Tuesday, May 22, 2018

New Project- Gabriel Hawke

I have finished the first book of the Gabriel Hawke series and it is off to a beta reader. Once she finishes, I need to find a male beta reader because it is all in the point of view of a male character. Then it will go off to critique partners and on down my line of minions who help me make my books readable.

I had a great time meeting new people and learning about occupations I didn't know to write this book. Meeting an ODFW(Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife) State Trooper, a wildlife biologist, and a Forest service helicopter pilot and his wife.

For me it definitely takes a village to write a book. I have so many things I need to learn and prefer hearing it from a person who does that job. Reading about a job doesn't give you all the nuances that you learn from a person.

I also visited the trail head that is part of several scenes in my story and took photos. I'm hoping my cover artist will be able to make a good looking cover from my photos.

Right now my biggest concern is deciding what genre it falls under. Because it has a Law Enforcement protagonist, I believe it should go under Police Procedural or Crime Fiction. It's not a mystery like my Shandra Higheagle books. There is a pretty good idea of who is the killer from early in the book, but my character has to come up with the proof to place the person with the victim.  And being a tracker, once he's on the trail, he can't leave it alone.

This first book will be available in January 2019.


Sunday, May 06, 2018

My experiment with Dictating

Oh my!

Because I do so much driving several writer friends who use Dragon transcription software thought it would help me get my projects done faster if I used it.

I am going to be on the road a lot the next couple of months and if I could equate those hours into words on a manuscript, I would be a happy camper!

I purchased Dragon. I purchased the lapel mic and recorder recommended.


My first attempt was horrifying! at first I stammered, couldn't think coherently and even that wasn't as bad as the mispronunciation that came out in print when I downloaded it.

Here is a sample of the first attempt:
He may held up the held up the towels so that she would be the young woman stepped out of the tub when she felt the body pushing against the towel she wrapped around her. “Let me get this drain this water and then I hope you dress.” Lottie Mae it’s a golf Lottie made nerves to to put her hand in the water pulled the plug and let knowing that the team tend to the water was from all the blood that had been on the young woman. When she stood Dari found Dari just staring staring at herself in the small mirror off hanging on the wall. “I know you feel like your world has been turned upside down and that he’ll never be the same. But I can tell you from from experience that you will just give yourself time think positive. If taking me a while and I finally feeling like I be a whole person again and you will to.” Lottie started rubbing the towel on the girls body and she went and cried out.
I’m sorry. I forgot that you have the I’ll let you I’ll let you do that drawing.” Lottie turned her back to the to the young woman and picked up the clothing that she had brought in and pick up the clothing that she had worn over here from from the from the from savanna.

It will take me a while to figure out what I was even saying. I was frustrated to say the least. I had asked on the Dragon FB group how about classic books I'd read at one time to use to get the diction correct. They told me to use my own chapters. I did and this is the mess I had.

After emailing with a friend who uses Dragon, I decided to find those classic excerpts. I did and read one into my recorder and uploaded it. then I went for a walk and dictated more of my book.

This is what I had that time:

Even his touch squeezing her hand with his gentle as a child. This large man would never hurt anything or anyone. That was one of the things that she had learned and one of the reasons that she her affections were growing him. “I know you would never hurt me. But the community the people,. I don’t want anyone thinking, or make for believing, I just…” She didn’t know how to say she didn’t want to ruin his reputation by there being friends or even more. It wasn’t just his invitation she was worried about, she’d had hers ruined before. And she didn’t want to go through that again. “I I have a path. The path that I don’t want to relive again.”

“I know all the women who work at the silver dollar has had trouble. Everyone in town knows that Bo has taken you and, and has given you new life. As your past doesn’t matter to me, I know the woman you are now.” Manfred continued hold her hand in his some skin softly back and forth across her palms.
Jingles warmed warmed her arms and settled in her heart. If there was ever a man, who could forget her past I love her for who she was, it was this man. She smiled at him, “I have dreamed of finding a man like you. Someone who would believe the rumors of my past, and would believe in me for who I am.”
Manfred smiled. He raised her hand to his lips, kissed it gently, and placed her hand back on her me and released her hand. “I know how to be a gentleman. I would do nothing to ruin your reputation. But I do wish to see you often. Especially after I have become your best student.”

