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Scaling the Novel Heights

looking up at sequoia tree

A giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) grows along the Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park, California
Copyright by WyoJones. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

So, if you follow my author profile, you may have noticed that I haven’t released a novel in a while, other than my short story in Pets in Space (which is now off sale!). In fact, after checking my Amazon Author page, I see I haven’t released a wholly new, only by me project since 2015.

So, ONE short story in 2016. (It was a mega-tough year.)

And FOUR in 2015. (Kinda crazy busy year.)

And now it’s 2017. Middle of May, 2017. I mean, the year is almost half over. Lest you think I’m not doing anything, let me assure you that I’m working diligently on my new Project Enterprise novel and on my short story for Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2. 

When I started work on the new novel in January, yes January—it felt like my view was from the bottom of the tree above. Like I was at the bottom and would need to climb to the very top to “see” my story and then write it down.

And I’m afraid of heights.

So, here we are taking another dive inside the author mind. I’m not kidding you when I say, it’s a scary place. And I live here. All the time.

Right now, if you could see inside my head, I’m dangling from one of those branches about a thousand feet off the ground, wondering why the heck I do this. And just when I’m ready to give up and fall? I get a sudden boost and I can see a little more. Maybe a character will tell me what he or she is going to do next. Or I see a bright plot point of light and go, oh! And I start climbing again.

I forget how high it is and how long I’ve been climbing. I get my second wind and then—on the really good days—I break through into the light and I can see the ending. In fact, I can see the whole book, laid out before me I see it winding through the story events  and I see my characters battling bad guys and blowing things up and then finding their way to the happy ever after…

It’s an amazing sight. And life is good.

Even if my shoulders hurt from hunching over a keyboard and the tips of my fingers are going, “What the heck? Give me a break already!”

So the picture above is my view last January (figuratively, of course). I don’t have one from the top, but I do have hope that there will a novel releasing this summer and you’ll be able to “see” what I saw from the top of that tree. And I’m hoping to do a cover reveal soon—including a blurb reveal.

So, there it is. Reader me is looking at writer me and tapping her foot. And author me is looking at the calendar and tapping her foot, too. And all of me is thinking, girl, you’re kind crazy. Lol

So, do you like it when authors do cover and blurb reveals? (Reader me just wants the book, but the reveals do help me keep track of books I’m looking forward to.) Do you prefer a preorder option with the cover reveal? (I don’t dare do an Amazon preorder without a finished book because they have a history of sending out the wrong file to readers, so you’ll have to wait longer if you want the preorder option.)

I love comments so much that I pick a favorite to receive my monthly AnaBanana gift basket ($25 value).  (And don’t forget that once a quarter I’ll be tossing in something fun from the Perilously Fun Shop!) The recipient is announced in the first blog post of the new month.

Perilously yours,


P.S. So I totally spaced announcing an April gift basket winner! My apologies! The winner is: Cara Bristol! AnaBanana will be in touch about how to get your gift basket!

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While you’re waiting for Book 6, get caught up on Project Enterprise! Just click the image!

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