Don’t you think it helps to have a visual? I love the new cover! The old one was pretty but it was more illustrated rather than an actual photo like all the covers were. I’m proofing the book and should be able to turn it in today. 226 pages done, 266 to go. Since I worked for a lot of the day on Red Wolf Christmas edits yesterday, I shouldn’t have any trouble reading this all the way through and finishing it. Then I need to read Red Wolf Christmas again so I can finish editing it and turn it in.
Hope you have a lovely day! I’m off to get busy with mine!!
I was running everywhere yesterday, so never managed to get my blog done. Today…still working on Red Wolf Christmas edits. I took out 5,000 words, it was way over anyway, but I’ve already added back 2,000 words.
I keep thinking and rethinking things. So making some more changes. Need to write quite a bit more. I’m on chapter 26 of 28 chapters, but I feel I’ll never get this done.
And then I have to jump on proofing of Legend of the White Wolf. I had planned to have Red Wolf Christmas done yesterday. Sigh. I have to have both of these done before my granddaughter is here again on Wednesday!
Okay, off to work. Follow your dreams! Mine is: getting these two books finished so I can work on two other books I want to finish writing.
Ricky Jones is looking forward to his first day on the job as a
deputy sheriff in the cougar-run town of Yuma Town, but he doesn’t
expect to run into his former girlfriend while he’s wearing his cougar
coat. Now he wants her back in the worst way, but he’s sure she’s going
to be even madder at him for dumping her three years back.
Mandy Richards is on her way to an interview at a hospital north of
Yuma Town for the position of a Licensed Practical Nurse when she hits a
cougar in the thick foggy night, a full moon silhouetted in the gloom
on Friday, the thirteenth. Checking on the wounded cougar changes her
But her most recent ex-boyfriend isn’t going along with Ricky’s plans
to renew his relationship and things are bound to turn deadly.
We had violent storms yesterday and I put one of my dogs in the closet with his bed. He didn’t make a sound, so I think he felt safer. I had a standard poodle I gave a home to years ago that was terrified of storms. Her former owner had her sleeping on a covered metal porch and storms were magnified, poor thing. So she would sleep in my storm closet and was perfectly fine. A couple of times we curled up in there with her when we were living in Oklahoma too. More storms scheduled for today, and tomorrow for Halloween? 34-52 degrees. Brrrrr. But no storms. Thankfully.
I’m still working on edits on Red Wolf Christmas. I’m up to ch 10, and 20 chapters to go and an epilogue. My process is to go through the whole book and accept and delete all the small stuff. Then just make sure I’ve answered all the questions in the comments that I can. She often questions stuff throughout the book that are explained a few paragraphs down. You don’t hit someone in the eye with all the details right away. You have to show them as you write the story. Wait for it. Wait. Wait for it. There, see? It’s there. Sometimes something can be shown earlier, but not always.
This time, she wanted me to make some major changes. So they didn’t affect chapters 1-20. I made some of the changes in ch 21 and 22, but it will change the last 10 chapters of the book. So I’m going through each chapter before that, making any other kinds of changes I need to, and then probably tomorrow I’ll begin working on the last 10 chapters. And hopefully turn it in.
Then I have to proof the other book. They’re easy, just reading through, making sure there aren’t any mistakes made in the book written 10 years ago. Technology changes, so sometimes I need to update that. I wrote a book 20 years ago before cell phones were a thing. It makes such a difference. lol Now, everyone has to have a cell phone and you have to figure out how to “get rid of them” to put the characters in peril. I’ve had my editors telling me that I can’t have “blackout” areas where there is no cell service. But they exist. Not only in mountainous regions, but like from Waco, Texas to Houston, there’s an area where you can’t get any cell service. It’s like the Bermuda Triangle. Without the Bermuda and the Triangle.
Okay, before this gets any longer, I’ve got to get to work. As much as I wish the editing would get done without me, it just refuses.
Have a super, lovely day!! I’m going to enjoy the rain, but hobble down to the mailbox before it happens!
I’m in limbo now. I love it when I can do what I want. On the other hand, I’m not sure which direction I should take. And then I’ll have to start working on the contracted books again. I need to write another Highland book. I have a cover. I just need to write the story.
I just picked up yet ANOTHER cover for a fae book, and I started writing on it last night. Angel Fae.
If it takes off, I’ll finish it, but I have a ton of other stories I’ve started that I’d love to finish. And stories I need to revise that are finished. But when I mean I have to revise them, I mean majorly. Sometimes it’s easier writing a new story. But some of my best selling books have been revisions of earlier stories. So I’m not giving up on them!
I’ve been getting caught up on cleaning. Another 3:30 am wake up. Ugh. And I need to finish 3 bears and ship them, so I’m working on one of them this morning too.
