Blue Monday?

Hi everyone 🙂

Today is apparently Blue Monday, the day which is supposed to be the most depressing of the year, and I have to admit to feeling a little blegh today. My mojo needed more of a kick start than usual, not even two cups of coffee helped get it going. So I stepped back and grabbed a book to read. Getting lost in other worlds was just what I needed, and a bit later than normal I opened Word and got down to writing. Fortunately, my characters forgave me for my rotten morning and started chatting the second I sat down. Both W.I.P’s are progressing nicely, and I will be able to tell you more about them soon. My plotting of a third book is also moving along nicely, so that means out of the six books I am intending on releasing this year, two will hopefully be released within the next couple of months.

If you want to keep up to date with what I’m doing then please feel free to like my Facebook Page or follow me on Instagram, Goodreads, or Pinterest.

That’s all for now, so stay safe and I will catch you all again soon 🙂

Raven

Ducks in a Row? Probably Not.

Hi everyone 🙂

I hope you all made it through the first week of the new year okay 🙂 Here in the Raven house it was spent trying to get all my ducks in a row, but as is usual for me one or two wandered off and I had to chase after them. Eventually things calmed down and I was able to focus on my plans for the month, which primarily involve writing two stories and mapping out one. I have also set myself long term goals, ones that I will not let procrastination derail this year. I’ll keep you up to date on the progress of my current w.i.p’s and will share snippets when the first drafts are completed.

My latest release, Love Strikes, is now available across Amazon and I’m hoping to get it on Smashwords soon. If you are interested in finding out what other books I have released then please head over to my website or check out my Amazon Author Page, where you can find them listed 🙂

That’s all for now, so until next time, keep reading and stay safe.

Raven.

Hello 2021

Hi everyone and Happy New Year!

Well, 2020 is behind us and we now enter a new year, one that I fervently hope is better for us all. On the last day of the old year I sat down and started making plans for 2021, ones I am determined to complete. One of my plans is to release six books this year. Now, usually I would give specific dates on when each one would see the world, but this year I’m not doing that. Why? Because I discovered that by locking myself into a fixed date I put stress on myself which in turn affected my writing. My stories will come out when they are ready and the first draft of one is almost completed.

By working in this new way I already feel better and I am gaining more enjoyment from my writing. As writers we do things in our own way and by doing so we create various and wonderful worlds for our readers to enjoy.

So in this new year, let us all continue to write and continue to create new worlds, so that all who read our books escape into their imagination if only for a brief time.

Raven.

Bye Bye 2020

Hi everyone 🙂

This will be my last blog post of 2020 and overall this is a year I won’t be sorry to see the back of. It has been one filled with chaos and loss, but from within that has risen bravery, resilience, and a determination to carry on. For me personally it has not been a bad year as I managed to get a small job which took some stress off me and enabled me to focus more on my writing, though I have to admit my attention hasn’t been one hundred percent. So, over the past few days I’ve taken time to sit down and do some serious thinking over what I want 2021 to be for me writing wise.

This year has made me realize that if I am going to achieve the goals I set myself, I’m going to have to come at my writing and all that goes with it, with greater determination and resolve. So in the last days of this year I’m going to work out what books I’ll release in 2021 and what I need to do regarding promotion and improving my writing skills. Procrastination will be kicked into touch and I am going to hit the new year running.

Before I sign off for 2020, I want to thank you for reading my blog, for following me, and for stepping into my sometimes strange world. May 2021 treat you all with kindness and may it see all your hopes and dreams fulfiled.

See you all in 2021.

Raven.

A Strange Sort of Christmas

Hi everyone 🙂

Well, it’s almost here, a Christmas that is going to be unlike any other. Mine is going to be quiet, with the day probably spent resting before getting back to writing on Boxing Day. My hope is that whatever way you celebrate it this year you find some joy in it, because given all that is going on in the world we need a brief respite from the chaos, even if it is only for a few hours.

Regarding upcoming books – my last release of the year is still on schedule to see the light of day on December 31st and once it is live I will be posting the links on my Facebook page. I will also be making an announcement there soon regarding my first releases of 2021.

That’s all for now, so from my nest to your homes I send wishes for the best Christmas possible. Take care all and stay safe.

Raven

A Busy Raven

Hi everyone 🙂

Things are getting slightly hectic in my world. I’m currently getting my second Nocturnus Novel ready for release, I’m working on my two secret projects, and I’m plotting out the second Kacie Rayne Novel. Add into the mix getting ready for Christmas and my hands are pretty much full. I’m aiming to take Christmas Day and Boxing Day off, but knowing me I’ll probably end up spending it fleshing out my plans for 2021.

