Tuesday, July 8, 2014

WELCOME TO THE WRITING PROCESS BLOG TOUR

In July I was invited by Gerry Wilson to participate in a Writing Process Blog Tour. I did write my post once. However, something happened to the formatting and I had to scratch it. What with editing commitments and grandkid visits, I've finally been able to redo this post. Before I begin, I want to thank Gerry Wilson for inviting me. Click this is LINK to her blog site, the writerly life, where you can check out her blog tour and accomplishments. Be sure to check out the three author's she's featured on her tour.

On to the Blog Tour.

WHAT AM I WORKING ON?

I recently finished my rewrites and edits for Winter's Captive, Book 1 of the Georgia Series. It was an emotional and strange revisit to my first book which had been previously published by another publisher. When Fountain Blue Publishing picked up this book and the yet unpublished Chasing Georgia, Book 2 of the Georgia Series, I knew Book 1 would have to go through a new editing process. It was a little scary but working with my editors, Ron and Linda Bagliere, I found his insights and support encouraging. I have added 10,000 new words to the book, added more angst in Georgia's struggle to survive in the wilderness, and changed the angel visits she experiences to that of a native spirit. Overall, I feel the book is more cohesive with Book 2 and Book 3 which I'm in the process of writing now. The new Winter's Captive is going to final galley proof and a release date should be out soon.

WHY DO I WRITE WHAT I DO?

I started Winter's Captive as a way to share with women the lessons I learned from an abusive first marriage. What I first thought was  a woman's story for women, turned out to be a suspense/thriller/adventure with a touch of paranormal/fantasy that men can enjoy as well. I, also, believed the story which was a form of a healing for me would be a one up book. Georgia Charles took on a life of her own and it was no longer about me but her story. Book 2 and Book 3 continue her journey to self and her struggles to reach empowerment and happiness in a modern-day world.

HOW DOES MY WRITING PROCESS WORK?

Now that is an interesting question. Books 1 and 2 did not follow a writing format or outline. I always know basically the beginning, the middle and the end, but wrote where the muse took me.  If I felt something belonged in the book, I researched the idea if needed and wrote that chapter. One day I might right the last chapter, the next day a chapter I perceived to be in the middle, etc.  Book 3 is a completely different format. Again, I know the beginning, the middle and what I believe will be the end. However, I started at Chapter 1 this time and have followed through from Chapter 2 to 8, in order of the chapters. Wow! This is new to me. I don't know why the writing process is so different for this book than the other two, but I decided not to examine it, but go with the flow. So far, it's working.

I try to write every day, sometimes for hours, sometimes for a few minutes. If the muse isn't there, I do research or marketing, or write my blog :). I'm not one for conformity. I hate routines and schedules so I write in the same manner. Maybe, I could be more disciplined and produce more work if I were but I'm okay with what I feel works for me. I used to call myself a closet non-conformist, but I guess I'm out now.

MOVING ON WITH THE TOUR

I have asked three author's to join the tour and I thank them for participating. Here's a little info about each of them with their links.  Be sure to check out their sites.

LAUREN BOEHM-LYNCH

Lauren Boehm Lynch is a retired nurse. She has left the city life for the country, and now lives on The Broken Road Farm with her husband Tim and their many animals.
Lauren also writes a column called The Farmer’s Wife and also has a website about their lives on the farm. www.laurenboehmlynch.com

The farm keeps them busy, and her love of writing flourishes there. Living on a farm and having numerous animals and grandchildren always provides a new adventure and stories to tell!


You can follow on Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorLaurenBoehmLynch



HEATHER B. MOON

Heather B. Moon was born in Royton, Lancashire and worked as a primary school teacher in the Oldham and Rochdale area. She and her husband acquired their own school and she was happy to go into any class and teach any subject.

One of her favourite times of the day was reading the ‘home-time’ story to her class of excited kids.

She now spends her time travelling around Europe in her motor home, scuba diving in exotic places, and walking the south west coast path near her home in Cornwall.


Heather is married with two adult children and two beautiful grandchildren, Louie and Amelie.

Click HERE to check out her web site at Fountain Blue Publishing and her own site HERE.



RUSSELL WARNBERG

Russell Warnberg, teacher, writer, artist and woodworker grew up in Minnesota.  After joining the Navy, has spent most of his life in Maine. Having earned a degree from the University of Minnesota and Masters Degree from the University of Maine, he taught history and English in both public and private schools for many years.

Click HERE to check out his writing accomplishments and site information.



To all my fellow writers, keep on keeping on writing!



Tuesday, July 1, 2014

'LITTLE BOOK OF DOGS' - NOW RELEASED!

Brae Lynne's 'Little Book of Dogs' is now LIVE!

A non-fiction book about Brae's favourite dog breeds, this interactive book is available as an e-book and a paperback. This release is the first book for this young author who has recently turned ten years old.

She intends on donating a portion of her sales to an animal shelter in her home town and I'm asking you all to support this young writer and her cause.

Here are the links to her book:

US Kindle

US Paperback

Canada Kindle

Canada Paperback

Smashwords E-Book - all formats

Barnes & Noble


Visit her facebook page HERE

Thursday, June 5, 2014

A LITTLE BOOK FROM A YOUNG AUTHOR...

I'm so excited to let you all know that my nine-year-old granddaughter has written her first book. She chose a few of her favourite dog breeds and wrote about each one, including her own family dog, and a few of friends. 

I'm not surprised that she put in the time to pull this 'Little Book of Dogs' together. This is a child who read all seven Harry Potter books by the end of Grade 2. Two months ago, she asked me if I would help her to publish her book. I decided the best route would be to self-publish it. She is donating a portion of the sale proceeds to a dog shelter in her hometown. 

