Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Another deleted scene.

I added another deleted chapter from Until Now onto my Wattpad account. 

This one was a tough one to delete. I loved the interaction between Billy and Katie (his Sweets) and I attempted to add it in other places but it just didn't work. I also wanted to show the beginning of Preston and Bridget's relationship, but since the book had to span eighteen years, this one became a victim. It just didn't move the story along.

You can click here to be taken directly to the chapter, or you can go to the Deleted Scenes tab above to find the list of scenes or chapters that didn't make it into the books.  So far I only have two for Until Now, but will be adding more as I have time to go through my deleted scenes file. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Instead of Friday Five...

My brother Curt passed away almost two months ago from suicide. The loss has been heartbreaking.  As teenagers, we teased each other relentlessly, and more than once I yelled "I hate you" which only made him laugh.  He was annoying and everything a younger brother was supposed to be.  It wasn't until I left for college that we finally became friends, and I could finally admit that I loved him.

After I married and started my family, he would occasionally drunk call me, always around 2 AM, to tell me he loved me. I grumbled and told him I loved him too but to stop calling so early...or late.  Eventually, he did stop calling.  What I wouldn't give for him to drunk call me now. I would tell him that I loved his guts and that every time I had said I hate you, I meant I love you.

On October 3rd, my sister and I will be doing the  Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention.
It is my goal to raise $150. If you would like to support my goal, you can click on this link.  You will have my heartfelt thanks for any support even if it's a few kind words.

 This month our family received a letter from Donor Network West letting us know what happened with my brother's organs that he donated.  A six-year-old little boy received one of his kidney's a fifty-year-old man received a kidney and liver and a fifty-two-year-old husband, and father of four received his heart.  My heart is full of love for these people. As much as I would love to have my brother back, it gives me so much peace and comfort to know something good came from our loss.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Behind the scenes.

Today my bestie took the photos for two upcoming books, Until Us and Love Me.  Making covers is probably the hardest, most stressful part of self-publishing for me and why I'm incredibly grateful that my best friend has awesome photo taking skills and knows how to use photo software, so I don't have to learn.

The steps for making a cover.

1. Get a vague idea of what I would like to do.
2. Tell bestie about the vague idea so she can expand on it.
3. Plan a day for photos.
4. Wait until the last minute to buy props for said photos.
 It took a while to decide which shoes my character Katie would wear.

 5. Try on sunglasses with soon to be 12-year-old while waiting to check out.

6. Let my 10-year-old son come with me to buy props even though it means a couple of hours of shopping and then be surprised when he doesn't complain once.

7. Meet bestie at the park with my two kids I bribed into doing photo shoot along with bestie's dog Bubba, who is the inspiration for the dog Bubba in Until Us.

8. Laugh at Bubba antics.

9. Laugh some more at Bubba.

10. Take kids home after the photo shoot and get items for the next one.
11. Laugh at myself while wearing/almost breaking neck wearing prop.

12. Have bestie take the first set of pictures.
13. Eat peach blackberry cobbler at Mcmenamins while waiting for it to get a little darker for the next photos.
14. Have bestie take gorgeous photos with a very Oregon background.

15. Feel like you're being watched while on the deck taking photos.

16. Squeal with happiness looking through photos and trying to decide on covers.

17. Hug bestie.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday Five!!!

My favorites this week.

1. When I FINALLY decide on a book cover idea and my bestie agrees that it's a good idea so we make plans for the photo shoot.  EEEK!

2. When someone else makes dinner. This will always be true.

3. The time between when the kids leave for school and when they come home.

4. Listening to music while driving by myself. There's nobody to complain about the radio station or my singing voice.

5. Scheduling editing with my editor.  It's exciting to know that I'll be that much closer to being finished while at the same time it becomes sort of a kick in the pants I need to stay on task.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Friday Five

1.  The 100 times a day my ten-year-old tells me he loves me and gives me hugs.

2. When a book keeps me up half the night because I can't put it down. So worth the extra caffeine I have to drink in the morning.

3. Rain after a dry spell. Not rain after thirty days of straight rain. Just want to make that clear.

4. When I'm writing and the words come easily.

5. Pedicures. Do I even have to explain why?

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Random things I think about when I have a bad writing day.

Am I a writer yet?

Even though I have three books under my belt and almost finished with a fourth ::Knock on wood:: I still question if I’m REALLY a writer.  I pretty sure at any minute someone is going to stand up and yell “fraud!” 

Sometimes I wonder how many books I need to write before I FEEL like an author.  There has to be a number but so far, I’m pretty sure it’s not three. 

I’m not one of those authors that talk about my books…to anyone. (Except for my besties who beta read my stories for me.) If someone asks me about them, I find a way to change the subject.  I’m awkward like that.  

Talking about my books on social media gives me an ulcer.

I wonder if there are more authors like me but unlike me they can hide their insecurities better.

Someday I want to be confident enough to say, “Yes, I am a writer” and not cringe and want to take it back. 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Favorite Five

Years ago I kept a family blog and every Friday I would post my favorite five things from that week or just life in general. Reading through my old entries I realized how much I missed it.

So here it is, the all new  Friday Favorite Five:

1.  Writing in the park.  The combination of sunshine, fresh air and getting exercise during my breaks makes it the perfect place.  Sadly, I live in rainy Oregon so I won't be able to do this much longer, but until then...

2. Making Faces by Amy Harmon. I recently fell in love with it.  The writing is beautiful, the story is touching. It made me laugh and cry. So pretty much my favorite kind of book.  If you like a good clean book then I recommend it.

3. Colored dry markers for my white board.  My calendar looks so cute.

4. Adorable composition notebooks. As much as I hate shopping for school supplies, I love getting new notebooks. I carry one with me everywhere.

5.  Meeting my brother's biological brother and sister. Out of shared grief came love, comfort and family.