Major Announcement

Hi everyone! So as I’ve been promising, I have a major announcement to make. (Along with a request that you – yes, you – help me.)

Because this is coming out on 30 April: 

First, do no harm.” Blake Ryan swore that oath to become a doctor. Ironic, given that he spent most of his thousand year life sucking souls out of other immortals.

Things are different now. Using regular shots of morphine to keep his inner monster at bay, Ryan has led a quiet life since the Second World War. His thrills now come from saving lives, not taking them.

Until a plane crash brings Aleria into his hospital. Her life is vibrant. Crack to predators like him. She’s the exact sort of person they would hunt, and thanks to a severe case of amnesia, she’s all but defenseless.

Leaving Aleria vulnerable isn’t an option, but protecting her means unleashing his own inner monster. Which is a problem, because his inner monster wants her dead most of all.


Launch Date will be 30 April, which means that I’m looking for people to help spread the word in May. (I won’t be asking people to host me during A to Z Madness.) Pretty pretty please with a million sprinkles on top?

I’m looking for cover revealers, interviewers, guest post host, reviewers…. oh… you know, everyone. All you need to do is fill in this form and I’ll get back to you. (Also, you can pick to do two or more things too, if you’re feeling like being SUPER DUPER helpful.)

Eep! I’m so excited!

Thoughts? Want to help a girl out? 

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News Day

Hey everyone! Welcome to our first News Day Post of the year. For those of you who’ve missed this piece of information, News Day will be a weekly feature where I share information from around the blogosphere. This can be anything from cover reveals (although the space will be shared with other news bits), book releases, competitions, bloghops to anything else we think people might want to know. I’ll be trying my best to gather news, but I’d love if you’d please mail me any bits you’d like to share. Contact me at mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com with NEWS in the subject line.

Heads-up from my blog:

Next week, I’ll be making a big announcement, so please don’t forget to keep an eye out.

Guest Feature on Thursdays: 

I’ll be opening up Thursdays as a regular guest post feature for people in our writing blogger community to visit my blog. It’s open to anyone, regardless of where they are on their publishing road. Also, I won’t only be doing guest posts on Thursdays. I just thought it would be nice to have a regular posting day for all my blogging peeps to get some exposure. If you’re interested, please mail me at mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com with Guest Post in the subject line.

Book Releases:

Launch

Raised by an overly protective wulfkin pack, Daciana leaps at the chance to venture into the human world for her one-year independence ritual. But after someone steals the endangered bear cubs she’s been assigned to protect, she must locate them or lose her job and return home in disgrace. The sexy inspector on the case isn’t making this any easier. He knows nothing of her kind, and wulfkin rules forbid relationships with humans.

Newly divorced Inspector Connell Lonescu trusts no one but himself. He’s convinced relationships are a waste of time and thinks burying himself in work will ease the pain. Yet he’s attracted to the gorgeous and mysterious Daciana, even if there’s something slightly odd about her. Can Connell learn to trust the sexy but secretive woman?

Cloaked is the prequel to Cloaked in Fur, book 1 in The Wulfkin Legacy Series. Find out how Daciana and Connell fell in love and set in motion the paramount events that forever change their lives and those around them.


Book Links: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Google Play | iTunes

Blog Fests:

Lost and Found:  Valentine’s Edition – February 1st!


Do you remember  that special feeling of love found?   And who hasn’t experienced the emotion of love lost?  Some of you might have even lost a love only to find that person later for another go around.

This challenge asks you to tell your fictional/non-fictional story about love — lost or found — in the first special Valentine’s blogfest for the month of February.  

Your post can be a short fiction, an essay, poetry, or even a song–let your imagination run free.   Any genre is fair game, be it romance, historical fiction, memoir, fantasy or science fiction.   After all there are no limitations when it comes to love. There’s no word limit, but common sense shows that short and sweet is the go!

Don’t be left out!   Sign up to participate by adding your link to the list here or on any of the bloggers’ sites mentioned above!

WEP – February Challenge: February 17th to the 19th

Most of you are familiar with WEP (Write…Edit…Publish). Yolanda Renee and Denise Covey have got it together for February and are saluting, you guessed it, Valentine’s Day. 

Now some of us love Valentine’s, others hate it. Our blogfest gives you a chance to write about this ‘romantic’ day in whichever way you wish. 


Some ideas to get your creative juices going…maybe the angst of young love waiting for a Valentine’s card from a school yard crush…the outsider who misses out and sees all her/his friends getting loads of cards (not that she’s/he’s worried about that)…the nasty boyfriend who texted her on Valentine’s Day to break up with her…or, the husband who surprises his wife with a secret Valentine’s Day trip to the place of her dreams…etc etc.

