ROW80: Week 8 Check In

ROW80: Week 8 Check In

A couple of weeks ago, I read my 2012 horoscope. In a nutshell, it predicted I’d be run off my feet until October. Almost two months into the year, the prediction is holding fast. I’m dreaming about settling into a lawnchair with a good book. Maybe in October when the snow is flying. So welcome to week 8 of the ROW80 writing challenge, where we’re going faster than the speed of light.

1) Write every morning:

– I stuck to the plan and devoted the morning hours to writing and completed edits on my Bandit Creek novella, WEDDING FEVER, then sent it off for final edits.

– I’ve started revisions to TERMS OF SURRENDER and hope to have the partial ready to send to the editor by the end of March.

2) Social Media:

– I’ve decided Pinterest is going to be just for my enjoyment. Looking at pictures always sets my muses to dancing, so this is the perfect spot to indulge them. If you have time, come see my boards.

– Due to some family commitments, blog visits were at an all time low and I only made 26 blog stops.

3) Avoid chocolate:

– Success! 🙂

4) Exercise:

– What can I say, but the treadmill was lonely this week.

5) Read:

– I didn’t get back to Roxy Boroughs’ Bandit Creek novella A STRANGER’S KISS, but instead did some technical reading.

– And my library card expired. I’m shocked and hoping to get down there soon to renew.

Check out the A Round of Words in 80 Days blog and maybe you’ll want to join us next time.

Happy ROW80 everyone and thanks for stopping by!

ROW80: Week 7 Check In

ROW80: Week 7 Check In

One of the best things about the ROW80 writing challenge is that it forces me to constantly reevaluate where I’m spending my time. So welcome to week 7, where some important things are happening and others are not.

1) Write every morning:

– I placed second in an RWA contest and received an editor request, so this week I switched gears to revise the opening chapters of my story TERMS OF SURRENDER. Even though I was at my desk every morning by 7:00, I only revised the first chapter.

– An unexpected visit from our oldest son gave me an opportunity to whine discuss why I’m not accomplishing more. Despite being at my desk from 7:00 till 4:00 every day, I’m allowing myself to be distracted by volunteer commitments. While important, they should not be my primary focus.

– He convinced me to let go of some of my responsibilities. Can you hear me scream? It’s far easier to disappoint myself than it is to disappoint others. While family will always come first, the writing must come second. Or as Susan Elizabeth Phillips says: Protect the writing.

2) Social Media:

– Did I mention I want to join Pinterest? Have you see it yet? It’s beautiful and I’m in total awe. Check out Marcia Richard’s recent post about Pinterest.

– I visited 45 blogs this week. So many wonderful people, so many interesting posts. Which is how I became obssessed discovered Pinterest.

3) Avoid chocolate:

– There were chocolate chip cookies calling my name. ‘Nuff said.

4) Exercise:

– On the treadmill four days this week and took my iPad with me so I could read.

5) Read:

– I started Roxy Boroughs Bandit Creek novella A STRANGER’S KISS and it’s making the time on the treadmill fly by.

Check out the A Round of Words in 80 Days blog and maybe you’ll want to join us next time.

Happy ROW80 everyone and thanks for stopping by!

A Stranger’s Kiss by Roxy Boroughs

A Stranger’s Kiss by Roxy Boroughs

Welcome to Book 12 in the Bandit Creek series, a romantic suspense titled A Stranger’s Kiss by Roxy Boroughs!

SAM HUTCHINSON was once motivated by power and money. But after his son’s murder, he alternates between losing himself in a bottle of scotch and researching James Ryan Morley, the still-at-large killer of the boy Sam never had time for in life. Broken and desperate, Sam traces Morley’s roots to Bandit Creek, Montana and an addict who once sheltered him.

There, against a serene mountain backdrop, he finds the woman’s resourceful daughter, Amy Tesher, and her eleven-year-old child, Renee. Lies are Amy’s camouflage—her age, her name, even the identity of her child’s father—all fabricated to escape the secrets of her past.

Unaware of Sam’s real mission, she takes him into her boarding house. Just as Morley returns to take possession of Amy…and her daughter.

Read Carla Roma’s interview with Roxy Boroughs or an excerpt from A Stranger’s Kiss or buy the book. And be sure to stop by for the Facebook release party where you’ll have a chance to win some terrific prizes.

On the first and fifteenth of the month, check back for more new Bandit Creek books. There’s something at Bandit Creek for everybody!

Stay tuned for my upcoming Bandit Creek releases. BABY FEVER, part of the Fool’s Gold anthology, is scheduled for release on April 1, 2012. And WEDDING FEVER, the follow up story, will be out on July 15, 2012. Covers to be posted soon.

Viva La Valentine!

Viva La Valentine!

It’s Valentine’s Day and the latest edition of the WG2E All-For-Indies Anthologies is here.

The Viva La Valentine Edition features authors D.D. Scott, Talli Roland, Chicki Brown, Lisa Lim, M.G. Ainsworth, Buck Buchanan, Diane Vallere, Christy Hayes, and … drumroll please … Sheila Seabrook.

That’s right, folks. My first indie release!

I’m currently reading the stories by the other authors and loving them, but today I’m here to tell you about my contribution to the anthology.

THE VALENTINE GRINCH

Hearts, cupids, and diamond rings … bah humbug!

Amanda Goodwin inherited her Valentine grinchness from her Grandpa George, so when she returns home for her Grandma Elvira’s Valentine’s Day wedding, it’s bah humbug all the way. Until, that is, she encounters her grandpa’s ghost.

Fortunately, she’s not in this alone.

Long time friend, Dane Weatherby, totally gets her grinchly attitude. Between Grandpa’s demands for her to stop the wedding, Grandma’s inability to let go of her dearly departed husband’s urn, and Amanda’s parents acting friskier than a couple of newlyweds, she’s ready to give in to her grinchness and head back to the city.

Only true love can stop Amanda. And if Dane has his way, he just might convince her to say I do instead of bah humbug.

Available on: Amazon, Smashwords, and B&N
 

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