Monday, July 06, 2015

TAKING A SUMMER BREAK

TAKING SUMMER TIME OFF TO DO MY THING.... (and finish a book). I'm a really busy, "do-er" woman, with family, so thought you might be interested in what else I do. See below--ad work first, you know... :)

I'll be posting on and off, so check back often?

By the Way, don't forget to check out my .99 ongoing sales.
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~~MOVING ON TO .99 KINDLE ROMANCES....
LADY'S DESIRE: US AND UK and other places 
LADY ON THE LINE: US and UK
GAMBLER'S LADY: US and UK

~~MOVING ON TO .99 KINDLE HISTORICAL NOVELLA:
LADY DESPERADO: US and UK
~MOVING ON TO KINDLE .99 SUE KOWALSKI DETECTIVE NOVELETTES:
DEATH BY COUPON: US and UK
DEATH BY SALSA DANCING: US and UK

!!!Read on down to see what else I pack into my life.


THAT'S MY BASKET ON THE SPINE! 


NOW IN PAPER. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
 Writing the 2nd in my Basket series now. Just need some solid time for editing, etc. I'm a basket lover and have all kinds. If I write it, I've been there or I've done it. Well, not murder. :)
~~Three women are bound by more than blood.
 “Couldn’t put it down.”
Basket Maker’s Wife by CaitLondon
US: http://amzn.to/1hB8uIk
UK: http://amzn.to/1GCVhux
Nook: http://bit.ly/1rqti9U
#mustread #psychic
I DRIVE EVERYWHERE!!!

MISSING MY YORKIE... SOB.

PAINTING LARGE CANVAS
SLEEPLESS IN MONTANA, A ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
HAD A LOT OF "ME" IN ARTIST HOGAN KODIAK

THEY'RE WAITING...
I MISS SEWING! I MADE ALL MY DAUGHTERS' AND MY CLOTHING




PORK DUMPLINGS. GOOD IN SOUP. NOT A FAN OF FRIED.

DOING TONS OF THIS NOW AS IT IS GOOD QUIET TIME WHEN MY BRAIN IS DEAD/USED UP. :)

FRIENDS ARE IMPORTANT. THIS IS WRITER SHIRLEY MCCANN.
CHECK OUT HER MYSTERIES!


Some Canning/Jams/Salsas
I also help a lot of writers, have a family life, and enjoy a good cup of tea, growing herbs--tho now succulents are a lot of fun. And I'm packaging more books for re-release--this takes a lot of time and effort as I do some of the graphics and all of the formatting. AND I'm an amateur photographer. Plus, I'm active on Social Media. And did I say I like to drive? :)

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Monday, May 25, 2015

ALIKE: Story Weaving and Crocheting

SEASON OF TRUTH NOW IN PAPER PRINT!

BLURB:

Divorced, bitter, and down on luck, Chloe returns to her hometown of Lolo, Wy. The first person she does Not want to meet is Michael Bearclaw, her first love, now a forensic expert.

 He's not sweet and out for payback, but her childhood friends, Josy and Angelica welcome her back into the Wild Willows bunch.

Chloe's arrival stirs the past as she tangles with Michael, who is set to have her at last. The Club has controlled the town and people's lives for years and their games aren't nice. As Lolo's dark past unravels, and Chloe and Michael’s attraction heats up, a killer will do anything to hide his secrets.
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For EBOOKS; KINDLE US~KINDLE UK~NOOK~iBOOKS~KOBO
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While working on my current WIP (Work in Progress), I am struck by how much Story Weaving is similar to crocheting. I'm just starting to crochet and basically stick to very simple, i.e. dishcloths, kitchen mats, scarves. Right now, I'm fond of Tunisian hooking, but I pretty well stick to the basic double-crochet stitch.

So there's a beginning and an end thread as you'll see in the photo below. And they have to be worked in, else the deal unravels. So filtering in the beginning of the story, is similar. There's usually a pattern and so far I've only done berets and beanies for patterns, but holding the whole THEME or shape of the thing takes concentration. I crochet at night, repetitive stuff, because my brain has been churning stories all day, or ad work, etc. I like the repetition of a long Tunisian hook, a scarf that keeps going and you can pick up and add to whenever you feel like it. Story Weaving is much more intense, where all the little ends need finishing, which is where my WIP is right now, the second in a series.


 This is a heck of a lot of crocheting, folks, and very good therapy.

