It’s the first Wednesday of the month and time for the Insecure Writers Group. The purpose is to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! A big THANKS to Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh for starting this group and keeping it going. And to this month's awesome hosts C. Lee McKenzie, Tracy Jo, Melanie Schulz, and LG Keltner!
There are days when everything goes wrong, when nothing we do is right. Then there are the days when the writing flows, when we receive good news—an acceptance letter from the agent we always wanted or the editor who loves our work or someone other than our mother thinks our story is fabulous. Hopefully, the good happens more often than the bad.
This has been a mixed month for me. More good than not. I released The Chameleon, my newest science fiction romance. Sales are good, for which I am very grateful. I finished the first book in a new private eye mystery and sent it out for editing. And I already have a cover for it (thanks to Rebel Ink Designs).
I mentioned a mixed month. I'm slowly recovering from the pulmonary embolisms, much slower than I thought I would. The lungs don't bounce back that easily. I finally had a skin test to tell me what I was allergic to that sent me into an anaphylactic reaction, but I'm still no wiser. Birch trees? C'mon. I lived next to one for 14 years. Hazelnuts? Love them. I eat tree nuts (and peanut butter) all the time. I started another sci-fi romance and I feel like I'm slogging through a swamp. So slow. The worst part is I know where this story is supposed to go. And the "d" key sticks on my laptop. Do you know how frustrating that is? Look at all the d's in this post. LOL
Back to the good part. My son is getting married. And to the young woman I've been hoping for over two years would be my daughter-in-law. Despite the fact that they live in Arizona, the wedding will be here in Michigan, on a Lake Michigan beach. I couldn't be more pleased.
So if I have any advice this month, it's to enjoy, revel in the good times. Put up with the not so good. Find good things to celebrate.
Here's a little about The Chameleon.
Legally Blond meets Mata Hari
Socialite Jileena Winslott has perfected the image of the spoiled, rich, bubble-headed daughter of an industrial magnate. In reality, she’s a smart, savvy aide to her father in social situations where she is his eyes and ears. She yearns to be her true self and run the family business. When her father sends her on a covert mission to the Outer Rim, she has the chance to prove herself. Big problem. He insists she take along a fake fiancé—the man she’s secretly loved for years.
Security Officer Laning Servary has better things to do than babysit a spoiled rich girl on a tour of the Frontier. If he refuses, he can kiss his career good-by. Then Jileena’s father sweetens the pot. If Laning keeps her safe, his family will receive the land they share-crop. He can’t refuse.
In the close quarters of her ship, Laning and Jileena discover they aren’t who they seem. Pirates, weather, and her recklessness threaten to derail the mission. As Laning and Jileena revise their impressions of each other, they’ll have to make hard choices about their goals. Can their budding love survive?
The Chameleon is available at:
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-chameleon-diane-burton/1119480831?ean=2940149208616
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