Goodbye 2014 ~ Hello 2015!

Happy New Year to all of you!!!

May your dreams come true and your goals be achieved!

2014 started out as a rough year for me with several major family issues. Luckily, by late April, my life had calmed down and I got back into the mind frame of writing. My Goal for last year was to publish 4 books, and I just barely reached that goal. In June I released two books, Distorted Loyalty and Six Days of Memories. Both of those did hit International Best Seller Status! In early December, Second Shield was released inside the box set, Heroes to Swoon For. A set of 11 stories by some awesome authors. Mid December, My Blood Runs Blue was re-released!

So what’s coming in 2015?

First off, I’m crossing my fingers that I don’t have a repeat of last year. I’m not up for family drama this year. Nope, Not. At. All!

My goals for this year: Blue Blood for Life will be re-released in January 2015. The new cover for Blue Blood should be out in a few days!

Barbara’s Plea: Is currently in editing – slated to release March 2015 – Romantic Suspense

You’re Not Alone: Waiting to be sent to editor – Slated to release Summer 2015 – Romantic Suspense

Mixing the Blue Blood: Book 3 – In writing process – Slated to be released by Summer – Paranormal Romance

Blue Bloods Final Destiny Book 4 – Plot process – Slated to be release late 2015 – Paranormal Romance

Second Shield 2 – In writing Process – Slated to be released late 2015 – Romantic Suspense

Garda 2 – Plot Process – Release expected early 2016 – Paranormal Romance

One Every Thirty Six Trilogy – Plotting process – Paranormal Romance

So if all goes well – I should be looking at 6 releases next year! Keep your fingers crossed that I can work my magic and stay on task!

Happy New Year!

Major News about the My Blood Runs Blue series

Major Changes are coming for the My Blood Runs Blue Series!

Original Cover 2011

The first book that I ever wrote was My Blood Runs Blue back in October 2010. I’d had no formal writing classes, no friends that were authors, in fact I knew absolutely nothing about the book industry. For those who don’t know me, I’m one of those people that when they want to do something, there is little that can stop them, and this was one of those times.

I wrote My Blood Runs Blue in about 6-7 weeks, and then I found Outskirts Press. A company that helps you self-publish your book. I knew nothing of writing, so it is no surprise that I knew even less about publishing. Finding a company that helped me through each of the steps (for a nice chunk of change I might add) was great. It gave me an understanding of the process, and when I finally held that book in my hands, it was

New Cover 2013

absolutely amazing! But… I have admitted a few times here already, that I knew nothing about writing books.

Through the company I published with, they “edited” the book (again at a nice stack of bills), but now as I page through that book, I realize they did a very poor job editing the grammar and punctuation – because that is all they did. There was no content or repetition editing. There were no ideas bestowed upon me as to how to improve my writing or how to give the book more depth. It was strictly, change the comma, put a space here kind of editing. But I didn’t care at the time, I had published a book, and I was already writing book 2, Blue Blood for Life.

Blue Blood came out late 2011, and like the first book, I used Outskirts again. Same process, same fees, same results. A plot that sat between two covers that was rough, choppy, lacked depth and had to much repetition. But I had published it! It was around that time that I started really meeting and talking to other authors, and I started to learn. A good friend of mine, Melissa Foster (I love you Sister!!) pulled me under her wing and showed me that I could do all of the publishing myself, it was easy, and it was a hell of a lot cheaper! Then she said, you need a good editor and she put me in touch with a friend of hers, Dominique Agnew.

The first time I worked with an editor, or namely a real editor, namely Dominique, I was flabbergasted at how she tore my book apart. At the time, we were working on Whether I’ll Live or Die. I remember getting the

Original Cover 2011

manuscript back and was like, wow… I suck! lol… But I listened to her – I pushed through and ended up with a great book, because it was EDITED PROPERLY! Oh, the things I have learned since April 2011 when My Blood Runs Blue hit the shelves.

