Not Dead Yet ... And Book Launch FYI

Hey, gang! Loooooonnnnnggggg time, no blog. :) So, I took most of A-Z month off, because--well, everyone was busy and I wasn't participating. Great time to disappear, right?

PLUS, I've got this novel I'm trying to get out in August. The final revisions are going great, just slowly. It'll be my first full-length novel, so I'm trying to really get it JUST right. (Cue the thieving blonde tramp and the hungry bears! Seriously, who steals food from bears anyway?!)

I'm also working on new Moonsongs stuff. (A spinoff short story for one of my characters, Marshal, is coming soon!) And I've also been busy over at New Adult Alley. We recently decided to divide an conquer, and I'm now working mostly on the website side of our operation  You can sign up for our fantastic newsletter HERE if you're dying to have me show up in your inbox on occasion. :)

Then, there has been a lot of travel lately. We attended a wedding in South Carolina last week, and were away for a week prior to that for a vacation trip up the northern coast of California. 

Here are some pics from those trips:


This guy was hanging out on the golf course near where we stayed in South Carolina!
I spotted him while riding a bicycle around the island.

This pooch had epic drool issues! LOL He was cursing around Charleston, SC.

Charleston scenery.

More Charleston scenery.

More Charleston scenery.


View from our No Cal hotel room! 
There's a bird standing on top of the rock. :)



The seals had their pups out sunning with them. :)


My wife taking in the view on our bike ride. :)









We took a train ride through one of the redwood forests.


Sunlight through the trees.

At the feet of giants. :)

The trees were so tall I couldn't get far enough away to photo an entire one, so I improvised, and shot looking up from the base. :)

All together, I kind of just lost track of the blog. But I'm back now. :) 

Speaking of blogs, I bumped into one of my favorite author-bloggers (Eve of The Desert RocksIntangible Hearts blogs) at our New Adult Lit Chat last night, and it made me realize how much I missed y'all!

So what's coming in this blog space? Details on great new releases and covers from my author friends, more of my thoughts on this writing adventure we're on, and I'll be incorporating a lot more of what we're doing over at NA Lit Chat (#NALitChat on the Twitters). 

I've been remiss sharing all of my work over there, here. But so much of what we talk about can be applied to all kinds of writing and authors--not just New Adult--so I want to include y'all in that as much as possible from here on out.

Specifically, I wanted to pass along the transcripts from our chat last night. We had a couple of fantastic authors on as guests (Lynn Rush & Nazarea Andrews) to talk about book launches and share their tips & tactics. 

Be sure to keep a pen and paper handy as you listen along (and read tweets), because there are a lot of useful things you'll want to stash away.


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You can keep up with everything we've got cooking at the chats HERE

Hope you've all been doing great, and I'm looking forward to reconnecting. Have a great weekend!

~EJW~

34 comments:

  1. Glad you're back.
    Those pictures are beautiful! You have a great eye. :)

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  2. The pictures you shared are amazing! I adore photography and dabble in it myself, but seeing these pictures makes me realize I have much to learn. ;)

    I am currently writing the sequel to Hurricane Crimes and I'm trying to get it to novel-length so it'll be my first one in print too, so I understand your struggle. Good luck with your revisions!

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    1. I'm definitely a "dabbler", too, Chrys! I just try to shoot things that are interesting and take lots of photos hoping one or two turn out. LOL

      That's super-exciting about Hurricane Crimes! I'm attempting to beef mine up as well, which is stressful, because I don't want to mess up what I've already got. :) Good luck, and let me know when you're ready to release so I can have you here on the blog.

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  3. Lovely photos! :)

    Thanks for those transcripts! It's really helpful for those of us in different time zones who are usually asleep when #NALitChat is happening (2-3 a.m. in the UK!).

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    1. Thanks, Emma! My pleasure to share the transcripts. I know not everyone can make it every week, and I really want others to be able to benefit from the great info shared. We will (eventually) do an alternate NA Lit Chat for folks who live in Europe. Just trying to find the right topic and excuse. :)

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  4. Love your photos! Looks like a beautiful trip!

