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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…

Confessions of Intimidation

I don't consider myself to be a newbie to this publishing thing. I've been around the block long enough that I've gone from being the youngest member of my writer group to one of the ones that's been there the longest. To put it in perspective, my college-age daughter was in diapers when I started writing.
So, this would beg the question...Why in the world would I let one editor/agent discourage me from writing a story I truly want to write? 
I've sat on this story for nearly a year. I've stewed and hemmed, and fussed and fumed. And yet, I never went any further on the story that I was once so passionate about. Last year, before the beginning of the New England RWA Conference, those of us who were signed up for an agent/editor meeting were asked to send out 10 pages in advance. This was so that the editors/agents could have a chance to read through the material and determine whether the submission in question was something they were interested in reading. In the…

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

First, let me say that I haven't read this book. Yet. This is not a review. But it has definitely made it onto my TBR pile for a couple of reasons. One, the incredible cover is a complete draw and had me hooked as I walked by it at Barnes and Noble. Two, the storyline is so bizarre and the format so unique that it's destined to achieve attention. (I'll add a third... the author's name is Ransom Riggs, which is about the coolest name I've heard in quite some time.)

From Ransom Rigg's blog about the book:
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Pe…

10 Things I learned from Hosting a Guest on my Blog

Hosting on my blog is a new experience for me. It's something that I've thought of undertaking for quite some time, but until now I wasn't sure that I could do. Thursday, I hosted friend and fellow adventurer, Diane Amos, who talked about her path to publication with her latest Five Star book, Promise Me Forever. We talked about this for awhile before attempting it.

Neither of us was sure just what was going to happen, but in the end I was happy with the results. We ended up with 27 visitors for the blog and around 10 comments (I think). This may not seem like much, but considering that this is about five times the normal visitors/daily that I get I was pretty darned happy with it. There were a few things that I worked out along the way and I'll pass these tips on to anyone who may be interested in hosting or being part of a blog tour.

1. Decide the topic to be discussed keeping it to something that will be of interest to your blog readers. If you write a research bl…

A Novel's Journey with Diane Amos

Sometimes a novel starts with an idea that slowly takes root in an author's mind and eventually germinates into a concrete concept. Sometimes a novel goes from idea to a book in a short period of time. Or as is the case with my historical Promise Me Forever, released in November 2011, a novel can take years between idea, writing the book and seeing that work in print.

Back in 1998, I was talking with another author about heroes and unlikely heroines: a minister and a prostitute, a minister and a nun. Clearly, if a nun were involved, there could be no romance, but what if the heroine was disguised as a nun? Much better! I ditched the minister for an exhausted, bleary eyed cowboy in a saloon. Make that a heroine from the East with a distrust of any man with a drink in his hands, and a hero as a child, abandoned by his mother, an Easterner. Viola, the idea for my book was born.
In 1999, Promise Me Forever, won several contests including The Maggie Award of Excellence in the unpublish…

Surprise! Surprise!

Last week I promised a special treat and it's going to happen tomorrow with a guest appearance from one of my favorite authors and an incredible friend, Diane Amos.

Join us on Thursday at the Cup a Hot blogwhile she talks about her path to publication with her latest novel, Promise Me Forever, a Hardcover from Five Star that is getting some wonderful reviews!

I'd post some of the personal pics that I have of Diane, but that might make her change her mind about showing up. Besides, as a good friend and travelling companion, along with Delsora Lowe, she knows waaaayyyy toooo many incriminating things about me to add to the soup. 

See you all tomorrow~



My friend Melissa Alvarez and her husband have just started a new company designed to help out authors who are self publishing. They've got some great deals going to get the word out, so if you feel like you're roaming the vast space of publishing alone, then go on and check it out.