The Rise of Genesis: The Rise of 2016

The Rise of Genesis: The Rise of 2016

Posted by on Jan 8, 2016 in Matty Says, Uncategorized, Writing | 2 comments

On social media and the blog the past year I`ve spent a lot of time talking about struggling with writing and making sure I put out the best book that I can. Because of that desire, it`s been over a year-and-a-half since my last book, Endure, came out. It`s been a long wait for both you and for me. My readers have been so supportive and incredible, I feel blessed for the opportunity to put out another story. Over the past few years I`ve gone through ups and down in my personal life (who hasn’t), which derailed both my desire to write and my discipline to do so. What surprised me most about this experience is how hard it was to get back to that place. A place where every night after work I sat down and…well, got back to work, but on something I had a passion about. It was a real eye-opener to me on how difficult it can be to not just create routine, but regain it once you’ve lost it. I think it`s important to point out that I wasn’t just trying to create routine, I was trying to obtain the exact routine and work ethic I had years ago. An impossible feat. My life is a lot different now with two kids and a different job, and a small army of pets, and different commitments, etc. But thus far, over the past six months, I’ve managed to carve out a system that seems to be working, and every month I get a little more productive. So that brings us to this, what have I been working on? The Rise of Genesis is a surprise project for me. It wasn’t what was supposed to come next. Originally I had been writing The Nova Chronicles, an Urban Fantasy series still in the works, but after my long writing break, I wasn’t ready for it. I began writing Sacred cities, which in the end, I re-wrote three times and the last draft ended at 183k words. I know. I scrapped that book multiple times and started over, I couldn’t nail down what I was trying to accomplish. Maybe I didn’t even know. The reality was that it wasn’t a story ready to be told, and halfway through the second draft of that monstrous book, I said “no more.” I put it aside in a dusty digital folder and decided to give it a break. At that point I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Did I  have only one series in me? Were all these ideas and exciting plots in my mind garbage? Maybe I’m not a real writer. These are the thoughts I battled with for a long time, and a part of me knows that the only reason I kept writing was for the few people in my life that continued to encourage me....

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Busy Busy Go Time!

Busy Busy Go Time!

Posted by on Apr 24, 2012 in Blog Events, Protector Series, Random, Uncategorized | 10 comments

Well yesterday was an exciting day. I received my first shipment of Shift paperbacks, most of which were already spoken for, and spent the night signing books and posters. My hand isn’t used to this whole writing stuff! I think I might of pulled something…okay I’m kidding. But to give you an idea, this is what my night looked like, except there were a lot more than just two posters. The good news is, if you ordered a signed copy of Exiled, Shift, or either of the cover posters (which aren’t actually posters, but 12″ x 18″ pictures. Yep, thick and not so easy to tear awesomeness!) they’re being shipped out today and they’re on there way. Winners of The Bookish Brunettes Cover Battle Royal are getting their prize packs sent out today as well. AND, for some of you, you didn’t order anything, but it’s on its way anyways as a huge thank you for all your kindness and support. Since February, the support, friendship, and the word of mouth advertising I’ve received from some of you has been…well, there are no words. I want to say “thank you!” but it just doesn’t seem like enough. To tell you how honored I am to have met such a community of readers who are interested in my work, who support me as an author, and who want to help spread the word about my stories, is an understatement. I’m beyond thank yous, way past honored, and right now, I’m somewhere beyond the territory of flabbergasted. As of now, I can’t even believe the reviews and response I’m receiving. I’m actually getting fan-mail from people I’ve never spoken too. It’s one thing to have a friend tell you how great your book is, but to have a complete stranger tell you is something completely different. It’s surreal. The Protector Series is going to be 4 books in length with the potential for a novella or two about some of your favorite characters thrown in the mix. The fact that I’m only two books into the series and I have complete strangers demanding book 3 via Twitter, Goodreads, and directly to my e-mail is pretty much one of the greatest experiences I have had with my writing. Val at Stuck In Books has a student review of Exiled up right now that knocked my socks off. Patrick is a middle school student who wrote that review, and he probably has no idea how incredible he is. How he made my day/week/month with that review. An actual Young Adult who loved my stories. A kid who goes to school early or stays late after class to read a little more of Shift. That’s dedication right there, and I don’t think anything could replace how great that makes me feel. I’ve been slacking a little bit lately. I should have started book 3 by now....

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BANG!

Posted by on Feb 13, 2012 in Blog Events, Book Reviews, Protector Series, Uncategorized | 2 comments

That’s how this Monday started out! With a big, fat, awesome bang. I woke up to not one, but two, fantastic 5-Star reviews of Shift: Ah to the Some from Smash Attack Reads And some serious love from Alexa at at Pages of Forbidden Love Check ’em out and find a few more reasons to get SHIFT on your TBR list!  Oh, and Happy...

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Shift – Blog Tour Day 8

Shift – Blog Tour Day 8

Posted by on Feb 6, 2012 in Blog Events, Book Reviews, Protector Series, Uncategorized |

This is the last week for the SHIFT blog tour, and on day 8, we’ve got something really great. A double review of both Exiled and Shift from Kayleigh and Lolita at K-Books, a character interview with a great character, and many of your favorites: RAYNA! Check it all out at K-Books!  DONT MISS A DAY ON THE TOUR!Day 1: Bookish Babes Day 2: Violet Hour Day 3: A Book Vacation Day 4: Between The PagesDay 5: Esther’s Ever AfterDay 6: Taking It One Book At A TimeDay 7: Secret Lives Of Fiction...

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