A Teaser

I have a new and different teaser for L.A. Reminicki’s book release for each day this week.  I don’t know who created them for her, but I think they’re impressive.  So impressive, I couldn’t decide which one to use, so I decided to use them all.  I’m jealous. When a new book of mine releases, I get a book cover and a banner, never anything like this.  Just wait until Saturday and you get to see them all.  Yowza!


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L. A. Reminicki

Where Theres Faith ebookI’m so honored to help spread the word that today’s the release date for fellow local author L. A. Reminicki’s novel WHERE THERE’S FAITH.  Maybe you’ve met her at one of the Author Fairs at the main library or at a writers’ meeting at the south Barnes and Noble book store.  It’s great for local authors to support one another, so here’s the info on her book:

Small-town romance with a paranormal twist!

Where There’s Faith, Fairfield Corners Book 3 

By L.A. Remenicky

Release date: April 4, 2017


A past she can’t remember. A love he can’t forget.


After hitting rock bottom, Robert Newlin embraced sobriety and tried to live his life quietly and alone at his family’s lake cottage. Blaming himself for the accident that claimed his wife and unborn baby, he spent most of his time alone and grieving until Faith moved into the cottage next door.


Faith McMillan had no memory of her life before that day three years ago. The physical scars had faded but the emotional ones were still fresh and raw. Living rent-free seemed like a great way to finish her second book and would give her the time to figure out her next move. But then she met the reclusive guy next door.


Robbie and Faith – can two broken people who vowed to live their lives alone find happiness together?


Amazon: myBook.to/WTFaith


Goodreads: http://smarturl.it/FateSteppedInGR


#WTFaith #Romance


Author Bio:

L.A. Remenicky ~ Love Stories With A Twist

L.A. Remenicky is a wife and mother of two fur kids. An avid reader all her life, she finally put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) during NaNoWriMo in 2012 and has never looked back. When she’s not typing away on her latest story with music playing in the background, she can usually be found spending time with her family and friends.

Email: LARemenicky@LavishPublishing.com

Website: http://www.laremenicky.com

Blog: http://laremenicky.blogspot.com/

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Fort Wayne could lose something worthwhile

I’m reblogging Rachel Roberts’s blog about the Civic Theater.  It will be sad to lose this.

The Playwright Festival Discontinued


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      The Northeast Indiana Playwright Festival, a venue where playwrights with Hoosier ties had the opportunity to submit new plays and have them adjudicated and/or selected for either a production or a reading is being discontinued because of a lack of funding.  For the last eight years, the Festival has been a part of the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre membership subscription program.  This disappointing news can be reversed if some, or one, annual sponsors can be found.
The 8th Annual Northeast Indiana Playwright Festival closed its weekend festivities with the production of the first place winning play “One Foot in the Gravy” by Howard Kingkade. Originally from Hammond, Indiana, Kingkade studied Theatre at IU, and his madcap comedy with outrageous antics and exaggerations will keep audiences laughing. Other plays selected for readings were Rebecca Cameron’s “The Unpredictability of Fire and David Edwin Rousculp’ “My Dead Clown.
At the end of the workshop/feedback, Director of the Civic Theatre Phillip Colglazier told the assembled people – mostly writers and theatre aficionados—that he too was disappointed to announce the Festival was being discontinued because, as he said, “it was my baby.”  My husband and I looked at each other in dismay. Although I haven’t submitted to the Festival for several years now because I haven’t had the time to write anything new, we supported the event by attending all the readings, workshops, and productions.
There are so few places in this area where playwrights can submit their works. Janet Allen, Executive Artistic Director of Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis, discussed the difficulties new playwrights have getting their works produced. She pointed out that many get readings, but production opportunities are bleak.  One main reason for this is that theatres have to pay their bills, and stage plays generally don’t fill the seats like musicals do.  Allen said musicals become addictive for audiences. If a theatre produces one musical, they get requests for another and then another and another.
Next year’s lineup for the Civic is—“Beauty and the Beast,”  “Jekyll & Hyde,”  “White Christmas,”  “LaCage,”   “Buyer & Cellar,” and “A Tribute to Rodgers & Hammerstein.”  These productions will pay bills—lights, insurance, tickets, marketing, personnel, and a myriad of other necessary expenses because, as one person commented, “people attend musicals.”
So, stage plays often get short shrift. Audiences will attend comedies by known writers such as Paul Simon because they “know what they’re getting.”  Same with Shakespearean plays, but taking a chance on a new play by an unknown playwright is iffy.  “One Foot in the Gravy,” won’t disappoint, however.  I hope Kingkade, an Associate Professor at the U of SC at Lancaster, will find his first place winning play accepted and performed in many places from now on. I also hope someone with deep pockets or some philanthropic foundation will  offer to underwrite the Festival—say to the tune of twenty or  thirty thousand dollars a year. It would be a fine legacy. Hummmm.  Actually if four people were to pledge five thousand, the festival might be able to continue.  Talking about this to a friend, she offered five on the spot. “I’m feeling generous,” she said. “I received an inheritance I wasn’t expecting.” That’s it. By far the best solution would be for some Foundation or company to underswrite the project.
Who out there is willing to fund or help fund a Playwright Festival?

