Frustrations Turned to Blessings

Frustrations Turned to Blessings

Hurricane Frustrations Turn to Blessings

It’s about time I told you the whole story.

It started just after the launch of the Gene Rift. You see, I get books for book signings through my publisher, not through Amazon. Just after the release, I contacted my publisher and they put in an order with the printer for a decent sized set of books. They’d be here in plenty of time for th etwo book signings I had scheduled at the end of September.

At least I thought so.

But then hurricane Harvey hit. And then hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Maria followed quickly after. Due to the devastation in our country, the book order was delayed. In fact, the printer didn’t know where it was.

It was frustrating for me not to have books at the two signings I had, but not as frustrating or devastating as those who had lost all their belongings and their homes to hurricanes. I got off easy with a simple delayed order.

So I decided to make the best of it. At both book signings, I donated 10% of the proceeds  and many of you readers chipped in extra to donate to UMCOR, the United Methodist Commission on Relief. Through this agency, 100% of all donations go toward the relief efforts and not to administrative expenses.

I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to all who donated. You helped make a difference in the lives of people who are hurting.

And for those of you wondering, I did eventually get my books!

Back to School Giveaway

Back to School Giveaway

Who loves free books?

Back to school is a great time to celebrate reading! I’ve teamed up with Jessica Therrian and several other authors in a back to school book giveaway. There are 5 prize bundles, and each bundle will contain at least one paperback! FREE books? Yes, I think so! To enter, just click on the rafflecopter to the right.

Calendar event-Book Signing at Off The Beaten Path

Calendar event-Book Signing at Off The Beaten Path

Upcoming Book Signing:

Today I received an email from Off The Beaten Path Books in Lakewood, NY. Katie, one of the owners sent me a sound bite from a radio clip used as advertising. I’m so excited to spend time at this cozy bookshop located close to Chautauqua Lake, NY. I’ll be there from 10-1 on Sat Sept 23, 2017. Come join us to chat about great books, buy great books, and even have a great cup of coffee at Ryder’s Cup. The  Breeding Tree, The Gene Rift and At What Cost will all be available. Can’t wait to see you there!

We’re having a party.

We’re having a party.

Hey, all!

It’s the day after release day and the party is still going! I’d love for you to join us.

Hop on over to the Facebook party page. and join us for some fun. We have prizes to give away, all sorts of fun stuff, and later tonight at 9 EST, we’re doing a Facebook live event where I’ll answer your writing and book questions and tell corny literary jokes. It’s going to be epic.

If you haven’t gotten your copy of The Gene Rift, click HERE.

 

The Gene Rift **COVER REVEAL**

The Gene Rift **COVER REVEAL**

The cover reveal is here!

You’ve been so patient, my friends. Finally, the cover reveal for The Gene Rift is here!

I’m so excited to share this with you today, and I’m even more excited to share the book with you on Sept 1.

 

The Gene Rift is the second in the Destiny by Design series. I know when I read series, I always want to read them in order, so if you need to get your hands on The Breeding Tree, click here.

If you want to join the launch party, click here.

 

New Date-Cover-Book Release

I’m so excited about The Gene Rift’s release. The publisher, Brimstone Fiction, and I are ramping up to make it awesome! And today, I saw a mock up for the cover! It’s beautiful! I can’t show it to you yet. Soon, I promise.

For those of you who follow me, you’re probably wondering about the “new date” mentioned in the title of this blog. We were originally scheduled for August 1st, but in publishing, dates can be fluid. Both Brimstone and I want to make sure that you are getting the best book possible, so we’ve set the new date for SEPTEMBER 1st. YAY! Get excited. The Gene Rift is going to be awesome.

If you haven’t had a chance to read The Breeding Tree first, there’s still time! You can find it HERE.

NANOWRIMO Recap

NANOWRIMO Recap

For the first time I actually participated in Nanowrimo. Every other year I’ve been mid-book when Nano started, so this year was the year. I finished up a rough draft of a YA contemporary I’ve been working on and I had an idea for a YA Post Apocalyptic. It was going to be epic.

Here’s the deal: I’m a planner when it comes to writing. I want to see the whole story at once and pick and choose where in the story I’m going to write. But this year, I couldn’t. I only had 2 days to plan and one of those days filled up quickly with kid stuff.

So, I went for it, starting with the few scenes I had planned. But where do I go from there? Once those were done, I was lost, but I still had 2k I had to write that day. I just kept pushing on. And you know what? I finished!

The story is a mess, but I’ve learned a few things along the way.

  1. You can do anything if you put your mind to it including write 50 THOUSAND words in 30 days, (I did it in 28.)
  2. Putting aside other things won’t kill you. Yes, my house was a mess for a month, but I got my 2k a day average! 🙂
  3. Surprise! If you don’t know what is going to happen next in your story, neither will your readers.
    1. Seriously, I was surprised by a few things in this story. I didn’t expect my characters to do certain things, but they did.
  4. There’s always time to clean up aka. edit.
    1. Like I said, the story is a mess. But it’s there. The events are all out of order because I didn’t have time to figure out where they’d go when I got a new idea. I just put it wherever I wanted it. 🙂 I have the next year to clean up the storyline and add elements that will actually make it a story because right now, it’s a giant pile of word vomit.

So, did you participate in Nanowrimo? If so, how did you do?

The Waiting Game

The Waiting Game

Just like most people, I hate waiting. That in-between wondering drives me insane. I’m not a patient person, just ask my agent.

Right now, I’ve handed in my most recent edits and now I wait. Pretty soon, I’ll hear that I need another round of edits, I’ll see a cover for RIFT, and I’ll be asked what marketing I’m planning on my end. But right now, I wait.

It’s okay, I guess, this waiting game. It allows me time to focus on other writing. My WIP is nearly done, and I’m planning another novel as well as a few shorts to tie over some fans until RIFT releases. So it’s good. Yes, in the long run, it’s good.

But that doesn’t make waiting any more fun. 🙂