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The Book That Never Was – After Dark

So I finally finished the cover for a story I never got the chance to write. If you followed The Crucible Series, you know my books were unpublished at #9. Well, as this “mock” cover states, After Dark was set to be #15. There were a number of things that needed to happen to set up the story line for this particular couple, but I’m not naming names or giving away any clues about what would’ve been here. I just wanted to make this cover because this was one of the books I really looked forward to writing, and while I have no regrets over unpublishing my books, there’s a part of me that really wishes the series could’ve made it this far. Still, maybe one day we’ll get there, but until then, I hope you guys enjoy this! :)

Book Cover · Design · The Final Calling

Book Cover Remakes – The Final Calling

So, I’ve just finished reworking the cover for The Final Calling! As for what comes next, I’m not 100% sure, but I’ll definitely be posting it here when I’m finished. As a side note, I’m considering moving to a new blog entirely, but if that happens, and I’m not sure it will, I’ll post the information here for all to see!

Thanks so much guys and I hope you enjoy the new covers! :)

Book Cover · Design · Light of Dawn · The Crucible · Uncategorized

Book Cover Remakes – Light of Dawn

So … I bet no one thought to see me posting here again any time soon, huh? Myself included! But here I am, and I have some fun stuff to show off … well, fun stuff if you ever read any of my stories lol!

As most of you already know, I unpublished my books a year ago (almost exactly, which seems a little strange!). In the time since, I’ve learned quite a bit about my difficulties functioning in recent years, and while I don’t want to start dumping lengthy explanations on everyone right now, I can say that I’ve discovered new ways to do art, and that’s what’s been taking a lot of my focus!

So in the effort of keeping things short and sweet, I think everyone is aware that I created my own book covers for The Crucible Series. There are several places online where you can purchase stock photos for fairly cheap, and using those, I would piece the cover together, slap the title on it, and voila! For example, here’s Light of Dawn’s old cover:

This is still one of my favorite covers just because I love the light effects! However, I’ve been dabbling in 3D modeling lately, and wouldn’t you know it, I managed to create the characters from my stories! Well, I haven’t created all of them yet, but I do have quite a few, and yes, that includes Charlotte and Ulric! As such, I decided to remake the cover of their book for no other reason than I could, and I love doing graphic design. So without further ado, here’s the new cover for Light of Dawn:

Before I go any further, I wanted to make sure to specify that no, this doesn’t mean I’ll be republishing my books! I’ve still got a long way to go before that option is back on the table again, but I wanted to do something creative, and I had way too much fun piecing this together! I can also say you guys can and should expect to see more in the future because I’m intending to rework the covers of all my books, as well as post some general character art and make a few covers for books I never got the chance to write!

I hope you guys enjoy this! <3

Tempting Eternity · The Crucible · Writing

Tempting Eternity is Releasing April 9th!

Tempting Eternity will release on April 9th at the following retailers:

Synopsis: As one of the first vampires created by the original five thousand years ago, time has taken it’s toll on Mathias, weathering him until nothing seems like a surprise anymore. But even he isn’t prepared for a chance encounter with a fae who proves to have a lover’s blood link.

For a vampire, such a connection is a fevered, hopeless fantasy. None have blood as sweetly enticing as the fae, but they’d never survive the turning, making it imperative to resist Isadora’s charms, otherwise put her very life at risk.

Yet distancing himself from the beguiling fae isn’t so easy.

Nearly killed by one of her own sisters, the last thing Isadora expects to hear is that a vampire saved her life while she was vulnerable—no being poses more of a lethal threat to the fae. Even more troubling is knowing she’ll have to seek his help to have any hope of saving her fae sisters from the control of a powerful witch.

But though the ancient vampire should be feared, Isadora finds Mathias compelling, pricking her innate curiosity in a way she’s never experienced. Ignoring such intrigue is impossible, and the more she learns, the more quickly her feelings turn into heavy attraction, tempting her to do the impossible—spend eternity with a vampire.

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Postponing Tempting Eternity

Hi guys! It’s been a while since I made any updates here, but I’d been meaning to stop by to mention a few things. I simply hadn’t found much time, and I’m really sorry! But that’s the biggest reason for my post now, so let me dig into this thing!

I don’t want to start this off by saying something generic like “Oh, 2018’s been a horrible year!” I mean it’s not the year’s fault if things are bad. In fact, the start of the year wasn’t too terrible (if memory serves anyway), so yeah, it’s just another year and so on. But in the past several months, things haven’t precisely been all that great in my personal life. Financial instabilities have taken their toll on top of mental health issues rearing its ugly head. So, to deal with all of the stress these matters have caused, I haven’t been writing quite as much as I would’ve needed in order to get my next book out by the end of the Summer.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve gotten a good deal of work done on Tempting Eternity, enough so that I’m confident it’ll likely be published by the end of the year barring any other unexpected setbacks. Still, I felt obligated to come by and mention the problems I’ve had so far considering I’d originally planned to publish in Summer of this year, but we’re already heading into September.

With that said, not everything going on around here is bad. I’m currently on the verge of quitting smoking, which is definitely a good thing, but has also impended the writing process (I’ve been accustomed to smoking while writing, so I’m now adjusting to writing without engaging in the habit). Anyway, I could say a few other things about my writing progress, but I think I’ll cut it short here. You guys get the picture, and I’m actually eager to get a little more written down in the story before someone comes and shoves a birthday cake in my mouth (Yep, today’s my birthday! XD)!

