Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving a day early!

I wanted to post this today because tomorrow will probably be insane and I don't want to forget it :)

Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you to all the readers, reviewers, writing buddies, critique partners and friends I have made through this business.

And in the writing vein I will add this additional thanks...I finished IVY!!! I typed THE END last night after four intense days where I accumulated 16,000 words to type the end. I have edits to do (boy howdy!) but it is at least all there!

So those are a few of my thanksgiving moments. Have any you want to share?

Enjoy your turkey day tomorrow :)


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Great Review and good progress

Hi again!

Just wanted to take a moment to say YAY! because I got a fantastic 5 heart review from the Romance Studio for my newest book A Mother's Heart. Yeehaw!!! You can read the review here:
Thank you so much, Brenda Talley!

This was one of the very first books I ever wrote and it morphed so many times I couldn't even tell you what the original story was :) But I really wanted to tell a story of a woman who thought that the motherly instinct was genetic and that if her mother hadn't had it then surely she couldn't be trusted with kids. It's available in e-book right now from The Wild Rose Press and I'm ordering copies next week of the print book which is available publicly on Dec 6.

In other news I have made strides on the latest Ivy and have approximately 15K words left to write before I can start revisions/rewriting. YES! Seriously never thought I would get to this point some days.

I have to credit a great book for giving me the kick in the rear I really needed. This book is one I highly recommend no matter what stage of your writing career you are in. It's called No Plot? No Problem by Chris Baty, the man who started NaNoWriMo. For some reason I forget sometimes that the first draft is not the one that should be ready to send out as soon as you type THE END. I worry so much about making the first draft good that I don't let myself make mistakes. This book begs you to make them and it is an awesome tool to have around when you are feeling the slump.

I don't do NaNoWriMo simply because I'm almost always in the middle of a book come Nov and you have to start absolutely fresh. But next year I might just try to schedule myself so I can compete. What a rush!

Talk to you later,

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Here I am again

Wow, look at that, twice in one week. That might be a record of some sort :)

So, today I'm working on the rest of the last Ivy book. This is the fifth and final book because I don't want her and her escapades to get boring because I have too many books in the series. Have you ever read a series faithfully but at one point you wondered why you were still reading? Wondered when the books started being a little bit boring? Or too far out there?

I don't want to be that author. I don't want people to stop reading because I don't have any other way for the character to grow. But I do want people to still be excited when a new Ivy comes out and I'd like to go out high on that wave.

So I'm writing, struggling with it and hating it some days, but I'm writing it and I hope to be finished by the end of the month. Keep me honest :)


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Return from the Dead

LOL! I wasn't really dead, obviously. But it felt like it for a while. Honestly, I've just been struggling with quite a few things and haven't made time to get over here. I've had the time, I just haven't used it to blog. So no excuses. I will try to be more consistent and come up with some topics that aren't going to bore the snot out of anyone who is still reading :)