I spent this afternoon updating my portfolio. I dislike this tedious work, checking every link again, removing projects that no longer appear to exist, and adding projects (with links where possible). Afternoons like this are necessary, because having up-to-date information is crucial when I direct prospective clients to my website to review my portfolio. It sends a negative message when someone goes to my website and discovers a bunch of broken links. That prevents the person from reviewing my work.
For a freelance writer, writing samples are absolutely necessary.
Before potential clients want to hire a freelance editor, they want to see the work the editor has done.
If you happen to be visiting my website and come across a nonfunctioning link, please do send me a message to let me know. I'll fix it. Or I'll delete that project reference.
In other news ...
My latest book, Knight of the Twin Moons, has been published. It's available in both e-book and paperback formats here: https://www.amazon.com/Knight-Twin-Moons-Passionate-Fated-Mates-ebook/dp/B0B5F96NTW.
The story returns to the world established in the Twin Moons Saga. Readers will find some commonalities among the books: a powerful and deadly hero, a heroine in need of rescue, a fish-out-of-water story in which the heroine must adapt to a new world and learn the rules on the fly.
The hero, Ishjarta Ornstal, is loosely modeled on legends of the medieval black knight. He's really the only true mercenary fae warrior in that realm. He's mysterious, a bit like the Joe Pike character created by author Robert Crais. Ishjarta, however, isn't human and his motivations aren't necessarily comprehensible to mere humans. He is, however, devoted to his mate and tolerates no insult against her.
The completeness of that devotion to Cassandra is his undoing, because the villain takes advantage of it. The villain commands Ishjarta's compliance in his evil schemes, because noncompliance will result in harm to Cassandra. Cassandra, having recently been human, uses very human stubbornness and ingenuity and science to win victory in a world saturated with magic. The blending of science with magic has truly impressive results.
Cassandra, even transformed from human to fae, remains very human in her thoughts and feelings and attitude. She's practical, applying that pragmatism to the impossible in order to cope with irrevocable changes. As anyone who's undergone trauma knows, there's no turning back time. One can only move forward. She does so, making the best she can of her new circumstances.
The book is slowly receiving reviews and/or ratings. Read it for yourself and let me know what you think.
What's next ...
I'm working on two sequels. The first is a sequel to Russian Pride and tentatively titled Russian Revival. This story features Ciro, introduced in Russian Pride, and a new character, Evelina, a cousin to Inessa (also introduced in Russian Pride).
The second is a sequel to Triple Burn. Creepy Mr. Argosie returns and sends another unsuspecting job candidate to a distant planet, Ahn’hudin. Government-sponsored human trafficking continues, exchanging human brides for technology in this case. I promise this story will end in a satsifactory HEA.
If I get lucky, I'll release a second book by the end of this year. It's good to be productive again.