Today I finished writing After (a parallel story). It took a little longer than I thought it would, but that’s because it’s nearly twice as long as I expected it to be. At this point it’s the equivalent of approximately 400 printed pages.
What happens now is, I’ll spend some time revising it, then my beta readers will read it and give me feedback, I’ll do more revisions, then I’ll send it to my editor. Once she’s done with it I’ll do final edits, then release it. I fully expect to release it by the end of July. That’s a lot to do in only a few weeks, but I’m confident everything will come together.
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I hope everyone is having a great summer!
True confession — I don’t outline my stories. I’m a true pantser. That means I write by the seat of my pants. I typically know where a story is headed, and I know a few scenes that will happen in the story, but beyond that, I discover the story as I write. This works well for me because it keeps the story exciting for me if I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen.
However, this also means there are challenges. For example, I may be a bit off on my estimate of when a story will be done. That’s what’s happening now with After. When I began After I thought it would end up at about 60,000 words, which is just a bit shorter than Gone, which came in at 65,000 words. Based on that, and my daily word count output, I thought I’d be able to release it by the end of June. Well, as of today I’m at 63,000 words, and the story isn’t done being told.
I’ve adjusted my word count goal to 75,000 words, but to be honest it may be longer than that. I just don’t know yet! I’m working on this book everyday (and my daily output goal is 3000 words), and it’s going quite well, but I want it to be the best it can be, so I hope you’ll be patient with me. Once it’s done I’ll need to do revisions, then have it go through beta readers, then to my editor.
All in all, I’m confident that I’ll release After before the end of July, but I wanted to give you a head’s up that it will be delayed a bit. In the grand scheme of things, a few weeks won’t make a big difference, so I believe it’s worth it for me to take the time I need to get the story right. I hope you agree :)
I’m excited to show you the cover for the Morgan and Billy story, which is a follow-up to the Parallel Trilogy. It’s called AFTER (a parallel story). I’m about halfway done with writing it, and it will be released by the end of June Here is the cover!
I can’t believe it’s almost summer, but I’m glad that it is, as I’m sure all of you are. My husband and I love to go camping, so this is the best time of year for us. Here is a picture of my husband and me on a recent camping trip, after we finished a hike.
Right now I’m working on the Morgan and Billy story, which is a story related to the Parallel Trilogy. You can see the progress on the right side of my website on the Writing Progress Bar. My plan is to release the book sometime in June.
Once I’m done with the Morgan and Billy story, I’ll work on a story about The Other Morgan.
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Life has been crazy lately, so I’m a little late in making this announcement, but Second Chances, the sequel to Over You, is now available!
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If you haven’t gotten your FREE copy of Over You, make sure to pick one up!
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Next up are the two Parallel Trilogy-related stories: Morgan and Billy (released in May) and The Other Morgan (released in August). I’m excited to see what’s in store for these characters, and I hope you are too!
I’ve just finished building this brand-spanking-new website! One reason I wanted to switch from just a blog to a full-blown website was that I wanted a way to give my readers more information about my books. I know it can get confusing when there are series and such, so check out the Books menu item. Hover over Books, and underneath it you’ll see sub-menus for each series. These sub-pages put the books in the order in which they should be read, along with links to the main eBook stores.
Another cool thing on this website is the Writing Progress Bar on the right-hand side of the page. I will update this every day that I write so that you can see how the book I’m currently working on is progressing. My goal is to write 4000 words per day, and I think having this progress bar will help to motivate me.
If you’d like to send me an email, go to the Contact Me menu item and fill it out. The email will come right to my inbox.
Another nice feature is the Publishing Schedule menu item. You can take a quick glance to see what books will be coming out when.
If you find any typos, or have any suggestions for information you’d like to see, please send me an email through the Contact Me page.
I hope you enjoy the new website!
Lily’s Story News
I’m pleased to announce that the final book in the Lily’s Story
Trilogy, Love At Last
, is now available!
I’ve also released a boxed set of all 3 full-length novels, which includes He Loves Me Not, Don’t Look Back, and Love At Last. If you’ve only read He Loves Me Not, you may want to purchase the box set, as it is less expensive than buying each book individually.
Another announcement is that Over You is now FREE. I’m working on a sequel to Over You, called Second Chances. Pick up your free copy of Over You.
Love At Last
Cover Reveal and Publication Date
I hope everyone’s December is going well! I’m finally ready to start my Christmas shopping. I’ve been putting it off because I’ve been working hard writing the final book in the Lily’s Story saga. The title is Love At Last, and it will be released on January 17, 2014! I’m super excited for everyone who loves the Lily Story series to read it!
Here is the cover:
Now that I’m writing full-time (YAY), I can better plan my upcoming books. My plan is to release a new book every 3 months. Below is my planned release schedule for the next year or so.
November 11, 2013 Hunted as well as the Boxed Set of The Complete Trilogy
February, 2014 Book 3 of Lily’s Story (I don’t have an official title yet)
May, 2014 and August, 2014: Two additional books related to the Parallel Trilogy. This is due to overwhelming requests by the beta readers of Hunted, who want to know MORE about the characters and where things go in their lives. I don’t want to give a hint about the subject of the books as that might give too much away for those who have yet to read Hunted.
November, 2014 sequel to Over You
I’m so excited to write these books, as well as other books that I’ve already started writing. I appreciate all of my readers SO MUCH and am SO GRATEFUL to each and every one of you who have bought my books!