Writing Tips

Book News! The Phantom’s Apprentice to be Published

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Author Interviews, Blog, Contests & Hops, Frenchie Fridays, Uncategorized, Writing Tips | 0 comments

I’m so delighted to share a top secret project I’ve been working on the last two years–a Gothic suspense tale set in Belle Époque Paris called THE PHANTOM’S APPRENTICE, based on the classic novel THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA by Gaston Leroux!!! Release date is May 2017. (Check out these photos I took of the STUNNING Palais Garnier while in Paris researching two summers ago.) More about the book: THE PHANTOM’S APPRENTICE is a fresh take on the beloved The Phantom of the...

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Writers: Spring Editing Special!

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Writing Tips | 0 comments

Are you a writer on your journey to publication? Spring “clean” your manuscript and receive publishing/marketing advice with my editing discount package.  Details below: Developmental Reads on a full manuscript:  15% discount Line Edit Reads on a full manuscript: 10% discount **Any full read, I will throw in your query for no extra charge WHO I AM I’m a traditionally published author with Penguin Random House and HarperCollins, as well as a freelance editor, and blogger. I have...

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Support Women in the Arts: Book & Charity Event

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Author Interviews, Blog, Contests & Hops, Foodie Advice, Frenchie Fridays, Writing Tips | 0 comments

Hi, friends! I’m returning from a whirlwind book tour and just in time! I have a very exciting event coming up next month in California. Betsy Franco (writer, actor, director, & mother of very talented sons James, Dave, & Tom Franco) and I both published novels about a beloved female artist–Camille Claudel–who struggled against a male-dominated art world so intensely, she was committed to an asylum. Camille’s toils inspired us to not only retell her story, but to...

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Prizes, Books, Artists: Join the Facebook Release Party for Rodin’s Lover

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in Blog, Contests & Hops, Writing Tips | 0 comments

The official countdown is on! In a little over one week, Rodin’s Lover, and my beloved Camille Claudel will make her way into the world. To celebrate the occasion, Tuesday, January 27th, I will be hosting a public Facebook release party, open to the public. We’ll discuss the Belle Époque era, sculpture, the art scene of the day, and of course the two lovers–Camille Claudel & Auguste Rodin. I’ll be giving away all kinds of prizes (Paris journal, gift cards, books,...

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Giveaways Galore: Rodin’s Lover at Goodreads & Penguin

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Blog, Writing Tips | 0 comments

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…or something. My publisher is giving away copies of RODIN’S LOVER, which releases next month, Jan 27th, but you can get your copy early! Click the links and enter to win.  Offer ends Saturday, Dec 13th at midnight. Happy holidays, all!   GOODREADS   PENGUIN’S FIRST TO...

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When the Gazillionth Pass Through Your Manuscript Tries to Kill You

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Blog, Writing Tips | 0 comments

There are some who are lucky enough to write a novel and make it beautiful in two or three drafts. (Secretly, I loathe them. Why can’t I do that?!) Most of us, on the other hand, spend months and months, sometimes years, perfecting our works. By the time we’ve seen that story seven or eight or twenty times, not only are we too close to the story, but we may even hate it a little. How do we push through the weariness, bleariness, and general over-saturated brain fuzzies? Well, I like...

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