Saturday, February 23, 2013

Just Another Rainy Day

It only rains 73 days out of the year in South Carolina. I seemed to have forgotten that most of those days are in February. Today is a gloomy, overcast day here in paradise.  The temperature is a balmy 57. It would be a good day for running (in my case dancing ) in the rain, if I could find the energy and motivation. They seem to be lacking.

I have an afghan to finish. I have a book to get started on. I have a couple of phone calls to make. Both of those will get done here shortly. I could in general pick up around the condo, run the vacuum, and sweep the floor. No motivation.

I read part of a novel I'd started. It didn't work out as a  novel as, I didn't have enough knowledge to make it work right. I think I should look at it and take it a different way. It has great potential. Having read the first page at a book event on Wed. and getting feedback of don't leave us hanging. I think it needs another look. Even if it only becomes a short story.

I have an afghan to rip out and restart. It has not turned out the way I had hoped and I need to do something different with it. I have a Barbie doll outfit to finish. It has been years since I started it and I need to get busy and get it done. Don't know if I'll be making any more of those. I'm sure I have a couple of baby layettes that  need to be made, too. Just no motivation today.

Curling up on the sofa with a cup of hot tea and becoming an official "Couch Potato." Maybe I'll find motivation tomorrow.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Speaking Soon

Next Wed. night at the Charleston County Public Library-Main Branch, I'll be speaking to an audience about my books. Specifically about the Macy McVannel Mystery series. Cold Case: Sleeping Dogs Lie, the debut book in the series was released a year ago. It has had wonderful success. It has been almost a year and the much awaited second book in the series Crossing the Line is due to be released in mid-March.

It has been a long road to get to the second book. The book was finished in May, 2012. It went through the first rounds of edits and we were working on round two and getting the ARCs=Advance Reader Copies ready to go out for review. I don't know what happened, but it all fell apart before my eyes. My publisher closed their doors in October, 2012 with my book due out in November.

What was I going to do? I'd worked too hard and there had been too much press to stop now. Who is going to take a book series when the first one has already been released? I couldn't even get an agent to touch it. So, in talking to a writer friend, I decided to make the next logical step. I am in the process of opening my own publishing company.

Don't everyone send me a manuscript. I am currently the sole author at my company. I am co-writing with a friend and if that gets off the ground it too will be through my company. I also have another new author I am excited about. That is all I am willing to take on at this point. I still have book three in the series to complete and I am a long way from 50 to 60 thousand words. I'm not even in the ballpark.

If you are in the Charleston, South Carolina area looking for something to do on Wed. Feb. 20, 2013. I will be there from 6-7:30pm. There is no admission. As always 20% of my gross sales goes to the Friends of the Library. I am also donating 10% of my net sales after taxes. I donate to and I will be donating to an anti-bullying organization. I am not sure which one yet. Hope to see you there.


Friday, February 8, 2013

We Have a Cover

The polling is done. Those who left me messages on Facebook overwhelmingly chose the cover I was leaning toward. So without further delay.....insert drum roll here....the new cover is:

While the other cover gave continuity of the main character, Macy was featured on the first book. This book deals with the dark side of bullying. The things we only hear about after it is too late. After the innocence has been stripped from our children.

The next thing to do will be to get us a release date. I am working on that. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Sneak Preview

One of the two following will be the cover for my next book. If you know anything about the first book in the series, you will recognize Macy on the cover of the first book cover.

With it there is continuity of character. Please look at the second possible cover and read the tag-line of the cover.

This one speaks more to the content in the book. Since Macy is still the main character,  I don't know that she needs to be on the cover again. It does tell you this is a Macy McVannel novel. 

I will be finishing all edits and making a decision by the end of the week. I have an informal poll going on my author page on Facebook. So far cover two is ahead 7-2. I will be interested to see what tomorrow brings. Feel free to comment with feedback. I am open to what you think.

Monday, February 4, 2013

I am soooo Excited!!!!

My website got a serious updating. It was long over due for something to happen. While it is still hosted on a free site, that will be changing, too. For right now, I am just thrilled with the new look. Check it out.!



My laptop has been at full capacity for the past two weeks. It's nice to be consistently writing again. It's been hit or miss for...