Friday, June 28, 2013

What 2013 is looking like

I've been thinking a lot about book releases. With going full-time writing, I haven't worked long enough to estimate how much more productive I'm able to be without crossing over into crazy-time hours, which is why I left my last job. I am noticing that I'm able to producer a higher volume and get a little bit more done. Keep in mind, I have no desire to go back to forcing myself to working 19 hours a day, so put the whip away. ;-)

The Seven Series has began to write itself.
Book 1: With the editor
Book 2: Draft complete. In revision stages
Book 3: 20,000 words written in 4 days. :-o

Book 3 is a bag of nuts.

The characters are flying through my head and when you're an author, you have to seize the moment while you're in the creative zone.







What I have to do this year (the no "ifs, ands, or buts" about it):
Mageri 5:
October: Have my writing and revisions completed
October: Submit to beta & Begin working on the cover and title
November: Submit to the editor and proofreader
December: Publish
Please, no tears. It seems far away but for an author with so many things to do beforehand, I'm already stressing about deadlines!


Sooooooo, what's this post all about?

I have been holding my tongue on The Seven Series because I did not want to end up in a writing race. Once you release book 1, people want book 2, and I'm still working on the Mageri book! 

My Goal:

To publish SEVEN YEARS this year.

Whaaaat? I thought you were publishing it this year??

Well, technically I've never given a timeframe, but in my head I thought 2014 would be a better idea. This will require me to come up with not only the cover, but a cover concept for the series, if possible. I'm hoping for a stroke of inspiration that will make it easy. THANK YOU to those who are supporting my endeavors with other books. The Mageri world is part of all my books. Well, except for any non-paranormal I write.

My editor also has a strong crush on the lead of book 1, as do my betas (who have crushes on a few others).

WHAT IS SEVEN SERIES ABOUT?
There will be a total of 7 books:
SEVEN YEARS
SIX MONTHS
FIVE WEEKS
FOUR DAYS
THREE HOURS
TWO MINUTES
ONE SECOND

This series focuses on Shifters, according to how they are depicted in the Mageri World. It is written in 1st person UF style with 3rd person POV from the HEA. However, the series itself is written PNR style. Each book will be about a different character, but all the characters are connected. You can bet on having a few new book boyfriends by the time it's all said and done.

If this sounds like something up your alley:
Add it to your Goodreads shelf!

I have plans to publish Urban Fantasy Romances along the lines of Mageri, Paranormal Romances that are richer in the world building, and hopefully a contemporary romance that was stuffed in my files a while back because I lacked time. My goal is to be able to write something for everyone.

Thank you to those who are supporting the Seven Series without an inkling of what it's about. I love you!! It can be very difficult to get a new series kicked off without comparing it to a popular series, so I really appreciate the support from readers who are excited to try something fresh and new, and I'll keep everyone in the loop as decisions are finalized.

How I'm going to pull this off remains to be seen. Lots of hard work and planning ahead.

Thanks for your patience ;-)


Monday, June 24, 2013

Writing Maniac

Technically, today was my day off. But I spent several hours writing the first chapter of the third book in the Seven Series.

So I feel a Flashdance moment coming on where someone needs to splash me with water. I managed to write about 5800 words on the new novel. Not bad for four hours worth of work!

I finished up the first revision of Six Months (Seven Years is currently with my editor), and I suddenly had a bit of a character brainstorm for Five Weeks. I decided to start writing down the ideas and the next thing I knew, I had a chapter. I've already begun hatching plots and scheming scenes for later in the book, and the characters took control and demanded to be written. I love when that happens. There's nothing worse than beginning a book with a nebulous idea that requires a lot of stumbling through before you begin to see the light. Sometimes those books end up in a trunk.

A lot of it has to do with the tone of this book; each one in the series will differ based on the story and characters.

Giving birth to a character is a fantastically fun process. That is essentially what it is. I have a general idea of who I think they are, and once I let them loose on the pages, they end up saying and doing things that surprise even me.

