Writer’s Block… It happens!

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Good morning! What do you do when the mental page goes blank? It’s a writer’s worst nightmare. But it will happen, whether you like it or not. I’ve struggled with it lately. Thank goodness it was just a passing thing. It could’ve been worse.

The thing to know about writer’s block is that you can push past it. If you can’t get your mind to focus on your current work in progress, then work on something in your to-be-done stack. Step away from it for a moment. That’s what helped me. I had to cleanse my mind of the whole project in order to get my focus back.

A couple of steps that help me:

  1. Realize it’s a block before you try to push through the project and totally mess it up.
  2. Pick up an upcoming project and outline it. Put your focus on it.
  3. Don’t push yourself too hard. But if you have a deadline, take a day or two to get your head cleared.

I know it sounds crazy, but it works. I’ve been working on this project longer than I wanted to. It’s still there, but somehow I had pushed it in a corner. I’ve dug it out of the corner and now it’s flowing again. Thank goodness because I’m beyond ready to experience the ending that I’ve already got in my head.

So, if you’re struggling with the infamous block, try these steps and see if it helps. Everyone is different, but it helps me.

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…

Oh, and if you get a chance, check out book 1 of the In Harm’s Way Series, SAFE…

Sleepy, but writing! Dawgs Win!

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Good morning! Sipping my coffee as I write this post. Some days coffee is needed more than others. If you’re a Georgia Bulldog fan, then most of you need a lot of coffee this morning. It was a late night, but a good one. But with the morning light, I have some words to put in before I head to the office.

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve I sat down and made my writing schedule for the year. Of course, it can change in the blink of an eye. Kind of like that score last night. I have two new series coming out this year and will be finishing up In Harm’s Way. So, it will be a busy year.

What are you up to this cold morning? Have you penciled in your writing schedule?

As always, good writing, and May God Bless You…

Good Monday Morning!!!

I’m back! I know I’ve been missing in action, but for the most part, I’ve been writing and working. Sometimes you just have to take a break from things. For me, it was blogging and podcasting. With the holidays, tax returns, life, and a bit of writer’s exhaustion, I just needed to let my brain rest. But now that I’m back, I plan on making up for the lost time.

So, let’s start with my upcoming release. I haven’t set a release date, but it’s coming soon, I promise. My In Harm’s Way Series has been met with reader love. I’d planned on releasing Storm before Stay, but that was one of the reasons I needed a break. Storm had come to a halt in my brain and Stay took over. Storm will come this Spring, but for now, Stay is coming up next.

I do have two new series coming this year. I’ll highlight some of that in another post. So for today, we’ll focus on the book Stay. This book has been plaguing me for months, so I had to get it started or my brain would have exploded. Not really, but writers understand what I’m talking about. Anyhow, Stay got a shiny new cover on top of becoming just a winter book, not a Christmas book.

Stay is about Ginger and Dakota. She’s a model agent and he’s a photographer. But the first time they met in Paris, it was not a good time. They clashed almost immediately. So when she gets stranded in a snowstorm and ends up at his front door, the tension builds. This is the worst thing that could happen, to both of them. For him, he’s got a secret that has him hiding out in the mountain cabin, for her, he’s the man that has haunted her dreams since Paris. Now they have to figure things out. His secret could get her killed and he has to keep her safe.

I’ll leave it there for a little bit. All I can say is, grab your choice of warm beverage, and dig in when you read this one. The suspense ramps up rather quickly and lasts up until the end. So, for now, I’ll leave you with a thought, Why do people love suspense so much? I think it’s because romantic suspense is more than just a love story, it’s also a heart-pounding adventure that keeps you thinking.

As always, good writing, and May God Bless You…

Happy New Year!

Friday writing…

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It’s been a long week of getting my mind back into my current WIP. I’ve struggled to get back to my writing schedule after a couple of busy weeks. Between tax season deadlines and planning a baby shower for my coming granddaughter, I’ve had little time for anything else.

And if you’ve read any of my blog posts, you know that my writing is my sanity. So, that tells you my current state of mind. But I’m back at it and the story is coming back to me. It wasn’t lost as I’d feared, but it was hidden behind my busy schedule.

