Writer’s Balancing Act

Writing is creativity and perseverance, but it is also a balancing act. Case in point below. (Hang on tight, you might get dizzy!)

I sent my draft manuscript for FOR WITCH OR FOR POORER (book 5) in my paranormal wedding planner series to my editor the morning I left for vacation (on the 12th). Then I had five blissful days off before I headed back to my day job (and my writing job). While I was on vacation, my editor did a content read on my manuscript and suggested some changes.

When I got back from vacation on the 17th, I started to work on those developmental changes. But before I could finish them, I had to switch back to completing final edits for FOR BETTER OR FOR WOLF (book 4) of my wedding planner series. I spent all this past weekend working on that book before sending it at 12:30 am last night to my proofreader.

Tonight I am back to working on edits for book 5 since it is due to my editor by this Friday 28th.  Then book 4 will come back from proof next week and I’ll finish proof edits and read it one more time before I send it to be formatted the first week of July.

Then I should get back book 5 with what I call my “bloody edits” in a couple weeks to work on those too.

The plan (fingers crossed) is to release book 4 in September and book 5 in October.

And oh yeah, there’s my day job too…

See what I mean? Balancing Act. And I share this because I’m often asked about what it means to be a writer. And it calls for tenacity with a side order of project management. When you love what you do, it all somehow works!

 

An Author’s Sweet Treat

There is an amazing bakery in my town that I visit every Saturday. I walk in and study the case of goodies. The fascinating thing is that each week the desserts change. Different cakes, and cupcakes, and cookies grace the counter.

And I walk back and forth and ask about the different treats to see which one will be coming home with me this week. Some have an ooey-gooey center, some a crunchy outside, some a surprising mix of flavors.

I only buy one. I can justify one treat a week, especially when next week will be a chance for something new and exciting.

I think that the sweet treats at the bakery are similar to a good story. Each book I pick up offers a new world and characters for me to fall in love/hate with. Is there something ooey-gooey for my heart to enjoy, or a a new twist (flavor) to a plot for my curious mind?

If the story is good it’s a treat to savor. And unlike the bakery, I can’t stop with just one!

Series Cover Reveal

Hello! If you’ve been following along with my blogs over the past few weeks, I’ve been talking about the new covers for my Mind Sweeper Series. We’ve talked about the WHY and the WHO on this re-cover journey. This week’s cover journey is all about the WHEN. When are you going to see the new versions of my covers for my series?

Answer: Today!

I spent last week (with the help of my wonderful book formatter) uploading all the new covers to the retailers so that these beauties are now available and also are on my website as well! Check them out and tell me what you think…

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I think my cover artist Melissa from The Illustrated Author is AMAZINGLY TALENTED. And yes, I am plugging her name and company to you before you ask me who I worked with (because you were going to ask me who I worked with…)

Plus,in celebration of the new covers, I’ve bundled the three Flashback (prequel) Stories for my Mind Sweeper Series, so if you don’t already own them, you can get them in this amazingly beautiful box set.

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So there you have it! Next week, we’ll spend some time talking about the actual process of creating a cover – dig a little deeper, into the creativity of it 🙂

The Journey Starts with Why…

Last week I talked about spending some time on my blog over the next few weeks talking about the journey of recovering books that are already out in the world. And it is indeed a journey.

And at the beginning of this (and any) journey is the question WHY. Why do I (or you Jane Doe Author) want to recover our books?

There are a number of answers to that question. It could be that you don’t feel that the cover truly reflects the book and/or brand. It could be that the covers were from a previous publisher and you have retained the rights back to the books and want to publish them. It could be that even though you feel the books are good, they aren’t selling. It could be that the covers worked for you for the first book(s), but as you write more books in the series, they don’t seem to work anymore. It could be that the genre isn’t evident in the covers. Heck, I am just brushing the surface on this. The bottom line is that you need to sit down and ask yourself WHY.

Because your answer will tell you if you should move forward or not AND it will also help you work with your cover artist to come up with a new design that does fit your vision for your series.

When I sat down and looked at my Mind Sweeper covers, I still like them. They were after all the first books I published and have a special place in my heart for them. However, if I look at the covers objectively, I think that they look more like suspense books and less like urban fantasy. So I chose to re-brand them with the hopes of appealing more to my audience and ultimately increase sales.

And so we begin the journey…

 

Come Celebrate A Holiday Shopping Extravaganza

So the craziness of the holidays has commenced…Black Friday, Cyber Monday that both somehow last way longer than the day of the week they are named after. So as I’ve been jumping from store to store (both brick & mortar and internet stores) I thought to myself…

“Hey self, you should do your own sale. Don’t your readers deserve that?”

And the answer is yes you do. Now to figure out what to call it…Black-Cyber-Every-Day-of-the-Week?

So I am having a sale for you! IN SICKNESS AND IN ELF the first book in my paranormal wedding planner series is just 99 cents for a limited time! If you’re looking for a book to escape the holiday hustle with – this is the one for you!

Recipe for a great read: Take a wedding…add fangs, fur, and fairy dust and stir!

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Family Time

Happy Monday, my friends! You may have noticed last Monday that I didn’t post a blog. I was away for Memorial Day weekend with my family. It was so wonderful to reconnect and spend time with everyone. It seems like we go a million miles an hour now on planet earth which leaves us little time to celebrate each other. But I did get some quality time with my family and it was GOOD.

