Thursday, January 30, 2014

To the Sea --- Cover Reveal

I can't believe it's time!
I'm so happy to share the cover for To the Sea,
my forthcoming new adult (romantic-beachy-sun kissed) novel...
available in just a week-ish.

You've read the announcement. 

You've seen the teasers #1#2, & #3. 

You've possibly drooled, maybe swooned.

There's a chance you felt like dipping a toe in the water...

You've patiently waited, losing sleep, the passing days punctuated with excitement, with bated breath (maybe that's just me.)

Alright, alright.

So, without further ado...

Okay, maybe...

A drum roll please...


And now, the great unveiling of the cover for To the Sea


I would love to know what you think.

If you would like to share, I would be forever grateful. Simply copy the text in the box beneath the image below. Then paste it into your blog's HTML area in a new post or on the sidebar. Voila! 

If that's not for you, you can still share the cover reveal (on your social media outlet of choice: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr) by copying the address link in the navigation bar above. 

As always, thank you for your support!
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The book will be available as both paperback and as an ebook in twelve (more!) days. 

February 11, 2014. 

Ay, ay, ay!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

To the Sea --- A desk, a lappy, and a dream

Please join me in celebrating the upcoming release of 

To the Sea!

I wrote a book. Not only that, but I finished it, and then revised, edited, smashed my head on my desk, stayed up nights wondering, what the heck am I doing... Then I wrote another one, and yes, another after that. In fact, if you haven’t heard from me in the last five years, it’s because I’ve been in my writers cave. No, not an actual cave, but a room with windows, a proper desk, and a laptop. There are books and notes everywhere too, just so yanno, I feel writerly. I’ve scoured tag sales for a prop typewriter, but no luck. Occasionally I emerge for food or a hug, but mostly I’ve just been writing. I’d tell you I’ve been in here so long I grew a beard, but alas, genetics and all that.

The exciting thing about all this is my new adult novel, To the Sea, is going to be published. Yes! I know. *Cue jumping out of chair, falling over my feet, cheering, and a loud Squee!

What’s To the Sea about?

Fresh out of college and newly married, twenty-something Kira plans the perfect future with a house in the suburbs, ski getaways, and fancy dinners. When her husband Jeremy dies in a car accident, loss casts her into despair, but her heart cracks wide open when she uncovers his secrets.

Despite her dislike for the ocean with the wind and itchy sand, Kira takes surf lessons to overcome her fear of the water and her well of grief. In the local surf scene, she meets sultry Jamie (with a hot Australian accent.) He’s eager to spend time with her, but mostly between the sheets. Then there’s soulful Ian, her surf instructor, who helps her get back on her feet and ride the waves.

On a heart-searching trip to South Africa for a surfari, Kira discovers what she really wants, but when she returns to the states, the grief she left behind haunts her. Torn between the tides, she navigates loss, lust, and love, taking readers along for the plunge.


So yes, in case you’re wondering, I’ve also been surfing. Just a bit. But don’t worry, the rest is fiction.

When can you read it?

To the Sea will officially be released on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.

Not long now! Follow along here, check in with me on Twitter to keep updated. 

I'm on Goodreads (you can add To the Sea to your To-Be-Read list :) 

Also, after a long time,  I'm also on Facebook. Would love your like/friend! 

I appreciate your follows, friends, likes, and reviews. Thanks everyone!

I  have some fun giveaways coming up with treasures inspired by the book and the ocean, along with some other surprises. Also, please check out my fiction-inspired shop on ETSY.


 For a tease of what's to come, check out these three sneak peeks: Jamie, Ian & Kira


I also want to give a special thanks to all those who have helped me with this endeavor so far, your support means the world to me. I value all the encouragement, feedback, and cheerleading. 

Mwah! Xo Deirdre

Thursday, January 23, 2014

To the Sea -- Teaser Three

...And teaser number three for To the Sea, available in less than three weeks! On Tuesday, February 11,  my new adult contemporary novel will be available to read. I can't wait to share it with you!
To see the previous two teasers, click here and here


Meet Kira: 
She longs for Paris, lives for fashion, and prefers dinner by candlelight. 
But everything falls to pieces when she's rocked by tragedy, thrusting her into rediscovering her true self, whether behind the lens of her camera or in the ocean—her dreams await. 



I'd be thrilled if you'd like to share this teaser on your blog/site. Simply copy and paste the text below into the HTML portion of your blog and voila! the image below (minus code) will appear.
Thanks for reading. Cheers!
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

To the Sea -- Teaser Two

Huzzah! Teaser number two for the soon-to-be released new adult contemporary novel, To the Sea. 
It will be available Tuesday, February 11, 2014.
To see the first teaser, please click here


Meet Ian:
Soul-surfer, board shaper, and dreamer. 
He laughs easily, loves to cook, and his dimpled smile is irresistible.