Now, on to my current work. It’s the 3rd book in the In Harm’s Way Series. The book is called Storm. And yes, it has weather related storms in it, but there are also storms of the heart and storms that bring about danger. Yep, using storm as a metaphor is always fun. Now, back to the writing. Oh, and don’t forget, if you haven’t checked out my podcast, first episode, then check it out. I have another episode coming in mere days.

https://www.buzzsprout.com/1500070/episodes/9161209

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…

Coming September 15th – Broken!

It’s hard to believe that Broken is almost here…

Abusive husband… Old love… Tested Faith…

Harper…
Harper was trapped in a nightmare. Every morning she woke expecting it to be her last. How could she have married a monster? The only light in her dark world is the faith that she holds close to her heart.

Reid…
Reid has struggled for years to forget the one woman that was everything to him. While doing rounds at the hospital, he comes face to face with her. He sees the truth to her injuries, but she quickly denies them, leaving the hospital before he can convince her to get help. Now he can’t get her out of his head. She’s in trouble and he needs to help her.

To his surprise, she shows up at his front door needing his help. She risks everything to get help. When she learns more of her husband’s secrets, she knows she must leave Reid forever to keep him safe.

Reid is frantic to find her before her abusive husband does. Will he be too late to save her? With not much to go on, the police extend the search, but they may not get there in time. Reid fears he’ll never see her again.

This is a story of abuse, suspense, faith, and lost love…

Preorder today! Then you’ll have it on your reader that morning!

Oh, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, I published the first episode of my podcast yesterday.

https://coffeeandagoodbook.buzzsprout.com/1500070/9161209

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…

Saturday Morning Writing…

Good Saturday morning! I hope everyone’s coffee is flowing freely and you’re getting some much needed relaxation. As for me, I’m working on my newest manuscript, Storm. Saturday morning is one of my favorite writing times. I can sit and sip my coffee… Gather my thoughts… And just write…

So, here’s to good writing and May God Bless You…

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And That’s A Wrap!

It’s an exciting time when I finish a manuscript. But it can be an anxious time for an author. Usually when I turn in a manuscript, my heart begins to pound with excitement. The difference with the In Harm’s Way Series is that I haven’t felt the usual anxiety. I feel excitement about the finished manuscript.

These books have almost written themselves. They’ve been clear in my head and even when the words seemed lost, they came in like a flood. It’s been a fun ride while writing in this new genre. Adding the element of suspense and thriller has been exhilerating.

So, with that, Broken will be coming soon and I can’t wait for my readers to get lost in this story.

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…

Cover Reveal – STORM!

What an exciting evening for a cover reveal for STORM… As I write this post, a storm has just stopped here. And thank heavens it cooled things off a bit.

But now, on to the post I’ve been so excited to do. Storm is the 3rd book in the In Harm’s Way Series. With Broken coming out in a couple of weeks, it’s time to reveal the cover for book 3. This series has been such a rush of constant excitement and adrenaline pumping suspense that when I finish my daily writing session, I have to sit and take a breather.

Storm will be a fast paced book, so make sure to fasten your seatbelt and hold on. In the coming days I’ll be posting more on the blurb and characters, but for now I’ll just leave you with the entire cover. I know I only gave you a teaser before.

So, what do you think? Intense was my first thought when my cover designer finished with it. I couldn’t have asked for a better example of what this book will be like. And it will be a wild ride. But there is more to come. There will be five books in this series and they get wilder as the series builds.

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…

P.S.

Grab a copy of book 1 to get your blood pumping…

Friday Suspense Writing…

We made it to Friday people… That mean’s the weekend is almost here. Only a few more hours…

This morning I’m working on the final scene for BROKEN. Let’s just say I’ve had chills and for just a moment I became a little over anxious. This final scene is like nothing I’ve written before. To say I’m excited doesn’t even explain how I feel.

The crazy part of the final scene has been the research. I can’t tell you much or it will give away too much. Let’s just say, my eyes have been darting around me, making sure that all is well. The building of suspense is growing quick and I can’t wait until this one is released so that my readers can get lost in this story. It’s been quite a ride.

What’s funny is, even though this book is suspenseful, the next one, STORM, will be a roller coaster of suspense as well. So, let’s get this done and move forward. Speaking of STORM, I’ll be doing the Cover Reveal Tomorrow. Keep watching…

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…