Pre-Order Your Copy of Pendant!

The ebook is now available for pre-order. Click here to make sure you get your copy as soon as it releases on November 8th! It’s available on Amazon, B&N, KOBO, and Apple.

Print edition is coming soon!

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IT’S BEEN A WHILE…

since I posted anything here. But I’ve got some exciting news!

First, have you seen this awesome giveaway from BookSweeps? You can win my first book, Hear No Evil, plus books from an amazing collection of 15+ middle-grade fiction authors. To make the deal even sweeter, there’s a Kindle Fire thrown in for the Grand Prize winner!

This giveaway only runs for a week, so make sure you hurry and enter! Good luck!
Join the fun here! bit.ly/2eB00Er
Now, if you’re really not into middle-grade novels, I have good news for you, too! My first adult suspense novel, Pendant, is currently with an editor awaiting her skillful evaluation and suggestions for improvement. And I’ll be seeing the initial cover design this weekend!
Want to be the first to see the cover? Sign up for my newsletter. (It’s that box up there on the right side.) Only my subscribers get the sneak preview. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait another month. I’m planning to release Pendant in both print and ebook form during the first week of November.
In the meantime, I’ll keep you posted here and share some of my amateur photography shots. I hope you like sunsets!
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Writing Update

Do you have a love/hate relationship with your job? Some days you love it. Other days you hate it.puzzle-654957_640

That pretty much describes how I feel about writing. I love it when the scene presents itself like a movie in my mind and I can’t get the words on the paper fast enough. I love it when the perfect word comes to mind to complete a sentence, or when a turn of the phrase brings a tear to my eye.

I hate it when the stubborn words won’t come. When the plot keeps changing and the characters can’t decide if they want to be in this story or not. Sometimes, they can’t even decide on their own name!

That’s been the situation with my current WIP (that’s writer language for Work In Progress). I’d hoped to have the first draft completed by now, but I’m still only a third of the way through. But last week, one puzzle piece fell into place and that one piece brought a few more with it. And now I’m starting to see more of the whole picture.

A large part of my story takes place in a care home in Texas. I wanted to model it after the CBRF (community based residential facility) where my mother lived in Wisconsin–a personal residence that provides assisted living services for people who need ¬†minimal supervision. I spent some time researching such homes in Texas and discovered Personal Care Homes (PCH) which are limited to three or fewer unrelated residents.

Suddenly, I loved writing again! Initially, I’d planned four or five residents for my story’s setting. But as I stated, some of my characters decided they had better things to do than hang out in an assisted living home. I fired two of them, even before I knew I’d be limited to a maximum of three. Serendipity! In addition, this limit of three residents creates a realistic obstacle to my protagonist being allowed to stay there, which she must in order to hide from the people who are trying to silence her. So how does a healthy, active 73 yr. old lady persuade a Personal Care Home’s manager to let her stay without a doctor’s referral?

Ah, that’s a secret…for now.

 

 

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