Saturday, December 28, 2013

Goodbye, 2013


It astounds me that another year has flown by.  While I’m always excited by the thought of new beginnings and new adventures, I admit I’m in no hurry to see this year end.  2013 was amazing for me, courtesy of my awesome readers.

This was my most successful year so far for my writing.  I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am to all of you who have supported and encouraged my endeavors.  It’s not just that you’ve read my books.  You’ve cheered me on when I needed it most.  You’ve been wonderful, and any time I get down or unmotivated, I only have to think of my readers.  Every time I hit an obstacle, you urge me on.  It’s you who have made this journey worthwhile and for that, I am forever thankful.

New Year’s Eve, I will drink a toast to you all.  You cannot imagine how happy you make me.  All I can do in return is keep writing (of course!) and wish everyone a prosperous, healthy and happy 2014.  May your fondest dreams come true, my friends.

Much love,

Tracy

Monday, December 23, 2013

Shalia's Diary Monday Post

Shalia gets some surprising news in time for Christmas.  (On a side note, I'm amazed that the diary schedule lined up so perfectly with Christmas this year!)  http://shaliasdiary.blogspot.com/

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and Santa is good to you!  And now for your Yule time enjoyment (and because I don't feel like writing a blog after all the decorating, present-wrapping, and eggnog drinking), here are cute men in seasonal attire:











Merry Christmas to all!  If you're on the naughty list, I hope it was for all the right reasons!  ;)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Alien Rule Re-released





Alien Rule is back out with a new cover.  There are a few changes, but as I've mentioned before, it's mostly small details and grammar-related alterations.  If you have the original, feel free to pass on this one.

If you gotta have it though, you can find it at the usual suspects:  Smashwords, Amazon, Amazon UK, and Barnes & Noble.  You can also pick it up in print.

WIP Wednesday – First Mataras: Michaela




Korkla leaned close so that he spoke intimately in Michaela’s ear.  “You have no idea how very tantalizing you are, my rare and wonderful Earther.  I do hope that once you get to know us, you’ll allow us to prove that to you.”

She swallowed.  In an instant she looked every bit as young and vulnerable as she was.  It made Korkla’s chest ache to see her that way.  Michaela Blake had his head spinning as no one else ever had.  One moment she was tough, the next tragic.  Like a little lost girl, she needed strong men to shelter her.

Her voice hesitant, she asked Korkla, “You don’t see me as a freak?”

A low growl sounded from Raxstad.  Ignoring him, Korkla said, “That’s a horrible word, Michaela.  Don’t say it again, please?”

Govi’s tone was firmer than usual.  “You’re not a freak.  You are unique.  Astonishing.”

“You are Michaela,” Raxstad pronounced, as if that was the answer to all concerns.  “There is no other like you.”

Michaela looked at each of them in turn, a smile pulling at her lips.  “Damn.  Do you guys all go to school to learn how to say the right things?  You must have passed with flying colors.”

The tense moment passed, and the three men chuckled at her.  Raxstad said, “If I had received such training, I wouldn’t have found half the trouble I have.”

Michaela grinned at him and turned to Korkla.  She tossed her curls back over her shoulder and asked, “What do you all do on Kalquor?  Israla said you are the aide to the Crown Prince?”

Korkla nodded.  “One of them, Dramok Crown Prince Clajak.  Don’t be too impressed.  It’s a position that’s short on glory and long on stress.”

Her throaty chuckle delighted him.  “So is he a good prince or a lazy, spoiled pain in the ass?”

The three men exchanged a look and burst into outright laughter.  Korkla knew for himself he was not only tickled by the question about Prince Clajak himself, but by Michaela’s bluntness.  She said exactly what she meant, and Korkla enjoyed that aspect of her personality.

Korkla leaned back and considered how to answer her question.  “Ah, Clajak.  He’s not easily summed up.”

Michaela snorted.  “Short answer:  pain in the ass.”

“Sometimes.  But there is a very good man at the heart of it all.  I see him as a great emperor some day.”

Michaela turned to Raxstad next and tapped his knee with her slippered toe.  “What about you, Gorilla Man?  Wait, let me guess.  You walk into rooms where Kalquor’s enemies congregate.  They take one look at you, surrender, and beg for mercy.”

He thrust his shoulders back, swelling his massive chest in an exaggerated display.  “That’s it.  That’s exactly what I do.  My next stop is Earth, where I’ll tell them to leave you the fuck alone or be stomped.”

