Wednesday, June 3, 2015

OUT NOW: "Zutto." Book 3 of Jiai Jouwa

For two years Jun and Saya have slowly built a romantic relationship based on love and mutual respect. Although they come from vastly different backgrounds, their determination has helped them carve a home in Nagoya, the city in the heart of Japan.

They assumed it would last forever. Then Jun’s uncle Akihiro drops a surprise on them: they’re moving back to Sapporo, where Jun will finally assume the title of heir to her family’s hospitality empire.

It’s everything Jun has wanted since she began her career fifteen years ago. It’s everything Saya has feared.

Now back in Sapporo, Jun must navigate the anxious waters that will lead her to becoming chairman one day. And Saya must learn to cope with her new glamorous lifestyle, all while fighting back the loneliness that haunts Japan’s northernmost city.

Ex-lovers, new friends, and old drama all come together to put Jun and Saya through their biggest test yet. It’s not enough for them to want to be together zutto, or forever. They must find the one thing that brings and keeps them together the most - a thing more precious than love itself.

“ZUTTO.” takes place from January - June, 2015. 

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

A Tale Of Epic Novels And The Pratfalls They Provide

Ah, I have returned to my blog, full of the proper shame necessary to inform everyone that I am a writer of epic-sized novels (your friendly local neighborhood doorstopper, really,) and this means you can't trust me when I say "lol this huge freakin' book will totally be coming out this month!!!!"

YEAAAAH not really.

To be fair, all previous estimates for a release date for "ZUTTO" were up in the air because they relied on two critical things: editing and other projects going on. As much as I wish I  could say I make my bread and butter from writing novels under this name, the honest truth is that I don't. So sometimes projects under this name have to take a backseat and we just gotta roll with it!

But let's remember, my name is Hildred and I am a writer of epic novels. Even if they're romance. Okay, seriously, especially if they're romance.

All this is leading up to a pretty big announcement! First, you really CAN BELIEVE ME when I tell you that ZUTTO will be coming out by, at the latest, May 29th, 2015. Possibly earlier! How do I know I can finally tell you this with great confidence? Why, it's done! It's edited! All that's left is to put on the finishing touches and make it into a beautiful book! IT'S SO CLOSE.

I laugh at myself, really, because things have been so crazy this year. One thing that's made it crazy is a brand new project I'm working on under this name. I basically took all of March off and, yes, a good chunk of April to write a 220,000 word doorstopper. Standalone. Romance. Yes, yes, lesbians in Japan. BUT it's NOT a Ren'Ai Rensai novel! It's a brand new cast of characters albeit a familiar setting (especially if you've read Jiai Jouwa.) I have no idea at this point when it will be released, I'm shooting for sometime this summer, but ahaha, let's make no promises, right?

The novel is called Love, Yumi and you can follow some excerpts I'll be posting at my tumblr. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

What in the world is going on with "Zutto."?

There's this funny thing about deadlines when you're in charge of everything. They don't really mean anything (other than the meaning the royal you give them) and they're frustrating as all get out.

"ZUTTO.", the third and final installment of the JIAI JOUWA series, and the final RR related book for a good while, was originally meant to come out in December. I didn't think it actually would, but it was a good goal. Naturally, it didn't make the cut. Mostly because it ended up being about 40k words more than I anticipated. (Funny how that happens with me.)

Then I had hoped for January. But a family emergency over the holidays meant it still wasn't ready for the final edits yet. It wasn't ready until a couple of weeks ago, with the hope that maybe February would bring some JJ love. Oops. Turns out everyone in the chain of production is busy this time of year, and with a monster novel like Zutto, well...

This is not an excuse post. But in this business roadblocks happen. In this case those roadblocks are people doing people things and Hildred writing a huge novel because why the hell not. This means that Zutto will probably not see a February release, but as soon as I have a good idea of when it will be out you all will be the first to know.

There is some good news! Production of my next planned book (a standalone lesbian romance) is well underway, will be considerably shorter (HAHA JINXED IT) and thus should be out fairly soon after Zutto. My goal is to still get three full length novels out this year and a short novella series at least deep into development by the end of the year.

And then fantasy time!

