Who is Ready for a New Book from Me?

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted over here. I promise I had my reasons. As I mentioned on my social media, my grandmother passed away on January 9, after a long battle with dementia and Alzheimer’s. (Thank you very much to everyone who sent their condolences!) That’s the primary reason I’ve been away from social media for the past ten-ish days.

That doesn’t mean I’ve been idle, though. I’ve been working full steam ahead on quite a few different projects over here, both my own and other peoples’. In between editing projects for other authors (which, if you’re an author interested in those services, you can check out more information on them right here), I’ve been working on drafting The Unnaturals #4, Reapers, while also prepping Wicked Creatures for release, which will be around early- to mid-February. Hopefully I’ll have a better date on that soon! Reapers is coming along fabulously, if not emotionally (due to events of book three), and I’m excited to get it out there quickly. Especially since The Unnaturals Series is looking more and more like it’s going to extend beyond five books if I want everything to be paced properly and not be too rushed.

I’ve also been working on The Becoming: Bloodlines, which I’m sure you’re glad to hear, because you’ve probably been wondering on its status. I’ve been slowly working on the draft, mainly because I’ve been having to go back and re-read the previous books in the series. It’s been so long since I’ve played with these characters that I’m having trouble remembering the finer points of their personalities and flaws and such (not to mention the specifics of the things that have happened to them). So I’m refamiliarizing myself with the characters, particularly Ethan, Kimberly, and Sadie, since Bloodlines focuses mainly on them and some new characters. It’s been a pretty interesting process. Mainly because it’s been so long since I’ve written these books that, truth be told, I don’t remember a lot of them. (I mean, The Becoming was originally written in 2009-2010, and the last book in the series The Becoming: Redemption, was written in late 2014 and early 2015, so…) It’s brought on quite a few interesting moments, mainly of the “Wait, I wrote that?” variety, in two different tones, of course (one: in a tone of wow, this is actually really good!, two: in a tone of, oh dear God, who let me publish this?). It’s been an adventure that’s been slightly masochistic only about forty percent of the time.

In other assorted writing news, I’ve been outlining the first book in a whole new series that is going to be sort of tangentially related to The Unnaturals Series. (Let me tell you, this is turning into a whole universe of books, with offshooting trilogies/series and everything.) I’m really excited to get to write this tentative trilogy that springs off of the main series, because the character I’ve created is just so damaged, and the book is so dark, and it’s turning into something (in outline form) that is just absolutely nuts and borderline horror but also dark urban fantasy and it’s like a mishmash of all of my favorite genres in one. I think you guys are going to love it.

So of all the books that I’ve got in progress and upcoming, what are you looking forward to the most?

Welcome to 2020! I’m Ringing in the New Year by Losing My Mind!

Wow, can you guys believe it’s 2020 already? I’m not going to say I never expected it to get here; I’m just amazed at how fast it got here. And what a busy 2020 it’s going to be. If you guys had any idea of everything I have in the works for this year, you would be amazed (or, more likely, questioning my sanity).

In current news, the sales for The Unnaturals and Hellforged seem to be going pretty well–better than I honestly expected! I’ve been hearing some good things from some readers about it in DM, and I’m glad to hear that you guys have been enjoying them! I will ask if you have read the books, to please consider leaving a review on Amazon! I’d like to apply for an advertising slot in BookBub, but they don’t take books without reviews, so you guys would be doing me a solid by leaving a review on my books that you’ve read!

In other news, I’m currently working on getting Wicked Creatures (the third book in the series) prepped and ready for release. I had hoped to get it out there in late January, but I’m bumping it back to early February, mainly because I have to work around both finances and my cover artist’s availability. This just gives me a little extra time to get a few other things done, including…

Audiobooks. I have been actively auditioning for a narrator for an audiobook for The Unnaturals, and I think I have a lead on a good one! I have my fingers crossed that everything will be worked out to have a release sometime this spring. I’m also working towards…

Paperbacks. I’ve got paperbacks for The Unnaturals Series on my to do list for this year, hopefully sooner rather than later. I’m making arrangements with my cover artist to get those done so I can get them released. This may take a little bit, though, because honestly, I can’t remember what all is involved in producing a paperback, and the whole method has changed since I last did one. Hopefully, I’ll have an update on these in the next couple of weeks or so.

