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Coming in 2018

A new year is here and it feels so nice. Often times, I feel the new year can be hard for me, but this one is different. I feel like I’m in a good place. Especially after the last two years, which were rough, I’m feeling optimistic – and that goes for my writing as well. So today, I’m sharing what’s coming in 2018.

Coming in 2018

Since 2017 saw no new titles published, I’m hoping to publish some this year. It definitely hurts not to have new material for people to read, but it’s not a race – it’s about patience. Today, though, I want to recap exactly what I’m hoping to accomplish in my writing this year. I’m focusing on two series that I think I’ll be working on, but a lot of things can change in twelve months. I can’t wait to come back in December and see what actually happens!

The Cassie Morgan Series

I’ve mentioned multiple times that I’m trying to get both Justice & Lies, the third book, and Hit List, the fourth one, done at once so I can publish them back-to-back. Given the way Justice & Lies ends, it makes sense because Hit List picks up shortly after the end of the third one. My hope is that these two stories are so intertwined, you could pick up Justice & Lies, without having read the first two, and still feel like you understand what’s going on.

Currently, I’m 54,000 words into a Hit List draft, with probably 15,000 words to go, My hope is to be done by the end of January, but after that, I’m taking some time off from the series. We all go through creative burnouts, so it’s important to see those for what they are. I’ve been working on these two books for a year and a half straight now, and I need a break!

Hopefully, I’ll come back to them in April or May, but I don’t anticipate coming in before that. I’m hoping for a September or October release date for Justice & Lies, which would be over two years after Double Played came out.

The Short Stories

I’ve also mentioned these a few times – the short stories, but these stories are still so… abstract. I’ve got two ideas I’m toying with and I’m not totally sure which direction I want to go in. One is much darker than The Cassie Morgan Series, more in line with something like The Girl on the Train or All the Missing Girls. Then my second idea is more light-hearted, almost cozy mystery type. I suspect at the end of my writing career, I’ll have written both, but for now, I’m not sure which direction I want to go in.

I do want to try some new ways of publishing – with the short stories, I’m hoping these can be faster and I can promote them more. All the “traditional” rules that I follow as an indie author, I’d like to throw those out the window and just see what I can do – experiment with these short stories.

Either way, as I have a goal to read a whole entire book series that consists of 46 books (right now) this year, I’m also hoping to write a lot of words, and of course, I hope you stick around for the fun!

My Year in 2017: Writing Edition

Hello end of the year! 2017 was a insane year for me, but throughout it all, I still had my writing. This year didn’t quite end up the way I thought it would.

My Year in 2017: Writing Edition

The year was spent working on two books – two books I thought would be out by now.

Justice & Lies is the third book in the Cassie Morgan series, and over some rewrites, it drastically changed. The main plot line didn’t really change – I’ve had that pinned down for a few years, but the order of events shuffled around. Given how tight the time frame is between Justice & Lies and Hit List is, one change can have a huge impact on both books.

While I’ve rewritten both books a couple times, I’m almost done with a rewrite of Hist List. A big part of my editing process is just rewriting the whole draft a few times – it allows me to get a better understanding about what I may or may not need in a book and it allows me to keep stories tight.

I’m hoping this is the last rewrite, but after – I’ll still be doing some heavy edits to make sure all the details line up across both stories – and with previous stories.

This year has involved a lot of behind-the-scenes work to make sure 2018 features some really awesome stories. There isn’t much else to say except stay tuned!

For the Love of Word: Q2 Goals

This is a new series (inspired by Kristen at well-storied.com) to the site. Every quarter I’ll break down my writing and reading goals so you know what’s happening behind the scenes and we can share some new books together!

For the Love of Word: Q2 2017 Goals

In future updates I’ll break down what I have read and what I accomplished in the past quarter, but since this is the first one, I’ll start out with my goals.


MY GOALS

Finish Hit List. Right now, I’m finishing up the first draft of the fourth Cassie Morgan book, Hit List. I’m about halfway through the draft and hope to finish in the next week or two. This is the final book in the “first” part of the book series, so I’m spending more time closing plot and lines and making sure the ending is satisfying and makes sense.

After I finish Hit List, I’ll loop back around to start edits on the third book in the seriesJustice & Lies. I expect my edits and rewrites to take about a month and a half to two months, so I’m hoping that I’ll finish by the beginning of July. I suspect these two projects will take at least three months to finish, which will cover the quarter.

Lately, I’ve slacked on reading, and I need to get back on track. For reading, I’m hoping to read at least 6 books in the next three months, hopefully more. I’m currently reading a few different books, including Eat, Pray, Die. The book has a sequel I’m hoping to read after. I have a few other books after, and as I finish each, I’ll be sure to add book reviews here and on Goodreads.

