Category Archives: romance
Well, it’s a good thing I didn’t share that first cover for Detour Trail; it was just a template, but they sent me another cover, and this one is up on the publisher’s website, but it doesn’t have a link yet. I like this cover too; I can’t wait till there’s a link on it; then I’ll post it. And this one is a wrap around cover, so it includes the back. And I think it’s cool!
Today I got to see my Detour Trail cover. I had to approve it and get it back into the pipeline, so after studying–and appreciating it–I sent my approval. When I’m sure it’s really ready to go, I’ll share it with you. I think approving a cover is like editing your story, you can spend a lot of time wondering and second guessing yourself–and your readers. But I think it has a good representation of my heroine, Lorrie. She has the right color hair, and it’s loosely braided and hanging down her back. (One of my fears was that she’d be a blonde model with flowing tresses and not someone who’s making a perilous journey down the Oregon trail.) The title is at the top and lightly floating on Lorrie’s head, and my name is underneath Lorrie’s profile (nice strong jaw, I think), and beneath that is the wagon train with some scroll work that flows over it and up….
For those of you who got an ebook reader for Christmas–or couldn’t wait–
here are my ebooks. Or you can read them on your computer. Your choice.
Pretty Pink Planet
Lori, an agent of SOESFOL (Search Out and Establish Sentient Forms of Life) visits Prism, a popular tourist destination, to track down planet pirates and rescue aliens, if she can find and talk to them.
(Pretty Pink Planet is a free ebook)
Hot Yellow Planet
In the sequel to Pretty Pink Planet, Lori and Chiing continue their adventures, meeting up with Chameleons, Ghosters, Splurts, and other aliens and humans.
Hidebound is a SF romance (adult content) also available on Amazon
Links: Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005ICFOHY
And Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/82218
How we coped with selling a house–at last, looking for a new house, buying a new house that was a foreclosure and needed lots of work, and then remodeling it since it didn’t even have a kitchen sink!
I was 7000 words into my sequel, so I had to make it to 57,000 (I’m a rebel), but I ended up with 58,500 because I had to write the ending. In other years I had enough time to edit as I went along, but this time I found myself taking breaks to come up with the next scenes and chapters–and writing in cliches and dialogue that made me cringe. Look Ma–drivel! I’ll wait a while before I start editing, which is what you’re supposed to do. Distance yourself so you ‘ll see it from a fresh perspective.
Well, I haven’t done much on my novel prep work–like hardly anything. Let’s see, what can I do next to procrastinate. Hmm. I’ll run a free ebook promotion again; then I won’t have to think about doing that later, she said defensively.
Besides the three stories I added to my reprint collection, The Doorway and Other Stories, (The Trees of Home, Well Met by Water, and Carnies), there are:
Nessa stumbles into the time corridor while helping a friend.
The Doorway and Other Stories will be available free on Kindle Saturday, October 27, and Sunday, October 28. And don’t forget the free Kindle apps: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SV1FB2
Today is the last day to get my story collection as a free download from Amazon Kindle, but you can also get a free Kindle app here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SV1FB2
The Doorway: Nessa stumbles into the time corridor and faces danger.
Guard Dog: Sequel to The Doorway. Nessa meets an old friend who needs her help.
Stray Cats: Cats, humans, and a mad scientist.
Pilot’s Course: What happened to change this girl’s life?
The Princess Quest : The princess needs a barbarian to help her on her quest.
When Danger Rules: Reesa came back to rescue the remaining members of her family. Now she had to avoid being killed by her cousin, who wanted the throne, and the new ruler of the planet, who didn’t want a throne, and the ones she had come to rescue…
Home Not: When Grief’s Aunt Chelsea died, his Uncle Sandro saw his chance, and Grief was at his mercy… Adventure.
What Price a Friendly Freep: Aliens and humans and spaceships.
Too Tight: Petals has a close call…
Royal Guardians: Heroine and her companions, including a temple cat, land in Florida after escaping from another dimension.
Old Rex: They killed Rex, but he came back when his human called him.
My latest e-book, The Doorway and Other Stories, will be available as a free download on Kindle June 8 & 9: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SV1FB2
I’m happy to have some of my old stories in one place. Except for The Princess Quest, which is a humorous fantasy, and Old Rex, a ghost story, the rest of the stories are all science fiction adventures of different types, involving aliens, time travel, symbiotes, and humans searching for a home and/or family. All the stories have been published elsewhere–sometimes more than once–over the years, except for Royal Guardians. And you don’t need a Kindle! There’s a free app on the webpage.
In the meantime, Pretty Pink Planet is always free: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/93615 (SF) Lori, an agent of SOESFOL, visits Prism to track down planet pirates and rescue aliens.
And my other e-books include: Hidebound: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005ICFOHY (SF) After Anfissa meets Ferenc, they flee to a planet where even the grass is deadly.
Hot Yellow Planet: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/94029 (SF) In this Pretty Pink Planet sequel, Lori and Chiing continue their adventures.
Remodeling: Buying and Updating a Foreclosure: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/71560 (Non-fiction) How one woman bought and remodeled a foreclosure; it didn’t even have a kitchen sink!
I came across a good article, Sneaking in the Back Door, in the January 2012 issue of Writer’s Digest. The author suggests entering writing contests with editors as judges (among other things). It worked for her! She focused on contests sponsored by chapters of Romance Writers of America. (Many writing organizations sponsor contests on the national and chapter level.) [Also check out regional contests looking for writers in your state and also category–history, etc.–contests.]