Yes! The third book in my most popular series is coming soon. Heart of Stone is now taking all my time. I know there are authors who can work on two and three projects at the same time. I am not one of them. As an author, I find that I must become totally immersed in the project currently on the works.
I am a very emotional person. I become the characters in my work. I find that I have to give up reading other books while writing because they interfere with and compete for that immersion. When I’m writing, everything revolves around the unfolding story. Even while I sleep, my dreams often deal with some character or setting in the story.
Unlike other novelists, I do not write every day. I’ve heard advice from authors who encourage a writer to force-write on a daily basis. I tried doing that years ago, but found that anything I forced myself to do, had to be undone later. I learned to trust my own instincts. There are no rules that apply to every author other than the rules of good grammar. Writing is not my office job; it’s my passion.
Once I start on a project, I spend months at it. It becomes my total focus for that time. I like to complete a chapter at a seating. I sit to work and don’t stop until that chapter is done. My working months are usually September through mid December, and February through May. I prefer complete quiet while I work; for some reason, music or background noise do not work for me.
To get me started, I read the chapter I finished last and make fresh changes. Then I get a feel for the next chapter and start with dialogue. Dialogue has a way of making a story move, and I find that it leads me where I need to go. Later, I go back and elaborate on characterization, sharpen up settings, etc. With Heart of Stone, I am using an outline to guide me. I did this with Thicker Than Blood also, and I found that it helped me stay focused.
Now, back to Heart of Stone. It picks up a year after the battle that saw the death of Vadim and Irina. Of course, our antagonist, Toma, comes back meaner, with bigger plans than ever, and a never-ending thirst for revenge. This volume focuses on the side characters who’ve moved to the front of the story as the saga becomes wider in scope: Jonathan and Bianca, Devian and Ivanna, Luca and his brothers, and of course, Toma.
As usual, there will be lots of drama, action, and a sprinkling of erotic scenes. Anyone who has read any of my books knows that my erotic scenes are always explicit. There are also some scenes that deal with taboo matters, but the society of vampires is not guided by human morals. Fiction is just that: fiction! If you want clean and soft, my books are not it.
When will Heart of Stone be out? I’m hoping that withing the next three months. Beta readers will see it in about two months. However, that is my hope, not my promise. But I do think that when it’s finally done, you’ll love it.
Available Now- The 2nd Volume of Vampires in the Mist
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If you’ve visited my blog, Names Starting with “Z,” you’ve probably seen the tab labeled “Discussion Group.” I’m inviting you to join.
I will not be trying to sell you anything, promise. In fact, as soon as you join, you will be able to download a free copy of my newest book! What’s the catch? No catch.
I left the social sites last year. I have little patience for the constant drama that goes on in Facebook and Twitter and the amount of time and effort I spent on them. I grew tired of listening to political tirades and clicking a never-ending circle of Tweets till my fingers hurt.
However, I feel I must be accessible to readers who may wish to interact with me. I need to hear their opinions, ideas, and to answer their questions should they have any.
My new discussion group will be the fastest and most direct way to do that. You might check out the topics every day or once a year; that’s up to you.
I will use the group to test new releases as I will offer members the opportunity to Beta read for me. I will make sure that Smashwords coupons are available to members for FREE copies of my latest books.
To join the group, visit my blog, Names Starting With “Z” and click on “Our Discussion Group” Tab at the top. Make a request for membership, and I will approve it within an hour or two. Once approved, you can visit the group and get your coupon for my latest release.
It is a new group; don’t mind if you are one of the first to join. I hope that soon there will be enough members to make it fun!
NEW FACELIFT FOR DANIEL’S FORK SERIES.
The Daniel’s Fork series has been re-edited and given fresh new covers. Each book has also been retitled.
Why the extreme actions? It has been not only an immense amount of work, but it has also been rather emotionally painful to do the changes. Strongheart’s Woman and Daniel’s Fork are my first novels and dear to me. They are also what I consider my best work as they are truly original in theme and genre: so much so, that they have been hard to place in popular genres and difficult to market.
As a new author, I had difficulty choosing their titles. It seems now that the old titles were not evocative of the proper images in the minds of contemporary readers. When someone thinks of the word “fork” now-a-days, the image that comes to mind is the eating type of fork- and not a fork (branching) in a road or a river.
The old covers were also not properly evocative either. The new covers address the actual themes more effectively. The Hunter’s Snare (previously Daniel’s Fork) cover pulls its theme from the hunt for the killer and emphasizes the male protagonist rather than the healer. The old cover for Strongheart’s Woman (now Fire Dance) gave an erotica vibe that was misleading. The Fire Dance cover is darker and mysterious as well as romantic.
The short prequel to the series, “Edge of the World,” has disappeared as a stand-alone story. It has been incorporated as the first four chapters of Hunter’s Snare. This change provides a tighter background to the novel and strengthens the characterization.
I hope that readers like and embrace the changes in the series. A new book in the now titled Future Past series is close on the works and due to be released in the next few months.
The Future Past series is now available only at Amazon. Read it for FREE if you have a Kindle Unlimited account!
A New Venture: Reverse Harem Paranormal!
Recently released, Once Chosen is the first volume of my new series, Vampires in the Mist. Each volume will be novella length in the range of 80 pages (two-hour reading time). If you like short reads like Paranormal Dating Agency series, Called by the Vampire series, Immortal Guardians, and Demonica Underworld, then you’ll love Vampires in the Mist.
- For Vampire Romance Lovers!
- A Brand-New, Thrilling, Erotic Reverse Harem Series You’ll Love
- Dark Characters, Sizzling Erotic Scenes, Fast-paced Action and Suspense
My name is Rose. I’m a Miami girl- a normal girl with an iPhone, a Spotify subscription, and lots of dreams I do nothing about. One fateful night at a posh South Beach party changes all that. Seduced by an alluring creature, I wake up in a world I never imagined. I am now the prisoner of powerful, immortal vampires bent on possessing my blood, my body, and my soul. I have been chosen to become a companion, a member of their elite vampire harem. My only choice: submit or die. My only hope: the three gorgeous and seductive males assigned as my mentors, protectors, and lovers.