Minette Lauren

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Back to Work!

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I found lots of inspiration in Greece. Yesterday I spent the day reading then fleshing out the first scene of the sequel to DDCB, our first book. I have been itching to write, but have been trying to practice finishing what I start. I have a book that is 20,000 words into a story that needs attention, and we are editing a second book that is complete for future submission. I promised not to start anything else until the editing is complete, but I was inspired and needed to work! The manuscript that has been accepted is with an editor now, so I would be wasting my time to edit what’s currently being edited. We are a third of the way through editing book two, but we put it aside to focus on book one. This leaves me hanging in the breeze, so I decided to do what I love. We always knew the second book would be about our bad-boy, Lenny. He is Brad Pitt hot with  lots of issues. We created him in our first novel as the antagonist. He was supposed to play a very small part, but he is the character you love to hate, and are routing for redemption in the end. Lenny will be redeemed in book two and have a chance to score love. I’m so excited to write a happy ending for someone, who in real life would have fallen through the cracks. Swim Suits drying, so I think I’ll work a little more.

Edge of Tomorrow….

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My time in Greece is coming to an end. I will spend a few more days in the city of Athens, but alas I am checking out of the Arion Hotel. I highly recommend the oceanside bungalows. The infinity pool at our room was amazing, but the view of the Agean and the sound of the waves lapping the shore has truly unknotted my core. Matsuisha has the best sushi and outdoor dining in Athens, though hotel Grande Bretagne had a wonderful night time view of the Parthanon. The Spa was nice and the massage therapist skilled, but swimming in the ocean was my favorite part of the whole trip. I have renewed my creative energy and have many paths I will explore in my research. Scotland is a mere three weeks away and I am hoping to get a few things done before then. Holidays are good for the soul. Treating yourself to time spent relaxing is essential for good health and inner speculation. Appreciation of life’s gifts are what gets us through the rough. I have enough Agean moments now to sail me through a few choppy seas.

Do it yourself?

 

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I know the clock is ticking and it’s time to choose what to do with the manuscript. I googled publishers and publishing, and apparently the world of publishing is changing. Anyone can post their book to Amazon for free and receive 70% commission! There are web sites that will create a digital book cover for you at a whopping $5, and if you can market your book well enough, you will earn higher placement in Amazon’s suggested reads. As I mentioned in my last blog, I read 99% from my Kindle or Kindle app. I haven’t entered a Barnes and Noble in a very long time, except when I went to see what books were in print. The problem is editing. It’s is a major issue with these fly by night publishers, and though there is a good story being told, the reader loses interest when there are too many errors. I’m not the best at editing, and my love of story telling makes me blind to misplaced commas, too many exclamation points and dialogue tags with action tags. This concerns me. If I want to read a story that has minimal grammatical flaws, so do other readers. If an E publisher isn’t perfecting the book before its out there for everyone to read, people might avoid future downloads from that publisher… Hence put my titles aside and opt for easier reads. I can see where someone who understands kindle publishing could make a mint at uploading other people’s books with minimal cost and score half the profit. So who do I trust to publish?

Waking to a Dream

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If a picture is worth a thousand words,  I have written two-thousand today.

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My view from breakfast and then my view from the beach. Everything is beautiful and I am enjoying every moment. Reading Protecting LuLu on my Kindle Paper White. I have to admit, my first Kindle was a gift I wasn’t too excited about, because I am a turtle when it comes to technology and I thought I would miss the weight of the book in my hand, miss turning the pages, and making dog ears on their corners….I do not miss paper books for fast reading. I do enjoy old books, and hunting for first editions at estate sales or vintage shops, but I love being able to carry a hundred titles in my purse at any given time. Kindle is even on my cell phone and tablet for other conveniences. I try to remind myself that change is good, because in the midst of all the things we are bombarded with on a daily basis, some advances will free up our time or at least a little space in our purse.

Glorious Grecian Research!

imageI am half of Zari Reede and now part of a Greek family. This is fun for me since I am a true southern mutt raised mostly in Louisiana. I have always been interested in people from abroad. My friends are made up of South Americans, Central Americans, Greeks, Irish, Spaniards,  Eastern Europeans, and American born Asians. When I hear an accent, I am drawn to it. I want to know more. My mind runs with a story just by looking at a picture, but new people in my life are also new characters😀 This is a family vacation to celebrate my recent marriage, to an amazing Greek born, American man. I will take in all the beauty of Greece and it will inspire many future stories.

Food for thought…

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           I mentioned our addiction to writing is like eating double stuffed Oreos with fine champagne, but I think champagne with cake is my all-time favorite. Someone once asked, if I were trapped on a desert island and could only have one meal a day – the same meal everyday, what would it be? I figured this would include an entree and one side dish. If you think lobster right away, think about this… it’s everyday for as long as you live! I said grilled chicken breast with a baked potato. It’s healthy and I never get tired of eating it. If I was given a desert – only one desert for the rest of my life – it would be CAKE. My favorite is vanilla, with Bavarian creme and butter-cream icing. I love champagne but I like to indulge in an ice cold Pepsi for cake occasions as well.

          I once went to Alaska on a float trip, where they fly you out and drop you off in the middle of nowhere. You float for two weeks down a river and they pick you up in a float plane. Hardest vacation of my life, but beautiful. I could only take one food item besides the food on the list for everyone’s consumption. While others were packing Jack Daniels or cookies, I brought my 24 pack of Pepsi. I knew I could have several a day to get my sugar fix. They all made fun of me until sometime into the trip everyone wanted a sugary soda…I had gold!

          I have tried to give up soda on several occasions, but it’s hard. Stress makes soda wonderful, and when you are sad, the bubbles tickle your nose and make you smile. I like the way the carbonation hits your tongue and rockets down your throat to flood your inner core with a caffeine explosion. It splashes in my empty stomach on a hot afternoon, and whizzes me around to stop in the midst of what I am doing and say, Ahhh, that’s what life is about, enjoying a moment.

Minette Lauren 08-06-15