Saturday, July 24, 2010


I finished the first major revision of Manor House Mystery Book #2 - (Murder Most Civil? Grace Under Fire?) and I'm feeling pretty pumped. I really like this ending. Sometimes I waffle and have to rewrite the ending until it feels right. This one felt right immediately. Love that!!

Anyway, now that it's done, I'm going completely offline for a few days. Gasp!! No checking email! No checking blogs! Will I be able to survive?

I'll let you know...

Friday, July 16, 2010

Slow Boat to China

Although the next Grace book (tentatively titled MURDER MOST CIVIL) isn't *exactly* finished yet (I have a couple of final scenes to write), I've gone in to begin the revision. I've found this method helps me a great deal. I don't know about other writers, but I often forget a few throwaway details along the way. It's exactly those details (if not attended to later) that can pop readers out of a story. Inconsistencies are just wrong...

Plus, revising before I write the final scenes helps me keep the flow going. At least I think it does.

In any event, this revision is going *very* slowly. Too slowly.

I wanted to jump in here today, however, to let you know that Grace really will be blogging at Killer Characters this month. As a matter of fact she's scheduled for Sunday, July 18th. Last month, as you may recall, she was detained and Ronny Tooney (that annoying PI-wannabe) had to step in. If you have a chance, check out the blog today, Angelica from Lorna Barrett's Booktown Mysteries is holding court. And that's no exaggeration. That girl likes attention!

Okay, now that the commercial break is over, it's back to work for me!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!


Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Three fabulous new books debuting today

Coming out of lurkdom long enough to announce that three of my friends are releasing new books today:

Avery Aames' debut mystery THE LONG QUICHE GOODBYE


Mary Jane Maffini's CLOSET CONFIDENTIAL (I have no idea why I can't make this image the same size as the other two)




Please check these writers out! I know you'll be glad you did. These are talented ladies and excellent friends, too!