Friday, November 20, 2015

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When a portal leaves Baxter trapped and powerless in an alternate world, she finds herself on the run and fighting for her life. The world’s Council wants to hand her over to Declan, and her only source of support is a broken Alternate Jack who blames her for all he’s lost. Baxter soon realizes that if she’s going to defeat Declan and get back to her world, she’ll have to reclaim her abilities and be stronger than she ever imagined.

Declan and the Absorbers’ Initiative wage war on everyone who opposes them in their hunt for Baxter. Their actions reveal what her future will be like if she doesn’t make some drastic decisions. She knows that one misstep on her part will lead to the destruction of not just this world, but her own.

In a race against Time and bitter enemies, Baxter will discover how much is at stake and just what she’ll have to sacrifice to save those she loves. Can she learn from the fate of an alternate world how to become the Time Bender she’s meant to be?


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Fissure, Book 2

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015


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I would like to take this time to discuss the emotional trauma of being a beta reader.

Drama queen? Yeah...maybe.

I love to beta read. Let me get that out of the way. I love jotting down my thoughts as I read, even if no one listens.

I love the ...

OMG, no she didn't...moments

Or the I'm totally rolling my eyes here...moment

Or the I hate her...moment.

Or the I love this setting...moment.

Or the Really? Let me hit her upside the head...moment

Then, there's the huh? ...moments.
And questions...always questions
Moments that require clarity
Moments that leave me scratching my head.

I like to think there's a balance.

Beta reading allows me to love and hate the story. To love and hate the characters. To love and hate the setting. on and on. I get to be animated and feel and write it as I go. Then, I get to give my overall thoughts. It's how I beta. I put my heart into it first.

This can be good or bad, as you can imagine. Because then I go back and reread what I wrote initially to make sure I'm not being mean, or condescending. Then I strip away my initial thoughts to soften things that I think may be misconstrued, and there goes my insecurities, on high alert.

I don't know the best way around this. I've been on the receiving end of crits as well, so I know how it goes. I just feel blah...sometimes. a beta, I always add a disclaimer--take what works and trash the rest. This business is so subjective that I can't say what works and what doesn't. Only what works for me. That's it. I'd like to think that I'm an expert at what I like to read.

Any thoughts?

Thursday, October 22, 2015

An Aha! Moment

As I attempt to write a post using my phone. Which means I'm multitasking and using one finger to type. Forgive my typos..

Anyways...I wanted to touch on the dreaded synopsis. I just learned after many, many years the benefits of writing the synopsis after the crappy first draft. My aha! Moment came after I realized that by writing the synopsis I had no clue what my story was about. It seemed just to be scene after scene of stuff happening. It made me see the giant plot holes, stagnant characters, and loose ends.

Oh...woes is me. If only I had written the thing after the first draft.

Live and learn.

I am loving the rewrite though.

Please share your writing aha moment.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


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October is here! Wow...
Well, the year is almost at a close. I had hoped to publish something this year, to keep the momentum going, but alas, it didn't happen. I stalled out a bit. I submitted a few queries but that's about it. I'm currently in rewrites and enjoying every minute of it.
But I still have that nagging sensation in the back of my mind that I shoulda, coulda, woulda, but didn't do more.
It's hard to balance life with life. It's hard to balance the mind with the soul.
What defines being successful? an agent? a book deal? making more money than you know what to do with?
Right now I'll settle for being healthy, having a job, being with family, and enjoying the moment.
I'm good with that.
How about you?

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Starting Over

I took a writing break over the summer. I had a manuscript in submission. I learned over the years that I am not productive in the writing sense while on submission and decided not to fight it. I took a break. And then another. And then another. Yeah, the break lasted about three months.

During the writing process of three of my published novels, I had a 9-to-5 job outside the home, I had mommy duties, and still found time to write. I was more productive when I knew my time was limited. When I lost my job and had all the time in the world, I didn't know what to do with it.

Finally, I got a new job and I'm back trying to navigate this thing called balance.  Some things I tackled first:

1. I organized my house. One room at a time. This is a continuous process, never to end. Keeping that mindset keeps me sane.

2. I took a look at my goals: Career, family, writing, blogging etc. I began to jot down realistic goals.

3. I needed to involve my family in this process. They needed to know that I was going to start writing again. They needed to respect my time. It was hard the first go-round and I didn't want to go through that again.

4. I started reading for self-development. Writing books, self-help books, reminding myself what I needed to know to get back at it.

5. Finally, the doing part. There's no way to avoid it. And once I started writing again it felt real good.

How do you get back to writing?

Wednesday, September 2, 2015



Wow. I didn't think it'd get here so fast. Like most vacations, it was a short break. But I can't wait to get back to the doing part.

I've been deep in rewrites. Writing scene narratives, changing arcs, and whatnot, but I look forward to sitting down and finally writing them out. 

I still have to get organized. That went out the window. There just wasn't enough effort, on my part.

But I'm good and rambling. I think this break of no guilt was good for me.

So, my writing goals this year is to finish those rewrites and get back to submissions. I have so many stories floating in my head I'm looking forward to getting to.

How about you?