Weekend Reading: Jane’s Melody by Ryan Winfield

August 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

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August 11, 2014

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I’m not sure how it is that this guy didn’t pop up on my radar before now, because he writes just the kind of books I love to read.

Ryan Winfield did a book signing/panel with my LERA group this weekend at my local indie bookstore, Bookworks. After reading the synopses for Ryan Winfield’s Jane’s Melody and the recently released follow-up, Jane’s Harmony, I knew that I had to go pick up these books. And get them signed, of course.

Ryan Winfield and me at Bookworks signing August 9, 2014.

Ryan Winfield and me at Bookworks signing August 9, 2014.

I started reading Jane’s Melody this weekend and love it.

It’s set in Washington State, which is where I grew up. It makes me almost miss some things about Washington, such as the springtime flowers of daffodils and tulips and crocuses. Almost miss it. Makes me almost kind of wish we hadn’t been so poor when I was a kid so that we could have afforded a ferry ride to Bainbridge Island. Almost wish. (I did move to New Mexico for a reason: the sunshine!)

Love the cover.

Love the cover.

I’m also just so stoked that a man understands that a single, working woman doesn’t have time to change the light bulb in the garage (page 6) or pull weeds in the back yard (page 42). Okay, so maybe one or two men I’ve dated have given me crap about that.

I highly recommend this book.

The Road Trip is Happening

July 21, 2014 § 1 Comment

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What the cat does while I frantically pack.

What the cat does while I frantically pack.

For some reason, Thin Lizzy’s “Cowboy Song” is running through my head.

Oh. Probably because . . .

The road trip to San Antonio, Texas for the Romance Writers of America conference is finally happening.

My friend Martha has our route to San Antonio all planned out, right down to the four 5-minute restroom breaks. This should be an adventure. I just hope she doesn’t leave me in a cloud of dust because I take too long to piss.

I’m packing up my shorts and dresses and flip-flops, and I’m pretty much just planning on having big hair the whole time I’m there.

And although I did find some recipes for homemade coconut oil bug repellant, they look way too complicated and labor intensive for me right now, and I can’t afford to take any chances because I got eaten alive in New Orleans a couple of weeks ago, and that was with Family Off. So stinky, supposedly toxic DEET, Deep Woods bug spray it is.

Before I hit the road, I will leave you with this fun little video, courtesy of my local LERA chapter. (I’m in the “choir”.)

Texas has a romance conference.

Weekend Reading: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy Romance, Contemporary Western Romance, Oh, Did I Mention Romance?

June 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

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After finishing the entire wonderful The Mortal Instruments series, I experienced a bit of Twilight syndrome: that bereft, befuddled, “what the heck am I going to read now?” daze.

Fortunately, several authors in my LERA group have just come out with new releases.

Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones

The latest installment of the Charley Davidson series is out. Thank snarky, sexy goodness.

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The Mark of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy

I’m pretty excited about this first book in Kennedy’s new The Twelve Kingdoms trilogy. Look at that gorgeous cover.

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A Match Made in Texas by Katie Lane

I have a bit of catching up to do. This is book 6 from Deep in the Heart of Texas.

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With This Ring by Celeste Bradley

Book 3 of the Wicked Worthingtons comes out July 1st.

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Tempting Meredith by Samantha Ann King

One of King’s favorite quotes from the book is “No one in his right mind would mistake Meredith for sunshine. Unless the man was referring to her hair color.” That’s more than enough to sell me.

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I think that slew of new books will tide me over. For just a little while, anyway.

So I Started Tracking My Word Count

January 15, 2014 § 6 Comments

And was that ever an eye-opener.

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LERA meeting January 11, 2014. L-R: Jeffe Kennedy, Katie Lane, and Robin Perini.

At last Saturday’s Land of Enchantment Romance Authors (LERA) meeting, four published authors shared their insight into the challenges of meeting contractual deadlines.

Darynda Jones (Fifth Grave Past the Light; Death, Doom and Detention), Jeffe Kennedy (Master of the Opera; Rogue’s Possession), Katie Lane (Going Cowboy Crazy; Flirting with Texas), and Robin Perini (Behind the Lies; The Cradle Conspiracy) all had their unique experiences, but one thing they agreed on:

“Keep track of how long it takes you to write and how many words,” said Katie.

“And then push yourself,” added Jeffe.

So I started keeping a daily timesheet in Excel to track how much time I spend on my writing. (This will come in handy come tax time, when, you know, I actually start making money at writing to be taxed on.) At the end of the daily timekeeping, I noted my word count.

On the second day of tracking, I had written 732 words. I scrapped more than half of those words in revisions. By the time I was done, I had only 220 final words. It had taken me a total of almost four hours.

I’m no math whiz, (obviously not, I’m a Liberal Arts major who writes in her spare time) but I’m pretty sure that four hours to produce 220 words is cause for some serious process improvement.

Yeah, I need to push myself.

Don’t tell my boss, though.

Oh, wait. My boss doesn’t care about my word count.


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