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  • Shiny New Toys

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    I’ve been gearing up for the RT CON and ordered new cards with less personal information on them and more social media contact information instead for handing out to strangers at the conference.

    Of course, Vistaprint also roped me in with their “But Wait, There’s More” marketing scheme. Hence the cool mug ūüėČ

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    What can I say? I’m a sucker at heart.

    If you catch a typo…now is the time to tell me ūüėČ This is why I need an editor.


  • A New Page

    In case you didn’t notice, I added a new page to the blog today under the header of Books. See above by the Home/About/Books tabs.

    Check it out if you are interested in reading the book blurbs and see what’s in the works.


  • Reap & Redeem: Book Two of The Reaper Series

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    It’s official! Book two in The Reaper Series is complete. At 78,000 words, it’s still 2K shorter than I’d like, but it’s out to the beta readers, and I am hopeful that in the second round of edits it will grow a bit.

    I seem to be on a July/January writing schedule. I began Reap & Redeem on July 15, 2012 and finished it yesterday. JANO2013 has helped inspire me to complete both novels in January.

    I used to get really frustrated with my favorite authors for only putting out one book a year. Now I know why. Writing is hard. Especially when you are trying to hold down a day job and keep the family happy. Luckily for me, my family has been very supportive. I’ve also spent many weeknights up past midnight working what amounts to a second job for free.

    But you know what? It’s worth it. I used to wonder if I could ever write a novel. Now I know. And the answer is, YES.

    I have enough characters for at least ten novels in this series. Maybe more. Book three, Nate’s story, is already beating at the door of my mind, but he’s just going to have to be content to wait. I have a plan. And a mission. Until his time comes, I’m filing away his wild ramblings and crazy ideas in his own little folder on my hard drive under Reap & Reveal.

    He’ll get his day.

    Just not this day.

    On another note, I was excited to get my Romance Writers of America PRO membership pin in the mail this week. It makes me feel…professional. Ish.

    My brain is mush right now. I’m going back to book one and beginning work on a series bible so I can keep all my ducks in a row. It’s amazing how¬†unwieldy¬†two books can be. I can’t imagine what the inside of Laurell K. Hamilton’s head feels like. She’s on book twenty-three in the Anita Blake series {bows down in awe}.

    I have to tame this beast now. They only grow more fierce with neglect.

    Trust me.


  • Novel Tracking: The Road So Far

    The road so far

    For someone who absolutely hates numbers, I’ve become fairly obsessed with tracking words lately. As for resolutions, one of the resolutions I made for 2013 was to buy NO NEW BOOKS because my to-be-read book shelf and ereaders runneth over.

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    I’ve already made plans to fail at that resolution. My favorite Indie book store, Larry Bowen’s Readers Corner is calling to me, and I’ll be visiting him next week.#plannedfail

    As for my writing resolutions, things have been going along pretty smoothly until last night when I realized my novel actually ended 2k ago. Despite the fact I was trying to beat the future 5-10k into submission, book two just wasn’t having any of it. Instead I was inadvertently creeping up on book three.

    So what I think needs to happen at this point is to go back and begin the bedazzling and embellishing of the rest of the book. I’m fairly confident that will 1) improve the overall content and atmosphere of the story and 2)¬†successfully¬†propel me past the 80K mark.

    I’m not the best at description. I think my mind just automatically fills in for me. This doesn’t bother me at all in other people’s work. In fact, I’m bored and bogged down in most fiction when authors try to go all Van Gogh and paint a picture for me. Just give me enough to get the feel of things, and I’ll take it from there. I don’t even really need to know what the characters look like because I’ve already dressed them up and colored their hair in my head.

    A few times I’ve actually been surprised when movies come out based on books I’ve read because the characters/actors look NOTHING like what I had in my head. Later when I go back and check their descriptions, I realize they were a lot closer than I’d thought. I’d just missed the details because I was already lost in the story.

    I guess the trick is to find a happy medium. That’s what I’m going to attempt to do. ¬†Even though I’ve been working on book two all week, I took a month long break from it in December so it still feels pretty fresh.

    Of course, this new plan of action is likely going to kill my daily word count. Last week was one of my biggest weeks ever for writing, and I ended up with 12,529 new words. Rereading and embellishing is going to be much more painful and slow than running ahead full speed like Phoebe from Friends towards a conclusion I had all along.

    I’m thinking an epilogue might be in order to tie up some of the loose ends, but sometimes you just can’t solve all of your characters’ problems in a neat little package.

    Thank God.

    That’s what a series is for.