Thursday, December 26, 2013

Year in Review



Did you ever notice that life seems to follow certain patterns? Like I noticed that every year around this time, I hear Christmas music ~ Tom Sims

WOW...that's all I can say! 2013 has been the best to me than any year in a long time. I published two novels, got a promotion at work, my partner is back to work in a job that he does enjoy, and we just had the best holiday with my family in a long time. Me and my two brothers were all home for Christmas, the first time in seven years (we think).

Now, I won't deny that my routines that helped me get two novels written have been torn to pieces as I entered unchartered territory in my writing career. Added to writing was self-editing, participation in a critique group, navigating the actual process of getting a novel published, marketing said novels...Add to that changes in my own work schedule and duties and then Thomas's change in work and transportation schedules.

But above all, having the routines in place kept me going when the dust settled and I sat down to work.  I didn't always get everything done that I wanted (NaNoWriMo, Blogging in November and December), but I always had the routines to fall back on.

Over the next week I'll be evaluating our new schedules, routines, goals, and ideas and formulate a plan for 2014. I'll be sharing that next week. One thing is for sure, I'll be back to posting four times a week!

Have a great day! It's Boxing Day in the UK and I like to go shopping as well. We haven't decided if we're going out or not, we'll see how we feel after work.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

UK Gay Romance



Ever since I found this site, I looked forward to the day when Disappear With Me would be posted for the day. Today is the day! Thanks for having me...

http://ukgayromance.co.uk/2013/12/17/disappear-with-me-by-l-dean-pace-frech/

Disappear With Me has slipped in the Amazon US rankings, but still not ranked on Amazon UK at all. Does anyone know why?


Monday, December 16, 2013

Mama Kitty Reviews



I am honored to have been featured on Mama Kitty Reviews over the weekend!  Go on over and take a look at their site.

http://mamakittyreviews.com/?p=6359

Make it a great week!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Authors to Watch



I am excited to back back with Authors to Watch today!  See the link here and check out the rest of their site:

http://www.authorstowatch.com/2013/12/disappear-with-me-new-release.html

Disappear With Me is ranked #78,526 on Amazon US, which indicates consistent sales. Thank you for all your support!


Friday, December 13, 2013

Kerry's Chitter Chatter



So excited to be on Kerry Frith's blog!  Thanks for having me...check out the post and Kerry's blog!

(P.S. If you're an aspiring writer, Kerry does a great job of creating community with new writers!)

http://kerryschitterchatter.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/disappear-with-me-blog-tour.html

Thank you for your support of Disappear With Me - it's ranked 60,607 at Amazon US and still not ranked at Amazon UK.

And thanks for your support of A Place to Call Their Own! I've seen some additional sales there as well!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Joyfully Jay



I am so excited to be on Joyfully Jay's blog today!  Stop over and take a look at the post

http://joyfullyjay.com/2013/12/guest-post-disappear-with-me-by-l-dean-pace-frech.html/comment-page-1#comment-89718

#disappearwithme is currently ranked 188,910 on Amazon US (no ranking on Amazon UK yet). Thanks for all your support!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Musa Blog



I am so honored to be front and center on the Musa Blog today!

Disappear With Me is currently ranked #117,053 on Amazon US and not ranked on Amazon UK.

Thank you for all the support!

http://musapublishing.blogspot.com/2013/12/new-release-for-l-dean-pace-frech.html

Friday, December 6, 2013

Happy Book Day, DISAPPEAR WITH ME!

Today is the day! Disappear With Me is available for purchase through most platforms!


I'd like to share the Dedication:

