Sawdust and Mistletoe and Before It's Love have both been nominated for a Whitney Award! That is all. (Yay!)
The truth is, I'm never working on just one book at a time, and they all take different amounts of time. So, instead of telling you about my next book, I will start posting the latest lineup. Expect changes. It looks really ambitious, but all of these are already in progress. It's sooo exciting to see them all together! Stay Tuned!
Now that I have published "Before It's Love", I get to work full-time on my next project. "The Lovely Deep" is a mermaid fantasy where the mermaids are evolving into creatures they don't want to become, and pure human genes are the only thing that can stop it. Narissa is forced to lure humans into her world, but she wants nothing more than to become human herself, especially now that she's falling in love with River. Unfortunately, others in her world have darker motives then her own. Forced to question her dreams and morality, will she find away to save those she loves, even at the cost of her own happiness?
Oh my gosh! I can't tell you how excited I am to finish writing this fun, romantic, but often dark and dramatic story. Here is a brief excerpt:
Fingers Crossed: Release in August!
Coming in April!
After a very long wait, (about a year for you, but 17 years for me) I'm thrilled to be doing final edits for this story. So, until I can give a more specific release date, here's this:
Moving to Arkansas is hard for Lauren, but it’s worth it to be near her boyfriend and pursue her art degree. That is, until she meets Jake, the guy her roommate is in love with. Now she’s stuck on a merry-go-round of love triangles, and someone is going to get hurt.
Jake has given up on finding love in this town’s small LDS dating pool, but he’s committed to stay as long as his grandma needs him. When Lauren moves in, he knows the universe is laughing at him. The one girl he’d give anything to have is already taken. All he can do is be the friend she so obviously needs and hope that someday she’ll choose him.
Every time I finish a rough draft, I feel like I'm on top of the world. Even though editing is hard, gritty, depressing work, finishing the first draft is absolutely the hardest part for me. So, I'm so excited to announce, that I've finished the rough draft for "Something Radiant" and I am on schedule to release it this summer. I will give a firm date in a later post.
For now, I thought I'd share a drawing I did in my own college figure drawing class, where so much of the inspiration for this story came from. It still hangs in a frame in my garage to remind me that of what I can do, though my 5 year old son always asks why there's a picture of a girl in her underwear hanging in the garage. (Though technically, it was a bikini. Just sayin'!)
This open window represents how long I have to finish the rough draft of "Something Radiant" before I have to start edits on "Spindle Cursed".
That's it, no more!
My brain is still fizzy from being chosen as a winner and getting to know the other authors who won with me. It's so much fun I can't settle down and work.
The window is closing as I type!
But don't worry, I will get it done! No more wasting time—not even to look for cool window pictures!
That's right! Spindle Cursed was one of the 5 stories chosen to be in this collection of Sleeping Beauty stories. I absolutely could not be more excited about this. The process of getting it published will begin soon and I'll be working with a professional editing team to revise and polish it. I'm looking forward to the process though I'm sure I will experience growing pains. Stay tuned for the release date announcement!
Well, I didn't have time to write Sawdust and Mistletoe yet. That made me a little sad, but sometimes you just have to let stuff go!
I did, however, get "Spindle Cursed" finished and submitted to the Rooglewood Press Five Magic Spindle's contest. That was a huge accomplishment for me. The December 31st deadline was breathing down my neck, but I got it sent off at 9:40 pm - in time to enjoy New Year's Eve. Truth to be told, after 2 days of hardcore writing and editing to wrap it up (actually getting it under the 20,000 words as the rules demanded), I was celebrating the fact that I actually got it done more than the New Year.
By March, I'll know one way or the other. If I didn't make it as one of the 5 winners, I'll get to work publishing it on my own so stay tuned!
My next announcement is that I've re-titled my artist story Something Radiant and I'll be completing the rough draft for that story this month!
I'm supposed to be writing my Sleeping Beauty retelling. And I am. But I'm really into my Christmas romance too. What to do, what to do?
Write them both at the same time!
My goal for this week is to edit the first chapter of the sleeping beauty story based on the excellent critique I recently got at the LDStormakers conference and write the second chapter. Possibly even the third. If I get that done, I'll be over the moon.
Then for FUNZIES I'm going to write as much as I POSSIBLY can on the Christmas Romance because I'm super excited about it and so ready for Christmas stuff to get going.
I have the same deadline for both of them: December 1st. So obviously, I've got to get going. Wish me luck!
Finally, after more than two years of waiting, the day has arrived. Focused is now available! Please join my online Launch Party on my Author Facebook Page. We're going to be having some fun, because this is worth celebrating.
In the mean time, just click on the cover to buy the ebook (the paperback edition will be released at a later date), and, as always, please consider leaving a review! Thanks so much!
Sienna Whitfield never dreamed that using her photography blog for a social experiment would cause so much trouble—or be so painful. She might have a broken rib and a broken camera, but at least her mom is finally letting her date Lee, the guy of her dreams. But Lee's future with basketball seems to be carrying him down a path that she can't follow.
Basketball has always been #1 in Lee Franklin’s life. Now that he’s one of the top high school basketball recruits in the country, his dreams seem to be coming true. But his love for Sienna is changing the way he sees the future. As she follows her own dreams, he realizes he may lose her if he can’t find a way to keep her close—especially since she may be in trouble.
The Truth about Billionaires (February 2017)