Category Archives: Not Dead Yet!

Buy my Book, Bitches

I feel like that’s what 100% of my posts lately have been. This is no exception. My latest book – an Oracle Bay novella – releases today. Wing and a Prayer is in the box set Wings of the Wicked, and if you get right on it, you can pick up 25 books – some of which, I have it on very good authority, bring the heat. We’re trying to hit the USA Today Bestseller list, which would be awesome to put on my book covers, and if you can spare $0.99 to grab this set, I’d be grateful. You have this week only to pick it up for $0.99 – on Sunday, the price goes up!

I’ll be back later this week with a general 2018 wrap-up/2019 plans. You may or may not remember that I already had my New Year celebration in August (Amy’s Year of the Phoenix), so it’s about time to check in to see where I’m at with that. (Spoiler: NOT VERY FAR. IT HAS BEEN A YEAR.)

I rang in the new year with the Beer Guy and my face shingles, but things are definitely looking up now. They have to. I might be able to get further down, but I’m hoping this ladder I’ve constructed out of hemp and iffy metaphors will hold as I climb back out and work on taking care of myself well enough to keep parenting and partnering and writing.

I hope you all had a great 2018 and your 2019 is off to an even better start!

Wings of the Wicked – Release Day is Nigh!

Wings of the Wicked – the box set of which I am a part – is about 3 weeks from release date. Now’s your chance to preorder the whole set, including my Oracle Bay novella “Wing and a Prayer,” for $0.99! We’re trying to hit the USA Today Bestseller list, and I’m hoping you can help buy grabbing a copy.

To help my cause, I’m giving away the entire e-catalog of my published books, including the novella in Wings of the Wicked. To enter to win, head over to my Facebook page and share this post. For a bonus entry, leave a screenshot of your proof of purchase of Wings of the Wicked! 

I’ll draw two winners at noon (Pacific) on Monday, December 17!

Good Luck and Happy Reading!

It’s Here! It’s Here!

Not in the Cards, the first book in my new series, is out! Right now! Like, you can fucking buy it, and it will instantaneously appear in your ereader of choice.

You can pick up what I’m throwing down for $0.99 now, or $3.99 whenever the price goes back up.

When my first book came out, I was super tense. I assumed it was because it was my first book. Turns out, every book has the same effect.

Have a great weekend. Enjoy Sandy and the psychics; there’s a lot going on in Oracle Bay.

*tap tap* Oh hey! You’re still here! Spoiler: So am I.

It’s been a couple minutes, right? I left you on a fairly grim note, and I’d love to tell you that my two month absence since then is because I’ve been frolicking on a cloud made of rainbows and gin cocktails and unicorns and nachos.

That, however, would be a lie.

June and July were so fucking hard, y’all. I don’t know what I did to deserve the child I got, but it must be so karmically confusing to everyone who knows about it. She’s simultaneously the best and hardest thing that’s ever happened to me.

BUT BUT BUT! It’s August now, and things are good! Looking up! So much excite! You’ll have to excuse me for pouring out all my happies and announcements all in one post.

First, the personal news.

  1. I am engaged. Like for realsies. The beer guy is going to marry me, even after everything. He knows my crazy and not only isn’t running away screaming, but actually put a ring on the insanity. It’s really hard to convince myself that he just feels sorry for me when there are wedding plans afoot.

    I should be both the hand model and the hand photographer, right?

  2. I got a new job! I’ve been at my current one only about 16 months. It was there when I needed it, and I’ve honestly loved working with the departments I was assigned to. My issues were elsewhere. After spending the last 15+ years in jobs that treated me like a professional adult, it was hard to go back to an environment where that wasn’t the case. Once they denied my ADA accommodation because it’s more important for me to have a physical presence in the office (where I see almost no one and talk to even fewer people) than for me to be productive, happy, and healthy, I knew there was no way to win. The number of times I was either misled or flat out lied to just compounded the issues. I’d been hoping to stay at least four more years for a number of reasons, but my mental health and happiness (and that of the people I’m close to) weren’t worth it. Once I’ve started for real, I’ll share more of my new job information – and do another little celebration as I leave academia – forever!
  3. Professional Excite time!
    My next book, the first in the Oracle Bay series not only has a cover, but it has a presale sale! From now until release day (10/25/18), Not in the Cards is on sale for 99¢ at just about every online outlet you can think of. Paperbacks will be available a little closer to the release date. (And, if you’re in Portland, you can come to my release day party! There will be books, and tarot cards, and definitely some bubbles.)
  4. Professional Excite #2!
    The Eleanor Morgan series is getting a new look. While I get my ducks in a row to replace the series (and go with a re-edited version of The Cardinal Gate), you can pick up my remaining inventory of old covers for the low, low price of $10/ea (autographed) + shipping ($8 for Cardinal Gate), or grab all four for $30 + shipping. Just head on over to my store! (There is a separate entry to grab all four at once – you won’t get the discount if you pick them up separately.)

    In the meantime, check out the newly imagined The Cardinal Gate (the rest of the covers will be revealed in my next newsletter, which will also have a Raj chapter in it…you may wanna subscribe over there on the right…)

That should cover all the big stuff that’s been going on over the last couple months – at least the stuff that’s any of your business! 😀

We have a family trip to the coast this weekend (the Bean, the beer guy, his parents, and me), then school/new job starts, my spontaneous trip to Canada in October (I just decided yesterday to go spend the night in Vancouver one weekend), and then a busy fall/winter/spring schedule.

I’m a little behind on my writing schedule, but I’m still hoping to get everything out more or less as planned.

  • Not in the Cards – 10/25
  • First Hand Knowledge (I’m about 60% done with this and will finish this month) – end of November
  • Belle of the Ball – December (ideally 12/15)
  • Wing & a Prayer – January 8 (set in stone!)
  • The Lost Child (Eleanor #5) – end of February

After that, my schedule is an unknown. It will depend a bit on the demands of my day job, how busy my editing schedule is next year, and book sales. I am fairly committed to releasing Eleanor #6 in 2019 and likely the next Oracle Bay. That’ll be 3 novels & 1 novella next year and that might have to be my max.

Four Things Friday

  1. Thank you so much to everyone who’s reached out after yesterday’s post. I may not be okay, but I’m currently in a spot where I think I might be soon. I appreciate the love and support.
  2. I saw my psychiatrist today and we’re gonna make some medication adjustments that will hopefully have me in a better place soon.
  3. This will not impact my publication schedule, nor is it impacting the speed and quality of my freelance work. My freelancing is what I put at the top of the pile to do…my writing output has suffered for it, but my clients come first. (Plus, I have an amazing business partner who’s been picking up any slack.)
  4. If anyone wants to support me financially for the next 4-6 years, I’m open to negotiations. You want me to write you in as the hero of my next book? I will 100% sell out for that. You want me to write your enemy in as someone who has no real role in the story but to die a horrible death? I can do that, too. Seriously. I have no trouble selling out. You guys have seen how much Eleanor eats and drinks. If Taco Bell and a local independent brewery want to sponsor the next three books, I will take those sponsorship dollars.