Wow, what a rush!

Woke this morning early, not quite like Christmas morning, but close.

Lots to do.

Is BONES really available on Amazon? Yep!
Six wonderful reviews so far. I am blessed with many wonderful friends who spent their time reading my work and then posted reviews.

Is BONES really available on Barnes and Noble? Yep.
Two marvelous reviews. I’m a lucky woman.

Now, to work. Facebook posts in as many places as are available. Twitter. Writer’s groups. The Boroughs Publishing Group family, of course, where my incredible author family reposted and re-tweeted and added things I should have added. We take care of one another at Boroughs.
Devise games for the launch party tonight. at six pm central standard time and ending at nine pm central standard time. Please drop by! There will be prizes!

Thanks to all of you who have ordered or purchased BONES. If you like it, please post positive reviews on Amazon and B&N. Positive reviews help sell a book, but what helps even more is word of mouth. All the slick advertising in the world can’t beat your telling your friends who tell their friends, etc.

Thanks to all of you who’ve helped along the way and thanks to all of you who will help going forward.

This has been a very long and difficult journey.

But today has made it all worth it!

Interview on Smashwords

Lazy Sunday morning here in Nashville. Cold, wet, cloudy. Just the kind of day to watch football, update webpages and work on all things writerly. Speaking of which, Smashwords interviewed me this week at ( . I’d love you to take a look and offer suggestions for more questions or chat with me about the answers I gave to these questions.

I enjoy being interviewed. Gives me a chance to look into myself a little, something most of us don’t have time to do often.

Tuesday, November 18th (day after tomorrow) is the launch date for BONES ALONG THE HILL. I hope many of you will read it. If you like it, reviews on Amazon (  and Smashwords ( will be so very much appreciated.

I will be hosting a launch party on Facebook ( between the hours of six p.m. and nine p.m. central standard time on November 18, 2014. Please drop by and chat with us a while. There will be prizes, so you’ll have a chance to walk away with something you can use.

Exciting times here. Busy times as well which is why this post is short.

The Weird World of Writers

Today is October 31st, Halloween, a wonderful day for Americans. Children of all ages dress in bizarre costumes, roast marshmallows and hot dogs, down enough candy to rot a thousand teeth and generally have a good time.

Halloween presages Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving presages Christmas.

But this year, Halloween presages something new and exciting in my life, the launch of BONES ALONG THE HILL, a romantic suspense novel written by me and published by the Boroughs Publishing Group.

BONES launches on November 18th. I will post links when I have them and invite all of you to read it because that’s what authors do and also because I think it’s a fine novel, well-written and full of interesting people. So interesting, I sometimes pine for their company even though months have elapsed since my editor, Camille Hahn and I agreed with a single nod that BONES was ready to go out into the wide world.

Writing is a strange affair. I spend hours communing with people who don’t exist in situations I create, playing like a cat with my little mice who, like real mice, try to run in directions I don’t like and are sometimes successful in wresting control of the effort into their non-existent paws. I don’t know how they do it; neither does anyone else.

But I digress.

Perhaps the strangest part of writing is marketing. I write a novel (82,000 words). It takes forever. My writing buddies read it. They point out horrors. I revise. They read it; I revise. Repeat ad nauseam. Finally, we either all agree it’s ready or we give up and it goes out into the wide world of agents and editors.

This begins the process designed to destroy my ego so I can become a better person. I know that’s the case because that much pain must have a reason. I send out the manuscript to ten agents. Five of them don’t respond at all, four respond with “not for us,” a phrase created specifically because it says nothing and helps no one. One of the ten sends a nice note that gives me an idea of why it isn’t for her. For a long time during the sending out process, I live for these why emails, suck them in like a desiccated turtle in need of water.

The sending out process is sometimes interrupted so the revising process can resume. This happens when an agent or editor gives me enough feedback so I figure a way to make the book better. The revising process can take a day or can extend for months. Depends on how badly my ego is bruised at the moment.

Then one day someone responds to my query with “I love this book.” For several hours, I sit in stupefaction, my battered writer’s mind unable to absorb the words that should be “not for us.”

I wish I could say that after the initial numbness, I became hysterically excited, but in fact I did not. I became incredibly relieved. I was no longer an “aspiring author,” an “unpublished writer,” someone who said she could write but could not prove it. I was to have an ISBN, proof positive that someone somewhere cared enough about my novel to publish it.

As I said, the novel will debut on November 18th. I am excited. I am terrified. I am looking forward to that day while at the same time trying to hold the seconds back.

Meanwhile, I’m working on another novel with nary a tremble over the ensuing marketing process. All I can figure is it’s like having babies. After a while, we forget the pain.

Q & A

1. What are your current projects?

BONES ALONG THE HILL is a romantic suspense being published by the Buroughs Group on November 18, 2014. The suicide of her teenage fiancé ten years ago sent GENEVA OAKLEY (Neva) hiding deep in the basement of her family’s funeral home in Nashville, where she painstakingly erases disfiguring injuries so the dead look almost alive in their caskets. When she stumbles onto the murder of a classmate, she becomes the target of human traffickers. With courage she didn’t know she had, she brings the trafficking organization down and at the same time solves the mystery of that long ago suicide. But in the doing, she skates along the edge of losing her new love interest and her own life.

BLESSED CURSE, the book I’m writing now, is a paranormal romance. JORIE WAINRIGHT, descendent of the Second Sons of historic Rugby, TN, is stalked by a tragic ghost seemingly bent on killing Jorie’s three month fetus. As Jorie and her fiancé Logan Mathis work together to discover what the ghost wants, they also unravel the mystery of Jorie’s past and finally understand the very personal connection between Jorie and the ghost.
2. How does your work differ from others of its genre?

I like a novel that brings all the themes back in the end. All presented questions answered. All mysteries solved. My novels tend to have several layers of problems, all of which are connected to the main problem eventually.

3. Why do you write what you do?

I write what I like to read. I tend toward suspense and paranormal stories, love a spooky twist in an otherwise straight novel. I am captivated by strong characters and big themes.

4. How does your writing process work?

I work two days a week at an out-of-the-house job, which leaves five days to write at home. My laptop sits on a table beside my red leather recliner.

On my allotted five mornings a week, I grab a cup of coffee, which is needed to make my heart actually beat, and sink into the recliner with the laptop in my lap. Immediately, Ginger, my red classic Maine Coon, leaps to the chair arm and attempts to crawl onto the computer keys. Generally, she is unsuccessful.

I open Scrivener, re-read yesterday’s product, which is usually a first draft, ragged, uneducated and showing no sign that I’ve attended a writing class or written anything. Ever.

When that work is edited, I begin writing the next new chapter, a first draft as god-awful as the ones before and keep moving until mid to late afternoon. At that point, I move to the requirements of life. Herbs, plants, housework, laundry, all the things that keep a house running well enough so varmints don’t come to live with us.

When I think a chapter might be right, I send it to my incredible critiquing partner, Joan, who tears it literally to pieces and sends it back for me to edit once again. It’s a good thing I am one determined editor.