OH my! Wow it’s been a month, a crazy, hectic, hair pulling month.
Apparently, I missed the memo that said August is code for CRAZY!!
I shared my newest book with y’all. The ebook on Amazon is available, but I’ve had a heck of a time with the print book. My cover that I was so proud of, wouldn’t print right. It became pixelated, blurry in spots, and there was a white line around the back cover.
Let’s try this again. OH, and to make things more interesting, let’s have Amazon send out notices to authors that they are doing away with Createspace, and everyone has to switch over to the KDP print. *HEADDESK*
This is also the month that I have to take continuing ed classes in order to renew my mortgage professional’s license. UGH!
So, I thought I’d give you a teaser for book one, and a snippet for book 2. Deal?
The Awakening: Book 1
FURY: Book 2
Morning sunlight shimmered upon the waves. Elias Westergaard stood at the stern of his yacht, enjoying the rich bold flavor of his imported Colombian coffee that he preferred over what was readily available in Europe.
He had done everything right. His timing had been impeccable, as always. That blasted girl Helena was to blame, she had done something that thwarted his plans. She would pay but for now, he needed to lay low. There was no safer place for him than on the open sea.
“More coffee sir?” Martin Tanner stood to his right back a few paces behind him.
Elias held his cup out, allowing the boy to fill it. Martin was a nuisance to him, but he kept things running smoothly on the yacht.
I’ve been gearing up for this year’s Penned Con. Sadly, I won’t have book 2 of the Valkyrie’s series done in time. Darn it!
I’ve been working a lot on the day job, got my office decorated finally. I”ll bet you haven’t seen another mortgage loan officer’s office like mine!
Purple walls- what are you going to do with that? It wasn’t my choice of colors, but I worked with what I was given. this has become my place of solitude to write uninterrupted.
I’d like to say I had a completed project to share with everyone, but I don’t. I have been organizing my files, going through duplicate files, making print copies of each story so that I had a reference point, and writing out my main storyline and plot points.
In Kiss of the Dragon, for instance, I pantsed that one. It didn’t have a viable plot, other than romance, but they meet they fall in love, they work their way towards the big deed isn’t exactly a plot, now is it? In the meantime, there are five different things going on in their world that involve them. I had to sort it out to make sense inside my head before continuing. The first book, which I wrote during Nano many years back, I wrote over 100K. Sadly, much of that will either go into other books of that series or it will be thrown in the virtual trash bin. I have four or maybe even five books planned for that series. It’s just a matter of whether the mage parts can be included into the other books or not. Which, is why I was working on writing out my plot points.
For those who have followed me for a long time, you know that I have multiple projects in the incomplete file. I’ve really been trying to focus on just one at a time like my friend Vicki Locey has advised. If I could get to where I can crank out the writing at even half the pace she does, I might stand a chance to get all of my books completed!
In the meantime, I’ve been packing and decluttering my home. So far this month, I’ve removed over 300 items, whether it has gone in the trash, recycling, or to charity. It’s liberating, but man I got a lot more to do in the dungeon, errr basement.
So, aside from all of that, I’ve been gearing up for Penned. I wanted to share over the next few days some of the past interviews I’ve done with attending authors.
The first one, Mr. Rick Miles, organizer of the event. (This one is from 2016 – my God, I was huge!!!)
Next, is AnnaLise Grant, author of the Lake, the only book I have read of hers yet. I have others, I just haven’t read them yet.
I surprised Nikki Jefford, she commented that she almost came downstairs early in her pjs, but she was glad that she got clothes on when I surprised her.
She looks completely together to me! So last year, I made an invitation to the Penned Con group and was overwhelmed with responses. Sadly, I greatly overestimated my energy level and was unable to get to everyone that I had signed up to do an interview. Please don’t hate me guys – I blame cancer! Yes, I’m pulling the cancer card on that one, because I was drained after treatments.
But here are a few from Penned Con 2017. First. Laura Hawk!!
IF you are into military romance, have I got the author for you! Meet Shannon Nemecheck!
Well, that’s all you’re getting for today, I have to get back to work on these darned edits, which will require more coffee.
Y’all have a great day and come back to find out who else I’ve interviewed tomorrow. Or the net tomorrow, we’ll see how it goes.
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