Just a quick update. I’m still working on Book #3. I have a cover. I feel like I’m behind but I’m also determined. Still on track for late summer release.
This week the NYT Food section included an article about using quarter sheet baking pans. I already discovered this. We got one of these bundled with a bigger sheet pan – which as already a life-changing addition to the kitchen. I thought the small one was stupid and I was wrong. We use it ALL THE TIME. For everything. Today I used it to toast walnuts that I was putting in cookies. We have bought one for my mother-in-law, my mother, and my sister. My mom said she loves hers, too.
We love the big one, too. We roast so many vegetables.
I am still plodding along. Wish I could write faster but I have a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes. Still on track for a late summer release.
I gave up all non-essential Internet for the month of January including signing out of all my social media. I suppose from a marketing standpoint that’s not a great approach but from a sanity standpoint it was brilliant. I still haven’t decided whether I’m going to nuke my Twitter or what.
I also unsubscribed from all my discount and free book promotion sites. Who can resist cheap books? I can’t. I will probably cave and resubscribe eventually.
Last night a cat wandered into the garage while my husband was doing something. He went to the basement and the cat startled him and he yelled. Poor cat crawled under the bed and meowed pitifully while refusing to come out. I was down on my hands and knees making friendly, encouraging sounds but that cat wasn’t going anywhere.
We finally moved the bed and it shot out and zoomed back up the stairs and into the night. I did not recognize this one. I hope it found it’s way home.
That’s the update for now.
Hey Friends — just in case anyone is checking on me here.
I’ve got a bunch of family stuff going on that’s slowing my progress so I don’t think I can get you a book (Crooked Rock #3) until late next summer. I’ve got a couple of chunks of Arnie and Linda’s book (Crooked Rock #4) so hopefully that one won’t take another 10 months to get out.
I’ve got a long car ride in front of me tomorrow to see the family. I’ve got a bunch of podcasts queued up.
I’m a longtime gymnastics fan and I listened to GymCastic for the first time when Kathy Johnson Clarke was a guest. Since then I’ve become a fan — they are SO funny. I feel like I should make a recording of Jessica’s laugh to listen to when I need a boost. She and Spencer will be my guiding light tomorrow on the road.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I hope all your wishes come true.
As of May 2019, I’m not working on any new Crooked Rock books.
I’m going to take a short break and then work on some non-romance projects with Native characters and stories.
If you’d like to keep track of what I’m doing, my personal website is here and I occasionally tweet here.
Update May 2020: Hi all. I am thrilled so many people are finding the books. Thanks for your support.
Last weekend I went out of town to visit my folks and soak up some fresh mountain air before the weather goes bad and road trips are no fun. My mom would tell you that the air wasn’t that fresh because there was some fire training going on but I thought it was fine.
For Indigenous Peoples’ Day we went to Ashland, Oregon to see, Off the Rails a play written by an NDN playwright about Indian boarding schools and tribal people the Old West. Great performances — lots of natives in the cast. There was humor and music to offset the more terrible parts. It was powerful seeing it in a room filled with native people. I recommend.
And the Goodreads book giveaway is still on. Enter here. I’m doing a terrible job of promoting it so your chances of winning are good.
If you’d like to be in the running for a free paperback of Lovesick Braves, click over to Goodreads and enter the giveaway.
This is an early view of the sunflowers. They are now all dried up and I keep thinking it’s time to pull them up but every time I look back there, I see birds going to town. The dead sunflowers remain for now.
Right now I’m on track to have Book #3 Still Untitled out in May 2018.
Back to work.
Vendome Station, Montreal
Paperback is available! You can get it from Amazon. Or from Createspace. (Technically, still Amazon.) If you buy your books elsewhere you should be able to order using my name and the title. If you run into a problem, drop me a note and I will do my best to help.
I’ve got a Goodreads free book giveaway starting in a few days. I’ll link when it starts.
Turns out planting a tree in the middle of our lawn is harder than we thought. The lady at the nursery warned us that the ground would be hard at the end of the summer so we’ve been watering that spot all week.
Yesterday I did phase one and was quickly dismayed by how hard the ground was. It wasn’t impossible but it took a lot of effort. I dug up all the grass part (it may be dead but it’s a thick layer of root ball) and chopped up the dirt as best I could before my arms turned into noodles. I watered it again.
This morning did phase two and worked in a bunch of the soil conditioner and chopped away until it resembled a nice pile of dirt. Then I put that baby in.
This is supposedly a fast growing fig. We’ll see if it grows fast enough for me.
Coquille Indian Reservation
Book #1 will be free for a few more days so if you want it, grab it now. Links here.
Also I finished a new prequel story, Not Your Mascot, about Linda and Arnie in college. The files went out to newsletter subscribers. If you want to read this story and don’t want to have anything to do with the newsletter, send me a note via the contact page and let me know kindle/epub/pdf and I will send it your way.
Meanwhile, a pdf of the The Season of Us teaser story, How Dewey Got Lost, can be found here. If you prefer a kindle or epub file, drop me a note.
Other topics of the day:
I’m always a few years behind the times but I recently discovered a podcast called My Dad Wrote A Porno. It is hilarious. I was listening in the car and I was afraid I would have to pull over I was laughing so hard. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a guy and 2 friends reading and reviewing an erotic romance written by his dad. You don’t really have to listen in order. Just pick one. If you need a laugh, this will take care of you.
And we just powered through the Netflix TV series GLOW. It’s set in the 80s and about women wrestling and it is fantastic. Somehow we messed up and watched the final episode first thinking it was the pilot. Then we watched episode #2 and so on. At some point we realized that the events in the “pilot” we watched happened after all these other episodes but we thought it was intentional. It wasn’t until we were ready for the season finale that we realized we’d already seen it. We watched it again. *Then* we watched the pilot. It says something about how well this show is written that it still worked great watching it in out of sequence. Recommend.
I’ve started work on Book #3. We’ll see how soon I can get it out to you.
(but not paperback)
Yesterday was the official release day except I made an amateur error and it wasn’t available at all the main retailers until after I went to bed. Sorry if you were left hanging.
Here are the purchase links:
Kindle | Nook | Kobo | Apple
I still haven’t checked a proof of the paperback and I don’t want to press the publish button until I make sure it looks okay. Probably a week — I will post here when it’s ready.
Here is the blurb:
The future of the Crooked Rock Urban Indian Center remains uncertain.
Ester Parker has it under control. She’s committed to her work with tribal people, she manages an untrustworthy roommate, and on the side she’s developing the skills to go after a new love—filmmaking. If only she had the courage to approach her secret heartthrob.
Theo Dunn left rez life behind long ago. Now, he juggles jobs and sacrifices sleep, doing whatever it takes to finish college and make his family proud. When the irresistible Ester shows up at not one, but two, of his jobs, Theo finds himself frustratingly—and pleasantly—distracted. But the more he gets to know Ester and the crew at the urban Indian center, the less he sees a place for himself in that world.
Ester knows Theo is the one, but can she convince him that he needs her, too?
Book 1 is on a free promotion until the middle of the month:
Kindle | Nook | Apple | Kobo
Warning! Unresolved story issues continue into the next book. I’m working on it now.
Thanks for your support. Hope you enjoy the books.