Tag Archives: #ebook

Wow! Thanks, Readers!

I didn’t realize how excited I would be to break Kindle’s top 100 books in three different cIMG_2419ategories with Exodus!!  So thanks to everyone who decided to take a chance and read a brand new author!  I have to enjoy it today, because I may find myself back in the 5 and 6 figure rankings tomorrow.  LOL!!

The Boxes Have Arrived!

Who doesn’t like finding some boxes awaiting when they get home?  What if they were filled with books?  I love it!  And, when they’re my books–there are no words to describe the feeling. 

The paperback edition of Winter’s Icy Caress was in one box, and the other contained additional copies of Exodus

Now, the Happy Dancing can begin. 

Progress Report on Winter’s Icy Caress

The tension continues to build as I near completion of my second novel–Winter’s Icy Caress.  I’ve reached the 60,000 word mark as of today, and I am looking forward to the coming days.  The excitement of bringing my ideas to completion is an emotional “high”, and the excitement spurs me on to my next projects.

In Winter’s Icy Caress, Clare Thibodeaux is hoping to find her “happily ever after” despite a past littered with death and sadness.  But life in the Northwoods of Wisconsin has been anything except normal when two young women from the area turn up missing.  Clare’s determined to find the connection between the missing area women in the hopes of uncovering the person who abducted them.  As her personal life begins to fall apart, Clare finds herself embroiled in the search for a serial killer who has selected her as his next target.

I have some plotting started for the third book in the Clare Thibodeaux Series.  At this time, I don’t have a title for the next book, but the “Clare” junkies out there should be reassured there are more adventures and danger ahead.  Not everyone is who you thought they were, so expect more surprises.

If you haven’t had a chance to read Exodus, I hope you will check it out.  It’s available for  $0.99 on Amazon.com and Smashwords.com.

Book Updates

I’d like to thank all of the readers who have purchased Exodus.  The best thing about writing is finding out someone enjoyed your book.  I’m excited by the enthusiasm surrounding the characters of Clare, Wyatt, and Lee.  I love when readers talk about them like they are real people living in Bayfield, Wisconsin.   In essence, they are real as they live and breathe in my head filling it with their conversations and adventures.

Before you think I’m a bit crae crae, I want to reassure you I’m not.  Yes, I talk to myself and say dialogue out loud while driving in my car wishing I could write it down immediately.  I pull over as soon as I can and use the voice recorder on my cell attempting to replicate it instead of trying to text and drive.  (I’m not THAT crazy!)

Work on Winter’s Icy Caress is progressing and I’m anticipating the first draft of the book to be complete by the end of the month.  With over 56,00 words written and thirty-four chapters completed, I’m hopeful I can keep my publishing deadline of May 2017.

For additional updates follow me on Twitter , Facebook, and Pinterest.

A Community of Writers

Today, I’m saddened. After being a part of the Write On by Kindle community since 2015, Kindle announced it is closing the forum. Many say it was time, but I wanted to express how important a role it played for me.

I loved to write when I was younger.  As I entered adulthood, I had other responsibilities which took precedence over my writing.  Decades later (four to be exact) I received an email from Amazon Kindle about a new website they were developing.  I went online to check it out and began to read some of the posted stories.  Reading the stories and comments left by other writers and readers inspired me, I knew I needed to take a chance.

I began to write Exodus.  It took ten months to write, proofread, revise and edit.  In August of 2016, I self-published my first novel on Kindle.   During the months I wrote I also messaged back and forth with various authors helping them proofread and suggest possible edits of their works in progress just as they had helped me.  Without their support, I wouldn’t have gone through the steps it took to finish the book.

Encouragement between writers played an important role in the forum.  I learned to take constructive criticism with more grace than I would have before I was a participant in the forum.  While writing and rewriting paragraphs and chapters, I discovered I was my greatest critic.   Through this journey on Write On, I have become a better writer.

It saddens me to know this forum will not be available for others in the future.  Yes, there are other forums, but Write On was special.  The bonds we’ve formed with our fellow indie authors will hopefully last.  The books we have written are proudly published on Amazon so others can enjoy them.

I may never be a best-selling author, but it’s nice knowing my book has entertained those who have read it and hopefully will for years to come.

Building Suspense

I love a good mystery or thriller.  Throw in the FBI, CIA and a few Navy Seals and I’m a happy camper.  The genre of my current series is Romantic Suspense, and one of the challenges of this genre is building suspense and keeping the story moving without giving too much away.

The allure of the mystery/suspense story is trying to solve the puzzle before the characters in the story.  When I was young, I was always trying to out-sleuth Trixie Belden or Hercule Poirot. A writer’s task involves dropping some hints and using dialogue and plot points to advance the story.  Just when the reader is positive they know who the villain is — insert a plot twist.

“What is it?”

“It’s a tracker.  Someone placed it on your vehicle, so they could follow your movements…” ~ Dave Cartwright to Clare in Exodus

Don’t you love the feeling you get when you’re at a critical juncture in a scene?  The suspense has been building and building.  I know something major is about to happen.  My heart starts to beat a little faster, and my eyes fly over the words reading rapidly.  I am anticipating what the next scene will reveal.  Boom!   Your theories just got blown out of the water.  One of the best compliments I have received from readers is “I thought I had it figured out, but you had me second-guessing myself through the whole book”.

Secrets can be revealed along the way to advance the plot and to throw some red herrings into the mix.  But the final solution or climax should remain a mystery until the last couple of chapters; otherwise, you lose your readers once they solved it.

Here’s a caveat — some thrillers and mysteries use the antagonist’s point of view to unveil their plot.  These stories build suspense through the unpredictability of the villain’s next actions.   The key is to have certain elements of the story remain in the dark.

I like to give my characters some flaws.  Is the “good guy” telling the truth or acting out of character?  The writer instills doubt with an unexpected action or a sudden change in temperament, for example.

A good story brings the reader along for the ride. A book is an alternate universe and the reader is wanting to immerse themselves in it.  Whether it’s falling in love with the handsome detective or holding their breath during a chase scene, the reader needs to feel the tenderness and the heartache along with the fear and confusion.  If the writer can involve the reader and get an emotional response from them, you’ve done your job.