Jennifer Lyon
Monday, April 24th, 2017
Weekend Roundup

I finished the revisions for Savaged Vows and sent them off to my editor on Sunday. I ‘m happy about that! After that, we had my sister (Biker Witch) and her husband out. We ordered food for dinner because I was too lazy to cook, but I made an apple pie for dessert so I don’t totally suck as a hostess :-)

The only downside of the weekend is my shoulder/arm thing isn’t getting better. For a little while it was improving, then it got worse. In fact Sunday night I was trying to write a longer blog about revisions and craft, but my shoulder/arm refused to cooperate and I deleted it in frustration. I may have to admit defeat and go to the doctor. He’ll tell me to rest it, I’ll tell him I took all of Sunday afternoon off and I don’t understand why that’s not enough rest.

Then I’ll get THAT LOOK. You know, the one that says I can’t fix stupid. 

Yeah. That look.

On the other hand, it might clear up if I keep ignoring it. :-)

So how was your weekend?

 

Friday, April 21st, 2017
Happy Friday!

Wow it’s been a fast and weird week full of technical glitches. Most of them are solved now though. So here’s my announcement–which will go out in my newsletter next week: I’ve added a bonus scene to the digital version of my novella, SAVAGED SURRENDER and the book is free at most vendors! (If it’s not free in a country outside the US or the UK, we’re working on it and it will be soon). If you haven’t bought the book, get it now!

Savaged Surrender

Kindle / Nook / iBooks / Kobo / Google Play

But if you have bought it and just want the bonus scene, you can grab that at InstaFreebie here. (You just have to put in your name and email to claim the file).

Click here to claim your copy on InstaFreebie

Warning: This is a very sexy scene. After I finished writing the book, Ethan (the hero) wouldn’t leave me alone. He kept telling me that he’d promised Anna, his heroine, that he’d fulfill her fantasy and I ended the book too soon. At the time, I didn’t have space in the book for the scene as it was going in 1,001 Dark Nights, so I closed the door before they got to the actual fantasy.

Now I’ve opened that door :-) Read at your own risk! And I’ve also included a first chapter preview to Savaged Dreams (releasing June 19th, 2017).

Otherwise, I’m hunkered down and editing Savaged Vows to get off to my editor by Sunday night. I’ll make the deadline! And Sunday we’re having Biker Witch and her Biker Hubby out for awhile which will be an awesome break.

I love writing these books, but work is consuming my life and I dream of a whole weekend off one day!

What are your weekend plans? Whatever they are, Happy Friday and Have a Great Weekend!

 

 

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
Wednesday Worthy

I’ve been swimming upstream against a lot of frustrations that are out of my control and slowing me down, but despite that, I’m making progress! I have most of the revisions done for Savaged Vows, although I don’t know if they work or not. But now I’m going to do a hard edit and try to clean up some of the typos and sloppy writing to get that back to my editor this weekend.

And speaking of swimming, here is our Wednesday Worth Candidate:

So what do you think? Is he worthy?

Monday, April 17th, 2017
Weekend Roundup

The weekend was a blur of work and fun! Yesterday all the our sons and their girls came over, along with two extra kids and two dogs. It was a full house and a blast. Corky is the laid back dog who hung out and “helped” me in the kitchen. He worked hard to make sure no food actually touched the floor :-). Jett’s the family 60 lb puppy, and he was full of mischief yesterday. I can’t help but laugh at his antics–it really is just puppy mischief. Jett’s a growing into a great dog with a very sweet nature.

It’s great to see everyone!

At the same time, I have week or less to get this revision done, and juggling three other projects. It’s all pretty crazed right now, but I’m swimming as fast as I can to keep up. But I’m not complaining because I get to do a job I love.

How was your weekend and Easter?

 

Friday, April 14th, 2017
Happy Friday!

Hope everyone is have a great (Good) Friday.

For some reason all day yesterday (Thursday) I thought it was Friday–but maybe that’s because I woke up at four-something in morning worrying about the book and I’m doing the usual crazy dance as I work to revise Savaged Vows. I’m not sure how I can turn a pretty simple revisions into a massive stress-fest, but let’s just call it a special talent, okay?? LOL!! Although I took last night off–normally I can get in one to three hours of work after dinner, but I ran out of steam so I took the night off and read a totally inappropriate book :-)

Saturday I’m working, and Sunday at least two of three kids are coming out. I need to find out if Youngest Son (BLB) is coming too. I’m really looking forward to that! I’m going to make shredded beef tacos and brownies for dessert. It’s not exactly a traditional Easter meal, but it’s simple and easy to adjust for more or less people, which is always a win for me.

