life, writing

I’m Running a Campaign!

wecover9titleDon’t worry, I’m not a politician running for any office, but I need your votes, so please read this post.

 

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holidays, life

Ode to Family Dysfunction

In all honesty, due to the circumstances in our world today, I haven’t felt much like blogging.

So, today I thought I’d share a clip from my finished novel that I’m shopping around. Okay, so it’s still trite in comparison to the tension in the world, but what I’d give for the days of just simple, good old family dysfunction.

Since Thanksgiving is this week, the below excerpt from my novel Whit’s End shows the Whitaker family dysfunction regarding that holiday. Perhaps some people can relate.

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entertainment, life, writing

Missed the Mad Men Mania

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While we temporarily stayed with my mom, the three of us decided to dive into Netflix. Since none of us had seen Mad Men, we started from the beginning.

Important side note: We’ve only watched the first two seasons, so please no spoilers in the comment section.

At first I was frustrated with the show and wondered how it attracted so many viewers. An important rule in writing, is that the main character needs to be likeable. Who would want to continue reading a book if they hated the main character?

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Seeking a Title

I appreciated the input about my WIP on last week’s blog post and thought I’d try asking for advice on my finished novel this week. I’m struggling to come up with a title. I’ve had a few different working titles, and I’m not really sure I like any of them.

Here’s what I’m going to do. Below is a blurb about my finished novel. Beneath that is a clip from the prologue (some of it has been removed for brevity), and then beneath that is a poll to choose a title. I highlighted keywords in pink font that may be important for a title. I’d like to avoid the “fork in the road” cliche.

On the poll, there is an option that says ‘Other,’ and it would be great if you had an idea you’d like to share, too. Thanks in advance for your help.

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The Writing Process Blog Tour

Well, I’m a very late on this post, but I have a good excuse … my husband’s accident.

Some time ago, I was asked by Pete Armetta, an author whom I admire, to participate in The Writing Process Blog Tour. Please take a look at his melodic poetry and thought provoking short stories. Pete Armetta

On to the WRITING PROCESS.

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Celebration and Contest Giveaways

thewomanpaintedh2_850Author Angel Archer is celebrating the upcoming release of her book with a contest giveaway to win several different gifts. One of them will be a free copy of my memoir anthology, Home Avenue.

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Blogging from the Heart

qngagjsRecently, my writer’s group had a meeting to discuss publishing and marketing. We had one of our cherished members who is an experienced indie author share tips with us. She opened the meeting with what she said was the most important advice to pass along …

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Do You Like Women’s Fiction?

Blue sky bellThe first fifteen chapters of my novel move forward in time semi-rapidly. Are you able to tell that time has moved on, and is it a smooth transition?

No, my novel is not released yet, but if you could read it, would you answer the above question? How about the one below?

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writing

The Next Big Thing – Writer’s Blog Journey

city tower wmOne of the eight phenomenal authors in my Writer’s Group, Scott Eder, has given me the honor of tagging me in The Next Big Thing author’s round-robin interview. He writes contemporary fantasy, and his super-heroes are hot, hot, hot … literally. Check out what he’s all about here.

In the tradition of this Writer’s Blog Journey, I will answer the interview questions below about my work in progress. Afterward I will tag another couple of authors.

What is the working title of your book?
Saving Whitaker. However, I’m not settled or sold on this one. I may even ask for suggestions when I get closer to publication. Continue reading “The Next Big Thing – Writer’s Blog Journey”

life, writing

Shouting from the Rooftops

I’m not sure why I haven’t been more excited about a big goal I reached one week ago today. I mean, it’s been two and a half years, you’d think I’d be shouting it from the rooftops.  “I finally did it. I finished my first novel! Yahoo!

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writing

Heritage Avenged

Yay! The time is finally here. I get to interview Marsha A. Moore, my fellow writing critique partner and author of Heritage Avenged: Enchanted Bookstore Legend Two.

Tell us, who is Marsha A. Moore?

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