Going dark for a bit

September 5th, 2014

Do not disturb writer at work

I’m signing off for a couple of weeks to FINISH MDBC #7 (which still doesn’t have a title, believe it or not).

Behave yourselves while I’m gone, OK?

I’ll have lots to tell you when I return, and lots to share, including a sneak peek (finally) of ABSOLUTELY TRULY, which is mere WEEKS away from its book birthday!  (And which is available for pre-order from your favorite bookseller, hint hint…) It just received this glowing review from Kirkus:

“Moving from Texas to New Hampshire, displaced 12-year-old Truly Lovejoy finds herself solving two local mysteries while adjusting to small-town life.

Everything changes when Truly’s Army pilot father loses an arm in Afghanistan and returns home depressed, causing her parents to unexpectedly relocate to rural Pumpkin Falls to manage her grandparents’ failing bookshop. Just under 6 feet tall and worried she won’t fit in, Truly’s surprised how quickly she feels part of both school and community as she helps in the bookshop, tries out for the swim team and practices ballroom dancing for Cotillion at the Winter Festival. Convinced a signed, first edition of Charlotte’s Web she’s discovered will alleviate the bookshop’s financial woes, Truly’s determined to catch the thief when the volume vanishes. Meanwhile, a cryptic message she finds inside the book triggers an elaborate treasure hunt as Truly and her new friends decipher clues leading them to hair-raising escapades in the library, church bell tower and covered bridge. Truly tells her story in a relaxed voice, allowing readers to warm to her genuine, self-effacing, humorous, foot-in-her-mouth persona along with her realistically portrayed, fun-loving family and a bevy of eccentric Pumpkin Falls locals.

There’s never a dull moment in Pumpkin Falls with Truly Lovejoy on the case in this contemporary, feel-good series opener.”

I am so thrilled that the first review out of the gate is such a great one!  Thank you, anonymous reviewer, whoever you are!

When I return, I’ll also be able to (finally) offer a few hints about MDBC #7 — and some pictures, too, since I’ll be spending some time on location at the place where the story is set.  Fun, huh?

Ciao 4 niao, everyone!

P.S.  And if you’re on deadline too, or you know someone who is, click here for DIY instructions for this cool door knob sign:

Writer at work

Tick tock

January 27th, 2012

I’m on deadline this weekend — racing to finish the first draft of WISH YOU WERE EYRE.  I don’t know how it works for other writers, but for me, books tend to pick up momentum the closer I get to finishing them.  Kind of like a snowball rolling downhill.  All of a sudden the ideas start flowing thick and fast, and I have no choice but to sit tight and hang on for the ride.

Actually, I do have a choice, but I wouldn’t be a professional if I slacked off.  Slacking off is for amateurs, for wannabes.  Real writers need to be willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.

And so, I’ve been burning a lot of midnight oil this week — and even some 3 a.m. oil.  It’s all part of the job.  I’m not complaining, mind you.  I happen to think I have the best job in the world.  And when that flow kicks in, I’m more than happy to ride the wave.  Or the snowball.

But look!  There, on the horizon.  Do you see it?  I do.

Catch you on the other side!

Happiness in a cup

January 14th, 2012

I admit it.

I’m a bit of a cocoa freak.

There’s nothing I love better than a good cup of hot chocolate!  Especially on a cold day like this one.  And especially when I’m writing.

My sister sent me the BEST PRESENT this week to cheer me up (I get a little cranky when I’m on deadline):  a kilo-sized bag of Callebaut cocoa.  Mmmm.  Bliss!  Especially when I froth the milk first, the way I did here (that’s foam, not whipped cream, believe it or not), and sprinkle it with a little cinnamon and nutmeg.

What’s your favorite hot drink?

 

 

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