Thursday, June 28, 2012

Updates on Upcoming Releases

It's been awhile since I've checked in. Thought I'd do a quick drive by for anyone wondering about the latest updates on my books... or life. It's all about juggling projects just now so that make life interesting and time crammed. Deadlines are plentiful. Not that I'm complaining.

* I just researched, wrote and submitted the synopsis for my novella in the Christmas Anthology that will be coming out in 2013. A Harlequin Nocturne project I'm thrilled to be collaborating with amazing authors (and my dear friends) Heather Graham and Kathleen Pickering. Stay tuned for updates!

* Presently revising the second book in the Cupcake Lovers Novel series--THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE (coming March 2013 from St Martin's Press). Hard work, but worth the effort. This story is going to sing!

*Presently writing the first draft of the second book in my steampunk series--The Glorious Victorious Darcys. HIS CLOCKWORK CANARY, (a project for NAL/Penguin) is scheduled for release June 2013. As with the first book in this series--HER SKY COWBOY (coming 11/6/12) this story requires a ton of research involving the 1880s and 1960s as well as matter relating to steampunk and time travel, oh, and civil engineering. Interesting, fun, but a huge challenge.

*Also coming in May 2013 is a Glorious Victorious Darcy e-Special from NAL/Penguin. HIS BROKEN ANGEL (working title) will be a novella available in digital form only. It will feature two characters that you'll meet in HER SKY COWBOY. Scheduled for release one month before HIS CLOCKWORK CANARY, the enovella is a bridge between novel 1 and novel 2, so I'm thinking of it as GVD 1.5.  Interesting note: I'm writing HIS CLOCKWORK CANARY (GVD 2) before writing HIS BROKEN ANGEL (GVD 1.5). It's because of when they were contracted and how deadlines fell. So basically I'm writing them out of sequence. I've developed a special calender where I noted key plot points on specific days fro both GVD 1 and GVD 2 so that I'll know who was where doing what when I write GVD 1.5. Confused? Welcome to my world.

* Speaking of calendars, I created something similar along with character charts and charts that keep track of places and things such as a character's specific car for the Cupcake Lovers series. it's the only way to keep things straight. forget my memory! Writing this particular series is a bit like writing a soap opera or a nighttime drama series like Gilmore Girls or Brothers and Sisters. A large cast of friends and family and lovers. There is an overall arc to the series so you follow all these characters and their lives from book to book. Each book features one specific romance between two characters. I'm having a blast writing this series. I'm hoping readers will love the characters of Sugar Creek as much as I do. The biggest challenge here is in creating realistic characters that readers will love or hate, sympathize or root for. Focus on emotion.  

You may look at all this and wonder how I juggle so many projects. How I'm able to switch my mind back and forth between writing historical steampunk and contemporary fiction--although both are under the romance fiction umbrella. The Christmas Anthology is paranormal and for me, deals with witches. So that's another whole world.  I don't know how I do it myself. I just do it. For me I guess it boils down to imagination and hard work, plus trusting in the amazing support and guidance of my critique partners, my agent, and my two fab editors. All I know is that, even though I sometimes amazingly stressed, I'm also the happiest I've ever been. Writing stories and eventually sharing those stories with readers is an amazing rush and a huge source of contentment.

I'm so very excited about the August release of FOOL FOR LOVE (Cupcake Lovers) and the November  release of HER SKY COWBOY (Glorious Victorious Darcys). Pins and needles excited!!

From the bottom of my heart, thank you to all of you for you support and for making it possible for me to live my dream!  

Thursday, June 7, 2012

By Jiminy, it's a KrakenWhip!

Ah, the wonders of the Internet. You never know what you're going to trip upon or who might trip upon you! Someone recently commented to one of my blog posts--the post featuring the cover art for my upcoming steampunk romance, HER SKY COWBOY. That some one was Kristin Gallup, costume designer at KrakenWhip. Kristin wrote...

"Wow! The skirt the chick is wearing is one of my pieces!  It's so cool to see it on a book!"

Curious, I followed her link, and, wow! Sure looks like the same skirt to me. How cool! Scroll down to compare.

I don't know about you, but I love fun clothes. Unique clothes. And upon occasion I attend event/parties that require/encourage costumes. I now have my eye on one of KrakenWhip's bustle skirts for obvious reason. ;) Please do hop over and check out Kristin's awesome collection at Etsy.  A whimsical delight!   

Monday, June 4, 2012

A Fly By Post

As always life is hectic. But wonderful.

First of all, thank you to all who bid on the items I donated to Brenda Novak's auction to benefit Juvenile Diabetes research. Your generosity warms my heart!

And now, a few random thoughts...

What I'm reading: An intense and wonderful story by my former writing partner and good friend, Cynthia Valero. I have no doubt that--soon--this amazing fantasy will entice a major publisher and enthrall readers.

What I'm watching: I just watched the movie "Snow White and the Huntsman". I enjoyed it even more than I first realized because it stayed with me. And I want to see it again. Dark. Intense. Enchanting.

What I'm anticipating: The release of my sister's first published story--Chasing Fate. Coming in August from Elle J. Rossi.  

What has me smiling really big and holding back a silly squeal of joy:
While googling myself (sounds more fun than it is), I came across a thrill. As most of you know I'm writing a new series--Cupcake Lovers--for St. Martins Press. St Martin's is part of the mega huge publisher Macmillan. And I'm listed on their site. Please share in my giddy excitement and check it out.   And when you click on Connect with Author you get even more info--like my Facebook and Twitter feeds. I knew they were public, of course. But now they feel really public. Makes one think.  At any rate I haven't been this excited and optimistic in a very long time. As always my goal is to share my stories with as many people as possible.

Another google treasure... NAL has already posted a link for the e-novella I agreed to write in my new steampunk series--Glorious Victorious Darcys.


Sensing I'm on the brink of breaking out... I am overjoyed!

Thank you for sharing in my glee! Let me happy dance in yours. Good news? Please share!