Thursday, May 25, 2017

I did it!


I can't believe I FINALLY finished writing Heart Ties.  This book has sat on the sidelines for far too long, while other projects took its place.  Last night as I typed the final paragraph, I not only felt a sense of pride for completing another book, but also excitement.  When I had first sat at my desk and typed the opening words of this wonderful story all those years ago, I knew this would be a book that would touch the hearts of those who read it.  So, realizing it was far overdue to clean out my 'Books to be Finished' folder, I chose Heart Ties first.  I must admit that I'm glad I did.

It's now in the editing process, getting its polish and shine.  I look forward to offering this wonderful story of Eternal Love to readers everywhere and I hope they will enjoy reading it as I did writing it.

Here's a little tease from the unedited copy - 

“Mommy, I didn’t mean to do it! I didn’t want to die!” Six-year-old Shane bolted upright in his bed, tears flowing down his cheeks and soaked with sweat.

“You’re alright, baby. Mommy’s here,” Patricia sat next to Shane who was trembling with fear. “Did you have the bad dream again?”

“Yes; I was flying in the airplane, and it crashed into the water. I tried to stop it, but I couldn’t,” Shane whimpered, hugging his pillow. “Mommy, why did I have to die? I wanted to go home, but I died in the water. She was waiting for me to come home, but I couldn't do it.”

Patricia was at a loss for words. Shane seemed to have this same dream at least twice a month, and she had no idea how to stop them. Patricia clearly remembered the first time he had the dream. He was three years old and had awakened screaming, NO over and over. Once she had calmed him down, he told her of how the water was cold and dark. He told her how he had tried to escape, but the water was all around him.

"I was mad, Mommy. I died. She would be sad because I broke my promise."

Friday, May 19, 2017

It's FRIDAY!


Wow, what a week.  I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm looking forward to the weekend. Between working on an editing project for a first-time author, making more premade ebook covers, and trying to squeeze in some time to work on my own WIP,  I need a couple of days to relax and just breathe.  

I decided to write this blog because I wondered how many other Indie Authors out there feel the same.  Do you seem to find yourself burning the candle at both ends?  Do you have a LONG list of books waiting to be written, or do you have a few books you've started but for one reason or another they never seem to get finished.  Yeah, me too.

My current WIP is a story I started 4 years ago.  It's not like it's an epic novel of over 100,000 words.  Nope, it's a simple romantic novella of eternal love and reincarnation.  Now, most people would wonder why I haven't finished writing it yet, and to be honest, I wish I had an answer.  My husband says it's because I have ADD when it comes to my writing.  I think it's because I have too many fires going at once.  From the work, I do for Deadly Reads Author Services and trying to squeeze in time for my own writing the hours seem to disappear,  I often wish I could clone myself. Yeah, I know, it's wishful thinking but it would be nice.  LOL

Anyway, I'm hoping to finish that sweet, romantic novella - Heart Ties any day now.  I'm sure you'll love it as much as I do.

Thanks for dropping by and let the weekend begin!

















Monday, May 15, 2017

Doin' the Happy Dance!


A while back I blogged that I was working on Premade ebooks covers to offer for sale on the Deadly Reads website.  Well, after HOURS and HOURS of work, I'm excited to announce we have several great looking ebook covers available for several genres.  

So, if you are an Indie Author, looking for the perfect cover to showcase your masterpiece novel, drop by and take a look.  We will also be adding more covers on a regular basis.  Our goal is to provide a quality cover that doesn't break your budget.  We also do custom covers.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

34 Years Later


I woke up this morning with a smile on my face.  Now, I'm not saying I don't normally have a smile on my face, but today, May 4th is a special day for me.  You see, 34 years ago today I married the perfect man for me, Bob Barton.  I'm not saying he's perfect because no one is; it's just that he understands me.  Bob loves me in spite of my mood swings (menopause sucks), he puts up with the endless hours I spend at my trusty laptop, and he never once complains when I go days with no makeup and messy hair.  You see like I said he's perfect for me.

One of these days I need to write a short story of our time together.  We've had some interesting things happen over the years.  I can honestly say that my life with Bob has allowed me to fulfill my bucket list with some things I never would have expected. **The above picture was taken on one of our many cruises.**

Happy Anniversary, Bob.  
The first 34 years were amazing.  I look forward to the next.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Made Me Smile


As authors, we often wonder what kind of reach we've accomplished with all the different social media we have at our fingertips today.  In the pursuit of reaching readers, we've all started our Facebook Pages, Twitter accounts, Instagram, Pinterest, and several others.  We then get a website and/or blog.  When I think of all the different options we have to reach readers today, it's quite overwhelming.

When I sat down all those years ago and began writing my debut novel, I never realized how there was more to being an author than just writing stories.  I had the foolish idea that I would write the next Bestselling Novel and publishing companies would fall all over themselves to sign me as their next STAR...boy, was I wrong.  After receiving a few letters stating that my book didn't follow the "rules" of its genre, I decided to go the Independent Author route.  I'd never heard of Indie Authors. Heck, I had no idea one could publish their own work on sites such as Amazon and Smashwords.

So, after hiring an editor, a formatter, and having a great cover made; I was ready to jump into the cold waters of publishing.  I must admit at first I was completely lost.  However, over time I met some of the nicest people on Facebook who had already published their books and figured out how to avoid most of the landmines of being self-published.  It's a wonderful community of Independent Authors.  They go out of their way to help each other and are willing to share ideas that have worked for them.

Now, what brings me to this post today?  I've never been much of a blogger.  I have high ambitions to keep it active and full of entertaining posts, but I seem to always find myself busy with other projects.  When I came on here today, I had plans to write a post on a different subject.  However, after checking the blog's stats, I knew what I wanted to say.....THANK YOU.

Seeing the number of views and all the different countries everyone is from has brought a huge smile to my face.  Here is the list of countries where people are from who have read my little blog - United States, Slovakia, Germany, France, Isreal, Canada, Japan, and Portugal.  Isn't that amazing?  I cannot begin to say how humbled I feel.

Now, I'm not going to promise to post daily or even weekly.  I am, though, going to try to do better.  Who knows, maybe over time, I'll get the hang of this blogging stuff and have posts that will be worth the time you've given me.

Thank you again!

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