What’s Up Wednesday

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What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, which helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends to let them know what’s up. Join in by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

This is what I’ve been up to this week…

1. 1. WHAT I’M READING…

Recently I bought

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It is a collection of 8 full length published novels and it’s only $.99. I’d already read 2 of the books included, which I enjoyed, so for that price I decided to give the remaining 6 books a try. I mean, how could I not? I could read them in any order, but I am reading the first one first–FADING by E K Blair. I believe the proceeds goes to a charity, but I can’t remember which one.

2. WHAT I’M WRITING…

I’ve started a new novel. I’m only at 7,000 words, so I still have a long way to go. If you click on the links below you can get an idea of what my MCs look like.
Male MC
Female MC

As far as which direction I’m taking this novel, I’m still undecided. Sometimes I don’t know until the words are on the page. It’s going to be a little bit darker, but there will be love.

3. WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW…

Authors, Readers, and bloggers. I couldn’t exist without you! Please leave me a comment–I’d love to hear from you!

4. WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO…

My family and I celebrated Memorial Day this past weekend. I want to thank all the veterans for their service. This country wouldn’t be what it is today without all of you. I’d like to pay special tribute to my Uncle Raymond, who was a POW during the Korean War.

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My Dedication Page

I dedicated my book “Nowhere” in loving memory of my mother, Shirley Goodburlet. She is no longer with me, but I know my accomplishment would make her proud.

My mom

I owe my early writing career to my mother. How so, you ask. Well, it’s a typical teenage story…

One day as she was dropping me off at school I told her how I had written a poem for the Memorial Day Essay Contest that my town held every year, and I was only just remembering that the deadline was that day. And it had to be typed, which of course I also had forgotten. It was 1990, and we were still in the dark ages when it came to technology, so we didn’t even own a computer or a printer back then. I remember my mom sighing and holding out her hand. She typed it at work and dropped it off at school for me. And guess what? I won! I won first place and the prize was a $100. Thanks to my mom, my writing career was off to a great start. Two decades later, my first book was published.