Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Nightingale Cover Reveal and Blurb!

I know many of you have been waiting for this so without further ado, the cover for NIGHTINGALE:

When Wren Fairchild wakes up in a strange and icy land with no memory of how she arrived there, hypothermia is the least of her problems. Not only does she have no idea how she ended up in a Light Elf kingdom, she has no idea who she even is--let alone what she is. 

When she meets Greyson St Clair, the fiercely loyal Consul to Queen Mia of Alfheimr, he makes it clear he does not trust Wren right from the start, so when fate throws the two of them together, things are bound to get awkward. 

As they journey to see the only one who might shed light on Wren's mysterious past, she discovers that nothing happens by accident and the deception of few may have the power to unravel the future of many. 

Full of adventure, humor, romance and a few familiar faces, Nightingale is sure to satisfy fans of the Lark Trilogy. 

Expected release: April 2016

Haven't read the Lark Trilogy yet? Why not start now? Get all three books here.

Monday, August 24, 2015

I moved!

Hello hello!
We had a CrAzY summer! We closed on our new house at the beginning of this month so it's been nonstop moving and unpacking for the last few weeks. Today was the first day that I didn't have to call an appliance repair man (our stove blew up), or an electrician (there were exposed wires in our laundry room) or Westar Electric company (one of the many trees in our backyard has several branches pressing down on the electric lines).
I didn't have to make any trips to the hardware store to buy new wires, receptacles or wood for our fence today either!
Nope, today was a day spent knitting, writing, and exploring our new town! Blondie #3 and I went and had lunch at the local coffee shop then we tried to go to an antique store but they were closed on Mondays (another thing we are getting used to is how early everything closes in a small town!) so we went to the zoo instead.
School is in full swing for Blondie #1 and #2--they both love it of course since they are nerds like their mama and though Blondie #3 will be staying home with me this year I'm hoping I'll be able to finish up my current WIPs before the end of the year now that we are settled in our new house and I can spend more time writing.

The Bright Effect will be first. Autumn and I are about half way through writing it which considering how little writing time I had this summer is an achievement in itself! Now that I can write more we're hoping to finish it quickly.

Then of course I'll be finishing up Nightingale. I'll have a cover reveal very very soon (I've seen the mock up!)

Until next time (which knowing me will be a month from now! LOL)!


Erica Cope

Friday, June 5, 2015

Nightingale update

Hey folks!
I'm currently working on two different manuscripts right now--one with Autumn Doughton (we had so much fun writing Steering the Stars we decided to write another one!) and, the one a lot of you have been waiting for: Nightingale!

For a while there I was feeling NO INSPIRATION for Nightingale at all and I was really disappointed thinking that maybe I waited too long to start it and it was too late.
I'm happy to report that I've been unable to stop thinking about Nightingale for a month or so now and though I'm writing a lot slower than I've done in the past (we're in the process of selling our house so we can move), I'm really happy with what I have outlined for this story.
What can I tell you about it so far?
Well, I'm SO glad you asked.

1) It will introduce a brand spanking new character named Wren.
2) There will be lots of Grey ;)
3) It will start off in Wamego, KS (which is a small town near Manhattan where Mia/Lark is from).
4) Though it will feature a new character, our old favorites will be present.
5) If you have a super keen memory for details, you might recall a little bit about the history on why the Light Elves decided to withdrawal from human interactions? That will play an important part of this new story. :)

I'm writing this story a little differently than I did with the Lark trilogy. This time I plan to write out the ENTIRE thing and then decide whether to publish it as one large book OR (depending on exactly how long it is) splitting it up into three books.

I have the entire storyline outlined though so right now I'm just going to write write write and then when I finish, I'll make the decision and I'll let you guys know.

If I do decide to release it in three different installments, each book will release very close together--I'm thinking one a month for three months.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Today only! 80+ giveaways for paperbacks, ebooks, and more!


Hello! Welcome to my page! I'm terrible about updating it but my goal is to do better this year so when Lizzy Ford came up with the Spring into Romance Facebook Hop I jumped right on! 

What a fantastic idea, right?! Lots of new authors to meet and prizes to win! 

For my giveaway, I decided to giveaway one of my books that is particularly close to my heart, Pieces of Me

Aria Watkins’s life was on the perfect path, or so she thought. She and Sean had big plans for their future together. They were going to go off to college, get married, and have 2.5 kids. But when tragedy strikes, it destroys the heart of Aria and she's afraid she'll never be the same. 
Heartbroken and confused, Aria starts college a completely different person. She hardly recognizes the broken girl she's become, but she can't seem to find the strength to put back together the pieces either. 

Enter Holden Whitmore. 

He's charming, considerate, and he's making it his mission to make her smile. 

At first, she isn’t impressed with him, but he’s persistent and soon she discovers there’s more to him than just a charming smile. 

Aria was sure she'd never be able to move on with her life, but there's just something about Holden that makes her want to try. 

When her tragedy comes full circle, she’s left with a choice: Keep holding on to the past, or move on and find her future...