I have a lot of planning to do this summer. One of which involves the design of the final Mageri book cover. It doesn't hurt to have a few mock-ups, and no, I don't have a title yet. I suppose like each book, that will come in time. I like the story to be written first and then I draw inspiration from it. Aside from the Mageri Cover, there is yet another daunting task to address, and that's the conceptual design of the Seven Series covers. Aside from designing each of them one at a time, I want to give forethought to a commonality that ties them together. It's been a difficult task with the Mageri Series, so this is something I need to give more consideration to up front, before the release of a series. It will make my job as the designer a lot easier down the road.


Please be sure to add Seven Years to your Goodreads Bookshelf! I'll be adding the rest of the series soon.
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Logan Cross email

This is an older email from Logan Cross I'm moving to my site. Enjoy!



It’s just after two in the morning and I’m sitting at my desk in the hidden control room of my condo. I’ve kept my life locked away in this closet for as long as I’ve lived here, as it is a part of a past I’ve chosen to leave behind. Along the walls are shelves that contain everything from flash drives and weapons to binoculars. Who was I?

A man for hire. Chitahs are skilled hunters, and are hired by all. But my natural enemy is a Mage, and those were the men who I’ve spent most of my life tracking down. It began with the one who murdered my female, and I have never trusted their kind, so it was a pleasure to hunt them. The money was good, and I had nothing to live for.

As I type this letter to you, my eyes are drifting over to one of the security monitors on my desk. I can see my empty bedroom with the large mattress on the floor. There’s enough light coming in from the window that shines on my lover’s skin. She is stunning with her raven-colored hair spread across the pillow, long legs, and emerald eyes that wake me in my dreams. Her smile quickens my heart, and her words weaken what thread of willpower that I hold to keep from devouring her as a male should a female. She is intelligent, flawed, and filled with compassion.

She is also a Mage.

There are many Breeds that live in secret from humans, and most of them are divided. Prejudices often filter out through the human generations, but with immortals, that is not so easy. If a man who grew up in the middle ages spent five hundred years with a certain belief, changes within the last hundred years hardly makes a dent in the way he sees the world. Fear is at the root of hate, and with the Breed, there is much to fear. We are each powerful in different ways. A Vampire can pull the truth, therefore most do not trust them and hide their eyes. A Chitah can kill a Mage with one bite, therefore a Mage will never trust a Chitah. Shifters were kept as slaves and only recently became liberated. Because they are one of the few who can have children and still live an extended life, most think that they will overpopulate, therefore it is not uncommon that stories surface about Shifter’s exterminated, gone missing, or even sold on the black market.

We are all born into this world and most accept the facts as they are, doing little to change them, for what measure of impact can one man have? The only true outsiders are Mage and Vampires, as those Breeds are the only ones who make one of their own from humans. But most of the humans they bring in are conditioned.

That’s where my female, Silver, is the exception. She was forced into this world, and she is very resistant to our laws and way of life. She has opened my eyes to believing that change can happen, and that the sins of my past stemmed from anger. Those actions, I now realize, will never be justified. While most of the men I took out were evil to the core, my actions were no less evil as I took pleasure in every kill. Can a man step out of the darkness and into the light? I don’t know, but the more I am in the presence of the Mage who is sleeping in my T-shirt, the more I feel that light shining on me. Will we face challenges? Yes. But it’s not love unless you make sacrifices.

My female stirs, so I must go.

Logan Cross

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Gravity Giveaway

There's a giveaway on Goodreads until July 20th. Three autographed copies of GRAVITY are up for grabs for US residents. Enter and give it a whirl!

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18105921-gravity


International readers: Please note I try to have as many contests available on my Facebook page (and blog tours) open Internationally as possible (I want to be as inclusive as I can), but there are times a contest may be restricted to US due to shipping costs. I hope you understand, and be sure to hang out on my Facebook page to catch the next giveaway!





Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I build, therefore I am.

