Thursday, 2 July 2015

Traditional deals

Hey all!!

As some of you may now know, I have done some book deals, some wicked, friggen, awesome book deals. And now more are hovering in the mix. I cannot say anything about anything about them because things can always become nothing, but I can say they will mess with the schedule. I have been adjusting it to ensure that we are staying close to the schedule and at the same time my agent is getting what she needs from me.
So if you see a date shift or a book move months, it's entirely based on book deals. I am indie, for the most part, and able to keep prices of those indie books very low for all of you. But indie just doesn't cut the mustard. I need to be in all markets. And I do have a dream that one day, even though I am Canadian and my indie books don't qualify, I will be on the NYT list or selling my books at the airport.
So if you see the shift or the date change, please don't be angry. It isn't personal. It's just that there are things going on behind the curtain that I cannot share just yet. But when I am able to share news, you can bet I will be shouting it from the rooftops.

Thanks so much for the support and love and constant belief. I appreciate it in my weirdly socially awkward and hermit like way. I run around my house excited and never message you back for fear of having to actually speak to people. I kid. Sort of.


Thursday, 11 June 2015

WHAT BOOK ARE YOU LOOKING FOR???

We are titling this, 

WHAT BOOK ARE YOU LOOKING FOR, oh and come and see me in Toronto on Saturday...

Well it is almost the weekend and I am flying to Toronto tomorrow for the Live the Hype author event on Saturday. Hope some of you are going to make it there.

But mainly I just wanted to let you know I changed the release schedule a touch. When I started working on End of Tomorrow I took a quick peek at End of Me and cringed. It was in pretty bad shape. So Andrea and I have been at it and End of Games. Both will be shiny and new by the end of this weekend before the next book comes out. And thank God, we are almost done all of the back editing on old books. OMG I am so tired of reading my own stuff lol...

End of Tomorrow is releasing before End of Days, that's the major change in the June/July schedule.

End of Tomorrow will be done in the window of July 5th to the 10th and End of Days will be July 15th - July 18th ish.

Also I have heard the pleas and am pushing the entire trilogy for the BORN spinoff so it will be releasing soon and all back to back. Also I am finishing the single lady spy series off this summer. Last book comes out at the end of the summer—lol Canadian summer. Our kids don't go back to school till September 9th.


This is still the rough schedule with some minor adjustments but I hope it answers some questions. Please do not take dates like they are completely fixed.

Also I have to give my agent first refusal on any manuscript that is a new series or a standalone. So And the Sky Fell is going to her first. Just an FYI.

As we get closer to dates I will know better how on target we are.


June
- rewrite and editing End of Me - Done and released
- Rewriting and editing End of Games - current project

July
- The End of Tomorrow - July 5th - 10th, 2015 - current project
- End of Days - July 15th - 17th, 2015 - end of series - current project
- Valiant - July 21st - 24th, 2015 - End of Series

August
- The Last Hour - August 5th - 8th, 2015
- The End of Lies - August 28th - 31st, 2015
- Born to Fight and Reborn rerelease with edits August sometime, 2015
- Sin and Swoon releases this month with Montlake


- PI's Like Us - August 21st - 25th, 2015 - standalone - Agent gets first dibs

September
- End of Love - September 4-9th, 2015 - end of series
- Second Nature - September 25-30th, 2015
- First Kiss - End of September, 2015 - rerelease and inclusion of Daughters Of the Black Blood - End of Series as it is now a standalone

October
 - And the Sky Fell - Born Spinoff Book 1 - October 9-18th, 2015 - agent gets first dibs
- And The Stars Gave Way - Born Spinoff book 2 - October 31st, 2015, Halloween

November
- And The Fires Burned - Born Spinoff Book 3 - November 13th, 2015, Friday the 13th - end of series
- Third Time's a Charm - November 27-30th, 2015
- Soul and Blade releases this months with Montlake

December
- Betrayers - end of devil's roses - December 4-10th, 2015
- Earth's Final Hour - December 12th - 25th, 2015 - End of Series
- Everyday Sort - December 31st, 2015, standalone, New Years Eve Agent gets first dibs



Again these dates depend on editing timelines and all that jazz. So they are pretty fluid but they are a good guestimate of about when to expect the book you are looking for.

