Leafing into #ROW80

Autumn… Sigh… Summer has fallen along with the temperatures in New Hampshire. We said, “Ugh,” after lighting the woodstove last night. Many New Hampshire residents are feeling they will surely see snow once again before Halloween.

It is kind of funny how the seasons change so fast here. Just last week the trees had green leaves in them. As of today, most of them have turned and are now carpeting our lawns.

If you are a leaf peeper, now is a great time to take a trip to NH to see some really pretty colors. That is if it manages to stop raining long enough for anyone to enjoy the trip. The colors always look so much more beautiful when the sun shines on them.

Mike took the screen house down yesterday. He almost took the snow blower out but he decided to wait another week.

Last year at this time we had a surprise snow storm that dumped over two feet of snow on us a week or two before Halloween. So when Halloween came around it didn’t feel like Halloween, it felt more like Thanksgiving.

Survived the Book Signing:

 I survived the book signing last Saturday, in fact I had a grand old time. It was a small turn out but that was fine for me. It just made it easier to face the crowd. My friend Linda was a great help. She was able to keep me focused and I don’t remember her ever needing to tell me to breath. Just her being there helped me feel more confident in myself.

I am ready and willing to do an event again, with her help of course.

I was told at work that I should have put a posting about it up on our Cafeteria bulletin board. I really didn’t know I could have done that. It was the lady from human resources who had told me to do this next time. So I say – Hmm.

Have you done a Local Book Signing yet? I would love to hear about your first experience.

Mine was – I showed up early. I had read all over the internet about book signings and they all said show up early. (Don’t show up early – at least not an hour early.) Ten minutes early is alright but not an hour early like I did. One good thing though by doing the hour early thing… I was able to spend some time talking to the store owner and was able to learn a little bit more about the Kobo vs. Google eBooks for Independent Book Sellers. Our store is considering carrying and selling the Kobo eReaders.

Offer to bring copies of your books. I was glad I had brought some copies of Friends of Choice and my Short Story Collection. It gave the guest a good variety of books to choose from.

If you have a co-host for your event, interact with them while they do their thing. This seems to liven things up. I saw how my friend did this for me, I did not step up and do this for her, mostly over the fact that I was still in shock from speaking to the public. It was like I was in some far away land and when it was over I was like dah…why didn’t I help her the way she helped me. I was a bit beside myself for not doing this.

ROW80 Check in:

I missed Sunday’s check in. What’s new right?

Anyways – After the book signing I added a thousand more words on Saturday. Then I did open the file on Sunday but only added a hundred or so words and the same again on Tuesday. Today before writing this blog I added another thousand words to the manuscript. It is going slowly. I have to get my butt into gear – NaNo is right around the corner.

Mind you, I only do NaNo to help get myself motivated. I have never once finished a manuscript on time. That is not my real intentions for doing NaNo. I think I like the forums and finding the motivational blogs. It always help to find a way to get pumped to write, just like is done for ROW80 with the inspirational posts. I look forward to those posts every week from our ROW80 mentors.

Well, I hope you are all finding ways to ROW your manuscript along.

Keep on writing.

Stop by and check out how the other ROWers are doing on the Linkey List.


The Toadstool Bookshop Book Signing in Peterborough, NH

That is me standing on the left and my friend Linda T. Kepner sitting on the other side of the table. We made a great team together.

Today was my very first book signing. It went well. I was promoting my newest book Witch Book at the Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough, NH.

I wasn’t sure how this was going to go. It was my very first time speaking in public. I was told that I did better than I thought I was going to do. But I did have help.

My good friend, Linda Kepner was there with me. She was promoting her newest release Second Chance. We were Linda’s in stereo.

Linda prompted me along, teaching me to walk the walk and talk the talk. She is so good at this book signing thing, she doesn’t even need notes to look at anymore.

Now we are trying to plan our next event.

I guess LK and her husband Terry are looking at setting us up for an event at BooksaMillion in Concord, NH. I’m not sure how long this will take. Terry says that there is a lot of red tape to go through, but I guess he is working on it.

We had a pretty good turnout considering there were a lot of different events going on in the area.

There was a quilt show in Peterborough, a Scarecrow festival in Jaffrey, and an Art Tour in the Monadnock region. Oh and there was a pumpkin festival happening in Milford as well.

I had a wonderful surprise too. Two of my former high school classmates made the trip to Peterborough to hear me speak and each walked away with a signed book. Then there was a co-worker of mine, she too show up to give me support.

My son was there as well. He had brought an old friend with him, one who had gotten into some mishap with him when his life was taking its down turn. It was neat to see how he loved seeing the dedication in my first book Friends of Choice was said to be to him and his sister. He made a point to point this out to his friend and the Acknowledgement part about the Phoenix House Rehab.

