Parties and snowflakes and books that are finished! These are a few of my favorite things!

So, I just looked and saw the date of my last post on my blog. *blush, blush* Has it really been that long? Is it any consolation that I’ve been using my time writing and editing? Oh yeah, and throwing birthday parties, playing in the snow and getting back into the groove of school. (Isn’t Christmas break the best?) 

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Having said that, I’m here to say I have not forgotten my New Years declaration of having a giveaway each month! I’ve just been building the anticipation! Check back in the next few days to enter to win this month’s exciting prize! 

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Other than that, I’m happy to say I’ve fin.al.ly finished my last revision on my book and it is now happily in the hands of beta readers who (I hope) are devouring it this very minute! And you know what that means? I’m one step closer to having it available for purchase later this year! (Hopefully, not too much later 😉 )

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Interested in being a beta reader for me? Feel free to shoot me a message so we can talk details. I’m always looking to expand my list of readers and their valuable feedback! 

Happy reading, friends!!

P.S. This is my 100th Blog Post! Celebrate by reading a good book! 😉 

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Less is More

So, I’m about to lend out Fallen Ashes’ to some beta readers, to (hopefully) enter the final steps of revision. As I went back through my manuscript today, I realized I had cut almost 10,000 words with this last revision. The crazy thing is, I didn’t take out any major scenes! In fact, I added or extended a few. Yet, I lost almost a tenth of the story?

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Well…. I’m here to say, that’s actually a good thing!

You see, my friends, I’m wordy. Wordy, wordy, wordy, wordy! I like to talk (oh yes I do) and when I write, I write like I talk!

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I’ll never forget handing a (very) early copy of a manuscript to a friend to read through for me. Her only criticism was, “Well… it’s very descriptive.” Hrrmmm… I had no clue if that was a compliment or not! 

Looking back, I’m glad she said it. It’s helped me to become better at what I do.  Continue reading

Why I have a love/hate relationship with my writing.

So, NaNoWriMo is officially over and I’m happy to say that it was a great encouragement to get me moving on editing my upcoming novel. Yes, I know the idea was to write a new manuscript, but I’ve already got a pile of those sitting around 😉

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The book I worked on editing was actually written almost 18 months ago. The idea came to me one day, then I spent another day sitting in Starbucks banging out an outline, and three weeks later, it was written. I loved it! And my Alpha reader loved it, as well – even telling me it was my best work so far! Much rejoicing and cartwheels!

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Until a few months later, when I sat down to begin editing it… and hated the thing. 

Where had my masterpiece manuscript gone? Where was this fantastical work that I’d spent so many hours crafting and bringing to a place of perfection? Somewhere along the way, a small gremlin had entered my laptop and turned my words into undigestible matter I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. Eek.

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“Fallen Ashes” – Where are you?

So, last summer I did a big cover reveal for my upcoming novel, “Fallen Ashes”. I got a ton of positive feedback and have since then had multiple people ask me when it’s coming out! 🙂

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If you’ve kept up with my last few posts, you’ll know I’m participating in the National Novel Writing Month challenge – specifically to revise this novel. I’m here to report that things are going swimmingly! 😉 I’m about 1/4 of the way through the novel and have had a couple medium-ish sized re-writes. I do anticipate quite a large re-write coming up near the middle. But I’m hoping that the end is strong enough that revision will go faster by the time I get there. 🙂 Continue reading

NaNoWriMo – Day 6

Almost there! Tomorrow will be one full week into 2014 NaNoWriMo. How is it going? Have you begun writing yet? What are you writing about? Are you going in circles trying to even get started?

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Yeah, I’ve been there, too – no shame, my friends!

I’m happy to say that for this NaNoWriMo, I’m well into my project of doing a major edit on my novel, “Fallen Ashes”. Each night I lie in bed and think about the story, where it’s going and how I’m inspired to make it better. Counting the chapters I have ahead of me, I’m well aware that I won’t be able to finish a full edit on the manuscript by month’s end, but I’m up for the challenge to get as far as possible! I’d love to get it into the hands of a few Beta Readers by the New Year! Continue reading

Tis the season… to write!

Well, it’s officially November – Time for NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month! I’ve been back and forth on whether to actually dive in with writing a brand new novel or not, when I have others I want to edit and pursue getting published. But I finally decided it doesn’t need to be an either / or decision – I’m going to participate by finishing a novel I’ve already written! 🙂

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A novel I wrote over a year ago – and had returned to editing a few months back – needs more editing, and I love the idea of NaNoWriMo being the catalyst to motivate me to that end! Here’s to a (hopefully) fruitful month in editing and getting this story finished!

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What about you? Are you joining in the NaNoWriMo challenge? Writing something new, or finishing something already started? I’d love to hear how you plan to attack this brand new month!

Happy Reading (and writing!), friends!

Cover Reveal! Fallen Ashes

Here it is! The day has come when you get to finally see the cover for my new full length Fantasy Romance novel coming out Fall 2014! Woot!

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A big thank you to http://www.angela-designs.com/ for the awesome cover design! We went through many different ideas and revisions but I’m super thrilled with the design we finally settled on! 🙂 And also thank you to http://www.enchantedbookpromotions.com/ for promoting the Cover Reveal! This reveal is being listed in multiple blogs and through Twitter today – exciting! 😉

Synopsis: Evangeline, a recent widow who lost her husband in a car accident, suddenly finds herself a single mom of three. When a strange man shows up at their door insisting they come with him or face imminent danger, she must decide if she can trust him with their lives. What secrets is he hiding and what is his connection to her late husband? Why does he seem to have power that marks him as extraordinary… possibly supernatural? As the days pass on their journey together, she can no longer deny the attraction she feels for him… nor his reaction to her, as well. Will he be able to save Evie and her children from those who hunted down her husband? More importantly, will she be able to trust this stranger with her heart?

Happy Reading, friends! 😉

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Big Reveal in one day!

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Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the Reveal! I’m excited to get feedback from everyone on what they think of the cover of my next book! This is something I wrote last summer and has since been sitting in a pile to be edited. It’s been so much fun to dig it back out and revisit this unique ‘world’! I’m hoping you all will be as thrilled to read it as I am to share it with you!

Happy Reading, friends! 🙂

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News on the Big Reveal!

OK, friends! It’s time to tell you about the big reveal coming on July 8! As I mentioned in another post, I’m working with Enchanted Promotions for a fun reveal regarding my first full length novel coming out in the Fall 2014. And here it is! Be sure to check back on July 8 to finally see the awesome new cover I’ve been so excited to share with you all!!

Happy reading! 🙂

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