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Be…Her…Guest

Today I had the honor of being a guest on DeAnna Browne’s blog. She posted about my upcoming release of Love is Death. She also has an exclusive inside look that will give you a little insight into the world of the Afterdeath.

I’m so excited about my upcoming novel that I can’t help but share my cover here on my blog as well.

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Regardless of where you’ll be reading this, either on your phone, computer or in the comfy pages of a paperback book, it looks gorgeous!

What a rush it is for me to be here, only a few weeks away from publishing my first novel. If you would like to receive an email on the release date, sign up on my mailing list.

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to hop on over to DeAnna Brown’s blog to read that excerpt!

Have fun, and enjoy the writing, (and the reading.)

Love Is Death-Blurb Reveal

It’s like dreams are coming true all over the place.

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(I wanted a picture to put in the post, and what better than a dog dreaming? Perfectly adorable.)

I’ve been working with my designer the last few days to get my cover just right. We’re not quite ready for a cover reveal yet, but it’s getting close.

Today I splurged, and spent a whopping seventy-five cents to get my cover printed. I had some running around to do this evening, and I spent some time with friends as well. I carried that piece of paper around with me everywhere.

I showed it to my friends who were all excited, and already fighting over who gets to buy the first book. They kept asking me if I knew the girl who posed for it. (I do. She’s my friend’s daughter.) and one woman tonight said, “Everyone keeps asking if you know her because she’s just so pretty.” I’ll have to pass that message on.

At one point I went to get back in my car and I saw the cover in the dim light from a street lamp and thought, “That’s a nice looking cover. What book is that?”

“Oh right. It’s mine!”

I’m not trying to brag, (although, really, any bragging I would do would be all about my cover designer because he’s incredible.) All I’m trying to say is, that dreams are coming true. The count down is on to November 16th when my novel will be released. And although we’re not quite ready for that cover reveal just yet, I decided I would give you all a break and do a blurb reveal. So here it is.

Rest in Peace?

What a joke. Ghosts rarely rest, and when we do, it’s never in peace.

Gina’s plan for her afterlife is simple: survive as long as possible. The afterlife is a ghost-kill-ghost kind of place. When she meets newly-dead Alec, she can’t help her desire to protect him. Before she knows it, she finds herself falling for him, despite the little voice in her head telling her it’s a bad idea.

Alec’s goals don’t mesh well with Gina’s plans. Determined to save his living sister from a murderer, he’s willing to disobey the laws of a well-established cult in the afterlife. If the cult finds out, they’ll kill him. Again. He’s hesitant to accept Gina’s help and threaten her afterlife, but he’s guaranteed to fail without her.

Together they embark on a perilous mission, but the most dangerous aspect of all is the threat of falling in love. Because in the afterlife…love is death.

Cover reveal coming soon. Be sure to check back, or to make life easier on you, follow my blog. (Just click one of the options to the right…)

So have fun. And enjoy the writing. (And have some dreams come true.)

On ending books, beginning books, and being in the middle of things

I took a few days off from my blog this last week, and it’s mostly because I was trying to take my own advice and be an author. I’d set a personal goal to be finished by the end of August with the revisions on the novel I’ll be publishing this year. Well. It then became September. So I changed my goal to be done by the first week of September. I came close when I finished it yesterday, on the 12th. At least I made it before the month was half over. Yay for achieving goals…even if they’re a little late.

But I did it. Shed a couple of tears (literally. I’ll be writing about bittersweet endings sometime soon) and then wrote those two wonderful words, “THE END.”

And then I said…oh boy. Now what?

I’ve got myself a very nice plan for my writing goals, and the next step in that plan is to revise my NaNo novel from 2012. It’s been sitting on a back shelf for four years now, begging for some attention. I decided I was going to try to get that one published second, but there’s just one problem.

I have to start it.

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As a NaNo novel that has not seen much revision in the last four years, it certainly has its fair share of…how shall I put it…parts that could be better. One of those particular parts is the beginning. So not only do I have to make my writing better…I also have to entirely rethink what I’m going to write. (The original beginning is somewhat of a “forbidden” beginning. And yes, I know. Rules are made to be broken, but only when you have a really good reason for breaking them. My reason for breaking them when I originally wrote my forbidden beginning, was because I had no idea how else to start the book. Not, in my opinion, a good reason for breaking a rule.)

So I must don my thinking cap again and push on through. I know once I get started revising, I’ll get into the swing of the story and I’ll be mostly fine (at least until I have to kill off a favorite character. That always throws on the brakes for any novel I’m working on.)

So now that I’ve addressed endings and beginnings, let’s talk about being in the middle of things. I’m currently in the middle of putting my children to bed, even though it is 9:40 and way beyond being past bedtime, so it will be a short blog post today. Good night everyone. Have fun and enjoy the writing.