Monday, December 19, 2011

Beyond the Sea

I edited out 27,000 words in Beyond the Sea. I have mixed feelings about this. First of all, I tend to overwrite. I like details. I like writing them (obviously) and I like reading them. I think it adds to the storyline.

And I like-or should I say love- developed characters. 1D character annoy me...they just seem so fake. Yes, fictional characters are fake, but we read b/c we like to have that notion that this could be happening. Of maybe that's just me. But who wants to get lost in a story that can't be backed up?

Anywho, I got new cough medicine from the doctor for my upper resp infection. It's very strong...I'm dizzy and tired but don't want to go to bed just yet. Trying to resist the call of the cough medicine is hard! haha

Now that BTS revisions are done, I'm going to take another look at Unbound. There is a lot that can be cut out of it...even though I like it how it is. *sigh* I hate editing/revising. I want to get back to writing. Deathly Contagious is calling my name! Esp since Contagious ended with a HUGE cliff hanger!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Contagious is done!! It's about 120,300 words...a bit longer than I intended, I'll admit. I just couldn't stop writing :) I'm very excited about this book! There is a lot of action, so it seems to go by fast when reading...or so I think lol. I've gone through a little over half to see if I thought it needed revisions (I did add a few/take out a few things).

I started this book around Halloween. I can't believe I got it done this fast. I haven't done much else other than write lol. It would take about a week or two until I get it back from the editors and hopefully not much longer until I get my cover art. I've been email back and forth with a very talented digital artist and am anxiously waiting to hear back from her.

I was thinking of maybe doing a basic, no picture cover once the book is edited and change it and have a 'cover realease' dealy once I get my cover. Idk...maybe I should be patient, which is hard to do since I'm so excited about it! :)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Unbound in print

Unbound is available in print :) I got the proof the other day and I have to say I love it!

That's the link. I'll post a pic and make it all pretty in the GL tab. It's late and I'm tired so I'm being lazy. :)


Saturday, December 3, 2011


We just put up our tree! Maybe this is really weird of me, but Christmas kinda makes me sad because I think about people who have crappy, lonely Christmases. I do donate to various charities year round (not just Xmas time) and I know there are lots of things you can do to help. makes me sad. My husband thinks it's odd that this time of year is depressing to me. *sigh* Maybe it is.

I got most of my shopping done too...good timing for me. I'm usually a last minute shopper. Amazon has made Xmas shopping sooo easy :)

Oh, and I took Vader to get his picture taken with Santa. Hehe...I'm a nerd. I even made him wear a hat. Cutest German Shepherd ever, I'm pretty sure!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


I posted the first chapter of Contagious under 'The Contagium Trilogy' page. You should check it out :)

Friday, November 25, 2011



[uhb-ses] Show IPA
verb (used with object)
to dominate or preoccupy the thoughts, feelings, or desires of (a person); beset, trouble, or haunt persistently or abnormally: Suspicion obsessed him.
Thank you, That describes me right now. I can't stop obsessivly checking my email while I await replies from book reviewers, potential cover artis and agents. *Sigh* and I swore I'd write another chapter today...
Anyway, on a lighter note, while at the barn, I was thinking about what to write for GL #2, which is possibly going to be called Reaper. I was talking to Vader, my German Shepherd, as if he was Hunter and I was Anora. Crazy, right? Probably. I'm just glad no one lives close enough to hear me tell him that we have to kill the demons.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

This will be quick...

...because I want to finish my zombie book. BUT I wanted to break to say that I can't help by laugh at myself. I feel so pressured to write (esp now that I've been offered a contract with a publisher) but I get so easily distracted. I want to write, I love writing, and I really, REALLY want to finish the zombie book, which I'm thinking to call Contagious, finish the 2nd book in the GL and edit Beyond the Sea. Instead of writing I've looked at prospective covers (which is important, I know), made a 57 song long playlist on youtube to watch and changed things on my FB. I need to focus...Ok. I'm forcing myself back to Word. ;)

Friday, November 18, 2011

I don't want to kill anyone...

...but I have to. Fictionally that is. This person (who I will not give away) must die the current book I'm writing about a dystopian, zombie society. I've come to care about this character very much and I don't want to kill him/her. I knew all along that they must die. Still...I don't want to do it.

Is it pathetic I feel this way? It is only a fictional character. But my character are very personal and I care about them as if they are real. Even if I never write about it in my books, I give all my characters complex personalities so they seem real in my head.

I've been slacking on writing b/c I know the death is coming up. They should have died pages ago but I keep adding stuff I'll probably edit out later because I don't want to kill them.

