Okay, so duh.
I was at the Barbara Vey Luncheon this weekend. As a reader. Or maybe as a writer disguised as a reader. Because my author brain kept popping through. Like when my table author gave us a coffee cup in our Southern Belle Starter Kit (thanks Kimberly Lang!). I listened to her talk about how nerdy it was for her to get so excited about her fictional coffee shop having it’s own logo.
All I could think about is why Coffee, Books, and More (Jill’s bookstore in the Tourist Trap mysteries) didn’t have real coffee cups. So now, I’ve got another item on my to do list. :)
And when I listened to authors listing off the multiple genres they had written in during the Q and A session, I got lost. This is one of my sins, lack of branding. So I watched the authors who did it well -Heather Graham had a real Mardi Gras face mask creator at her table. Angie Fox’s table gave readers a taste of her new southern ghost cozy mystery series. One message, one story.
As someone who writes cowboys (The Bull Rider series), cozy mysteries (The Tourist Trap series) and paranormal (The Council series), I realized my voice might be getting lost in the clan.
So I brought home a lot of ideas and thoughts and, of course, books.
Have you attended a reader’s event? I loved it. (And not just because I won Heather Graham’s generous door prize.)
Oh, public service announcement… Public Service Announcement – The Bull Rider’s Keeper (little brother all grown up) is up for a RONE award and voting is this week. If you feel so inclined, I’d love your vote Check out Contemporary Romance: Cops, Jocks and Cowboy. Click here to vote.
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Or something like that. It’s been a crazy month at Casa Cahoon. We’ve gone through a few personal roadblocks this year. But it’s also been a year of amazing highs, maybe it’s to even things out?
I read a blog today -10 Habits to Change Your Life. And then a different one, same title. As you would expect, they didn’t match. So maybe there isn’t a list to check off on living your life, but some of these resonated with me.
Like the first habit- Keep Things Tidy.
I can’t tell you how much time I’ve wasted looking for something that I was sure I’d put ‘right there.’ Or in that pile. So today, as part of my Sunday chores, I spent some time cleaning my desk. I have a pile of things to take to the office tomorrow. I threw out old coupons I thought I’d use, and put time sensitive things like my letter for Jury Duty next month in my full size desk calendar.
I’m planning on tightening up my work desk tomorrow when I get into the day job as well. Folders for the different stages the paperwork is in, only one pile out on my desk at a time, and a commitment to plan my day with a to do list before I start and one at the end of the day.
Hopefully it will stay looking like this.
What about you? Are you a tidy worker? Or do you enjoy creating in the chaos?
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GUIDEBOOK TO MURDER Book 1 of the Tourist Trap Mystery series has been #1 in the Kindle cozy top 100 list since late Monday night. The #99cent sale is over, but until the end of March, it’s available for less than a cup of coffee – $1.99.
Check out what’s drawing readers to the scenic central California coastal town of South Cove and get ready for Jill’s next adventures coming this summer. DRESSED TO KILL releases June 23rd and KILLER RUN, August 18th.
It’s going to be a killer of a summer in South Cove.
Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More in the tucked-away town of South Cove, California—is not particularly thrilled to be portraying a twenties flapper for the dinner theater murder mystery. Though it is for charity…
Of course everyone is expecting a “dead” body at the dress rehearsal…but this one isn’t acting! It turns out the main suspect is the late actor’s conniving girlfriend Sherry…who also happens to be the ex-wife of Jill’s main squeeze. Sherry is definitely a master manipulator…but is she a killer? Jill may discover the truth only when the curtain comes up on the final act…and by then, it may be far too late.
Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More—has somehow been talked into sponsoring a 5k race along the beautiful California coast. The race is a fundraiser for the local preservation society—but not everyone is feeling so charitable…
The day of the race, everyone hits the ground running…until a local business owner stumbles over a very stationary body. The deceased is the vicious wife of the husband-and-wife team hired to promote the event—and the husband turns to Jill for help in clearing his name. But did he do it? Jill will have to be very careful, because this killer is ready to put her out of the running…forever!
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Only 03/09/15 – so hurry over if you haven’t picked up a copy of my gateway cozy. :)
Click here – GUIDEBOOK TO MURDER
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I’ve been AWOL but very busy. I’m writing TT#6 and getting back to the swing of writing while working full time. It’s been a challenge. :) But good things come from hard work, right?
I took the last week of February and returned home to Idaho. My mom lost her fight against cancer and the family gathered to grieve.
While we were there, the cowboy and I played a few nights of darts and caught up with old friends.
So that’s where I’ve been.
I’ll end this post with a surprise cover reveal for Killer Run. I love how the cover artists are building South Cove, one unique store at a time. The Train Station, the newest addition sits right next to Diamond Lille’s, the only full service restaurant in South Cove.
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Last year I published a Bull Rider novella – Shawnee Holiday. I made my own cover using Gimp and many Gimp u-tube views.
This was the end product.
I told my little book when it made enough money, I would buy a professional cover. Well, it hit the mark so I made good on my promise.
Here’s the new cover.
Have to say, I love it.
And, it’s on sale this month for #99cents to coincide with Crimson Romance’s $1.99 sale for all of the Bull Rider books.
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It’s still January and I’d like to talk one more time about goals… Okay, who am I kidding. I LOVE goals so this might not be the last time we talk on the subject.
I mentioned the other day that one of my loops (Go Lalas!) has coined 2015 as the year we hustle. January’s been that kind of month for me.
I’ve been out on medical leave (feeling much better thank you) and I wrote my butt off. I’ve NEVER won NANO but I wrote over 50000 words this month.
How? I sat down and wrote every day. If I hit my word goal for the day, I stopped. When I hit my word goal for the week, I stopped. Or I worked on something else. I didn’t beat myself up for the days I didn’t get to my goal. But I did reward myself on the days I won the game.
Tonight I did two things on my to do list that are outside my comfort zone. I sent out my newsletter and I figured out a way to make the sign up link work for the website. (Check out the side bar on this page or click here if you want to join the fun.)
Why? Because we had a procrastination challenge thrown down on the lala loop. And both of those things have been on my to do list for too long. Now they’re done.
Nike had it right when they said just do it. They didn’t say how much or how long or even how hard. Just do it.
The magic’s in the work, I swear.
What about you? Are you hustling for your 2015 goals still?
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