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A long day!

I’ve been in the hospital most of the day, sitting with my mother-in-law. All three of us got sick this week with what turned out to be something other than flu. Rotavirus! Different beast altogether! Alene is 97, and got dehydrated, so she was admitted last night. She’s doing well, but our doctor wants to keep her one more night, just to make sure she’s safe to come home, and well enough for us to care for her! She’s determined to get well as quickly as possible and has become her nurse’s favorite patient today.

I ran into a friend at the hospital. Her mother is in for the same thing! She told me she’s read my blog and posted a comment. It’ll be appearing soon, I’m sure. Good to see you today, Belinda! I hope your mother gets well soon. So many residents of the nursing home have been sick with all sorts of viruses, it’s a wonder there aren’t more of them hospitalized.

I also had the chance to visit with a friend we went to High School with. Great to see you today, Jackie! I wasn’t surprised to hear that she has many more cats than the last time I talked to her. Jackie is the cat lover of all time! A year or two ago, when a stray calico showed up at our door, nosing with our dogs through the glass, I knew who to call to find that little sweetheart a home. Jackie named her Abigail and said she was one of the sweetest cats they’d ever had. Good to catch up with Jackie today!

Chuck’s sister and her husband will be here tomorrow to stay while we spend a week resting among tall pines in the mountains. We won’t leave until they arrive late tomorrow afternoon. Tag! They don’t get to come nearly as often as they’d like to visit Alene. Charlotte loves taking care of her mother while we’re gone. This is a perfect opportunity for her to put her Mother Hen talents to work!

I got another surprise today! I heard from my publisher for my book on plotting fiction, FILL-IN-THE-BLANK PLOTTING. He’s offering to build and host websites for his authors now! Sign me up!!!! He promises the site will be up and running by next week. I can’t wait to spotlight KISS ME, CHLOE and the other books in the Kiss Me series, along with my other novels and some of our nonfiction books that have come out in recent years. Also, I’ll be able to focus attention on PLOTTING, which could be updated soon and re-released in a revised and improved format! I’ll let you know when this blog will be included in my new website. Exciting!

This has to be quick because I’m quickly running out of steam. But I wanted to let you know how happy I am to have you reading my blog! If there are topics you’d like me to talk about, let me know! I’ll also be happy to answer questions about writing and reading. And I’ll be sharing with you the novels I read. Stephen King said, “If you don’t have time to read, then you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. It’s as simple as that.” I agree! Writers are always voracious readers. I often have several books going at the same time. I promise I’ll make recommendations for all types of books–fiction and nonfiction. Have a wonderful weekend! The next time you hear from me, I’ll be in the mountains! I promise to post some photos!

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It’s been years since I’ve added to this blog, but that changes now!  After having 5 novels and  68 NF books for children and teens published since 1996, I’m finally retired from writing NF and getting back to writing the stories I love.  Having dealt with more than 20 editors, a bunch of publishers, and having done more revisions than I ever want to do again, I’ve learned how to write.  Like many authors who are tired of dealing with traditional publishers, I’m turning to a more enjoyable way to get my stories to my readers.  I’m going to publish my romances through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing program.  They’ll be available for Kindle or for your computer, if you don’t have a Kindle.  And, they’ll also be available in paperback, for those of you who prefer holding an actual book in your hands and being able to flip back and forth while you read.

A graphic artist is working right now on getting the cover ready for my launch book on KDP–a sweet romance called KISS ME, CHLOE, which I’m hoping to have on Amazon by my birthday, April 10.  KISS ME CHLOE will be the first book in the Kiss Me series, followed by KISS ME, CINDY and KISS ME, FRAN coming later this year.  

This summer, I know I’ll be setting a Kiss Me book in Peru.  Why?  Because my sweet husband, Chuck, and I are going to Peru the end of July!  We’re going to visit Lima, Cuzco, and Machu Picchu!  I promise I’ll have photos to share when we get back. 

This next week, we’re going somewhere just as romantic.  Our little piece of paradise in the NM mountains.  We call it Pine Ridge.  Nestled among pines, firs,and aspens is an RV that’s been there since my mother- and father-in-law bought the place 30+ years ago.  They sold it in 2004, when they were no longer able to spend their summers there as they had for more than 20 years.  And last April, when it came on the market again, Chuck and I knew we had to get it back in the family.  Here it is!

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There’s no better place on earth to sit, read, sip a hot cuppa Cafe Vienna–or write!  We’ll be spending as much time there this year as possible, beginning with next week!  I’ll be putting the final polish on KISS ME, CHLOE, and before long, I’ll have part of the first chapter to share with you. 

Chloe has run away from Houston–looking for a home that will nurture and love her instead of draining all the life from her.  She’s also looking for that special man who will put her first in his life, over a high-pressure job, who will allow her to be who she is and to live her dreams–and their dreams–instead of only his.  That excerpt is coming SOON!

So now you know that I’m back, and that I have wonderful, romantic stories to share with you.  When KISS ME, CHLOE is released in April, it will be FREE for the first few days.  I hope you’ll visit me here often so you’ll be able to take advantage of that offer!

Until next time…  And I promise it won’t be long….

Best always,

Linda George

KISS ME, CHLOE coming in April, 2013

FILL-IN-THE-BLANK PLOTTING Available NOW from Crickhollow Books.  Also from Amazon. (If you buy the book and like what you read, I’d appreciate your putting a positive review on the book’s Amazon page.  Thanks!)

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Plotting in 2011

Great news . . . Fill-in-the-Blank Plotting has risen to the Top 50 Writing Books on Amazon.com! It’s sitting at #49 (and at times has been in the Top 25. Hurray!

Reading the reviews made me proud of being able to help fiction writers who struggle with plotting . . . as I did before learning about the basics and and figured out a plotting method to wrestle a “plot in progress” into a usable format.

One Amazon reviewer said she wasn’t willing to rearrange her office to put up plotting boards. But of course, the “boards” could be created in Word documents and handled entirely on her computer.

Here at the writing studio of the Georges, I do believe 2010 was one of the busiest years of our lives. 2011 is starting out a bit calmer, and I’ve got some time to write fiction again after completing our 65th nonfiction book for teens in January. What sort of books? For example, Biotech Research, written for ReferencePoint Press, was a real challenge.

Meanwhile, I’m updating a novel I drafted a good while back, getting it ready to submit! I’m checking the plot structure to make sure it has all 12 steps of the Hero’s Journey and all the elements of the Three-Act Structure so the reader won’t fall into any plot-holes. I have to admit, I love writing fiction . . . making things up as I go along instead pushing hard to write only 400-500 words a day, with every fact backed up with three sources.

There’s such freedom in writing fiction! And my plotting boards are helping me get back to it with ease.

Sometime this year, I’ll be conducting a Saturday Seminar on Plotting and Strong Writing for The Woodlands Writers’ Guild near Houston.  I’ll let you know when that seminar gets on the calendar. I’d love to see you there!

Have a wonderful year, everyone!  And happy writing!
Linda

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