Endless possibilities.

The WEP linky will go up soon on the WEP website, as well as further information for this challenge. Posts are on the third Wednesday of the challenge month. This time it’s February 17 – 19. Please consider joining us for our first challenge of 2016. There is an Amazon Gift Card of $10 for the winner. Judge will be Francine Howarth, intrepid Regency Romance author.

Special Mentions:

Yesterday, I did a guest post on Beth Fred’s Blog, but we got attacked by gremlins, so the post went live late. So I’d LOVE if you guys could please go give it some love. It’s about how I deal with insecurities, which seems like a good subject for this time of year. 
That’s it for today! Do you have any news to share for next week? Let me know!

Hello from the new year!

I can’t believe it, but this is my first post for the year 2016. Which, in a sense means that this is really the first day of my new year too.

As such, I’ve decided to start rough drafting again. Good idea in theory. Except it turned out that the heat and lack of use of my fountain pen resulted in it totally clogging up. Which means I’m currently sitting with a jug of water next to my laptop, submersing the pen’s tip to unclog it. It’ll probably take a few more hours before I’ll be able to use it again. But hey, at least in this heat (fourth day in a row where temperatures were higher than 40 degrees Celsius), the tip will dry quickly. 
In the meantime, I decided that it’s time to update my blog a bit. I actually made the back-ground myself, and maybe I’m biased, but it’s giving me the warm-and-fuzzies to look at. It just feels so clean and light and different. 
Then, I also decided I’m going to bring back two regular features on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
On Tuesdays (possibly starting next week), I’ll be sharing news snippets. This’ll be everything from cool posts, to blogfests/hops, books being released etc. So if you have a piece of news you’d like for me to share, please mail me at mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com with News in the subject line. This is especially important if you want to make sure your news is shared here, because with the amount of blogs I visit, I might not spot your particular piece of news on a given day. Also, you can let me know someone else’s good news if you don’t think I know about it yet.

On Thursdays I’d like to host other bloggers. You don’t HAVE to have a book to sell. You can just advertise your blog this way if you want. (Also, please note that if you’re trying to arrange a blog-tour you don’t have to post on Thursdays. This is just a nice open day for everyone to use regardless of publishing status.) For more information or to book a guest post date (all Thursdays are currently open), please mail me at mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com with Guest Post in the subject line. Please note that this offer is not open to copywriters looking to write samples. 

Other that, I’ll basically be writing about writing and my experiences as a writer. (As always.)

To 2016! Charge!

Have you changed anything to your blog for the new year? Any news to share? Feel like signing up for a guest post? 

A little bit of news…

Hi all! Today’s been a bit of a rough day, so I thought I’d do a bit more of an admin/news post for the things I’m up to or involved with.

Red Earth to White Light

For those of you looking for something slightly different this Halloween, I’m sharing the ghost story I wrote for Twisted Earths, the Untethered Realms Anthology, last year. 
You can find it on Wattpad. I’ll be posting two more updates, once a week. 
Speaking of the Untethered Realms Anthology…
Mayhem in the Air

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Coming Halloween. Tales from Untethered Realms. Ten stories of horror, the fantastic, the future, and macabre, all embracing the element of air.

From Amazon bestselling and popular science fiction and fantasy authors comes Mayhem in the Air, a supernatural anthology of ten thrilling tales. Meet hot robots, hungry winds and the goddess of chaos. Explore alien planets, purgatorial realms, and a shocking place where people bury the living with their dead. Mayhem in the Air is the second, long-awaited story collection from the dynamic and inventive Untethered Realms group.

“A Strange Penitence” by Catherine Stine – A young artist pays a supernatural price when a drawing trip to North Carolina turns deadly.

“Mass Transit” by Graeme Ing – For Emily, mind over matter is not just a saying, but the gateway to her career among the largest starships built by man.

“A Tangled Weave” by River Fairchild – A TimePulse rips through the Great Tapestry of Life, leaving Earth’s history in a jumble, and Death and Chronos in a race to save the world yet again.

“Corrosive” by M. Pax – In a world ruined by pollutants, Bex sets off to establish a new homestead with her dreamy robotic man. Already farming her plot of land is another dreamy man with radical ideas, presenting new challenges as corrosive as the air.

“Saving Scrooge: A Short Story Prequel to the Saving Marley Series” by Gwen Gardner – Marley is sent from purgatory to save the soul of his old friend. Can he save his own in the bargain?

“The Silent Wind” by Christine Rains – A team of specialists must dispel a mysterious storm on an alien planet to prepare it for colonization. One by one the crew disappears until only a seasoned soldier remains. How can he battle a hungry wind that makes no noise?

