Monday, January 18, 2016

MIA and that's OK

At my local RWA meetings, we do a Grin and Groans segment that allows authors to either cheer or complain about their writing career. Well, I'm going to try and explain why I've been MIA since October with my own presentation of 
Grins and Groans

My rights were reverted to me because my publisher closed: Groan
At the same time I had to get a "Day Job": Groan
However, I enjoy what I do during the day: Grin
Having my rights, I was forced to empower myself and self-pub my books: Grin and Groan
Because I'm completely spent after a day at work, I barely have the energy to take a shower at night, let alone write or upload books so my progress has been slow: Groan
And the book that was supposed to release, I decided to keep it, edit it and cultivate a new series from it and use it as an agent submission book: Grin
I've recently started training my 14 year old daughter to assist me with author housekeeping work: Grin
She's an aspiring writer so she might post on my blog: Grin for me, Groan for her
After attending my first local RWA meeting in months, I feel energized and ready to get my book career in order: Grin

So you see, I do have a good reason and I ask that you stick with me. And for aspiring writers out there, life throws you curve balls but it's what you do with them that counts. Is it all getting to be too much? Step back; figure out what you want and how you can achieve it. For me, I'm committing myself to working at least an hour each day on my books. That can be writing, editing, marketing or blogging. But I know I can do an hour. 

When life gets in the way, what do you do?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The End

Taking a cue from a fellow author, I'm sharing my thoughts about a big change in my publishing life. As you may know, I owe my entire career to Turquoise Morning Press. Back in 2011, they took a chance on me and offered me a contract for Ice Princess. A novella based in Honey Creek, Ohio. That little book lead me to add 3 more to that same line creating my Honey Creek Royalty YA series. All because a few women believed in me and my story.

Last week, I learned that Turquoise Morning Press is closing their doors and returning all rights to my books to me. Shocked. Sad. Angry. Confused. These are just a few of the emotions rolling through me since I heard the news.

Shortly after my first contract, I was offered part-time employment as the Marketing Coordinator, followed shortly by Senior YA Acquisitions Editor. Both jobs I loved and took very seriously. I've read some amazing submissions and made lasting connections.

What do I do now? Well, I asked myself that same question and fortunately, I asked fellow authors. I have an opportunity to test my hand at self publishing and I even have a fully edited story I can either publish or try to sell to other places. Tweeks are needed on my Honey Creek stories, since the publisher owns the name of the town, but otherwise, I'm starting to see a very small light winking at me at the far, far end of a tunnel.

Not only was TMP my publisher, but I met some of the best authors, who are now my closest friends. I learned more than my fair share of information about publishing and I grew to love that company. Tears were shed, expletives were yelled, but I think, in the end, we'll all come out strong and confident.

Good luck to my fellow TMPers. I will always wish for your success and pray when you are in pain. Keep in touch.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Review: The Wedding Rescue by Megan Kelly

The Wedding Rescue was a delightfully sweet and funny read. As soon as we learn about the slightly irritated attraction Jack Walker has for his soon-to-be sister-in-law, Lexi, I was curious to find out how the entire story was going to play out, especially with Jack in-lust for her sister, Grace. Did I mention Grace and Lexi are twins!

Megan Kelly did a wonderful job of making a kind of unreal situation work out and be completely manageable leaving me utterly satisfied with my HEA. I also greatly appreciated that she didn’t make it where everybody was fooled by the rouse, especially the father. And the crazy uncle was great. I can’t get enough of a story that adds a little humor with a crabby relative because we all have them. I love snark in my books! A+!

The Wedding Rescue isn’t just a sweet romance. No! There is an element of mystery/suspense mixed in. Nicely done amping up the creep factor. From the first chapters, you can see the love Lexi has for Jack’s daughter and I think that element added a realness to the book. Often kids are involved and keeping it true to human nature is always a plus in my book. I am curious to find out if Ms. Kelly will have a spin-off book involving the cousin and brother. I’d be the first in line to read that as well.

The Wedding Rescue is nice mix of a yummy rancher, sweet intentions and funny circumstances.


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