In the meantime, I’m currently drafting Reapers, which is the fourth book in The Unnaturals Series, and my word count just broke 27,000, which is not bad considering I’ve only been writing it for two weeks. I’m working to get my drafting speed back up to par where I like it (which was usually at 3,000-4,000 words a day), so I’m hoping to get that sped up and get the book released around April-ish.

I’m also working on Rough Draft 2.0 for The Becoming: Bloodlines. This one has been way harder to write than I thought it would be. I had thrown together a fast marathon draft back in August 2019, trying to just get the ideas I had out of my head and onto the screen, but I’m really (obviously) not happy with it, because I just feel like Ethan, Kimberly, and Sadie are acting a little out of character. This is probably because I haven’t written in this universe with these particular characters since about 2013-2014. That’s a long time to go without writing with them, so I’m having to get reacquainted with these three (which basically means re-reading my own books, which I always have trouble doing because cringe). I currently have the book penciled in for around April to May of this year, but if I finish it sooner, I’ll go ahead and release it a little sooner. I adjust my release schedule monthly, so obviously this is subject to change.

What project are you guys looking forward to the most from me this year? Let me know in the comments!

A Decade of Zombies: A Retrospective of My Past Ten Years (Part Five: 2018-2019)

Welcome to the final part of my retrospective series of blog posts covering the events of my past decade! As you know if you’ve been following the series, I’ve been covering all the ups and downs of the past decade and the events that influenced my writing over the past ten years. This is part five of the series of posts. If you missed the past parts of the series, you can read them here:

Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four

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Excerpt of the Week: The Becoming: Revelations

This week’s Excerpt of the Week is from The Becoming: Revelations, the third book in The Becoming Series!

What is The Becoming: Revelations about?

Brandt Evans is floundering. Leadership of their dysfunctional group wasn’t something he asked for or wanted. Their problems are numerous: Remy Angellette is grief-stricken and suicidal, Gray Carter is distant and reclusive, and Cade Alton is near death. And things only get worse.

While Brandt and Gray are on the hunt for supplies, a still-recovering Cade is kidnapped by a militant group of survivors. On Brandt’s return, he’s told of a conspiracy involving test subjects, pathogens, and CDC doctors.

Brandt’s race to save Cade takes him back to the dangerous streets of Atlanta, where not all is as it seems. And with a horde of infected closing in and the rescue mission in jeopardy, he comes tantalizingly close to a cure that might save what’s left of humanity from the ravages of the Michaluk Virus.

In this week’s excerpt, Brandt and Gray have just returned from a supply run to discover that something is very, very wrong at their safe house. Hit the cut below to read the excerpt!

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A Decade of Zombies: A Retrospective of My Past Ten Years (Part Four: 2015-2017)

Hello and welcome yet again to my ongoing blog post series for December 2019, in which I am taking a look at the past decade and all of its ups and downs, and at the end, I’ll be taking a look forward into the future with at least the next year’s plans. This is part four in a series of posts. If you missed the past parts of the series you can read them here: Part One | Part Two | Part Three

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Excerpt of the Week: The Becoming: Redemption

This week’s excerpt comes from a book that is near and dear to my heart: The Becoming: Redemption. This was intended to be the last book in The Becoming Series; I felt like it had (mostly) wrapped up the story pretty well. (Of course, now I’m prepping to release another book in the series, so I guess sometimes when you think a story is done, it really isn’t.)

Anyway, this is from chapter 17 in the book, in which two of the main characters, Ethan and Kimberly, find out that all isn’t as it seems regarding the viral zombie outbreak that decimated their world. Keep reading for the excerpt, and if you enjoy it, pick up your copy of The Becoming: Redemption today! Or, if you haven’t read any of the series yet, you can start with book one, which is titled The Becoming, available now from Permuted Press!

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A Decade of Zombies: A Retrospective of My Past Ten Years (Part Three: 2013-2014)

Welcome again to my ongoing blog post series for December 2019, in which I am posting a retrospective of my past decade and all of its ups and downs. This post is part three of the series. If you missed the past parts of the series, you can read part one HERE and part two HERE.

This is part three. And it was probably the hardest of parts to write. You have been forewarned.

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