This book is dedicated to all the pastors in my life who made scripture come alive for me and help me understand that even though I am a gay man, I am still a child of God and just as deserving of his grace and love as anyone else.
In no particular order, this is dedicated to the Reverends Carolyn Wilkerson, James Burns, Justo Gonzales, II, Heidi Peterson, Ian Gregory Cummins, Cynthia Cearley, and Bill Calhoun.
Here are the acknowledgements:
I said after my first novel that doing this takes a community of support and that becomes more evident to me every time I do this. Here is a list of the people who helped me along the way.
First of all, I’d like to thank my partner Thomas for his continued support of writing career. Even thought there are times we would both rather be sitting on the couch watching TV together, he knows I need to sit at the laptop to achieve my dreams and goals.
I’d also like to thank my parents, Tom and Peggy Frech, for their enthusiasm and support. Mom works hard as a beta reader, usually letting me know exactly where she is every step of the way. A big thank you to Dad who read the manuscript and gave me some notes.
Thank you to my brother, Rick Frech, and sister-in-law, Lori, for their help and continued support.
Thank you to my brother Kevin Frech for his continued support.
This version of Disappear With Me would not have been possible without the help of my writing group. Although they don’t always tell me what I want to hear, they always tell me what I need to hear. In alphabetical order: Michele Helsel, Larry Hightower, Gina Lapp-Rinker, Jane Perry, Emily Parnell, and Judy Swofford.
All the pastors listed in the front of this novel truly did contribute to my interpretation and explanation of the verses presented.
A big thanks to my beta-readers who also let me know exactly what they think: Eunie Carkuff, Abi Carter, Barbara Curry, Elaine Foiles, and Pamela McDowell.
And a BIG THANK YOU to the entire Musa Team for helping me bring Leander’s story to life.
I added a special note about writing historical fiction, especially GLBT Historical Fiction:
Given my love of history and reading historical fiction grow up, it's no wonder I am a historical novelist. Writing about times and places in the past is fascinating for me, but it has its challenges. Thank goodness for the Internet and its treasure trove of information about times and places in the past that I can find and weave into my novels.
The one thing that research can't change, though, is the recorded facts about the attitudes of the time. To go back and drastically change attitudes regarding race, immigration, women, civil rights, etc. would in effect change the nature of the novel to more of a historical utopia rather than present a plausible story that might have happened in the chosen backdrop.
My hope for my readers is this: don't be offended or believe that the novel propagates archaic attitudes, especially regarding women and LGBTQ individuals. Use the knowledge and power we have today to continue to propel our society to move towards a more diverse and inclusive one.

About Disappear With Me:
Love is greater than hope or faith, but can Reverend Leander Norris convince a jury that the love he shares with another man is natural?

In 1910, the United Kingdom was in turmoil. King Edward died after only nine years on the throne. The social class system that upheld British society for centuries was being chipped away by social, political, and economic unrest across the Commonwealth. Amidst this backdrop, Reverend Leander Norris is accused of sodomy. After discovering his own self-worth and unconditional love, Leander finds the courage to stand up for what he believes is right and pleads not guilty to the charges. Throughout the trial, Leander’s past is revealed, including the temptations that bring the accusations against him. By the end of the trail, Leander is once again reunited with a romantic interest from the past, but it may be too late to rekindle any love that might remain, given the circumstances of the era and Leander’s likely sentence.

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Excerpt;
“Are you not a scholar?” Weeks asked. “Do you not know the Bible that you preach from each Sunday?”
“I know it very well,” Leander answered. “But the Bible has many interpretations. I think you can guess that mine might be a little less than conventional.”
Weeks reclined back in his chair. He made a steeple with his fingers and rested them on his pursed lips. “You’re actually sitting here telling me that, as a man of God, you’re alright with buggery and feel you’ve done nothing wrong?”
“Mr. Weeks, do you realize you keep asking me the same question over again, using different words?”
“As your counsel, I need to be sure that I understand your position, the one you expect me to defend.”
“You sound shocked that I would suggest such a thing. I can’t have you defending me if you don’t believe it yourself.”
“Reverend, my beliefs about the situation are irrelevant; it doesn’t matter what I believe. I need to be able to defend our position in court and hope our defense can refute what the prosecution will present.”
“I have to have conviction in my sermons each Sunday morning. I think you also know you need to have conviction when defending your clients.”
“And I can assure you that I have that same conviction to make sure that you receive a fair trial. I will do my best—”
“Do your best to what? Go through the motions and make sure that the I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed so it looks like I’ve been given a good defense?”
Weeks didn’t answer and that was all the answer that Leander needed.After a moment, Weeks tried to start again. “Look, Reverend, I am your assigned counsel for this trial. I am on your side. I want to see you get a fair trial, but you must understand what we’re up against is quite overwhelming.”
“I know; I’ve never done anything the simple way.”
“Sir, you must understand that we are going up against laws that are rooted in two thousand years of Christian tradition and about as many years of British attitude.”
“Mr. Weeks, do you love your wife?”
Weeks let out an impatient sigh. “Of course, but here you go asking intimate questions about me that have no bearing on my defending your case.”
“Humor me, sir. Do you love your wife?”
“Yes, I very much love my wife and family.”
“What if you woke up tomorrow and a constable showed up on your doorstep and arrested you because they said the love you share with your wife was illegal?”
Weeks didn’t answer him. Instead, in a quiet voice, he said, “You know you and I are just two people. We’re not going to change these laws overnight.”

