The State Of Things

Poetry, Random Thoughts, Updates

“Here’s the thing: I’m not okay.
I haven’t been for some time.”

Here’s the thing: I’m not okay. I haven’t been for some time. And it seems that it’s only been getting worse as the days go by. I am at a loss for what I should do. Let me restate that. I know what I should be doing, but I cannot seem to force myself to do it. Instead, I’m seeking reprieve from life in something I never thought I’d enjoy instead of writing out my thoughts and really doing the thing that has always helped me — write. Yet here I am. Not writing. Well, I’m writing this little update, it’s been years since I’ve written fiction with any substantial amount of time. And I honestly don’t know if or when I’ll be able to snap out of this funk and just do it.

So that’s where I am. Don’t give up on me yet. I haven’t admitted defeat.

© Sarah Doughty

I don’t think I ever will.

Introducing: Enduring The Flames

Earthen Witch, Updates

Heya, Lovelies,

I’m so happy to introduce my next novel, Enduring The Flames. This is the beginning of a new series within the Earthen Witch Universe, taking place immediately after the events in Stronger Than Blood.

Introducing: Enduring The Flames
The second book of the Earthen Witch World Novels

The Earthen Witch World Novels are the individual stories of Aisling’s friends, written in their own perspective. Each novel is a standalone, telling the story of one character. The timeline of each novel may overlap or intersect with the main storyline. These novels are also adult urban fantasy romance.


Zoe Kavanaugh never thought she’d have her chance at redemption, but she never stopped trying to find it.

For a witch, Zoe Kavanaugh was a sorry excuse for one. She should have died years ago. Instead, she became a dark witch, died only to be resurrected — not once, but twice — before being restored as a light witch by the first and most powerful Earthen witch to emerge in centuries.

After devoting her new life to help the Earthen and her friends end the chaos ruling the world’s supernatural community, she’s sent to Austria with the notorious Vlad Tepes on an important fact-finding mission. Her job is simple: help Dracula interview a prisoner. She thinks the mystery of how a weak light witch can assist the most infamous and intimidating vampire the world has ever known and navigating her growing attraction to him are her biggest problems. But she should’ve known better. For Zoe, nothing is ever easy.

Coming August 20th!


If you’re as excited as I am, I’d be honored if you take a moment to do any or all of the following:

  • Check it out and add it to Goodreads
  • Share the good news and drop the cover on social media
  • Reblog this post

Finally, if a future extended sneak peek of Enduring The Flames and other freebies in an ever-expanding resource library sounds appealing to you, sign up for my newsletter. Also, if you’d like to join my Beta team and be among the first to read an advance reader copy of this book, sign up here.

Until next time,
Sarah

P. S. All of my books are and will remain FREE at your favorite retailer.

Stronger Than Blood — Retailer Links

Earthen Witch, Updates

The Earthen Witch universe continues with Marcelline’s journey. It is here and always free!

Introducing the Earthen Knight Novels.

The Earthen Knight Novels are an adult urban fantasy romance series featuring Voodoo practitioner Marcelline “Marcy” Webster and vampire Liam, written from Marcy’s perspective. The mystery of Aisling Green’s world deepens with the discovery of what runs in Marcy’s veins. But that is only the beginning. If Aisling is going to succeed in her quest in reuniting the supernatural world, she’ll need Marcy’s help.


Voodoo practitioner Marcy Webster thought her family’s massacre was the biggest of her worries when she flees New Orleans. But when she seeks asylum with the vampire known as Liam, she learns the truth goes much deeper.

Raised by extended family in extreme poverty under the rule of New Orleans’ sadistic Voodoo Queen, Marcy Webster dreams of a better life for her family so they can live — and practice their own form of Voodoo — in peace. After the queen is killed, Marcy’s family is massacred by one gunman in the historic French Quarter. She’s forced to flee the city with her three younger cousins with the shooter in pursuit.

Armed with nothing more than a name — a vampire known as Liam living in Nashville, Indiana, an injured Marcy travels there with her cousins in hopes of finding the only people she believes might be willing to offer them asylum. The last thing she expects when they arrive is to recognize Liam as the man that’s haunted her dreams for as long as she can remember. But with Voodoo attacking by day, nightmares taunting by night, and her would-be killer closing in, that’s the least of her problems. Discovering the answers to why everything is happening is all written in her blood. Will she be able to face the man hunting her, embrace her own unique abilities to protect herself and keep the ones she loves safe before it’s too late?



New to the universe? 
I’ve got you covered.

Stronger Than Blood Is Now On Smashwords

Earthen Witch, Updates

The Earthen Witch universe continues with Marcelline’s journey. It is here and always free!

Distribution to retailers is pending, so I’ll send out links once they’re all available.

Introducing the Earthen Knight Novels.