The dictation is getting easier for me to do and it is picking up the way I say words better. I'm now a happy camper because I'll have 10 hours of driving this week that I can dictate and have a book to edit when I get home!

This is the book I'm working to get finished:

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Read Great Stories- Help a Cowboy

I'm one of the authors in this exciting anthology releasing May 1st! 

USA Today and Amazon bestselling authors bring Deadwood’s past and present to life in Wild Deadwood Tales, a limited edition anthology written exclusively to benefit rodeo athletes. Stories includes seventeen original works in Contemporary and Historical Romance, Western and Young Adult fiction, and even a few ghost stories. Contributing authors: E.E. Elisabeth BurkeZoe BlakePaty Norman JagerTeresa KeeferMegan KellySylvia McDanielAmanda McIntyrePeggy McKenzieAngi MorganNancy NaigleJacqui NelsonTerri OsburnGinger RingMaggie RyanLizbeth SelvigTina Susedik and A.C. Wilson
Every Purchase is a Donation. Proceeds from Wild Deadwood Tales go to the Western Sports Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing a wide range of assistance to athletes competing in Western lifestyle sports. Whether they need help getting back on their feet or planning for their future, the WSF is there for them.
Here are the links to the book to prerorder at the various retailers:
Amazon    http://bit.ly/WDTales
Apple     http://bit.ly/WDTApple
Nook      http://bit.ly/WDTBN
Kobo      http://bit.ly/WDTKobo
Updated info will be on our website: http://bit.ly/DeadwoodTales

CASH’S CLAIM
Zoe Blake
She was his...and it was past time he staked his claim.
Jessamine Cooper was determined to stay independent and run her late uncle's ranch on her own. When she shows up in Deadwood with an ill-advised plan to win the money she needs playing poker, Cash decides it is past time for him to stake his claim.
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UNEXPECTED CALAMITY
E.E. Burke
A friendship that never died.
Calamity Jane is drawn back to Deadwood by a force more powerful than death, and becomes an unexpected savior in the midst of an epidemic.
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SAVING DALLIE
Paty Jager  
Everyone deserves a chance.
When a miner tosses his daughter into the pot at a poker game and the winner is a brothel owner, Beau Gentry is determined to keep the young woman out of the man’s hands.
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THE GAMBLER AND THE PREACHER’S DAUGHTER
Teresa Keefer
Can a preacher's daughter play poker with a gambler and win?
Leticia Chasteen was always getting dragged into situations she didn't want to be in. Rusty McGraw the gambler was always coming to her rescue. Who will end up with the winning hand?
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A RISKY PROPOSAL
Megan Kelly
He loves her. She loves him. A proposal should be good news, right?
Callie Jones never wanted to date a bull rider. Now she’s fallen in love with Rome Anderson, who’s intent on winning the PBR Championship buckle. When he asks her to marry him, she has to decide: Does she break his heart with a no or doom her future with a yes?
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LOVE ACROSS TIME
Sylvia McDaniel
Is it possible to love someone in another time? Are dreams real?
Sadie Mae Miller is hanging up her barrel racing crown and beginning a new life. But when her grandmother asks her to sleep under a new wedding ring quilt with promises of visions of the love of her life, she doesn’t quite believe her. Until she falls asleep. Only problem is, he lived in 1880. Does time separate the lovers?
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ONCE UPON A DEADWOOD DREAM
Amanda McIntyre
Sometimes to find your future you must face the past.
Past and present meld together in Deadwood when a woman who discovers true love must fight to escape a deadly twist of fate.
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THE BROTHERHOOD
Peggy McKenzie
Sometimes, love is hiding in the most peculiar places.
Major Lucas Hamilton, widower and father of four boys, insists on the disciplined order of a regimented household. But when a bumbling young woman falls at his feet, will he take a chance on her or send her packing before she burns his house down to the ground.
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MAVERICK SEDUCTION
Angi Morgan
Teenage crush or true love. You decide.
Sean Maverick is on a charity auction block until a beautiful woman from his past buys him for the night. Em Stone believed in love at first sight even if she had to lasso and knock Sean off his feet.
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TIMING IS EVERYTHING
Nancy Naigle
Always a bridesmaid, never a bride? Never say never.
Kendra is fine with being a bridesmaid. She hung up her wedding hopes and dreams eight years ago when her cowboy chose the rodeo over her, but when these two cross paths in Deadwood it looks like the timing just might be right for a reconciliation.
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RESCUING RAVEN
Jacqui Nelson
In a gold rush storm, can an unlikely pair rescue each other?
Raven wants to save one person. Charlie wants to save the world. Their warring nations thrust them together but duty pulled them apart—until their paths crossed again in Deadwood for a fight for love.
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AFTER THE FALL
Terri Osburn
When it comes to love, sometimes falling is the easy part.
Aspyn Fielding blames Tucker Stargill for not talking her brother, Colt, out of riding bulls. When Colt is gravely injured during a ride, Aspyn is hopeful Tucker will finally see things her way, but Aspyn is the one who has a change of heart.
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BEST RESULTS
Ginger Ring
Finding the perfect results from one simple test.
Orphaned at a young age, both Adam and River yearn to find a living relative from either of their families. After finally deciding to put down roots in Deadwood, a simple DNA test brings a result that is more than they ever expected.
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A GIFT OF GOLD
Maggie Ryan
There may be gold in the Black Hills, but Bennett had his eyes on a far more valuable prize.
Not one to be deterred by the dictates of society, Lorelai Samuels had a dream to open a restaurant in the bustling new town of Deadwood and no one was going to stand in her way, especially not the infuriatingly handsome and stubborn Bennett Redding.
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GOTTA HAVE FAITH
Lizbeth Selvig
Win or lose, she’s about to take on the big boys.
Faith “Rabbit” Redmond forms an extreme plan at the Deadwood rodeo to convince a champion bull rider that women can excel at the dangerous sport. If she wins his respect, she might also win his love. .
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THE SCHOOL MARM
Tina Susedik
Can a schoolmarm with dreams of a better life, fall for a disreputable man?
Suzanna Lindstrom travels as a schoolmarm in fledgling Deadwood. Having left her parents’ struggling farm, she dreams of a better life in Deadwood with a man who’s struck it rich in the gold fields. Fresh off the stagecoach, she meets Kingston Winson, whom she disregards as disreputable. Is he who she thinks he is? What lesson will she learn?
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TRICKS
A.C. Wilson
Tricks inspire courage and new love while daring others to dream.
Pushed to choose a direction for her life, Tandi discovers that some crossroads are necessary. Surprisingly, each marker leads her to an arena of spectators with her talented horse and a handsome guy who gives her hope to do the impossible.


