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April 16, 2015

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The original plan was to release the first season of my new serial in Spring 2015. Here we are and no serial. Here’s what it is… When I started publishing, I started with this name. I made not all of my mistakes, but many of them on this name. (Kind of like how the parents learn on the first child.)


Then I created a second pen name and released a book on that. At the time, it seemed super logical to have more than one pen name for brand differentiation. Also, this name was supposed to be my “more commercial” name. And the other name was just going to be… experimental. Like… it didn’t matter if it succeeded or failed. It was mostly for me, and if other people liked it, well awesome.


In a twist that probably surprises nobody but me… my other name is the one people care about. It’s the one that sells the best. It’s the one where authors inside my genre actually know who the hell I even am. Whereas here it’s like “Zoe Who?” This is not me “complaining”, it’s just getting you up to speed on things.


I also found it very difficult to maintain and manage two blogs, two facebooks, and two twitters. It’s extremely difficult for me to be social under two different names. I’m an introvert, so it’s hard enough under one name. But I have ended up being social mostly under my other name. I do my facebooking and twitter over there and pretty much ignore the social aspect of this one unless I have a new book.


I know it’s the wrong way to do it, but it’s too weird for me to manage two social media profiles so it is what it is. If I had things to do over, I probably would have started the other pen name instead of this one, kept my head down, written my books, and expanded into multiple genres (with different branding on the LOOK of the books to differentiate and labeling on the books themselves), that way I would not be running on a treadmill to stay in the same place.


I had thought about making a third pen name, but screw it, I’ll put anything new I create even in a different genre than what people are used to from me, on my other name. This doesn’t mean I’m abandoning Zoe. I’ve basically created a world here and want to continue writing in it and I want all that to happen under the Zoe name. It’s just that things have shifted in the opposite direction where the other name is the main brand and this one is the “experimental one” that has no pressure and can rise or fall, whatever.


But being that name, it means I have to really focus hard on the other name before this one. I am in a stage where I need to rebuild/reboot both names a little bit and get more serious about work. I can’t realistically do both at the exact same time. It’s a ton of work just to build ONE name so that anybody cares about it. (This is a tough business and it’s not getting any less competitive.) So continuing to split my focus is not working.


So I am planning new Zoe stuff. I’m VERY excited about this serial and rebooting Zoe into a slightly different direction (same world, just less focus on romance. It will be more dystopian urban fantasy so the main plot is the main plot and any love interests are a secondary concern rather than being what everything revolves totally around.) But since Zoe has now become the “experimental, meh whatever” name and my other name is the main one now, it means I can’t pretend this name still has priority.


I think my fear in relinquishing that is I think… what if the serial does AMAZING somehow and people love it and I’m basically not getting it out there faster and the name really could succeed and blah blah blah. But honestly, it doesn’t matter, it’s the bird in the hand thing. The other name has a real chance and Zoe right now is a pipe dream. But we’ll see. I’d love for both names to be moderately successful. And I’d love it even more if I had a time machine and could just write under ONE name. But live and learn.


That’s where we are. Right now the serial is on the publishing chopping block for mid to late fall. So it’s not like it’s a million years from now, but without the sales and interest from readers, I can’t focus so much energy and attention on Zoe while letting opportunities for the other name slip away.


Thank you for your patience. If you somehow don’t know my other name and would like to know, you can send me a message on the contact link at the top here. It’s not a “secret” but my family is uber religious and they have little church friends, and I would prefer not to throw that shit in their face since many of them know about this name. (That’s another thing I would have done differently, not tell ANYONE in my real life about the writing thing. It’s taken time and experience to realize how much I don’t want to talk about the writing life in real life.)


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Published on April 16, 2015 05:41 • 44 views

March 10, 2015

Now through Saint Patrick’s Day only, Unleash The Moon will be on $2.99 sale. I’m linking below to the featured retailers where the book is on sale. If you shop at one of these retailers via a different country store than the US store, check your country store separately. I tried to make it on sale for more than just the US. However, the links below are to the US stores:


Kobo Books


Amazon.com


Barnes and Noble Nook


Google Play


Thanks for reading!


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Published on March 10, 2015 09:05 • 43 views

February 13, 2015

Blood Lust is on sale today only for 99 cents. It is the first book in the NOW COMPLETE Preternaturals Series. If you would like to know the full reading order of the series, here it is. (Though the books can be read in any order and all work as stand alones.)


Sale Links for Blood Lust sale (Should be available in US, UK, and CA) This is a Bookbub sale. I’m listing the US site portals; please check the UK and CA separately.


