THE WARRIOR Update – October 13

First round of edits of THE WARRIOR are back and I’m about 50% through them. If all goes well, in about a week these edits should be finalized. The book then moves on to the next editor for the line edit/proofread. I’ve also submitted the book to my cover artist. First drafts of the front cover are due in a few days. (Eek!! Can’t wait!)

Progress of THE WARRIOR
First Draft: Complete (118,511 words)
My revisions: Complete (119,778 words)
Editing: In progress
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: In progress

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Thanks, Penned Con!

I’m still coming down off the thrill of Penned Con 2017. What a great collection of readers and authors! Yet again I’m surprised by the positive vibe of this con. It’s so much fun I’ve just bought my table for 2018. Even more surprising is I sold out of book 1!

Thanks to all the readers who stopped by to chat. I hope those who bought books enjoy them, and I can’t wait to see everyone again next year.

THE WARRIOR Update – September 23

I sent THE WARRIOR off to my editor about an hour ago. Final revisions added about a thousand words to the count. I could seriously revise and perfect for the rest of my life but at some point I have to call it because I DON’T WANT TO REVISE AND PERFECT THIS THING FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. lol

It’s perfect timing, too, because Penned Con is in one week and I have a couple hundred of TB’s special dissolving cubes to wrap in brown paper and tie with string. Come see me there and you can help yourself to one. ;)

Progress of THE WARRIOR
First Draft: Complete (118,511 words)
My revisions: Complete (119,778 words)
Professional editing: In progress
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

THE WARRIOR First Draft Complete!

Eight years in the making and this series is finally out of my head. I’ll spare everyone from my squealing. I start a full edit tomorrow.

Progress of THE WARRIOR
First Draft: Complete! (118,511 words)
My revisions: Start tomorrow
Professional editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

Join Me at Penned Con 2017!


This September I’ll be signing books and giving away free stuff at Penned Con 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. This year there will be over 150 authors! But it’s the book fans who make this con so special. Plus, money raised goes to Action for Autism. Books and a good cause. What more can you ask for?

More info on the Penned Con website and Facebook page.

THE WARRIOR Update – July 26

The slaughter has begun. What’s on my mind as I finish up this book is how much is too much? Is there a line? A number, a body count? Something concrete that determines when a reader will start thinking the book’s hero/heroine is no longer so heroic?

Hopefully not. Because these last twenty thousand or so words are blood red. Please don’t hate me.

I’m writing as fast and hard as I can, I promise. And trying not to think about how much I’m going to miss these characters when this book is finished.

My guess is one and half more months until I type THE END.

Progress of THE WARRIOR
First Draft: About 82% (89,864 words)
My revisions: Not started
Professional editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

THE WARRIOR Update – June 20

I never knew there could be someone in this series more brooding and conflicted than TB.

Progress is…happening. It’s a lot slower than I want it to be, not because I’m blocked but because I’ve hit a spot where each sentence takes thirty minutes to write. And they’re not even good sentences. A big scene change is about to happen though, and once I get involved in that hopefully words will come faster.

Also to blame? Chigger bites. I have a high tolerance for pain but a nonexistent tolerance for itching. It’s so distracting. I thought these bites had exhausted their payload but then I found THREE NEW ONES. Why?! How?! I think they’re in my yard but I have no idea where, and I can’t really take a shower every time I go outside. I think they wait for me to come out and water my flowers and then they jump on me in the dozens. Twenty-four hours later the bumps develop but the chiggers are long gone. Which means they, what, dropped off in my bed? After feasting on me, unnoticed, for how long? Pardon me while I bathe in fire.

Happy summer solstice, everyone!

Progress of THE WARRIOR
First Draft: About 60% (66,328 words)
My revisions: Not started
Professional editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started