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    1. Had a great time on both trips, Steph! But now I need to get my butt back to writing. :) Just signed up for your cover reveal btw!

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  5. You've been missed!
    Charleston is an awesome place to visit. Cool photos - definitely my neck of the woods.
    Good to have you back, EJ.

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    1. Thanks, Alex! I've missed y'all for sure. Loved Charleston! Just a beautiful city. We stayed on a little island about 40 minutes from downtown and hit the beach. :)

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  6. Beautiful shots!

    That dog might be drooling, but he's a handsome fella!

    And that gator's the best way to keep people from wasting their time playing that infernal game.

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    1. I took several of the dog, William. He was definitely a good-looking hound. :) I thought the same thing about gators and golf! LOL

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  7. You are some kind of photographer! I just love the photos. The cemetery may by my favorite, but your toothy friend on the golf course freaked me out! I can't wait for your full length novel and what was that about more Moonsongs? Yay!! I'm all signed up for the newsletter.

    Oh, is there such a thing as speedy editing? Man, it's always slow-going for me. Commas in, commas out. Swearing about commas. Happy to see you around the blogosphere, E.J.

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    1. Thanks, Rob! :D If there's speedy editing, I don't know about it. :)

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  8. Welcome back! I too have been away~ I love your photos-what a great trip, except for the gator-yikes! They can run-most people don't know that! Yes, I love seeing a happy hound~

    Wow, you have been busy!

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    1. Thanks, El! I had a good zoom lens going with those gator shots. The closest I got to him out of the water was about 20-25 yards. He was really moving along on land, so I didn't take any chances. LOL

      Great "seeing" you!

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  9. Wonderful photos and thanks for the mention. We all miss you too. I guess a couple more inches with that croc and you could have been dead--glad you're not dead yet.

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    1. I definitely had my zoom lens on, Eve. He was moving really quickly and I didn't want to get too close. I didn't get between him and the water, either. It was a little pond on the golf course, he was one side, I was on the other--near my bicycle so I could run away. LOL

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  10. Those really are gorgeous photos, E.J. Were the Northern California ones from the 17 mile drive down the Monterey Peninsula? It's such a gorgeous part of the country.

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    1. Apparently I like the word "gorgeous" today. :D

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    2. LOL I fall in love with words all the time, Pat! Much to the chagrin of my beta partners. :)

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  11. Wow, so many fantastic photos! Not surprised you ended up disappearing from the blogosphere a bit, with everything you've had going on. Wishing you the best of luck with your novel! August will likely be here before any of us know it, haha...

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    1. Thank you, Heather! Yes, I can't look at a calendar and not get a little fidgety! :)

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  12. Nice pics and good luck with revisions!! Always tough but so worth it.

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    1. Thanks, Tammy! Revisions are definitely where the words become a story. Mine are going pretty well--which makes me nervous! LOL

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  13. Oh my goodness, now I need to go on vacation. What great resources, and thank you. It's good to see you back on the blogosphere!

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    1. Definitely recommend some time away, Crystal! Saw you've got a new one coming out soon, so you'll really be ready. :) Speaking of, I need to get signed up for your release fun!

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  14. Wonderful photos! Glad you have more coming out. Let me know if I can be useful when you launch. Glad you're finding your NA group useful. Groups do help. Yes?

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    1. Thanks, MP! Safety in numbers is definitely my writing motto. :)

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  15. I LOVE Charleston. Coolest town ever. My husband's company is based there and he gets to go all the time. I'm still trying to hitch a ride on one of his business trips!

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    1. You totally have to, Stephanie! I can't imagine anyone not loving it--aside from the humidity. :)

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  16. Gorgeous photos! I haven't been to Charleston since grad school (I went to USC) - such a beautiful city. Glad you enjoyed your travels. Nice new pic of you, too. Good luck with the August launch!

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