Friday, July 20, 2012

Poll: Why is your favorite book your favorite book??

I realize you probably love many books (not just one) and the reasons you like that book are probably a combination of the attributes listed below. But if you can pick one book that stands out especially to you, what do you think is the BIGGEST reason behind why you love it so much?

Monday, July 16, 2012

Pictures of Me Camping (or) Writing in the Wild!

For the last five days I've been hiding in a tent, one of my favorite places to go when getting away from the computer and all its many, many distractions is required. This time, the family and I were down at Lake Pueblo where we camped, fished, hiked, water skied and swam, swam, swam. 
You might be wondering: Rebecca, with no computer and two books to write, how could you dare go hide in the wilderness?
To which I reply, "Ah, the wonders of pencil and paper."

Matthew in front of our home away from home
My daughter trying to give me a heart attack
A rare sighting of siblings getting along in the wild

Me cooling off in the lake--100 degrees all around me, water felt amazing

One of the quiet coves we swam in

Me and Beth, long arm self photo

Matthew, Beth and Rod--I'm treading water taking the picture, damn I'm good

Yes, he did jump. Also, in another part of the lake we saw crazy people jumping 100++ feet off cliffs into the water.

Yes, writing happened. Sometimes it happened here.

Other times, it happened here.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Research Dumps in Your Manuscript

Writer friends....what are your thoughts and/or practices about including facts from your research in your MS?

My current project is set in Oaxaca (pronounced Wa-hawk-a) Mexico during Day of the Dead festivities. THERE ARE A MILLION COOL AND INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THIS PLACE AND THIS HOLIDAY. All those facts are great for nonfiction books and travel guides, however info dumps like that make for great big road blocks in the progression of your fictitious story that is not, I repeat to myself, not primarily about all those cool and interesting facts.

So right now, I'm taking a sprinkle lightly and pepper approach for info that relates most directly to the story. Realizing that I am probably still being a bit heavy handed with the information shaker.

Have you written a book that required the judicious use of research. How did you handle info dumps?? Any words of advice...

Saturday, July 7, 2012

My Book Found a Home!!!

Here's my news!!

I'm happy to announce that I've signed a two book deal for for my Ascendant series with Crescent Moon Press. The exact publication date is yet to be determined but, believe me, you'll hear it here first.

I've never really posted much about this work so here's the low down on the first book (currently titled) ASCENDANT.

Charlotte's mother, beautiful and kind but always a mystery, disappeared unexpectedly four years ago. Charlotte Stevens is sixteen now, grieving for her missing mother, and facing expulsion from West Christian Academy. She is not usually a liar, or a cheat, but she did turn in a downloaded paper on Richard II. When her father, famous for the Dirk Kruger mysteries, shows up to the discipline meeting drunk, Charlotte is sent to stay with the only relative she has, an uncle she's never met in England, while her father spends three months trying to sober up.

Once in England, Charlotte meets Caleb, a budding Egyptologist, and his younger punk princess sister, Sophie. Together they explore Gaersum Aern, the lavish family manor her mother grew up in. While staying in her mother's childhood room, Charlotte discovers a stone puzzle box that contains a pentagram necklace and a note from her mother—clues to her mother’s disappearance. Charlotte, Caleb and Sophie piece together family trees, Shakespeare and arcane Egyptian symbols, while trying to discover who is working to derail their efforts--and why. The family manor contains many secrets and hidden histories, keys to the elegant and graceful mystery Charlotte called mom and hopefully, a trail to finding her.

So I am thrilled beyond measure that ASCENDANT has found a publishing home and I can't wait to show and tell more in the near future!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

New Blog Address

Yes, I've moved here!!

Please re-follow or, if this is your first time, just regular follow :-)

News on the recent events transpiring in my writing life will be posting tomorrow (or Saturday if I'm being lazy.)

Good times people...good times.