Almost Ready


With winter crashing into us every week, you’d think that hunkering down in a quiet corner would allow me to get this book done, but the corner I usually hunker down is so cold my hands freeze and the knuckles cramp up. Yet, I’ve managed to finish with the major edits and am now in the process of a run-through reading it out loud to make sure I have what the manuscript needs.

In between this, I’ve been thinking about an eye-catching book cover. For some reason, I was never wowed by book covers of beautiful people, so I’m looking for a few motifs to convey clues of the story. I made a list of things I want on the cover, but am having a hard time finding someone who has the ability to create what I want without me having to sell a kidney for payment. So, if you have any suggestions, I’m listening.

In a few days, I’ll work on drafting the blurb, and a short, clever synopsis. These tasks are never easy for me, but I must prevail. Of course, this is the first time, out of all three books, I have not become tiresome of the characters or plot during edits and that is a good omen.

This new book, Love As It Seems, has taken longer than usual because I want to be proud of it for the rest of my life. And am I asking for a miracle hoping the grammar mafia look past the imperfections of print because the story was greater than missing commas? Absolutely and that’s okay.

I’d like to shout out an appreciation to my fan base in Georgia for patiently waiting for this next story. I’ve been working hard to give you and all of my readers the best one yet, so you can see the extraordinary growth since 2012.

With that said, I should take this time to announce that Love As It Seems will be available June 1, 2015. I know that’s a long time to wait, but it’s worth it, you’ll see.

For your pleasure, I will tease and delight you with snippets of the characters and who has been my muse for their creation. You’ve already met Evan Pierce in an earlier post, but I will have more of him, too because he’s so darn sexy.

Until next time, stay safe and be warm!

Audrey

A Reasonable 2015, So Far


I hope your holidays were joyful and that all of you have made wonderful memories in 2014 to help you get through 2015.

There wasn’t a lot of time for me to post much these last couple of months due to working retail and finding the time to revise and edit my newest book. Of course, having a large family, I’ve also had to deal with matriarchal issues throughout the clan. It’s not easy being Queen of your realm, but family comes first as you well know.

Now that the holiday rush has settled, I was feeling like a slacker; this is the first time in two years I haven’t had a novel to offer by December 31st and I have good enough reason.

I am severely dedicated to giving readers the best of my best writing.

I’ve come a long way since the first book and many of you have grown with me since my first year as a “writing practitioner”. (And oh by golly does it take lots of practice!)

It’s getting better with each book. I can actually see the progress myself because I have learned to write from the heart and edit as a reader.

I want other reader’s to see the worth in their purchase as well as the time they make to read the book. When they finish reading it, I want them to feel satisfied and enlightened and flood my inbox with anything they have to say about the story.

Anything.

And speaking of inbox…

The other day, I received an email from two writing celebrities I’ve been following for a few years.

Most of you have likely heard about the book, The Emotional Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi of Writer’s Helping Writer’s; it is utilized in classrooms and many, many author’s. But, even if you’re not a teacher or a writer, it’s a great read for personal psychological use <wink>.

Ackerman and Puglisi also have The Negative Trait Thesaurus, The Positive Trait Thesaurus, and Emotional Amplifiers to compliment The Emotional Thesaurus and trust me you can’t have one without the other.

A few weeks ago, they were giving away Emotional Amplifiers and my fingers tripped over the keyboard to download it. They were also giving away a chance to win a 25 page critique and guess who won? I did! I’m pretty stoked. I never win anything and I desperately need a professional eye to give me constructive criticism.

I have to say, 2015 is starting out pretty darn good.

After twenty-nine years of being together and almost twenty-eight years married, my first love and I are finally on the same page. He has taught me (without realizing it) to slow down and stop over analyzing every little thing. At the same time, I have taught him (without realizing it) that life is too short to sit and watch The Voice every single day. So, we’re learning to meet in the middle and find the fun in our daily life together like we used to when we were younger. I’m pretty sure our new “un-realization” has a lot to do with the 80’s theme New Year’s Eve party we hosted – it brought back many memories to us.

How about you? How is your 2015 going so far?

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