Friday, January 11, 2019

Jane of Austin on E-Book Sale!

I'm so thrilled to see Jane of Austin on e-book sale! Click here to get a copy from the vendor of your choice.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Looking back on 2018 -

Happy New Year! I've been meaning to write for a while, but life and work kept getting in the way.

One of the questions I get asked a lot is what I'm writing. I am writing - some. But I'm doing a lot of other things these days. My graphic design work has kept me busy, and I've really enjoyed it. Church has kept me hopping - this spring, I'm writing/organizing much of our women's bible study materials and then co-leading the sessions. I'm also on the pulpit search committee, since our pastor took another post last summer. 

Anyway, with all of that going on, I've picked up and put down a few writing projects. I've learned that when you're on deadline, you write the thing you're most stressed about completing. But when you're not on deadline, you write the thing you love most. 

This last year was a rough one. My father-in-law passed away unexpectedly and we had a lot of travel in the spring. Mid-summer, I started addressing some health problems and underwent minor surgery in the fall. through all that, I found myself wanting to write the kinds of books that helped keep my spirits afloat - mainstream contemporary romantic comedies. Everything else I started writing was a little too solemn, or a little too considered; starting something that I could have fun with, something that made me laugh, was a breath of fresh air. So that's the plan. 

(Btw, my agent whole-heartedly approves of this, so, like Reading Rainbow, you don't have to take my word for it. But really, you should.)

The other plan has been to continue to have a more balanced life - aside from work, there's time for friends, time for cooking, time for crafting. A couple of the projects from the holiday season - 

 I made a wreath from magnolia leaves...

...and meant to change out the ribbon and never did. I am at peace.  (Enjoy bonus Sylvie, the blur.)

I found inexpensive vases at Goodwill, spray-painted them, hand-painted with a contrast color, and then arranged them on my mantle - 

I'm really happy with how they came out! Also, loved my pom-pom garland (thank you, Target). 

The dogs were cute -

 And I made pretty much all of our family Christmas gifts.

I'm sure there will be lots more projects to come! What projects kept you busy over the holidays? Share in the comments below!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

INSPY Contemporary Romance Shortlist Giveaway Bundle!

It's been such an honor to be shortlisted alongside such a wonderful group of women for the 2018 INSPY Award! To celebrate, we decided to giveaway a bundle a books to a lucky reader. You can get to know all of the authors a bit below, and then enter to win the bundle below!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Writers Corner: Good to the Last Page - A Crash Course in Finishing your Novel or Narrative Nonfiction

On April 25th, I was honored by the opportunity to share about constructing a book in general, and finishing it in particular, at my very favorite place in Memphis - the Dixon Gallery & Gardens. Between the art (lovely!) the grounds (peaceful!) and the programming (fascinating!) it has brought so much joy to my life, so it was lovely to get to participate in one of their weekly lunchtime lectures ("Munch and Learn," every Wednesday at noon).

Anywho, I got to pare down quite a lot of fiction theory into an afternoon chat and was asked (rightfully so) to post the slides on my website. Theoretically, the video should be available at some point? I will follow up on that. In the meantime, let me walk you through what we covered...