Well, I just uploaded the corrected versions of CREATING KATHRYN CROWN to Kindle and CreateSpace for POD books. Again, to all who purchased our book before the corrections were made, we apologize for the errors you had to contend with. We will work harder to prevent errors in our other books.
I am convinced that when you think you have completed a novel, you can always find something in the book to improve. As you hone your writing ability and then go back and review a prior work, we all can see where improvements could be made or the story enhanced. I think, maybe I’m wrong, it is best to work on the next book and apply that new-found ability to creating that story.
That is what we’re doing, working to make THE STONE KILLER even better than our last novel. I know the storyline has surprised me at times, especially when the characters create their own paths. I promise this new book will be available no later than summer. But we want to go over every word to make sure the uploaded files are free of any mistakes. I don’t like to read a book loaded with errors, and I know you readers/writers don’t either.
The kids, my critters, are all snuggled down under afghans as it rained here most of the night, a steady easy rain which we needed. The temperature outside is 51, but for some reason I am cold. I am dressed warmly, but feel chilled.
Everyone take care of yourselves and stay safe. There are no exact duplicates, so you can’t be replaced. Until we talk again, remember NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER AND KEEP WRITING.
I am stunned. After all the edits that we performed on CREATING KATHRYN CROWN, there were about 10 done, a friend of mine read the book and found so many mistakes that I was floored that we missed that many. TO EVERYONE WHO PURCHASED the Kindle edition or the paperback version, we APOLOGIZE for these errors. Hopefully I’ll get the corrected versions for Kindle and CreateSpace uploaded as soon as I get the final edit. I don’t know if we can have a two or three-day promotion for the Kindle or not. If we can, we will let you know when it will be so you can replace your copy with the corrected one.
Last night I was busy making corrections on THE STONE KILLER as well. Anyone that tells you writing is an easy job, smack them up the back of the head like Mark Harman does on NCIS. Outside of marriage or being a parent, it is one of the toughest jobs you can take on. You never stop learning and perfecting your craft of writing, editing, marketing, book cover design and anything that might sell you book. And once you are finished with one novel, we start the next storyline on a new book and the process starts all over again. The next story in the Jonas Black is already cooking in my brain. Remember my motto: NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER. Keep writing folks.
Everyone take care of yourselves and stay safe. Until we talk again.
I had my taxes done on Monday and I’m happy to say I don’t have to pay this year. I don’t care if I only get ten dollars back, it’s better than having to pay out four or five hundred which I’ve had to do the last few year. So I am happy.
I’ve had several people read what I have written so far on THE STONE KILLER. So far the reports are good. They have pointed out several inconsistencies in the story that I’m in the process of correcting. Also, I am having lunch with my friend the retired Homicide Commander tomorrow and will ask him to review the book so far for correct police procedures. As we have communicate through e-mails only, it will be nice to meet him at last.
I have to say this was one glorious day here in Colorado Springs today. The temperature was in the seventies and sun was warm and wonderful. I’m planning on planting lots of flower in front of the house, Russian sage, Gerber daisies, lavender in both the front and back of the house. There is a bird bath in the back yard which I will plant flower around. And I want a Humming bird feeder on the back porch. Spring is here and the robins have returned. The lilac bushes leaves are ready to burst forth. I can hardly wait.
Well folks, it is late, I am tired and I hope you all had a glorious day. Take care of yourselves and stay safe. The best to you all, always.
P.S. Do you think we should change our name on the books to D. H. Lockwood? Let us know what you think. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The reason for this post. We are changing the book cover for THE STONE KILLER. While the old cover is nice, I believe the new book cover is more appropriate. I would like your opinion. Here is the new cover:
Here is the old cover:
We, as writers, try to present the most attractive and eye-catching book covers to represent the story we are telling. Unfortunately, that does not always happen. Yes, there are book covers out there that do not do the job. I will not discredit the efforts of those writers for their book covers. They, like me, are still in the learning process. Writing is a continual learning process. Making fun of someone’s efforts is a sore spot with me. I have a rule. I will only encourage and give positive suggestion. I will never put down someone else’s efforts. Anyway, off my soap box.
