What’s Happening in 2014

I can’t believe 2013 is almost over! Since it’s the time for wrap-up posts, I thought I’d share a bit about what’s happened over the past year and what’s coming up next.

Looking back on 2013:

  • Released Crest, a big novel that took a year to write. It was my third novel and fifth release. Also released two shorts, Ondine (series prequel novella) and The Gift (short story).
  • Participated and completed NaNoWriMo.
  • Started On My Desk and Friday Reading segments on the blog.
  • Completed the website redesign I’d been working on for months.
  • Traveled to eight countries (US, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, France, Japan) for work. To Portugal and Morocco for weekend getaways.
  • Packed up most of our house and began preparations for our upcoming move.

2014Looking forward to 2014:

Oh, boy. I have a lot planned for 2014 and part of me is terrified because I’m not sure I’ll be able to do it. But I’m going to try my best.

Here’s a brief overview of what’s coming up.

RELEASES

  • Ondine Quartet Companion Works is coming out January 31, 2014
  • Breaker: The finale of the Ondine Quartet is looking like the longest novel in the series. No release date yet.
  • THREE SEEKRIT PROJECTS

    Two are related projects pertaining to an adult work, and one is a separate YA project. I’ve been developing the idea and characters for the adult project for about four years now. The YA story shot into my brain about six months ago and hasn’t left me alone since.

    I’m still in the process of setting things up which is why I can’t share details yet. But I will make an official announcement with much more information sometime in January, once everything is in place.

    I’m very, very excited about them and can’t wait to share them with you. 🙂

A few personal goals:

I usually avoid setting “resolutions” because there’s something so absolute about the word that invites only two outcomes: success or failure. Instead, I prefer prioritizing what I’d like to accomplish or focus on during the year.

  • Move from Spain to Hawaii. This is coming up soon and crossing two oceans with our dog is obviously the most stressful thing I have going on right now. I’ve lived abroad for over a decade and returning to my country with my husband is exhilarating and strange all at the same time. I’ll feel much better once it’s done.
  • Train for my first marathon. This is a big “if” and depends whether my work schedule will allow for it. So far, I’ve been pretty good at not allowing work to cut into the basic amount of time I need for maintaining my physical health. Exercise and daily meditation are my two biggest stress relievers.

    Training for a marathon, however, is an entirely different matter. It is something I’ve long thought about doing and the Honolulu marathon is conveniently timed in December 2014…so maybe. 😉 Otherwise, I’ll definitely plan for it in 2015.

  • Spend more time with friends and family.

So that’s what my 2014 looks like. We’ll see how everything actually works out, but I’m looking forward to the new year.

How about you guys? Any goals or things you’d like to focus on for 2014?

Monday Snippet

snippetsNaNoWriMo is progressing well and I’m having so much fun writing ONDINE. 🙂 Thought it was time to share the first, small snippet from what I’m working on.

Usual notices apply: First draft, unedited, may be deleted, blah, blah, etc. Hope your Monday is going well – enjoy!

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Rui’s icy voice reverberated through the afternoon air. “I need you to get the money from him.”

Weak rays of milky sunlight trickled across the concrete courtyard. The usual group of potheads occupied the narrow recess beside the stairs while the cheerleaders and athletes took the table farthest from the building door. They weren’t getting involved. Neither was the Student Council group gathered along the west side.

Heat from the wooden table seeped through my jeans and warmed the back of my legs. Troy’s fear raked against my insides and I focused on shutting it out.

Trust no one. Only be responsible for yourself.

I’d managed to follow her rules the entire four months we’d been in LA. The championship tournament was in two hours and she’d be seriously pissed if my performance wasn’t better than the last one.

I needed to concentrate on my own shit, not get involved in anyone else’s.

“I—I don’t know him that w-well…” Troy’s voice trembled.

“See, that’s kind of a problem.” Rui took another long drag of his cigarette. I had to hand it to him. He carried off the menacing look pretty well. “‘Cause your dad owes mine a lot of money.”

Empath reached inside, sensing clumps of frustration and rage, hardened over the years.

Guess Rui’s father took his displeasure out on anyone nearby, including his son.

“It’s just me and my mom,” Troy mumbled. “I don’t see him that often —“

I groaned inwardly. Mistake one.

“Often?” Rui’s voice rumbled with the dark glee of a predator who’d spotted its prey. “So you do see him.”

“N..no.” Troy’s eyes darted desperately around the courtyard.

Don’t, don’t…

Frightened eyes locked on to me. Great.

“What do you mean, no?”

“I m-m-mean…” He stumbled over the words. “S-sometimes I do, but…”

Mistake two.

“Then you can get the money from him, right?” Rui leaned forward and the simple move made Troy flinch as if it were a punch. “I don’t think your dad would like it if my father got his hands on you.”

Troy swallowed, his gaze flickering toward me again.

Sasha followed his line of sight. “You thinkin’ some chick’s gonna help you?”

Everybody except Rui and Troy laughed.

Damn it. And the day was going so well.

Rui slowly turned. Olive skin, black hair, and hard, sharp features gave a striking impression of cold danger that made him appear older than his eighteen years.

He flicked his cigarette and ash landed a foot away from me. “She’s not bad, Troy. Don’t think she’s your type, though.”

Might as well get this over with.

I stood. “You don’t know what my type is, Vergara.”

Genuine surprise crossed his expression. “You know my name. I’m flattered.”

“Don’t be.” I strode over and leaned against the metal railing with a bored expression. “Everyone knows you’re the asshole who has nothing better to do than go after freshmen.”

Sasha’s face twisted with anger and he stepped forward. “What did you say, you —“

Rui’s arm shot out and stopped him. “You’re a junior. Transferred here a few months ago. Kendra, right?”

He exhaled and a ring of smoke gently swirled around his face. Observant dark eyes studied me.

Empath sensed finely honed threads of wariness and curiosity. The way he immediately controlled his emotions set off my internal alarms.

I shouldn’t underestimate him.

What’s next and an impromptu cover reveal

First of all, thanks for your emails and messages about Crest everyone. 🙂

I wanted to do a quick post on what’s coming up next because I’ve gotten a few questions about it.

First up is Ondine (#0.5), a free short prequel to the series. It features a younger Kendra (aged sixteen) on one of her adventures in Los Angeles (the story takes place a few months before the Prologue of Whirl). This will be done sometime in the late fall / early winter. You’ll be able to download it on all sites as well as on my own website.

After that will be Breaker, the big finale of the series. No, I don’t have a release date yet other than to say it will be in 2014.

I also wanted to do an unofficial cover reveal for Ondine. Unofficial because you probably already saw it at the end of Crest. But Michelle, my amazing cover designer (website | facebook), once again did such a fabulous job, it deserved its own post so you could see it at a larger size.

 

It’s the eyes. They’re totally Kendra. 🙂

Next week, I’ll do a series of behind-the-scene posts I meant to do before Crest’s release but never got around to because of scheduling insanity. At the end of the week, I’ll also answer a few reader questions.

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