What are you doing this weekend?

Happy Easter!!

 

 

 

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
Wednesday Worthy

Here is today’s Wednesday Worthy Candidate:

So what do you think, is he worthy?

Monday, April 10th, 2017
Living the Dream

Warning: This email was written while under the influence of antibiotics, insomnia, wild joy, soul-shuddering fear and the usual amount of Jen-Crazy. Proceed at your own risk.

I have moments where I’m think, “Wow I’m living the dream.”

And then there are other moments, where I’m pretty sure I’m chasing the dream through the bowels of hell.

So Friday afternoon, I was cleaning our old leather couches–

**And let me just ask this: Do hellhounds come in at night and shed old filth, muck and digested bone marrow on my furniture while I’m sleeping? Because ewww….there was some serious dirt on my couches. So freaking embarrassing. But alas, those couches and clean now–yes sir they are, and if any grubby hellhounds try to smear their disgusting grime on them again, I will squirt them with my trusty cleaner and poof their butts right back to the underworld. Just saying…**

–Right so back to the subject of living the dream. While cleaning the couches, my phone dinged letting me know I had a new email. If my phone dings, that means Siri knows this is likely an email I want to read. Siri is clever like that. So I stripped off my hazmat suit (just kidding, people, I don’t live in a toxic waste dump…come on…)  all right I put down my cleaning rag and pulled up the email.

It’s was from my editor.

I’m like…holy cow (I cleaned that up for you. I don’t want to say holy f-ing sh*t on my blog, that would be rude). Why was I freaking out? It was too soon!! I’d just turned in the book a few days ago. So…this can’t be good. I had this happen once before and it’s not a memory I want to relive. Nope, in that case, my first two chapters were so confusing, she stopped reading the book and sent it back for me to fix so she could understand it.

I felt sick. Not like, oh, crap, I have a sinus infection sick. This was stomach sinking, career-ending, where’s the vodka sick. I broke out in a sweat and closed the email.

That’s right, I was scared of an email. I’d rather tackle dirty couches!

Except I had to know. I lasted about 22 seconds and opened the email again. Then I shut one eye, squinted with the other and mentally prepared for a death-blow to my career. It began with Dear Jennifer.

Hmm, well that’s better than Dear Author Wannabe, right? Although she often calls me Jen, so Jennifer… so formal. Hmm…Is she quitting?

OMG is my editor dumping me!! Where is the freaking vodka??? Wait, I don’t drink vodka. Crap. Is now a good time to start drinking vodka? It really seems like the perfect time for vodka.

Oh for the love of chocolate, read the damn email, Jen.

Great now I’m hearing voices. I’m definitely skipping the vodka because while I can tolerate voices in my head, I draw the line at drunk voices. So I began to read. The first paragraph was about…I dunno. There were a bunch of words that weren’t about my book. Which seems kind of rude when it really should be all ABOUT MY FREAKING BOOK because Hello?? Author dying here??

So I got through that real long first paragraph stuffed with words and punctuation and none of it about my book.

Whew, okay no hate in paragraph number one. So on to paragraph number two. It began like this:

“First off, I gotta tell you. Wow. Seriously, wow. This book is so, so good.”

Wait, what?

OMG she’s not dumping me and she doesn’t hate my book!! She gushed for a while, right down to the ending of the book.

After that, she went into “editor mode” and outlined revisions. The first half of the book needs some work, but the second half she couldn’t stop reading. For me, it’s all great news. I’m thrilled with her reaction and agree with her revisions that–if I can pull off–will make the book stronger.

And so on Friday afternoon, I was living the dream. That feeling is so addictive that I will chase this dream through the really bad days of insomnia and despair, fighting the voices of doubt in my head, working until I ache, to achieve those few magical moments when I realize the book is working, that I have hit the mark and given the characters the story they deserve.

For me, that is living the dream. Dreams aren’t easy, but they are worth the struggle.

Okay if you happened to make it through the whole blog–how was your weekend?

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