Updates: Decoding Evie and More!

It has been some time since I've updated this thing, and for that, I apologize.

If you follow me on Twitter or on Facebook, chances are you've read what happened with my dog, Sadie. About two weeks ago, she started acting funny - didn't really want to eat, barely moved around - but we couldn't figure out what was wrong. She was bleeding, with no open wounds, and she just wasn't herself. Looking at her eyes, it was easy to tell that something was really, really wrong. So we took her to an animal hospital. I had an idea of what the problem could have been, as I'd read around online before bringing her, and it looked as though all of her symptoms lined up with pyometra - a deadly infection. It took the vet all of one look to agree, and next thing I knew, we were lining up her surgery.

They kept her overnight to get her started on antibiotics and fluids, and she went into surgery the next morning. The vet said that the infection had become so bad, that had he waited another hour or so, she would have died during surgery. (Again, all of the symptoms came on all at once and seemingly out of nowhere.) They released her home a few days later, and since then, I've been busy keeping an eye on her. She has to take medicine three times a day, we have to make sure her staples are clean and she doesn't try to get to them, she has to be taken out for short walks every few hours, etc. She has been doing great, but now her back leg is starting to bother her. (Something the vet wants to look at when I take her back in on Thursday to get her staples out.)

So yeah, things have been rather stressful lately. I'm not avoiding being active on social media, I promise. My head has just been elsewhere.

On a happier note! I'm finalizing edits on Decoding Evie right now! I hope you guys like this story. It's a bit of a departure for me, because it's more of a rom-com type novella. I needed to work on something fun, and Decoding Evie was born out of it. As soon as I hit publish, I'll make sure to let everyone know. (Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook!)

<3 Nicole



I ended up posting the cover for Is Love: The Ridley Collection over on Facebook earlier this week, but for those that may have missed it, I figured I'd post it over here as well.

As with most of my covers, this one was designed by Christa of Paper & Sage Design.

This series is something that came about while writing Submerged. (The original version.) I'd written the first line, with no clue what I actually wanted the story to be about, but in the end I found myself loving Ridley's story. It isn't one that is for everyone. The collections are short (all three collections will only run around 17k words total), but they do tell a complete story. The characters are also younger than most of my other characters. And it's more of a romance story than anything else I've written - yes, even Collide.

For those interested, you can pick up the first of three collection, Is Love: The Ridley Collection, by heading over here!

<3 Nicole 


Cover Reveal: Rebirth!

It has been awhile since I've written something on here that didn't include bad news, so I'm super thrilled to be revealing the cover for Rebirth today!

This book is happening because of the fans that told me how much they loved McVeigh and wanted a chance to get to know him better. Rebirth should answer any and all questions readers may have regarding his true motivations during The Emile Reed Chronicles. Yes, he is a monster, but this book shows us who he was before that. The novel itself is a prequel set way before the events of The Emile Reed Chronicles, although the epilogue leads directly into Program 12 and Program 13.

Those of you that won signed copies of the cover, you should have them in about two weeks. I'm waiting on the prints to come in from Snapfish. Once they do, I'll go ahead and sign them, and then they should be in the mail within a few days after that.

I will be revealing the brand new cover for Is Love: Volumes 1-3, now titled Is Love: Ridley Collection, on Thursday. I meant to finish this series two years ago. Unfortunately, the bad feedback from most readers led to me losing my desire to finish the series. Thankfully, my desire to work on the series has come back and the next three volumes will be available later this year.

<3 Nicole


Sales and Updates!

1. Quick Health Update: I'm a lot better than I have been in the past two years. Am I fully healthy? Nope. I'm still suffering from some health issues, but for the most part, things have been somewhat under control. Unfortunately, this means I'm now on six daily prescriptions, but hey, they're working. I did have a really bad day on Monday, where I was near going to the ER, but my primary doctor thinks she knows what the issue was, so as long as the medicine works, we should (finally) be in the clear soon.

2. We Are All Strangers: I started editing my poems last night, as well as selecting which short stories to include in this third - and final! - edition. I should have a cover to reveal shortly. I'm just waiting until the end of the month, as I want to make the Rebirth cover reveal a big deal.

3. Collide Update: I'm working on episode two alongside The Untold Stories. The plan is to have the second episode out ASAP. Now that I'm feeling better, I can finally focus on getting this story done. I do have to make some story changes in order to make Molly's spin-off novella work, but it should be done relatively soon.

