Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Whitney Award Finalists

I'm excited to announce that both my 2015 novels are Whitney Award Finalists.

LOST KING in the Suspense category & BONDAGE in the Historical Category. Winners will be announced at the Whitney Award Gala in May.





Monday, February 1, 2016

Next Power of the Matchmaker novel!


From the Power of the Matchmaker series: 

Lani has lived in Hana, Hawaii for five years. She's learned to surf, fish, dive, and manage her grandmother's bed and breakfast. She's also learned to take one day at a time the way it should be takenrelaxed and unrushed, savoring every moment.

But, like a large wave on the brink of breaking, her life is about to crash out of control. A proposal of marriage, a conniving grandmother, a cryptic Asian woman, and a handsome guest, and suddenly everything calm begins to churn, everything clear becomes confused, and all that was normal segues into peculiar.

As Lani struggles against the current to hold her ground, she realizes that she can either continue to fight and eventually lose, or take a take a leap of faith, hold her breath, and ride the wave wherever it takes her.

What people are saying:


Loved it! A great escape and like always a lovely story that drew me in and wouldn't let go until the very end. Highly recommend! Kathy, Goodreads.com

A very quick and beautiful read that made me want to move here and live among the locals. Maureen, Goodreads.com

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

COVER REVEAL: The Moses Chronicles--Deliverance (#2)

Cover reveal for the DELIVERANCE (The Moses Chronicles #2). Coming March 2016. You can now add it to your Goodreads to-read list!



And if you haven't read Book #1 yet, Bondage is available pretty much everywhere!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Submitted! The Moses Chronicles, Volume 3: Exodus

A couple of weeks later than I hoped, I submitted the 3rd volume in The Moses Chronicles series, titled Exodus. I'm really excited for this series to wrap-up, and it's strange to think that I've completed it, since #2 Deliverance isn't out yet (coming in March 2016).

Here's my cover letter to my publisher:


Dear ****,

I’m excited to submit Exodus, the third book in The Moses Chronicles series.  As the final book in the series, the story of Moses continues as he sends many plagues to Egypt directed by the Lord to convince Pharaoh Ramses to release the Hebrews from slavery.

Moses has reunited with his Hebrew family in Goshen, but he has more challenges than convincing the pharaoh of Egypt to release the Hebrew slaves. With four-hundred years of slavery and tradition running among the Hebrews, Moses greatest challenge is to convince the Hebrews to trust in him and to trust in the Lord's power to deliver them.

Moses’s brother Aaron has been called to serve as his spokesperson, but even Aaron can’t comfort some of the Hebrews as the pharaoh rejects their requests time and time again, despite the debilitating plagues that are ravishing the land.

As Pharaoh Ramses continues to deny requests made by Moses and Aaron, the plagues come swift and hard to the land of Egypt, destroying the infrastructure and economy, leaving the Egyptians destitute. But the pharaoh’s heart remains hard, and even as the final terrifying plague takes the lives of all the firstborn of Egypt, Ramses’s isn’t ready to release the children of Israel without a fight.

When the Hebrews finally escape Egypt, traveling through the miraculous parting of the Red Sea, they learn that their lives in slavery had been a trusted and secure way to live, and now they are faced with starvation and impoverishment in a harsh desert. Moses and the Hebrews must learn to rely on the Lord in all things, even with their very lives.

Exodus is complete at 84,000 words. I look forward to hearing from you.

My best,

Heather Moore
 
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

2015 Year-end Writing & Publishing review


2015 Year-End Writing & Publishing Review

After reading Brandon Sanderson’s State of Sanderson 2015, I thought I’d do something similar, but obviously not quite as extensive since Brandon Sanderson’s writing and publishing is simply that: extensive. I’ve read many of Sanderson’s books, in fact, the first one I read was Elantris. I’m not an avid fan of science fiction or fantasy, but I absolutely fell in love with Sanderson’s storytelling abilities. Since Elantris, I’ve read the Mistborn Series, Warbreaker, The Rithmatist, and the first book in his middle grade Alcatraz series. There are probably others that I’m not remember off the top of my head, although Sanderson’s books are all unforgettable.

This blog has turned into more of a publishing journal for me. The past few years, life has intervened (3 teenagers and one up-and-coming) and I’ve spent much less time on-line reading blogs, and interacting with others through social media. When I’ve had computer time, I’ve had to hyper-focus on my writing deadlines and whenever I find myself “clicking” I’ve had to reign back in and focus on my work. This is all good, but it also puts me a bit out of touch with many other writers and friends I had previously felt more connected with.

