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The Journey So Far

So, in Lifelong Writing Habit, by Chris Fox, Chris talks about writing 2,000 words every day. Since deciding that this was actually going to be my plan, I’ve succeeded! Now, granted it’s only day five! But here are my word counts since I started the plan:

November

1,986 – A Dragon’s Breath
2,570 – A Dragon’s Breath

 December

2,078 – A Dragon’s Breath
2,177 – Medicine Crow
 4,209 – A Dragon’s Breath & Mind Raider

I’m going to make this happen! I’m GOING to!

I went back to the basics a little. Instead of just sitting down to write, I set myself up on word sprints. Each of these sessions were only 40-60 minutes long. I discovered I can get 1200+ words in 20 minutes. And that’s without dictating, which is something I’m going to have to get better at.

I turned off FB. Twitter hasn’t been an issue in years. I turned off my phone so people couldn’t text me or message me–unless there’s an emergency. Certain emergency people can get through, but the phone is turned off. I’ve got my rain storm playing along with brain.fm.

This is going well!

My 2017 Plan

I’ve been at this writing thing for a long–long time now. I’ve grown as a writer and as an author, but I still haven’t made that MOVE into the big leagues, being able to write full-time.

Well, this year, I’m making the big push. For real. And I”m committing it to the public. By the end of 2018, I want to have the ability to quit my day job, if I want to, and write full-time.

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I’ve had this dream for YEARS, for over a DECADE. It wasn’t until I picked up Chris Fox’s Lifelong Writing Habit, that I became inspired to actually make it happen. In that book, and in all the others I’ve picked up by him, I’ve discovered a refreshed desire to make my dreams come true.

So, in 2017, I’m going to launch four more series under different pen names, and these books will largely be written to market. That means, you’ll be getting the books you want to read. Don’t worry, there will be more time in 2018 to write the books I want to write, the ones no one else reads, like Dream Killers, my absolute favorite.

But be on the look out for Hattie Hunt, F.J. Wolfram, and Frankie Styne’s books, along with two more series written in the same universe with two different authors. We’ll be journeying into romance, Harry Dresden-esque urban fantasy thrillers, cozy witch mysteries, and sci-fi space operas.

I’m excited! And I’m going to make this happen!

 

Need a Little Romance for the Holidays?

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It’s the time of year for giving . . . and Tawdra Kandle want to give YOU a special gift.

Three of Tawdra’s first-in-series books . . . three full-length, stand-alone novels, no cliffhangers–only sexy, heart-melting romance that will make you want to zip through all of the books that come after them!

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But here’s the catch: this special box set is ONLY going to be on sale for a very limited time. Grab it now, before it’s gone.

This box set, available only for a very, very limited time, contains three first-in-series romance novels. Each one kicks off a series, and each one also stands alone, with no cliffhangers.

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BEST SERVED COLD
: Sometimes, revenge is the only choice . . . unless that plan hits a road block in the form of an adorable guy with brown curls and dimples. Decisions, decisions . . .

This is the first book in the Perfect Dish Romances. Other titles include Just Desserts and I Choose You

 

THE POSSE: One woman, three men and beach romance stronger than the riptide. In a story of friendship, loss and second chances, Jude will learn her life is far from being over.

This is the first book in the Crystal Cove Romances. Other titles include The Plan, The Path and Underneath My Christmas Tree.

THE LAST ONE: He didn’t want her. She couldn’t stand him. Love doesn’t listen to logic.

This is the first book in The One Trilogy (A Small Town Georgia Romance). Other titles include The First One, The Only One, The One Trilogy Box Set (including The Perfect One) and the Always Love Trilogy (Always For You, Always My Own and Always Our Love).

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2015AuthorPhoto (1539x1800)Tawdra Kandle writes romance, in just about all its forms. She loves unlikely pairings, strong women, sexy guys, hot love scenes and just enough conflict to make it interesting. Her books include YA paranormal romance, NA paranormal and contemporary romance, and adult contemporary and paramystery romance. She lives in central Florida with a husband, kids, sweet pup and too many cats. And yeah, she rocks purple hair.

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The Curly Wolf by Michael Kayser

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I have a soft spot for westerns! So, here you go!

coverThe settlers in the Redbud Valley are peaceable, God-fearing folk who try to follow the golden rule, but they’ve been pushed too far by the mayor of Blue Stone, who wants their land and seemingly has the law on his side. Just as the nesters are banding together to resist the land grab, Blue Stone’s newest deputy rides through their valley. Before they realize the sleepy-eyed youngster called Arizona is a veteran gunfighter hired to bulldoze them off their claims, he has already broken bread with them, danced with their daughters…and stolen the heart of one.

Young Theresa Gutierrez believes Arizona is more than a curly wolf with quick trigger fingers and a stone-cold heart, but her parents and neighbors have good reason to believe otherwise. What everyone agrees upon is that, in the brewing range war, the Arizona Kid is liable to be right smack in the midst of the killing.

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M.R. Kayser grew up in the West–first in the frontier-like wilds of Alaska, then the rugged deserts of New Mexico, where western culture and folklore made an impression which lasts to this day. He’s been a soldier, a film maker, a hot-rodder and an all-around social misfit, but has always had stories to tell–whether of the old West; the present day; or of distant galaxies and alien dimensions.

Forgotten Trails by Bonnie R. Paulson

forgottentrailsforgotten_trails_ebook_jpgWhen a Native American Salish woman seeks out her past, she must challenge her beliefs in herself and her family or lose her chance at love.

