Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Five...

All things KB Jacobs...

(you all remember that I'm half of KB Jacobs, right?)

So, today is a big day in the KB Jacobs world. 
We are revealing the cover and blurb for our next book, Crazy Love, book #1 in the Bookstore Love series.

Cover designer: Amanda Matthews (AM Design Studios)

Crazy Love

My name means chaos. My mother must have had a premonition when she named me, because my life has been far from normal. No one realizes the truth about me. But he sees more than he should...

Can a person have a mid-life crisis at twenty-three? Because I’m pretty sure I’m having one. This wasn’t the life I dreamed about. I settled. And now I’m questioning everything, most especially the conundrum who runs the bookstore. She wears sweater cardigans, but every once in a while I see a flash of ink.

I’m ready to rebel, and I’m thinking she might be the perfect partner to join me. If I can get her to stop arguing long enough to see the real me...

Book #1 in the Bookstore Love series.


And to celebrate our cover reveal, we have an extra little surprise for you. 

Book #1 in the Naked Brews series, 
Deliciously Smooth is FREE!


My friends know me. Last week, I had one of my lovely friends send me a link to a mug...knowing my love for mugs and French. I had to order it. (Here's the link to the gorgeous etsy store it came from....Paris Print Shop) The translation for the mug says, "I love this mostly because it's in French". LOL. I kind of adore it. And of course it was only fitting to take a pic of it with the French translations of my books...


Snowcroft news...

It finally happened. 

The first draft of Snowcroft Restoration is DONE! 

For those of you keeping track, this is book #4 and is Law's story. And no, you didn't miss #3, Intertwined Hearts. I should be getting that one back from the editor this week. Then they will be releasing back to back in Sept/Oct/Nov timeframe...I'm not sure on exact dates yet. It depends on how the editing goes. 

But last week, I also got covers for them. 

So, next back here and we'll do a big, double cover reveal for BOTH BOOKS!

And for those of you that love big books, you're going to be very happy. 
Intertwined Hearts is 128k before edits.
Snowcroft Restoration is 95k before any rewrites...
I figure it will be right at 100k when it goes to the editor. 


Cleaning house...
I see that raised eyebrow about cleaning making it to my Top Five, but I have a good reason. I've written three books in the last three months...and neglected my house so badly. It's literally a bad. So, my goal this weekend is to clean it from stem to stern.

But I have a secret weapon against cleaning and chores...

I listen to audiobooks. And if it's a REALLY good book, that means I get more chores done.
It's a win/win.

I haven't shared any of my planner pages lately so I thought it might be fun to share two of my favorite stamped images from this week...

You can see the my daily planner pages on my Instagram account... HERE.

That's it from me today. 
I hope everyone has a great weekend and has the chance to pick up a GREAT book!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Five...lots of little updates including WRITING!

Did you miss me last week?
I fully had plans to do last week's Friday Five up until Saturday afternoon when I realized it just wasn't going to happen. 

But I'm here today, so I hope you forgive me.

Camp NaNoWriMo update...
It's official...July was an incredible writing month for me. I wrote 73,507 on two different the same time. Half those words were on a KB Jacobs book. Half of those words were on Snowcroft Restoration. I'm so excited. After several months of truly dismal word counts, I needed that boost...big time. 

A big shout out to my writing accountability know who you are! 
Accountability is the KEY to getting shit done!!


Back to School...
It's that time, and I'm not sure I'm ready. (Note: our back to school is way early this year, too, which makes it feel way too soon). Littlest goes back to school Thursday. She's thrilled. I'm less so. I've enjoyed our summer together. And while I know this will be good for both of us (honestly, we hardly ever leave the house in the summer), I'm going to miss the freedom of staying up all night reading because I know I don't HAVE to get up with the alarm the next day. Note: I always do get up, but there's a freedom to knowing that I don't HAVE to. 

But in better back to school news, back to school means NEW SCHOOL SUPPLIES!

I'm telling you, it's like offering free drugs to a junkie. 

You mean I have to go and spend $$$ on the school supply aisle?
Um, okay...just let me load up the credit card. 

Have I ever mentioned that I have a bit of an obsession with office supplies?
My Nirvana...

It's the little things...
Speaking of things that make me happy. Take a look at this beauty here. 

*happy sigh* My baby (my kindle paperwhite) got some new digs.

Isn't she pretty? 
It gives me even more of an excuse to spend some time in her I ever needed an excuse for that... 

Writing updates...

KB Jacobs...
In the KB Jacobs world, we're getting lots done behind the scenes. Both of the main books of our next series are written. This series is called the Bookstore Love series and I adore these books. I really truly love them. I love what KBJ is putting out. I just more people realized she was out there. 

Next week, we'll have the cover reveal for the first book...Crazy Love.

Things are also moving right along in the Snowcroft world. 
Book #3, Intertwined Hearts is with my editor right now.
Book #4, Snowcroft Restoration is *this* close to having the first draft written. It's at 85,000 words and counting.

As of yesterday, they both have covers. And I can't wait to show them to you. They're GORGEOUS!!
Maybe we'll do a cover reveal week after next (since KBJ has next week booked for cover reveals). 

Right now, I'm tentatively planning to release these in September and SOON!

Note: if you can't wait for more Snowcroft, here are some great posts with a lot of information about what is coming in this world...with a super-rough excerpt and everything.

All things Found...
I love how much you guys are loving these stories. I'm getting lots of questions about more books to come. The short answer is...YES! There are more books coming. 

Book #2.5...Found at the Jazz Club...Brady & Emily's story
I plan to write this as soon as Snowcroft Restoration is done. This will be a quick, fun little holiday novella. No, I really mean it this time. This WILL be a novella.

Book #3...Found at the Gallery...Remy and Galleon
Yes, they will be getting a story. But it's going to be a bit. For one, Remy is too young. But I do think he and Galleon will be an incredible couple.

And then there's Landon...
You all are savvy. So many of you have asked if Landon will get his HEA.
Well, yes and no...
Landon is a fully developed, fully integral character for another series that I've written the first book in. I just borrowed him for Found at the Bookstore. So, his HEA won't be in part of the Found world. But him and his BDSM clubs are the main setting for this other series that I have planned as a trilogy. His book is the final in that series. 

For those of you that have heard me mention Broken Control, that's the first book in that series. Keep asking...who knows, maybe that will give me the push to write Tanner (#2) and then Landon's (#3) books. And no, Broken Control hasn't been released...although I love that book, too...but maybe soon!

It's been a while since I mentioned my favorite reads, so this week I have two for you...
Fish Out of Water by Amy Lane (audiobook)

Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell
(releasing August 15th)
(my review will be up next week)

Both of these books are male/male romance and I gave both of them A+ rated reviews. Just so, so good! If you like m/m, go check them out. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Have a great weekend everyone. 
Tomorrow's my birthday. I'm thinking the best birthday gift would be finishing Snowcroft Restoration this week!