Sunday, October 26, 2014

Another Reader Poll




As October draws to a close, I know it's time to start deciding which of my writing ideas will be goals for 2015. I love writing Heartsong Presents novels, but since my contract for the short books runs through 2016, I've decided 2015 is the year I should focus on writing a longer book.


I love family sagas either historical or contemporary, but I'm wondering readers, which do you prefer?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

NaNoWriMo

For those of you who don't know what my blog title stands for it's National Novel Writing Month and it takes place in November. The idea is to write 50,000 words on your novel. Although I've never officially registered for NaNoWriMo, I have unofficially participated and finished at least three rough drafts of novels this way and I plan to again this year!

Over the years I've found two things that are the key to success during the frantic month of getting words on the page, time management and prep work.

Time management doesn't always mean writing during every free minute you can find. It does mean 'freeing up' your minutes. Once I decide to participate, I stop adding any social engagements to my calendar. November is a busy enough time for me with two birthdays and Thanksgiving. Those are the only things on my social calendar for November. I can't add word count to my manuscript Black Friday shopping or standing in line to get ticket to the new holiday movie. Don't hesitate to say 'no' during this month so you can focus on your manuscript.

Prep work is key to meeting your word count goal. I know seat of the pants writers are cringing at this, but if you outline your story-even loosely-you don't waste valuable writing time staring at a blank screen wondering what should happen next. An outline gives you a direction to go even if it's one or two sentences describing the action or the emotion of the scene.

Good luck to any writer's who are participating this year!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Holiday Stories


On the group blog I participate in, www.inkspirationalmessages.com, we were talking about books on our reading list the last two weeks. Mine revolved around Christmas themed books because this is the time of the year they hit the shelves and I usually read one or two during the holiday season.

I love holiday themed stories, whether books, novellas or short stories. However, I never written one. I will come close with the fourth book of my rodeo series that will release in 2016 because it's set in December so I can mention Christmas, but it won't revolve around the holiday.

I think one of my goals for next year is to write something holiday themed!

I have two questions today.

Writers: Have you ever written a holiday themed story?

Readers: Are you a fan of holiday themed stories?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Wedding on the Rocks Print Copies

Here is a picture from my book signing at Crossroads Book Store in Sioux Falls, SD yesterday. I had a great time and had two readers ask for print copies of Wedding on the Rocks.

Unfortunately, print copies of Wedding on the Rocks aren't available for the book stores to order anymore. Harlequin only keeps print copies of their books available for a limited amount of time. However, I've done a little research for those readers and found that Amazon states they have two copies in stock and Christianbook.com have copies in stock. So if you'd like a print copy, visit those sites and do a search for Wedding on the Rocks or Rose Ross Zediker.

Another resource is to call the Harlequin Reader Services line: 1-800-873-8635








Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Mid-Week Book Signing Reminder

I'm be signing The Widow's Suitor and Sweet on the Cowgirl on Saturday, October 4th at Crossroads Bookstore in Sioux Falls, SD from 1-3 PM.

I hope you can stop by. If you can't, but would like an autographed book, Crossroads is happy to take preorders and mail the books to you. Here is there information!

Crossroads Bookstore
1220 W 41st Street
Sioux Falls, SD  57105
605-338-5951

Friday, September 26, 2014

South Dakota Festival of the Books

I'm sad to say. I'm missing the South Dakota Festival of the Book this year, but that doesn't mean you should!

Here is the link to the Festival activities tomorrow. If you are in the Sioux Falls area and love to read or write, you don't want to miss this!

http://www.sdbookfestival.com/

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Drum Roll Please....

The winner of last week's contest is: Amada Chavez!

Thank you all for your comments answering my question concerning old or young love.