Friday, January 25, 2013

Epic Fail!

Twenty-five days into the new year and look what has already happened, I haven't been faithful in my blog posts!

Didn't I tell you it was the easiest goal to let go of? I did just a couple of weeks ago.

I'd decided that my Friday or Saturday posts would be updates on what is happening in my writing career, which is just writing!

I'm currently working on a proposal that started out as an anthology with three other authors. Now we are expanding them to a book series to pitch to Heartsong Presents. My goal is to have this complete by January 31st. I'm going to make it but I will be spending all of my free time this weekend pulling the synopsis together and polishing up the the sample chapters.

Then I will be moving on to a historicial that I started last year before I received a contract for my book that comes out in May. I'm really excited about this historical, so I want to get it to the proposal stage so I can submit!

I hope if you live where the temps are frigid that you are staying nice and warm, hoping curled up under a soft fleece blanket or handmade quilt reading your favorite author.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Wedding on the Rocks Back Cover Blurb

Here is the back cover blurb for my May Heartsong Presents release, Wedding on the Rocks! I hope you like it!

JENNIFER EDWARDS IS BACK HOME AGAIN...


When she traded small-town life for the bright lights of Chicago, Jennifer Edwards yearned to discover a world beyond Faith, South Dakota. So when her father's illness calls her home to run their cattle ranch, she tells herself it's temporary. Then why is she even thinking about a future with archaeology professor Brett Lange-the boy she left behind-whose life's work is digging up the past?

Twelve years ago, Brett had a crush on Jennifer the size of the T rex that put his hometown on the map. Now she's a citified magazine editor who prefers designer duds to dungarees. Except that's not the real Jennifer. Brett needs to make her see how a little faith can go a long way in uniting two perfectly-in-sync hearts.



Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Contests

After much consideration, I took a deep breath on Sunday and entered my books, Job's Tears and Rose of Sharon in two contests, The Carol Awards through ACFW and the Holt Medilian through the Virginia RWA chapter.

Why so much consideration? The price of these contests are a little pricey. What changed my mind? If I'd win, place or show, that is a prestigious accolade to add to my resume. Plus I've received really good reader feedback on Job's Tears, even from my writing peers.

So, today at lunch, I'll be making a trip to the Post Office to mail my books for judging. I'll keep you posted on the outcome!

Readers, do you buy books based on the awards they've won?

Writers, how much consideration do you do before entering a contest?

Friday, January 4, 2013

2013 Goals!

A new year brings new writing career and personal goals for me and I want to share them with you!

My personal goals are to complete that quilt from last year that I put on hold, and scout out more local historical homes or museums to tour.

I hope the six writing goals that I set will stretch me as a writer and advance my career.

1. Work on sample chapters/synopsis for an inspirational romance novel, Another Go Around.
2. Write 2nd and 3rd chapter of historical rodeo themed inspirational romance novel.
3. Keep my blog up. (We know I FAIL miserably on this one!)
4. Flesh out/Outline cozy mystery idea.
5. Flesh out a historical inspirational romance novel idea.

That's it. In twelve short months we'll see how I did.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 Goal Recap

As most of you know, I'm a huge advocate of setting writing career goals. So much so, that I publically share them every year and I follow up by publically sharing if I accomplished those goals or not. Last year in addition to setting writing goals, I set some personal goals for myself too. On both accounts, I accomplished some but not all because I allowed for some flexibility and in both instances had happy surprises!

For my personal goals, I wanted to complete two quilts, visit the Akron Area Museum, the new Sioux City Museum, and The O'Connor House. Well, I completed one quilt. The other, about half finished, I put on hold to make some Christmas gifts. I did visit the Akron Area Museum and the Sioux City Museum twice, along with a tour of the O'Connor House. I love visiting old mansions, and luckily was able to visit a few more this year. The Baker Mansion outside of Akron, Iowa, the Peirce Mansion in Sioux City, Iowa and J. Sterling Morton's Mansion in Nebraska City, NE.

I set six writing goals but only accomplished two and half. I put a proposal together for a book set in Faith, SD. The publisher that I aimed the manuscript for wasn't interested, so I renamed it, Wedding on the Rocks, and it sold to Harlequin's Heartsong Present's line. While waiting for that acceptence, I wrote the first chapter of a historical with a rodeo theme, and I answered manuscript calls and work for hire inquiries. That's the two in a half.

The acceptance caused my flexibility since I had to write the book. In addition, I was asked to audition for a mystery series of books with Guideposts, which I did but wasn't asked to participate in this series. Harlequin Heartsong's Presents line is interested in a synopsis that I submitted but I needed to write sample chapters, which I did and submitted by the end of November.

So although, I didn't complete all six goals, I had a very busy year. Later this week, I'll share my personal and writing goals for 2013!

Feel free to comment and let me know how you did accomplishing your 2012 goals!