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Today I Wrote

Today, for the first time in a long time, I opened up the new WIP and for more than six hours straight, did nothing but write.

I think I wrote over twenty pages.

Unfortunately, all this work happened on the new first draft manuscript, The Other Sky, and not The Storm. The Storm is the one I really need to work on because it’s the closest to completion.

But the work I did on The Other Sky today was a milestone.

I’m staying positive! More to come.


It Continues

I’ve hit triple digits on editing The Storm. I am now about a third of the way through editing this little book.

Work also continues on the trilogy I’ve got going but it’s slow because I’m trying to dedicate most of the momentum to The Storm for now. However, I’m writing the new ideas down for the trilogy. Every time I walk my dog, I get a new idea. Not sure what that means.

Soon, my pretties. Very soon…



The Storm is coming…

Take a few minutes to pop on over to my book page for my upcoming book, The Storm. You can find it listed under “books” from the menu above.

The cover is now online and ready for comments/criticisms.

The Storm is coming…better stay indoors.


A Brief Interlude…

I’m just popping on the blog to let everyone know that work continues on The Storm (it is a very old novel and due to its age, it’s needed a lot of work and attention) but that it’s going well. It should be ready for release in a few months. The cover has already been designed and I’ll release that shortly before the release of the book.

Sorry to everyone for the blogs being few and far between, however, I have been going through some pretty serious life changes and haven’t been able to dedicate the time I need to get a serious foothold on the work.

The next book, tenatively titled The Other Sky, is also moving along well. I’ve been keeping busy.

I hope everyone is enjoying this awesome weather we’ve been having. I certainly have.

Much love,

Gina xoxo




All Good Things

Hello all,

I’ve been on a little hiatus lately. It’s been a long, hectic year, both personally and professionally, and so it’s a hiatus that was sorely needed. I’ve published a novel, taken care of my mom, and, with the help of my spunky sidekick Louis, have lost about forty pounds.

Louis the Tapeworm

The crazy has begun to settle a bit and so I’ll be getting back to writing very soon. My next book, The Storm, has been edited and is waiting for me to dig in. There is much I want to do to this book and I suspect these changes shall take some time but if I had to guess I’d say the book will be out just before summer. This book is really good and I hope you all enjoy it.

The Dark Layer continues to do well and I’ve gotten some very good feedback on it! Many say that they never would have predicted the ending. If one thing can be said about my books, it’s that they’re different.

Like me.

Anyway, I hope everyone had a great holiday and I look forward to chatting with everyone in the upcoming new year!


P.S. Louis the Tapeworm is totally fictitious, in case anyone was taking me seriously.

For Carmody, My Best Friend

So, The Dark Layer is here.

I uploaded the book to Smashwords and it’s available only there. (EDIT: it’s available on B&N and Amazon now as well; see the Books dropdown above for direct links.) I’m working on getting it uploaded to the other places as well to appease everyone’s tastes.

Hopefully lots of people will check it out and enjoy it (including my old frenemy, “Dave Watson”).

Also, because I love money so much, I’m donating all the money from this week’s sales to the ASPCA. Every single cent. So, if you love animals, love reading, both, or neither, buy the book to support a good cause.

Sunday through this Saturday. Every sale. Every cent. Helping the critters.

Please help so they’ll stop airing those damned Sarah McLachlan commercials. I cry on cue every time.

To relieve you of some serious cash, here’s a picture of my beautiful niece with a stray kitten they rescued.

Dark Delay (again)

Sorry to the folks that have been asking where The Dark Layer is. Unfortunately, I’m having issues with the cover image so I’m trying to figure out what to do with that before I can continue. It should be up very soon. I’ll be sure to blog when it’s there. 

Waiting sucks!



I got some thinking to do.

For the past few days I’ve been in Virginia Beach attending the Hampton Roads Conference. While there, I met up with some very great people and attended some useful panel discussions about writing and the publishing industry. Never did I think this would be the conference that would make me seriously think about my career and ponder it in a way that could affect my place in the writing world.

When I first started writing, I wanted to traditionally publish. I wrote The Storm, then rewrote it, then submitted it out to a few agents for consideration. One I never heard back from, one denied, and one is still considering. The bad thing about The Storm is that it was written over two years ago and when I look at it now, I just see a big pile of crap. I’m a better writer now than I was then and I’ll be a better writer two years from now than I am right now. I don’t want to reach a point with my writing that I’m not always improving…but I don’t want to write inferior work either. I’ll be damned if I put some worthless piece of junk out there with my name on it. But my definition of a worthless piece of junk is different than all those who read The Storm.

Immediately after I wrote The Storm, I put it aside and began working on The Dark Layer. The Dark Layer took almost two full years to write and is still considered a work in progress, but it’s the one I consider the most finished. It’s an exciting book with an interesting concept and I worked really hard on it. It has problems but what book doesn’t? No one submits perfection and even after books are published, you can still find issues. Good writing is subjective, just as good stories and good characters are. And the problems it has aren’t terminal-they’re totally fixable and I’m capable of fixing them.

While waiting for The Dark Layer’s draft to mellow, I began outlining/writing a new sci-fi/horror possible trilogy. I’m very excited about this project because every day I get new ideas for scenes. I also have a pretty awesome idea of how it might end. Actually, it’s more than awesome; it’s biblical.

*I’m upset because WP did not save the rest of my draft. It sucks because it was really good too.*

When nothing began to pan out for The Storm, I decided I was going to self-publish The Dark Layer. The cover was done by a professional, it was proofread, beta-read, edited, all of the above. And over this past weekend, something changed. I decided that The Dark Layer isn’t quite finished yet.

