Posts Tagged ‘Surrender to Ruin’

Publication Date for Surrender to Ruin

Friday, October 13th, 2017

I have started setting up pre-orders for Surrender To Ruin with a publication date of December 5, 2017.

The copy-editor has the MS, after that it’s proofreading, and then off to formatting.

Things are a bit anxious here with the fires, but so far we’re OK. I don’t expect we’ll have to evacuate since we are to the south of the fires and the wind (at the moment) is north, northeast ish.

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News. There is News.

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

I have sent Surrender to Ruin to the copyeditor.

 

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Update on Surrender to Ruin

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

I have the (3rd Round) edited manuscript back for Surrender to Ruin.

This is wonderful, Carolyn! I already loved this book and now I love it even more!

This means I have some light edits and then the book goes to copy-edits. I’m considering a pre-order for this book. Stand by on that. Either way the book should be ready to go in 3-4 weeks.

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What’s Up? This!

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

Here’s What’s Up

Surrender to Ruin is still out for its final final final editorial read. The anthology How to Find a Duke in Ten Days is officially on sale. Readers are really responding to the stories. Mine is The Viscount’s First Kiss. If you haven’t picked up your copy, you should! Click here for my website buy links page.

Other News

I have a reversion for Not Wicked Enough. As soon as I have the reversion letter, my version of the book will be on sale world wide. Until the reversion, Berkley Books had North American rights.

What’s Next

I have several projects in the pipeline, but after a lot of thought I have reordered them. As some of you may know, Hachette Books still has the rights to the first two books in my My Immortals series. They have, to date, stood fast on refusing to revert because of outstanding sublicenses that do not expire until 2021. This severely hampers my ability to properly market the series, and that matters, a lot, to my bottom line. It’s hard to get traction with new readers when I don’t control two of the books, both of which are either no longer in print or very hard to find in print.

Therefore, I have decided to write two “replacement” books that will provide a new series lead-in to books 3-7. They are tentatively titled My Infernal Lover and Blow Back. Once both are done, I’ll have a way to effectively market the series and, hopefully, bring new readers into the series.

That does mean I am pushing back starting the new “Dark Elf” series, which is disappointing, though I am continuing to draft out my vision for for this series. My historical Not Proper Enough will likely revert sometime in the next year. Book 3 in the series remains on my project list.

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The Fork is Out!

Sunday, August 27th, 2017
Fork against a blue sky with white clouds

The Fork

Ok, so my novella for the How To Find A Duke in 10 Days anthology is done. It’s off to copy-edits and proofreading. The tentative title is The Viscount’s First Kiss.

In the next few days, I will set up my website page for the novella, post an excerpt, and an extended excerpt in the members only section of my website.

And yes. This means I am now full steam ahead on the final read through of Surrender to Ruin.

Did I mention there was a fire on the property behind us? 30 acres burned and I was getting ready to evacuate. Whew.

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More writing News etc

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

The RWA National Conference was last week. Since I’m currently on the Board of Directors, I was in Florida from Saturday through the following Sunday. Conference was great for all the usual reasons: information, networking, seeing friends in person, celebrating Romance and Romance authors.

So, at the moment, Surrender to Ruin is sitting in a binder waiting for a final read through before it goes off to copy-editing. I had to set it aside because I have a novella in an anthology coming out in October, and even though I started it ages and ages ago, I got more than halfway done and realized I needed to start over . . .

I am nearly done with that. I do not have a title yet for the novella and I really, really hope to be completely done with it by this weekend. It’s for the anthology How to Find a Duke in 10 Days with Grace Burrowes, Shana Galen, and Miranda Neville.

A hot duke at the left with a stately ducal manor in the distance to his right. Did I mention Hot Duke

How to Find a Duke in 10 Days

Caring for my mother takes a chunk of time and emotion from the writing side of my life. It’s why everything is taking longer these days. I appreciate everyone’s patience.

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More News on Surrender to Ruin

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

I have the MS for Surrender to Ruin back from the 2nd editorial round and hope to have the adjustments made shortly. I hesitate to give an estimate to done, but I am thinking this weekend to finish the adjustments and 1-2 weeks to check for silly typos etc. Then it goes to copy-edits.

