Schooled is free this week

Have you been waiting for the perfect opportunity to try the Lexy Cooper mystery series? There's no time like the...present. From December 7 through 11 the digital version of Schooled (Lexy Cooper 1) is absolutely FREE! What's Schooled about? Lexy Cooper is a Community Manager at Xenon Corporation, maker of the Xenon24/7 videogame console and... 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 →

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 →

Series Fiction: What I wish I’d known at the start

I'm in the final stretch of writing the fourth book in my Lexy Cooper mystery series. Now, I'm certainly nowhere near as prolific as many writers, but by the time you get to Book 4, you've built up a pretty substantial cast of characters, a history, and a world. Here are some of the things... Continue Reading →

How to write a terrible sex scene

There are valid reasons for writing terrible sex scenes. To show that characters aren't right for one another, or because it's funny. Or you could take these tips for writing bad sex as a DON'T list for good sex scenes. Top 5 Ways to Write Bad Sex 1. Lots of thinking. Whether it's about unpaid bills, cellulite,... Continue Reading →

Book Release Day: Fantasy vs Reality

When I was a very young writer I had visions of my future book release days that were elaborate and glamorous. Parties with New York literati. Long lines at bookstores. Jetting off on a book tour to exotic locations. I even used to practice what I'd say when David Letterman interviewed me about my wildly... Continue Reading →

Our series so far… To recap or not?

How much should you sum up the story and characters in each successive book in a series? This is something that I’ve struggled with and am not sure I’ve decided exactly where I stand. The first question is “Do people read a series out of order?” The answer that I’ve found is “Not usually, but... Continue Reading →

Crowdfunding for Novelists

In between the second and third Lexy Cooper books I did a crowdfunding campaign to fund a research trip. The trip wasn't critical to my book; I had already budgeted money for the cover, editing, and proofreading. I didn't have to travel to Roswell, but believed the book would be more authentic if I had... Continue Reading →

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