Monday, August 4, 2014

Coming Soon...Book 1

"From the outside, 13 year old Tony looks like he has quite the life:  
A whole estate to himself. 
A fangirl he flirts with online. 
A pet monkey. (His third!) 
Until you notice the wheelchair. Or that he only speaks with his mother by intercom. Or that he doesn't seem to know who his real father is. 
And now, to save his home from a mysterious trust, Tony will have to ride in a broken-down motorcycle with someone who may not be who he seems, and solve the biggest mystery of all—Who he really is."

What do you think?

I haven't been blogging, and it's been five years since my last book. Good to know I haven't been just wasting my time mowing, right?

I'm calling this series, The Tony Pandy Mysteries. After the main character. 

Book 1 comes out October 6th, and I'm currently running a giveaway on Goodreads. This is for two signed copies, and I would be thrilled if a reader of this blog was a winner.

The print edition is available for pre-order on Amazon right now. Ebook will be available in September.

Now, back to writing book 2. I'm not going to let another five years go by.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

My Daughter's Growing Up

My daughter, Sparkly, is heading off to college.

Not to the school that, at 36k a year, promised her an iPad. Or to the 50k school who promised a cruise.


To the one offering the best education.

Imagine that.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Tales of An Indie Author: Letting Fans Know About New Books

Introducing my sidekick, Mailchimp: The monkey who collects emails instead of bananas. No indie author should be without a way for fans to keep up with their favorite authors' new books.

At least, not this one.

Sign up here to be among the very first to hear about my new books.

Opps. Did I let it slip I've got a new book coming out?

Bad, PV.

At least I didn't reveal it's a mystery with action adventure. The first in a series.

There, I did it again.

Next thing you'll know there'll be a cover reveal and sample book description. Just watch.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Posting Promises My Blog Can't Keep

I got myself in a real pickle. Let me explain.

Dean Wesley Smith was blogging his progress writing a 70k novel in ten days. No rewrites, no agonizing, just type and done. Inspiring.

Then a writer I'm following, Ryan Casey, did the same thing. Making great progress, all the while finishing up his degree program.

Keep in mind, I'm a children's book writer. Immaturity is my hobby. So I..


challenged Ryan to a race. And he accepted.

Yeah, yeah. I know. It's not the speed but the outcome, we're all writing for posterity and shooting for Hemingway. I get that.

Both of us will be having our projects edited. Both shooting for a May pub date. Currently my middle grade mystery sits at 23, 113 words with a target of 25k. Ryan's at 16k.

Clearly, I'm cheating.

No, no I am not. I haven't so much as reread anything I've written—so it might be all run-on sentences and dangling participles. A ton of research still to do.

There will be ANGST. There always is.

This wasn't my original plan. I mean, really—I've a more than full-time job, children, a lawn to mow, why the heck would I think I could write a whole new novel this fast? My plan was to be finished by August and pubbed in October. Nice, leisurely pace. My last book took me a year in revision alone.

Yet, people I respect seem to think fast is the new awesome fluff in the peanut butter bestseller. We'll see.

Blame it on the peer pressure. If a writer jumps off the cliff, I'll be there bungee jumping right behind him.
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