Working Wednesday #22

I’m trying to think of what I accomplished this week. Looking back, I’ve done more stressing than anything. Every week I seem just a wee bit more unproductive… not that I’ve been very productive recently anyway. I never took the time I need to reboot after releasing I Loved You First. I went straight into seeking reviews, then onto the blog tour.

Normally, I take about a month to relax after completing a huge goal. I’m pooped. Anyway, this isn’t a whine fest. This is just me recognizing I need to take some time to unwind. Yesterday, I started that. I still spent quite some time worrying, but I also took some major time reading. Today, I’ve done pretty much nothing but read. I can already feel my mind relaxing… enjoying life a little more.

Hopefully I’ll be on track and ready to work come Monday. So…

Your weekly reminder: two signed copies of ILYF are up for grabs. One for the blog tour button and one to kickoff the blog tour.

Here’s how it works: comment on any of the following posted hosted by bloggers then return to the kickoff post and enter to win. And of course, you can always comment on the prior weeks’ posts. So the new posts up for this week on the tour are:

Nice, short list this week. Be sure to get your comments and entries in. The tour is winding down. We have just over a week left. 🙂

Reading Challenge

  • Looks like I’m still two books behind.
  • My current reads is Eve by Anna Carey. I’ll finish that tonight, which will put me one book behind, then I’ll start on Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter.
  • I’m thinking with the short break I’m taking, I’ll be caught up by next Wednesday. 🙂 We’ll see.
2011 Reading Challenge
Reena has read 18 books toward her goal of 60 books.
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In Other News!!!!

I’ve decided to do another Goodreads giveaway for Shadow Cat. Sales have slowed a bit for that title, and I’m looking to revive a little interest. Not sure if it’ll have much of an effect, but it doesn’t hurt to give it a shot.

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Shadow Cat by Reena Jacobs

Shadow Cat

by Reena Jacobs

Giveaway ends October 20, 2011.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win


When you’re at your wits end, how do you unwind?

Working Wednesday #21

So I’ve been a wee bit more productive this week than last. Not by much, but I have made progress.

I Loved You First

I sent off the last few requests for interview questions, so now I’m just waiting on those. I have two blog posts I’ve yet to write. I started one, but I’m not sure I’m going to go with it. We’ll see. My mind is really dragging these days.

Your weekly reminder: two signed copies of ILYF are up for grabs. One for the blog tour button and one to kickoff the blog tour.

Here’s how it works: comment on any of the following posted hosted by bloggers then return to the kickoff post and enter to win. And of course, you can always comment on the prior weeks’ posts. So the new posts up for this week on the tour are:

Writing

I’ve actually made some progress here. My goals were as follows:

  • Edit Chasing Shadows ~ Didn’t work on this at all this week
    • Finish/edit one scene a day. Currently at 8/50
    • Get it to an editor (If I earn enough through sales to pay for one, otherwise this might be one of those works which doesn’t get published for awhile. No more dipping into family funds for my publishing ventures. After 3 releases, this business should be self-sustaining, and if not, well… it’s not going to become a money pit.)
    • Release by January 1 (hopefully – pending the funding I mentioned above)
  • Finish writing/editing Regina’s Story ~ Finished the sex scene, kinda. I also wrote the ending, but I’m not satisfied with the results
    • Write the darn scene by the end of the month
    • Take a couple of days in early October to polish it
    • Release Regina’s Story by November
  • Finish writing/editing Injustice is Served ~ I wrote half of one story this week. I’m pretty happy with the little I have for it. Now I need to finish it.
    • 4.5/7 complete – Finish 1 story a month so the first drafts will be ready by November
    • Polish them in November/December
    • Release before Christmas

Reading Challenge

2011 Reading Challenge
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In Other News!!!!

I’ve been playing around with cover art. I’m keeping the same style for Regina’s Story as I used from Brandon’s Story.

