Fri. July 13, 2012: Linky, Linky, Zombie Disco Party

Friday, July 13, 2012
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Happy Friday the 13th! Always one of my favorite days on the calendar.

Have I got links for you! 😉

First of all, I hope you’ll come join me today in a virtual Disco Zombie Party to celebrate the release of HEX BREAKER, over on Author Roast and Toast, later today, going well into the night. Attendees have the chance to get the new Billy Root story before it goes live!

Second, my article on “Smart Gardening” is up on Fifty is the New Fifty. I’m doing six articles for them (I sent off my fourth last night).

Third, I’ve got a piece up on the Writers Vineyard (as Annabel Aidan) about the pleasures of discovering a short story is the seed for something bigger.

Before I could even post this, I conducted an interview for another client. It went very well — I really, really like her and think we can work well together.

Yesterday was crazy busy. I kept thinking, “I can blog in the next hour” and then I couldn’t. My apologies.

Yoga was fantastic. I had to do some errands, including a stop at Country Gardens to pick up some petunias (the pansies in the urn are fading), and get more bamboo hoops, this time for the wisteria. I worked with students, worked on articles and short stories, and considered how to rework my resume geared to a specific Boston facility.

I’ve got a lot of writing and teaching to do today, along with errands, so I better get going. Tessa is grumpy this morning, because she can’t be outside as much as she’d like. She learned pouting and sulking from her big sister, Iris. Can’t the twins teach her any GOOD habits? 😉

Have a great weekend, everyone! It’s supposed to get hotter over the next few days — we’ve been so lucky, weather-wise.

Devon

Registration closes tonight for the Series Bible Seminar, tomorrow! If your story encompasses more than one book, this online seminar will help you keep it all organized! More information and registration here.

Mon. July 9, 2012: Guest-Free & Geared For Insanity


Violet & Tessa get the bed back, once company leaves

Monday, July 9, 2012
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All the guest are gone, which is good, since this week will be beyond insane. But that’s okay, I’m just going to deal with everything one piece at a time, and, somehow, it will all get done. It was great to have friends and family here, although having them converge unexpectedly at the same time, and both groups bring extra people I wasn’t expecting and didn’t know was a bit much. Everyone was nice and fairly easy-going, it was just a lot.

Friday was busy. Saturday, I just hated everybody. For no good reason, just everyone and everything worked my last nerve. Overtired, and tired of people who are lazy and incompetent making unreasonable demands. I don’t have time or tolerance, and I’m not going to waste my valuable time with them.

On the plus side, the weather is quite lovely, the garden is growing well (see the latest post on Gratitude and Growth), and I’m figuring out what I want to do next and what direction I want to take, career-wise. I’m getting rid of what no longer works, even if it’s scary to get rid of the known devil, and going after what I want.

I got the notebooks for the writers’ conference next month — yeah, it’s early, but fellow writers will nod and smile at the excitement of finding the right notebook for the job. Next month’s conference will be fun, and it will be nice to go hang out and not be responsible for anything except showing up and being a good student! 😉

The short story due last Friday, about a woman aviator in 1947, really wants to be a at least a novella, or maybe even a novel. I’m excited about the feedback on what I tried (even though it didn’t work as it stands), and looking forward to finding a way to slot it in and do more work on it.

Today is the last day “Town Crier” is available for download. Billy Root has a few things to say about it, and the upcoming story featuring him, “The Occasional Ghost”.

The Scene Meat workshop starts today — looking forward to it. But you can still sign up for the Series Bible seminar that runs on Saturday, and, if you’re on the Cape this weekend, for the Character and Situation Workshop over at Three Fish and A Ram.

Today, I’ve got to make arrangements for the yearly house inspection from the town, work on three articles, the ghostwriting project, deal with Nightmare Client, prepare for tomorrow’s jazz concert, do three chapters of revisions, deal with students, work on the edits for an anthology I’m collaborating on, polish “The Occasional Ghost”, deal with some more HEX BREAKER PR, and work on the deadlined novels.

NEWSROOM just gets better and better and better. How terrific that there’s a show on the air geared for intelligent people, instead of the reality-pay-them-for-being-their-worst-selves that dominates network television right now.

So, I better get going!

Have a great week, people!

Devon

Tues. July 3, 2012: Extrarodinary . . .


