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Year End Summary for 2015 and a New Release!

In Goals, Publishing News on December 31, 2015 at 12:31 pm

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Do you ever look back on your year and think you totally failed? I felt that way this year…I hadn’t been blogging, I went back to school, life interrupted, I couldn’t get on a set schedule, NaNoWriMo was a failure, and my serial didn’t release on time. Additionally, there were cover artist flake outs, editorial scheduling conflicts, and a lack of funding thanks to a publisher’s “deal with it and don’t complain, we’ll pay you when we’re ready” rant. So yeah, I was in a bad place. I’d failed you guys, failed my readers, failed my own expectations, and I had nothing to show for it.

Or did I?

I was hanging out in the Romance Divas forum because a great writer I admire was talking about her new goals for 2016. She went through 2015 and compared it to an average of the three years prior to that one. Other ladies and gents in the Divas forum had done the same. So I decided…why not? And here is what I found:

From 2007-2014 I averaged 3.5 book releases a year.

2015: 10 releases: 1 novel, 1 4-episode serial, 2 novellas in boxed sets (new to the set, and one of them was for a charity!), two short stories under a new penname (successful launch, I’ll be exploring her side a little more in 2016) and one heavily revised re-release of a holiday favorite.

My first novel released in 2012 and I’ve averaged about one a year so 2015 is on par.

Did my quality suffer during 2015? No. I actually wrote less words (by half) than the average of previous years, but almost every word went toward publishable content. Reviews are still solid on all my new works, and I haven’t been slaughtered by my readers yet, so I think I’m still doing okay.

Did my sales suffer during 2015? Yes. My promotional machine was running on empty so the word didn’t get out as much as I’d like. The foray into some new genres probably had something to do with it as well. Also, when I’m behind on my writing goals, I tend to disappear off social media and websites. It’s a defense mechanism. I’m already down on myself so I have this paranoid fear of thinking other people are down on me too. On the other hand, I had people waiting for the serial to finish so they could buy them all at once. That is totally cool! ❤

The first four months I started college (May through August) were zero for productivity as were two weeks in the middle and end of the semester because of intense projects that had to be turned in (not to mention exams!).

Things I learned from checking the facts:

  • It’s always worse in my own head.
  • I fell back in love with writing again this year and almost derailed it with my self-doubt
  • School was far better than I imagined for my creativity

HOUSE OF HORRORS, Episode 4 of the VOODOO CARNIVAL serial has finally released!


Welcome to the thrilling conclusion of the Voodoo Carnival serial!

NOTE: HOUSE OF HORRORS is Part Four of a Four Part Serial entitled Voodoo Carnival, and is not a standalone story.

Jules and I are in trouble. Not everyone believes in the ability to bring people back from the dead.

My name is Erica Marks. For the past decade, I was just a statistic: a miracle survivor of a serial killer’s rampage, one of those sad blips of a story you read on your newsfeed over breakfast.

Until recently, the only ghosts I came in contact with were the ones in my nightmares. Now, I’m fighting an enemy that should be dead while facing living corpses and their earth-bound spirits. Not exactly my idea of a fun time.

Did I mention that the only way to put an end to this may lie in the House of Horrors, the very place I’d fought and survived all those years ago?

With my Cajun companion and a trick or two up our sleeves, we’ll have to face down the worst enemy yet. Will we survive the night to see what tomorrow may bring?








National Novel Writing Month 2015 1st Week Update

In #amwriting, Challenges, Publishing News on November 8, 2015 at 1:42 am

crest-05e1a637392425b4d5225780797e5a76National Novel Writing Month is upon us! The first week is over (it’s now thirty minutes into the 8th of November as I write this). How have you done so far?

 I’ve missed you guys so much! How has writing been going for you? I know it’s been a while, but I have reasons:

  1. Repetitive Motion Injury – I needed to save my hands and wrists for writing.
  2. I started college. At 36. I’m not the oldest person in my classes…most of the time. LOL! It’s an adventure that both thrills me and overwhelms me at times.

Did you notice that first bullet? “For writing.” Yes, I’m writing again! The truth is I got in a rut due to some seriously bad and stressful stuff going on in my home life. I got a handle on it around May, but it still took four or five months to settle into a solid routine. Until I did that, I had no intention of jumping back into blogging. I needed the word count first.

So here I am, a week into #NaNoWriMo 2015 and what does my word count look like? Abysmal. 5.033 words when I should be at 13,333. I’m averaging 720 words or so a day. I don’t write every day of the week, though. I tend to write, on average, 1-3k per day Sunday through Thursday. Fridays are too difficult for me to get any work done (I have a five hour class that day that is stressful on both my back and my mind). Saturdays are the general day off for me and the kiddo so I can’t guarantee any writing will get done. I have no plans to change my writing stance, so starting this week, I need to push out 3k per writing day to make my goal.

