So many promos! Now back to me :)

I thought I’d check in and ramble about myself and my work for a little bit to break up the other indie folk.

That said this cross-promotion thing is amazing. All the great writers that I’m showing off are also showing off Larkspur. In October I had 160+ downloads, 101 in November, and in December I have 425 so far, and it’s only the 4th! I’m sure I have a few more promos set up for December too, and I’m not-so-secretly hoping to break 1000.

I have most of the major scenes for Delphinium written and pretty polished, now I’m just trying to tie them all together coherently. Sometimes I explain something in a chapter only to find that I wrote something similar already, so that all has to be fixed and redone. Some of the chapters take place over a day and others might be several weeks and I need to summarize, or expand, and make it flow right. I’m feeling really good about this story though- I have fewer “this sucks, what the hell am I even doing” days than I used to have. The story itself, by the way, takes place over 4 months and almost a week. I am gradually scaling up the time for each book, Aconitella should take place over a year and a half, and a few of the vaguely plotted stories for after the Larkspur series may cover five to ten years. I am working with a lot of time, generations here, so going week by week might not be the best idea in the world.

The Wolf Within has been put aside so I can wrap up Delphinium, but it will be written alongside Aconitella. I want to try dealing with more than one world at once, outside of Scenes. And even with Scenes I tend to fall back into the realm I’m working on at the moment. I’ve not been able to stick to another realm long enough for a good coherent Scene in a while (sorry about that).

I do have a pretty finished opening page to The Wolf Within though, so I’ll go ahead and share that here! 🙂

The pups were coming out of the den. They were less than a moon old and had only opened their eyes a few days past, but the alpha-mother was letting them come to meet the rest of the pack. Their alpha-father stood at the opening of the den, tail wagging his entire body as he made himself wait for his mate and puppies to appear. It was their first litter.
The other two wolves of the pack stood further back, not part of the family and not wishing to intrude, though keeping away from new puppies had proved too difficult to overcome entirely.

Alpha-mother came out first and greeted her mate. An uncertain whining was heard from the den and she yipped, telling her little ones that it was safe. Alpha-father had had enough waiting and stuck his head into the den, sniffing and licking the bundles of fur. He grabbed one by the scruff and pulled him out, setting him down before covering him again in licks.

The other two siblings ran out then and all descended on their father, licking at the corners on his mouth and pressing to him, showing him deference and love.

“Come,” the alpha-mother said to the two sitting off to the side. She nudged one of the puppies, a solid black one, in their direction if her beckoning had not been enough. “You are pack too.”

The elder, a golden wolf with suspiciously blue eyes, looked to the younger white wolf before taking a step forward.

The black puppy moved to him, tail low but swishing, shy and trying not to show her fear. The golden wolf dipped his head and licked her in greeting, and she nuzzled him back.

“Smell different.” The pup sneezed and stood back to look at the other pack members, then back to his mother. “Wolf-not-wolf.”

“Man-wolf,” his father explained. “Pack.”

The golden wolf laid down to be less intimidating and all the pups decided it would be a grand idea to tackle him at once.

Finally the black pup went over to the white wolf and sniffed her curiously. She was different than the golden wolf still, and reminded her of her parents in how she sat.

“Alpha-not-wolf?” she asked.

Her father walked over and bent his head, exposing his neck. “Man-wolf queen. She is the alpha of all the alphas. Wolf and man-wolf.”

The queen nudged alpha-father to stand and snorted in annoyance. “I am still young, and a guest of your father’s. I am not here as his alpha.”

Hope everyone is having a great Christmas season! ❤

DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN #2 – Geraldine Evans

DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN #2 RAFFERTY & LLEWELLYN BRITISH DETECTIVE
MYSTERY SERIES.

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A Little Laughter. A Little Mayhem. A Little MURDER…

For those who like cozy mysteries, humorous mysteries and police procedurals.

When beautiful Barbara Longman is found dead in a meadow, uprooted wild flowers strewn about her and, in her hand, a single marigold, British Detective Joe Rafferty at first believes the murder may be the work of the serial killer over the county border in Suffolk.

But then he meets the victim’s family – and after liaising with the Suffolk police, he rapidly comes to believe that the mystery killing is the work of a copycat…one much closer to home; someone among the descendants of the long-dead family patriarch, Maximillian Shore.