I like to give these as gifts, selecting whatever to suit the person/occasion, and it's a nice way to wind down my churning stories.

I'd love to hear from you, just WRITE. And that ENewsletter is easily available.

Don't Forget, SEASON OF TRUTH IN PAPER

OR in EBOOK: KINDLE US~KINDLE UK~NOOK~iBOOKS~KOBO

ENJOY!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Mix-It-Up Sale!

3-HOLIDAY MIX-IT-UP SALE!
THRU MOTHER'S DAY-MEMORIAL DAY-FATHER'S DAY
In advance of busy summer, I'm having a mixed STOCK-UP sale! See below for Kindle Unlimited/Free to .99 and "reduced". Prices change after Father's Day.

But first: Available in e-book, but if you are a pprbk reader, SEASON OF TRUTH is now available in paper. This re-release's original title was What Memories Remain. OR... in ebook Kindle US or UK.

Romantic Suspense Blurb:
--> Divorced, bitter, and down on luck, Chloe returns to her hometown of Lolo, Wy. The first person she does Not want to meet is Michael Bearclaw, her first love, now a forensic expert. He's not sweet and out for payback, but her childhood friends, Josy and Angelica welcome her back into the Wild Willows bunch. Chloe's arrival stirs the past as she tangles with Michael, who is set to have her at last. The Club has controlled the town and people's lives for years and their games aren't nice. As Lolo's dark past unravels, and Chloe and Michael’s attraction heats up, a killer will do anything to hide his secrets.

DREAMY DADS: 2 in 1, Mr. Easy and Donovan's Second Chance. Now in Kindle Select and Free Before Father's Day.

2 in 1 KINDLE Collection:
1. Donovan’s Second Chance (Fusion): Burned by love, Quinn wants to raise his daughter, then Taylor, aka “business shark”, turns up…
2. Mr. Easy: Angler Wyatt finally finds his daughter and little granddaughter, and his “keeper”, the never-marrying again Tallulah.
 US and UK

~~MOVING ON TO .99 KINDLE ROMANCES....
LADY'S DESIRE: US AND UK and other places 
LADY ON THE LINE: US and UK
GAMBLER'S LADY: US and UK

~~MOVING ON TO .99 KINDLE HISTORICAL NOVELLA:
LADY DESPERADO: US and UK

~MOVING ON TO KINDLE .99 SUE KOWALSKI DETECTIVE NOVELETTES:
DEATH BY COUPON: US and UK
DEATH BY SALSA DANCING: US and UK

~MOVING ON TO JUST REDUCED 4 U KINDLE: SILENCE THE WHISPERS
ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
Blurb: 
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Haunted by eerie whispers, heiress Cameron Somerton is driven to uncover the secrets of her past. When big, hard-looking Hayden Olson moves in next door, she senses he’s hunting her. Why? Has he been sent to harm her?
Hayden wants answers to his family’s disaster and she’s the key. When they become uneasy lovers, he isn’t expecting Cameron’s sensuality or his fascination with her.
Stirred into action, a dormant evil believes that murder is a small price to keep secrets… Can Hayden protect her and unravel the horrible secrets of Cameron’s haunting whispers?

US and UK

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Enjoy!
   

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Two for One Sale

2 FOR PRICE OF 1 KINDLE UNLIMITED
DREAMY DADS

Each book 2.99. OR... get DREAMY DADS 2 in 1 for the same price.

Blurb:

Quinn Donovan wants one thing: To raise his little daughter amid his loving family in the quiet safety of picturesque Blarney Flats, AR. But when Taylor Hart, female business shark, arrives to sell her property to developers, Quinn’s senses ignite. Enchanted by the town, Taylor has her hands full of the hunky handyman, who’s set to woo her and the race is on….

Master angler Wyatt has met his match in "Stretch", alias Tallulah, the woman protecting his long lost daughter and little granddaughter. One look at fast-moving, irritating, never marrying again Tallulah and Wyatt knows she's a keeper. He sets the bait to catch her for his own, but neither is expecting what happens next….
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I love both these guys, Quinn and Wyatt, each not expecting to get love-smacked a second time. These guys were super enough to reissue and great romance reads for anyone who has missed them. They truly are DREAMY DADS.

These books were previously published, but I am getting new readers all the time, and really, really grateful to those paperback readers who now want e-versions to reread. How great is that?!! Thank you all.

