Blog Tour Schedule & Updates!

Tour schedule is up! I have posted it below.

I always get nervous when I know people are reading my books. I am like an anxious child, I know. There are a lot of bloggers who signed up to review which makes me giddy with excitement but also a little nauseous. Ha!

UPDATE:
~Song of Sorrow (Book Three) is in the proofreader’s hands. Yay! Working on the cover for that one so everyone can add it to their to-read shelves on GR.
~I am currently on Chapter 14 of Song of Shadows (Book Four).
~Also looking to the future and where we’ll go next after this series is finished. Have a crazy idea to continue on with a mixture of characters from both series. There is just too much that can happen in Everealm. And just as the Everealm Series set events into motion which changed the realm, the Songs Series is doing that, as well. It will be nice to know what havoc those changes cause. We’ll have to see where the story takes us! ūüôā

NOTE:
If you signed up for the tour (to review or not), your copies of the first two Songs books have already gone out via Sara@YABound. If you couldn’t join us on the tour, I have just sent your copies to you. I saw no reason to send them twice to the ones who were already doing the tour. If you are on the tour and didn’t receive the copies from Sara, let me know. Things may have changed and they might not send review copies to everyone anymore.

Also, there are a few Family Trees that I put together (with the help of software). They are located in the back of the Songs books. Hopefully, it will help to keep everyone straight. They are not available on the blog because they are spoilers of the first series. However, if you can’t see them very well in ebook form, there is a link there to larger ones on the blog (hidden page). Hope that makes sense!

Blog Tour Schedule ‚Äď
July 25th
Mikayla’s Bookshelf¬† ¬†¬†http://mikaylasbookshelf.blogspot.com¬†¬† ¬†¬†Promo Post
WordishWonderland    http://wordishwonderland.wordpress.com     Review
The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange   www.anneliselestrange.wordpress.com     Promo Post
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy,&,Sissy, Too!  http://3partnersinshopping.blogspot.com    Promo Post
Book-o-Craze    http://book-o-craze.blogspot.gr/   Review

July 26th
The Travelogue of a book addict РThe Book Drealms   http://thebookdrealms.blogspot.com   Review
Pippa Jay    http://pippajay.co.uk    Promo Post
Happy Tails and Tales Blog    http://happytailsandtales.blogspot.com     Review
Forever Obsession   https://extreemeobsessed.blogspot.com   Review
The Silver Dagger Scriptorium     http://silver-dagger-scriptorium.weebly.com/   Review
Adventures Thru Wonderland   http://adventuresthruwonderland.blogspot.com/   Promo Post

July 27th
Natural bri    Www.goodreads.com/Naturalbri  and www.facebook.com/naturalbripage  Review
What Is That Book About   www.whatisthatbookabout.com   Promo Post
Trips down imagination road   Http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-lives.blogspot.co.uk   Review
deal sharing aunt     www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com     Promo Post
alwaysjoart     http://alwaysjoart.blogspot.com/    Promo Post
SolaFide Book Club    http://solafidepublishing.net/solafide-self-publishing-and-book-blog/ Promo Post

July 28th
Million Book Mill      http://www.millionbookmill.blogspot.com  Review
Reading, Writing, and What Not    http://pixiescanread.blogspot.com/  Review
Haddie’s Haven¬†https://haddieshaven.blogspot.com¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Review
Kovescence of the Mind    http://kovescenceofthemind.blogspot.com/    Review
Don’t Judge, Read¬† ¬†¬†http://dontjudgeread.blogspot.ca¬†¬† ¬†¬†Review

July 29th
Laura’s Interests¬† ¬†¬†http://dogsmomvisits.blogspot.com/¬†¬†¬†Review
books are love  http://hello-booklover.tumblr.com    Review
Books and Kats http://katticusbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk/   Review
Owl Always Be Reading Www.owlalwaysbereading.com     Review
Literary Dust    http://literarydust.wordpress.com    Promo Post
Sylv all about books and film   www.sylv.net    Promo Post

New Video! Chatting about Dynasty and Songs!

