Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Summer Travel and the RWA Conference

I love to travel, meet new people, and have adventures. And brother, last week was full of adventures.

Monday, before I left for Anaheim and the RWA conference, Hubby and I took our grandson to Pioneer Village.
He had couple of meltdowns, so I know he had a good time. He rode a horse, touched a pig, hitched rides on two trains, and played in the fire hose. All good times in the eyes of a two-year-old. 
 Tuesday I served a French-toast breakfast to my family on our deck, visited the cemetery where great, great, grandfather Scott is buried, and then went to a pool party at Aunt Carol's. 
Wednesday Elizabeth Lane and I flew to Anaheim for the RWA Conference. Here's Elizabeth holding my book at the Literacy Book Signing. All books were donated by the publishers or authors and purchased by the public.

It was great fun. 
And I had a wonderful surprise. As I was sitting there watching hundreds of people walk by, all of a sudden a beautiful woman stopped and called me by name. I was thrilled to say the least. And wouldn't you know this wonderful angel was a blogging friend and an aspiring author. You should check out Stacy Post's blog,
 A Writer's Point of View
The rest of the week was full of attending workshops and learning more about my craft. One especially helpful workshop was given by Michael Hauge. He taught about his Six Stage Plot Structure, which I found extremely good. My novel writing really took off when I studied screenplay writing. Screenplays are divided up into three acts, which is simple and straight forward. I have always found one part a little lacking and that was understanding Act 2. But I've forged ahead and have done what I think best. 
However, now because of Micahel's class, I know. And I'm thrilled. You might want to check out his website at Story Mastery.
 I'm back to posting regularly, so drop by Thursday. I plan to explain a little more about Act 2 in storytelling.
How has your summer gone? Any adventures you'd like to share? I'd love to hear them.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Garland, RWA, and Walmart.

Me and some of the wonderful people who attended.
What fun I had in Garland, Utah last Saturday.

Last week I told you that I would be a guest speaker there along with Sarah Eden. Well, Sarah called in sick so I was the only speaker. Yikes. I felt bad for those attending since some surely came to hear Sarah. But it worked out. I meet some wonderful people, talked to them about my path to publication, and answered questions they had regarding my books and writing in general. What a great time!

Next week I'm flying off the Anaheim, California to attend the Romance Writer's of America national conference. And guess what?

Yep, I'm participating in their huge literacy signing on the night of the 25th. I'll be at table 904 with authors Starr Ambrose, Mary Blayney, and Marie Force. I've never met these authors, and I have no idea what they write, but that will be part of the fun of signing with hundreds of other writers all donating their books for the cause of literacy.

I won't post a blog next week.

But in August I'll be back on schedule, posting on my blog Tuesdays and Thursdays. July just seems to have run away from me. :( I guess it's that summer thing going on right now. :)

Look what I found at my local Walmart.

See there on the second shelf, it's Cold Justice. I was so excited to find it there. And I must say it was selling at a very low price. So if you've wanted to buy my book you might check your local Walmart.

Have a great July. I'll catch up with you in August.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

A Speaking Engagement and a Question

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Last April I was asked to speak at the Utah Library Association Conference. What an honor it was to meet so many wonderful librarians.

Sarah Eden
At that conference, Kim Griffins, the directory of the Tremonton City Library, asked if I would like to speak at her library this summer. I said I'd love to.

But I'm not the only author who will be there. My friend and fellow author, Sarah Eden, will be there as well. Sarah writes regency romance, and I write romantic suspense and YA time travel.

So the time has come. This Saturday, July 14th, at 4:00 PM in the Garland Armory just north of Tremonton, Utah, Sarah and I will be speaking about our paths to publication.

We'd both love to see you. And, of course, we'll have copies of our novels just in case you want to see what we write and have a yearning to buy one of our books. ;)

Now for my question . . .

I'm working very hard to complete a novel that I promised to send to my publisher by the end of August. Today I'm working on the last few chapters. Sometimes those are the hardest to write. Everything has to come together. The climatic scene has to be rich, fully developed, and logical. All the questions that have been planted in the story have to be answered. And then there's the epilogue where all is well. An epilogue for me is that last bite of chocolate that lingers on your tongue and brings a smile to your face.

So here's my question.

For writers: what do you find the most difficult thing to write as you come to the end of your story? The climatic scene? Or the epilogue?

For readers: What do you like most about the ending of a good story?

And just to sweeten the question--

 --here's some virtual chocolate.


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

We crossed over the finish line for the 
Cold Justice Blog Tour 
at midnight on July 1st.

The winner of one cute and cuddly bear is . . . 

Emily Fawcett 

Emily please email me at
and I'll be in touch.

Also the two winners of
the book giveaway on goodreads were:

Lindsey Nicole Slaughter
Tom Pintong.

I'm putting the books in the mail today! 


Yesterday was my wedding anniversary.

Hubby arranged a wonderful evening up
Odgen Canyon at the

 What a wonderful getaway with the
feel of Alaska.

Staying there was very fitting because not only
was it the end of Cold Justice's Blog Tour,
but I also stopped by many stores
along the way passing out bookmarks, business
cards, and signing copies of my novel.

At the Alaskan Inn we stayed in 
our own little cabin with
a hot tub. This morning we
were served a yummy breakfast that
was delivered to our door.

If you can't fly to Alaska I highly
recommend this rustic little getaway. 


I'm going to take the rest of the week off.

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!!!



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