With that said, I have something new going on: my own Discord channel! I thought it might be a good idea to open one for anyone who wanted to discuss my books, or just shoot the breeze in general, so feel free to stop by and say hello!

Cheers! :)

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Downloadable Excerpt: Tempting Eternity

So! I promised a few days ago that I would have something more substantial to share from Tempting Eternity up soon, and I’ve finally managed to do just that, with bonus content! That said, here’s a PDF excerpt complete with the Epilogue from Fated Fortunes where the story of Mathias and Isadora began! I hope you guys enjoy it! :)

If you guys would like to discuss this in more depth, or just generally shoot the breeze, feel free to join me on my Discord channel! Cheers! :)

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Tempting Eternity Excerpt

Okay, so! I actually haven’t had the time to picked through Tempting Eternity and find a suitable excerpt to share with everyone, which has made me a little sad. In fact, I’m not even sharing a proper excerpt now :(

But! I do have a screenshot of a very brief excerpt to share with everyone that I took for the ladies over on the Romancelandia Discord channel (which I’ve been hanging out at a lot lately), and I wanted to drop by here to share it with you guys as well!

Hopefully, you guys can enjoy this, and with that said, I promise I’ll have a longer, more fitting excerpt available to share with everyone soon! :)

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The Crucible Series Book 9: Tempting Eternity Cover Reveal & Synopsis

The Crucible Paranormal Romance Series Book Nine: Tempting Eternity

As one of the first vampires created by the original five thousand years ago, time has taken it’s toll on Mathias, weathering him until nothing seems like a surprise anymore. Yet even he isn’t prepared for a chance encounter with a fae who proves to have a lover’s blood link.

For a vampire, such a connection is a fevered, hopeless fantasy. None have blood as sweetly enticing as the fae, but they’d never survive the turning, making it imperative to resist Isadora’s charms, otherwise put her very life at risk.

Yet distancing himself from the beguiling fae isn’t so easy.

Nearly killed by one of her own sisters, the last thing Isadora expects to hear is that a vampire saved her life while she was vulnerable—no being poses more of a lethal threat to the fae. Even more troubling is knowing she’ll have to seek his help to have any hope of saving her fae sisters from the control of a powerful witch.

But though the ancient vampire should be feared, Isadora finds Mathias compelling, pricking her innate curiosity in a way she’s never experienced. Ignoring such intrigue is impossible, and the more she learns, the more quickly her feelings turn into heavy attraction, tempting her to do the impossible—spend eternity with a vampire.

Estimated Release: Summer 2018

Flash Sale!

To celebrate Tempting Eternity’s cover reveal, from now until April 3rd, 10 copies of Strange Brew and Fated Fortunes are completely FREE (only at Smashwords)!

Author’s Notes

Let me start this by explaining the reason Strange Brew and Fated Fortunes are on sale with this announcement, and it’s pretty simple: their stories are the most closely related to this book’s. Some loose ends are going to be tied up in Tempting Eternity, and specifically, Fated Fortunes got this book (and what we see in the synopsis) started.

Now, let’s get a little more into the story. Those of you who’ve read this series know that each book features a different couple, and when I say different, I mean we get a different “species” each time. There’s been a lupine and a human, a draconian and a fae, a Perosian and a mage, and so on. But Tempting Eternity is going to pair two beings together that are polar opposites, and when I had the idea for this story, the very first thought that came to mind was “A vampire and a fae? That’s impossible.”

The second thought was, “Challenge accepted.”

Mathias was introduced in Fallen Hearts, and we learned that though vampires and draconians don’t get along, he’s good friends with Dalris Dra’Kai (Fated Fortunes). Isadora (from Light of Dawn and very briefly mentioned in Fallen Hearts) is also a close friend of Dalris, and that’s where it all begins. As for the reason Strange Brew relates so closely to this book, that’s something left to be seen! :D

There’s one other character who’s been mentioned pretty regularly throughout the series who’ll finally make an appearance in this book, and I can’t say I’m not happy to finally have the chance to write them into a story. So things are coming along, and I’m excited to share this book once it’s all done!

Cheers!

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The Crucible Series Book 9 Teaser: Tempting Eternity

Cast Into Shadow · Romance · The Crucible

Technical Difficulties: Cast Into Shadow Release Delayed … Again!

Okay, so I have some good news, and some bad news–and I’m gonna start with the bad first because, well, it’s honestly annoyed me, which is putting it mildly. So here goes!

Smashwords gave me until January 6th to upload a formatted manuscript for publishing on the 9th, and I just got to that today, which is the 6th. But when I uploaded the manuscript, it said the soonest available publish date was a week from the 9th. I have no idea why, but I can’t adjust it despite being told the deadline was today and actually uploading it today. So sadly, my hands are tied with this issue, and Cast Into Shadow won’t be available until January 17th.

You know, at this point, I’m just gonna blame all the trouble I’m having publishing this book on one of our cats. They’re plotting against me because they want a dedication or something.


It’s just a matter of figuring out which cat it could be!

As for Kindle readers, the closest date Amazon is allowing me to publish is on January 10th, but I’m not entirely sure I want to publish the versions so far apart. But as soon as I have the plan laid out, I’ll be back here to make an announcement!

Now, as for the good news: Despite being unable to buy the book, the first 25% of the story is now available to sample on Smashwords! So if you’ve been waiting, hopefully this will hold you over!

My apologies to everyone again! I’d really hoped to have this book out next week, but I guess you could say it’s better late than never!

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