Since I didn’t do a B&P post for Wednesday, and I have an assortment of notes and links, I decided to do one today.
The Last Day for Carolyn Poling Schriber’s Book Launch Party
If you haven’t read all the great interviews and articles at the launch site for Beyond All Price, check it out. This party will be of special interest if you like to read and/or write historical fiction.
What I’m Reading
Judgment & Wrath, a Joe Hunter thriller by Matt Hilton. The first Joe Hunter novel, Dead Men’s Dust, was excellent, and this new book is full of action and mystery. A really creepy bad guy just blew up a house, so I hated to put the book down and get other work done.
Holly Jahangiri’s Awesome Review of My Mysteries
Holly blogs at It’s All a Matter of Perspective, and the review post is called Sylvia and Willie, Two New Friends Worth Meeting. When I sent the two books to Holly, I had no expectations she’d get around to reading them in the near future because I know she’s a busy lady. And even if she read them, there was no guarantee she’d like them or have time to bother with a review. The post was a lovely surprise, and I appreciate it a whole bunch.
If this persuades you to check out Sylvia and Willie (and the Florida Flippers), note that The Desert Hedge Murders is now available in mass market paperback from the Harlequin Worldwide e-store.
Two Guest Authors in the Line-Up Next Week
On Monday, my guest will be Sylvia Dickey Smith, whose new novel, A War of Her Own, has just been released.
My Thursday guest is Cara Lopez Lee, author of the Memoir, They Only Eat Their Husbands: A Memoir of Alaskan Love, World Travel and the Power of Running Away, scheduled for publication in November.
Photo From Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference
Beth is a fellow Colorado author. She has just signed with Midnight Ink for two different mystery series. Here’s her website with more about her books.
Deni is an author and also an editor for Five Star’s mysteries. She was my editor for both Sylvia and Willie books. Her most recent release is Soap Bubbles.
Finding Time to Write
I’ve had a bad habit my whole life: taking on too many tasks and responsibilities. You’d think a person would learn eventually, but I tend to slip back into old habits as soon as someone asks me to do something that looks like fun.
However, Nagging Whisper has been at me again. She calls me Stupid. Says I’m a Procrastinator. Tells me there are stories to write and characters just waiting for me to set them free. She finally got through. I’m letting go of a few obligations to free up more writing time.
I’m not going to give up blogging or visiting blogs, but I am going to post mostly on weekdays. If I post anything on Saturday or Sunday, it will be short — a reminder, photos, an upcoming guest’s book trailer, etc.
The name of the game is writing, and I haven’t been doing enough. I’ll attend a guest ranch writer’s retreat in October. That’s usually good for 10,000 to 20,000 words, depending on how much time I waste visiting the kitchen for coffee or snacks, staring out the window at the river that runs past our bunkhouse, or running outside to take photos (which I did a lot last year since we had a beautiful snowfall during the weekend).
I’ve also cleared my calendar for the rest of the fall and winter. No trips, no conferences, and no fooling around until spring.
You know what finally did it? Well, besides Nagging Whisper, I mean. It was the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference. There’s no way I could be a part of that energy, inspiration, and support for a weekend and not have it motivate me to get busy.