Another year done and dusted and another one begins. Christmas was eventful, with my other half slicing open his arm with an angle grinder. Smart man... So I was the one to carve the Xmas ham and get as much organised as possible. It's left him with a great scar and luckily for him, no limitations on movement or feeling. He's fortunate that it didn't go any deeper otherwise it would be a completely different story.
January was hot and icky for weather, and keeping three girls entertained inside out of the heat was challenging to say the least. They did not want to stay inside! Keeping them happy was harder still with multiple work deadlines.
On the upside to the month, I did manage to get my word count total for Derby Dolls up to around 63K. I count that as a win.
I participated in CreatingInk's 30 day 10 minute author business challenge, which was great for getting things organised (or at least in a list to get organised!) There are a few things I still need to sit down and do properly, but overall I have a better sense of where I need to take things now.
The kids and their dad get to fend for themselves for a weekend when I head to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland for a signing on Feb 16th. Books by the Beach -- Romance Edition is happening in Mooloolaba in two weeks. *cue panic* And then two weeks after that is Bookmarked & Sexy in Brisbane.
After that I'm going to be concentrating more on releasing Pineapple Dreams as its own story (previously included in Going South anthology) and getting Derby Dolls finished. Honestly, there probably won't be another full length novel from me for a while but I'd rather get it right than put out something that's half-baked.
So I'll leave you there and make a note to update again soon!
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It's been a while, but I'm still here! Still alive and editing. Not much writing going on, although I have started another project which makes me laugh. I'm hoping to get back to it soon.
In the meantime, I've enrolled Entrusted in Kindle Unlimited so you can all go and read it for free if you're with that program.
Times of low to no sales gets depressing, so I tend to ignore my dashboards and keep plugging away at whatever work I'm doing. Trust me when I say, there are many days when I'd rather be writing than doing anything else! But I have a commitment to the authors I edit for and honour that before my own goodies. That being said, I miss writing for myself and for my readers. I miss having the time to be a more active part of the publishing world.
But I'm still here!
For as long as I can be.
I feel like i've vanished lately. Since my last releases, I've been insanely busy with editing. There hasn't been a huge amount (or even a small amount most days) of time to be able to write. When I have been able to, I came up with 10K on a story idea I had last year, and did almost 8K on a completely new idea. It's not a lot considering.
I had hoped to have another Coal Creek book out this year, but I'm afraid to say, it's not going to happen. There probably won't be another release from me this year. Whenever I get the chance though, I do write. It's still happening. Just a lot slower than before!
And that's saying something considering Encumbered took me almost a year to write, and Enslaved was almost two years.
I will still be signing in Brisbane at Riveting Reads, and look forward seeing old friends and meeting new ones. But as for something new to take.... My dream of taking a shiny release has been dashed.
Next year I won't be doing any signings--I might go as a reader to one, but that'll be all. Whatever free time I have, will be put into writing instead of working my butt off to travel to signings!
I'm aiming on minimum one release for 2018, hopefully two. We'll see how that goes!
Take care of you.
It's almost that time of the process! I have a DOUBLE cover reveal coming up for you all on October 15th, just 2 months from a DOUBLE release date! Books 2 (Encumbered) and 2.5 (Enslaved) are both due before Christmas for your reading pleasure.
Be sure to check FB and Insta on the 15th to see what I've got up my sleeves for these two covers. Blurbs will also be revealed for those who haven't looked on GR lately!!
We've had an epic amount of rain around where I live lately. Last Friday, our small country town flooded all through the main street, washing through houses, and businesses, and even collapsing the local bus depot's besser brick fence. Old wagons were ruined, water marks were left 2 feet up fences, and the amount of sandbags now gracing the town is immense.
Today though, it was time for our closest large town to have a turn. The centre pic above is of a spillway from the town lake. Where the yellow sign is... is a road and it's on a down slope. The creek that runs through all these pics is rather small, so you can imagine the amount of water we've had to cause this much flooding.
The bridge (bottom left) is where the creek runs to the wetlands. The other pics are of the floodplains the water has taken over. There's usually paths and grass where that water is!
I've never been around such a huge amount of water before and it's scary to think that these floodplains were where the town once sat. They got washed out many, many years ago and moved up the hill. Smart thinking, 99. I'm thinking that our town should have done the same thing when they were flooded in the '40s!
I'm one of the lucky ones whose house is up the hill and fine, the little river running down our block adds to the problem, but in general doesn't cause us many hassles. I feel for those whose houses were flooded last week and who are still in the clean up process. I feel for the freshly renovated house near the bus depot, whose owners were stripping out all the damaged interior after spending a fortune to re-do it all.
To everyone who's ever been caught in Mother Nature's meddling, I feel for you and hope to hell you don't have to endure that again anytime soon.
Peace and mungbeans, Aria xxx
I have returned from a wonderful weekend away at #RWDU16 -- Readers and Writers Down Under -- on Australia's sunny Gold Coast. The signing and workshops were held at QT hotel, which I just love. Two days of books and readers and authors and fun.
At the masquerade ball on Saturday night, I was upset to learn that this was the final RWDU after 3 consecutive years of being run. Jodie and her team once again did an amazing job of organising and running the event and it will be missed as a regular March event.
As my first signing though, I was so pleased to have been able to share in the final RWDU as a signing author. I've been to 3 book signings prior to this, including last year's RWDU, and I just love them. The fun, the friendships, the BOOKS!! (OMG, the books) Excess baggage galore and I swear the airlines LOVE these events more than we do! *cha ching*
My next signing won't be until October 2017 in Brisbane, but I'm looking forward to *fingers crossed* getting to RT in Atlanta next May for the conference there, and also to FYM17 to fangirl and get another T-shirt signed by everyone.
In the meantime, I'll keep plugging away at putting words on paper and working on book 2 in the series as well as the Christmas Special, plus a few extra side pieces including anthology submissions.
To all the people I met for the first time -- it was so damn lovely to put a face to the name finally!
To everyone I was seeing again -- I love seeing your smiling faces at each signing I get to. It's so wonderful to see familiar people each time and not feel alone in being a book nerd!
To everyone who came to my table on Saturday -- THANK YOU! From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Whether you came for your pre-orders, a signature for your books or just to say HI, thank you. And WOW, those books you guys made were out of this world!
I'm looking forward to seeing you all again in the future, and until then, take care and keep reading!
xxx Aria xxx
Welcome to 2016, everyone!
I'd like to wish each and every one of you a prosperous and safe 2016. May the powers that be bestow health, happiness and good fortune upon you and see your dreams for this year come to fruition.
I"m looking forward to my very first signing on Australia's gorgeous Gold Coast in March this year (which is scary, because it's in March. This year. And I'm far from ready for it!)
I'm looking forward to having more time to write my stories when my youngest starts school, which is sad, too, as she's been my loving little companion at home with me these past few years as I've put my writing hat back on. I'll miss her smiles and constant calls of "Mum".
I'm aiming for 3 books out this year if I can do it. Encumbered, Derby Dolls and Enslaved (which went on the back burner for 2015, but I'm determined to get it out this Christmas)
Thank you to everyone who supported me during 2015 on my journey to becoming a self-published debut author. I couldn't have done it without each and every one of you.
Much love, hugs and cyber squishies.
xxx Aria xxx
Aria Peyton is a mum of three, non-wife to one, pet-mum to many. Zany, crazy but never quite fitting in, she loves to write about naughty, nasty and taboo things.
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