Thank you all for your patience. If you have some time and some extra love, share it with my amazing editor who is the one who has to sit down and slog through RR edits every time going, "Damnit, Hildred, one of these days i am going to torch your long-ass novels and take away everything you love. Just as soon as I get done howling at your ridiculous typos." Without her, Aiko would have turned into a bear halfway through one of the RR novels, apparently. (It's not a shifter novel, I swear!)

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy New Year! How About A Free Romance Novella?

FREE Until Jan 5th!
What better way to ring in the new year than with a free romance novella? When Chemistry Wins, the first part of THE DARK HORSE TRILOGY as written under my pen name Cynthia Dane is FREE through January 5th!

That's not all! Both it and its following stories, When Passion Flares and When Romance Prevails are free under KU. You can even pick up the full and complete box set for only $2.99. Awesome!

I mean, this is assuming you like hot and sexy contemporary romance. Also assuming you're okay with some sultry boy / girl action.

Cynthia Dane is a name I've been working hard on alongside my other writing projects. (If you are subscribed to my HB mailing list, then last night you should have received an exclusive preview of the final RR universe novel!) You can bet there will be a lot more to come in 2015 from all of my names!

Check out the whole Dark Horse Trilogy Below!
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Introducing Cynthia Dane, My New Contemporary Romance Pen Name

Some exciting news to share today! I have been working on a special writing project recently, which includes a new pen name and a debut in the contemporary romance world. Yes, folks. M/F. I know, right? Who knew.

My pen name in that world is Cynthia Dane, and most of my releases will be in serial format. My first release, When Chemistry Wins, is the first part of The Dark Horse Trilogy, which is basically Romeo & Juliet... but with modern politics!

Check it out!

“Two households, both alike in dignity; From ancient grudge break to new mutiny.” 

STAR-CROSSED LOVERS 

The Mitchells and the Halls are embroiled in the most heated gubernatorial election the state has ever seen.. Kerri Mitchell, the governor’s debutante daughter, yearns for a life free from her family’s controlling grasp. A life where her worth isn’t based on how vapid and innocent she can appear on the evening news. 

Hunter Hall doesn’t see eye-to-eye with his father, Governor Mitchell’s nemesis. He’s tired of the campaigning, the false promises, and the dirty mudslinging that comes with modern politics. And Hunter’s tired of having no one to share his life with. 

One fateful night brings these two souls together. One fateful night that changes the course of these two families’ fates forever. 

For when it comes down to it, will Kerri and Hunter choose their families… or love?

Friday, October 31, 2014

OUT NOW! "IKIGAI." Book 7 of REN'AI RENSAI

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"IKIGAI.", the seventh and final (for a long while at least) book of the REN'AI RENSAI series is now out! It's a whopping 100k words long and I hope you enjoy every single one. :) 

I'll have a more poignant post about the journey writing all seven books in this series up sometime next week. For now, please enjoy!

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"People say that we change as we get older. My biggest fear was that I would wake up one day and no longer be in love with Reina. Instead I woke up one day with urges that took me to the very kind of people she couldn't even think about."
Aiko almost has the perfect life. A strong marriage, a fun part-time job teaching English, and a healthy social life that keeps her stimulated in more ways than one. But she's changing. For the first time in years, there is someone she is falling for... and it's not someone her spouse would approve of. 
How can she truly be happy if she's repressing a part of what makes her tick?

"I haven't changed in over twenty-five years. This includes most of my opinions. Except I don't have popular opinions about anything. Take gender for example. I know I'm messed up, but it could be worse. I could really hate my body to the point I can't live in it anymore. Not even my wife understands that. But somebody else does."
Reina has come far in her therapy, but nothing can change the fact sometimes she can't face the way the world treats her because of her body. When she searches for someone who understands her, she meets another woman dealing with gender dysphoria. A woman whose dysphoria has taken her to a place Reina is still afraid to traverse. 

It's taken twenty years for Reina and Aiko to seal their relationship. Now the years have caught up to them and they must decide what their "ikigai," or their reason for living is. Friends come and go; lovers can be finicky; family is what they make of it. 

Their final hurdle in life, love, and sexuality will determine now and forever who they will spend the rest of their lives with. And they want so badly for it to be each other.

"IKIGAI." takes place from October, 2014 - February, 2015

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