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Weekly writing check-in: the one with Deep Magic

deepmagicSo, I’m not exactly sure what happened to summer. One more week, and then it’s back to school time. (Well, not for me, at least.)

I finally went ahead and bought Vellum. Holy cats, people, is this program great! But now, I have a mountain of reformatting to do. On the positive side, this program is so freaking fabulous that it won’t be that difficult. Still, it takes time to reformat, check for any glitches, and upload all the files.

To paraphrase  Anne Lamott, I’m going to take it book by book.

Got lots of writing in this week on episode three of Coffee & Ghosts–almost halfway done. (I think; that can always change.)

And last, but not least, the August issue of Deep Magic is in the wild and ready to be caught. Head on over and pick up a copy on Amazon, or if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription, you can read for free.

Writing Work:

  • Writing: Coffee & Ghosts ~ 7,000 words
  • Photoshop and Vellum, lots and lots of Vellum

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

Gretel and Hansel in the August issue of Deep Magic

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with Gretel and Hansel

Well, that story I was working on last week led me down a rabbit hole. I’m 7,500 words in and–dare I say it–I think I might have another series on my hands. We shall see. I plan to complete the draft of this story and, with a little luck, finish off Story a Day in May with another shorter story or two.

In other news, I sold Gretel and Hansel!

I’ll talk more about that later, when I know what issue the story will be in, but I’m very excited about the market (pro-paying) and pleased about this sale. And if you scroll through my weekly entries, you’ll see that I’ve been sending this one out, consistently, for a while.

And the biggest news this week is that the Simply the Best boxed set went on sale. And if you’ve been reading along or follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you already know all about that.

Writing Work:

  • Writing: ~ 7,500 words
  • Craft work (reading, video lectures, etc.)
  • Photoshop tutorials
  • Promo for Simply the Best

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • Auld Lang Syne

Acceptances:

  • Gretel and Hansel

Publications:

Simply the best front coverSimply the Best is in the wild! You can read more about the boxed set here and here.

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Release Day: Simply the Best!

And now … it’s live! The big boxed set of IDA winners is available for purchase. Buy early! Buy often! Well, for a limited time anyway. This set won’t be around forever. Plus, the long Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner. You might need something to read. Just saying.

Boxed set cover

Six Award Winning Romance Novels

One Incredible Collection

This collection of multi-genre romances features winning novels from the International Digital Awards, including historical, suspense/thriller, short historical, contemporary, paranormal, and young adult. Simply the Best of all worlds!

Available at:

Amazon  Barnes and Noble  iTunes  Kobo

Only 99 cents!

Learn more about the collection here.

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the cover reveal

So while I’m not quite doing A Story a Day in May, I am writing and finishing stories (more or less). This week, I ended up with three short stories, each a bit longer than typical flash fiction. I also have one in progress, which will go into this coming week’s total.

But I’m pleased with the challenge so far. I love reading and writing short stories and this has been a great way to experiment and try new things.

Also? I’m just a little bit distracted by the upcoming release of Simply the Best. Short stories make it far easier to get my regular writing in.

Writing Work:

  • Writing: ~ 5,200 words in three short stories
  • Craft work (reading, video lectures, etc.)
  • Promo for Simply the Best

Submissions:

  • Gretel and Hansel
  • The Bargain
  • The Life Expectancy of Fireflies

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

Simply the best front coverNo publications, but one coming very soon!

Keep your eyes open this week for Simply the Best! You can read more about the boxed set here and here.

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Cover reveal: Simply the Best!

So … I’ve been keeping this quiet (ha, a pun) for a while now, but The Fine Art of Keeping Quiet is included in this fabulous boxed set of other winning novels from the International Digital Awards. Read on to learn more. Then click that pre-order button. 99 cents? How can you go wrong?

Boxed set cover

Six Award Winning Romance Novels

One Incredible Collection

This collection of multi-genre romances features winning novels from the International Digital Awards, including historical, suspense/thriller, short historical, contemporary, paranormal, and young adult. Simply the Best of all worlds!

Available at:

Amazon  Barnes and Noble  iTunes  Kobo

Only 99 cents!

 

Haunted by Death ~ Dale Mayer

Death haunts anthropologist Meg Pearce…

In her last summer before college, an innocent camping trip ended in a friend’s disappearance…and destroyed her life.

 

Angel’s Assassin ~ Laurel O’Donnell

When Damien enters Aurora’s life, tempting her with promises of dark passion and forbidden lust, he threatens to tear her peaceful world apart with shadowy secrets of his own.

 

Be Mine This Christmas Night ~ L. A. Sartor

At Christmas, finding love and a family seems even more possible…unless you’re keeping a secret.

 

A Hunter 4 Rescue ~ Cynthia Clement

Worlds Apart. Joined by Love

A unit of elite alien warriors, known as Hunters, crash lands on earth and their leader is torn between getting his men to safety or protecting the human woman he has bonded with.

 

The Fine Art of Keeping Quiet ~ Charity Tahmaseb

Sometimes staying silent is the biggest lie of all

No one expects the girl who has mastered the art of keeping quiet to join the speech team. But Jolia does. When a crush-worthy rival offers to coach her in secret, she can’t say no. But secrets have a price, and this one might cost Jolia everything.

