Yes, actually, home is exactly where I am and where I want to be this weekend after a crazy (mostly in a good way) fall season. My adventures have left me a plethora of potential post topics, some serious, some sentimental, some just mental. To cram them into one would spoil the fun, so I’ll save most for another day and just do a quick update here to prove that I have not, indeed, fallen off the edge of the world.
First and foremost, I want to take one last opportunity to thank everyone who participated in and supported Romance for a Reason, my October blog tour for my newest book, Unbridled, which also served as a fundraiser for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and V-Day, an organization that works to end violence against women. With donations and proceeds from the sales of Unbridled we raised a few hundred dollars, a seemingly small amount, perhaps, but more importantly I hope many more people took the time to read and learn about these issues facing women and will be more educated and likely to help out in the future. Since I had technical difficulties with getting the paperback up on Amazon at the start of the month, I’m continuing to donate all the proceeds from both the e-book and paperback until the New Year. If you are interested in donating and didn’t get the chance in October, it’s not too late. Follow these links to help out!
As part of the tour I also wrote a series of posts on females in fiction, which both kept me busy and allowed me to urge readers and writers to demand more of their women characters and of ourselves. I really enjoyed writing these posts. There are links to each on the final post for anyone who missed them and wants to check them out.
During October I also managed to sneak up to Vermont to visit Middlebury, the town in which I’m setting my newest novel, a young adult piece entitled All That Glitters. I’ll likely do a longer post about my visit later, but in the meantime, feel free to check out the first rough chapter here. I’m about twenty percent finished with the rough draft and spent a good deal of nights this month typing what I’ve written. I’m aiming to have a completed and typed rough by March!
Other than that November was spent travelling to DC with 150 eighth graders (which felt a little like taking a trip to the ends of the earth!), getting sick from said trip (planes, kids, and no sleep=instant cold), and trying to set the record for the number of awkward first dates in a given week—this last one may become a novel, never mind a separate blog post!
All in all, heading into the holidays, I have a lot to be thankful for and a lot to look forward to. Thanks for coming along for the ride!