Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Looking back

2013 is coming to an end. This has been a busy year for me and a lot has happened. But of course, with me being me, I started thinking about all the things I didn't do, which brought on a whole slew of negative emotions. (Mostly guilt and shame. Plus I felt guiltily lazy over not working out again like how I had promised myself.) And then yesterday it hit me.

Amelia had just gone down for her afternoon nap so I hurried to get some house work done. I was sitting on the floor in the living room, dusting the bottom of the coffee table. I was thinking about everything I had wanted to do but hadn't gotten to yet and was becoming increasingly upset with myself.

I was (ok…still am) behind on blogging. I suck at running my FB page. I want to put together more giveaways. I have 16 chapters left of edits to through in STAY. I hadn't gotten to ride Mystery as much as I wanted to this fall and now it was cold and snowy and icy. My Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse cosplay dress is hanging in my room and only halfway done. I had Oreos for breakfast and watched 4 episodes of Dr. Who while snuggling my baby…and I had only written two books this year.

That's where I stopped myself. Two books. One year. Really, it's not that bad. On average, it takes about a year to write ONE novel, I had to remind myself. And then I remembered all the other stuff I had accomplished in 2013.

I became a nurse, passing my NCLEX exam in the beginning of the year. I got my first job as a nurse and was working full time while writing. I signed a 4 book deal with Permuted Press. I was pregnant for more than half of the year (while working full time and writing!). And then of course I gave birth to our beautiful daughter and had spent the last 4 (almost five!!) months taking care of Amelia and being a full time new mommy.

So those two books suddenly became pretty impressive.

One thing I hardly ever do is appreciate me. It's just not something that comes naturally to me. I'm always critiquing myself, pushing myself to be better or do more. There is always room for improvement and I'm rarely satisfied with my own work. Going over this past year and appreciating everything that happened was…nice.

I still want to get my shit together and blog more, be more involved with my FB page (I REALLY love talking to fans and readers!), host more giveaways and be more efficient in editing and writing. But I'm not going to be so hard on myself.

I don't want to rush through life just so I can check things off a list. There will be times in the upcoming year where I spend the day watching TV and cuddling with Amelia. I will forget to blog for weeks at a time. There will be (many) days where I eat junk food and not work out.

And that is ok.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Whohoo, it's done!

So, yeah. I finally finished STAY. The novel I've been working on for-freaking-ever. I'm this excited.

I think I wrote chapters one and two before Amelia was born and one scene that comes later. It might have added up to around 5K words. Not very much, I can say that for certain. It was an easy book to write in the way the story came to me. The subject matter was difficult to write at time and I had to take a break. (The novel is about human trafficking, FYI.) Writing about horrible things happening to people in paranormal/zombie books is hard to do too. But that's a type of fiction that isn't likely to happen. (Never mind the fact that I have canned food surreptitiously hidden in a box marked 'Christmas decorations' so no one will take my provisions in the ZA…) 

What I mean is that human trafficking DOES happen. It IS happening. I was shocked to learn that people are sex trafficked in my our county. There was a pretty large bust in a near by town not that long ago. Around 30 girls were involved. 30 innocent girls. It's so scary. The things that were done to them were so horrible. STAY is inspired by these true events. I hated what I put my characters through but I wanted this book to be realistic. Several times I had to close my computer and turn on something funny to get my mind off being kidnapped and raped. Adeline (the MC) goes through so much. I got sucked into her head (like I always do when I write) and felt her emotions. Hence the break needing. 

But the HARDEST part was finding time to write with a newborn!! I wrote the majority of this book in the wee hours of the night after Amelia was in bed. I'm looking forward to taking the rest of the week off from (full time) writing and going to bed at a decent hour!
So what's next? Well, the manuscript is getting a read through by the editor. Once major changes have been made, I will enlist the help of betas. In the mean time, I am working on a Contagium character novella and then I am starting the FINAL Contagium novel. 