The Earthen Knight Novels are an adult urban fantasy romance series featuring Voodoo practitioner Marcelline “Marcy” Webster and vampire Liam, written from Marcy’s perspective. The mystery of Aisling Green’s world deepens with the discovery of what runs in Marcy’s veins. But that is only the beginning. If Aisling is going to succeed in her quest in reuniting the supernatural world, she’ll need Marcy’s help.


Voodoo practitioner Marcy Webster thought her family’s massacre was the biggest of her worries when she flees New Orleans. But when she seeks asylum with the vampire known as Liam, she learns the truth goes much deeper.

Raised by extended family in extreme poverty under the rule of New Orleans’ sadistic Voodoo Queen, Marcy Webster dreams of a better life for her family so they can live — and practice their own form of Voodoo — in peace. After the queen is killed, Marcy’s family is massacred by one gunman in the historic French Quarter. She’s forced to flee the city with her three younger cousins with the shooter in pursuit.

Armed with nothing more than a name — a vampire known as Liam living in Nashville, Indiana, an injured Marcy travels there with her cousins in hopes of finding the only people she believes might be willing to offer them asylum. The last thing she expects when they arrive is to recognize Liam as the man that’s haunted her dreams for as long as she can remember. But with Voodoo attacking by day, nightmares taunting by night, and her would-be killer closing in, that’s the least of her problems. Discovering the answers to why everything is happening is all written in her blood. Will she be able to face the man hunting her, embrace her own unique abilities to protect herself and keep the ones she loves safe before it’s too late?



New to the universe?
I’ve got you covered.

Shifting Focus

Random Thoughts, Updates

Heya Lovelies,

Over the last few months, I’ve been redirecting my online presence to focus more on fiction rather than poetry. With that came accepting some rather saddening facts, and embracing the new in doable increments.

While the daily poetry posts will continue here, I will be adding to my weekly Q&A Sessions to include other updates/things of note as they arise along with sharing my reviews of recently-read books. So stay tuned for those. 

Until next time,
Sarah

Introducing: Stronger Than Blood

Earthen Witch, Updates

Heya, Lovelies,

I’m so happy to introduce my next novel, Stronger Than Blood. This is the beginning of a new series within the Earthen Witch Universe, taking place immediately after the events in Safe.

Introducing: Stronger Than Blood
The first book of the Earthen Knight Novels

The Earthen Knight Novels are an adult urban fantasy romance series featuring Voodoo practitioner Marcelline “Marcy” Webster and vampire Liam, written from Marcy’s perspective. The mystery of Aisling Green’s world deepens with the discovery of what runs in Marcy’s veins. But that is only the beginning. If Aisling is going to succeed in her quest in reuniting the supernatural world, she’ll need Marcy’s help.


“Voodoo practitioner Marcy Webster thought her family’s massacre was the biggest of her worries when she flees New Orleans. But when she seeks asylum with the vampire known as Liam, she learns the truth goes much deeper.”

Raised by extended family in extreme poverty under the rule of New Orleans’ sadistic Voodoo Queen, Marcy Webster dreams of a better life for her family so they can live — and practice their own form of Voodoo — in peace. After the queen is killed, Marcy’s family is massacred by one gunman in the historic French Quarter. She’s forced to flee the city with her three younger cousins with the shooter in pursuit.

Armed with nothing more than a name — a vampire known as Liam living in Nashville, Indiana, an injured Marcy travels there with her cousins in hopes of finding the only people she believes might be willing to offer them asylum. The last thing she expects when they arrive is to recognize Liam as the man that’s haunted her dreams for as long as she can remember. But with Voodoo attacking by day, nightmares taunting by night, and her would-be killer closing in, that’s the least of her problems. Discovering the answers to why everything is happening is all written in her blood. Will she be able to face the man hunting her, embrace her own unique abilities to protect herself and keep the ones she loves safe before it’s too late?

Coming February 20th!


If you’re as excited as I am, I’d be honored if you take a moment to do any or all of the following:

  • Check it out and add it to Goodreads
  • Share the good news and drop the cover on social media
  • Reblog this post

Finally, if an extended sneak peek of Stronger Than Blood and other freebies in an ever-expanding resource library sounds appealing to you, sign up for my newsletter. Also, if you’d like to join my Beta team and be among the first to read an advance reader copy of this book, sign up here.

Until next time,
Sarah

P. S. All of my books are and will remain FREE at your favorite retailer.

I read somewhere that Sarah sees her writing poetry as a moment, whereas her writing fiction as a lifetime, and when I read this, it made total sense to me because I’ve read Sarah’s poetry for years and it is a moment, a strong powerful smack in the gut moment, but definitely a moment, whereas when I read her fiction, I can see the entire universe is being considered and she is methodical, paced and thorough in her plotting and building of characters.

