Sunday, December 27, 2015

Title Reveal


COMING IN 2016. Release date not available.

RISK is an extension of the Mageri series - a gift to my readers - and in the timeline of events, it will take place AFTER Shine (Final Mageri book). That means it is stuffed with spoilers, so if you have not read the Mageri series and have been on the fence about it, then you will need to do that prior to reading this book. It can be read as a stand-alone, but it will ruin the series experience and you'll miss out on the inside jokes and backstories. You can begin the series with STERLING, or pick up the first three books in the BOXED SET at a discount.

The Mageri Series follows one protagonist, but there's lots of romance, action, magic, and a story arc that builds to a crescendo. You will fall in love with these characters, so much so that two years later, my Mageri fans are eager for this release. If you love my Shifters, you're going to fall head over heels for my Chitahs and Mage.

RISK gives us more of Simon's story. Synopsis will come at a later date with the cover reveal. To stay on top of cover reveals and release date info, be sure you're a Dark subscriber: tinyurl.com/darknews

TEASER:
Hannah greeted him at the door and soaked in his black outfit. “Well, well. If it isn’t grim death himself.”
He strode past her. “If it isn’t tyranny herself. How is the kingdom these days, Hannah? Still thriving beneath your cold wooden grip?”
The door slammed.
“Come with me.” Her voice reverberated off the walls.
“That’s what she said,” Simon quipped.

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Get ready for laughs, adventure, secrets, and romance.
Wait, romance? And Simon? Well, you'll have to see how that turns out.
RISK is a full-length novel equivalent to the length of STERLING.

ADD TO GOODREADS BOOKSHELF: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27821729-mageri-world-novel

Disclaimer: This is not the actual cover, nor does it preview what the actual cover will look like.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Sale!

The first two books in the Seven series are on sale! Limited time only.

SEVEN YEARS: Book 1 - Amazon Top 25 / B&N #2 ★★★★★
AMAZON (US)  | Available elsewhere




SIX MONTHS: Book 2 -Amazon Top 25 / B&N Top 50 ★★★★★

AMAZON (US)   | Available elsewhere

Monday, December 7, 2015

Release day: Charming

I'm happy to release CHARMING into the world. Grab your wine (or coffee), a blanket, and have a great read. Be sure to post a review!

This book is not technically in the Seven series lineup since it focuses on a non-Weston pack member. If you haven't read the Seven series, you won't be lost AT ALL and it won't give away spoilers to the series.

Enjoy!
CHARMING: A Seven World Novel ★★★★★
Amazon/Barnes & Noble Top 100 Bestseller

After seven hundred years, Prince has acquired everything a Packmaster could desire. But when he meets the enchanting Nadia Kozlov, he realizes there’s one thing he doesn’t have: answers. Prince owes his life to a man he hasn’t seen in centuries, and Nadia holds the key to his whereabouts, because that man is her father.

 Destinies collide when Nadia’s sister shows up unexpectedly. Katarina is a skilled bounty hunter, hot on the trail of a nefarious outlaw who turns out to be Prince’s old nemesis. Prince teams up with Nadia’s sister to track down the Mage, but the real game of cat and mouse is already underway as sparks fly between Prince and the cunning bounty hunter.

The only trouble? Nadia wants him too.

"Most men can only handle me in small doses."


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Need some mood music? Check our Charming's PLAYLIST.

CHARMING
Spotify      Youtube
Once Upon a December by Emilie Pandolfi
When It's Love by Van Halen
Uprising by Muse
 Can't Take my Eyes off You by Muse
 You're the one that I want by Angus & Julia Stone
 From Eden by Hozier
Fire and Rain by James Taylor
Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra
Bad Moon Rising by CCR
 Make it Rain by sofia Karlberg
 Trouble by Ray Lamontagne
Can't Help Falling In Love by Haley Reinhart 



Need some visuals after the read? Check out the Pinterest page HERE. 

Did you enter the giveaway? Ends December 31



Happy reading!


Saturday, November 28, 2015

The writing process

I'm occasionally asked by readers why I can't publish books closer together. I blogged about it last year, but my process has changed a little. I usually give the short answer, and everyone is always gracious about understanding that writing is not a quick process. While there are some authors who are what I call "1st draft writers" (requiring no revisions) and some who write short books to allow for more releases, it's important to know that every author is different. Not only in how fast they write, but their process. I've compared notes with numerous author friends of mine, and sometimes our checklists are fairly close while other times not.