Squash blossoms

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
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Got a lot of work done on freelance assignments, but as always, it’s never enough. Plugging away on the ghost writing gig, polishing the lectures for next week’s classes, working on my articles, got out the write up for Confidential Job #1. Did some promo for HEX BREAKER and booked a few slots. Worked with students. Worked on HEART SNATCHER revisions. Worked on the short stories.

Went over to Mother’s Park. Deadheaded and weeded. The beds were in good shape. Cleaned up a lot of broken vodka bottles –someone had a party there and left a mess. Pigs. Wait, no, that’s insulting to pigs, who are perfectly lovely. When we first moved to this house, some people around the corner would drive by and throw empty beer cans and cigarette packs on our lawn. I waited one day, caught them mid-air, tossed them back in the effing jerks’ faces and told them, very calmly that, next time, I’d break their fingers. It did not happen again. You do not mess with someone who lived on the Deuce.

Planted the black-eyed Susans in the front yard, and did some other work on the yard at home. I have to mow the meadow this week.

Got some errands to run,and then I want to put in a good day’s work, because tomorrow is a holiday, and I”m going to enjoy it. Decided not to do the press jaunt in Newport on Thursday. They take us by boat to NY — but don’t give us a way back. Um, no, thanks.

I’ve gorged myself on Susan Wittig Albert’s lovely book, AN EXTRAORDINARY YEAR OF ORDINARY DAYS. I write about it in-depth here.

Have a great holiday, everyone!

Devon

Learn how to create focused scenes with impact in the Scene Meat workshop, July 9-13. Learn how to create and maintain a series bible in a one-day seminar on July 14. Take both classes together and save $15!
And don’t forget — “Town Crier” is available, as a free download, on the Jain Lazarus site until July 9.

Mon. June 25, 2012: “Town Crier” finally live — and free!

Monday, June 25, 2012
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Lots of catching up to do!

First, I have to say that the premiere of NEWSROOM on HBO was one of the best-written television episodes I’ve ever seen. The opening alone is brilliant, and it just got better from there. I was thrilled to see John Gallagher, Jr. in one of the best roles –we worked together on Broadway in SPRING AWAKENING. He’s terrific, both on and off stage, and I’m so happy to see him in such a great show. Loved the show, thought it was great, thought the writing and the casting were terrific, and can’t wait to see more.

Second, 1and1 finally fixed the website bug, and “Town Crier” is now available for a free download until July 9. You can read an excerpt and then download the story here. I had a totally cool cover that I had to crop and change because the file upload couldn’t support it, so I’m bummed, but the story’s fun. And it ties in to both HEX BREAKER and OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK, although it takes place ten years before the events of HEX BREAKER.

Friday’s Breakfast with the Authors was terrific. All three — Joseph Doolin, Terri Arthur, and Randall Peffer — have books I can’t wait to read. I’ve read some of Peffer’s previous work, and look forward to the newest of his mysteries. We sat together at breakfast and had a great conversation.

Went home, worked flat out all the rest of the day. The next two assignments have arrived for Confidential Job #1, and look good. I did some more pitches, and started working on upcoming articles. I managed to get an absolutely fantastic source for the one due this week — someone whose work I’ve admired since I’ve moved to the Cape, so I’m very excited. Pitched for a few other jobs — fingers crossed.

Worked with students, got a good bit of work done on a rewrite of a small writing book I want to release in the coming weeks.

Sunday’s class was cancelled. The director told me that people were interested, but didn’t want to commit ahead of time. Well, honey, I’m not going to sit around and see if people show up. She also mentioned that people want “light creative writing classes.” That’s just insulting. “Creative writing” is what you as an eighth grade elective or as therapy. It’s not what I do. I work with people who are serious about and committed to writing. That venue is simply not the right match for me. I have one more thing scheduled in mid-July with them, but I’m not holding my breath.

The “Scene Meat” and “Series Bible” classes are filling up nicely, and those should be great fun. I’m really looking forward to them.

