It’s been SEVERAL months since I released my last book.  Constant State of Disaster was published in September.  Since then, I’ve been featured in three different anthologies, but I’ve yet to publish a new book.  It was just after that last publication that I got into the freelance ebook formatting, and I spent November and December knee-deep in jobs.

Not so, anymore.  I am busting my BUTT this month (and in 2012 in general) to get some work done.  I’m determined to find that sweet spot of balance between formatting and writing so that I can further my career as an author yet continue to do the formatting, which is something I very much enjoy.

What I am MOST excited about in 2012 is my transition into the young adult genre.  The next book I’m publishing is my debut YA, Heaven Below.  While I AM using a pen name to set my YA novels apart from my regular adult novels, I am NOT keeping the names secret and separate.  I will market my YA under my real name, and both names are mentioned in both author bios.

Description:

Hate is what drives mankind, but have you ever stopped to consider that one day, love will be our salvation?

When sixteen-year-old Kelli McNeil sets into motion an ancient prophecy from an extinct civilization, memories of past lives return to her. As the dreams intensify, Kelli discovers that she is the answer to the renewal of her lost race and without her, her kind will never rise again.

In every memory and dream is a man: Sebastian, whom she loves…and fears.  When she meets him in the present-day, Kelli can’t help but fall for the man she feels she’s always known. But there is more to it than love and the fate of her people. Because in every incarnation, Bastian isn’t only her true love—he’s also her murderer.

I’m am currently working on incorporating edits for Heaven Below (edited by Sarah Billington) and have set a tentative release date of January 31.

The Heaven Below cover is by Christine DeMaio-Rice of Flip City Covers.

In the same vein, I’m co-writing a book with YA author Julia Crane!  We are both super excited to finish and release this book.  It takes a pretty damn good book for me to say it’s good–and Eternal Youth is AMAZING.

We’re not releasing a blurb or anything yet, but we have the high hope we’ll be releasing the book by Valentine’s Day.  It’s been a blast working with Julia, and I hope this is only the first of many books we can write together.  My favorite author, Jenny Crusie, has co-written several books with the same two authors :)

The cover for Eternal Youth is by my regular cover artist, Stephanie Mooney.

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On the regular adult genre front, I have four upcoming books I’d like to see published between now and summer.  I haven’t decided in which order they’ll be published because only the muses have control over that.

Flipping Spouses will be my second chick lit release, and it is certainly more chick-litty than Constant State of Disaster (which is a little wilder).  Flipping Spouses is a good ole Southern chick lit.

Description:

Beth Ann Jordan’s career as a psychologist hasn’t turned out exactly as she planned.

Instead of an office with a small, discreet clientele, Beth Ann runs “Flipping Spouses”, a spousal rehabilitation program in which she moves in and “flips” the spouse, much like normal people do with houses.  But Beth Ann is the antithesis of normal—her success has made her a nationwide celebrity and her list of clients is growing by the day.  She hasn’t had a vacation in months.

Finnegan O’Malley hasn’t been happy in his marriage for some time.  When a job overseas takes him away for several weeks, he comes to the realization that it’s time to leave his overbearing wife.  When he returns, however, Finnegan finds it isn’t his wife waiting at home, it’s Beth Ann Jordan—and she’s the hottest thing he’s ever seen.

Beth Ann is going to find this is one spouse she can’t flip…

My cover artist, Stephanie, is currently finishing the cover.  It’s MAGICAL!

Disembodied is my first time treading water in the thriller genre.  I’m pretty proud of not only the concept, but the execution — it’s turning out  to be a really good book.  The main character is a ghost 😀

Disembodied is going to be a bittersweet release for two reasons: One — the concept behind the book came from my incessant dreams of my cousin and confidante, Cory, in the year after his death.  And Two — When I started writing this book last spring, I named one of the primary characters Keegan, after my cousin (because I loved his name).  Keegan, who was Cory’s little brother.  Then, 6-yr-old Keegan passed away this past summer.  A lot of my heart and soul has gone into this book.

I don’t have a blurb for it yet, but this amazing cover was done by author and cover artist, Athanasios Galanis who is a reallly cool dude and someone I consider a friend.

My third and most exciting release will be Mother of All, the first book in my Hedgewitch mystery series.  I don’t have a cover or blurb yet, but it is the first in what I hope to be a six book series.  The protagonist is the character from The Darkest Night — my IE holiday collection story.  I spent last Saturday with my photographer, Meagan Logsdon, and my cover model, Libby Eilers, taking some frakking cool pictures for the covers.  I’m stoked to get the pics back and choose my favorites.  As soon as I have the right pic, it’s off to Stephanie for the cover!

I am putting all of my focus on Hedgewitch currently, and hope to release it before Disembodied and Flipping Spouses.

The IE will also be releasing a new anthology in March titled “The Celtic Collection”.

And that’s all she wrote folks.  These books will keep me busy right up til June, I’m sure, at which time I’ll sit down and come up with a plan for the rest of the year.