Remember, Remember, it’s November

It’s my favorite time of the year again! From October to December, I love it! The hubbub, decorations, family gatherings, etc. It’s fabulous in my mind. Although, it could be because of my birthday too….. 😉
So, Appointed By Fate has been out and about for a little over a month. I’ve been to two author events (Beaverdale Books & Plain Talk Books & Coffee) and hope to sneak some more in before the end of the year. Reviews are trickling in on Amazon and Goodreads, so if you’ve read the book, but forgot to leave a review, DO IT (pretty please).
Thus far, I’ve had a plethora (yeah, that’s one of my catch phrases) of requests to spill the beans about Book 2 in The Mobster Files. Well, I can tell you this: it’s been submitted to Hot Tree Publishing and they’re reviewing it as we sip our coffee & avoid work on Monday 😉 That’s all I’m at liberty to say….right now…….

In other book news:
If you haven’t seen a calendar yet, it’s November! November means NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)!! Basically, the goal is to write a 50k novel in one month. Crazy, I know, but I absolutely LOVE it! It’s an adrenaline rush and a panic attack at the same time. I’m about 15k into my story As Londyn Falls. If you’d like a synopsis or stalk to my progress, check out my NaNo page https://nanowrimo.org/participants/skyemcneil . I’m very excited to see where this story takes me. It’s the first of a new series. Each book will be a standalone. There may be some cross-over, but nothing that will make the books impossible to read separately.

All right, well, I should stop procrastinating and begin typing my NaNoWriMo story to get my words in for the day. I’ll leave you with a sexy teaser from Appointed By Fate 😉
www.books2read.com/fate

Appointed By Fate is LIVE

Hello, my lovelies. Happy dance time because Appointed By Fate is #LIVE and thriving 🙂 Yay! Reviews are coming in like hotcakes and readers are LOVING Joci and Cameron’s story. A BIG thank you to all the blogs, bloggers, FB pages, fans, and fellow authors who helped make release day phenomenal! Indie is the way to go in case you’re wondering. There’s such a sense of family and community that you don’t get with traditional publishing houses. Huge Shout out to Hot Tree Publishing and their fantastic crew. I love being part of that incredible group of people. All you who showed up and participated in my online release party, you’re awesome!

So, if you’re torn between wanting to read Appointed By Fate now or get it in paperback, don’t worry, you can do BOTH!!!! If you’re in Des Moines metro, I have a book signing this Saturday at Beaverdale Books from 2-3 pm and I’ll gladly sign your paperback 🙂 Okay, I’m going to “relax” for an hour or so before I get back to prepping for the next exciting steps of Appointed By Fate’s release. Look for me on Facebook, so you can keep up to date with me stalker-style 😉

Muah!
~Skye~

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2w4UaSs
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2vNCBa7
Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/2tNuOf8
Amazon AU: http://amzn.to/2wsXnyH
Apple: http://apple.co/2vOJwSs
Nook: www.bn.com/w/1126862136
Kobo: www.kobo.com/au/en/ebook/appointed-by-fate
All other links: http://books2read.com/fate

Appointed By Fate Buy Links

Here are all the awesome links to buy Appointed By Fate. I forgot to post them earlier, so here they are now. Also, be on the look out for special updates on my Facebook page especially as the release date gets closer.

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2w4UaSs
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2vNCBa7
Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/2tNuOf8
Amazon AU: http://amzn.to/2wsXnyH
Apple: http://apple.co/2vOJwSs
Nook: www.bn.com/w/1126862136
Kobo: www.kobo.com/au/en/ebook/appointed-by-fate

https://www.facebook.com/skyesthelimitwriting

First Interview with Authors Interviews

Hey everyone! We’re getting close to release month and I’ve started interviews already. Here’s my first one with Fiona. Fellow authors, I’ve included her link in case you want to check out the possibilities. She did a great job 🙂

https://authorsinterviews.wordpress.com/2017/08/14/here-is-my-interview-with-skye-mcneil/

 

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2w4UaSs
All other links: http://books2read.com/fate
TBR: www.goodreads.com/book/show/34862225-appointed-by-fate

Cover Reveal-Appointed By Fate

‘Appointed by Fate’ releases September 30th. Treat yourself now while it’s#halfprice

One of Iowa’s most prominent criminal attorneys, Joci Dorous is ruthless and devoid of emotion in the courtroom. It’s what makes her the best. Her most recent client allegedly committed murder and, despite a rocky start, Joci is determined to win Cameron Shearer’s case.

Since this is her first homicide, she has the support of a second-chair attorney—her ex who wants her back. To make things more complicated, her hunky cop of a booty call, Cameron’s arresting officer, isn’t quite ready to let her go either. Who knew being surrounded by three hot guys could be so deliciously exhausting?

