Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day to everyone!

I’ve spent this weekend reading the last book in Laura Kaye’s Hard Ink series, baking, and fighting with the intro for the Better Latte Than Never sequel. Its tentative title for this week is A Shot in the Dark. Amy and her guy are giving me some trouble and I’m also struggling to maintain focus this weekend. I was hoping to be 5,000 words in by the end of today, but I’m only at 1700. I should get back to writing.

Responses to Wrapped in Verdigris started to come in this weekend too and the overall impression is positive, although there are some gaps I need to fill in and some critical points to clarify. The silver lining in this is that it will give me a way to add extra content which will push this out of novella and into short novel length. That opens up whom I can submit this book & hopefully its series to. Wish me luck with the next round of rewriting (which I’ll start after July 15)!

Editing Phase 1 Completed

I have finished my editing pass of my current paranormal romance novella and it is now out to beta readers. This is the longest piece I have gotten to this phase so far. At about 42,000 words, Wrapped in Verdigris falls solidly inside novella length. It’s a little too short for some publisher’s paranormal romance submission calls. I’m not sure if I’ll want to add more content and push this over 50k. I’m hoping that the comments from my beta readers will help me decide the next step for this story. I’m also hoping that they love the story as much as I did while writing it. This one was a lot of fun.

In the meantime, I’ve turned back to some shorter pieces that have been teasing my imagination. One story is likely to be a paranormal romance short story around 10 – 15k words. The other is the sequel to Better Latte Than Never. I’m trying to get Amy her happy ending. Although this story may end up longer than Hailey’s. The hero and plot of Latte 2 are giving me some trouble.

I’m continuing to strive for writing or editing daily, and I’m making it to the computer daily most of the time. The trick for me is to do it first thing in the morning before anything else. Otherwise, I never make it around to fitting it into my daily routine. Chores, TV, and reading tend to pull me away unless it’s NaNoWriMo. My writers group has been particularly helpful, as has the Writing Challenge group. The Writing Challenge group promotes writing at least 500 words (or editing for 2 hrs) daily, and will cheer you on over on Twitter (and a few will on FB too). So if you’re looking for some camaraderie, check it out! Unfortunately, I haven’t been tracking my daily progress very closely. I keep meaning to get started.

Once I have Wrapped in Verdigris submitted to publishers, I’m going to need to pick my next big project. I’m going to need to decide between completing Book 2 in the Wrapped series, or shifting to a new series. The options right now for the other series are a contemporary romance series based on characters in the food and alcohol industry, or a paranormal romance series based on a family that owns and runs a curse art museum.

Want to place a vote for which book I start work on next or want help with establishing your writing routine? Find me on Facebook or Twitter.

The Joy of Novellas

What I’m writing…

For the past two months, I’ve been working on writing more short romances. The first one is a modern romance with magical elements. It quickly grew beyond my early estimate of about 20,000 words which would have been twice as long as Better Latte Than Never. Now it’s hanging somewhere above 30k, and I have a second piece around the same length that will pair up with the first for a novella length series. I’m so excited about this series and I can’t wait to share it!

I’m really growing to love the shorter formats. This includes books in novella and novelette lengths. It is easier to plot and write, and it happens fast enough that I don’t get bogged down by too many plot bunnies. It allows me to get through more books both with writing and reading. And that means more happily-ever-afters for everyone!

What I’m reading…

Right now, I’m reading the ARC of One Week in Hawaii, by these lovely ladies and really enjoying myself. That comes out May 19, but you can get One Week in Wyoming in the meantime if you don’t want to wait.

Roane Publishing also has more anthologies like Accidental Valentine. Check them out if you are looking for more to read in shorter sittings.

Blog Tour

We’re taking a tour around the internets with Accidental Valentine.

  • Read about what inspired our story ideas here.
  • Find out about our favorite Valentine’s candy here.
  • Read a review of Accidental Valentine here.

The next stop on the Accidental Valentine blog tour is at Romancing the Book later today! Check it out!

AV Blog Tour Button


Have you read Accidental Valentine? Post your review on Goodreads or Amazon! What did you do for Valentine’s Day?

