Ashes Swept Cover Reveal!

I’m so excited to finally share the cover of my new novel, Ashes Swept, which will be available on Amazon.com next Friday, September 29th. The cover was created by the talented Clarissa Yeo of Yocla Designs. Thanks, Clarissa!

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Stay-tuned for more exciting goodies as launch week for Ashes Swept continues!

Ashes Swept Book Blurb!

To kick-off launch week for my new novel, Ashes Swept, I’m excited to share with you the official book blurb! Ashes Swept will be available on Amazon.com on September 29th!

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As a ministerial daughter, Synda May Ivey has a duty to her family and to all of Floridian—but she has no interest in galas, garden parties, and high-tech society life. With everything in disarray after her father’s death, marriage to her aristocratic childhood friend is the last thing she wants. After escaping to a world of simplicity in the low-tech tractlands, life couldn’t be more perfect. Silver Glen is everything she’d hoped for, and Wilken Kirby might help her forget about the noble Everton Greer. But with her overbearing stepfamily in pursuit and her true identity cloaked in deception, her two worlds may not stay separate for long. Having seen her nation through different eyes, she may find it difficult to choose freedom and love over duty.

Launch Week is Coming!

I’m happy to announce that launch week for Ashes Swept will begin one week from Friday, on September 22nd!

I’ll be sharing some fun things here (and on social media) each day leading up to launch day. The Ashes Swept cover reveal, book trailer, and selections from the AS playlist are just a few of the things I have planned. Then, on September 29th, Ashes Swept will be available for purchase, in both print and Kindle, on Amazon.com!

It’s a Bit of a Learning Curve

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I’ve had my print proof of Ashes Swept in hand for eleven days. It arrived while I was reading the e-book proof, and I’ve just finished reading it. This took a little longer than anticipated thanks to time limits, but while I was reading, something really interesting happened: I found a lot I wanted to change.

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Almost there.

It’s hard to believe, but I’m almost there. My book launch is on the horizon!

My manuscript is going through final edits and polishing. Hopefully I will have a launch timetable by the end of the month, and then the really fun stuff can begin.

After that, I’ll probably dive right into my second book. It’s one I wrote a long time ago but which needs a massive overhaul. I’m really looking forward to working on it, and with any luck it won’t take as long as this one did.

That’s all for my update for now. More soon!

Light at the End of the Tunnel?

I finished the fourth draft last week, and if all goes well, that should be my last revision. Now I’ve just got to send it back out to my team, make the necessary edits, and do a few polishing runs. I’m finally approaching the end of this tunnel!

The publication timeline is slowly coming into focus, but I don’t have a date yet. Part of that will depend on my cover artist. Hopefully I’ll have a better idea in the next month or so.

Now that I’m getting so close to the end, I’ve started looking ahead to book two. I’m really excited to get back into editing that one. It’s actually the first novel I wrote–way back in 2010. The story needs a lot of work. And, I realized, it’s another red-headed protagonist. Which, oops. I swear I only have two! =)

2016 Roundup: My Year in Stories

2016 was a harrowing year, for me and most other people. Still, I can’t deny there were some good things in my year. I completed edit three of my WIP, and wrote novel number seven during NaNoWriMo. I visited Colorado twice–once for my niece’s graduation, and again for my parents’ 50th anniversary. It was fun visiting family and getting out to explore my home state. Plus, my parents came out to visit twice, which made for some fun adventuring right here at home. And, of course, adventure is essential to keeping a writer happy!

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Reasonable Expectations

When I finished writing “the book” in December of 2013, I knew it would be the first of my novels that I would publish. The other four, written between 2009 and 2012, would sit on the shelf and await their turn. “High-lariously,” I had thought those turns would come sometime over the subsequent three years, but here it is nearing the end of 2016, and I’m not even done with the final draft of book one.

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Update; Thoughts on Ocean’s Eight

It’s been a couple of months since my last update, mostly because I have little to report. I finished draft three in early July and decided to make some structural changes to the story. This means that draft four won’t be the polishing draft I’d hoped it would be, which in turn means I’ll have to bump my release back to fall or winter. HOWEVER, I am okay with that. I would rather delay my release than put out a story I’m not completely happy with. So, I’ll be updating the website soon to reflect my new launch plans.

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Summer Update & Bullet Journals!

Still plugging away on draft three. I’m bumping the book launch to fall, but stay tuned to the blog for the title/blurb reveal, cover reveal, book trailer, and other pre-launch goodies!

In the meantime, I wanted to talk about something I’m really excited about lately: BULLET JOURNALING!

Before you quietly X out of this post, let me briefly explain…

Bullet Journaling:  What It Is and Why I Like It

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Slowly Into Spring

Writing is hard.

Boo-hoo, I know. But it is. Heading into the third draft, I expected things to go a little faster, but sometimes it’s really hard to concentrate. =\

Now that it’s spring, the weather is nicer and there are more things battling for my attention. Some days I say, “I really wanted to edit a chapter today, but I’ll do two tomorrow.” Then a whole week passes and I didn’t edit at all. With summer looming, I know I really need to get on the ball.

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Valentine’s Gifts for Writers & Readers

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With Valentine’s Day a week away, you might be looking for gift ideas for the readers and writers in your life. Or, maybe you’ll just want to leave this up on your laptop in case a loved one walks by. 😉

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