Monday Update – Part!!! 4!!!!

What time is it?! Monday!!! And what does that mean?! Monday Update!!! How are things going???

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GREAT!!!!!!!

Yeah, so anyway, as you saw from the middle of the week, Death’s Reach is nearing completion. This week I’ll be revising and sending it off in manageable bites to my proofreaders.

In case you missed the cover and don’t want to scroll down to the previous post, here it is again:

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That’s Death on the cover, btw. What’s Death up to in a world that’s undead? You’ll know soon enough.

As far as participating in Milwordy, word count is at 27,511 of 1,000,000. I need to be around 80k to be back on schedule for January by the end of the month. That’s a bit behind. Not worried yet though.

The next Monday update will reveal details about Spilling Blood Season II and other projects.

Now.. for number of releases. Remember, the plan is to publish 14 books in 2014. I have released 1 so far this year, under another pen name. Hey, that still counts. So that’s 1/14, with Death’s Reach going to be #2.

 

Death’s Reach Cover Reveal

The release of Death’s Reach is right around the corner. In the coming days, I’ll be throwing out some teasers about the book leading up to its launch, but let’s start with this…

…the cover!

deathsreachsmallishThis beautiful cover was designed by Jen Pack at Black Cat Studios Design & Photography, and features the Goddess of Death. This is the second book cover she’s done for me (the first was Spilling Blood).

If you haven’t read the first book, there’s still time before Death’s Reach releases. Grab book 1 in the Hungry God’s series, Death Storm, now.

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Monday Update 3 – Getting There Slowly

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Last week’s productivity was slooooooooow…..

Thanks for checking back in with me. Last week was slow going, so not a lot to report. however, Death’s Reach is almost done, and I have a cover artist nearing completion. All my energy this week will be going into getting the book revised and finished.

As far as Milwordy goes, I need over 80,000 words by the end of this month, and I’ve yet to pass 30k, so I’ve let myself slip as I clean up these projects. I’ll leave it at that.

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Some weeks have unexpected interruptions…

Novels completed for 2014: 0/14. Changing that this week. 😉

Monday Update – Death’s Reach (Hungry Gods 2)

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Monday Update #2! Happy Monday! First off, Death’s Reach (Hungry Gods Book 2) is now past the first draft stage and on to stage two. I KNOW i said last week that it could be done by the end of this week, but it’s probably two weeks further out. By the way, I’m really bad at these time guestimations. The only correct answer is “soonish”, with a goal of this month.

Other fun stuff – the next book after Death’s Reach is a ghost story. More details next week.

Words written Last Week: 9,638. For Month/Year (Milwordy- 2014): 25,379.

Novels Published this year: 0/14. 

 

 

The First Monday Update of 2014 – HUNGRY GODS BOOK 2

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Here it is, as promised, the first of many Monday updates to come.

DEATH’S REACH (HUNGRY GODS BOOK 2) UPDATE

Last week was a great writing week, and the first draft of Death’s Reach, Book 2 of the Hungry Gods series is almost complete. Hopefully I’ll have a cover to share with you after next weekend. You could be reading it on your kindle by the end of next week. Next Monday I should have a better idea of a release date.

WORD COUNTS

Last week I mentioned my target of writing 1 million words in 2014… I’m at 15,741. Right on schedule. You can follow my writing and publishing daily on Tumblr. Follow me by clicking here. 

BOOKS PUBLISHED FOR 2014

0/14.

The Official 2014 Resolutions/Goals Post

Before I get started on New Year’s Resolutions, I thought I’d take a quick look back at what I said I’d do for 2013, and where I fell short.

The Best and Worst of 2013

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First: 13 Novels – Yep, didn’t happen. Three happened. Actually, I’ve written four, but I’m saving one to release in 2014.

Second: 5,000 words a day. Sometimes I was lucky to hit 500. My best writing day was just over 8,000. However, I I’m currently hitting between 2k to 6k a day for the end of this year.

2013 did see the release of Broken Things, a novel I’m very proud of, and continues to be my bestselling book.

I also released the first book of two series, Hungry Gods and Spilling Blood.

I did not stay true to one genre, but I never intended to.

On to 2014

kitty1). Since last year I wanted to write 13 novels, this year I’m setting my goal for 14 for this year. Do I care that I didn’t hit my goal last year? No way. Is it going to deter me? Not a chance. 14 novels.

Book 2 of both The Hungry Gods and Spilling Blood series will see release in the first quarter of 2014, and books 3 to both following. I have outlines for two more Sci-Fi books waiting in the queue, one additional fantasy, and a ton of horror.

2). Word count goal: 1 million words in 2014. That’s less than 3,000 words a day, but I intend to achieve much more than that.

