Friday, August 28, 2009

Summer is coming to an end...

With the passing of any season, I always look back and contemplate on what I've accomplished during that time. The past few months I worked on, and finished, a full-length novel. It didn't go quite as smoothly as I had planned, so I'm looking at another hard edit before I send it to my editor. I also finished a 11k word novella, that I submitted to Silhouette Bites a few days ago. (Cross your fingers for that one.) On the flip side of the industry, I became the newsletter editor for the FF&P Special-Interest Chapter of RWA (Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal). That particular venture is a little daunting to me, since I've never created a newsletter before. The friendships I've made, thanks to the FF&P chapter, have been invaluable to me. Writing can be a lonely process, but it doesn't have to be that way. In fact, I have more 'online' friends than I do in my own town. :)

I also co-founded a blog, Embrace the Shadows, with fellow authors Suzanne Rock and Barbara Hancock. Not only are they fantastic writers, they're great peeps. We always seem to be on the same page when it comes to our writing. Sharing the joys and setbacks of the publishing industry makes me feel as though I'm not alone, and I thank them for all their input. Exciting things are happening at EtS. In the month of September I'll be interviewing authors Paige Tyler, Kristen Painter, Katie MacAlister, and Karen Harbaugh. In October I'll be interviewing Terry Spear and Joey W. Hill.

A few months ago I received a contract for my novella Samael, from Liquid Silver Books. This novella is one of my favorite stories. The heroine, Jade, is a hard-ass assassin who is faced with her own death through a psychic vision from one of her closest friends. You may remember the feisty little psychic - Alexia from my novella, Azazel. Jade must come to terms with the possibility of her demise while battling the desire she feels for Samael, a demon from the First Angelic Revolt. The two couldn't be more alike, but they'd never see it that way - at least in the beginning. I had a great time with those two.

I also landed a new critique partner, Liz Pelletier (who's a web GOD, BTW). If you have a question about a website, or HTML...she's the girl you want on your speed dial. She joined Jennifer North to kick my manuscripts into something resembling a book. LOL I couldn't have asked for better critique partners.

So now, as we head into Fall, I'm setting goals and contemplating what else I can tackle. Most likely this will be in the midst of a move. It's looking as though I'll be calling South Dakota home in the very near future. The hubby was offered a job that he can't pass up.
I hope everyone had a great summer. :)

Also, today at Embrace the Shadows, I talk about Moon Kissed, the newest release from author Michele Hauf. Come over and check it out.

~ Happy reading. :)

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