Hey, wait, what happened to *insert book name*?

PSA from your friendly neighborhood kissy writer, guys! I owe you many more updates, as it’s been a while. I’ve been posting updates to facebook, and emailed my ARC readers and mailing list with them, however I have had a lot of news to share, and not much ability to do it.

But today’s PSA. I am redoing all of the formatting, and doing one last rewrite on many of my books. This means that a I roll out the new books, some may be temporarily unavailable. So if you wander over to my Amazon page, and don’t see, say, Lone Wolf, just check back in a few weeks and it should be back.

Normally, updates don’t require a book to come down, however I’m also handling back-end stuff that may cause the books to flicker in and out of availability. It’s nothing to be afraid of, just me doing what I can to provide y’all with the best, prettiest, smoothest, most awesome reader experience ever!

Now, you may notice I mentioned Lone Wolf. As of this post, Lone Wolf is the first up in the beautician’s chair. It’s an example of what everything else is gonna look like, going forward. So for those of you who haven’t made your way to that series, or Dante and Ria, please be patient– it’ll be worth the wait. I promise.

I hope y’all have had a lovely summer, with lots of sunshine and air conditioning, in equal measure. Stay tuned for my next update, explaining why I’ve been so quiet, what’s going on that has slowed down my effort to provide y’all with lots of sexy stories.

Cover Reveal: Ashes to Ashes

Guess what, guys? I finally have the last cover in my Lick of Fire serial, Phoenix Burned! Part 3, Ashes to Ashes, is the eventful finale. I can’t wait to share it with you!

I can’t believe that in a few short weeks, Eren and Abeni’s full story will be out with the world. Guess I’d better get started on an omnibus edition, for those of you who prefer to read your serials in one giant binge.

Many thanks to the super-talented Jacqueline Sweet for her work on the covers for Lick of Fire, and for knocking Abeni out of the park!

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Cover Reveal: Fire & Fury

Hey, all!

Those of you who follow my facebook know that it’s been a doozy of a year, with new medical diagnoses, and ample chaos to go around. But amidst all that, I got to participate in a super cool project I’m thrilled to unveil…. the Lick of Fire series. Basically, Lick of Fire is a multi-author paranormal romance series with twelve contributing authors, each writing three books. We’re releasing weekly. Our first author, Kim Faulks just released her first book, Hell is a Harem this week. More on Lick of Fire through the banner. Otherwise, keep scrolling to learn more about Fire & Fury.

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Coming April 17th, I have my own first entry, Fire & Fury.

Fire & Fury is the first part of a three part serial, Phoenix Burned. The second installment, Scorched Earth, will hit your kindles May 8th, and the third installment, Ashes to Ashes, will be out July 31st. Those of you who read Chameleon may remember Reza’s twin Eren. Well, it’s time Eren got a story of his own. Thus far, Eren’s been largely overshadowed by his twin- and with good reason. He’s got some shit to work through- and has been avoiding it for centuries. The reappearance of an old love’s gonna force him to come clean with himself about exactly why he’s been stuck punishing himself for so long- and exactly how he can move forward.

Without further ado…. check out the cover for Fire & Fury!

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Fire & Fury is available to preorder on Amazon, B&N, iTunes, Kobo.

 

For Writers: Building Your Sprinting Muscles To Up Your Daily Output

As writers, we’ve got many tools in our arsenal to get the words flowing, no matter what may be happening in our outside lives. And one of the most valuable- the one that’s saved my ass time and again- is the lowly sprint.

See, it’s easy for us to put conditions on our writing. We can only write when conditions are perfect- no glare on the monitor, no kids begging for snacks, no appointments, looming in the wings- or in the case of disabled people like me, no health issues flaring, demanding attention and coddling. But the problem is, while some degree of control over your environment is needed to facilitate a more fluid writing process, perfectionism easily bleeds into procrastination. Don’t have an hour before that appointment? Well, guess you just can’t write today.

Sprinting is a way of short-circuiting your brain’s procrastination habits and low-motivation periods, by creating habits in which you encourage yourself to focus- but only for short periods of time. It’s easier to commit to putting words on the page when you can break that daunting task from something huge(Finish the whole chapter. Write thousands of words.) into something manageable(write however many words you can in the 20 minutes you have before the kids get home from school.)