Rachiah has always prided herself in her heritage in the Salish community in northwestern Montana. When she finds out her dad isn’t her biological father, Rachiah determines it’s time to find out the truth everyone has kept hidden.

Damon has hurt a girl like Rachiah in the past. His need to make it up to her and assuage his guilt overwhelms him, forcing him to pursue a friendship with Rachiah when her aloofness would normally discourage him from trying further.

Will Damon’s need to fix his guilty past mess with Rachiah’s need to find herself? Or will they both diminish into the forgotten world of what-ifs and ranches?

Grab the next installment of the Montana Trails series and get roped into a family saga worth risking your heart for.

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Real people, real loss, real love. Bonnie
Bonnie focuses on the emotional thrill of the romance, the discovery of self and the dynamic forces at play to both pull and push love growth.
With 6 children and her own eternal romance at home, Bonnie lives her own dream every day. She’s spoiled with blessings and wants to share the joy of ever-after possibilities with others.
Whether it’s a happy-ever-after or a happy-for-now, the emotions will leave you story drunk for days, if not years.
You’ll be able to say where you were when you closed the book.
Surviving all things real and coming out better on the other side.

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The Asian Slow Cooker Cookbook Review

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five-stars

We now live in Bozeman, Montana. It’s not a big city like Denver was, so the first thing I wanted to see was how many of these ingredients I could get locally. The answer was most of them. There were a couple of things like sesame oil and oyster sauce that are just too exotic for our little town.

I’ve tried making Chinese food from other cookbooks and failed miserably. The recipes always look easy, but when it came right down to it, I always proved to be inferior to the recipe. That wasn’t the case with this cookbook. Admittedly, we’ve only tried five of the recipes so far, but they’ve all turned out well.

The instructions are easy, which I was hoping for since these are crockpot recipes. They don’t get much easier than this. Crockpot cooking is the best!

The great news is that we now have these amazing recipes that are easy to make at home without having to pay for it to be delivered–though, we don’t really have that here. Though, to be fair, the drive to get the Chinese food, if we dine out, is only eight minutes and that’s in traffic. But that’s not the point. The point is, two semi-experienced cooks (being my husband and I) were able to make Chinese food cheap and easy at home.

Good job, Ms. Kwok!

the-asian-slow-cooker-coverThe Asian Slow Cooker cookbook provides great new flavors to try in your slow cooker. These simple and delicious recipes will have your favorite Asian dishes waiting for you right when you get home.

With the press of a button, you can make authentic dishes that are healthier and tastier than their restaurant counterparts.

You’ll experience a wide variety of flavors; choose spicy, vegetarian, noodles or rice.

There are even recipes that have 5 ingredients or less. Extra long day? Kelly’s fuss-free one-pot and skillet recipes will have dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less?and with only one pan to wash, cleanup will be a breeze.Whether you’re in the mood for General Tso’s Chicken, Pad Thai Noodles with Chicken, Beef Chow Fun, Panang Curry, Mapo Tofu or Tom Yum Hot and Sour Soup, you can have fast, delicious meals every day of the week the easy way.

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Bio: Kelly is the blogger behind Life Made Sweeter. She is a self-taught baker and specializes in Asian cuisine. You kelly-biocan often find her in the kitchen dreaming up tasty new dishes that are quick and easy to make for her family. She enjoys using her slow cooker and adding a fun and healthy twist to many classic favorites.

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NaNoWriMo Update

I can’t really say that I’m a true NaNo’er. I’ve been participating for many, many years, but with the new writing schedule, I NaNo every month, almost. This year, I’m writing probably 1 1/2 books of my own, and (2) books with other authors, though those two won’t be complete by the end of this month and they’re not scheduled to.

When I participate in NaNoWriMo, it’s to join with other authors/writers as we all get together and write. In write-ins, we talk about our books–the newbies, that’s ALL they talk about–and we discuss the joys of writing with people who just don’t get what we’re trying to do.

We haven’t met the mid-point of the month yet, but I’m already half-way through the month, and I’m…well, I need to push a little harder this weekend to get where I want to be. I have about 20K to get there and I can do that by tomorrow. I think. I hope.

But…only if I get off social media and actually write! LOL!

The election–for as horrible as it’s been–has been a great thing for me because it’s KEPT me off Facebook! So, thank you, Trump, for that, at least. Oi.

Okay. I have to go…try to kill my heroine. Because that saying NEVER gets old.

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What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?

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If you’re a writer, this blog hop is going to be a great resource for you because it’s a bloghop by writers about writing. So, be sure you click on the Linky link below and visit other authors.

November 2 Question: What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?

20161023_193654Creating worlds, solar systems, histories, and characters. I could devote months and in developing the world that I will eventually tell a story.

Right now, my husband and I have (4) solar systems hanging from our ceiling. We did this to give us a better idea of how long it would take to travel between systems using the technology we developed. This also gives us a better understanding of when certain planets would be unreachable as they’re on the “dark side” of their sun. It gives a better idea of seasons and tides as some of these planets of have double moons, double suns, huge suns, small suns, etc.

It’s super easy to get lost in all these details because that’s where the real fun is! I love it!

 

The awesome co-hosts for the October 5 posting of the IWSG are Beverly Stowe McClure, Megan Morgan, Viola Fury, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Angela Wooldridge, and Susan Gourley!
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