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Erato GLBT Blog



I am so excited to be on the Erato Blog today. Stop over and learn a bit more about Disappear With Me, due out December 6.

Erato GLBT Blog

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Love is greater than hope or faith, but can Reverend Leander Norris convince a jury that the love he shares with another man is natural?  

My latest novel, Disappear With Me is available for pre-order direction from Musa Publishing today!

Then request an Authorgraph, an electronic inscription, from me.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Let Your Light Shine



Let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven ~ Matthew 5:16, ASV

I don't usually share Bible verses as quotes, but this verse is one of my favorites. I have the Mark version in a picture frame on my writing desk. We read it in church today and I just had to share it. (If you don't believe in the Christian God, just substitute Father and heaven for the things you believe in. I believe we all believe in the same supreme being, but that's a different blog post!)

It has been a busy month! I started the month by finishing content edits for Disappear With Me. Then I tried to do NaNoWriMo again. If if ever say that I'm going to do that again while I work full time, will someone please remind me that it's just too much?

The month rounded out with line edits and then galley reviews for Disappear With Me. It's been a crazy month and normal routines have had to take a back seat, but that's the cool thing about my routines. They are always up for negotiation depending what's going on.

How do you let your light shine for the world to see?

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Love is greater than hope or faith, but can Reverend Leander Norris convince a jury that the love he shares with another man is natural?  


My latest novel, Disappear With Me is available for pre-order directly from Musa Publishing today!

Then request an Authorgraph, an electronic inscription, from me.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Forget Me Not By Sarah Daltry


Forget Me Not by Sarah Daltry




Forget Me Not Flowering Series Book 1

This isn’t a sweet and innocent coming of age story. If dirty talk, bedroom toys, and threesomes offend you… this is not your book. There are also no billionaires, strippers, or virgins. This is just the story of typical college kids trying to connect to each other. 
“No one tells you when you start school just how homesick you will be, or how hard it will be to start life over with no direction and no friends or family. No one says that becoming your own person is terrifying.”

Lily had a crush on her brother’s best friend, Derek, for years – which led to their steamy night ten months ago in her bedroom. Now, she’s off to college and she and Derek are still going strong. However, when school starts, Lily realizes it’s hard to maintain a relationship, while also trying to live her own life. She and Derek find themselves falling apart and she has no idea where to turn.

Enter Jack. Everything about him is wrong for Lily and she knows it, but she can’t stop herself from being attracted to him. When things implode with Derek, it’s Jack who’s there to pick up the pieces – and to show Lily an entirely new set of experiences she didn’t know she was missing.

Of course, Jack has his own problems and once Lily gets to know him better, she starts to wonder if she can handle all of Jack. When Derek reappears on the scene, Lily is forced to decide between two guys and herself. Can she find herself without losing the people who matter in the process? .

This is a work intended for readers 18+ as it features explicit sex between people in college. See where it began in the short story, “Her Brother’s Best Friend.

Excerpt:

He moves closer and already my body is responding. He smells like cigarettes and leather, two smells I never thought were sexy until now. I want to fall into his body, to be wrapped in his arms, and I fight it. It’s wrong and it makes no sense. I have everything I could ever want. Jack is just a distraction.

“I’m not that kind of girl,” I tell him.

He steps closer still and kisses my neck. His lips are soft, which is unexpected, and it sends a shiver through me. Jack brings me in to his chest. I can feel his heart beating; it’s quickening and it matches mine. I feel his tongue sliding down along my collarbone. There is nothing like this, but I need him to stop. And yet, I never want him to stop. “I’d love to know exactly what kind of girl you are.”