I’ve always found that being open with my goals publicly helps me accomplish them more. So in July, I’ll be back with an update!

 

Coming in 2017

I can’t believe that 2017 is already here. 2016 was a tough year for me, so I’m glad to see a new year finally here. Last year, I had some big aspirations to publish two books. Then I landed a day job in politics and that was the end of that.

Coming in 2017

In 2016, the only book that came out was Double Played, the sequel to The AssassinWriting and finishing Double Played was an incredibly different experience compared to The Assassin. 

This next year though, I will be putting two books out, with the first one being Justice & Lies. And I’m so excited to share with you the summary of the book!

Winter in Washington, D.C. is the perfect time for a serial killer, or two. Special Agent Cassie Morgan and her team are on the lookout for two men leaving behind a slew of dead cops in their path. As the bodies continue to pile up, Cassie struggles to stay focused thanks to one big distraction:

Brent Rossett’s trial.

Cassie knows she’ll be telling the world a few lies when she takes the stand, but one bombshell confession is soon forgotten when a woman shows up murdered near the courthouse. All signs point to the crime being the Assassin’s, but he has the perfect alibi: his trial.

Now the FBI must deal with a copycat killer, and everyone is watching and waiting for him to come after Cassie. While trying to solve her own assignment, Cassie constantly finds herself in the middle of the copycat case and she’s realizing she might have to make the ultimate deal to finally put an end to the mob’s obsession with her.
In addition to Justice & Lies, I’ll be releasing Hit List, the fourth book. Both of these will probably come out late-summer or early-fall. I’m currently going through and writing both books as one giant book because Hit List picks up just days after Justice & Lies ends. I’m so excited for these two books, because they fit so well together and they’re really the next step from The Assassin and Double Played. 
After both books are out, I’m hoping to work on some stand-alone series at the end of the year (maybe NaNoWriMo), including Super Ordinary, a book I first wrote back when I was a junior in high school. It’ll be fun to dig into that one and how the story has changed in the past few years.
2017 is shaping up to be a promising year, and I’m hoping to really give new life to my book series.
I hope y’all have had a wonderful New Year, and here’s to 2017!

 

Behind the Scenes 2016

Last year, right before the release of The Assassin, I participated in a link-up of sorts, “Behind the Scenes.” Now that it’s been a year and 2016 is wrapping up, I thought it would be fun to revisit this and do it again.

Behind the Scenes in 2016

WHERE DO YOU WRITE?

I work at home, in my little office area. I spent a good part of this year writing in coffee shops in Austin. One of my favorite shops is right on the lake, which is a great back drop.

WHEN DO YOU NORMALLY WRITE? NIGHT, AFTERNOON, OR MORNING?

I spent most of the year writing at night. Lately, I’ve been writing in the mid-morning after going to the gym.

IS THERE A CERTAIN SNACK YOU LIKE TO EAT WHILE WRITING?

I try to drink water, but don’t be surprised to see me with Dr Pepper or a glass of wine in the evening.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU WRITE A NEW NOVEL?

It usually takes me a month and a half to three months to complete each draft. Still hard to tell how long it takes me to complete a whole novel.

DO YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE YOU WRITE?

Yes, or I listen to writing podcasts while writing. I typically stick with music because I don’t need to pay attention to the music. Podcasts are a little more info-based and require more attention.

WHAT DO YOU WRITE ON? LAPTOP OR PAPER?

Laptop. If I can’t do it on my laptop, I’ll take my iPad and work in Scrivener there.

IS THERE A SPECIAL RITUAL YOU HAVE BEFORE OR AFTER YOU WRITE?

No, but I need to start developing some for pre-writing.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO GET INTO THE MOOD TO WRITE?

I still don’t have an answer to this! I think being in the middle of a great plot is what makes me excited to keep writing. Sitting down to pick up and continue on a rollercoaster ride is always fun.

WHAT IS ALWAYS NEAR THE PLACE YOU WRITE?

A drink, probably my planner, and my phone.

DO YOU HAVE A REWARD SYSTEM FOR YOUR WORD COUNT?

Keep going for more words.

IS THERE ANYTHING ABOUT YOUR WRITING PROCESS THAT OTHERS MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT?

It’s amazing how one year changes everything. I’m currently planning the “ending” to the series (I’ll be taking a break to focus on some other things). What I have planned pre-break and post-break are very different tones of a similar story in the series. I’m excited for people to get their hands on these!

I can’t believe that 2016 is almost over. In two and a half weeks, a new year will be here, and I am so excited for what it has in store. 2016 has been an extreme year, so I’m ready for something new!