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Musings from my Writing Cave

Sometimes I get caught up in the mindset that I am not accomplishing a whole lot or making headway of any kind, which I believe is a side-effect of being an over-achiever. I want to do all the things, but at the end of the day, there is only so much time. What I have gotten better at with age, is taking a pause and recognizing my accomplishments. It might be that I got the kitchen clean, or got in a shower, or finished editing a book, but they are all wins in my world, especially if they are something that I had on my mental list of things to do.

When I'm particularly hard on myself I look over the past 5 years, or 10, or even 20 and focus on the things that I have not only accomplished but experienced.  When you really sit down and think about it, you can add a lot to the enrichment side of your list. I mean, you might not have done laundry for a week, but that day you spent with your family laughing about old times puts a smile on your face even now. It is all about balance, and cutting yourself some slack allows you to be at peace with those days of respite or "me time" that you sometimes squeeze in. I can't tell you how essential they are in life and the whole "take time to stop and smell the roses" phrase that we grew up hearing, is making all kinds of sense now.

I suppose that this is my reminder for you to be kind to yourself. 2020 hasn't been particularly nice to anyone so far, and it seems that we are in the "mushy middle" part of the story as writers like to call it. It is where I lose my focus on the story, when I run out of plot ideas, or when my characters stop speaking to me (yes this is actually a thing). I see a lot of similarities between writing a book and the year 2020 as strange as that may seem. But what I am really trying to say in a nutshell is listen to your body and give it the proper rest and replenishing it needs. That way, you can better accomplish all the things that bring you joy. We will all get through this mushy middle, and it is my hope that at the end of it all, we will end up with that happily-ever-after we all strive for. XO

A Paranormal Romance Diety Anthology - Book Funnel Promo

The Love Of A God

So, I have a hard time keeping a secret. As you get to know me you will be bound to figure this out. But, you can't blame me! I have been sitting on the book cover image for the Anthology I will be in for over a month! I can't wait any, and so you are getting an extra early sneak peek today! 

I thought it would be fun to share an image that I pulled together for the promo along with a quote from my story. Next month I will share the first chapter of my new story which will be available for download the month of October 2020 through Book Funnel! Be sure to stay tuned for details!

I had a lot of fun writing this novelette, which comes in around 15,000 words. I am curious if this length story is something that interests you (similar to The Jinni's Wish), or do you like full-size novels more? I pulled together a poll and would love to get your input!. It is super short and shouldn't take you long, and while it is optional, your name and email address helps me get to know you a little bit better. I am really interested in bringing my readers more of what they want to read, so I thought this was a good place to start.  

You can find the link to my Google form here:

DA Henneman Reader Poll
Still looking for ARC Readers!

Heaven on Earth - Book 4!

I am still looking for readers who are interested in receiving a free copy of Heaven On Earth in exchange for reader input on the review platform of your choice. 

Word-of-mouth and reviews are a few of the ways that others can hear about my books. If you are interested in being an ARC reader, please let me know! I would love to add you to the team!

As a special thank you for helping me out, I have a gift that I will pop in the mail to you. Once you are added to the list, you will get emails with further updates.  

Email DA to be put on ARC Team
Coming up....
AKA: What else have I gotten myself into?

The new covers for the re-launch of the Power of Four series are so beautiful and I can't wait to share them! You should start seeing sneak peeks this fall. The entire series will be relaunched and available early 2021.

What this means is I am working on re-writes for Sea of Dreams. I am working on cutting it down, since it is entirely too long, and firming up the language so that it pulls the prequel and subsequent books together cohesively. It is a Herculean task for sure, but I know it needs to be done. I don't plan any major changes for the book, but it should be a little quicker read.

The relaunch has taken up a ton of time, with reformatting, blurbs and artwork. That means that I haven't had a lot of time to create, but NaNoWriMo is just around the corner! I plan on working on Book 2 of my Paranormal Cozy series so I can get that series out in the wild next year!

Latest books on my nightstand:

Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep (still reading... a bit slow going)

Just finished, (all of which I recommend): 

Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson

No Cure Required by Stefanie Simpson

Love Songs by DK Marie

Stay healthy, safe, and happy reading everyone! XO

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