Forward Planning – June-December

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

It occurs to me that it's coming close to the time when I need to take a look at my writing schedule for the rest of the year. There is a deadline I won't make that's bugging me, but there's not too much I can do about it. Romantic Suspense novels are complex undertakings that cannot be rushed. I find these books the most enjoyable to write as they engage my brain in a way regular romances and YA novels don't. I'm not even going to try and put a deadline on this one, but I'd love to have it squared away by August, so I can move on to the next book in that series.

The novella I'm writing for a Christmas box set is on the front burner and the plotting and writing for that are going well. I've never done a 40,000 word book, other than a middle grade effort, so this will be a new challenge. If I get the hang of it then of course, I can do at least two additional stories, since I have a couple of potential covers I like that can work well with 2016 holiday themes.

With two books released in my New Adult series, my brain is nagging at me to complete the third book in that series. A good time is now, since the characters are fresh in my mind, but again, time might be a scarce ingredient. Still, I have to get some work done on this book.

As some of you know, I got back the rights on a couple of books in 2013 and there's a Women's Fiction novel I'd like to put back on the market. That story is dear to my heart and I want to run ahead and get it back out ASAP, but with things this important, it's important to be patient and get the job done right.

Fixation was released on Friday and the reception was good. I chose a winner on the Rafflecopter, so congratulations to Sheryl Lister.

It's a lot of work to write and promote, as we all know. I took a decision on Saturday that I hope will free up more time to get more writing done.

Other than pencilling out what I hope to achieve in the next seven months, there's the publication project I've undertaken and the other miscellaneous editing and proofing jobs that help pay the bills. Plus, I still need to make the rounds on the A-Z Reflections Posts.

Have you worked out your plans for the latter half of the year? What things have you busy. Do you see a way to carve out more time to write?

Fixation - A #NewAdult Reality

Friday, May 15, 2015

Today is another book release day for me. It’s been quite a journey with this cast of characters, who have provided a unique ride. 

Fixation is about choices and love and romance. 

The new adult world is fraught with mistakes and missteps and we’ve all been there. With this story, I hope readers will look beyond the passion of a spoilt eighteen-year-old girl and see the qualities within us that can be unearthed with a bit of encouragement and patience. 

Fixation is not for the faint of heart, so consider yourself warned.

Get your copy on Amazon or Smashwords.   

Get Your Fix for $0.99

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Perfection, is a new adult romance that touches on many of our day-to-day experiences—choices, deception, disappointment, family, love, parenting and relationships.

The New Adult category addresses the issues of girls/guys between the ages of 18 and 25 and I’m sure we can all relate to the turmoil of those years. Karim and Natasha are no different, with a toddler thrown in the middle of their budding connection.

In honour of the release of the second, stand-alone book (Fixation) in the Sisters-In-Love Series, Perfection is on sale for $0.99 this week. Grab your copy and read about young love in a tropical setting—Jamaica!

Hop over to Amazon now!  

Five Things You Didn't Know About Perfection

Friday, May 8, 2015

Today, I’ve visiting E. J. Wesley at his blog, so if you have a minute, do stop in as I’m sharing Five Things You Didn’t Know About Perfection.

There’s also a giveaway, so feel free to head over there. 

In honour of Fixation’s release in another week, I’ve reduced the price on Perfection to $0.99, so if you’re a fan of New Adult reading and you like something set in a tropical location, hop over to Amazon to get your copy.

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful weekend!

IWSG & Whirlwind of Perfection

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

My, does the time fly or what? Today is our Insecure Writer's Support Group post day when we give support and encouragement to writers across the blogging world. Led by the Ninja Captain Alex and his helpers, we'll be making stops with those who need a bit of a lift of perhaps have exciting news or a supportive word to share.

Right now, I'm too busy to be insecure, so I'll simply express appreciation for the writers who have helped me on this journey. The ones who've helped me improve my craft, picked me up when I didn't feel like writing and those who are rays of sunshine and always put a positive spin on dark days. The writing world would be a drab place without author buddies to liven things up each day.

Next Friday, I'll be releasing another New Adult novel, so this week, I'm on a bit of a whirlwind tour with book 1, Perfection. If you have a minute, do stop in with a talented writer, Christina C. Jones, who is hosting me today. I'll be talking a bit about my characters' experiences with love, deception and relationships. Plus there's a double giveaway, so do drop in with Christina and me.

I'll leave you with a quote that I hope will sharpen your focus and brighten your day.

Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor. Perfectionism will ruin your writing, blocking inventiveness and playfulness and life force. Clutter is a wonderfully fertile ground--you can still discover new treasures under all those piles, clean things up, edit things out, fix things, get a grip.

                                                ~ Anne Lamott, Bird By Bird

You will be published if you possess three qualities: talent, passion and discipline. You will probably be published if you possess two of the three qualities in either combination--either talent and discipline or, passion and discipline. You will likely be published if you possess neither talent nor passion but still have discipline. But, if all you possess is talent or passion, if all you possess is talent and passion, you will not be published."
                                             ~ Elizabeth George, Write Away

Reflections From A-Z

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

As is always the case for me, April went by in a flash. The A-Z Challenge was extra-special this year as I had the honour of joining the team of hosts. Arlee Bird has created something that has given me the opportunity to connect with many more people that I'd ever have access to and it's something I've come to look forward to each year

Again, I didn't pre-write all my posts, which didn't make more room for visits, so I was up late most nights scribbling away. I found the most interesting blogs that covered a range of topics from craft, donating to worthy causes, memoirs, mish-mashes, monsters, parks and vampires.

Other than returning visits, I didn't drop in with my usual suspects. I found new blogs, where my comment was often the only one, or one of a few.  I'm not sure what expectations people have, but if we don't leave footprints (by way of comments when you make return visits), other bloggers won't be enthusiastic about coming back to our blogs. I say this because each day, I had hundreds more hits than comments. Not to say all those people participated in the Challenge, but still the ratio of those leaving comments was very low in comparison to visits.

One thing I am determined to do in the next 12 months is to compile the posts I've written over years into a book to help new writers. Keeping everything crossed that I'll make the time to do it.

All in all, the Challenge was great. Make sure you grab an A-Z  survivor t-shirt, courtesy of the wildly-creative Jeremy Hawkins, at the Neatoshop. Jeremy also made my friendly minion. Thanks, Jeremy! Kudos to Arlee Bird and his awesome co-hosts, Nicole Ayers, Lisa Buie-Collard, Alex Cavanaugh, Heather M. Gardner, S. L. Hennessy,  John Holton, Susan Gourley, A.J. Lauer, Jeremy Hawkins, Pam Margolis, Matthew MacNish, C. Lee McKenzie, Stephen Tremp, and Zalka Csenge VirĂ¡g. 

Heartfelt thanks too, to my wonderful helpers, Sheena-Kay Graham, Michele Kimbrough, Susan Oloier, Michelle Wallace and P.V. Ariel.

See you at the starting post next year!

Perfection Whirlwind Tour

Monday, May 4, 2015

On May 15, my next New Adult novel, Fixation is scheduled to hit the virtual shelves across the internet, but this week, I’m taking Perfection for a spin. 

Each day this week, you’ll find my characters and me at the following blogs.

Monday, May 4           Queendsheena
Tuesday, May 5          Michele Kimbrough
Wednesday, May 6     Christina C. Jones
Thursday, May 7         E.J. Wesley

Stay tuned for something special on Friday! If you want a chance to win copies of Perfection and Fixation, go on and enter on the Rafflecopter below. 

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