Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop 2018


Feeling Lucky?
On this leg of the hop, you've got three chances to win!
Enter to win either of these two books, just by following me on Amazon:




And you get a chance to enter to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card:


a Rafflecopter giveaway Don't forget to check out the rest of the hop:

Monday, February 19, 2018

New Release ~ Murder on Valentine's Day


Ridgeway Rescue Mysteries can be read in 1-2 hours. Perfect for when you're waiting for an appointment or just want a fast read. Don't miss out on this quick, clean, cozy mystery that will keep you guessing until the end!

It's Valentine's Day and 20-year-old Emma Wright just wants her crush to take notice of her. But Colby Davidson, the K9 search and rescue deputy only thinks of her as a kid sister. How will she get him to take her seriously?

When her veterinarian boss calls her to pick up a cat at a potential crime scene, she finds herself at the house of the richest woman in Ridgeway. Her father—the sheriff—and Colby are there. They both dismiss the untimely death as a heart attack, but Emma finds clues that it might be something more. Did the software billionaire die of natural causes, or was it murder?

Monday, February 12, 2018

Romance is in the Air Blog Hop 2018


In this leg of the hop, you can enter to win one of two different prizes! 
Prize # 1 EVERYBODY WINS ~ Get a FREE Copy of My PDF Puppy Love Coloring Book!:
And #2 - Enter to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card so you can choose your favorite romantic read ~ through this rafflecopter: a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Newest Release! Back to You - a Short Romance for Valentine's Day

A short, sweet, clean romance - only takes an hour or two to read, perfect for when you're waiting for an appointment or just want a shorter read. This is a feel-good romance for Valentine's Day. 

With first love, everyone makes mistakes… but a few get a second chance. 

Rachel Sawyer gave up her first love to chase after her career in New York. Since moving to the city, finding success has been easy, but finding love? Not so much. But she doesn’t have time for what-could-have been, until her Grandmother calls, and she decides to make a quick trip back home to her small town in Ohio. 

Brandon was dumped by the love of his life, on Valentine’s Day. When Rachel broke up with him, the plans he had for his future fell to pieces. Nothing has ever been right since. A failed marriage, a business in shambles, his family mad at him… he can’t seem to get back the success he once had. Then she waltzes into his life once more. 

Is it a second chance, or will she set him up for heartbreak again? 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

NEW Release and it's FREE Today and Thursday!


Murder on New Year's Eve 

(A Ridgeway Rescue Mystery Book 1)


Ridgeway Rescue Mysteries can be read in 1-2 hours. Perfect for when you're waiting for an appointment or just want a fast read. Don't miss out on this quick, clean, cozy mystery that will keep you guessing until the end!

It's New Year’s Eve and 20-year-old Emma Wright has a date with her crush—well, not a real date, but she can dream! Colby Davidson, the K9 search and rescue deputy, is allowing her to accompany him while he’s on patrol at the Ridgeway Illumination Festival. Though they are just friends, she’s still hoping for a possible kiss at the end of the festivities.

When a stranger asks them to help take some pictures at the event, Emma and Colby are happy to oblige. But their assistance turns them into alibis for the man’s whereabouts while his girlfriend was killed. Most of the clues point to a robbery gone bad, but Emma doesn’t believe all of them point that way. Was it really a robbery or was it murder?

Friday, December 22, 2017

Editing Simplified: What's the difference?



If you're an indie author, you may not know what kind of editor you need, or why each kind of editor charges differently for different services. I'm hoping to demystify the process. This list is for work with fiction; the editing of non-fiction will differ.

Here are the different kinds of editing, and what to expect ~ simplified.

Developmental Editing
(also called Substantive Editing)
What a developmental editor does:
  • Checks for plot inconsistency and holes.
  • Points out ways that you can improve your manuscript.
  • Evaluates the manuscript and helps you determine how much rewriting needs to be done before it can be published.
  • Teaches you methods to overcome inconsistencies in your own writing to get better.
When it should be done:
  • You can have a DE help you with each chapter you write as you go.
  • You can have the DE check your first/second draft so that you can make large changes before a rewrite.
  • You can have the DE go over a final copy with you before line edits.

Typical Price:
  • This is usually the most expensive of the edits: Anywhere between $0.01-0.05 /word average
Time Frame:
  • This edit usually takes the longest. Some editors want as much as two months to finish.



