Am… Writing

Okay, can you say, ‘rewrite/edit?’

I am almost done with those pesky rewrites for “Rules of Engagement” (working title). The critique group is shredding it like mozzarella for me. My cover? Yet to be determined. However, if you wish to see some of what I envision, keep on reading. No, it’s not about weeping, mozzarrella, or Operation.

See the source image
Oww

That helpful process is great. Until you realize it’s like going into open heart surgery without anesthesia and car batteries are attached to the surgeon. Routinely zapping him awake or simply for fun. Who is getting his advice from the game, Operation.

See the source image
Yeah, like that

After that, it may go directly to the editor for giggles. Or I may withhold it until it’s as clean a copy so she doesn’t. Pretty much she will tear it apart. Re-shred.

Image result for paper shredding
Editor’s motus operandi

Annnnnd this is me. Once she’s done with it.

That would be me

*The writing life*

Cover ‘in the works.’

“Writing is easy. Just put a sheet of paper in the typewriter and start bleeding.” — Ernest Hemingway

Thank you, The Superior Word!

I had the pleasure of listening to The Superior Word’s Easter Message, and Jim Dwyer mentioned “Romance Under Wraps.” Starts at min 4:42… Got the print screen time for ya. 4:42

‘Cause he’s a dude, he sees the cop side more than the romance side, and is almost done reading my first novel.

If you enjoy clean/Christian romantic suspense/police procedure you enjoy “Romance Under Wraps” … with the main character off the rail, Catherine Cade, an identity thief, wholly unlikeable, especially when dealing with Rick Calhoun, homicide detective.

Oh, he has plans for her all right. And she is not amenable to his offer but does she have a choice? Not even. Not if she wants to stay out of prison. And not if she wants to solve a murder — with or without the dirty cop.

How many laws will HE break and what will he sacrifice to keep her safe?

What will she do with that?

And many thanks to Linda Rodante for surprising me with a fantastic meme for one so technically challenged (me).

Purchase Here! https://www.amazon.com/Romance-Under-Wraps-Claire-OSullivan-ebook/dp/B08MB43BSL/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1TMNCJIF6EOUB&dchild=1&keywords=romance+under+wraps+claire+o%27sullivan&qid=1617746110&sprefix=romance+under+w%2Caps%2C260&sr=8-1

Interview up! Thanks to Ann Harrison from Ann Writes Inspiration

Many thanks to Ann Harrison from Ann Writes Inspiration, who posted her interview about Romance Under Wraps today!

Great questions, and really enjoyed spending time with her. Great questions and you can see me pondering hahaha.

(1) Claire O’Sullivan Returns to talk about her debut novel, Romance Under Wraps – YouTube

The Question

Yesterday, someone with a long history of working forensics asked me why I write crime fiction. Well, I write a combo of crime/romance or thriller/romance but that’s neither here nor there.

Image result for crime online daily

I thought it through and it didn’t take long.

Here it is:

“I write (romantic suspense) crime fiction primarily because of the evil I have seen in the world, the crimes perpetrated by others, and people so hurt, so lost, that they need a message of hope. I write specifically to a crime or serial killer with an obstacle standing in the way of the main character’s ability to find the suspect as well as a subplot for the main character, an obstacle for him/her to overcome emotionally/spiritually.

Everyone has a wound, physically, emotionally, spiritually. Everyone has physical obstacles to overcome whether the huge stack of dishes caked with eggs, cheese, and no dishwasher or a crime, a villain, and the chase. These elevate people (I pray) that they see something in their mundane lives that they can relate to (the chase, the doing of, the dishes, whatever) and give them a message, one of redemption.  

I was a nurse practitioner and saw a lot of evil. Patients in need, ignored. I also have taken forensics classes and I give the main character a good pile of evidence for the main character through forensics (which is a lot like performing a history and physical, examining labs, imagining, diagnosing, chasing down the ‘villain’ of the body). Also I understand redemption and prayer, overcoming physical and emotional obstacles, as well as spiritual. 
And that’s why I write crime fiction.”

She emailed me back and said in her twenties she’d seen much of the same.

Yes, I agreed with her statement, “It’s heartbreaking.” Indeed it is, and folks, even by being entertained, often need a hope, for someone to understand, even if it’s on a subconscious level.

Perhaps some of you could relate on a level of fear from not knowing who you really are. Or running from abuse. The life of indecision or shame? If you are one of many who has backslidden, or never really made a decision, consider reading “Romance Under Wraps.” The message of hope and redemption are within your grasp.

 

Definitely having fun. Ahem.

With the debut of “Romance Under Wraps,” promoting, writing “Alex and the Very Dead Doxy” AND “Rules of Engagement,” I am having a riot!

See the source image

See?

I am pleased to see solid 4s and 5s popping up for “Romance Under Wraps,” and on Kindle, it is on sale in time for Christmas for 99 cents from December 24th to December 30th.