A busy April

Our daughter drove from Indianapolis to visit us yesterday.  Her birthday was March 28th, but she worked too much to celebrate it.  We wanted to do something special for her, so we made reservations at The Oyster Bar–a small, crowded, quaint bar known for its upscale, wonderful menu.  The bar is so small, it has tables on one side of the room and tables on the opposite side that are so close to each other, I had to turn my walker sideways to sidle through the center to our seats.  It’s a good thing my leg’s better now, but it was worth it.  The food was wonderful; the atmosphere was warm and friendly.

Holly’s staying with us again tonight, so I’m making Cajun shrimp fettucini for her for supper.  She’s a pasta lover.  We’re having a wonderful visit, and when she leaves tomorrow, it will be hard to get back in gear.  But I need to knuckle down and start cranking out pages.

It always feels like it takes forever to accumulate any pages when I start a new book.  I do character wheels and know the big stuff about the major players in my story before I start, but I learn their nuances as I go.  I need to listen to them, understand them.  I have a setting in mind, but I need to walk around in it, drive from one end of town to the other, before I can live there.  And I keep thinking of more details, so I have to go back and tinker with earlier scenes, fine-tuning them, before I can move on.

In the mystery I’m working on now, I want the grandma to be a bit senile.  Sometimes she lives in the present, sometimes she lives in the past.  I decided I could show that by what she calls my protagonist, Jazzi (a nickname for Jasmine).  When she hugs her and says, “Good to see you, Jazzi,” her mind is clear.  When she says, “You’ve always spoiled me, Sarah,” she’s talking to her dead sister and whatever she tells you is suspect.  That’s fun for a mystery.

I’m up to page 71 now, and the set up is beginning to fall into place.  I’ve introduced most of the characters who’ll inhabit the book.  My goal, always, is to finish the set-up by the first fourth of the book–in this case, at about 80 pages.  I’m almost there.  And then it’s time to dig for clues to solve the murder.  The vast middle lies ahead of me.

Our friends who moved to Carolina are stopping in Fort Wayne on their way to visit their son in Chicago on April 13.  By then, I’ll be pretty sick of pounding out pages, so it will be a nice change of pace to see them.  I’ve invited them and some of our mutual old friends to our house for supper that night.  It will be fun.  And that will lead right into Easter and ham and carrot cakes.  More fun.  So I’ll be ready to hit the keys again for the second half of April.  The girl who grew up across the street from us, who’s my daughter’s best friend, is coming to town on the last weekend of April, so we’ll get to see her, too.

April looks like a good month.  Hope it is for you, too.  And happy writing!

P.S.  I put up chapter 1 of Bruin’s Orphans on my webpage if you want to check it out.


A nice compliment

I had Scribes last Wednesday.  One of our members brought in a newspaper article about Louisa May Alcott with a few lines highlighted to share.  I never realized how hard Alcott had to work to make ends meet.  “She taught school, went out in service, sewed, and most of all, wrote.  She read all the magazines, figured out their style, and gave them what they wanted.  She wrote thrillers and mysteries, sentimental romances, modern fairy tales, and Gothic horror.”  (from Sarah Young’s column).  And then Rachel smiled and asked the group, “Does this remind you of anyone?”