Amazon.com


Barnes And Noble Nook


Kobo Books


Google Play


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Published on February 13, 2015 11:15 • 45 views

November 9, 2014

If You’d like to know when a new book in the Preternaturals world is out, please subscribe to my new release list:


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Published on November 09, 2014 14:08 • 49 views

Unleash The Moon may be the last book in the Preternaturals Series, but it’s not the last book in this world! It also won’t be the last you see of these characters.


I’m busy planning many entry points into this world which will include stand alones, trilogies, series, and serials.


In the future you can expect more books involving: Cain and Tam, Fiona and Z, Hadrian and Angeline (I’m not saying you won’t get others, this is just what’s currently percolating), as well as a side story about two very minor characters in Unleash The Moon whose history I find interesting and think you will enjoy as well.


But Coming NEXT… in Spring 2015 will be my dark paranormal serial (title and further details to be announced), which will introduce new characters and be set in the dystopian world introduced in Unleash The Moon.


Stay tuned!


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Published on November 09, 2014 10:41 • 36 views

November 5, 2014

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Unleash The Moon is now available.


Places you can get Unleash The Moon: (This is the 6th and final book in my series. Books in the series can be read out of order with little trouble because of how they are structured… each focusing on a different couple. However, if you want to read in order it is:


1. Blood Lust

2. Save My Soul

3. The Catalyst

4. Life Cycle

5. Forbidden

6. Unleash The Moon


Amazon.com


Amazon.co.uk


Kobo Books


Google Play


Smashwords


Barnes and Noble


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Published on November 05, 2014 00:25 • 28 views

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Unleash The Moon is now available, not just for pre-order, but available available. The $2.99 sale price goes only through today, so grab it while it’s on sale. It will revert to $4.95 tomorrow. (Unfortunately the sale price is not available in all outlets.)


Places you can get Unleash The Moon: (This is the 6th and final book in my series. Books in the series can be read out of order with little trouble because of how they are structured… each focusing on a different couple. However, if you want to read in order it is: 1. Blood Lust, 2. Save My Soul, 3. The Catalyst, 4. Life Cycle, 5. Forbidden, 6. Unleash The Moon… scroll down after the Unleash The Moon buy links to find the links for the 99 cent sale for the other titles in this series. Two days only! Ends Friday.)


Amazon.com $2.99


Amazon.co.uk


Kobo Books $2.99


Google Play: $2.99


Smashwords: $4.95


Barnes and Noble: $4.95


Additionally… the entire rest of my series can be snatched up for just a couple of days for 99 cents per title to help readers who are new to get caught up. (Or readers who have missed a book or two. It’s a crazy-busy world. It happens!)


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Places you can get the other books in my series for 99 cents each (or equivalent based on currency conversions in your country):


Amazon.com (please search out the other Amazon country stores separately)


Kobo Books (some prices are taking a while to convert to the sale price. If the sale price is not available for the title or titles you want when you get there, try Google Play or B&N, they both sell epubs.)


Google Play


Barnes and Noble


And Finally… Tonight, November 5th, there will be a Facebook Release Day Party at my Facebook Page from 8-10 pm Eastern Time (US). Come join me to talk about the series, what’s coming next, and for a chance to win signed print books.


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Published on November 05, 2014 00:25 • 29 views

October 29, 2014

So a comment over on a guest blog I did for the Unleash The Moon blog tour has got me thinking about how well I communicate to my readers with regards to exactly “what is going on” with this world.


The problem is… it’s a BIG world. And when I say “The Preternaturals Series is over and Unleash the Moon is the final book in the series”… I think what readers hear is: “I am done with these characters and this world.”


Nothing could be further from the truth. By the time I’m finished, Zoe Winters and the word “Pretverse” will be synonymous. (And hopefully people will actually know and care what that even means.)


If it helps, you can think of The Preternaturals as the prologue to this world. It’s the BIG picture stuff. It’s sweeping broad brush strokes creating a big world with many different factions and dimensions. It’s introducing many of the “power players” of the world. But it’s not… we’re done with these characters now, C-ya!


It’s more like… “all my friends moving away”. The gang won’t really be together as “the gang” going forward.(Which makes me sad in my heart) But that’s because we are going to start laser-focusing in on things as I further develop this world.


Something I’ve learned from my other pen name is that where I really excel is in focusing in very closely on a smaller cast of characters. Managing 15 or 16 “major” characters in a book is just madness, and it’s hard to do them justice. I’m not an epic fantasy writer. I am not George R.R. Martin.


