Rock N Role Model: a snippet

I unwrapped a cherry cordial Hershey’s kiss, and popped it into my mouth, and gave a sigh of satisfaction. I love these things. They’re the perfect combination of chocolate and cherry. They have a cherry-flavored filling in the center, instead of one of those gross artificial cherries. I looked around the room at my bandmates: my husband Rob, my friends Nick and Aidan. Rob was reading the latest issue of Modern Drummer Magazine. Nick was busy scribbling lyrics in a notebook, while Aidan was scrolling through something on his phone. This is our moment of Zen, before the chaos begins.

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Sample of “Jo Fuentes: Project Sleep”

Here’s a sample of one of my upcoming books, Jo Fuentes: Project Sleep,coming later this year. 🙂

 

 

Jo stood to the side of the boxing ring, watching the two young women sparring. Only one of them was wearing a pair of gloves. The other was wearing focus pads on her hands, while coaching the other woman on how and where to hit. They moved about in a circle, in the center of the ring. The trainer kept encouraging the woman to hit the focus pads harder and harder. Finally, they stopped, and took deep breaths.

“You did much better today,” the trainer said. She was a  petite Black woman with short brown hair, dressed in a pair of tights and a cut-off t-shirt, with the Pittsburgh Steelers logo on it. “Okay girl, take a break. Get some water.” The other woman nodded, and climbed out of the ring.

Jo lifted her head. “Hey, Ruthless.”

The trainer looked over at her in wide-eyed surprise. She approached Jo’s side of the ring, and cocked her head to one side. “Fuentes?” she said. She removed the focus pads and let them drop onto the floor of the ring. “Jo Fuentes. Well, I’ll be damned. What are you doing here?”

“Ruthless Ruthie Henshaw,” Jo said. “I’m here to see you.”

Ruthie climbed down from the ring. When she stood in front of Jo, Jo was suddenly reminded of just how short she was, compared to herself. “Damn, you’re short.”

Ruthie smirked at her. “Everybody’s short next to you, you freak’n Amazon,” she said. “So, what are you doing here? I get the feeling this isn’t a social call.”

Jo shrugged. “You always had good instincts,” she said. “I came to check on you. Are you okay?”

“Yeah, I’m good,” Ruthie said. “I’ve been working at this gym for about two years now. The Corps let me go, and I needed to do something, so I came here.”

“Yeah, they let me go, too,” Jo said.

“So, what are you doing now?” Ruthie asked.

I guess you can say, I’m doing what they trained me to do,” Jo said.

Ruthie stared at her for a moment. “What do you mean?”

Jo looked around before she answered her. The other people in the gym seemed occupied with their own activities: jumping rope, sparring with one another, lifting weights, etc. Jo leaned forward slightly, and said, “You know. Our training?”

Ruthie shook her head curiously. “Our Marine training?”

Jo sighed softly and shook her head. “The other training.”

Ruthie’s shoulders seemed to stiffen. “I try not to think about that,” she said, in a low voice.

“But you do remember?” Jo whispered.

Ruthie looked around, then gestured for Jo o follow her. They walked off of the floor down a hallway, and into a cramped office on the right. Once inside, Ruthie closed the door. “I don’t think about any of that,” she said. “I don’t talk about it, either. I don’t want any trouble.”

“Ruthie, they did something to us,” Jo said. “They trained us to be assassins, then must have tried to erase our memories. But I remembered some of it. In fact, I used what I learned to kill eight men in under sixty seconds in Iraq.”

Ruthie took a step back. “After the training?”

“After they tried to erase my memory,” Jo said. “But they didn’t get rid of everything. I can still remember being in a classroom with you and other soldiers. I can remember being trained to do some pretty horrible things.”

“What brought you here, Jo?” Ruthie asked. 

“I need answers,” Jo said. “And someone doesn’t want me or anyone else from our class to remember anything.”

“I’ve been trying to keep things quiet,” Ruthie said. “But the truth is, I remember all of it. I woke up one morning, and came in here to work. While I was training this guy in the ring, I started having flashbacks. Hand to hand combat training. I had to stop, and step out of the ring, because I suddenly realized, I could have killed the guy I was training. I mean, I knew how to.I could have killed him with my bare hands, and that scared me.”

Jo sighed heavily. “You’ve got to watch your back,” she said. “If they’re keeping an eye on me, they’re gonna keep one on you, too.”

 

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Celebrating the Valentine Series in February

With February only hours away, what better time to celebrate the Valentine Series than during the month that also celebrates Valentine’s Day? The series is made up of five books, and a secondary series, Valentine Apart, which currently contains four books (I’m working on the fifth book). February will be all about Valentine: the books, the characters, plus updates on the upcoming Jo Fuentes: Project Sleep, and the next Valentine series, Valentine R. And I may throw in a few discounts on books, too!

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Three in the Works

While I have five books planned for 2019, there are three I am currently working on, one of which I hope to have published by the beginning of March. I wanted to share an update on where I am in  those three books. 

Rock N Role Model

Amy and company have returned home from their first national tour, and are working on their next album. They come across a channel on YouTube, where a young fan post videos of her covers of songs. The funny thing is, she looks an awful lot like Amy. Amy decides she wants to meet this young fan, and when she does, she discovers they have a special connection, she never saw coming.