Almost as if they are not my own, my hands slip between his jacket and his shirt. The heat of his skin burns me even through the fabric of his clothes. His lips continue to travel downward, but as they reach the curve of my breasts, something in me wakes up. I tear myself away from him and back up a few inches.

“I have a boyfriend,” I repeat. “I can’t do this.”

“Where is he?” Jack asks. His eyes are burning.

“What?”

“Where is your boyfriend? You’ve mentioned him before, but you run into me a lot for someone who’s so in love.”


Buy Links:   
Amazon           Barnes & Noble    Smashwords      Amazon Print 


Watch the Trailer:  Youtube Link






Lily of the Valley Flowering Series Book 1.5

This isn't a sweet and innocent coming of age story. If dirty talk, bedroom toys, and threesomes offend you... this is not your book. There are also no billionaires, strippers, or virgins. This is just the story of typical college kids trying to connect to each other.  

"No one tells you about pain. They tell you that it hurts, that sometimes it's consuming. What they don't tell you is that it's not the pain that can kill you. It's the uncomfortable numbness that follows, the weakness in your body when you realize your lungs may stop taking in air and you just can't exert enough energy to care. It's the way taste and color and smell fade from the world and all you're left with is a sepia print of misery. That's when the shift starts - the movement from passive to active. I fall asleep, hoping that the morning will bring back the pain. At least the pain is a thing."


Plagued by a dark past, Jack sees college as a way out. Desperate to escape the area where he grew up, the people who know his secrets, and his own family, he deals with his problems through alcohol and meaningless sex.


When he first sees Lily, she's the epitome of everything he hates. Yet something about her makes Jack rethink everything he knows and assumes about other people. Now, with the help of his best friend and lover, Jack has to decide if he wants to pursue something that he knows will only end badly.  


Can Lily be one of the few people who can see Jack for who he really is - or will his darkness be too much for her to handle? 

Buy Links:   Amazon     Barnes & Noble    Smashwords     Amazon Print 

Watch the Trailer:  Youtube Link





About the Author:

Sarah Daltry writes erotica and romance that ranges from sweet to steamy. She moves around a lot and has trouble committing to things. Forget Me Not is her second full length novel, although she also has several story collections and two novellas available. Her other novel, Bitter Fruits, was available shortly, but is now in the contract phase with a major publisher. When Sarah isn’t writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.

Author Links:   Website    Facebook   Twitter  




Giveaway:

Sarah is giveaway the first two Flowering novels in print and eBook copies of both books!

For a chance to win please out the Rafflecopter below.





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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Ella Jade Romance Tour



I am hosting Ella Jade on my Book Blog today. Stop by and check out her romances!

http://bookreviewsrantsraves.blogspot.com/2013/11/ella-jades-romance-book-tour.html




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Is it possible for two Civil War veterans to find their place in the world on the Kansas Prairie?

When the War Between the States ended in 1865 many Americans emerged from the turmoil energized by their possibilities for the future. Frank Greerson and Gregory Young were no different. After battling southern rebels and preserving the Union, the two men set out to battle the Kansas Prairie and build a life together. Frank yearned for his own farm, away from his family—even at the risk of alienating them. Gregory, an only child, returned home to claim his inheritance to help finance their adventure out west.

Between the difficult work of establishing a farm on the unforgiving Kansas prairie, and the additional obstacles provided by the weather, Native Americans and wild animals, will their love and loyalty be enough to sustain them through the hardships?

Purchase A Place to Call Their Own from Smashwords today!

Then request an Authorgraph, an electronic inscription, from me.

Join the conversation:  use #APTCTO to talk about the novel on social media!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

In Liam's Wake



I am hosting Ashlyn Forge on my book blog today! Check out In Liam's Wake.

http://bookreviewsrantsraves.blogspot.com/2013/11/in-liams-wake.html




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Is it possible for two Civil War veterans to find their place in the world on the Kansas Prairie?

When the War Between the States ended in 1865 many Americans emerged from the turmoil energized by their possibilities for the future. Frank Greerson and Gregory Young were no different. After battling southern rebels and preserving the Union, the two men set out to battle the Kansas Prairie and build a life together. Frank yearned for his own farm, away from his family—even at the risk of alienating them. Gregory, an only child, returned home to claim his inheritance to help finance their adventure out west.