Thanks everyone and have a great weekend. I will hopefully see some of you this weekend!!

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Book signings

I am attending two signings this year, if you are wondering why so few, check the scary housekeeping post. The release dates are frightening.
But the two I am attending are 
The British Book Affair - http://www.thebookaffair.com in LONDON!!
andddddddd
drummmm rolllllll
The Carolina Book Fest - http://carolinabookfest2015.blogspot.ca
Other than that I am staying home and working. Except obviously apart from the date T-Swift and I have on August 1st for some summer fun.
I really hope you guys will be able to come to one or the other, depending on your location.

Scary housekeeping...

The Schedule

Of DOOOOOOOOOM

This is the schedule for the releases I have actually put onto the calendar. They are looking a little intense. My editor cried a bit.
The schedule looks insane but you have to remember I write like a savage and most of these books are close to being finished at this point. So it's the finishing touches and editing and that's about it. And these are the release dates for 2015 and 2016.
That's a lot of time between now and then, I just don't know if I will go back to preorder or not, but I want you to have a date for the book you are seeking.

These dates are entirely dependant upon everything in my life going smoothly. I am not so confident in my karmic outcomes as to boldly declare any of them firm. They are going to change a week here and there, but hopefully we can rock this year out and tie off those lose ends!

Please note, Sin and Swoon and Soul and Blade, book 2 and 3 of the Blood and Bone will be releasing this year with Montlake as traditional deals, they are the continuation of that first book.

2015

-Blood and Bone - Montlake - done - Released
-Sin and Swoon - Montlake - done - Releases August 11, 2015
-Soul and Blade - Montlake - current project - Releases November 2015
- Vengeance - rereleased as YA - done - Released
- Vanquished - March 20, 2015 - Done - Released

April
- Blood and Bone - April 28, 2015 - rereleases with Mountlake as a traditional published book.
Worked on Soul and Blade and Sin and Swoon
Went to London, why don't I live there?

May
- Beauty's Beast - May 15, 2015 - a novella - Released
- If At First - May 31st - Released

June
- The End of Me with rewrites and edits - Released
- rewrite and editing of End of Games - Released
- The End of Tomorrow - June 29th - July 10th, 2015 - current project

July
- End of Days - July 16th - 20th, 2015 - end of series - current project
- Valiant - July 24th - 28th, 2015 - End of Series
- The Last Hour - July 31 - August 10th, 2015

August
- PI's Like Us - August 16th - 21st, 2015 - standalone - Agent has first dibs
- The End of Lies - August 25th - 30th, 2015
- Born to Fight and Reborn rerelease with edits August, 2015
- Sin and Swoon releases this month with Montlake

September
- End of Love - September 4th - 10th, 2015 - end of series
- Second Nature - September 25th - 30th, 2015
- First Kiss - September 25th ish, 2015 - rerelease and inclusion of Daughters Of the Black Blood - End of Series as it is now a standalone

October
 - And the Sky Fell -Born Spinoff Book 1 - October 9th-15th, 2015 - Agent has first dibs
- And The Stars Gave Way - Born Spinoff book 2 - October 30th - November 5th, 2015

November
- And The Fires Burned - Born Spinoff Book 3 - November 13th, 2015, Friday the 13th - end of series
- Third Time's a Charm - November 27th - 30th, 2015
- Soul and Blade releases this months with Montlake

December
- Betrayers - end of devil's roses - December 4th - 10th, 2015
- Earths Final Hour - December 18th - 24th, 2015 end of series
- Everyday Sort - December 31st, 2015, standalone - Agent has first dibs

If the schedule gets behind PI's like us, First Kiss, and Everyday Sort will be added to next year. Anything that my agent decides to sell will obviously no longer be up for publishing and will come out at a much later date with a house.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Best laid plans of mice and men and authors

I do it every time.
I don't know why I haven't yet figured it out, maybe the decision will stick this time lol.
But the truth of the matter is I have to stop preorders.
I do them for two reasons, two honest and good reasons.
1. I like to ensure my cover is signed, sealed, and delivered. If it's published no one can steal it. I do hate that. It always costs me twice the amount in the end, sometimes triple.
2. I like to have a date for everyone who asks when will the book come out. I too hate my willy nilly way of publishing what I randomly feel like publishing.

