The Fifth Sister – Free in the iBooks Store This Weekend!

Yay!

So I believe that the Parched Novel Series is kind of my best work, although I’m loving where LOVE in the USA is going.

For a long time The Seventh Sister (Book 2) was the only free book in the Parched series. It was very easy to read Book 2 and then go to Book 1 because Book 2 is what I call an apostrophe story. We see the sister before she’s pulled into the main action. Well, The Fifth Sister (Book 4) is also an apostrophe book. We see Glo before she’s pulled into the main action. If you haven’t read any of the Parched novels then The Fifth Sister can be a good place to start.

And so, the book is free in the iBooks store this weekend. Of course Amazon may price-match, something that they do and if so you might be able to find there soon.

Here’s the description:

The most gorgeous guy in the world just moved in across the hallway from Glo Slater, The Fifth Sister. He says he’s a vampire, and it gets better. He’s a vampire slayer, and guess what? She is too! This waitress is about to discover her destiny, which leads her into the arms of a brooding vampire named Finn Elo.

Find Link Here

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And now I must prepare to say good night :-)

Z

Explore Her, More of Her (Daisy & Belmont, Book TWO) – Update 10/15/2014

I think it’s time for an update!

Currently, I’m almost halfway through the book. It was tough getting started because I had the details in my mind that I wanted to write but I would be forcing one of my characters, Belmont actually, into a state that is unnatural for him. So I had to ask myself, what would Belmont truly be able to do and then what? And then of course they make the choices to take their lives out of the ordinary and make their circumstances extraordinary.

Okay.

I’m in the middle of this story mentally and emotionally, and I don’t even have time to stop and blog. So… here’s a quick update.

On schedule BUT I have a lot going on this month. Conference. Pack up this apartment and get the heck out of this region. Fly back to Cali. Get ready for a real vacation. Finish up this book during the first week of that REAL vacation. Then I have to prepare for Misty Black The Beginning for my next editing date.

(Sigh…)

Okay.

Happiness and Love,

Z

2014 Book Release Plans REVISED.

So…

I had been warned about burning myself out and guess what–I’ve reached the state of burn-out. And so there is no way I’m going to be able to end the year completing two more books. However, I plan to meet the November 17th editing deadline for Explore Her, More of Her–barely.  But I don’t want to wait too long to release the Daisy and Belmont book. Apparently I have  broken “the major rule” of romance by having characters get involved sexually with others when their relationships had broken down some. Sorry but I don’t read that unrealistic, wrapped up in a pretty bow stuff and sure as heck won’t ever write it! So yes, there’s cheating in Know Her Love Her (on his part–kind of) and Still in Love With Her (both of their parts–for real! Like so for real.). Shrug… Ignoring that people cheat is like convincing yourself that a twenty-one year old can give a man the best blow-job ever the first time she ever does it. Or that twenty year old men are hitting G-spots and giving REAL orgasms.  I’m starting to think that the reason women feel that the unreal stuff is real and the real stuff is unreal is because they don’t know any better. Hey… I get it. Anyway… I don’t want to make readers think that Daisy and Belmont aren’t going to get to the point of compromise and a healthy and real happily ever after. So I’m going to write their truths and not tropes. However I don’t want to delay wrapping this story and freeing my brain for the remainder of the year.

I’m tired.

My brain is battered.

I’m spent.

Forget Me Never (Pt. II) will be released next  year. I’m aiming for a February 13, 2015 editing date.

This means that I’m submitting Misty Black The Beginning for MAJOR re-editing on December 8, 2014.

Ok. I have to get to writing. I have a LOT of writing to do.

Peace. Love. Happiness.

Z

New Release! Still In Love With Her (Maggie & Vince, Book ONE)

NEW RELEASE!

Still In Love With Her

(Maggie & Vince, Book ONE)

Greetings!

You can now purchase Still In Love With Her (Maggie & Vince, Book ONE) from the ebook retailers listed below.

Link to iBooks Store!
Link to Google Play!
Link to Amazon.com US!
Other Amazon Stores: UKCADEFRAU
Link to Kobo!

Thank you for subscribing to the Z.L. Arkadie mailinglist and I hope you enjoy the 5th book in the LOVE in the USA series! And remember, Explore Her, More of Her (Daisy & Belmont, Book TWO) will be released early December 2014! You can  Link to my blog for updates!

All best,
Z.L. Arkadie

Still In Love With Her… Explore Her, More of Her… Rogue.Kiss, Misty Black Trilogy, Book ONE… 9/1/2014 Updates

Let’s get right to it!

