Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Welcome to the NEXT BIG THING blog hop.

What is a blog hop? My friend, Rhonda Prince, thought it was a new dance, like zumba or cotton-eyed Joe, but no.

Basically, it’s a way that readers can discover new authors, because with bookstores closing and publishers not promoting new authors as much, we need to find a way to introduce readers to authors they may not see in their local bookstore. So I get to give a shout-out to the wonderful author who invited me to this “dance” and then invite (and highlight) three more terrific authors at the end of the blog.

Carol Shenold invited me to join the “hop.” I met her on the Oklahoma Writers Federated Intl writing loop, a new online friend. Her latest release is a paranormal mystery novel, Bloody Murder, a Tali Cates mystery. See the links at the end for three other authors you really MUST check out. Check out Carol Shenold’s blog at


In this particular hop, I and my fellow authors, in their respective blogs, have answered 10 questions where you get to learn about our current work in progress as well as some insights into our process, from characters and inspirations to plotting and cover decisions. I hope you enjoy it!
Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions.

Here is my Next Big Thing!

1: What is the working title of your book?
Well, remember, it’s a work in progress, so this might change, but the working title is A Ghost for Shelley

2: Where did the idea come for the book?
This is a sequel to my debut novel Victoria and the Ghost. In the first book, Victoria faces the country like an alien world for a city girl. Her biggest nemesis is Shelley Halverson. What if Shelley, the perfect country bumpkin, moved to the city? What if she heard or saw ghosts like she ridiculed about to Victoria? How would Shelley react? I learned her adjustment was even harder, and more deadly.

3: What genre does your book come under?
Inspirational, paranormal young adult

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Wow, that’s a hard one. Maybe Scarlett Johansson for Shelley. I’m not up on my actresses. The hero, maybe Channing Tatum

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Mean girl Shelley gets what she deserves when the country girl moves to the city with no friends, vindictive accusations, her own ghost problems, and a life that could get her killed.

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
Since this is a work in progress, it’s not sold yet. However, I hope to sell it to the publisher of Victoria and the Ghost. That is 4RV Publishing Co.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I’ve been working on it a couple months, but it isn’t finished. I will have my first draft finished and do at least one read-through edit by April, 2013. That’s the goal I set for myself. I wish to pitch it to my publisher @ OWFI conference the first weekend of May.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Well, of course, the story compares with my first young adult which compares with Beverly Stowe McClure’s Rebel in Blue Jeans.

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The message of each book I write is there is hope in God.
I want to show teenaged girls that different doesn’t mean unlovely. Girls build up themselves by tearing down others, and they need to know there is forgiveness for that. Only God can heal and make them whole and beautiful.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

With Victoria and the Ghost I told a fictional account but used a real place with an oft-told ghost legend. That was Clara, Texas.

With this one which is also fiction, I use the legend of the ghost of McKinney, Texas courthouse.

Below you will find authors (in no particular order) who will be joining me by blog, next Wednesday. Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on WIPs and New Releases! Happy Writing and Reading.

1. Cynthia Toney –her book Bird Face will be out next spring.
Almost-fourteen-year-old Wendy Robichaud doesn't care one bit about being popular like her classmates Tookie and the Sticks. That is, until Brainiac bully John-Monster schemes against her, and someone leaves anonymous sticky-note messages all over school. Even her best friend is hiding something. While juggling divorced parents, caring for abandoned puppies, and trying to make the high school track team, who has time to play detective?
The blog site is
Oh, and the publisher's website for future purchases is

Cash-strapped, single mom, Carly Westbrook has her hands full trying to pay the rent and raise two boys on her own, but she's facing eviction this Christmas--and she doesn't need a grouchy neighbor and his big, goofy dog making creating more stress. But Christmas is a season for surprises, and sometimes it's the unexpected gifts that are the most precious of all.
Find her at

3. Sarah Smith – The Elite of the Weak
Hadassah isn’t like the rest of her friends in high school. Neither is she like the kids in her church’s youth group. At least not when she’s in the African jungle trying to rescue an abducted child, or when she’s crawling through an air duct on a surveilance mission in Queens. She was born for such a time as this. She also wasn’t cut out to do this work alone.
find her at

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions, and be sure to check out the other authors listed above.

Thanks for those who’ve purchased Victoria and the Ghost and Divine Dining. Like me on Facebook and/or send me a tweet. (See right side for links)

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