I’m in the final edits of Blood Promise, getting the job done with wine and chocolate!
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So, Blood Promise will go live on October 1! Everything is set to go. I could release it earlier, but I’d like to try to get the paperback to release at the same time, which I’m still waiting on the proof copy. I can’t wait! Thing 4 said I should frame it. Hmm….I just might. It’s up for preorder on Amazon, plus B&N, iBooks, Kobo, and 24 Symbols at Tonya Kerrigan, a number of German channels through Tolino, and will soon be on Scribd and Page Foundry. The first chapter is on Goodreads, so go read the first chapter! It’s a lot easier to search for me by name since there are a bunch of titles called Blood Promise, but only one Tonya Kerrigan!
Also, I got my website up. Check it out here.
10 Sep 2016 4 Comments
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Oh My God. This has been a very long, very emotional journey for me. I started this book back in 2010 during NaNoWriMo. My ex and I separated in 2009, our divorce was finalized in 2010, I went from stay-at-home mom to working mom and needed an escape. I’d always loved to read, so I read…a lot…and then I thought about writing in early 2010, but I didn’t have a clue of what to write about, how to write, etc. Up until that point, I’d never even considered being a writer. I researched how to write, how to come up with ideas to write, took some online writing classes, wrote a few short stories, one of which actually made it into Blood Promise (the marble moon goddess scene…you’ll understand when you read the book!). The writing prompt had been “Footsteps behind you,” and I wrote out a scene. I scrapped the action of the story but kept the description which is now in Blood Promise. Amazing how I still remember that, six years later.
After I had written the first draft and edited it, which took over a year since I kept adding and deleting to it in order to get my world just how I wanted it, I attended my first writer’s conference in Chicago. I have to say, for any writers out there, a writer’s conference is a must do. Yes, there’s a cost, but the benefits far outweigh the costs. That’s where I met some amazing friends and learned tons. So, without further ado, you can preorder my book here! More vendors to come!
07 Sep 2016 2 Comments
Since I’m nearing the publishing point, I’m trying to decide whether or not I want to go through KDP first or just upload to D2D or Smashwords (or both?). For those of you who published through KDP, what was your experience? Do you feel like you missed out on a lot of sales, or was KDP the best way to go? Also, I’m wondering, can you upload to both D2D and Smashwords? Can you choose what outlets the book is distributed to on Smashwords like you can with D2D? I like how Smashwords has more outlets, but their payments are quarterly whereas D2D it’s monthly (depending on when royalties are paid to them, so it could end up being quarterly anyway). What has your publishing experience been?
06 Sep 2016 2 Comments
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I just love this cover. Oh my God. Les from Fiverr made it for me. I can’t stop looking at it! She had me go to a site to choose the picture, and then she added in the background. I didn’t have any suggestions on font or anything because I didn’t really know what I wanted, I just liked the photo. What do you think?
With a murderous beast on her heels and a conniving daemon who wants to use her for his own means, Tora Hayden’s main objective is to keep herself and those she cares about alive.
After meeting an enigmatic businessman who possibly suffers from florid psychosis, Tora is propelled into the world of the supernatural. She’s forced to believe the mythical world exists when she’s brutally attacked by a savage fiend intent on annihilating her family line for reasons unbeknownst to her. With the assistance of the psychotic businessman, along with a gorgeous manwhore whom Tora swore to never date but ends up doing just that, she discovers her seventy-years-dead great-grandmother was actually an otherworldly warrioress.
In an effort to beat the murderous beast at its own game, Tora chooses to take on her deceased great-grandmother’s powers to gain immortality and supernatural strength.
During the transfer of powers, something goes wrong: she unwittingly releases a daemon who’s been cursed to his own realm for enslaving the fiend and working towards enslaving all factions. Now, she not only has a murderous beast on her heels but a conniving daemon who’s loose and wants to use her for his own means.
04 Sep 2016 Leave a comment
I’ve been working on getting my book publish-ready. I’ve worked on this thing for so long, I’m just ready for it to be done. In a few days, I’ll do a cover reveal! I’m so excited! I’m publishing under my own label, Nyx House Press. I’m still waiting to get the cover back, then once all the editing is done, I’ll have someone design the inside layout. I’m also working on a website for my label and an author website as well. My youngest is going to be my social media specialist (she’s only 14, but she rocks social media). Heck, she could probably even be my editor. The girl is a grammar Nazi!
Then, I guess I better get started on book number 2!