I hope that however you celebrated the American Thanksgiving Day, it was wonderful. In my area, we had a storm and depending on the altitude, it could be snow, ice, or rain. The weather deterred my guests so I made the entire meal for just the hubby and I. So yes, it’s Monday and we’re still eating leftovers. The storm wasn’t done with us on Thursday. On Friday, it snowed all day. That’s a very rare occurrence for where I live. The storm dropped four or five inches of wet heavy snow. Hubby was wonderful and went out and shoveled the front walk and ¾ of the driveway. On Saturday, it dawned bright and beautiful. I went out my front door and took a picture of the lots across the street before the warm air melted everything. Beautiful. We’re going to have temps in the 40’s and 50’s for the next few days so all the snow will melt quickly. A good start to get me in the mood for Christmas.
National Novel Writing Month is over. I reached 50,700 words last Tuesday, so I didn’t stress about Thanksgiving or writing all last week. Tuesday was a marathon though. I wrote a bunch then was going to quit for the day when I realized I was only a few hundred words from finishing. So I kept writing. Another 1700 words came flowing out and at nearly 5k for the day, hooray! I was a winner. The story, All About a Home, isn’t finished. I’ll finish it before the end of the year. Then the editing will begin. I hope to have all five out in 2020 in quick succession. Perhaps one per month. Stay tuned for the updates in my newsletter. Cover reveals will be there first as well.
In other writing news, I’ve added Mystery at the Reunion back into my to be written to do list. The story, first drafted two years ago, needed a little something. I’m working on the sub-plot that’s set in Jean’s past in the military in Afghanistan. I think that’s just the thing to bring the story I first drafted the missing element I’ve been struggling with all this time. So, once All About a Home is finished, Mystery at the Reunion is back in the writing queue. Of course, I’ll continue the serial, The Party. The two stories are so different, I won’t have any trouble writing them at the same time.
The Ghoulishly Great Reads Halloween Author/Blogger giveaway has winners! My winners are Tina and Nikki, both from the U.S. I want to congratulate you on being my winners for the Halloween giveaway. Thank you both so much for participating! Emails were sent to you on getting your prizes.
You want to be a winner too? The Christmas giveaway is now open! For my giveaway I’m featuring an ebook copy of Slave Elf and a $10 Amazon gift card. There are 21 other great prizes available and a $72 Grand Prize in PayPal cash. I hope you can stop in and try for a prize here.
Where will I Be?:
December Mesa Book Festival. The date is December 14th from 10am – 5pm and the location has changed to 225 E Main St, Mesa. This is the Benedictine University, for those familiar with Mesa. I am sharing a booth space with the wonderful Marsha Ward. The site only promotes the author registering the table, so you’ll only see Marsha’s name, not mine. But I promise, I’ll be there. You can find all the details and a map at https://anthology.org/category/mesa-book-festival/.
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My 2020 Calendar, which I’ve titled Arizona Reflections, is now available. I love doing these calendars. The beautiful pictures of Arizona wildlife, insects, reptiles, and landscapes relaxes me every time I look at them. The wall calendar has both U.S. and Canadian holidays listed and blocks for keeping track of appointments. You can find the calendar for purchase at: http://www.lulu.com/content/legacy-lulustudio-calendar/arizona-impressions/25183877. Alternatively, you can go to my website, at my Books and Other Products page and it’s the first thing you see. I hope you enjoy it.
Gold Dreams released May 13th, 2019. It is up on Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, (Direct link doesn’t work, copy the URL and paste it into your browser, or go directly to Kobo.com and search for Gold Dreams, Connie Cockrell), and Smashwords. The print version is available on Amazon. You can also see all my books on http://conniesrandomthoughts.com/my-books-and-other-published-work/. If you’ve read any of my books, please drop a short, honest, review on the site where you bought it or on Goodreads or BookBub. Your review is critical to help me promote the books to other readers. Thanks in advance.
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