Saturday, November 15, 2014

Earrings? Latte? Cheesecake?

Finished the first draft of CRYSTAL WAVES this fine (but cold) Saturday morning. As soon as I'm done blogging, I'm heading out to "reward" myself with a little something for getting through a book that's just about 80,000 words long.

I have some Weight Watcher flex points available, so I'm thinking it's a good day for a sugary latte that would warm my Cuban, sugar-loving heart? Or something really decadent, like a slice of cheesecake?

How about something nonfattening (but also not too expensive) like a cool pair of dangly earrings?

Am I the only author who does that, or do other writers treat themselves to a little something after getting to write the words THE END?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Big, Juicy Book!

Looks like CRYSTAL WAVES is going to be an even bigger book than I originally expected. We're over the 75,000-word mark and I imagine it'll be even a bit more than it is currently by the time it's wrapped up. (1 1/2 sections to go, y'all.) I'm leaving the release date for about the same time, around Thanksgiving, but we could be seeing an early December release for this book, too. The paperback version may be later in the month.

So if you're a fan of chubby, longer works, this one's for you!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


For fun, here is the "soundtrack" (or more accurately, songs that are mentioned/"appear") for CRYSTAL WAVES. Since the book is first draft is very close to being done, I doubt any more will be added. VERY surprised that there were this many, too. CRYSTAL WAVES takes place from 1972 - 1973, so most of the songs are from that era or earlier.

If you happen to look them up on YouTube...enjoy!

"Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again" - The Fortunes
"What You See is What You Get" - The Dramatics
"California Dreaming" - The Mamas & the Papas
"The Wonder of You" - Elvis Presley
"Put a Little Love in Your Heart" - Jackie DeShannon
"Spirit in the Sky" - Norman Greenbaum
"Sweet Hour of Prayer" - Traditional Christian Hymn
"I'll Never Find Another You" - The Seekers
"Riders on the Storm" - The Doors
"White Christmas" - Darlene Love
"I'll Be Home for Christmas" - Bing Crosby
"O Come All Ye Faithful" - Traditional Christmas Song
"Be My Baby" - The Ronettes
"Take Me Home, Country Roads" - John Denver
"Day By Day" - Godspell
"Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?" Hurricane Smith
"Point Me in the Direction of Albuquerque" - The Partridge Family

Sunday, November 2, 2014

October 2014 in Pictures

Enjoying the Blue Ridge during the onset of autumn

A field trip to a farm with my buddy (aka granddaughter, Aubrey!)

Relaxing at our church's fall festival

Our choir during the service for the Fall Festival

Aubrey's mom showed up for the field trip, too

And more field trip fun!