Some writers skip the editing process entirely, and I personally think that is the most critical part of publishing.

In general, it takes me an average of 6 months from start to finish to have a book "publish ready." Because I work on multiple project in different stages, I created a spreadsheet that keeps track of project tasks and due dates. I worked project management at my last job, so that helped immensely in getting me organized.

Here is the order and estimated completion time for each task. Items in italics are where the process is in someone else's hands. This varies based on project size and what's going on in my life.

1. Write first draft - 2-5 weeks
2. 2nd draft/revision - 2-4 weeks
3. Final pre-beta edit - 2-3 weeks
4. Beta read - 4 weeks
5. Post-beta edits - 4 weeks
6. Pre-editor edits - 2 weeks
7. *Editor - 3-4 weeks
8.  Post-editor edits - up to 1 week
9. *Proofreader - 1-2 weeks
10. Proofreader edits: 1-4 days
11. *Oops detection:  2-4 weeks
12. Text-to-Audio proofread: 1 week

Aside from the tasks above, part of my process also includes: writing synopsis, working with the paperback formatter, designing my cover, ordering paperback proof copies and making changes as needed, as well as promotional stuff.

Now, on the above tasks, more of a breakdown:

WRITE FIRST DRAFT
This can vary. Charming literally took me a week to write the first draft, whereas some books seem to drag up to five weeks because of how complex the storylines are. Because each book I write ties into a main story arc and links with previous and even future events, I'm always working with a notes document in the background and referring to it. I think the process can go a lot faster when there's a clean slate. Typically the first in a series is the quickest to write.

SECOND DRAFT REVISION
What I didn't mention above is that while I'm writing the first draft, I load chapters to my kindle and do "back end edits" at night. I do this so my second revision is cleaner. On the SECOND DRAFT, I'm basically fixing a hot mess by expanding scenes, rearranging timeline events, and cleaning it up. I call the first draft "the big idea", so the second draft I actually end up adding words and not deleting since it's not bloated with descriptions. I run my editing software to help with the changes.

FINAL PRE-BETA EDIT
Because I also do back-end Kindle edits during the second draft, by the time I'm done, I review the book once (or twice) more before it goes to the beta readers. They will find errors, but I utilize my betas for their feedback on specific elements to the story, characters, etc. They are an amazing part of the process.

BETA READ
I typically give my betas 3-4 weeks depending on my schedule or the project size to review. During this time, I'm usually writing the first draft of another book and working on projects in another stage.

POST BETA EDITS
This is just basically my last chance to take into consideration all their feedback and make adjustments to the story as needed. Betas aren't there to change the story, but they have a good eye at giving me a readers' perspective and identifying what works and what doesn't, and leaving it up to me on whether to tweak.

PRE-EDITOR EDITS
The difference between this step and the above is this is just a polish - a final check to clean up my doc so I won't be embarrassed to hand it over to my editor.

EDITOR *paid service
While the editor has my book, I'm usually working on other projects (typically a second draft revision).

EDITOR POST-EDIT
The editor hands me back my manuscript and it's bleeding with errors and issues. Part of me wants to curl up with a bottle of whiskey and cry, but I'd seriously worry if an editor handed me back a fairly clean document. Their job is to spot the issues that you don't see, like style rules in whether a movie name should be in italics or quotes. Hyphens, word repeats, redundancy, speech tags, wrong words, grammar, punctuation, and the list goes on. It takes me days to go through because I review each one and will even research if it's not a rule I'm familiar with. Sometimes the rules are grey, and we'll go back and forth over things like: should jerk-off be hyphenated or not?

PROOFREADER *paid service
It's always good to have another set of eyes look at your manuscript to catch the simple things.

PROOFREADER EDITS
This is just when I get the document back to fix the errors. The reason why this can take a couple days is that sometimes a suggestion to modify a word or add punctuation can create a problem in which I have to rewrite or delete the sentence.

OOPS DETECTION *paid service
This is a final level of proofreading where yet another set of eyes reviews my manuscript for basic errors.

