Writing hours in April

April is over already, and once again, it was a busy month for me. I spent most of last week at an editing seminar, which is part of my endeavor to earn a certificate in editing. We wrapped up editing Lois Cloarec Hart’s Walking the Labyrinth in April. I look forward to seeing this wonderful novel published in June. I had a new novel out in April (the second, expanded edition of Backwards to Oregon), one new anthology (Beyond the Trail), and a short story (Seduction for Beginners, a short sequel to Something in the Wine). I also did a …

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Seduction for Beginners

When I published my novel Something in the Wine last year, a lot of readers asked for a sequel. For one thing, unlike my other novels, Something in the Wine doesn’t include a love scene. I didn’t feel that Annie and Drew were at a point in their relationship where they would make love, so I ended the book before that milestone in their relationship happened. Some readers seemed disappointed, but others thanked me for not making Annie and Drew jump into bed too fast. Since I still wanted to give readers a chance to see how the relationship between Annie …

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Beyond the Trail is available!

When my novel Backwards to Oregon was first published, I got a lot of feedback mails with readers asking me if I would ever write a sequel. Back then, I said no. Well, I should have listened to the saying “never say never.” Not only did I write a sequel (Hidden Truths, which will be republished by Ylva Publishing some time in the future), but I also wrote a number of short stories about Luke and Nora. There were so many interesting facets of the characters’ lives that I couldn’t explore in Backwards to Oregon. How and why did Luke start disguising herself …

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Backwards to Oregon as a paperback

The revised and expanded edition of Backwards to Oregon is now available as a paperback. I really like the background the designer created for the backcover. If you click on it, you’ll see that it’s actually a map of the Oregon Territory. If you’d like to order your copy, head over to Amazon. Or even better, go to my publisher’s blog. Ylva Publishing is running a giveaway for many e-books and some paperbacks, also including a signed copy of Backwards to Oregon. If you leave a comment on Ylva’s blog before midnight, you’ll be included in the drawing. Good luck!

Backwards to Oregon — new release and giveaway

Backwards to Oregon was an important milestone in my personal journey as a writer. It was the first original novel that I wrote in English. When it became the “story of the year” on The Athenaeum in 2007, I received hundreds of e-mails with feedback from readers. With that kind of encouragement, I took the first tentative steps toward publication. Even though I had written other novels before, Backwards to Oregon was the first book I published. I will never forget how it felt to hold a copy of it in my hands for the first time. So it’s no wonder …

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Writing hours in March

March was a busy month for me. I finished the final edits of my novel Backwards to Oregon, which will be available within the next week. I also worked on Beyond the Trail, an anthology that goes with Backwards to Oregon. It should also be published in April. I also edited an amazing book, Walking the Labyrinth by Lois Cloarec Hart, which will come out later this year. So here are the numbers for March:   Writing Beta reading / editing January 46 hours 14 hours February 44 hours 19 hours March 82 hours 15 hours TOTAL 172 hours 48 …

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Writing hours in February

I just realized I’m late with the report of my writing hours for February. So here are the numbers:   Writing Beta reading / editing January 46 hours 14 hours February 44 hours 19 hours TOTAL 90 hours 33 hours Compared to 2012, that’s 12 more hours spend writing and 26 more hours spend editing other writers’ works. Most of my writing time in February I spent on revising Backwards to Oregon, which will be republished in May. Now I started working on putting together an anthology of short story sequels and prequels to Backwards to Oregon. Check back at …

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Free short story for Valentine’s Day

Dear readers, Valentine’s Day is a day dedicated to lovers, but it isn’t just a day for couples and romance. Love is worth celebrating in every form. For many people, Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to show affection and to say thank you to the important people in their lives. I want to take this opportunity to spread the love and say thank you to my readers by giving away my newest short story, Seduction for Beginners, on Valentine’s Day. The story is available for free from now on until the end of February 14. Seduction for Beginners is a …

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