Jo Fuentes: Project Sleep

Jo Fuentes, the Marine turned hit woman, has earned a reputation within the Syndicate as one of the most dangerous hitmen around. She is the Black Queen. Jo has been having flashbacks of the training she underwent while working for the government, but now she wants to more about her past. Exactly what were they training her to do? After all, every soldier can’t kill eight people in under one minute. The deeper Jo digs, the uglier the truth becomes. She even discovers, she may be responsible for the destruction of an entire town.

The Witch of Fulton Lane: The Age of the Daughter

Dylan Maycriss has decided to forgo being a solitary witch, and is in the process of building a small coven, which includes her Aunt Cass, cousin Lilith, and her neighbor Josie. Josie, the newcomer, is learning all about Witchcraft, spell-casting and tarot card reading, while Dylan’s personal abilities seem to strengthen. This seems to be drawing some unwanted attention from members of a cult. At the center of the cult, is a teen girl, who claims she needs Dylan’s help. Dylan is trying to decipher if this girl’s pleas are genuine, and what the cult really wants with her. 

Rock N Role Model will be the first book for 2019, so stay tuned! 

 

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“Our Lady”‘s Amy Edwards gets a solo book

There are two sides to the Our Lady of Righteous Rage series. First, there are the primary books in the series:

Our Lady of Righteous Rage: Extended and Uncensored

Your Fame Will Destroy You

Rowdy

Righteous

Then, there are the companion books:

Novocaine

Another Shot of Novocaine

Dee Seybrook: Rock N Roll Diva

Biologicals

The primary books follow Amy Edwards and company as they grow up, start a band and a business, deal with the pitfalls of adulthood, and the occasional back-stabbing from former friends. The companion books get a little more personal by either providing a back story for specific characters, or by expanding on a specific time frame or event. So far, Erin Michaels, Dee Seybrook and Jon Sarconi have led the way with companion books of their own. But my main character has never had a stand-alone companion book, and I thought it was finally time.

this story is going to be about family

In the upcoming Rock N Role Model, Amy meets a young fan and discovers the two of them share a very special connection; one that will have Amy rethinking her role as a role model, especially for all of the young girls who follow her. Amy is going to discover just how important being a role model is, and she’s going to work even harder to make sure all of her young female fans, know they can accomplish anything.

Behind the song writing and the music, this story is going to be about family. Readers will learn more about Amy’s immediate family: her mother Donna, sister Lana and brothers D.R. and Richard. This book will be a bridge between Righteous and the upcoming Rise Resist Reform, so stay tuned!

Because I Just Can’t Turn My Brain Off

December is drawing to a close, and so is the year 2018. Around this time of year, I begin to wrap things up. I finish whatever book I’m currently reading, see if I reached my Reading  Goal on Goodreads, and try to relax my mind. Well, those are my intentions. However, as most creative types will agree, it’s hard to just let your mind relax. I just can’t seem to turn my brain off.

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My December 2017-December 2018 notebook

 

I keep a notebook full of notes and outlines for books with me at all times. Every year, I buy a composition notebook, create a series of tabs for it, and write. Around December, I buy a notebook for the upcoming year, but I tell myself I’m not going to touch it until January. I’m bot going to start any new books or projects until January. This is what I tell myself. Then, my brain gets to work, and before I know it, I’ve come up with two or three solid ideas for new books (two or three solid, out of about fifteen that I just put aside). 

I’ve come to accept that creativity does not run on a schedule. It just…happens. You can’t flip it on and off like a light switch. But, maybe that’s a good thing. If I could just switch my brain off for awhile, I’d probably miss out on some really great ideas. While I wasn’t planning to start any new drafts for books until January, my ideas for Rock N Role Model kept pushing their way to the surface, so I broke down and wrote four pages for the first chapter. So, I’m going to forget the break, and just keep on writing. 🙂

Monday Blog: Nov 19, 2018: News for W.E.

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope your NaNoWriMo is going well. Between moving to another state and settling in, I haven’t been able to devote as much time to my writing as I would like to. Slowly but surely, I’m getting back on track. This week, I wanted to share some news:

W.E.’s Anniversary

Woolaston Entertainment is turning 24! I’m the mother of a millennial! Isn’t that crazy?! It’s hard to believe that 24 years ago, I found my passion for writing and creating, and developed something wonderful. I’m still thinking of ways to celebrate W.E.’s birthday, so stay tuned!

Online Store

While I was in transit, the online store had to be placed on pause. But, the good news is, I’ve ordered some books to replenish my inventory (I sold everything I had before leaving NY), so I’ll have books for sale again! Buying directly from the W.E. site will save my readers money and time. The titles that will be available next month are Fortune’s Wing and Valentine. I’m looking forward to serving my readers again, and I believe this will be very successful.

Valentine’s Return

Yes, you read that correctly: Valentine is making a comeback. I’m currently working on Jo Fuentes: Project Sleep, which is the final installment of the Valentine Apart series. This book will tie into the plot for my next series, Valentine R. I have some really bold ideas for this series, and I’m certain readers will enjoy it as much as the original. 

The Future of the Monday Blog

I’ve been thinking about getting rid of it for some time now. I’ve decided this year will be the final year of the Monday Blog. Instead, I will post a blog that will not run on a set schedule, which honestly takes a lot of pressure off of me. Post will be uploaded throughout the month, and I’d like to include more work from my fellow writers. I’m still working out the details, so I’ll keep you posted.

Until next week!