It's Here!

Book Two in The Huntington Saga Series Novels~

Pirate Bride!

Miss Susannah Blakemore is kidnapped and sold into white slavery as payback to the Huntingtons. Will her pirate hero save her?

“The Huntingtons will pay. Oh, they will pay.” Plots and unholy alliances are put into action carrying out long-awaited retribution.

Only … one was not thought of. One was not even considered. How would anyone have guessed that a descendant of a pirate would take up his old family tradition in a mad quest to regain his bitterly lost love? The Marquess of Latham will not abide by this act of violence arranged for his precious love, but will surely save her -- will he not? And will he make her the next pirate bride?

Next? There must be a first to have a 'next'. But there was another ... centuries ago ... that still walks the halls of Stonecrest Castle.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Is my signature showing up weird for anybody else?

So.  Is my 'new' signature showing up weird for anyone else?????  I just logged on a different computer to check my blog, and my signature has a stupid 4 and 3 before and after my name, which is just bigger.

This is not at all my new signature.  So, is this just a fluke?  Or is my new signature showing up this way for others as well?

Darn!  It's supposed to be pretty.  :(

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Done with Story Mapping & Outline

Very happy to say that I'm finished with the story mapping and with the accompanying outline that has been created because of it.  Whew!  A LOT of work!  But it's given me an interesting glimpse of what I've created. 

Now on with the re-write!  I'm already on Chapter 5.  I'm very hopeful I'll have this published before summer! 

I'm hoping to have some fans out there who enjoy historical romance with a twist of suspense and mystery, like me. 


Friday, March 22, 2013

Story Mapping

Now...for the other side of each poster board.  Do you see why I need to chop my manuscript?!  Sheesh!

One good thing about Story Mapping that I've learned about my writing:  I'm all over the place on POV.  Not good.  This will help me to formulate my chapters better, POV better, and make The Governess (or The Vicar's Daughter) more concise.  Difficult for me (that is, to be concise).

Thank you goes to author Sarah M. Eden for showing her form of story mapping on her blog.  She is, by the way, an AMAZING author!

Have a great weekend everyone!  And a shout out to Gretchen!  Have a safe trip, honey!

Hugs to everyone,

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Wish Me Luck!

I have really missed my time here.  I have learned some things about myself that, six years ago, I didn't know about myself.  I LOVE to write.  I love the creation process of putting together new heroines and heroes and the story that gives them an adventure and brings them together.  I have missed it. 

Yes, as I mentioned in my previous blog entry, I'm a busy homeschooling mom.  I love what I'm doing there, as well.  My son has needed me, and I have been glad that I'm in a position to help. 

Both of these things, writing and homeschooling, have forced my decrepit body, still recovering (rather slowly) to step up to the plate and do what was necessary to move through the rest of the day.  I'm grateful.  What a journey!  Tears of pain and tears of joy.  What a mix!

Although the homeschooling has slowed my writing to an almost stop, I have begun again to be able to fit a little bit of it in.  I think it's a combination of desperation from missing the craft so much, but also, I think my body is finally starting to be able to handle more.  (Actually, any time my kids step into the picture with a need, I seem to be able to do more than I previously was able to do.  My senior in high school needs tuition.  Need I say more.) :]  Regardless of the reasons, I'm grateful that I can do more.  It's been such a slow process for me to heal from cancer.  Unbelievably slow.  So slow that I still wonder sometimes if I'm not still dying.  That's pretty slow, don't you think?

Yet, again, I'm reworking The Governess.  I might even try a new title; The Vicar's Daughter.  What do you all think?  I need, need, need to press forward with completion of this book.  I would very much like to publish it this year.  HarperCollins (authonomy) has come out with a new Romance publishing imprint called Harper Impulse that I wish to submit my manuscript to.  In the meantime, I will self-publish, just in case, in those three months of waiting, they do not ever get back to me. 

All the Marketing blogs and articles that I read say that in order to sell successfully a book, the story has to be what the market is looking for.  I understand this.  I also know that The Governess, which is during the Victorian era, because of the timing, is not a welcome manuscript.  If it was the Regency period, it would be welcome.  However, I grew up reading Victoria Holt who wrote a lot of different periods, but mostly Victorian.  So I'm hooked here on the Victorian period.  I love them all, really.  Anything to do with old England...I love it all.  But I've written something that, on Authonomy at least, I had a following.  I believe that if others like it as well, it can sell.  So this is my new, bold approach.  I have had a following, small as it may have been. 

My new goal then is to grow that following and perfect what I have started the best I can and simply self-publish along with a new submission. 

Can't hope but to try, right?

Wish me luck!