Yesterday, I purchased a cube bookcase. It came with a small bag of screws, pins, and more screws. (I used the phrase "screw it" several times during this project) While it didn't seem heavy in the store, I had to open the box (after dragging it to my door) and take the pieces upstairs one at a time.

Assembly took about two hours. Simon rather likes that there was a lot of screwing going on, and I couldn't help but wonder what happened to the good ol' days when furniture came already assembled?

Afterward, I polished her up and I'm quite proud of the end result. It fits perfect in a little nook area and the sole purpose is to house all my book-related items that were beginning to take over every room. It's not a big shelf, so hopefully I won't have to continue adding to it. I decorated the top shelf as a tribute to Silver and Justus (candles and lamp..ha).





The center image is a necklace hung from the silver lamp. In the lower pic, I'll be moving the Cheetah off the shelf since I want it to look nice, but thought he looked funny curled up next to silver (the lamp).

Other than that tedious project, I'm still working on the first draft of MB5 (Check my blog page for current status). It's going well, albeit the first draft is a detailed process. I'm anxious to hit the last page and begin revisions and edits. :-)

I'm sitting here rubbing my eyes wondering how in the heck it became Wednesday already. Bueller? Anyone?

Happy reading!
 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Gravity in Paperback!

I realized I'd announced it everywhere else but my own blog. Good job, self.

GRAVITY: Book 4
When a choice is made, it will forever alter the course of our destiny. It cannot be undone, for fate is a river changing direction and carving away the bed of our hearts like everlasting fractures.

A turbulent past has left Silver a broken woman, but she is learning to trust again through Logan Cross, a Chitah who has convinced her that a dangerous man can change. Their bond will be put to the ultimate test when an old nemesis reappears and flips her world upside down. Will Logan be able to tame the animal within, or will he succumb to his impulsive nature?

The ongoing investigation into Breed experiments unveils a shocking secret about Silver's past. Standing at a fork in the road, Silver is forced to make a decision. Each comes with a consequence, and there is no turning back.

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I've updated a few links on my left hand sidebar to include a couple of character guest posts from the blog tour for Gravity. You'll want to see Logan and Christian's post.
Sign up for my newsletter! And once you do, check your SPAM folder regularly to make sure that nothing important ends up there. Not everyone opens the newsletters, so I think this is a problem with some of the email filters. I sent out a letter this morning, so look for it.

And here's a fun little image I posted to reveal the SEVEN SERIES. 
SEVEN YEARS is currently with the editor, and I'm working on revisions for SIX MONTHS as my side project. My priority right now is Mageri Book 5.


I know you must be thinking, "Dannika, Dannika. Why don't you follow the rule that other authors use in making your series repeat the same word or other theme?"
Well, because there is no rule. I think publishers like to tie a series together with the "same word", but I personally can never remember the title of each book in retrospect and what order they came in. I'm not sure why, but if the titles stand apart in a series or trilogy, they seem easier for me to recall.

I have a lot of fun coming up with the title scheme for the SEVEN SERIES, and to be honest, once I named the first book, it clicked. It seemed so easy, and the title will tie in to each story. I hope you'll enjoy these, and I have another series I'm looking at working next year to get ready for publication.

Busy, busy!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Bonus Scene from Gravity

There's a line that grabbed me in "Gravity". Each time I read it, I kept wondering what the heck happened with those two. So much so, that I decided to write it. Here's a little context:

Novis sent Christian to question Grady and try to extract information from him. Logan was sent along as backup. I know, right?

The bonus scene below is lightly edited, meaning I didn't send it to my editor. She books in advance and this is just for fun. Should it end up in a future book, it'll go through the full treatment.

Here is the line that inspired it all:

“Your fella was a real joy to travel with. I thought you were a barrel of monkeys, but that one is the whole fecking zoo.”




When it was discovered that Grady – the Mage who seduced Silver’s mother – was not living far from Cognito, Novis sent Christian to question him. Logan was asked to accompany the Vampire as backup, as he was already privy to information on the case. Using his keen sense of smell, Logan’s instructions were to stand guard outside the door while Christian charmed Grady for information.

