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!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Charting a Course of Progress


I hate to admit it, but I've had some rediculously high expectations over the years for what tools, experience or qualifications I thought I needed to write or call myself a writer. My thinking has changed over time, and I'm starting to revise my thinking about the importance of writing milestones or how we gage our progress. I'm not sure how to describe it, but perhaps these days I think more in terms of wish lists and less of must haves.

For instance, wouldn't it be nice if the "milestones" we chose to plot in our "progress chart" weren't only those big moments of sales or finished projects? Wouldn't it be nice to think of any encounter with writing as brushing shoulders with our Muse?

Here's what I'd like for self evaluation -- a progress chart where we acknowledge our writing in all forms -- our novels and short stories, but also essays, journals, letters, blogs or even reading or thinking about writing. I often think we forget how this interaction with the Muse makes whatever we write next, in whatever format, be better. It's as if our course of progress has already been charted by many intangible milestones.

What would a graph look like if you plotted out your interaction with the Muse over a reasonably long time span? What if you included everything -- from the days you only had a moment to jot down the ideas as came to you, which meant you were open to listening, to how, on the best days, the ideas flew from your mind to your fingers?

If this hypothetical graph of your Muse's activity is anything like mine, it has a lot of spikes, flat lines, and an occasional nosedive, representing a tangent that seems unrelated to the plotted course. But most important, the chart is full of activity. Even when the line is lateral, progress may be creeping along in another form. Perhaps during flat times you're either absorbing knowledge or maybe handling revisions to straighten out the kinks. The Muse hasn't left -- you're only working together. And according to a predictable path of the graph, it will return with an upturn of ideas.

The Muse is not only fickle, it often shows little regard for pace. Rarely, when we are lucky, we get a nice, manageable cruising speed we long to maintain. But typically, at times the Muse gives us everything at once, at times it leads us down the wrong path, and at other times it stalls out, seemingly going dormant.

But hopefully, there is also an arrow at the end pointing in an upward direction. As long as you judge yourself fairly, I think most every writer would be pleasantly surprised if they tallied up the small stuff for charting a course of progress.

2 comments:

  1. What a great post! We do have a tendency to judge our progress in a much too harsh fashion, resulting in us overlooking the very things you pointed out that we SHOULD be focusing on.

    I also loved the part about "brushing shoulders with our Muse", and how the Muse is not concerned with pace. We try to measure it with word counts, and time spent in working on the WIP, but you're right, there's so much other activity that should be part of this evaluation. :)

    I'm definitely going to take another look at my progress now--I think there's more than I gave myself credit for!

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  2. Donna, I'm glad you liked this blog and thanks for taking the time to comment, especially after I buried it. LOL On my first day of a break from studying, I spent a lot of time on this blog post as a sort of "talk" to myself. When I finished my finals there was a bit of a "now what?" let down and wondering how in the world this liberal background of the things I'd learned would count down the road. It's like that with writing. If I can "see" the intangible progress I think it helps get to those public sort of milestones.

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