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May 14, 2018

Hi Everyone:

What a beautiful day today is! I hope it is where you are. Yesterday was Mother’s Day and a belated Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mom’s out there. I hope you had a wonderful day. I did.

Now we are into the middle of May, past the Kentucky Derby (I am sorry to say I didn’t get to watch it this year) and half-way to Memorial Day. Lots of holidays and spring and summer events to come. We have two ginormous azalea bushes outside our sunroom that are bursting into a gazillion pink flowers, and the honey bees and bumble bees are going absolutely crazy. The bushes literally hum with their activity.

I don’t know if I have written since losing my kitty, Alex, my friend of thirteen years. I have grieved by throwing myself into my writing as I have fond memories of him coming to curl up on my lap while I was trying to write or getting up on my keyboard to get my attention.

So, I focused on writing and finished book #2 in the Brennan Sisters Mystery Series. This is Charli’s story which takes place about a year after the first book, which was all about Abby (that one is off to the publishers, hoping someone will want to pick it up – if not, I’ll be talking about self-publishing on Amazon on here). The second book starts off with a murder but then turns its focus to discovering who Charli’s real father is and the fallout related to that. There’s a bit of romance involved, and horses (for any horse enthusiasts out there). There might even be some unanswered questions left for book #3, which will focus on both sisters about two years later. Book #2 is now in the hands of my trusty beta readers.

I was so focused that I finished another project I had been working on for some time. This one is a YA novel/novella about a young girl, sixteen-year-old Malena who loses her Mom in a car crash that turns out not to be an accident. The guilty party is now after Malena, and her Dad, a cop, sends Malena to stay with her uncle on his ranch in Montana for safe keeping while Dad searches for the killer. Malena’s not sure she wants to be on her Uncle’s ranch, and her cousin is certainly not welcoming. When the killer finds his way to the Montana hideaway, can they keep Malena safe until help can arrive? So far this is called Malena’s Journey, but I am open to suggestions. This is also in the hands of beta readers.

When I publish, I am not sure if I should put everything under one name (Linda S Holbrook) or publish the adult stuff under that name and the YA stuff under a different version of my name (L S Holbrook). What are your thoughts about that?

I am working on the outline for book #3  in the mystery trilogy. And I am trying to decide whether to start book #3 next or another project. I have several ideas to kick around, but they are still in the kicking-around stage.

Here’s wishing everyone a glorious week and I’ll “see” you at my next post.

 

Linda

Spring has sprung right into summer

We have gone from snow and temps in the 30’s to temps in the 70’s and 80’s in a matter of a couple weeks. I’m loving it, so don’t get me wrong, I love summer weather, it just came on so fast. We moved in November and I still haven’t located my summer clothing.

We moved 2 fully furnished households into a single family ranch that was already fully furnished, so we have 3 storage units and don’t know where a lot of our stuff is yet. We added on a 16×20 addition for Mom, which was just finished, and now we are working on getting the basement finished off into living space. That should allow us to empty a couple of the storage units. The pool table and air hockey table will have a home in the new wreck room. And, I will have a sewing room/library.

On the outside we took down about 50 trees – man, did the squirrels yell at us for days for moving their nuts. Many of the trees were in danger of coming down on the house, so it was necessary. We have now had the yard – yes, we now have a yard, in which we will have grass to be mowed – bull-dozed and graded and will be spreading some topsoil over part of it in the next week or so, on Ken’s days off.

Along with all this, I have managed to finish the manuscript on my second book in the Brennan Sisters’ Mysteries trilogy, Blind Dates Can Be Deadly, and I am in the process of the first round of edits. The first book, Murder In A Small Town, has been queried to agents and publishers and I am waiting to hear back from them.

I also finished a manuscript I had been working on, off and on for a while now, called Malena’s Journey. That’s a working title, I may change it, but to what I don’t yet know. It’s a little different. It’s about 16-year-old Malena who loses her mom in a car accident where her mom is forced off the road. Then Malena has to pretty much run for her life as the responsible party is now after her. Her dad’s a cop, and in order to keep her safe, he sends her to live with his brother on his ranch in Montana, while he investigates his wife’s death. This could potentially be a YA novel due to the age of the protagonist.

