Writing Process Blog Chain

Good day, everyone! My fabulous writing friend Cathy C. Hall invited me to join this blog chain. She always has something fun and funny going on, so how could I resist? So here it goes with my link in the chain:

What am I working on?

I’m currently finishing up some edits and revisions in the second book of The California Argonauts series. Gold Rush Deluge continues the story of Lucinda and George as they head to Sacramento, just in time for the 1850 floods, cholera, and fires. It’s hard to believe all those things happened in one year. Lucinda begins working with a doctor who also happens to be a murderer, (oops!) George envisions a plan to build levees and dams to protect the city of Sacramento, but Hardin Bigelow got the credit for that amazing project. Mix into that a society woman who wants to claim George for her own, and you have a love triangle/murder mystery/historical fiction story that I hope you’ll enjoy.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

There are stories and more stories of the gold rush. Many of them take place in the Yukon, and there are a few stories set in Australia and in California. But mine is the only one I know of in which the heroine wants to be a doctor. The stories are filled with medical practices and anecdotes from the mid-1800s. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first female doctor in the United States. She led the way for women to join the medical profession as doctors. She’s the inspiration for this series.

Why do I write what I do?

That’s simple. I write it because I find California history fascinating. (The teacher in me is showing.) The part I enjoy the most is the research. When I’m procrastinating about writing, I research. When I want to relax and have some downtime, I research. I find the personal stories and diaries the most interesting. Each time we drive to the Sierra Nevada mountains, I’m reminded of the people who came out here in wagons. Their strength and fortitude kept them alive, and I honestly don’t know if I could have lasted a month in their shoes. Their stories are truly amazing.

How does your writing process work?

I do a good deal of procrastinating/research. Then I think about the story, a what if scenario, and I get a picture in my mind. After that, I start sketching out a three act plot line. Then I embellish the plot points, and start adding more details. About that time, I start adding more details and characteristics to the characters. Finally, I write. Usually, I can write the novel in about six weeks. But it could take months or even years for me to get it edited and revised into a good story.

How about you? How does your writing process work? I’ve invited some other writers to join me in this blog chain, and I’ll be publishing the links to their posts soon. So keep the love going and check out:

Bridgette Booth, author of The Literature Club Project

Mindy Shafer, author of Hannah, Hannah, One-and-Two

Previous posts in the Writing Process Blog Chain:

Margo L. Dill, author of Caught Between Two Curses

Cathy C. Hall, author of bunches of fabulous and funny stories for children and adults.

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Next Stop on the Writing Process Blog Chain (Hint: It’s Me)


Aye ‘n’ begorrah! My good friend and funny writer, Cathy C. Hall is on the Writing Process blog chain, writing about her latest shenanigans!

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2009-02-10 16.23.12 Sure, t’is a lovely day to be writing.

It’s a wee bit rainy on this St. Patrick’s Day morning, but that’s all the better for this lass to keep her pounding at the keys. If the sun were shinin’ bright, a certain strawberry blonde might be up to all sorts of shenanigans. So a big thank you to the good Lord who brings the rains, and a big thank you to Margo L. Dill, who is any day now releasing her new novel, CAUGHT BETWEEN TWO CURSES! Margo invited me to answer a couple questions on the writing process (and if you want to know all about Margo’s news and process, check out the last stop on the blog chain here.)

On to the Writing Process questions!

1. What am I working on?

Whew! Just last night, I had a wee bit of a panic attack, wondering how I would…

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Now Released!


Wow! Brenda Maxfield just released another book in her series. These are terrific reads, suspenseful, yet clean for teens. I love her fresh writing!

Originally posted on Brenda Maxfield:


Greetings, Friends!  I’m over-the-moon excited to introduce you to Lizbet’s Lie. You know how some books just get to you when you read them? They wrench your emotions from the bottom of your gut?

Well, this book did that to me while I was writing it. The characters made me so mad! They would NOT cooperate. And they were downright mean. Lizbet didn’t deserve it. Not even a little.

Here’s the blurb:

Assaulted and pregnant, sixteen-year-old Lizbet Morgan is shipped off to give birth in secrecy and hand her baby over to strangers. When she returns home to her family’s strict religious community, she is expected to pick up where she left off.

