A Heart, a Mole, and a Limerick

It's been a sort of eventful (and yet not) couple of weeks. There have been a couple scares, some new side effects, a milestone, some experimentation, and a minor epiphany. Tasting and Smelling First, I haven't quite figured out how to deal with the nausea. It's much worse this round, but as before, I'm not... Continue Reading →

How to Write a Quick and Painless Book Review

I review nearly every book I read. But only because the Goodreads app on my phone makes it nearly impossible NOT to select a number of stars when I’m marking a book as complete. As far as a written review? I—probably like most people—only take the trouble when I either love or loathe a book.... Continue Reading →

My New Book Has Arrived!

Hip hip HOORAY, my new book is now available! It's the fourth full-length Lexy Cooper mystery. You can pick up the eBook right now at Amazon, or you can wait for the paperback this summer. Any questions? What if I don't have a Kindle? You're in luck, cowboy. You don't need the dedicated eReader to... Continue Reading →

The Care and Feeding of Minor Characters

Let's talk about minor characters.These are your protagonist’s family members, friends, and coworkers. Important enough to have a name, but definitely not an above-the-title name. They mainly exist to help move the plot along, often being on the receiving end of your protagonist’s witty dialog or exposition. “OMG Amber, let me tell you about what... Continue Reading →

Billable Hours – A Writer’s Day

Okay, novelists don't really have billable hours. I worked in a PR agency for a brief, miserable period and keeping track of how much time I spent on every little thing was a massive pain in my ass. That 15 minute chunk of time when I was staring out the window watching pigeons have sex... Continue Reading →

In the Beginning – Starting a New Novel

My ninth book (Glitched) is with my editor right now and so, it's time for me to start writing the next one. Book number ten will be the second in the Mike Malick series, and it's unique in my experience for one reason. I don't really know what it's about. Here's what I've got: A title: You Go... Continue Reading →

All About That Pace

Let's talk about pacing, i.e. the action in your novel. Does it start slow and build to an action-packed climax? Do you hit on your main themes in a regular pattern? Do you sprinkle humor here and there? I wasn't sure how I did it. I've had readers comment that they like the pacing in... Continue Reading →

Finishing touches: Getting your novel in top condition

This post isn't about that final-final review when your manuscript has already gone through professional editing and proofreading. This is about getting your manuscript ready for the next step, whether that's beta readers or your editor. Getting to the end of the first draft and typing "The end" is a fantastic feeling and nothing should... Continue Reading →

Stop saying this shit in 2015!

"The feels"  Example: "All the feels" [link to kitten video or other heart-string-tugging media]; "This got me right in the feels" What it means: "This provoked an emotional response. Emotions remind me of being a child, so I will use toddler-esque language to express myself." Grow up! "Nailing it/Killing it/Sedating it, cutting it up and... Continue Reading →

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