Wednesday, December 15, 2010

An Angel For Christmas

An Angel For Christmas is out now at Torquere Press! 

You can find it HERE.

88 pages / 24,400 words

I'll be blogging all day today over at Torquere Press' livejournal.  I'll be running several contests... one of which will be the chance to win a copy of my story. Please stop by and say hello!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

bits and pieces...

Well, Thanksgiving is over. And after getting astonishingly sick over the weekend (boy, that was fun) I'm trying to figure out where this week has gone and what happened to all the stuff I was going to write this week. Oh dear.

As you may have guessed NaNo (as I had so predicted) was a no-go...or, I should more accurately state, a no-finish for me. And frustratingly enough, even after the great start I feel I've gotten on my first (dun-dun-dun!) novel the holidays and the aftermath have flown by and nary a word has been written. *grumbles*

I have done some work on my 'tentative' story outline, though. So, that's good news. Even if the word count hasn't been increasing I still take comfort in the fact that some of the middle bits are becoming far more solidified in my head. I'm certainly always game for my characters surprising me (and trust me, they usually do!) but I'm definitely not a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants writing type of girl. I do like some semblance of order and plot progression.

I have high hopes for the coming weekend. It will be quiet and relaxing and give me plenty of time to continue beating my novel into submission. (Christmas shopping?? Surly that can be put off for one more week....) ;)

On another note, praise needs to be given where praise is due... 

As a writer who only has short fiction published to date, and a new writer at that, I have found it hard to get the word out about my work simply because very few review sites are willing to review short stories. It's the way the cookie crumbles I suppose, more! I was so excited when I saw that Tam from Tam's Reads, and Jenre, who reviews for Reviews by Jessewave and Three Dollar Bill Reviews, have teamed-up and created Brief Encounters -- a review blog dedicated solely to m/m short stories. Bravo!!

I really do think this blog will fill a very distinct void in m/m reviews.  Stop by and check it out.

Wish me luck getting back into the groove of writing this weekend!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving and new story cover!!

I'm so excited! I just got the beautiful cover for An Angel For Christmas from the Torquere Press art department. This is my first 'designed' cover so I'm all a flutter. :)

Check out my page for An Angel For Christmas to read the blurb. An excerpt will be on it's way shortly!

I want to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving. I know I have a whole lot to be thankful for his year... I have wonderful friends and family, my health, and this is the year I became a published author. Thanks to everyone for reading and I can't wait to share my latest creation, An Angel For Christmas, with you on Dec. 15th. 

Happy Thanksgiving!!



Saturday, November 20, 2010


*Sigh* When best laid plans go awry.

So, I decided that I was going to attempt NaNoWriMo for the first time this year. Oh my. 30 Days. 50,000 words. And absolutely no chance to retain your sanity. What the hell was I thinking?!

As the title of this post would suggest, all is not well in NaNo-land. At day 20 I have written exactly 20,460 words. *facepalm*

I will be the first to admit I am NOT a fast writer. With a day-job and various other projects and commitments that suck up time, I find part of my problem is just finding the time to sit down and write. The other problem is that I tend to be one of those people who agonize about every word and sentence. It's like I'm desperately trying to get it perfect the first time. Which is silly, because that's what endless editing and revisions are for. But that's why I thought it would be an interesting experience to try NaNo... sort of throw caution to the wind and force myself just to concentrate on output and focus on revisions and perfections later.

The good news is I've definitely written more than I would normally. The bad news is that I'm atrociously behind. The chances are pretty darn good that I won't make it to 50,000 in the next 10 days... especially with Thanksgiving coming up and all the family craziness that ensues. Somehow between working on the edits for my new holiday story ("An Angel for Christmas" will be out 12/15 from Torquere!! *end shameless promotion*), putting together the market materials for the story, and also taking time to put together this blog time got away from me. Also, of course the day-job and life in general always have a knack for rearing their ugly heads when it's least convenient. I know, excuses, excuses, but, I've certainly beein keeping busy this month, even if I don't quite make the cut with NaNo.

Oh, well. There's always next year to kick NaNo's...well, you know. ;) But in the meantime, I do believe I've gotten a good start on what I hope will be my first novel-length story. So, something good has come out of NaNo. Fingers crossed that all continues to go well! Just to be safe, I'll be crossing my toes as well.

I still have 10 more days to write as much as humanly possible. Lovely. I better get back to beating my head against my computer then... or, you know, writing my story instead of blog posts. ;)

Wish me luck!


Thursday, November 18, 2010

I felt it was about time... carve out a little spot for myself in the vastness that is cyber-space!

I'm on livejournal, but I thought a proper blog would reach more people. So, here I am.

I'll update regularly with info about my new writing projects and all manner of other musings I am sure. I currently have two short stories published with Torquere Press, and a longer holiday story due out 12/15. I'm so excited! It's a short novella and it is my first foray into the paranormal genre. I hope to have a marketing blurb and excerpt to share with you soon, but it is called An Angel for Christmas and it is about a guardian angel who falls in love with his human charge.

More to come very soon!