**CONTEST WINNER: The winner for the ebook giveaway is STEPHANIE FREDRICK. Stephanie please email me at JocelynnDOTdrakeATgmailDOMcom and tell me which of my books you'd like and in which format (Kindle or Nook)**
Summer is not quite working out how I anticipated. Last summer in the wilds of Kentucky, we were baking daily at 100 degrees. The grass was scorched and the A/C was constantly humming away, drowning out any of the birds that were insane enough to open their mouths and risk bursting into flames. (I'm serious. Spontaneous combustion was a problem last summer.)
Of course, winter wasn't exactly awesome this year as I moved farther north to the icy wonderland of Wisconsin. Let me say, I've seen my fill of snow. Yep, I saw more snow fall last winter than all my years in Kentucky combined. If you'd like a quick overview of our first Wisconsin Winter, check out the video below.
The plus side of being buried under a mountain of snow is that I managed to get a lot of writing done. Yay! Yes, I finished a novella and a novel and I've got several other novels started. After several years of writing urban fantasy, I decided to take a little break to cleanse the palate. As a result, I finished a historical romance novella and a novel. But don't worry, I've got more urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and fantasy that I'm working on.
But now summer is here. I've returned to Kentucky for a visit with my family. I was looking forward to some sun and family and lots of writing time. Well, I got the family part right. Kentucky has been abandoned by the sun in favor of torrential downpours and the words... well, the words just haven't been coming. (I guess I should take my own advice and relax a bit.)
However, I have noticed that the words are coming back following the explosions. The Fourth of July brought some wonderful explosions despite the rain. My family is big in fireworks and we've come up with an interesting way of dealing with the little bottle rockets. Here is a quick video of the infamous "Box" by the Drakes from 2010. I'm still working on this year's video.
And now that the fireworks have exploded around the city, I am back to typing away on stories. I've got two more urban fantasy novels that I'm playing with and something really.... strange is brewing in the back of my head. (Don't worry. It'll hit the page very soon!) After I finish writing it all, I've just got to find a home for everything.
To celebrate the Fourth of July, let's have a contest! I will give away one of my books on the Kindle or Nook. Just leave me a comment below telling me what you love about the summer. The contest ends at midnight on Thursday, July 11. I will announce the winner on Friday, July 12. You can win any one of my books from the Dark Days series or Asylum Tales.
But now... it's time to get back to writing. Those warlocks can't rule the world without me.