When others ask me what I’m working on, I literally hesitate. I’m dealing with a multitude of projects, and this past summer I finally put together a production schedule so that I could keep track myself. I usually say “I’m editing . . .” since it’s the easiest way to not let someone realize that I might be a little over the top in some things in my life. But after reading the State of Sanderson, I loved what he said about how he’s been forty, “an adult,” since he was twenty. I definitely identify with that. And how he said he always intended to make his dream happen. “Friends of mine would tell me to relax, but I couldn’t . . .” Yes, that’s me too.

So, to the year 2015.

January: January started out with the release of A Timeless Romance Anthology: All Regency Collection that I self-published through my indie imprint Mirror Press. I’ve been publishing these romance anthologies since October 2012, in conjunction with authors Annette Lyon and Sarah M. Eden. For each collection, we invite an additional three authors. With a January release, I quickly realized I’d never do that again since December was spent coordinating editing and formatting, and some of it over Christmas. Not too fair to those editors. By the end of January, sales had taken off for the All Regency Collection, and that began a series of thoughts and discussions that would eventually lead to a new anthology line called Timeless Regency Collection, which would debut in October.
 

But January wasn’t over. I had another book released January 12, The Boardwalk Antiques Shop. This was book 2 in the Tangerine Street Romance series that I co-write with Julie Wright and Melanie Jacobson. We call it a 3-part novel, and it contains 3 contemporary romance novels that are inter-connected. The first book in the series The Fortune CafĂ© (March 2014) was well-received, and this November saw the release of book 3: The Mariposa Hotel. This book was my summer writing, and although it was 100-page novella, Julie and Melanie and I had to do a bit of coordinating as well as editing for each other. This series is also released under my imprint Mirror Press.
 

I spent most of January working on a historical novel based on my 10th great-grandmother Susannah North Martin, who was hanged as a witch. To date, I still need to go through revisions, beta readers, and figure out where to submit.

February: I’d been looking forward to February 3 for months for the re-release of Finding Sheba with my new publisher Thomas & Mercer (Apub imprint). For more details about this book’s multi-faceted publishing journey, through 2 publishers and 2 agents, read this post. Sales for Finding Sheba took off and I reached the Top 60 overall on Amazon. I’d ranked higher in 2014 with the Romance Through the Ages box set that hit the USA Today list (another post). So I was pretty excited. Although books published through Apub imprints won’t hit national bestseller lists because their e-books are single platform, and the national lists require multi-platform sales. With the release of Finding Sheba, per my contract, I could submit book 2. I sent Lost King to my agent (Jane Dystel) mid-January, and she read the book and loved it. This was a monumental achievement for me because Finding Sheba did not go through the traditional agent-acceptance route. Within a week, I had a new book offer and contract for Lost King, and the release date was set for December 1, 2015.
 
February also saw the release of Loving Helen by Michele Paige Holmes, part of the Hearthfire Romance series that I took under my wings when Michele said she wanted to self-publish her historical romance. Her first book, Saving Grace, did very well in sales, so Michele got busy writing the next two books and novella in the series, all of which we put out in 2015.

March: No releases this month. I spent time coordinating the upcoming release of A Timeless Romance Anthology: California Dreamin’ and writing madly my second Moses book, Deliverance. My publisher Covenant Communications was hoping for a Fall 2015 release, and requested that I turn in the book by May. This was really pushing the production schedule, but I was determined to meet it. Book 1: Bondage was about to come out, so I started working on marketing plans.

April: The contemporary romance anthology A Timeless Romance Anthology: California Dreamin, was released, and I was a bit nervous since my novella in the anthology was the lead title. This means that anyone who downloads a “free sample” gets the first chapters in my novella. But reviews came in positive right out of the gate.
 
May: Release of The Moses Chronicles: Bondage, my new historical fiction series on Moses. When I first started brainstorming this series, I realized that the story of Moses delivering the children of Israel from the hands of the pharaoh of Egypt was not a single-volume book, but at least a 3-book series. Fortunately my publisher Covenant Communications agreed. In May, I met my writing deadline, and after sending the manuscript through beta readers, I turned it in. Phew!

 
June: On a personal note, my family moved from our home of 15 years to another home in June. This of course cut into all kinds of writing and editing time, and I’m not sure if I slept more than 4 or 5 hours a night for about 60 days. I received a letter from Covenant with several concerns about my manuscript which would require a significant revision. After reading through the notes and thinking (and praying), I decided there were some things that did need revision, but it wouldn’t be as significant as first presumed. I was able to turn in the revision by the deadline, but now that it was the end of June, a fall release was out of the question. Neither myself or my publisher wanted the production to be rushed. Also, the sales on Bondage were not what expected and my publisher decided to change the covers for the series to hopefully better reach the target readers. Book 2: Deliverance would now be released Spring 2016.

