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“Sugar and Ice” – Update

Hello!

I’m happy to report (so soon!) that my latest release, “Sugar and Ice”, is now available at all the usual retailers for purchase now. You can buy it at Amazon Kindle, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble Nook Book Store, Kobo Books, and at the iTunes book store. I hope you take the time to check it out, and maybe buy it! If you do, please leave a comment on whichever site you purchase it from. It’s wonderful support for an indie author like me, who can’t afford much in the way of traditional advertising.

As always, take care and happy reading!

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Publication News – “Sugar and Ice”

Hello all! I have happy and exciting news to share with you. Available for purchase now is my latest release, an all new novel, “Sugar and Ice.” It stars some familiar characters, or at least they may be familiar if you’ve read “A Crack In the Ice,” and if you haven’t, now’s the perfect time. 😉

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When a trade brings Rafe O’Brien back to Montreal, Eliza Murray isn’t sure what to think. Their past was a mixture of joy and heartbreak, and neither of them have quite learned how to move on. Then he walks into her bakery and all those old feelings rush to the surface.

Eliza has been trying to get over Rafe for years. She’s even dating again. But nothing feels quite right without him. When they see each other again, Rafe isn’t the same laid-back, romantic man she once knew. She doesn’t know how to deal with everything he makes her feel and she can’t help but wonder if this is their second chance.

From the moment he sets foot in Montreal, Rafe is bombarded with memories and heartache. He thought he’d moved on but one glimpse of Eliza and he’s lost again. He knows he wants another chance to prove how much she means to him but he has no idea what Eliza wants and he’s terrified that it isn’t him.

I’ll update as my new book becomes available at the other stores, but for now, it’s available at Amazon Kindle and on Smashwords. As always, I ask that you please, please write a review if you purchase my book. I am an indie writer, and can’t afford fancy marketing people and plans, so word-of-mouth and on-line reviews are all I’ve got. I’ll love you forever!

As always, take care and happy reading.

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New Sneak Peek

If you’ve read my latest “Ice” story publication, “A Crack in the Ice”, you might be familiar with the characters featured in my next story. I’m hoping to have this completed and ready for publication this spring or summer, but as always, I don’t make any promises!
Anyway, pop onto my Sneak Peeks page for a taste of what’s to come. The title is “Sugar and Ice.”

I hope everyone is enjoying what’s left of the weekend. As always, take care and happy reading. 🙂

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Deadlines

Hello! You look fantastic. 🙂

It’s been ages since I’ve written and posted and I am sorry for that. It’s been a crazy year. I was working two jobs again and just got through my first week of work after a two week holiday. So I’m finally recovered enough to write! And just in time for NaNoWriMo, too. 😉 (That’s National Novel Writing Month, for those who don’t know, and happens every November.)

I have been playing with the idea of writing something for NaNo, but I just don’t think I can give it the commitment required. It got me thinking about working for a deadline. I’m not good with that. Although, to be fair, I’ve never had to really work for a deadline. I write for myself, not a publisher and so I only set my own deadlines. As in, none. 🙂 I wonder if I would accomplish more if I did have dates to meet and obligations. On the other hand, I wonder if I’d end up angry and frustrated, and unable to write, over having to meet a deadline. I have a hard enough time focusing without the added stress of a deadline. I know lots of people out there work for deadlines all the time, not just writers. They manage just fine. Or they might not, I don’t know either way.

In any case, I’m not writing about this now because I’m setting a deadline for myself. Or rather, not a firm one. I am going to make it my goal to work only on revising and editing the fourth in my TAITS series, “Duty and Deception” for the next few months. I want to try and do a couple pages every day and I’m hoping I’ll get it done and out there by Christmas. But that’s not a deadline!! I can’t make any promises. 🙂 I’m too undisciplined for that.

Seeing as how I am done with my part time work at the golf course for the summer, I do hope to post more frequently on here and to maybe publish one or two stories aside from D&D. Again, no promises. As a lame excuse, today I’m tired because I was up super late last night playing Scrabble with my SO. I knew I had to stop and go to sleep when the letters all started to look the same. That, and when I started trying to use words like gbrzoo, and hugal. 🙂

And on that note, I’m going to get a fresh coffee, and try to get some work done. I hope everyone is enjoying some fine fall weather and looking forward to next weekend!

Take care and happy reading.

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It’s Not Much, But…

You may or may not have noticed by lengthy absence from here over the past several months. I didn’t set out to ignore my blog for so long, but time got away from me. I said in my last post – or the one before it, I don’t remember! – that I’d only write again when I had something exciting to share. I’ve also been trying to focus all me energy on just plain writing, which for the past several months, id what I’ve done. I’m still eons away from publishing anything – stupid editing! – but it hasn’t left me much time to post on here. Until today!

Well, not that I have anything original to share today. Or exciting. Rather, I’m lamenting my lack of originality. I’ve attempted to write many posts over the last few months only to get halfway through and realize I’d already written about that before. I’ve written about editing, about books I love, and movies. I’ve discussed where ideas come from, how they grow, and how I write them down. All that and more. Now what? I can’t rehash old ideas because many of my opinions and processes haven’t changed. Maybe that makes me boring. So be it.