Content Editing
What a content editor does:
  • Checks the content for factual errors, contradictions, and inconsistencies. 
  • Points out discrepancies in the plot, character, or dialogue. 
  • Evaluates whether the theme has been developed properly, and whether the sub-plots are complete and have been well integrated into the story line. 

When it should be done:
  • Content editing can be combined with either the developmental edit or the copy edit. (I usually combine it with either). Or it can be done on its own.
Typical Price:
  • On its own, content editing is usually around the same price as developmental editing.
Time Frame:
  • Usually doesn't take quite as long as developmental editing, but most editors still prefer a month.


Line Editing
What a line editor does:
  • Helps with the craft of writing.
  • Suggests words or phrases to clarify or enhance your meaning.
  • Notes changes to improve pacing and narrative.
  • Clears up confusing passages or unclear scenes due to bad transitions.
  • Points out passages of bland language which don't read well.
  • Checks for extraneous or overused words or sentences, run-ons, and redundancies.
  • Suggests ways to tighten dialogue and narrative.
When it should be done:
  • Line editing should be done after developmental and content editing, but before copy editing or proofreading.
Typical Price:
  • Anywhere from $.005/word to $.02/word.
Time Frame:
  • Depends on length of document and how fast the editor is, but anywhere from 3 weeks to two months.

Copy Editing

What a copy editor does:
  • Ensures correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, and syntax
  • Checks for consistency in spelling, capitalization, hyphenation, fonts, and numerals.
  • Points out ambiguous language and internal consistency.
When it should be done:
  • Copy editing should be done after developmental and line editing, but before proofreading.
Typical Price:
  • Anywhere from $.005/word to $.02/word.
Time Frame:
  • Depends on length of document and how fast the editor is, but anywhere from 2 weeks to two months.

Proofreading
What a proofreader does:
  • Only checks for mistakes in punctuation, grammar, and syntax.
When it should be done:
  • After all editing is complete, and the copy is ready to publish otherwise. It's one last check.
Typical Price:
  • Anywhere from $.001/word to $.01/word.
Time Frame:
  • Depends on length of document and how fast the editor is, but anywhere from a few days to 1 month.

Editorial Critiques
What an editorial critiquer does:
  • Checks your plot for holes or things that don't make sense
  • Lets you know if your characters are realistic and relatable.
  • Flags places where your pacing isn't working.
  • Ensure that the dialogue is realistic and not forced.
  • Tells the author where the story can improve for better reading experience.
When it should be done:
  • After developmental editing, then anywhere else in the editing timeline before proofreading.
Typical Price:
  • Anywhere from $.001/word to $.009/word.
Time Frame:
  • Depends on length of document and how fast the editor is, but anywhere from 1 week to 1 month.
When choosing an editor, be sure that you know what kind of work you need done. Remember that ideally, you want an editor you can trust and agree with. Some are more stringent than others; some are more details oriented. If you're not sure an editor is going to work well with you, ask for a sample of their work!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Using Scrivener for the First Time ~ A Pantster's Notes

After finishing NaNoWriMo this year, I decided to take Scrivener up on its offer of 1/2 price to all Nano Winners. Then I got started with my newest work in project right away.
Note: I've always used Word. Never used anything else. I sometimes type on my laptop, sometimes on my iPad, and sometimes on my AlphaSmart Neo. I'm getting started on using Dragon for dictation (more blogs on that later.) And I'm a pantster, but I do write a few scenes and ideas ahead in my notebook, when I think of them. 
It's now been a week using Scrivener, and here are my thoughts thus far:
*I LOVE the Character Templates - they are helping me get my thoughts organized on the characters' descriptions and motivations - usually I don't figure these out until I'm a couple chapters in and then have to go back and add stuff in or delete backstory.
*The whole writing by scene thing, I kind of already did it, but didn't really define it. It actually helps that they are separated so I can compartmentalize.
*Switching to Scrivener is hard. I'm not used to "starting new documents" for every scene I write - then "New Folder" for every chapter. I'm worried that things are going to get weird when I finally ask it to compile.
*It took me a while to get both my laptop and my iPad to sync perfectly with Dropbox, but now that I have done it, it's dreamy! 
via GIPHY

*I don't know about you, but I often use the feature in Word that allows me to find a synonym for words that I've already repeated too many times already - well, Scrivener seems to give me more options for some words than Word does, but less options for others. I'm still figuring that out, but on the ones with more options? LOVE.

*Still, part of me really wants to quit and go back to word. Simply because that's what I'm used to, but I'm determined to give this a try until I complete this manuscript! I will report back with more later :)
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