May 2, 2016

WIP Roundup & Other News!

Every once in a while, I feel like it's a good idea for me to give you all a quick glimpse into where things stand with my various projects. It's been a little scattered lately, with more characters in my mind than I can transpose to paper, but here's what's going on (and some big news!).
  • In case you missed it, the I Heart Geeks anthology released in March, which includes my story "The Whedonite." This will be released later this summer as a standalone story, but the anthology will also be on sale starting tomorrow for a couple days.
  • I had really wanted to finish the first draft of Fallen by April 30. For those who don't remember, this is a contemporary retelling of an old and beautiful story. Unfortunately, that draft still isn't finished. Soon. Hopefully.
    I do have a beautiful cover all ready to go! A lovely pre-made by Paper & Sage that I couldn't pass up has been spruced up and is just waiting in the wings. I can't wait to show it to you all, so I will actually be revealing it as soon as I finish the first draft! Hopefully that will help revisions go more quickly than the drafting process has.
  • I haven't yet even reread my NaNoWriMo 2015 project, though I already knew when writing it that it would need a significant overhaul. Right now, my focus has been on Fallen and on the big news. Ready??
  • The next book set in the world of Mending Heartstrings will release this summer! This story follows Sabella's best friend, Gina, and several of the Mending Heartstrings characters do appear. However, it's a standalone novel, so you do not have to have read Sabella's story before enjoying it (but you do still have some time!). Gina's book is called Tasting Temptation, and the cover will be revealed to you later this month.
But first! I would like you to be the first to see the current blurb for this story, both to thank you all for hanging in there with me on this journey and so that—in case you, the readers, hate it—I can fix things. So check it out, here's the blurb for Tasting Temptation. Let me know what you think in the poll below or in the comments!
After last summer’s failed attempt at romance, Gina is absolutely done with men. And especially with millionaires. She has a good job as a fashion editor and amazing friends, and she’s decided she needs nothing else. All she really misses is the sex. But that rush just isn’t worth the risk of being ensnared in another relationship. When the hot bartender at her best friend’s Sonoma wedding suggests some harmless stress relief, she takes him up on the offer. When it’s sufficiently satisfactory, she indulges in a repeat—for the road. When she learns he’s actually the wealthy owner of the vineyard, the mix of fury and fear is damped only by the knowledge that she never has to see him again.
Hunter Cavaliere is determined to honor his grandfather’s legacy, and so far, he’s right on track. The vineyard is thriving, he has plans for expansion, and his wines speak for themselves. The only thing missing is the right woman to share it all. But through his grandparents’ marriage, Hunter learned what true love is, and he’s unwilling to settle for anything else. A woman who judges him because of his money definitely isn’t high up on his list. Still, when circumstance unbelievably keeps bumping him into the intriguing brunette from Portland, he can’t shake the feeling that she is someone he should pursue.
Gina’s poised to run the other way, but one more taste of Hunter may just prove too tempting to resist.

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