Now, I could just leave it at that. After all, by this time I've had up to nine eyeballs on my manuscript, excluding my own self edits. But, onward....

TEXT TO AUDIO
This is something I would recommend every author do in their final step, whether they do it themselves or have an assistant help. You would be surprised what your brains sees that isn't really there. I can (and have) read out loud and missed errors because my mind is seeing the word "ON" which is not actually on the page. During text to audio, the most common errors I'll find are dropped words in a sentence. Otherwise, it's usually a word repeated more than once in a sentence or paragraph. Only once in a blue moon do I catch a typo, and usually it's a case of something like "compliment" instead of "complement," which are homonyms. You won't catch that if you're just listening to the audio, which is why I read along while listening.


Errors will still manage to slip through, because no process is foolproof. This is why I've tried to create as many steps as possible prior to the editor and even after. If you go back to my earlier works, you'll find more issues since I didn't have all these processes in place. But now I have peace of mind that when I publish a book, I've done the utmost in putting out a solid piece of work I can be proud of - one that wasn't rushed and tells the story the way it was meant to be.

And what's awesome? When I can get ahead of schedule and sneak in a secret project. I have at least one coming in 2016.

Happy reading.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Mageri world novel

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This book is untitled and will have a 2016 release date. Almost three years after the Mageri series ended, Simon's book is coming. So many readers have expressed their passion for these books, and have especially wanted to know more about Simon Hunt, the cheeky strategist who wears leather pants and has a comeback for everything. 

What dark secrets does he hide? What's his future after Shine? Did he ever get an HEA? Does he really play Twister in the nude?


No further information is available at this time.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Closer Audiobook is now Live!

I'm excited to announce that Closer is now available in audio! This book can be read independently of the Mageri series and is an unconventional love story that follows two strangers who form a link through a tragic set of circumstances. Time is running out for one of them, but the only way to save her life is to break the link.



BUY: AMAZON


A RIVETING PARANORMAL ROMANCE from USA Today Bestselling author, Dannika Dark.
Time is running out...

Kane never believed in things like fate or karma. Not until the night he took a life.

A secret society of immortals lives within the human world. Kane is one of them--a Sensor who experiences emotional energy through touch. But despite his good looks and easy-going personality, Kane lives a solitary life. Unlike other Sensors, he is unnaturally hypersensitive.

Touch brings pain.

Fate throws a curveball when a woman's life is placed in his hands. Kane is suddenly faced with making a choice, and each comes with a consequence that will wreck him forever. Time is not on his side.

Will she be his salvation, or his ruination?


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Friday, October 9, 2015

Giveaway and other stuff

I have a sweet giveaway for CHARMING over on goodreads. CLICK HERE TO ENTER
The release date is Dec 8 and will also be on audio (release date not yet announced)

You preorder CLOSER in audiobook HERE. Preorder will be available on Audible soon. Audiobooks are something you should check out! I've found them really convenient when my eyes are tired from a day of writing, but I still want to read. Audiobooks are becoming very popular. A lot of people listen to audiobooks while working out, walking, or doing errands. It's a great way for a book nerd to get their fix. :)

Also, be sure to check your email if you are a newsletter subscriber and haven't received anything from me in the past week. If nothing is in your inbox, look in your spam/junk/promotions/social folders. Move important email out of there back to your inbox so they don't continue going to the wrong folder.

I've been crazy-busy working on projects and trying to get a first draft down. So if you haven't seen me as often on social media, just know that I'm sitting in my writing cave with bloodshot eyes, a cup of coffee, unkempt hair, sweatpants, and creating stories for you to get swept away in. :)

Happy reading

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Cover Reveal: Charming

Coming December 8, 2015.
After seven hundred years, Prince has acquired everything a Packmaster could desire. But when he meets the enchanting Nadia Kozlov, he realizes there’s one thing he doesn’t have: answers. Prince owes his life to a man he hasn’t seen in centuries, and Nadia holds the key to his whereabouts, because that man is her father.

Destinies collide when Nadia’s sister shows up unexpectedly. Katarina is a skilled bounty hunter, hot on the trail of a nefarious outlaw who turns out to be Prince’s old nemesis. Prince teams up with Nadia’s sister to track down the Mage, but the real game of cat and mouse is already underway as sparks fly between Prince and the cunning bounty hunter.


