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Witches of Bourbon Street is coming. I promise.

Due to a lovely New Years head and chest cold, I lost a good week and a half of production. But Witches of Bourbon Street is at the final proofreader as I type. I’m supposed to get it back any moment now . Then it gets one last comb through before I send it off to Lisa Liddy at The Printed Page to format it. I swear, it’s coming soon. The trumpets are on standby to make the formal announcement. :D

Blogging over at #Amwriting

I’ve got a blog post about my editing process at #amwriting.org today. Come on over and check it out.

When Girlfriends Come to Town~Favorite Things Monday

So I guess it isn’t a secret I’ve been crazy busy. My poor blog. I haven’t written a Business of Lampworking article in a few weeks. I haven’t posted Book recommendation Thursday is over a month. And my online participation has been noticeably lacking in my favorite haunts.

You see, this upcoming weekend is Bead Fest Texas. I leave Thursday and will be back Monday. Speaking of Bead Fest, if you’re anywhere near the Dallas/Arlington area, here is a coupon you can print to get in free. I will be in booth 611.

Anyway, I had a show in Philly at the end of August, and Hottimes on the Mountain at the end of Sept. The combined events severely depleted my bead show stock. So the last four weeks I have been scrambling to catch up.

In addition I’ve been working feverishly on Witches of Bourbon Street, the second in my Jade Calhoun trilogy.

So you can imagine how excited I am to have some girlfriend time. My good friend, Susan Sheehan is arriving today inĀ  about three hours now. We’re picking her up from the New Orleans airport, taking her out on the town, and then spending the next few days playing in the studio before we drive on out of here for the show. Susan will be in both 609 right next to me, and our other dear friend Lisa Liddy will be in booth 607 right next to Susan. It’s gonna be a great show!

 

New Book Covers--Favorite Things Monday

My debut novel Haunted on Bourbon Street was launched at the end of July. Some of you may be wondering what’s next in the series. I’m happy to report I’m busy working away on Witches of Bourbon Street, slated for a December release. It will probably be late December, but I’m hoping to get it out before the end of the year.

Yesterday, my lovely team Lisa Liddy of The Printed Page, and Kyle Crichton finished work on the new cover. Lisa is my book designer. She does my covers and layouts of my books. Kyle is a graphic artist who does photo manipulation (among other things like painting and animation).

Anyway, the e-version coverĀ  is ready. Thank you Lisa and Kyle! I couldn’t wait to share it.

Hermit Mode

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been quiet for the last month or so. That’s because I’ve been holed up in my house for a good six weeks, working my butt off. Literally (I’ve lost 19 pounds since February) and figuratively. Yesterday I escaped and spent some much needed shopping time with my best friend at the outlet mall. Yes, it was time. She even said I had her paranoid. She has good reason. I rarely answer my phone. I haven’t been posting on Facebook like I normally do, and my new listings on ebay and etsy have dwindled to a trickle. Needless to say my online presence has been sadly lacking.

This is all due to being busy. Busy writing and finishing the edits to Haunted on Bourbon Street, and busy with custom bead orders. About the only way anyone has gotten consistent communication with me is through email. I almost always answer email. I promise. And the phone thing? I’m not screening. I swear. I just rarely hear the phone ring unless you catch me while I’m at the computer. It seems people like to call me at night. I’m torching at night. Chances are if you call me then, I’m not answering. So if anyone else is paranoid, rest assured, it’s not you, it’s me. And I’m not just saying that. :)

Next on the agenda is Bead Camp. My once a year Bead Girl retreat in Tennessee over Memorial Day weekend. I cannot wait! Greg is great and all, but when he’s the only person I’ve interacted with in weeks, I start to lose my ability to function normally in social situations. I’m like a deer in the headlights. Blank stare and all. Oh, I need me some girl time.

Then a week later is the annual Bead and Button show (also much of the reason I have been so busy). There I need my social face and my game face. Bead Camp is the perfect warm up. Of course this means I’ll be in hermit mode for the next week, cranking out stock, but I thought I should check in here and let you all know I’m still around.

I’m writing, too. Haunted is at the editor, but I’m working on my next project, Influenced. It’s an Urban Fantasy and I’m halfway through the rough draft. I haven’t set myself a deadline for it yet, because I’m still working out the story line. I don’t have a release schedule yet, but I’ll be sure to let you know. For those of you who have beta read Haunted, don’t worry, there are at least two more books planned in that series. The second one, Witches of Bourbon Street, will come out after Influenced. Sorry. It’s just that I started Influenced before I decided to release Haunted and it is begging to be finished. Hopefully, Influenced will be out late fall and Witches in the spring.

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