Hello everyone! This Thursday, September 30, 2021, the Snohomish Farmers Market will be my very last event in Washington state. My family will be moving out-of-state by mid-November. I have copies of all my books available and I will be signing. I’ll be there from 3-7.
Hello, all. It has been a long time since I updated and the reason is that I was trying to stretch my story beyond what it is supposed to be.
I have written a quadrilogy, a trilogy, and now there will be a dualogy. I know how it looks. Trust me. I really do. But this isn’t burnout or lack of creativity. My husband always says, “A good story is a good story regardless of word count,” and he’s right.
Who knows how long the next Concordia series will be? Maybe it will be as long as Rose of Petrichoria. Maybe it will be as short as Hope in Concordia. Either way, I hope you will continue enjoying my books.
Due to the change, the second book will now be titled “Extraordinary” instead of “Unique” and it will likely be a little longer than “Anomalous.” This is the raw image I will be using for the cover of the book. I thought it might be fun for you to see the before-Photoshop picture.
Thank you everyone, for your patience and support during this time. This year has been difficult without major events. I miss meeting you all. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas if I don’t update before then.
I just thought it would be nice to post an update to let you all in on what’s going on. With everyone in quarantine, my days have become quite a bit busier than usual, cutting into my writing time. Also, my daughter has been using my computer for schoolwork.
Distraction leads to writer’s block for me, so I’m trying to work through it. However, that means a delay in the publication of Unique (Hope in Concordia Book 2). I will strive to have it out sometime this summer, but it likely won’t be out in June as I anticipated.
Thanks for being so understanding. I look forward to attending events again so I can meet you in person. Be safe.
Some of you may have noticed my absence from the Snohomish Farmers Market on August 8th. About three hours before the event, my husband was scraping Triforce pendants off our 3D printer for my daughter’s birthday party. Normally, he’s wise and wears hands protection, but he was in a hurry and didn’t this time. Whilst scraping, his hand slipped and he cut off a chunk of his right index finger on the glass base plate. Needless to say, I had to cancel and drive him to the clinic to get it looked at. No, they couldn’t reattach the chunk. Poor guy. Happy birthday, Mary!
Luckily, I was able to reschedule for August 22. So, I’ll see you there!
Today, I have another flash fiction up on Havok. This time, it’s for Thriller Thursday. Enjoy my disturbing take on a classic song. Can you guess which one it is? Click the image below to go to the Havok website to read it for free today. After today, you’ll need to have a subscription to read it.
I am absolutely determined to finish the first draft of Anomalous over the next couple of days. Every time I have a moment, I’m pulled away for something else. Nope. Not today. Not tomorrow. It. Will. Be. Done.
For those of you who don’t know, June is an insane month for my family. We have nine birthdays, Father’s Day, and my wedding anniversary. During a normal June, I can still work through it and be productive. However, we added in a trip to the Oregon Coast at the end of the month to spread my mother’s ashes, which put me in a bit of a funk. The trip went well, but I needed a couple weeks to get my brain back into things.
That would be why there has been essentially no news from me here on the site, and why everything on my social media has been personal in nature. That changes today. I’m back and with some amazing news.
First, another one of my flash fiction stories has been accepted by Havok to be published on a Thursday in August. I don’t have the date yet, but when I do, I will let you know.
Also, this Friday, July 19, Bear’s Lullaby will finally be released. This is a project I have been sitting on since my daughter was born in 2010, when I composed the song. In 2011, I hired Shayne Hood through Elance (now Upwork) to draw pictures to go with the verses so I could put it into a bedtime book for my daughter.
Fast forward to this year. Faith in Concordia was a difficult project. Constructing a new world takes a lot of brainpower and time, and I gave myself some pretty crazy deadlines for publication during 2018. For that reason, I decided to take this year to really think through and write the next Concordia series. Meaning, there won’t be any big novel publications in 2019.
In April, The Talented Turtle was released. Now, Bear’s Lullaby is available for pre-order (for Kindle). It will be out for Kindle and paperback on Friday. At the end of the book, you will find sheet music for the melody. I really hope you guys like it.
Finally, Faith in Concordia Omnibus is being pushed out to October 18. I know, I know. Sad news, but there are two positives to this negative, so cheerio!
Click the image below to pre-order your digital copy of Bear’s Lullaby.
I might be roasty-toasty sunburned with a fractured middle finger, but I’m still at the monthly NCWA meeting. Less than a month until the Writers Renewal Conference!
May the 4th be with you.
Hello all! Some of you may have noticed the subtle change in categories here on the website. Previously, they were labeled under the ambitious desire to add things every single day to my website. While I do stay active here and on my social media, every day is just not happening, so there are new categories. That way, if I want to do a Word of the Day thing on a Tuesday instead of Wednesday, it’s totally kosher. Here are the new categories:
Look what arrived today! If you want one, come to Just Between Friends at the Skagit County Fairgrounds next weekend anytime Thursday-Sunday to purchase one and get it signed by me.