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Book giveaway — 2 signed copies of Beyond the Trail

August 2, 2013

BTTI’m in a pretty good mood today—my shape-shifter short story collection, Natural Family Disasters, is out and selling well, I sent off my novel True Nature to the content editor yesterday, and my new website should be up soon. 

To celebrate all of that, I thought I would give away two free signed paperback copies of my other anthology, Beyond the Trail.

Beyond the Trail includes six short stories that give us glimpses into the lives of Luke, Nora, and the other characters from Backwards to Oregon.

  • The Blue Hour: When her mother dies, twelve-year-old Lucinda Hamilton decides to start a new life—as a boy.
  • Grasping at Straws: No one knows that Tess Swenson, madam of a brothel, also owns a livery stable and a number of other businesses. On one of her secret inspections, she makes a surprising discovery.
  • A Rooster’s Job: The Hamiltons hoped to build a home in the idyllic Willamette Valley with mild winters, but now they’re snowed in and their rooster isn’t doing such a great job either.
  • The Art of Pretending: Tess finds out that someone is stealing her money. She suspects Frankie, a woman who reminds her of Luke. But nothing is as it seems.
  • The Christmas Oak: Luke sets out to bring home a Christmas tree—but she finds something else.
  • Swept Away: The greatest flood in the history of Oregon sweeps away houses, barns, and animals in the Willamette Valley. At the same time, fourteen-year-old Amy is swept away by her feelings for her best friend.

The enter the drawing, all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog. I’ll announce the winners on Monday, August 5, so check back then to see if you won.

Good luck, and have a nice weekend.



Writing hours in June

June 30, 2013

I spent most of June with my shape-shifters. Fictional ones, of course. I finished the last revisions of Second Nature, wrote a new short story for Natural Family Disasters (a shape-shifter anthology), and started revising True Nature, the sequel or rather spin-off to Second Nature.

I put that manuscript aside when I had the idea for a short story in summer 2011… One year later, that short story had turned into a full-blown novel titled Something in the Wine. So it’s been two years since I last looked at True Nature and can now take a more objective look at the manuscript. I still like the story and the characters very much. There’s a lot of work ahead of me, but it’s worth it.

So here are my numbers for June:

46 hours 14 hours
44 hours 19 hours
82 hours 15 hours
71 hours 4 hours
105 hours 5 hours 25 hours
135 hours 10 hours
TOTAL 483 hours 67 hours 25 hours

Check back next month to see the hours for July. I hope to be a lot further along with True Nature this time next month, and I will also start editing two great manuscripts. More about that soon.


Hundred days…

March 10, 2011

Today is day 100 since I started working on my newest novel, True Nature.

Since True Nature is a pretty fast-paced book, I estimated it to end up around 100,000 words (compared to the 140,000 to 180,000 of my other novels), and it seems that estimation was fairly accurate. I’m working on the climactic scene right now, and this is my word count:

My main character is Kelsey Yates, a wolf-shifter, whom you met in Second Nature. Her love interest and main character number two, Rue Harding, is human.

There seems to be a convention (or maybe it’s a cliché) in paranormal romance, that if you have a human/werewolf or human/wolf-shifter pairing, the wolf will be the strong, dominant one, who protects the human. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure those stories can be fun. In fact, Gill McKnight‘s Amber Eye has an alpha who is hilariously possessive (and she shares my office-supplies fetish, but I digress…).

But for me, half the fun is the fact that Kelsey is a submissive wolf, more of an omega, and Rue is a CEO used to giving orders.

Having a submissive main character wasn’t easy at first. By definition, the main character should be active, not passive or reactive. So I’ve kept the first seventeen chapters entirely in Kelsey’s point of view to make sure readers identify and empathize with her. And, of course, she’ll have to play a major role in overcoming the final obstacle in the climactic scene.

I’m hoping to finish this first draft by the end of next week, and then my pack of beta readers, critique partners, and test readers will get the manuscript for a second read-through.

If you want to follow my progress, I’m updating my word count regularly.

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