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Weekly Recap (And Details On Two Giveaways!)

I won't lie– I totally got caught up in the whirlwind that is releasing a new book last week. I can't help it! I got excited! At least I did get some other projects done, though:
• More edits for Midnight Sky
• Format Storm Born and Damnation's Door
• Promote Crimson Sky
• Write my entry for the Mocha Memoirs Steampunk Horror anthology
• Complete and edit the final Blood Moon story (I'm a week behind! Eek!)
That being said, I have a lot of editing work to do over the next month. Because of it all, I don't think I'll be able to get many of my daily word counts in. Oh, I'm not going to stop writing (that would actually be the craziest thing I've ever heard), but I'll be focusing more on two new and different series' (details below). Most of my time will be to finally finish the following:
• Complete Beta edits for Midnight Sky
• Format Storm Born and Damnation's Door
• Continue to promote Crimson Sky
• Edit and post the final Blood Moon story 
In the week that it's been out Crimson Sky has been doing fantastic. It's gotten tons of five star reviews (including one today!), lots of general interest, and currently has two giveaways going on! One of them is on One Book Two, and the other just started on Goodreads today! 
All these beauties will be given away with some bonus swag! 
While promoting Crimson Sky is my top priority right now, I'm going to be sorting out my days so I have time to finish the editing and formatting I'm falling behind on. I'm hoping to have all of it– the formatting for Damnation's Door, the Beta edits for Midnight Sky, and the editing/formatting for Storm Born done by the end of the month. A lofty goal, but I hate feeling like I'm behind on something (even though I might not be). I've learned how quickly deadlines can roll around and pile up, and I don't want them looming over my head when I could be moving on to new/other projects. 
Speaking of new projects, I think I'm steadily figuring out the new issues with my Areios Brothers series. I've given a few characters new purposes, shifted things around, and now I just need to do a little re-plotting and re-writing. The characters and general story will be the same, but my issue was having characters who didn't seem to have a purpose, or introducing things that didn't matter in the long run. This new direction should be a lot sharper and crisper, and I think only the first book will have to change the most. I'll need to tweak the second and third, but once I have a clearer direction for Derek and Liam's adventures, I'll be able to move onto the fourth book and hopefully start releasing the first book in spring next year.
That being said, since I need to write new words or at least prepare to write something in case another project falls apart (I'm looking at you, Derek and Liam, you are so lucky I adore you both), I want a backup plan. For anyone who's been following the blog for a long, long time, you might remember me once mentioning a littler series called Agents of Limbo, a series I adore and have left alone for too long. I'm happy to announce that I've decided to pick it up again, or at least start planning it to go into its new direction. Rather than having my protagonists– Leon and Jace– be half-human, half-vampire, I'm going to put them in a new world where they're half-angels surrounded by half-demons. This might sound like a mishmash of Supernatural and my own Cursed series, and it's true that I did draw inspiration from both, as well as Rob Thurman's Cal Leandros series, it's not going to be the same. I'm a firm believer that authors should draw inspiration from what they love and what they know, so while readers will find similarities, I intend to make the series as different as I can. Sure, Leon has a bad attitude and a fast muscle car, but I can pretty much guarantee that few urban fantasy characters can do what he can do, and fewer still can do what Jace can do. I'm absolutely thrilled at the chance to get back to a series I adored, and am excited to start planning it in a new world. 
So, yes, once again I'm probably taking on way more than I can handle (I can see my best friend shaking her head right now), and probably won't get to all of if by the end of the month, but as long as I get most of it done, I'll be happy. So now, it's time to get back to work! Hope everyone enjoys their Monday! Cheers!