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Happy 10th Birthday, Geek Girl!

We interrupt your regularly scheduled weekly writing check-in to bring you a special birthday post.

“Sweet, funny, and heart-warming, The Geek Girl’s Guide to Cheerleading truly makes you want to cheer!”

~ Author Elizabeth Scott

“This novel is contemporary, laugh-outloud funny, and positive.”

~ Florence H. Munat, VOYA

On May 19, 2009, The Geek Girl’s Guide to Cheerleading launched herself into the world. Two months early, no less.

Our original publication date was July. But. Barnes and Noble had a geek book promotion planned, and they wanted to include Geek Girl. Simon and Schuster said yes and subsequently bumped up the release date. (Because back then, when B&N offered you a promo, you always said yes.)

From our launch party

Once upon a time, Geek Girl was also a cake (courtesy of my co-workers)

On the shelf at Barnes and Noble

I fully expected to be celebrating Geek Girl’s tenth with Darcy, and it’s hard reconciling that she isn’t here to celebrate. Darcy knew how to throw a party, in real life and online.

I’m missing her, not just today, but every day. I hit a writing snag this week and wanted nothing more than to talk it through with her. I was this close to shelving the current series. And then this morning, after I opened up this post to finish writing it, inspiration struck.

Almost like I did talk the whole thing through with Darcy.

Once again, I’m going to encourage everyone to read some of her work:

THE GEEK GIRL’S GUIDE TO CHEERLEADING

DATING ON THE DORK SIDE

  • 1st Place: 2016 International Digital Awards, Young Adult Novel
  • Available on: All e-retailers Print

LESS THAN THREE

ON LEARNING TO SWIM AGAIN, IN AUTUMN: A SHORT STORY

  • A contest-winning short story
  • Available for 99 cents on Kindle or read for free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription.

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Free Fiction Friday: Short Adventures

Looking for more short reads? Like adventure mixed in with your science fiction and fantasy? Well, then this is the giveaway for you, presented by author Patty Jansen’s Ebookaroo.

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Free Fiction Friday: Epic Fantasy Book Lovers Box

Each month, Crystal Watanabe curates a fantastic collection of books centering around a genre or a theme. You have a few days left in April to download the Epic Fantasy box.

If you love epic fantasy, you’ll definitely want to check this out. If you want a surprise in your inbox each month, sign up for the virtual book box subscription.

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Free Fiction Friday: Urban Fantasy Series Starters

I don’t have a book in this giveaway, but if you’re looking for a new urban fantasy series to read, you might try here.

Happy Friday and happy reading!

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Weekly writing check-in: snow and slow editing

As predicted I’m inching my way through the edits, and as predicted, we got a lot of snow. But it’s April and I’m pretty much over winter, so I didn’t take any pictures.

I’m up to page 50, but surprisingly, this isn’t a slog. Not only that, but I’ve (easily) cut five pages. I’m really enjoying going through the manuscript at this pace. That being said, I really hope this is the last major edit I need to do.

In exciting news this week, I listened to and approved the extended sample for the audiobook version of Coffee and Ghosts. The narrator is amazing, and I am So. Excited. Must Love Ghosts (Season One) is up first. I’m really looking forward to listening to the rest of the episodes.

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Weekly writing check-in: of owls and edits

Editing owl thinks you should be editing.

I met my goal this week. The paper edits for The Trouble with Necromancers are done!

Not only that, but I’m up to page 8 on getting those edits back into the electronic version of the manuscript.

Slow and steady and all that.

And since I was in the editing zone, I also edited two pieces of flash fiction as well.

This week’s goal is to get as many edits as I can from the page and into the manuscript. This really will be a slow and steady endeavor (I’m trying not to call it a slog–need to stay optimistic).

Also, we have barred owls in the neighborhood, although this is not the most photogenic picture of them. They must be nesting close by because yesterday, the “who cooks for you” sounded like it was coming from the back porch.

I wonder how they are at editing.

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Free Fiction Friday: Once Upon a Time

Like retellings, adaptations, and original fairy tales? Then you’ll want to check out this giveaway. So many great books, so many amazing covers.

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