Sunday, November 27, 2011

Back to the Writing Business

Thanksgiving is over and it's time to get back to business, the writing business. The thrill of receiving the official cover for my next book has faded, well just a little. I'm still pretty stoked about it. But, it's time to move on.

The night before Thanksgiving, I opened my email to find my editor had sent me the edits to do on my book. What! The night before Thanksgiving, you've got to be kidding. I know that my editor didn't expect me to sit down right then and start.

So, now that the holiday is over, I'm ready to start my edits. I purposely didn't open the file because I didn't want to see how bad they were going to be. Of course, it could have been good, too. Maybe I won't have many edits to do and maybe the editor and I will have agreed on many of the things I put in the book. I don't know, because I haven't opened the file yet, but I will today.

Preparation includes getting chocolate and soda or tea next to the computer. Thank goodness we're having leftover for dinner tonight, so there's no planning involved in that. And, if I know my local TV station, they won't broadcast the Colts games since they're losing, so I can edit right through the game.

Wish me luck.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My next release

Saved by the Sheriff is still tentative scheduled for a January 2012 release in both e-book and print. Below is the cover and a blurb about the book. I'm very please with how it came out and am looking forward to the release. Let me know what you think of the cover. Thanks.

New York City writer, Jaime Wilson wants the Assistant Editor job at Real Mystery Magazine. In order to get it, she has to write a kick-ass story, and what could be better than a 30-year old unsolved murder in a small town.

When Jaime visits Royal, Indiana to investigate, she soon finds that someone in the town doesn't want the mystery solved and she becomes a target. After an arrest for trespassing and an attempt on her life, Sheriff Ben Hunter lets her stay at his place where he can keep an eye on her while she continues to work on her story.

She didn't count on falling in love with the sheriff and he didn't think he would have to work so hard to keep her safe. Finally, when she finishes her story, she has to make her choice whether to stay with Ben or go back to New York.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Must-See Movies

As I was driving home from work yesterday, the DJ on the radio station I was listening to wanted listeners to call in with suggestions for pop-culture movies that his kids should see before age 20. He was talking about movies that people might make reference to by reciting a line from the movie and everyone knows what he's talking about.

I think he ended up with a list of about 30 movies in the short segment. I checked to see if he might have put them online, but he didn't. Some of the movies I agreed with, some I didn't. Now his kids are ages 6 and 9, I believe, so he said they would have to wait until older to see some movies, such as The Godfather.

A few of the movies I remember his callers suggesting were Grease, the first Indiana Jones movie, Star Wars (he didn't say which one), Steel Magnolias, Goonies, Gremlins, and Forrest Gump. The one movie I thought of that no one called in with was Gone With The Wind. Who doesn't know the line, "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn." I also think Hoosiers is a great movie to watch, especially for basketball fans.

So my question is what movies do you think are must-see movies that kids to see before the age of 20? Leave your answers in the comments section. Thanks.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

November - National Novel Writing Month

I've gone and done it again. Yes, I am participating again in National Novel Writing Month, better known as NaNoWriMo. The concept is to write a 50,000 word draft of a novel in 30 days. Most participates stress themselves crazy during the month. Others just breeze through those 50,000 words. I'm sort of in between. I know from the start that I probably won't make it to the 50,000 words before the end of November. I've taken part in NaNoWriMo since 2002 and I have never made it to the 50,000 words. However, I have some made some great starts to books by doing this.

So, how am I doing this year? Today is November 16 and it's the first day this month that I have not written anything on my novel. But, the night is still young and I might get a few words in before going to bed, just so I won't have a wordless day. I'm at 11,709 words. Where I should be, if I had remained on schedule, is at 26,672 words.

Why am I so far behind? Well, I have a full time day job and, other than writing for about 45 minutes over my lunch hour, I don't sit down to write at night until about 7:00 pm. Today, I had to work over my lunch hour and got home from work late since I had to work in a field office today. I was exhausted by the time I got home. So, tonight's writing may only consist of this blog post.

Good luck to my NaNo buddies. I'll be watching those word counts on your pages.


Friday, November 4, 2011

"Love, Lies & Deceit" on sale

Are you interested in buying my first e-book, Love, Lies & Deceit? My publisher is having a limited time 10% off sale, use code RedRose10 at the checkout for your discount at Red Rose Publishing.

I'm busy this month working on my National Novel Writing Month project and may be a little scarce on here until December.


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