July: This month had two fun releases under my imprint. A Timeless Romance Anthology: Annette Lyon Collection and Marrying Christopher by Michele Paige Holmes. I was also able to finish writing The Mariposa Hotel novella and write my next novella for A Timeless Romance Anthology: All Hallows’ Eve. I’d also gotten into the habit of putting all my indie publications on pre-order which meant the book was for sale before I’d written it. Sort of a freaky thing if I allow myself to dwell on it. I started writing my Power of the Matchmaker novel, Love is Come, that I’m self-publishing in April 2016. This series is the brainchild of Rachael Anderson, and along with 11 authors, we are releasing a book a month in 2016, all connected to the same matchmaker.
 
August: Release of A Timeless Romance Anthology: All Hallows’ Eve. We released this with plenty of lead time for Halloween promotion. And by October, Annette had put together a Murder Mystery Dinner that ended up being a lot of fun with our readers and Timeless authors in attendance. I finished up writing a Christmas novella for the upcoming Under the Mistletoe anthology.

September: This is where my writing schedule ballooned. With Lost King coming out December 1, I could turn in the next thriller that week. But I needed to get it to my agent in advance so that she’d have time to read it before submission. Also, in an August meeting with Covenant, they said they needed my 3rd Moses book in December so that they could have enough time to schedule a Fall 2016 release. I looked at the estimated word count for each book (90,000-100,000 for my thriller, and 80,000 for Moses #3), and realized that I would have to write the books back-to-back, 5 days a week, 3,000 words a day. I would not be able to take one weekday off of writing or skimp on the word counts. I had to put my WIP Love is Come on hold for the time being. Because I knew that that my thriller would be more complicated and stressful to write, I started that one first. Coming up with the title Slave Queen, I dove in. Some of you have heard of Nanowrimo, a November writing program where authors will draft 50,000 words of a new book. This is essentially writing about 2,000 words a day. For me, I was about to do 2 “nanos” in 8 weeks. It’s one thing to write 3,000 words a day (physically and mentally challenging), but when the criteria comes in that my agent has to fall in love with the book, and then the publisher enough to offer an advance, the emotional challenges come into play. I was vigilant in writing 3,000 words a day, breaking it up into 1,000 word chunks, as well as vigilant about taking every weekend off from writing so that I could re-charge.

October: A Christmas non-fiction anthology was released by Covenant, with a contribution by me:

Two releases came out under my indie imprint. A Timeless Romance Anthology: Under the Mistletoe Collection, in which I had a novella, and the debut Timeless Regency Collection: Autumn Masquerade, in which I didn’t have a novella in. Mid-October I finished the first draft of Slave Queen, and I started writing Moses #3.
 
November: Several releases happened this month. First, my Power of the Matchmaker novella, which is a prequel novella that tells the matchmaker’s own love story. I’d written it Fall 2014, and the wait was long for this release. But we didn’t want it to come out too far in advance of the 2016 full-novel releases.

Next, The Mariposa Hotel was released, the 3rd in the Tangerine Street Romance series.

Then, A Timeless Romance Anthology: Sarah M. Eden British Isles Collection came out, part of the anthology series that I indie publish. The Monday before Thanksgiving, I submitted Slave Queen to my agent, and the wait began. In November, I decided to pull my YA book Solstice from the SwoonReads contest. This book I wrote under pen name Jane Redd. I had my agent submit to the Apub imprint Skyscape. It was turned down, so I decided to enter it into the Kindle Scout contest. This started a rather crazy month of promoting the book and trying to get voters to nominate the book. Kindle Scout is kind of like American Idol for books. The campaign ended December 5, and 10 days later, KS emailed me to say that my book was selected. It will be published February or March of 2016.
 
December: Lost King came out December 1:


And another multi-release month with my indie imprint. The 2nd Timeless Regency Collection called A Midwinter Ball came out. Also, Michele Holmes’ novella Twelve Days in December released. Although I’m not the author, as the producer and publisher, it was an accomplishment to see both released to critical acclaim. I guess I got the publishing bug because I decided to re-publish a novella that was originally in the Winter Collection. So A Fortunate Exile went live December 17.