I have an idea of the books I want to get written next year, it’s just a matter of working out when I want specific ones to be released. My secret projects will definitely be published next year, and I’ll tell you more about them closer to their release dates. In the meantime if you are looking for something to read over the Christmas period then why not head over to my website or my Amazon Author Page to check out all my published books 🙂

Well, that’s all for now, so back into the writing cave I go.

Raven.

Hello December

Hi everyone 🙂

So, we’ve reached December, a month that provides a spark of brightness on the horizon. Christmas in the Raven household will be quiet but enjoyable, and New Year’s eve I will be staying up to wave bye bye to 2020. First though there is still a lot going on in my writing world. The second Nocturnus novel is heading into its penultimate editing stage and the cover is about to get started on. My two secret projects are moving along nicely and will be out, fingers crossed, the early part of next year.

In the midst of all that, I am going to set aside some time to go over my plans and goals for next year as I want to get them set down so I can hit the ground running when 2021 makes it appearance. There will be a few minor changes taking place, one of which is spending more time writing, researching, and creating covers for my books. After all, if you want something strongly enough you have to put the time and effort in to achieve it 🙂

Well, that’s all for now. If you want to check out all my releases then either head over to my website or my Amazon Author Page where you can find them listed.

Until next time,

Raven.

November Review.

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all staying safe and well 🙂 As the title says, this is a review of how things have gone in November for me. There is a saying that goes along the lines of “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” And that has happened to me this month. I had intended on releasing Nocturnus two mid-month, then start on the second Kacie Rayne novel with the intention of releasing that end of December. However due to changes in my personal life, which are good, plans have shunted sideways. So now, I’m aiming to release the second Nocturnus novel before Christmas, with the second Kacie Rayne novel coming out the beginning of 2021. The other stories I’m working on were not coming out until next year anyway, so they aren’t impacted.

During November I’ve managed to take some time to sit and think about what my goals are for not only next month, but 2021 as a whole. I’m aiming to release more books in 2021 (more to come about exactly what ones later), increase my presence on social media, and get to grips with the marketing side of writing, (both these to be started December). I know I can achieve all these if I avoid procrastinating and this year has not exactly helped me avoid that. I’m not using that as an excuse, but sometimes it is hard to focus when the world around you is turning upside down.

A new month though is a new page in the book of life, fresh and clean, so I’m going to do what I’ve said I will do, and come 2021 when the new chapter starts, I’m going to hit the ground running.

Set your goals, aim for the moon, and even if you miss, you will land amongst the stars.

Until next time,

Raven.

Where are the jump leads?

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all staying safe and well 🙂 At the moment I feel like I’m running on nothing more than fumes and diminishing caffeine reserves. I think its partly due to it getting darker earlier and my body clock trying to adjust. By 6 p.m. I’m thinking about bed, which doesn’t help when I’m working through edits. I swear if my reserves drop any lower I might have to consider jump leads to get me going 😀

Talking of edits, I’m halfway through the ones for Nocturnus 2, which fingers crossed should be completed tomorrow (Tuesday). I’m still working on my other stories and I’m about to start planning out the second Kacie Rayne Novel. I had aimed to get that released by year’s end, but with all that has gone on it looks like it will be the start of 2021. I will keep you all up to date regarding release dates on my Facebook Page. Also if you want to discover what books I currently have released then head over to either my website or my Amazon Author Page where you will find them listed.

Until next time,

Raven

Revamp, Review.

Hi everyone,

With the end of 2020 looming ever closer I’ve taken some time to look over what’s gone on in my life this year writing wise. I have to admit that when the pandemic hit my plans shot sideways, but I think that was the same for a lot of people. Now I’m in a place where I can step back and look at all that has gone on. Because certain aspects of my life have improved over the latter half of this year I’ve been able to focus more on my writing. I’ve also started to get a handle on the other things I need to get sorted out: promotion, marketing, my website, to name but three. I’ve also decided that a revamp is in order, so I’m aiming by years end to have my rebranding sorted out and in place for 2021.

I’m currently working on both new stories which I am aiming to bring to you next year and stories concerning familiar faces. I can’t wait for you to meet them all and I hope that when they are published you will check them out. In the meantime if you are interested in seeing what books I already have published, head over to my Amazon Author Page where you will find them listed. You can also find out about them on my website.

Time to head back into the writing cave 🙂

Raven.