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Summer Insanity Is Almost Over

On August 17th, the kids go back to school, and our fantastic but totally nutty summer comes to an end. Boy did it fly. I find it funny that the advent of school will actually slow us down. Here’s what happened over the last few months, starting at the end of May!

Estes Park, Colorado

We spent 10 days at my favorite place in the world doing all my favorite things. Spending time with family, hiking, eating, shopping. Loved it! Nothing better in the world IMO.

Book Release–The Wrong Kind of Compatible by Kadie Scott

My first romantic comedy, The Wrong Kind of Compatible, under my Kadie Scott pen name, released with Entangled on June 12th. I’ve been thrilled with the feedback and really enjoyed all the release festivities (blog tour, Facebook take overs, Facebook parties, etc.)

Birthday Parties

We celebrated birthdays for kids, parents, and friends over the course of the summer. February through July for us is insane birthday season. Now we have a “break.”

Dallas & St. Louis

We visited my hubby’s fam in Dallas and all drove up to St. Louis together for a lovely family wedding. We also did all sorts of fun things, including a Cardinals game!

Signed Entangled Contract–Inferno Rising

I signed a contract with Entangled for a 4-book paranormal romance series, tentatively titled “Inferno Rising”¬†under my Abigail Owen pen name. This one I contracted on proposal, and I am obsessing over it. The world is so alive in my head! #TheDragonsAreComing!

Summer Camp

My oldest went to summer camp which involved transporting him to Dallas. And then heading back up there a week later for the parent presentations and to pick him up. It was a STEM camp and they did cool things like learn to be a CSI, build and program a robot car, and dissect a cow’s heart. Super cool.

Time with Bro & Fam

My brother and his family lived in our house all summer. They are between digs at the moment, and they house sat and watched our dogs while we were gone so much. In between trips we got to spend a lot of wonderful time with them.

California Friends

We went back to our old home in El Dorado Hills, CA to visit friends there. We got up to Lake Tahoe for a day, and otherwise took it easy and had a blast seeing our buddies. That’s what I miss most about CA…our friends.

Writing Inferno Rising Book #1

I signed that contract and have been writing book 1 since June. I’ve finished the first draft and am working on second draft right now. Close to 85k words done with 90k being the goal. Seriously, when I say obsessing, I mean it. I am deep in this on and LOVING it!

Editing

Lots of editing going on at the same time. A combo of working on proposals for new books, and working with my editor on The Attraction Equation (book 2 in my Kadie Scott Love Undercover romantic comedy series).

RWA in Orlando & Disney

In July I attended RWA Nationals in Orlando, rooming with my buds Nicole and Tracy, attending workshops, giving one of own workshops, etc. Had a BLAST! And rounded it out with a day at The Magic Kingdom.

Placed 2nd in PRISM Awards

My paranormal romance novella, Her Demigod Complex, placed 2nd in the PRISM Awards for novella! Honored and thrilled to even be a finalist. Thank you so much to FF&P for running such a fantastic contest.

AOAD Business Growing

Authors On a Dime continues to grow and grow. I’m getting lots of great business. Anything from book covers (probably what I do the most), to other marketing graphics, to editing, to Facebook parties. Love working with all those fantastic authors and having a different creative outlet!

RVing at Krause Springs

We rented an RV and went to Krause Springs, TX for a few days to “relax.” And it was lovely. The kids had a blast. Other than the cottonmouth snakes and the big thunderstorm that rolled through the last night, so did we! ūüôā

Prepping for School

With only a week to go, I’m now deep in prep for school time. This includes cleaning my entire house. Doing a ton of laundry (remember we’ve been traveling all summer). Buying school clothes. Getting kids hair cuts. A massive grocery shopping (again, all that being away from home). And my daughter wants me to help her start and Endangered Animals Club this year.

Phew!

I’ll be sad to not have the kids to myself during the day, but returning to a routine and slowing down a bit will be nice. We had a wonderful summer, enjoying each and every trip. But I will say it was a little too much. Next year we’re limiting ourselves and spending more time at home. Lol. I hope you also had a wonderful summer, and, if you’re like me and prepping for back to school, best of luck to you!

 

Fast Times @ 2017 RWA Nationals!

If you missed the tweets and FB posts, I spent the last week in Orlando, FL, at the Swan & Dolphin Disney Resort have a blast at the 2017 RWA National Convention!!!

Here are a few highlights…

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I roomed with my author friends (and A-Game Team) Nicole Flockton & Tracy Goodwin. They made this year especially fun, sharing laughs and workshops and ideas. xoxo

linda-schadtina-canonI truly enjoyed seeing friends old and new…from TWRP and Entangled, my FRW adopted chapter, my ARWA home chapter, and my FF&P and CRW online chapters, AOAD customers, friends from prev conferences, and especially my FF&P mentees, Linda Schad & Tina Canon. I’ve truly found my people.

I was hugely honored to have placed 2nd in the FF&P PRISM awards with my paranormal romance novella, Her Demigod Complex. Congrats to Kathy Lyons on her well-deserved win (I devoured that book). I also had a lot of fun helping (errrr if you call what I was doing helping) with the tech for the awards.

