It’s finally here for all to read,
The third story of the witches three,
You’ve followed their journeys of life and love,
Now see what a little karma does!
Okay, sorry, I couldn’t resist NOT having a spell for it… *cough* Carrying on.
I know this is late. Like, really, really late. (And I’m still sorry!) But it’s finally published and available to buy and all that good stuff.
Despite the weird name and the whole adoption thing, Topaz’s life is pretty average. She has a boss she doesn’t like, a cat who thinks the world revolves around her, a best friend she’s crushed on for years, and a day job that keeps her from her dream job of being an author. All perfectly normal things.
But everything changes when she slips on a letter that appears out of nowhere. The letter–written by her biological mother–proves just how abnormal things really are. Not only does she have two sisters, but she’s also a hereditary witch.
Just when Topaz starts thinking that maybe there’s something to this magic thing, she learns a lesson all new witches learn: Magic isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. And sometimes, Karma can be a real witch.
I sincerely (again) apologize and hope y’all enjoy the story!
I promised I’d update y’all about Karma’s a Witch at the end of February, and since it’s the end of February… Here we go!
Karma is nearly finished, like, 92% done, with about a chapter’s worth of words left to write. I tend to write scenes out of order or have to add stuff in, so that requires a lot of time to transition the scenes together so they make sense. And that makes it more time-consuming than adding new words. (Why, yes, this is one of the major downfalls of NOT being a plotter…)
That said, it will get finished in March! As soon as it’s done, I’ll send it off to a few beta readers to make sure it’s good (*please be good*) and then it’ll be off for edits.
So, I’m very loosely predicting a March/April release. I’ll keep y’all updated with its current status from here on out and post as soon as I have an estimated release date!
(Oh, look, y’all! A positive update! )
I posted this on my Facebook page, but I’m putting it here, too, for those who may not follow me on FB or who may not have seen the update.
If you’ve followed me for updates on Karma’s a Witch or are wondering about it, I’m NOT ignoring the project. (I’m working on it right now, actually.)
I didn’t want to back out because I agreed to do it and I loved the idea behind it. I was SO excited to work on it, and to work with the other authors involved. And I know you have no possible way of seeing or realizing it, but I have actually put a lot of time into this project–both the story itself, the covers, etc.
So, I’m going to ask for two months to get it finished–with a Big If attached. If, after a month, I don’t think I can have it out around that time, I’ll step down. Hope Welsh, the author of the second book, has already shown an interest in finishing it, so I think she’d be happy to take it over.
The delay is and has been ON ME and me alone, so please don’t don’t be angry or upset with the other authors. I take full responsibility for it. If they–or I–had known it would take this long, I never would have agreed to it, and I know they would have found someone else.
(And if you want to know why there has been a delay, you can check out this blog post. I explained a little about what was/is going on: http://www.laniejordan.com/blog/08/2014/the-dreaded-update/)
That’s where I’m at. Basically, if, by March 1st, I don’t think I can have it out in/around April, I’m going to talk to Hope about taking over. (I’ll actually talk to her sooner than that so she knows what’s going on.)
I’ve been working on it pretty much non-stop for the last 24 hours, minus a nap and a few hours I had to stop to rest my hands. This will be my main project during the weekdays for the next month. And after yesterday, I’m feeling hopeful that I can finish it. But if not, I’ll step aside. Y’all have waited long enough.
I’m truly very sorry for the delay.
I’ve gotten a few emails from people saying they’re getting unreadable emails from me. If you’re among those people, then I’m sincerely sorry. I promise I have not sent any out.
The only possible explanation for this that I can think of is that people signed up to receive notifications from my website/blog.
My site was redone yesterday, which meant updating pages to get things to work properly. Also, I just remembered that I imported some pages to test different features and I’m hoping this is what caused it. Why hoping? Because it means that, while super annoying for you guys (I’m so sorry!), I haven’t been hacked and your inboxes shouldn’t blow up with emails until I blog again (er, like…now. Really, I’m sorry!). I’m not actually sure when people get updates,
and I can’t find out without possibly triggering another email-meltdown–which I really, really don’t want to do.
### Last minute edit: I signed up for my own blog and this is where I found the way to remove myself: https://subscribe.wordpress.com/ ###
After Googling for an hour, the only thing I know is: If you signed up for notifications, then it’s impossible for me to remove you. No where does it allow me to see WHO is following my website/blog–I just know people are. I can’t add anyone to this list or remove them.
