Time To Do It Again!

2012. Wow.

I really don’t have much more to say about that. In case you were wondering where I thought I’d be at this time last year, you can check out my 2012 resolution post. Yea- there were some changes made in timing and titles, but ultimately I said that I would publish six books last year.

And I did.

That made me think that I need to up my game in 2013. So I sat down last week and put together my production schedule for the year. My knees are still shaking just a little bit. To say that it is ambitious may be an understatement. But I’m a big believer in the saying “Go Big or Go Home.” I set a BHG (Big Hairy Goal) for 2013, and I think I’m going to have a ball going after it.

I am hoping that you will join me for the ride as well. That will multiple the fun factor for me by about a thousand!

So I know you are about ready for me to stop babbling now and just tell you what’s going on and when you are going to hear next from Angeline and Connor, Cameron, Samuel, and Malcolm, and maybe even Violet and Jeremiah. Well, here it is (please note that I say this is tentative and subject to change!):

Cege’s *TENTATIVE* 2013 Production Schedule

January 2013: The Shadows Trilogy omnibus

February 2013: Soul Cycle (Twisted Souls #3)

March 2013: Trials of Truth (Bloodtruth #3)

May 2013: Step To My Bones

August 2013: Twisted Souls series #4

September 2013: Bloodtruth series #4

November 2013: Immortal End

I am planning to release a paranormal thriller serial starting in April, and those episodes will be interspersed with my novel releases. Each of those will be 10K-20K words each, so that’s a lot of writing for those as well.

I’m also launching a new pen name that will serve up stories in the contemporary romance genre. It’s a completely new endeavor for me, and one I’m really excited about. There were be several short story/novel releases under that name as well.

Whew- I’m exhausted already. ūüôā ¬†And nervous. But really psyched about what I’ve got spinning for this year. By the way, I can’t stress enough that I love to hear from readers of my series, and if there is a big push from fans, I may consider moving some things up to accommodate.

In the meantime, you’ll find me in my favorite writing chair.

Happy New Year!!

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Cover Reveal: Veiled Shadows (Shadows #3)

I can’t keep this one under my hat any longer. Yep- this is the cover for the final book in the Shadows series: Veiled Shadows (Shadows #3). It was designed by the very talented Dafeenah over at Indie Designz.

I suppose you are looking for a little tidbit or two on what’s to come in this installment? I’m happy to oblige.

**SPOILERS AHOY**

Well, Ellie’s finally going to find out everything she wanted to know about her parents and their tie to the Afterlife. The thing about knowing the full story? Sometimes you realize that you didn’t really want to know.

David’s on his own journey of self-discovery, but he hasn’t given up on a future with Ellie. He’s going to have help from some unexpected places, and that’s a good thing- he needs all the help he can get.

And we haven’t see the last of Mikel or Lillian. Oh, and if you thought they were bad, then trust me, you haven’t seen anything yet. ūüėČ

Hopefully those little morsels give you something to look forward to. My opinion? I think this will be the best book of the trilogy.

What do you think of the new cover?

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Cover Reveal: Immortal End (the Ageless sequel)

I am swooning yet again over my newest cover from LFD Designs. I will be completely honest here: I wasn’t sure if I was going to write a sequel to Ageless. I left the story where the arc of the book was clearly over, but there was a nice thread left open that could be continued if I wanted to do it.

Until this past week, I was leaning toward leaving it alone. Then I found this cover, and suddenly I saw Violet there clear as day. And so Immortal End will become a reality sooner rather than later. (Hooray! More Jeremiah and Jonah *wink*.)

I am feverishly working on Veiled Shadows right now, but Immortal End will be coming in Q1 2013 (if not sooner).  When really all depends on 3 things:

  • How long Veiled Shadows takes me to get done
  • How long the 3rd Bloodtruth book takes to get done (Angeline fans everywhere- rejoice!)
  • If I have a push from Twisted Souls fans to get the 3rd book in that series first

If you have an opinion, I’d love to hear from you in the comments or by dropping me a line (cege@cegesmith.com). ¬†Series fans really do have a voice in my production schedule because at the end of the day, I’m writing for you.

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The Bradford Mansion: Virtual Haunted House Tour Stop #11

Happy Halloween!!

Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year, and I’m offering up a treat for all of my readers today: a behind-the-scenes peek at the Bradford mansion, which as anyone who has read Edge of Shadows or Shadows Deep knows, is a very important location¬†in the Shadows¬†series.

