Saturday, January 31, 2015

One Month Down....

Can you believe it's the last day of January? We are one full month into 2015. It hardly seems possible.

I haven't given you an update on what I've been doing since November, so that is the subject of my post today.

Last fall I learned the sad news that Harlequin is closing the Heartsong Presents line. My last book with that line releases in April of 2015. I'm really excited about, Reclaiming the Cowboy's Heart, so I hope you all look for it online or ask your favorite bookstore or librarian to order it for you.

I'm having fun promoting Dakota Love and reading the reviews and ratings it's receiving online.

I've been doing some book giveaways on Goodreads. Are you a member? If not, you should be. This is a fun site for writers and readers to interact.

Today I will finish the revisions on what should have been the second book in my rodeo series. My contract is still open with Harlequin. I am just waiting for direction on how to proceed with the remaining books on the contract.

I will start the last revision on a novella for Barbour that is due in May. This story will be in an anthology with several authors and is set to release in 2016.

I turned  in two stories on a writing assignment for children's Sunday school papers and am waiting for editorial guidance before I start working on the remaining stories in the contract.

I signed on to present a session on breaking into the Christian children's writing market at the Omaha Wordsowers conference in April.

That's it for me. I'm looking forward to a new month and starting a new book project.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Winner Is......

The winner of a copy of Dakota Love is: Kelly Blackwell.

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway. The winner was selected using

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Dakota Love Contest!!

In honor of my January release, Dakota Love, I'm having a contest and giving away...a copy of Dakota Love!

How does the contest work?

The three books in Dakota Love takes place in South Dakota. Leave a comment and tell me if you live in South Dakota, traveled through South Dakota, visited one of the many tourist attractions in South Dakota or if you've never ever considered coming to South Dakota.

Please make sure you leave your email address in your comment. I'll pick a winner next weekend.

BTW- You can just say "hi" if you want!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Cover Reveal - Reclaiming the Cowboy's Heart

Here is the cover for my April 2015 release!

What do you think?

Saturday, January 10, 2015

2015 Writing Goals

As promised last week, this week I'll post my 2015 writing goals. It's always good to share your writing goals publicly. It makes you more accountable for completing them. If you are shy or new to the profession, you don't have to share them with the world. You can post them on a wall in your office or tell a good friend or family member who you know will hold you accountable for completing one more by December 31, 2015

Here are mine:

1.   Keep up my blog.

2.   Develop speaking or work shop presentations for both adult and children's writing.

3.   Develop a cozy mystery series.

4.   Work on my completed rough draft of a children's book.

5.   Prepare a proposal package on my Christmas inspirational romance novel idea.

6.   Prepare a proposal package for a romance series aimed at older readers.

7.   Prepare a proposal package for a sweet romance series.

That's it. The one word I chose for the 2015 writing year is: DIVERSIFY

Please feel free to share one or all of your goals with me!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

2014 Goal Recap

It's that time of year. Time to review the writing goals I set for myself twelve short months ago in January of 2014.

I completed three out the six goals I set last year. In February when a book proposal was accepted by Heartsong Presents, I knew I couldn't complete them all and full fill my contract, so I had to be flexible and alter the goals.

The goals I completed were:

I kept my blog up with weekly and sometimes bi-weekly updates.

I developed and proposed a Rodeo Romance book series, which sold.

I developed a novella around a Chapel car theme, which also sold.

The goals I didn't accomplish were revising a children's book manuscript and trying to find a publisher for it. Develop a cozy mystery idea into a book proposal and write and submit at least one short romance story aimed at Woman's World magazine.

Even though I didn't complete each and every goal, 2014 was certainly a writing success for me.

Next week I'll post the goals I set for 2015. If you haven't set your writing goals for 2015 yet, the year is still young!