Sunday Smatterings

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Happy Sunday! I hope you have the day off… I’m working today. In very exciting news, my editor LOVED the new book! I’m doing a quick and dirty passthrough addressing a few issues that I’ve come across on my cold read, and a few things she had questions about, and sending it off yesterday.

Remember I explained the process of a developmental edit? This is where the editor helps you strengthen the story by filling in plot holes, fixing issues, etcetera. Happily, she felt the book was solid to start, so we get to skip over that part. Never fear, before you get a chance to read it, it will go through the whole shebang editorial process, the tightening revision I’m doing now, line edit, copy edit, last pass pages. But that she felt the story itself was in good shape is incredibly cool.

Honestly, come to think of it, I did my own developmental edit when I all-stopped a few weeks ago and changed to first person. I had to identify the problems with the story then, and I think that went a long way to making this a smoother editorial run. Note to self: take a few days off right before deadline and give yourself space to think.

Of course, every book is different. Some fairly glide through the process, others require delicate brain surgery, and some need new limbs grafted on. It just depends. The writing of each is different, too. I’ve learned to respect this, if not welcome it. You want all your babies to have the best chance of success in the world, and that means meeting their disparate needs. Right?

And in a fun full-circle moment, I’ll be turning in GOOD GIRLS LIE just as THE LAST SECOND is launching. We’ve all been working feverishly behind the scenes on launch prep. It’s a very fun book, one I know you’ll love. So stay tuned for lots of blog posts this week! And a big, beautiful box of LIE TO ME paperbacks arrived today. SO MANY BOOKS!!!!!!!

Did you get your preorder in yet? Because the time is nigh—THE LAST SECOND comes out this Tuesday! Tomorrow is the last day to enter the Goodreads giveaway (US only) and there’s still time to enter this sweepstakes too (US and Canada only.)

Also: THE SIXTH DAY comes out in mass market paperback Tuesday as well! More on that tomorrow.

Now, onward to the links...

Here's what happened on the Internets this week:

Very happy I got to sit down with the brilliant Victoria Schwab to talk all things supernatural and insightful about publishing and life in this week’s episode of A WORD ON WORDS. Keep Reading!

A bookstore owner was in the hospital. So his competitors came and kept his shop open. “Slavinsky said although the Book Catapult is, strictly speaking, a competitor to her employer, she doesn’t see things that way. ‘The book world is a little bit different,’ she said. ‘I see this as helping somebody in the community. It’s the community coming together.’”

A 30-million page library is heading to the moon to help preserve human civilization. Wow! I wonder what Dr. Nevaeh Patel has to say about this???

15 women to watch in 2019. It’s always exciting to see how much great new talent is coming up through the ranks. Here are some ladies to keep your eyes on!

George R.R. Martin Really Wishes He Finished Those Books First. So do we, GRRM, so do we.

Handcrafting books: Labors of love. Absolutely incredible craftsmanship!

5 Ambient Sound Apps for Focus and Productivity. I love @RainyMood and @BrainfmApp. I do prefer to have a bit of ambient noise in the background when I’m drafting—classical, oftentimes. I used to find working in coffeeshops very difficult, but now, I dig the creative energy and have found great flows.

4 Novel Ways to Find Writing Inspiration. Great ideas! What inspired you?

Vanna White's Evening Gown Routine Involves 10-Pound Dumbbells. I loved this. Shows you that nothing comes easy, especially ridding yourself of batwings.

You're Just My Type: Hikers Compose Love Notes To The Grand Canyon. This is a neat idea! What would you have typed?

What I’m Reading:


If you haven't been reading Deanna Raybourn, dear readers, you are missing out! Her books feature strong, witty, pithy women with unique skill sets, from lepidopterists to amateur sleuths on safari. Her work is impeccably researched, bringing Victorian England, the continent, and Africa to life, with a dash of swoon thrown in for good measure. And when I say swoon…I mean SWOON. Her latest, A DANGEROUS COLLABORATION, is the 4th in her Veronica Speedwell mystery series and it's incredible. With nods to Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier, it is atmospheric, clever, and utterly romantic. Granted, I find good manners, lovely food, castles in Cornwall, and a naked Stoker on the shingle quite romantic… 😍 I also had the sheer joy of spending some time with Deanna this week, and I assure you, you will not be disappointed. Get the series, get this book, make a cuppa, and enjoy! What are you reading?

