WisRWA Write Touch Conference special

Well, I’ll be off tomorrow for the Wisconsin Romance Writers of America Write Touch Conference for a weekend of hobnobbing with my fellow writing wizards. You can find out all about it here: http://www.wisrwa.org/conference.html

I am so looking forward to it.

At last year’s conference I gave away a copy of There’s No Such Thing As Werewolves to everyone that attended. This year I’m giving away a copy of the sequel, The Forsaken Templar, to everyone that attends…and to everyone who can’t attend.

small Templar cover

That’s right. Even if you can’t attend the conference you can get your free copy of The Forsaken Templar. I’ve put the Kindle version on sale today through Monday for $.00. Free! Go get yours now, before they run out. (Okay, they won’t run out. It’s an ebook.) You can get it here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0081S8LPO

Now, I have to go pack.

Until next time,

Steve

Winter projects

It’s shaping up to be a great winter for writing. This morning I sent the newly formatted and pre-edited copy of Son of Thunder off to Soul Mate Publishing. I am so looking forward to working with one of their editors to really polish my baby.

My next goal will be to finish Seeds of Immortality, the third book in my Demons Rising series. I am very close to the end and hope to have it done, edited and to my beta readers before Thanksgiving.

After that I plan to concentrate on Daughter of Darkness, the sequel to Son of Thunder.

On top of all that, I have two very exciting projects in the works. I was discussing a concept I had with a couple of my fellow RWA romance writers. The idea is that I co-write a novel with one of them. They would write the female perspective in the book and I would write the male perspective. We would alternate chapters and see if anything materialized. Two of the ladies said they’d be interested in the project so about the middle of September, one of them and I started writing a paranormal-erotic-thriller we’re calling Mind Games. We’re 20 chapters in and I think the story is fantastic. A few weeks ago the second author jumped on board and we began a YA action-adventure novel. It’s been a fun challenge for me to jump between the two stories and I am excited about what we’re producing. I will bring you more information on these projects as they move forward.

Now, that should be plenty to occupy me right through the end of the year and beyond, however certain characters, from the other novels I have on the back burners, have started calling to me lately. They really want to tell their stories.

It looks like my New Year’s Resolution this year will be to be prolific.

Stay tuned,

Steve

 

The hazy days of summer.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks and I realized this morning just how long it has been since i updated this blog. Sorry about that. It was nice to keep the Book Trailer front and center for the past few weeks. I have received some nice comments on it and am very happy with how it came out.

June 1st – 3rd I attended the WisRWA Write Touch Conference. It was an excellent experience. Over 90 romance writers getting together to talk writing, publishing and the romance genre. I met two other male romance writers, and felt complete acceptance from the entire group. I did my first author signing, in a room filled with other published romance authors. It was quite exciting, and I think it went well. I was also able to pitch two agents that attended the conference, and received a request for a full read of Son of Thunder. It’s a very reputable agency. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my search for a new agent is coming to a close.

Overall I came out charged up and ready to dive into the next Demons Rising novella: Knight of the night. This is the story of Salina Frye (from Werewolves) and Ryan Chamberlain (from Templar) and deals with the events following the closing of the demon gate. As the ravaged Arcanist and Templar forces seek to deal with the rising demon domination of their world, the rival groups need to put aside three thousand years of animosity and learn to work together. Expect some real fireworks.

Oh, and there’s one last thing:

FREE, FREE, FREE, FREE, FREE…

I have decided to put the Kindle version of Swiftly Beats the Heart for free starting Wednesday (6/13) and running through Sunday (6/17), so if you are new to my blog, or just missed it in February, here’s a chance to add it to your Kindle collection.

Until next time,

Steve

A time to dig in.

I can’t remember a time I’ve been so enthusiastic about anything. This feels good, it feels right and while at times it feels like I’m not making progress, I do feel the quality and quantity of my writing picking up. Over the past few weeks I’ve added over 30,000 words to my novel Amulet of the Fallen God. I passed the 84,000 word mark today and am starting to see the end in sight. I am so proud of my characters. Sure, I knew where the primary characters were heading, but so many times my minor characters stepped up to play roles I never envisioned at the start of this work. As I get to know them better more story arcs open up and my little world expands.

Yes, my characters speak to me. If that makes me crazy, I don’t want to be sane. I would especially like to thank my villains for a level of evil and wickedness I could never have come up with on my own. Malnik saved his own life at the end because, well, he’s just too much fun to write, to kill off…yet. And then there’s Tallon. Wait until you meet this guy.

Anyway, things go well in my life and my alternate universe. I got word that my contract and check for A Requiem for Poseidon will be in the mail within the next two weeks. Still no time frame for publication though. I have submitted Son of Thunder to the RWA Golden Heart contest, and sent out There’s no such thing as Werewolves to a publisher that advertized it was looking for Novellas.

Happy Holidays to everyone who stops by. I look for good things in the New Year.

Steve

The season of writing

Wow, it’s been a while since I updated this blog. Really sorry about that. The good news is that I’ve done quite a bit of writing in that time. I recently completed and submitted a superhero romance entitled Cheetah and Zoom: A very fast romance. I also packaged up and sent out my novel, Son of Thunder, to the RWA Golden Heart contest.

I have recently joined the RWA, the WisRWA , the WRA and a wonderful writers group out of Eagle River, WI. So I’ve started my networking as well.

Two weeks ago I got my contract from Circlet Press, signed it and sent it off, so I’m looking forward to my first payment as a professional author. (I get giddy just thinking about it)

Recently I’ve gone back to writing my fantasy novel, Amulet of the Fallen God. I’m making great progress hitting the 55,000 word mark in the projected 90,000-110,000 word manuscript. I feel my characters are strong and my storyline compelling…but that’s just me. I’m looking forward to getting it somewhat finished and sending it out to my beta readers for their input.

Snow is falling today here in Tomahawk which means I am entering the Season of Writing. Winter means less distractions and more face time with my computer. My plan is to finish my fantasy novel and to write a completely new romance before the spring thaw. That is unless I get a sale or some other project takes me by surprise.

Okay, enough for now. Back to writing.

Steve