If you'd like to win a signed copy (and some swag!) just enter below!

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Next on the hop is Author M. E. Yildirim! Be sure to follow the links and have fun!

Friday, April 10, 2015

My "process"

The other day I realized something about myself--a pattern of sorts if you will.
It takes me approximately 3-4 months to write a book and then after I publish it takes me a month to "reboot".

Weird right? I mean, I'm like clockwork, but I'll get to that in a minute.

You see, I had been feeling like such a SLACKER lately because I hadn't had that need to write that I feel when I'm working on something. Honestly all I've wanted to do was binge watch TV shows (damn you, Netflix!) and clean...okay, maybe it's not so much that I WANTED to clean as much as I NEEDED to clean because we are in the process of selling our house so obviously I need it to be "show ready" at all times (which is challenging when you usually have 5 kids, 3 dogs and 3 cats in your home). My point is, if I wasn't binge watching a show, I was cleaning my house. Sometimes both at the same time because I like to multitask.

Anyway, so yeah, I hadn't written anything since Autumn and I publish Steering the Stars and I was feeling like this epic failure of an author. All sorts of thoughts were whirling around my head, but one question bothered me more than anything: Would I ever write again?

(I have overly dramatic tendencies sometimes)

Autumn and I had started talking about a new story to write together, but despite my excitement over working with her again, I just couldn't muster up the motivation to actually start it yet and I was feeling so guilty. I would try, but I'd just stare at the blank screen unsure where to even begin. Sometimes I couldn't even make myself sit down at my desk...what was wrong with me?

Then suddenly a few days ago the NEED to write hit me. I had an idea and I had to write it down as soon as possible. I scribbled it down with pen and paper and then that night I sat down to type it all out.
5 pages later I realized I had the start of my next solo WIP (and I'm super excited about it because it's going to be so different than anything I've written so far).

Then since I worked on something of mine, I went to Google Drive and opened the doc of the project that Autumn and I are going to work on and I wrote some more!

 It felt SO good to get those words written. They might suck and need some serious editing, but at least I had written something TO edit, you know what I mean? You can't fix a blank page after all.
It was a huge relief. I'm talking suddenly-the-sun-breaks-through-the-clouds sort of feeling.

But then, and I still don't know what made me think of it, but it just sort of hit me that I did the same thing before starting Steering the Stars....and again before Sea Swept.

In fact, once I went back and started thinking about it I realized I had done it with every single one of my releases.
(Here's where my nerdiness really shines through...I made a timeline):

February 2013: I released my debut, Lark
March 2013: I started In the Shadows (though that one took me longer because I was overwhelmed by the number of people who read it and were requesting the sequel and I was dealing with some medical issues that resulted in being diagnosed with cancer that June).
September 2013: I finally released In the ShadowsOctober 2013: I started working on Pieces of Me (and I finished it in November during NaNoWriMo).
December 2013: I released Pieces of MeJanuary 2014: I started working on Unfamiliar (and Like the Dawn on the side) with Komal Kant.
This was the first time I wrote two books at the same time. I focused more of my attention on Unfamiliar at the time since I was writing it with someone but I was definitely working on both.
March 2014: We released Unfamiliar
April 2014: I started really focusing on finishing Like the Dawn
May 2014:  Like the Dawn was released
June 2014: I started Sea Swept and its companion novella, Riptide (I finished both by September, but I wanted to try out the pre-order function so I had Sea Swept up for pre-order in October)
November 2014:  I published Sea Swept and the novella, Riptide
December 2014: Though Autumn and I had started the process of Steering the Stars, I didn't REALLY start writing until the end of December
March 2015: We published Steering the Stars

 And here it is April and I'm starting my next project(s).

See?!? A pattern! I have a "process"!

I'm so glad I figured this weird little habit of mine out because I was really feeling like a failure as an author. I mean, I was even beginning to plan out where I was going to apply for work when Jack started kindergarten (next year!) because I thought for sure I was just done. I was sure that the pool of ideas had dried up and I'd never again feel that drive or inspiration to put words on paper.

I'm soooooo glad that I was wrong. 

So there you have it. The most random and pointless blog post in the history of blog posts. I just really needed to write all that out because while it may be lame to you guys, it was an interesting thing for me to realize about myself. Most of all, I really just don't want to forget it because if everything continues like normal for me, I'll be due for another month of wasting time and feeling like a failure in August--September at the latest. ;)


Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Story of the Missing Scarf (and a giveaway!)


Erica: I have been coveting these Storiarts scarfs for AGES! Then after Autumn wore hers to NOLA in January I decided I MUST have one. I told my husband it was what I wanted for my birthday this year and it would be perfectly fine with me if he got it a little early (*cough*now*cough*).

