Monthly Archives: June 2014


Minimal Progress is still progress- July Writing goals

Minimal Progress is still progress- July Writing goals

So, not much happening over this way, at least not much that is newsworthy. Ruby’s is still out with a few people reading it. The latest readers are writers so I am hoping to get some useful feedback. Meanwhile, back at the Ranch, I am about halfway thru my own edits. I printed out a hard copy and I am going through and noting my changes and then making them on the document instead of trying to read it on-screen. Finding a lot of things I’ve glossed over (because I am just so tired of looking at it) so that’s been good. Slow going but I am about halfway through. My goal for July is to finish MY edits. I would love to get it in front of a developmental/copy editor, but that takes money I don’t really have, so we’ll see. Also by July I want to be up on Query Tracker so I can start researching agents and try to get Ruby repped and sold. My writing friend Paige hooked me up with a fabulous author whom I enjoy via email and I laid all my questions and hemming and hawing on her shoulders. She assured me that I knew more about publishing than I think I do and I’m on the right track, but I should consider doing a few things, like trying to publish ANYTHING with a small market –online literary mag, some print somewhere, just something to show that there is some interest out there in my writing. I was thinking I might take one of my short stories,  edit the mess out of it and submit. I have a few stories with good plots and a nice character/ story arc. They just need some reworking. I guess my July will be busy! I’m also increasingly interested in self publishing something, even if it’s free. Just to say I’ve done that. Lots of stuff happening over here! Exciting.  




[Review] That Night Chevy Stevens

[Review] That Night Chevy Stevens

Title: That Night Author: Chevy Stevens Genre: Mystery/Thriller Publisher: St. Martin's Press Release Date: June 17th, 2014 Format: Kindle Pages: 384 Source: NetGalley As a teenager, Toni Murphy had a life full of typical adolescentcomplications: a boyfriend she adored, a younger sister she couldn’t relate to, a strained relationship with her parents, and classmates who seemed hell-bent on making her life miserable. Things weren’t easy, but Toni could never have predicted how horrific they would become until her younger sister was brutally murdered one summer night. Toni and her boyfriend, Ryan, were convicted of the murder and sent to prison.Now thirty-four, Toni is out on parole and back in her hometown, struggling to adjust to a new life on the outside. Prison changed her, hardened her, and she’s doing everything in her power to avoid violating her parole and going back. This means having absolutely no contact with Ryan, avoiding fellow parolees looking to pick fights, and steering clear of trouble in all its forms. But nothing is making that easy—not Ryan, who is convinced he can figure out the truth; not her mother, who doubts Toni’s innocence; and certainly not the group of women who made Toni’s life hell in high school and may have darker secrets than anyone realizes. No matter how hard she tries, ignoring her old life to start a new one is impossible. Before Toni can truly move on, she must risk everything to find out what really happened that night. Like a few reviewers, I felt like That Night moved relatively slowly for more than half of the book, however the story picked up around 60% and barreled right through to the end. That night tells the story of Toni and Ryan, two young kids accused of a murder they swear they didn’t commit. I don’t know if it was supposed to be so obvious, but there was no mystery to me, as to who was really responsible for the murder of Toni’s little sister. […]