That’s what my main character, Catherine Cade, would call “easy as takin’ candy from a baby.” She’s a thief, and betting within this romantic suspense, she’d tell you to get it while it’s hot enough for the black market!

It’s Here!

“Romance Under Wraps” is available on Kindle Unlimited, Kindle (on sale), and paperback.

Yay! Yes, I finished off the Sparkling Cider.

Now, off to the next project (Rules of Engagement).

Read it right here or follow your heat to Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08MB43BSL?pf_rd_r=WYAA10532G4Z00FNTPDD&pf_rd_p=edaba0ee-c2fe-4124-9f5d-b31d6b1bfbee

Today’s Job

The first pass edit of How to Steal a Romance passed the publishing house’s editing team with three whole blips, which I call a win. Fixed in 3 minutes.

 

Ftw Win GIF

 

Made those corrections and sent the manuscript back, and it is ready for submission to be published.

 

boom boom whoosh | Tumblr

 

Whoosh!

And anxiously awaiting to see what the cover will look like. I know what my brain says, but let’s see what their graphics team comes up with!

 

So anxious GIFs - Get the best GIF on GIPHY

 

So, what are you doing during the ‘stay-inside’ plague?

I am thinkin’ I need to distance myself from social media (mercy! I am already social distancing…!) to do some catchup reading and writing.

 

Baby Intense Reading GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

 

Expect How to Steal a Romance on the shelves, KDP/Nook, etc., before fall. YEEEEKS!!

 

 

 

 

Inching Ever So Closer to August!

In roughly 5 months Elk Lake will be publishing and I will be launching ‘How to Steal a Romance.’

 

book open

 

Team is up and reading/reviewing already. I have one slot open. Just one free copy to give away for a confirmed helper to launch this romantic suspense… Facebook, comment here, or DM on Twitter!

 

Image result for launch jpeg

THE UPDATE :

Progress is being made. The publishing house/creative graphics department is working on a cover. Yeeks! Can’t wait to see it!

Next, a professional website is close to done and thanks to Bob Phillips, webmaster. This is Bob (well, not really). I am apparently a pain in the neck with my emails and requests…

Image result for man making a website

I am finally on Instagram. Soooo I don’t really know how to use it yet, gimme time.  *AuthorClaire1 – got a few pics up…

Expedition in the garage getting fixed up for some road trips. Yay!

Image result for 1998 ford expedition

The launch team (minus 1) is so on it and I love you guys, you rock!

Image result for party

Whew.

 

Hola Hello Gutentag

I should add perhaps… bon chance (GOOD LUCK!). Bon courage (roughly, be happy, don’t worry…).

Image result for bonne chance mon ami

Have copyeditor, will travel. Before I sent her the MS I found a gazillion gaffs so… I fixed ’em, notified the agent who graciously let me dump the first submission of cover letter/proposal/synopsis/first 50 pages.

Image result for editing manuscript

That being a big, fat whew, I moved on. Now, it’s a condundrum.

Image result for conundrum

 

 

 

 

 

Should I really work on Murder in the Mist?

Image result for mist over a lake

Or… back to my romantic/comedy/suspense (noir), Glass Slipper? The immediate sequel to HTSR? A tough edit.

glass slipper2

(Image courtesy S. Spalletta)

What about the wee town of Olvegaart? Where a romantic/mystery occurs (some suspense)? Where the working title is Alex and the Very Dead Doxy?

Image result for forested river valley

 

 

 

 

Yes… doxy means lady of the night. Or day. Or whatever.

Image result for prostitute

Just needs a cleanup, okay a lotta cleaning up.

Image result for sweeping

 

 

 

 

 

AIR, military suspense/romance? Note: Imagination in overdrive. Again.

(Image, courtesy my brain)

 

AIR

 

 

I mean, that is done! But not vaguely edited. At. All.

 

 

 

 

Did I get anything done…? Methinks I did!

My apathy and angst over reading and writing lasted far too long.

edit somebody sedate me

Time’s up.

Got the 1st 50 pages proofed (because I can only take fixing stuff a small dose at a time). Then about a week or so later fixed them thar errors.

Today, wrote … wait for it … synopsis, cover letter, and polished proposal.

The awesome thing right here is that an agent listened to my pitch on P2P (Pitch-top-Published) and said, send it!

shock and some

Sweet! But that was, of course, months ago when I was still having that eReader read through my manuscript. Not quite done with that process I might add.

Sent my grammar-a-holic friend the next 50 pages and the 1-page synopsis and 1-page cover letter.

edit I am your EDITOR.jpg

As I quake in fear.

Once fixed, I will send that into the ether and finish that read-through if’n I can’t finish it in the next few days.

Then, onto fixing one of my 3 other novels, listening to the fire.

IT crowd Moss and fire