This goes to show how much his life has change in the past couple of years.

I found some more inspiration to get Road Salt done today. Several people in our audience mentioned how they will be looking forward to reading Road Salt when it comes out and voice how they liked the topic of Bath Salts. So I had better get that butt in the chair and get writing again. – It’s 30% done at this time.

#ROW80 Goals for Round 4 with Anticipated Book Signing

During the last round of Round of Words in 80 days I never really made any of my goals consistently.

First I tried to blog more, but that got in the way of my regular writing time.

Then there was the inspirational post about keeping a log about what our daily activities are throughout a day. This was to help us discover if there was any where one could become more efficient in their daily writing activities.

What I discovered was I was doing more blogging, but less writing and not setting aside any time for the other things I like to do in my daily life.

So for the new goals this round I will include the things that I like to do besides writing. Hopefully I will be able to find some kind of consistency with not just my writing. That means I now need to set aside time for knitting mittens and hats for my grand-daughter for Christmas. And then there is my other favorite thing to do – World of Warcraft.

Blizzard Entertainment just released a new expansion for World of Warcraft. I now have a Panda Monk named Musuu. I love that panda. It is kick ass with round house kicks and fists of fury. So I have to be able to find time to play this game too, maybe a minimum of three nights a week and one day on the weekend.

Knitting will be for only an hour or two a night. The rest of my time I will try to dedicate to writing.





Blogging will become limited to three nights a week instead of everyday.

Fridays will still be set aside to recap my favorite books of this past year.

  1. If I can write a minimum of 500 words a week, that would be good for me.
  2. Maximum word count will be set at 5k in a day. (But if the muse takes over, I promise not to argue with it.)
  3. Post on Facebook at least once a week.
  4. Post on Twitter at least once a week.

Hopefully I will be able to finish up Road Salt before NaNoWriMo happens next month.


Stop by the Linky List to see more ROW80 Goals for round 4.


Oh and I almost forgot to mention the Book Signing Event – I will be hosting my very first local book signing this Saturday at The Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough, New Hampshire. I will be there with my friend, Linda Kepner.

<- See previous post for more information about this event.

I’m excited and nervous. But I am sure it will be fun.

Linda and Linda #Book-signing in Stereo

Announcing… Linda Kepner and Linda Nelson will be visiting The Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough, NH on October 6, 2012 to discuss and sign their newly released books.

That’s right, my friend and I will be doing a local book signing next weekend. We will be at the bookstore at 11am until – I’m not sure when – I think maybe noonish.

This is a pretty exciting time for me. I have never done a book signing before. My good friend Linda Kepner talked me into it. She said, “How about we do this together? What do you think about Linda’s in stereo.”

We laughed about it and I had to agree. She had a great idea.

I’m the shy type and I have never done public speaking before, so I am of nervous.

This is my friend Linda Kepner – she has a new historical romance out called Second Chance, which is published with Crimson Romance. It is set in the 60’s time period. I already read this book and it was great. The story is about a graduate student, Bishou Howard, who is to tutor a very controversial wealthy tobacco widower during a time period when women were not known to be college professors. The two characters take more than a liking to each other but is it just loneliness for him or is it real love. You will need to read the book to find out.

She also has a couple of fantasy books out as well. Look for

The book I will be promoting is my newest release, Witch Book. It is the second book in my Orgarlan Saga. This book is a stand-alone sequel so it will not really matter if you read book one or book two first. Book one was Aaron & Keja. Both books were published with CreateSpace.

I’m not sure which book is my favorite out of the two of them. I kind of really like them both. This is my dream world and I had fun creating it. In this series you will find the roles of the fantasy races switched. I made the Orcs civilized and the good guys while I made the Elves the bad guys. The humans in this world are the minorities and they are not treated very well by the other races.

Also in Aaron and Keja, the main character – Aaron can talk to animals. She is known in the world of Orgarlan as a beast master.

In Witch Book, we have three human cousins who are living with and learning magic from their Aunt Grecha. Monica just wants to learn magic and be very good at it. She is the aunt’s favorite pupil. Wenda was happy to learn the magic that she has learned from their aunt. She is leaning towards becoming a beast master just like Aaron. Then there is Darmin. She is a wicked, wicked girl who can’t understand why Aunt Grecha doesn’t like her. Her goal in life is to be as strong as if not better than Lord Ky’debaul and sets out to try to become his bride.

Darmin’s biggest problem with Ky’debaul – he hates humans with a passion.

So if you are in the area of Peterborough, NH come by and see us. We will be giving out little tokens representing our books as mementos.

Who knows maybe this will be the beginning of a New England book tour in the works. Only time will tell….