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NaNoWriMo 2016: Day 2

Thursday, November 03, 2016




Daily Word Total: 1794 Total Word Count: 3065

Hellllooooooo! 

It is actually day 3 as I write this post, but since I didn't finish my Nano day until late it is just going to have to do.


The life of a writer is the same as the life of a mom. You can do all the planning in the world, but there is still the load of laundry to be done and the dinner to cook. There is homework to check and bills to pay. You just have to write around it.

I started out wanting to write early in the morning and then finishing up at night, but yesterday (Day 2) this just didn't happen. Football boy needed to be taken to school with gear and that meant he had to stop for breakfast along the way. Dog needs to be fed and I needed to try to attempt to do more than pull on a sweatshirt and jeans for work. (Yes, I know. I wore a uniform for years. The jeans are a blessing.)

Did I mention that I broke a glass while I was trying to get the dog fed? Oh, and he had his mandatory 3 trips to the door to be done, just like every morning.

Anyway, 1 hour trip to work and then the usual work of the day, culminating in another 1 hour trip home again. Then, dishes, dinner and a run to the store that had to be done. Home again, quick shower to get the fish smell off (Bait, people! I work for a commercial bait company!) and then, finally, it was 8pm and I got a chance to sit down and write.

I'd love to tell you that I am in love with this book that I so carefully chose for the challenge, but despite my efforts to make this a magical book it has been dragging. The beginning of books don't usually drag for me. Middles are usually the seventh circle of Hell, but this one just defies any attempt at civilization. I don't know. I'm going to try and keep running with it, but it may require a book change.

We shall see. I've got another crazy day today, but hoping for some short sprinting on my lunch break to get the ball running. Are you participating? How is your challenge going?


Tuesday, November 01, 2016




NaNoWriMo 2016 Participant Banner



It's NaNoWriMo Time!!!!!


And I'm off and writing! There are a bunch of us from Maine Romance Writers, as well as a ton of others around the globe that are all working toward the goal of writing a book in a month!

Want to join us? 


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Writing from the Dark Side

Monday, October 31, 2016



Heh! I started out calling this blog post "Blogging from the Darkside" and then went to "Writing from the Darkside" and then went on to finally arrive at "Pubbing from the Darkside".  This little tidbit of information should be able to give you a little hint over what has been happening at the Oliver Homestead since I last posted.

Big News! I am part of a great collaberation with a collection of Writers who decided that if a romance book should be done, it should be done by us! Hence, the beginning of what is now know as Welcome to Serenity Harbor, Maine.

This is huge! This is ginormous! All of the books are set around the fictional coastal Maine town of Serenity Harbor. We didn't limit genre, only that their characters fall in love in Maine.

For me, this was a return to something that I love... well, yes... it was a return to writing. I've blogged a little bit about some of my struggles with illness that left with being unable to write for a while. But I am doing well health wise and I wrote the first of the stories in the Anthology. It's called, ONLY YOU.

I won't give it all away, but I will tell you that these are the characters that I love to write! They are strong-willed and determined, but they also are not immune to love.

IT'S OFFICIAL: SERENITY HARBOR ANTHOLOGY COMING THIS MONTH!

Friday, October 07, 2016




We have the cover and that is a really good thing! Especially, since it's a really great cover!

This has been THE project for the last six months. Much of that time has been spent writing my part of the anthology, a novella called ONLY YOU. Another part of that was working with my friend and cohorts to come up with this great anthology! Why wouldn't you enjoy it?! It's filled with stories of love that are all set around the fictional Maine town of Serenity Harbor. Want to know which town Serenity Harbor is patterned after? We'll never tell... well, maybe we will!

Anyway, who can write better about love in Maine than a bunch of Maine Romance authors! I gave you a tantalizing tidbit the other day from my story. Poor Nate Cooper, he doesn't know what he's up against when he decides to take on Kara Simpson. Lucky for him, he's got the whole town behind him!

And what is this rumor of sheep wandering the streets of Serenity Harbor, Maine? Well, you'll just have to read the stories to find out~

PRE ORDERS ON SALE NOW!!!!


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And it's gone!

Sunday, August 14, 2016


Yeah me! I hit send on getting ONLY YOU off to the editor! I almost puked it has been so long since I've given anything I've written out to be read, but I really think you are all going to fall in love with Nate and Kara. She's stubborn, resilient and just a little too independent for her own good. He's also, stubborn and resilient and totally helpless when it comes to deciphering Kara. But after a teenage kiss all those years ago he's not about to let anything, even her, stand in his way.

BTW, ONLY YOU is part of the Serenity Harbor Anthology due out this fall (unless the editor hates it!). I'll let you know more soon!

Cheers!


5 Common Writing Mistakes That Make You Look Like an Amateur

Friday, July 29, 2016

Looking for some good editing tips? Never mind the title. As Writers we all have things we need to work on to make us better. Have you got any good writing tips?



5 Common Writing Mistakes That Make You Look Like an Amateur: There are a couple of common writing mistakes that will instantly peg you as a novice to any agent or editor, but are really easy to fix once you know them.







Monday, July 18, 2016





Sunday Reading: When We Met

Sunday, July 17, 2016


There is something about becoming a writer that makes being a reader all that much harder. You begin to pick apart plots, change dialog and sometimes, you throw the book out in disgust because it isn't going the way you want it to go.

All the same reasons I became a writer in the first place. But I digress.

The deceiving part of having a Kindle is that you have no reminder of just how big your TBR (To Be Read) Pile is growing until you log on and find them all on your screen. Hubby is happy that there isn't the book piles growing in the house, but that's him.

A couple of months ago (dear me, has it been months?!) I got a copy of SUSAN MALLERY'S WHEN WE MET (2014). It wasn't until the massive heatwave hit Maine this weekend that I took the time to crack it open and I couldn't be happier!




I know that I came into the Fool's Gold books in mid-series, but I can't say enough good things about this book. Not once did I want to throw this book. It's all set around the town of Fool's Gold, California and Taryn Crawford has met her match with Angel Whittaker. They are both strong, determined and wounded. And it's going to take both of them together to make it work. Everything about this book is good, the character who change and grow and are not characters, but people when you finish. Love it! Now I've got a whole bunch more books to add to the TBR pile!  I've got a lot of catching up to do.

So, what are you reading? 



Cover Reveal!!!! New look for Three Truths!

Monday, July 04, 2016

I've been working my butt off this weekend to get this updated on Amazon, but here is the new cover for Three Truths! Isn't it fabulous? It was done by Kennedy Kelly at Cover Crush Designs. I can't wait to see it in print!


The full cover looks even better!







Saturday, July 02, 2016





Midnight, strange mystic hour, when the vail between the frail present and eternal future grows thin.
~ Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe



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