Not overly creative, but there’s no doubt they’re part of the same series. I’ve been thinking about writing a few more short stories to go with Control Freak. Now that we’ve got Regina and Brandon’s Story, I’m at a loss for titles. 🙂 Maybe “She’s Mine” since it’ll be Brandon’s turn again. We’ll see.

I also dinked around with cover art for Injustice Is Served. I’m thinking about going with this.

It actually goes quite well with one of the stories, which starts off in the bathroom.

Finally, I wrote a post on my website a few days ago and used cartoons. I had so much fun with that, I decided to make a new trailer for I Loved You First using cartoons. Behold!

 

So that’s it. What have you all been up to?

Sunday Showcase #16

I don’t even know if my Walden Books is open any more. I stopped in one more last week to see what was available. It’s starting to look a bit gutted. Whereas before, the sales clerks were sorting shelves and helping customers, now they’re packing shelves away. Our local store was quaint, as I believe most Waldens are. No coffee shops, no tables or chairs, just a small collection of books and knickknacks. A place to run in and get what you want (if they had it), then run back out. The prices weren’t competitive, and usually I left empty handed. In fact, my trips had become less and less frequent over the years, but the salespeople were nice folks.

Will I miss Walden Books? Probably not. Yet the close of another business is sad, nonetheless. This week I took advantage of their going out of business sale by acquiring just one solitary book. Like I said, the shelves are sparse, and even at 60-80% discounts, most of the prices still weren’t attractive enough for me to take bring more home.

Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie’s always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours, but still. Normal.

Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie’s dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

Why I purchased it: I remember when the first advertisements for this book came out. I was just learning about the world of YA books, and this one captured my attention. However, my reading list had already grown out of hand, and this one never seem to reach the tipping point — should I purchase this one or that one? Well, the price was right when I went into Walden and the selection was slim. 🙂 Congratulations! You made it Paranormalcy!

Available at: The Book Depository and Barnes & Nobles

In an alternate Atlanta where magic is practiced openly, where witches sip coffee at local cafes, shapeshifters party at urban clubs, vampires rule the southern night like gangsters, and mysterious creatures command dark caverns beneath the city, Dakota Frost’s talents are coveted by all. She’s the best magical tattooist in the southeast, a Skindancer, able to bring her amazing tats to life. When a serial killer begins stalking Atlanta’s tattooed elite, the police and the Feds seek Dakota’s help. Can she find the killer on the dark fringe of the city’s Edgeworld? Among its powerful outcasts and tortured loners, what kind of enemies and allies will she attract? Will they see her as an invader, as a seducer, as an unexpected champion … or as delicious prey? FROST MOON is Book One of the SKINDANCER fantasy series by debut author Anthony Francis. Filled with unforgettable characters, spine-tingling action, kinky rebellion and edgy love, FROST MOON is classic storytelling at its best, and Dakota Frost is an irresistible new star of fantasy fiction. Anthony Francis is a computer scientist who works at the ‘Search Engine That Starts With A G’. By day he studies human and other minds to design intelligent machines and emotional robots; by night he writes fiction and draws comic books. He received his Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from Georgia Tech. He lives in San Jose with his wife and cats but his heart will always belong in Atlanta.

Why I picked it up: Netgalley advertised the first two books of this series. I’ve been steering away from paranormal romances lately, and I’m a little apprehensive about this work. Not because I think it’ll be bad, but I’ve gotten to the point, been there; done that. However, the alternate reality sounds rather cool. I think I can dig that.

Available at: The Book Depository and Barnes & Nobles

Dakota Frost is back, and the ink is about to hit the fan-again.

Graffiti comes to life in the dark heart of Atlanta’s oldest cemetery, slaying one of the city’s best loved vampires before the eyes of his friend Dakota Frost. Deadly magick is at work on the city’s walls, challenging even the amazing power of Dakota’s tattoos to contain it. The hungry, graffiti magick loves to kill, and the Edgeworld is no longer safe from its own kind.