Worked on the revisions for HEART SNATCHER. For this draft, I’m cutting all the chapters from secondary characters’ POVs, and focusing on those in the POV of Valerie, Max, and Carey. I’ll sprinkle in necessary information from those cut chapters through other POVs. I’m also putting Max’s first chapter right after the prologue, where it was in the original draft (I’d moved it in the second draft to chapter two, moving Valerie’s first chapter, originally chapter 5, as chapter 1). I’ll give Max one, maybe two chapters, then do Valerie’s, cut Grace’s, and then have Carey’s. It makes it more of an urban fantasy mystery/suspense than the wider ranging fantasy, but it might serve the book better. The changes are based on both the actual notes from the critique swap and new ideas inspired by those notes.

However, changing the first book in the trilogy is making it harder to write the first draft of the second book.

I wrote out on the deck this morning, some work on a magical realism piece. I’m going to work on a couple of articles today, a couple of press releases, get out two more pitches, and get started on the short story due July 6 and start the Billy Root story that has to go live on July 13. Hopefully, the deposit check I keep getting promised for the ghost writing assignment will arrive today, so I can get that in, too.

It was supposed to rain this morning, so I overslept instead of going to yoga. I need to mow the front before the rain starts (it hasn’t yet) — we’re starting to suffer from vacant lot syndrome again, even though it wasn’t that long since I mowed.

Dreamed about an adventure story — movie, really, with Henry Ian Cusick playing the male lead. I mean, he wasn’t himself, he was a character, so I assume I dreamed a script. I have no reason for him to turn up in a dream, and I wasn’t in it anywhere, so I was dreaming a story. Jotted some notes to see if it’s something I can work with in the future.

Back to the page. And the lawn mower.

Devon

Learn how to create focused scenes with impact in the Scene Meat workshop, July 9-13. Learn how to create and maintain a series bible in a one-day seminar on July 14. Take both classes together and save $15!

Interviewed on Long & Short Romance!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
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First and foremost, hop on over to LASR to read an interview with me — it was a ton of fun — I just love working with them.

ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT will be available at the bookstore in the Cape Cod Writers Center Conference — woo hoo! If HEX BREAKER isn’t in print yet, they told me to go ahead and leave promotional materials in the store. Talk about a much better arrangement than at Write Angles last year, which segregated authors, lied to me about carrying me in the store, and then, the night before the conference dumped the whole problem into my lap. This was easy-peasy — I emailed the guy running the bookstore, he sent me the form, and we’re good to go. No drama, no “you’re not with a big enough publisher and not important enough for our store”, none of that. Which is one reason this conference is one of the most respected in the country.

Yesterday, I worked a lot, but didn’t get enough done. Sound familiar? But I got some ideas to one of my new editors, got some work in for another client, mowed the terraced back area, took all the clippings to the dump, In the afternoon, I managed to write 1857 words (a whole chapter) on HEART BINDER, and I read 70 pages of a manuscript for critique. And baked a cake.

I went to the client meeting at 6:30 last night, and didn’t get home until after 11. It was fun, and nice to do focused work in company, but I was beat by the time I got in. Overslept this morning, and then did some more work for that client before I even got a chance to blog.

Tessa was mad at me — our routine this summer has been that I take her out with me in the morning and put her in her cage on the deck. She watches me water, and then is out with me while I have my first cup of coffee, percolate ideas, and write the first 1K of the day in longhand. Later, at the end of the day, she comes out with me again, while I have a glass of wine on the deck and either read or write some more.

Well, yesterday afternoon, I was behind in the work, and couldn’t take her out before I left. And this morning, it was rainy. She was one sulky girl. I took her out this morning in my arms and she got rained on — which, of course, in her feline mind, is all my fault.

Anyway, I’ve got a LOT on my plate today — better get to it.

I’m so happy with the LASR interview!

Devon

Don’t forget — Taste of Tarot workshop for artists in all media, this Saturday afternoon, June 16, at Three Fish and a Ram Community Art Center in Mashpee. More info here.

Fri. June 8, 2012: PR Up the Ying-Yang

Friday, June 8, 2012
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Yoga was great yesterday, and then I worked flat out all day, reading manuscripts, trying to write, getting off on a tangent, doing PR for the book and another client, sending out a couple of pitches.

