Man, I can’t believe it’s the end of August already. I start work next week, but after the summer I’ve had, I think I’m ready to go back. I had hoped and planned to get all kinds of writing done this summer, and to republish Magebound, but of course, none of that happened.
I spent a full month house-sitting while my friend was in Europe, watching her three dogs and very pregnant cat. (The cat was a stray and came to them that way.) About ten days into my stay, the cat gave birth to five healthy kittens, which was the absolute best part of my summer.
All of my cats over the years have been spayed as soon as they reached six months, so I have never been around newborn kittens. It was amazing! The mom is poly-dactyl with a kinky tail, and we have no idea who the father was, but one of the kittens has his mom’s feet, and the other four have her tail. One was red, one was tortoiseshell, and three were pale orange/buff. I fell in love with the little tortie, but we already have a cat, so I didn’t ask to keep her.
When I wasn’t on kitten-watch, I was helping my parents clean up one of our rentals that had gone empty. The people who moved out had been there for six years with cats and small children, so all the floor coverings had to be torn out, everything had to be washed and painted, and we got a great deal on laminate flooring, so I got to help lay three rooms of laminate hardwood, and let me tell you, it’s nowhere near as easy as they make it look in commercials. Most days, I was so tired and sore afterward, all I could do was shower, eat something, and go to bed.
And as long as the rental was empty, my parents decided to have ductless heating/cooling systems installed in two of the units. By doing two at once, we got a discount, but they’re still $4200 each. The company is letting us make payments, but they needed a $4000 down-payment, which my parents borrowed from me. The money is supposed be for our property taxes due in November, but hopefully they can pay it back in time.
Also this summer, we found out that my mother has cataracts in both of her eyes, which is affecting her vision and causing her to misjudge steps, trip, and fall. She’s almost 60, so that has been very scary. She has appointments to get the cataracts removed on Sept. 8 for the worst one, and Sept. 29 for the second, but they have a $1000 deductible per person per year, which she had to borrow from her sister, so that’s been pretty stressful
On a brighter note, I finally got to watch the last three seasons of Doctor Who. I liked Matt Smith, but I think David Tennant is still my favorite. I can’t wait to see how Peter Capaldi does, but since we don’t have cable or anything, I’ll have to wait until it come out on DVD, so no spoilers, please. ^_^
Needless to say, I got very little writing done this summer. But maybe it was a break that I needed. I’ve been reviewing Magebound as I work on getting it formatted, and I really feel refreshed and ready to get on with the project. I don’t know when it will be ready, and I’m sick of making promises that I can’t keep, so I’ll let you know as soon as it’s done.
I don’t know when I’ll be able to update Moonlight again, but probably not until Magebound has been republished. I want to devote all my attention to one project for a while and see if I can’t get this finished quickly.
That’s all for now. I hope you are all doing well. Until next time! ^_^
Author’s Note: Happy Monday everyone! Good news! I think you’ll be happy with this newest chapter of Moonlight. Let’s just say, I’m done teasing for a while. ^_^ And I think the plot will finally begin to progress again. I’ve been kind of mired in the smut for a while, lol.
Kind-of-bad news: I won’t be able to get back to my regular posting schedule next month. Too much to do regarding Magebound. So the next chapter of Moonlight will be Monday, July 21st. After that, we’ll see what happens.
Things are going well with Magebound. No concrete release date yet, but I’m not going to do any months-in-advance pre-release sales or anything. I didn’t notice any big boost when I did that for Breach, and I’m a bit behind schedule anyway, so I’m not going to bother wasting time, either yours or mine. I may do a bit of build-up, will probably do character interviews like I did with Breach since that was so much fun.
Anyway, enjoy the chapter and I’ll be in touch when Magebound is ready for release. ^_^
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Author’s Note: Happy Monday everyone! And Happy Memorial Day to those who acknowledge it. Sorry I’m a little late, I had family visiting yesterday and forgot to post last night.
It looks like the re-release of Magebound will be end of June/first of July-ish. I don’t want to rush anything and do a bad job, and it’s taking a bit more time than I expected. Once school is out and I have a lot more free time, I should be able to get the rest of it finished, though.
Anyway, here’s the next chapter, and I apologize in advance for the teaser ending. See you next month! :)
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Author’s Note: Happy Monday everyone! I’m feeling much better after my allergy attack two weeks ago. We had some rain, which always seems to clean the air, and whatever it is that I’m allergic to (I think it’s tree pollen) should be finishing up blooming pretty soon, which is good since we’re expecting unseasonably warm weather this week.
Unfortunately, I’m going to have to cut back on Moonlight updates to one a month for May and June. I suddenly realized last week that I have only 6 – 8 weeks left before I want to release Magebound, and while I have been working on it, I still have a ton of work left to do. In addition, I will be busy house-sitting for three of the four weekends in May, and since I’ve been getting extra hours at work, this really cuts into my writing time. So the next update will be May 26th and after that June 23. Hopefully, after that I’ll be able to get back to a bi-monthly schedule.
Thanks for your understanding and support, and I hope you enjoy this chapter of Moonlight. :)
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Sorry, everybody – no chapter of Moonlight this week. I’ve been working on Magebound last week and this week, which I should have been writing Moonlight, I got hit by spring allergies really bad, and my head’s been too foggy to make much sense.
Thanks for your understanding and I’ll try to have a good, long chapter for you in two weeks.
Hey, everybody! Good news. Long Winter’s End is available for purchase through Smashwords and Amazon for just $0.99! It’s just a re-release, exactly the same as the version published through Shadowfire Press, so if you’ve already read it, you don’t need to get it again. ^_^ If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend this one. It’s one of my very favorites.
Long Winter’s End by Katica Locke
Genre: Erotic Fantasy
Warnings: GLBT m/m
Length: 12,700 words
Can Myrran redeem his people and bring an end to a year-long winter?
When Myrran’s tribe arrived in the beautiful valley, it was a veritable land of plenty, until winter came and refused to leave. Desperate for spring to return, they leave an offering upon the ancient stone altar deep in the woods, a sacrifice to appease the spirits. Myrran, not at all happy to be left in the woods to die, is shocked to meet Ilevet, a giant talking rabbit and the true spirit of the valley.
Ilevet is not the vengeful demon Myrran’s tribe imagined him to be, nor is the winter his fault. After speaking with the spirit, Myrran sympathizes with the lonely being and sets out to redeem his people for their ignorant mistakes.
After an unspeakable act of betrayal, Myrran alone holds the key to ending the long winter and saving all their souls.
Author’s Note: Happy Monday everyone! Here’s the newest chapter of Moonlight.
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