Between the difficult work of establishing a farm on the unforgiving Kansas prairie, and the additional obstacles provided by the weather, Native Americans and wild animals, will their love and loyalty be enough to sustain them through the hardships?

Purchase A Place to Call Their Own from OmniLit today!

Then request an Authorgraph, an electronic inscription, from me.

Join the conversation:  use #APTCTO to talk about the novel on social media!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Tamaria Soana Author Chat



Tamaria Soana will be participating in this author chat on Facebook tomorrow:

http://bookreviewsrantsraves.blogspot.com/2013/11/join-tamaria-soana-for-all-day-author.html




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Is it possible for two Civil War veterans to find their place in the world on the Kansas Prairie?

When the War Between the States ended in 1865 many Americans emerged from the turmoil energized by their possibilities for the future. Frank Greerson and Gregory Young were no different. After battling southern rebels and preserving the Union, the two men set out to battle the Kansas Prairie and build a life together. Frank yearned for his own farm, away from his family—even at the risk of alienating them. Gregory, an only child, returned home to claim his inheritance to help finance their adventure out west.

Between the difficult work of establishing a farm on the unforgiving Kansas prairie, and the additional obstacles provided by the weather, Native Americans and wild animals, will their love and loyalty be enough to sustain them through the hardships?

Purchase A Place to Call Their Own from All Romance today!

Then request an Authorgraph, an electronic inscription, from me.

Join the conversation:  use #APTCTO to talk about the novel on social media!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Hey Santa!



I am hosting Jessica Subject on my Book Reviews, Rants, and Raves blog today!

http://bookreviewsrantsraves.blogspot.com/2013/11/hey-santa-by-jessica-subject.html

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


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Is it possible for two Civil War veterans to find their place in the world on the Kansas Prairie?

When the War Between the States ended in 1865 many Americans emerged from the turmoil energized by their possibilities for the future. Frank Greerson and Gregory Young were no different. After battling southern rebels and preserving the Union, the two men set out to battle the Kansas Prairie and build a life together. Frank yearned for his own farm, away from his family—even at the risk of alienating them. Gregory, an only child, returned home to claim his inheritance to help finance their adventure out west.

Between the difficult work of establishing a farm on the unforgiving Kansas prairie, and the additional obstacles provided by the weather, Native Americans and wild animals, will their love and loyalty be enough to sustain them through the hardships?

Purchase A Place to Call Their Own from Barnes and Noble today!

Then request an Authorgraph, an electronic inscription, from me.

Join the conversation:  use #APTCTO to talk about the novel on social media!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Joyfully Jay



I am honored to hosted by Joyfully Jay today! Stop by and take a look!

http://joyfullyjay.com/2013/11/guest-post-and-cover-reveal-disappear-with-me-by-l-dean-pach-frech.html


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Is it possible for two Civil War veterans to find their place in the world on the Kansas Prairie?

When the War Between the States ended in 1865 many Americans emerged from the turmoil energized by their possibilities for the future. Frank Greerson and Gregory Young were no different. After battling southern rebels and preserving the Union, the two men set out to battle the Kansas Prairie and build a life together. Frank yearned for his own farm, away from his family—even at the risk of alienating them. Gregory, an only child, returned home to claim his inheritance to help finance their adventure out west.

Between the difficult work of establishing a farm on the unforgiving Kansas prairie, and the additional obstacles provided by the weather, Native Americans and wild animals, will their love and loyalty be enough to sustain them through the hardships?

Purchase A Place to Call Their Own from Amazon today!

Then request an Authorgraph, an electronic inscription, from me.

Join the conversation:  use #APTCTO to talk about the novel on social media!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Looking Forward



I look forward to being older, when what you look like becomes less and less an issue and what you are is the point ~ Susan Sarandon

What are you? Who are you? Does your dream journey take advantage of who you are and what you want to become?

I certainly hope so, otherwise it might not be so fun. I've always had a sense of purpose with job/career. The older I get the more important doing what feels like important work becomes more and more important. That's why I like supporting my physicians during the day at my office job.