Howdy!

Check out the video for an update on Dynasty, the last book of the Everealm Series and info about the new series. Video runs long so you might want to listen to it as you’re doing chores (LOL!).


P.S. Yes! Cassidy is in new series. Not sure why I forgot to say his name! ūüôā

If you would like to be on the list to receive a read-and-review copy of Dynasty and/or the first 2 books of the Songs Series, just let me know. Comment below, Tweet me, message/email, or any other form of contact. Thanks!

~J.D.

March Madness! (And I Don’t Mean Basketball…)

Hello! 
So, this has been me for the past two weeks:
Needless to say, I have been writing like a crazy person. Nearly a chapter each day, if not more. And I have somehow managed to still find time to sleep and eat (usually). I am taking a short break to work on my second author interview for this year. It is a Q&A over at Mikayla’s Bookshelf!
Click here for my previous interview over at Most Sublime Things! It was a lot of fun and I’ve already been asked to do a follow up interview! ūüôā

Writing Progress:

Everealm: 

I am currently on Chapter 19 of Dynasty. The cover was uploaded to Goodreads, already, but the synopsis/description is still being worked on. I will do a random release with this one, like I did with Aurora. I wanted to do a blog tour for the last two books but I’m not sure that I will. Still undecided on that. I will definitely do a blog tour for the first book of the next series, however. I would just rather spend time writing than marketing. It might hurt me in the long run, but once I start typing, it’s hard to focus on anything else.

Songs: 

I have gotten the outline for Song of Sovereign (Songs #1) finished. The moment I finish Dynasty, I will jump right into Sovereign. I will have a synopsis prepared for that book, shortly, to give you a glimpse of what the series will be about. I know that saying it will follow Sarita and Gabby is a fairly vague statement. ūüôā¬†
I also managed to find time last weekend to work on the covers for the first book. I have found gorgeous gowns for this series and just have to use them! The covers will have a slightly similar layout and appearance as the Everealm Series, but with different gowns and accents.
P.S. It’s witching hour! (3 am)
I’m off to bed, finally. Sweet dreams, everyone!
~J.D.

Back in the Saddle, Again…

I have been in a bit of a slum for the past few weeks or so. My sleep schedule had gone so completely out of whack that I had to correct it. Anyone who has gone from being a night owl to a day owl (pretty sure that doesn’t exist) will understand my troubles.


Once I got my sleep schedule more manageable, we had a death in the family. My Mamaw (grandmother for those who aren’t used to the term) died at the age of 74. She was the last of my living grandparents, making her passing even more devastating and I was unable to attend the memorial. She was an avid reader and lover/writer of poetry, which is something that we bonded over. Her sweet laugh will be missed…

On a lighter note, Aurora has been officially released!

Also, the cover for Dynasty (Book Five of the Everealm Series) is finished!

Progress (Everealm):

I am on chapter five of Dynasty, the final book of the Everealm Series! It was a slow start due to my slum (see above for explanation). But now that I have found my “groove” I have written 2 1/2 chapters in three days. I may get back to my chapter-a-day schedule if I’m lucky.

Also, I am working on answering questions for an author interview with one of my favorite bloggers! Look for that, coming soon! ūüôā

Progress (Songs):

Still working on the outline for this series but I have over 19,000 words written in my “snippets” document for upcoming books. If you aren’t aware, I tend to write certain scenes as they come to me or when I’m in the mood for them. I keep them in a snippets document and pull them when I’m ready. I am having second thoughts on my original cover designs for this series so I will continue to work on those, as well.

P.S. Feedback on Aurora is slowly trickling in and it’s positive so far! Phew!
tv glee reactions sigh swoon

Quick Update!!

Everealm Series:

I’ve been pretty quiet for the past week. Sorry about that! When I’m editing, I am either reading the manuscript or listening to it (text-to-speech), so it requires a lot of attention.

The final edit for Aurora is finished! Woohoo!

