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Old Gray Mare: Going Gray, Month One**

Old Gray Mare: Going Gray Month One!

Is it strange that I’m excited about writing my second blog on going gray? Probably. But I’ve been thinking about the subject all month. Of course, now that I’m here I won’t be able to remember anything I’ve been thinking, but such is life (and old age). What I do remember is that for some strange reason the song Old Gray Mare (She Ain’t What She Used to Be) keeps going through my head.

Throughout this past month, I have vacillated between being super excited about transitioning to gray and being worried that it’s going to age me big time. I don’t want to look old. But then I tell myself that maybe after the initial aging effect, I’ll get the Steve Martin effect, where I’ll look the same age for the next 30 years.

Or more.

Note: One advantage to aging: Your delusions are easier to maintain.

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Hi Ho Silver, I’m Going Gray!

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The beginning of my gray hair adventure

Yes, I have decided to take the plunge. No, not the Polar Bear one. I’m going gray. Or, more eloquently, silver. My hair started turning gray in my 20s, a strand here, a strand there. Not too scary. Then, in my 30s, I began dyeing my hair to cover those gray strands, which had started reproducing at an alarming rate. And now, at age 47, I have no idea what my hair color is, nor do my children. I told my youngest son I was going to go gray and he asked why…he didn’t see any gray. So I had him come closer, and I pulled back my bangs to reveal my white roots. His response? “Oh wow. I didn’t realize there was so much.”

Oh, the honesty of youth.

I’m not sure what made me change my mind about going gray. Last year I would have said I’m going to fight aging with every weapon at my disposal. But a week ago, I did an abrupt about face. Maybe it was seeing a picture of my younger sister, who has already transitioned. She looks good. Maybe it was coming across a photo of model, Cindy Joseph, sporting her fabulous silver mane.  Maybe it was my crunchy straw hair and split ends and the realization that my roots already really showed and not even a month had passed since my last coloring. Probably it was all that stuff coming together, like a perfect storm. Continue reading

A Paranormal Period Piece

Bewitching_LI love dark things, and I love period pieces. I love the paranormal side of life, and I love the Victorian era. I love intrigue, and I love romance. So what did I do? I incorporated all that wonderful stuff into my latest series: Tales From Hawthorn Lane, a sensual saga that takes place in the dark and magical village of Hawthorn Lane – a sanctuary for the fey.

Although it’s modern day, the villagers live as though in another time, with long dresses and twirling cloaks, crackling fires and fancy carriages. Trouble’s always brewing in this beguiling world, where light and dark are in a constant battle for control. Lorelle Gragan, the main character, struggles to find herself, to shed her mask, to believe in love in this strange and chaotic world where nothing is as it seems. Beneath the facade she wears to protect herself lurks a powerful sensual force that’s just waiting to break free, and when it does, nothing will ever be the same for her or the residents of Hawthorn Lane.

Take a look at the synopsis for Bewitching Hawthorn Lane, the first book in the series…

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Agent Search 2016

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I’d rather be here…

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m on the hunt for an agent. A young woman I know is attempting to do the same and she asked my advice on where to start. Not that I’m an expert on getting an agent (obviously), but I’ve been doing this long enough to learn a few things. So I put together this little guide for her and decided to share it with the world.

So here goes…

1.  Be sure the first 50 pages of your completed manuscript (fiction) are as perfect as you can get them since agents typically don’t ask for more than that when you query them (of course your whole manuscript should be fabulous, but those 50 pages should really shine). Some agents want 20 pages, some want the first 3 chapters, some only 5 pages. Make sure you watch for this. Also, most agents want you to include your letter/synopsis/sample in the body of the email, but some want some parts (like the sample and synopsis) included as an attachment. Nowadays many agents only do email queries, which is great since it saves a lot of time and money on everyone’s part. Not to mention trees. [I might have to take this back. I’m currently using AgentQuery and lots of the agents I’m finding don’t do email queries at all. I wonder if this is to keep the submissions manageable? Seems a bit 1990s to me.]

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The Hunt Is On

I have been terribly remiss in my posts lately. I’ve been writing a new book that I really love and I’m going to try to find an agent for this one. Seriously! After putting out thirteen books on my own, I think it’s time to take my career to the next level. I hope it’s time, because I really, really want to make this work. I’m so ready! But between helping my mom get her books into print form, writing a book, and raising my three boys, I’ve been a bit distracted. I’m still doing FB and Twitter posts, though, so that should count for something, shouldn’t it? Yes. It does.

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That’s me on the far left with the big, cheesy grin…

Sending out query letters is a bit challenging. Everyone wants something different, which is perfectly legit, but the problem is you have to be on top of that and I think I already screwed one up. I should have delved further into what the agency wanted, and for some unfathomable reason I didn’t. I just wasn’t thinking at all. Maybe it’s because I got up too early this morning, or that it was only mid-afternoon and I was already hungry for supper (which should be against the laws of nature). Maybe I thought I’d lucked out with an easy one. I don’t know. But, dang, it taught me not to do that again.

I think the worst part is that a wonderful outcome is not guaranteed at all. I think we’re all happy to put in the work and effort and put up with the cringe-worthy moments after realizing we screwed up, if at the end of it all, something good and magical would happen. But I guess that’s life. No guarantees of anything.

I say boo hiss to that.

But I’m not giving up. One way or another, I’m going to make this work. I’ve been dreaming about being a writer since I was a little kid, and I’m not letting that little kid down.

Though I might miss a few more blog posts in the process…

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