I am so dang close to finishing the first draft of SHELBY it gives me the shakes to stop. But I’m in San Diego, at my hotel, and I have hours tomorrow morning to write, while at the moment, I’m so exhausted I can barely see straight. I leave tomorrow afternoon to head up to Pasadena for Pokemón Go Fest at the Rose Bowl Stadium on Saturday. Sunday and Monday, my bestie, Stay Sea, and I will wander the streets of LA in the rain and play tourist before heading back Monday evening. Then I’m back here for a few days before getting back on a plane to Pennsylvania. I’m going to be real with you. California still feels like home. It could be because my best friend is here and she’s home for me. Whatever it is, it makes it really easy to be here. So, I will finish the SHELBY alpha draft tomorrow. ROAN’s alpha draft is complete already. I’m finishing SHELBY before ROAN because it’s supposed to be a Valentine’s story, and I’d like to get it out somewhat timely… even if it is late. Then, I will work on ROAN. The alpha draft for the book after is already written. I will release the YA Dystopian story under the pen name Clare Lukas, my new YA brand. I’m posting a little teaser here for you. I hope you enjoy it.
First of all. JUMPER is coming out November 14. ARCs are going to be available through Booksprout and my ARC Team starting on Friday the 3rd. Reviews will be due November 21. My beta readers all thought that this was a great but different read than all the other Somnolence books. It’s definitely a much darker tale, but I loved JUMPER’s backstory it begged to be told.
My life is a bit on end right now. My husband is a doer not a sit on his hand and think about things kind of guy. We talked for about five minutes regarding moving, and then the next thing I knew there was a sign on my front yard, a realtor in my home, and a scheduled open house.
To say I’m unprepared is an understatement. I’m releasing a book for goodness sakes. It’s not time to upheave my life and sell our house out from under me. And better yet than all that? He is sending me alone to buy a house across the country. His theory is that he bought this
So, bookwise, my plans for releases are all shook up and spun sideways. I was planning for a early January release of a YA/NA dystopian and I’m unsure when that is coming. I will be putting out a Somnolence novella definitely for February. But that is all I know right now. Nix’s book is out there in the wind. I don’t have a date for you. Not even the suggestion of one.
What I do have dates on are signings. Here are the places I will be and when.
I’ve written 22,500 words on JUMPER’s early draft in the last ten days. I’m trying to finish it completely by next Monday when I leave for Sultry In The City in Houston. I’m going to Galveston for a few days before the event and Austin after. I won’t have much time to write while I’m gone, if any. I will then have three weeks to do my 2nd draft before I leave for Books At The Beach.
In the meantime here is a typo for you. You make up your mind… was it a hot tub or a hot tube?
I wasn’t going to do a JUMPER teaser. I said I would post older teasers, but then Chanel made this gorgeous graphic, and I had to post it. So here is my teaser, the scenario is that Jump, Becca, and their mates are infiltrating a cult, and he has to do something that he knows will affect their relationship… this leads to somewhat questionable sexy times.
JUMPER will be released this fall. Keep your eyes here for more details.
This is probably the last teaser from It Feels Like Home; after this, there will be a few to celebrate older books and then into JUMPER. But until then, we will enjoy some mother-and-daughter goodness with Jace and her mom.
I am the Queen of two things: Sleep and Procrastination.
That said, I had most of this post planned on Tuesday and actually said something to the effect of, ‘I don’t have to worry about tomorrow yet’ when I was reminded about it. I then went on to do some recovery on Wednesday, and I did not get this post done. I guess I need to apologize to Miss Bri because I did indeed need to worry about Wednesday then… I couldn’t have guessed that I would be feeling badly and sleep all day.
Alas, the book. JUMPER. I am behind on it. It’s looking like the release for it will be pushed back again, with me having signings this month and next, there is just so little time for me to produce. Not to mention that my body has been in failure for weeks now. Between the anemia and COVID and now the iron infusion treatments. This is what turning 50 feels like? I would like to object on the BS involved with the last year. 49 has been a ton of nonsense.
All that said. Here is my typo of the week. I don’t know what I was trying to say… it’s all up to interpretation by the aliens.
Hello, and welcome to my WIP update. It Feels Like Home is going up on Amazon for paperback purchases in the next few days, and it will be up for preorder for e-books until the 4th. It comes out on the 5th of July. You can get it right now if you are an ARC reader through BookSprout or my YA & TEEN ARC Team.
My current project is JUMPER. I’m 13 chapters and 19000 words in. The first few chapters are letters, so there are many chapters at the start. That said, JUMPER is a deep and dark story. I already have TW for sexual torture, sexual sadism, SA, child SA, reference to miscarriage, PTSD by both a primary and side character, and the threat of forced breeding.
So yeah, this is a light, feel-good book you will want to share with the whole family!
I’m so close to being done with It Feels Like Home I can taste blood, sweat, and tears–mainly sweat and tears, but still, the book is nearly done.
Right now, the beta readers are pouring through it and finding all the weak parts that need bolstering and the witty pieces that I win at. I have had to up my deadline to meet the formatter’s availability. So, the day the betas finish, Bri and I need to tandem our comments and wrap it up because it needs to be off to Author Tree early the following day.
So what sort of errors do we find in my final pass? Well Bri found this where I closed the door and let myself in… I fail the door mechanics boss.
I have been working primarily on this title because it is killer to work on two titles with two release dates so close together. I don’t know how other authors do it. I was exhausted all the freaking time, and it was killing my vibe.
I’ll be back full-time to Jump’s book on the 1st when I finish this book. IFLH goes to beta readers on June 1st and has a release on July 5th.
Title: It Feels Like Home Genre: Contemporary, Mature YA/Teen Romance Tropes: Second Chance Romance, Enemies-to-Lovers, Coming of Age Release Date: JULY 05, 2023