Crossposted from Silk And Shadows
Currently working on: Obsessively refreshing my sales ranking to see if somebody somewhere bought one of my books
Mood: As mentioned, obsessive
This is release week for VOWED IN SHADOWS. Book 3 of the Marked Souls officially hits shelves tomorrow, and I am:
D. Utterly sleep deprived
F. All of the above
Yeah. It’s F.
I suppose I could have stopped at D because in the past two weeks, I’ve had multiple dreams about falling off cliffs, getting rolled under by tidal waves (although those could be because of Japan, not release week), being important places without my shoes, hiking up an endless mountain (once, right before I fell off a cliff), and cookies.
The cookie one is obvious; no subtext needed there.
Release week is when the pages hit the pavement. The work is in the wind. Where it goes…Who knows? Hence, A through D above. It’s unnerving to know the spine — the book’s and, in a way, mine — will be cracking in someone else’s hands.
But that’s the point — for me, anyway — of writing. Hence E above.
When I started writing, I always intended to get to this point. I just didn’t have a good sense of what “this point” would look like.
Strangely enough, it looks a lot like walking up an endless mountain without your shoes and staring off the cliff to the raging seas below. The cookie (hopefully hermetically sealed against salt water) is somewhere down there. If I dare throw myself over.
Scary, but maybe more rewarding than walking down the mountain barefoot.
I guess, honestly, I thought there’d be more flying; maybe there is more flying for some writers. I have flying dreams occasionally, and I really like them. But in the release week version of the dream, it’s mostly slogging and plummeting. And the cookie fuels the next hike back up the mountain.
Not sure what it’ll take to earn my wings. Maybe New York Times bestseller? That’d be awesome. Maybe just more cookies. Then I’d HAVE to hike, to burn off the calories.
For tonight, I’ll just hope to dream about something that doesn’t wake me up with my heart pounding. I’m saving the pounding heart for my trip to the bookstore tomorrow to see Jonah on the shelves 🙂
Since it’s release week I HAVE to give away a signed copy here along with a set of Marked Soul romance trading cards. Leave a comment anytime this week for a chance to win! And thank you, as always, for reading.
Two lost souls
One last battle
None will walk away
The war between good and evil has raged for millennia,
with the Marked Souls caught in the middle.
Now two lost souls will tip the precarious balance…
Possession by a demon cost Jonah Walker his faith, his humanity, and his wife. Once a righteous missionary man, he endures immortality with nothing but a body for battle and a bent for retribution. But his last devastating fight left him wounded beyond healing and his only chance to redeem his soul lies with a fallen woman.
Thrust into a wicked underworld of shadows and sin, Nim Hamlin can’t believe her wanton ways as “the Naughty Nymphette” enthralled a demon…and a damned saint. The world she knows doesn’t deserve deliverance. But the touch of this good man’s hand holds an unholy allure–and she’s never been any good at resisting temptation.
As darkness gathers in the sweltering Chicago summer, Jonah and Nim must conquer the demons of their past to face even fiercer monsters in one last assault. But first they must put aside their doubts and disbeliefs and let their passion for each other burn through the shadows to ignite their furious power…