Release tentatively set for June 2014

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

WIP Wednesday – Clan Beginnings: Clan, Honor, and Empire



            Something else suddenly occurred to Rajhir as he studied the nervous-looking doctor.  Bringing Flencik home just to give Gegra the sense Rajhir was obeying his father’s dictates wasn’t fair to this Imdiko.  That he had been ready to use Flencik in such a way brought a sense of shame to the Dramok. 
            He took a breath.  “You’re right.  I’m being an ass for suggesting such a thing.  Dinner out for two then.  Do I impress you with the fine dining I can afford, putting my excellent breeding on display?  Or would you prefer I take you where I can feed you huge slabs of meat a man of your size obviously requires, then get you drunk, and maybe take advantage of you later?”
            Flencik’s mouth fell open.  His gaze ran down the length of Rajhir’s body and back up again.  His face turned blood red.
            Then the Imdiko bellowed laughter, the sound echoing down the corridor and making people nearby pause.  Rajhir chuckled at his companion’s mirth.  Flencik had a wonderful, rolling laugh that shook his entire body.  It lit his face, making him twice as handsome as before.  Something in Rajhir’s groin tightened to see it.
            Well hell, maybe he’s not the only one suffering from infatuation.  I really do like this guy.
            When Flencik recovered enough to speak, he shook his head at Rajhir.  “By the ancestors.  You are determined to keep me off-balance, aren’t you?”
            “Absolutely.  Where am I taking you tonight, Imdiko?”
            Flencik threw his hands in the air in a gesture of surrender before starting towards the transport again.  “Somewhere relaxing.  But don’t think that means I’m agreeing to be bedded.  I still don’t know you well enough and you seem a bit demanding for my tastes.”
            Rajhir gave him a narrow look but remained quiet until they reached the transport.  He said in a strong tone, “I think you might like demanding, Flencik.  If that’s the case, you will definitely like me.”
            Flencik paused for an instant, still smiling like it was a joke.  Rajhir didn’t miss how the Imdiko’s eyes widened however, or the fact that he swallowed hard before speaking.  “No, I don’t like demanding men that much.  I prefer equal give and take.”
            He stepped onto the transport.  Rajhir prevented the door from shutting right away.  Flencik was not going to get the last word, and he was certainly not leaving thinking Rajhir wasn’t the one in control.
            Looking into that gentle face, Rajhir said, “Damn.  It’s going to be a shame if I have to punish you on our first date because you lied to me.  You know, you aren’t so big on your knees, and that’s exactly where you want me to put you.”
            Flencik’s mouth dropped open again.  Before he could say anything, Rajhir added, “We’ll discuss your true submissive tendencies over dinner.  I’ll pick you up from the medical center this evening.”

Release tentatively scheduled for March 2014

Saturday, December 7, 2013

December 2013 Update





Shalia’s Diary:  Book 2 is now available at all the usual suspects:  Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.  Also in print.

This month’s blog entries will reveal why Imdiko Betra is not clanned, the huge mistake Shalia makes with Clan Dusa, her newfound options when it comes to clanning, and Dad Nayun’s big news.



Clans of Kalquor 2:  Alien Rule – Electronic rights return to me in December 15.  I am ready to roll out Alien Rule for re-release as soon as that happens.




Clans of Kalquor 5:  Alien Slave and Netherworld II:  Blood Potion No. 9:  Barnes & Noble has pulled these two books from its virtual shelves with no explanation.  As I will not get the rights back to those books for some time yet, I cannot do anything about that.  If you want either for your Nook, you will have to get them from Smashwords, which carries Nook-compatible ebooks.  The link for Alien Slave is http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/133804 and for Blood Potion http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/169723.

New Year’s Challenges

Start a new book each month:




(January)  Clans of Kalquor 8:  Alien Caged – Done and released. 

(February)  Clan Beginnings:  Clan, Honor, and Empire – Finished with the first draft of the Rajhir and Flencik portion of the story.  Moving on to Breft now.  Tentative release is set for March 2014.

(March)  First Mataras:  Michaela –Writing a bit here and there.  Planning for a June 2014 release. 

(April)  Clans of Kalquor 9:  Alien Indiscretions –The outline is done, writing a little here and there.  Tentative release set for September 2014.

(May)  Clan Beginnings:  Clan and Crown – All  work on hold.

(June)  Brianna’s Clan -  All work on hold.

(July)  Clans of Kalquor 10:  Alien Hostage – All work on hold.

(August)  Clan Beginnings:  Clan Bacoj (Untitled) – All work on hold.

(September)  Clan Companions 1 (Untitled) – All work on hold.

(October)  Clans of Kalquor 11:  Alien Revolt –All work on hold.

(November)  Clan Beginnings:  Clan Erybet (Untitled) – Outline done.  Further work on hold.

(December)  Nuns of Europa story of aspirant Tina, who was claimed by Sub-weapons Commander Osopa’s clan.  Character sketches in progress.

You know what that means:  I successfully started a new writing project every month for the year as I challenged myself to do.  A lot of groundwork has been laid for upcoming stories, which you will see in the next couple of years.  Lots to look forward to!

Everyone please have a safe and wonderful holiday.