And thank you for your reviews. Some books are brand new to epublishing and have no reviews so if you do enjoy my books, please do review? You'll see more at my brand new Facebook page, Cait London Books. Please do drop by and give me a Like?

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I hope you enjoy both super father/guys in DREAMY DADS.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Plotting Trail

Check out:
Return to Fairy Cove
Season of Truth
Silence the Whispers
Sleepless in Montana
When Night Falls
Hidden Secrets

Start Here on The Plotting Trail: If you haven’t read Dwight Swain’s Techniques of the Selling Writer, you just must. It’s not just another how-to, but is the foundation of many other how-tos.

If you write fiction, you need Swain's book. I’ve studied this book repeatedly and find some new inspiration each time.

But moving on to my 30-yr experience in Plotting: When I first started trying to sell, I soon discovered two things:
1.)   Publishers bought me for my stories and ability to churn fresh ones quickly.
2.)    I did not know how to plot well. That is, to write to a specific number of pages granted by the publisher, and to develop and round off the story within those allowed pages.

Okay, Big Note Here: Label Me a cross between a Plotter and a Plunger.

So I had the stories and plenty of them and I was regimented, fast and a good learner. And so it began…

My first editor wanted 10 paragraphs (this was for a category). Each paragraph was to have 2 sentences pertaining to: 1.) The story line 2.) the main protagonists. The midpt of 10=5. Chapters 1-3 introduced the characters and their backgrounds and the conflict. 3-5 developed the relationship/conflict. 6-9 more conflict/relationship. 10 the resolve and in romances, it’s happily ever after. A category basically translated to less than 200 pages, so that was 20 pages per chapter.

Then the Magical Flow Chart: The most help I’ve ever gotten to really see the linear idea was from a programming course. The big IF/THEN FLOW chart. If this happens, then that happens, right. The beginning is a straight end to the desired ending, but there are all sorts of diversions and If/Then’s and conditions built within the flow chart that always reach back to the main story line. Somehow, this clicked more of a trigger than anything else. We all have our little clicks/snags, something that grabs us, and a programming flow chart did it for me. If you haven’t studied one, take the time?

Moving right along, there’s the circle, where all questions begun at the first must be resolved by the end. Well, as writers we may want unresolved to lead to a series.

Add the historical Brown Bag programming stuff, basically where you’re using Framework to separate plot points into 3 or 4 different screen-play segments. I recognize that the 3-part screen play is a favorite, but I prefer the 4-part as I like that midpt.

Then, lots of other stuff. But then, PAGEFOUR outliner for PC. Pure Magic. I had everything I wanted on screen… if I wanted. No more opening and closing file folders for characters, scene snapshots, etc. PageFour was exceptionally helpful when planning a series and keeping track of essentials. I loved how I could click from one part of essentials to another easily. It saves to .rtf, and I wrote a number of short stories and articles on it, fine-tuning in Word.

Life sailed along just peachy until I changed from PC to Mac. (I’m loving Mac, btw.)

Then Disaster!!: PageFour my absolute must, was not available for Mac. Mac’s Apps have a few this and that’s, including a Cork Board, but nothing compared with PageFour (I almost begged them for a Mac version).

Scrivener is recommended by Mac people and I’ve tried that, but many of my books were already in progress and stuff had to be copied/pasted, stuffed in, worked around. Just recently, I’ve found how to work with it, so far as plotting, characters, notes, etc. But I still use Word, though Scrivener is set up for Pages. A hybrid Plotter/Plunger and software user, I have Pages, but still use Word.

Then even more critical (so far as I know today): Scrivener does not yet have an iPad version. They promise one in 2015. I hope so, because if you need Scrivener, TextEdit, etc. and Dropbox are the workarounds. Since I use my iPad as a working sidekick, I hope that dream comes through.

But PageFour was the ultimate of anything I’ve tried for handy-dandy and last I heard, they did not have plans to develop a Mac version. I did a huge amount of work on PageFour which is still good, saved in ye olde .rtf, including Title and Story Ideas, interesting words and a huge TOYBOX of developed ideas to pull from whenever I needed to churn fast. I highly recommend keeping your own TOYBOX.

The moral of this endless story is we change, stories change, work systems change. Get used to it and move on the best you can. :)
 Check out:
Return to Fairy Cove
Season of Truth
Silence the Whispers
Sleepless in Montana
When Night Falls
Hidden Secrets