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Monthly Goals: January

Ah, January. The start of a new year, where everyone makes crazy goals and works hard to keep to them throughout the year. While keeping resolutions can be challenging (I've given up trying to conform to a rigorous diet because let's face it– chocolate is delicious and you shouldn't say no to the God of your Dungeons & Dragons group when he says we're ordering pizza), I like to think of myself as a writer who will stick to her goals in terms of projects. 


December was an exciting month. I released the second instalment of my Cursed trilogy, Dark Divinity




Hell has risen. Heaven is descending. Sacrifices are made...

It’s been two months since Constance Ramirez’s adopted sister Andromeda was used as the Key to opening the Gates of Heaven and Hell. They escaped with their lives, but made countless enemies as a result.

Now that demons are beginning to weave into ordinary lives, their only hope is to find a way to close the Gates of Heaven and Hell before the angels and demons begin a war. Something that becomes only harder as one of Constance’s deadliest enemies resurfaces. 

But as they struggle to stay alive and find the Gates, they learn that a huge sacrifice will be required if they succeed, and this time, Constance isn’t sure the cost will outweigh the reward...



As part of the promotion, I took part in giveaways and had an author spotlight on Princess of the Light, which I think helped a lot. The month closed out with the cover reveal for the first novel in my upcoming Dark Sky trilogy, Crimson Sky




They’re always watching. They’re always waiting. They’re always starving…

Ten years ago, the sky shattered and the Hellions emerged. No one was able to keep them from destroying the city of Westraven. Now that the bloodthirsty monsters rule the skies and have forced the few remaining humans underground, Claire Abernathy lives in a nightmare. She survives by using her skills as an engineer for a ruthless tyrant connected to her mother and father’s past failure.

Then Claire’s world is torn apart when her sister Abby is kidnapped by the Hellions, and Claire herself is taken by dangerous sky pirates known as marauders. But Claire will not be intimidated by them while her sister’s life hangs by a thread, and so she strikes a deal with them: If they help rescue Abby, she will fix their ship and give them the chance to take the revenge they desperately seek.

As Claire fights for her sister’s life, she begins to realize that the Hellions are not the only dangers she’ll face. Burdensome secrets and devastating betrayals threaten her at every turn, and if she loses herself to them, it won’t just be her life that is destroyed…


Crimson Sky is currently up for pre-order on KindleKoboGoodreads, and Smashwords, and will be released on February 2. Since I'm deeply in love with all the artwork given to me by Deranged Doctor Design, I'll be constructing the media kit and starting promotions soon. I already have some blog spots planned, as well as tons of giveaways for paperback copies. 



While promoting my new book and the new series will take up a fair portion of my time (I really am trying to get this blog tour thing down pat), it's not the only thing on my list this month. I want to continue editing Damnation's Door, the final Cursed novel, and my next standalone, Storm Born. I'll be requesting the cover art for both projects soon, and am hunting for Beta readers for Storm Born (email me at amybraunauthor (at) gmail (dot) com if you like wild storms, X-Men, and hot knights). I'm also going to complete the third instalment of my Areios Brothers novel, Storm of the Gods. I've been dragging it out for a long time, since NaNoWriMo, the holidays, and other deadlines caught up with me. Guess it's a good thing that I'm not planning to release those novels soon. I do have a yearly post that will tell you what to expect in 2016 as far as new work, and there will be lots of it.  


Last but not least, I'll be doing a little more work on the blog. Now that I'll have two different trilogies and two standalone novels, I'd like to set up some drop down menus to make the site easier to access a little more professional looking. Not sure how I'll do it yet, but if it's on my To Do List, it'll get done! 


So yeah, that's my January. Never let it be said that I don't start things off with a bang. Still, I can't wait to see where these books end up. I learned a lot last year, and am determined to apply that knowledge to new projects and watch where they go. Things can only go up from here, right? 


I hope you have a safe, happy new year. I would say not to drink too much, but you only live once, and this is New Years we're talking about. So go ahead and party! You earned it!