“Paper Lanterns” by Cherie Reich: In order to keep his promise to his daughter, Mayor Alfred Merry must betray the woman he loves.

“Chaos. Hope. Love.” by Misha Gerrick – Although Eris is the goddess of chaos, her life has fallen into a nice and comfortable routine. Until someone from her past shows up in her bookstore.

“Cardinal Sin” by Julie Flanders: Beleaguered hospital workers bury the living with the dead in the midst of a tuberculosis epidemic and a seething spirit vows vengeance from the skies.

“The Ark” by Cathrina Constantine -Plagued with memory flashes of fiery explosions and running for her life, Fallon emerges from a drugged stupor to find herself in an airborne Ark, and the earth below is a drowning wasteland.

Realms Faire 2015

We still have limited spaces left for Duelling Bards. 
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Hosted by Cassandra Webb. Daily prizes.

Your character squares off with another writer’s darling. Can you win? The audience decides.

Dazzle us with your character’s savvy and brawn, magic and might, quick draw and sweetness. An easy and exciting way to show off what your books are made of.

There are a few slots left in Dueling Bards.

We’re also still looking for prizes, so if you’re interested in taking part or sponsoring something, please sign up here.

One more thing. The Realms Faire has a Thunderclap going on at the moment, so it would be awesome if you could take a moment to support it. Please and thank you!

What about you? What are you taking part in or planning to do? Any other interesting news?

Hello! And Update Day.

Phew! That was a close one. I almost missed my own bloghop, but then the help I mentioned in my previous post kicked in to some extent. So here I am.
Before I get started, I just wanted to say a special and huge thanks to everyone who’ve left messages of support, and who’ve boosted me and my family with thoughts and prayers. It means a lot to me, and for those who asked for a return favor of prayers and thoughts: You’ve got it, awesome person.
And now, back to the matter at hand. For those of you who are wondering, we’re a group of people who’ve set ourselves huge/crazy/very important goals. Then we get together on every last Friday of every month to update on progress. Anyone with a huge/crazy/very important goal is welcome to join. Just click here for more information.
Right, so this is what I did to date (and I think I should be able to get some more done before the actual month end):
My goals for September:
Writing:
1) Edit BvB1.
Did one round, but the lack of Internet messed things up a bit, so I didn’t get a fast enough turnaround to get to a second pass. (I have an editor for this one.)

2) Rewrite Wo6C3
I had a huge burst of productivity on the 9th. It started with a new project that grabbed on and wouldn’t let go. After I spent a week writing that draft (It’s a new record. I finished an entire rough draft in six days.), I used that momentum to get stuck in with the rewrite, and have added almost 15k words. At the rate I’m going, I should be able to add about 18k more before the end of the month.

