New boxed set and bonus short story!

MirandaBox1_3DThe Miranda Vaughn Mysteries box set is available for preorder everywhere and at the introductory price of $2.99! Get your copy before the price goes up to $6.99. (Still a bargain! That’s three full-length novels!)

And for a limited time, if you chat up the boxed set on social media, you can get a FREE download of One Red Cent, a Miranda Vaughn Mysteries short story. This short story is usually only available in the Killer Beach Reads anthology.

Details on the FREE short story are here: One Red Cent giveaway!

Buy the boxed set here
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Giving away some Trouble!

2017 is off to a fun start! I’m happy to announce that A Good Kind of Trouble is now out in audiobook. I was so lucky to get to work with the lovely Denice Stradling, who really brought my characters to life. You’re going to love her narration of Ben and Lindsey’s adventures!

To celebrate, I’m giving away a copy of A Good Kind of Trouble, along with a Kindle Fire because you’ll need something on which to listen to your new audiobook. You can sign up for the giveaway HERE. I’ll also pick three people to get Trouble in audiobook.

Sign up for the giveaway before Saturday, Feb. 4. I’ll pick the winners on Sunday, Feb. 5.

a-good-kind-of-trouble-audio-coverIn the meantime, check out my interview with Denice and learn how audiobooks are made.

A Good Kind of Trouble is available in audio at Amazon, iTunes, and Audible.

If you haven’t tried out audiobooks yet, you can get your first book for FREE when you sign up for an account on Audible. Sign up now and laugh along with Ben and Lindsey for free!

 

A Novel Death available for preorder!

My first Danger Cove mystery is almost out! A Novel Death, a Danger Cove Bookshop Mystery, will be released on July 12th. But it’s available now for preorder at most online retailers. And it’s only 99 cents for a limited time!

A Novel Death

When Meri Sinclair inherited Dangerous Reads, she inherited a legacy. It’s Danger Cove’s only bookstore, and her grandmother had made sure that it was a warm and friendly places for readers of all ages.

To get off on the right foot, Meri invites celebrity author Cal Montague, a Danger Cove native who grew up to become a solid B-list actor, to debut his tell-all memoirs, Tales I Shouldn’t Tell. Turns out someone else thought Cal shouldn’t be telling tales, too. Before the event can even start, Meri finds the guest of honor in the alley—shot dead.

With motive and opportunity, the police have Meri in their sights. To save her business and her own skin, Meri, sets out to help the Danger Cove police find the real killer—before the murderer returns for a sequel.

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Available everywhere on July 12!

Book club meeting!

DroppingthedimepurpleFor two weeks starting June 1, I’ll be over at the GHP Book Club chatting about about the second Miranda Vaughn Mystery, Dropping the Dime. Come visit for a chance to win fun prizes!

If you have not yet had a chance to read this story, there is a coupon code for a discounted 99-cent copy in the book club’s notes section. See you there!

Assistant to her former defense attorney isn’t Miranda Vaughn’s dream job, but her first task is a simple one—protect a CFO turned informant, and help her prove embezzlement. But what should be a straightforward assignment is complicated when Miranda is thrown together with a hot FBI agent who saved her life, broke her heart, and then disappeared.

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Dropping the Dime—Soon in Audiobook

I’m so happy to share that Dropping the Dime, book 2 of the Miranda Vaughn Mysteries, will be out in audio format this summer! Droppingthedimepurple

And I’m thrilled that I get to work with Teri Schnaubelt again, who did such a wonderful job bringing Chasing the Dollar to life. Teri is a professional actress and veteran narrator, with more than 70 audiobooks to her name. She made the audiobook production process seamless and exciting for me and I’m looking forward to working with her again.

Last summer, I interviewed Teri about her work as an audiobook producer and actress, and you can read that here.

If you want to be notified when Dropping the Dime is available on iTunes, Amazon, and Audible.com, just sign up for my newsletter. I won’t spam you and you can unsubscribe at any time and it won’t hurt my feelings. But I hope you’ll stick around because I do like to offer subscribers early looks at new covers, and updates on sales and release dates!

Happy reading, all!

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Chasing the Dollar is available now on audiobook at these online vendors

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2013 — The Year of “The End”*

In the middle of 2010, I started writing again after a long hiatus. By October 2010, I was writing regularly, reading books and blogs about writing fiction, and keeping track of my monthly word-counts.