I'm excited and sad to start this book. Orissa and Hayden have been a huge part of my life for the last two years (holy shit, it's been that long??) and I'm sad to finish their story. This book is going to be long, and it's going to be epic. Not everyone will make it to the end. It's going to be heart breaking and exciting, and suspenseful, and…
I can't handle it. I might cry at the end. Seriously. Though, I was discussing this with a friend recently and I might consider writing another full length novel from Hayden's point of view that starts with him getting off the plane and discovering that the world has gone to shit. It would be fun to write about how he came to the compound, met up with his buddies, and see just why Fuller favors him so much. So knowing that I CAN write more Contagium if I want to helps. Just a little. 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is my favorite holiday. I've been a witch for Halloween more times than I can count so, of course Amelia was a witch for her first Halloween :) I made her costume; it was one of the most frustrating and difficult things I've ever sewn because of how small it is. I sewed it together on accident twice. But it turned out pretty adorable! 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

I have a blog??

Well, I'm guilty again. I will be the first to admit I'm not good at keeping up with these things. With a new baby, going back to work (even though it's just part time), and well, just life (not to mention all the new shows on!) I forgot to blog. Le sigh. Story of my life, right?

I've been busy working on my new novel, STAY. I've talked very little of this book in the past. I'm not trying to make it some secret project, I just haven't written a blurb yet. And I will put that off for as long as I can because I hate writing blurbs. It is so much easier for me to crank out 70K words than to write 500 or so in a blurb. Everything I write sounds lame to me and I start over. And I have the issue of wanting to include EVERYTHING the book has to offer. That, of course, gives away pretty much the entire plot. Obviously that is a problem. I might start working on an unofficial blurb sometime this week...or maybe not. If I get one written, I will of course post it.

The cover of STAY is done and it is amazing! I will do a cover reveal closer to the release date, which is still TBA since I'm slowly chugging along trying to get the damn book finished. I know exactly what needs to happen. I just need time. Amelia is a 'hold me diva' which means I don't have much time to write. I don't mind holding her of course, in fact I love it. She is three months today and the time has just flown by. It really feels like it was just a few weeks ago I was in labor and we came home with a very tiny baby. I feel sad that she's not a newborn sometimes. She fits in size 1 diapers and wears 0-3 month size clothes now. She's getting so big!

But now she smiles, giggles, coos, plays with her hanging toys on the play mat, holds her head up, rolls from her belly to her back, and can entertain herself for small amounts of times. Her smiles are so beautiful and she gets more and more fun and 'interactive' as she grows of course. I just think about that and I don't feel so sad about her growing! She is and always will be my little girl :)

I went through Contagious and made some changes before my Permuted editor goes through it. There were a few scenes that have minor changes in dialogue so things are clearer and presented in the way I had intended them to be presented. Nothing major will change in Contagious or Deathly Contagious since you guys have already read (and loved!) them.

Other than writing, I've been sewing costumes. I made Amelia a very adorable witch costume for her first Halloween. I had no idea sewing something to TINY would be so flipping hard. I sewed the damn thing to itself more than once. I was tempted to light it on fire more than once as well. In the end, I resisted the urge to get out my lighter and the costume turned out so incredibly cute.

I'm working on a Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Cosplay now. I've wanted to do it for a long time and actually designed the costumes back in February. I was pregnant then so I didn't even bother making myself a costume. Three friends are doing it with me, and we are going all out and including our horses.

I am Conquest (or Pestilence, depending on what interpretation you read) since Conquest rides a white horse. (Mystery is white). I've finished my dress and just have to add embellishments and make my armor, weapons, and crown.  Then I have to figure out the best way to make armor for the horse. It needs to be something that can withstand movement. I'm hoping to have my costume done in a week or two so I can start working on War, who is going to wear a crap ton of armor! (And so is the horse!) I'm really excited about this Cosplay!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Contagium Release Dates (!!!)

Alright...I know a lot of you guys have been waiting FOREVER for this news (so have I). I recently spoke with the publisher and was given a re-release/release schedule for the first 3 books in the Contagium Series! To quickly recap what's going on with the books...I signed with Permuted Press in the spring of 2013. Books 1 & 2 in the series were originally self published. After gaining popularity, I was approached by Permuted and asked to sign. After some serious debating (Permuted is awesome but I loved being an Indie author) I decided that going to Permuted was the best way to get the series 'out there' to more readers by making it available on ALL e-reader devices and possibly prints in stores. The plan was to go through the first 2 books and thoroughly re-edit (which they needed) them and relaunch them before releasing the third book. Book 3 was completed in June and I am now working on the 4th (and final) book.

