Well, the end of the year is here. I’d forgotten how much I accomplished and am truly proud of it all:
The final struggle against the Hellions has arrived. A trapped engineer and a desperate marauder scramble to fight an enemy with unspeakable power on its side. Time is running out, and one world will be destroyed…
After sacrificing herself to save the lives of her friends and family, Claire Abernathy struggles to outwit her Hellion captors. They torment and terrify her into working on a weapon with the sole purpose of obliterating the world, friends, and love she has struggled to save. If Claire has any chance of saving those she loves, she must delve deeper into the Hellion world, and witness nightmares she could never imagine.
In Westraven, Sawyer Kendric is desperate to find the woman he loves. To do so, he must finally embrace his family’s atrocious past and heal the wounds it has caused. He will be forced to make new allies, uncover secrets that change all he knows, and find the courage to lead a ragtag crew into the darkest, deadliest battle of their lives.
Claire and Sawyer fight to save their broken world in the final installment of the epic DARK SKY trilogy.
2017 also saw the release of the Dark Sky Box Set:
In the post-apocalyptic steampunk-fantasy setting of DARK SKY, a young engineer who struggles to repair a failure of the past, and to ensure a safe future for those she loves by freeing it from hellish monsters bent on revenge…
Ten years ago, vampiric beasts called Hellions invaded the city of Westraven and decimated it with fangs, claws, and cannon-fire. Now, survivors live underground and sustain themselves with the scraps left behind, often under the cruel fist of self-made leaders and grounded sky-pirates. Living under such rule is Claire, a talented young engineer working only to ensure e a life for her sister, Abigail. When Abby is kidnapped by the Hellions, Claire becomes desperate and finds herself allying with marauders– hot-tempered pirates equally as dangerous as the Hellions themselves.
As Claire forges a shaky relationship with them and their cynical young captain, she unearths truths about her past she could never have imagined, and realizes that the only way to protect those she loves is by challenging the Hellions head-on, an endeavour that could see the end of the Hellions once and for all, or secure their reign once and for all…
This was also the year where I bought my own condo for the first time. Can’t begin to tell you how excited I still am for that. I’ve lived here for about six months and it’s still amazing to come back to a place that’s mine in every sense of the word. Even better is seeing all of my books on the shelves where they belong!
*It’s an old photo, and the shelves have definitely been added to over the last few months, 😉
I’ve also been working on two brand new projects that I’m happy to announce are on their way to completion. These can be considered formal announcements…
The first, which if you’ve been following my Weekend Writing Warrior posts, is called Storm of the Gods, and is the first in a projected 5 book series with 3 e-novellas interspersed in between. The series can be described as an alternate reality where the Greek gods have awakened from a two-thousand year slumber and have begun to regain control of their powers. The main characters are Derek and Liam Areios, two warriors descended from Ares who find themselves wrapped up in conspiracy and destiny beyond anything they could comprehend.
I’m still working on it, but here is the blurb for the first book:
The Olympians have returned, and their descendants will pay the price…
Thirty years ago, the Olympian gods woke with fury and vengeance. They began a strict, isolationist reign that fractured the state of California. Not even their scions––mortals gifted with elemental magic––can escape the Olympian’s rigid control.
War-scion and professional monster hunter Derek Areios lives by three rules: Protect his younger brother. Control his unnaturally dangerous abilities. Never kill again.
But his rules are challenged when the brothers are sent to find and capture rogues descendants intent on stealing a devastating weapon: Zeus’s Thunderbolt. The Thunderbolt must be retrieved the rogues must be killed––by Derek himself.
Determined to keep his honour, Derek and his brother agree to work with the rogues instead, and soon they are led on a path laden with deception, secrets, and a destiny darker than anything Derek is prepared to face.
I’m super excited to share this story with you all. It’s one of my dream projects and I’m completely in love with the world, the magic, and the characters. I even find myself using some of the slang in real life! It’s in the editing phase right now, but the projected release date is June 12. I’ve already booked the cover/promotional art, the map (my first one!), and the book tour, and I’ll add more updates as it all comes into place. The preorders will hopefully be live in the next couple months. There will also be ARCs, giveaways, and swag available, since I want to give Storm of the Gods the biggest release I can manage.
My second project, which was five months in the making (two months with a failed rough draft, a month of planning, and two more months of writing) is called Granite & Ghosts and it will be a Young Adult Fantasy. I worked on it for NaNoWriMo with this as the synopsis:
Game of Thrones meets Throne of Glass with Gargoyles as the ruling race, and a mysterious young woman who bands together with other outcasts to preform an impossible heist for items that will change the course of the universe.
This project has taken a lot out of me, so I’m leaving it alone for a couple weeks to work on SotG, but I fully intend to polish it to a near-mirror shine and send it out to literary agents. Hopefully I’ll be able to snag a book deal, but if not, I’ll likely release it independently
As far as a 2018 release schedule, right now, all I have planned is Storm of the Gods, though hopefully I’ll be able to release its sequel near the end of the year, and maybe a novella as well.
As you might imagine, I’m absolutely stoked for this coming year and can’t wait to share it all with you!