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So You Want To Be A Writer: NaNoWriMo Process!

Writing this because lately I’ve had a fair amount of acquaintances seeking for guidance in starting writing. And while everyone’s processes are different, with NaNo coming up, it seemed like as good a time as any to talk about it a little bit.

See, National Novel Writing Month was integral to my development as a writer. I began writing for a NaNo, and finishing that novel in good time was one of the things that reassured me that I could write.

Especially in your early days as a writer, it’s all about developing habits you’ll need for the long term. To this day I do NaNos, both to get stories off my chest quickly and maintain my confidence, but also because there’s a special sense of community associated with it that writing often lacks, unless you’ve got a really tight group of writers.

It sounds daunting, so let’s break down what it takes to write a novel’s first draft in a month.

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Cover Reveal for Chameleon!

And now, for the last cover redesign in the main Inkubus series. Chameleon is a somewhat tricky one to illustrate, because of how much of Alisa’s power stems from movement. Stock photo searches are one of the banes of authors’ lives. The challenge in “casting” Alisa was primarily that the posing had to have a lot of movement to it.

Thank you for checking out the new covers, and scroll down to have a look at Alisa!

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The Inkubus series is getting shiny new covers!

Sickness is a funny thing. Sometimes one task will be all but impossible, and you’ll have to shift to do something else. And even tasks that are both “creative” pull different things from the brain. Case in point, I can’t write while I have a migraine… but I can handle Photoshop. Go figure.

I tell you this because part and parcel with the pretty updated formatting I’ve been working on are pretty new covers. You can’t stare at the same piece of art for years without periodically getting the urge to try something different.

So that’s how the Inkubus series ended up with a whole new series of covers. If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen me sharing these already. But just in case…. taadaaaa!

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I’ll be back soon with the covers for Reaper, and Chameleon, and maybe I’ll even show off a few cards from the de Long tarot. I’m still moving slowly from August’s surgery, and am still pretty sick, so you’ve got some time to catch up on your TBR list while you wait for new books from me.  And with so many awesome new books coming soon- (Any Lili st. Germain fans waiting for Gun Shy?) that list’ll be full again soon enough.

Next up, the new Reaper cover!

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Yo, Katie, WTF? Why haven’t you released anything in so long?

Those of you who follow my facebook profile have already heard the full story. Basically, 2017 has been a hellish year of surprises including a cancer scare, two surgeries (One of which is this freaking week!), time living on an oxygen pump, and a host of meds warping my brain chemistry until I could barely speak a coherent sentence, let along tell a coherent story comprised of thousands of coherent sentences.

It’s been one of those make-you-or-break-you times. It’s unfortunately taken a great personal toll on me, one that I am still paying. I’ve had to back out of some projects, delay others, and everything has been topsy-turvy as I struggle to find a balance that allows me to receive medical treatment, manage a dozen specialists, and pursue my creative projects. I’m still not through it, but I am trying to take advantage of my ability to continue working slowly. This is affording me the opportunity to catch up on smaller tasks, such as redoing my formatting using Vellum (which is the Cadillac of formatting), and producing paperback editions for books that had never had them prior.

I hope you’ll stick with me until I’m back on my feet. I promise, it’ll be worth the wait. I’m still pressing forward as I can, and I’ve even been indulging a new creative project, the de Long tarot: a collection of limited edition tarot cards themed off my PNR works. The de Long tarot is ONLY available through giveaways- you can’t buy these suckers solo. So stay tuned for giveaways, and for a new-and-improved experience with my books.

And in the meantime, well-wishes are appreciated. Living so close to death wears a person down under the best of circumstances, and mine are closer to the worst. I’ve got family support, but it’s still been an isolating period, which only worsens things. If you’d like to send me a get-well note, sign up for Sarahah.com, and fill out an anonymous message for me at my page here: katiedelong.Sarahah.com. Or, you can leave it on my facebook or email: katiedelong.writer@gmail.com.