Saturday, August 8, 2015

August update

I didn't see any noticeable difference in sales based on Good Reads, so I've sort of let that drop. In fact, ::sigh::, I've let most of promo drop. I just don't have the energy for it. When I have a new book coming out, I will, I promise, but until then ... it's so nice to just write for a change (and do the million other things I do in the course of a day).

What is the magic bullet? Is there one? Or is it all just luck?

I'm not going to sweat it, I guess. Success is out of my hands in a lot of ways, so I'll focus on what I can do: write the books I love to write.

And keep on plugging away.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Mulling over time travel romances

I'm going to do a Good Reads giveaway, I think. for one of my time travel books. Haven't really decided yet if I'll do that one or another mystery.

I'm not sure if Good Reads is a useful way to spend my precious free time, of which I have so little. But this year is the Year of Promotional Experiments, so I'm giving it a shot.

I do want to return to my History Patrol series, but that might have to wait until I'm done with Paycheck Work. There are only so many hours in the day. On the other hand, I may wrap up my mystery series this year and next year turn to the History Patrol.

Decisions, decisions....

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Talk about time travel!

Has it really been 2 years since I posted here last?


If you look at the main web page you'll see I've been busy, but just not busy with time travel. Right now I'm working on 2 mysteries (at the same time. yes), plus last year I wrote 2 or 3 books. Can't remember how many.

This year I want to write the 2 mysteries then write at least one more book in my Endless American Dream series. I have 4 done, I'd like to get book 5 finished, get a good start on book 6 (at least map it out), then start thinking about Volume 3 (books 7-9).

So I haven't had any time (there's that pun again) to think about time travel. I have 2 books plotted and somewhat blocked out. But I have to get time to do it.

Not this year, but next? Anyway, I'll be better about updating from here on in. [Putting note on my To Do List right now].

Friday, January 4, 2013

Temporarily on vacation here

I've been busy working on a futuristic series, so haven't had a chance to work on any new reincarnation books.

But I have plenty of ideas -- now if I could only get some time (no pun intended, time travelers).

I'll be back, hopefully in a few months, with more to join these three:

Set in 1879 -- with Jesse James playing a starring role.

What happens when you're a time traveler ... and you're stranded in time?

John Dillinger is looking for an escape into the future and two travelers from the future have to stop him.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

An end of the year look back

This was my first year in self-publishing. I took three old books (Forgiveness, Endurance, and Temperance) and turned them into:

Penance: set in 1876 America. I wrote this book when I was unemployed. I was laid off from my job in August of 2003 and I had an idea for a Western historical novel.

I started researching Jesse James and the Great Northfield Minnesota raid -- and since I lived in Minnesota at the time and only 40 miles from Northfield, it made research easy.

I quickly decided I didn't want to have my characters be historical, though. I wanted them to be modern people in an old-time setting. So I started thinking of a time-travel premise and I came up with the History Patrol (see that tab above for details about the Patrol).

Several drafts later I ended up with Jim and Penelope's story: Penance. I always wanted to call it Penance, but my then-publisher wouldn't let me. When I got the rights back, I renamed it.

 Vengeance: Possibly my favorite book of all the 20-some books I've written.

This started as my vampire book. I wanted to write about someone who was immortal and all that entails -- the heartbreak of watching those you love die, the changes in the world, etc.

But I can't get past the blood-stuff with vampires. Euw. So I came up with an immortality virus. Then I thought, Hey, how about making this a History Patrol book?

It was extremely tricky to plot, but I did it. And I think I succeeded very, very well.

This is the first book I put into print by myself and I'm proud of it.

Compassion: This is my Al Capone book. It appears I like some of those historical villains, right?

I set this one in 1934, at the height of the Great Depression. I researched that era very diligently but my best sources were my mother, aunt, and their friends. Their memories were amazingly vivid of that time period and I gathered a LOT of information from them.

This had a tricky plot as well, because I had to adhere to the rules I set up in the initial books. My History Patrol rules were stretched a bit here.

The editor at my former publisher gave me fits over this book. She nickel-and-dimed me on edits, something that never happened to me before this. I fought back on many of the edits and gave in on others.

In addition to these books, I'm self-publishing a suspense book (Mist) which should release this month.

Lots of work....

I'll do a new blog next week about whether or not it was worth it.