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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…

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? 
Click on the picture above above 


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!





And it's gone!

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

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.







Sunday Reading: When We Met

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!


When We Met on Amazon
 For More information on the Fool's Gold Series
I know that I came into the Fool's Gold books in mid-series, but I can't say enough good things …

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

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!






You know it's bad when you get excited and want to tell people all about the conversation your characters are having, but then you realize they would probably think you were nuts!!!!



Jo Beverley

I'll finish with a story. I was at a RWA Conference in Washington that was being held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. I was making my way to a workshop during the height of the conference and came upon a long glassed-in hallway that looked out over the gardens. On either side of the hallway were small conversation areas, chairs set up so that people could linger. As I made my way down the hallway I realized that the people sitting in those chairs were all the Grande Dames of Romance Writers, including Jo Beverley. The further I went, the more in awe I was. Somewhere in the back of my mind I always thought that this is what descending to Heaven would be like, passing all those that inspired you as you went along. 

I was greatly saddened to hear about the passing of Jo Beverley yesterday. When you've been reading romances as long as I have, you know who the great ones are and Jo Beverley was one of them.

Regency Romance has always been my escape. I could never write them, b…

Road Less Travelled

I have never been a traditional writer. Not by a long shot! But I do have a lot of respect for those authors that followed the traditional publishing path. There was a time when this was the writer's biggest "want"... a contract, a respected editor and/or agent, and the force of a publishing house behind your precious words. This is still a want for many authors today. But there is so much more freedom then there was in the past.

Frankly, I look at authors like Marie Force and I see a woman braving a new path. I'm sure it was often like searching blindly in a New England snowstorm, but she managed to persevere and flourish. Her work today outsells most authors and her success started as an e-Pub.

There is something to be said for straying from your charted course, or heading for the unknown. Where would all be if no one had ever ventured out on our own? That's anyone's guess.

The truth is that there is no real "true" path to publishing. Either way …

I Love Short

In a world filled with writers who love to write huge epitomes that total in the 100,000+ word count, I am one of those people who loves, short, sassy and succinct.

Hmmm, this has me wondering if it ever had anything to do with my love life?!

Anyway, when you start out writing advertising copy before you become a writer it can be hard transition to something longer. When I started out writing 20 something years ago (yes, I said 20) there was really no market for short romance. The only thing was either the Romance magazine or if you were already established, there might be a chance you were included in a publishing house novella.

All hail the entrance of E-Pub! Novellas are now more than the norm! They are accepted and often they are the so well accepted that there are authors out there making a respectable profit on their writing by going short. Especially, in the erotic romance genre... but that's a joke for another time.

Anyway, there is no reason for those of us who are lengt…

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April Update!

I love April! More because there is just so much promise of Spring in the beginning of April. In Maine, we can't go by official dates. Instead, we are forced to wait until Mother Nature decides that it's time for us to get out an enjoy the sunshine.

Unfortunately, (or fortunately) today is an steely overcast gray. It's not cold, but it's not a basking sunny day either. This is probably for the best, as I really need to buckle down this weekend and get some planning and writing done.


If you don't know, I'm sort of in charge (along with some wonderful other people) in coordinating the SERENITY HARBOR ANTHOLOGY. This is set to come out in early Fall. We are hoping for beginning of September. The SERENITY HARBOR ANTHOLOGY is made up of a group of authors who wanted to write about our favorite place... Maine! So while Serenity Harbor can't be found on a map in Maine, the setting is going to be very much like the coastal towns that we love. All of the stories a…