31 December 2016
A Little Birdie Told Me
Hullo and WELCOME! I’ve embarked on (yet another) new feature, my newsletter, to go along with my new web page and all my other regular blog features. (I’m rather in the dark on some of (most of) the technical bits and pieces. I’ve built computers and I’m aces on the user end. But the middle ground techie stuff – HELP ME!) Look for my newsletter quarterly, with seasonal tidbits, and event updates. NOTE: As of the writing of this, I am trying [in vain] to figure out how to set up a mailing list, so bear with me!!
The unsavory heritage series has come to an end
My debut novel, Tessa, set me on a journey three years ago I couldn’t have imagined! I couldn’t begin to tell you how many words I had written at the time, but once I got busy writing, it was just a matter of a few months til the story was done. With the help of a friend, I got her uploaded to Kindle, and added the print version later in the year (October 2014).
When peeps started asking if there was a sequel, I looked and realized I had, in fact, set up not only a sequel, but two more stories.
And for two years, I lived in the world of my unsavory heritage characters, 150 years, and seven generations. It is a bittersweet and fond farewell I bid to these women and their families.
They are available on my Amazon page,
Series Number Two Hath Begun
The southern town of Saisons lies at the crossroads between North and South, progressive and genteel antebellum life. Between East and West, between history and heritage, and new frontiers.
In a world where slavery is dying and women’s rights are rising, four young girls share a bond—and experience a tragedy.
Seasons is the telling of their stories, and Mercedes Renaldi’s story is first in The Long Shadows of Summer.
Mercedes Renaldi’s friend comes to her and she must now keep Simone’s secret. But Mercedes knows things, too, and she has to uncover the evidence before it falls into the wrong hands.
Coming in July. Leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a sample chapter.
Stories by Design, the Web Page
IS NOW LIVE on a browser near you! Please bear with me as I wade through all I want for my webpage—I spend most of my time with the blog and with my stories! You do love my stories, don’t you?
It’s been a full month! Did you NaNo? To be honest, I hadn’t thought much about it, til late October, and I realized I was on target. So I jumped in and I’m so glad I did! I made it to the 50K mark with a few words to spare, not counting the 3K I already had written.
Coming in 2017
On the table for this year are not only Long Shadows, but Book Two as well, The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, in the new series. The series is one overall story, told by four main characters. Each has their own twist, their own dilemma. The saving grace for me is the research is all the same, the setting and characters are the same, with minor variations. Leaves releases in October.
Leave a comment with your email for a copy of the first chapter. If you don’t want your email public, send it to me privately at email@example.com.
I’ve gotten more organized with the blog, and will have a feature for each day of the week once I launch the recipe feature on Saturdays—not sure yet how soon that’ll be. I have yet to [be able to] attend ACFW conference—thus far I’ve attended only one (Weekend With the Writer, 2015) and loved it! This is The Year, and I’ll be in Grapevine, TX in September! My Jingle Bell Authors was a big hit, and I will be repeating it again in December. It is set for Wednesday the 13th!
Got questions? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday Feature and First Friday Feature is taking a back seat, at least for a season. In its place, I’m excited to join with seven other bloggers to bring you First Line Fridays.
This Just In
I am opening my influencer team / street team / tribe for new members. We are Robin’s Little Flock, and “brain picking, question answering, beta reading, grammar editing, launch team… my writing support system…” I am putting together new guidelines and will have those ready by the end of January. Email me at email@example.com if you’re interested.
Family-wise, there’s a wedding in March—my nephew—another’n (also a nephew) later in the year—and a third (nephew #3) not far behind!! The blog focus for March will be weddings.
Christmas is behind us for another year, and tomorrow begins a new year. What plans and goals do you have for 2017? Notice I did not use the word ‘resolution?’ Goals are ongoing, perpetual, and ever-adapting. Methinks ‘resolution’ has gotten a bad rap! Ha!
Spiritual-wise, 2017 is wide open, Father has taught me much, and raised me out of so much darkness and torment. He has elevated me, and I’m free to walk in promises made long ago, and receive from His hand in ways I never before fathomed. Bring it, 2017, let’s DO this!!
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