Prior to their arrival on the East Coast, Logan and Christian boarded a plane.


Ladies and gentlemen, the Captain has turned off the Fasten Seat Belt sign, and you may now move around the cabin.

“Fecking hell,” Christian muttered, unbuckling his belt and stretching his legs in the aisle. “Comfy?” A grin spread across his face as he glanced over at Logan, cramped in the window seat. Their flight was packed and unfortunately, the only seats available were on the aisle that only had two seats, so they didn’t even have a buffer chair between them.
Logan removed the silver wrapper from his gum, folded the stick on his tongue, and dropped the paper on the floor.
Christian cut him a sharp glare. “Well, aren’t we the litterbug?”
“They have people who clean the floors,” Logan pointed out.
The Vampire bent over, nearly putting his head in Logan’s lap as he reached for the tiny piece of trash and sat upright. After tucking it into his shirt pocket, he scraped his hand through his dark brown hair and winked at a flight attendant.
“You should show females more respect,” Logan suggested.
Christian lifted his hips and grabbed his crotch. “I have something much better to show them. Why don’t you mind your own business before I drain you?”
Logan stirred with annoyance that he couldn’t pick up the Vampire’s scent. A Chitah had the ability to pick up emotional scents, and the flavors would settle on their tongue with a mixture of undertones. He knew when someone was distressed that appeared joyous, and he could always scent anger and fear like a sharp sting to his nostrils. But with Vampires, they carried no scent. Logan could only rely on the tenor of his voice, as words rarely held truth.
He suspected Christian’s ego was bruised by having a Chitah escort him as his guard. Vampires could be cocky like that, but Christian was the kind of man who didn’t think he needed a second hand.
Even though Silver was attacked, blinded, and almost killed by Tarek under his watch.
Despite Logan’s respect for what Christian has done since in fulfilling his duties to the utmost by protecting and guarding Silver on a daily basis, which he did, Logan couldn’t help but feel…
annoyed by his presence.
There was darkness in his eyes and a shift in his lip whenever Silver walked into a room. Logan had been around long enough to know that look from a Vampire, and it often occurred with their younglings. When they made a new Vampire, they felt a sense of entitlement to them, as a Creator does to their Learner. Christian didn’t cross Silver over to the dark side—not that he could since it was unheard of to change other Breeds to a Vampire—but the blood sharing that took place between them was excessive. It saved her life, but Logan wondered if this would become a problem down the line.
“Can I get you gentlemen anything to drink?” a young woman politely asked. She had her hair pulled back as neat as a pin—her features punctuated with ruby lipstick and a silver cross that hung from her neck as she bent over.
Christian reached out, letting the chain slide through his fingers. “A dandy would be dandy.”
“I’m sorry?”
His white teeth glimmered behind his short beard. “Whiskey, lass. Perhaps later I’ll have a taste for something else,” he said suggestively.
As she sauntered off, Logan struck him in the chest. “Knock it off or I’ll tie you to the wing.”
“I could use a breeze,” Christian said unaffected. “Especially with the pungent smell of Chitah.”
“My hope is that you can complete your job efficiently so we can cut this trip as short as possible,” Logan said, shifting his knees to the right as a cramp developed in his long legs.
He could hear the bristly sound of the Vampire scratching at the stubble that grew down his neck. “I’m the best at what I do, Chitah. Rest assured I’ll extract whatever information that battery is hiding.”
“Hope you do a better job than extracting your foot from your mouth as it spends a lot of time in there.”
Logan fished a band out of his pocket and tied his hair back at the nape of his neck. He disliked airplanes because the confined space often brought up a rich array of emotions—especially the longer the flight got and the more restless people became. And most especially when there was a delay.
“Here you are, sir.”
“Ah, lovely,” Christian said, knocking back his drink in one shot. His eyes roamed over the curve of her hips and down to her tan legs. He looked like trouble with his dark pants, black shoes, and long-sleeved black shirt with the neck cut off to make it wider.
“Another would be grand,” he said, charming her with his eyes. She compliantly turned away and he leaned in the aisle to watch her walk. Christian pinched his lips together and chuckled darkly.
“Why bother with apparel if you’re going to botch it up with scissors?”
Christian tugged at his neckline and pulled off a loose thread. “To stand out less, you numpty. As a guard, if I’m neat and tidy all the time and hanging outside on the street, I get noticed. Rough me up a little and I look like a vagabond. Plus, the ladies like easy access to suck on my neck.”
