Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hero's Journey

I've been very scattered this summer. I usually follow my writing schedule like it was written by God. I'm good at setting attainable goals and finishing them in time. In the last few weeks, I'm all over the place. I make goals then change them before I can finish them.

Originally I wanted to finish the Pia series before the end of summer (I did write 1/4 of the book) but opportunity knocked on my door. There's been some interest in Not his Dragon since I posted the blurb. It only makes sense to finish that project.

So I'm back on track again. I hope. I've spent the last two weeks plotting the book. Yes! Two weeks. When I first came up with the idea, I was thinking to write a novella but now I'm expanding to a full novel.

To help me through my plot issues, I turn to writing guru Michael Hauge. For those writers who have not heard of him or read/listened to his theories on character/plot, you must.

I listen to this audio book frequently. It's my go-to when I get stuck.

Goal for this week: Plot the damn book.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Birthday Bash Giveaway

It's that time of the year again folks. I'm one year older and to celebrate I'm giving stuff away!

One signed print copy of Ravenous.

One signed print copy of Scent of Salvation

One $10 gift certificate for either Kindle or Nook.

Just enter below. Please feel free to share this.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Pow Wow 2014

I went to a Pow Wow this weekend. I have attended one in ten years. It was great seeing old friends.  Here are a few videos for those of you who have never been to one.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Early Bird Special

For those of you who follow my blog, here is an early bird special.

Ravenous is having a soft release at $0.99 for a limited time.

Kindle                                  Nook

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Progress Report

After weeks of editing and trips, I must gather my thoughts.

Scent of Valor second round edits are done and off. I expect line edits to follow soon.

Ravenous has been edited and formatted. It is available on Netgalley and tour has been booked.

Bookmarker artist will begin on July 1st.

Sinful Cravings is all done and tour booked. Not on Netgalley yet.

Okay, so where does that leave me. I get to write new words. While on trip to Washington, I plotted Succulent Delights. Lake City Stories book 3. I will work on this book next. I wanted to write Not his Dragon first but the hero is not developed enough for me to even plot the book so I have to let him stew in my brain until Succulent is done.

Goal for next week:

  • upload Ravenous to booksites
  • write 10k on Succulent
  • do two beta reads

Friday, June 27, 2014

Black Sheep Clan

Back from school trip to Washington.

It was...a bonding experience.

Our bus broke down repeatedly between Vermont and NJ. (about 11 times) We lost AC and the DVD player. At one point, we broke down in the middle of the NJ turnpike. Our poor bus driver had to run out in traffic to hit a kill switch while trucks swerved around us horns blaring. I thought for sure we'd all die. We were then abandoned at a rest stop for three hours while a bus from Baltimore came to our rescue.

It's in such trying times that bonds for life are formed. Parents and kids joined together doing our best to remain positive. As the following days followed we learned that we were all terrible at following simple instructions like following the group schedule, we could unload and load the bus faster than anyone else, and even though we didn't have to we still stuck together outside the bus confines.

This was the birth of the Black Sheep Clan. Shouts of "Bus Three forever," could be heard where ever we gathered, annoying the crap out of the other more 'functional' buses.

After spending a short trip with these people I have a better understanding how quickly pack and tribe bonds can be formed. I'm sure this will one day be used in future books.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Graduation Week

My oldest son graduates from middle school this week.

I feel old. LOL

I'm very proud of him. He's graduating with honors and has won two awards--Literary Arts and Citizenship.

We purchased his first grown-up suit. *sniff*

Ok, enough with the mushy stuff.

I am stalled with Not his Dragon. I've met the hero/heroine finally and they're fun together. I need conflict for their story and I'm fizzling. So presently its simmering inside my head until I can see the goal to this book. What do I want from it? What's their journey?

Scent of Valor edits are going well if slowly. I'm focusing a lot of my energy on this.

Waiting on Ravenous edits.

Sinful Cravings ARCs are off to reviewers. It will be on Netgalley in July for those who haven't received a copy yet and want one.