So… Originally the My Blood Runs Blue Series was to be 4 books. I wrote and published 2 of them then got busy in other directions. For YEARS now I have been asked by people over and over again when the third book was coming out. Several times I sat down to work on book 3, and realized that I needed to go back and re-read the first two to get the facts correct again, so I tried to read the first book, and couldn’t even get through the first four chapters. I was revolted at how I wrote, embarrassed that people download that book everyday. UGH!

I had spoken to other authors about what I should do, many of them said, don’t ever look back. Always look forward. They told me, go ahead and write book 3 and 4 and it will just show your growth as an author.

New Cover 2013

Personally, I think it would have looked like some other author had finished the series, that’s how starkly different my writing is now. Of course, that is with the help of my two editors. Yep, I now have two, Colleen Albert, is my second one.

A few months ago, I made a decision that I was not going to write the rest of the series. I was going to leave it at the two books and move forward with my other stories. Yet, as the months went on, the decision did not feel right.

So, it is with a very excited heart that I announce there will indeed be a book 3 and 4. In fact, there will also be a second edition of My Blood Runs Blue and Blue Blood for Life, because I decided to re-write them. Well, over the last week I have done just that. I re-wrote them. The plot is the same, the characters are the same. What is different is the writing, the depth, the passion, and the descriptions will show you the story, not tell you.? At a time that I had thought I’d put my characters to bed, I have found them racing through my mind with passion. I’m obsessed with finishing the series now.

I have one more round of edits for My Blood Runs Blue and two more for Blue Blood for Life and then they are ready for my editor to pick apart. I finally know exactly where I want book 3 to go (Gabe’s Story) and how the series will finally roll to a conclusion (Julian’s Story). In fact, I am basically obsessed with these two last books. They are all I think about.

Recent edits to Blue Blood for Life

So, if you are a fan of the series, I hope will look forward to the next two books!

Meet Gabe & Julian!

Gabe

Julian

The 12 Days of Christmas with Author Stacy Eaton

Welcome to Day 11 of our 12 Days of Christmas E-book Giveaway!

Today, you have the website host, Author Stacy Eaton.

From Stacy:

I remember being young and wondering why my mother would look so happy while my brothers and I would be tearing open our presents. I mean, she should be happy when she was unwrapping her own, not while we did ours.

Now that I am a mom, I understand. It’s the look of wonder on the faces of children. The squeals of delight and the animation that takes over as they see what is hidden behind the colorful paper. It is the fact that you’re children are there with you and that is the best gift of all.

These days, I find just as much joy in watching my children decorate the tree together. A rarity since my son is an adult and serves in the US Navy, but this year he surprised his 10 year old sister by coming home to help decorate.? It is the moments when I can sit back and watch the love between them that fills my heart. I’m thankful for a loving family, and for having the ability to share it with them.

May your holiday is beautiful, loving and safe.

Books by Stacy Eaton

My Blood Runs Blue (My Blood Runs Blue Series, Book 1)

?I?m still a cop, and my blood runs blue.?

Officer Kristin Greene has always felt that something was missing from her life. Although her job with the Fawn Hollow Township Police Department keeps her busy, she still feels like there is something else out there for her. She soon finds herself investigating a homicide where a young woman has had her throat ripped out. As she begins to dig for the answers, she finds herself thrown into a world she didn?t know ever existed. When the two strong and silent men walk into her life, she finds herself being pulled into a love triangle that has been going on longer than she has been alive. Who are they and why do they keep calling her Calista? Join Kristin as she fights to learn the truth about the recent murder, the two seductive men who have entered into her life and the real truth about herself.

Blue Blood for Life (My Blood Runs Blue Series, Book 2)

?You belong to me? for life??