 I’ve moved from an electronic productivity tracker to a DIY paper planner that fits my needs. The electronic ones just don’t do it for me. I look at my tablet, phone, and PC for so many work-related things that planning my day was being put off for “one more sentence” in this story or “let me reply to this email really quick” when I was in google calendar and got an email update.

My posts won’t be as organized as normal because I just don’t have the time to format as beautifully as before. Please forgive me. I hope to be back on track as I get used to blogging regularly again.

I’ve got a new book coming out December 1st! It’s a really awesome Holiday boxed set full of Paranormal Hotties! ALPHAS UNWRAPPED has 21 fresh new stories from some totally kick-ass authors (Renee George, Stephanie Rowe, Dakota Cassidy, Melanie James, Michele Bardsley, and so many more!). It’s available now for preorder at 99 Cents!

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So, Monday through Thursday has solid scheduled writing. I do at least four pomodoros during the day (between class and the time I need to leave to pick up my son from school).

Pomodoro=1, 5 minute planning stage prior to writing, 25 minutes of focused writing, 5 minutes after to see how I did and get focused on the next round.

Sunday is an all-day writing fest.

How is your NaNoWriMo going? Are you on top of your word count? Did you face your writing demons and conquer the beasts?


Wicked Carousel

In Publishing News on May 10, 2015 at 9:01 am

Available Now, Wicked Carousel, Episode 1 of Voodoo Carnival! A new romance serial!


Amazon Exclusive Serial

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***NOTE: Wicked Carousel is Part One of a Four Part Serial entitled Voodoo Carnival. Each episode will release on a biweekly basis barring any publication issues***

Erica Marks knows there are things that lurk in the dark. At the age of fourteen, she watched the man she loved like a father ritualistically murder her cousin to gain a deadly power. The rest of that night is a black hole in her memory.

Police reports marked her as the only survivor of the Carnival of Horrors Serial Killer, Edgar Clairborne, but deep in her soul Erica knows he’s still out there. Waiting.

Ten years later, the murders begin once more and the victims scream for her to avenge them from beyond the grave, to lay them to rest. The twisted darkness longs for Erica’s blood, reanimating the corpses of the victims, and forcing her to take a stand or die.

Every drop of blood spilled ties her closer to the realm of the dead, leaving behind more questions than answers. Answers only a stranger seems to posses.

One man, the mysterious, sexy, and very dangerous Jules Desbois, knows the answers to the murderer’s return, but he has secrets of his own. Secrets that go into Erica’s past and force the duo to return to the abandoned Carnival of Horrors where it all began.

The attraction that ignites between them pulses with a life of its own, one laced with danger that threatens to destroy them both.

Should Erica trust Jules or does the darkness in his heart hide a more sinister purpose?

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Silver Tongued Devils

In Publishing News on June 4, 2014 at 10:48 pm

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SILVER TONGUED DEVILS, book 1 in the Silver Tongued Devils series.

Raesa was one step from hell until she found redemption in their arms.

Ship thief and notorious escape artist, Raesa Daw was the best in the business until a routine DNA test proves that she’s one of the last Earthen purebloods in existence. Desperate to escape sexual slavery and breeding for a royal house, she flees the station on the Crimson Star, landing in the arms of a deadly half-breed, Brom Raine.

One kiss burns away her fear, but opens a world more dangerous than she’d ever known.

Captain Anderson Na’varr of the Mercenary frigate Crimson Star shows no mercy to those who stow away on his vessel. He will take the thief and show her exactly how erotically ruthless he and his Executive Officer, Brom, can be.

Seduced by the dark lust and hidden strength of both men, she vows to do everything in her power to corrupt her DNA before the slavers find her.

Na’varr realizes Raesa holds the key to survival, and losing her to the Republic would destroy the fragile peace he and Brom had found in her arms. Her courage would lead them out of the depths of hell but only their love could keep her alive.

WARNING: SILVER TONGUED DEVILS contains explicit sex. It is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Author’s Note: SILVER TONGUED DEVILS was previously released in the Tall, Dark and Alpha Boxed Set. This edition comes with two additional stories in the continuation of their adventures.

Buy now for $2.99

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Read Chapter One here

Read THE SLOW GRIND, a short story written just for this release

I’m a USA Today bestselling author

In Publishing News on April 11, 2014 at 2:01 am

Publishing NewsI was really quiet this week. Stayed as busy as possible, wrote little, but tried to ignore a very crazy and insane thing…Wednesday is the day USA Today drops its list of bestsellers for the previous week.