I’ll post an updated Chapter 1 to my website. Newsletter subscribers get access to the members only section of my website where I will post a longer excerpt.

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News! Progress Report

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Today I finished revisions for Surrender to Ruin. It goes to my editor for a final pass edit. Hopefully after that it’s minor issues quickly addressed and then it’s off to copy edits.

 

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WildLife and an Update

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Update first

Am about a quarter of the way through some additional revisions to Surrender to Ruin. It’s going well. I promise you. I did mention over at my Facebook Author Page, that the health of a family member is impacting my writing time. This book will be done soon.

Wildlife!

Not mine. My brother got my dad a wildlife camera which is currently set up in the creek that runs through the back of the property. This time of year there’s no water in the creek. At this location there are many old oak trees that keep the creek bed in shade most of the time. This particular section has a short slope. Here are some pictures of animals in the creek bed:

Fawn coming down the creek. There is a short steep slope so she/he is being adorably careful

Fawn Being Careful. Young enough to have spots still. 5/20/2017 2:34PM

 

Closer picture of fawn after coming down the slope. Still adorably cute. Young enough to still have spots on his coat.

Made it! A second fawn is at the top of the slope. 5/20/2017 2:34PM

 

Owl from the side with his wings spread since he has just landed

Owl Landing 5/21/2017 4:39AM

This is a Western Screech Owl. You can see a color picture at the Audubon link provided.

 

This is the back of the owl in night vision. Looking for gophers I hope.

Night Owl, dude. 5/21/2017 4:40AM

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Updates!

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

Writing Updates

I have a a few updates for everyone. First, Surrender to Ruin is back from it’s additional read through. I have a few tweaks to make so things are moving ever closer to done. I’m doing another historical anthology with Grace Burrowes, Miranda Neville, and Shana Galen. I started that story while STR was out being read. I’m considering calling my story “Kissed by a Rake.” Maybe. After that I will work on another My Immortals story and the new project I’m calling “Dark Elves.”

Writing is going slowly at the moment. My duties as a Director for RWA is part of the reason, but that is mostly predictable and manageable.  However, the health of a family member is not, and it should come as no surprise that the burden of that is falling to the women in my immediate family, aka mostly me. I cannot change that. STR is really just about done. But I can’t promise rapid turn arounds these days,

Writing Related Updates

I have a new desk! Here’s some pictures.  It’s made of reclaimed wood by Sons of Salvage here in my town. I highly recommend following that link. I gave them my specific needs and dimensions and they carried it out. In the top picture you can kind of see the 2 drawer pedestal to the right. It’s on wheels so I can move it to the other side if I want. I have a built in keyboard tray. I decided to go with a narrower desk. It’s perfect for me and the space. My next project is to clean out the closet and move the printer there.

Over to the right you’ll see a lamp that looks like it was probably on a train or something. There’s a local artist who makes these super funky lamps out of old items. There’s a picture below with the lamp on so you can see why it’s called “Once in a Blue Moon.” I have it on a timer so it comes on at 9:00 PM to remind me it’s time for bed. Sleep is a precious commodity right now.

Here is a close up of the wood. I love the color and the grain.

Close up of the desk surface. The wood is highly grained and you can see where there were nails and such. All polished and smooth now

Wood!

 

Here’s a picture with the lamp on. The framed print to the right is by Ricky Watts, another local artist. And this is a good shot of my current computer wallpaper. It’s a photo by Anton Jankovoy. I bought two of his pictures. This one is of the Milky Way in Nepal. His photos are amazing.

Beautiful desk made of reclaimed wood, with a funky lamp with blue glass on one side, The lamp is on here and there is a blue glow around it,

The desk. With Blue Moon Lamp

 

I also hooked up my new ergo keyboard. More ergo than the previous one. I’m still getting used to it. My writing space is surrounded by stuff that is meaningful and inspiring to me. It makes a big difference to have these things around me.

And now, back to work.

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