Is it Secret? Is it Safe?

It’s Secret Matilda Release Day!

Today is the day!  Secret Matilda is available at Amazon in both Kindle and Print!

After getting attacked by the ship that has been chasing them across all known space, can Jacquie and the crew find a way out?  What are Mr. Leon and his soldier genorgs up to?  Will Dr. Wyeth finally get her hands on Lieutenant Galena Chadov?  All I know is that there is something strange afoot on the M33 destroyer and even stranger things in store for our intrepid crew! 

There is only one more book to go and the story will be done!  Woo! 2022, I’m looking at you!

Oops, I Did it Again…

Sometimes listening to music makes the writing process easier. I really find that it helps with the editing process. For this series, where music is integral to the story, I’ve created Playlists. If you missed it, here is that post again. Well, I did it again on the ole Spotify! Do you want to give it a listen? Here ya go!

Secret Matilda

Strap yourself in with Jacquotte and the crew and sit back to the grooves, I say!

Image by StockSnap from Pixabay

Rewriting My Fourth Novel, Secret Matilda Pt. 7

The work continues…

When I first received the lengthy corrections from my editors, I wasn’t too concerned.  At a glance, it looked like there was less red ink than there had been in say… The Matilda.  Some sections looked like an absolute breeze to get through while others indicated more of a knock-down-drag-out fight.  But with it in hand, I can make progress!

And progress was made…

It took a while (some were an absolute fight… I’m talking tooth and nail here), but all those corrections are done!  By the way, can we give some love to the editors?  No matter how many times I’ve read my work, I still miss things.  Some things are as simple as a missing letter (on vs. one), others are more involved from beginning to end (why is everyone sighing?  Why, Jon, why?).  I can’t thank my editors enough for the time and focus they take to help my little stories move right long. 

Timing is everything…

After all that, I found some spots that need a little more and I have plenty of notes on how to fix this.  And, lo and behold, my last beta reader sent me a pile of constructive criticism!  Some of it hits on bits I found while others are new and shiny (like diamonds).  I’ll be going through the story with a fine-toothed comb and making the last alterations and corrections and then prep it for print.

Secret Matilda is so close to being ready!

Oh!  Last but not least, I just found out this morning that I will have a table at Mile-Hi Con! I’ll post more about that as the date gets closer. 

This year is chock-full of adventure!

Image by Masashi Wakui from Pixabay

Twistin’ Matilda won the Literary Titan Silver Award!

Wow! The first two of my books in the Matilda Series have received the Silver Award! How cool is that?

The Silver Award is bestowed on books that expertly deliver complex characters, intricate worlds, and thought-provoking themes. The ease with which the story is told is a reflection of the author’s talent in exercising fluent, powerful, and appropriate language.

You can check out the other winners this month at Literary Titan! Go ahead and click that link!

End of Things

How can this old-worldness be forever combined with such wide-eyed naivety?

How can the blackness in the human soul coexist with the bright wonder?

Gripped with the fore-knowledge that we will all burn yet still choose to believe these flames shall light our way out of darkness.

To understand the history of all things and still expect better.

To understand the choices made no matter how depraved.

Is this wonder? Is this hope?

What remains of my spirit battles with this essence and the dream survives daily. Should it?

I no longer but know but I fight on and on until the end of things.

Image by Public Co from Pixabay

Rewriting My Fourth Novel, Secret Matilda Pt. 6

“Red Ink is The Lifeblood of Improvement.”

This is going to be a short one, but the edited book has arrived!  And it’s huge!  I mean gargantuan!   There is a lot of red ink!  And if you haven’t figured it out yet, that’s where the quote above came from. 

Needless to say, I have my work cut out for me.  But the end result is that much closer for release.  Now I have to lock myself in for the next bunch of weeks to get this done!

Oh!  So close!

Image by Pexels from Pixabay

Rewriting my Fifth Novel, Waltzing Matilda Pt. 1

Sometimes the sky jelly says, “take a moment.”

After I sent off Secret Matilda to my editors, I jumped headfirst into the rewrite of book 5.  Now, it’s not completely written, so this one is a partial rewrite-slash-new stuff experience.  I guess I can’t stop myself from trying new ways of doing things.  Spice is the variety of life or something…

It was great fun!  The story is cranking right along and ideas for what to add to it flourished non-stop in me olde skull.  Everything was moving right along and then, 100+ degree days…  I don’t know about other people but writing in the summer after working a full day is not easy for me.  Toss on 100+ degrees where my office can get into the mid 80’s and it just gets harder.

So, needless to say, work on book 5 has slowed down.

But that’s alright!  Just because it’s taking a little longer just means there is that much more blood, sweat and tears involved in the process.  I mean, I’m pretty sure I’ve cut a finger or two while working on this.  But sometimes, you’ve got to step away for a little.  If for no other reason than to clear your head.  Luckily for me, a family trip back home was already in the works.  

We landed and drove until we hit the beach.  It was wonderful to see (and be in) the ocean again.  There was a lovely walk in the warm rain at night, fighter jets flying overhead, a concert, good food, coffee and all that.  I’m a sucker for old wooden ships and I finally got to see the recreations of the Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery.  They were beautiful.

Then I went to rivers I grew up near and got to wander the beaches amongst the driftwood and shells.  I was lucky enough to catch sight of a cast of fiddler crabs as they broke for the trees.  And I ate oysters, so many oysters fresh from the water 10 feet away from me.

On top of all that, I got to swim in a mountain lake that had, and I kid you not, an ice cream boat!  You hear that telltale music and you perk up like a kid and around the bend came the boat!  Another boat pulled up alongside and ordered some ice cream and then disappeared around the bend.  I’ve never seen the like!

We flew out of Richmond after some history walks and excellent coffee and tacos and back home we are.  It was good to be back and I feel refreshed!

Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay

Editorial Review from Literary Titan for Twistin’ Matilda!

I received an Editorial Review for Twistin’ Matilda (found here at: Literary Titan) Does the urge to click it fill you? Follow those instincts, I say!

A quick FYI, an editorial review is an unbiased review from a professional that will list the pros and cons with a comparison to the standards of the genre the story is in.

Psst, it’s where those quoted remarks can come from.

Getting this four star review was especially heartening after a receiving a less than stellar review for The Matilda. In fact, I think I’m smiling a little too hard right now!

The Matilda Won an Award!

The Matilda won the Literary Titan Silver Award!

I am beyond excited about this!

Just so you know, the Silver Award is bestowed on books that expertly deliver complex characters, intricate worlds, and thought-provoking themes. The ease with which the story is told is a reflection of the author’s talent in exercising fluent, powerful, and appropriate language.

You can check out the other winners at Literary Titan!