The only trouble? Nadia wants him too.


In the Seven series timeline, this novel is 6.5, but it can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.


"Most men can only handle me in small doses."


Preorder available only at the retailers below.
This book will be available for purchase on December 8th at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Google Play and Kobo. Preorders are limited to specific retailers. Audiobook release date will be announced soon. You can check this website or Tantor Media for updates.

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You can read CHARMING as a stand-alone, but this is a great time to check out the Seven Series if you haven't started yet. 

 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Character Interview

Some fans posed questions to my characters in a fun event, but they had no idea I was collecting those questions to relay. I couldn't address them all, but selected the ones I thought would be interesting. So I called my characters and posed these questions for them to answer:

Warning: If you haven't read Mageri series, these contain spoilers. Big'uns.

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You are a guest in Dannika’s writing cave, and have the chance to meet one of the characters, which one would it be and what 2 questions would you ask him/her?



I would like to speak with William. I have a million questions for him but mostly I would like to know how many bodies he has transported in the trunk of his car (lol) 

WILLIAM: Mustn't dwell on numbers. ;-)


My questions would be for Wheeler, and Denver. Wheeler will you please leave Naya and marry me lol Denver what is your favorite movie and why?

WHEELER: I'm flattered as hell that you asked that, sweetheart, but there's no way in hell I'm leaving my woman. She's too good to me.

DENVER:  Dumb and Dumber. It's like watching a documentary of my family.



Sunny - How things are going with Novice wink emoticon and if she has seen/heard from Kane

SUNNY:  Novis is an absolute doll, but he could loosen up a little. Kane is doing well and he sends his hello.



Lucian. Is it easier to feel like a part of the family now that the "family" is made up of so many diverse characters?

LUCIAN: There's never a dull moment.



Maybe Jericho. Asking him what his favorite song is apart from his own and how he feels as a responsible father 

JERICHO:  I'm going through an 80s phase right now and diggin' on Van Halen's OU812 Album. Fatherhood ROCKS.



I would love to talk to Logan Cross!!!! My two questions for him would be 1. Do you regret anything you have done to/for Silver? And depending on his answer 2. What would you change or would you change anything?

LOGAN: I regret nothing. There isn't anything I wouldn't do for my female, even if it involves my wearing a pair of roller skates.



I am wild about Christian.  I would ask how he could leave Silver when he did and what does he really feel about Logan in her life.

CHRISTIAN:  And I'm wild about you, lass. Silver no longer required my services, and a man has to get moving in life. I've got nothing to say either way about the big cat. It's a peculiar match, that one.



 

Silver do you miss your human life? What has been your biggest adjustment?

SILVER: Immortality is just a new chapter, but I don't miss my old life if going back would mean letting go of Logan and everything I have now. The biggest adjustment? Living with a man who purrs in his sleep. ;-)



Novis. What is his best advice for young people?

NOVIS:  Remember that each day of your life is not a gift to you, but a gift to others. Make it count.




OH THIS ONE IS EASY. Mr. Logan Cross for sure and my two question would be this, 1. Can he give my husband a few tips on how to love a woman



LOGAN: 1.)  Love a woman the way you would want to be loved, with an equal measure of respect for who she is as an equal. Treat her as you would a butterfly in your hands - tenderly and not to capture but admire.





So many things I like to know but think It would be justus. What is it like to be a father? And how are page and rose?

JUSTUS:   The greatest honor of my life is to father a child. They are doing well and resting beside me, although Page is the only one sleeping. Rose is poking out her tongue.



1. What is your favorite thing to bake?
2. What was the biggest adjustment you had to make after finding out that you are a shifter?

LEXI:  Cupcakes! You can do a million things with cupcake designs, and I have good memories of baking them with my mother. The biggest adjustment I had to make was learning to control my wolf so she wouldn't shift in public when I got emotional or angry.




Christian: Would he be my guard? Can I change your mind about loving on a human?

CHRISTIAN:  Aye, I adore humans! They make delicious cocktails ;-)



Austin Cole.....why blow up a car? And would you blow up a car for me? That was sexy as hell.

AUSTIN: Lexi hated that damn car. I wanted to show her I wasn't a man who was going to fix all her problems; I was going to give her a new life. A better life. And a better car.