That's also why I like writing.  As an LGBT writer, my goal has never been to create an allegorical story or political statement with my novels. I started out writing what I wanted to read:  historical fiction with strong LGBT characters.  With our current political climate and the issue of marriage equality, it's difficult to deny that there are some thematic elements that support equal rights.  I read in the mid-1990s that just being an out gay man at the time was a political statement.  I think it's hard not to be an LGBT writer right now and avoid any thematic messages about marriage equality or other civil rights issues.

As a writer, I try to create stories that are interesting to different types of people.  If just one person who doesn't understand the fight for LGBT equal rights is persuaded by my novel to be open to those discussions, then I have done my job.

What do you look forward to?





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Is it possible for two Civil War veterans to find their place in the world on the Kansas Prairie?

When the War Between the States ended in 1865 many Americans emerged from the turmoil energized by their possibilities for the future. Frank Greerson and Gregory Young were no different. After battling southern rebels and preserving the Union, the two men set out to battle the Kansas Prairie and build a life together. Frank yearned for his own farm, away from his family—even at the risk of alienating them. Gregory, an only child, returned home to claim his inheritance to help finance their adventure out west.

Between the difficult work of establishing a farm on the unforgiving Kansas prairie, and the additional obstacles provided by the weather, Native Americans and wild animals, will their love and loyalty be enough to sustain them through the hardships?

Purchase A Place to Call Their Own from Musa Publishing today!

Then request an Authorgraph, an electronic inscription, from me.

Join the conversation:  use #APTCTO to talk about the novel on social media!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Outgoing Guts



Everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it and the imagination to improvise ~ Sylvia Plath

Here is another quote where love to substitute words like "writer" with any other word that you would like to make this applicable to you. We could just substitute "doable" with today's quote and it applies to a wide group of people.

Everything is doable if you have the guts to do it and the imagination to improvise. No matter what your dream goal is, you just have the guts to do it. You have to be able to improvise when you don't know what to do and either trudge ahead or figure out how to reach out for help to figure out what your barriers might be.

What have you had the outgoing guts to do lately?




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Is it possible for two Civil War veterans to find their place in the world on the Kansas Prairie?

When the War Between the States ended in 1865 many Americans emerged from the turmoil energized by their possibilities for the future. Frank Greerson and Gregory Young were no different. After battling southern rebels and preserving the Union, the two men set out to battle the Kansas Prairie and build a life together. Frank yearned for his own farm, away from his family—even at the risk of alienating them. Gregory, an only child, returned home to claim his inheritance to help finance their adventure out west.

Between the difficult work of establishing a farm on the unforgiving Kansas prairie, and the additional obstacles provided by the weather, Native Americans and wild animals, will their love and loyalty be enough to sustain them through the hardships?

Purchase A Place to Call Their Own from iTunes on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod today!

Then request an Authorgraph, an electronic inscription, from me.

Join the conversation:  use #APTCTO to talk about the novel on social media!


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Music



Without music life is a journey through a desert ~ Pat Conroy

Do you listen to music while working on your dream journey? If your dream goal is something like writing, you can. I usually watch tv while I write, but I love to think about songs that help me identify the thoughts and feelings that I want my writing to evoke.

I also like to listen to music during the day. Even when the office gets loud, I have to my music on when it quiets down to concentrate and pass the time.

What type of music do you listen to when working on your dream journey?




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Is it possible for two Civil War veterans to find their place in the world on the Kansas Prairie?

When the War Between the States ended in 1865 many Americans emerged from the turmoil energized by their possibilities for the future. Frank Greerson and Gregory Young were no different. After battling southern rebels and preserving the Union, the two men set out to battle the Kansas Prairie and build a life together. Frank yearned for his own farm, away from his family—even at the risk of alienating them. Gregory, an only child, returned home to claim his inheritance to help finance their adventure out west.

Between the difficult work of establishing a farm on the unforgiving Kansas prairie, and the additional obstacles provided by the weather, Native Americans and wild animals, will their love and loyalty be enough to sustain them through the hardships?

Purchase A Place to Call Their Own from Kobo today!

Then request an Authorgraph, an electronic inscription, from me.