I’ve never sewn, but yes, I’ve written a lot of different kinds of fiction over time.  And I appreciated Rachel’s compliment.  I’ve written a short Christmas science fiction story for a newspaper tabloid, and they bought it, but accidentally published it under another author’s name.  I’ve had short horror fiction in two anthologies.  I’ve sold dark fantasy, urban fantasy, and short mysteries.  And romances.  I like playing with genres, but I’m glad to be working on a mystery again.

Since it’s been a while since I’ve written one, my hubby and I went to the bookstore to see what kinds of mysteries are out there.  I read my old favorites, but they aren’t very helpful for research.  They already have built-in audiences.  They can break the rules and still sell books.  I haven’t kept up with new writers in the field.  I wanted to see who’s selling today and what they do.  I asked my editor what mysteries he likes, and he sent me a stack of Kensington authors, most of whom he works with.   They were all “niche” mysteries. Every book had a protagonist with a specialty of some kind–one runs a bakery and includes recipes in her books, one writes “clambake” mysteries and includes New England type recipes, another entered poodles in dog shows and gave details about that, and yet another runs an organic farm and spa.

At the bookstore, to my surprise, I found the rows of mysteries all clumped under the “mystery” title, but the first half of the shelves were filled with “niche” mysteries in alphabetical order, and the second half was filled with “serious” mysteries.  The books were kept separate from one another.  I’m assuming that means that readers who buy the niche, cozy-style mysteries rarely buy the heavier ones, and vice versa.

I’m writing the niche style.  That’s what my editor likes.  And yes, like Louisa May Alcott, I’m going to try to give him what he wants.  That also means that my agent won’t have much luck if she ever tries to sell me to a bigger publisher.  They want books with higher stakes, bigger themes, more drama–page turners.  I’m okay with that.  I like the idea I thought of for mysteries, and I’m having fun writing it.

In the meantime, Kensington sent me an AWESOME book cover for my sixth romance, due out in November.  Thought I’d share, and whatever you’re working on, happy writing!



Spicing Things Up comes out March 21!

This week has been a mixed bag.  My grandson came home on a 10-day leave from marine basic training.  Our family was all excited about seeing him.  The poor kid came home with “recruit crud.” He said it’s common.  Luckily, his first night home, I had a family welcome home supper for him, including steaks, macaroni ‘n cheese, and chocolate chip bar cookies–his favorites.  We all thought he had a bad cold until two days later, his temperature spiked to 104, and his mom took him to the health clinic.  He had “community pneumonia.”  Also common, I guess.  After a super shot and antibiotics, he started to feel better–and that’s when his mom, my husband, and I all started coughing and feeling crappy.

We’re taking meds now, and we’ve watched lots of movies together.  Nate’s feeling almost up to par, so his brother drove from Indy on Friday to drink green beer with him on St. Pat’s day, but it hasn’t been the warm homecoming we expected.  Still, we got to see him.  He leaves tomorrow to go back to Indy to catch his airplane early Monday morning.  He’s going to be gone a while this time.  He says he’s going to try to come home healthy next time.

I had page proofs to finish while he was here, but did those around his schedule. Everything got done on time.  Nate leaves on Monday, and then my book comes out on Tuesday.  I hope that lifts my spirits.  Anyway, I thought I’d include a snippet from the book.  I hope you like it:


Autumn rain didn’t have the joy of its spring counterpoint.  It served as a foreboding for worse weather to come.  When they walked inside the bar, warmth greeted them.  There were more empty tables than usual, and Daphne saw Paula sitting at a table by herself.  She waved them over.

Mom tried to hide a grimace.  She didn’t approve of Paula’s small eyebrow ring and the stud in her cheek.  She glanced away from her tattoos.

But Paula was all smiles and cheerfulness.  “Hi!  I hear there’s a trip in your near future.”

Mom’s eyebrows shot up, surprised.  “Where did you hear that?”