Everyone, it seems, had a motive: Henry the grieving widower; the victim’s brother-in-law Charles Shore, the ruthless tycoon; Henry’s first wife, the Bohemian Anne, who has lost the custody of her teenage son, to the saintly Barbara.

Even the long-dead patriarch, Maximillian Shore, seems, to Rafferty, to have some involvement in the murder, though how, or why, Rafferty doesn’t understand until he finally grasps the truth behind the reasons for the killing. A truth sad and dreadful and which had been evident from the start, if only he had had the eyes to see.

BLACK FRIDAY BARGAIN @ 99c (Was $1.80). Book #1 in the series (Dead
Before Morning) is FREE in the US and UK.

Amazon.com Link:
http://www.amazon.com/Down-Among-Dead-Men-Detective-ebook/dp/B0042P53NS/ref=asap_B009W1W0N8_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417005876&sr=1-3

The Mayonnaise Murders, part 2 – Keith Owens (Black Friday indie author sale)

KEITH OWENS
BOOK TITLE: THE MAYONNAISE MURDERS PART 2
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Genre: Science fiction/fantasy/humorous/detective mystery
Author: Keith A. Owens
Author Website: keithaowens.com
Twitter: @MayoMadd
Page Count: 332 pages
Publishing Date: Oct. 15, 2014
ISBN: 1502857014
Discount Price: $5
“The saga continues as a crew of angry mutant chickens collaborate with the critters from Planet 10 and a group of ambitious drug dealers in Denver to inflict the alien drug MayoMadd upon a planet of unsuspecting humans as revenge on behalf of the human/chicken hybrids for an experiment that went horribly wrong. This is a science fiction/fantasy/detective mystery with a lot of humor thrown in for one wild, offbeat ride.”
The Mayonnaise Murders Part 2 is here! I know it’s been almost a year since Part 1, but I wanted to get this just right. I’m really hoping you’ll find it worth the wait. I’m not kidding, I had a ball writing this, so if you have half as much fun reading it as I did writing it then I’ll consider it a win.

Meanwhile, take a ride with Chapter 1 for free here on my website. For your patience.

Oh, and for those of you who have not yet read The Mayonnaise Murders Part 1, it’s on sale for just 99 cents for the next two weeks on Amazon:

BLOODY BLOODY MESS IN THE WILD WILD WEST – JUSTIN BIENVENUE

JUSTIN BIENVENUE
BLOODY BLOODY MESS IN THE WILD WILD WEST
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If your like me, you’ve probably stuffed yourself silly with turkey and eaten a whole bunch of food and don’t feel like going out anywhere! Well relax and stay inside and do your cyber shopping on Black Friday. If your up for it take a trip into the Wild West and experience a Western drenched in Horror. A Bloody Bloody Mess is a great treat for Western and Horror fans alike. What happens when a ruthless, no good, down and dirty Mexican outlaw makes his way into a desolate town looking to take over and turn it into a ghost town? The same thing that happens when an up and coming, bright eager young man steps out of his late father’s shadow and brings the town together to stop him. They battle in and all out bloody war. Javier Bones Jones leads his team of the undead against Emerson Shaw and the people of Toomswood, who will prevail?
Don’t be a turkey, eat it and do yourself a favor, entertain yourself and get in on a great deal and pick up a copy of A Bloody Bloody Mess In The Wild Wild West

https://www.createspace.com/4241547
http://jbienvenue.webs.com/

Book two – Stacy Claflin’s book Gone is free

STACY CLAFLIN
GONE

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Macy Mercer only wants a little independence. Eager to prove herself grown up, she goes to a dark, secluded park. She’s supposed to meet the boy of her dreams who she met online. But the cute fifteen year old was a fantasy, his pictures fake. She finds herself face to face with Chester Woodran, a man capable of murder.

Distraught over his own missing daughter, Chester insists that Macy replace his lost girl. He locks Macy up, withholds food, and roughs her up, demanding that she call him dad. Under duress from his constant threats and mind games, her hold on reality starts to slip. Clinging to her memories is the only way of holding onto her true identity, not believing that she is Chester’s daughter. Otherwise she may never see her family again.

 
 

Black Friday Book Sale!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I’m getting ready to start making all the delicious food, but thought I’d tell y’all of a sale tomorrow. A bunch of authors from KBoards got together, swapped summaries and covers, and are going to promote each other on their blogs/facebook/twitter this Friday! So if you’re looking for some new books to pass the time this weekend pop by tomorrow and pick up some new novels 🙂