I always go in with good intentions and perfect plans. But then it happens, my family has a situation that sucks all my time from me. Damned people needing my attention and shit…. Then something random happens, like I sign a book deal and have a million things to do for it. Then of course because I have WADD, I get sucked into a story that is not on the schedule. And not to mention I have finalized my plan to go to London to a signing there.

Let's face it. I suck.

I am pulling the preorders and just publishing the books when I get the chance to do them. My family is in a bit of transition and my career even more so. I am still going to be an indie writer but I have traditional publishing going on. Those dates have to take precedence. Plus I have got a lot of catching up to do. My poor agent has deals I have left on the back burner galore lol. I am officially the worst client ever.

So you will already have notifications in your emails and kindles, all my preorders have been pulled. Apart from Blood and Bone, that is not me publishing it though. That is Montlake, Amazon's romance house.

The list of tentative releases is such.

Vengeance the rewrite.
Vanquished, book two in Blood Trail Chronicles
If At First
The End of Tomorrow
The End of Days
The Last Hour

This is my list for the spring-summer.

However I am not giving specific, firm, solid dates. There are like 5 books haunting my dreams at night and demanding to be written.

And in the end all I can say is I am so sorry.
My goals is still 12 books for the year. My plans have not changed I just need to adjust to the dates and commitments I am signed in for. I still plan to work hard for you and put out the best quality books I can.

Thank you so much for the support and understanding as I adjust to being a hybrid author in changing times.

Love and hugs to you all!!!

Cheers

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

New Year New Me


HAPPY NEW YEARS EVE!!!
I don't know how you all feel about New Years but I actually get a bit of a blank slate feel.
New Year, New Me.
I put the old year to bed and let it go.
The mistakes I've made are over, they still make me chuckle or blush, but they are over. I have dealt with the consequences and let the cards fall where they may. Whatever chaos has consumed me in 2014 is over.
My year in reflection is almost amusing. It’s been a bit of a three ring circus.
Of course it started with moving to the arctic and living in a new town with everything changing. It’s not easy for girls who are tweens to adjust to leaving all their friends and making new ones but my girls handled it like bosses. There were hard days but they met them with a show of maturity and wisdom that this is our life. We are the gypsy’s of the police world, federal members who move every 3-4 years.
For me it was an awesome year. It started with signing with an agent and moved quickly into signing book contracts. I actually got picked up for a book an editor at a huge house read on her own accord. I never submitted my book to the house. She read my book because she wanted to and then offered me a deal. I cant tell you what that feels like. Now we are signing other things we will all chat about at a later date when I am allowed to discuss them.
Personally, the year has involved a lot of coaching and parenting and trying to make new friends all while still trying to be Tara Brown, the machine who puts out a book a month.
It hasn't been an easy year but I have been lucky to have very superficial problems. Very white girl problems. And I thank God for that.
As a writer it has been a weird year. In my three years it has been the weirdest.Sales plummeted for most as the market flooded. I fortunately had a great readership already and was able to sustain my career through the madness of the flooded market.
That's all you guys, your loyalty is the greatest gift.

I have regrets, I wish I'd finished the list of books I'd given myself and ended my series. I wish I'd made it to more book signings and conquered my deadly fear of flying. I wish I'd been more accessible and social so people can stop assuming that I'm a bitch and not just socially awkward. Trust me when I say it's the socially awkward 99% of the time. There is bitchiness but it is usually not the culprit. I wish I'd lost more than 20 pounds but still been able to maintain my writing lol. I wish I had taken more photos. I wish I hadn't broken my iPhone. I wish gone to see my grandma and grandpa this summer. They're getting old and that scares me.

