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I finished edits and proofing on the gnome story. The only real problem I have now is making that last fight scene between the witches longer. Anya says it’s too short, and I agree with her. I checked to make sure I didn’t describe the characters’ eating too much since Susan says that’s a no no. It’s a problem for me because I love to describe the food. And I love it when other authors describe what people are eating. Unfortunately, I’m in the minority. In fact, I’ve had a couple of readers complain that I did it too much in other books. There is one scene in the gnome book that describes the pizza and how much they like it, but that has to be done in order for them to get tickled about it and start laughing. It enhances the budding attraction between the two characters.

As soon as I get that last fight scene figured out, the book will go to three beta readers (one has already read it as it was written). When they finish, if there aren’t too many changes suggested, it will be almost ready for publishing. I was hoping to have this done before the beginning of Round Two, but it didn’t happen. And two of the betas might take a little longer since they are involved in their own ROW80 projects. But I can be working on my ROW80 project while I’m waiting, so I’m not going to hurry anyone. I’ll just be glad to get that scene done and the story finally finished. This one took a lot out of me. Whew!

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I did it. I used the wrong word. It wasn’t that I didn’t KNOW which word to use…my fingers just typed it wrong. When I was copying the synopsis of each Libby Fox novella into the synopsis of the compilation of the three, I saw these words and cringed. She learns that their are things out there more dangerous than vampires as she searches for the Secrets of the Wolf. Yes, I used “their” instead of “there”! My face is so red! I’ve noticed when writing that my fingers sometimes just type a familiar word even when it’s not the word I meant to type. Sometimes it’s really a weird mistake and the word makes NO sense in the sentence. That’s why proofreading is SO important. I fixed the word in the synopsis this morning and I hope Amazon makes the change quickly. I wonder how many people noticed….

How about you? Do you ever find yourself typing the wrong word? Have you ever let it slip through in a book or a synopsis? Were you embarrassed?

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When Kait, Susan, and I were together a few weeks ago, I was complaining because my back list was selling better than my Libby Fox novellas, which were newer. Books that I know aren’t as good as the Libby Fox series were selling better. Kait suggested that I compile the three novellas into one book and see how that worked. I figured it wouldn’t hurt, so that’s what I did. The Libby Fox novellas are now together in Vampires’ Curse. This is the first book I’ve ever uploaded with the $2.99 price. It’s still less expensive than buying all three novellas separately. ($1.98 savings.) The book went live on Smashwords last night and Amazon this morning. Here is the cover (yes, I love those sexy, romantic covers with Jimmy Thomas on them, so sue me) and the links. I’m curious as to how this experiment will go. I just hope that people who have already bought the three novellas make sure they read the description and don’t buy this thinking it’s a new book.

Vampires’ Curse on Amazon

Vampires’ Curse on Smashword

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My husband was just commenting on how beautiful our dogwood trees were this year. These pictures don’t really show them as well as I had hoped, but maybe you can get a little picture of why I love living where I do. Please don’t pay attention to the grass that’s in desperate need of mowing.

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This came from Susan Bischoff

1. Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript
2. Go to line 7
3. Copy down the next seven lines as they are – no cheating
4. Tag 7 other authors

The is from the gnome book that still doesn’t have a name:

“No one blames you, Tara. We just hate that it happened. I wish the two of you could put it behind you.”
“Are you serious?” she asked incredulously. “He cheated on me. That’s that.”
“Okay, I understand. Thanks for considering inviting him, though. You know he’s always a lot of fun.”
“Yeah, a real blast,” muttered Tara after they hung up.
It was dusk when she heard a truck pulling up to the house. She looked outside and realized

Okay, what 7 authors shall I tag?
1. Nadja Notariani
2. J. R. Pearse Nelson
3. Michelle DePaepe
4. L. S. Engler
5. Darlene Steelman
6. Juli Hoffman
7. Alex Laybourne

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As you all know, I’ve been so covered up at work that I haven’t had time to read and comment on all the blogs I try to keep up with. One of the blogs I have on my Google Reader is Brazen Broads, but I just haven’t been keeping up with what’s on my Reader. So, to my dismay, I missed a BEAUTIFUL review of my book, Haunted Lake that was written way back on February 28. I feel so bad that I’m only thanking them today. 😦 But here’s the link if you want to see the review. I actually had tears in my eyes. I noticed Moira gave my hero a 5/5 stars. This tickles me pink because he’s my favorite hero out of all of the guys in my books. 🙂

Review of Haunted Lake

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For a long time, I kept my satellite radio on the 60’s station. I always loved 60’s music, especially the Beatles. I’ve been a Beatles fan since I was 6 years old which is when I got my first album. But I realized that there are a LOT of boring songs on that 60’s station, too, so I was getting burned out. So I switched to the 70’s station. And discovered high school again! LOL. Yes, I was in high school during the mid 70’s. I bet a lot of you thought I was a lot younger, didn’t you? 😉 I also spent a LITTLE of the 70’s in the 7th and 8th grades. Since I”ve started listening to the 70’s station, I realized that there is a LOT of good music in that decade. And it was so varied. There were groups like the Osmonds, Jackson 5, Sylvers. Then there were the Four Tops, Spinners, and others that all dressed alike and did those cool dance moves while they were singing. And then there was Aerosmith, the Grass Roots (one of my favorite groups), the Three Dog Night. I’m not sure what to call each kind of music, although some of it was rock n roll. But for your listening pleasure, I’ve picked a few favorites of mine from my early years. Enjoy!

Osmonds (Donny was so cute!)

Grass Roots (ok, I admit this is probably from the 60’s but I listened to these guys in the 70’s. Notice how the two lead singers sound almost exactly alike!)

Joe Tex on Soul Train (I loved to watch Soul Train and I thought this song was cool. And I was dancing in my chair here in my office while listening to this.)

And my all-time favorite song by Paul McCartney when he was with Wings

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