I’ve been busy this week working on the galleys for Dawnmaid. It takes time to review a whole manuscript properly, and I am not sure I have found everything that needs fixing even now. But even though I would like it to be perfect, I realize that is not a realistic goal.

I am always looking for new ways to network with other writers, so when I heard about a new system being touted by Agent Query, called Connect, I was pretty excited. It sounded great. A place where writers, agents and publishers could get together, and meet both privately and in group settings. I signed up and began to look around. Unfortunately, it soon became apparent that almost everyone there was just like me. Writers with few or no published works to their credit, all trying to get an agent.

Mostly competition, in other words.

Sometimes I wonder why I even bother…

Please give a warm welcome to Pat Bertram as my guest blogger today.  Pat is celebrating the publication of her first two novels with a virtual book tour!

Pat Bertram

Pat Bertram

Pat Bertram is a native of Colorado and a lifelong resident. When the traditional publishers stopped publishing her favorite type of book – character and story driven novels that can’t easily be slotted into a genre – she decided to write her own. More Deaths Than One and A Spark of Heavenly Fire, available at Amazon and from Second Wind Publishing, are Bertram’s first novels.

Suzanne Francis and I have celebrated many firsts together. About the time her novel Heart of Hythea was first published as an e-book, I started my first blog. She was one of the first to leave a comment on that blog. When I entered More Deaths Than One in a contest on, she was the first to sign up just to vote for me.

She was my first cyber friend, my first author friend, my first international friend. She was the very first person ever to read one of my manuscripts, and the first to call it “brilliant.” (So far she’s the only one who called Light Bringer brilliant, but then, so far she’s only one who’s read it.) While we’re at it, I might as well add another first: here is the first announcement that, if everything goes as planned, Light Bringer will be published at the first of next year.

Eighteen months after we first “met,” Suzanne and I had our first books released in print form, and we wrote our first endorsements for each other. So when I decided to do my first blog tour as part of my first book launch party, I wanted Suzanne to be a part of it.

Normally I would have written one of my usual blog articles for her to post, but when one is celebrating firsts, there is no such thing as usual. Hence this personal journey into our shared firsts.

Suzanne, thank you for being part of my first book launch party. I hope we celebrate many more firsts together.



The paperback!

My book, Heart of Hythea, is up on Amazon in the paperback edition!   🙂

If any of you lovely people have read it, or even if you haven’t and want to be nice, could you visit the page and leave a review?  I’ll be ever so grateful…