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Every day is special to me, whether it’s good or bad. Today is extra special because I can’t believe on this day, 5 years ago, I hit the button, stepping into the self-publishing arena and published Gem of Gravane.

I’m not going to bore you and ramble on about all my feels today. 🙂 Okay, maybe a little. After years of queries and sample chapters for traditional publishing, along with some good and not so good feedback (too much violence, too much sex, and so forth) I’m glad I decided to hold true to not only my gut but also to my characters.

Self-publishing is a decision I do not regret. I write whatever the hell I want and always will. I break rules, but do my due diligence where it counts-especially on historical research. Love history.

Remember: as with anything, take advice with a grain of salt.
Quote: ‘If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it’~Toni Morrison~

I rambled more than I said-Anyway, Gem of Gravane is on sale for a limited time for $0.99 cents.

*Mulling over updating the covers for the series in the near future. Just hard to let them go. We’ll see.

In the meantime, I won’t be posting again until I have news of Wulgren’s release date.

Did I mention- remember to back up all your important files and photos across all your devices. Enjoy your week and have a safe and wonderful 4th of July.


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Just a quick stop in to say Hello!
Been writing, editing- working on some upcoming titles among other things. Hope everyone is doing well.
*For a limited time Gem of Gravane will be on sale this week.
*Cover reveal for my upcoming romantic suspense: Coming soon 🙂
Enjoy the rest of your week!


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Thank you to my author friend Dana D’Angelo for inviting me to the My Writing Process Blog Tour. She also writes Medieval historical romances. You can check out her writing process at:
Website Dana D’Angelo is first and foremost, a storyteller. Her stories have an interesting blend of romance, adventure, action, suspense and fantasy. She is intrigued with the idea of writing romance fiction that could bring hours of enjoyment to readers, help them escape from reality, and perhaps remind them how sweet love is and should be. These are the things that she enjoys as a reader, and these are the things that she wants to give back as a writer.

Let the questions begin:

What am I working on?

Lots! But currently focusing on book 1 (introduction) to one of my upcoming medieval series: it’s about the willful sister of my hero Norman knight and her journey to happy ever after. In Every Way. Excerpt is posted on the blog.

Why do I write what I do?

I’ve always been fascinated with England’s history before 1066 and after. It all started when I was old enough to draw and make my own comic books. Drawing that first knight on horseback…I haven’t looked back since. Knights in shining armor, kings, queens, castles… breathing life into them and weaving a tale of undying love during medieval times makes writing my romances all the more exciting for me. My thought process revolves heavily around my hero/heroine falling in love and overcoming the many obstacles, villains or other surprising hurdles to get to their happily ever after. There’s just something about a man in amour. Big, tall and alpha is what I like.

Favorite Authors of the genre

Kathleen E Woodiwiss, Johanna Lindsey, Brenda Joyce, Rexanne Becnel, Julie Garwood, Jude Deveraux and so many others from the classic days of memorable bodice rippers and historical romances..

How does my writing process work?

It varies. When an idea hits, I will write out chapters, notes, and a brief outline and set it aside. This does not always work. Other times, furious writing takes place because the characters are talking so loudly they want their stories told ASAP. I listen to music and once the headphones go on, I get the longhand written, then typed and work toward rewrites. I like writing longhand, it draws out more emotions, visuals and other little details and I get to the end faster.

Who’s Next

Another favorite author of mine in a different genre.

J.P. Grider is a Young Adult and New Adult author. Her young adult series The Honor Trilogy consists of A Touch of Honor, A Man of Honor, and A Heart of Honor. Her most recent release is the new adult romance Calling California, which is the first in her Hunter Hill University series.
You can follow her:
Facebook JP Grider
Twitter @JPGrider1
Blog at: http://www.jpgrider.com/

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Novel marinating? What is it?

Well, some authors write fast, some don’t. I was reading author Russell Blake’s post- on writing 25 novels in 30 months. Wow! I have tons of novels too, and then some, but can I write that fast? No. We all have different work habits, other priorities, etc.

I do write furiously and fast, however, I like to set the novel aside, jump into the next one while the completed one is marinating inside my head.
Yes, that’s what I call it because it’s doing just that so to speak.

During this time, life happens, gets in the way, etc. Meanwhile, extra seeds come out that need to be added to the novel. Something which I am happy about because the last thing I want to do is publish a novel, go back and add or say “I wish I had added that”. Though that might still happen, it can always be put into the next book.
The key is to not marinate too long because you might want to start all over again. 🙂

A small piece on curveballs: How do you write through grief and life’s other emotional crises?

Well, I don’t have the answer. When my father passed, my career at the time was in real estate and I handled his passing by not talking about it and throwing myself into my work without coming up for air for over a year. Then the domino effect (negative and positive) followed afterwards in all areas of my life. Grief strikes each of us in a different way.
Now, with a sibling fighting for her life, this trial shut me down. I’m not going to go into great detail about it but I just wanted to say this time, throwing myself into my work didn’t work.
But after a couple of weeks, I have found my way back to the creative voice inside my head. I have to work and I know come what may, my family will get through this.

I want to leave you with a wish that you love the ones who are right in front of you, smile, think of the all the good things and try to see happiness in all things when you can. The world, nature is beautiful and despite things we do not like, there is wondrous splendor in it.

Grateful to be back at my writing desk with a window view of snow (and as much as I hunger for spring, more snow is coming…so just going to enjoy it). Have a magnificent day and thanks so much for stopping by!
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