Writing Timelines

I’ll be honest, I hate timelines, they are a pain in the butt. Sadly, they are very necessary in books. How many times have you read a story and went, “What? Wait a second. That’s not right!” Sometimes it’s minor, and sometimes it is MAJOR! Enough to annoy a reader and turn them off from your books.

I work hard to make sure my timelines flow in my books. I track them through a spreadsheet in Excel, and one of my proofreaders loves to nit-pick them so intently that I believe she has an addiction. It’s a good addiction!!! One that I seriously appreciate!

Last week I wrote about 27,000 words on a new book. Riley is the fourth book in the Loving a Young Series, and it is coming out in February. I was rocking right along until I paused and went, Wait! I need to adjust the timing on this! Then I made changes. I ended up having to make more changes and add in two chapters, and then I needed more changes.

Then I realized I had screwed the timeline up so much that I didn’t even know what everyone was doing or when!! So I had to stop and find another way! I ended up using my regular calendar connected to my email.

Now I have it all down correctly! But man did that take a while to get it corrected! Now, when you click on those lines, there are notes about the chapters and details of what needs to happen when! Perfect!

I do have to add that while Riley is an intense timeline – it is now where as crazy and intense as The Twisted Love Series! This picture is the timeline that used to be on my wall – That is 11 feet of timeline!! Take about details to track on that series!

October Anniversary Sale

On October 5, 2010, I started writing. I sat down and wrote my first book in about 11 weeks and it was published a few months later. I had no idea what I was doing back then, but I found an outlet for my stress and my creativity.

My first book was My Blood Runs Blue and this was the original cover. I think since this was originally published, there have been four partial rewrites and re-edits and three cover changes to.

Now ten years later, I have 58 books written. That’s over 3,600,000 words in first drafts. That doesn’t count the other five or six books that are about half way done and waiting patiently for me to finish them.

So far in 2020, I have written nine books, over half a million words, and I plan to have at least two more done this year: Huntley (Loving a Young book 3) & Finding Love in a Champagne Toast (A short story for New Years).

I know that when I told my father a couple weeks before he passed that I had finished my 58th book, he was very proud.

To celebrate my TEN YEAR Anniversary, I’m offering my first 10 BOOKS at $0.99 for 10 days! Make sure to download them to enjoy them later!

Anniversary Sale Books

PLUS the 1st five books in The Celebration Series are FREE Oct 9th-13th!

PLUS – These are already at $0.99 until the end of the month!

The Pulse of Blue Blood: https://www.amazon.com/Pulse-Blue-Blood-Story-Calista-ebook/dp/B07SS3DPL4/

Mission: Believe

Rise Again Warrior Series, Book 1

Releasing November 10th for Veterans Day

Staff Sergeant Shane Logan is lucky to have come from a privileged family, and after losing both of his legs in the war, he now has the best prosthetics that money can buy. While he attempts to move forward with life, he struggles with the past and the way people react to him and his disability.

Doctor Lauren Falcone works tirelessly to help veterans deal with the trauma and pain of their deployments. Her unique approach at therapy keeps her busy. It also works with her own insecurities as she helps these men and women recover mentally.

When Shane meets Lauren at a fundraiser for his father?s organization, he wonders if his deceased brother has sent him an angel. Someone who can look past his flaws, and see the man he is inside.

Shane and Lauren are pulled together by their hope to make life easier for veterans, both physically and emotionally. Their goal is to build Shane?s dream organization, Rise Again Warrior, that will assist veterans to integrate better into society, and have the opportunity to receive state of the art technology and therapy.

Now, if they can only have faith in themselves, learn to deal with their own demons and believe in each other, they might find a way to bring this dream to fruition.