HELLO SPRING. . .’BOUT TIME YOU SHOWED UP.

Sort of like me and updating my blog posts.  The Seahawks won the Super Bowl and I have been wallowing in that awesome day–and the whole celebration afterward–ever since.   But now the team is restructuring and going about their plans for this coming season, and I must do the same.

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Since I last caught up with you all, Big Sky Pie #3,  DELIGHTFUL released.  This is the third story  set in Kalispell, Montana in Molly McCoy’s pie shop.

This time around, Andrea Lovette is about to meet a man who is exactly what she isn’t looking          for, and yet, exactly what she can’t resist.  Ice Erikksen has locked his heart in ice.  No woman is  every going to lasso him.  But Andrea is unexpected, so hot she starts to make Ice melt.  But there is  no way they can make this romance work.  Ice is strictly a Malibu surfer dude, and Andrea is 100%    Montana cowgirl.

  This book is available in electronic for right now.   

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   Nook

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   Ice is only in town to shoot a reality TV show in the pie shop, and between the chaos that filming causes, and the DELIGHTFUL caramel apple pie baking in the kitchen, you might want to sit down and dig  in.  I mean, check out this cover, doesn’t it just scream Springtime and Romance?  

The other great thing–I just finished Big Sky Pie #4, DECADENT.   I don’t have a cover to reveal yet, but let’s just say if you love chocolate. . .then you’re going to love this cover.  And hopefully the story too.

DECADENT  will release for all eReaders on June 3, 2014.  Just click on the title and you can reserve your copy now.  

DELECTABLE  ~  Big Sky Pie #1 will release in Mass Market Paperback on May 27, 2014

DELICIOUS   ~  Big Sky Pie #2  will release in Mass Market Paperback on June 24, 2014

NEXT UP–I’m writing a Romantic Mystery e-book series set in a town that is all about weddings.  More on that later.

OBSERVATION —  I discovered something writing this series over the past year and a half.   I don’t write a really fast rough draft, really fast.  I need to work out my story as I go along.  This is more time consuming than I could have imagined, but when I try to rush my convoluted/complicated muse, I end up spending twice as long to unscramble what I’ve gotten wrong.

I’ve had some serious low points trying to figure this out.  Deciding as I went along that I couldn’t tell a story,  couldn’t write.   That I had totally lost whatever talent I possessed before losing Kim.  Depression crept in during those times and that slowed me down too.

The reason I’ve been beating myself up about this, is that it seems the new thing is to write fast, the faster the better.  And while so many other writers do this, and do it well, I’m not one of them.  I have to write my stories as they come to me.  My process is my process.  And although it’s taken me a while to accept this, it is okay.   I just have to trust in my storytelling ability and know that the characters will lead me where I need to be, as long as I don’t keep kicking them to go faster.  :)

Like so many things in life, trusting oneself is a good idea.

 

OMG, as I was writing this, I discovered the cover for DECADENT is up.  Someone forgot to send me a copy of the finished cover.  But here it is:

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HAPPY SPRING!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12 Responses to “HELLO SPRING. . .’BOUT TIME YOU SHOWED UP.”

  1. Lavada Dee says:

    Love your cover for Decadent. This series makes me hungry. Sort of sad to see this series end but looking forward to your new one.

  2. Hi Adrianne, this post was especially meaningful to me because I, too, take my time to nail down that first draft and discover the story. And sometimes I get down on myself for not being a fast writer – especially when I see other authors publishing a new book every month or two. I spoke to one such author yesterday and she confided that most of her new releases had already been written months to a year before. So take heart! An author’s actual writing time can be deceiving.
    P.S. Love the new DECADENT book cover! Congrats!

  3. Hi, Adrianne. I finally figured out that I don’t (can’t) write fast. I can only do what I do. I love this post as it lets me know I’m not alone in this. :)

  4. I love your premise, Lee! (and also the pie pictured on your cover) I just might have to request my boyfriend of 12 years (TODAY!) takes me out for some pie in celebration of our anniversary, later. ;)

  5. Adrianne Lee says:

    Lavada, They’ve done a great job branding the Big Sky Pie books. I’ve pitched a novella idea to my editor for this series and she loves it and wants it. I just need to figure out how to get it written, given my schedule for this other series. LOL. Good to have too much to do than not enough.

  6. Adrianne Lee says:

    Darlene, I’m so glad to hear that I’m not the only one who isn’t a super fast writer. It didn’t help that I started using Word for the first time with this series and that the word count kept rising and falling and rising and falling and until I was obsessing about it. I’d write 1000 words and think, YES. Then I’d need to deduct that much or more from a previous day and feel like I was back to square 1. Can I write 2000, 3000, 4000 words a day? Maybe. But what good is it if you have to toss it all out, or like me, I’ve created something so tangled up that I can’t figure out quickly what should go and what should stay? So, I won’t do that any more. For me, it’s the opposite of progress.

  7. Adrianne Lee says:

    Janette, I think pie to celebrate anything is a GREAT idea. The caramel apple a la mode is my personal favorite, but my guy prefers the chocolate meringue. Happy Anniversary!!!

  8. Adrianne Lee says:

    Stephanie, EXACTLY. Just write the book which ever way works for you. If you can speed write and do it well, then do that. If you plod along getting more pages and growing the book every day, then do that. Your process is your process. Telling a good story in a good way is what you’re trying to do, not just write a book.

  9. Adrianne, love the new cover! Chocolate cream pie, my favorite. :)

    As for the process, I have finally come to terms with the same thing–my process is my process and that’s all there is to it. Trying to force anything else down my own throat is nothing but counterproductive, as is trying to compare my speed or output to anyone else’s. We can only do what we can do. That said, I am trying to streamline a few things here and there to help boost my productivity and speed, but nothing that will interfere with or alter the actual process of the way I write. I’m glad you have given yourself permission to follow your own process!! It’s hard to do when we’re surrounded by advice and comparisons.

    {{{{BIG HUGS}}}
    Chantilly

  10. Linda H says:

    I’m so happy and even more relieved to see accomplished authors say it takes time to write, and that it is time well spent. As a novice I’m often dismayed with my progress. I appreciate the comments you’ve all shared and will work on convincing myself I am doing it right. :)

  11. Kari Edgren says:

    Thanks for the post, Adrianne. Love to hear that someone else has a slower process when everything seems to be about fast and furious in the word count world. I’m happy with 1k words a day so long as they are well written, and I too end up spending twice the time to rework faster writing than if I’d just slowed down in the first place. Besides, I like to write slow. It’s more calming to me.

  12. Lucy Monroe says:

    Love the story idea, the cover is adorable and I applaud you for accepting that your process is your own. I think we’d all be much happier writers if we did that instead of comparing ourselves to others, or even (for me) to the way we used to write. Your writing has always rocked my world and I’m so grateful as a reader you choose to be who you are!

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