That’s it for now. I’m off to keep editing. Grab your copy of THE LAST SECOND, put some safflower seeds out for the cardinals, plant some tulips, and I’ll see you soon! (Really soon…)

peace and hugs,

Audible Daily Deal: TEAR ME APART

Exciting news! TEAR ME APART is today’s Audible Daily Deal! Get the audiobook for just $4.95. This is incredible savings! The audiobook was narrated by Eva Kaminsky, Rebekkah Ross, Jacques Roy, Caitlin Davies, Amy McFadden, and Pete Simonelli, and is simply amazing.

Don’t have an Audible account yet? This could be the perfect time to start. Select TEAR ME APART to sign up and you’ll get another free audiobook + 2 free Audible Originals for your trial. After the trial ends, you’ll get 1 audiobook and 2 Audible Originals per month. Audible is $14.95/mo after 30 days. Cancel online anytime and keep all your audiobooks. And let me tell you, I’ve added a full 20 books a year to my reading by listening to audiobooks. it’s a wonderful experience, especially for your favorite novels.

About the book:

The follow-up to her critically acclaimed Lie to Me, J.T. Ellison’s TEAR ME APART is the powerful story of a mother willing to do anything to protect her daughter even as their carefully constructed world unravels around them.

One moment will change their lives forever…

Competitive skier Mindy Wright is a superstar in the making until a spectacular downhill crash threatens not just her racing career but her life. During surgery, doctors discover she’s suffering from a severe form of leukemia, and a stem cell transplant is her only hope. But when her parents are tested, a frightening truth emerges. Mindy is not their daughter.

Who knows the answers?

The race to save Mindy’s life means unraveling years of lies. Was she accidentally switched at birth or is there something more sinister at play? The search for the truth will tear a family apart…and someone is going to deadly extremes to protect the family’s deepest secrets.

With vivid movement through time, TEAR ME APART examines the impact layer after layer of lies and betrayal has on two families, the secrets they guard, and the desperate fight to hide the darkness within.

Sunday Smatterings

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day Sunday! Who’s ready for March Madness? Who’s happy Daylight Savings time is over? I am, on both accounts. I understand there are several bills in both my state legislature and Congress to abolish the time shift, for which I would be grateful. It takes me weeks to adjust. Throws me for a major loop.

It was a very good week. I turned in GOOD GIRLS LIE then promptly collapsed for two days. When I crawled off the couch, after watching 6 movies and reading two books, I tackled my closet, which has been a wreck for months.

I’ve been struggling with my style for a few years now, so, on the advice of a friend, I brought in help from Effortless Style in Nashville, and we did an official closet audit. Katey was ruthless. She was honest. She helped me find the uniform/style I was looking for. And my closet is 150 items, 10 purses, and 20 pairs of shoes lighter. One large bag is heading ThredUp, but the rest was dropped at Goodwill yesterday. There will be more to go—I still have a try on pile, and I need to tackle my drawers—but it’s so much better.

It is always hard for me to let go of things. This experience taught me a valuable lesson: I hold on too tightly in many areas of my life, not just my closet. I’m hoping that by allowing some of my most loved items bless others, this is a symbolic step forward, as well as OMG my closet is sooooo clean and easy!!!!!

Only 9 days to go before THE LAST SECOND is here! There are two giveaways you’ll want to enter: Goodreads is giving away 50 copies (US only) and Gallery has a sweepstakes too (US and Canada only.) And pre-orders are always appreciated…. 👽

Now, onward to the (oddly enough) library and space themed links...

Here's what happened on the Internets this week:

A Shot-By-Shot Breakdown Of The Ridiculously Packed ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 8 Trailer. It’ll be here April 14! And let me tell you, if you can get through this without massive goosebumps, I fear the White Walkers have already gotten to your house.

How the NY Public Library Fills Its Shelves (and Why Some Books Don’t Make the Cut.) “The New York Public Library has one of the largest public collections in the world. But, unlike Amazon, it does not have seemingly infinite storage. Every book must earn its place on crowded shelves. Nothing gets there by accident.”

And in that same vein…Did you know the Bodleian in Oxford has a copy of every book ever printed in England? Plus a few others, 13 million of them. Incredible!

