Cover Reveal – Love in the Time of Hurricanes

In the fall of 2015, Dreamspinner Press called for submissions for their States of Love line, stories set in every state of the United States. As a life-long resident of New Jersey, I knew I had to submit. I’m so happy that my work was accepted. There is a lot of me in this book, probably more so than anything else I’ve written. You’ll be able to find it March 8. But until then, check out this awesome cover.

Man looks over the devestation of the Jersey shore boardwalk

Blurb:

The night Nick Henderson storms into Martelli’s Pizzeria, he’s just looking for something to eat. Along with dinner, he finds Lou Martelli—pizza cook extraordinaire and Jersey Shore native. Nick is renting a Shore house for the winter while taking classes at the local community college as he devises a way to escape the accounting major his father chose for him.

When Lou offers to show Nick around, heat flares between them as they realize they have more in common than domineering families. But it’s not all fun and games on the boardwalk. Hurricane Sandy blows ashore, changing the place Nick was starting to think of as home. His peace is shattered, and it will take everything he has to keep his relationship with Lou from being torn apart by the storm brewing around them.

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.

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Looking back at my writing goals for 2016

Now that 2016 is (thankfully) winding down to a close, I wanted to look back and see how well I met my writing goals. So let’s see how much I wrote!

– Love in the Time of Hurricanes (pub date March 2017) – 30,000 words
– Wolf Knight (pub sometime next year) – 20,000 words
– Rejected Christmas Story 8,000 words
– Bloodwork – first draft – 60,000

Total: 118,000 words.

That’s not bad!

Now goals for 2017:

Edit and submit Bloodwork
Edit and submit Angels Rising, the last Heaven Corp novel
Write a novella and maybe another novel (hah!)

What do you think? Too ambitious? I realize it’s not the banging out of words that’s the difficulty – it’s the finding time to edit. It’s easier to write in the chaos of my daily life, but finding that quiet time to think about the words and fix the problems is a bit more difficult.

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Monday Miscellany – Escape Rooms

pair of handcuffs

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Last week my other half and I visited our 9th escape room. Despite the clipart, nobody actually handcuffs you anywhere and expects you to escape. Well. That I know of.

What I’m talking about are those places that seem to be popping up like the Frozen Yogurt shops a few years ago. At one point we had to travel all the way to Philly to go to our first escape room. Now we have multiple choices that are less than a half hour from where we live.

The premise is that you are locked in a room for 1 hour and have to use your wits and teamwork to figure out the puzzles and get out. Of the 9 we’ve tried, each has had a different theme, and varying levels of difficulty. I hope to talk about some of the more interesting ones here.

Last week’s event was called CureZ, and unlike many other escape rooms, the object wasn’t to escape, but to develop the cure for the zombie virus.

Now. If you know me, you know I really don’t like zombies. I went along with my friends, but it’s not the theme I’d normally choose. I think that did affect my enjoyment of the room.

Because no one does story like the creators of CureZ – Trap Door Escapes. There is a scenario before you start, and you are totally immersed in that scenario throughout your time in the room. Anyone who is a fan of video games like Resident Evil, this felt like the actual “live action” version of the game – sans killing zombies.

I won’t give out any spoilers, but I will say that with only one major hint, we were able to cure the virus and save the world. You’re welcome:)

Has anyone else tried escape rooms? What did you think? (comments are moderated for spam purposes).

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Currently Working On

Shadow of woman at computer
Right now I am in the midst of the following projects:

  1. Edits on a fantasy novella (long short story?)
  2. First draft of a sci-fi novel
  3. Waiting on beginning the official editing process for “Love in the Time of Hurricanes.”
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