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You Can Pop That Champagne Now

The Friday Five has been usurped by good news. Get your champagne glasses ready. Actually, I have a bottle of Martinelli's Sparkling Cider because I don't like champagne, although I dream of the day I become wealthy and can shake the bottle, spewing frothy golden alcohol everywhere just because. Probably this can be done with Martinelli's, but I'm not going to try, because there's no one to clean it up but me. Like my husband would do it. Ha. Anyway, drink up. We have lots to celebrate.

I finished NaNoWriMo at 50,035. I realize I posted on FB that it was 50,010, but the word counter and the validater on the NaNo site disagreed. Who cares, that's most of the book done. Editing is going to be painful, but I have to get through another 10-15k first.

 I found out Wednesday morning that I've been selected to sign at the Kimberling Area Library in Kimberling City, Mo on February 1, 2014. I had to fill out an application to see if they would pick me because they ha…

Peaks and Plateaus

Today's post is brought to you by the letter D for get it Done!

So Monday night I was valiantly typing away and it hits me that I'm so close to my NaNoWriMo goal. The first time in two years like I mentioned in the last post. I didn't play ball last year, instead choosing to save the book I'd been working on for Jano after stupidly deleting 70k, but it's okay, because I kind of hated it. The year before, I was working on The Sky Pirate's Wife, which was also a second draft after the first one just didn't fly. I didn't meet the 50k goal, coming up short in the 40ks, I think. 2011 was kind of a rough year, so it didn't hit the priority beacon.

Remember, I lost my flash drive containing the opening of The Heckmasters: Eban, back in early October. I was only 1200 words in at the time. The beginning came to me as I was finishing Wystan, although I knew I didn't want to start it immediately after Wystan was done. I needed a little space (sure, because…

Don't Pop the Champagne Yet, But...

There are five days left in the month and I think it's fair to say I'm going to win NaNoWriMo for the first time in two years. I'm sitting pretty at 45k this morning, ahead of schedule by two days. I think I've got this mother. Assuming the characters don't give up, of course.

I wrote devilishly (it's a pun, because the hero is a half-demon and there are lots of other demons in the book, see?) fast over the weekend to get ahead. I successfully navigated the waters of 50k for the entire manuscript, which I started in October. I might have gone farther, but I was watching football yesterday and it was very distracting. And disappointing, because the stupid team with a good record lost. They lost to a team that's not even that great. I hope they're all being flogged this morning. There's a reason I'm not a football coach. I mean, it's mostly because I'm not athletic and I don't even know the reasons for most of the plays in football, bu…

The Friday Five - Things Going On Right This Second

I gotta make this quick, kids, because I'm up to my eyebrows in work. Five things going on now:

1) This:
 Available at Amazon for your reading pleasure! The ebook is available for pre-order at Kobo and iTunes right now, but will become availble at all your favorite e-book stores January 6, 2013.

2) This:

Ahh, crap. I'm still behind. Keeping up with the word count is not as easy as I would have hoped. This book is killing me.

3) This:

It's higher than than now, thanks to last night's massive addition of slightly over 3500 words to almost catch up to NaNo. God, my elbow is sore.

4) This:

5) And finally, this:


“I will not say, do not weep, for not all tears are evil.” -J. R.R. Tolkien
You should know that I wrote a different letter to you this year. It was dark and angry. I couldn't figure out what I wanted to say and a bunch of bad stuff came out. It didn't seem fitting for a birthday letter, so I'm trying again.

Over the weekend, I read a paper I wrote for college about my first job, which reminded me of the time you took me on the roller coaster ride, Fire in the Hole. I was disappointed because me and my cousin always wanted to ride together, but we were too short to ride without an adult sitting beside us. I had you.

If I'd ever ridden it before, I couldn't remember then and can't now. I was scared. It was indoors, dark inside, and someone said there were men wearing masks. You know how scared I was of masks (I still am a little bit). You held my hand and told me there wasn't anything to be afraid of, it was all fake and you were right there. So when it was…

Please, Laugh at My Expense

I want to share something awful with you guys today. Don't worry, it's not a disease. It's a really awful novella I wrote when I was a teenager. You see how much I love you? I give you bad teenager writing I scrounged out of closet. It's a little long, but totally worth it, I promise.
Here's the run-down. It's the second in a trilogy I planned about three brothers (gee, I must have a thing for brothers). The first novella is missing, so I'm grasping at straws here, but apparently there was a war and the brothers were heroes. Their names are Stylus (I guarantee I did not know what a stylus was in, let's say 1996), Thyne, and Tristan (shut up, those don't sound anything like Wystan, Eban, and Tell...okay, maybe a little). Sty's wife either died before the war, or during it, or...something. One of them had a horse, I remember there being a painting of it on the wall. They all live together because their houses were destroyed in the war, or somethi…

Cover Reveal - The Promise by Kate Benson

Devastated by circumstances beyond her control, Sophie Ryan’s life rips her from the arms of her first love, Jack. With only memories of their lost love, she’s forced to start over in a new town; surviving on her own for the first time since he left. Trying to begin her new life, fate decides a different direction for her, causing her to make a choice she never thought she’d have to.

