Thursday, June 15, 2017

Waiting, waiting, waiting...

While I am waiting to hear from my agent about her thoughts on XVI book 3 (XVI - Homecoming) - I have been busy on other projects!

The one I am mainly focusing on is a Middle Grade historic fiction.To give a bit of a hint about the era - there was radio, and Billboard was putting out lists! Here are a few songs from the list for the year in which the novel is set. Can you guess what year it was from these three chart-topping hits?

Duke of Earl - Gene Chandler
Johnny Angel - Shelley Fabares
I Can't Stop Loving You - Ray Charles

How'd you do? Did you have to Google them, or did you know? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Update on XVI book 3

If any of you are still hanging in here with me... I just five minutes ago sent off the completed manuscript to my agent!

Tentative title is XVI - Homecoming.

I hope to have more news soon!

And, for those of you who haven't given up on me - thank you! The journey is drawing to a close on Nina's adventures & I can't wait to get this book into your hands!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

News on the XVI Book 3 front

Just sent the draft of XVI Book 3 to my beta readers! It won't be much longer (I hope!) I'll keep y'all posted on progress to publication!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas! Peace on Earth!

As a writer, I always have my dictionary close at hand. Sometimes looking up familiar words is a good thing. Today I revisited Peace. The Webster's definition: (in part)

Peace [Latin pax, pacis, peace] A state of quiet or tranquility; calm, quietness, or repose; freedom from war or hostility; a cessation of hostilities; absence of strife; tranquility of mind; harmony; serenity; public tranquility and order. This Peace is what I wish for the whole world, today and every day! And, I hope to live my life as a reflection of this peace.

Image from this website

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Now appearing at...

If you're in the neighborhood... I'll be at Village Lights Bookstore in Madison, IN this Saturday from 1-3 p.m. Village Lights is an awesome place and I am thrilled to be doing another event with them. It promises to be a beautiful weekend, so if you're close by - you should come to Madison. It's a wonderful walking/shopping town - and there are some good eats to be had - and I'd love to see you!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Dancing with Manuscripts!

It's been awhile since I posted anything - period. Just wanted to let y'all know that book 3 is simmering on the back burner - taking a needed rest before editing/revising begins on May 1st.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch - or more accurately, back at the 1890's bungalow I call home - I have been hard at work on a contemporary YA novel, the first draft of which I will (hopefully) have completed by April 30th.

Flipping back and forth between book 3 & new book reminds me of changing partners when ballroom dancing. Here's an excellent post about why that's a good thing. I think the reasons listed in the article translate well to writing, also.

Changing things up forces one to focus - and writing well requires focus.
Changing partners in dancing requires one to adjust to a different style - writing in a different genre, on a different story requires style adjustment, too.

Change, while not necessarily comfortable, is the only way to keep from stagnating. No writer wants to stagnate!

So - on to more Dancing with Manuscripts!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

First Draft, XVI series, book III - Done! (& a teaser)

Just so y'all know... the first draft is cooling its heels - waiting for a week or so until I jump in and start edits / revisions.


Wei looked as scared as I felt. 
“Skivs,” we whispered, simultaneously.