Halfway There

All finished with the red and green squares at last! There are twenty of the little critters, which means I get to start on the green and red ones now. Another twenty to make and they’ll be ready to box up and send off to Florida to be swapped and sent back.

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How is it that they look like so many and so few at the same time?

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You can see the green a lot better in this light. It’s really very pretty in real life!

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I’m looking forward to getting finished with these squares so I can start working on placing and prepping the scrapghan squares to be sewn together. I’m also looking forward to a little bit of a break from squares. They haven’t posted a new swap yet and I’m sticking to my guns. If it’s not something I’m totally enthused about I’m going to skip it and work on putting these together. With my luck it will be something really good like Amethyst Royalty or Green Fields.

Right now I’m doing a rewatch of the Harry Potter movies after I finished re-reading all the books in order. We own all of the movies except the last one, all of which were given to us by my mother-in-law. She gave them to us before the second half of Deathly Hallows was out, and we rented the final movie from Redbox so I’m going to have to figure out a way to get my hands on it before I’m through. I can’t get all the way to the end and miss out on the good stuff!

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Air Conditioner Fail!

It seems the air conditioner on my car is back on the blink. A couple of months ago it was doing a most unpleasant thing where it would not only not cool down, it would blow hot air for a minute or two, then blow cool air, then hot air again. Now it’s doing the same thing!

It was supposed to be fixed when I took it to the shop in June (I think), and it worked great since then. Now it’s doing this and at the worst possible time – my stepdaughter was in town. I couldn’t exactly drive around town with a baby in a hot car so we were stuck at home trying to figure out a way to get the car to the garage. My husband and I were both off yesterday, but I work today and tomorrow. He’s off tomorrow and I’m off Friday, which was when we were supposed to take my stepdaughter back to South Texas, but we had to change our plans and take her yesterday. Driving a baby four hours in a car with no air conditioning was not fun!

Thankfully my car is still under warranty. I plan to take it back to the same garage and tell them that they were supposed to have fixed this two months ago so I’m not going to pay the deductible a second time. They’re very nice there so I don’t expect there to be a problem but I hope they can fix it in a day because we really need it. I’m within walking distance of work but my husband is definitely not. Maybe my in-laws can give him a ride? We’ll have to think about it a little.

I officially have a cover designer now and she’s wonderful! She hasn’t made too many covers yet but the ones she has made are gorgeous. I’m excited to have her on my team. Still talking to the editor. She’s not available until November but she likes my manuscript, so I’m going back and forth. She seems like she’s worth the wait, though, and if she’s swamped that just means she’s good and thorough. I’m excited, it’s all coming together!

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day! I celebrated by staying home and working on a crochet project. Exciting, huh?

I’m a member of a crochet group that makes friendship afghans, which means that we each crochet a set number of squares, divide them among the members in the swap, and mail them to one very patient person who reboxes them and sends them out to us. It’s a lot of fun to see what everyone else comes up with, especially in our most recent swap where we used up our old bits of yarn. I’ll include pictures of those squares in another post because I really want to share what I’m working on right now.

The current swap is a Christmas-themed one that runs through October (though arranging them in a blanket and getting it put together in time to be a Christmas present is beyond my skills), which means our colors are red, green and white. I’m going with a simple granny square in two color patterns and it’s a lot of fun.

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This is the center I’m working with. All of the squares are going to have a white center. We don’t know the exact number yet so I’m making 40 and will adjust it later for my own blanket.

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Two rounds of green go around each center. I promise you it’s green, it just doesn’t really photograph well.

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Finally, two rounds of cherry red for a real Christmas feeling!

So far I’ve got about 15 squares done so I need to get in gear if I’m going to finish on time. I may sit out the swap after this one, though. I’m going to have two blankets to assemble from the scrapghan squares and this one and I’m going to need a little time to do that. Unless it’s a purple or green swap, I can’t resist those colors.

Writing-wise, I’ve got a wonderful book manager and project manager and I’m in contact with an editor that I think will be a great asset to my team. After that I need to start looking for a cover artist. One step at a time, though!

A Brand-New Start!

Well, there hasn’t been much news in a while, I’m afraid.

As you may remember, my first book, The Detective’s Brother, was picked up by Sinnful Ebooks last fall with a release date of May. I even got a wonderful cover that I was set to reveal here – it was already released on Twitter – but unfortunately before that I got an email saying that Sinnful was closing down.

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how disappointed (and a bit heartbroken) I was. Before they signed me I had been trying to sell Detective’s Brother for several years but no agents or publishers would touch it. I did have a couple of nibbles but didn’t hear anything back after they read over the first few chapters.

I don’t know if you’ve heard about Booktrope before. It’s a hybrid publisher where once you’re accepted, you work with editors, designers, and marketers to form a creative team for your book and publish it. Then Booktrope take care of the printing, distribution, and the rest of the stuff that I really don’t want to fiddle with. I submitted Detective’s Brother to them after hearing about the good work they did with some Now that I’ve signed the paperwork I can announce I am officially a Booktrope author now! I’m really excited and my husband bought me a cake to celebrate. I’ll keep you updated with more information as it comes and give you as much insight as I can into the process.

I also finished some light edits on another book I finished a while back called Framed. It’s set in the same time period and has a very brief cameo by one of the characters from Detective’s Brother! Being signed by Booktrope has given me a new passion to do some rewriting on it. Hopefully it will turn out to be my second book if the first does well!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I haven’t posted on here in a while, I know, but that’s because not much has been going on. I’ve started the outline for a new book and finally finished the character sheets I’ve been working on but nothing terribly interesting. I had no idea how long publishing takes but I’m sure it’ll be worth it in the end. The next step is a cover reveal so please look forward to that!

As a thank you for reading and your patience, I’d like to share a sexy story with you! Unlike the Christmas story, this one is definitely for adults and is not work safe, so exercise caution around kids and your boss (unless they’re into it!). And whether you have a partner or not, I hope it inspires you to get up to some Valentine’s mischief of your own!

…And Juliet the Sun

Editing Blues

Decided to get in a few more edits on The Detective’s Brother before turning it over to a real editor. You know, like how you clean your house before the cleaning lady comes so she doesn’t think you’re a total slob.

Anyway, part of editing means completely going through the manuscript with a fine tooth comb looking for typos and slip ups that you may not have noticed while you were writing. And boy did I find a ton of stuff that escaped my first pass. Last night I finished making all the changes, stepped back and looked at the computer, and got really sad.

I always get sad after I finish a story. You commit everything to writing it, spend time with the characters and really get to know them, live in the world, know everything about it, and then it’s over. You have to say goodbye and come out into the real world and it’s hard.

It’s not like you can’t just go back and read it over. If that feels too narcissistic, you can do it under the guise of another edit. It’s just hard to say goodbye sometimes.

Maybe I’ll write a short about the characters once it’s been published for awhile. I love these two idiots.

Merry Early Christmas!

It’s been a little while since I posted but I bring with me a little Christmas gift, so I hope you’ll forgive me! It’s a short little story about a detective and a Christmas tree, and it introduces a couple of characters from my upcoming novel, The Detective’s Brother from Sinnful eBooks. I hope you like it and that it gets you excited to read more of my work.

I hope to post more short stories here every now and then. They’ll likely be one-offs of ten pages or less, perfect for enjoying on your lunch break or before bed. Fair warning, though, some of them might be a little steamy. Don’t worry, I’ll let you know when they’re NSFW! In the meantime…

The Christmas Tree

Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!

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