Autumn: If it wasn’t obvious from my posts, I LOVED working with Erica on StS. Writing with her was like being at an extended slumber party. For months and months we chatted all day while we exchanged ideas and worked—her from Missouri and me from Florida. We were already good friends but co-writing the book solidified what I already suspected… Erica and I are destined to be lifelong friends and we make each other better. As we got closer to release date, I wanted to give her something symbolic to express this feeling and I remembered that she loved my Pride and Prejudice scarf. So I ordered one for her and got an adorable card and planned to send it to her house so it would arrive before the StS release. No joke, right after I ordered the scarf, she posted a photo of the exact same scarf on Facebook encouraging her husband to get her one for her birthday. My eyes went wide and I immediately messaged her hubby and said, “DON’T GET THE SCARF!”

Erica: So I had no idea that Autumn was so sneaky and wonderful and this beautiful scarf was on its way to me. If I did I probably would've sent her something WAY cooler than the outer space socks I found at a museum in KC that reminded me of her. Right after the release of the book, Autumn got the socks in the mail and asked if I had received a package from her yet. I hadn't. A few days later and still no package...

Autumn: I was getting so frustrated! Erica and I had both had the idea to get each other surprise gifts and hers had arrived (and btw, I luuuurved the socks because I am a space/NASA nut so they were perfect), but mine had not reached her and it had been well over a week since I’d mailed it. And, of course, I had sent it regular mail so there was no tracking for me to follow up with.

Erica: Finally, Autumn broke down and told me what I was supposed to be waiting on. I was even more excited and I checked the mail eagerly every day but the days came and went and NO SCARF!

Autumn: Weeks passed and meanwhile I heard from several people that I had mailed things to at the same time I mailed the scarf that either, 1) their package never arrived, or 2) their package arrived but it was damaged and parts were missing. Now, I’m not one to claim that I love the post office but I’ve never had a problem with it. In fact, say what you will about the cost of stamps but I still can’t believe that for less than fifty cents I can send a piece of paper to Montana. But having four packages go missing or get damaged in less than a week was bizarre and driving me crazy. I’ll admit that Erica and I may have gotten a little obsessed during this time.

Erica: Every day, Autumn and I checked in online about the case of the missing scarf. At first we assumed it had just gotten lost in the mail. Then more of her mail went missing and pretty soon our imaginations ran wild. She became convinced that the people that work at her post office extension (which she claims is really just a counter in a QuickMart??! WEIRD.) must be taking her mail and may have decided they wanted the scarf. We started planning how we could catch them.

Autumn: My husband works with computers so I seriously started hounding him to help me install a camera in the bottom of a box so that I could mail it to myself. He thought I was completely crazy but he’s used to my crazy so he went along with it. It’s not that I even wanted to get anyone in trouble; I just NEEDED to know what happened to the scarf! Also, by this time, more than a month had passed so I caved and just bought another Storiarts scarf for Erica and this time had it sent directly to her.

Erica: One weird thing is that Autumn and I talk every single day but we never talk on the phone. We message each other constantly. We text. We might even Skype, but I think in the years that we’ve known each other, we’ve talked on the phone maybe once. But one morning my phone rings and I look down and I see her name.

Autumn: Erica’s right. We never talk on the phone. But on this morning I had this weird compulsion to call her. I even questioned it and wondered if she would think me calling was strange, but I called anyway. Mostly, I wanted to tell her that I had just bought another scarf and it was on its way. So there I was standing on my front porch and telling her that a new scarf had just been purchased and was on the way after a month of waiting. As we were laughing about this, I see a mail truck turn the corner. This was odd in itself because my mailman always comes in the afternoon. He parks in front of the house and I see that it’s not my normal mailman and I just knew. I KNEW that he had the scarf. So here he comes, up the walk, looking ashamed with this completely destroyed package—seriously, the envelope had been taped up so many times that it looked like it had been through the apocalypse and both the addresses were illegible (I still have no idea how they found me), AND there were international stamps on it so I knew the scarf had been places. But the point is that it arrived.

Erica: We both laughed hysterically. And we knew right away that the scarf was special and it was meant for one of our readers. Autumn and I both have one and now one of you can have a Pride and Prejudice scarf and a paperback of Steering the Stars signed by both of us.

Autumn: Seriously, now the three of us can plan matchy-matchy outfits.

Erica: Just use the rafflecopter to enter and GOOD LUCK!


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Monday, March 30, 2015

Relocating and other tidbits

If you follow my Facebook page you've probably noticed that we are in the middle of trying to get our house ready to sell, packing and buying a new home! Life is a little chaotic at the moment to say the least. :)
I haven't started on anything new yet for that very reason.  Our house went on the market officially today and I'm really hoping it sells quickly so we can move and get settled as soon as possible!

Even though I'm not technically writing right now, I'm still thinking about what I want to write about and writing down notes whenever I think of a really good line or scene.

So that's what is going on in my little world!

Steering the Stars has been out for a few weeks now and the reviews are all great so far which is promising! I wish there was a way to get it out there more because Autumn and I both love this story so much. It's just hard because in the Indie publishing world YA isn't the "thing" in the current market so it's hard to get noticed. But we still have faith in our story and will keep promoting it wherever we can! In fact, we are getting ready to have an AMAZING giveaway! So keep an eye out for it!