But here I am anyway, sharing once again.

During my absence, I’ve been mainly working on one big story. I mean big, as in long. I think it capped out around 140,000 words. I’m not bragging. It just took me that long to get from point A to B. It happens that way sometimes and I often don’t know how long a piece will be until it’s done. I wrote about that once. Why do I write short stories or long? It’s a whole new genre and subject matter for me, too. Also wrote about that on here once too. I also haven’t decided if I’m going to publish it to Kindle or simply post it on a website somewhere. Or here. Maybe I’ll share a tidbit today… Check out the “sneak peeks” section for that.

I asked my SO not long ago what I should write. He suggested I write about the movies I’d seen lately – not much – or how exciting all my favorite TV shows are these days. Speaking of which, who watches Game of Thrones? How heart-wrenching is this season? And who read or is watching Outlander? Amazing adaptation, right??? There. I discussed that too. 😉

I told you this wasn’t going to be an original post or an exciting one. The truth is, I’m torn in so many different directions, personally, professionally and creatively, that focusing enough of my brain on a blog post has been next to impossible lately. Oh, and I’m working part-time at a golf course again this season. So there’s that too.

In any case, I didn’t want to stay absent any longer. I’ve received a few emails and comments (from here and Lit) from people wondering if I was still writing, and when I would have something new. Well, I am still writing, and that’s about it. I’m not quick enough to have something substantial to share, not yet, and apparently I’m not creative enough to come up with an original post here every week. So this is what you get. My bland update. I would finish by saying Go Flames, Go! but they didn’t make it all the way. Still love them!

Until next time, hopefully not so long next time, take care, and happy reading.

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New Feature – Sneak Peeks

Hello all. 😀

I’m going to try to make an effort to write more regularly on here. Not often, mind you, but in some sort of steady fashion. I make no promises! LOL. I am writing more than I was at this time last year, which is good, and I’ve been working on a few different things. When I say a few different things, I mean many.

I’m trying to edit and revise the fourth book in my TAITS series, I’ve been writing and restarting (many times) a sequel to Breaking Through the Ice, and I’m writing two or three other new stories, in new genres. It’s a bit crazy, trying to focus on one thing long enough to be productive but I enjoy it and I’m sure most writers would tell you that they have one or two things – at least! – on the go at any given time.

Also, as you may or may not know, I don’t really have a beta reader for a lot of things. I’m not complaining, it’s just the way it is. I can send things to a few different friends, but they have lives of their own and I don’t always get the immediate feedback I crave. And of course, it’s all about me! LOL.

In that spirit, I’ve decided to start a new feature on here. It’s a new tab (see above) called “Sneak Peeks”. From time-to-time, I will post small or large chunks of stories I’m working on. Some will be published, some might never be. Some might feature familiar names or places, and others will be entirely new. I hope you’ll take the time to read them over and tell me what you think.

Speaking of sharing thoughts… I want to take a moment to ask anybody out there who has read my published works to consider leaving a comment or rating on them. I’m an indie writer and I have no budget for advertising beyond what I do here or on Facebook. I can’t force anyone to leave comments or ratings and it’s the ONLY way to get the word out about my work. So please, if you’ve purchased something of mine from Amazon Kindle, Smashwords, the iTunes bookstore, Kobo Books or the Nook Book store, please go onto the website and leave a rating, and a comment. It doesn’t have to be a glowing review (though I would prefer not to be completely torn to shreds! 😉 ) but an honest review would be very much appreciated.

On that note, I’ll leave you now to enjoy the first sampling over under my “Sneak Peeks” tab. I hope everyone has recovered nicely from the holiday season and is sticking to their resolutions.

Take care, and happy reading.

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Publication News!

Hello all.

Just a quick note today to let everyone know that “Uncovering the Ice” is now available for sale on Smashwords, in all the different ebook formats. I’m not sure how long it’ll take to go up at Kobo Books, Nook Books or in the iTunes book store, but as soon as I know, I’ll post that news as well.

For now though, you can buy any format through the Smashwords store. The link it on the right side of my blog page, or you can simply visit the website, at http://www.smashwords.com.

I also want to take a moment to thank all those who have purchased it so far on Amazon Kindle. I hadn’t been watching the stats but recently checked it out and was pleased to see the number of sales. Thank you so much for your support and interest! If you have purchased it through the Kindle store, please consider taking a moment to write/post a review on the website. For indie authors like myself, the only way we encourage sales is by word of mouth. If you liked the book and want to recommend it, please do that as well. Every little bit counts.

For now, I’m hard at work on a couple of other projects. I’m finishing up my initial draft of the forthcoming sequel to the aforementioned “Uncovering the Ice.” I’m hoping to have that done and edited within a few months but I can’t make any promises on timelines. I’m also working on editing and revising “Duty and Deception,” the fourth book in my adventure/spy series, known as TAITS. And finally, I’m working on something entirely new and exciting and possibly the longest novel I’ll ever have written – assuming, of course, I ever get through it!

I hope everyone is having a nice summer and if the kids are back in school, I hope the leap back into the school year wasn’t too stressful.

Take care and happy reading!

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