Now all the details have been sorted out with not only my series, but with Permuted as well, who went through some exciting change themselves, and I have been given the dates. So, here it is:

Contagious: re-releasing in July 2014
Deathly Contagious: re-releasing in August 2014
Contagious Chaos: releasing in September 2014

Now, if you're like me, your first reaction is that it is a long flipping ways away! So I want to remind you that it is very typical for the re-release/release to take about a year once signed. Permuted has quickly grown in popularity and they have many other authors to work with so these things take time.

But, to ease your pain, I am going to write a novella (around 15K words) in Hayden's point of view. I am hoping to get this done by the end of the year or sooner. After that I would love to write one more character novella, and I'm open to suggestions as to who you'd like to read about. I'll post a poll closer to the time.

Also, in October, I am putting together a big zombie giveaway that will include a printed UNedited ARC of Contagious Chaos as well as hard copies of the first two books (self published editions). Plus other stuff of course :)

And I want to take a quick moment to say thank you to all the fans of the Contagium Series. You guys are amazing!!!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Because I wanted to, that's why

I've been asked quite a few times why I write the things I do. I never really know how to answer that other than 'because I want to'. Sometimes the questions get really specific and I've been asked 'why did *insert character name* do that?' And I've gotten comments like '*character* should have done this instead, it was obviously the better choice'. Why didn't they?' The answer is simple: because that's what I wanted.

Sometimes I feel like readers are hoping for a secret, deep meaning behind my reasoning's but more often than not, I just wanted that to happen/not happen. I write my books how I want them to be written, how I see them in my head, and how I think they should play out. With all of my current series, I knew how they would end before I even started writing. I know I've mentioned before that I wrote the very last paragraph of Contagious before anything else. 

Staying in-character can be a challenge, especially when I'm writing a character that is very unlike myself. Orissa from The Contagium Series is one of my favorite characters (if not my all time fav...) and she is pretty much my opposite in a lot of things. I had to make sure her choices, actions, and decisions were fitting to her own personality and not my own. She is a shoot-first-aim-later kind of person and makes her choices based on what is best for the current situation. She doesn't always think about how things will affect her later on; she very much lives in the present. Which, in turn, makes for some sticky situations. She does try to do what she thinks is best, but since she has a tendency to make rash and quick decisions, things tend to backfire and she ends up getting herself into trouble.

So why in the world would I write a character like that? I wanted to. Simple as that. I wanted a character that was very far from perfect. I wanted to write about someone who makes mistakes, doesn't think things through, and isn't loved by every single person in the book. (Huge pet-peeve of mine...I can't stand picture perfect MCs) Orissa is definitely rough around the edges and I really loved writing her.

Some other things I've been asked (multiple times...) can be answered with the 'it's what I wanted/imagined' reply, but some other commonly asked questions DO have a more interesting meaning behind them. I've compiled a list of some of the frequently asked 'why' questions.

-Why is Ethan so much older than Anora (in the Guardian Legacies Series)? I made them have a 5 year age difference because my husband is 5 years older than me. I honestly never thought about it being weird or causing anyone to even wonder. I've never had an issue with my hubby being older.

-Why are your main female characters all brunette? I like brown hair.

-Why do most of your main characters like horses/know how to ride? I like horses so I wanted them to as well.

-Why didn't Orissa use her grandpa's cattle for meat? I didn't want her to kill them. I personally would hate to skin, gut, clean, and prepare that much meat. Plus, cows are kinda cute.

-Why do you write about your real life pets? I wanted to. I love my animals and thought they'd make great characters.

-Why did you decide to make Hayden a Marine instead of a solider? I felt the Army was over used in zombie books/movies.

-Why did you make Anora's parents have such prestigious jobs? I wanted them to have jobs that required long hours and work outside of work. I wanted her to have 'good' parents that were just too busy with work to pay much attention to her. I know there are tons of other jobs I could have picked, but I just picked two that I liked.

