You know those moments in life when you “think” things are going well: you’re finally getting a handle on things, you’ve made excellent decisions to help your life run smoother, and you just have to get through this last month? Then BAM, tree to the face. I’m in one of those moments right now.
I recently posted of my decision to shut down most of my editing business because it was hurting my writing. It was hurting it more than I knew. I’ve already pushed this book back once because of family illness in February, then in March we were hit with Influenza A and it took us out. Through all of that, I wrote a book…badly.
Don’t get me wrong, the story has great bones, and it’s fixable. But it definitely needs fixed. I’m worried that I will lose you guys through this process of me finding the right balance in my life between editing, family, and writing, but I at least believe I have finally found it, which will alleviate these problems in the future and allow me to hit my deadlines.
As for today, today I must say I’m delaying my book to give you the best book possible. I don’t want to let you guys down, and I don’t want to let my characters down. That’s exactly what I’d be doing if I didn’t take the time to fix what’s broken. I hope you’ll stay with me, and while I’m hoping for the release to still occur in May, I’m making no definitive date announcements until it’s with my editor.
But I will show you the full cover by the amazing Lou Harper as a bonus.
The book is live! You can find it here. I hope you all enjoy Antonio and Bain’s story. I love the way they love each other.
Bain never thought he’d escape the prison he’d lived in for
the last five years. He spent his days chained up like an animal, and his
nights…they were better not spoken about. Until one day Antonio came stumbling
into his darkness, lighting a fire in his soul and giving him a chance at a new
Antonio loved his position as a Bellator, and he loved his
brother Luc; it was Luc’s friends he could do without. When he came upon an emaciated
and beaten boy at his brother’s best friend David’s house, he knew he had to
get him out of there. Risking his place on his team, his relationship with his
brother, and even death was something he’d never regret. After all, Bain was
Antonio’s sodalis vitae, and soulmates were forever.
The small problem of Bain being a member of the Tenebrix,
the Bellators’ mortal enemies, was nothing compared to what could happen if
David found out where he was. But Antonio won’t let anything—race, being hunted
by his own kind, or Bain’s fears—keep him from finally claiming his mate on
This novella is a
standalone in The Bearer of Truth world and takes place three years before
Shadowing the Light. Antonio and Bain do appear in The BoT series as side
characters, but you do not need to have read those books to read this one or
I’m going to be here on the 9th from 7pm to 8pm. There will be several other authors too. Along with giveaways, we’re each offering 500 word flashfic about one of our characters on Valentine’s Day. I hope to see you there!
When I was looking for subject matter for my blog tour for Shadowing the Light, I decided it would be fun to share background information that would never make it into my books. I shared small snippets on the blog tour, but I’m going to expand and further explain here in weekly posts. There will also be updates about my writing progress, publication dates, takeovers, promo, etc., but this is something that I’m really excited to share with you.
The Boring Stuff ;P
Let’s take care of the housekeeping first. Here are my updates and announcements:
I’ll be finishing A Blaze in the Dark, Antonio and Bain’s novella, today, self-edits tomorrow, and off to the beta and editor. The novellas will be published as a separate series because of Amazon’s lovely numbering rules. Tentative publication date: February 7th.
January 30 – February 3 ~ I will be completely unplugged. My kids’ dad is coming into town and I’m retreating to an Airbnb with lots of snacks and my laptop to try to reach the end on book 2 of Gabriel and Evander. I have big plans to rework the first half of the book that I’ve already written before then because I realized I don’t quite like how I was approaching it, and I will hopefully add a few more new words and be ready for the home stretch when I lock myself away.
I will not be sending out newsletters for a while because of the pesky physical address rule. While I love you all, I’m not sending out my home address to strangers. As soon as I’m able to maintain a PO Box, I’ll do newsletters. In the meantime, you can follow me here.
Part 1 – Immortal Warriors Creation
Before humans walked the earth, it
was an inhospitable place. The waters boiled, the lava flowed, earthquakes
shook the land, and a war raged. Daemons and Angeli were pitted against each
other in an eternal battle neither side could win. For centuries they roamed
the earth, destroying everything in their path, fighting on the wind and sea, devastating
the planet, but neither good nor evil ever triumphed.
The Creator and Lucifer became
weary over the centuries; the constant struggle for supremacy weighed heavily
upon them, and they lost heart. They were ready to lay down their weapons,
rest, and try to enjoy their immortal lives without the constant bloodshed. Calling
a temporary truce, they met at a neutral location and made the decision to
retreat from the earth and ban Daemons and Angeli from roaming there. They
would bring the earth back to life and create others who would live and thrive
on the surface and not require their control but be free to live as they saw fit.
To police the Earth, maintain the
balance, and keep the Angeli and Daemons away, they each created their own set
of immortal warriors. The Creator brought the Bellator Luminis into being, and Lucifer
the Tenebrix Meam. The Bellators would defend the light, fight off the
darkness, and be a force for good in the world. The Tenebrix would oppose the
light and spread darkness, for without darkness, the light cannot be
When creating these special
immortal warriors, the Creator and Lucifer decided to give them traits of both
celestial beings and humans. Bellators would have a mixture of the Angeli’s
blind faith in the Creator and the human gift of freewill. The Tenebrix would
have the same human gift and a deep commitment to Lucifer’s agenda. It was when
they were sent to earth that problems began to arise.
Living among the humans, the
immortal warriors began to long for their ability to create bonds with one
another and have relationships and families. These were privileges that had
been denied the warriors by the rules which governed their existence. This
dissatisfaction led to them becoming apathetic and endangered the balance. The
Creator and Lucifer met once again and decided to combat their warriors’
dissatisfaction by granting them mates and allowing the Bellators and Tenebrix
to breed future generations instead of expending the energy to keep creating
them. The only rule was they must stay away from the humans and any others not
of their own kind.
However, in their rush to fix the problem, they had forgotten one important fact: the choice of their warriors’ mates was not up to them. Mates were under the purview of the Fates.
I hope you enjoyed the immortal warriors creation story. I’m going to go deeper into it and talk about everything from how things got twisted between them to maybe some Gabriel things that won’t make it into the books.