Busy again

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Feb 172013
 

I”ve been busy working on my new book. I should finish it this week and immediately jump on revisions before sending to my editor. I have a fabulous title, MO’S HEART. The Mafia is going to be in this book! Of course, this isn’t the usual Mafia book. Since it’s a Miracle Interrupted book, set in a tiny Wisconsin village, that wouldn’t work very well. I’m having fun writing this, and at the same time I’m  nervous because of the Mafia element. But there are two kittens in my book, a passionate love story, and the villagers. That much stays the same.

Today Free Kindle Fiction is featuring STARDUST MIRACLE as one of the books. Quite a few other free Kindle books look good, too. They also have UK links. I really like this site.

Yesterday I was at a Barnes & Noble in Racine, Wisconsin, listening to Leigh Morgan give a great talk for about twenty minutes, most of it impromptu. She has ambitious plans for future books. I’m really looking forward to reading them.

I have to get back to writing. I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

Feb 012013
 

small_4389428972Today is the first day of February, and it’s fitting that I’m making changes. I’m taking STARDUST MIRACLE off Free or 99 cents everywhere, up to the previous price of $3.99. As soon as Kindle ups the price to 99 cents, I’ll change their price to $3.99, too. It will probably take a few days for the price changes to go into effect, so if you haven’t downloaded STARDUST MIRACLE already, now is the time.

That’s not all. On Jan. 2nd, I started my 5th Miracle Interrupted book. Early this week I realized I was going in the wrong direction. I changed the entire plot, keeping the same characters – but it still wasn’t working. I finally realized last night that with the change in the plot I lost all reasons to keep the couple apart. The biggest conflict was the heroine wasn’t ready to live with the hero, even though they loved each other. That just wasn’t good enough to sustain an entire book.

I came to this realization just before I went to bed. I don’t get depressed often, but I was depressed about this. I didn’t know what to do, whether I should start another Miracle Interrupted book or go in a different direction. That’s when a flood of ideas came to me for two characters from other Miracle Interrupted books. Even ideas for the beginning and the big ending scene. I went to bed and kept hopping out to scribble more ideas. This morning, I woke up and thought of even more plot points.

None of that happened with the previous story. I’m excited about this, and I wasn’t excited about the story I was writing. That should’ve told me something. I did lose a month, but I’m going to try to write faster.

What about you? Any changes in your life?

Photo credit: photo credit: Ico Oliveira via photopin cc

Jan 092013
 

Miracle Pie 246x360Like all authors, I love to get 5 star reviews, but this review of MIRACLE PIE from Amy R at So Many Reads is special because of what she says in her last paragraph:

Whenever I am done reading a Miracle Interrupted story, I always feel a strong sense of hope. I highly recommend Miracle Pie to anyone looking for a miracle.

Actually I love the whole last paragraph – and the whole review – but the ‘sense of hope’ is something I want the reader to feel in every book I write, and it’s especially true in this book. It makes me happy to know I achieved my goal.

I”m also delighted that STARDUST MIRACLE has gotten a great review at Fresh Fiction by Sherri M. 🙂

My favorite author mention is by Julie Kenner! She’s listed STARDUST MIRACLE (which is still free!) on her Hump Day Books: Check out These New or Notable Reads (Jan. 9 edition)! post. I’m a fan of Julie’s books, and she’s nice as well as a terrific author. I only had time to check out one of the other books she listed, and I liked it so much I’m going to download it.

My last news is that a book club in Arkansas is reading DEAD PEOPLE. I’m delighted! I’ve thought that a book club might be interested in my Miracle Interrupted books, but I’m thrilled that they’re reading Cassie and Luke’s story.

Except for the grinding noise my computer made when I turned it on this morning, it would be a perfect day. (It only lasted a couple minutes, and I’m hoping it was just spitting out a cat hair.)

How are things going for you?

Dec 272012
 

My 4th Miracle Interrupted book should be available in a couple of days, so I’ve decided to put STARDUST MIRACLE, the first full-length book of the series, up for free where I could. It’s now free at Amazon Kindle, iTunes, Smashwords, Kobo and All Romance.

