Burnout Is Real

The usual “Yes, I have books in progress!” post, although this time, an explanation: burnout.

I’m exhausted.

I kept up a pretty steady release schedule in 2015 and only managed a couple in 2016 before I burned out. 2017 saw only one release. I’m trying to finish up the Cats & Conjure series right now, and despite them being novella length (30K words, or 100 pages), I’ve been picking at once since November without much luck. My focus is shot. Words don’t work in my brain let alone come out on the page. And most of all, I dread sitting down to work.

It happens to all writers, I know, but it’s unpleasant nonetheless.

Then there’s the added issue of no releases = very low royalties = I can’t afford the time away from the day job to focus on writing. It’s probably just as well as I’m not certain how much I could actually produce right now.

I wish I was the kind of writer who could keep up a frenetic schedule as I tried to before, but I don’t think it’s feasible. I’m toying with the idea of trying something a little new and different maybe in the summer.

As of right now, my immediate writing plans:

  • finish and publish Cat’s in the Cradle
  • finish and publish Year of the Cat (thereby finishing Addie and Erik’s story)

Mostly because I hate having that series unfinished.

I think I’ll extend my break a little longer with Midsummer Suspense Tales–I still love those books with all my heart, but I need to let the Rapunzel story, Bound, simmer in my brain for a while–and either write a standalone or try something new.

Thank you to those of you continually checking in with my site. I’m sorry I don’t have an announcement yet, but hopefully this explains my absence.

 

 

Yes, I’m Still Working on Stuff!

Hello! Long time no post.

I have little (public) explanation I can give readers, but I just wanted to update to say I am working on several things that I hope to have news about soon.

I’m also entering the world of audiobooks and adding several of my titles to ACX. If you’re a narrator there, look me up! And if you’re an audiobook reader, I’m hoping to have news in the new year to share with you.

Thank you for your patience and support!

XO Asha

Midsummer Suspense Tales on Kindle Unlimited

I’ve just released the second volume boxset of Midsummer books–that’s Beast, Gold, and Lost combined–on Amazon. Right now it’s KU exclusive, but I’ll see late fall about selling it elsewhere. The individual books do well in other stores but the boxsets less so; I’m going to temporarily make Vol I a KU exclusive as well for a few months and perhaps run a countdown deal to see if that boosts sales. If you or your friends haven’t had a chance to check out Midsummer yet, this is an inexpensive way to try!

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New Release: LOST

It’s time to venture back to Midsummer for another dark contemporary fairy tale!

A single father’s worst nightmare…

Clive Yates has been a single father for the past five years, raising his young kids on his own after their mother abandoned them. But his whole world is shattered the moment they’re taken, and the police inform him the M.O. resembles that of a long-dormant serial killer of children. The dangerous forest outside of Midsummer is massive, and with no idea where to search, he fears his kids might not be found in time. But there is one person who has seen the killer’s face, a girl who escaped with her brother so many years ago.

She survived what no child should ever suffer…

Fifteen years ago, Greta Weaver and her foster brother were abducted and brought to a cabin of horrors deep in the forest. They escaped, but just barely, both with scars that have made growing up difficult. She’s tried to make a life for herself outside her childhood town, though nightmares plague her sleep and she’s kept herself isolated. Her abductor—almost killer—was never caught, and part of her always remained lost in those woods, afraid of what would happen if he found her.

When Clive comes to her for help, she just wants to hide from the world, but can’t bear the thought of seeing a parent lose his children. She’ll have to confront her fears–and her past–if Clive is ever going to see his kids again.

Release Date: March 24 2017
Genre: IR (bwwm) contemporary romantic suspense
Length: short novel (45K words or 140 pages)
Series: Midsummer Suspense
Format: ebook & paperback
Ebook Price: $3.99
Print Price: $8.99

KindleNookKoboiBookstoreSmashwords – Paperback

 

It really is dark–TW for discussions of child abuse, and graphic violence–but like any good fairy tale, it has an undercurrent of hope and survival. This was a really tough book to build a romance around given the heavy subject matter, but giving these two people going through such horror time to find each other was really rewarding for me as a writer.

I have another WIP in progress but don’t have a draft ready yet so there’s no pre-order–I’m hoping at this point for maybe a June release. Details coming as soon as I have them.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy LOST! Brief excerpt under the cut.

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New Preorder: LOST (Midsummer Suspense Tales #6)

Return to the sleepy hamlet of Midsummer for another fairytale-inspired romantic suspense tale! (Hansel and Gretel this time!)

A single father’s worst nightmare has come to pass…

Clive Yates has been a single father for the past five years, raising his young kids on his own after their mother abandoned them. But his whole world is shattered the moment they’re taken, and the police inform him the M.O. resembles that of a long-dormant serial killer of children. The dangerous forest outside of Midsummer is massive, and with no idea where to search, he fears his kids might not be found in time. But there is one person who has seen the killer’s face, a girl who escaped with her brother so many years ago.

She survived what no child should ever suffer…

Fifteen years ago, Greta Weaver and her foster brother were abducted and brought to a cabin of horrors deep in the forest. They escaped, but just barely, both with scars that have made growing up difficult. She’s tried to make a life for herself outside her childhood town, though nightmares plague her sleep and she’s kept herself isolated. Her abductor—almost killer—was never caught, and part of her always remained lost in those woods, afraid of what would happen if he found her.

When Clive comes to her for help, she just wants to hide from the world, but can’t bear the thought of seeing a parent lose his children. She’ll have to confront her fears–and her past–if Clive is ever going to see his kids again.

 

Release Date: March 24, 2017
Genre: IR (bwwm) contemporary romantic suspense
Length: short novel (45K words or 150 pages)
Series: Midsummer Suspense
Format: ebook & paperback
Ebook Price: $3.99
Print Price: $8.99

KindleNookKoboiBookstoreSmashwords

(That Nook link will be working in a couple of days.)

 

Hopefully by the time this one releases, I’ll have my next release up for preorder as well–I’m trying to focus on some standalone works for a bit. I’ll revisit Midsummer for the final trilogy toward the end of the year or early next.