While I am editing Blind Dates…, I also will start working on the third story in the trilogy called A Child Is Missing. This is a departure from the murder mystery theme in that it is a child abduction story. Haven’t decided the ending yet.

Well, back to editing…

Until next time,

 

Linda

Sent manuscript off to the publishers…

Ok, friends, here it is … the day is finally here.  I edited and rewrote and edited and rewrote and sent it off to beta readers and edited and rewrote… well you get the idea. I sweated bullets over that manuscript, now Murder In A Small Town has gone off to 6 publishers. So far I have gotten 2 no’s and one offer for a ‘contributory’ contract, and am still waiting on 3 more. So I wait and wait.

You would think I would take a break, right? Nope, not this fool. I finished the second manuscript in the trilogy, Blind Dates Can Be Deadly. I need to start editing it, but I need to take a little break from the Brennan Sisters’ world. Just a short one. I will start editing May 1st.

In the meantime, I finished another book I’ve been working on forever – it’s working title is Malena’s Journey – but that will not be the final one. It still needs work and probably a rewrite before I edit even. But that’s three completed. Not bad.

May 1st I start editing Blind Dates Can Be Deadly and I will start working on book #3 in the trilogy, A Child is Missing, probably by the 15th.

When I’m not writing, I’m on Facebook or Twitter once in a while and am enjoying spring (finally).

Construction here at the Holbrook house is still underway… Mom’s room will be done this week and then we will start on the basement project. The trees are all gone and the stumps are almost all gone. Landscaping will be able to get underway within a week or so. Ken may have some green grass to mow by the end of the summer!

Until my next update…Happy Spring!

Fall is coming…Oh yes, it is…

I know you probably don’t want to hear this but it’s almost SEPTEMBER. The munchkins are back in schools already, the scholars are off to college leaving some moms and dads as empty nesters. It’s a weird feeling, but you will get over it, trust me, I did. Oh, it took me a while, but just as we were getting used to it, one moved back and brought his soon to be wife with him. She’s a sweetheart and we love her dearly. They have since gotten married, bought a house, had twins, etc.

I’m just saying that the empty, ‘I don’t know what to do with myself’ feeling when they are first gone, will subside and things will change. I have learned over time that the only constant in life, is change. Nothing ever really stays the same. For instance, we are trying to sell our house and move back to the town we lived in when we got married. We both know that the saying ‘you can’t go home again’ is true, things have changed and won’t be the same as we remember them, but things have remained enough the same so that it feels like coming home again. You can still stop at the general store and run into someone you know, or go to the dump and run into someone you haven’t seen since you moved away 30-years ago.

And with the empty nest comes fall and pumpkins and colorful falling leaves, the county agricultural fair, and then frost on those pumpkins. So you see, fall is coming, oh yes, it is…

Hello world!

Welcome to Day 1 of my new website. You are starting out with me at the very beginning, so you will see all my mistakes as I learn this process (aka I have never done a website before). I had one eons ago when I sold real estate but I did not host it, so now I am learning a new trick. I come from an insurance and real estate background and then medical secretary, so this new gig, aka writing is interesting. Oh, I have written all my life but only for fun. Now I am getting serious. During 2016 NANOWRIMO I finished a cozy mystery manuscript that I am quite proud of. I have been editing and rewriting since November and I am hoping that this baby is ready to fly from the nest soon. It will all depend on the latest round of ARC reviews.

I sent out some ARCs a little while ago and am awaiting feedback. If there is anyone who did not get one who would like one, please let me know by return email and I will get one to you as soon as possible. It’s the story of Abby, the elder Brennan sister, and is the flagship for the trilogy of the “Brennan Sisters Mysteries”, the first is tentatively titled “Murder in a Small Town”.  The second is half done and is about younger sister Charli, and is tentatively titled “Blind Dates Can Be Murder”. All I have for the third book is a title and outline but I promise it will be a great one!

Next post, I will include an excerpt from Book #1 as a little teaser for you all. In the meantime, if you are writers, write on! If you are readers, buy more book shelves!

Linda