3) Rough Draft BvB2.
Didn’t start this yet, but I’m hoping to get stuck in once I’ve finished the second round of edits to BvB1. Hopefully, the timing will fall so that I’ll be done with the Wo6C3 rewrite by then too. Yes, I do work on multiple projects at a time, but for some reason, the Wo6C series and the BvB series can’t live in the same head space at the same time. So I’ll finish the one, then the other.
4) Rough edits to ES1 and get critique partners for it.
My near constant lack of internet screwed this one up. I need to go looking for CPs for this, since I think maybe one of my CPs will want to read it. It’s a historical romance set in the old west, so it’s not necessarily everyone’s cup of tea.
5) Prep VD rewrite.
That other draft I mentioned, DM1 messed this one up big time. DM1 is still trying to take over my priorities, but I’m holding off until the end of next month. It does, however, mean that I’ve moved VD closer to the end of this year or maybe even early next year.
6) Rough Draft StW
Poor StW. It’s been hanging around, patiently waiting since January. Still haven’t gotten to it. The truth is, I’ve always intended it to be a bit of fluff for me to write to relax, but my main projects aren’t giving me the time to do it. (And then when I have time, another exciting project like DM1 comes along and steals its thunder.)
7) CdW concept.
I did a little of this, but not as much as I’d wanted. Again, the lack of internet caught me here, because the concept requires research.
8) Critique works sent to me by critique partners.
I’d need to find those CPs first.
Writing-wise, my month looked like this:
Reading:
1) TRY reading six books.
I’m on my third at the moment.
2) Give up on the idea that I’ll catch up on my yearly reading goal.
Yep. Done.
3) See how far I can get with Les Trois Mousquetaires.
Didn’t get anywhere with this. The older french in this one doesn’t feature in the dictionaries I have, so before, I’ve used the internet to help me translate the tricky bits. Sigh.
4) Read for an average of 15 minutes per day.
Current average is 34 minutes per day, but I’ll be reading this weekend, which will push the number up some more.
Social Media:
1) Maintain about the same level of activity as August.
Nope, the only real activity was me letting people know I wouldn’t be online, along with a few odd moments on twitter and Facebook when afforded the opportunity.
Life:
1) Don’t freak out while waiting to hear back from the film company I submitted the concept to.
Done. Was way too busy to freak out. I should be hearing back next week.
2) Crochet.
I did a few squares, but I’ve spent more time writing than anything else.
3) Get the first layer of paint on my canvas.
I’ve had to postpone my painting for a few. We might be moving house before the end of the year. My idea of hell is trying to move a canvas half the size of a decently sized dining table when it’s covered in wet oil paint.
Aw nuts. This is the moment I realize what moving house will do to my publishing schedule for the rest of the year.
Okay. I’ll find a way not to get too scrambled with the move. Hey. Last year, I moved in the middle of NaNoWriMo and still won. I can do this.
My goals for October:
Writing:
1) Edit BvB1
2) See if I can finish the Wo6C3 rewrite.
3) Get back to the BvB2 rough draft.
4) Find critique partners for ES1.
5) Prep the DM1 rewrite for NaNoWriMo.
6) Start StW. (Or…end up postponing it yet again.)
7) Work on the CdW concept.
Writing-wise, I’m hoping October looks like this:
Reading:
1) Read four books.
2) If possible read some more of Les Trois Mousquetaires.
3) Since I’m giving myself a break on the number of books I’m reading, I’m upping my average time a day spent reading to 20 minutes.
Social Media:
As disheartening as this is, start again to build up some sort of a presence.
Life:
1) Be prepared to chop and change my plans in the (unlikely) event of the film concept I’ve sent in being chosen.
2) Take deep breaths and try not to murder anyone. (Long story.)
3) Crochet.
How did you do in September? Anything important that I missed?

Announcements and Reveals

Today I’m taking a quick break from my blog tour to spread some great news.

First things first, I want to give a shout-out to Angeline Trevena, whose new book is coming out. My other announcement is at the bottom of the post, and it’s totally worth it if you want to market your books.

Not All Medicine is Good for You; Better Check the Label

Never one to let a good character die, British horror and fantasy author Angeline Trevena has accumulated several characters from previously unfinished books, to populate the dystopian world of The Bottle Stopper.
Currently available for pre-order on Kindle, this tense adult horror tracks the story of Maeve, as she devises a murderous plan to free herself from her violent, abusive uncle.
Born and bred in a rural corner of Devon, Angeline now lives among the breweries and canals of central England, with her husband, their son, and a somewhat neurotic cat. She’s been writing since she was old enough to hold a pen, and released her début novella, Cutting the Bloodline, in May.
The Bottle Stopper, the first book of The Paper Duchess series, is set 100 years after the world we know today, in a society where the birth rate of girls is at a catastrophic low. Desperate for protection, women turned to the state, but that protection came at a price. Namely; their freedom
Maeve lives outside of the overbearing administration, in the slums of Falside. Having been torn from the arms of her mother at six years old, Maeve, now seventeen, works in her uncle’s apothecary shop, bottling his medicines. But these are not medicines that are going to make anyone better. In fact, once Maeve puts her plan into action, they may well be deadly.
Tony Benson, author of dystopian thriller, An Accident of Birth, said “Angeline Trevena, with her ever fertile imagination, creates dystopian visions of the future that are both innovative and chilling. ”
The cover was built, photographed, and designed by Ben Farrow, and you can view a ‘making of’ slideshow here.

The Bottle Stopper – The Blurb
“Too much trouble, and you’ll end up just like your crazy mother.”
Maeve was six when they took her mother away, and left her in the care of her Uncle Lou: a drunk, a misogynist, a fraud.
For eleven years she’s lived with him in Falside’s slums, deep in the silt of the Falwere River. She bottles his miracle medicine, stocks his apothecary shop, and endures his savage temper.

But as his violence escalates, and his lies come undone, she devises a plan to escape him. 

The Bottle Stopper is now available to pre-order on Kindle.


Realms Faire is Coming

That’s right. M Pax’s brainchild is back and I’m one of the hosts. Right now, we’re looking for contestants in some of our competitions as well as prizes. 

The Faire takes place over a number of blogs, and attracts a lot of attention, so if you want to be part of it (either as contestant or by donating a prize), click here for more information. If you want to know more about the events, just scroll past the entry form.

Anyone excited to read Angeline’s new book? Who’s signing up for Realms Faire?