Too much winter

It’s the time of year when the lack of sunshine starts to bother me. I long for the days of heat and sun, the more the better.

I’m combating the blues with reading and looking back on photos from the summer. My daughter-in-law has made that easier. She is a talented photographer and has started a blog featuring photos of places in the Midwest. http://www.midwestnomads.com 

Now I can look back at the places we’ve been because they have been gracious enough to take us with them. We didn’t make it to Utah with them this time but I love traveling through the Arches National park through the photos on her blog. Here’s one of her photographs

Look at that view! And the sun and all the colors! It does my creative soul good.

When the weather is gloomy I read a lot. Then I discovered one of my books, A Time to Heal is on sale now through the end of February. Instead of $3.99 it’s $2.99. Too bad I know how it ends. But maybe you haven’t read it? 🙂

Planning for 2020

Planning is not my favorite word but I am learning to like it a lot. Turns out I didn’t have the right planner for the work that I do.

Looking back at 2019 I realized as many of us do that the year sailed by too fast. Many of the things I wanted to do didn’t happen, like writing book 2 a Bride’s Will.
Now by using this planner I have a solid plan on how to get it done and possibly a second book.

I took the photo of both planners with my postage scale to remind me that every activity I choose has weight. I have to decide if that ‘weight’ is right for me or will it pull me to the ground and keep me there?

Blocking out the times I know it will be impossible for me to work on my writing like working at the preschool allows me to see what white space is left. Once that’s done I can then fill them with what’s the next important thing on my list.

This planner doesn’t just give you pages to fill out there are quotes and instructions on how to make it work for you.

This year I’m using the coil-bound version. Last year I bought the bound version and decided before I even opened it I didn’t need to plan. So wrong. Bad choice or as my grandkids say RED CHOICE!

If you aren’t a writer, this is probably not the planner for you but find one that does work. Don’t let 2020 disappear without you accomplishing your dreams.

Scroll down for an inside video peek of my planner from The Write Services.

If you’d like to order the planner you can find it here.
Lulu

Amazon

Etsy (PDF) if you like to print and organize your way

Planning 2020 as an Author

Writing a book is a lot of fun for me and maybe for you too. But planning out how to write, market, keep track of finances and oh yes, just life has always been a huge problem for me.

For 2020 I’ve decided to change up how I do things. Instead of letting things happen to me I was going to show up prepared.

This planner may not be for you if you aren’t an author but you are alive so planning is still a good thing. 🙂

One of the features I love about this planner from Audrey Hughey is its size. The pages are big enough to write what I need to remember. If you are planning your year make sure the one you choose has writing space, not just pretty pictures.

I’ve tried bullet journals, calendars, online calenders–I do still put critical personal and business dates in my online calendar so I have it with me at all times.

This year I’m using The 2020 Author planner because there isn’t another one like it that has a place for everything I need to do in my business. It was put together by an author for an author.

Have you ever decided to make a social media calendar and then think I should do this every month but wait I have to recreate that table? No need with this planner there is one for every month.

Here are some of the features:

  • Track daily and weekly word counts– yes, please
  • Map out writing and publishing plans for an entire year–not as scary as it sounds
  • Manage and track monthly expenses–you know you need to do it
  • Develop an editing checklist –ugh did I use the word so that many times?
  • Plan social media marketing, book promotions, and advertising–when was the last time I applied for BookBub? Posted a photo of one of my books?
  • Sketch out ideas for author newsletter and track open and click-through rates– What should I write this month to my newsletter?
  • Have space and flexibility to plan your days and weeks according to your own unique lifestyle and schedule.–Self-care? Yes, you need to schedule it or you won’t do it.

Where can you get one of these? Glad you asked because it means you’re one step closer toward an amazing year as an author.

LuLu (coil-bound) – typewriter cover

LuLu (coil-bound) – pens and watch cover This one is my favorite!

Amazon (perfect-bound)

Etsy (PDF):

Look at all that space!

Thankful for Readers OH MY

It’s so wonderful to wake up and discover the book you have listed for a free prom has done well. A group of Christian authors who love their fans decided to give back this holiday.

