Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Ahhh. The day when the whole world becomes Irish. And invariably hungover.

That aside, it’s Friday, which is blog day. Sometimes I rant. Sometimes I just have news and updates. Today’s post is more of the latter and less of the former. Luckily, I’ve been too busy with book stuff to really notice what’s going on with the world, but I did see that Donald Trump is trying to intellectually hamstring the American people by defunding public arts and humanities aka Sesame Street and everything else that PBS and NPR has to offer. 

WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS? WHY WOULD YOU TAKE AWAY SESAME STREET?

If you want to save Big Bird, I’d suggest you sign the petition here.

And if you’re feeling really generous, go give NPR some money love because god knows they are going to need all the help they can get. Try this link.

Okay so let’s resume normal broadcasting . . .

What else is going on so you ask? What is looming on the horizon?

Hang out with me tomorrow night, Saturday, March 18th from 5-6PM EST

Yep, that’s right. I will be one of several authors taking part in the Book Nymph PR’s March Round up party. I’ll be online to talk about all things the Shining Ones, my upcoming paranormal romance novella in the Sultry & Sinful anthology, and also doing a reading from my new project, code name “Felix and Rose”. There might be some games and there will definitely be prizes now that new Shining Ones t-shirts have arrived hurrah! So maybe I’ll see you there.

Shining Ones t-shirts have arrived. WOO HOO.

Technically, you’re not winning a t-shirt. It’s the only image I had. Sorry!

If you didn’t see my post on Facebook, I’ve got brand new Shining Ones t-shirts. Technically, they are meant to be for events and shows BUT if you really REALLY want one, I will ship them to you if you can’t make it to one of my events or shows. The cost is $16 and that includes shipping & PP fees. You will need to paypal me – shawnee@shawneesmall.com and don’t forget to tell me which Unisex S, M, L, X-LG size you’re after and your postal address. 

There’s going to be a release party for Sultry & Sinful: The Femmes of Paranormal.

Yep. Us authors love to party. It’s online, of course, but you should come join us, it’s going to be awesome sauce. Tuesday, April 18th starting at noon. I’ll be on from 1-2PM EST so sneak a peak while the boss isn’t looking. Be forewarned – this is a saucy lot. There may be NSFW content. Just sayin’. In addition, there are going to be some amazing giveaways including a grand prize for one lucky winner that includes a Kindle, books and a $50 Amazon gift card.

If you haven’t pre-ordered your copy of Sultry & Sinful, why not? It’s only $.99 during pre-order. Support your indie authors, and we’ll keep writing awesome stories (again these are scorching hot – just so you know).

Okay, that’s it for me. Have a festive St. Paddy’s and remember to drink plenty of water, folks.

xo shawnee

 

 

 

Back up and Running

As some of you probably sussed out, my blog has been inactive since before Christmas. Unfortunately, this was a side effect of the new website construction. All my old blog posts were imported into the new site  at the end of last year as it was being built, and rather than create more work for my developer who would then have to re-import my new blog posts, I took a hiatus. A pretty long one.

But now we’re back. Hurrah. New book out, new website, new novella coming in April, new series announcement and a big box set. Phew! Lots going on in 2017. So in order, here’s what’s been going on:

Betrayer is live in case you didn’t see the announcements plastered all over my social media. The 3rd book in the Shining Ones series is out and available wide, which means you can find it on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. You can also find it in paperback here. One more book after this, folks. Destroyer is the end of the series. And it’s going to be a real corker . . .

New website is up. I think you probably guessed that as you looked around. Not too shabby and much better for mobile and tablets. As always if you need my immediate attention, best to find me on Facebook or Twitter. And now unfortunately Instagram, too.

My new novella, The Seduction of Violette Tournaline, is now available for pre-order as part of Sultry & Sinful: The Femmes of Paranormal for just $.99. This is a steamy lesbian and menage romance anthology so you’ve been warned. But as you know, I’m more lighter on that side of things and so mine is more kitten than tiger in that respect. It’s still a good story and might have a tie in with the Shining Ones, but then that would be telling, wouldn’t it?

New series announcement coming in the next couple of months. I’m currently working on the first book in that series, code named “Felix and Rose”. If you’ve been keeping up with me on Facebook or Twitter, you know I’ve been toying with this story for a while. I’ll release more details as the book takes shape, but look for an October 2017 release. I’m super excited about this book. It really is going back to my goth roots.

