Is It Just Me, Or Is It Feeling Warm In Here? (aka- The Long Awaited Bloodtruth #4 Release Date)

5273990757_d4d13c500fI love you guys. I have mentioned this many times before, but I am still blown away by the response I’ve received to the Bloodtruth series over the last two years. And after a recent Bookbub promotion featuring Heiress of Lies (Bloodtruth #1), it’s become a lot more intense. You’ve been churning up the heat for Bloodtruth #4, and I feel it!

So instead of giving you a bunch of lame excuses about why it’s not out yet (they’re really not that lame- just the cosmic interference of real life sucking away all my writing time), I’ll just tell you when it will be out.

Drum roll pleaseā€¦.

A Heart’s Deceit (Bloodtruth #4) will be released on March 4th, 2014!!!

So mark your calendars now, OR head on over to my fancy new Pre-Order page and get a digital copy delivered to your inbox a whole day earlier. That’s right- pre-orders get first dibs, and they don’t even have to wait in line. (Sweet, right?)

I’d write more, but I’ve got a deadline. Hope you understand. šŸ™‚

(photo credit Andrew Malone)

The Latest News On A Heart’s Deceit (Bloodtruth #4)

I am in awe of all the folks I’ve heard from over the last few weeks who are eagerly anticipating the release of A Heart’s Deceit (Bloodtruth #4). I’m reading and responding to every comment that comes my way, so don’t stop sharing your feedback. It really does help spur me forward. (Motivation/pressure- it’s the same thing, right? LOL.)

I know the question that is top of mind for everyone is WHEN. “When will it be ready?” “Can I just get a date, please?”

Here’s my answer on that:

Yes, soon.

I was hoping for a January release, but life has a way of interfering with the best laid plans. Rest assured though- the story is well-underway and so I should be able to set a hard release date in the next week or so. I have other exciting things planned for the launch in the works, so stay tuned here for the latest word.

This book will mark the very last of the three series that I started two years ago, and because Angeline is probably my favorite character of all of my books, I really want to make sure that I take the time to do the end of her story justice. Be patient with me, and hopefully you’ll see that it was worth it. šŸ™‚

Don’t forget to sign up for the Cege Smith Fan Club in the meantime for all the latest and greatest news in the meantime!

Give Me Balance, Or Give Meā€¦Death? Another Resolution Post

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Five days into 2014, I have to admit I’m feeling pretty good about my New Year’s resolutions. I know, I know. It’s only been five days, but you have to start somewhere. As I reviewed my list of potential resolutions during the last few weeks of December, I realized that I could easily drive myself bonkers trying to be “Cege v2.0” in 2014. But if I’ve learned anything about myself over the last thirty-eight years, it’s that I latch onto goals, have a short burst of energy, and then burn out, and crash 2-3 weeks later.

Then I ran across this meme which completely changed my perspective on approaching my resolutions:

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It was time to pull out the KISS method to create my resolutions (Keep It Simple, Stupid if you’ve never run into the expression before.) Hence I refocused my resolutions on changing engrained behaviors, which should lead to the results that I want.

So let’s start here:

BALANCE

2013 felt lopsided to me for many reasons. I started out the beginning of the year with an extremely aggressive production schedule for my writing that included rolling out a new pen name. I actually did pretty well on that front through the first quarter, but that output wasn’t sustainable when my personal life fell apart in a way that dramatically altered many aspects of my life.

By the time I recovered, I felt so derailed that I slowed down even more. The result of that? The delay of the conclusion to both the Twisted Souls and Bloodtruth series.

Careful examination of every diet and weight loss program I’ve ever attempted yields an interesting thing. After finding initial success, things fizzle out because I never spend the time to change the behaviors that caused me to overeat to begin with. I went into it every time full force, but then burned out, and was right back where I started from.

I’m an extremist. I’ve learned over the years that I get short-term results by immersing myself into whatever activity I’m doing, and that works. But it never sticks long-term. I need to learn patience, celebrate small milestones, and keep an unwavering focus on keeping my feet on the balance beam of life, and that includes not acting like a crazy person when the newest diet fad comes around.

It applies to my work, my play, my diet, and my mental health. Achieving BALANCE will push me higher and further than any short-term burst of productivity.

WRITING IT DOWN

This probably sounds silly coming from a writer. I put words to paper and computer screen all day long every day. But that’s my stories and messing around on Facebook and Twitter. That’s not outlining a life plan that clearly spells out what I want to accomplish and how I’m going to measure if I’m successful.

We’ve all probably hear about the Harvard (or Yale) class study that studied the effects of writing down goals. The problem with that study is that is never actually happened. But, an educator at Dominican University did her own study and was able to confirm the results of the supposed Harvard/Yale study. When you write down your goals and hold yourself accountable (in collaboration with a partner), you have a greater chance of achieving your goals.

To keep things organized and keep myself from being distracted, I plan to write down short and long-term goals in a place where I see them daily, and reassess them often to adjust as needed. That will keep the goals and action plans fresh and relevant.

No doubt about it. Sometimes notĀ making New Year’s resolutions seems like the path of least resistance. But I’m still optimistic, and I’m going implement the tweaks to behavior that I mentioned above.

That’s it. Two things, but two things that if I stick with them can mean a tremendous difference in my life for many reasons.

What about you? What are your 2014 resolutions?

Photo Credit: dleell

Street Team Sign-ups Are Now OPEN!

It’s January- do you know what that means? As promised, I’ve opened up my very first round of Street Team sign-ups!!

What’s a Street Team?

Members of the Street Team are diehard fans of my books who are eager to share news and highlights of my books with everyone they know, both online and offline. In return, street team members will receive swag (like bookmarks, postcards, paperback copies of my books, etc.), special shoutouts, and even ARC copies of my upcoming new releases!

Want to join?

Click here to fill out the short, painless application. I hope to hear from you!

Bloodtruth Series Conclusion: Spoiler #1

I decided that it might make the wait for the last book in the Bloodtruth series, A Heart’s Deceit, seem a little bit shorter if I shared some tidbits about the book and the series overall with you. In this first installment, I share some thoughts on love triangles and why I don’t think there is a traditional love triangle in this series.

Check out the video, and I’d love you to hear your thoughts in the comments below!