There are deeper meanings in what I write, of course, but that's a whole other post in itself. If you want to know anything else about the books, ask! I love talking about them!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Author Hate

Several years ago, I read Once Dead Twice Shy by Kim Harrison. It was one of the first books that I read about reapers and angels. (It's a really good book! I love the whole mini-series) After finishing those books, I went on to read and devour any other reaper/angel book I could find. So, I could say that thanks to Kim, I discovered that I like the whole angel/reaper story line and discovered a whole bunch of new authors who write in those genres.

Which is why I seriously do not understand 'author hate'. What is author hate? It's my own term for when authors bash other authors, refuse to support other authors, and/or try to hurt another author's ratings. I've seen this happen way more than it should (which is never) and it makes zero sense to me.

As an author who started out self publishing, I am very supportive of other Indie authors, especially those just starting out. I remember how hard and confusing it was to break into the book world and I honestly enjoy helping others get started. I have no problem whatsoever with promoting other authors and being a fan of others' work. I am a reader as much as a writer, and I enjoy sharing when I find a really good book.

So why do some authors feel like other authors are competition? I wish I knew the answer to that because then maybe all this hate would make sense. Though...does anything that has to do with hating ever make sense? No, it doesn't. The thing that confuses me the most is that readers do NOT read one book (lets just say it's a vampire series), enjoy it, and never read another vampire book ever again. In fact, the opposite happens.After a reader finished and loved that series they are MORE likely to go out and buy and read books similar to that vamp series.

To me, it only makes sense for writers of the same genres to support each other. I've never met a reader who said, "well, I read ONE good witch book, I'm not going to read any other books with witches in them." I know I'm not the only one who discovered a wonderful treasure of a book from searching for books similar to one I read, loved, and finished.

Now, the bashing, gossiping, and writing the fake, bad lame and pathetic. I don't even want to get into this topic too much because it makes me angry. To me, nothing screams insecurity and/or jealousy more than belittling someone. No one has ever reached success by putting others down. It just doesn't work that way. Not only is purposely trying to hurt someone morally wrong, it's a really, REALLY dumb business tactic. If (and usually when) the hater gets caught, readers become turned off to that author, even if their books are great.

My advice: support each other! As with everything in life, things are much easier if we all get along and act civil to one another. Be jealous but keep you comments to yourself. And remember, if you support other authors, they are more likely to support you back.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Excerpt from Beyond the Sea

