Introducing: “Drop Dead Daisy”–published!

“Daisy Meeks never really knew her family. She’s never known love. She’s never had anyone stick around long enough to open up to. Well, except through her music. But those who hear her heart don’t get her. They think she’s just some hot chick who plays a mean guitar. Until Kane Sullivan comes along and pulls her into the world of heavy metal and fame. And, of course, love. But is his love really all she’s been searching for? Is he really enough?”

After 4 months of drafting, and then 3.5 year of revising and editing (well, off and on), my second book, “Drop Dead Daisy” in the For the Love of Music series is finally in print!

You can get a hard copy here.

Or the Kindle version here.


Celebrations began last night, here in Chicago, when I sent it off to the publisher… 😉


Daisy Meeks: Ax Queen

She inhales.  She steps into the light.  This blinding world envelopes her.  She has taken possession of the stage.  She lifts a purple Surfcaster into her arms, and slips the strap over her head.  She stares out into the audience.  She has never had such an insane notion before.  She may choose to follow it.  She knows she shouldn’t.  That would be pure insanity.  No one else would do that.  She’s nuts.  She might be the Ax Queen, but even she has not right to expect that music, the music that only some supernatural presence could create, to come to her in the moment.

But she is Daisy Meeks.  She is a little insane.  She knows it as she dismisses the rest of the band and takes over by herself.

She plays a story, not a song.  She sings an ache, not lyrics.  She reveals herself for thousands of strangers in a way which she never could for him.  Not even Kane.

And then, she is done.  She is finished.  And she looks around.  The lights pierce the theatre, expanding the darkness around her into a fine point of empty light.

She is Daisy Meeks: Ax Queen.


Knocking Out Chapters and Cover Suggestions

Chapter 26 of Drop Dead Daisy has been submitted to BETA readers, so that means it’s time to knock out one of the cover ideas.  The list has been narrowed down to 3 options.  So…now I gotta do that.

And done.  This is the first cut.



Now, chapter 27 is done!  Only one more to go!  But that means it’s time to narrow it down one last time and choose between the last two options.

Here’s the last cut.  It was a close second.


And chapter 28, the final chapter, is done!!!  I was starting to wonder if the day would ever come.  But it has at last!

So, here’s the cover.  It just fits the story best.


Project DDD Publication: final days

Only 3 chapters remain in this revision project.  Of course, a few more passes (proofreading, final read-aloud, etc.) will happen, but we’re only days away from publication!

Of course, that means I’m also forced to decide which cover design to use now.  Dang it.  The toughest decisions!  At least I’ve narrowed it down to 3 options.  That feels symmetrical.  3 chapters, 3 choices.  Okay.  As I knock out these last 3 chapters, I’ll narrow down the choices to 1, as well.

Much like a great manuscript, the original photo is kinda crappy, but some editing and tweaking will make it into a great cover.

Here’s the original [model: Jeremy Kuder/photographer: me].  (I’ll post the front cover once it’s chosen.)


From Writer’s Digest–Day 29 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

Join Another Social Media Site

He suggested Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr and Wattpad.  I’m on all but Wattpad for personal use (and have never heard of Wattpad before today!), so I’m going to have to think this one through before joining one.  And I will do as he recommends and completely fill out my profile, set it to public, post consistently, focus on the goals of my author platform and being cautiously optimistic about the use of these social media outlets for “success” as a writer.

The verdict?

Pinterest!  I’m already on LinkedIn under this pseudonym, anyway, and I don’t think I’d have enough with Instagram to bother with.  I’ll consider Tumblr and Wattpad as well.  If I do those, I’ll post links here at some point.  For now, you can find my profile on Pinterest here.

Pinterest Logo

Pinterest Logo

Update: Ha!  Tells how much I’ve actively been using it, but I’m already on Tumblr!  This blog is linked automatically, I believe, and maybe something else, since I apparently have 50 posts on Tumblr now.  The link is here.

I guess I can look into Wattpad next and see…

From Writer’s Digest–Day 21 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

Research Markets

Markets that publish what I write, that is.  So…well, I’ve done a bit of this, but not of late.  I will actually be putting this off for now (I have to go to work momentarily), but I absolutely will be doing this ASAP.  As soon as Drop Dead Daisy is ready.  Too much on my plate right now to do this kind of research thoroughly just now.

Writer's Markets (“Pile Of Books” by Felixco, Inc.)

Writer’s Markets (“Pile Of Books” by Felixco, Inc.)