Aug 302012
 

With help from Misty Evans and Dale Mayer – and thumbs up from my CPs, Liz Kreger and Michelle Diener – I have a blurb for Miracle Lane. The 3rd Miracle Interrupted story won’t be out until next month or even October. (This was the novella that was originally supposed to be out in July, but it turned into a novel.) Though Miracle Lane still has to go through editing, I’m very happy with it. I’m very happy with the blurb, too. Here it is:

She forgot how to hate, and now she’s learning how to love…

Brain-damaged Nia Beaudine can’t remember her life before The Accident. Someone intentionally ran over her and left her for dead. Now she’s living in the ‘witch’s house’ she inherited in the village of Miracle, relearning how to live on her own. Well, almost on her own – the talking cat helping her cope is a bonus. But when a hate-filled family member shows up with a gun, Nia knows she needs real help.

Former Army Sergeant and PTSD sufferer Rob Ackerman regularly covers for his identical twin, the village constable, and answers Nia’s emergency call. This strange young woman immediately sees he’s not his brother. In return, he sees that the only way she can fully live in her new life is to find out why someone in her old life tried to kill her…and might try again.

As they dig up Nia’s past, the attraction between them grows. Their brains may be damaged, but their bodies and hearts are working just fine.

You can see by the description that I have too much going for a novella. When I was halfway through I thought it should be a book. But I had a deadline with an editor, so I pulled back. Next time I’ll know better. I’m the kind of person who’s usually early or on time. But this isn’t about being late; this is about putting out the best book I can.

What about you? Are you usually late, early or on time?

Aug 292012
 

I have cover love again! Laura Morrigan is the best cover designer. It will be at least a month before my book is available. I’m so eager for it to get out. Today I’m doing the boring stuff, which is loading books on different sites. At least I’m done formatting all my books.

I’ll have an announcement out soon. I have something in mind that makes me feel like I’m the Queen of the World.

What position in the world do you feel like today?

Aug 272012
 

I hope this is the beginning of a fabulous week for everyone! My prayers go out to everyone in the North Gulf Coast that you and your loved ones will be okay.

At Magical Musings today, I’m talking about kids and pets in books, and I’m giving away an ecopy of either STARDUST MIRACLE, DRAGON BLUES or CATTITUDE to a commenter. Tomorrow I’m a guest at Mary Hughes’ blog, where I’m giving away a copy of STARDUST MIRACLE to a commenter. I’m announcing the winner of The Magical Musings giveaway on Friday. I’m not sure when Mary will announce the winner on her blog.

So go forth and win!

Aug 242012
 

I thought I’d post the first 7 sentences of Miracle Lane, the 3rd Miracle Interrupted story, which should be out in a month or so.

The thin man wearing the tan constable uniform at Nia Beaudine’s front door was a liar.

People told Nia she’d been a liar in her old life. Those memories had been lost along with pieces of her skull and brain matter. Her new self couldn’t understand why people lied. Truths were hard enough to remember.

Why would this man – any man – want to pretend he was a constable in this tiny village?

Copyright © by Edie Ramer

I added the copyright partly because of Sheila Clover English’s post on Magical Musings about the use of copyright material. It’s very interesting. If you write blog posts, you should read it.

I’ll be busy revising most of the day. Luckily we have leftovers, a new dish I tried yesterday that I thought was too gooey and my husband liked a lot. I’ll make it again – but it won’t be as gooey. I’ll revise the recipe. I’m in that kind of a mood. The dogs and the cat better watch out. :twisted:

Any changes in your life?

Aug 222012
 

This is my second post for the day. The first one was too honest. Like showing a piece of my soul. I decided to save that for my books, in which I show those pieces through my characters.

It’s actually a great day for me. I’ve been doing tedious reformatting, and that’s done. I finished critiquing for my CPs. I love their work, so that was a happy part of my days. But tomorrow…tomorrow I’m going to read Miracle Lane, which I changed last week from a novella into a book – adding 16,000 words – before sending off to a CP. I’m so looking forward to that. Just thinking about it, I get an ache inside. A good ache. It’s what I love to do and it’s been tough to stay away from it, but I needed space before tackling it again.

For a late lunch today, I fed my dogs their dry dog food. Then I had my lunch: cheese, watermelon and dark chocolate. I felt so grateful to be human.

What makes you grateful to be human?

Aug 192012
 

I’ve been having a lot of ‘happy’ in my titles. This blog could’ve been called HAPPY TUSH, but I decided that might attract the wrong readers. I got a new chair, which you can see below. I love it already. First, it was on sale for half price. Second, it has “a double layer pillow top construction…” There’s much more, but the ‘double layer pillow top’ says all the reasons I bought it. I sit on my chair a lot.

You know the saying “A happy wife makes a happy life”? For writers, it should be “A happy cush makes a happy tush.” And a happy writer. That and a bestselling book.

My husband warned me that there’s a weight capacity of 225 pounds. Sweet of him.

Now I can stop checking out Craig’s List for a chair. And I won’t have to wait to buy one until just before Thanksgiving, when the sales start. A good way to end one week and start another.

Is there anything you’ve been looking for that will make you happy?

Aug 172012
 

I finished a major revision this morning, turning MIRACLE LANE, my third Miracle Interrupted story, from a novella into a novel. I had planned for it to be a novella, but as I wrote it, I knew it that enough elements to be book-length. Only I had a deadline and would be late if I changed the length. So I pulled back, wrote a novella, and sent it to my editor.

Four weeks later, she told me it should be a book. So now it’s a book, and from now on I’m listening to my intuition. With the novella, I was depressed. With the book, I’m happy. I have nothing against novellas, but this story is hugely better as a novel.

My Miracle Lane cover is done, too, which also makes me happy. This one didn’t come easy for my brilliant cover artist, Laura Morrigan, but she did it again. I’ll post it as soon as I get the jpeg. Maybe I’ll post an unedited excerpt, too.

This weekend, I’m going to a farmer’s market and a birthday party. Otherwise, I’ll stay home and critique my CP’s next book. I love her writing and it will be a joy for me. When that’s done, I’ll read Miracle Lane once more before sending it to one of my CPs.

What’s making you happy lately?

Aug 112012
 

Though I missed Matt Damon, I loved the new Bourne Legacy…until almost the end. I won’t give any spoilers, but writer-director Tony Gilroy took a movie that could’ve been great and ended up pissing me off. I don’t know whether Gilroy included the overly long clichéd scene because of studio pressure (if you watch the movie, you’ll know what I mean when you see it). But except for the scene-that-seemed-to-never-end, the rest of the movie was brilliant. So I can’t believe it was his idea to put in that scene. Especially since no one would’ve missed if it weren’t there. And there were so many other things Gilroy could’ve used that would’ve answered some unanswered questions.

On the way home, I told my husband I don’t know if I’ll see the next Bourne film. Bourne Legacy could’ve easily been a B+. Instead it’s barely a C.

What’s the last movie or book that you read that could’ve been great, except for one scene that pissed you off big time?

Aug 082012
 

I’m thrilled about Aly Raisman winning the gold medal for floor exercises that made her the most decorated American gymnast at the summer Olympic games. I could kick myself for missing it last night. I did find a video of her interview with Piers Morgan afterward that I embedded below. Aly told Morgan she dreamed about it since she was a little girl, and that every day she would think about it. Especially driving to the gym and back, when she would space out and visualize herself at the Olympics.

When it was over, Morgan said, “She willed it, and she did it.”

That’s powerful! Have you ever done that? If you did, how did it work for you?