 

The Mapmaker’s Wife ~ Kathy L Wheeler

In the midst of his worn-torn country, love posed the greater danger.

A flippant proposal and an attack on her person finds one young woman married to the mapmaker who only needs someone to take control of his ungovernable child. Feelings quickly shift into something less platonic and when the enemy gains vital secrets, her suspicions land her in jail.

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Coffee & Ghosts: the complete second season now available!

It’s here! The season two series bundle.

Get your coffee and ghosts in one volume.

Coffee and Ghosts 2 Ebook cover

When Christmas brings both strangers and ghosts of the past to Springside, ghost-catcher and expert coffee-brewer Katy Lindstrom fears her new business, new relationship, and quiet hometown will never be the same.

She’s right.

The ghost of a jealous dead husband. A sexy siren of a spirit who has a claim on Malcolm. It will take more than some excellent Kona blend to permanently rid Springside of both the unwanted ghosts and the necromancers who brought them to town.

But Katy harbors a secret, the sort more than one necromancer is willing to kill for, and this time, the stakes are higher than she ever imagined.

This time, to keep Malcolm, Springside, and even the world safe, Katy must do the one thing she vowed never to do.

And once she does, there’s no turning back.

Coffee & Ghosts is a cozy paranormal mystery/romance serial told over multiple episodes. This series bundle contains all three novella-length episodes of Season Two, in Kindle and print.

Episode 1: Ghosts of Christmas Past
Episode 2: The Ghost That Got Away
Episode 3: The Wedding Ghost

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with 90 free fantasy and science fiction books

So, I turned around three rejections into submissions this week, wrote some words on season three of Coffee & Ghosts, and messed around a bit with the formatting of the series bundle for season two.

And … that’s about it for the week. Except you should really check out the link below. There are some seriously good books up for grabs.

  • Writing: ~ 3,324 words
  • Print formatting for Coffee & Ghosts, Season 2 series bundle

Submissions:

  • A Most Marvelous Pair of Boots
  • Like Bread Loves Salt
  • Knight in the Royal Arms

Rejections:

  • A Most Marvelous Pair of Boots
  • Like Bread Loves Salt
  • Knight in the Royal Arms

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

None, but look at what you can download! More than 90 books in this giveaway. But hurry! The promotion ends today!

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the ghostly pre-order

Well, would you look at that! An acceptance. So I’m pleased about that. Otherwise, I took some time this week to work on the formatting and layout for the Coffee & Ghosts, Season 2 series bundle in both e-book and print. It’s the print layout that takes the longest. The e-book is a simple matter of combining the three episodes into one.

On the other hand, the print version I do in Adobe InDesign, and that requires a little more work. It isn’t hard (well, I don’t find it all that difficult), but it does take time searching out orphans and widows and wonky hyphenation, and so on.

But, it’s done! The e-book is on pre-order and I’ll get the print proof to review in a week or so.

Writing Work:

  • Brainstorming and outlining Coffee & Ghosts, Season 3
  • Photoshop tutorials
  • Craft work
  • Print and e-book formatting and design for Coffee & Ghosts, Season 2 series bundle

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • A Most Marvelous Pair of Boots

Acceptances:

  • Chicken Fat and Whipped Cream

Publications:

None, but look what’s up for pre-order!

Coffee and Ghosts 2 Ebook cover

That’s right! The series bundle for Season Two of Coffee & Ghosts will be available to read on April 11th, but it’s already up at Amazon. The print proof is on its way to my house. So if you like your coffee and ghosts in one place, you won’t have to wait for long.

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with thirty fantasy books

Hey, no rejections this week and I sent three stories back out. I also made some progress on season three of Coffee & Ghosts, both outlining and actual writing (although I’m not done with either).

I also did a bit more with Photoshop and design and dipped my toes into a little writing craft work.

Not only that, but it’s the first day of spring!

Writing Work:

  • Writing ~ 2,400 words
  • Brainstorming and outlining Coffee & Ghosts, Season 3
  • Photoshop tutorials
  • Craft work

Submissions:

  • The God of Bright Red Things
  • Chicken Fat and Whipped Cream
  • Like Bread Loves Salt

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

Fantasy-E-book-GiveawayNone, but be sure to check out the fantastic fantasy giveaway: 30 fantasy books and a Kindle Fire could be yours!

 

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with The Wedding Ghost

Four rejections this week. Is that a personal best? I think it might be a personal best. It was a busy week, so I haven’t had the chance to turn those back into submissions. That’s something I can do this week.

However, I did write a standalone Coffee & Ghosts short story of 4,200 words. And The Wedding Ghost is out in the world. So, there’s that.

But between dance competitions and Day Light Saving Time, I’m just a little bit tired. I may spend the rest of the day reading.

Writing Work:

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • Chicken Fat and Whipped Cream
  • The Life Expectancy of Fireflies
  • Like Bread Loves Salt
  • The God of Bright Red Things

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

The Wedding GhostThe Wedding Ghost is out in the world.

You can read more about that in my post from yesterday.

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