“But not bite,” Logan pointed out, knowing that Vampires did not spill blood for consumption as the movies often portrayed.
“I much prefer a good suck,” he replied in a wooden voice. “Your girlfriend knows all about that.”
Logan narrowed his eyes and leaned in close. So close his nose touched Christian’s face. Vampire or not, a Chitah intimidated him.
“Speak of Silver or disrespect another female, and I’ll take you down right here on this airplane. Do not test my word.”
Christian snorted and leaned away. “In the airplane? Right here in second class? Aye, you dwell on the past far too much. My blood rides in her veins, and a part of me will always be inside of her. I bet that bothers you, doesn’t it? Know that I’m inside your woman.”
Logan clamped his hand around Christian’s throat. “Test me.”
“Unhand me, Chitah, or I will break your arms.”
“You won’t, because that would violate the law by making a public display of your power in front of humans.”
Christian peeled back his lips and looked at Logan with his black eyes. Logan quickly lowered his gaze to Christian’s mouth to prevent being influenced by suggestion.
“Think I care about these cocktails?” he said in quiet words. “Feck the law.”
Passengers were turning around to look at them.
Logan removed his hand and Christian huffed out a breath. “Chitahs and their hissy fits. I have no time for this.”
Logan sat back coolly and pulled out his package of gum while the Vampire to his right tightened a shoelace on his boot. After removing the gum from the wrappers, Logan wadded each one of them up in little balls and began flicking them around the cabin. The last one sailed by Christian’s nose and he catapulted to his feet.
“I should give you a thick ear, but you are a peculiar man and I’d rather not waste my breath,” he said, crawling on the floor and picking up every last piece of trash that had rolled into tight spaces.
When he reached between an elderly women’s legs, she slapped him over the head with her paperback book.
“Jaysus wept!” he yelled out.
“Sir, I’m afraid you’re going to have to sit down,” the flight attended urged.
Christian rose to his feet and tucked the last wrapper in his shirt pocket, cupping the woman around the nape of her neck. “You are a fetching woman,” he said in smooth words. “Mind escorting me to the toilet? I seem to have lost my way.”
“Do you have an air marshal on board? Logan asked. “Maybe you should call him.
“And maybe you should put a cork in your arse,” Christian said, not breaking eye contact with the flight attendant who fell under his spell. She took his hand as if he were a child and led him to the front of the plane.
Logan waited impatiently, tapping his foot against the seat in front of him.
“Cut that out,” a guy said, glaring at him over the seat. “Kick that seat one more time and I’ll report you.”
He glared at the man so hard that it caused him to widen his eyes and quietly slip back into his seat. Logan stared at his watch; five minutes had passed.
Finally, he launched out of his seat and stalked up the aisle. He reached the bathroom door and began with a single knock. When he smelled sex, he kicked the door in.
The flight attendant was on her knees—not that Logan could see her very well with Christian’s back to the door.
“Does anyone have something made out of cedar?” Logan shouted into the crowd. He didn’t care that Christian heard him.
Everyone in the cabin looked up at a man whose head could have touched the top of the plane. Logan didn’t scent any aggression or adrenaline, so he knew an air marshal was not board. Logan spotted the right kind of pencil and snatched it from a man working a crossword.
“I’ll return it.”
He spun on his heel and just as he raised his arm to drive it into Christian’s back, the Vampire spun around and shoved him across the aisle.
“Jaysus wept!” Christian shouted. “Your fecking teeth,” he grumbled at the woman as he zipped up his trousers. When he stepped forward, Logan’s foot shot out unexpectedly and kicked him right in the silver dollars.
Christian fell to his knees and moaned.
Logan grabbed a tuft of his hair and threw him down the aisle. “I warned you about disrespecting females in my presence and using your gift dishonestly.”
“Must have missed that in the handbook,” Christian grumbled.
From the corner of his eye, Logan spotted the flight attendant looking quite baffled as she straightened out her shirt and suddenly slammed herself in the bathroom. The water began to run.
Logan kicked Christian in the rear and he shot up to his feet and held out his arms wide. “Now wait a fecking minute. Nobody kicks me in me arse. Maybe the real problem with all that aggression lies in the fact you aren’t getting your yankee doodled enough by your Mage girlfriend.”
In an instant, Logan flipped his switch on board Flight 854.
A laugh peeled out of Christian before it tapered off to his dark and malicious chuckle. He glared up at the Chitah—whose four canines were extended—and looked into his black eyes. “This should be interesting to explain later on. Well, come on with you now. Bring it.”
 
