A Year in Review: 2017

After a horrifying start to 2017, I’m pleased with what I’ve achieved this year:

Maria V Snyder’s Fan Edition fo Dawn Study (Chronicles of Ixia #6) was released, and my picture was on the mosaic cover!

 

In January I published Cupid’s Arrow: Guardian Trials on Episode. It’s only 3 episodes long but I plan on going back to it one day. I had a dream after I published it and that has inspired another part of the story. The cover is done by  The Awkward Cover Art Shoppe.

In February my husband came home from a two month stay in hospital and we moved house the next week.

Then in March I published a special 3 episode only Episode, a short story called Mysterious: Those Left Behind. I originally wanted to write this for Episode and they just so happened to have a contest about the mystery genre when I was plotting it in my head, and it was perfect for a 3 episode short story.

In April I published the first part of a trilogy called Lies for a Living, an interconnected story in an overarching series called Chaos of Stars exclusively to Amazon. It’s about a British rock band and the lovers who rock their world.

In April I published part 1 of Lies for a Living, Backstage Heat.

In May I published part 2 of Lies for a Living, Centre Stage.

In June I published part 3 of Lies for a Living, Leading Lady.

A box set of the trilogy was also released in July.

In July I rebranded my Tina Storm books with new titles and a new cover for Demon’s Blood done by Cover Couture.

Then I organised the rest of the covers for my New Adult fantasy trilogy Winter, done by Magic Owl. I can’t show them to you, but they are totally gorgeous.

Then I took a break and focused on my non-writing life.

In November I started NaNoWriMo, but this year, due to outside commitments, I couldn’t finish it. I did get a fair chunk done and I am excited to write the rest of it, I’m just stretched too thin at the moment. This means that I can’t commit to when Winter is going to be published, but I’m hoping, if my life settles down sometime soon, in the latter half of 2018.

My plan for 2018 is:

  • complete the second trilogy in the Chaos of Stars series.
  • to write more of the sequel to Demon’s Blood
  • finish the third book in the New Adult fantasy romance trilogy Winter and prepare for publication.
  • finish No Angel on Episode
  • add some more episodes to Guardian Trials
  • publish Lies for a Living on other platforms.

 


How was your 2017? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

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NaNoWriMo 2017 Kick Off

It’s been pretty quiet around here because I haven’t really been doing anything writing-wise for a couple of months now.

In my defense I did publish a brand new contemporary romance and 2 new Episodes this year, AND rebranded the Tina Storm: Demon Hunter series.

But like (almost) always, I am attempting National Novel Writing Months, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo, this month, kicking off today.

I’ve been tossing around whether I really want to do it this year. With 5 wins from 6 attempts (I didn’t attempt it in 2015 and my computer literally blew up halfway through 2012’s attempt and I hadn’t backed up my novel and was so heartbroken I gave up) I’m pretty keen to finish the new adult fantasy trilogy I started in 2014 but this year has been so hard and stressful on me and I started a new job last week, and I just thought I wouldn’t have the fortitude to tackle something I didn’t absolutely plan on ‘winning’.

But my love of writing, and my love of these characters and wanting to wrap up this story has won me over. Which is interesting, asI’m going in to the third book in the trilogy having not yet finished the second because as you might know, fair reader, my husband went into hospital in the middle of December last year for a back injury and didn’t come out for 2 months, so I didn’t really have the emotional strength to finish that novel when I was working on my Episodes.

(Speaking of which, No Angel has been dormant for a long time but I absolutely do plan on finishing it. I just don’t have the strength to do that and novelling at the same time.)

Well, today was kind of just a brain barf for me. I did plan on writing something NaNo-related. Tasmania has its own region this year, which is something, although I haven’t been to a write-in yet and I’m not sure I will go to any this year. I’m pretty busy outside of writing. But I will leave you with my favourite writing trick for NaNo and one I used just today as I powered past the 1667 minimum and stopped at 2000K instead (you can see my progress in the sidebar ->):

The best place to stop writing is in the middle of an exciting scene where you know what’s going to happen next. That way, when you return the next day, you know exactly what to write and won’t waste time staring at the screen muttering, “NOW what happens?”

My characters were just attacked by what appears to be a grizzly bear, which seemed like a good place to stop for the day.

Storm Force Rebranding: Tina Storm: Demon Hunter and Demon’s Blood

Today I’m very excited to reveal the rebranding for the Storm Force series, which consists of a prequel novella formerly titled Storm Front and now titled Tina Storm: Demon Hunter, and a full-length novel formerly titled Storm of Blood, now titled Demon’s Blood.

The very talented Anna of Cover Couture is responsible for Demon’s Blood’s cover and I love it! It gives such a great Gothicy-paranormal-urban fantasy feel to the novel, which I think really fits.

Demon’s Blood
by Lissa Bilyk
Genre: YA Paranormal

Summary:

Australian teenage demon hunter Tina Storm has been banned from using her lightning vanquish. To earn it back, she has to infiltrate a coven of witches suspected of using illegal blood magic to control people’s minds. Resident witch hottie Lachlan’s sudden interest in her can’t be coincidence – can it? After all, he’s pretty popular with the other girls in the coven – especially Chelsea, who’s decided Tina is evil for stealing her boyfriend.

Meanwhile, Tina has to juggle her end of year exams, her demon hunting, and her family as her relationship with Chinese shapeshifting demon Ten deepens. She’s also being hunted by an ancient vampire for the death of the vampire’s offspring. Can Tina solve the blood magic mystery, settle the vampire with a grudge, and soothe her romantic relationships without the help of her powers? How much can one teenage demon hunter take?

Add to Goodreads

Tina Storm: Demon Hunter (the prequel ) on Goodreads

Tina Storm: Demon Hunter is FREE on Smashwords!

Demon’s Blood is free on Smashwords for all of July, just use the code SW100 when prompted at checkout.

You’ll be pleased to know that I bought THREE covers from Cover Couture, so TIna’s story will definitely be a trilogy when I have the time to write and publish them!


 

Cover Reveal Organized by:

YA Bound Book Tours

Storm Force Rebranding

I’ve engaged the services of YA Bound Book Tours to help me reveal the rebranding for the Storm Force series scheduled for 19th July.

The prequel and the first book in the series are getting a title and cover change thanks to Anna of Cover Couture and I’m very excited to share this with everyone.

If you would like to participate in this cover reveal, please fill follow the link below and fill out the form. Participants will receive everything they need for the cover reveal 1 day before the reveal. YA Bound Book Tours will also send out an HTML-ready post if you prefer, feel free to personalize this as you wish to best fit your blog design/layout.

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