happen in 2014 because of the next goal.

4. Pay down bills. Ultimately, I'd like to be debt-free, and someday I will be. My hubby and I are working on this goal together. He has his debt and I have mine, and we've each been taking measures to cut down on it. I've done really well with that this past year, wiping out several credit cards simply by making larger payments, cutting back on spending on wants vs. needs, and then applying those extra payments towards the next bill once the first one is paid off. My goals are set for 2014, and I always hope to be in a better place financially at the end of the next year than I was before.

5. Save. Nothing is certain in life. The car could tank, you could lose your job, or get sucker punched by some other catastrophe. I haven't been as disciplined with this as I have with other aspects of my life (the money I could have saved usually goes toward bills so I can get ahead on them), so I've made it a goal to save at least three months' worth of living expenses. Preferably, I'd like to hit six, but that goal might not be attainable unless book income is raised.

All of these goals are working together to create a better future, and hopefully lead to a happier life. Life's too short to spend it locked in a job you hate or being captive to your debt. Cheers to creating a sunnier tomorrow.


What are your goals? Share them below! =)

Monday, November 11, 2013

Book Blitz: The Red Sector Chronicles!

The book blitz has officially started! There will be guest posts, giveaways, character interviews, and more! I'll post a list of all the participating blogs soon. Below, you can enter the grand prize giveaway, if you want. You could win:
  • signed paperback copies of each book in trilogy
  • a beautiful red leather journal similar to the one Sloane uses in book 3
  • a series bookmark
  • and a series poster (omnibus edition image)
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Thursday, October 31, 2013

NEW RELEASE! Cross My Heart, the final Red Sector book

It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here! Links are below. As the book goes live in more stores (Sony, Apple, etc.), I'll post those links too. Thank you all so much for your support and patience! If you finish the book and have a moment, I would love an honest review. They help both readers and writers.

BUY THE EBOOK (thank you!) * all ebooks in English language
Amazon || Amazon UK || Barnes & Noble || Smashwords || Amazon ca || Amazon fr || Amazon br || Amazon de || Amazon it || Amazon mx || Amazon jp

Also, Dark Knight is now available as an ebook for the first time! It's the prequel story to how Aden Knight became a vampire.

BUY THE EBOOK (thank you!) * all ebooks in English language
Amazon || Amazon UK || Barnes & Noble || Smashwords || Amazon ca || Amazon fr || Amazon br || Amazon de || Amazon it || Amazon mx || Amazon jp

The omnibus ebook edition is up now too. It includes all three books in The Red Sector Chronicles trilogy, as well as Dark Knight.

BUY THE EBOOK (thank you!) * all ebooks in English language
Amazon || Amazon UK || Barnes & Noble || Smashwords || Amazon ca || Amazon fr || Amazon br || Amazon de || Amazon it || Amazon mx || Amazon jp

Paperback editions are on their way, probably by the end of the week. I'm not done with the omnibus edition's paperback cover yet, but here's what the paperback cover for Cross My Heart looks like. (click to enlarge)

Happy reading, and thanks again for your support!