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Working on Book Two — It’s Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Christmas cake made by Shelia
Merry Christmas Cake by Shelia

It seems like it was only yesterday when I posted Three Things I did on Sunday. Where did November go?

Time flies when I’m in my writing zone. I decided to take part in NaNoWriMo with the Writing Writer’s Group. I was chicken and chose not to sign-up on the NaNo website, but I did set a goal — 50,000 words in 30 days. I made it to 47,000 words. So, I got close. Closer than I thought I would. Looking back, I knew I was sitting at my desk a lot, but I didn’t realize an entire month went by me.

Postit Burning

Now, here it is December. In fact, we’re five days away from Christmas. I managed to get my  Christmas cards done last week. But, I haven’t done any kind of shopping. I’m working on finalizing Book Two, which has a working title of The Fire of Revenge. What do you think?

While trying to figure out how to celebrate the holidays, I thought about how much I appreciate my readers and followers. It is because of you and your support, I’m able to live my dream. I wanted to be able to connect with you more closely.

Books on display
Books on display at Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre Book signing (12-13-14)

With the holidays upon us, I know I feel that it just comes so quickly and leaves just as fast. The idea of giving books as a gift is good because, at least for me, the gift lingers a while (yes, I’m a slow reader).  Since the release of Book Two is not until spring, I wondered, what could we do until then?

You’ve read The Fire Within or you’re getting ready to read it; it’s on your list.

The Fire Within
The Fire Within

But why do it alone? During January and February, on my Author’s Facebook Page, we’re going to read The Fire Within, book one of the Marine Letsco series together. If you’ve already enjoyed the novel, then you can relive your favorite scenes, share your favorite quotes, or predict what you think will happen in Book Two!

You say that you don’t have a copy of The Fire Within? Here’s hope!

Enter to win one of 5 (five) autographed copies by signing up for the Newberry Tales newsletter right here:

The drawing will be held using a random number generator with the names of those subscribed to the newsletter as of December 31, 2014. Winners will be notified here as well as in the Newberry Tales newsletter on January 01, 2014.

If you can’t wait until then, you can purchase it here: http://www.amazon.com/PamB.-Newberry/e/B00I1M0OT6

The Letter: A Page of My Life
The Letter: A Page of My Life

And, what about The Letter?

You say that you’ve read it. That’s fantastic! We’ll talk about it, too. And, you can share your favorite scenes, quotes, or thoughts too! And, if you must get a copy, you can purchase it here: http://www.amazon.com/PamB.-Newberry/e/B00I1M0OT6

 

Now, for the announcement of the October Drawing Winner:

KAREN KARNEI

 

And for the Winter Drawing Winner:

LYNNE RIVET

 CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Their names were listed in the Newberry Tales Newsletter and they both have contacted me. Karen and Lynne each selected a copy of The Fire Within. If you haven’t signed up for the newsletter, be sure you do today! It will be one way we can stay connected in 2015.

What fun things are you doing over Christmas and to kick off the new year? Let me know in the comments.

May each of you have a blessed holiday season and may you enjoy a good read, too!
Writing for you with peace, love, and mistletoe!
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Book Reviews - Short, Book Two, Murder, Superstitions, The Fire Within, Writing

Three Things I Did on Sunday

The three things I did on Sunday are listed in no particular order. I ended up doing all three interchangeably. Do you multitask?

Thing Number One: Made dinner and hamburger rolls. The dough sat in the refrigerator for about two hours, it was on its second rise. I punched it down, and then I shaped the dough into different size rolls. Some were the size for dinner rolls while others were sized so that they could be used for a hamburger or tuna fish sandwich.

Note: I had planned to take pictures, but happily, I had friends drop by. And so, I got distracted and forgot to snap the pictures as I worked. Here is a picture of four of the hamburger sized rolls after we had finished taste-testing. They were yummy!

Homemade Hamburger Buns topped with Garlic and Parsley
Homemade Hamburger Buns topped with Garlic and Parsley

Thing Number Two: Updating my Pinterest site—if you haven’t found it or followed a link to it. Do it now—> http://www.pinterest.com/newberry0073/

There you will find a variety of pics that I collected while I wrote The Fire Within to inspire me.

Here is a picture from my Pinterest The Fire Within board that depicts the three women I used as inspiration for the development of Marine, the protagonist in the trilogy.

Actress Scientists
Actress Scientists posted on SciTech

I have started a new board for Book Two – it now has the following working title: Murder on the Blue Ridge and no pictures. I will change the title to something else as the book begins to take shape. I haven’t started posting pictures yet, as I’m still trying to figure out how I want the story arc to flow and I haven’t really found suitable pics yet. Stay tuned!

The premise of Book Two is:

Suppose Marine Letsco learns she was an assassin. As a result, she decides to change her life, and make amends, by becoming a fire investigator for her new hometown of New Brook. While in training, Marine is asked to study and check old fire casualty files. She was asked to determine if the cause of death listed was accurate. She discovers there was a pattern to the fires. What if in Marine’s desire to turn good, evil returns, and thwarts her every move? What if she learns that her life isn’t as easily changed as she thought? What if an arsonist works his plan to kill the only person he knows that can stop him?

Thing Number Three: Finished reading one book—The Peach Keeper by Sarah Allison Allen and worked on finishing another—The Secret Place by Tana French.

These two books are extreme polar opposites. I like them both for very different reasons.

If you’ve not read either, I recommend trying The Peach Keeper first for a taste of magical whimsy, superstitions, and characters reflecting on their past as they try to live down how people used to view them as opposed to whom they are now. Read The Secret Place for ghostly powers and nasty teenage girls in the middle of a murder.

I’m not sure how I feel about The Secret Place. I had struggles with the story flow mainly due to sentence structured. I don’t mean this in a negative way. I loved the way French works her words to deliver a powerful description that makes you think you are in the middle of the scene—like a stealth fly on the wall. Here’s an example:

“By the time we were finishing up, the good had gone out of that. I’d a taste in my mouth and a turn in my stomach like gone-off cider, fizzy and strong and wrong. Not because it was such bad stuff up there, it wasn’t; they were right, Conway and McKenna in their different ways, we were a long way from my old school.”

I find myself rereading paragraphs to be sure to capture each nuance. I’m still reading this one and I have to share I’ve learned a lot from this author and her writing style.

So, that was my Sunday—Good friends, good words, good stories! Hope you had such a wonderful day on this Tuesday, the day after Columbus Day. And the day of the birth of my loving sister-n-law, Jean—Happy Birthday Jean!

Happy Birthday cake
Happy Birthday to Jean and Betsy!

Happy Birthday greetings and hugs to Cousin Betsy who also has a birthday today, too!

Please leave a comment, let me know what you think, and sign up for The Newberry Tales newsletter to receive a free copy of the recipe for the dinner rolls and a sneak peek at Chapter One of Book Two (title left out until I’m sure what I want to call it).

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