After a month off, Kristin comes back to work happier then she?s been in a long time. Her new status in life has her solving crimes faster and better than she ever could before. When Alex goes missing, Kristin finds she finally has to reveal the secrets of her life to her friends. Will they be able to stand beside her after they learn all that she has hidden from them? Julian and Gabe stand beside her faithfully as they try to locate Alex. They are surprised to find Trent already in Fawn Hollow, but know that Trent may be the only one to do what Alex has asked them to do. As one more choice is taken away from Kristin, she attempts to make the best of it, but finds herself drawn to Trent in a way Julian and Alexander could never compare to. Trent goes to work with Kristin to keep her safe but will he be able to handle all that her police world entails? Can he handle the side of her that she reveals, the one that Alex and Julian know nothing about? When Kristin and Trent uncover the connection between her job and the kidnapping, they are finally able to put the pieces together, but can they get to Alex fast enough? Will Kristin be able to handle rescuing Alex and all that she learns in the process? Join Kristin, Julian, Trent and Alexander as they dive into a new mystery that will have you turning the pages quickly to find out who is responsible and how Kristin?s life is forever changed once again.

Whether I’ll Live or Die

?It sounded so simple in theory; ready… aim… fire… but what actually transpired was so much more.?

Officer Nicole Nolan holds the gun steady in her hands, knowing that life will be forever altered once she pulls the trigger. Her position as a small town police officer is to protect those who cannot protect themselves. It is her job, her career and her life.

Amanda stands where protection does not exist. With several failed relationships behind her, Amanda turns a blind eye to the possessiveness Josh displays in order to sooth her desperate need to be loved. As the mental abuse turns violent, Amanda must deal with the denial and embarrassment of being a victim once again. With her emotional and physical health siting on the edge, she must fight to regain control of her life.

A gripping story with one final destination, but will it be life or death?

Garda ~ Welcome to the Realm (Garda Series, Book 1)

?He is my destiny.”

There is a place that lies between heaven and Earth, it is called The Realm. Within this place, the Guards of Peace, known as Garda S?och?na, learn to guide and protect the ones that live below until they are called home.

Officer Corey Hamilton is dedicated to being the best that she can be, in uniform and out. Her loving nature, compassionate thoughts, and warrior strength make her the perfect candidate to join the Garda S?och?na and spend her eternity protecting and guiding others.

Just before Corey dies in a line-of-duty accident, she meets Officer Mitchell O?Reilly. Her feelings for him may change her destiny, but not for the better, as she falls in love with this married man. Brock, Corey?s personal Garda, will bring her home to The Realm and attempt to train her for her future, even while she still fights for her past.

Will Brock be able to direct Corey down the right path, or will she cross the line and fall from grace?
Join Corey, Mitchell, and Brock for an emotional and heart-pounding adventure that is sure to make you wonder if angels are really guiding us in our everyday lives.

Liveon ~ No Evil

Jacquelyn Liveon is a small time detective who loves her job, but hates attention. When she steps in front of heartthrob silver screen actor, Ryan Palmer, to stop a gunman, she finds herself dangling in to the public spotlight. Ryan can?t believe a woman would save him and not want more from his glamorous life. Could the words ?I Fear No Evil? that are printed on her shirt be more correct than he thought?

When Jacquelyn goes undercover, she gets submerged into a world she never wanted to understand. How does she deal with the threats against Ryan? What happens with a major event flips the movie set upside down and injures people that they care about?

Join Jacquelyn and Ryan as they act out the relationship for the assignment, and try to survive the secrets, the threats and the explosive relationship that burns behind the scenes.

Second Shield

Detective Sergeant Mackenzie McAllister leads a team of police investigators. When the new kid, Drew Bradley, joins the squad Mack is bound by duty to show him the ropes. The chemistry between them is immediate, but with Mack being twelve years older, she fights becoming entangled with the young sexy detective.

Drew enters the unit, not only to help with the investigation they are conducting, but to find out what is really going on inside the walls of the unit. Working with the intense and strict Sergeant Mack is invigorating, but between the need to protect her and his second shield, he is at a loss and falling hard.

Together they will uncover the evil from within, and try to deny the passions that rage between them. Who in her unit is trying to keep her from finding out the truth? Who will take a life that will draw them closer? And what are the secrets hidden behind the shield?

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My Blood Runs Blue

Blue Blood for Life

Whether I’ll Live or Die

Garda ~ Welcome to the Realm

Liveon ~ No Evil

Second Shield

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