3). Updates. Monday ones, Just like this one, every Monday. Starting this week, I’m going to actually use Tumblr too. I think I’ve got maybe three posts ever there. I’m going to use it to post daily word counts and how my goals are coming along.

4). This is my Maybe Goal. Maybe I’ll use my newsletter. Maybe.

And with that, I’ll leave you with one update: my next book, and first book of 2014, will be Death’s Reach, Book 2 of the Hungry Gods series, and it will be released in January. That’s all! 😀

Comparing Hockey & Writing – A Guest Post by Luke Murphy

Today I have a guest post for you from Luke Murphy, retired professional hockey player and author of the thriller DEAD MAN’S HAND
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It can almost be said with certainty that I didn’t follow the path of the average writer. As a child, I never dreamed of writing a best-seller, never aspired to write the next classic novel, I wanted to be an NHL superstar…period.

With the death of my mother in 1992, losing a battle to cancer she had fought so hard against for years, I sensed it was time to get serious about reaching my dreams, and moved away to pursue hockey.

From 1992-1995, while playing for the Pembroke Lumber Kings in the Central Junior Hockey League, I noticed a shift in the game of hockey and realized that the odds of making it to the NHL were unfavorable for a kid who stood 5’9’’ and weighed 160 pounds. So, my goals shifted. I accepted a hockey scholarship to Rochester Institute of Technology. If I couldn’t make a living playing hockey, at least I could achieve an education and open doors for my future.

After four rewarding years at College, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, I wasn’t ready to give up on the game I love.

I attended the Florida Panthers Rookie Camp and played well, playing in four games, as well as scoring the game winning goal against the Ottawa Senators.

Unfortunately, I broke my hand in an awkward hit in my fourth exhibition game that ended my camp, but my hard work paid off. The Panthers offered me a Minor League contract, $500 a week to play the game I love. I spent six years in the minors and retired in 2006 with no regrets.

From a family of avid readers, even as a child, I always had a passion for books. Whether it was reading novels on road trips or writing assignments in school, literature was always part of my life.

In the winter of 2000, after sustaining a season ending eye injury while playing in Oklahoma City, I found myself with a lot of time on my hands, and a new hobby emerged.

One day, with an idea in mind, I sat down in front of a computer and began writing. I wrote a little every day, around my intense rehabilitation schedule and before I knew it, I had completed my first manuscript.

I didn’t write with the intention of being published. I wrote for the love of writing, as a hobby. Ever the perfectionist, I didn’t see my novel at the level to compete with best-selling authors across the country. I continued to hobby write through the years, honing my craft, making time between work and family obligations.

Then I made a decision – I enjoyed writing so much, I decided I wanted to take my interest one step further – write a story with the intention of being published. I realized that I wanted to be like my favorite authors – entertain readers and allow them, like when I read, to escape reality and for a moment be in another place and time.

I’ve never been one to take things lightly or jump in half way. I took a full year off from writing to study the craft. I constantly read, from novels in my favorite genres to books written by experts in the writing field. I continually researched on the internet, reading up on the industry and process. I attended writing conferences and made friends (published and unpublished authors), bombarding them with questions and learning what it took to become successful.

Feeling that I was finally prepared, in the winter of 2007, with an idea in mind and an outline on paper, I started to write DEAD MAN`S HAND. It took me two years (working around full time jobs) to complete the first draft of my novel.

I then worked with editors and joined a critique group, doing anything I could to learn, to improve my writing and my novel to point where I could create the best possible novel.

I sent out hundreds of query letters to agents. After six months of rejections, I pulled my manuscript back and worked on it again. Then in my next round of proposals, I was offered representation by Ms. Jennifer Lyons of the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency.

After months of work with Jennifer, and more rejections from publishers, my dream was finally realized in April, 2012, when I signed a publishing contract with Imajin Books.

The term “practice makes perfect” can basically relate to anything you do. Hockey and writing are no different.

Many people might not see a connection between writing and hockey, but there are many similarities in not only your preparation, but “musts” once you’re there.

In both hockey and writing, you need three things: patience, persistence and thick skin.

My transition from professional hockey player to published author was surprisingly smooth. Hockey and writing have many things in common.

For both, it takes hard work and practice. There are many critics, and you need to be able to take criticism with a grain of salt. Both the hockey and writing worlds are small communities, filled with people who want to help you succeed. In order to find success, in both you need to be persistent and confident.

It’s all about taking a chance, putting yourself out there to be evaluated by your peers. That’s the scariest part.

