These Hollow Hearts ARCs Available

Quick exciting update for those blog readers who enjoy free books. Advance review copies of Em Shotwell’s book, These Hollow Hearts, which I edited, are now available.

You can download a free review copy for this book from BookSprout and also NetGalley.

You will need to have an account at either website in order to download the book (the accounts are totally free, though), and by downloading a copy you are agreeing to leave an honest review of the book once you’ve read it.

If this is the first you’re hearing of the book check out the cover and official description right here, and then go download your free copy today!

New Orleans social climber, Cheyanne Murphey has worked too hard to let her fiancé’s wandering eye drag her name through the gutter, and she has the perfect solution to make him stay: an incantation from her deceased Granny’s spell book. Family legend says the Murphey women’s magic is cursed, but that is a risk Cheyanne is willing to take.

When middle sister Marchland’s heart is also broken by a man who does her wrong, not even witnessing disastrous results of Cheyanne’s attempt at spellcasting will stop her from using her family’s powers to exact revenge. With the help of her sisters, Marchland casts a spell to teach the scumbag a lesson he won’t forget. Unfortunately, neither will she.

The youngest Murphey sister, Bradley, would be happy to never work a spell again but when she accidentally kills a man she has no choice but to turn to her family’s cursed magic for help. The wayward spell teaches Bradley the hard lesson that sometimes it’s best to let dead things rot.

With all three sisters in deep trouble, they seek help in the form of the Elder-Witch, a sorceress who claims she can fix their mistakes… but magic always comes with a price, and this one may be more than the Murphey sisters are willing to pay.

 

Remember, You can download a free review copy for this book from BookSprout and also NetGalley.

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Cover Reveal: These Hollow Hearts

Last year I had the pleasure of editing and publishing the Enchanted series which included three stories each by three awesome writers.

This year we’ve bundled the three stories by Em Shotwell together and are releasing them by themselves as These Hollow Hearts.

Check out this cover!

New Orleans social climber, Cheyanne Murphey has worked too hard to let her fiancé’s wandering eye drag her name through the gutter, and she has the perfect solution to make him stay: an incantation from her deceased Granny’s spell book. Family legend says the Murphey women’s magic is cursed, but that is a risk Cheyanne is willing to take.

When middle sister Marchland’s heart is also broken by a man who does her wrong, not even witnessing disastrous results of Cheyanne’s attempt at spellcasting will stop her from using her family’s powers to exact revenge. With the help of her sisters, Marchland casts a spell to teach the scumbag a lesson he won’t forget. Unfortunately, neither will she.

The youngest Murphey sister, Bradley, would be happy to never work a spell again but when she accidentally kills a man she has no choice but to turn to her family’s cursed magic for help. The wayward spell teaches Bradley the hard lesson that sometimes it’s best to let dead things rot.

With all three sisters in deep trouble, they seek help in the form of the Elder-Witch, a sorceress who claims she can fix their mistakes… but magic always comes with a price, and this one may be more than the Murphey sisters are willing to pay.

Add it to your shelves at Goodreads and add yourself to Em’s mailing list to make sure you stay up-to-date on all the happenings with this book 🙂

 

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2019 Goals

Every year I set some goals for myself and share them on my blog. The hope is that not only will they help keep me focused with my eye on the prize, but by sharing them it creates a kind of accountability as well.

This year I’m trying to decrease my overall workload a bit, and my alter ego has a fair amount on her plate so I’m going to go easier on myself here than I have in previous years.

2019 Goals

  • Compile and publish a collection of the ‘She’s on the Bottom’ stories
  • Finish writing and editing the third (currently untitled) Prairie Magic novel
  • Write the next part of the Running on Empty series
  • Publish THH (Full title to be announced in time) via P&K
  • Publish LGLFL (Full title to be announced in time)  via P&K
  • Publish DDL (Full title to be announced in time) via P&K
  • Publish Haunted via P&K
  • Set some concrete, measurable 5 and 10 year goals

That’s it, and that’s all. But that’s lots. Especially that last one. I feel like I spend a lot of time going year to year and it’s time to lift my eyes a bit higher and see a bigger picture in order to make those yearly goals really add up to mean something.

Wish me luck!

ETA January 13, 2019 — Well, maybe just one more thing…

  • Open up to submissions for my ‘Power Play’ anthology.
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Looking Back at 2018

Uh.

So.

The thing is…

Well, okay. I have some pretty good excuses (I was quite sick for several months this year) but the truth is I’m scared to look back at how I did accomplishing the goals I set for this year because I don’t think the picture is going to be pretty. But I can’t do better just by averting my eyes, right? So here goes…

Goals that are in bold are ones I accomplished.

  • Finalize the Author Guide for Pen and Kink Publishing and begin distributing it

Yay! One down!

  • Formalize the style guide for Pen and–you know what? Nah, I kinda like having ‘Something like a style guide’

Apparently I changed my mind about this goal somewhere along the way. And good for me. I still kinda like having ‘Something like a style guide’ 🙂

Oh hey, I did this too! I also got a new matching cover for “Circles Within Circles” and re-launched it. Plus I gave the series a title. It’s now called ‘Prairie Magic’ 🙂

  • Edit and publish “The Coolest Wife Ever” now known as “The Switch”

I made an effort but it turned out the story was just too broken. I’ve shelved this one indefinitely. It’s got potential, but I’m not sure how to fix it right now.

  • Publish a collection of all the “She’s on the Bottom” stories

I did not do this. I’m not sure why I didn’t do this? Perhaps I just forgot. Originally I was waiting to add “The Switch” to the collection, but when I shelved that I could have moved forward on this. Oh well. A goal for next year, perhaps?

  • Finish writing and editing the untitled novelette/novella? about Ben and Maggie
  • Write at least one more story in the Paranormal Circus series.
  • Write and share a holiday-themed story set in the Paranormal Circus series

No progress on any of these because I got wrapped up in the Prairie Magic series instead. The good news is I wrote 50,000 words on book #3 for that series for NaNoWriMo, which ain’t nothin’. The story isn’t done yet but I think it’s shaping up nicely. Another goal for next year 🙂

The series is out and delighting readers (and me, to be honest). I loved working with those ladies to bring their stories to the world and look forward to doing it again. Soon. 😉

Done and done. The editor put together an awesome anthology.

  • Acquire a new project for Pen and Kink

I didn’t just acquire one new project, I acquired four. Well, I guess that depends on how you define ‘project’ but I was super excited to edit and publish INKarnate, INKapable, INKurable and INKonsolable by Mara Malins. They are all amazing (and the first one is available for free).

  • Write at least one short story and submit it for publication rather than publishing it myself

*sad trombone sound*

Though I am working on a collaborative project with someone… sadly the story has hit my desk and kind of gotten stalled there but I’ll get back to it soon. I will!

I haven’t written anything new for this, but I did plan out a sort of arc that the series could take, so that should count for something, right? I think so.

Okay. Phew. That wasn’t as bad as I’d expected, actually. I can accept this progress. It was pretty decent.

I’m going to have to carefully set my goals for next year, though, so as to make sure I get to make a few more of them bold 🙂

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