©2012 Emily Goodwin

Melia was fascinated with fire. She had never seen one this big and was a little wary at first. She stayed close to Peter, not wanting to get too close but unable to resist moving toward the flickering heat. She wanted to throw something into it, or get a big stick and poke at the fire. She sat, completely transfixed by the dancing flames. They were in the middle of a forest and had to walk a rather long and winding trail to get to the party. The bonfire was in the center of a small clearing; logs and lawn chairs encircled it. Music played in the background, floating through the trees. People talked and laughed and some were throwing a little white ball back and forth into plastic cups. When the ball landed in one of the cups, it had to be drunk. Melia didn’t understand that game.
Peter was talking to Connor and two boys Melia didn’t know or recognize. The call of the crackling fire was stronger than that of the nearby stream, and Melia released Peter’s hand and stepped closer to the flames. She sat on a log feeling happily rustic, becoming hypnotized by the dancing fire.
After turning down yet another offer for a drink, Melia slowly rose and strode over to Peter. He put his arm around her and kissed her forehead. The guys were talking about sports and complaining about the bugs.
“Are you getting eaten alive?” Unknown Boy #1 asked, waving an unseen bug away.
Melia had to recall the not so literal sense of the phrase. “No, I haven’t gotten bitten yet.”
“Really?” Peter asked, slapping a mosquito from his arm.
“Yea.” Melia shrugged. “I guess bugs don’t like me.” She smiled innocently. Mosquitoes didn’t like merrow blood; it was too salty. 
“That’s—” Unknown Boy #2’s voice got cut off by a high pitched scream. There was a moment’s pause followed by more screaming. Three girls fumbled through the woods in a tumultuous and desperate escape, crying out frantically about a dead body.
At first no one believed them. The small crowd of partiers waited for a “Hah! Gottcha!” But when one of the girls began to cry, a chill echoed through the air. Eyes fell upon Unknown Boy #1, who apparently was hosting the party. “Where?” he asked the girls, his voice weak.
“Not too far,” the calmest answered. She pointed in the direction they had run from. “By the stream.”
Familiarity slid a cold finger down Melia’s spine. She gripped Peter’s hand and took a deep breath. Though it was extremely faint, the rotting smell of water slimed grass lingered in the air.
“Jason,” Connor called to the boy, who Melia figured was his cousin—they did have the same eyes. “I’ll come with.”
“Me too,” Peter said and gently removed Melia’s hand. “Stay here,” he instructed, getting out his phone to use as a flash light. Melia waited until he, Jason and Connor were a few paces ahead before falling in step behind. She didn’t understand why Peter was acting protective. The body was already dead; it could do her no harm.
The gentle babbling of a stream is oddly serene when it houses a rotting corpse. The smell alone alerted the boys the body had been here for more than a few days. Laying face up in the shallow water, birds or bugs ate away at the dead boy’s eyes. His skin was pale and crinkled, and the flesh around his mouth was ragged and torn.
The smell was stronger here. Melia had smelled it before. She shivered at the memory. It was one of the few she had of her father. He had taken her and Lana to a rocky shore to watch the sun sink into the ocean. Being a full merrow and unable to transform into human shape, he stayed in the water, keeping a close eye on his daughters. Of course, Lana didn’t listen to his requests to stay nearby. She beckoned Melia to follow her and led her to a river that dumped into the sea. Melia remembered being hit with the pungent smell of decomposing plants.
Then the woman appeared. Not being familiar with humans, neither Lana nor Melia knew she was dangerous. In a flash, she grabbed the girls and dragged them under the water in an attempt to drown them. Of course that didn’t work, and Melia’s father swam to save them. He stabbed the woman, whom Melia later overheard him call a ‘gwyrrd’, in the heart with a trident made of silver. Melia also overheard that the only way to kill a gwyrrd was by staking them in the heart with silver.
Since that day, Melia had learned more about the gwyrrds. She couldn’t be certain. She stepped closer to get a better look. A twig snapped under her foot and caused all three boys to jump.
“Shit, Melia, what are you doing here?”  Peter asked, wide eyed. He felt sick from looking at the body. Moonlight cast eerie shadows over the dead boy’s face. Well, what remained of his face. Melia bypassed answering and took Peter’s hand. Her merrow eyes allowed her to see every detail; it looked like algae covered seaweed was wrapped around the boy’s fingers on his outstretched hand.
“We need to call the cops,” Peter mumbled. Jason sputtered about the beer and how everyone was underage. Peter motioned to the body. “He’s something to someone.”
Peter’s words hung heavy in the air.
“Right,” Jason agreed. “Lemme hide the booze.”
“It’ll still look suspicious,” Connor warned. “All of us, up here.”
Peter nodded. “The girls that found the body—they need to stay. Everyone else needs to leave.”
“Right,” Jason uttered again. “Give me ten minutes.”
Melia tiptoed to Peter. He looked sick; Connor did as well. “We don’t have to watch it,” she said quietly. “He’s not going anywhere.”
Connor agreed and turned away. “I feel bad leaving him alone. Is that crazy?”
“No,” Melia assured him, taking his hand and leading him away. She took Peter’s hand in her other hand. “It shows that you are more caring than I thought you were. Though his spirit is gone, the body still symbolizes his life and everything that used to be.”
“Yea.” Connor cleared his throat and gave Melia’s hand a squeeze before letting go. They stopped at the edge of the clearing. Melia was on high alert. She didn’t know what she would do if the gwyrrd attacked, though her first and only plan was to let it take her since she can’t drown. That was one of many holes in her plan. Anxiously, she waited for the others to leave. She needed to keep the small group that remained together. Gwyrrds don’t attack groups. And what about the police officers who will examine the body? Melia knew, from watching numerous shows on solving crimes, that she couldn’t stay when the authorities looked for evidence.
“I’m sorry you had to see that,” Peter apologized, hugging Melia.
“It’s not the first dead body I’ve seen,” Melia whispered softly. Peter hugger her tighter.
The wait for the cops to arrive was excruciating. Awkward small talk was made, but the fact that there was a dead, rotting body nearby was hard to forget. The girls who had discovered the body were MJ, Nikki and Chloe. They exchanged a few words on fashion with Melia; Chloe complimented her designer boots.
MJ interrupted the silence that fell over the group. “You guys, that boy was probably murdered. What if the killer is still out there?!”
Nikki gripped Jason’s hand.
Melia shook her head. “If I were going to dump a dead body, I’d put it somewhere I’ve never been and wouldn’t come back.  Unless I was crazy, then maybe it wouldn’t matter.” Peter looked at her sideways. “Or at least, that is what would happen on crime shows.”
“So,” Nikki spoke. “We either are safe, ooorrr we have to watch out for a raging lunatic.”
“Basically,” Connor assured her.
“Do you think they’ll suspect us?” MJ asked.
“I doubt it,” Peter answered, unable to help the red hot flash of fear that flooded his veins. Would the cops find it ironic a group of kids innocently went for a walk in the woods and stumbled upon the body?
Melia’s head snapped to the left. Voices. Flashlights bouncing off the trees. Footsteps. The police were finally here.
What seemed like hours later, Melia and Peter got into the Mustang. Peter sighed, looking tired. Melia placed her hand on his.
“Want to go to my house?” she offered.
“Yea.” Peter revved the engine to life. “So much for a fun night, huh?”
“Well, at least it was exciting.” Melia half smiled. Peter laughed. She didn’t like seeing Peter upset. It bothered her more than she expected. She brought up the subject of prom and it seemingly worked to cheer Peter up. They discussed dinner plans; Peter admitted he had assumed they would go with his group of friends. He didn’t say it, but Melia knew he didn’t think Jamie would be going to prom. Connor was taking Courtney, Matthew and Amanda were going together, Nate was taking Hannah, a cheerleader Melia had few interactions with, and Brian was going with Justine, a junior from another school. He didn’t mention anything about Kaitlin or Janet.
It made sense, Melia knew, for Peter to want to go with his friends. And it would be fun going with a group of people, right?
“My mom wants me to go to New York to find a prom dress,” Melia told Peter.
“Should be fun.”
“Yea, but I don’t like shopping.”
“Really?” Peter glanced over at her.
“It’s fun at first, then I get bored.” She turned to face him.
“You are too good to be true, Melia.”