Release Day News

Better Latte Than Never is out and I have an official Amazon author page. Funny how Amazon gives me the stronger this-is-real feeling than holding the physical book in my hand. But having the actual book is awesome too!

My copies of Accidental Valentine arrived.

My copies of Accidental Valentine arrived.

Buy links for the paperback and e-book are live on Amazon and elsewhere. (So exciting!)

And–even more exciting!–Ingrid Hahn hosted me over on her blog with an interview about Better Latte Than Never and other writerly things. Check it out here.

One More Week! and an excerpt

Accidental Valentine will be released by this time next week! Have you preordered a copy?

Here’s an excerpt from Better Latte Than Never to hold you over until Release Day!

“Sorry you’re stuck with me today,” he said.

Hailey dashed inside.

The warmth of the shop and his voice enveloped her. It already smelled beautiful in there. The usual coffee smells, but also something spicy. Something extra.

“It’s okay…” She took a deep fortifying breath, appreciating more of the new scent and adjusted her purse strap on her shoulder.

The bolt thudded into place and he stepped back into her view.

Since when had Andrew become so hot, and what was wrong with her? He had been her best bud since at least freshman year.

She swept her gaze over him again, tallying the changes she could see. Besides the sexy stubble and the muscle that twitched in his temple as he observed her inspection, he was the same old Drew. Button up flannel shirt, sleeves rolled up, khakis that hung on his frame as if they had been tailored. But instead of the supportive old friend that he was, he appeared scrumptious and totally kissable.

She dragged in a breath.

A timer beeped, breaking the moment.

“Hey, I made you coffee. It’s on the counter.” He headed to the back, leaving her to notice the holiday decorations and cardboard cherub hanging from the ceiling in front of her, his arrow pointed right at her chest. As if Cupid intended to make her his target. Her heart skipped a beat.

Hailey rolled her eyes at herself. Valentine’s Day wasn’t like Halloween. The veil between worlds wasn’t thin. Magic didn’t happen on Valentine’s Day. She had watched Amy hang the thing yesterday, pulling him out of the packaging from a big party store.

“Bring it on, fat baby,” she muttered and went looking for some coffee.

Preorder links are up:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Accidental-Valentine-Claire-Gillian-ebook/dp/B00T5JBIXA/ref=sr_1_2
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/516719
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24264581-accidental-valentine
Roane Publishing: http://www.roanepublishing.com/accidental-valentine.html

Cover Reveal for Better Latte Than Never

Single and cold on Valentine’s Day, Hailey Merritt is not looking forward to working all day at the coffee shop while everyone around her is cheery with romance and she’s stuck trying to figure out her next step in life.
But, when a special bouquet arrives for her from a secret admirer, she decides to reserve judgment on this holiday and find whomever sent the flowers.
Maybe Cupid has a plan to make this her favorite Valentine’s Day ever.

Better Latte Than Never; in Accidental Valentine, a romance anthology releasing on 2/13/15.


Lattes All Around!! and the sad artificial xmas tree

I’m ecstatic to announce that my short story, Better Latte Than Never, is going to be published in the Accidental Valentine anthology released by Roane Publishing in Q1 2015!

All the slaving over words and letting all the numerous characters woo me and tantalize me with their stories is paying off. Watch here for updates and news, and also over on Roane’s blog.

In other news, I’m sitting here procrastinating from holiday decorating. I tried to get a new artificial tree after last year, when my 9 year old artificial tree refused to “fluff” out. The needles seem crushed beyond repair. Of course, my indecision ran a full course until I was too late to buy from the discount sites. I finally ordered one a week ago, but it went out of stock and now won’t be in until later this week or even after Christmas. So we’re back to using the sad, crinkled Charlie Brown tree. I think I’m going to need some festive alcohol to get me motivated here, or maybe I’ll just kick back and write a short story about some couple that falls in love during some foul-up during the holiday season.

My favorite part of Christmas decorations has always been white lights entwined around evergreen branches with Mannheim Steamroller cranked in the background. What’s your favorite part of decorating?