As the mystery of the case unravels, she soon discovers the true reason behind Cameron’s impromptu visit to Iowa. It’s this knowledge that endangers all those she holds dear. Caught up in confusion, chaos, and criminal law, how will her heart survive the final verdict?

#Appointed_Reveal #SkyeMcNeil #HTPubs

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2w4UaSs
All other links: http://books2read.com/fate

TBR: www.goodreads.com/book/show/34862225-appointed-by-fate

*****5 Star Review*****

Proud mommy moment right here. Timberline got its first 5 star review! If you didn’t already know, I love 4 & 5 star reviews. They make me tingly all over, so if you loved or even liked the book, please review it on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Reviews are an authors best friend. Thank you for your support 😉 Don’t have your copy yet? Here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XQXR5VR/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_dp_T2_dyMuzb2160039

on June 26, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition

Timberline Release Day!

It’s release daaaaayyyyyy!!!!!! I’ll keep it short, sweet and to the point. Timberline is available on Amazon.com in the e-book version 😀

Also, Timberline is ready to roll straight off Barnes and Noble if you’re more of a Nook person. Very exciting right there!

The paperback will be up hopefully by the end of May, but I’ll post when I have a firm date from my publisher.

Here are the links, I hope you enjoy.

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/skye%20mcneil

Amazon: http://a.co/0MtSEZb

Happy reading

~Skye~

Editing Perils

Editing is a curse word for writers of all genres. If you’re not a writer or you flunked English, I’ll give you a rundown. Editing is where you get to pick apart your story and recant your life of writing. Ok, not all the time, but a good majority. Editing is right up there with synopsis and query. Yeah, we don’t discuss the cursed way publishers make writers squirm with the sight of those terms.

For the last month or so, I’ve been diligently editing two of my books. I feel like all I’m doing lately is editing. Quite honestly, I’m about ready to pull my hair out, which would be a shame because I doubt I could rock the GI Jane look. The first story is the second edit and the other one is the third, I think. Either way, I’m dreaming of comma splices and plot schemes instead of hunky men in firefighter outfits.

The edit I finished two-ish days ago is the sequel to the first novel I ever wrote circa 2006. I absolutely adore the sequel. As in, I want to marry each character individually because they rock my socks (and other things) off. Acknowledging that brilliance, I returned to my first book ever written by these hands (which currently sport paper cuts). I began my grueling task of editing the crap out of #Amidst. SOMEONE GET ME OUT OF THIS HELL! I literally want to stab myself in the eye. How did I ever believe the current form was publish worthy?! Oh, right, 17 year old me. Hahahahaha. I was such an idiot. This is the most painstakingly horrific edit I have ever endured. There is seriously more blue/black pen on the paper than actual typed words. I opted against red because obviously it looks like the story is bleeding to death.

As I torture myself with my grammatical and hazardous plot woes, I recall now why I shoved this story to the side. It was because of the edits from the depths of hell. Ironically, more people know I’ve written #Amidst than any of my other stories because both my English teachers in high school read it and proceeded to brag to their students of my creativity. Ok, Mrs. B and Mrs. N., we need to talk about the freaking story line here. How could you not tell me it is equivalent to watching a horse wear high heels while trying to walk across a frozen lake?! Legit, my preface will not be thanking you for setting me straight. It may be because of your belief in me, though.

Back on topic, I admit that I don’t like to edit. Who the hell does? You strip down your story piece by piece. By the end, you honestly think you’re writing is as good as a 5yr old. But editing is essential to a story. Without a properly edited story, you look like Bambi watching his mother get shot when publishers reject you. Granted, that still happens even AFTER you edit until you bleed. I think I speak for all publishers when I say, “If you don’t edit, we ain’t gonna look, sweetheart”. I may have ad-libbed there a bit.

Knowing that publishers want a well-honed story, I return to my first love. Like many first loves, it breaks your heart and makes you wish you never knew them. Since I wrote the sequel, we’ll call it #Among, nearly eight years later, I have a better idea of what the first book should be. The same can be said about love lives, but we’re veering off topic there. Writing the second book is almost more enjoyable because you know precisely where the characters are going. So, then the difficult part is going back to the first book and making sure everything aligns with the story line and plot. Easier said than done. Especially, when the first book is all over the place. Oh, did I mention there’s a book #3 somewhere down the line?

So, I’m putting my big girl panties on (Victoria’s Secret NOT granny panties), and I’m re-writing my baby. Currently, I’m on page 73 out of 173. Woo! Totally almost there. Until I achieve that mountaintop and breathe the thin air of success, I will be bleeding ink and crying wine.

Until next time, the Skye’s the limit 😉

~Skye~