I felt like my”Org Your Writing Life” workshop went well and loved the format. The 20/20 was a cool change up–more intimate and allowing me more time to answer lots of questions.

I attended terrific workshops. I particularly enjoyed Virginia Kantar’s workshop on Emotion and Damon’s Suede‘s on Power Couples. Damon Suede you are the boss! Head swimming with wonderful ideas to go rock on latest WIP.

rebecca-zanetti-2017I snapped my 3rd annual conference pic with my author idol Rebecca Zanetti – Author. (2015 on FRW cruise, 2016 @ RT, and now 2017 @ RWA) It’s become a part my conferences. Like sports stars with their streaks.

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It was also hugely cool to see my Authors On A Dime stuff around (book covers, banners, postcards, hand sanitizer, etc.) Seriously…really fun in an oddly fan girl kind of way. Hope you each loved your swag!

Rounding it all out with a little Epcot and Magic Kingdom was just the cream cheese icing on my red velvet cake.

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I flew home late Sunday night and slept most of the day yesterday. Now back to real life (and applying all those workshop notes to my latest WIP).

A huge thank you to RWA and all the volunteers who ran the conference. You guys are amazing!

Her Demigod Complex – 2nd Place @ PRISM Awards!

I am thrilled to announce that Her Demigod Complex (Legendary Consultants #1) placed 2nd in the Novella category for the 2017 Prism Award!

The Prism is contest is held annually by the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal (FF&P) chapter of RWA (Romance Writers of America) Рone of the awesome online chapters to which I belong. The contest is for any authors (not just chapter members) who wish to enter published novels or novellas in various categories. Multiple judges then read and score every submission.

I am so thrilled to have even been a finalist, and so honored to have even been in the same category with winner Kathy Lyons!

Huge congrats to all the winners and  finalists in the various categories! Readers, this is a fantastic list you should check out and maybe discover new authors. And hooray!

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Her Demigod Complex (Legendary Consultants #1)

Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal Chapter of RWA

New Contract, New Series, Entangled!

I am over the moon to announce the ink is dry on a new contract with Entangled Publishing on their Amara line!

I’ve been working on this series on proposal with my fabulous editor for a few months, and can’t tell you how excited I am about it. I can’t give too many details yet. ¬†Here’s what I can share…

The contract is for¬†a 4-book paranormal romance series tentatively titled Inferno Rising (but that might change). The series features dragon shifters and something else pretty cool that you’ll just have to wait to hear about. I’m going for epic with this series–because, come on, it’s dragons. That means longer than my previous books–somewhere around 80-90k words.

I don’t have release dates yet, and it will be a little bit before the books hit the shelves.¬†I mentioned I pitched the series on proposal, and now have to write them. The good news is, I am already way ahead of my schedule for book 1. I should finish the first draft in a few weeks because it’s flying onto the pages so fast my fingers are leaving a trail of fire on the keyboard. (Hey! Maybe I’m turning into a dragon shifter myself. Lol.)

As soon as I have more info, you can bet I’ll share!

Thank you to my editor, Heather, and to Entangled for this fantastic opportunity!

Remember Me?

Remember me? I know it’s been a month since I’ve posted a blog. Part of that is my life: kids at home for the summer, lots of travel, AOAD projects, and writing a TON. The writing a TON part is good. It means I have lots of projects in the hopper that I am so proud of and can’t wait to share with you! Legendary Consultants, a spin off from Shadowcat Nation, and a brand new series are all in there.

All those projects is part of the reason I haven’t blogged much lately. In addition to the paranormal romance projects I mentioned above, I also have several¬†Kadie Scott projects to add to the mix (you’ll have to check that website for more info on those). In the meantime, for Abigail Owen, I’m not entirely ready to share the details about most of the upcoming WIPs on my plate. In addition I don’t have an immediate upcoming release, so that’s curtailing my blogging topics.

Please forgive me!¬†Thank you so much for your patience while I determine next steps and get my ducks in a row. I’m hoping to have some details and possible announcements for you over the next month or so.

Svatura Series – Boxed Set

Do you believe it’ll have been 5 years since I first released Blue Violet (Svatura #1)¬†in August? And it’ll be 2 years from the series release with The Wild Rose Press in October. Crazy, crazy, crazy how time speeds up.

In celebration of these upcoming milestones, 2 things are happening this month…

JUNE 9th – PRICE DROP!

All four individual books of the series received a permanent price drop from $4.99 to $2.99 each! If you’re only a few books in, now’s the time to finish this award-winning series!

      

Or…

JUNE 15th – BOXED SET RELEASE!

All four books are now being offered as a complete boxed set for $5.99 (50% off the new prices of the individual books). Now available! Get started on this award-winning series. Great summer reads!

And a big thank you to The Wild Rose Press for all your help and love to offer these fantastic deals!