If you want, please copy and paste the text below onto your blog to share the To the Sea buzz!

Thank you!

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

To the Sea -- Teaser One

Here's the first teaser for To the Sea. (!!!)
My forthcoming new adult contemporary (romance) will be available Tuesday, February 11, 2014. 


Meet Jamie:
He's Australian, a pro surfer, and likes to get frisky at the beach. 
Always wearing his sunnies, he knows what he wants, isn't afraid to go for it, and believes that life's short— 
surf hard. 



Copy and paste the text below if you want to add this teaser to your blog. Also, if you want part in the cover reveal, book launch, please comment below. Thank you! 

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Because it's Tuesday...

...and I'm wearing stretch pants, a hoodie, and fuzzy slippers.

India, a surf story. Beautiful, inspired, filled with the spirit of the waves.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

14 Writing Wishes for 2014

Looking forward into the New Year, the following are fourteen goals I have for the next twelve months, building off what I learned about myself and my relationship to writing in 2013. 

1. Capture voice and plot in a pitch. I'll be posting about that soon. 

2. Revise A GIRL CALLED DEATH, a Kali myth retelling. 

3. Update my projects page (see above.)

4. Remember the importance of refueling. Rest, sleep, nourishment, hobbies, meditation. I have to remember to step aside from writing and recharge my batteries. This gives me more fuel when I step back to the page,  er keyboard.

5. Go to more author events/readings/releases. 

6. Network and build my platform via social media (especially my blog and Pinterest, which are sometimes neglected) and continue connecting via twitter and Instagram. (And in person. Obvs.)

7. Master grammar. 

8. Expand my connections to other writers and readers. 

9. Hone my queries.

10. Be even more patient.

11. Weave rainbows into my sentences. 

12. Blog about what I've been learning at my desk more consistently. 

13. Promote other authors and writers in this art form. We need one another's support! 

14. Publish in some format. I've been chasing this dream longer than some, but shorter than most and would like to bring my words to readers this year. 

"My ideas usually come not at my desk writing, but in the midst of living." -Anais Nin

Thursday, January 2, 2014

13 Writing Lessons Learned in 2013

In lieu of a New Year's resolution I've been reflecting on what how I've grown as a writer in the past year. The following are thirteen things I learned about writing in 2013.


13. Yes, I have to cross my t's dot my I's and write a compelling story, but now matter what stage I'm at along the writing-publication journey, it does take a team. Critique partners, editors, agents, the behind the scenes elves who do so much to help build a book from laptop to print or digital imprint.

12. Inhabit the world and characters. Light a candle to evoke a sense of place or person or time, tack a picture on the wall to help visualize—wherevahhh. By bringing myself fully into the present moment of a scene or chapter, I'm better able to convey an authentic sense of place or character onto the page.

11. The simple, yet never to be underestimated writing tighteners outlined in this series by Kelley Harvey helped me find my way back into editing. The link leads to the first, but there are ten and worth a read.

10. Patience and persistence. Just keep at it. Don't give up.

9. There's always more to learn and strengths to be gained. I love the adage, "The more you learn the less you know." It's a reminder to always be open act as a sponge, soaking up as much as I can about the craft of story telling (and grammar.)

8. Show don't tell. I think I clinched this. For the most part. Um. Maybe...See above.

7. Some people, though well meaning, don't know what they're talking about. Other people really do. I've resolved to set my ego aside, listen with open ears, and then follow my heart (and sometimes my gut, they're good teammates) to discern what to take in and what to leave behind.

6. I see, I noticed, I turned and... some, somehow, well, so... Equal my sentence set/up disasters. Avoid these, lady!

5. I realized I have a system, it unfolded organically, but after seven manuscripts, it's become clear. After completing a draft, I do one read through and of course a grammar check. Then I let it simmer. After washing my mind of the project (eg. thinking about obsessively) I then print out and read again making notes, corrections, adjustments, etc. Then I step aside and let it marinate yet again. (Apart from the kitchen analogies, I do this for much longer than I would anything I'm going to eat.) Then I reread aloud. And then usually I'll read it one more time, all the while finding funny mistakes (missing letters, a forgotten quote, etc.) There's much more involved, but realizing I have a method surprised me.

4. Write authentically.

3. Read widely. In finding making time to write, I'd let reading take the back seat and averaged about a half-dozen books a month (this includes fiction and non.) But toward the end of 2013 I ramped that up and I'd say it's widened my vision of the writing craft quite a bit.

2. Silence the voice that says I'm not good enough and instead use that energy to make my work even better.

1. I absolutely LOVE to write. Witnessing pieces of my mind unfold into a story is a joy.

There you have it. Stay tuned for more to come in 2014.