Saturday, July 26, 2014

Win It Before You Can Buy It!

I love, love, love mixing research with vacation! I was so excited to find a Durant Star at Pioneer Village in Minden, NE. Why? A Durant Star is the automobile my hero, Guy Roberts, drives in my August release, Sweet on the Cowgirl. In honor of this exciting find, I'm giving away a print copy of Sweet on the Cowgirl. All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog to be entered!

This contest will end on August 1st. I'll announce the winner on next weeks blog. Please remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Gone Fishing....

Okay, not really, and anyone who knows me well knows I'd never go fishing. Although I LOVE fish I'm not the outdoorsy type. However I will be on vacation from my day job this week so I can go on a research trip for my current work in progress.

I have a specific destination for this book, the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo. I'm hoping with stops along the way that before I arrive home I have tidbits of research to include in future books.

I do consider myself on vacation although I will be writing which leads me to my question of the week. Authors when you go on vacation do you stop writing or do you continue to write or research? Readers do you read while on vacation?


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Reader Preferences

I know this post is probably redundant. I've asked the question many times before to readers. Do you prefer to read an actual book or an ebook? Do you read ebooks on a Nook, Kindle, your computer or a tablet?


If you prefer reading ebooks, it's it because you can adjust the font on your device? Purchase books from the comfort of your own home and have them downloaded for instant reading? The deep discounts many publishers give on ebooks make it attractive to readers and gives you a chance to try new authors or genres with very little risk?


Why do you prefer print books? Habit? A more aesthetic experience, touching the crisp or soft pages or the slick book cover? The smell of the paper and ink when you open the book?


I read both print and ebooks. I have a Nook and I have a Surface for ebook reading. I don't really know if I have a preference other than reading a print book in the car makes me car sick yet I can read from Nook without any problems at all.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Running Behind

Happy Fourth of July!




I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday. Our holiday consisted of two picnics and two sets of fireworks all shared with our granddaughters. We had a great time and now the weekend is coming to an end, I'm realizing how far behind I am in writing.




Yes, you read that correctly. The person who always talks about time management is behind! So now, I'm brainstorming on just how to get back on track.




What put me behind? Just a few of life's little set backs. I had the flu, the area where we live dealt with a flood. Although I wasn't directly effected, my sister was and had to spend five days with us so she could go to work. Then the holiday hit and well...here I am.




So what do I have to do? I need to read my current book out loud for the final revision, I need to finish a guest blog post and start a proposal for the second contracted book. It sounds like a lot to do in twenty-five days, but I know I can utilize my lunch hour to work on the blog and proposal and use my quiet time at home for reading my manuscript out loud.




Hopefully, by next Saturday I can give a positive update. In the meantime, I have done my semi-annual review of my goals. Since I know it's important to make your goals public because you are more accountable, here is how I faired so far this year:




I've been making weekly blog posts.




I developed a 'forced' marriage proposal and aimed it a novella collection instead of developing a series. I'm counting it as a goal completed.




So, I've completed two out of six of my yearly goals. Have you checked your mid-year progress?

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Cover Reveal!

I found the cover for my January 2015 release on Amazon this week. This book is called a three in one. It has all three of the books in my quilt series under one cover. Didn't they do a good job with Falls Park?


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Conference and Research

Here I am as a pioneer driving my team of ox across the South Dakota prairie! It's hard work, but a writer gotta do what a writer's gotta do for research! HA!

All joking aside. Yesterday I attended a business conference for my day job about managing multiple projects with deadlines. Do you know what I discovered? All the tips and techniques the teacher presented for how to get reports finished on time, work for a writer juggling multiple book contracts and deadlines.

So if you're a struggling writer who can't afford to attend a large writer's conference, don't disregard smaller 'business' seminar's in your area. I realize you won't be able to network with writers and editors, but you will be able to improve your craft or processes your work will benefit from it. The seminar I attended was a Fred Pryor seminar and was very inexpensive.

You may be surprised about networking too. I met a fledging novelist who was also attended the seminar for work and when the instructor discovered I was a published author, she pulled up my author page on Amazon for all of the class to see. Will it result in a sale? Who knows?

Now to the research part. I talk a lot about discovering 'gems' in your surrounding area. I had a chance to spend some time in the Old Court House Museum in Sioux Falls. That is where top picture was taken. This is a free museum and has a wonderful chair collection. Yes, you read that correctly, they have a display of chairs. It is really neat! They also have a small collection of dolls, something you don't always see at a museum.

On this particular excursion, I found a quote from a convict facing death in the electric chair that I can rework in an historical, an actual historical event where an innocent man was hanged for murdering his wife, and information on architecture in our area. All items that can be the basis for or bring a historical story to life.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Book Signing Recap

Today was the day! My book signing with Mary Connealy and Sarah Whitley at Crossroads Bookstore in Sioux Falls was a GREAT success. Here are the pictures to prove it!