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.

 

 

What I’m Working On: Lost (and other stuff)

It turns out I haven’t put out a book since…*checks*…May! Turns out, I haven’t written anything either. My family had a rough year and while Beast did extremely well (THANK YOU to everyone who bought it), Gold did not, and I haven’t been able to afford the time off to write. In addition, the news that All Romance eBooks wouldn’t be paying me (and other authors) hit really hard, as I counted on that money.

I’ve been tackling the next Midsummer book off and on, and I think I might finally have a workable outline for it. At least I know where people are supposed to kiss, and that’s half the battle in an outline. So, at present, I’m working on Lost, which is my contemporary take on Hansel & Gretel (no incest, though). No release date and no preorder yet, but I’ll post when I’ve got some news.

Given that Beast did well, I’m looking at finally writing a particularly dark erotic thriller I’ve had percolating in my head for some time now. I’ll provide more details and teasers later, but for now I’ll just say that it’ll likely appeal to fans of Beast and Sympathy for the Devil, and will be a very non-traditional romance with a lot of heat between two people born of tragedy.

I’ve had a lot of visitors lately looking into what I have in the pipeline (more Stirling Falls, more Midsummer, and yes, yes, I know–more CATS), and I’m sorry I haven’t had more frequent, firm updates. I expected to release a lot last year and just sort of hit a wall. Hopefully being off readers’ radars for so long won’t negatively impact future sales too badly and I can get more works your way soon. Thank you for stopping by, your support keeps me going!

Asha

 

I’m Doing NaNoWriMo!

NaNo-2015-Participant-Badge-Large-SquareAnd I’ll probably fail as I have a lot to do in November, but Gold has been in my head, and it’s projected to be about 50K, so I’ll try to get some words in. Buddy me here if you like!

Also, two days left to get Bad Moon Rising on sale!

Preorder: THE BOOK OF LOVE

I’m pleased to announce that my new novel The Book of Love is up for preorder on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, ARe, and iTunes.

This is a contemporary romance about a jaded romance writer and his new editor, with some elements of humor and a bit of suspense. It’s a full-length novel, about 70 000 words (around the length of Sympathy for the Devil). The official release date is June 5.

It will also be available in paperback early May.

There is a brief excerpt from when I was writing it last year available here.

In July, the first Midsummer Suspense Tales boxset will release. I am aiming for I WHO HAVE NOTHING to release at last around September or so, depending on how writing it goes. Toward the end of the year, I’d like to get written and released STRAY CAT STRUT and possibly BEAST. Sales of SNOW haven’t been too bad so I’ll look at the numbers in the fall and decide if the series is continuing. Thank you to everyone who has purchased it so far.

Romance editor Janaeh Forrester is a problem solver. A Jill of all trades, she’s worked in all aspects of publishing and no challenge is too big for her to overcome. It’s this reputation that leads her new employer to send her after the elusive Delilah Daniels, their top selling romance writer, who won’t deliver her latest manuscript and made the last editor quit. 


But “Delilah” is nothing that Janaeh expects. It’s the pen name of Carter Daniels, a thirty-something man as sexy as he is arrogant and frustrating. 


Six months have passed since Carter’s divorce was finalized and writing happily-ever-afters seems like a lie he can no longer tell. When Janaeh shows up at his door with a schedule in hand and threats to take back his advance if he doesn’t meet his deadlines, he assumes it’s a joke. But his attractive new editor is there to see that he finishes the book, driving him mad with both irritation and desire. 


Her presence stirs up something far more sinister, however: Janaeh is directly in the path of Carter’s more fanatical followers, and someone will stop at nothing to get her out of the way.

Release Date: June 5, 2015 
Genre: IR (bwwm) contemporary romance (with some humor and suspense)
Length: novel (70K words or 220 pages) 
Series: standalone 
Format: ebook & paperback 
Ebook Price: $4.99 
Print Price: $10.49 
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Pre-order: SNOW

The third Midsummer Suspense Tale is almost here!

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Release: March 27, 2015

A witness hidden
away in a small town.
After waitress Liliana
White witnessed a murder, she wanted nothing to do with helping the police or
putting the target behind bars. She’s not interested in justice or being a hero;
she just wants to stay alive. A brutal death waits for her if the culprits get
their hands on her, and given that one of them is her ex-boyfriend, she knows
precisely what he’s capable of and will avoid him at all costs.
The bodyguard
sworn to protect her.
Stoic and
efficient, personal security expert Michael O’Hara is cautious in all
things—both work and women—and has built a reputation in the private sector as
the top of his field. But though he thinks he’s seen it all, nothing has
prepared him for keeping Liliana White safe. She doesn’t trust him, doesn’t
trust the police, and not even a vicious contract killer known as The Huntsman
on her heels is enough to convince her she needs him.

But Liliana does
need him. Only Mike stands between her and certain death, and despite all he
does to keep his emotional distance, the longer he spends with her, the more he
has to face the possibility that he just might need her too.

Don’t forget, Beauty is on its way next week: January 23, 2015.

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Snow is another category length novel, around the size of Beauty. I’d meant to be working on The Book of Love next but I was really excited to write this one, so I took a little detour.

What’s next for Midsummer after this? It’ll really depend on sales, unfortunately. I have Beast and Red roughly mapped out but I’d like to see how Byar’s (and now Mike’s) story does before I commit to it. This is, unfortunately, how things work in publishing, and why Cats & Conjure hasn’t concluded yet. Books require a huge investment of time to write and money to publish, and the only way I can work on something that doesn’t sell as well is if the others make up the difference. I want to write more Midsummer stories (and finish Stray Cat Strut, and Gimme Shelter), but it has to be financially viable for me to do so.

I get your inquiries about these books, I hear you, and I promise I’m doing my best. Thank you to those of you who purchase my books. To those who pirate, well…delays and cancellations fall firmly on your shoulders, I’m afraid. I can’t work for free.

I’m going to try to finish up the summer release I have in progress at the moment. Keep following the blog for details!