I had to head to the library to add my registration buttons on their computer (because heaven forbid 1and1 actually give me the service for which I pay them). It took awhile, but the Scene Meat workshop, July 9-13 and the Series Bible One-Day Seminar, July 14, are now up and ready for registration. The former is three days of intense writing, focusing on the purpose and “meat” of the scenes, then layering in additional elements, including transitions. It’s only $40. The Series Bible seminar is a one-day seminar on how to create and maintain a series bible, which is necessary if your story encompasses more than one book — be it a sequel, trilogy, or series (with or without a finite end point). That’s $25. I’m also doing a special offer for those who want to take both — $50.

I’ve gotten some details sorted out with Payloadz, and a series of small writing topic booklets will release over the next few months.

Baked a cake, got it together for the meeting in Buzzards Bay (it was pouring with rain when I left). Good meeting, but, of course, I opened my big mouth with ideas and now I have to follow through! 😉 So I’ll be doing a lot of that today, along with PR for the tarot workshop on June 16, the writer/performer workshop on the 24th, for the Mermaid Ball, and for the HEX BREAKER release. Busy day, so I better get going.

The sun is coming out, so you know what that means — I gotta mow! 😉

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Devon

Want a great urban fantasy adventure over the weekend? HEX BREAKER’s only $2.99 on Amazon Kindle and Solstice Publishing.

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Thurs. June 7, 2012: Grumpy & Off to Yoga

Thursday, June 7, 2012
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Between too much admin work, PR work, and chasing down payments, it was a discouraging day. Also, I lost HALF my workday taking my mom to the doctor, especially since there were some concerns, and then we had to go hithering and yonning for a bit. Hopefully, everything will all sort out.

I finished the draft of the sci-fi story and am letting it sit for a few days before revision. I started reading the next manuscript for swap, and am enjoying it. Stared at my own manuscript and couldn’t focus. Got a little bit more done on CRAVE THE HUNT; trying to get back into the groove with that. Playing with an idea for some non-fiction writing workbook-type things. Am in negotiations for a ghost-writing job.

Spent a few hours answering questions for a long interview for the HEX BREAKER release, and answered some questions this morning for another interview. Worked on getting the new workshops up on the website. Have to go to the library to work in IE, because heaven forbid piece of crap 1and1 lets me put in my coding in anything else. Not only that, they’ve designed a “webdesk”, which means, instead of just signing in to work on my website, I now have to jump through a series of hoops to make it “easier.” Not. What a crap host. I’m hoping GeekGirls can help me wrestle away the webfiles 1and1 holds hostage so that I can move hosts.

Couldn’t raise my mowing mojo, so didn’t. May need to to that today. Got a “reminder” about a meeting tonight — one that no one ever bothered to inform me about in the first place, which irritated me, not to mention how it screws up my work day.

Off to yoga now — that will set me to rights! And then, get in as much work as possible before this danged meeting over the bridge! 😉

To the page, to get some writing in before yoga.

Devon

HEX BREAKER, the first Jain Lazarus Adventure, available from Amazon Kindle and Solstice Publishing. $2.99

Wed. June 6, 2012: Reconfiguring Writing Time

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
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I worked like crazy yesterday, but don’t feel like I got that much accomplished. On the up side, I finished the first pass on one of the swapped manuscripts and really enjoyed it . On the other, I struggled with the short story, and, although I got a lot of admin work done, it never gives me the feeling of satisfaction that writing pages gives me. Promotional stuff, etc. In negotiations for a potential workshop next year for a different organization, where I think the time/payment ratio is going to be saner. Pitched for a press release job, but I bet they want someone cheaper. Invoiced another job.

The rain’s finally stopped, which means I’ll have to mow today! I guess I should be happy that it’s healthy and growing well!

Here’s a press release about the upcoming one-day tarot workshop, live, here on the Cape, on June 16. I’m still putting together the week-long mix of workshops for July, but that should go up shortly. I need to get a press release for HEX BREAKER out to the local papers. So much to do, so little time. Just like everyone else, right?

I’m taking my mom to the doctor this morning — which means I’ll lost most of the morning, because, even with no one in the waiting room, they make us wait at least an hour and a half, which is ridiculous.

I really like the direction in which the anthology story is going, although I went on a tangent yesterday and had to cut almost everything that I wrote. Still need to do more work on “Town Crier” before I’ll feel good about posting it for download. I’ve got some other ideas swirling, so I have to figure out how to reconfigure my time to have more time to write fiction, and yet still be able to earn a living.

But it’s pretty today, so maybe I’ll do some of my writing outside!