4. The Untold Stories: The plan is to release episode two of Collide first, then The Untold Stories, followed by Rebirth. Everything after that is still up in the air as to when it'll actually be released. On the plus side? I'm loving The Untold Stories more than I thought I would. There's a character in the collection named Chloe that is one of my favorite characters to date. I can't wait for you all to meet her!

5. The Shadow Program: I meant to finish this during NaNo last year, but I never did. I want to finish it after I knock out Rebirth, as it's a companion story to Arabella. The goal is to have a cover to share by next month. As I will be self-publishing this story, I won't be publishing the rest of it on Wattpad.

6. Novella Ideas: I'm working on a novella project that I'm hoping to have ready for submission to a few indie publishers by July. I'm also reworking Decoding Evie to send over to some of them.

7. Sales: Both The Outbreak Duology and The Emile Reed Chronicles: The Complete Series will be available for only $0.99 until June 12th, 2015! Be sure to grab a copy of both if you haven't already. Or if you know someone that would like either collection, feel free to let them know. =)

Now off to get some writing done!


Sneak Peek at The Untold Stories!

The plan was to post the entire first chapter from Grant's short story in The Untold Stories, unfortunately, that plan has changed.... only because I feel like crap and don't have it in me to finish editing it right now.

So here's some of the first chapter:

Chapter One
I glanced up at the monitors, trying to make sense of the information that sat before me. “How is that even possible?” I mumbled, reaching for the tablet that sat on my chair.
“That can’t be right.” I tapped on the icon on the lower right hand side of the screen and zoomed in on the Program’s readings. She wasn’t supposed to react to the images.
She shouldn’t have reacted to the images.
But somehow, she had managed to do just that.
A loud bang sounded from the hallway outside of the room shortly before Charles McVeigh came barging in. I could see the frustration on his face, the irritation in his eyes, as he attempted to keep his anger in check. “That wasn’t supposed to happen,” he said. “Thompson, I thought I’d made myself clear. You were not to draw Emile out. You were simply to implant these images within her programming.”
I forced myself to focus, knowing that if I allowed myself to lose control, he’d begin to question me, and that was the one thing I needed to avoid. At all costs.
I turned my attention back to the monitors, trying to retrace every step.
I knew that I’d done everything right.
I had performed this procedure numerous time.
It had been implanted in my memory.
And yet, even though I’d done everything correctly, something had still caused things go to go awry.
McVeigh hovered over the Program, his eyes looking for something abnormal, something that would explain her readings, but I knew he’d find nothing. I’d done the exact same thing myself.
As he moved in beside me, I pressed my tablet to my side, making sure to remind myself to remain calm. There were some secrets meant to remain hidden, I’d told myself.
I was one of them.
He glanced back over his shoulder, his eyes locking onto mine with burning questions – ones that I held no answers to. “Sir, I assure you that the system was functioning properly. I’m not sure what happened.”
I knew the moment that the words left my mouth that they wouldn’t change his way of thinking. Charles McVeigh had made up his mind the second he’d entered the room.
“Functioning properly?” McVeigh scoffed. “If that were so, Thompson, that Program would have had the proper files installed onto her hard drive.”
I dropped my gaze to the tablet within my grasp. Tell me about it, I thought to myself.
Something was different about this Program. I’d had an idea of what it could be, but I refused to accept it as truth. Surely that wouldn’t be the case. Would it? I asked myself.
A snapping sound came from inside of the Pod as the Program’s hard drive clicked out of place. McVeigh moved in closer, hovering above the Program, meeting her stare as she opened her eyes. He pressed his finger to his bottom lip before speaking, “You need to fix this, or else she won’t be the only thing facing deactivation.”
On the health side of things:

I've been a bit better. I've mainly been focusing on work and blogging over here. (If you're a Marvel fan, follow us! We're a pretty great group.) I'm still having terrible headaches, and I'm still having dizzy spells and a general lack of energy. But my throat isn't closing - that's probably because I've started cutting dairy out of my diet - so that's still a plus.

I will start focusing more on writing starting this next week, which means you'll finally get some DEFINITE release dates from me soon!

<3 Nicole


Let's Get Real: Why I've Been MIA + Updates.

