Sigh. I have a cell phone problem. Those of you who know me well know that I’d be perfectly happy not to have one. I have a landline that has an extension in every room. However, once about ten years ago, I made the mistake of asking my husband if I could use his cell phone because i was driving to Atlanta for the Moonlight and Magnolias Writer’s Conference and it would be nice to have one in case i have car trouble. Well, he said I couldn’t have his, but by the time I got back from that trip, I had a cell phone of my own. That I don’t particularly care to use. Except when I’m traveling. In case I get a flat tire.
So now I have a cell phone that is harder to use than my computer. At least, I’m familiar with that.
I had it with me this past weekend because I was driving out of town. To make a long story short, I let the battery die because I left it in my purse till this morning, and when I tried to recharge it, it wouldn’t charge.
So now I have to go to the Apple store and speak to a Geek. Of course, they never speak the same English language that I grew of speaking, so who knows what will happen?
Wish me luck.
I typed THE END on the book yesterday. So now I’m sort of feeling at loose ends. Of course, I have plenty of small projects (Can you say spring cleaning?) that I need to tackle before I start writing another book. For right now, I’m going to step away from it for a week or two, then I have to go back and edit and polish and proofread and all that not so much fun stuff.
In the meantime, I am going to be speaking at the Decatur (Alabama) Public Library on June 8, so I will spend some of that “free” time working on my presentation.
On the book front, I’m about 50 pages from the end. Of course, then there will need to be polishing and editing and all sorts of other business, but like horse nearing the barn at the end of the day, I feel like the end is in sight.
On another note, those of you who are Miss Kitty followers, last night she, who is usually a giant couch potato, came across a mouse on one of her last jaunts out into the big wide world. Since she seldom goes far from the deck, I’m assuming it wandered across her path. So she brought in proceeded to play cat and mouse with it while I was trying to watch the season finale of THIS IS US, I finally got exasperated watching her torment the teeny thing and caught it myself and put it outside.
No, I don’t jump on chairs and squeal when I see a mouse, I got a heavy dish towel and dropped it on top of the mouse, scooped it up, and took it outside. Then I put the dish towel in the washing machine. Score one for me.
I’ve been busy, busy, busy trying to finish Bobby’s and Jack’s story. I had intended it to be a novella ready to be released around Valentine’s Day. Well, my characters had other ideas.
Bobby has been very stubborn, still mourning her late husband, though it has been almost three years since his death, and Jack is getting tired of being patient. Getting into the mix is Bobby’s teen-aged daughter Audrey who is having major boy problems of her own. (And this has suggested another story to be written sometime in the future.) So, my novella is destined to be a full-length novel.
Those of you who don’t have people living in your head clamoring to get out probably don’t get that this is both a blessing and a curse. However, I’d rather have this blessing than not have any ideas at all.
I’ve been trying to keep my nose to the grindstone and write every day, and I am making progress, but not as much as I would like. I think it has something to do with the dreary, cloudy weather this time of year.
One little piece of good news, a little late, but nice anyway. My Christmas book [Home for the Holidays] got a nice 4 star review from InD’Tale magazine. So maybe that will bump my sales stats. A woman can hope.
I’m happy to announce that I have been able to work on my current WIP after having been forced to take over a month off. I had high hopes to have the next book ready for a February release, but now it’s looking more like April. I’ll keep you posted.
LOTS OF NEWS to write about today.
First: Educating Blaine is live on Amazon for both e-book and print purchases.
Second: I just got a 4 star review from In D’Tale Magazine for Out of her Comfort Zone. Of course, OOHCZ is still available in both formats.
Third: This one kinda blows my mind, Priceless Marriage, a book originally published by Harlequin American in 2003 has been republished in the German edition of Bianca. Imagine my surprise when I opened the unexpected package containing three German copies. [Picture shown of American version.]
When Baine Sartain is sent to work in one of her grandfather’s companies to learn the value of money, she thinks she’ll just have to bide her time until she comes into her trust fund.
The last thing Frank Monahan needs is to babysit his mentor’s spoiled granddaughter, but he wants to stay in the man’s good graces until he pays off a business loan.
Can two such different people work together? Will Frank’s attraction to Blaine help in his quest toward ownership, or will Blaine believe that he used her to get what he wants?
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