I thought I’d share some pics from the book signing yesterday. A great time was had by all!Continue reading
To answer the title question, a lot. I’ve been stewing over many subjects of late and have made some logical decisions. Continue reading
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🎉🎈🎉 Happy Birthday, ABANDONED! 🎉🎈🎉
Book 1 in the Abandoned Series.
Available now on Smashwords! Available now in paperback on Amazon!
Isabella feels as empty and forlorn as the buildings she restores. The last living member of the Warner family, she desperately seeks the historic mansion in a sketch found in her granddad’s attic. After a long painful year of mourning his loss due to her negligence, she finally finds the derelict home of her ancestors in the Berkshires of Massachusetts and wins it at auction. With the vast resources of her renovation business, she sets out to save the haunted, decrepit Chatham Hall. Isabella hopes to find a measure of peace by owning a part of the family history her grandfather desperately wanted to discover, but angry spirits seem to have other ideas.
Jack, the owner of a small historic rehabilitation company, has been waiting his whole life to buy Chatham Hall. He’s determined to save the house he believes saved him. To survive a childhood of abuse from his father, he made the derelict building his refuge. Dark anger haunts him day and night as he tries to find a new way forward after losing the house to the bossy Isabella Warner.
Jack and Isabella put away their instant dislike and distrust to uncover the heinous crimes committed by the evil spirit haunting Chatham Hall. They are drawn closer as they peel back their shared history – until the horrifying truth threatens to tear apart the love and solace they’ve found in each other.
It’s almost ready! Available first on Amazon July 12, 2018, followed by Kobo, Smashwords, Google Books, & Google Play!
Isabella Warren feels as empty and forlorn as the buildings she restores. The last living member of the Warren family, she desperately seeks the historic mansion in a sketch she found in her granddad’s attic. After two years, she finally finds the derelict home of her ancestors in the Berkshires of Massachusetts and wins it at auction. With the vast resources of her renovation business, she sets out to save the haunted, decrepit Chatham Hall. Isabella hopes to find a measure of peace by owning a part of her family history.
Jack Haverhill, the owner of a small historic rehabilitation company, has been waiting his whole life to buy Chatham Hall. He’s determined to save the house he believes saved him. To survive a childhood of abuse from his father, he made the derelict building his refuge. Dark anger haunts him day and night as he tries to find a new way forward after losing the house to the bossy Isabella Warren.
Instant dislike and distrust between Jack and Isabella slowly gives way to feelings of a bone-deep connection. The two work together with the aid of a paranormal investigator to uncover the heinous crimes committed by the evil spirit haunting Chatham Hall. Will the horrifying truth of the past be too ugly for Jack and Isabella to overcome?
I just realized I forgot to share my joyous news with everyone! The rights to my first two published novels have been returned to me!!! 🙌 I’ve spent the entire last month+ revising SWEET SALVATION. ✍️ I can’t believe how much my writing sucked all those years ago. 😳😬😂 I hope y’all love the new and improved version as much as I do! It should be ready to self-publish with a gorgeous new cover in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned! 🤗
Please hang on, friends. I’ll be back with new grungy, forlorn pictures soon. I’ve been super busy pounding the keys – I love this new story I’m writing and I hope all of you who love the abandoned, decaying, neglected imagery I share will, too.
Almost to 60k words – only around 30k to go in book 1!
No words needed. 🙂
“SWEET SALVATION is a fabulous Georgian historical romance that will leave readers begging for more!” ~ Virginia Henley, New York Times Bestselling Author
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Saturday, March 12, 2011
*A full day of craft and career workshops
*Keynote luncheon with CL Wilson, New York Times and USA Today best-selling
*Q&A with Industry Professionals editor Tessa Woodward from Avon Publishing & agent Emmanuelle Morgen of Judith Ehrlich Literary Management
*Editor and Agent Appointments
*Critique Raffles with incredible prizes from:
Anita Mumm (Assistant to Kristen Nelson and Sara Megibow) Nelson Literary Agency, LLC
Andrea Somberg Harvey Klinger, Inc.
Stephany Evans, President FinePrint Literary Management
Adrienne Rosado PMA Literary & Film Management
Lois Winston Ashley Grayson Literary Agency
Pattie Steele-Perkins Steele-Perkins Literary Agency
Michelle Grajkowski 3 Seas Literary Agency
Scott Eagan Greyhaus Literary Agency
Kevan Lyon, Marsal-Lyon Literary Agency
Jhanteigh Kuppihea, Editor, New American Library (NAL) (Need details from Margie)
Raelene Gorlinksky, Publisher, Ellora’s Cave – erotic romances; Cerridwen Press – mainstream genre fiction: romance, mystery/suspense, futuristic/sci-fi, paranormal, women’s fiction, historical fiction; The Lotus Circle – metaphysical/psychic fiction and non-fiction
Rhonda Stapleton, Editor, Carina Press (E-publishing imprint of Harlequin)
Alissa Davis, Freelance Editor
Emily W. Carmain, Noteworthy Editing Services
Sherry’s Sage Suggestions, Editing Service
Margie Lawson, the amazing author of Empowering Characters’ Emotions, Defeat Self-Defeating Behaviors, Deep Editing: The EDITS System, Rhetorical Devices, and More, Digging Deep into the EDITS System, Writing Body Language and Dialogue Cues Like a Psychologist, Powering Up Body Language in Real Life
Vanessa Kelly, Regency Romance, Zebra
Sharon Page, USA Today Bestselling Author, Sensual & Erotic Romance, Aphrodisia
Karen Hawkins, USA Today Bestselling Author, Historical Romance, Pocket
Joanne Rock, 3-Time Rita Nominee, Historical Romance, Harlequin
Elizabeth Sinclair, The Dreaded Synopsis, Multi-published Romantic Suspense, Harlequin
Kasey Michaels, New York Times Bestselling Author, Historical Romance/Romantic Suspense, Harlequin/Warner/Kensington/Zebra, et.al.
*Too many raffle baskets filled to the brim with awesome books and fun stuff to list!
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Kassia Krozser’s recent blog post on Booksquare titled A Question of Value struck a deep chord with me.
“The publisher sold readers a book they knew was not very good. Yes, the publisher had to know. Someone on the editorial staff (presumably) read the book. Someone with (presumably) enough discernment to realize the book was crap. Someone who should have had the guts to say to the author that the book didn’t pass muster. You know, instead of foisting bad stuff on readers.”
Having just finished a book I complained about all the way through, I wanted to chuck it in the trash so as not to inflict it upon myself. Unfortunately, I have no time machine to go back a week.
The historical romance I closed for the last time this morning irritated me the whole way through. It was by a USA Today bestselling author. I had never read her work before; sadly, for her and her publisher, I never will again. This book was so easy to put down it took an entire week to slug my way through it.
You may wonder why I continued reading if I abhorred it so much and I constantly asked myself that very question every time I picked it up. I guess I kept hoping it would get better. Alas, it only grew worse.
Here are a few things NOT to do when writing a novel:
* Describe the h/h eyes on every single page–and use it as the only source of color throughout the entire story.
* Repeat the heroine’s reason for her behavior on every single page.
* Make the h/h’s actions and reactions implausible. A reader can suspend disbelief for only so long.
* Insert a plethora of coincidences in an novel. There wasn’t a single person in this story who happened upon the h/h and wasn’t coincidentally connected/related to them.
* Use 150 pages of filler to make the book longer.
* Last and most importantly, NEVER throw in an obvious plot device near the end of the story.
Now that I’ve voiced my irritation I can move on to the next novel in my TBR pile.