Marketing Meeting :)

I had an excellent meeting with Snow Leopard Publishing’s marketing manager, Christian Lee today for

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Looking forward to receiving the marketing and production plan as a result.

I’m still excited to continue the, so far interesting, fun, and pleasant journey!

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Publishing Contract!!

I’ll make this short and to the point, as I feel it deserves blurting out…

I’ve signed with Snow Leopard Publishing for

That English Lady!

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The fact that they liked my submitted manuscript blew me away. To then go ahead and want to publish it… well, let’s just say…

I’m STOKED!

I’m excited to begin the journey!thTBKDUVGS

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HAPPY PLACE!

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Final milestone of edits for That English Lady

Last Thursday, I attended my writers critique group, Northwest Arkansas Writers Workshop, with the final five pages of That English Lady. This being the ending to the book, I hoped everyone would appreciate it and even like it. That it would hit the mark as a GOOD ending. That it would do justice to the rest of the story. photo-165I felt in my heart that it covered all the bases very well, but the general consensus from group served to reinforce this. They liked it, and even had a few suggestions to make it even stronger, which I took to heart and acted upon the next day.

So now, That English Lady is complete and ready for submissions or self-publishing.

Either way, a professional editor shall get to see it, (and if anyone has suggestions on good freelance editors they have had positive experiences with – in case I go with self-publishing – please feel free to comment below), but I am not entirely sure which way to go with it yet.cropped-cropped-typewriter.jpg

I self-published The Blue Door Trilogy – which I am going to get to work on re-editing for a second, improved edition AFTER a reasonable sabbatical – and may well end up doing the same with this one. Although, having a traditional publisher take it on, along with the formatting, professional editing, cover design, etc. does have a certain appeal! I suppose we shall see if indeed any submissions bear fruit or not first.

Regardless of eventual outcome, I at least intend to try the traditional, small press, route with this book before deciding what is best for it.

Wish me luck! 🙂

Twisted Labyrinth. Own The Blue Door Trilogy for FREE this Christmas.

Starting on the 29th and 30th of November, I have been offering my books for free, one at a time, each weekend on Kindle, all the way up to Christmas.
Last up, on  the 20th and 21st of December – and in perfect sync with the winter solstice – will be Twisted Labyrinth (Erik’s Adventures). A stand-alone follow-up novella tied to The Blue Door Trilogy.
So, if you’re really savvy, you are on your way to owning the whole set in time for Christmas, for FREE! Perhaps as a present for a book lover you know, or maybe to read for yourself. Either way, I think you would agree… it’s a cracking deal!

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Return To The Blue Door. Own The Blue Door Trilogy for FREE this Christmas.

Starting on the 29th and 30th of November, I have been offering my books for free, one at a time, each weekend on Kindle, all the way up to Christmas.
Next up, on  the 13th and 14th of December, will be Return To The Blue Door, volume 3 in The Blue Door Trilogy.
So, if you are really savvy, you could own the whole set in time for Christmas, for FREE! Perhaps as a present for a book lover you know, or maybe to read for yourself. Either way, I think you would agree… it’s a cracking deal!

Twisted Labyrinth 1 Kindle

The Blue Door.final cover 2 KindleBTBD official cover 3 KindleRTTBD official cover3 Kindle

Beyond The Blue Door. Own The Blue Door Trilogy for FREE this Christmas.

Starting on the 29th and 30th of November, I have been offering my books for free, one at a time, each weekend on Kindle, all the way up to Christmas.
Second up will be Beyond The Blue Door, volume 2 in The Blue Door Trilogy.
So, if you are really savvy, you could own the whole set in time for Christmas, for FREE! Perhaps as a present for a book lover you know, or maybe to read for yourself. Either way, I think you would agree… it’s a cracking deal!

Twisted Labyrinth 1 Kindle

The Blue Door.final cover 2 KindleBTBD official cover 3 KindleRTTBD official cover3 Kindle

Own The Blue Door Trilogy for FREE this Christmas.

Starting on the 29th and 30th of November, I will be offering my books for free, one at a time, each weekend on Kindle, all the way up to Christmas.
First up will be The Blue Door, first in The Blue Door Trilogy.
So, if you are really savvy, you could own the whole set in time for Christmas, for FREE! Perhaps as a present for a book lover you know, or maybe to read for yourself. Either way, I think you would agree… it’s a cracking deal!

Twisted Labyrinth 1 Kindle

The Blue Door.final cover 2 KindleBTBD official cover 3 KindleRTTBD official cover3 Kindle

Ridgeline by Pamela Foster, a book launch party.

WP_20140601_002[1]I had a wonderful time and very much enjoyed seeing everyone yesterday at the Apple Blossom Brewery. They and Oghma Creative Media did a great job hosting Pamela Foster’s book launch party for her new book, Ridgeline.WP_20140601_006[1]

Pam read two short sections from the book, which had everyone enthralled. Not only does her writing captivate, but when she reads one is drawn into her story even more.

The Dave Bright Band kept our spirits… well, bright 🙂

WP_20140601_005With their own versions of songs by the likes of Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash. Wonderful voice and that steel guitar…oh man, I love that sound!

Pam even managed to find time to dance with her lovely husband, Jack.

The Impassable Creek And The Missed Party

I had every intention of going to the Writer’s group Christmas party and made preparations last night to this end. I wrapped my ‘Secret Santa’ book. My food (kindly cooked by my husband… his contribution since he was not attending) all ready in a glass dish covered in foil. I picked out my clothes for today, placing them on the end of the bed, and set the alarm for 8.30 am so that I would get up in plenty of time to get ready at a leisurely pace.

In bed by midnight last night, preparations complete, I heard and saw the storm raging outside. Thunder of Thor and lightning of Zeus, accompanied by a deluge akin to the biblical floods pestered me mercilessly. It took a while to reach that sublime stupor we humans call sleep, but along it came in fits and starts, punctuated by episodes of bang and flash at regular intervals.

I could tell that the rain was not letting up anytime soon, and the concern about the promised freezing temperatures weighed heavily upon my mind. If that rain froze, I would not get out of my front door in the morning without skating around on the sun-starved front step, let alone cross the creek.

This morning, I obeyed the alarm clock without question. Thankfully, the freeze never reached us. But, the creek… the creek was UP and running FAST. We could see it from the dining room window, but Hubby went down with the Jeep to check it at closer range. Returning, he told me his thoughts on the matter.

“We might make it across…but it’s very risky. I got about a third of the way across, just before the dip…and could feel the creek under the jeep’s floor. It’s haulin’ ass.”

I would have hated to see our jeep floating downstream…and with us inside. So, I called my neighbour, whom I was to travel with to the party, to tell her my woeful news. I would have to pass on the party. She was to pick me up on the other side of our creek…except I could not get to the other side of the rain-filled and torrential creek, which was doing a good impression of a total impasse.

Our creek isn’t often impassable, but when it is, it’s usually when we have plans.’

So, here I am…disappointed, placing the bean casserole into the fridge, the book back upon the shelf (still in its wrapping paper currently) and the party-clothes back into the closet…

I do hope everyone that does make it enjoys themselves and makes it there and back in complete safety. Maybe next year I shall be able to join you all…

Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

And a Happy (if wet) Winter Solstice!