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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…

Where Have I Been?

Life Stuff...
Where have I been? My first answer would be to tell you that I'm not really sure where I've been. It's been a crazy couple of weeks, but things are finally starting to wind down around here. I haven't given up on talking about Independent Publishing and getting the word out to those that have questions, but since I'm a mom as well as a writer there are times when the "mom" part needs to take over. This was one of those times.

Happy "late" Mother's Day to all the moms out there! We spent Mother's Day weekend making a flying trip to Pennsylvania to retrieve my daughter from her first year of college. I find it hard to believe that it's been an entire year. Parts of it went exceedingly fast and, at times, they felt as if they crawled. I've lost track of how many trips I made to Pennsylvania in the last year. I know it was a lot. But it was worth it for her to be at a great college and have wonderful first year experience. She didn't just do the "experiencing" part. Daughter made Dean's list both semesters, so this was a worthwhile endeavor on all our parts. Her father and I can't be happier.
After the multitude of rain that Maine has been experiencing, Pennsylvania was gloriously warm and green. The fields were verdant and the warmth a comfort to our cold bones. Hubby and the kids took me to Lancaster County and we went to a market and a more touristy area that had beautiful antiquey and vintage finds (not to miss the great food!) We got to have pet some animals at a small animal farm and the kids fed them and petted them and cooed over them. Over all the trip was fast, but great fun. If I could live anywhere else it would be Pennsylvania.

Book Stuff...
But what about the books? They haven't been forgotten. I'm still working on the editing of the second in the DARKNESS PARANORMAL NOVELLA SERIES. This one is STEALING THUNDER and takes place in the Smokey Mountains of Western North Carolina. Another place that I adore. I'm also at work on a cozy mystery series set around a little murder and my love of vintage everything. This has been in the works for awhile, but I'll let you know as it progresses.

STEALING DARKNESS has been out just a little over one month. I'm both amazed and awed by the response that it got. It was much darker than anything I'd written before so I wasn't quite sure the response I'd get. I was overwhelmed by the kindness of my readers (including my boss. Thanks, boss!) The sales are still coming in, but it's slowed a bit. I'm told that the average a book will sell well for about three months before another books should really be put out there. That should be just about right getting STEALING THUNDER to market. I'm looking for a couple of beta readers who are willing to do a read through of it. Free books are always a good thing.

Want a teaser for STEALING THUNDER? Here's a little something to peak your interest...

Straddling the line between modern reality and ancient wisdom, Graham Wolfe struggles to fulfill the dying wish of his Cherokee grandfather as a fierce legendary spirit threatens to extract an unwilling soul. Unable to fight the battle on his own, he enlists the help of Grace Sterling, a psychic dream weaver with a secret past and a warrior heart to help him in a mythic battle that defies his beliefs, shatters his memories, and opens both of their hearts. 


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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!

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