Devon

Hex Breaker, $2.99 from Amazon Kindle and Solstice Publishing.

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Tues. June 5, 2012: Writing and Excerpts and PR

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
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Brrr! It’s chilly. I had a busy workday yesterday, flat out all day. Read 150 pages of one of the manuscripts in the swap, worked on PR for my upcoming classes, HEX BREAKER PR, wrote two book reviews, ran errands, paid bills, worked on a couple of short stories, got some submissions out.

This morning, I did the postcards for the “Taste of Tarot” workshop and dropped them off at NIrvana. I’ve got to get more PR for the upcoming workshops out today.

I’ve been watching the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. As a writer (especially one who writes about monarchies in fantasy), the pagentry is fascinating.

There’s a new excerpt on A Biblio Paradise for HEX BREAKER — different than the ones on the website, in the media kit, or on Billy Root’s blog — so go read it. Then go buy it! 😉

Busy writing and reading day ahead of me — juggling a bunch of short stories on deadline, trying to keep on top of the PR, trying to hustle some more freelance work. Never a dull moment. There’s been some coastal flooding, but we’re fine where we are — unlike in NY, where it was always about trying to stay one step ahead of the flood waters.

I love playing with the sci-fi story. I’m pleased with the way that’s coming along.

Tessa is grumpy this morning — not sure why. It’s been raining for the past few days, so I haven’t taken her out with me — maybe she’s getting cabin fever.

I’m putting together an interesting series of workshops for mid-July, that will mix online and live possibilities. I’ve been approached to do some ghost writing — if the money’s okay, I’ll do it. I don’t usually ghost write, but I’m going to make an exception in this case.

I can’t believe it’s June! The heat’s still on. However, I’d rather be wrapped up in sweaters than suffering from heat prostration.

Onward!

Devon

HEX BREAKER, $2.99, from Amazon Kindle and Solstice Publishing.

Mon. June 4, 2012: New excerpt, back to writing, and all that!

Monday, June 4, 2012
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Busy weekend. Final prep for the seminar on Friday, dashing around on errands, working in the garden, working with students, worked on HEX BREAKER PR campaign. Got out some proposals.

Hop on over to Billy Root’s blog. There’s an excerpt from HEX BREAKER (featuring Billy, of course), that’s not in the media kit or on the website. It’s a lot of fun.

Manuscript swap is complete in the year-long. We lost one person who didn’t finish on deadline, unfortunately, but everyone else’s manuscripts (including mine) are out and being read.

Worked on the rewrite of a story for an anthology. Actually, I tossed my previous idea and started from scratch. This is a sci-fi, different than I usually do, but it feels right. I finally have a spot for a character who’s been bugging me for awhile.

Saturday was the Setting Up Your Submission System Seminar. The participants were pretty quiet, but there was a LOT of information, and a few people took advantage of the opportunity to post blurbs and winnow down descriptions. I was rather shocked no one posted an outline or synopsis for comment — usually, that’s what people struggle with the most. They got a 73-page reference guide at the end, that they can use for years, complete with information, links, templates, etc. The companion handbook went out yesterday.

Sunday, I answered any final questions, relaxed for part of the day, but also finished two books I have to review and started reading the first of the three manuscripts I’m reading for the swap in the year-long. I’m loving it The students have come SO far this year. I’m delighted.

Today, I’ve got a LOT of work to do, I’ve got to write the two book reviews, I’ve got to read more for the critique swap, work on HEART BINDER and dive back into CRAVE THE HUNT (the third Jain Lazarus), which needs to go out by the end of the month. I’m tweaking the offerings for July workshops — those should go up soon. I had a request for a one-day seminar on a specific topic, and that’s what’s taking priority.

I was rather dismayed, when I posted “a typical day” in the workshop as to how little writing I get to do every day. That has to get back in balance. I need to write more, and spend less time on all the other stuff. Which means, even though my submission and follow-up systems are fairly streamlined now, I have to come up with better ways to do a few other things.

Back to the page.

Devon

HEX BREAKER, only $2.99 from Amazon Kindle and Solstice Publishing.

Fri. June 1, 2012: Last Chance to Sign up for Submission Workshop!

