Here is where life intersects expectantly. I turned my book in the first part of July and then looked ahead to a few weeks of vacation, catching up around the house and generally enjoying summer. After working 7 days a week for seven months, I was so looking forward to a few weeks off.
None of that was meant to be.
In a moment where I was feeling on top of the world, I stepped off a curb and changed everything. An hour later I was in the emergency room with two sprained ankles, and a sprain on one side that reached all the way up to my knee.
So my vacation got cancelled (literally, the family vacation was a no-go), I read a lot of books, directed the family from the couch and knit. I missed the only good gardening, biking, swimming, hiking, good weather we've had all year here in Seattle.
Finally after nearly 8 weeks, I am walking again, but it has left me feeling a bit robbed. Because now it is time to get back to work and already Summer is packing up her bags and waving goodbye.
The novel I sent in the first part of July, And The Miss Ran Away with the Rake, is back from my editor--revision time. She wants me to trim a bit--the entire story came in a bit long in the tooth and the middle could use some tightening. I agree. It could also stand to have the "ST" (sexual tension) amped up a bit. That I also agree. So I am clipping and tucking and telling my hero and heroine to, in the words of the immortal Marvin Gaye, "Get it on."
All in all, the revisions are rather standard, the entire process will take me about two weeks and involve re-reading the entire manuscript, making copious and necessary changes with a red pencil and getting it all into the computer and back to my editor.
Then it's time to make one more pass through the proposal for Book Three in the Rhymes with Love series, and get it in. Then start working on it. But that's for September's column.
Ah, yes, the glamorous life.
But one good thing: Avon currently has Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress on sale for $1.99! Get your digital deal from:
· Kindle from Amazon
· Nook from Barnes and Noble
· Kobo e-readers
· Sony e-readers
As as always, read the excerpt for free! Have a great September!