Super mailing list . . . holy wow. My mailing list has gone nuts, and I’m in awe that so many of you want to keep in touch. It means a lot to me – you’re now my people. And I take care of my own so I’ve got a lot of surprises in store for you guys starting this month. Exclusive freebies, swags, giveaways until the end of 2017. Just for you. Be on the lookout for my very first welcome email on my birthday, March 14th. Woo hoo. Birthday cake for all! Well, not quite, but there will still be pressies . . . shhhhhhh.

And last bit of news. I’m now on Instagram. Unwillingly. Who really wants to see pictures of my breakfast, but that’s okay. Maybe I’ll find something decent to photograph if I ever leave my desk. Stranger things have happened.

It’s good to be back. I’ve missed you guys. See you next week, maybe sooner.

 

xo shawnee

Happy Holidays

I just wanted to take a quick second to say . . .

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE.

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Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend. May Santa bring you whatever your heart desires, whether you’ve been naughty or nice. (I’d know what I’d prefer!)

While we’re at it, let’s say goodbye to 2016. What a year, right? Most of us will be happy to see it go.

And to 2017? Well, hello cutie. You’re looking rather attractive right now. Let’s be friends and see where it goes.

 

Have a good one, everyone!

 

xo

shawnee

Je ne regrette rien.

I think I’m not in the right frame of mind to write a blog post as I just wrote probably the longest ranty blog post in my entire indie career. It was spectacular. I swore. I mean I swore A LOT. And I was super evil. That’s normally not me. At least not in public. When it can bite me in the ass. You know what I mean. I deleted the whole thing.

So I’m not going to re-visit my topic(indie authorship, if you can believe it). And I’m not going to allow my brain to go down that rabbit hole right now when I’m obviously already functioning on lots of stress and little sleep. Always a bad mix.

I’ll keep this short and to just updates, some of which you won’t like, but I can’t help that. I have worked so hard, and feel like I’m running in place right now. Kinda depressing, but it’s only a momentary set back. The only way forward is forward and all that.

Anyhow . . .

  1. Betrayer release will be delayed until mid-January, possibly later, but will be out before February 2017.
  2. The new website is also going to be a little later than expected with a launch date around the same time as Betrayer. Gathering assets is taking longer than I thought and eating into crucial editing time so I’m turning it all over to a designer as we speak.
  3. Because Felix and Rose took on a life of its own, I have to start from scratch on my anthology piece and that means Destroyer is being pushed back, too. I’m going to say with some reservation, we’re probably looking at August/September 2017 release date. BUT definitely before end of 2017. Same for the Felix and Rose project.

I’m bummed. But hope springs eternal, right? There’s always hope. And sleep.

 

xo

shawnee

 

Updates and holiday madness

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Hopefully everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving this week, and got a chance to spend time with friends and loved ones. Maybe you got some great Black Friday shopping in yesterday. I even see that some people have their Christmas trees up, too. (oooh, you lot are organized).

All the frenzy of activity this week has reminded me that we’re entering the publishing dead zone also known as “The Holiday Season”. In about another week, all of us authors will be sitting back either breathing a sigh of relief, or beating ourselves up for not getting our books out before December.

I have mixed feelings about coming into the holidays. As usual, there is a little bit of disappointment for not having Betrayer out before Thanksgiving. A little bit of frustration over not being further into Felix and Rose. A sense of being disorganized as I run around trying to do admin stuff like contracts, invoices, and coursework . . . yes, I’m taking 2 writing courses. No need to question my sanity, I’m already waaaay ahead of you.

But it’s all good.

There are so many things happening right now, really good things, that I’m extremely thankful for the opportunities I’ve been given, and for the undying support of my friends and fans. The next month or so is going to be a whole new level of crazy, some of which I can’t talk about yet, but it’s going to a be a real corker. Stay tuned.

But the things I can talk about:

  1. Betrayer is about to shoot off the proof reader in about a week. After that, a short stint at the formatter, and then we’re into final proofs, baby. Be ready for the release date announcement shortly.
  2. New website contract is sorted and we’re going to be up and running in the next couple of weeks. Exciting times. I might be looking for some beta testers so drop me an email if you’re interested. Free goodies to those who take one for the Overlorders team.
  3. I’m starting to think about the Betrayer release party and swag. Be on the lookout for release party invites sometime after Christmas.
  4. I’m going to be Author of the Day on Manybooks.net. Here’s a preview if you’re interested in reading my interview.

I think that covers it for now. I’m off to do some homework and blurb writing.

xo

shawnee