Cold Mercy snippet!

I’m currently working away on Cold Mercy, the first in my Northern Wolves trilogy coming to you guys soon, and decided to give you all a quick peek:

A branch snapped behind her and the rush of fear through her left her bone cold. She could hear the harsh whuff of animal breathing behind her, the undercurrent of a nasty growl. Smuggler whined and thrashed on the leash, yanking free, and Eden lunged for her sled.

One hand closed over the canister of bear spray she always packed, just in case, when a mammoth paw knocked her sideways and sent her spinning. The fabric of her coat ripped easily under the violent slash of claws. Eden staggered, the canister still gripped in her hand, and she tried to keep her feet solidly underneath her, catching herself before she hit the ground. Pain lanced up her side, burning, white-hot as if fire seared over her skin where the animal had struck her.

Had to be a bear. She lifted her hand, fully intending to take aim, and came face to face with the biggest wolf she’d ever seen. Heart lodged in her throat, she froze, unable to breath. Eyes so dark they were nearly black, no pupil at all, stared out at her. Evil eyes, some niggling, frenzied part of her brain insisted. Demon eyes.

 

In other news… I’ll have the cover art and blurbs for this and Pale Moon Cry (A Shifter Town Enforcement novella) to reveal soon!

Next Best Thing Challenge

Last week I said I’d been nominated twice. Well here’s the second thing I was nominated for: The Next Best Thing Challenge. Thank you, Loni Flowers!

The rules for this challenge are as followed: Answer the 10 questions given. And nominate five people.

1. What is the title of your book/WIP?
Well, I have two current works-in-progress. Cry Sanctuary, Shifter Town Enforcement #2–which will be coming out next month! And an untitled STE novella coming out later this year.

2. Where did the idea for the book come from?
We’ll tackle Cry Sanctuary from here on out, since it’s the most prominent on my mind. I really wanted to a story where one of the main characters has survivor’s guilt and still has to confront the bad guy. After writing Hounded, the pieces just fell into place for this one.

3. What genre would your book fall under?
Paranormal romantic suspense. It’s a bit of both, so I just smushed the genres together. ;-p

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Oh, wow. This is a toughie. I have no idea really. I don’t actually think in terms of actors/actresses. (I tend to get too hung up on the personalities I’ve seen them act in movies…)

5. What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?
The Hunter, a werewolf serial killer has managed to claim fourteen lives before Holly Lawrence nearly caught him, but now he’s targeting the Sanctuary Falls werewolf pack and Holly for revenge, and the only way they’re going to keep those they love alive is if they manage to catch a killer before the next full moon.

6. Is your book published or represented?
Self published.

7. How long did it take you to write?
About two months… Now the revision and edit process on the other hand…

8. What other books in your genre would you compare it to?
Uh, I have no idea. I never feel comfortable answering that question. I still have a hard time seeing myself as an ‘author.’

9. Which authors inspired you to write this book?
Every one I’ve ever read? I love to read, and I read across a number of genres. But sometimes, a story just comes knocking and you have to tell it.

10. Tell us anything else that might pique our interest in your book.
There are lot of new shifter varieties in this series… from dog-shifters as a police force for other shifters, to lions, wolves…and many more to come!

And now, to pick five people to pass this on to!

  1. Kodilynn Calhoun
  2. Xoe Xanders
  3. Kylie Scott
  4. Donna Shields
  5. Chibi Doucet

ROW80 Mid-Week Check In

Since I’m only checking in on Wednesdays, this is going to cover the full week. This week has been a bit hit and miss. For a number of reasons.

Good Points:

  • I went through my ‘secret’ novella (a yet untitled Shifter Town Enforcement novella). The 8k I have needed some tweaks and some clean up, but it works very well and gives me a great point to jump back into the story and really get it going.
  • For the days I did write, I wrote over my minimum. I averaged roughly 2k words every time I sat down to write, thanks largely to #1k1hr on Twitter. It helps me set a time frame and stick to it.

Now, for the not so good points:

  • I over estimated how many words I can physically write at the moment. I have quite a bit of wrist pain (which I do blame on my early NaNoWriMo days, where I’d slam out 10k word days after 10k word days after not writing for months before). 1k words and I start to feel the ‘burn’. The problem lies, by 1k words, I’m just getting into the story. I don’t want to stop. Over the past few months I’ve tried new keyboards, new desk setups… so I finally caved and ordered Dragon Naturally Speaking after seeing it on Twitter. It should arrive this Thursday. I’m hoping it’ll give me option to keep writing even when my hands are done.
  • I’ve been struggling to settle on my next novel-length WIP. I’ve gone through a few ideas, done some discovery writing on them (largely what I did this week word-wise)… But I do think I’ll be reevaluating my goals for this upcoming week, to give myself time to focus before I dive in.

Goals for July 11th-18th

  • Weight lift three times a week (Mon/Wed/Fri). I’ve been a major slacker on this because I don’t enjoy weight lifting, however, it does strength my wrists and I can type for longer when I’m on a set routine.
  • Finish Bending Steele’s final edits.
  • Outline the end of the untitled Shifter Town Enforcement novella and get cracking on that. Minimum of 500 words. It’s doable, but under what causes me pain until I get my strength built back up.
  • Allow myself the freedom to play with several ideas, outline them, and see which one calls to me the most. And remind myself that it’s okay to write outside the box if I want to.
  • Start to acquaint myself with Dragon Naturally Speaking.

Exciting news and #ROW80 Check in

First, because I’ve spent most of the morning squealing yesterday… Hounded managed to breach the Romantic Suspense Best Seller lists on Amazon again. It managed it about a week back at #99 on the Kindle Books Romantic Suspense list…but yesterday it managed to hit #83 in the Kindle Books–Romantic Suspense list and #93 in the overall Books–Romantic Suspense list! Thank you to all of my readers! I’m so glad to see so many people are enjoying Lennox, Kanon, and Tegan!

To celebrate, I’ve officially got the cover for Cry Sanctuary, Shifter Town Enforcement #2. This book will be releasing mid August. So in a little over a month!

Click if you’d like to see it bigger. :)

As for my first ROW80 Check-In, so far things are looking good:

  • Bending Steele is officially complete and off to my critique partner. I’ve already gone over this story a few times, so it’s nice to pass it along for some fresh eyes.  And I’ll have a cover for this one to reveal this weekend. :)
  • The tentative release date for Bending Steele is July 15th and it’s right on schedule!
  • I also managed around 2,500 words yesterday on my new novel WIP. So a really nice start to this week and this Round!