Thursday, April 30, 2009

Another contract!!

Just got word that my Civil War Christmas story, The Christmas Ball, has a place in The Wild Rose Press American historical Christmas anthology. While immersing myself in my new full-length projects, it's been fun to see the contracts come in for my three new short stories.

But alas, I now have no more submissions out. Got to get back to work on those full-lengths.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Deep In Plotting Mode

Since I don't currently have much promotion to do, my first set of edits are complete for Sweet Redemption and I've finished proofreading Angel of My Dreams, my Civil War anthology story, I decided to immerse myself in the plot of my brand new book.

This story follows the characters of my out of print young adult historical, Under the Guns. It's now five years later, the Civil War is over and my happily ever after couple have split up because the hero, George Masters, feels Cassidy Stuart, the heroine, doesn't deserve to be saddled for life with a loser like him.

So, they both go their own ways--she starts to pursue her dream of being a physician, while he wallows in despair for awhile, then starts a career as a professional gambler in New York City.

My new story is about how the two find their way back to each other and the obstacles that get in their way as they reunite.

It's fun revisiting characters I've lived with while creating the original story. I've completed the basic outline and am now embellishing scene by scene, which will make it easier when I start to write the first draft.

My plan is to start that draft in June and complete it by summer's end. Wish me luck.

Do any of you think about revisiting any of your characters after a story's complete?

Monday, April 13, 2009

Another Cover to Show Off

Here's the cover for the American Civil War anthology, Northern Roses and Southern Belles, that my short story, Angel of My Dreams, will be a part of.
In a country torn asunder--from the Canadian border to Texas, from Maryland to Arkansas, from the battlefield Antietam to the Red River Campaign--brave men and loyal women see their lives turned upside down.
Peril lurks behind every tree and near every homestead, but the hard-fought love of a man and a woman surpasses all.
Six talented writers provide stories of romance and danger centering on Union and Confederate soldiers, spies, blockade runners, renegades, and battlefield nurses during a period of corsets, hoopskirts, and gentlemen callers.
Beautiful cover, isn't it?

Friday, April 10, 2009

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Eternity Waits is on sale!

You can now purchase my short vampire story, Eternity Waits from The Wild Rose Press for just 99 cents. If you haven't already read the story, now's the time to buy. Just scroll down and click on the cover to purchase.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Winner Announced!!

The winner of the Victorian basket, including a Barnes and Noble gift certificate has been announced over at Slip Into Something Victorian. Click on over to see who the lucky person is.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Didn't Forget Those Goals

I haven't listed my writing goals for this month or last, not because I'm not writing, but because my projects have grown ever more complex now that I've got more than a few contracts under my belt. I spent a lot of time last month doing promo over at Coffee Time Romance, but I also completed the first draft of my science fiction romance.

That done, I'm allowing it to cool before I start revisions. I have to lengthen it up a bit, which means coming up with a lot of new scenes that I'll have to outline, then write, while merging them into the completed draft.

I'm also waiting for a galley, edits and word on a submission. All of these are short stories. So, while I wait, I'm working on an outline for a new post Civil War full-length story staring characters from my young adult Civil War romance Under the Guns. UTG is a story I wrote many years ago and is now out of print, but this new story will be a stand-alone, as well as an adult romance since the characters are now full-fledged adults, so readers won't have to have read the first book to follow the story.

I've decided to devote the month of April to completing this outline. Then I'll give it a rest while I get back to that sci-fi romance. During the summer, I plan to write the first draft of my new story.

So, I do have definite goals and am looking forward to completing both the sci-fi revisions and the new first draft by the end of this summer.