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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Deadlines are Hell

This is how I feel when a deadline approaches, but this is my sister, not me.

This is how I feel when a deadline approaches, but this is my sister, not me.

Don’t get me wrong.

I’m thrilled to have writing contracts while working on projects of my own. I love both my publishers. A part of me secretly loves the adrenaline rush that comes with working under pressure, too. But deadlines have to be met.  I think it’s written in some law somewhere. The thought of missing one gives me anxiety attacks.

I’m a slow writer. I try to write the cleanest first draft possible so my editor and I can concentrate on making the story the best it can be, not have to fiddle with grammar and spelling. I dawdle. I polish. I choose my words carefully.

This week however–the one before the book is due–all that goes out the window. Things get ugly. I’m currently resorting to pen and notebook so I can clean up the important scenes as I add them to the electronic file. This process keeps me off Facebook and away from spider solitaire. (My win percentage is 25%, btw.)

I’ve got spreadsheets, story outlines, and cheat sheets for scene structure. I have an awesome critique partner as a fresh set of eyes who keeps me accountable. She’s waiting for new pages. I’m super organized at this stage because I have to be. There’s no time to rewrite the major turning points or change character motivations. I don’t get to play with my word choices. (I wish I could say the same about spider solitaire.)

While the deadline itself can be hell, especially when the countdown on this last week has started, the day after that deadline is sweet.

I have two sets of revisions already lined up to keep that adrenaline pumping.

Recipe news:

We had another recipe win this week. Black bean and sausage chili. Just swap out the kidney beans and hamburger, cut the sausage into bite-sized chunks and cook it, (or what the heck, crumble it up and fry it like you would hamburger), and voila! It’s pretty darned tasty. Not to mention easy. And easy is the biggest seller for me when it comes to cooking.

New Release May 18th

Isn't my name big?

Isn’t my name big?

May 18th is the big day!

My new contemporary romance is releasing. It’s called I’ll Love You Forever and as you can imagine, I love it. It’s about a singer in the Canadian music industry:

Lovers reunited. Nobody promised love would be easy.

Singer/songwriter Danielle Jackson, a bright star in the Canadian music industry, appears to have it all—until a tragic accident takes it away. With contract obligations to fulfill and deadlines looming, she really needs the friendship and support of the one person she could always rely on.

Unfortunately, he’s also the person who’s hurt her the most.

Single dad and small town farmer Christian Hunter used to believe if you love someone you should let them go and trust they’ll return, but ten years is a long time. When Danni comes home to recover from the car crash in which her fiancé and fellow band mate was killed, he knows he should leave well enough alone. He’s done with comforting broken-hearted women. These days, he’s saving his love for his young son.

Sometimes love, however, deserves a second chance.


Right now it’s available for preorder on these sites:,, and Chapters/Indigo.

I’m still running and still at 6k. I have a book due to editing on June 1st so life is a little crazy this month. Exercise is the first thing to go. Sleep is overrated too.

And is anyone else excited about The Voice final four? Any favourites? I have to say, I love them all. So much talent!