The True Crime That Inspired 'A Double Life' Is More Shocking Than Any Thriller Novel. Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. And all the thriller authors in the land say hallelujah.

NASA Announces World’s First All-Female Spacewalk. It’s about time! Cathrine and I jumped on this ages ago when plotting THE LAST SECOND.

Brontë shrine for sale with a home and a thriving business. It has a B&B! I suddenly feel a deep need to visit. Why do you think we’re all so obsessed with the Brontës?

How did reading and writing evolve? Neuroscience gives a clue.  This is utterly fascinating. Also, for another view, check out Hamlet’s Blackberry by William Powers.

Inside the Belgian Library That Tore Itself Apart. Such a sad history.

NASA ISS SHOCK: How strange ‘illuminating' object left Mission Control BAFFLED. Is Dr. Nevaeh Patel right? Are they out there, trying to talk to us? Of course they are! #thelastsecond

Cal Newport - Digital Minimalism. Featuring two of my biggest influencers in one interview, Cal Newport sits down with Ryder Carrol of Bullet Journal method fame.

What I’m Reading:

LAST SUMMER by Kerry Lonsdale

You guys… you NEED this book. LAST SUMMER is utterly captivating and impossible to put down, so strap yourself in for a ride. In addition to being a superb writer, Kerry Lonsdale has a talent for creating complex characters who wrestle with very real situations. This is her best yet, a sly suspense coupled with sizzling romance and unending twists. Lonsdale should be on every reader’s radar so get your preorder in! What are you reading?

That’s it for now. Donate a few items from your closet, meditate on our many blessings, watch a super movie, and I’ll see you next Sunday!

peace and hugs,

PS: Stop by tomorrow, we have a nice little surprise!

Goodreads Giveaway: THE LAST SECOND

Goodreads is giving away 50 copies of THE LAST SECOND! The new Brit in the FBI is a rip-roaring “Indiana Jones-style” adventure thriller. You won’t want to miss it! Giveaway ends March 25 and it’s US only.

About the book:

From New York Times bestselling authors Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison comes, THE LAST SECOND, a riveting thriller pitting special agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine against a private French space agency that has the power to end the world as we know it.

Galactus, France’s answer to SpaceX, has just launched a communications satellite into orbit, but the payload actually harbors a frightening weapon: a nuclear-triggered electromagnetic pulse. 

When the satellite is in position, Galactus’s second-in-command, Dr. Nevaeh Patel, will have the power to lay waste to the world with an EMP. A former astronaut, Patel believes she is following the directions of the Numen, aliens who saved her life when she space-walked outside the International Space Station. She is convinced that with the Holy Grail, just discovered by the owner of Galactus—eccentric treasure hunter Jean-Pierre Broussard—she can be reunited with the Numen, change the world’s destiny, and become immortal with them.

The countdown has begun when Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine are thrown into the pending disaster. They must stop the EMP that would wreak havoc on communication and electronic systems on Earth, resulting in chaos and anarchy.


Who’s in the mood for a giveaway?  1st Place prize: a signed hard copy of THE LAST SECOND and a cool big surprise, 2nd Place prize: a signed hard copy of THE LAST SECOND and a lesser but still cool big surprise, and 3rd Place prize: a signed hard copy of THE LAST SECOND and a little cool surprise. 

About the book:

From New York Times bestselling authors Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison comes a riveting thriller pitting special agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine against the head of a private space agency who has the power to end the world as we know it. 

It’s Bastille Day in France, and the private French space agency Galactus—France’s answer to Space X, owned by the eccentric treasure hunter Jean-Pierre Broussard—has just sent a satellite payload into orbit. Billed as a “communications” satellite, it harbors a frightening reality: a nuclear electromagnetic pulse has been hidden aboard.

In days, when the satellite is in position, Galactus’s head and Broussard’s second in command, Dr. Neveah Patel, will have the power to lay waste to the world with her EMP, and create her own immortality with the Holy Grail––the stones of the heavens and the very treasure Broussard has spent his life searching for.

The countdown has begun, and Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine will go down to the wire to stop this heinous attack. With their signature “nonstop action with enough realism to keep you thinking and scare the daylights out of you at the same time” (Suspense Magazine), Coulter and Ellison have created a thriller to take you on a breakneck and breathtaking journey.

Giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only. Three winners will be randomly selected. Sweepstakes ends April 1. Good luck!