Monday, April 30, 2007


I've been building a new blog, trying to leave this one behind. I may still post here, but my main blog, especially for my writing is here

Thanks for visiting me!

Friday, April 27, 2007

All The Little Details

I’ve been working on what was supposed to be an 8K word short story. Currently I’m up to just a tad over 14k and still going strong. Currently I’m aiming for 25K. I realized, though, that since I started this story sometime around Halloween, I’ve forgotten important aspects of the story, like the name of the town they live in and even the color of my hero and heroine’s eyes.

One thing I’ve always wanted to do when writing, or planning a story, was to get a three ring binder and fill it with all the important details, pictures of my characters (quite often I use models for my characters, generally actors, sometimes models). At times I do this and keep the info in files on my computer, but I’m really wanting to do this in a binder this time. Anyone else do this? How do other writers keep track of this information and keep it within easy reach? Quite often I work on three different computers and while I have a “memory stick” I don’t always have it with me.

I was just curious to find out the methods of my fellow authors to keep track of all the little details.

Its still cold and rainy here in NH. The kids have been on vacation this week, and have been going stir crazy, not really getting out until I’m home from work. And my husband has pneumonia so its been a tough week.
Next week will be better. I hope.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Sweet Forever Update

Well, Sweet Forever is now available for purchase! Samhain has been working out the bugs. Its still not listed at the regular site, but it can be found here. I’m very relieved!

I’ve also been poking around my files again, looking for my next big project. So many to chose from. I know, I know, I go through this way too much. Find something and stick with it. But I’m so fickle. I’m back to wanting to do something different, something that isn’t category romance.

But first things first. That Kind of Magic needs to be finished!

Progress over at Samhain

Samhain Publishing is getting there. They’ve been working with the bookstore to get yesterday’s releases (I’m not the only one who’s book was supposed to be released yesterday) up and running. Currently, Sweet Forever is linked to the bookstore, but when you click on the link it says product not found. I’m really hoping it’ll be fixed this morning.

Thanks to everyone who’s been giving me a shout out on their blog. You don’t know how much I appreciate it!!!!

The good news is that I was able to finish the galley proofreading of Finally Home last night and get everything emailed back to my editors. Now I can concentrate on other things, like continuing work on That Kind Of Magic, editing some short stories to post on my website and promoting Sweet Forever. I can see how this could be a full time job!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

It figures

Okay, I guess we have to be patient (gnawing my fingers off) There have been some technical difficulties and Sweet Forever hasn't shown up yet.

Thanks to everyone who's put out the word about Sweet Forever's release. You guys are awesome!!! Hugs to everyone!!!

IT'S THE 24TH!!!!!!

It's finally arrived! April 24th and Sweet Forever will be released today from Samhain Publishing .

I was all set to do some promo work last night to prepare but wouldn't you know it.... the internet went down. Go figure. But I got some other things done. I hope to be done with the galley today then I can dedicate myself to promos and such.

Its an absolutely fabulous day here in New Hampshire and even though its only 6am I have the windows open so we can get some nice morning air in. Could I ask for more?

Enjoy the day and don't forget to check out
Sweet Forever over at Samhain!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Tomorrow Is The Big Day!

Well, tomorrow is THE BIG DAY!!!! Sweet Forever is being released by Samhain Publishing! Can I get any more excited? Well, maybe when I sell my first copy, but right now I can’t believe that I’m actually here, ready to be a published author. I used Professional Writer with my friends who quickly corrected me. Author.

I’m still working hard on Finally Home, going over the galley for any boo-boos that slipped past us in all the editing. What a process that is! But seriously, this process has definitely made me a better writer. I’ve seen things I really like and things I really don’t like. I’ve discovered words that I lean on way too much. I always thought I was the Queen of That, but I’ve also found out I’m the Queen of Little as well. And Pleasant too. I’ve made myself a little list of words I need to look for when I’m done with my manuscript BEFORE I submit it anywhere. What an experience this has been. I’m so glad that I’ve gone through it.

The marketing part still is overwhelming to me. There’s so much that I should’ve already done and so much that I intend to do (as soon as I finish going through the Finally Home galley). But I’ve never been much of a sales or marketing person, so this is definitely unfamiliar and uncomfortable territory for me. Be patient, I’ll figure it out maybe by the time Where One Road Leads comes out in August.

In the mean time I’m making very good progress with That Kind of Magic (yeah! I found a title!). I hope to have that done by mid summer (if not sooner) and looking for a good home. Then onto something else. Maybe something new, maybe something I’ve got stored away in my files.

The weather in New Hampshire is absolutely glorious! Who’d have thought that a week ago we were being flooded. There are still roads that are closed in the area, but today is going to be nearly 80 degrees and the sun is shining. This is the first day I’ve been able to wear short sleeves and go out without a jacket. God love spring!

Friday, April 20, 2007

It's Official!

I'm officially a professional writer! I got my check from Samhain Publishing for Sweet Forever! How exciting is that!!!

What I want to do with it is to set up a real website but I'm very sad to say that I'm forseeing a huge car repair bill coming up soon and, well, I need my car more than I need a real website. I'll just continue to tweak the one I have.

Still, its a pretty wonderful feeling to receive money for something I love to do so much!

I have a gazillion things to do today before I can concentrate on proof reading the galley for Finally Home. Time's a ticking.....

Thursday, April 19, 2007

The Next Step

Well, now that I've gotten the majority of the edits done, I'm faced with proof reading the galley copy of Finally Home. Wow oh wow! This is becoming more and more real to me. And honestly, it hasn't been an easy road. But I know it'll be well worth it. My baby, Finally Home, which I started at the age of 16, will soon be out in print and I'll be able to hold it in my own hands. How tremendous is that!

Another lesson learned-- I HAVE to get my own website. The freebie I have on Geocities showed me its limitations last night as I was trying to work on it. Its good for now, but I need something I can do whatever I want with.So, as long as the kids are good to me, for the next 2 hours I'm going to be going over my galley with a fine toothed comb. My eyes hurt already!!