This Wednesday was a normal day, like any other (If by any other I meant waking up on a bed of nails while every little thing tap danced on my nerves…).

I started my day off early, quietly fidgeting through getting the kids off to school, working on a writing project (Telling myself I was being productive, even though I stared at the same paragraph for an hour).

I mentioned to my husband, in passing, that the list was coming out that day. The previous week had been insanely amazing numbers-wise for Amazon (national and international) and Barnes and Noble. If we were going to make the list, this would be the week. But I wasn’t nervous and it wasn’t on my mind at all <rolls eyes>.

A friend was in town for her anniversary so I raced to meet up with her. I could barely eat anything so the visit with my friend was a welcome distraction. We had so much fun! For five hours I completely forgot about lists, the others in the boxed set who were waiting, the thousand projects I had going on at home. I let it all go and just relaxed.

I made it home and chatted with the family. My youngest had reached a fabulous milestone at school so we high-fived and ate a snack together. My husband asked me a bunch of questions. We smiled and relaxed. And then he gently mentioned that I was avoiding the computer.

He was, of course, right. So I strolled back into the office area and sat down. I brought up my pages and opened my IMs. There were a dozen messages waiting for me in email and IM. Facebook had over 150 notifications. I’d only been gone for part of a day. LOL!

My IM flashed. Eve Vaughn, the lady who’d initially brought me into the boxed set, was in my yahoo IM asking if I was on yet. 🙂 I replied that I was. She told me (after dragging it out LOL!) that we’d made USA Today.

So there you go. 🙂 Insane, right? We debuted at #140. We will likely drop off the list this week, but this, truly, is an amazing moment. One I never EVER imagined possible. Now I’m going through and updating all my bios.

I reminded the gals in the group to do it, but kept putting mine off til now. Nothing like 2am to get my mind to relax. Of course, I have to get up with the kids in four hours, but that’s okay. 🙂 Plans for the rest of the week? Write more. Lots more. 🙂

USA TODAY 10 April 2014

Tall, Dark and Alpha Boxed Set

In Publishing News on March 8, 2014 at 2:59 am

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Tall, Dark & Alpha Boxed Available Til June and Then it’s GONE FOREVER!

USA TODAY Bestseller!

Amazon #1 in multiple categories!

Barnes and Nobel top 100!

International Bestseller!

(10 Sexy Romances Featuring Hot Alpha Heroes and the Women They Love)

He makes your heart pound and melts your resistance away. He promises you a world of passion and you find it impossible to resist his dark charm. When he catches your eye across the room, you know he means business. He could be an executive, cop, shape shifter, or a bad boy looking for a little fun. Once he has you in his sights, you can’t get away–and after one sizzling night in his arms, you won’t want to. He’s Tall, Dark & Alpha. The alpha male is the ultimate indulgence…the richest dark chocolate…and we’re offering him to you in abundance.

*New, Boxed Set Exclusive* Rock My Boat by Afton Locke: Rhonda Simms embarks on a cruise to create an ad campaign. Instead, she lands Simon Mann, a blue marlin shape shifter who will do anything to be human again. Will she let him rock her boat?

*New, Boxed Set Exclusive* Silver Tongued Devils by Dawn Montgomery: Captain Na’varr and his executive officer, Brom, know they have a good thing when they capture stowaway hacker, Raesa, with her hot temper and dangerous curves. They want her, body and soul just as she wants them. But such trust endangers them in ways none of them can anticipate. Dare they risk it all?

Fight for Love by Delaney Diamond: Rafael Lopez, former professional wrestler and “Sexiest Athlete Alive,” is back and determined to hold onto the woman he lost, but still loves, and the son he never knew existed.

Crazy (Vampire Love) by Eve Langlais: Ella hears voices and they don’t like anyone. But not even poltergeists can stand in the way of a vampire in love.

*New, Boxed Set Exclusive* Sex with an Ex by Eve Vaughn: When these two divorcees reunite in the bedroom, the sex is hotter than ever. But can their hearts survive the second time around?

In Her Wildest Dreams by Farrah Rochon: When Erica Cole, owner of “Your Wildest Dreams” event planning, requests his help in creating a Valentine’s Day fantasy date for her clients, chocolatier Gavin Foster sees it as the perfect opportunity to show her just how sweet their reality could be.

*New, Boxed Set Exclusive* Player’s Challenge by Koko Brown: Sports agent Gemma Clarke must face the biggest challenge of her young career: represent her former lover and bad boy footballer, Devin Spencer. Their passionate love affair ended badly. Now he’s back to prove to Gemma he’s changed and convince her to give them one more chance.