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Amelia :)

So once again I haven't posted anything in a while, though this time I have the best excuse yet: I had my baby! Amelia was born on July 26th, weighing 6 pounds and 1 ounce and was 18.5 inches long. I had a headache and high blood pressure at the beginning of labor, but everything went smoothly and she was born after only 7.5 hours of contractions. Of course, I think she is just perfect!!

Taken by Krystal:

My sweet little girl is already 16 days old! My husband and I (and the dog) have settled and adjusted to life with a baby and things could not be more perfect. She is such a good baby and is only fussy when she needs something. By day 5 she was sleeping for 2-3 hours at a time at night and now I have to wake her up to eat.

I don't know what I did to deserve her. I am so incredibly grateful for my family. There are no words to describe how much I love my daughter. I knew I would love her (and I loved her since the moment I found out we were expecting!) but I had no idea how deep that love would be, and how much it continues to grow each and every day. I think it's something only parents can understand because I didn't get it until now.

Enough with the sappy-ness, right?

Now that things have settled and I'm all caught up on sleep, I plan on getting back to the books. I'm roughly halfway done with STAY, a new adult, contemporary novel I started about a girl who is kidnapped and forced into human trafficking. (Blog post about that to follow...someday) I am doing some interior makeovers to my self published books and then planning a big re-launch party for them and I have some exciting news from Permuted about the Contagium series but I can't share it just yet.

