This weekend I got slammed with a cold, putting my head in a fog. I stared at the blinking cursor on my laptop screen long enough to know that I wouldn’t get any quality writing in, and then realized, HEY! I haven’t posted on my website in ages!
So here is the update. I finally carved out substantial time to really get into the meat of Fade. As of last Sunday, I’ve finished 21 chapters. Its outline has expanded to include 33 chapters (+ the epilogue, of course); we still have a ways to go. These chapters I’ve written are “rough.” They mainly include the nitty gritty – what moves the scene along, important events, character development … the “meat.” Once I complete my first pass at the entire novel, I’ll then approach it with 3 additional edits, each of which has an important purpose. Think of these edits as the potatoes, the vegetables, and the glass of milk. After that, Fade will fall into the hands of my indispensable betas and my editor before returning to me for one final edit: the dessert.
Can you tell I’m hungry?
As you can see, it’s a process. The rough draft is chugging along at 64% complete. Large novels are a marathon. I have no estimate for when Fade will be published. It is simply too early. I’m really happy I can finally say with confidence that I am working fairly regularly on it – a tough feat with demanding family life, especially with homeschooling my eldest. Fade is a project that greatly excites me. I cannot believe I am working on the final installment in the Response trilogy. I think (and hope!) you special fans of mine will love it.
Hello, my pretties! I’m slowly coming off of maternity leave. Today I dipped back into the office to continue work on the third installment of my trilogy, Fade, and goshdarnit, you deserve a preview of its preface. If you haven’t yet read Fight & Flight, stop here or risk spoilers. Enjoy!
Fade Working Preface:
These days, great in grime and lacking in structure, are the most significant of them all. For in the days that my heart beats full and proper, there I am. And then I’m not. The ever-present ticking of the clock reminds me that my time isn’t my own; I’m living on borrowed moments. The rise and fall of my chest, the blink of my eyes as I absorb Conley’s words … these events are marked with an expiration date. My life is guaranteed to end whenever Garrett’s does.
It’s just a matter of when.
Stay tuned for more updates!
It appears that a post or two over the last couple of months might have been eaten due to technical difficulties. Womp womp! A little refresher — Flight was released March 18th! Here is the serene cover in all its glory:
March has been quite busy for me in more ways than one. On the 11th, I gave birth to my son. I actually edited the final files for Flight while in active labor. Nothing like a deadline breathing down your neck to get you working! I’ll be taking a break as we adjust to our newest family member, but don’t worry — I won’t be away from the laptop for long. Fade, the final installment of the Response Trilogy, is fully outlined/partially rough-written. I’m excited to get to work wrapping up all characters and storylines. 🙂
If you need me in the meantime, please visit the contact section of my site or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m always nearby.
Your Resident Author,
P.S. Fight is free on Amazon until April 13th. If you have yet to read it, now’s the time!
Any day now I suspect I’ll have the cover preview for Flight in my hot little hands. While I don’t yet, I can assure you it looks fabulous! My graphic designer also formats my novels. She’s great; Lori Follett of Wicked Book Covers if you’re looking. Flight‘s formatting completion estimate is right around the corner.
Then the book moves along on its publication journey to my husband and mother-in-law for them to scour in search of elusive eleventh hour errors, and after that, the general public. We’re pretty much THERE. We’ve reached step 1003 in a 1005-step process.
So basically I want to take this time to breathe a sigh of relief, swallow my nerves, and eagerly await what’s to come. It’s done, y’all. I’ve found my calling and it feels increasingly more amazing each and every day.
Your resident author,
What’s an anniversary party without a new set of duds? Fight has been all dressed up to commemorate 1 year of sales. To further celebrate, my debut novel will be 99 cents on Amazon until Friday!
It feels so very wrong to title a post ‘Winter Magic’ in this, my most precious month of Halloween activity-filled months, but guys — Flight will be released this winter! Been editing diligently over here and only have 30 more pages to go before proofreading and publication. We’re looking at a February/March time frame. Time to do a happy dance!
I’ll do it to spooky music. That’ll give me peace with the title. 😉
Flight is back from my spectacular betas.
I’ve just about finished poring over all of their well-thought-out critiques and commentaries and I must say, I don’t know what I’d do without those helpful ladies. The next stage for Fight‘s sequel is one final pre-proofreader edit of the entire novel. I’d like to predict it will take me one month; I’ll say with brutal honesty it could take many. It depends on what the book tells me as I go through it and also how much time my vibrant 3 year old allots. In case you’re wondering when the release of Flight will be, the projected date remains Spring 2016 unless everything moves extremely quickly in these next couple of crucial months. That *might* push it closer to winter (but assume spring for now).
What else, what else … book 3’s first several chapters are complete. It’s a lot of fun, albeit extremely challenging to bring everything in the trilogy to a close. Developing and wrapping up minor characters is probably my biggest obstacle. Everyone deserves for their story to be told! It’s a process of keeping all balls in the air and having every ball draw your eye until the very end.
Otherwise, a little surprise should begin construction here shortly with a Fall 2015 appearance. Can’t wait!
Hope you’re having a sun-drenched, exhausting, magical, sparkly ocean-filled summer. <3
The Timeline of Amber Brown has finally arrived! Click here to get your free-until-June eReader novelette chronicling several critical weeks in the life of Emma Briar’s best friend.
Now here’s the fun part. Last winter on my Facebook page, I asked fans for their favorite words. It wasn’t until the responses poured in that I realized I just had to do something creative with them. I originally wrote a Christmas love story unrelated to the Response Trilogy … and something was off. It just didn’t have heart. It didn’t gibe with where my head was at. I live in the world of Fight and all things Fight-related. How could I not twine this story around my beloved characters?
Enter Amber Brown. For the vast majority of Fight, your portrayal of her is completely inaccurate. It almost felt organic to pencil out the real reason she’s Emma’s best friend. To get into her head. I owed her that much because let’s be honest – none of us like Amber all that much.
Well after reading this story, you just might.
Without further ado, here are the words. Some of these were slightly more challenging to insert than others. Winebibber was my addition; I couldn’t miss out on the fun! The rest belong to my silly and awesome fans. As does Amber’s story.
I recommend making a word hunt game out of it. Love to you all. 🙂