Next Novel Inspo

Next Novel Inspo

I’ve got my work cut out for me. Who was it again that told me to write a historical fiction novel? Oh yeah, me. I guess I can’t shoot the messenger. *several deep sighs later* …Okay, don’t get me wrong—historical fiction has become one of my favorite genres to read, and deep down, I just knew that I wouldn’t be able to move on with my other novel ideas until I wrote a historical fiction story—but whoever forgot to mention the research that would go into getting it done (that would be me again) has seriously done me an injustice.

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Another Year...

Another Year...

I recently celebrated my 38th birthday, and amongst the dinners and celebrations, I found myself mildly reflecting on past years and ones that await me in the future. In doing so, one word kept resonating over and over again, and that word is thankful. Oh, I could go on and on about all of the mistakes I’ve made, the fears of the “what ifs” that still float on the surface of my mind, or whatever else it is that we tend to ponder when we obtain another notch on our age belt—and though there is an obvious undercurrent of vexation, knowing that I’m getting older, floating in the air, I’m not so much as worried about the number as I am about learning the lessons that have accompanied the experiences.

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One Year Later...

One Year Later...

Today marks one year since Spirit Lake first released. I felt so many emotions while writing this novel and I still feel so many as I reflect on the past year. This was my baby, my first born, one that will forever hold a special place in my heart. I am still very much in love with the characters, the storyline, and the town of Spirit Lake, and as I gather new ideas for the second book in the series, in light of this special occasion, I decided to give a little BTS on what it took to bring this love story to life.

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My Top 5 Places to Buy Books

My Top 5 Places to Buy Books

All book lovers know that of all the joys in life, buying a new book settles somewhere at the top of the list, but we also know how expensive the habit can be, especially for those of you who are like me who need to buy books—several, in fact—almost weekly. So whenever we come across a bargain, we’re most grateful. Here’s a list of the top five places I like to buy books on a budget:

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Writing Essentials (my way)

Writing Essentials (my way)

As a writer, I’m always asked about the writing process. How do I come up with characters, where my inspiration comes from, what’s my writing routine, etc. I promise to cover all of those questions in a later post, but today I want to talk about my “writing station.” Although I do have a designated writing desk that I use often, my “writing station” can be set up anywhere at anytime. It’s basically the bare essentials I use whenever I need to get my ideas down on paper, whether it’s a blog posts, poem, or the current novel I’m working on.

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The Grateful Heart

The Grateful Heart

The clock shows 8:27 am. The sunlight is beaming through the bedroom window. My husband (Miguel) says something that jolts me awake—nothing serious—but it’s enough to pull me out of the remnants of sleep and eventually, send us both laughing. We talk bout it for a few moments more, shaking our heads at the ridiculousness of the petty things that at one time would have sent us into a frenzy of annoyance. We shrug it off, say our good mornings, and head off to the bathroom to get changed for a morning swim.

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Writing Woes

Writing Woes

*Insert deep sigh*

I began writing my second novel at the start of the year and had plans on completing the first draft by the last day in March. Fast forward several months; It’s now the last day in…(Looks at calendar) June! I’m a little over 63,000 words in and still not as close as I would like to be to the finish line. How’s that for procrastination?

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