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Beta Readers: Nakedness, Babysitters and Narcissism

I'm standing naked on a stage right now. I'll wait while you poke your eyes out with sharp sticks. Back? Oops, now you can't read 'cause you poked your eyes out. *note to self: don't recommend poking out eyes in future posts* At this point, you're saying to yourself-- What the heck is she talking about? Beta readers. Understand now? [...]


I'm editing. I've been editing for over a month and the end is in sight. I've done  revisions, sentence restructuring and tried to remove as many *I*s as possible. I've embedded deep POV, taken out unnecessary lines (even if I love them,) and found repetitive words. I've read this manuscript so many times I can practically recite passages word for [...]

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Only in my world could a phrase so ridiculous sound pretentious. Last fall I entered The Beacon, a writing contest for unpublished authors that's sponsored by First Coast Romance Writers. I entered CHOSEN, my paranormal thriller (Paranormal)  and TWENTY-EIGHT AND A HALF WISHES, my soft mystery with a touch of paranormal (Mainstream.)  Toward the end of November, I found out that [...]

Blog Par-Tay Giveaway!

I love Twitter. Anyone who knows me, knows this, but one of the main reasons I love Twitter is the AMAZING people that I meet. One of those people is Carolina Valdez Miller. Honestly, I can't remember the first time I "met" Carol, but one of my first memories of her is from a blogfest someone hosted.  I think it [...]

Pseudo Cover for TORN

My thirteen year old daughter read the first draft for my YA Science Fiction novel, TORN. I'm thrilled that she loved it, but I was completely surprised when she asked if she could make a book cover to use in the binder she keeps the printed out pages in. Together we picked out a photo on Dreamstime and then she [...]