Saturday, April 30, 2011

Hook yourself up!


It's coming soon! I'm guessing that by mid-week, you'll be able to purchase a brand-spanking new copy of Hooking Up. To celebrate, I'm going to give away a signed copy once I get my hands on some. I'll keep you posted. In the meantime, feast your eyes on my beautiful cover!

Hooray!


Hooking Up is on the way! We just finished edits and we're working on all the fun parts now: the cover, the back cover text, layouts, etc. I'm so excited!
Here's the cover we designed. Tim did a rather amazing job, if I do say so myself. Can't wait to see the back cover as well, but as Tim is moving mountains to do this for me so quickly, I'm going to be patient and leave him alone!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Updates

Well, I'm back, and my surgery was a relative success. In that, I mean that I no longer have tonsils, and my nose was operated on as well. However, my nose is giving me a bit of trouble, and the surgeon is not entirely sure that the operation worked. Still, it's done and over with, and I'm doing my best to heal in a timely fashion.

Things have been zooming forward with Decisions. Lisa, my amazing editor at Silver, finished initial edits and surprised me with some more a few weeks after I thought we had finished. It was a grueling few days, but I'm glad we did what we did, because I think the story is stronger for it. Now I'm waiting on the good ol' USA to approve my copyright. Waiting, waiting, waiting...

My fabulous Night Publishing editor/publisher/cover designer, Tim, has been hard at work on my cover, and (presumably) edits for Hooking Up. He advised that I'm still slated for an April release. I'm keeping my fingers crossed because I haven't seen an edited MS yet, and I'm running out of April. He's a very busy man, so I'm trying (I swear) not to bother him too much. I'm notoriously impatient, however, and having a really hard time leaving him in peace.

I'll graduate from college (provided I pass my accounting class) in about a month. I cannot believe it! I've been a part-time college student for three and a half years now. I'ts been a long haul. Now that the end is in sight, I'm bouncing off the walls in anticipation and keeping my fingers crossed that I get through my last few tests.

I've decided to leave the radio station due to time constraints. I'm extremely worn-out and burned out with everything going on, and I think it's time to take a break. Can you imagine how heavenly it will be to only worry about work and home, and not work, home, school, and radio station? Looking back, I'm honestly not sure how I've managed to do everything. I'm exhausted just thinking about it!

As far as my work-in-progress goes, The Storm Within is over 50,000 words now, but I'm really not sure about a lot of it. Yes, this is a first draft, and I have a long way to go, but I have a feeling that I need to reevaluate where the story has gone and work on refining some of my characters and the motives behind their actions. I wish that the muse would come and stay instead of come and go. I'll get on a huge writing jag, bang out three thousand words, and then lose it for a month. It's no wonder, with everything else going on, but still, I hate losing the "feel" of my story. It's a long process to reclaim it.

I think that's all for now. I'm glad it's Spring here in Pennsylvania. I'm feeling reborn myself; eager and hopeful and excited for what's to come. Thanks to all of my readers out there. I'd love for you to recommend my blog to your friends!

Hugs,
Jess