“Tyne told us.  He said you’re going to Carolina.”

The eyebrows furrowed into a frown.  “Really?”  She shot a dirty look at Daphne.

Daphne hung her raincoat on a nearby peg and held up her hands in surrender.  “He asked me about meeting him for supper next week, and I said I could, because you’d be out of town.”

Her mother didn’t look happy.  Her dad looked downright nervous.

Daphne shrugged.  “I didn’t know your trip was a secret.”

“It’s not.”  Mom left it at that.

Paula looked back and forth between them, confused.  “What’s wrong with having Tyne feed your daughter?  He’s one hell of a cook.”

“We’ve heard.”  Mom’s tone could form glaciers.

Louise Draper came to take their orders.  Paula already had a hamburger, and they each ordered one, too.  Of course, Mom and Dad ordered theirs plain, no bun.

When Louise left, Daphne decided it was a good time to change the subject.  She turned to Paula.  “Tyne’s brother is a chef, too, isn’t he?”

Paula’s lips twitched.  She recognized a dodge tactic when she heard one, but Daphne had to give her credit.  She answered quickly, “Holden’s won lots of awards.  Of course, that’s what his parents expected.  They always thought Holden would do well.  He was a straight-A student and excelled at culinary school.  They never expected much out of Tyne.”

Daphne could feel heat rush through her veins.  “Why not?  It’s hard to miss his talent.”  Her voice held more of an edge than she expected.  Her mother narrowed her eyes.

Paula glanced at the bar where Chase was taking someone’s order.  “Tyne does things his own way, like Chase.  Neither of them care if they impress anyone or not, and that didn’t impress Tyne’s parents.  They’re big into status.”

Daphne fiddled with the paper napkin on her lap.  What was wrong with Tyne’s parents?  How could they miss how wonderful he was?  She’d have never guessed Tyne had any challenges in his life.  He seemed so sure of himself, so successful.  She’d assumed everyone encouraged him, like her parents encouraged her.

When no one said anything, Paula went on.  “Tyne came to Mill Pond to get experience, so that he can open his own restaurant someday.”

Mom breathed a sigh of relief.  “So he doesn’t plan on staying here?”

Louise returned with their drinks—water with lemon for Mom and Dad, wine for Daphne.

Daphne gulped down disappointment.  Most people moved to Mill Pond and never left.  They fell in love with the area.  But Tyne wasn’t like most people.  Her heart lurched, surprising her.  She didn’t want Tyne to leave.  She realized she’d liked him from the moment they met, when he wanted to rent the apartment above her shop.  It was an instant click.  She often found herself watching for him on the nature trail that wound behind her cabin.  Not because she had a crush on him or anything.  He was just fun to be around.  He was a good person.  A friend.




A good post on branding yourself as an author. If you’re struggling with marketing, this might help.

Story Empire

Craig here again. It’s a challenge to write these tips and tricks every time, because so many of the items are debatable. I hate to take a hard line stance, but I do for the sake of the comments that trickle in during the week. The topic today is branding.

Not that kind of branding. The kind where authors promote products. As you appear across cyberspace, what kind of recognizable materials do you use so the masses will recognize you? Chances are, you’ll have a blog, the popular social media accounts, and possibly a newsletter. What kind of branding do you use to tell people this is some of your work?

You will also make guest appearances on blogs, maybe blog talk radio, the occasional video of some kind. While these post are all different, your branding is what sews them all together as you – the author.

My first…

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What Is Scrivener?

A writing tool.

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What is Scrivener? It’s a good question. Maybe you’ve heard other writers talk about but you’re not exactly sure what it does or if it’s for you. Very simply, Scrivener is a software product from Literature and Latte designed as a highly flexible writing development tool. It has 3 main parts to help you develop and write a project.

First there is the corkboard which allows you to create the beginnings of your writing project with some folder or documents. Here, you can essentially do some white-boarding and play around with your main ideas and get your basic plot, scenes and chapters in a sensible order.

Next, for those who like it ( and for those who don’t but need to do it lightly) there’s the outliner. You can use this to work on your more detailed ideas for the project. You can do as much or as little outlining as…

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