Join the conversation:  use #APTCTO to talk about the novel on social media!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Mistakes



All the mistakes I ever made were when I wanted to say "no" and said "yes" ~ Moss Hart

For about a year and a half, I've been very disciplined with my exercise and writing routines in the morning. This has included setting boundaries when I didn't have to be to work until 1 pm and not writing all morning long.

I've changed schedules lately and maintaining the routines and boundaries has been important. I have to get myself up earlier now to get the writing done. If I don't get the writing done in the morning, I am way too tired to write fiction at night.

I also have to set boundaries with the amount of television I watch at night. What has been working for me is about an hour and a half of social media/marketing/etc and then two hours of television. Sometimes this has been something showing, most of the time it is DVR'd programming.

What boundaries have you set for yourself lately?




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Is it possible for two Civil War veterans to find their place in the world on the Kansas Prairie?

When the War Between the States ended in 1865 many Americans emerged from the turmoil energized by their possibilities for the future. Frank Greerson and Gregory Young were no different. After battling southern rebels and preserving the Union, the two men set out to battle the Kansas Prairie and build a life together. Frank yearned for his own farm, away from his family—even at the risk of alienating them. Gregory, an only child, returned home to claim his inheritance to help finance their adventure out west.

Between the difficult work of establishing a farm on the unforgiving Kansas prairie, and the additional obstacles provided by the weather, Native Americans and wild animals, will their love and loyalty be enough to sustain them through the hardships?

Purchase A Place to Call Their Own from Smashwords today!

Then request an Authorgraph, an electronic inscription, from me.

Join the conversation:  use #APTCTO to talk about the novel on social media!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Learning How to Operate



Learning how to operate a soul figures to take time ~ Timothy Leary

Learning how to do anything takes time. I have been actively pursuing writing projects for five years now. It wasn't until last year that I figured out how discipline myself to get my writing done in the morning when I'm absolute freshest and most creative.

In the last couple of months, I've started going into work earlier, so that means getting up and getting things done earlier. In the past, that has been difficult to do. But now that I know what it feels like to sell a manuscript, I know that to get to work earlier I have to get up earlier to keep things moving.

It takes time to learn how it all works, no matter what your dream journey. Working in the afternoons through the evenings for so long helped me develop the discipline I need. Now that discipline and learning is about getting up earlier. In the end, seeing my goal of published manuscripts outweighs the sleepiness and gets me out of bed now.

Have you made any changes to your routines or boundaries lately?




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Is it possible for two Civil War veterans to find their place in the world on the Kansas Prairie?

When the War Between the States ended in 1865 many Americans emerged from the turmoil energized by their possibilities for the future. Frank Greerson and Gregory Young were no different. After battling southern rebels and preserving the Union, the two men set out to battle the Kansas Prairie and build a life together. Frank yearned for his own farm, away from his family—even at the risk of alienating them. Gregory, an only child, returned home to claim his inheritance to help finance their adventure out west.

Between the difficult work of establishing a farm on the unforgiving Kansas prairie, and the additional obstacles provided by the weather, Native Americans and wild animals, will their love and loyalty be enough to sustain them through the hardships?

Purchase A Place to Call Their Own from OmniLit today!

Then request an Authorgraph, an electronic inscription, from me.

Join the conversation:  use #APTCTO to talk about the novel on social media!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Author of the Week with Kerry Frith



Special thanks to Kerry Frith hosting me again as her Author of the Week this week! Check out her page:

http://kerryschitterchatter.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/cover-reveal.html





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Is it possible for two Civil War veterans to find their place in the world on the Kansas Prairie?

When the War Between the States ended in 1865 many Americans emerged from the turmoil energized by their possibilities for the future. Frank Greerson and Gregory Young were no different. After battling southern rebels and preserving the Union, the two men set out to battle the Kansas Prairie and build a life together. Frank yearned for his own farm, away from his family—even at the risk of alienating them. Gregory, an only child, returned home to claim his inheritance to help finance their adventure out west.

Between the difficult work of establishing a farm on the unforgiving Kansas prairie, and the additional obstacles provided by the weather, Native Americans and wild animals, will their love and loyalty be enough to sustain them through the hardships?

Purchase A Place to Call Their Own from Musa Publishing today!

Then request an Authorgraph, an electronic inscription, from me.

Join the conversation:  use #APTCTO to talk about the novel on social media!