Chocolatier’s Wife

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The new edition of The Chocolatier’s Wife, now with lovely illustrations and amazing maps is out in hard cover. The box came a couple days ago…it was really kind of wonderful, opening up the box and seeing my book in hardcover.  A real dust jacket, deep green cover underneath.  There is something that feels so — I don’t know, immortal about hard covers.  I know that probably sounds silly — I am sure I …

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Well, actually, not writing.  Editing.  I printed and scribbled all over the manuscript.  Mostly this seems to consist of asking myself snarky questions and circling 1.5 million ellipses. No, really, if I had a buck for every ellipses, I could retire and be a hermit. So, now I am correcting the ellipses (most of them become commas or periods and their attendant capitalized next word) and answering questions.  For example, a dead body at …

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I often have fictional crushes.  I never really crush on actors…I crush on characters, how they inhabit the roles and what they bring out of themselves to fill out the character.  I once sat and tried to see if this was a window into what I wanted in an ideal mate, and I had to say, probably not. I loved Tom Pullings sweetness and confidence, William Mowett’s poetic warrior spirit.  Boromir – and Richard …

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I am seriously made happy by a package I got in the mail the other day…if you are on FB or Twitter you already saw it, but what can I say?  I am easily made happy.  (Well, not too easily, packing and buying and shipping this was not, I am sure, easy.) But, a reader/friend from Dorset sent me a box of chocolates, a lovely card, and sherbet lemons.  I have not had the …

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I am trying to get words back into my head.  When I write the world is just there and it fills my head up, and everythingis fine.  But right now, my head is so empty (no snark, please) that I am having a hard time trying to decide what to do next.  I am leaning heavily towards trying to figure out how I screwed up The Chocolatier’s Ghost, especially since I need to do   a semi-re-read of The Chocolatier’s Wife so I can insert illustrations for a hopefully to someday come out hard cover edition. (I know, right?  HARDCOVER.) And I want to draw a map.  I need to draw one so we can see where all my lands are — Pandroth and Berengeny and the new island in the new book, whose name escapes me — and not someday mix up my geography. That’s the danger of writing a series. Every time you publish a book you publish hard and fast rules that you need to make sure of, for consistency. I’d written a rant and got worried that I would offend someone, so I took it out.  I try and be kind, but…sometimes.

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Today until the 18th, you to can snag a copy of The Chocolatier’s Journal for free…no quests, no comments, just grab and go here. A couple of times people said that they can’t have these things because they don’t have a Kindle. I don’t, either…I read Kindle stuff on my PC and iPad. There’s software on the site here. I am really kind of pleased that it’s free…it was meant to be a teaser, …

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Hello! So, The Chocolatier’s Wife is on sale for .99 cents over on Amazon Kindle…just in case you need something happy to read during the Holidays…in fact, the book has a definite holiday feel. While it is set in a fantasy world, the clothes, the general feel was meant to evoke the Regency, and part of the mystery takes place during their equivalent of Christmas. While you are there you might see The Chocolatier’s …

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Ever since I did my Kindle Give Away of the Chocolatier’s Wife (and if you missed out, we’re running a .99 cent deal for the book, starting December 23rd) I’ve been fascinated with free eBooks. In the US alone CW was downloaded 10,300 times, and I wonder how many of those were people who were like, “Oh, that sounds cool…I’ll snag it and try and read it someday” and who probably will never get …

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So, I’ve been telling people about the fact that my book is a) out and b) being given away. You can find out more,  here . (Yay! Look! A free book! So much easier to advertise than a book for sale.) This whole thing has been a different experience. I’ve written three books now…and God help me, hopefully I’ll have another one done…(It’s not that I don’t have ideas, it’s just…time.) and each one …

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Today (first things first) I am featured on the Epic Blog today, and it’s a pretty fun interview.  Lots of good questions…I tried to be clever. You know what the bane of my writing is?  Getting fascinated with characters in a movie, book, TV show, whatever…that are nothing like the characters that I’m actually trying to write about.  My mind is all “I want to spend time with THIS ONE!  You know what we could …

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