Just Breathe delivered for me. I was surprised. Sarah knows her art, and she drew me into her world almost immediately.

I’m very familiar with Sarah’s poetry and have always appreciated her blunt and honest way of telling it like it is, that’s why it was a surprise to find out she is equally conversant and gifted with longer art forms. This isn’t just a hobby for her, you can tell she takes her writing very seriously and spends a lot of time ensuring she gets it right.


It doesn’t matter if a character
is a witch or a vampire
and whether those things exist
in our world or do not,
it matters that we believe
as we read that they are real.
That way we become
invested in them.


Aisling (the heroine) is the kind of woman that women can relate to and she isn’t afraid to stand up for what she feels is right. For this reason, Just Breathe is a deeply redemptive book and that alone makes it worthy of reading.

And with this I leave you with one recommendation, pick Sarah Doughty’s work out of the genre and let it Just Breathe.


Special thanks to Indie Blu(e) and Candice Louisa Daquin
for such an eloquent review of Just Breathe.
It was both unexpected and touching at the same time.
I still look back at this review with fondness.

I can only hope that as the series and overall universe has evolved,
Candice’s thoughts still hold true.
To read her review in its entirety, click here.

If you want to give my books a try, look no further.

~ Sarah Doughty

That Time Indie Blue Reviewed Just Breathe

Earthen Witch, Updates

Safe Is Now Available

Earthen Witch, Updates

The Fourth Installment of the Earthen Witch Novels is Here!
Always free

A formidable foe crashing Aisling Green’s wedding day turns out to be the least of her worries when tragedy forces her to question everything she knows.

The blows keep coming from all directions as Earthen witch Aisling Green grapples with the aftermath of a tragic day. Feeling her heart shattering over and over as a result is more than she can bear, so she makes a decision that will redefine her future.

She must carry unbearable emotional wounds, protect those she loves, and rescue a helpless victim from his would-be murderers — all while facing the looming threat of a powerful new enemy. Aisling’s mere existence has already cost her dearly, but more than ever, the heavy price of her survival is proving to be more than she can bear. Will Aisling find the strength to keep fighting?


✧✧✧✧✧
FIVE STARS

An excerpt from a review of Just Breathe:

“How is it possible I didn’t know that Kim Harrison and J.R. Ward had a secret love-child who goes by the name Sarah Doughty? I have no idea, but I’m glad to finally be in on the secret…”
Ian Gregoire, author of the Legends of The Order series

Mailbox Eulogies, Revamped

Updates

Heya Lovelies,

You know that old saying, slow and steady wins the race?

Well, this turtle took a wrong turn and managed to get lost in the desert.

It’s time I bring this bad boy back to the track with better lane markings.


What’s that mean?

Why, thanks for asking! A simpler newsletter was definitely in order. Let me explain.

First and foremost, every subscriber will be granted
full access to a library of freebies.

– Take a peek below at just one of the freebies I have available –

Subscribers choose what they want to receive and can update their preferences at any time.

  • Everything (all listed below)
  • Important news, like book releases only.
  • Poetry And Fiction Newsletter (to be sent on the 15th of every month)
    • Greeting
    • Main Article/Topic Content, such as:
      • Q & A With Me, where I answer YOUR questions
      • Exclusive content, such as a snippet from my current WIP
      • Updates & Important News
      • Occasionally, I may offer a sign-up to receive an ARC or join a Launch Team

If this sounds like something you’re interested in, sign up here.

The Bones That Bear My Name, an exclusive chapbook

Until next time,
Sarah

A Reinstatement Of Sorts

Updates

Heya Lovelies,

I hate to admit it, but it has been some time since my last update. It seems as though the pandemic put everything on hold. And not all in a good way. Sure, there’s been some positives, but for the most part, the last year and a half have been a collective blur — a sudden, unexpected adjustment in the everyday routines in which we were so familiar.

The same holds true for me as well. Last August, when my son began his 4th grade remote-learning school year, I took the plunge and forced myself to sit at my desk and write my next novel. After nearly four years removed from writing anything of real substance within fiction, I dove in. Trepidation and terror be damned.

It turned out to be the one thing that pulled me out of that four-year funk I’d fallen into after health issues and unfortunate world events dangled and stranded me outside the realm of creative headspace. I let myself become absorbed. Now that I’ve had some time to just bask in my fictional world, I’m making an honest effort to stop neglecting the other areas of my writerly life while I begin drafting another novel.

What does this mean?

A few things.

  • My newsletter, Mailbox Eulogies has been revamped and revitalized, complete with a freebie library for subscribers — more on this tomorrow
  • A minimum of one blog post a week that is not a regularly-scheduled prose poem
  • Maintain an active presence on Instagram

For now, that’s a good start.

Until next time,
Sarah