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You guys! Chasing the Dollar is available for pre-order for the introductory sales price of 99 cents at Barnes & NobleiBookKobo, and Smashwords! Get yours now and on September 22, it will appear on your ereader like magic, or Christmas morning, or like someone who cares for you surprised you with a good book to read.

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Pretty photo in lieu of actual post

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Purple flowers, San Simeon, California. June 2014.

I just spent two full days with a high-energy 6-year-old (is there any other kind?) and I need a nap. I was going to post something here today, but I did not anticipate my niece’s go-go-go nature would start at 6:45 a.m. Like I said, naptime.

So here’s a placeholder photo instead of actual thoughts. I’d like to know the name of this coastal plant, even though it won’t grow where I live. Anyone know?


Ever closer to being a published author

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California coast near San Simeon, June 2014.

Well, hello! I have been working and not stopping in here to say hi. But that involuntary hiatus is over now. Here, have a pretty black and white photo of the beach. Better now?

I just finished reviewing the edits on Chasing the Dollar and it wasn’t painful at all! I had been sort of dreading getting the comments back. My imagination is active and creative and I was pretty sure I’d get a manuscript back with all sorts of problems flagged. That did not happen. The editor had great comments and suggestions to make the book better, but they were easy fixes and I agreed with most everything. And then I caught a couple writing tics that I have and excised those crutch words that I rely on way too much.

So, I’m another step closer to being a published author.

*takes deep breath*

*then another*

*flails madly anyway*

Now I can focus on my new WIP, a holiday novella featuring Miranda Vaughn again. After re-reading Chasing the Dollar twice in the last few days (or three times, but who’s counting?) I am back in her head and her POV is coming naturally. I have a couple weeks away from the day job, so I hope to get this finished by mid-August.

Then I get to get back to the full-length sequel to Chasing, which is outlined and just sitting there, tempting me. There’s also a pile of books, uh, in my Kindle, that’s also tempting me. At the top of that metaphorical pile is Broken Elements by Mia Marshall, which I started last month before the day job consumed my life. Guys! This is so good!

Go find a good book of your own and enjoy your weekend. That’s what I’m going to do.

Chasing the Dollar has a cover!

I’m so thrilled to share the cover for Chasing the Dollar!

ChasingtheDollarChasing the Dollar is the first book in the Miranda Vaughn Mysteries series and will be released this fall by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Isn’t it pretty?

Miranda Vaughn has spent the last year and a half in hell. Arrested for a fraud scheme involving her supervisors, she lost her job at a prestigious investment firm, her fiancé, and her reputation. She walks out of the courtroom a free woman, only to find that life has a few more curve balls to throw her way. The jury may have found her not guilty, but Miranda is broke, in debt to her beloved aunt, and can’t find a job because of the scandal.

She can’t move forward until she finds out who set her up. Buried in the evidence against her, Miranda finds a larger scheme. A scheme involving far more money than the $37 million that her boss fleeced from unsuspecting investors. Determined to uncover the truth, Miranda begins her own investigation—leading her to Macau and Belize, and into the arms of a sexy FBI agent.

Jake Barnes may hold the key to finding the missing money that will restore Miranda’s reputation and let her rebuild her life. But can she trust the dark-eyed agent who has his own agenda in finding the missing funds?

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Coastal getaway

Summer vacation photos! Okay, it wasn’t much of a vacation, just a few days away at the coast. But it was lovely and nice to get away.

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We went to San Simeon, home of W.R. Hearst’s little summer place.

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My favorite rooms? The library. Of course.

San Simeon Library

So many books.

I soaked in inspiration for future WIPs, taking photos of locations that will feature in a couple new works. At least, once I finish the current book. My to-be-written list is growing and fast. Being back on the coast, at the edge of the continent, it always inspires a flood of new ideas.

San Simeon sunset

So tell me, where do you find your inspiration?

Something to Celebrate

Well, hello! It’s been a while since I’ve actually written anything here, but that doesn’t mean I’m not writing.

Despite this obstacle, I am writing.

Despite this obstacle, I am writing.

I have finished another book–a fun, thrilling, romantic mystery that was so much fun to write. It was my first time writing a first-person POV. The book is tentatively titled Payback. Here’s the blurb:

Miranda Vaughn was just found not guilty of fraud, putting an end to the worst year and a half of her life. And now the trouble really starts. Determined to find who set her up, Miranda begins her own investigation—leading her to Macau and Belize, and into the arms of a sexy FBI agent who has his own agenda.

I may have posted this previously, but now the book is really done! It’s been through beta readers, I’ve made some changes, and now I’m just polishing before sending it off to my editor. *big sigh of relief* It was so much fun writing Miranda’s story, I wasn’t ready to let her go. So I have a full outline for her next adventure and I’ve written the first two chapters, including a scene that still makes me laugh when I think about it.

Since this is my 200th post, I feel like I should celebrate somehow. But since I’m anxious to get back to my manuscript, I’m just going to say thanks to anyone who stops by and reads these irregular updates on my writing progress. Now I’m going to push the cat off my desk and get back to that.

It’s supposed to look that way

Don’t adjust your screen, those tomatoes really are black. They’ll turn into lovely heirloom tomatoes that are black and red, when they’re finally ripe. I also have a bunch of really boring green tomatoes on the other plants. Growing tomatoes here is the best ego boost you could possibly give yourself. The things practically grow wild on the side of the road. Yet, I’m always so proud when the first fruits start to show.

blacktomatoesAre you growing anything in your garden this year? If so, what did you plant?