This past weekend I spent time with my imaginary family; three crazy-sexy demon brothers, an over-the-top father, a mischievous grandmother, and an opinionated adopted sister. You guessed it, I was reading through the demon trilogy books in preparation for edits.

Whew – what a crazy ride that was. Three books in two days, making sure they flowed together and made sense. As much as Russian demons who live in Cleveland can make sense that is. But these books are very much about family. Let’s face it. Most people don’t fall in love with one person and only interact with them. Oh no, family is definitely involved. And in this trilogy, family is play a HUGE role in the relationships. They provide angst, and humor, and frustration, and support. And they add layers to the story, and giggles, we can’t forget those!

So I got to spend time with my imaginary family this weekend and it was GOOD too.

Dream a Little Dream

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m a dreamer. I can’t remember a time where my imagination didn’t have me hatching stories in my head. It started as a child, reading stories and imagining what other things could happen to the characters. Then as I grew it morphed into TV shows and movies. I often wonder “what if”. What if the 90 minute movie continued on? What if the main character in my favorite show did this instead of what happened in the episode I just watched?

A lot of people are dreamers, what makes me different is that I’ve decided to write them down. Take the imagination that is churning most of the time in my head and give it a healthy outlet through my stories and characters. Characters that at certain moments I actually hear in my head.

Right now, with writing in Misha’s world, I am hearing a lot of Russian accents and belly laughs. In the very least my imagination provides comic relief.

There’s something necessary about dreaming of worlds were good defeats evil and love triumphs. Why not share those dreams with others?

Yep, I’m a dreamer. And I don’t think that will change anytime soon.

Calendar Me This

It’s almost February and I was quickly losing sight of a goal I had set for myself this year. My plan was to map out 2018 as best I could concerning my writing. How exactly to do it?

A giant, erasable calendar, of course!

In that way, I can scope out my plans for the year and look at them hanging from my wall in all it’s technicolor glory. And while my hope is I can stick to the plan, the calendar is erasable, so it allows me some flexibility.

Flexibility is a very important thing to a writer. Nothing ever goes exactly to plan. Whether it’s the writing of the story – the plot goes a new way, the character evolves into something unexpected- or the process to get that book out there to readers – edits, proofs, formatting – something will not follow the normal path. So you learn to roll with the punches, but at the same time, if you don’t plan at least a little bit, you won’t ever get to point B.

I’ve decided that I want to plan for writing in 2018! Better planning – leads to bigger successes. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Fast Talker Benefits

It’s actually working, my friends! Last summer I shared in a blog that I had purchased dictation software to hopefully increase my productivity. When I purchased it, I was in the middle of finishing my third wedding planner novel. Since I was on a deadline, I couldn’t take the time to truly delve into using the software.

Now I am working on the Misha book and I pulled out the headset to give it another try. Guess what? I like it! And I seem to be “writing” more words, which for a writer is a WONDERFUL thing. So, I’m going to keep speaking away, and see where the story takes me! If it does increase my word count, maybe I can actually get books done a bit faster.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. As much as you want to read the next story in my two series, I want to write it. I have so many ideas in my head and not enough hours in the day to get them down. Now? Who knows…I am a VERY FAST TALKER!

 

Cover Reveal Times Three!

As promised, my paranormal wedding planner series is getting new covers! Yay! And in true “Ta-Da Fashion” I am showing you all three at once, including my cover for TO HAVE AND TO HOWL which will release on November 13th, but can be ordered now! So check it out all out below and tell me what you think of the new covers and the new book!!!

And if that isn’t enough fun for you, for a limited time, the first book in the series, IN SICKNESS AND IN ELF is on sale for 99 cents! So if you haven’t tried this series, give it a whirl. And if you can do me a favor and let your friends and family know about my series, that would really help a writer out 🙂

Just so you know…the new covers are on the digital books. The print covers will be changed in the next couple of weeks!


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In Sickness and In Elf – on sale 99 cents!

Take one wedding. Add fangs, fur, and fairy-dust…Stir.

A wedding phobic in a family of wedding planners? Alex Bennett thought her life was complicated enough, until she discovered their clients aren’t exactly normal. Paranormal exist, and when their weddings are sabotaged, Alex will do anything to save the business, including working with an overbearingly sexy investigator with secrets of his own…

Special Note: If you already own this book, please note that only the cover has changed.

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What if Romeo and Juliet were paranormal…

Exiled from her woodland nymph clan, Sheila Hampton works as an exercise instructor for stressed-out paranormal brides. Until her father tries to force her to marry as part of a political power play. Her unlikely hero? Charlie Tucker, a sexy sea nymph and mortal enemy who poses as her fiancé and helps her plan the biggest fake wedding of the century. She should hate him, she really should…

Special Note: If you already own this book, please note that only the cover has changed.

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And…drum roll please….Introducing TO HAVE AND TO HOWL

To Have Final EbookLaw means following the rules. Love means breaking them.

Julia Cole is a lawyer on a mission. After three long years, her husband’s murderers have been convicted. Until their leader breaks out of magically-strengthened, impossible-to-break-handcuffs in the courtroom, that is. Someone is helping them. And that someone is threatening Julia. But she will not back down from them or the man tasked to protect her…a man who scrambles her long-buried emotions.

Jack Dawson is a werewolf with a secret. One that could change his life forever. But his problems have to take a back seat while he protects Julia. He can’t afford to let down his guard—against the evil forces threatening Julia, against his growing feelings for her, fighting to be heard, and against his secret—which could destroy everything.

Can Julia and Jack finally let go of their pasts and begin a new happy ever after together?

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