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I am so sorry I haven’t updated this space for a while. I don’t know what exactly I want to blog about in this space anymore. However, I’m paying for this domain. Might as well use it, amirite?

Anyway, I have been working on my cozy mysteries! I’m so excited to bring to you Wiped Out. It’s a novella, short and tight. But a lot of fun. Fraya is living her best life, drinking her cold brew coffee and chatting on the phone with her bestie when she hears yelling out.

And then nothing.

She walks out and discovers a woman dying and a mysterious death on her hands.

If you’re interested in reading it,  click on this link and grab your copy. It’s free for a limited time.

Thanks so much for checking it out. I love this story and Fraya is wonderful. If you enjoy it too, let me know! Alright, I’m going to go work on the next one. Let me know how you’ve been in the comments.

 

Aloha y’all

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BLOOD ROSES IS OUT!

I can’t believe it finally happened.

Let me see…How many years has it been?

I think when I wrote and completed the first draft, it was in 2003 or something crazy like that. That draft was an absolute dumpster fire. It was contrived, I was trying to write romance (not for me), and it was just bad.

But I liked the characters, I liked Tiltonsville, West Virginia, and I loved that title.

I decided to give it another shot.

Then…I decided to give it another go during a National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I took some of the ideas that I had in the original, dumped everything else, and discovery wrote everything else. And from there it was a tale of writing, editing, and rewriting. Each rewrite got it closer to what I was picturing in my mind. With each rewrite, I learned more about my writing process, what it’s like to tell a story, and how freaking hard it is to tell a story.

blood roses and honeysuckles is a tale of love and loyalty, self-indulgent carelessness and what happens when intentions are true even in the methods aren’t.

But it’s so much fun, y’all. It’s an incredibly good time. Everything has solidified that I want to publish books for a living. I loved creating the cover with Dee from DA studios, even though I’m sure I drove her crazy with my indecision and constant questions. Finding an editor was a learning experience, but it was necessary. I found a few betas who gave me their views, which was fun.

And now…finally…blood roses & honeysuckles is here. It exists! For you. Right now it’s available for Kindle, Kobo, and Google Play. I’m going to put it out for Nook and a few other places as well. I’ll also be publishing the print edition later this month. To find out those updates when they happen, join my newsletter.

Thanks for being along with me for this journey. It’s been quite the ride, but I’m ready for more. How are you doing? Let me know in the comments. And if you pick up a copy of #BloodRoses, leave a review. It helps so much.

Aloha y’all!

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Camp NaNoWriMo v NaNoWriMo: What’s the Difference?

Hey everybody! Every year there’s two different sessions of Camp NaNoWriMo. The second session is coming, which is in July.

But wait, I’ve gotten ahead of myself. I haven’t talked to you about what these things are.

NaNoWriMo is a National Novel Writing Month that occurs every November. People all over the world try to write a novel for at least 50k words in one month. The excitement each year is almost palatable. You’ll see all kinds of think pieces on blogs, videos about it, and so much more. You’ll find sprints on Twitter and NaNoWriMo Facebook groups are all of the sudden on fire, there are so many people posting and chatting it up. On the NaNoWriMo site you can create a profile, measure your progess, talk on message boards, and chat with friends who you’ve added, who are on this crazy ride.

 

 

With Camp NaNoWriMo, the atmosphere is absolutely different. The buzz is more of a murmur like the crickets at the end of a summer’s night. You don’t have a friend’s list in Camp NaNo, which I think is an unfortunate oversight. But, instead of friends list, you can join a cabin. You can get put into a randomly, join a friend’s cabin, or create a cabin and invite people yourself. (See how the whole camp thing comes to play?). In order to join a cabin, you first need to create a project. You have to choose a project type (novel, short story, script, etc…) and then your goal which measured in either words, hours, minutes, lines, and pages.  With the added bonus of being able to encourage your cabin mates, the Camp option  is a really flexible alternative.

Some writers find the flexibility helps them along and others like the madcap mayhem of a 50k word month. I like them both for different reasons. I use the Camps to finish projects and NaNo is to start something new and really dig into it for a month. I am trying to establish a daily writing routine and doing the NaNo events definitely helps.

Check out my NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo playlists. Let me know in the comments below, do you prefer one NaNo over another? And I’ll see you next Monday!

Aloha y’all

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