Friday, January 24, 2014

A Synopsis of My Weekend

Faith, my editor at Berkley, dropped me an e-mail this week asking for a short synopsis on Ghost in the Guacamole, the 5th novel in my Ghost of Granny Apples mystery series. She needs the synopsis by Monday. Sure, I tell her. No problem!

Um, actually there's a problem. You see, I don't have a synopsis yet. Which means over the weekend I'll be madly dashing to put together a fairly cohesive synopsis on a book that is far far far from being done.  Oh, by the way, the manuscript for Ghost in the Guacamole is due the first week in April. (Yeah, I know. Trust me, I know.) 

It's no secret to those who know me well, or to my editors and faithful agent, that I write by the seat of my pants. I don't outline AT ALL.  It's not out of laziness, I assure you.  I've tried outlining and I fail miserably at it in spite of getting great grades on the exercise in high school and college. I find it stilts my creativity instead of helping it. I also find my characters fight against an outline like an unbroken horse against an irritating bit. 

That's not to say I don't know the underlying story of Ghost in the Guacamole. I do, and I have several loose paragraphs describing it, and bullet points and characters jotted down on a huge white board next to my desk, which I could show you but it would give away too much of the book. I just don't have enough of the book done to know the bigger details and events.  And I won't know that until the book is much further along.  (Yeah, you heard right, the manuscript deadline is April.)

So this weekend, in between writing and an all day book event and a birthday dinner for one of my BFFs, I'll have my nose to the grindstone fleshing out a usable synopsis by Monday.

Piece o'cake, says this author trying to sound convincing

BTW!  There's lots of Granny action coming up. 

In March Dummy of a Ghost, the 2nd e-book novella will be released.

April will bring the release of Ghost of a Gamble, the 4th full-length Granny Apples novel for both print and e-readers.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Meet George, My New Man!

I have a new man in my life. His name is George. He's demanding but encouraging and always has my best interests at heart - literally, my heart.

He's the strong silent type and I'm smitten.

My man George

George is a FitBit One, an exercise tracker I bought with gift cards I received over the holidays.  Don't ask me why I named him George. It's not very sexy, I know.  I tried out Sven, Paolo, Dirk and Rock and nothing felt right. Only George. So George it is. Maybe it's a throwback to George Harrison being my favorite Beatle.


George has been my constant companion for 5 days now and it's shaping up to be a solid relationship. He's quite the task master. It's like having a personal trainer clipped to you 24/7. Near the end of the day he'll announce via the unit or via a flash on my cell phone that I still have ### steps to take to complete my goal for the day. So far I've listened, gotten off my fat ass and marched in place until my daily steps have been completed. I march at home in front of the TV, in place while brushing my teeth and while cooking. At work I march in my office before and after lunch. Pleasing George is my main objective. Seeing the steps add up and calories burned has become my obsession. I'm also putting in time exercising other than stepping, adding to the calories burned. I haven't moved this much since I did the Disney 5K last January, and the stepping doesn't seem to be bothering my bum knee.  It's a win-win.

When I meet my daily goal of exercise and calories burned vs. calories eaten, George sends me an encouraging note across his marquee.  In five days I've lost 5.6 lbs, although I know that rate will slow down once my body gets used to the program. I do allow myself to cheat on George once a week just to keep the relationship interesting. Yesterday was my "cheat day" and I had brunch with friends with no thought to George's calorie tally.  He didn't seem to mind, although I didn't get my cheer at the end of the day.

I wish all men were this easy to live with ...

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Odelia for your Ears

the 1st Odelia Grey mystery,
is now an audio book!

Odelia had been brought to life by narrator Lynne Darlington with all her sass and attitude in her first mystery adventure.

I love audio books and I hope you'll love Odelia in this format.

You can order the audible book of Too Big To Miss through, iTunes, or