Dakota begins a harrowing journey to save those she loves and to discover the truth behind the spreading graffiti-even if that truth offends the vampires, alienates the werekin and creates police suspicion of her every action.

Saving Atlanta may cost her everything, including custody of her “adopted” weretiger daughter, Cinnamon. But failure is not an option. If the graffiti isn’t stopped, Cinnamon could be the next victim.

Why I picked it up: See above

Available at: The Book Depository and Barnes & Nobles

On a side note, can you believe Amazon scooped up The Book Depository? I wonder what that’ll mean in the future. This buyout gives me uncomfortable swirling sensations in my stomach. 🙁

Working Wednesday #20

Starting my youngest in preschool has not led to the productive burst I’d anticipated. Most of my activity since Saturday has been focusing on THINKING about what I need to do rather than actually doing it. 🙂 So let’s see where we are.

I Loved You First

I fell behind with my goal to stay two weeks ahead. I think I’m exactly one week ahead. I plan to ask for the remaining interview questions tomorrow and finish the two sets I have on hand. Your weekly reminder: two signed copies of ILYF are up for grabs. One for the blog tour button and one to kickoff the blog tour.

Here’s how it works: comment on any of the following posted hosted by bloggers then return to the kickoff post and enter to win. And of course, you can always comment on the prior weeks’ posts. So the new posts up for this week on the tour are:

This was a little shorter since half was presented last Saturday.

Writing

Nada here. Like I said, I’ve been more thinking than working. Really, I’ve been such a scatterbrain these days. No sense of direction. One week, I’m thinking about hitting the Trinity series, the next I’m thinking about starting a new series. Stop it already, Reena! I need to focus. So here’s my most recent change of plans. 🙂

Chasing Shadows, book 2 of the Striped Ones series is my big project right now. I’m anxious to get another work out. I’ve noticed I’ve been rather dragging on sequels, and I don’t want to make a habit of mentioning sequels, then never finishing them. It’s been about a year since I released Control Freak: Brandon’s Story, and I still haven’t gotten around to releasing Regina’s Story. Now the same thing seems to be happening with the Striped Ones series. So here’s my thing. No more new undertakings until I have what I’ve started managed. So this is what the plan is.

  • Edit Chasing Shadows ~ I counted 50 scenes in various states of completion. I’m rather bummed here, because I thought I was pretty much finished with this story. After going through it this week, I see there are bunches of areas which are bracketed. What do I mean by bracketed? [Insert fight scene here] [Insert XYZ description here]. So my task is:
    • Finish/edit one scene a day. Currently at 8/50
    • Get it to an editor (If I earn enough through sales to pay for one, otherwise this might be one of those works which doesn’t get published for awhile. No more dipping into family funds for my publishing ventures. After 3 releases, this business should be self-sustaining, and if not, well… it’s not going to become a money pit.)
    • Release by January 1 (hopefully – pending the funding I mentioned above)
  • Finish writing/editing Regina’s Story ~ Still have that one sex scene to write.
    • Write the darn scene by the end of the month
    • Take a couple of days in early October to polish it
    • Release Regina’s Story by November
  • Finish writing/editing Injustice is Served ~ Right now I have a collection of 7 stories planned with 4 of them already written (first draft). I’m going to take it easy with working on this one. Don’t want to overwhelm myself with too many tasks. So the plan is:
    • Finish 1 story a month so the first drafts will be ready by November
    • Polish them in November/December
    • Release before Christmas

Reading Challenge

  • Looks like I’m two books instead of three this time.
  • My current reads are Heroes ‘Til Curfew by Susan Bischoff and Hunted [The Flash Gold Chronicles]  by Lindsay Buroker. I’m not going to lie to you, I desperately want to read Heroes ‘Til Curfew, which is why I keep mentioning it here. But I’m so far behind on my reading goal, 100+K words is a bit daunting for me. I’ve been trying to knock out some of the shorter reads to catch up.
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So that’s it. Have you made any major business assessments lately?