 After their arrival, there was a delay on the tarmac. When the plane finally rolled in, everyone lined up and disembarked from the plane as the flight attendant thanked them for flying with their airlines. Smiles and friendly banter were exchanged as passengers emerged from the jetway. No one appeared troubled or in distress, showing any signs that they had just witnessed a brawl between a Chitah and a Vampire that not only demolished a service cart and three overhead compartments, but also broke a window and caused three marines to rush them, thinking they were terrorists.
Logan and Christian were the last to exit the plane. Logan’s shirt was ripped from his body and Christian held the material in the back of his pants that had been torn away.
A few people waiting for family gave them a shocked stare, while their family member seemed oblivious. The Vampire had spent thirty minutes scrubbing memories.

“You’re going to pay for putting a pencil in my arse,” Christian promised.

Logan flipped his long hair back and glanced down at him. “You looked like you could use a number two.”



© Dannika Dark 2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Bookmarks

While taking a writing break, I designed a new bookmark. Those of you wondering how to snag one of these, you'll have to follow me on Facebook. I have frequent giveaways, and I also pass these off to bloggers for their contests.



I decided to add a border trim to this one because you never know where the trim will cut off, and I didn't want to risk her missing an eye. ;-)  I'd like to do maybe 1-2 more this summer, and perhaps one for my new series coming soon.

I've actually been working out in my fitness center each morning before I start my day, and it feels good to get back into an exercise regimen. I usually get ideas during that time, but writing and walking on the treadmill don't really go hand in hand.

Keep watching my sidebar on the blog to see the progress of how Mageri book 5 is coming along. My goal is to have the first draft done by the month's end, but it's a complex story, so it may go beyond that. Once the revision kicks in, it goes a lot faster. I'll have about three months to work on it before the beta read. The release is scheduled late 2013. By late I mean December. Seems far away, but it's a blink of an eye for me, and I keep wondering how I'm going to make that deadline.

But I will.

Monday, June 10, 2013

A few thoughts on Monday

For those who don't follow my Facebook page (or maybe have missed the post), here were a few teaser images I posted for Seven Years. This is a project I have in the works at the moment.

Release date not yet set. It's currently in editing and I'm working on the sequel. My hope is to release it this year, but really want to get the sequel close to being ready so you won't have long to wait since I'm still working on Mageri 5.

I hope you're as excited about reading a new series as I am. This is a Shifter book based on the Mageri world (Breed rules apply). Each book in this series will vary; some may be lighter with more humor, while others may be edgier and darker. There will be diversity because each book will focus on new characters. It's an urban fantasy that feels like a contemporary romance that's written paranormal romance style. How about that? You know me, I love to bend rules to keep it fresh.

Aside from the Seven Series, I have other series books I want to get crackin' on.
But first, I have to finish up Mageri five. I think 2014 is looking to be a busy year for releases. More books = good news.

Add Seven Years to your Goodreads shelf!




Not the actual cover.


