Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Thank You!

Some of you might remember this truly impressive holiday banner image I created last year at this time. It seems funny to think that, just one year ago, I had only the three books out. It’s definitely been an exciting and productive year. 2015 brought The Dragonfly Season (Streetlights Like Fireworks #2) and Distance (Streetlights Like Fireworks #3) and it was really exciting to see both of those books land in the Hot New Release and Best Rated categories on Amazon when they first came out. Actually, both of them stayed in the Best Rated categories for quite some time (thank you, readers, for posting reviews!). There were also audiobooks! This was a first for me (something I’d only imagined before) and it was such a great pleasure to work with pleasant and professional narrator/producers such as Adam Verner, Maxwell Glick and Kerrie Seymour. At year’s end, there are now audio versions of Streetlights Like Fireworks, The Dragonfly Season (Streetlights Like Fireworks #2), Jump When Ready and the audio version of Distance (Streetlights Like Fireworks #3) is currently being recorded. I’ll round those up with one link, in case you’re interested in having a look: those 2015 audiobooks. 2015 was definitely the year of Streetlights Like Fireworks. That series has done well and I’ve enjoyed the heck out of writing it. The funny thing is that, originally, I considered Streetlights to be a quirky and fun stand-alone novel. So, it came as a nice surprise when readers kept contacting me asking when I’d be adding more to the series. I was more than happy to do just that and I...

Jack and Lauren’s Infinite Playlist

One of the best things about being a writer is hearing from readers who’ve just discovered your books.  It’s a great way to gain new perspectives on the worlds and characters you created and sometimes reminds you of aspects you may not have thought of in a while. This happened to me the other day when someone got in touch after reading Streetlights Like Fireworks. Mainly, she just wanted to tell me how much she enjoyed the book and that she was recommending it to others but she also went on to ask  if I’d ever considered creating a playlist. Her question reminded just how infused that book is with music. Music is, after all, at the heart of Jack’s personal journey and the catalyst launching the actual journey he and Lauren share as they travel together across the country. A playlist seemed like a really great idea. So, here’s the long overdue Jack and Lauren’s Infinite Playlist. Okay, maybe it’s not infinite but it keeps growing (and I wanted to borrow that movie title). By the way, the list is annotated so you can find out where each song fits in by reading the notes beneath each song title. I hope you like what you hear and I’d love to hear from you regarding whether you imagined Jack and Lauren’s soundtrack this way or if you imagine any other songs being included. Click on the link to go along for the ride: Jack and Lauren’s Infinite...

NaNoWriMo (finally, sort of)

A year ago, I reported how it feels like every time NaNoWriMo comes around I’m in the editing phase. That was true, for some weird reason, a few years running. I know what you’re thinking – that it was just an excuse and I could have stopped editing and dashed off a new 50,000 word manuscript that month before returning to my work in progress. Actually, you might be right and that did occur to me as a way to participate.  But I’ve also figured in the past that it probably made more sense to get the new book done and out there as soon as possible, especially since I didn’t have that many, even if it meant missing out on all the fun. Which might also be interpreted as meaning I was intimidated at the prospect of writing that much in 30 days and afraid of not meeting the goal. I’m going with I needed to finish my edits since this is my blog. In the past, I’ve also written more slowly so writing 50,000 words seemed much more intimidating. While it seems like a couple of years ago I would have been happy with a 500-word day, these days I’m shooting for more like 2,000 each day (yesterday was especially productive with over 3,000). That’s not to say it’s not a lot of work to write a first draft of a novel in 30 days. I’d still consider that a pretty amazing achievement. But nowadays I might finish a draft in two to three months when it used to take me half a year or even more....

Dragonfly Season audiobook (and other reasons to like October)

I’ve always really liked October. For one thing, Halloween is way up there as one of my favorite holidays. How can you not like a day when you get to dress weirdly and eat loads of candy? Well, I do that fairly often, actually, but I definitely do it on Halloween. Richmond is also a place with hot summers and, typically, pretty warm falls, so I have no problem with things cooling off and trees starting to show some fall colors. In general, I just like October. This October has been especially good. For one thing, the audiobook version of The Dragonfly Season: Streetlights Like Fireworks, Book 2 is now available on Audible and iTunes! It just came out this week and it’s been a total pleasure working with actor, Kerrie Seymour, who both produced and narrated. I mentioned it before, but it’s worth sayng again. I totally knew Kerrie was perfect for voicing Lauren literally within seconds of hearing her audition. She did a fantastic job on this audiobook. And….Kerrie has already agreed to produce and narrate the audiobook version of Distance: Streetlights Like Fireworks, Book 3! That one is already in the works, so there’s even more to be excited about coming soon. But, for now, what could be better than listening to a good book while munching on all your candy? So, you gain a few pounds. You’ll work that weight right off again raking leaves. Right? Of course you will. As I posted about last week, Distance: Streetlights Like Fireworks, Book 3, also came out this month for Kindle and print.  Note the fall colors the old bus is...

Distance (Streetlights Like Fireworks, Book 3) – Official Launch Day!

It was only a few months ago that I posted here about the release of The Dragonfly Season (Streetlights Like Fireworks, Book 2). As soon as that one went out, I started working on Distance (Streetlights Like Fireworks, Book 3). This new one came together quickly and I had a lot of fun writing it. These characters have become like family to me—and, while I tell myself I should start a new series soon and I plan to do just that—I keep enjoying the company of Jack, Lauren and all the others who’ve come to life since writing Streetlights Like Fireworks, that book I imagined as a stand-alone novel before readers convinced me otherwise (thank you, readers!). The last few months went by fast and Distance (Streetlights Like Fireworks, Book 3) is out there, as of today! Thanks again to all of you who offered to read and review the ARC version! Your reviews made a huge difference in making this book launch special so far! Here’s what Jack and Lauren are up to this time: A ghost who brings visions of fire. A runaway girl on the streets. A psychic who might be lying about someone’s death. It must be time for Jack and Lauren to get serious. Ghosts, Lauren can handle. People, on the other hand, can be scary as hell. So when she finds herself visited by a young girl who’s clearly no longer of this world, Lauren is more intrigued than anything else. It’s only when this ongoing visitation coincides with receiving a psychic distress call from a girl who desperately wants to stay missing that...

What’s been going on (and a bit of a dilemma)

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here but there’s some cool stuff going on so I figured it was time I updated things. The coolest thing going on right now is that I’m starting to receive the audio chapters for The Dragonfly Season (Streetlights Like Fireworks, Book 2). It’s a pleasure to have this one being recorded by Kerrie Seymour, who’s perfect for Lauren as the main character of this second book in the series. I knew she was right literally within seconds of hearing her audition (by that, I mean I was a few seconds into hearing her audition). She sounded exactly how I imagined Lauren sounding the entire time I’ve been writing her character for both books. So far, I just have the first few chapters but I really love it. The new audiobook will be available sometime next month, so I’ll be sure to post that here. For any writers who might stop by, you might be curious about my first ever BookBub ad that ran for Streetlights Like Fireworks in July. I was really excited about this and now I know what all the fuss is about when it comes to getting accepted by BookBub. I waited a long time to get a BookBub ad but, as it turns out, the timing was perfect since The Dragonfly Season (Streetlights Like Fireworks, Book 2) had just come out two weeks before. I couldn’t have possibly planned something better than that. As a result, both books had a nice summer and the new book saw lots of sales. Both books stayed high in the Amazon rankings for almost...