But the nightmare isn’t over. Her friend Johnny isn’t the only one asking questions, and Lizbet fears that the reason for her absence will soon be discovered.  She must decide whether to tell the truth or…

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The Widow for Read an eBook Week

If you’re anything like me, you can never have enough books. When they’re free, it’s even better. During Read an eBook Week, which ends tomorrow, you can find excellent indie free and near free books.  Today I’m featuring a Regency novel, The Widow. I picked it up this week, and have added it to my summer TBR stack. Here’s the blurb from the book page:

The WidowRecently widowed Mary Scofield is forced to return to her family’s farm, penniless and with a baby. She sets her sights and her hopes on marrying a local gentleman, knowing his rank would elevate her to a much higher social class and his money would bring her out of poverty. As she applies her skills to obtain his proposal, a stranger appears in town and quickly becomes her rival for the gentleman’s attention. This stranger is nearly her double: a widow with a baby, nearly the same age, pretty, and having the same skills and talents. Fate throws the two together, and Mary soon finds her plans for marriage are ruined.

This story, set in the North-East of England, follows the events surrounding the two young widows for the short time their lives are brought together. Their world is on the brink of change as their cottage industry, and only source of income, is rapidly being made obsolete by the factories and their farms are being swallowed by new mines. They face nothing but utter poverty, and the workhouse, in their future. When tragedy strikes one of them, they each must decide if they will chose the way of forgiveness or of revenge. Their decisions forever change the lives of all around them in ways they never could have imagined.

Get The Widow free today by using COUPON CODE RW100.

The Gilded Mile for Read an eBook Week

It’s still Read an eBook Week, and you still have time to pick up some free or near free books at Smashwords.

A Gilded MileA Gilded Mile has been in my TBR stack for a little while now, and I intend to read it this summer after school is out. When I read the beginning I was immediately intrigued. The story takes place during the Australian gold rush of 1851. Here’s the book blurb:

Gold was discovered in Victoria in September, 1851. One year later, Melbourne has become the service and recreation centre for two hundred thousand miners; a frontier boom-town where diggers live for the moment and spent fortunes in a few weeks of riotous living. As most of the former police force defected to the diggings, law-abiding citizens know to remain in their homes at night or carry pistols and knives for protection.

Abandoned during the frenzy of the Gold Rush, a seven-year-old girl struggles to survive in this hostile, lawless and unsanitary environment. Homeless and starving, Molly scavenges and begs for food, while trying to avoid the coppers, drunks and predatory street gangs. Her extraordinary intellect has enabled her to survive until now, but it will require all of her courage and a great deal of luck if she is to survive and prosper.

You can pick it up for free this week using the COUPON CODE REW75. Enjoy!

Shrilugh free during Read an eBook Week

If you haven’t read Shrilugh, you’re missing out! Myndi Shafer is offering it free for Read an eBook Week. Just use COUPON CODE RW100. I guarantee you’ll be hooked just from the book blurb:

ShrilughA recent high-school graduate wrongly accused of trying to murder her step-sister flees her vengeful stepfather with an otherworldly stranger through a mystical Door.

Nothing can explain to Aydan Fulbert how she survived the savage attack in the woods. Why her left eye, instead of being blinded by the injuries she’d sustained, had simply turned a shocking shade of silver. And nothing can explain the fact that she can hear the Stranger speaking in her mind – or that she can answer him back without using her mouth.

Nothing can explain it – unless he’s telling the truth.

Nothing can explain the things the Stranger knows about her – things that she, until just a few hours ago, hadn’t known herself: that she’d healed faster from her injuries than was humanly possible. That the cruel family she’d been raised by isn’t biologically hers. That her stepfather is now hell-bent on bringing her to his own form of justice for a crime she didn’t commit.

Nothing can explain it – unless he’s telling the truth.

Nothing can explain why she so easily agreed to go with the Stranger. Why she didn’t find the notion of another world ludicrous and impossible. Why she didn’t cut and run the minute he explained where he wanted to take her.

Nothing can explain it – unless she believes he’s telling the truth.

Aydan knows she’s being intentionally naive. She knows her decision to follow the stranger is at best, reckless. At worst, deadly.

…unless he’s telling the truth.


When you finish Shrilugh, you’re going to want to read the next book in the Shrilugh Saga, The Darkening. So you may as well pick it up now, while it’s on sale for 25% off. Use COUPON CODE REW25.

Choose a Narrator for Unleashed

Here’s something fun to do during Read an eBook Week.

Author Emily Kimelman needs help choosing a narrator for Unleashed. It’s a Kindle Top 100 Bestseller and the #1 Amazon Bestseller in “Hard Boiled,” according to the Amazon page. When you listen and vote, you’ll be entered to win all sorts of prizes. In the meantime, you can get a copy of Unleashed free on Amazon or Smashwords.