I’m not sure what to do. I think The Dark Layer may go on indefinite hiatus. The Storm as well because it needs a really good thorough rewrite. Unfortunately I’m hesitant about tackling these jobs without having a professional to work with. I don’t want to devote hours and hours and hours to something and then post it without having a professional to tell me where the real problems are. Yet I also don’t like the idea of sitting on my hands and waiting for an agent and publishing deal to fall out of the sky and into my lap. It’s hard to tell what to do, what the right decisions are, where my best interests lie. I’m famous for making bad decisions and when it comes to my career, I definitely don’t want to fuck this up.

To be continued…?

The Dark Layer Cover Sneak Peek

I’ve been busy doing a lot of editing and because of this, I haven’t had much time to blog. I clearly suck at blogging but that’s simply because I’ve been too busy working. My friends and family will concur this statement. If you mention my name, they’ll probably say, “Oh yeah, I seem to remember seeing her around.”

Without further ado, here is the cover for The Dark Layer, designed by the brilliant Dustin Ashe:

Isnt’ it gorgeous? The colors are amazing. Dustin Ashe did a great job.

When the betas come back to me with their thoughts/edits/complaints  suggestions, I will comb through this book yet a fourth fifth time before the release. Late October is the tentative date for release but that may change depending on how much more work has to go into this piece. ARCs will go to all my favorite book reviewers, of course, and hopefully they will all love it as much as I do.

That’s it! Tell me what you think.


Dark Layer release

The Dark Layer, my champagne supernova, is set to be released on October 31st. 

Just for anyone who is interested in knowing.

Dark Layer Delayed

Hello Everyone,

I need to blog a little bit about The Dark Layer, an upcoming book of mine that’s being worked on.

Originally, this book was slated for a May 2011 release. While working diligently to ensure such a date, a window of opportunity opened up to me that I definitely do not want to miss. I have the opportunity to work with a proofreader, a very good proofreader that has worked with JA Konrath, however, she doesn’t have an opening until October. And rather than releasing an inferior product and welcoming bad reviews, I’m putting The Dark Layer on hold until she has a chance to look at it. This will not only ensure a better story but it also gives me time to work on my new horror/sci-fi series called The Other Sky. Book 1-Earth is pouring out of me and I hope readers will like reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.

The cover for The Dark Layer is being worked on by a very talented man. If you’re seeking a professional cover for your book, go here:

There is a chance that the book could be looked at sooner but this is not to be counted upon.

So, unless something changes (and I will be sure to announce it if that should happen) expect the book to have a fall 2011 release.

If I can, in the interim, I may release some short stories to tide everyone over until then. Let’s hope time allows this.

Take care everyone and happy reading,


As Of Late

It’s been a while since I blogged so I thought I’d entertain a few people by giving them the skinny of my latest activities.

The writing is going well! The new book is coming along wonderfully and editing The Dark Layer is also moving along. Dark Layer should be ready by sometime in May but I don’t want to jinx it and give a date. I’m very superstitious.

If you want to know more about The Dark Layer, check out the menu at the above right corner of the screen.

Also, I’m meeting with a Cincinnati Scribbler tomorrow for a (much needed) bullshit session.

On the personal front, my mom is no longer in MVH. She’s been moved to a long-term care facility and has been working on gaining weight and getting her lungs to the point to where she can breathe without a vent. She’s doing very well there. Last weekend when I went to visit, she was able to talk (for the first time since January) and everything out of her mouth was a complaint! That means she’s feeling better.

There are a few other things going on that I’ll be happy to tell everyone about when the time comes!

Looking forward to the Kentucky Writer’s Conference this weekend and seeing my friend, Ricki Schultz!

Take care everyone!


Barnes and Noble $100 Gift Card Contest

So, to promote the site and the release of my book, Learning To Fly, I’m going to have a contest for a $100 gift card for Barnes and Noble. I’m still working through the details but I will be sure to let everyone know when the whole she-bang has been hammered out. $100 will buy a lot of books.  Knowing me, I like to keep things simple so the most likely method will be drawings names of random commenters that have purchased the book.

Stay tuned for more details!

Edit: Okay, so here are the rules. The book drops on April Fools Day. Buy the book and then come back here to the website and leave a comment, particularly one that lets me know you’ve bought the book (try to be specific on a detail or two). The contest is going to run from April 1st until April 7th, and on the 7th I will draw a name from one of the commenters. The name I draw is the winner of the GC. I will announce the winner on the blog as well as get in touch with the winner personally.

Edit #2 – I have extended the deadline. The contest will now end on April 15-two weeks after its beginning.

Any questions? Ask.

Good luck everyone.

Cover Art for Learning To Fly

Hey everyone,

This looks to be the final cut on the cover art for “Learning To Fly”. I think it turned out all right and it especially looks good in black and white, which is how it will mostly be viewed. Take a look and let me know what y’all think:

April Fool’s Day

This day has long been known as a day to fool people.  A day for pranks, tricks, and up-to-no-good-ness. A day of fun, depending on whether you’re the tricker or the trickee.

This April Fool’s Day, 4/1/11, I shall ask myself; am I the tricker or the trickee?

I’m planning on releasing my first e-book, “Learning To Fly” on April 1st. I’ve been working my tail off for the past couple of months trying to get it ready. Working on getting the stories together, finding and getting a cover developed, ways to market it, and other aspects as well. This whole venture has left me both educated and exhausted.

Writing e-books sounds easy. But when you’re trying to do it right, it’s not.

It’s hard.

With that being said, if you wish, subscribe to this blog if you want to be in the know about what’s going on with my book. This is a brand new experience to me and I’d like to have some people along for the ride, if I can. Hopefully, it’ll be a long and smooth ride.

Take care everyone.