Productivity

I wrote a single paragraph today–in two hours. It was a very important paragraph.

Co-work

Tonight I meet friends for one of my twice-weekly co-work sessions at a coffee shop in Philadelphia. Our version of this type of session involves 15 minutes of socializing, an hour and a half of writing, and then a couple more minutes of chat.

It’s striking how much more likely I am to be productive on any given day, if I plan just this little bit of structure. Humans are social beings. The prospect of company and the commitment involved in sending an RSVP are just enough to make sure I’ll go, and once there, write.

Christmas in July: The Door Behind Us for 99 Cents

Wow. It’s been too long since I last posted. The good news is that I’ve been hard at work editing Billy Goat Stats, my sequel to Music Box. It should be on its way to Dreamspinner Press by the end of the month. I’ve also made serious inroads on a new book, but it’s too soon to say much about that, other than it’s contemporary, set in Philadelphia, and I’m really enjoying it.

Now on to today’s news. Dreamspinner Press is offering The Door Behind Us, my historical novel set just after World War I, for ninety-nine cents on their website as part of their Christmas in July Promotion. Please check it out, if you haven’t already. Music Box and Valentine Shower are on sale as well.

Completed Draft of Billy Goat Stats

I can breathe again. Sometimes towards the end of a book it gets hard, like there’s a weight on my chest. I made myself cry writing the last scene. That’s usually a good sign—or I could be crazy. Six of one, half dozen of the other….

Plenty more work to do, but it gets easier now.

Billy Goat Stats tops 70,000 Words

Billy Goat Stats, my sequel to Music Box, has topped 70,000 words. I’ve got two scenes left to finish the draft. Next week maybe?

Link

VALENTINE SHOWER Mentioned in USA Today

Cool! My short story Valentine Shower just got mentioned in an article in USA Today.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/happyeverafter/2014/02/12/romantic-suspense-contemporaries-new-releases-february-2014/5430081/

Book Giveaways

I’m going to be sharing excerpts, answering questions, and talking about my new novel MUSIC BOX, as well as THE DOOR BEHIND US and my short story VALENTINE SHOWER on the Dreamspinner Press Facebook page, Saturday at 1:00 ET.

As an incentive to join me, there will be a couple of book giveaways for people who can answer questions about one of my stories. Come join me!