cjtruz

Hey everyone! In case you missed the update while the app was being screwy, the first chapter of Skullduggery has been posted and chapter two will be up sometime tomorrow!
          	
          	https://www.wattpad.com/story/213314981-skullduggery

cjtruz

Soul Tides officially entered Paid this week! 
          I just wanted to thank everyone again for all the support over the years, it’s truly been a wild ride. I wasn’t sure what my next project was gonna be and then I got a message from a forensic friend a few weeks ago saying Unsolved Mysteries has officially picked up a cold case she’d been working on for the last 8 years. That case, along with another of hers, was the inspiration for a story I started back in 2020, but dropped to finish Soul Tides.
          
          So I’m dusting the cobwebs off of Skullduggery and will start republishing the first three chapters next week (or sooner) along with a new chapter four by the end of the month. Updates will likely be slow for now while I work out some plot kinks, but I’m excited to (re)introduce you to Kirby and Des!
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/story/213314981-skullduggery

cjtruz

@Mr_Peaches Yes! I’ve been throwing some scenes around and started connecting the plot over the summer. If I can somehow get myself organized, I’m hoping to write a little bit of it offline while working on Skullduggery, but I don’t wanna promise too much. Just know it is definitely in the works! And thank you for (re)reading!! I love to hear readers have enjoyed it enough to binge again! <3
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Mr_Peaches

Congratulations on Soul Tides! I’m glad you gave us a heads up. I managed to binge read the entire book in three days because I was scared it would become a paid book before I reread it. Question: have you thought about doing a sequel for Soul Tides?
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cjtruz

Apologies if my story has blown up your notifications! 
          
          I’ve squeezed these “final” chapters out in order to enter the Wattys. They’re a little rushed, sloppy, and bare-boned and I had to condense and cut A LOT (like 30k words) of what I had originally planned. Once judging is over, I fully intend to expand this second half of the story to dig deeper into River and Finley’s relationship (there WILL be a steamy chapter, I promise!), and the ending will likely change as well, but for now, I’m satisfied with how we reach the end.
          
          Now pray that I can knock out this summary  :/

cjtruz

@emmycv2015 Thank you so much!! It really means the world to hear that! I will definitely be adding more chapters and would love to do a prequel with River at some point as well! Thank you again for reading and voting, I'm so glad you love the story <3
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emmycv2015

I am in love with your book! I don’t think you know how much it has impacted my life. As a non-binary witch who lives in the woods this really hit home! I wish I could have a hard copy book of this. I hope you continue writing and maybe add a few more chapters or maybe a second book! I would love to hear more about rivers childhood and their relationship with boots! Anyway I love your book
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cjtruz

@mazarbul Thank you!! <3
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cjtruz

Ch. 27 shake off your flesh is posted!
          
          It's a short one. I wasn't too sure where/how to end it, but hopefully I won't leave ya hanging too long.
          
          According to my outline, we've got ten chapters left and four weeks til Watty's deadline :\ Bear with me, these might be a little rough as I scramble to that finish. Also, does anyone else have the "your story is sooo close" banner on your details page? Just plain cruel, Wattpad. Cruel.
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/story/245612561-hidden-in-the-heartwood

cjtruz

Happy Non-Binary People’s Day! 
          Always be proud of who you are and remember gender is fiction. You don’t ever have to present yourself any certain way or use any specific pronouns just to be non-binary. And big shout out to all the non-binary sapphics and lesbians out there! Your identity is valid and valued and will always be celebrated in my stories. 
          
          So in case you missed last week’s update with your favorite long-legged, brown-eyed, non-binary hillbilly, be sure to read it before the new chapter tomorrow!
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/story/245612561-hidden-in-the-heartwood

cjtruz

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This bitch is still recovering from her birthday/Pride combo last weekend, but I'm popping in real quick with a big announcement… 
          
          Soul Tides will be heading to Paid soon! 
          
          Thank you so so SO much for your support over the years, this story would be nothing without yinz and I hope you continue to follow me on my writing journey! I’m gonna work my ass off to keep pumping out new, free content so don’t worry! I have plenty of messy, sapphic, queer stories still left to tell <3

cjtruz

@trwentzel aww thank you so much!! <3
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trwentzel

omg congratulations!! it’s so good and you absolutely deserve to get paid for your work!
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cjtruz

New chapter for Heartwood, 23. Wolf Like Me went up Friday in case you missed the update! 
          
          With most of Appalachia now having banned abortion, I wanted to share a list of regional abortion funds and reproductive health resources, many of which are queer and/or BIPOC led. Please donate if you can, share if you can’t, and stay safe <3 
          
          https://t.co/QcrAzUHJ7L

cjtruz

Hey everyone!
          I’m back and ch. 22 of Heartwood is now posted! 
          
          With the Watty’s deadline being bumped up this year, I’ve unfortunately had to make some sacrifices to Heartwood (and not the good gory kind to the Ancients either) and cut some plot--there was a whole other spooky adventure planned at the dam. Hopefully, I’ll be able to add it back in at some point. And I still probably won’t make the deadline, but I gotta try. I think this is the only year I'll be able to submit bc of the first published date rule. Note for future stories, do not first publish in December. 
          
          For all my new followers who recently found me through Soul Tides, welcome! I hope you're enjoying Mara and friends. I love reading your comments so don't be shy! And if you've finished the story, head down into the abandoned coal-stripped hollows of the Pennsylvania Wilds to Hidden in the Heartwood. and feel free to encourage and/or yell at me to finish the damn story. 
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/story/245612561-hidden-in-the-heartwood

cjtruz

@trwentzel Thank you!! <3
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trwentzel

I’m loving both stories and good luck with Wattys!!
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