Saturday, April 4, 2020

GOALS!

GOALS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL:

(The plan is to check in every Saturday and tally up what I've accomplished, and add any new goals to the list. Feel free to jeer if I don't get at least half this list done this month!)

Outline: BRIDE OF THE LIVING PROOF
Neighborlee Book 7

Outline: MAKING IT ALL UP
Match Girls Book 2

1st  Revision: HERE THERE WERE DRAGONS
AFV Defender Book 2

Tweak 3 published Commonwealth Universe novels
(Long-term project for the year -- revise, refine, add to and fix contradictions that have arisen within my Commonwealth Universe books, thanks to lack of planning, lack of note-taking, and general amnesia arising from an ongoing case of the hectics!)

Judge an online writing contest

Revise: QUITTING THE HERO BIZ
Neighborlee Book 6
Previously published as Hero Blues

Think that's enough for the month?
Let's see how well I do by next Saturday, already 11 days or just over 1/3 of the way through the month!

Have a blessed Palm Sunday, no matter how far from the traditional we are all forced to go this year!

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Off the Bookshelf: ONLY THE GOOD SPY YOUNG, by Ally Carter

Audiobook
Narrated by Renee Raudman

Aauugghh!
I've run out of Gallagher Girls books in my library, and I can't justify buying the next 2 with so many other books waiting to be read. At least, not for a while ...

In this latest installment, Cammie has a lot of growing up to do, and fast. Her winter break visit to England with Becks and her spy parents turns into a whirlwind of moving from one safe house to another. The ancient enemy of Jillian Gallagher is after Cammie, but nobody is sure why. Even worse, there is a traitor among the family of the Gallagher Academy. Cammie and her friends refuse to believe it, but the evidence is overwhelming. As they try to find out the truth, they are stymied and blocked at every turn. While the girls are a brilliant team, gifted with beating the odds, they ARE at a school created to train spies, so yes, every action they try to take is anticipated and blocked. Heartbreak and death threaten, and the price of vindication and truth might just be too high to pay.

The big question is how long I can hold out before buying the next book and finding out what Cammie did, if she succeeded, what answers she uncovered.

Major fun series. *sigh* I want to write like Ally Carter when I grow up ....

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Coming title: CONFESSIONS OF A LOST KID



May 1, the Neighborlee, Ohio fantasy series re-launches.

You may have read the books when they originally were released by Uncial Press.

I'm going back through, fixing little holes in the storyline, adding some new sub-plots and details, and the stories are now being released in chronological order of events.

There were originally 8 books -- when the series is finished, there will be 13.
New titles.
New cover art.
A lot more intense.

So you may have read some of the Neighborlee, Ohio books before, but I can guarantee there's something new to discover and some changes even in books you've read before.

The schedule is a new PRINT book coming out every other month, starting in May.

The ebook version will be released through Kindle/Amazon and Kindle Unlimited (as soon as I figure out HOW) for the first 3 months, then we'll go wide, if you prefer other reading formats. Ebooks will be released before the print versions.

Audiobooks are far on the horizon, so if you prefer to listen to stories instead of reading them, STAY TUNED!!

And check in with Ye Olde Dragon Books as we build the website and release information. You'll be able to buy print copies directly through us, as well as ebooks when we go into wide distribution, and hopefully audiobooks as well!

www.YeOldeDragonBooks.com

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Off the Bookshelf: DON'T JUDGE A GIRL BY HER COVER, by Ally Carter

Audiobook
Narrated by Renee Raudman

The third book in the Gallagher Girls series.

This time Macy, the newest member of Cammie Morgan's team, seems to be the one in danger. Her father is running for Vice President, and the press corps and paparazzi descend on the Gallagher Academy to keep watch on the girl who could be First Daughter. It means the school for spies has to maintain a cover as a snooty prep school. How do they deal with an invasion of Secret Service to guard Macy? Fortunately, or maybe not, someone very dear to Cammie returns to take that job. But life is nowhere near normal at the Gallagher Academy, when threats to Macy's safety and life become real -- as in a kidnapping attempt that Macy and Cammie manage to fight off, earning a broken arm and concussion between them.

Macy is forced to live under a mask for the sake of her father's campaign. And of course, Cammie, Becks and Liz take risks and break rules to make sure their friend stays safe. It's a hectic first term at the Gallagher Academy, especially when it turns out Macy isn't the only one who's in growing danger.

Yeah, and with an ending that felt like a cliffhanger, I had to start the next book right away!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

A New Venture: YE OLDE DRAGON BOOKS


Just what is Ye Olde Dragon Books?
We're still under construction, but we're aiming to have fun.

Our tagline is: TWO OLDE DRAGONS WRITING WYRD STORIES

If that's not enough of a hint of what you can look forward to .... keep checking back.
You'll see the covers of upcoming books, just to whet your appetite.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Off the Bookshelf: CROSS MY HEART AND HOPE TO SPY, by Ally Carter

Audiobook
Narrated by Renee Raudman

Guilty pleasure time!
I love the Gallagher Girls books, and I'm especially glad that the same narrator keeps voicing the many characters in the private school for girls-who-will-grow-up-to-be-spies.

Another school term for Cammie Morgan and her roommates, Liz, Becks and Macy. A field trip for Covert Ops class turns into humiliation leading to a mystery that takes up the rest of the school year. It turns out that the gossip columnist classmate is right -- there IS a school for boys-who-will-grow-up-to-be-spies. And like  the 4th Harry Potter book, some reps of the school come to visit the Gallagher Academy.

Cammie has her hands full trying to figure out if Zach is friend or foe, or just trying to drive her crazy. Why has he targeted her, out of all the girls in the school? When she and her roommates apply their lessons to stake out the boys' living quarters and figure out what's going on, things don't quite go as they had hoped. Plus she keeps running into her ex-boyfriend in town, and Zach's presence just makes things more complicated.

Fun, but way too short. Another instance of finding excuses to be walking or in the car, so I can keep listening.