We put many of our books at free and 99 cents. And you all have blessed us with picking them up.

Here is the link to find out what is available. CLICK HERE

Here were my rankings this morning. It made me tear up! By the time you read this, I’m sure they will have dropped. Things happen fast on Amazon.

Thank you readers!

Fall Reading

The calendar has flipped and it’s fall even though it doesn’t feel anything like that where I live. But I know the cooler weather is coming and soon that will fade and winter will be here.

I’ve partnered with other authors for a sale on books to fill your e-readers for such a time. Reading, hot drinks and comfy blankets are my favorite way to spend my evenings. I’m thinking you might feel the same?

You can find two of my books in this sale A Time to Bake and A Bride’s Dilemma. https://books.bookfunnel.com/fallforfiction/70cjhc109f Head on over and see what grabs your interest.

It’s no longer mine

It’s true once I see a book published it no longer belongs to me or rather my mind. It belongs to the reader.

Maybe that’s the true meaning of release day, not just that a book is for sale but that it is out there ready to be discovered by a reader.

Maybe that reader is already reading the series and can’t wait to get into the next book. Or maybe it’s a new reader just discovering my work.

Either way, it’s no longer mine. Today A Time to Heal belongs to you the reader.

THE BIGGEST DISASTER IN HER LIFE PROTECTS HER HEART FROM LOVE

Do you like cats or dogs?

Today A Time to Dance is on a Kindle Countdown! Starting at 99 cents!

But what does that have to do with liking a cat or a dog?

This book has both! A cat and a chocolate lab! Add that to romance and a bit of mystery.

I have a cat, we used to have four. Here’s a photo of Oliver. He rules the house.

And my son has a dog so I get my dog fix since we don’t have one right now. His name is Patton.

phot by Angela Murphy

Here’s the link to a Time to Dance https://readerlinks.com/l/409453

Tell me do you like cats or dogs the best or do you have a different kind of pet?

June Reading List

It’s been a great month for reading. Lots of rainy days and nights is a good reason to hang out in a chair with my Kindle. Except for nights when the hockey playoffs are on and then my attention goes to our local team. The St. Louis Blues. I’m not a big sports fan except for hockey. For some reason I like it. I think it’s because I’m amazed at the agility of the players. I can not stand up on ice at all.

I’ve jumped into KindleUnlimited with gusto and have had fun tracking down good books to read.

A series I started and can’t stop reading is by Valerie Comer. The Montana Ranches Christian Romances

There is something about modern day cowboys that captures my attention.

Start with the first one The Cowboy’s Christmas Reunion and see what you think.

From Book 1: A jilted cowboy gets a second chance at love when his ex-fiancée returns with her small daughter.

From Book 2: Friends become more in this romance with a matchmaker bent on finding dates for the cowboy she believes doesn’t return her love.

From Book 3: Opposites attract in this romance with a grumpy cowboy burned by love and a bubbly romance editor with (almost) all the answers!

https://amzn.to/2WyRlG3

What are you reading this month?

May Reads

It’s been a busy month for me. I read one book that I fell in love with.

A Moonbow night by Laura Franz. It’s a bit pricey but if you have kindle unlimited you can read it for free.

Get it here

On the vast, uncharted Kentucky frontier of the 1770s, Temperance Tucker has learned to be fleet of foot, accurate with her rifle, and silent about the past. But her family secrets complicate her growing attraction to a handsome Virginia land surveyor with a harsh history of his own. Will the hurts and hardships of the past prevent them from a fulfilling future?

When I drive around this country it’s hard to imagine what it looked like in 1770. Thanks to my GPS on my phone I never get lost. Temperance Tucker has her own GPS–her eyes and her memory.

Following her story deep into the woods of Kentucky and a hair-raising event inside of a cave kept me reading many nights after my bedtime.

It’s not your normal romance where they couple meet and fall in love and marry. It’s much more complicated and the setting takes on a life as a character.

If you want a book that’s not so fast paced allowing you to live in the books world for a time, this book is for you.