I’m Zoe Winters.


It doesn’t mean I can’t create big worlds or don’t love doing it (I do love it!) But it does mean that I’m most in my zone when I’m laser focusing on a few people at a time within a world.


And that’s where we’re going from here. The new upcoming paranormal serial is going to follow ONE main heroine through the dystopian world you’re introduced to in Unleash The Moon. There may be brief cameos of past characters, and a few things you clearly recognize, but it’s a different character in this big world.


BUT… in the future I have plans for a trilogy featuring Z and Fiona (and where they are AFTER the events of Unleash The Moon). I might also do a stand alone of things that happen in their life between The Catalyst and Unleash The Moon.


I have plans for a side novella or novel of a VERY minor character from Unleash The Moon whose backstory interests me and you have no idea about yet.


I have plans for more Hadrian and Angeline.


I have plans for more Cain and Tam in the demon dimension.


Bottom line… I ultimately have more plans for everybody and everything.


When I say I am not done with this world, I mean it. I’m in it for the long haul. I’m in it to win it.


Considering the way I’m building this world, and also the fact that I am not a BIG NAME AUTHOR… I cannot go about this in the way a BNA would do it. I can’t write a series with 32 books or more in it going straight in a row because people want to read things “in order” (And in some ways my world doesn’t really work that way, but it’s too hard to explain it in a sound byte, so I don’t even try). Additionally, while I don’t think Blood Lust is “bad” in any way, I’ve grown significantly as an author since I wrote it.


It’s not strong enough to lead readers through a commitment to a bazillionty books. And I know that.


So instead the plan is this… build this GIANT sandbox and this huge world to play in… release series (like The Preternaturals), serials (like the one coming this spring), stand alones with well-known and loved characters, trilogies, etc. All linking up together in the same world.


The readers who really commit to this series and to me, over the long haul will see the connections building and forming and how this links to that.


I appreciate all the trust my readers have placed in me. And I take it seriously. Everything is a trust-building exercise with readers. Finishing this first series is a big one. I will NOT leave you hanging. I will not abandon you. And if you read a book and think something “tragic” just happened that you’ll never forgive me for… remember where we’ve been and trust me on where we’re going. I will get you there.


Buckle in… we’re just getting started.


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Published on October 29, 2014 13:18 • 28 views

October 24, 2014

Pre-order has really helped me to gain focus for promotional activities and an order in which to do things. Right now I’m putting together my pre-pub and release day tour.


At this time I have a guest post (with giveaways of earlier books in the series) Scheduled for Monday, October 27th as well as one for Wednesday October 28th.


I also have a Facebook Takeover with giveaways of earlier books in the series as well as some SIGNED PAPER copies of Book 5: Forbidden (Because I have a lot of those in my book closet that for some reason I didn’t give away when Forbidden came out because I suck.) That is scheduled for October 31st from 8-10 pm Eastern Time.


Please stay tuned for these events for a chance to win free ebooks (and in some cases signed print books) of earlier titles in the Preternaturals Series Click here for reading order of the full and now complete Preternaturals Series


IF YOU HAVE A PARANORMAL ROMANCE FOCUSED BOOK-RELATED BLOG:


If you have a PNR focused book-related blog and would like to host me during my tour for a guest blog post with giveaways or for a Facebook takeover, Please contact me via this contact form.


Dates still available for Guest Blog or Facebook Takeover:


October 28th (Tuesday)

October 30th (Thursday)

November 3rd (Monday)

November 4th (Tuesday)

November 5th (Wednesday) (Release Day)


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Published on October 24, 2014 08:58 • 27 views

October 23, 2014

Dude. Just dude. I don’t know how you guys have even managed to figure out what order to read these in from my website. My “Books in the Preternaturals Series” page was a complete clusterfuck. Nothing organized. It looked like a third grader put it together. Things weren’t even LISTED in the right order. Completely counterintuitive. I guess I just think you guys are magic and can mystically discern this stuff. I don’t know how I expected to bring in new readers who had no idea what order things went in. No wonder I was getting so many emails asking me the reading order. Get it together, Z!


But NOW it is fixed. I redid the page listing the reading order at the top, then at the bottom instead of a bunch of clutter of book descriptions and links for each individual book on a bunch of different websites I linked to my author pages at all the various retailers. This is much more organized and will hopefully help readers navigate my catalog better. How this went on for so many years in this state… ugh. dude. But it’s fixed now.


Click here to see everything reorganized in a way that doesn’t make you want to stab your eyeballs out.


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Published on October 23, 2014 14:32 • 39 views