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Writing from the Dark Side

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 collaboration 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 whi…
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Serious Love for BBC

I've never binge-watched any series... and yet, I found myself binge watching the first three season of the BBC's Shetland series based on Ann Cleeves' (here in Maine that would be "Cleaves") books and featuring Detective Inspector Perez.


Think of it as Murder She Wrote with a lot more brains and plot twists! The scenery is to die for... seriously! Since during most of the shows, at least one person or another gives in to the elements and landscape. Ann Cleeves' stories such as Raven Black are the basis for inspiration for most of the first two seasons of the show. Her characters live on, taking on new adventures in season three.



I started listening to it while I write to distract myself from my son's latest obsession with Sons of Anarchy. He has a taste for the more blood-thirsty shows, being also a fan of Vikings. But as I listened to the episodes of Shetland, I found myself becoming more and more distracted from my writing by the language, and the scen…

WELCOME TO SERENITY HARBOR, MAINE GOES LIVE TOMORROW!!!!!!!

NaNoWriMo 2016: Day 2

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, ju…

IT'S NaNoWriMo Time!!!!! Day 1 Launch!!!!

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

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 ha…

SNEAK PEAK: From ONLY YOU, Part of the WELCOME TO SERENITY HARBOR ANTHOLOGY

Coming this November!