When Life Interferes

Me Monday

I’ve been having a rough time lately. When your only job isn’t writing, it’s easy for the other things to take over your writing time and derail your story. I edit books for other people too. And most of the time, I enjoy it, but just like with writing, I get in slumps where every word edited feels like a victory, especially if I get a particularly difficult case.

Right now, I’m in an editing and writing slump. I’m mentally exhausted between the pressure on myself to make a fantastic book 2 that lives up to book 1 of The Bearer of Truth series and my oldest child, who is in advanced math, has a teacher who does not teach them, so I’m spending an hour to an hour-and-a-half of my writing time every night teaching algebra. I’m just tired.

On top of it all, I’m going through the process of getting my youngest son diagnosed and assessed for his delays. I’ve had meetings with developmental pediatricians, assessment appointments, this week it’s the geneticist, or maybe that’s next week? I don’t know; it’s all in my calendar. My life is just a little off the rails.

That being said, I had lunch with a friend yesterday while our daughters were dancing, and we were talking about the story. She’s a fan of the books, and we were just chatting about the characters, what’s going to happen in book 2 (generally, I didn’t want to give anything away), and who her favorite characters are. (She loves Evander, funnily enough. Most people are not his biggest fan these days. She said she likes that he’s just so clueless.) It’s re-energized me as far as the story goes, so let’s hope that translates to words.

So I’m writing this with a huge cup of coffee in my hand, two books in my editing queue, and mine to hopefully finish by the end of the week and send to an alpha reader. I am close. I don’t think this one is going to be quite as long as book 1, but I tend to add words during my self-edits and alpha/beta read process. The first time I reached the end of book 1 it was 85K; it published at 95K. I already know some things I need to add in that I missed. I’m at 67K now, and I have the beats I need to hit written down, now I just have to get there.

Today, I write.

Teasers for A Blaze in the Dark

My newest release is live! I think these came out so nicely! Angsty G designed them. Leslie Copeland added the words.

Thanks for listening to me ramble!

~ Miranda

Already Screwed It Up

I know I was supposed to be starting my new posting schedule here this week, but obviously, I did not. My kids have been sick all week, and I’ve accomplished nothing during that time. I also haven’t really read much to recommend. I reread some old favorites, and that’s about it. So I’m going to combine a Me Monday post and a Watch Out Wednesday.

Me Monday on a Wednesday

News! I will be doing a cover reveal on February 1st here. This cover was hard for me because this book is still Urban Fantasy even if it does have a more standard romance bent than the series because it’s a Valentine’s Day story…sort of. You’ll have to read to see why I say sort of, but I will tell you this story does have a lot of the elements people seemed to love in the main The Bearer of Truth series.

Since it also is the story of how Antonio and Bain met and fell in love, it will be classified as a romance as well as fantasy novel. Unlike the ones in my main series that I do not market as romance because the romance is a subplot, this book has a solid HFN/HEA ending. So the cover is less Urban Fantasy and a bit more Romance.

Excerpt

Unedited Copyright 2019 Miranda Turner

Looking down at the phone Antonio gave him, Bain worried. Antonio had been called away for a mission a few days ago, and Bain hadn’t heard from him in over forty-eight hours. That wasn’t like Antonio at all. Every time he’d been called away before, Antonio had made sure to check in daily. He knew how afraid Bain was to be there alone. Bain’s brain would start playing tricks on him when he was alone. He’d hear noises, see things, become convinced things had moved, and eventually, he’d lock himself in his room to stay safe. He was proud of himself that he was still functioning. Maybe he was getting better.

Pacing the house from one end to the other, Bain tried to work out his anxiety through motion. He probably shouldn’t rely so much on Antonio. What would he do if he didn’t come back? He didn’t even know anyone else who hadn’t done terrible things to him. Where would he go? Running for the bathroom, Bain got to the toilet just in time. After the heaving stopped, he moved over to the sink and rinsed his mouth out several times. Looking up in the mirror, Bain caught sight of his drawn and haggard appearance.

What a sight he’d be for Antonio to come home to; he’d be more likely to scare the man than entice him.

Walking back out to the living room, Bain picked up his phone and checked it again. When the blank screen once again mocked him, he curled up on the corner of the couch and stared toward the front door, willing Antonio to come through it. As the hours passed, Bain didn’t move from his post, begging any god or goddess who would listen to return Antonio home to him whole.

The shadows were stretching across the room when his phone finally chimed. Picking it up quickly, Bain saw one word…

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Watch Out Wednesday

Since my week has been so crazy, I haven’t had time to write any reviews. Instead, I’m going to post my favorite new-to-me book I read this last week, a fantastic PNR, and a great contemporary with the twist of being a MMMM where the relationship actually feels equal. Shock and awe, I know.


New-To-Me Book ~ I have book two for this one waiting on my Kindle for a spare moment. I love the world building here, and I even like that one of the MCs is a lovable asshole.
Messenger – The Shifter War Book 1
PNR ~ Love the characters and the concept of meeting your soulmate in your dreams before you meet them in reality, especially if they might be scary. I always enjoy M.A. Church’s books.
Night’s Fall – The Mystic Bay Series
This book managed to be both rough and sweet. There were moments of pain and beauty scattered throughout, and this very talented author managed to mix them all together to create a relationship that felt amazingly equal between four men.
Four Ever

That’s all for me for today! I’ll be back Friday with a cover reveal! Otherwise, I’m going into my writer cave for the rest of the week.