Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Books...Blog Tours...Babies...Oh My!

Other than a promo post here and there for another author, blogging has seriously dropped off for me. One of the main reasons being a tiny, cute human being who even as I type this is trying to snatch the mouse away and bang on the keyboard. My daughter is approaching nine months old and as amazing as motherhood has's also exhausting! And it doesn't always leave time for much else. But I have been determined not to let everything else in my life fall to the wayside.

So I've been writing. The past month or two I have worked A LOT on the sequel to Affairs of the Dead, which I have titled Requiem for the Living. My publisher recently contracted it based on the proposal, which is exciting. It's not finished yet but it's getting there. About 20k words or so more and I will have a nice, complete, messy draft to go to war with in the editing cave. The goal is to have it out next year. I will be tremendously happy when this book is done because it has been kicking my ass the past year and a half. It has never taken me this long to write a book (Affairs was drafted in about ten days), and having a baby is only part of the reason. The other part is severe writer's block and a huge amount of frustration over how to write this story. I don't think I've ever cut scenes, re-wrote scenes, deleted scenes, added scenes, then gone back and messed with those scenes again and again so much in one book. But it's all in the pursuit of a great sequel which is what I hope to accomplish.

Other than working on Requiem I also decided I would like to launch a blog tour company, Red Moon Book Tours. As an author I know how hard marketing your book can be, especially when you are indie, so I wanted to be able to help my fellow authors while offering low rates because marketing endeavors can get pricy. Right now I am in the process of recruiting bloggers and trying to grow Red Moon's social media presence. Hopefully I can launch before the end of next year though I think a launch in the new year is more likely. If anyone would like to be a tour host, please contact me!

So my plate is rather full but I am going to attempt to start blogging again. I kinda miss doing blog hops and such...hope those are still around? lol Small once a week. Let's see how it goes.

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