Still in Love With Her (Maggie & Vince, Book ONE) is now clearing the second round of proofing! Yay! Remember that the official release date is now September 12, 2014. I will probably release it earlier than the 12th but certainly not later. Still In Love With Her isn now available for pre-order on Google Play! Like usual when I’m writing, I happened upon a brand new series featuring Maggie, and co-starring Vince as her loyal and adoring soulmate. It involves her new career and I’m trying to figure out how to write those breakout novels. The problem is that I’m only one person, one writer, with a lot of books in three separate and distinctive series to write. So, I ask you to be my patient readers. Not only that but I have to book dates with MY editor. Believe me, if I go with a different editor you will know the difference. So please be patient. :-)

Oh and for those who only purchase on Amazon, I do have the capability to setup pre-orders on Amazon but they’re so Draconian and rigid, which can pose a problem since I normally setup my books for the latest possible release date and then as the writing and editing commences, I usually set the date earlier. Amazon doesn’t make this sort of process easy so I’d rather do pre-orders on iBooks and Google Play only for the time being.

 

I’m now in the process of writing Explore Her, More of Her (Daisy & Belmont, Book TWO). I took at least two weeks off from creating to let the story guide me in my head. I had all of these pre-ideas of how I was going to write the story. If there aren’t any real forces of antagonism then there isn’t a story. Anyway, so I wrote this whole outline. I still may divert from the outline. I’ll have to write and see Although, I don’t think Daisy and Belmont are so screwed up in the head that their feet can’t be posted securely on the road to Happily Ever After in this book. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure that this process is going to work and they’re going to get it… I mean, I can continue writing books–making up outward forces of antagonism but then that’s when we begin to cross the line of improbable stuff happening to the characters just because. You know, just making up stuff just to add to the book count. Plus, I think it’s time for Robert Tango to shed his scoundrel-scales. I also want to introduce you to more of the contemporary Americans who are falling in LOVE in the USA. Anyway. I must move on. I have 2300 more words to write today! LOL!

And yes… Next year, I will release Rogue.Kiss (bk. 1) Misty Black Trilogy! As soon as I’m done with Forget Me Never (Pt 2), which will exhaust me mentally, I will push myself and get Misty Black, The Beginning ready for the re-edit and re-release. It will be a free book. The thing is, a lot of you have been waiting for the next Misty Black novel and just to hold me to it, I’m going to setup the pre-oder for March 31, 2015. I’ll be unveiling the cover in the next couple of days! Yay!

So remember, after Still In Love With Her (Maggie & Vince, Book ONE), I have two more books to release this year. Explore Her, More of Her (Daisy & Belmont, Book TWO), which I will cross my fingers to get an editing date for October instead of November, and Forget Me Never (Pt 2). Then I will write Rogue.Kiss.

And now back to work!

Until my next release, which is coming SOON!
Z

Still In Love With Her (Maggie & Vince, Book ONE) Update – 8/26/2014

Greetings!

I’m a wee bit behind on this update but rest assured that Still In Love With Her (Maggie & Vince, Book ONE) is halfway through the editing process. The manuscript will pass through to proofreads and then the final read through before it goes live. The official release date is 9/12/2014, however I plan to have it available before then.

Here’s the final description:

Maggie Conroy loves her job, possibly more than she loves her boyfriend and boss, Vincent Adams. At least that’s what he thinks. That’s why he takes desperate measures in order to get her to pay attention to their relationship, but will his efforts backfire? Perhaps not, but first they’ll have to get past Vince’s scoundrel of a best friend and business partner, Maggie’s crazy best friend, an egomaniac actor, a clingy ex-girlfriend and a misguided attempt at implementing BDSM tactics.

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The one thing I hate about pre-orders is that I never know where the story is really going to until I start writing, which means the description is bound to change. I went in a whole new direction than I intended. This story is edgy, very contemporary and very contemporary romance. I did another read-through while going through first edits and I really like it. I was worried when I first submitted it because there’s nothing traditional/commercial about the story elements. Oh, and Maggie has a new job ;-) 

Anyway…

I’ve outlined Explore Her, More of Her up to a point where I’m ready to write.  I do plan on being finished way before my editing date in November so I’ll see if the company that I use can fit me in in October. Fingers crossed. If so, then Explore Her, More of Her (Daisy & Belmont, Book TWO) will be released in November! Again, fingers crossed. We’ll see. I’m challenging my story-telling abilities on this one. I think I got it ;-)

And now I must eat so that I can work. I understand why the earlier writers kept themselves inebriated while working–eating, sleeping and even going to the bathroom gets in the way of progress! LOL!

All best,

Z