I would love to meet ivy and ask how she fells being part of the weston family, and if she will keep in touch with her son

IVY:  My son lives in my heart and will always be a part of my life. Our spirits are joined, and no matter how often or how little I see him, we will always be together. The Weston pack is like a second home to me, but my first home will always be with Thunder Wolf.









Monday, September 7, 2015

Another Q&A

Search my website for Q&A and you might find more. I periodically open up questions from my readers and select the ones I can answer (for obvious spoiler reasons, I can't address them all). I also skipped a few that didn't have enough additional information, so I couldn't write a proper answer.

So here is a collection of recent questions. Please note there could be spoilery answers to books that are already published, mostly the Seven series and Two Minutes. So read at your own peril.

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Enjoy!



Q: Did you always know the direction you'd take his [Prince's] character or the writing just took you that way? Can you elaborate on your thought process, writing his personality in the earlier books and in Two Minutes?


A:  People are complex. I've known people for years who still manage to surprise me when I learn more about their beliefs, or see the decisions they make in life that seemed to contradict what they used to say. Prince is an ancient, and by ancient, I don't mean he's just a couple hundred years old. He's been around since the Medieval period, and there are many things we don't understand about his life, his experiences, his family, and his culture.

It's easy to make a blanket judgement on someone (good or bad) because of something they say or how they behave. When we take the time to dig, we often learn more about what makes a person tick. Many of my characters have proved with the continuing series that there are many layers to them. Lorenzo is a good example of this. How we saw him in the beginning made more sense when we dug deeper into his story. Even Wheeler came across as fairly harmless, but then we learned about his dark past and what he's capable of. We're not seeing a different side to Prince in Two Minutes; we're getting to know a little more about him than what we'd already seen. But do we see it all?

I absolutely love writing complex characters. We're onions, people. Layers and layers of complexity. :)



Q: Where did Lexi put the pie?

A: Only Lexi knows. ;-)




Q: Did you know since the first book where she put the diamonds? Or did it take time for that to develop with you?

A: No. Writing is magic. Sometimes I find myself writing details that seem important, yet don't make sense in the moment. But as the series evolves, pieces fall into place as if it were meant to be. In some cases I'm able to pre-plan a lot of my breadcrumbs, but this is one instance where the idea came to me when I hit Three Hours.



Q: What happened to the little boy? His dad didn't kill him too did he?/Did Denver mate Cora?


A: Writing about a child's death is not something I take lightly, nor something I wanted to go into detail on when it's not necessary to the story. It was a tragic part of Denver's past and I think he was more sensitive to the death of the child than Cora herself, only because the boy was an innocent. Because of the fire, Denver will never know the details of exactly how the boy died - if he suffered - and perhaps that pains him most. Denver did not mate with Cora. He had an unrequited love.




 Q:  Is the Seven World Novel different from One Second? Just wanting to clarify..also if they are not the same thing. Is Seven World Novel a novel or a novella??


A: Yes, it is a different story. Charming is a spin-off from the series involving one or more characters, but does not fall within the series. It is a NOVEL! :-D Yay. It is not as long as the other novels, but it is classified as such because the word count is over 50K. It was meant to be a novella, but the story just kept going.



Q: Why was Denver waiting outside when the rest of the mates crashed girls night?

A:  It was a girls' night out, so the men were supposed to stay away. Unlike the other men who had no problem going in and stirring up trouble, Denver probably didn't want to push things and upset her, especially with their relationship still being so new. But that doesn't mean he wouldn't be hanging around, just in case she needed him. He's still new at the whole relationship game, and you can see that even after he claims her, he struggles. Most of that is internal stuff he's still dealing with.



QIn Three Hours, Melody is three and a half, Izzy is pregnant with the boys, and Maizy turns eleven. If Maizy turns twenty-four in Two Minutes, how would that make Melody fourteen and the boys ten or eleven? The math doesn't add up.