I am waiting on my proofreader to get through the teaser chapter for Dynasty (Book Five) and then I will be sending the book to my list of reviewers as well as uploading it to Amazon. No wait this time. I would rather get right into working on the last book than wait around for release dates.

I am working on the cover for the fifth book, right now. I will share it once it’s ready. Hopefully, by the end of the day. It’s snowing outside and we have a long weekend ahead of us so I hope to get a lot of book work done!

Songs Series:

Still working on the outline for the series. I have changed my mind a few times on the details of the plot but I hope to have a plot summary ready for you, soon! I will also be working on the book covers as I go. I will be adding the first book of the series to Goodreads once I have a plot summary ready so everyone can add it to your TBR lists. So excited about spending more time in Everealm!

And We Have A Series Title!!

Sort of.

I may change my mind, but for now I have decided that the next series will be the:

Songs of Everealm Series                     

(AKA: Songs Series) 

Book Order: 

Song of Sovereign (Book One)
Song of Sparrows (Book Two)
Song of Sorrow (Book Three)
Song of Shadows (Book Four)

If you haven’t figured out already, I decided to name each book after one of the 4 seas in Everealm. I mainly did that because there will be four books and there are four seas. It just seems like a simple way to do it! Also, I am calling it Songs of Everealm to signify that it is a continuation (with a short time jump) of the Everealm Series. Including Everealm in the series title will (hopefully) make it easier for people to find the series when searching for it and know that the two are connected. Does that make sense? Hope so…

Progress:
I am on Chapter 20 of Aurora! Still deciding how to end this book so that it flows easily into the fifth book. I may just keep writing and decide where to end the book once I get a few chapters into book #5, which is still untitled. *sigh* I’m working on it. ūüôā

That’s all for now!

~J.D.

First Step Is Admitting You Have A Problem…

I was reading an article on the web a few days ago that asks when a writer should begin to consider themselves to be “authors”. I admit, I still don’t. However, I can admit that I have become a bit obsessed with storytelling.

Progress:

Aurora & Book Five

– I spent yesterday listening to my rock playlist in order to get into the mood to write “Sire”. It takes a certain mindset to be inside of Silas’ head and it isn’t very pretty. However, I think that my last chapter feels more like the Silas we grew to hate in Everealm and I can’t deny that nasty villains keep the story interesting.
– Just started Chapter Thirteen!
– I’ve begun narrowing down a photo for the cover of Book #5. I’ve also started thinking about a name for the fifth book, but one hasn’t come to me yet.

Playlist for today:

~ Little Mix – Secret Love Song (New favorite song!)
~ Taylor Swift – Out of the Woods
~ Cold War Kids – First
~ Allure – All Cried Out
~ Alanis Morissette – Right Through You
~ Led Zepplin – Black Dog
~ Ed Sheeran – Give Me Love
~ Taking Back Sunday – New American Classic
~ Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover)

Yes, I know. I have a strange taste in music. I was actually listening to oldies earlier, too. “He’s a rebel and he’ll never ever be any good…”

Next Series

– I need to name this series soon because I’ve already gotten half of it outlined. This one looks to be four books.
– I have been considering the covers for this series and I think I will stick with something celestial/magic themed, instead of gowns like I’ve used for the Everealm Series.
– For genre classification, I have changed my mind and this will not be a strict YA series, after all. I enjoy writing intimacy between my characters and having the freedom to show a little gore when necessary (life isn’t always pretty). I originally wanted to stick with a cleaner YA because I wanted to give my daughters a series to read when they get a bit older, however, this won’t be that series. I will just have to write another one for them, later on. ūüôā
– If all goes smoothly with the last two books of the Everealm Series, I will be working on this series before the year has ended. The time jump (8 or 10 yrs) may be staggering for some readers, especially when you realize that Sarita and Gabby will be adults then, with adult-like thoughts and activities… hint-hint… Though, if I can get past it, you can, too! ūüėČ

That’s all for now. I’m off to continue Chapter 13 of Aurora!