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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…

Just a little heartbroken...

Elizabeth Ogilvie has passed away.

Now, I'm sure that quite a few of her are asking who I'm talking about... Her first book was published in 1944 and her books are still being republished today by Downeast Books here in Maine to the delight of scores of New Englanders who love her books.

Let me explain... my mother was a incredible fan of Ms. Ogilvie's books. My mother grew up in a small fishing community and she identified with the characters of Ms. Ogilvie's books. She passed that love on to me and the first romances that I read was Elizabeth's. All of her books centered around fishing families struggling with the day to day existence on an island off the coast of Maine. They were hard working, hard playing and hard loving families and her books contained such rich descriptions that the reader was transported to the island.

She was an early series writer and as I read I saw her characters grow up and and grow old. They fought, they loved, they mourned and they marr…
And whose life isn't made better with a truly big trophy..." Loreli Gilmore

Yes, I'm quoting Gilmore Girls again... mostly because I believe that when it comes right down to it they are able to strip away so much of what is truly annoyances and fixate on the really important stuff... like a big trophy... or recognition of doing something well... or sometimes, it is simply need for a good bit of reassurance that you aren't totally screwing things up.I'm having one of those days when I could really use a truly big trophy. People who don't write as you do (i.e. family, friends, kids, neighbors) sometimes think that if you sell you are automatically shifted to a higher level in the publishing industry... that no matter what you do it will be snatched up and published to rave reviews and that it can be done without any effort at all.

Not...

I sold two books within six months from each other. The first came out in January... the second comes out in July. I have no real…