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No More Halloweens to Go!

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If you're a missionary mom like me (a mother whose kid is serving a 2 year mission for the LDS Church), then you understand the title of this post perfectly. This is my son's second Halloween from home. He was out just a few months last Halloween. I take great joy in knowing that for the next one, he'll be home. Today was General Conference for the LDS Church and while listening to some very uplifting talks about life and trying to be a better person, I spent my time crafting this little number. He'll give most of the candy away (cuz he's nice like that), but I think he'll enjoy the graphics and know that I've been thinking about him. Hopefully, it will make him smile. I had a blast putting it together, kind of like a scrap book for The Nightmare Before Christmas. Enjoy! Feel free to copy away!






Do you have anyone far from home that you're thinking of and worrying about? Let's talk! I'd love to hear some of your care package ideas!

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My little book, The Runaway Queen, is a part of this promo and I'm super excited! All kinds of romance books for less than a buck. It's a steal. Enjoy! If you read my book, let me know what you think!
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Cover Reveal

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Drum Roll, Please. . .
Here is the cover for my novella. It turned out far lovelier than I expected. Thanks Desiree Deorto for her imagination and fine talent. This series of books I'm writing revolve around the burden of ruling during the medieval period, and OF COURSE, romance. It's difficult, dangerous, even life threatening and so I kept thinking that a symbol for that experience would be a broken crown. Desiree just ran with it. 
Anyway, the book is live starting August 31st. It's super cheap, only .99 cents at Amazon. I'll run promos soon so you can pick it up for free. So, just wander on over there if you'd like to snag it. I'm pricing it low as way to introduce readers to my work and encourage them to sign up for my newsletter. That's where I'll have the best news about my upcoming publications, promos, freebies, and adventures. You can sign up HERE! I would love to have you along for the ride. Don't forget to offer your honest review at Ama…

Finally Getting Real

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Hey all! Just wanted you to see the pretty banner for my newsletter. The background is partly from the cover of my novella. I'm hoping to do a cover reveal next week, still working out a few details. It's finally getting real and I'm very excited! I'm hoping to have the book ready for Labor Day for those of you who'd like a good read for the weekend:)



A Little Breathless

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The last time I checked in, I had a lot in the works.
I'm happy to say that I've met my writing goals despite having an incredibly busy summer writing, learning how to create newsletters, getting my books ready for publication, gardening, traveling, and planning a wedding.

Breathless to say the least. . .
I'm on the cusp of publishing a prequel novella titled The Runaway Queen. The final editing and formatting is done. My cover designer emailed the cover a few days ago and I am in love. It's so pretty. The cover reveal is going to be awesome! It's really just a matter of days before this little story of mine is ready for readers. Now, it's time to focus on Between Fire and Fury, the first in the series. The editor is set to rock-n-roll and the cover designer will begin work the last week of August. If the stars align for me, I hope to have this one available by September or October at the latest. I knew writing time would be hard to come by during the busy summe…

I Thought It Had Been a Month . . . Um, It's Been Two

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Crikey, as my youngest would say, it's been almost two months since I've posted.
Well, that might explain why it's so popular. Lol! I'm admittedly a terrible blogger. I use it more as a journal to keep a record of what's happening with writing, the publication process, and to show-off the reasons why I haven't been chained to my computer this summer, like every good writer should.
Writing news first: Last I checked in, I had hired an editor to do the final proof reading and formatting for my prequel novella and Book 1. I have struggled with a title for this first in a series. We both just call it Meg's book, because it is about a princess who sneaks out of the castle to help the people of her war torn country. She goes in disguise (of course) and adventure follows, the most exciting of which is meeting a ruggedly handsome soldier that she thinks is in her father's army. Connect the dots on that;) Yes, it's a rather large case of mistaken identity. I…

I Should Be Running on the Beach--I Really Should!

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Here's why I'm not.  Don't worry, I'm not sad about it. I'll get my chance;)


I found a wonderful editor, reasonably priced, who will do the final proof read and formatting for my prequel novella and book 1. I feel like running on the beach!!! I wish I could (maybe when I visit my sister in FL this fall). I'll be taking about a month off of writing to tend to my yard. It's spring, people, and the sunshine is calling!!! And we have had some beautiful trees and plants get damaged and die. We really did have a tornado touch down in several places last fall--in Utah--of all places. I'll be doing a lot of new landscaping in addition to my usual spring planting.

It's gonna be hard work, but I'm super happy that I'm still making progress toward publication. Check out Juli Caldwell at oh, how novel. She's an amazing writer and editor.

Because I can't resist, I'll be posting on the progress of both. So, be prepared for FLOWERS!

A Spring Riot

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Yes, I think we could definitely call this a Spring Riot.
I'm finding it a little hard to focus on writing when the weather is perfect and I have this look at. Anyone else? 
The other problem I have is that my yard has deteriorated in many ways over the last couple of years. All but two of my Japanese Maples have either died or been so badly damaged by wind and other harsh weather we've had in NoUtah lately. Thank goodness for all the snow last winter and spring rains. That definitely has healing qualities on the land. I have a new garden in my yard that is strictly full sun. I've never had that before, so I'm kinda chomping at the bit to start planting. It will include a new swing and a couple of smallish, spring-blooming trees and lovely perennials. I'd like it to bloom all summer.
But I've decided I can't let all of my gardening tasks take over my life. My book is SO CLOSE to being finished and ready to publish. I can almost taste it. It's here! So b…

Below 100,000 baby. Finally!

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So, this just happened. My MS started out as a whopping 131,000 words. It finally went below 100,000 today!!! This is HUGE--I am a reluctant editor. I've been writing a prequel novella and the sequel, but this has been on my mind for over a year. My goal was anything in the 90,000 range and a laser sharp focus on the story. I'm thrilled!!!



Two Months? Aw, geez!

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Hey, there!

Long time, no see! I've been busy. How about you? There was NaNoWriMo, then the holidays. I spent most of January writing because it's been snowy here in Northern Utah. What else you gonna do, except ski;) right? I think we're at 173% of normal, or at least in that range. The snow is fantastic. Utah really does have the greatest snow on earth and waterskiing this summer is going to be insane. Can't wait.



I've made some pretty good progress on my story within the last few months. I've finished a prequel novella and the first book in a series. I'm halfway through writing the second in the series. My goal in 2017 is to get the novella and first book ready for publication. After several years of solid drafting, editing and attending writing conferences, I think they're finally ready. So, watch for some exciting news, probably by summer time.

At the suggestion of one of my critique partners, I'm reading Theft of Swords. It's really good. If …