It takes time to get “good” at something. I started writing when I was young and playing professional hockey. A couple of hours a day on the ice and in the gym and then the day was mine. I also suffered a serious eye injury and couldn`t play, so I had a lot more time on my hands. Now that I`m older, with a family and full time job, makes it a lot harder to find the time to write. Take advantage and chase your dreams while you’re young.

My one piece of advice for all aspiring hockey players and writers…you’ll get a lot of “no’s” along the way and people trying to bring you down. But remember, it only takes one “yes”. Stick with it. Anything is possible. It’s all about “staying the course” and not getting off track. Have no regrets and leave nothing on the table.

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Luke Murphy lives in Shawville, Quebec with his wife, three daughters and pug.

He played six years of professional hockey before retiring in 2006. Since then, he’s held a number of jobs, from sports columnist to radio journalist, before earning his Bachelor of Education degree (Magna Cum Laude).

Murphy`s debut novel, Dead Man`s Hand, was released by Imajin Books on October 20, 2012.

For more information on Luke and his books, visit: www.authorlukemurphy.com, ‘like’ his Facebook page www.facebook.com/#!/AuthorLukeMurphy and follow him on Twitter www.twitter.com/#!/AuthorLMurphy

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DEAD MAN’S HAND

What happens when the deck is stacked against you…

From NFL rising-star prospect to wanted fugitive, Calvin Watters is a sadistic African-American Las Vegas debt-collector framed by a murderer who, like the Vegas Police, finds him to be the perfect fall-guy.

…and the cards don’t fall your way?

 When the brutal slaying of a prominent casino owner is followed by the murder of a well-known bookie, Detective Dale Dayton is thrown into the middle of a highly political case and leads the largest homicide investigation in Vegas in the last twelve years.

 What if you’re dealt a Dead Man’s Hand?

 Against his superiors and better judgment, Dayton is willing to give Calvin one last chance. To redeem himself, Calvin must prove his innocence by finding the real killer, while avoiding the LVMPD, as well as protect the woman he loves from a professional assassin hired to silence them.

  Review Blurbs:

 “You may want to give it the whole night, just to see how it turns out.”

—William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of The Lincoln Letter

“Dead Man’s Hand is a pleasure, a debut novel that doesn’t read like one,

but still presents original characters and a fresh new voice.”

—Thomas Perry, New York Times bestselling author of Poison Flower

“Part police procedural, part crime fiction, Dead Man’s Hand is a fast, gritty ride.”

—Anne Frasier, USA Today bestselling author of Hush

Spilling Blood Episode 4 Available Today

The vampire horror serial comes to the Season Finale with SPILLING BLOOD Episode 4, available now.

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This is it, the violent conclusion to Season 1 of Spilling Blood. 

Emily can no longer run.

With no sanctuary left, she must face the coven of vampires who destroyed her life.

It ends tonight.

This is Episode 4 of a 4 part serial novel. 
Want it in one complete novel? The entire Season of all four episodes will be released in a collection on October 31st.

Available on Amazon here. 

 

Spilling Blood Episode 2 of Vampire Horror Serial Releases Today

As promised, Episode 2 of Spilling Blood is available today.

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The dead have their secrets. 

Chosen to join the ranks of a coven of vampires, Emily learns that her nightmare is just beginning. Unable to control her thirst for blood, she kills someone very close to their leader, and threatens his plans.

As quickly as her new unlife begins, it seems that every move she makes creates more enemies. Can she come up with a plan to escape the reach of the monsters, before they decide she’s a threat?

This is Episode 2 of a 4 part serial novel. The planned release dates of the rest of the Episodes are:
Episode 3: October 23
Episode 4: October 30

Want it in one complete novel? The entire Season of all four episodes will be released in a collection on October 31st.

Buy Episode 1 on Amazon

Buy Episode 2 on Amazon

Buy on Barnes & Noble

Spilling Blood – a New Vampire Horror Serial

Episode 1 of my new serial novel, Spilling Blood, launches today. What’s it about? Well! Let me tell you!

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SPILLING BLOOD EPISODE 1

Emily has been chosen. Emily is going to die. 

Emily Steel’s life is in upheaval. Her relationship with her boyfriend is falling apart, and a strange man has been haunting her dreams. His lips taste of dirt and his hands are the cold of the grave.

Tonight Emily’s life comes to an end. 

Kidnapped by a sadistic vampire known only as Gnasher, Emily becomes the prisoner of a coven of vampires. With time running out, she must find a way to escape before Gnasher’s plans for her are realized.

This is Episode 1 of a 4 part serial novel. The planned release dates of the rest of the Episodes are:
Episode 2: October 16
Episode 3: October 23
Episode 4: October 30

Want it in one complete book? The entire Season of all four episodes will be released in a collection on October 31st.