I’ve been having several people read the story so far for consistency and found out, I have several deletions and corrections to make to make the story flow. That is always the case in the first draft. I want this book to be the best we can make it and the next one even better.
So e-mail me at email@example.com and give us your opinion on the book covers.
Everyone have a great day and stay safe. Until we talk again.
I finished chapter fifteen of THE STONE KILLER late last night and discovered I have left out an important part of the investigation of the multiple murders. So I have to decide where the appropriate place to insert this missing part of the story will be. Writing murder is not the easiest job. There are all these little details you have to keep track of and sometimes something gets left out. I keep going over and over my story to try to prevent that from happening and hopefully I succeed. I keep a running track of what is happening in the story on writing tablet on my desk. Still sometimes I forget and have to rewrite a section. Oh well, that happens.
One of my problems is that I can’t type as fast as I think. Because of that I find I leave words out or letters off word, or put a ‘ed or s’ on the end of a word where one is not needed. Thank God for my sister’s editing ability. She is fantastic at finding my errors and locating missing information.
Well, I have been working the entire month of March with a daily headache from a sinus infection. Needless to say that has been part of my writing problem. It’s hard to get the brain to work correctly if all you feel is pain and pressure in your head and face. Friday I go back to the doctor. Things are improving, but it has been a rough process. At least the day is bright and sunshiny with the temperature at 65 degrees at the moment. I am thankful I live in Colorado where we have few gray days. My sister in Kentucky has had a terrible winter with lots of gray days. I don’t do gray very well.
My critters are doing well. Bandit has decided she will not give up her bed beside my desk. Titan wants it. I solved that problem. I now have two small beds on either side of my chair, but not so close they get in my way. Those two are always vying for my attention. Pyewacket and Stanley rarely give me a problem.
Well, it is time for me to get back to work on THE STONE KILLER. My detective, Jonas Black, has another body to find and I have corrections to make.
Everyone have a great day. Take care of yourselves and stay safe until we talk again.
It snowed last night, dumping about two inches on the ground. Around 3:30 this morning, Titan had to go out. I ice skated across the back patio not realizing that it had frozen over. That was fun making my way back to the house without falling. Of course Titan was in a hurry to get back inside and out of the cold. He has settled into my little animal family and thinks the cats are dogs. He and Bandit run and play all through the house. I think I have spoiled him already.
I didn’t write much today, letting the story and the book’s ending cook in my brain for a day. Sometimes what you plan on putting down on paper is not what comes out when you start typing. That happened yesterday. So I took a break and watched a marathon of Tom Selleck’s Jesse Stone movies, studying how the stories play out. It was informative. Robert B. Parker told great stories.
I thought I would show you a picture of the Three Graces in the Garden of the Gods. This area plays a big part in the story of THE STONE KILLER. It is a city park and it is beautiful. Anyway, the story is progressing slow but sure.
Well, it is now after 11:00 and I’m tired from doing mostly nothing today. I don’t understand that. Titan and the kitties are ready for bed and keep staring at me as if to say why are you still typing.
Tomorrow the sun will shine and temperature will be in the upper forties. Then it is back to work on the book. No more lazy days for me. I have to get it finished. It is the first in the series with Jonas Black and the stories are churning away in my brain.
Everyone take care of yourselves and stay safe until we talk again.
The best to you and yours.
THE STONE KILLER is coming and he may be looking for you.
I have a question: How in the world do some of you produce three and four novels a year. I can’t seem to do that with all the research and rewrites I do. My partner and I edit the book over and over and over to make sure we have answered all the questions and haven’t left anything out. Even with a stock pile of nearly finished manuscripts, we can’t seem to complete more than two novels a year, six months on each one is our limit I guess. My hat is off to all you folks who can complete more.
Well, back to work. Everyone have a great day and stay safe.
The best to you and yours.