I guess I should just get it over with. I really feel kinda sick over it. I'm probably gonna lose some sleep tonight too. BUT, what happens after the death is pretty awesome and I've been waiting to introduce this character for a long time.

Wish me luck :(

Thursday, November 10, 2011

My cover :)

I have to say, making covers sucks. I never realized how much goes into it. I have a new found respect for cover artists. I like to write. I like to hope I'm good at it. I am not an artist, I'll be the first to admit. I spent many, many hours working on this cover. I made a million (ok, maybe twenty or so) that I thought would be good until I actually saw it on the book. Then I hated it. So, back to the drawing board. Finally, I'm happy with this. And I even got a few compliments on it. I know people DO judge a book by its cover, so making a magical/interesting looking cover caused a lot of stress. Anyway...I realize this post is getting pointless. So, professional cover artists who draw us in with just one look, I salute you.

Monday, October 31, 2011


Lately I've been putting a lot of pressure on myself with the whole book thing. As a self published author, I have no deadlines, or time limits. I can write what I want when I want. And while I fully recognize that, I'm still feeling the pressure.

I'm so anxious about promoting my book. I'll be the first to admit that I'm pretty clueless about marketing anything. I want people to give Unbound a chance because I really think they will like it. Of course I will say this since I wrote it, but it has interesting characters, a non predicable plot, a strong female lead who isn't a whiny baby and can kick ass and take care of herself while still being a flawed human being and wants to feel accepted and loved. I wanted to create a main character who is relate-able. And I think Anora is just that (expect for the magic of course...for most of us at least).

And I've been feeling pressure to write more books. I have one done and in the 'editing' stage. I'm very excited about this one too. (It's very different, pulling heavily from mythology about dark water creatures mixed with modern day romance full of plot twists.) I'm not sure where this pressure is coming from. I just want to write all.the.time.

I enjoy writing so that is part of it. I wish I didn't have to work a regular job and could write all day. After working eight hours, coming home, taking the dog for a walk, making dinner, cleaning up after dinner (maybe) spending some time with the husband, and promoting Unbound, there isn't much time left for writing. I cannot wait for the weekend because that means two days off which, to me, means two days of doing nothing but writing! Still, on the weekends I like to ride my horse and have to clean the ferret cage. Oh, and sometimes be social :)

So...I feel better after my little rant. Now back to writing.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


So, my first book is for sale on NOOK. I'm nervous. I know I'll get negative reviews. I know not everyone will like it. I know. Still, I'm nervous. I hope people will hear about it and give it a chance. I'm worried no one will know about it. I'm no market-er.  Of course I like it, but I really do think it's a good story with good characters. It had been nestled safely on my computer for two years. Now it's out there. And...I really don't know what else to say other than I'm nervous!

Here is the link:

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Why I write

I can easily spend a full day writing...and enjoy every minute of it. Time has no meaning when I'm creating a fictional world, making my characters fall in love, or :( killing them off. My husband, though very supportive of my writing, just doesn't seem to get how I can get pleasure out of staring in front of my computer screen all day. He often reminds me of how horrible it was when he had to write long papers for grad school and how much he dreaded it. He just doesn't quite get the concept of writing for fun.

When I was little, I wanted to be a vet. I wanted to save animals and make a difference in the world. Being a professional writer never crossed my mind. I loved imagining myself as a vet, owning my own practice and running a horse rescue on the side ('cuz that's so easy...). I would spend hours drawing up blue prints of my future barn, creating fiction horses to doodle inside my poorly drawn stalls.

I focused so much on my dream world I lost touch with reality. Not in an 'I went crazy' sort of way, but in a 'I didn't concentrate in school' sort of way. I got bad grades on tests, forgot to do homework and daydreamed my time away in class. I wasn't trying to be defiant. I didn't want to be a bad kid. I just couldn't help it. I had all these ideas and thoughts and plans and stories in my head. They were consuming, they were fun, and they offered relief from my angst filled childhood.
It wasn't until I was in middle school I realized I could write these domineering thoughts on paper. It was such an empowering feeling to see my ideas take shape. I could create anything I wanted and I loved it. I kept my 'stories' private, afraid that -gasp!- someone might read it and not like it. Nevertheless, it offered me an escape.

I love to read for the same reasons I love to write: the possibilities are endless. You never know what could happen and really, anything could. I like to write because I like to daydream, to always wonder 'what if...' I love creating character that I (pathetically, maybe) get attached to. I like shocking twists and surprising ending. I like to keep people guessing.

So, really, I think it's simple. I write because I love to.