Since Tuesday kicks off my several week blog tour, I thought this article, which I wrote but have not yet published, was timely.  😀 So you have a friend who is published, creating that little bit of alchemy that transforms a writer into an author.  It’s not as easy as you may think, and, in itself, an accomplishment worth celebrating. So, how do you help them? First, a caveat.  This article is not meant …

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Right now it’s hard cover and eBook, but trade paperback will also be available. *pets the cover*  I love how the cover is done by the same man (David Howard Johnson) because they look so pretty together. We know that Tasmin is dark-haired, so who is this playing with the wind sprites? Are you excited?  Spread the word, please!  And leave a review if you can – the hardest part, the most crucial part …

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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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So, I needed to change a fuse in a secondary fuse box…which means walking out of the house, around the front, and unlocking the cellar door to get into the master box to shut down the main power, because I am not fooling around with electricity if there is a slight chance I can meet my maker sooner than I would like. ANYWAY.  I think, “I could leave the cellar door open.  I live …

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  There is nothing usual about the Amazing Arden.  A female illusionist in the 1900s, where such a thing is a rarity, she cuts a man in half every night. But one night, after the show, a dead man is found.  She flees, and luck, or perhaps fate, throws her into the path of the sheriff of a neighboring town.  Instead of turning her in, Officer Virgil Holt takes her to his own office …

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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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Anyway.  You know what I told my editor and publisher a few weeks ago? I told them that I would turn in The Chocolatier’s Ghost by the end of the month.  Apparently, despite the scarring of many years, I forgot that April is my super-busy-run-run-and-become-brain-dead month.  And that the last half of March is just as insane as all of April. So yeah.  I promised to turn in a fully polished MS (the second …

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  Hello!  Colleen S. Myers is hosting a Blog Hop…look below to see more blogs, some of which are giving cool stuff away, and to enter to win a gift card.  🙂 I have often said to people something like, “If you are not made easily happy, it will be hard for you to be happy at all.” The Blog Hop is about the little things that make us happy…and I think that it’s …

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So, I finally, actually wrote the ending to The Chocolatier’s Ghost.  I officially finished Tuesday, and it was marvelous.  After weeks of brutally pulling the words out of the cold muck of my head and setting them, carefully, side by side the ending came in a flood of words.  I totally had that “OMG I AM A WRITER” high for a bit. I looked at the list of “chapters” in Scrivener, and counted them, …

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Soul mates seems to be a concept that we are getting away from as a society.  You do not need anyone else to complete you, you are already complete in yourself.  You are already whole. And I think that is true.  I am whole. But.  There is something very alluring about the idea that there is someone who can fill in your weak points and make you better, someone who is so connected to …

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