Friday, June 1, 2012
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Finished the revision of HEART SNATCHER yesterday, and have it ready and formatted for the critique swap. It’s still too long; for all that I cut, I added “fixes” and wound up with a word count that’s still too hefty. I may have to cut out entire subplots from the trilogy. I want to see what the critique partners think, first.

It was the kind of day, in spite of the hard work, that I love. It was all about the writing.

And, I pitched for three very interesting and different jobs.

I’m frustrated and angry about several different things, some within my control, some without. I have to let go of what’s out of my control, and make better decisions with what’s within my control. Just like everybody else, right? 😉

This weekend, along with teaching, I need to polish a couple of short stories and finish an assignment for Confidential Job #1. I’ve also got to crank up the PR machine for HEX BREAKER.

I hope you come to the Submissions System workshop tomorrow — definitely worth your time.

Have a great weekend!

Devon

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Thurs. May 31, 2012: Fun, Work, Writing

Thursday, May 31, 2012
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Worked like crazy yesterday morning, polishing lectures, revising my manuscript, updating my sites for the HEX BREAKER release. The revision has to be done tonight — it’ll be done, but I’ll be typing until the last minute. I found some wowzer problems near the end.

A friend came up from Pennsylvania — we haven’t seen each other in about three years. It was great to have a visit. Tessa, of course, was a wonderful little hostess, while the twins were drama queens. We visited out on the deck (I’d made devilled eggs, black bean hummus, etc.). We drove around to show him the area a bit, and then had a fantastic dinner at the Beehive. We came back for more visiting after.

This morning, we are going out to breakfast. He heads home, and I put my nose to the grindstone all day, and probably well into the night. I have to miss yoga this morning — but I’m hoping to go tomorrow night.

Today and tomorrow are the last days to sign up for the Setting Up Your Submission System Seminar on June 2. It’s the only time it’ll be offered this year, so if you snooze — you lose! 😉 Information and registration here.

The newsletter went out this morning for June. Once I get the book revision done today, I have to do another revision on “Town Crier” so that can release the second week of June. I also have to drop off a signed book to the library in Dennis for their auction. I’m on the fourth day of a migraine — so not fun, but I don’t have the time right now to let it slow me down. Hopefully, I can rest up Sunday.

And then, it’s back to finishing Book 3 of the Jain Lazarus Adventures!

Devon

Read an excerpt of Hex Breaker here. The book is available from Solstice Publishing and on Amazon Kindle.

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Wed. May 30, 2012: HEX BREAKER released!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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It’s here! HEX BREAKER has released, available from Solstice Publishing and on Amazon Kindle for only $2.99. If you read the earlier version — this is juicier and better. If you’ve never read it, I hope you join me for this journey. HEX BREAKER is a personal favorite of mine. The book got excellent reviews in its first incarnation — if you read it and like it, I hope you’ll post a review on Amazon or some such, and if you’d like me as a guest on your blog, let me know — I’ll send you the media kit. I’d love to stop by! If you want to read an excerpt, there’s one here.

Solstice contracted the second book in the series, OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK, a few months ago, and I’m under deadline pressure to get them the third book, CRAVE THE HUNT, as soon as I can. All seven books in the series are in writer’s rough outline.

“Town Crier”, a short story tie-in to the series, will be available for a free limited download the second week of June.

I’m busy updating my sites, and, this weekend, will launch the PR campaign (since I wasn’t expecting it to release yet and had no advance notice).

Of course, this is all while I’m prepping for Saturday’s one day seminar on Setting Up Your Submission System. I’m looking forward to it — I hope the students can learn from the mistakes I’ve made before I came up with a streamlined way to make it easy to put together and get submission packages out the door. Information and registration here. It’s the only time the course will be offered this year, so I hope people take advantage of it.

Spent time with students. Managed 35 chapters of the second pass of HEART SNATCHER. I’ve still got to wrestle the ending, but it will be ready for the critique swap on the first.

I’ve got to buckle back down with CRAVE THE HUNT then, next week, and polish some short stories.

Company’s coming today — good friends from Philadelphia. I’m looking forward to it. We can celebrate the book’s release.

Mowed the front and the side yesterday and got some weeding done. The meadow is my mission for the rest of the week. I haven’t managed to deadhead the rhodies yet, and I’m battling the ants again.

Always something, right? But this is release day for HEX BREAKER, and I choose happiness!

Devon