I began the process of designing and editing her book, but ran into problems with the formatting part of it for uploading. My friend, fellow author, and my book cover designer, Patti Roberts of Paradox Book Cover Designs, donated a cover to the book. 

As I have begun working with my editor on rewrites for Book 1 of the Georgia Series, my time is becoming limited. Patti offered to format and upload Brae's book for me at a discounted price. She is a very creative designer and an awesome lady, who wishes to support a young, first-time author. She, also, wishes to support Brae because she's donating a portion of sales to the care of animals. I can't sing my praises of this woman enough.

I will let you all know when the book is live. Here is the book:



Meanwhile, if a nine-year-old can do it, keep on keeping the dream and keep on keeping on writing.

Visit Brae Lynne's Facebook page and 'like' and leave a picture of your dog. Click HERE.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

CONTINUING THE DREAM

I'm so pleased and excited to announce that Fountain Blue Publishing of California has picked up Winter's Captive, Book 1 and Chasing Georgia, Book 2 of The Georgia Series.

Winter's Captive will be republished with a new cover and will be followed by Chasing Georgia.



So who are Fountain Blue Publishing

At Fountain Blue Publishing, we do not accept every book that is submitted. We are not a vanity press, we are a publishing company that strives to provide excellent customer service to our authors. We take the time and the care to work with our authors through the process of publishing their best book possible.

You can read more about this publisher and what they offer HERE on their website.

I look forward to working with Melanie, Kim, and all the staff at Fountain Blue. I will let you all know when these books will be released once I have a publishing schedule.

For all of you unpublished authors out there, and those who are stumbling, never give up on your dream and remember to keep on keeping on writing.

Visit me on FACEBOOK.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

CELEBRATION GIVE-A-WAY!

A short post to share my excitement at just surpassing the 10,000th visit to my blog site. The support of readers and well-wishers has been amazing and it's been quite a journey for me. When I started this site my hopes and wishes were to become a published novelist. I have reached that goal, but I still have aspirations to gain through my writing. 

To celebrate, I am giving away a copy of "Winter's Captive". If you wish to enter the contest, which is open until Monday, April 21, Noon, please click HERE. This will take you to my Facebook author page where you can private email me. Don't forget to like my page. 

Many thanks to all my readers and supporters, which means so much. Baby, it's just the beginning.

And I will...keep on keeping on writing!

Monday, April 14, 2014

THE SMART TOOL FOR THE SMART AUTHOR ...

A short post today to pass on some consumer information on a product I believe is a great tool for authors.

Do you jot down notes on pieces of paper in your purse, or in a notebook you carry with you when out and about? Do you prefer to hand write your stories, rather than use a computer? Do you wake up at night with a great idea and wish you had a pen and paper on your bedside table to write it down before you forget.

Then, this product is for you.

I've been meaning to bring this to the attention of fellow writers for awhile. However, my overworked creative mind kept forgetting. This tool for writers is revolutionary.

The product is called the LIVESCRIBE SMARTPEN. The pen contains a chip that saves the text you hand write. You can download the text into your word program and your story is transcribed instantly. That sudden flash of genius you woke up with when jolted awake? Keep the pen on your bedside table and you can use the audio chip in the pen to record your musings. In the morning, transcribe your audio into your computer file and save.

It's so simple and it works. There may be other products in the marketplace. However, this particular one has a great reputation and I've heard good things about it.

Here's the link to Amazon, listing a number of different models and prices. Click HERE.

Just wanted to pass this on to my fellow writers out there. So for those who think it will help them with their writing endeavours, get yourself one and remember ... keep on keeping on writing!

Don't forget to visit me on my Facebook author page and leave a comment. Click HERE.


Website:  Click HERE.










Monday, March 17, 2014

Changes...

As you can see, I have a new banner at the top of my blog site. I now have a new cover for Winter's Captive, Book 1 of the Georgia Series. And a new cover for Chasing Georgia, Book 2 of the Georgia Series.

I am in a transition at the moment. It is with some sadness that my publisher and I have parted and I now have the rights back for Winter's Captive. Asteroid Publishing gave me the opportunity as a first time author to be published and for that, I will be forever grateful. They taught me a lot the past two years about writing, publishing, and marketing. They are headed in a new direction that I have decided is not for me. I have the utmost respect for Asteroid and wish them every success with their future endeavours.

So where am I headed? As mentioned in a previous post, new decisions need to be made. To self-publish or seek a new publisher? Currently, a publisher is considering Chasing Georgia, Book 2 and we are in the process of talks and edits. They are aware that I have my rights back to Book 1 and as I write this post, it is under consideration as to whether or not they will pick it up along with Book 2. Should they decide not to republish Winter's Captive, I will then self-publish it and move forward with Book 2.

Winter's Captive e-book has come down as of today and shortly, the paperback version will be down as well. I do have copies with the old cover and those are still available for purchase through myself or Asteroid Publishing for a limited time period or until existing stock has been sold.

Meanwhile, check out my new covers. They were done by Paradox Book Cover Designs. Patti Roberts is an author in her own right and a wonderful cover designer. I had so much fun working with her on the new designs. She is absolutely awesome and works so quickly. She pays attention to detail and captured the ideas from my samples I sent her. And believe me, my samples cannot compare to the final product she produced. The covers are amazing and way beyond my expectations. If you need a cover here is the LINK to contact her. She also has some premade covers on display on her site for purchase.

I will keep you up-to-date as to when Winter's Captive will be back up and when Chasing Georgia will be published. Closing out my post today with my two new covers which I just love.

Meanwhile keep on keeping on writing.