Important note: You must sign up or be signed in at SoundCloud before you’ll be able to listen to the narrators.


by Emily Kimelman

Choose the Voice of Sydney Rye

Sydney Rye is coming to Audio and we need your help picking the narrator!

Choose the Voice of Sydney Rye

Emily Kimelman’s “Sydney Rye” series features a strong female protagonist and her rescue dog, Blue. It is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don’t mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!

Haven’t read Sydney Rye yet? Download the first book, UNLEASHED, for free on Amazon, iTunes, B&N, or Kobo and see how she sounds in your head then vote for the best narrator!

Voting enters you to win all sorts of great prizes including Amazon gift cards, signed books, and the finished Audio book! Add to your chances of winning by joining Emily’s email list, liking her Facebook page, or telling your friends about the contest.

Here are your choices:

Audition HTML and Bios can all be found here

Read each artist’s bio.

Emily Strong

Emily Strong is an actor, voiceover talent, and first time filmmaker.  As a native of Michigan, she is a nature-lover at heart but has the mind of a city girl and moved to Chicago nearly three years ago because she wasn’t smart enough to go somewhere warmer.  She takes full advantage of what the city has to offer by training at legendary places like The Second City and eating lots and lots of ethnic food (will travel all the way across the city to Pilsen for the best tacos!).  Her love of reading was the catalyst for her adventurous spirit and the reason why she is always stoked to tell stories in their many different forms.

You can visit her at www.emilystrong.net

Erin Jones

Erin has narrated over 500 audio books including “The Hunger Games” trilogy for The National Library Services/Library Of Congress,  “A State Of Wonder,” The Garden Of The Beasts,” “Anna Karenina,” “Ferdinand The Bull, and “Madeline.”

Sonja Field

Sonja has two loves: acting and reading. Narrating audiobooks is her absolute passion. She has logged over 600 hours recording textbooks with an organization called Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, and is currently in the process of recording a kids’ action-fantasy-adventure novel, a steamy and mysterious paranormal romance, and a non-fiction about writing. She loves nothing more than bringing vivid worlds and unique characters to life. When she’s not recording, Sonja can be found onstage, traipsing around Brooklyn, or entertaining children with a variety of dubious accents.

Erica Newhouse

Erica Newhouse is a film, televesion and theater actor living in New York City. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School.


More about UNLEASHED:

UNLEASHED is the first book in Emily Kimelman’s best selling Sydney Rye series of mysteries.

When the series begins Sydney Rye is named Joy Humbolt. She does not like people telling her what to do, so it comes as no surprise that she was just fired from her last job. When she buys Charlene Miller’s dog-walking business on Manhattan’s exclusive upper east side, it seems like the perfect fit: Quiet environment, minimal contact with people.

But then one of her clients turns up dead, and Charlene disappears. Rumors say Charlene was having an affair with the victim–and of course, everyone assumes Joy must know where she is. Joy begins to look into the crime, first out of curiosity then out of anger when there is another murder and threats start to come her way.

When police detective Mulberry is assigned to the case, Joy finds a kindred spirit–cynical and none-too-fond of the human race. As they dig deep into the secrets of Manhattan’s elite, they not only get closer to the killer but also to a point of no return. One last murder sends Joy Humbolt hurtling over the edge. Her only chance of survival is to become Sydney Rye.

The Rest of The Sydney Rye Series:

DEATH IN THE DARK (A Sydney Rye Novella, #2)

INSATIABLE (A Sydney Rye Novel, #3)

STRINGS OF GLASS (A Sydney Rye Novel, #4)

THE DEVIL’S BREATH (A Sydney Rye Novel, #5) Coming April 2014

Emily Kimelman Biography

Emily Kimelman is the author of the best selling “Sydney Rye” series of mystery novels including UNLEASHED, DEATH IN THE DARK, INSATIABLE, STRINGS OF GLASS and the forthcoming THE DEVIL’S BREATH. Emily lives with her husband, Sean Gilvey, and their dog, Kinsey Millhone “Pup Detective”, on a trawler docked in the Hudson Valley during the summer. She spends her winters traveling to where ever the next Sydney Rye Novel takes place. Right now she is in Costa Rica working on Sydney Rye #6.

If you’ve read Emily’s work and liked it please contact her. She loves hearing from readers. You can reach Emily via email ejkimelman@gmail.com or on  twitter @ejkimelman. Follow her on Instagram to see pictures from Emily’s latest adventures. Visit www.emilykimelman.com to learn more about Emily and the Sydney Rye series.














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