Worth the Risk Release Date Update

The release date for Worth the Risk has been moved forward to June 13, 2018. This time travel romance with an immortal hero and a modern, sometimes psychic heroine, is shaping up to be my longest novel to date, so it has taken longer than I anticipated to complete. In the meantime, the good news is the pre-order period available in most markets has been extended with the price set to $2.99. Pre-order on Amazon at this price will be made available for a short time before release. I am also considering a box set of the previous books, but until then, the single titles available to catch you up to Worth the Risk are, in order:

The Castle - This novella length story is set in the fantasy world of time travelers and introduces Heather and her ill-fated love with the immortal Eric.

If I Stay - A full length novel, this story is set mostly in Regency England and also the fantasy world of the time travelers. The heroine, Ariana (Heather and Eric's daughter), is a time traveler with amnesia, and her hero is Justin, a Regency duke.

An Unsuitable Entanglement - This novella length story is set mostly in the fantasy world of the time travelers, with time traveling stops along the way! The heroine is Alison, a time traveler who begins her adventures with a hero far less serious than she, the outrageous Lord Percy from Regency England (the best friend of Justin).

Ghost of a Promise - this full length novel is a departure from the world of time travelers, but here, in this romantic suspense story set in a contemporary setting, is where you'll meet Carrie, the future heroine in Worth the Risk. But if you want to jump in here, to this first of the two stories featuring the Riley siblings, feel free to do so! Ben Riley, Carrie's brother, must work out the mystery of his death (yep, it's a ghost story) and save his wife Beth, who is the troubled heroine at the mercy of the worst in-laws a husband could ever imagine.

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Carrie and Eric (aka Nick until she learns his secret) have an epic adventure coming to you soon, I promise!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

It's Not Perfect: Writing Mistakes Worth Repeating

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you do it again. --Franklin P. Jones

Hmm.

When you do it again. Wait a minute! I'm sure there's a more famous quote out there about not repeating past mistakes. Isn't the goal to learn from them and not do them again? Maybe not. Maybe some mistakes are worth repeating.

Often, a writer - - myself included - - works toward the day when certain mistakes are a thing of the past. We study and we strive for a writing process that saves time. We try to eliminate the mistakes that identify us as beginners.

But what happens when we keep we've learned, all the mistakes, foremost in mind? Is it possible to paralyze your writing? Does it become a goal toward perfection that inhibits your muse?

Maybe it's just my new excuse of the week, but I think there is something - some answer here - that at least partially explains what is putting the brakes on my own writing. One reason anyway. I don't like to think I'm a perfectionist, but I do feel like I have a lot of "don'ts" rattling around in my brain....

Don't repeat certain words or phrases. Don't use excessive dialog tags. Don't headhop. The list is personal and ever changing.

Of course, we do need to identify writing mistakes or have an awareness of them. I think many of them came to my awareness only a couple of years ago when I first became brave enough to submit my work to critique groups. That was an eye opener and invaluable lessons were learned on what to change to polish the finished product. Once your eyes are opened, you do have newfound knowledge.

Here's a list of possible don'ts that may have a few things that sound familiar. I caution that they may be more a list of things to avoid in excess rather than never attempt.

The Ten Mistakes.

The dilemma though is this. With experience, do you ban repeating mistakes you recognize? Or, my excuse or revelation (which I'm not sure!) do you realize some of your mistakes are part of your bag of tricks that enable you to put together a rough draft?

I think, with practice (yep, only achieved with actual writing!), the flow will become more instinctive, but like a pioneer on the wagon train having to decide what to keep and what to toss, not everything needs to be thrown out. I think there a middle road - - some mistakes tossed aside and others kept. For instance, one of my old mistakes, headhopping, I can't imagine going back to. I certainly wouldn't want to fix shifting POVs in revision. Believe me, it's a lot of work! Still, I wouldn't say I wouldn't consider it might be better in another character's POV, but as a whole section change, not the frequent switching I utilized in my early writing.

Other mistakes, however, aren't such a complex fix. It's not so difficult to fix dialog tags. It's not so difficult to find a different word to replace the same "go to" words. These, in a way, are "keeper" mistakes. Much like a placeholder note to look up research, maybe allowing myself certain mistakes are essential to maintaining the writer "trance." It's hard to remember though! I'll have to practice.

Have you identified your mistakes? Have you banned them from your writing or are some mistakes worth repeating?

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