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Hey there!

You like my new author site? Thought it was time I whipped up a proper website since that’s what all the kids are doing these days.  My book … omg she is done. Again. I know, I know, try to contain your disbelief.

It’s true what they say about putting your work up on the high shelf and letting her gather a nice thin layer of dust. I’ve been at it for a good long time; the writing of this particular novel. The beta readers, the brainstormers, the workshoppers, and the critique partners and I… we’ve enjoyed the labors of several long redrafts and lots (and lots) of editing.

But the good news is THE EXPATRIATES is complete and I’ve got her all dressed up in her Sunday best in preparation for the wilds of publishing.

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I’m gathering up some goodies to share to get you all tingly with excitement about the book. Pictures mostly, maybe a vlog if I can work up the courage (don’t hold your breath). The book has boys! And a girl! And secrets! And lies! And a falcon! And a tiger! And fighting… there is a lot of fighting.

I’m not sure yet what’s going to happen with the blogger blog. I keep reading the how-to-migrate-your-blog tutorials and undertaking that just overwhelms me at the moment. So, for now, my blog remains in place and I’ll keep on posting over there until I find inspiration and a bunch of time to bring it into the fold.Work has already commenced on a totally unrelated new book.  Something completely different with a female protagonist and witches.

Thank you for stopping by. I found the cutest little social media buttons up there on the right.

Click them and come find me online.

Rewrite Achievement: *Unlocked*

Of late, (and when I say late I mean months), I’ve been holed up in my writerly cave, toiling away at this rewrite. I was in the final throes. It was right there. So close I could taste it. 
And then I stalled, trying to wrap my brain around yet another sticky point. I organized cabinets. Did laundry. Started crocheting again. The whole time thinking about the ending of the book. Writing it in my head.

Then… like manna from the gods, an email arrived from a Ninja inviting me to the dojo for some writing sprints and hanging out.  Not a ninja? You’re cordially invited…

http://www.alicross.com
And like that, I found my mojo and finished the rewrite. I fought through. I absolutely would. not. stop. I was the Writing Terminator on a mission to slay this book.

Shout out to the Ninjas!!  In almost no time I’ve moved from the writing and editing dojo to the query dojo. And I just realized I forgot to check-in yesterday to report my progress.

Anyway, the fun is just about to begin because…
..:* BEHOLD *:.. 
*beams at the pile of completed novel pages*
When I say fun, I mean the dry-mouth sick to your stomach skin crawly feeling you get when you send your book off to the beta readers that have been waiting so patiently to dig in and give you feedback on the whole shebang and you just want to throw yourself off the nearest cliff and hide forever as a cave dweller perfecting recipes for consuming insects and working on your mass of impressively long body hair. 
I keep telling myself that this gets easier. One day I’ll look back and chuckle condescendingly at how nerve-wracking I let this whole putting-it-out-there thing become, right?  Surely the next book won’t be this hard to share… *sigh*
Good luck book!  I’ll read you again in a few weeks. *smooches*
PS – I can’t get enough of these: