Resolutions and a new release

I don’t think I’m alone in saying I’m glad 2015 is done and dusted… and here’s hoping 2016 is a vast improvement!

As for New Year’s resolutions: I haven’t made a single one. Frankly, I don’t need the angst that follows all my best intentions re self-improvement going terribly awry when life throws me curveball. But if I were into goal-setting, then my goal for 2016 might be summed up in one word: “balance”.

For starters, I’m gonna do my level best to find some.

You know the kind of thing I’m talking about: balancing work with having some fun every now and then. Finding time to catch up with friends rather than staying at home because it’s easier. Fitting exercise into my daily routine rather than sitting on my butt working all day. Keeping up with my writing schedule, while still finding time to do all the other stuff I’m supposed to be doing. Family demands vs a wee bit of “me” time.

Because right now, every time I carve out time to write, I feel guilty as hell about all the other things I’m not doing. And every time I knuckle down to do some of those myriad other things I need to do, I feel resentful as hell that they’re eating into the writing time. Which, frankly, sucks the big frickin’ kumara.

So…. The overgrown garden will get weeded when I get around to it, and that’s okay. The house will get painted when I get around to getting quotes from painters and book them in, and that’s okay.  The current work-in-process will get written when it gets written, and that’s okay, too. I’m sorry that I can’t give a firm date when this current book I’m writing — and the next one in a certain series that I’m constantly getting asked about — will be released, but it is what it is. I can only do what I’ve done with every book I’ve ever published: the best I can. (Oh, and hope that technology gets its ass into gear so I can get me a clone. Or maybe a cyborg stand-in. Or someone willing to do all the chores. Whatever works!)

Speaking of books:

I’ve just finished edits on TANGENT, a novella set in the Liminals world.

TANGENT is a prequel to Liminal, and takes place shortly before Kade escapes Kincaid Pharmaceuticals and is set the task of spying on Wren. This novella focuses on two new main characters: Rix and Lily, who encounter both Kade, and twin brothers Liam and Reilly Kincaid, when Lily finds herself a prisoner after signing on as a KP lab-rat.

TANGENT will be released in the very near future as one of the stories in the upcoming “Dangerous Boys” anthology, featuring myself and four other authors — I’ll post more details as they’re confirmed finalised. In the meantime, here’s a rough blurb for Tangent:

When the girl Rix swore to protect is taken, he’ll stop at nothing to save her… even if it means revealing what he truly is.

For two years, lone wolf Rix has protected Lily… and lied about his true feelings. Best to keep treating her like the younger sister he never had, because how could she possibly love a hulking great lummox like him? Then Lily vanishes, and Rix discovers someone is snatching liminals to use in covert experiments. Rix will risk it all, move heaven and earth to find Lily. And once he tracks her down his plan is simple: phase in, grab her, get the hell out. But Lily’s merely bait for the real target: Rix.

Vaughn Kincaid, the man behind the experiments on lims, is a driven, sadistic bastard—even his own sons are horrified by the things he’s done. He won’t hesitate to torture Lily and use her as a means to control Rix. Rix’s only ally is Kade, one of Vaughn’s long-term lab-rats. But despite Kade’s willingness to share information, he has an agenda and Rix isn’t convinced he can be trusted. To keep Lily alive, Rix may have to reveal the dangerous liminal ability he’s kept secret his whole life… and risk becoming the one thing he’s vowed never to be again: a killer.

And here’s my reading list for December 2015:

  • The Greek Tycoon’s Blackmailed Mistress by Lynne Graham
  • His Virgin Acquisition by Maisey Yates
  • Walking on the Moon by Susan Sizemore
  • The Dutiful Rake by Elizabeth Rolls
  • The Unruly Chaperone by Elizabeth Rolls
  • One Night, Two Heirs by Maureen Child
  • One Month With The Magnate by Michelle Celmer
  • Get Lucky by Suzanne Brockmann
  • Surgeon Sheik’s Rescue by Loreth Anne White
  • The Scandalous Princess by Kate Hewitt
  • Knight On The Children’s Ward by Carol Marinelli
  • The Last Kolovsky Playboy by Carol Marinelli
  • The Devil Wears Kolovsky by Carol Marinelli
  • Deceived by Nicola Cornick
  • Unlocking Her Innocence by Lynne Graham
  • Sleeping Partner by Kelly Hunter
  • Deserving Of His Diamonds? by Melanie Melbourne
  • Diary of a Fat Girl by Moira Mugweni
  • The Ghost and the Graveyard by Genevieve Jack
  • Poison Study by Maria Snyder
  • Navy Rules by Geri Krotow
  • All Over the Place by Serena Clarke
  • Unlacing Lady Thea by Louise Allen
  • London’s Most Wanted Rake by Bronwyn Scott
  • Rescued From Ruin by Georgie Lee
  • Accidentally Married by Victorine E. Lieske

Happy New Year, and happy reading!

:)

M

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