Sunstone’s Launch on Amazon: A Tale

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My newest book, Sunstone, was scheduled to be released on March 31. This was an exciting moment which my publisher, Sheenah from Paper Crane Books, and I had been working hard toward for at least the past six weeks. There were three rounds of edits, the blurb, dedication and acknowledgement to write. On top of that there was work with …

Read: It’s as necessary as the air you breathe!

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It’s interesting. I recently saw a sign that said, “Read More Books than Blogs” and here I am writing a blog post. I think I understand what that person is saying but it doesn’t have to be an either/or sort of things. That would be like saying just fiction is worth reading…or only non-fiction books are worthwhile. Actually I’ve found …

The Chain-Letter Blog Tour

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A while ago I was tagged by my friend and fellow indie author Jade Kerrion to participate in a chain letter / ongoing blog tour. The idea was to have fun and to pass that convivial moment forward. So without further ado… What am I working on? Just a few days ago I finished Sunstone. It is a sci-fi / …

An Interview With Author Will Macmillan Jones

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Todays author interview is with comic fantasy writer Will Macmillan Jones who lives in Wales. My virtual airplane and flight crew are ready and as we taxi down the runway I pull out my notes. I met Will online in some writer groups and was charmed with his humor and irreverence. It is a delightful and healthy way to view …

The View Out the Window

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Sometimes we can get caught up in minutia.. narrowing our focus too much and miss something special. We all do it. Perhaps we see what someone has “liked” and “like” it too without really looking at it. That happened to a item I posted on Pinterest. The picture was a roll of the multi-flavored fruit lifesavers and under it was …

Editing

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No learning is wasted and if we are striving to perfect our craft we learn everyday. I don’t believe we ever have all of the answers though over time, as we learn, we make fewer errors. As long as we realize this we are progressing. My first agent didn’t do me any favors by telling me that “no edits were …

The Times.. They are a Changing!

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This will be a personal blog post. So much has happened recently and I need to bring you up to date. On January 1st my second book was released as an e-book on Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes& Nobel. This was an exciting event as I have four books complete in the series and wanted more of the story available for …

The 2nd book in the Sage Seed Chronicle Series-coming soon

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The Reweaving, which is the sequel toThe Unraveling, is due to come out soon… possibly within a month. Isn’t that cool? There is a delightful story in that. One of the great people that I met on Twitter became intrigued with the concept of my book (The Sage Seed Chronicles: The Unraveling) and bought it. We discovered as we chatted …

Getting Unstuck!

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I am artistic and creative. There was a time that I designed counted cross-stitch. I was doing it for fun as my baby napped. It was my down-time and I enjoyed it. Later my designs were picked up by a nationally known company. At first they loved what I created and I was nominated for an industry award. After a …

When Yielding is Wise

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Last summer I was writing a new story. There were elements that I really liked but I hadn’t totally worked out the whole concept of the book. It was about a third done in its draft form when my mom died. Through the ensuing weeks the writing was set aside. From May through August I only wrote about three or …