It’s come through loud and clear that readers¬†are fascinated by the Bradford mansion and its dark history. I put the house on the shoreline of the Lake of the Isles in Uptown, MN. The house itself is fictional, but I built it as a composite of two different Lake of the Isles homes- the Charles C. Gates mansion, which was torn down in the 1930s, and¬†a house that¬†currently sits on East Lake of the Isles¬†Parkway (you can see¬†that house¬†in the short little video below).

This on-location video also gives you a first hand view of what the characters in Edge of Shadows see when they look out the front windows of the mansion.

A Dark History

For those of you who haven’t had an opportunity to dive into the Shadows series yet, here’s the backstory on the house:

The property was purchased¬†by Joseph Bradford in 1906. There was a small, existing house already¬†there, but Joseph tore it down to build¬†his dream home. ¬†Joseph was “new money” and built the home to coerce his wife, Lillian, to join him in Minnesota and forget about her comfortable Southern roots.

Construction took well over a year, and there were “accidents” along the way. Finally, the Bradfords settled into their home and began to enjoy their new social life, which included frequent entertaining in the home.

Unfortuantely, the Bradfords happy facade began to crumble over Joseph’s financial¬†stability and¬†their inability to have children. The¬†colorful parties¬†turned dark as the Bradfords become involved in darker activities that included psychics and seances.¬†Then one day the Bradfords were gone, never to be heard from again and the house was empty.

The house went through several owners over the years, but no one stayed in the home longer than a few months, at least until Edge of Shadows begins, and we find Linda Jordan purchasing the home.

Is It Haunted?

I am not disclosing any spoilers when I tell you that unequivocally, YES, the Bradford mansion is haunted. But if you want to know by who and why, you’ll have to read the book to find out. ūüôā

 

The Virtual Haunted House Tour Comes to a Close

I want to say a big “THANK YOU” to everyone who has joined me on the virtual haunted house tour this year. If you enjoyed the tour, and would like to see this type of event next year, be sure to leave me a comment below. (I’m thinking “haunted hospitals” for next year’s tour.)

(Halloween photo credit: Muffet)

(Charles Gates mansion photo credit: 1889 Victorian House Restoration)

 

Finally, don’t forget that today is the last day of the Monster Fest sale! Three of my monster-ish tales are on sale for $0.99 through the end of the day¬†today. Click the book cover to snag your copy now!

  

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The Beginning Of The End: Shadows #3

I think I have figured it out. The reason it has taken me so long to wrap my brain around the third and final book in the Shadows series.

At first I thought that it was because I didn’t know how the story was going to end. That’s a very legitimate and logical reason, and one I’m sure fans of the series could understand (even though y’all are gently nudging for me to get going- lol.) But that wasn’t it.

Then I got a bit distracted by writing three other books this past summer. That was really nothing other than a diversion (a very pleasant one! I love all those books too). I was using fake reason #1 to feed my insane need to procrastinate on everything I do.

As September loomed, I started to think that I couldn’t do Ellie, David, and crew justice. Ellie’s journey is one of transition and a final metamorphosis into the person she was always meant to be. I can’t trivialize or get it wrong for fear fans will hate me. Or I’d hate myself.

But after a long spell of reflection, and healthy distance from the outline I drafted of the book in early September, I’ve come to a stunning conclusion.

It’s all just a load of hogwash.

I haven’t written the third Shadows book because quite simply, I’m not quite ready for it all to end.¬†That’s given me reason to pause. I am certain that this book is going to be the last Shadows book. There will be no more cliffhanger endings or waiting to find out what happens next. This will be THE END.

It has a sobering note of finality said like that, doesn’t it? Once I realized that all of these things were just ways for me to prolong the inevitable, something sort of amazing happened.

I was ready to begin. I was excited to dig in. I can’t wait to write the words that will eventually show you how it all ends. All good things eventually do come to an end. I don’t need to dread it. It was time to embrace it.

So fingertips flew over the keyboard last night, and Chapter 1 was born. Ellie is so different to me now then she was back in Edge of Shadows. But a lot has happened, and  there are still a lot of loose ends left to tie up. She had to change to make this journey believable, and for you to end up loving her as much as I do.

I’ll be updating you regularly here, and it’s a guarantee that if you are waiting, you’ll have the last book in your hands before the holidays. But I’m warning you in advance- it’s going to be a crazy ride. ūüôā

Now is the chance for you to tell me: which character are you most looking forward to or hoping to see in the final book? There’s still lots of time for guest cameos…

(photo credit @boetter)

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