Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Not Waving But Drowning #amwriting #amediting #amfreakingout


Ohmygosh, I am drowning in edits and rewrites. I screwed up my schedule royally by deciding to re-release Zombie Girl and release Quickshot. So now I have edits for an entire novel due out June, rewrites and edits for a novella due out 21st May (which I'm also planning an event for), a short story to release in March, and somehow I have to fit writing in there. By the time the June novel is out, I'll have to dive straight into Keir's Shadow (Book Three of Redemption) because I'd like to release that May 2017, but it's 80K mess of a novel that needs a complete overhaul before I can even think about sending it to Dani. 

And in the real world, my daughter has reached the point in her school life at the age of thirteen where she needs to decide the exam subjects that will shape/make her future career. Eeep! She's stressed and we're stressed for her and about her. Too much pressure at her age! My eldest boy is also rapidly approaching the move from junior to senior school. He's on the autistic spectrum, and while it hasn't affected his learning ability (he's a maths genius), it does impact his social skills and ability to deal with changes. He also doesn't deal with his own stress very well, and it can lead to explosive outbursts that are difficult to accept or handle for those unfamiliar with him and/or his condition. His current school has been fantastic in supporting him, but the transition might well give him good reason to slip back and bring back his anxiety issues.

So this is a short post. Next week is school holidays which has become a no working/no social media time for me, for the sake of my kids and my sanity. I need to have Reunion complete by the end of March to stop me freaking out over release dates. The June novel - well, if it goes into July/August, I don't mind but it's the knock-on effect for Keir's Shadow that bothers me. And I'd still like to release my Rebecca finalist Revived and finish that pesky winter SFR in time for this December. But I'm not holding my breath. In the meantime...

Happenings

Want to read my books for free? Well, there's a couple of ways you can do that completely legitimately over the next couple of months. Keir is up at NetGalley again to read and review for free. Keir's Fall will go up next month (March). And there's a print edition of Keir's Fall up for giveaway at Goodreads. I've also started a Read To Review sign up HERE which you can join to automatically receive ARCs of my future books before they release to the rest of the universe.


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Keir's Fall by Pippa Jay     

Keir's Fall

by Pippa Jay

Giveaway ends February 29, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway

On the 10th I'm part of Liza O'Connor's Blue Men from Space blog, and there's a contest!
On the 11th I'm guesting at Dawn's Reading Nook and talking about five killer kisses.
On the 17th Keir is taking part in the Great Pick-Up Line at The Delighted Reader blog. It's a month long event with giveaways.
Did you vote for Keir in the Hunky Hero-fest and enter the giveaway? There's still time. Go HERE.

Status Update
Last weekend I revealed the covers for both Reunion and Quickshot. In case you missed them...


Space Opera Short Story
Goodreads | Webpage
Amazon inc KU

Aren't they glorious? Again, these are the awesome work of my wonderful cover designer Danielle Fine. Check out her services HERE.

Reunion at Kasha-Asor, my planned release for 21st May and a side story in Keir's Redemption series, is in second round edits but also undergoing a partial rewrite. My planned June release is with me for first round edits.

Quickshot is now up for pre-order and due to release 31st March (link under the book cover above), and will be Amazon exclusive for at least the first 90 days (my apologies to the non-Kindle peeps. However, if you'd like a non-Amazon edition, here's the deal. Buy it from Amazon, send me proof of purchase and the actual format you need, and I will send it to you. Or you could sign up to my Read To Review list HERE, although you will need to have reviewed at least one of my other titles before).
Zombie Girl: Dead Awakened is also up for pre-order, due to release at most online retailers on the 15th February (links under the cover in the right hand side bar).
And Keir finally hit 50 reviews on Amazon US. That last one was a long time coming! I thought it would be stuck on 49 forever. Um, did I mention I have an obsession with numbers?

Ping Pong
Next week I'm trading places with Donna as her second novel - Trouble In Mind - releases on Tuesday! So I'm moving over to Friday for the week. I'm also taking time out from the internet as my monsters have their half term holiday, so any posts/tweets will be running on automatic.
See you on the flip side! Um, that's the 23rd of February in translation...

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