So, I’ve been dreading writing this, mostly because it comes with nothing but not-so-great news, which I hate to give.
Off and on for the last year, I’ve been really sick and having major issues with my hands (where they hurt so bad I can’t even lift a paper plate). A few months ago–around the time I vanished–things got even worse. I was sleeping close to 16 hours a day–if not more–and I’ve been to the doctor more times in the last 5 months than in the past 10 years combined. And then 2 weeks ago, I had surgery to have my gallbladder removed (something my doctor was hoping would fix at least one of my on-going issues so he could focus on other things).
I hate writing this post because it means I’ve failed y’all. It means I’ve failed to deliver two things I really, really wanted to have delivered already, and that’s the 3rd story in the Karma’s Witches series (Karma’s a Witch) and the 4th Breed Chronicles book. Neither of which will be released any time soon, unless something with my health changes drastically.
If you’re looking for some new YA books/authors to discover, you should check out: Jennifer Fischetto’s A-Z Challenge.
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Every day this month (excluding Sundays, cause everyone needs a day off 😉 ), she’s going to be posting about different authors and YA books. So, if you’re in the market for some new books (and who isn’t?!), then look no further! Read her blog, and take a peek at the new cover for her I Spy Dead People book–it’s awesome.
(Warning: I can’t be held responsible when your wallets starts to weep!)
It’s here, y’all! Breed of Havoc has (finally!) released.
I had a lot of stuff going on this past year (health issues, the death of my cat, moving, etc) that played a big part in its delay, but I also had to rewrite entire sections of the book a few times. In general, the plots are really intricate and complicated, so I can’t rush what I’m writing. Plus, if you’ve read any of the books, y’all know Jade. She’s difficult. 😉
But it’s finally here! And from now until April 7th, the book will be on sale for a special price of $0.99 because you guys had to wait so long. You guys have been amazingly patient and I felt bad about the wait. I love reading, so I know how waiting feels and I hate that I had to do that. I’m crossing my fingers and toes that Breed 4.0 doesn’t take as long.
Some people have this idea that their way of publishing is the *only* way to publish. Some think it’s indie/self-publishing, some think it’s with a traditional publisher (the Big 5 New York pubs), and some think it’s e-publishing.
I’m tired of seeing authors bashed–mostly by other authors–for choosing to self-publish, or for choosing not to. I’ve seen some bashed for turning down contracts, some bashed for not turning down contracts. It’s a vicious cycle. Honestly, it’s a vicious thing period to bash someone for making a decision that’s right for them. Read more…
Okay, this is gonna be a long post, so I just want to warn y’all up front.
First, I haven’t been on any social networks in eons it seems, and some of you may have noticed my absence. *cough* I want to apologize. For the last few months, I’ve been really run down (like, sleep 18 hours a day run down) and generally crappy feeling. That’s why I haven’t been on. I’m not ignoring anyone. I’ve just felt that bad.
Second, I’ve been getting a lot messages and emails about the third Breed Chronicles book, Breed of Havoc. I was an idiot before and said I’d have it out by October, because I thought–hoped–I would. I was wrong, and for that, again I apologize. I was so excited to get the book out that I rushed it and seriously messed up the book and myself.
The Spooky Spectacular Event will kick off Friday and run through midnight Sunday (Oct 18-20). Featuring 60+ of today’s hottest authors, $1,000 in prizes and tons of awesome giveaways (Kindle Fires anyone? Coach wristlets?), the event is going to be a blast!
And most importantly, readers will be able to fill up their Kindles with incredible ebooks, all priced at .99! Check out all the gorgeous books at the event’s webpage. Just click here!
RSVP at the event’s FB page to be automatically entered into the drawing for one of three Kindle Fires! Click here to visit the event page. Instructions for earning extra entries for the drawing will be on the event page! Additional links to Rafflecopter entries for other giveaways will also be available on the event page as well.
A special thank you goes out to Lisa Markson, Leanne Jacobson, Stephanie Shaw and Emily Rae for all their help with the event. You all rock!
Spooky Spectacular sponsored by …
Lizzy Ford (Website, Facebook page, Twitter)
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