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?
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.
Well, the first episode of my podcast is up and running. I didn’t realize how nervous I would be. You’d think since my face isn’t showing that I wouldn’t be nervous, but I was. And wow, my voice is country!
So, as always, good writing and May God Bless You…
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…
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.
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.
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…
Good morning! I’ve been writing romance for many years. It’s been a wild ride that’s for sure. But now that I’ve added suspense and crime thriller to my list… Let’s just say the ride has gotten wilder. There’s something about building a story that will take the reader on a roller coaster ride of thrills and chills.
Now, writing romance can take you on a wild ride. And when writing any genre, you need to carry your reader on a journey. But with a suspense or thriller novel, there’s another element. It’s the element of breathtaking suspense. The kind that leaves you not knowing what will happen next. It’s the excitement of building a case, then making sure there is a red herring at every corner.
Now, did I throw you for a loop with the ‘red herring’? In a suspense or crime thriller, the red herring is that piece of misleading information or evidence that leads the reader up the wrong path. To me, that’s the fun of the chase. If you give away your criminal or bad person right from the start, then you’ll lose the reader at that point. You have to keep them guessing right up until the end.
What’s fun is that I’ve fell into my own trap while writing these suspense novels. I have to make sure that in my outline, it’s clear who the red herring is and who the bad person is. Or I’ll fall for it too.
So, if you’re wanting to get lost in a mystery, then check out SAFE, the first book in the In Harm’s Way Series. The second book, BROKEN is coming soon…
Good morning! With the heat of summer making everyone long for cold winter days, why not get lost in a little Christmas romance…
Today my bestselling Christmas romance, Holly Cottage – Where the Magic Begins is on sale for only .99!
The magic of Christmas can melt even the coldest of hearts, and change someones entire of life… When romance author, Heidi Roarke loses her Christmas spirit, her agent suggests that she spends Christmas in a townthat is all about the holiday. With major reservations about this plan, she books a room at the Holly Cottage in Hollyville. From the moment she steps into the Cottage, she feels different. Then she meets Eric Bale, the 3rd generation owner of the bed and breakfast, which changes everything. She falls in love with the community of Hollyville and helps fight the Mayor’s choice to quit funding the orphanage. Eric Bale takes one look at Heidi and decides to give her the best Christmas ever. But what he didn’t expect was to feel the way he does about her. Then he sees her with the children at the local orphanage, and he loses more of his heart. As Christmas Day arrives, neither can deny that there is something happening, but is it just the holidays or something more? But when tragedy strikes, the town pulls together to try to keep things the same. Will Christmas be forever changed for Heidi and Eric, or will they find the love they both need? This is a sweet romance that will help you find your Christmas spirit, so grab a cup of hot chocolate and get lost in Hollyville…
When you get lost in this romance, you can play in the snow, get goosebumps from the cold air, and fall in love again…
Good Monday morning! I hope your coffee is flowing freely. Now, as for my coffee enhanced thoughts, let’s talk about characters…
There are many different aspects of a character that you write. So, let’s get right into the conversation. Now, when you start a new story, you have to introduce your characters. But you can’t properly introduce them without knowing them. That’s where a good character write-up comes in.
With a character write-up, you need to get into as much detail as possible. Here are the different elements I put into mine.
Description – Eye color, hair color, flaws such as scars. Age of character is important.
Attitude – Is the character a gentle soul, or a sharp tongued character.
Occupation – Cowboy, secretary, businessman, or whatever they do.
This is only a couple of items, but you get the idea. I always leave plenty of room to add new things that come about as I write. It’s important to keep things the same. Readers notice if your main character has blond hair at the start, then dark hair in the middle.
Make sure that you keep a notebook for each work so that you can keep up with everything.