Unsure of commitment after his failed engagement, Chase Mitchell finds himself stuck on a path of failed conquests and late nights at the bar. That is until he finds a pair of mesmerizing green eyes sitting in his usual spot. Something about this quiet girl forces him to question everything he has ever thought about love.

As Sophie looks down at the fork that’s presented in her path, will she choose the right direction? Will she be able to move towards the arms of the man who standsin front of her? Or will she choose to keep her promise to the one life forced her to leave behind?

10 Things You Don’t…

Book Feature & Giveaway - Her Wicked Sin by Sarah Ballance

Title: Her Wicked Sin (A Sins of Salem Novel)
Author: Sarah Ballance
Genres: Historical Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Scandalous Line)
Release Date: September 9, 2013
Heat Level: Steamy
Word Count/Length: Approx 55,000 words
Buy it at Amazon || B&N || Kobo

Salem, MA 1692

On a moonless night, he rides into the winter forest on his beast as black as midnight...

Dashing stranger, Henry Dunham, comes to Salem on a mysterious errand, but is thrown from his horse in the dead of night and rescued by the local Puritan midwife, Lydia Colson.

Haunted by her past, Lydia is running from her own dark secrets, avoiding intrusive questions by pretending her dead husband is simply... away. But when she and Henry are caught in a compromising situation, one punishable by Puritan law, he saves her from scandal by claiming to be her errant spouse... and claiming her bed.

Forced to fake a marriage, Lydia and Henry find their passion overwhelming and their vows a little to…

Bizz-ay, Bizz-ay

It's Monday. If you're looking for me, I'm not here. It's a federal holiday, so I got to sleep in. Yay!

I wasn't going to post today, but then I realized I wouldn't be here and I didn't post Friday, so I figured I owed the waves of adoring fans something.

I've been putting out the word to bloggers and reviewers that The Convict and the Cattleman is releasing in January. I gotten a few responses  and dates for January and one two in December. The ebook is already available for pre-order on Kobo and iTunes. It makes me all warm and squishy-feeling thinking about it.

Also, the second book of the Heckmasters is coming along. I haven't looked at my hist-rom in a a while. For shame. Here's a little snippet from The Heckmasters: Eban, just to tantalize you.

 “Dammit, Eban, what did you do?” Tell's bellow drowned out anything Eban was about to say. He cringed and despite the way Beryl felt, she placed her hand over his folded ones. He looked like a …

Guest Post & Giveaway - In the Arms of a Stranger

A Google Tip from the Teacher in IN THE ARMS OF A STRANGER

Abby Price, the heroine from IN THE ARMS OF A STRANGER, is a school teacher. JP Blackmon, a CIA operative, crashes into her life and causes major havoc. But when the dust clears, Abby’s still loves coming up with quick lessons that students can use.

What does this have to do with Google? Abby’s going to share a quick and practical trick she learned from JP’s sister, Janey Blackmon, the librarian heroine of DANCING IN THE DARK (the prequel to IN THE ARMS OF A STRANGER).

How to Limit by Date

Google’s date limiting feature can be really helpful if you Google for updates on a topic that requires the *latest* information, or information from a specific time period—not the information Google’s algorithms have decided to spit out. Or maybe you’re googling yourself or, if you’re an author, maybe your book reviews. Here’s how to use the feature:

Enter your search. Note mine. Why the quotes? Quotes create a phrase, so the words within qu…

NaNo Update

Hi, kids! I didn't get you anything for Stuff That Baffles Me, because I'm a bad blog parent. I have an excuse--my brain is fried from watching too much TV. There, that settles it.

Saturday I was on an author panel at ORA, in which apparently I made people laugh because there's photographic evidence.

Don't look at me, look at the laughing people. I look terrible. I don't know what I was talking about, so don't ask for specifics. I'm sure it was excellent advice, though, because would I give you any other kind? (Some of you, don't answer that!)

I only managed a couple hundred words on NaNo that day. There was intention to complete the assigned amount, but the best laid plans, but they kind of got waylaid when we rented The Walking Dead. We missed Daylight Savings time because we were up to our ears in walkers. We didn't turn it off until 3 am and we were only six episodes into it, I think.

Last night went the same way. I got my writing in early with …

The Friday Five - All Souls Day

You may have seen me gallivanting around FB or G+ with my Dia de los Muertes avatar. I'm not Mexican or Catholic, but I'm a little (morbidly) fascinated with death customs.

To be honest I'm not real religion-y. I believe in Heaven, I'm not as scared of Hell as I should be, I haven't been to church in years, but I pray when folks want prayers and I pray for my own. I guess you'd say I'm more of a spiritual person. One thing I do take semi-seriously is a holiday that my Bapti-costal upbringing never mentioned: All Souls Day.

Here's what you may not know about it:

1) All Souls Day (November 2nd) is the day you're supposed to pray for the dead and visit their graves. Some cemeteries offer candles to place on the graves. I observe the practice of lighting a candle and placing it near a window so the lost souls can return home, which is creepy in a way because I could be inviting any soul. Unless you subscribe to the theory that only the invited ones can…