Tag: shining ones

What I did on my Summer Vacation

The short answer is . . . write.

You guessed it. I’ve spent most of my summer finishing off the “Felix and Rose” project which is now titled Love Like Blood. It’s a full length novel in my brand new paranormal series, The Night Kind, and it will be available exclusively this year in Other Worlds: A Limited Edition Collection of Science Fiction Romance and Paranormal Romance releasing on October 17, 2017.

If you haven’t pre-ordered your copy, you can do so from Amazon. It’s only 99 cents for 20 books from some awesome paranormal and science fiction romance authors. It’s also available for a limited time for iBooks, Nook, Kobo, and Google Play.

So right now, Love Like Blood is with Amanda and I’m in a holding pattern while she starts her editing magic. I’ll be back in the hot seat in a couple of days, but at the moment, I’m kinda suspended in limboland. It’s a weird feeling and not one that sits well with me, but I’m trying to be grateful for the downtime because it’s not going to last long.

But as I sit here listening to the band Pink Turns Blue, my brain keeps returning to Tybee and my beloved Shining Ones characters. I have mixed feelings about starting Destroyer if I was honest. I know everyone is waiting and I’m only one step away from open revolt. I hear you. I just, well, I’m not sure I’m ready for it to end. This last book is going to be hard. In more ways than one. To say good bye to Poesy, Birdie, Haylee, and Adam will be extremely difficult for me especially knowing where it’s going to end. I’ve known since Book One how this thing was going to play out, but I’m not sure I’m ready for it yet, but the show must go on, right? That’s the reality of the situation. The Shining Ones was always planned to end after four books. So it’s time to pull up my big girl pants and get on with it. Happy thoughts, happy thoughts, happy thoughts.

What else?

I’ll be at Penned Con in St. Louis September 29th-October 1st. It’s rapidly approaching and I’m soooooo not prepared, but it’s going to be a stellar event. If you’re thinking about coming, I still have some FREE tickets so email me or PM me on Facebook if you’d like one. You’re not going to want to miss this one – last year they had over 1,000 attendees and that’s not counting the authors and their assistants. It’s probably the biggest signing of my career to date. Yeah, no pressure, there. You can read more about Penned Con on the website.

I think that’s it for now. 

See you on the other side.

xo shawnee



Almost there.

protector_comingEverything is go, go, go in Watcherland today. Well, actually, it’s been all week. I’ve been bogged down in mobi and epub files, updating Amazon and goodreads like a madwoman, tweaking out of date stuff on the blog . . . just about everything that you forget about until it’s time to launch a book.

The good news is that we’re likely to be soft launching next week. The ebooks are pretty much done, paperbacks are still a work in progress, but it’s all coming together.

I have Guido Henkel to thank for all of this, really. Besides being an old mate of the husband’s and a videogame veteran, Guido has been involved in the indie publishing world for quite some time and is a master then it comes to putting things together nicely. In this case, he’s my Oz behind the curtain. He’s pulling and twisting knobs and levers all over the place to get Watcher and Protector formatted across all the major platforms. The days of me doing it myself are long over. Guido is the man. Oh, and he’s also another indie author, too.

Meanwhile, I’m trying to keep up a decent word count on Betrayer while starting to panic about book promotion, guest blogs, reviews, all those incredibly useful things that every author is loathe to do. If all we had to do was write then we’d all be best selling authors, right?

Anyhow, this blog will be transitioning over the next week or so and may have some confusing content as we ramp up to launch. It’s not official until an announcement goes out so disregard all the gribblies between now and then.

And thanks again to everyone who’s been so patient. Hopefully it’ll be worth the wait.


Critique partners are like dating . . .


Hello World. Nice to see you again. Yes, it really is me – I am alive and I’m breathing and I’m writing. Well, mostly writing. And editing, of course. The final final version of Watcher will be back up on Amazon.com shortly and it will be free. Yes. I used the “F” word. Make sure you tell all your friends.

Meanwhile, in my quest to be distracted today, I inadvertently stumbled over a FB post from Maggie Steifvater. Maggie is a published YA author and while our styles are pretty different, she’s another VA gal who lives not to far from me and I like her quirky personality. I mean you’ve gotta love someone who keeps fainting goats as pets . . . Anyhow, she’s putting out her annual Critique Partner Love Connection and so I thought, “Why not? I mean I’m cuddly and lovable most days, right?”

What I didn’t really account for was that most people who follow Maggie are also going to be enthusiastic, perky YA people – not something my old-gothic-jaded-self really thought about. I feel about as awkward as that overweight nerd at Comic-Con cosplaying in a home-made Princess Leia slave suit (If you get this then you are one of my people and I love you.) And as the subject line applies, it’s kinda like speed dating, too. Except really really awful in that way where you really like the hot hunky “normal” guy, but you know he’s going to be put off by your purple hair extensions and nose ring. Oh and he’s probably a Christian to boot.

So I’m writing this in case anyone is intrigued and comes to check me out. I don’t bite, I generally shower every couple of days, and I try really really hard to be the best writer I can be. I may not be YA, but I enjoy good fiction regardless of genre.

If you like what you see then contact me via this blog. If not, no hard feelings and good luck finding your CP. Now back to writing.