Unexpected generosity

For God’s sake, of course Twitter can be boring with BUY MY BOOK BUY MY BOOK BUY MY BOOK every link of the way, but in between all the white noise of advertising there are the gems of friendship, at least the type of pen pal relationships you had as children, and unsolicited generosity.


Mostly I don’t see it, but every once in a while someone does me a good turn. This week it is writer Seumas Gallacher who added me into his blog as having a blog of my own worth reading. That’s debatable, of course, but very generous of him.


See him here at


and have a look at one of his novels here



I’ve had some Twitter followers buy my books, review my books, re-tweet my tweets, comment on what I say. Very few, so I tend to remember them. And I do my part by doing the same, plus checking out some of the BUY MY BOOK spam that comes my way. I’ve even bought some of these books, read and enjoyed them, too.


If we’d all respond a bit more to one another with this type of generosity we’d all come out winners. Until that time I’d like to thank the following:


Lindsay Buroker, J.A. Konrath, Dean Wesley Smith, Blake Crouch, David Wisehart, Jan Hudson, Irene Preston,
Alexa Bourne, Julie Kenner, Elaine Wilson, M.G. King, Tammy Francis, Jessica Scott, Ricky Bush, Toni Brundage, …and Seumas Gallacher.


And speaking of generosity, if you really want to help a fellow writer, check out


for June 26 and follow the links to Peter David and David Farland.


Photo by Roxanne Rix.









WHAT I READ THIS WEEK:  The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. Fiction River: Unnatural Worlds edited by Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

Revision Number One

Today I finished revision number one for THE COWBOY’S BABY GOES TO HEAVEN, my sequel to THE COWBOY’S BABY which continues to sell. This was the read-through to catch inconsistencies, typos, and really badly written passages. I caught several of each of these mistakes. Next up is the edit for story.

In this initial read-through I found myself laughing out loud in three separate sections of the novel. Good for me. It’s meant to be funny. But it’s also meant to be romantic. In this second edit I’ll be paying particular attention to the romance. Hopefully that will be it. The next step is the beta reader.

If my beta reader gives the book the A-OK, it will then go through as many proofreading sessions as I can stand. I’ll have three or four other readers going through it, but ultimately I’m the one responsible. Piece of advice for you writers out there: read your novel out loud to yourself, and then read it from back to front so that the story doesn’t distract you.

So, almost done with this one. Next I’ll get back to the TALKING TO THE DEAD GUYS sequel TEA WITH A DEAD GAL. I plan to publish both books this year, and then go on to THE SAFARI BRIDE, another romance.

If you’re interested in the originals, all three of my novels are available at Amazon.com as paperbacks, at Amazon.com for the Kindle, at the Nook store for the Nook reader, and at Smashwords for Apple, Diesel, Kobo, Sony, and just about everyone else.

For those of you in Austin, THE COWBOY’S BABY and TALKING TO THE DEAD GUYS are available at BookPeople. ARROYO will be available at the World Science Fiction Convention (LoneStarCon 3) in San Antonio this Labor Day weekend.

Photos by Roxanne Rix. Covers by Streetlightgraphics.com.