My Cover is Here!

Isn’t it wonderful?  There’s my name right at the top!

I love how they are holding hands. I think it’s sexy and classy. I love it!

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I saw my cover!

Oh, it’s sensuously sexy. It’s head shots, but it’s done in such a way that it’s very sexy. I’ll admit I love those guys on the covers. And I do have a few favorites. Yes, I’ve bought books because the guy on the cover looked really good. It’s not the best way to buy a book. I’ve been more than disappointed on a few occasions. I’ve learned to read the blurbs.

Never judge a book by it’s cover! A sexy cover might capture your attention but will the story inside hold your attention? Like everyone else I’m learning not to judge by the cover alone. Some of my favorite books have had very plain covers.

The cover is not finished so I can’t show you, but I’m excited. I must wait until everything is finalized. I also think I’m waiting for a final set of edits.  This is all new to me. For now, I sit and wait in some limbo state. My release date of Dec. 8 is just around the corner.

I almost met myself getting up every morning last week over edits. The company where I work sent me out of town. I was the one in the hotel room frantically working on my edits while everyone else was having fun.

My other author friends keep telling me to write another book so that’s what I’m doing. Except I’m not up to the writing part. I have characters playing in my head, and I’m trying to find the right things for them. I’d say I plot but my author friend says I’m a pantzer because I’m not making some super outline. But I do like to know where things are going before I begin to write. Anyway I do have a few ideas and I’m letting those characters in my head audition for the part.

I was also told I’m supposed to write something here at least every week. Okay, I’ll try to do that. Maybe next week I can show you my cover! I hope so. It’s going to be awesome! Hey, it’s got my name on it! Right there at the top under the title. I’m going to have a book! A real book.

There are a million books out there, and I’m the new author. They say that’s a tough position to be in because no one knows me. I’m  going to cross my fingers and hope that someone buys my book. Well, more than just one someone, I’m hoping lots of people buy my book because I’ve poured my heart into it. Probably every author pours his or her heart into a book.

My mentor says it’s a good story and my editor kept dropping all sorts of positive comments into the edits. In an odd way, I do feel as though I’ve become good friends with the heroine and the hero – he’s different because he’s much older.

Would I want a man that much older? I think I asked myself a dozen times as I was writing. The only answer I had was that I wouldn’t seek out a man who was that much older, but my heroine wasn’t looking for an older man either. Things just happen and it happened to her.

By the time I finished the story, I felt as though I understood the hero and how he would be enthralled with the heroine. There are plenty of people who have been married and considered themselves happy because everything on the surface seemed perfect. But if given a second chance at love because cupid shoots his arrow, they realize what they missed the first time around.

If you want to read a little about my upcoming release, head on over to Lost Goddess Publishing and read the blurb and excerpt. It’s very much a May/December romance but it’s quite sexy and he’s quite sexy. The excerpt is meant for a mature reader as in over eighteen.




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Can you feel it? The cosmos are shining on me. They are creating an energy and vibe that I can’t wait to share.

Follow me, and I’ll tell you all about my book, which will be released in December, 2014.

At the moment, my book is under contract and in edits with Lost Goddess Publishing. Seems everyone wants to know how that happened. I’m not too sure myself.  Really! It all started with a conversation, which was followed by a lot of writing. I submitted and I received a contract.  That started the edits.

Edits are not easy! They are not simple add-comma-here sort of things. I’m getting requests ‘to develop this scene’. Then there are the groaners. Of course I know the difference between its and it’s, but my fingers often forget what they are supposed to be doing. You’d think I never written a thing in my life.

Actually, I have. I’ve written all sorts of things. I just never wrote a novel until now. What is happening? It’s nothing new. It’s called edits, and anyone who has ever had to write knows what it is like to cope with edits no matter what you write. I’ve probably done as much editing, maybe more, as I have writing. But I’m not editing novels. (Does program code count?)

The truth is we never see what is on the page once we’ve written it. Our brain fills in the garbage. Try this! It was first circulated on the web around this time in 2003. I’ve only found a few people who couldn’t read it. (Maybe because they just looked at it and decided it was garbage and didn’t try? Or are some of us are wired differently?)

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

Okay, I’m not that bad. But writing a really sexy romance is very new to me. So I’m anxious and a little nervous and completely thrilled! I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time and I have a wonderful author friend who has helped me and encouraged me the whole way.

She’s the reason I’ve lost sleep because I just had to finish the scene before I quit for the night. I’d email those pages to her and be all happy as I got into bed. The next morning I’d have those pages back with notes all through them. Totally depressing.  While everyone else was enjoying their social lunchtime, I’m hiding in my cubicle with my salad and my tablet, trying to fix everything.

When I first started, I was getting notes that said I head hopped, I needed to anchor, or I POV’ed. I what???? It was awful! Did you know there’s this huge long list of things to learn? Just slugging through all the terms was like learning a foreign language.

I also realized that I’ve wandered through my life taking some things for granted. Now I’m looking at the world with different eyes and being much more observant. I’m paying attention to how the cup feels in my hand. That also means I’m noticing all the quirky things that people do. Just watch how people open packets of sugar for their coffee and then find the words that accurately describe what they do.

I’m having a blast with this new path that I’ve taken. And the idea of creating a super sexy hero that makes your skin tingle is loads of fun. It’s also made me stop and really think about what I want in a lifetime partner. I do have a very old-fashioned streak in me because I really want to be married once and only once. I do subscribe to the theory that you have to kiss a lot of toads before you find your handsome prince. Which isn’t fair to all the great guys I have dated, because I’ve had some really wonderful guys in my life.

But I’m looking for that one special person. The one who does it for me. I want sparks and fireworks, and I also want someone who totally connects with me on all levels. I’ll find him. He’s out there someplace and he’s looking for me.



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