“Explore Her, More of Her” Update – 11/9/2014

Well, I must say…

I am finally convinced Daisy and Belmont will live happily ever after.

Once this book is released we’ll talk about it. I’m the kind of person who rarely reads romance because I don’t buy it. Most of the happily ever afters in romance will NEVER end up being a happily ever after for real. And I know women are happy with that and hey, may they knock themselves out consuming those stories. The truth is, the end-all and be-all of romantic love isn’t the proposal and marriage ceremony. It’s this… This book. This is what I’m talking about. Explore Her, More of Her. :-)

I’m under the gun. It’s supposed to go to the editor next Monday and I’m only 3/4 of the way finished. I’m tightening the story now. I may have to pull an all-nighter read through once I reach the end. I do know what’s going to happen at the end at that’s the important part. This vacation villa is making finishing easy–especially since I know that once I’m done, I’m really going to explore this island. But this villa… It’s all the business. I’m going to write a post about it once I’m gone just in case any of you want to visit this place.

Until then. Just a little update.


What’s The Book Order of the LOVE in the USA Series?

You ask???

So after talking about the series today, I realized that the elaborate way I wrote the books in the series can be quite confusing.

I was trying to dress-right-dress the series. That’s a military term for keeping everything aligned from every angle.


Here’s the official order.

Book 1: Find Her, Keep Her: A Martha’s Vineyard Love Story
Book 2: There’s Something About Her: A Manhattan Love Story
Book 3: Say You Love Her: An L.A. Love Story
Book 4: Know Her, Love Her (Daisy & Belmont, #1)
Book 5: Still In Love With Her (Maggie & Vince, #1)
Book 6: Explore Her, More of Her (Daisy & Belmont, #2) Coming December 2014

So you see… You should definitely read them in order because each new release was built on the previous book. Do I think you can go from “Find Her, Keep Her” to “Know Her, Love Her” and not be confused. Yeah… I think you can figure things out BUT you’ll be missing so much that had gone on between Daisy and Belmont in There’s Something About Her and Say You Love Her. Those two books will help you understand what their relationship has become, which will help you really understand their issues beyond the surface.

Okay… Gosh, I’m exhausted…


Hope that helped!


MY Last Conference … sighhh.


So this is one of those lamenting posts. Like, dude, I’m at another conference. The thing about it is that I attended this one last year and swore to myself that not only was I done with this organization but the conference as well. I mean, two of them this year and I’ve concluded that they are just more of the same. And I’m cutting into my writing schedule. Then I have to catch airplanes (I hate flying. Like, sitting on the airplane, flying. I hate it.). I have to pay to get to the airport. Pay for hotels. TIP! Eat out which is very unhealthy. Then the shindig itself is a whole other experience.  I can go into detail but I can’t do so without offending, so I won’t. Let’s just say conferences are NOT for me. At least a couple of non “Conference Group” meetings/events is making this conference worth my time but I’m not sure if it’s worth the couple of thousand plus I spent to make this happen for me. And you know what really pisses me off about this conference???? They didn’t post the workshops months in advance because if they had, then I would’ve given up my dang spot! That was tricky…. Very tricky. Didn’t get the workshop schedule until TODAY. And I mean, how many times can you hear the same old fortune tellers predict the end of this or that. As if they know. They’re never right. Hey, I got an idea. Just do your dang job and don’t worry about what’s going to happen. Nothing’s going to happen! Everything is going to stay just the way it is now or get better because that is what history has taught us!

And I hate panels. I mean… I’ve always hated panels and I promise you, you will NEVER find me sitting on one no matter what. I mean, what arrogance. And they never say anything valuable. It’s very rare that they do. You’re just sitting there looking at and listening to words that you can’t do anything with. Just empty and often arrogant. And I mean, listen, some of these writers you really don’t want to meet. Just enjoy their stories and don’t meet them. I’m including myself in the mix. Because listen… You DO NOT want to meet me. You just don’t. You think you do. But you don’t. LOL!


They’re just going to have to come up with a whole new format to lure me to another one of these things. You know who does good conferences? Creative Screenwriting Magazine in LA. They had a lot of craft workshops, which one needs if he or she is a screenwriter at any level. I encountered one of the most career changing workshops at one of their conferences. There was this guy… I wish I could remember his name but he gave this talk about how readers connect to stories by using the 7 Chakras. That workshop is the reason why you can’t put my book down even if you hate that I’m making you experience something you don’t agree with. Ones humanity/nature likes where I keep the story but the same persons nurturing/social programming rejects it.

So I mean… Maybe the book industry should ask the screenwriting industry for tips on how to put on a conference.

I mean they could’ve done a whole workshop on Point of View, or they could’ve brought people together. Don’t just have a panel on how a writer can use an assistant, have an assistant pitching session. Translators… Um indies are scrambling for good translators. Get us to sign up for one-on-ones with professional marketers who will asses are covers, blurbs and etc. You know, I’m starting to think that maybe you can’t mesh the traditional publishing world with the independent. Like a question came up regarding quantity sacrificing quality and I rolled my eyes. I mean Tradies really have convinced themselves of this. Fine. Who cares what they think but who wants to hear them whine about how our stuff suck because it took them three years to write a book. If I write 10+ hours a day and it takes me 3 years to write a book then I need to find a new line of work. But see that’s the result of mixing the two industries. They have no clue because they have to have day jobs and writing is my day job. And in order to make it in this indie world you have to know how to just point blank tell a story. Say the same thing in 50k less words. And a lot of us, the ones you like, have a screenwriting background so we just understand the concept of plot. Look. We need our own conference so we can really be enriched and they need their conference for the same reason. That’ll be the next conference I attend if I ever attend one–a conference that focuses on Indies.


I digress…

Enough griping and complaining from me. I’m here. I’m just going to focus on finishing Explore Her, More of Her. I do want to check out the workshops on Assistants. I’m so overwhelmed and at some point I’m going to have to hire someone. I want to wait until I move back to LA. And I really need to hire someone with experience and who can easily learn some applications that I use on a daily basis.

Okay, Z. To work lady! Get your behind to work ;-)

Love. Happiness. Peace. A plastic cup of pinot grigio

I think you’re going to like Explore Her, More of Her… it’s almost time to go back to page one for the retightening of the story. Yay!!!


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


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


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


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.


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.



Happiness and Love,


2014 Book Release Plans REVISED.


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.


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


Still In Love With Her

(Maggie & Vince, Book ONE)


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