Kadie Scott Release Day – The Wrong Kind of Compatible

My alter ego, Kadie Scott, has a book birthday today! For you romantic comedy lovers out there, check out…

THE WRONG KIND OF COMPATIBLE

Data analyst Cassie Howard may be brilliant (and, okay, a little awkward), but she’s worked hard to get where she is. She definitely doesn’t need some sexy new analyst coming in and taking credit for her work. Or the inappropriate thoughts that keep popping out of her mouth she’d rather he not hear.

For undercover FBI agent Drew Kerrigan, computers have always made more sense than people, but he’d better develop some slick social skills in a hurry if he’s going to win over the too-tantalizing-for-his-sanity Cassie. Hacking their systems was easy. Now he’s just got to hack the one person in the company most likely to see through his ruse…

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2017 RWA PRISM Award Finalist!!!

I am thrilled to announce that Her Demigod Complex (Legendary Consultants #1) is a finalist in the Novella category for the 2017 Prism Award!

The Prism is contest is held annually by the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal (FF&P) chapter of RWA (Romance Writers of America) Рone of the awesome online chapters to which I belong. The contest is for any authors (not just chapter members) who wish to enter published novels or novellas in various categories. Multiple judges then read and score every submission.

This year, I was thrilled to learn that I’m¬†a finalist!¬†Winners will be announced at the RWA National Conference in July during FF&P‚Äôs Prism Awards Ceremony¬†in Orlando, Florida, which I will be attending.

Huge congrats to all the finalists in the various¬†categories (I’ll link to as soon as the full announcement is up)! And¬†hooray!

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Her Demigod Complex (Legendary Consultants #1)

Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal Chapter of RWA

2017 RONE Award Finalist!!!

2017 RONE Award Finalists

Her Demigod Complex (Legendary Consultants #1)

I am thrilled to announce that Her Demigod Complex (Legendary Consultants #1) is a finalist in the Novella category for the 2017 RONE Awards!

The RONE is an annual contest held¬†by InD’Tale Magazine.

Throughout the year the InD’tale stable of reviewers read and review submitted books. All books that receive a 5-Star review are automatically finalists in their category. All books that receive a 4-Star or 4.5-Star review are nominees which go through a round of reader voting. This year I had 5 books nominated!

Her Demigod Complex received a 5-star review and so automatically finaled this year. Thank you to all the readers who voted for my other nominated books!

All finalists are read by a panel of industry judges (editors, agents, librarians, etc.). Their scores will determine the RONE Award Winners. Winners will be announced during InD’Scribe Con in October!

Huge congrats to all the finalists in the various¬†categories! Thanks again to the readers who voted. A huge thank you to InD’Tale. And¬†hooray!

I Lost 20 Lbs!!!

That’s right! And I learned that it’s all about choices and exercise. I know no one wants to hear that, but…

Seems like each decade my “resting weight” goes up about 10 lbs. I was happy with where I was in my 20s and most of my 30s. But over the last 2 years of my 30s, everything went downhill. Part of the downhill is that I moved home to Texas–where all food is fantastic but extremely fattening. Another, bigger part is I started working from home, sitting for long periods of time. Within 3 months of moving home, I put on 20 lbs. (a very big deal on a 5’2″ frame).

Over the last two years, I tried several diets which had worked in the past. Zero results. And I mean zero. So darn frustrating. I figured this was just my metabolism slowing since I was nearing 40. I had honestly come to the conclusion that this was the weight I’d be in my 40s (because I like food), but starting in March decided to try one last ditch effort. I made two major changes…

First, I went on Weight Watchers. I had tried the system before in my 30s, and it didn’t work for me. However, they claimed to have changed their formula, so I figured worth another shot. I’ve never been able to maintain a diet for more than about 4 weeks. Imagine my surprise when, 3 months later, I’m still happily going. I don’t feel starved or deprived. This is a lifestyle change more than a diet. Apparently even 40-year-olds who think they already know better can learn thing or two.

Second, I bought a treadmill desk. Every day I spend my writing time walking at a very slow pace. I do get motion sick easily, but this doesn’t bother me. I walk a total of 2 hours a day–usually between 4 and 5 miles. I’ve added some hand weights to the mix on Fridays. But that’s it. Walking. Lots of it. 6-7 days a week of it. (I will admit my feet have protested the pounding. So now I’m trying more supportive shoes, icing, and yoga to give them a periodic break. You try to get healthy, sheesh!)

Today, 3 months later, I hit my goal weight loss of 20 pounds!!! That’s 3″ from my waist, 3.5″ from my hips, 2.5″ from each thigh, 2″ from each arm, and 4″ from my bust.

I honestly thought I’d never see this weight again, and yet here I am. It’s working so well, and has been so relatively easy, I’ve decided to give it another month or two and see if I can lose another 5-7 lbs. A feat which would get me down to a weight I haven’t seen in 10 years (since before my babies were born). After that, I have every intention of going into maintenance mode–continuing the walking and sticking to weight watchers to keep my weight where where I feel healthy.

So hooray! I know this had little to do with writing, but I just had to share!

   

On the left is me in March after I’d already lost 5 lbs. On the right is me now. You can see the difference in my face.¬†