My favorite new cheese is one I found from a free sample at a grocery store. I hope a lot more people find my series the same way. These books are a genre shift from my paranormal romances. The closest category is magical realism, but that isn’t an official category. So I’m saying that this series will appeal to people who enjoy romance, laughter, tears, love, puppies, cats and magic. It sounds like a ‘sweet’ series, but they usually have a couple steamy scenes, depending on the book. (Not the first one, MUST WORSHIP CATS, which is entirely in the point of view of a cat and has no sex scenes.)

I had a great holiday, and I feel like I’m ending the year in a very good way. How about you? How are you ending your year?

Nov 182012
 

If you ever wondered what the favorite author word is, it’s DONE! MIRACLE PIE is done and at my editor’s. I revised it twice this week, which was one time too many in a row. As I read it the last time, I wondered if I’d written something similar earlier in the book or just remembered it from the last read.

I sent it to my editor, and she should catch any repetitions. Now I’m taking the week off to play catch up on the non-writing parts of my life. When I start working again next week, I’m going to try for some time management. Wish me luck!

While I’m taking the week off, besides all the not-fun stuff like cleaning the fridge, I’m going to buy all the holiday presents. To get in the mood, I’ll read HOLIDAY MAN by Marilyn Brant. It’s on my Kindle, and I’ll start reading it tonight. I love her light and fun Door County romances.

We’re going to my in-laws for Thanksgiving. I’m making a pumpkin pie and my husband will make carrot cake. I’m thinking of making two pumpkin pies. One for us, because I’m pretty sure there will be no leftovers to take home with us on Thanksgiving. I’ll also be thinking of my next book, which is not one of my series book. I got the idea, and I knew I should write it. After that, I’ll go back to my Miracle Interrupted series.

So, what are your plans this week?

Oct 222012
 

MIRACLE LANE is available! The digital version is available at most places. You can see the links here, along with the excerpt and the blurb. I’m so excited and happy about this series. I’m halfway through the next book, MIRACLE PIE, which I love even more. My main character is a pie maker who puts love into her pies. I feel I’m putting love into my Miracle Interrupted books.

More news. I’m on Jennifer Estep’s blog, talking about yum-yum love. I’m giving away an e-copy of STARDUST MIRACLE, but if you’re the winner and you already read it, I’ll be happy to give an e-copy of MIRACLE LANE instead.

Yet more news. Debut author Eliza Daly is on Magical Musings talking about spells that change your life and wondering if it’s a good idea to use the spells. I said I’d use them.  Would you? Let Beth know, and you might win one of her great prizes, including gift certificates.

I hope you have a great week!

Mean to my heroine

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Sep 142012
 

Rose the Beagle

I’m mean to my heroine in the Miracle Interruptedbook I recently started. The heroine lives in a cottage on a farm. There will be farm cats that live in the barn, but I wanted to give her a dog, too. I wasn’t sure what breed; I can obsess about things like. But then I looked down at my 19-year-old beagle… and I was a goner. So my poor heroine has a snoring, bad smelling, arthritic beagle who is nearly blind and deaf. Her appetite, though, is completely healthy.

I also have a title (though it’s subject to change). My heroine makes pies, so it’s A SLICE OF MIRACLE.

If you could give a fictional character a pet, what would it be?

Sep 112012
 

romcon badgeI’m at RomCon today, talking about stories – everyone has them. I’m also giving away an ecopy of STARDUST MIRACLE to 2 commenters. If you get a chance, stop by!

I sent MIRACLE LANE to my editor last week. On Sunday, I started my next Miracle Interrupted story. I was working on the plot and characters as I wrote, so I only have about 2500 words written. Now that I’ve gotten past the beginning, I should write faster. I hope to finish the first draft in 2 months.

How is your week going so far?

Sep 032012
 

Happy Labor Day! I’m about to start laboring on my new Miracle Interrupted book, but my unconscious has already begun. Last night, I was barely in bed a minute when I got an idea for the beginning. I jumped out of bed and hurried to my office (conveniently located across the hall), where I scribbled down as much as I could remember. Then I went back to bed – only to jump up again with more ideas. This happened one more time before I finally went to sleep.

But an odd thing happened in my scribbles. I wanted my character to have a sweet personality. A happy young woman, a little shy, she likes to please. In this beginning, she still likes to please, but in her thoughts she can be snarky. I think if I keep that, she won’t let a lot of people see this side of her.

I’m not sure if I should change it, so I’m asking you. What you think. Sweet or snarky?

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. 😈

Any changes in your life?