Thursday, June 6, 2013

Proofing Gravity

Designing a paperback cover yourself is a detailed and time-consuming job. Aside from learning the ins and outs of your editing software, there's the exciting journey of formatting requirements. My first proof of GRAVITY needed a few touchups, but when the second one came, I realized the alignment on the back was off. This meant ordering a third. I'm probably going to end up with about 4-5 proofs, because I decided to add in some text toward the bottom.

I don't mind. I'm still on target for a June release; it's just a matter of fine-tuning the approved copy to meet my satisfaction. But I feel a bit like Justus in the pic below - frustrated as hell.

Wish I could throw a few sparks of lightning from my fingertips.



For those who peruse my blog, I've added a status update for where I am with Mageri Book 5. I'm also working on edits for another book, but MB5 is my lead project, so I want you guys to know I'm actually keeping busy! The first draft is always the toughest. Now, with a new book, not so much. But when you are knee-deep into a series and have a lot of intricate plot details to work out, yeah, it doesn't write itself. There are times I have to step back and pause to connect the dots. Heading out in my car helps the thought process, and I still take notes at red lights. I have the main plot points mapped out, but it's getting from A to B to C to D that is writing on the fly. Along the way, I've made a few discoveries, and that's the fun part.

The full-time gig is working out so far. Does it mean I'm going to crank out 10 books a year? Probably not. I may work at a faster pace now, but I won't know until a year passes how my production will look. The revisions, beta reads, and editors still take time. But I have been able to spend MORE time on my side projects, and I really think that's going to make a huge difference as the year moves forward.

Now I have time to catch up on things like watching TV, and figuring out what's so hot about Sons of Anarchy. I don't have cable, but decided to get a Roku box and a cheap subscription to Netflix or something.






More than anything, I'm SO excited to work on other non-Mageri projects, and hope readers are anxious to try something new without comparing it to previous work. They each stand alone as stories that will appeal to readers for different reasons. Some are lighter, more romantic, sexier, more action-packed, or even as (if not more) complex than the Mageri series storyline. I tend to mix Urban Fantasy and PNR, and you already know my writing style. I have written third person only books (Closer is an example) and those are a challenge. But I like mixing it up and giving the POV that works for the story at hand.


So, it's raining today, and I decided to blow off work for the afternoon. Cause I'm my own boss now, and I can do that. But after I clear my head, I'll be working through the night. I'm trying to hit 3-5K words per day, with some days going higher, that way I can reach my goal by the end of the month.

Then I had a niggling thought in my head today. What the heck am I going to title Book 5?



Sunday, June 2, 2013

Gravity Proof

I received my first proof of Gravity and I have to say, I may only require one more proof in order to make slight modifications. Once I review the interior and the second proof, it's go time.

The downside to my first proof is while it often has it's flaws that require correction, it's always my keepsake. I put all my first proofs in a safe drawer. But thanks to the printer, they put a big fat ding on the corner during shipment, because unlike Amazon, they don't pack it with anything. :-p





Hope you're as excited as I am in adding this to your shelf.

Blog Tour Begins!

Gravity's Blog tour has kicked off today with a guest post and promo spotlight! Be sure to follow the tour, enter the giveaway on each stop. You can find the blog tour list on my blog menu bar where it says BLOG TOUR. (I'll keep a link with previous stops in case you miss any).

Comment on those pages and show some Mageri love. Make sure you tell a friend, because the giveaway is pretty awesome. Mageri fans will get the inside scoop from guest posts, read reviews on Gravity, and be introduced to new book bloggers. :-)


Giveaway (Open Internationally): 

1st prize:
Autographed copy of "Sterling" AND "Twist" (paperback)
1 Custom Mageri Ribbon Bookmark
1 Mood Ring from Justus
1 Custom Mageri Keychain
3 Printed Mageri Bookmarks

2nd & 3rd prize:
1 e-copy of ANY Dannika Dark title
3 Autographed Mageri Bookmarks
1 Custom Mageri Keychain