So I’m in…limbo. Where will my muse take me today? Wake. Up. Muse.
*sigh* Maybe I will be museless today and just do my own thing without her.
I was excited to sell three more books to my publisher: a Highland Wolf book, Red Wolf book, and another Wolff Brothers Wolf book (Silver Town Wolves). Now I have to write them. They’ll be coming out in 2021. The books for next year are all written. Yay!
And I’m nearing the end of writing Cougar Halloween Mischief. I’m just working on the Halloween party, wrapping up loose ends and adding some more character details and it will be off to beta readers.
And my publisher sold the audiobook rights to the Wolff Brothers book: You Had Me at Wolf, coming out in February! Yay!
Shoulder was killing me again at 4 am, so got up and exercised it. Teach it to keep me awake, so I put it through its torturous routine. My gel pack heating pad broke. So need to make a rice one, but no rice.
Now I’m off to do edits and then get back to writing the novella.
Well, we’ve got rain. And lots of it. And wind. And thunder. Perfect for a frog prince.
Wrote 3,000 words yesterday, finished one bear of a two-bear order, and need to do several more. But right now, it’s pouring out, and I need to move my dogs’ vaccinations date to later. I don’t think I can manage in the pouring rain with a broken toe this morning!
She will be going to her forever home soon in Texas.
Well, this is a goofed up weather day. It said we’d have a low of 51, so I’m expecting it this morning. Like it usually is. Lower temperature in the morning, higher in the afternoon. I even dressed warm to try and see the owls that were hooted all over the neighborhood at 4:30 this morning. (Shoulder hurt all night long and gave up on trying to sleep since I need to be up by 5 for granddaughter.)
But nope. 76 this morning, dropping throughout the day. By 3 pm it will feel like 59 instead of 61 and it will continue to drop. It’s welcome, just unexpected!
So I’m off and running! In the muggy heat this morning… Twelve bear orders stacked up all of a sudden. lol It’s time for Christmas.
And I rewrote the beginning of Cougar Halloween Mischief. I couldn’t decide which way to go with the story, and went with what I hope is the most dramatic.
The owls hooting all over the neighborhood this morning, one near me in the trees, cannot see them for the life of me, and way off in the distance, other owls hooting, but I sure wish I could see them. There must have been about four. I love owls and just wish I knew what kind they were.
It’s really important if you have a million goals like I do to keep making progress at whatever you’re doing. Since it’s cooled down a little, I’ve been weeding and weeding and weeding and it’s getting there. I can’t do it all at once, but I keep working at it. I have another four 40-gallon bags out for the trash again with spent zinnias and tons of grass hiding among them that I couldn’t reach for the zinnia. I had that many out for Monday’s trash too.
So it’s getting better! Just keep working at it. I also planted mondo grass last night, trying to find a way to have something evergreen that fills in where the weeds are growing. Hope it works. That’s also the important thing. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. It could be that this plant doesn’t, but something else will.
I redid a cover for one of my novellas. I’ve had several for it but I haven’t liked anything else I’ve done or purchased in the past, so hopefully this one will be the one. It’s for a vampire romantic suspense.
And I was designing the cover for the Cougar Halloween Mischief novella. I was working on the story also. Got my first 1,000 words. Since my novellas are shorter, about 25-30K, I’m excited to get a start! For those of you who are following the cougar shifters of Yuma Town, Colorado, this is about Ricky Jones and the horrible, awful, wonderful, beautiful Friday the 13th where his world is again turned upside down before Halloween. Now if I could stay out of the garden long enough to concentrate on it… But man, the garden needs lots more tender, loving care. It’s getting there though!
This morning, I went to test out my shoulder, hand behind back, upward movement, and YAY!!! It’s sooooooooo much better. Last night, I tried it and it was bad. So I thought I was backsliding. After lifting a 28 lb toddler all day, my shoulder was killing me. This morning, when normally I try to pull my arm up behind my back, I could do it higher, but only for a second and the pain is excruciating. Today, I was able to move it to that spot for 10 times for 10 second holds. It hurt, but it was doable. Yay!!! And with a yoga strap, I think I even was able to get it higher for about 5 repetitions with 10 second holds. So I’m making progress!
I have someone coming to clean my gutters. I took my 6 foot ladder out to clean them myself and realized I needed a 10 foot ladder to do the job. ugh. Last tropical storm, I had a torrent of water built up in the gutters gushing over the top, so hopefully, this will take care of that! And I got a new guy to mow the lawn. My neighbor’s son got a job and we had another neighbor kid doing the yard. He broke a fence panel in my gate that I still need to have fixed. So this guy looks like he’ll be my go to yardman now.
Before I turn this into a book, I’m out of here.
Have a wonderful, beautiful day, that skips the horrible, awful part that Ricky is having!