Monday, February 08, 2016

C's Comeuppance comes to Nook and iBooks

Finally, I took C's Comeuppance, the second in my Bone Cold--Alive series, off its Kindle-only status and have added it to iBooks and Nook. T's Trial, the first in the series, will release from Kindle-only in March and then I'll have all of my books available everywhere.

Thanks for your patience.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

January Round Robin: What I want-need-should accomplish writing in 2016

The Round Robin topic this month is what we wish (want? need?) to accomplish this year in the way of writing projects. Oh, boy! Robin, you have hit this nail on the head!

Several (I decline to remember or look up how many) years ago I started a contemporary romance novel which I have yet to finish. I stopped at page 60. There’s no reason why. I had all the usual suspects lined up and ready to race to their inevitable happy conclusion.

The heroine: Two or more (details! details!) generations back, her family and the hero’s began feuding. Eventually, her family’s accomplishments (there’s that word again) paled in comparison to that of the hero’s. But she’s got her education, owns a rare book business, holds a certain status in the community and does her best to keep her interfering family at bay. She doesn’t think she needs the forbidden fruit offered (once again?) in the guise of

The hero: He’s running the family business from a safe distance away and is only in town this time to help his dad celebrate a milestone birthday. (I’ve even forgotten which one!) Dragged to the library’s annual pumpkin patch sale by his brother, he busies himself in the used book room and comes face to shapely legs with the girl his family has told him was—you’ve guessed it—forbidden fruit.

The villain—or is she?: The hero’s mother is tired of his wandering, too-good-for-where-he-came-from ways and decides that it’s time for him to settle down and for them all to put the past to rest. But first, there’s a little retribution to be paid.

The plot: (There’s a plot?) Oh, yes! Two slim volumes on being the perfect bride/groom. Our heroine has one and craves the other. Now, I wonder… who do you think has it?

Of course, there are the minor details to fill in: The feud. The two slim volumes I started writing.

What obstacles are in my way to finish this opus? Uh, me. You know all about it, fellow authors: Butt in chair. Fingers on keyboard. Go! It’s okay if it’s unworthy the first time around, except I always consider that a waste of effort and want to do it right the first time. Perhaps that’s my main obstacle. It’s not that I’m a perfectionist—far from it!—it’s that I’m lazy and don’t want to do my work over again.

The Great American Romance Novel is calling. I need to get to it. Thanks for the reminder, Robin.

To read what other authors have on their to-write list, please visit the following:

Victoria Chatham
Margaret Fieland
Skye Taylor
Diane Bator
Beverley Bateman
Connie Vines
Bob Rich
Rachael Kosinski
Judith Copek
Anne Stenhouse
Hollie Glover
Helena Fairfax
Fiona McGier
Rhobin Courtright

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Saturday, January 09, 2016

Adding to the iBooks world

I finally put the last four books in my Bone Cold--Alive series up on iBooks today. The first two are still in the Amazon-only universe, but when they are finished there, I'll add them to both iBooks and Nook. And, of course, they'll still be available for Kindle.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Christmas in a box

For the last few years, we've enjoyed Christmas "lite." We've spent the holiday itself with our children and grandchildren at their houses. While it was a bit sad to realize I wouldn't have Christmas morning around my own tree any more, it was what I had wanted when my children were young. Everything comes full circle.

Therefore, I've even not decorated the house for Christmas once or twice. But it felt lonely when I avoided the boxes and decorations all together, so this year, we ventured to something just a bit different and I feel we finally hit the right combination.

I've wanted a wrought iron Christmas "tree" for several years and finally gave into the urge this November. It looked a bit like an overly ambitious coat tree. However, all of our favorite ornaments, those which are stored in a closet and not in the attic, were able to be easily viewed as well as the second tier of goodies I brought down from the attic.

The only issue was lights. There's no way to decorously wrap twinkles around the "branches" and as the tree was black, white or green covered wire would have been very detracting. I have a year to work on this problem.

So when it came time to dismantle the tree, it all fit in a box: the tree in pieces, the front door reindeer, the tree skirt, the Advent calendar. The ornaments went to their own boxes and 30 minutes later, it was done!

Christmas in a box. Ready for next year and all the years afterward, displaying our favorite ornaments and relatively hassle free.

Side note: I see where it's on sale at Solutions right now, but backordered. Item 67386 if you want to give it a look.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

A SUITE DEAL on sale now!

Over the weekend, I loaded the files of A Suite Deal onto Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes. It's a short, sweet romantic comedy complete with misunderstanding, miscommunication, and a meddling family. What could be better for the holiday season?

Price is $2.99. Give it a look.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Faster than the speed of light

I now know what is faster than the speed of light, which is, for those of us rusty on the particulars, 186,000 miles/second. That's not really even a comprehensible number, given the circumference of the earth is nearly 25,000 miles. A bit of division finds that light would travel around it over seven times in a second.

What could possibly be faster? Time.

How can it be Christmas already? Didn't we just celebrate it? We had to say goodbye to beloved cat Pyewacket two days before Christmas last year. Has he already been gone that long?

We've been back from the most glorious trip for over four weeks. How can that be? Did the three weeks we were gone just evaporate? Where did they go? Just memories destined to fade?

And yet...

It seems another lifetime that I myself was a first-time mother. I look at the photos and wonder, who is that? Was that me?

The hours can be slow, the weeks quick, the years... faster than the speed of light.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

A Suite Deal

In 2003, as an e-published author, I entered the Short Contemporary Romance section of the Virginia Romance Writer's HOLT Medallion contest. I surprised myself, and everyone else who made the finals as well probably, by winning over traditionally published books.

A Suite Deal is a short romantic comedy based on misdirection and miscommunication. I've always loved it and this season decided to update and tweak it to 2015.

I have a beautiful cover designed by Lyndsey Lewellen and I want to share it with you. Hopefully, the book will be formatted and ready for publishing by Christmas. I plan to offer it for Kindle, Nook, and iBooks.

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