Sunday, November 3, 2013

Take What You Can Get

Things have been pretty hectic in la casa di Bell recently, which is why I haven't posted in so long. So I'm going to nail some highlights and get back to keeping my kids out of their Halloween candy.

If it was up to them, they'd eat nothing but Hersheys bars and Laffy Taffy for the next week. I have to guard the trick-or-treat bags like solid gold bars in Fort Knox.

So, first up: I'm almost done Of Shadows and Ash (Maggie's Grove 3). I think it's turning out well. I had a little issue in the middle of the book where I had to rearrange the scenes I'd planned on, but it wound up working much better when I did. I hope to turn it in to Carina Press some time early next month.

I'll be working on my M/M/F book, Not Broken, as soon as I'm done Shadows. I've already started on it a little bit, but Shadows has taken all my attention and I haven't written much. I hope to turn it in to Samhain in early January at the latest.

Also, I've completed edits (I hope) on Bear Naked! I think you all will like it. I'm not going to give anything away, but there are a few plot twists I think will surprise some of you. Hehehehe....

In other news, I've been experiencing some...problems with my back, so I've been taking it easy on the weekends. And by taking it easy, I mean sitting on a heating pad and playing video games until my own stench drives even the dog to hold her nose and back away from me.

Briefly? Assassin's Creed 1 bored me with its repetativeness, and now I'm afraid to try the others. Anna surprised me with its complex storyline, but be aware there's no combat. It's more an interactive novel/puzzle game. The Stanley Parable amused me, and Dark frustrated the crap out of me with its lack of a quick save feature and lack of weapons other than my vampiric abilities. I mean, why can't I have a gun like every other stinking person in the game? And who heard of a bad-ass vampire that can't JUMP? I know I'm white, but please! I can't friggin' jump over a TWO FOOT FENCE? I can't even STEP OVER IT? And no ability to climb anything? Pfft. That's no vampire, that's a first level mage with an iron deficiency and delusions of grandeur.


All right. Maybe it annoyed me more than I thought.

Add in the fact that we might be moving, and Dana has been one very busy lady this month. With both Dusty and I working from home now we've found that, even with the renovations, the current house just isn't working for us. We both need office space seperate from the family areas, and while we've managed to do that for him with the spare bedroom that used to be a library, I'm stuck in the family room, working on the coffee table. Not an ideal situation for me.

So...we're looking, hoping, maybe buying in the near future. Cross your fingers for us.

So that's it! Please remember, Mr. Red Riding Hoode comes out on the 12th, so I'll announce the winner of the contest for an electronic ARC on the morning of the 11th.

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