These past six months have been absolutely horrible and chaotic and I just want to start this b apologizing to all of you…. Again.
I figured everything would be settled by now. It isn’t.
I figured the doctor would know what was wrong by now. They don’t.
I went for an MRI on my brain on Friday – my doctor wants to be sure there’s nothing wrong – and I wasn’t able to do it. I’m claustrophobic and I have terrible anxiety. (This is something I’ve been pretty open with on here. It’s also a huge reason – along with money – as to why I haven’t attended a convention as an author. I’d make myself sick with fear.) We tried two different machines, and I just couldn’t do it, especially since the doctor said I’d be on the table for over an hour. I have to go back to my doctor now and find a place nearby that does an open MRI. And then I have to wait for my health insurance to approve it before I can go get the MRI done.
To say that I’m stressed and at my breaking point would be putting it lightly. There’s only so much that I can handle. Being lightheaded, dizzy, and sick to my stomach every single day? That I can’t handle. Not to mention, I’ve currently had to revamp my entire diet due to my food allergies getting worse. On one hand, I’m okay with this as it’s forcing me to eat healthier. On the other hand, what I can eat is so limited right now that I’m going to need to go on vitamins in order to make it so that I’m not as sick. (I’ve also been dealing with anemia for about five-six years now too, which doesn’t help much.) I’m on a non-dairy diet, which is getting hard to adjust to, but it is helping with my throat.
That’s one good thing: I’m not having as much trouble swallowing/breathing these days.
But yeah, I’m nowhere near where I should be at health-wise.
I keep getting terrible dizzy spells, my throat still closes from time to time, and I’m just generally always exhausted. Work takes it out of me. I am active on the Marvel fan blog I contribute to, but other than that? I’ve kind of cut everything off.
That also includes my writing.
I have been working on The Untold Stories off and on, but everything else? I start back on it, and then I completely stop for about two weeks before touching it again. I’m trying to push myself, I just don’t have the motivation to write right now.
This is why I haven’t been around.
This is why I haven’t released anything this year.
I feel like a jackass for it, trust me.
I had all of these plans for 2015… and we’re four months in and I’ve accomplished NONE of them.
For this, I am beyond sorry. You guys don’t deserve to be kept waiting.
So here is what I’m going to do: Collide (Episode Two) will be ready in a few weeks. I need to do another read through or two, do some more edits, and purchase a cover. (Fun fact? Doctor Appointments, MRIs, etc. are all super expensive… or else this would have been done weeks ago.) Once I post the cover, expect the eBook to follow about a week afterwards. The Untold Stories should follow after.

On a happier note? I have contacted both of my cover designers about projects I planned to have done a while ago. The cover for Rebirth will be ready next month. If you were an entrant in that giveaway on Facebook? Your signed print of the cover will go out late in May. (Please e-mail me your mailing address if you haven’t done so already.) As for the rest of the Emile Reed Chronicles covers, I’ve contacted Carrie about those. But she’s a writer too, a pretty awesome one at that, and I won’t have an idea of when those will be ready for some time.
I don’t want to set a schedule for anything else for the rest of the year. All I can promise is that, after I release The Untold Stories, which will include The Program Manual, I will be focusing solely on the Collide series. Given that each installment will receive its own cover, those will either be released monthly or bi-monthly. It depends on how much these doctor visits continue to drain my bank account. As for what will come after? It’ll more than likely be Rebirth, as Christa will have the cover completed for that one in May, but I can’t promise anything.
I do apologize for this crap.
I think to make up for it, I’ll rework some of my old projects and go ahead and publish those so that you guys have something. (There are a ton of them.)
I adore each and every one of you, and I hope to be around more soon.
<3 Nicole

P.S. I apologize in advance for any errors. I didn't have my glasses on when I wrote this, and I honestly have no clue where the heck I put them.


New to My Shelves!

I'm slowly easing myself back into things. I've been writing steadily for a few days now. I've started reading again. (I'm currently reading Dualed and really liking it.) And I'm easing myself back into working out now that I can finally move about for longer than an hour without feeling as though I'm about pass out. I know that doesn't sound like much, but given how I've been feeling for the past month (heck, the past two years, honestly), all of this is a big deal to me.

Anyway, I made the mistake of visiting Book Outlet yet again and picked up a few books.

The Nightmare Affair (The Arkwell Academy #1) by Mindee Arnett
Every Day (Every Day #1) by David Levithan
Lies Beneath (Lies Beneath #1) by Anne Greenwood BrownThe Diviners (The Diviners #1) by Libba Bray

Salvage (Salvage #1) by Alexandra Duncan

These are all books I've been wanting to read for some time, so I'm pretty excited.