PopSugar 2022 Reading Challenge.

  • A book published in 2022 – I’m not saying that Take Three at Mulholland High will be published next year, but I’m also not NOT saying that. Check out the first of the two books in the series here.
  • A book set on a plane, train, or cruise ship – A very pivotal scene of Twenty Year Reunion takes place on a private plane… Just saying.
  • A book about or set in a non-patriarchal society – While the events of The Queen of England trilogy do feature some men, with a literal queen, I’d like to think my AU steps out of a patriarchal society quite a bit.
  • A book about the afterlife – While not the main character, in Life After Joe, there is a lot of discussion about life after death (and what comes next for those left behind).
  • A book that takes place during your favorite season – if it’s Fall, it’s marching band. Try Confessions of a Teenage Band Geek.
  • A book about a band or musical group – double dipping here with Twenty Year Reunion and Quinn Martel.
  • A book set during a holidayRoom 702 literally has them all. And also, you can cross off the book that features two languages in the advanced category as well!
  • A different book by an author you read in 2021 – you can find all my books here, or here.
  • A book with two POVs – check out Take One (and Take Two) at Mulholland High, both feature Chloe and Ali as dual protagonists.

Hope that gets you started — happy reading!

A reminder that all of my books are free to read via Kindle Unlimited.

What next?

So, I recently finished a draft of a novel — Take Three at Mulholland, Book 3 in the Mulholland series — and I am now trying to decide what to do next. Usually when I finish writing a book, I have a fairly good idea of what I will work on next. Now? Not so much. I realize this isn’t very author-ly of me, but this is due to a few behind the scenes things beyond my control, so I thought I might share some of my options.

In no particular order, here’s what I could work on:

  1. Edit the sequel to Confessions of a Teenage Band Geek.
    1. Pros? The first draft is actually in good shape, and it’s a lot of fun.
    2. Cons? My publisher still has the rights to the original book and there are some things I want to do differently to rebrand when the sequel comes out.
  2. Edit the Fates project.
    1. Pros? I’ve come a long way as a writer since finishing the last draft in (checks notes) 2010??? I’ve also already written the sequel.
    2. Cons? It’s going to be a lot of hard work as the current draft is 120K.
  3. Edit Under the Rain of Light.
    1. Pros? It’s my most commercial novel.
    2. Cons? I hate the current draft and I’m not sure I have the motivation to make it better.
  4. Start writing ‘Cousin at the Wedding,’ a rom-com.
    1. Pros? New project! Fresh start!
    2. Cons? I have a ton of unedited work (see, 6 unpublished novels).
  5. Finish writing Counterfactual.
    1. Pros? I’ve already got a 10K head start.
    2. Cons? I have no idea where the book is going to go.
  6. Chill out and spend time marketing.
    1. Pros? Selling books is the whole point of being an author.
    2. Cons? I really suck at it.
  7. Re-edit Room 702.
    1. Pros? In theory, it shouldn’t take too long.
    2. Cons? Is this the best use of my time?

Thoughts?  Feelings?  Suggestions? I welcome them all.

Week by Numbers.

As usual, it’s been a minute.

I managed to finish an edit of another sequel before leaving on a belated Spring Break of sorts, before coming back and fixing the second draft of Take Two at Mulholland High.

  • 166, pages the ‘almost final’ draft finished, Confessions 2.
  • 172, pages the ‘final’ first draft was completed.
  • 61,534, words. Although I expect that to change, there’s plenty of room to write in new scenes.
  • 74,818, words in the Take Two at Mulholland High second draft.
  • 73,765, words in my editor’s draft.
  • 75,616, words in the final second draft.
  • 1, trip outside the country.
  • $251, dollars for a PCR test on Silhouette Island (Seychelles).
    • Per person.
  • 1, cookbook I’ve been asked to ghostwrite (let’s see if anything happens).
  • 1, podcast I was on, chatting about the A to Za’atar origin story.
  • 14, number of unwritten book ideas I have. How do I know this? I organized my Pinterest boards (yes, when between projects my procrastination gets specific).
  • 2, tickets purchased to the States this summer (well, I suppose it’s 4 in total, but still, so excited!).
  • 14,064, steps average for the past week.
  • almost 1, year since Poppy came to live with us!