What’s it about?

My friend Carla Swafford challenged me to write five things about my current WIP.

So here goes:

1. I’m within about a week or two of finishing. of course, then there will be weeks, if not months of polishing.
2.My heroine is a former beauty queen.
3.The hero is a widower with three children.
4. There’s a subplot with a teenage romance.
5. When it makes it to print, it will be my 25th book.

If you’re a writer and you’re reading this, you tell us five things about your WIP.

Totally cool

A real cold front finally came through. Though it’s not as cold as I would hope, it’s a great deal cooler than four days in the past week with temperatures around 100, and that was without the heat index. Now maybe I can get something done.

I’m actually wearing leggings and a big shirt rather than shorts and a tee shirt. I have been sooo ready to get out of the tee shirts and into something that has something that resembles style.

Coming down to the final chapters of the book in progress. Still hoping to get to THE END by November 1. Of course, there will still be revisions and polishing and edits before anything serious can happen.

A Different Kind Of Beautiful

It’s still hot and it’s October and still not feeling very fall-like.

However, one thing remains the same. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I am very aware of breast cancer as I am a 18 1/2 year survivor.

Something I always ask people who confess they have a lump and are afraid to get it checked out or don’t see their gynecologist regularly is WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

The longer you wait, the more time it has to grow, It is so much easier to deal with when it’s still small. And the advances that have been made in cancer treatment are phenomenal. No longer does it mean mastectomy, chemo, and radiation as it did for me. The earlier you catch the tumor, the smaller it will be, and less treatment is necessary. Yes, I survived both cancer and the treatment, but you can too. I will be the first to tell you that back then the treatment was terrible, but I got through it. You can to,

So if you think something is there, please get it checked out.

And if you want to know what treatment was like 18 years ago when I was dealing with it, read my book, A DIFFERENT KIND OF BEAUTIFUL.

It’s available on Amazon in both print and e-format, and it’s a fictional telling of what I went through. Not only does it tell you about dealing with treatment, but living with it.

Here’s the link to check it out. I will be donating a portion of my sales in October to breast cancer charities.



Fall is coming!

Still at least a couple more weeks before we see anything that resembles fall. I guess I’ll have to live with it.

I have been been pretty busy on the book in progress. Finally starting to add pages again after going back and taking some things out. I’ll put some of it back in again, but later on in the book. One thing I can say, it is so much easier to cut and paste on a computer than it is the old-fashioned way. (Yes, I actually remember having to do that in college. That was a real pain in the posterior. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why I didn’t like writing papers.)

Tomorrow I will be visiting the Cupid’s Cafe Book Club for lunch and talking about my books. I’m sure that will be fun, and any time I don’t have to prepare my own lunch is a win win.

Out of Her Mind

After plodding along trying to finish Changing Bobby’s Heart, I’m pleased with the pace that Out of her Mind is progressing.

Just went over 200 pages, and I’m really liking what I’ve done. Of course, now that I’ve bragged about my progress, I hope everything doesn’t immediately slow down.

Maybe it’s because I finally seemed to be tapering off with all my routine doctors appointments. You’d think I was some sort of hypochondriac. Not so. Just following the doctors’ instructions. I’m relatively healthy for a senior citizen.

Hanging in There

Aha, it may be later in the day than usual, but I made it. Something about having dental surgery (Ugh) yesterday that threw my whole week off. The good news is that everything is fine, though my face is swollen. The dentist said to put a bag of frozen peas against to help bring down the swelling. Didn’t have peas, but frozen lima beans seem to work just as well.

I’m looking forward to Heart of Dixie Romance Writers’ new meeting place starting Saturday. And then the next Saturday we will participate on the Write-In at Books A Million here in Huntsville., I hope to see you at one or the other coming events. Or even both.

Come On Down

As I mentioned last week, I expected to reach 100 pages by today, and by the skin of my teeth, I made it. Achieved 101 pages. That makes me approximately one third of the way through the current book.

I have something else to announce today. Heart of Dixie Romance Writers, of which I am a member, will be staging a “Write-In” at Books A Million in Huntsville (Alabama) at the Costco Shopping center on August 17 from 2-4. Unlike the Sit-Ins of the sixties, we won’t be chained to the furniture and chanting, but we will be there working away at our books in progress.

Come on down. See what a real writer does at work.

Onward and Upward

Looks like the back of the heat wave has finally been broken. We have several cool-ish days to look forward to before the temps return to normal summer in Alabama weather. I’m torn between taking advantage of the cooler weather to work outside on very weedy flower beds. However, I will be good and work on writing in the mornings and pull weeds in the afternoons.

I’m hoping to pass 100 pages this week.