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Game Warden Ride-Along

I'm a bit slow getting to this blog post.

On a cold snowy day, I had the privilege of riding along with a Oregon Fish and Wildlife State Trooper in Wallowa County, Oregon.

When I first contacted the trooper, he'd suggested we might go down on the Imnaha River and check the fishermen catching steelhead. When I arrived for the ride along a call had come in about trespassers on an elk refuge in the northern part of the county. So we headed north.
Weneha River

Once we left the highway the roads were bumpy, snowy, and muddy. The trooper explained that an area owned by the ODFW (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife) and used to feed elk to keep them from getting into the ranchers stack yards and ruining stacks of hay was off limits to the public at this time of year to keep the elk from leaving the leaving the area.
Elk feeding on the refuge

It was the best time for "shed" hunters to be out. Shed hunting is when people go out looking for the antlers the deer and elk shed this time of year. Shed hunters go out looking for the shed antlers to either keep for themselves or to sell to people who make things out of them. Because the large herds of elk stay in the refuge, the antler hunters will trespass to find the larger antlers.
Elk feeding on the refuge

We didn't find anyone trespassing. But the trooper wrote down the make, model, and license plate of any vehicle that was parked as if they were out looking for antlers. When we arrived at an area where he had satellite reception, he put that information into his computer to see if any past trespasses or violations came up on the owners of the vehicles.
3 female mountain sheep with tracking collars
From the elk refuge we headed to the Wallowa River and the trooper wore a microphone so I could hear his conversations with the fishermen as he asked them for fishing licenses, steelhead tags, and those with boats for their invasive species permit.  I learned the language of the items asked for and had a fun time listening to his banter with the people.
Along the Wallowa River
The 8 hours I spent with the trooper I learned a lot about the job, the nuances that could keep a trooper safe in certain situations, and I heard stories about situations that became out of hand.

It was an enlightening and informative day. I've already started incorporating the information I gleaned into the first book of the new Gabriel Hawk mystery series coming out in 2019.