A: I'm actually one year off. Maizy's comment about her age in Two minutes was referring to her upcoming bday. Basically the kids' ages are all correct but I was one off with Maizy. The book was recently updated. Adding kids to any book can make ages very tricky, especially depending on the time of the year. Most authors I know (even JR Ward) has made reference to how difficult a series becomes the longer it gets because of timelines, ages, facts, etc. I have a series bible and also keep track of crossovers, and that's what reason I've made mention that I don't want to get too heavy with crossovers because of the risk I could forget something factual from a book published 3 years ago and write something incorrect. o.O




Q:  Is Denver's wolf crazy because he killed Cora's husband in human form and the wolf got no satisfaction or is there another reason all together?

A: Partly. Wolves have different personalities, and there was always a bit of wildness in Denver from the beginning. Maybe that's what makes him such a fierce watchdog. But that's one piece of his past that made his wolf dangerous. It also explains why he was protective of Maizy from the beginning, even if he seemed the least likely to take on such a responsibility.




Q:  I think it would be fun seeing a Sweet Treats Bakery or even a Weston pack recipe book. Have you ever considered doing something like that?

A: Ha. That would imply I know how to cook. :) 




Q:  Was the deer in the road that caused the accident a shifter?

A: No. It's not uncommon for deer to dart in the road in rural areas where there are deer. I've almost done it a time or two when visiting family in Oklahoma.




Q: Was the mage Simon? / Did Simon leave the chess piece at the grave site?

A: Yes.



Q: How did you choose that snack item for the after-shift-craving-food for Maizy? Do you like cheese puffs? Wait, is that Denver's craving or hush puppies?

A:  Denver craves hush puppies and Maizy craves the cheese puffs. For non-Americans, hush puppies are essentially deep-fried cornmeal mix (cornbread) that's seasoned. Cheese puffs come in a bag and are like "crisps" - long thick crunchy snacks coated in bright orange, and probably fake, cheese. I usually am random with the food selections since their craving can be anything. Sometimes a Shifter will crave something they've never eaten before, and they might go many years until they find out what it is. In most cases it's likely something they've eaten before. I don't eat cheese puffs, although I used to have a friend who always had them in her house when we were kids and we'd sometimes snack on them during sleepovers.



Q:  Do you ever have characters that you dislike? Even hate having to write about them? If so who, and what kept you from deleting them from the book?

A: In a strange way, I like all my characters. Not always with fondness or affection, but in the sense that a writer should find a character compelling or interesting enough that they want to write them into the story, no matter how villainous they might be.




Q:  Were you referencing a real movie with the dragon flick or was it a metaphor for her fairytale obsession?

A: Yes. Dragonslayer [1981]. Nothing in the book would ever hint to that, but that's the movie I had in my mind.




Q:Will Sparty get his own spin off series ?

A: Isn't he awesome? I really loved writing that crazy cat into this book. With the years having passed, it made sense that Naya would have lost her first cat, but that wouldn't stop her from saving another kitty. The thing is, Denver was always seen as the comical character in previous books, and most often his scenes were the ones that lightened things up. But in Two Minutes, we learn more about Denver, and that means the tone has to shift to a more serious ones - sometimes dark. To offset that, the story needed some comic relief to balance things out. That's where Sparty comes in, and he does it swimmingly.



 Q:did you ever have any point in your writing where the story just wasn't flowing or going in the direction you didn't want it to go, and make you nuke part or the whole thing to start over? (Like writing yourself into a corner)

A:  I don't have writer's block, but I do get "plot block." It happens when you're writing a book and something isn't flowing right. Usually it has to do with the direction you took the plot. Four Days was the only book I struggled with because initially that book was supposed to be Wheeler and Naya's story, but that wasn't happening. After around 30K words written, I had to make the decision to put it aside because they weren't ready. Things happen for a reason.

Some stories are never meant to be told. Many writers have books they've started but never finished. Sometimes the idea is there but it just doesn't work in print. You can force it, and who knows, maybe it'll work out. But I believe in going with my gut. Sometimes if I get "plot block" I'll backtrack a little and rework previous scenes; other times I need more direction within each scene. I have a few books I've never finished. Maybe I will someday, because there are instances where a project simply needs to marinate.



Q: at what point did you decide you had to write Charming?

A: I don't know the exact moment, but I'm thinking around Naya's book probably. Typically the deeper in a series I go, the more ideas are fleshed out.



Q: crossing over characters in your stories, is it a planned thing or usually an "a-ha! I can insert this character here and it will be awesome" spurt of the moment thing?