I have lots of fun things planned and I've added two more book ideas to my list. Having a baby has been very inspiring for some reason. In the few hours of sleep I was able to get a night I did have some weird dreams!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Why I like NOT being a full time writer

Wait what?

Yup. I said it. There are (a few) things I like about NOT writing full time. I randomly thought of this yesterday while watering flowers. And here are my reasons why.

Writing is NOT my source of income. I work full time as a nurse. And I enjoy it (most of the time). Having a job not related to writing takes any and all pressure off of sales. I don't have to worry about pushing my books, begging for reviews (honestly, it kinda annoys me when I see authors asking over and over and over for people to write reviews because it helps sales), or writing in the 'hot' genre in hopes of getting my name out there. I know how hard it is for many authors to financially make it. And I don't want to make it seem like I'm all about money, but it's kinda hard not to in this day and age. I like NOT worrying about bills and having the means to go out and do fun things. And this ties in with reason number two...

I write because I want to. I LOVE writing. Not having the pressure to write to pay the bills makes me enjoy writing even more. It never feels like a job to me. I write because I want to.

It's great stress relief. When I've had a long day at work, coming home and being able to write is always something to look forward to.

Not a long list, I know, but it's enough to make me grateful (on some days) to have another job. But there are many, many days when I think that staying home in my jammies or sitting out in the sun with my laptop beats getting dressed and being on my feet for 8 or 9 hours. And now that our daughter will be here in a matter of days or weeks (PLEASE be days!!) being able to be a stay at home mom who also writes full time sounds very appealing.

So maybe someday I will hang up my stethoscope and sit at the keyboard full time, and I'd be very happy about that. Though, I really do like being a nurse. I like taking the time to help people. I like making people feel better. I like knowing that taking care of a patient in turn takes care of their families, and just that little 'thank you for taking care of my dad/mom/brother/sister/wife' is more than worth it. Maybe someday I will write a post on all the reasons I love being a full time writer. Only time will tell. :)

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

More on Contagious...

I'm still getting tons of questions from readers about the status of the books and why they are no longer available. So, here is another quick update about the books.

In April, I signed a contract with Permuted Press and this series is no longer a self published series. That means that the publishing house is the one who has control over release/re-release dates, covers, editing, and what the book description on Amazon/B&N/any other book seller says.

I have not been given specific dates on anything yet. Once I get those dates, I will definitely share.

Traditionally published books tend to take longer to become available than self published books. Trad publishing houses have TONS of other authors to work with. When I self published the books, I only had to work with myself...if that makes sense.

I've also been asked many times if there is a way I can speed up the release dates. And the answer is no; I've done all I can. My only suggestion would be to let Permuted Press know how anxious/excited you are for the books so they will see that a lot of people are waiting! (Myself included!)

There seems to be some confusion about whether or not this is a series or a trilogy. What started as a 3 book trilogy has changed into a 4 books saga/series/whatever you want to call it. I decided to do this BEFORE I signed with Permuted since the books grew into so much more than I originally anticipated. I haven't changed the name on my FB fan page b/c FB only lets you change a page name once and I had been (for quite a while) debating on whether or not I should keep pages for each series or combine them into one author page. I just sent in the change request to FB to make the CT page into a general author page. I suck at running pages. Having three just doesn't work for me. Having one general page would be easier to run and it would allow all the CT fans to see more giveaways and free book promotions. If the change request gets accepted, nothing will really change except the name of the page.

And lastly, I keep getting asked when the movie/TV series is coming out. As much as I'd love that I have info about it, I have no idea how to push that idea into action either. The best way to get a series turned into a movie/TV series is to tell your friends about the books and get as many people as possible to read the books! The more popular the books become, the more likely it will be on the big (or small) screen! And I understand that promoting books that aren't available is hard. Trust  me, I know on this one! ;)

Of course I want to thank all my readers. The Contagium Series would not be what it is today if it wasn't for you!! I am considering writing some novellas to put out for you guys to read while waiting for the books to come out. I think Hayden and Dr. Cara would be interesting! The novellas would be short (under 45K) and would tell the characters' tales of how they got to the compound and a little about what life was like for them before the virus. Who would you like to read about??