On Tuesday, December 15, I received notice that Solstice was chosen as a Kindle Scout winner and would be published through Kindle Press. On Wednesday, December 16, my agent emailed me to say we needed to talk. Thomas & Mercer had made an offer on Slave Queen. Talk about relief! Slave Queen is slated for September 2016 release.

Depending on release date of Moses #3, I might have a busy fall promoting. Speaking of Moses #3, which I’m calling Exodus, I turned in the manuscript to beta readers around December 10. I’m hoping to get through revisions and submitted to Covenant by the end of this month. Not sure how it will all fall into place as I also have revision notes on Solstice and the soft deadline for that is early January. But I will prevail. At this moment, I’m on the last chapter or two of Love is Come, and once I finish the draft, I’ll put my full attention to Solstice revisions. Then I should have Moses #3 feedback in and I can do the revisions on that. While I was taking a bit of down time after sending Moses #3 to readers, and starting to read what I’d written so far on Love is Come, I drafted a few thousand words of a novella that will be in the Timeless Romance Anthology: Road Trip Collection.

While doing a book signing in December, I found that my 2010 non-fiction book Women of the Book of Mormon has been released in paperback. The interior artwork is in black-and-white, but it's one of my best-selling books, so I'm hoping that readers will be happy with the reduced price.
 

2016 Release Schedule:

February 2016: Mail Order Bride anthology (written, in edits now)

February 2016: Solstice by pen name Jane Redd (editing)

March 2016: The Moses Chronicles: Deliverance (completed, awaiting cover)

April 2016: Love is Come (Power of the Matchmaker series) (writing final chapter now)

May 2016: Road Trip anthology (written a couple of chapters)

September 2016: Blind Date anthology (haven’t started)

September 2016: Slave Queen (submitted, editing not started)

Fall 2016: The Moses Chronicles: Exodus (not submitted yet)

Other: Write Solstice sequel Lake Town. Write next thriller in Omar Zagouri series. Finish writing novella for Road Trip Collection. Write novella for Blind Date Collection. Submitting Salem Witch book. Write another Tangerine Street Romance?

 

 

 

 

Friday, December 11, 2015

LOST KING is available!

I'm excited to announce the release of LOST KING, a book I started years ago, and then in 2014 with the contract of FINDING SHEBA, I decided I'd better finish it. I love the intermixing historical story of Pharaoh Hatshepsut, a queen who was lost from history for centuries. I've included Author Notes below that appear in the back of LOST KING. This book is available on Amazon in e-book, paperback, Audio CD, and Audible.




Author’s Note

            Evidence of Pharaoh Hatshepsut’s reign was not discovered until the 19th century, when archaeologists found broken and defaced statues of Hatshepsut. In the great mortuary temple at Deir el-Bahri, across the Nile from the ancient sites of Thebes and Karnak, statues had been desecrated and broken into bits. Royal symbols had been hacked off, eyes and faces gouged, and heads separated from bodies.
Hatshepsut’s stepson, Thutmosis III, had done a thorough job of destroying all indications of her life. Her mummy was originally discovered in 1903 in the Valley of the Kings, but it wasn’t until many years later that it was brought to the Cairo Museum for testing.
 In 2007, Egyptian archaeologists confirmed they had found the mummy of Queen Hatshepsut. The mummy shows an obese woman who died in her 50s and was believed to have diabetes and liver cancer.
            Hatshepsut is legendary for having stolen the throne from her young stepson, Thutmosis III, and going on to rule for twenty-one years. Pharaoh Hatshepsut was one of the most prolific builders of Ancient Egypt, with hundreds of projects, including buildings, temples, and statuary, credited to her name.
After her death, it’s believed, her stepson obliterated her name from all records and her image from all monuments in a mass effort of revenge, replacing her images with his own and further securing his throne and that of his heirs. Pharaoh Hatshepsut may have brought Egypt to a wealthy and prevailing state, but when she died, all traces of her disappeared.
Some of the liberties taken with this manuscript include featuring Senenmut as a military man. Historically, he was known as a scribe and bureaucrat, and it’s also believed that he remained a bachelor. Also, the inclusion of Hatshepsut’s addition to the Book of the Dead by declaring that the people could only worship in the temples, and using the seventh day of the week as a rest day, are entirely fictitious.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

New Cover & Updates

The Moses Chronicles: BONDAGE now has a new cover! Available on Amazon in all formats. Book 2 DELIVERANCE is at press, coming March 2016. Book 3 EXODUS will be coming Fall 2016.




New! Under the Mistletoe:



New! All Hallows' Eve


Coming in November: The Mariposa Hotel