 A: I never plan crossovers because it doesn't always work or flow natural, and additionally I don't want to get too deep into inserting so many of these that I lose track over the course of my publications. I didn't know until I began writing Ivy and Lorenzo's story that there will be an opportunity, but I seem to recall it hitting me like a train one day and the whole thing made sense. Knowing the outcome not only added to her story, but it was an opportunity to enrich a Mageri story that I had always foreseen. As you know from reading Shine, there are mentions by a certain character about the possibilities. I always saw them going that route eventually, and so it seems like it was meant to be.




Updates

CLOSER will be coming to audio. I don't have a release date just yet, but this novella is a Mageri spinoff. It focuses around a character "mentioned" in the Mageri series, and is not meant to follow SHINE in the timeline. It was published halfway through the series and makes more sense to read it before SHINE. However, because it's a stand alone, you can easily enjoy this book without having read the Mageri series and it will give no spoilers.

Closer also recently got a cover makeover, just in case you didn't recognize it. If you haven't yet read it, I think you might enjoy this unlikely romance where two strangers save each other.

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CHARMING (A Seven world Novel) will have its cover reveal on OCTOBER 1. The new cover will be displayed here on my website, as well as my newsletter and other social media sites. Included will be the synopsis and release date. Charming will also be published in audio format, although the publication date for audio might not be the same as the ebook. Charming is a "can't miss" extension of the Seven series, but it can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone. So if you have any friends who haven't read the Seven series, this will be a great way to get them hooked.


ONE SECOND (Seven Series Book #7) is still in development. No release date is scheduled at this time, and it will be the final book in the Seven series. It will also be the biggest book in the seven series. To compare, it's about the size of either Gravity or Shine - the largest books in the Mageri series. One Second will also be published in audio format, although the publication date for audio might not be the same as the ebook. Cover reveal and synopsis will occur at a later date.

UNTITLED (Mageri World Novel) is still in development. No release date is scheduled at this time, and cover reveal/synopsis will occur at a later time. This is a Mageri side world novel filled to the brim with Mageri spoilers. This is not a book you want to read BEFORE the mageri series! If you haven't yet tackled the Mageri series, there are only five books in the completed set.  Read more here


Just a reminder that all my books take place in the same universe. 
Not all books may have crossovers, but because there is that possibility, it makes it enjoyable to read them all. Mageri fans who have NOT read the Seven Series have missed out on an epic crossover with a major revelation!  If you want to read more about the suggested reading order, GO HERE. I have a lot of readers who say they wished they had read the Mageri series before the Seven series, but I neatly tucked the crossover in there in such a way that it's still possible you might not make the connection. It's not a huge Mageri spoiler since you still won't know what to expect with that series. Also, for Seven Series fans who are all about the romance and don't get that feel after reading the first Mageri book, KEEP GOING! I promise you that it will be worth it. You cannot miss out on the epic romance(s) within that series.

Additionally, my next planned Urban Fantasy series will include a Mageri character, Christian Poe. So that makes it extra fun for those who have read the series.


If you would like to show your support for these books, please consider writing up a quick review for the first book in the series, where it all began. Tell readers why they need to check these stories out. Let's make our world even larger, and who knows, with enough eyeballs on these books, they might someday become a TV series or movie.

WRITE A SEVEN YEARS REVIEW HERE

WRITE A STERLING REVIEW HERE




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Caught up on all my books and want some fantasy recommendations?

PARANORMAL ROMANCE

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1. MIDNIGHT BREED by Lara Adrian











2. BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD by JR Ward











3. DARK HUNTERS by Sherrilyn Kenyon











4. IMMORTALS AFTER DARK by Kresley Cole











5. LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD by Gena Showalter











6. FEVER SERIES by Karen Marie Moning










7. DEMONICA by Larissa Ione










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URBAN FANTASY
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1. CHICAGOLAND VAMPIRES by Chloe Neill










2. NIGHT HUNTRESS by Jeaniene Frost










3. MERCY THOMPSON by Patricia Briggs











4. THE HOLLOWS by Kim Harrison











5. MAKER'S SONG by Adrian Phoenix










6. CAL LEANDROS by Rob Thurman










7. DRUID CHRONICLES by Kevin Hearne












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STAND ALONE 

1. SUNSHINE by Robert McKinley