Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Top Ten LDS Authors You Need to Read

 Top Ten LDS Authors You Need to Read

Small press! LDS! These girls are rocking it! Click their name to view their website.

1. Deb Graham
Check out her latest book Peril in paradise: a cruise novel on Amazon!

2. Laura Walker
Check out her latest book Pacific Coast Wedding on Amazon!

3. Emily Hall Bates
Check out her latest book Demon’s Heart on Amazon!

4. DeAnna Browne 
Check out her latest book, Demon Rising on Amazon!

5. Cassie Shiels
Check out her latest book, Lady A (A Princess Tale Book 2) on Amazon!

6. Valerie Giberson Ipson 
Check out her latest book Ideal High on Amazon!

7. Amy Martinsen 
Check out her latest book, The Secret Obituary Writer: What if obituaries told the truth? on Amazon!

8. Heidi Cederlof Tucker
Check out her latest book, Finding Hope in the Journey: Recognize His Message on Amazon!

9.Donna Hatch 
Check out her latest book, Christmas Secrets on Amazon!

10. Didi Lawson
Check out her latest book Hohenstein on Amazon!

And one bonus:
 11. Joyce DiPastina
Check out her latest book Loyalty's Web: Poitevin Hearts Book 1 on Amazon!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Paperback writer

 I cannot tell you about how special this moment is. This is my grandma holding my book. She's 101 years old! I lived with her for a semester in college, and she introduced me to Shrunk and White. She edited some of my early work. She's encouraged me to keep writing. I can't believe she lived long enough to see my book published. "I'm pleased and proud," she said.

If you want to hold your own copy of my book and breathe in the ink, it's now for sale at my publishers.

Or if you would like a break on shipping, leave a comment below and I'll see if we can get a copy to you.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Author signing Marissa Meyer

I love going to author signing events. My daughter checked the Lunar Chronicles out from the library and -loved- them. Then my husband read them and loved them too. I sadly didn't read them before they were requested back at the library. But now I own my own copy.

Marissa Meyer was a fun and engaging speaker. She talked about her new book Renegades and how she had to draft it five times. The lesson learned, she said, was to write the story that you want to write. 

For more on Marissa Meyer http://www.marissameyer.com/

She told stories in real life as well as her writing.

All of us together with her new book Renegades.

Signing our book.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Cover Reveal!!

And here it is!

Thanks to Debbie Taylor for cover design

What do you think? I love that it has the St. Louis skyline and Andy's red bag. Hugh looks like he's ready for a fight.

Backcover blurb:

Twenty-three year-old investigative journalist, Andy Miller is armed with her many disguises and creativity to take down the riff-raff of Saint Louis. When her stepbrother is murdered by the mob, Andy soon discovers she’s out of her depth.
Enter Hugh Donaldson who has reasons of his own for discovering the murderer. He’ll use everything in his power to achieve that, including lying to Andy about his past. Dangerous as he is attractive, his martial arts skills and his quirky ways raise Andy’s suspicions.
Although Andy balks at his lies, Hugh’s charms, twenty-inch biceps, and electrifying blue eyes are difficult to resist. Striking out on their own, Hugh and Andy try to outwit each other as they traverse North America tracking down people connected to the case.
As clues disappear and the body count climbs, Andy and Hugh must trust each other and use their combined skills to bring the murderer to justice.

Release date: 

December 15th, 2017

Available now for pre-order (digital)

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The Wild Rose Press  (My publisher--check out with your Amazon account)

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Perseverance AKA Bum Glue

When I first started writing, I read a book that said your millionth word will be the one that gets published. Or your third novel. Or if you write for ten years. I am here to say that was the truth at least for me. Back then, I thought to myself, wow! That's going to take some serious bum glue!

Bum Glue: (v) The ability to be able to sit for long periods of time and produce something that doesn’t seem to be of immediate value, without seeing immediate results.

I thought to myself, well, ten years are going to pass whether I wrote or not, why not write? It was a cheap hobby and healthy at least mentally, not so much physically as I feel like a sloth with a laptop and a bazillion stories competing for screen time.

But what makes people successful? Is it their brilliance? Or is it that they just kept at it long enough to be good?

Is talent more important than skill?

In ten years could I learn the skills to write well?

If I put in the time and learned my craft would I accomplished what I set out to do?

Now that I have a publication date, I can say it took nine years of serious daily writing for me to get published. I did a calculation of how many words I wrote, roughly. Writing about 2,000/words a day, for five to six days a week. Sometimes it was more, sometimes it was less. I did that for nine years.  2,000 words a day x 5 days a week x 52 (number of weeks) x 9 (number of years)= 4,680,000 words.

Does bum glue help you achieve any goal? I think if you want to do something, all you need is dedication and perseverance.

Okay, maybe not everything.  I don’t know if I have ten years to devote to Olympic ice dancing at my age, but maybe if I was six...

So what am I shooting for? #1 spot of the NYT Bestsellers list? Better get a move on, I'd better spread some bum glue and get to work. 

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