Blades of Scarlet

The rough draft of my newest book, Blades of Scarlet has been completed!

Scarlet is alone, fighting a battle that she neither wants nor understands, driven by a force that leaves its marks as names etched into her very skin. She has no choice, she must save these innocents in order to fulfill their destiny. A destiny that will one day change mankind for the better. Why was this onus thrust upon her? Who controls it and the mysterious marks that appear on her skin? All she has to go on is the rantings captured in an old journal and her own instincts. But, will that be enough?

Gage Williams is a Senior Detective for the police. There’s been some strange goings on in the city – rapists and murders found sliced and diced – their potential victims saved by an unknown vigilante. When the investigation points to a certain redhead that has captured his attention, can he look past the evidence and follow his heart?

Blades of Scarlet is story of duty and desires, love and redemption, good and evil. It’s about finding the balance between what you need and a world that needs you – even if you aren’t aware of it.

Coming thanksgiving, 2014!

Lorestone: The Strength Within is NOW AVAILABLE

Hot off the digital presses, the latest volume of my Luna’s Children series is now available on amazon.

Rachel and Gabe have found each other and bonded as life mates. Now they are settling down into a nice normal, quiet, life together in Sapphire Lake where the biggest decision is what flavor of ice cream to serve for Carson’s baby’s birthday.

In the middle of all this normalcy, their lives are suddenly ripped apart when a brutal betrayal strikes leaving behind destruction, death and shattered lives.

For those that survive, how do they continue on?

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LP17G2I

 

The Strength Within – DONE

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I love to write, it’s something that I’ve known all my life.  As I said in a previous post, I have written many small stories, begun several novels and spent a good bit of time doing interactive roleplay stories with friends.  Writing is awesome!

When I began writing the Luna’s Children series, it was a pleasant experience and I got the first book done in just three months.  The second took just a little bit longer, but again from brain to published within four months.  Broken Melody was a labor of love and to this day, remains my most favorite of them all.  I put a lot of my heart into that story, and I think it shows.  I’ve had some truely wonderful comments and several people have said it’s their favorite of the two.

Then came The Strength Within.

83,000 words, 34 chapters.

That is a third of the size MORE than the other two books individually.  For me and my writing style, its a monster.

This book has been my tempering.  Unlike the first two, this story has tried me like a petulant child, screaming for attention.  I have picked it up and put it down a dozen times.  I would write a few pages, then put it down again. It has tested me at ever chance and many times, found me wanting.

I have a small following of fans who have supported me every step of the way.  They have given me advice, suggestions, coaxed me along and when I needed it, a good kick in the backside or a “HURRY UP!!” when I deserved it.  My small following of fans have expressed their displeasure at how long it has taken to get this one written.  To you, I say “thank you for keeping me honest”, but this book has been hard.

(WARNING – Semi Spoiler)

The reason it’s been hard is partially because of venturing into uncharted territory – i.e. medical situations.  Thanks to a good friend of mine – Dr. Anthony Corso has answered so many questions and kept me (semi) honest and believable.

The other issue is the intensity of this story.  There are a lot of facets that I have had to work my way through.  Loss, despair, depression, death.

Yes, I said the dreaded “d” word.

These characters have been my friends for over a year.  I have laughed and cried, suffered and celebrated everything that has happened.  It’s hard to say good bye to any of them.   The decsion is not easy one to make, but it had to be done.  Sometimes, the good of the many outweigh the good of the one (Spock quote) – hence, sometimes the good of the story outweighs the good of a character.  If your favorite has perished in this story, I beg your forgiveness.  Please know it wasn’t easy for me either.

As I write this, Strength has been sent off to my Beta readers.  Once they return it with critical advice, I’ll get it edited for final publishing and finally, published.  With a little luck, I’m hoping that it will be out and available for purchase by the mid to end of next month.

So where do we go from here?

There will be at least one more book in this series, but not for a while.  I will be switching gears for a bit and working on a new story, still within the paranormal genre but not shifters.  I don’t expect the next book in Luna’s Children to be even started until perhaps the beginning of next year – well unless the story gets demanding to be written and i have to give in.  But until then, please keep reading and thank you all for your support!!!