Things I don't regret?
The list is too long. I have had a crazy year, anyone who moves across a whole country the size of Canada knows what that entails. But I don't regret it. My child's health was number one. Putting my career on the back burner was an easy choice. Seeing her be a healthy, albeit sassy, teenager is a reward all in itself. I have made friends here that I know will be life long friends, just like the ones I left behind in Nova Scotia.
It has been a good year, a very good year. The highs were made higher by the lows that stung every inch of my soul.

2015

I have very high hopes for 2015.
My goals for the year are books books books books. And more books. I have so many things in the works my head is a basket case but it's just the way I like it.
Conquering my fear of flying is up there on the list of goals but they really need to stop losing planes. That has to happen.
Jogging and eating celery are obviously huge goals.
But mostly my goal is to have my life not change too much. I don't want to move again for a while. I don't want to have to make any big decisions or choices beyond curtains or where to hang a painting. I know of the best-laid plans of mice and men and I know planning to have a calm year is like asking the fates to test me. But it won't be a calm year, not with the books I plan on writing. I would like one year where writing and books is the excitement in my life. That and the jogging obviously.

But enough about me, thank you so much for the year we have had.
Thank you for buying my books and sending me messages and recommending me to people. You have kept this afloat when everyone I knew was struggling to maintain.
Thank you for believing in me, giving me a second or third chance. Thank you for sending the critical reviews, they are the stone on which I sharpen my blade. I cannot learn without knowing the mistakes I'm making. My journey is to write better. So thank you for being part of it.
I can't ever express the gratitude I am filled with or the love I have for you all. Happy New Years Eve and may 2015 be filled with more wonderment than you can imagine. 
God bless everyone and stay safe tonight. 
Make good life choices. 
Take a cab.
 Get a friend to check the validity of his hotness, in case beer goggles have taken you by storm. 
But most of all let’s all bring something good into the New Year and try to perpetuate that goodness.

Friday, 26 December 2014

Thank you for a wonderful year, let's make 2015 even better!

Well, the season, the holiday beliefs of varying types, of course the presents and family and friends have come and are on their way out. It's Boxing Day here in Canada, a day of cleaning the damned house up before Mommy goes crazy. As Christmas and all its magic and glory have started to fade again for another year we have the New Year upon us.
Do you make affirmations?
I don't normally because I am a true Aquarian and like to be sporadic. But I think this year, especially after seeing so much negativity in the feed on Facebook and Twitter, I will be making one affirmation.
To spread joy. To bring positivity. To be part of the solution.
We all have bad days. I find myself particularly evil on those days, the ones that don't work the way I have fooled myself into thinking I can control. I say the wrong things. I gossip, I mean I am girl. I act like a child. I hate admitting it but it totally happens. I am a lot like Finley in WGP.
Those are the days I get ranty and become a sniveler who only sees the worst in everything.
But I am going to walk away this year and I urge you all to do it. I am going to put serious effort into not venting and ranting. I am going to not engage when I see something negative. I think when we engage in the bad thing we see, usually out of the best intentions, we just bring too much exposure to the bad thing. Facebook, our lives, and our experiences are completely controlled by us. We choose what we see and what we acknowledge and how we respond.
Imagine if we all saw the terrible post from a person who has accidentally let their temper get the best of them, and instead of engaging and making it worse, we all just look the other way.
What if we didn't share, didn't comment, didn't add our brand of fuel to the fire? What if we simply let them have their tirade and let them be angry but didn't let them anger us as well?
I don't know how you all feel about the year we have had as far as negativity goes, but I am ready to not see it anymore.
So in my effort to maintain my joy and have my feed be as positive as possible, I am going to be adding things I find amazing to the world around me. Starting with these photos. My husband is federal police and wasn't really home for the holidays, he worked. As do a lot of Soldiers, Police, Emergency Responders, Medical Personnel. This website has come cool Soldier photos, ones that resonate with me because I love animals and have traveled to some very interesting countries and seen strays in desperate need. This warms my heart that they find each other, both maybe in need of a bit of comfort.

http://coolanimalspics.blogspot.ca/2011/07/soldiers-with-pets.html

Have an amazing boxing day, an amazing rest of the holiday, and find things you like and love to fill your day.

Peace be with you all,

Tar