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Review, Reorganize, & Reboot

When one project closes, I tend to get a pulse of energy to review, reorganize, and reboot. What’s working for us? What’s not? Now that the blog tour for A Chance Encounter at Pemberley Woods is over, I’m looking forward and examining the multiple facets of my life. It strikes me that I am very busy, but it’s a purposeful busyness. A chosen way of living right now, in this season of my life.

So as I look ahead, I’m feeling full of energy about upcoming projects, ideas, and plans. I have three writing projects in the revision stage–two adult romance novels, and a young adult fantasy/romance. I’m excited to get these projects ready for some beta readers.

I also have a chicken coop to build! I’m excited and scared about that one. It will involve circular saws and drills. Yikes.

The plan!

Isn’t it beautiful?? It’s from The Garden Coop, and I’m so excited about it. It will have plenty of room for our five hens, AND it’s modular. So I can expand the run later if I want. But first I have to build it. *Gulp*

Farewell, September

No, this isn’t my house…but it’s lovely, so it deserves a spot in the fall post.

I know I can’t be the only one wondering where September has gone. My family and I raced through a failed vacation, a yucky upper respiratory virus, and a book launch. Now here we are, almost to October. And, oh yeah, we started school somewhere in there too.

As I sit here in the dance hallway at CCM, sipping my pumpkin spice latte while my daughter practices her tendues, I realize that I haven’t taken a slow moment all day. I’ve been hopping from one thing to the next, with nary a breath. I bet you know the feeling I’m describing.

It’s a sure sign that it’s time to reconnect with my Self. To roll out the mat and turn on Yoga with Adriene. To spend more time outside, enjoying the sometimes cool weather, and the feel of the ground beneath my feet.

I hope you find a moment to do the same.

“Best call for the mother…”

Which is, of course, impossible when you are the mother. We all look a bit like Marianne around here. Well perhaps that’s too dramatic. I only feel like Marianne looks here.

Jane Bennet is more accurate. Fingers crossed that this is our first and last big illness of the Fall. One can dream.

Hopefully the virus will be vanquished by our White Blood Cell Knights, and I’ll be back to writing and posting lovely things by next week.

P.S. Fearing I was drifting into a fever dream, I decided to Google ‘white blood cell knight’ to see if anyone else pictured them this way. Nothing relatable came up, except an anime called Cells at Work. Is this a real thing? Sadly, I’m afraid my readers will not know.

On Reviews

Me (not really) reading reviews…

I couldn’t resist this picture. It’s like a fancy version of me. It’s not me, but it could be a picture of me as I read reviews. It’s so nerve wracking! Whenever I check on the Amazon or Goodreads pages, I take a deep breath. “Please don’t let them hate it.”

My Mr. Tilney just looks at me funny. “Haven’t people already said they like it?”

Yes. But…what if everyone else hates it?

Then yesterday, while reading a fair review with just criticisms, I realized how helpful reviews could be. For one thing, thoughtful comments from people that have read my work are like golden pearls of information. Learning what my readers liked and disliked will only help me be a better writer. I’ve already been inspired by one reviewer to write a sequel of sorts to A Chance Encounter.

So I decided to write this post for myself. That way, when reading reviews freaks me out, I’ll just bring this up and talk myself down.

Blog Tour Dates & Stops!

Here is the official schedule for my blog tour. What is a blog tour? I hear you ask. I shall tell you. A group of talented and generous ladies have welcomed me onto their blogs to share something about either myself, or my new book. At each stop, a fun tidbit, interview, vignette, or review will be shared.

How do I follow along?

I will be posting links all over the shop. But if you happen to miss those, just Google the name of the blog and you’ll find the post! There’s also chances to win a copy of my e-book!

September 9th!!

The blog tour starts TODAY! So head on over to So Little Time… and check out the first stop on my blog tour!!

Print Version Coming Soon

I’m happy to be able to share more information about the print version of my novel. The final proofs have been submitted and the print version should be available in approximately two weeks. So by mid-September, I should be able to hold my book in my hand!

Once the print version has been produced, it will be available for purchase through Amazon. Nikki at White Oak Coffee House keeps encouraging me to have a book signing. So that will be happening this Fall too! Maybe we’ll turn it into a Jane Austen appreciation night!

Hurricane Dorian Relief

In other news, our vacation was destroyed by Hurricane Dorian. As sad as we all are, we are home, safe and sound. Many others have lost their homes and their livelihoods. The devastation in the Bahamas is heart-wrenching.

A group of authors over at Jane Austen Variations is raising money for Hurricane Dorian relief. Head on over to this post to see how you can help. It’s fun! You can buy copies of excellent books, with the authors donating 100% of the proceeds to hurricane relief. You can even make a monetary donation and have a character named after you!

Hey there, Mr. Blue

Sun is shinin’ in the sky
There ain’t a cloud in sight
It’s stopped rainin’ everybody’s in the play
And don’t you know
It’s a beautiful new day, hey hey

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I am packing up and taking my little family to Florida for a whole week! We are pretty excited. When I come back, there will be a blog tour AND baby chicks. I couldn’t help myself. I may have added three more birds to my flock. A Rhode Island Red, a Speckled Sussex, and a Partridge Cochin. Now to build a bigger coop…

But all that will wait until after we say hello to Mr. Blue Sky in Florida! See you all on September 9!

P.S. The quote above is from Mr. Blue Sky by the Electric Light Orchestra.