European Graveyards, Part III

Graveyards III So as usual, life totally got in the way, as did edits, and familial obligations, and a million jillion other things.  So I am finally posting my last (for now) blog post in the graveyard series! Both of these graveyards are located in Paris, France, one above the city, Cimetiere du Montparnasse, located at the corner of  Rue Froidevaux and Rue Victor Schoelcher and the other is very close by, under the city, the Paris Catacombs.  If you are planning on visiting the catacombs and you allow yourself an extra hour or two, you will have ample...

Graveyards I Love II European Edition

When we decided in 2014 to travel to Europe, I was a little bit hesitant to suggest that first on my list were a couple of graveyards that I had wanted to visit for years.  We were traveling with friends, and I wasn’t too sure how they’d react, so I bumped them down on my list, from number one to maybe number three or four so I wouldn’t appear too macabre.  Happily, they were on board with my plan, so we were able to visit all of them.  So here they are, in no particular order, because I apparently...

WORDS TO REMOVE FROM YOUR WRITING

Looking at that 85,000 word manuscript and wondering how to cut it down to 75,000 so you can submit?  There’s an easier way than pulling it apart and completely rewriting it, a process that takes another two months out of your schedule and leaves you cutting out important scenes and making hard decisions about dialogue and character development.  By taking a weekend (or two) and carefully combing though your MS using the “Find” command in Word, you can eliminate literally pages of unnecessary words, overused words, and “fluff” words, turning your work into the lean, mean writing it is...

Traveling for Ideas

When I decided to set my gothic romance series in Charleston, SC, it was with sort of a vague, romantic  notion.  Driving through the area, on our north-to-south migration from Ohio to Florida migration, we’d driven through the area countless times, and I’d fallen in love with the salt flats, and the beauty of it all. We’d vacationed in the Outer Banks, stayed in Beaufort area a few times, and driven down all along the coast, even staying in Savannah for a weekend.  But we’d never actually visited Charleston.  So we made plans to stay there for a few...

Graveyards I Love

Yeah, I’m one of those graveyard people.  Whenever we travel, I always schedule a stop at a graveyard (or two) along the way so we can take a tour.  It’s always amazing to me how beautiful they are, how peaceful and how different each region is.  No matter where you go, there are always fresh flowers on many of the graves, and most are well tended.  The mix of old and new fascinates, as does the rich history of the people buried there.  We like to pay our respects to the ones who came before us, and I thought...

Saving Mercy Trailer by Abbie Roads

  Today is the day that Abbie Roads trailer for her new Fatal Truth Series, “Saving Mercy” comes out! “Spine-tingling…” –RT Book Reviews “Roads blends high-action romantic suspense with the paranormal to tell a love story.” –Booklist The book sounds awesome, and if you haven’t read any of Abbie’s books yet, they are dark, psychological thrillers with strong heroines and damaged alpha males to die for.  here’s a little taste:  He’s found her at last… Cain Killion knows himself to be a damaged man. His only redeeming quality? The extrasensory connection to blood that he uses to catch killers....

Progress!!!

Well, I’m typing away on book # 2 of my shadows series, and hoping that all will end well for everyone involved.  Since I’m a total pantser when I write, (that’s someone who totally doesn’t plan anything out ahead of time, just sits down and writes whatever comes into their head  and hopes that it all works out) it could seriously end badly.  But I can always change it.  Like Shannon Hale says, “I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.”   Which is...

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It’s the first of the year and that means new things.  Like all things that seem too overwhelming to contemplate, here I am, sitting at my computer, pecking my way through my first blog post on my half set up website, wondering  I’ll ever get to where I need to be.  But I suppose I’ll get there, I always do.  Tomorrow I’ll go to the gym with all the newbies who made their New Year’s resolutions, (hopefully some of them will still be there in March), and help them figure out the machines and how much weight they can...