Plugging away

Easter Sunday has finally gotten here and I find myself still behind on The Strength Within. I had put a goal of having the book done and out by today but alas, I didn’t make it. This book has been a challenge, both mentally and emotionally. I’ve had to make some hard decisions regarding a few of the characters. Yes, there is a major catastrophe that impacts the citizens of Sapphire Lake and changes everyone’s lives forever. It’s a hard story to write, but one that has to be done. There’s a saying that on order to make the hardest steel, you have to subject it to the hottest flame. So, true, is it with people – humans and non humans alike. It’s only through intense tempering do you truly find the strength that lies within.

~~~ An Excerpt from “The Strength Within” ~~~

Cayson stood in the middle of the commons looking around at the destruction that had been, up until last year, his home. Everywhere he looked, memories stirred in his vision. That was the tree that he had fallen out of at six year old and almost broke his arm. There was the bench where he and Amanda Thistle had sat so many years ago and planned a life together when they were grown. He glanced to his right and felt Zandria slip her hand into his and squeezing gently. He raised her hand to his lips and kissed her knuckles tenderly as an old Garth Brooks tune about unanswered prayers played in his mind.

Just a couple of years ago, he had wanted, wished and prayed for Amanda Thistle to ‘wake up’ and realize that they were meant to be together. He had tried so many times to convince her that they were true mates but she was just too afraid. He sighed. All it took was one glance into the pale blue eyes of Alexandria Rogers and he truly understood what it meant to find your life mate. Even with all the difficulties and problems they had endured, he wouldn’t give up one moment if it ensured that they would be together. It was worth it.

She was worth it.

“So much destruction and death,” she whispered, her already pale face becoming almost translucent.

He ran his fingers of his free hand through his hair and blew out the breath he was holding. “Too much,” he whispered then squeezed her fingers gently again.

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I would like to thank everyone for the continued support and the comments. It’s a huge part of what keeps me chugging along on this trek. A reader of Shattered Dreams wrote the following review:
“I had purchased this book a while back and just now got around to reading it. Can’t believe I waited so long! The story was fantastic, the characters were extremely interesting, and the action was intense! It was so great that I had to purchase book 2 right away and read it before I could stop to write a review! ”

Then they left the following comment on Broken Melody “OMG even better than the first one! I fell in love with Shattered Dreams, but that was obliterated by my love fro Broken Melody! There was so much emotion bottled up in this book that I couldn’t help but feel like I was living inside the world with these characters! And that sneak peak to book 3 is a killer! I’m dying here! ”

It readers like this that keep me going. Thank you all so much for encouraging me! I can never express my gratitude to every person who has taken the time to read my books.

Now back to work with Rachel and Gabe….

Self Gratification

This morning, I opened my email to a message from Amazon that said “Would you recommend Shattered Dreams (Luna’s Children)?”

At first I thought this must be some sort of a joke, but then realized where this came from.  When I put Shattered Dreams up for free at Amazon at the release of Broken Melody, I went ahead and got an official copy of the book on my kindle. 

So, the question though is the same.  Do I toot my own horn or not?  

Not.

I don’t want my stats to be padded with messages and reviews that don’t mean anything.  One may ask what’s the difference in one review?  In the words of one of my favorite songs, “It’s a slow fade when black and white turn to gray.”  It’s an issue of morality and ethics.  I rather have honest reviews than to have propped up stats.  The bad ones help as much as the good ones.  I need to know where there are weaknesses and improve my craft.

So having cleared that moral hurdle, time to move onward.  Ideally getting my rump in gear and get back on book 3.  I’ve never had such a severe case of block before, but I’m sure it’ll clear up soon.

That’s what I’m telling myself. 

One little white lie won’t hurt will it?

Sighs.

Broken Melody is out!

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Broken Melody, Book 2 of Luna’s Children is now published and available at Amazon.com   To get your copy, go to http://www.amazon.com/Broken-Melody-Children-Melissa-Clarke-ebook/dp/B00HKU8SIE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1388328201&sr=8-2&keywords=melissa+kay+clarke

In celebration, the first book of this series, Shattered Dreams, will be available free between December 30 and January 4.  If you haven’t already, be sure to pick it up at http://www.amazon.com/Shattered-Dreams-Children-Melissa-Clarke-ebook/dp/B00FCFOMUC/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1388329541&sr=1-2

Book three, The Strength Within, is in full swing and hopefully will be ready for publishing in late spring 2014.

Thank you for your continued support of my work and happy reading!