Two Cops, a Girl, and a Pair of Handcuffs by Paige Tyler: Cilla Garner has it bad for hot cops Hayes Prescott and Reed Lockwood. If they both end up asking her out, she doesn’t know how she’ll choose. Having a threesome doesn’t even enter her mind until they hint at it, and then it’s all she can think about.

Chase and Seduction by Randi Alexander: Country music superstar/actor Chase Tanner has never wanted anything or anyone more than gorgeous screenplay writer Reno Linden. To Reno, Chase is larger than life, sinfully sexy and hell-bent on getting her into bed. Reno risks the plunge into Chase’s arms, but will their attraction survive the glitz and stress of fame?

Tall, Dark and Apocalyptic by Sam Cheever: He’s a hunter in a world turned upside down. She’s his prey, a creature of dark magic. But the passion burning within them may be their undoing.

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Thunder and Roses

In Publishing News on January 27, 2014 at 9:58 pm


  • Author:Dawn Montgomery & Ditter Kellen
  • Length:Long Novel
  • ISBN:978-1-62300-680-8
  • Genre:Mystery & Suspense, Fantasy & Paranormal, Shapeshifters
  • Cover Artist:Fiona Jayde

Tonya knows it’s time for a decade long conspiracy to come to a head, but no one can know her true identity. Her feral nature and instinctive mistrust have kept her alive for the past five years of deep cover. When her only choice is to run or face death, she runs. What she doesn’t count on is Dakota Thunder, a Council bounty hunter who never misses a target. Tonya is running out of time, and the only man she can trust is the last man who should ever believe her.

Dakota Thunder is no stranger to betrayal. From a childhood born of nightmares to the death of his sister, he knows exactly what his kind are capable of. No one escapes his justice. What should have been a routine bounty pick up drops Dakota in the middle of a deadly blood feud involving shifter trafficking, extortion, and murder revolving around one wise-cracking beautiful woman of leopard royalty. She gets under his skin, digging her claws into his heart and reminding him of things buried long ago. He’d planned for everything except Tonya and the evidence that could bring down one of the most powerful organizations in the shifter world.

Nothing could have prepared them for their explosive attraction or the depths at which a madman would fall in order to destroy everything they love. With nowhere to turn, and the net growing tighter, they’ll have to trust in one another to survive.

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Deep Cravings

In Publishing News on December 18, 2013 at 4:03 am


The Vamp Life sucks if you’re the only female vampire in the world allergic to chocolate. When a wizard with a penchant for kitchen magic arrives, however, things can take a delicious and sinful turn. Especially when he puts himself on the menu.
Chocolate goes well with…everything.

Rachel Karrin is at her wits’ end. The benefits to vampire life look pretty grim when her new powers come with limits on her favorite food. Chocolate. The rare allergy is unusual enough to gain the interest of the Kitchen Witch Society.

When the sexy, brooding Ryan Shepard shows up, there’s more than chocolate in his repertoire and his temptation is far more than she can take in her world of blood and sex.

A Romantica® paranormal erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously published elsewhere in 2009 under the title Decadence and has been extensively revised for EC.

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Cover Reveal: Tall, Dark and Alpha

In Coverart on December 7, 2013 at 1:23 am

Silver Tongued Devils, part of the Tall, Dark & Alpha box set will release March 8, 2014.

Once they have her, they’ll never let her go.

Once she’s theirs, nothing will ever be the same.Tall Dark And Alpha Final

Red Velvet Christmas: Hidden Confections

In Publishing News on December 6, 2013 at 1:32 am

Red Velvet Christmas: Hidden Confections is available now from Changeling Press! My contribution to this year’s holiday releases is a fun and sexy story involving kitchen witches, second chances, and a little delicious fantasy or two. Not to mention a wonderful recipe included (and developed!!!) just for the Red Velvet release. Better Than Sex Cupcakes, included for your own personal recipe collection.

DM_RV_HiddenConfections_289A showdown between chefs like you’ve never seen before…

One Christmas Eve, Mia Devyne of Devyne Pastries went underground and closed up shop for good under scandalous rumors of bewitching red velvet holiday cakes designed to skyrocket your sex drive. Her disappearance sparked a worldwide search for her sensual seductions cookbook.

Four years later, a rival pastry chef has arrived on the scene with his own version of the cakes, and Mia can’t stay away. For a Christmas present to herself, she wants to try just one bite of the Better Than Sex cupcake, and then she’ll disappear back into the shadows. If she gets to kiss Liam again, well, that’s just an added bonus.

Liam Merriman has one goal… draw the sexy Mia out of hiding and back to the spotlight where she belongs. He knows why she disappeared all those years ago, and he plans on picking up where they left off. Naked. In his bed.

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