A Long Overdue Update

Well, 2016 is more than half over… Summer is coming to an end, with the older kids’ classes beginning on Monday and the youngest starting high school the beginning of September. The year has been flying by, that’s for sure. It’s been a busy year – with the day jobs, a kid graduating, planning an exciting trip I’m taking with my mom, and more – and it’s also a year of making big changes – tough changes but ones that will allow me to focus more on writing and actually getting books out. Took me a bit longer than I thought it would to get to this point, but it’s all coming together, and I’m able to write more regularly now.

kermit Which is exactly what I wanted, so who cares how long it took, right? I’m where I want to be now, and that’s what I’m focusing on.

So what can you expect from me?

Well, my next release will be a Bound book. I expect to release Safeword Protected this fall, and I’ll announce a specific release date as soon as I can.

I’m also working on Into the Deep, book four in my Albion’s Circle series. My original plan was to release this in September, but I’ve had to push that back a bit. It will definitely release this year, though.

It sucks in a big way to delay a release, and I hate doing it, so very much. But, I want to put out the best books I possibly can, and rushing the process (writing and editing and all that goes into getting the book ready for publication) isn’t the way to do that.

So… a Bound book and the next Albion’s Circle book in 2016. For 2017? Still in the planning stages, and I’ll share what I can when I can,  but, for now, I can say Albion’s Circle will come to a close early next year, and I’m very, very excited about that. That series has been and continues to be a labor of love for me.

And that’s it from me for now, friends. 🙂
Until next time,

~Jess

Wednesday Randomness: When I Knew I Wanted to be a Writer

Happy Wednesday!

This is coming late because Blogger has decided to hate me – seriously, what did I ever do to you!? But, I shall persevere and this post will be put up!

So this week’s topic is about how and when I knew I wanted to be a writer. Easy because I don’t really remember a time when I didn’t want to write and tell stories.

I remember when I was younger and didn’t like the way a book, TV show or movie ended or developed, I’d make up my own ending or rewrite it how *I* thought it should go (OMG, I’ve been doing fanfic long before I even knew what it was *gasp*)

I’d lay in bed and tell my younger sister these revamped stories. Or make up stories involving us and our celebrity crushes at the time…absolutely mortifying when I think back on it.

In high school, I wrote and wrote and wrote. When I probably should have been paying attention in class. Whoops. I had notebooks filled with stories (truly horrendous stories, I might add, but all part of the journey, yeah?)

Writing was always a part of my life but for a long time it was shoved to the back burner as I went about my life–because writing as a career? I didn’t think that was a possibility. I had my kids and was mom, but still wrote as often as I could. It was more recently, when deciding what I was going to do since my kid were in school ful time, that I (with the incredible support and encouragement from my pretty amazing husband) decided, why not? Why couldn’t I make writing my career? It was all I ever wanted to do. Now, I’m blessed enough to be able to do what I love every day and call it my job. Lucky, lucky me. 🙂
And that’s that from me. Be sure to go and check out Bronwyn Green’s blog and find out her story!
Until next week.
Hugs
Jess