In 2011, I wrote 100,769 words. In 2012, I wrote 138,389 words. And last year, I set a pretty lofty goal of writing 180,000 words. I fell slightly short of that, writing 156,000 words in 2013.

First, let’s recap December 2013. My goal was to write 15,288 words and I managed to log 19,252. That’s in spite of all the crazy holiday-related events and obligations in December, including two birthdays, a wedding anniversary, two graduation dinners, and of course, hosting Christmas dinner for a dozen. Plus, Christmas Eve at my sister’s house. And a tree-cutting excursion. Multiple holiday parties. Shopping. Baking.

Wow. I was busy this month.

I focused only on one project, the unnamed first-person romantic suspense/thriller project (Miranda’s story). And I reached the end of Chapter 12, so I exported what I had to an epub file and sent it off to my critique partner, who had nice things to say about the first six chapters (Thanks, D!).

In looking back over 2013, most of my focus was on finishing Trust Me, I’m a Lawyer — this includes what it took to finish the book in July and the revisions. I didn’t subtract the words that were excised in revisions because I’m not a masochist. Anyway, I wrote 53,753 words on Trust Me in 2013 — including the two most important words:  The End.

Then I spent most of August and then October rewriting it, which I learned can be quite painful. Particularly when the project weighs in at a hefty 120,000 words. By the way, this is the project that started as an idea for a novella. It kinda got away from me.

I also wrote 45,435 words toward Miranda’s story. Because I keep track of my daily writing on a calendar/spreadsheet, I can see that I started this book on February 5, but I didn’t really dive in until April. Then I took time to focus on Trust Me, so most of the work on this WIP was in September and the last six weeks of 2013. When I look at the actual number of days I’ve spent on this (wait here, I’ll go check the spreadsheet) it’s 40 days. If I could just write those 40 days in a row, I could produce books fairly quickly. At least with this project.

I wrote about 24,000 on the various sequels to Trust Me, unfortunately, not in an order that would make sense. I have outlines for books four and five. But not for two and three. So, that’s going to be a priority in 2014.

I also wrote an outline, synopsis, and several chapters of a standalone novella that is as of yet unnamed. I have just over 9,300 words on that project.

Inspiration struck in the summer and I drafted about 14,000 on a trilogy of paranormal romance novellas — including outlines for the first two books and several chapters of the first installment. It’s something completely different for me, but it was really fun to jump into a new world where anything goes.

At the beginning of the year, when my resolutions were fresh in my mind, I added about 9,000 words to PDT, the project I wanted to finish this year. It did not get finished, but the outline is complete and more fleshed out. I like where it’s going and I am looking forward to returning to it soon. Screen Shot 2014-01-01 at 1.17.14 PM

My most productive months were September (20,847 words), January (19,433), and December (19,252). My least productive months was August and October, when I wrote only 3,120 and 5,968 words respectively, but those were the months I was revising Trust Me to submit to a publisher.

I wrote 160 days in 2013 and managed to get to 87 percent of my word-count goal.

What worked for me this year?

Well, I’m convinced that I am an outliner/plotter, whatever you want to call it. When I tried to write Trust Me without a roadmap, I veered off into the weeds and couldn’t find my way back. It was a mess to revise. But since I started Miranda’s story with an outline, I’m more efficient and it’s more fun to write. Lesson learned. I can’t start a road trip without a map.

Another motivational trick I learned this year was sending my critique partner six-chapter sections as epub files for her review. (And a huge shout-out to Scrivener for making this fun and easy to do!) Before sending these chunks, I went back and polished and did some light revisions, which I really hope will make the later editing passes less painful. By doing this, I get the added incentive of seeing my work as an ebook on my iPad or Kindle — you know, like a real book. Seeing my words on the page is very encouraging.

Overall, I’m pleased with what got finished this year and the progress I made in other projects. There are plenty of unfinished WIPs on which to focus in 2014 and I’m working on a plan to finish as many as possible.

* Huh. Looking back at previous resolutions, 2012 was supposed to be The Year of “The End.” Turns out, it was 2013.

Crissy Field, San Francisco

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Crissy Field, San Francisco, 2003.

I meant to write something to go with this photo. Maybe something about setting and how it influences a story. Perhaps how a place can inspire. But I am beat today, so instead, I’ll just make the picture bigger. Yeah, that works. And I’ll get back to you on setting… soon.