Sodaro's Stories

January 22, 2014

Projects for the next two years

1. Arianna’s Destiny – Sequel to Arianna’s Honor
Projected publication date: February 2014
Arianna returns to help Nicholas defend his kingdom against the war that was hinted at in the first book. Her destiny is that of a protector and she must help to defend the land and the people that live here. Her trusty blades are ready and her skills are honed to keep the people she loves safe from harm.

2. Breaking Trust
Projected publication date: May 2014
Ben is an architect and has worked his entire life to make his dream of opening a home for runaways into a reality. His practical life is as detailed as his blueprints and he has no time for love in his life, or so he thinks until he meets the eccentric artist Sam, who brings color and chaos into his perfectly ordered life. Will he turn away from his grandfather’s trust fund which would bring his dream into a reality sooner in order to be the man she is looking for?

3. Redeeming Trust – Sequel to Breaking Trust
Projected publication date: August 2014
Ali watched what love did to her parents. She watched what her brother, Ben, struggled with as well. She wants no part of it. She owns her music store and teaches her music lesson and loves to live her spontaneous, outrageous life. Then she meets Vincent, a no-nonsense cop who shows her that love isn’t always what destroys life…in fact sometimes, it is exactly what a life needs to truly be lived.

4. First Down (First in the Lucky Charms Series)
Projected Publication date: November 2014
Josh loves being a quarterback for a professional football team. He has a passion for the game and it is as fierce as is his devotion to his childhood friends. When he kisses Dillon on a dare from his teammates and the team wins the game, he wonders if he has found his lucky charm. Can he prove to her that this love is real and not something done as a publicity stunt, or will her past keep her from seeing all that it could be?

5. Stealing Second (Second in the Lucky Charms Series)
Projected Publication Date: February 2015
Chris has simple loves. He enjoys his family and childhood friends. He enjoys being a pitcher for a professional baseball team. And he enjoys his friendship with Sports Illustrated reporter, Stacey. When he notices that he wins more games when she is there, he starts to wonder if she is his lucky charm, but is he willing to risk a friendship for the possibility of love?

6. Hat Trick (Third in the Lucky Charms Series
Projected Publication Date: May 2015
Ty plays hockey for a professional hockey team, and he hangs out with his cousin, Chris, and his friends JD and Josh. When he meets JD’s sister, Mackenzie his world turns upside down. Is this a hat trick of lucky charms or is the connection between them only when the spotlight is on?

January 12, 2014

Writing Advice

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 5:55 pm
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“Here’s the secret to finishing that first book. Don’t rewrite as you go.” Laurell K. Hamilton
This vampire author has excellent advice. I would never get any books done if I was doing the stop-start-stop-start of editing-writing the first draft. First drafts are magical with my muse as the director and my characters acting out scene after scene with me frantically trying to write it all down and just keep the hell up. When it works like this, I am not even paying attention to the words as they flow across the page. I am simply writing out hte scenes as they are acted out. We’d (my muse, my characters, and I) would never get anything done at all if I tried to edit during this process.
So I completely agree with Ms. Hamilton’s advice. the problem came in when I would finish first drafts and instead of then starting the separate process of editing that draft, I would just start on my next novel. I would get my next characters up on the stage of my mind and just get to writing. This is the reason I have 5 first drafts just sitting in my office.
The truth of the matter is, I can’t stop writing. The meaning of that is two-fold. With all of the novels in my head, there is always a story I can be writing on (which helps keeps the writers block far, far away from me) so it’s a good thing I can’t stop writing. The other side of that is, it’s not good for me to be around other people if I’m not writing. On my BEST day, I can be difficult to be around. I am well aware of this fact. Writing on a daily basis makes me nicer to be around. I am more patient and well-balanced and so for this fact, I try to write every day, at least a little.
What I realized last year, was that it works REALLY well if I write on one project in the morning. This way I’m still balanced and making progress. Then, after my teaching job is done, I edit on a previous project, thus making progress that will lead to publication. NO, I don’t know why it took me so long to figure this out. Yes, I will do this from now on…

January 5, 2014

Refresher Course

So I was at Perkins on Friday morning, giving my muse her pancakes and coffee, and enjoying some quiet, much needed pen-to-paper time. As I looked around, I saw a guy reading one of my two favorite books about writing. He was reading On Writing, by my idol himself, Stephen King. (My other favorite is Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott.) And I realized, I needed a refresher course by these two masters.
Chances are, if you have talked to me about writing, I have recommended one or (more likely) both of these books. They have been invaluable to me and it is completely on my yet-to-be-written bucket list to meet these two authors. My copies of these two books are underlined throughout, passage after passage marked where I nodded along with the authors as they wrote about the challenges and triumphs of the author profession ( a profession I love even more than teaching, which those of you who know me, is a profession I have studied and dedicated my life to).
I have published two novels, Whatever you Make of It and Arianna’s Honor. I have Arianna’s Destiny almost ready for its final edit and it will be ready for publication this month. I have 5 first drafts typed and ready to begin the editing process and 3 novels whose first drafts are 2/3 of the way written and just need to be finished. I also have over 20 novels that are started and outlined out, to be written. I am in this author-gig and loving every minute of it.
It occurred to me, as I looked up from my notebook a couple of days ago, that I read both of my favorite books before my books were published and that I haven’t re-read them in a couple of years. I definitely need a refresher course from these two masters of this trade…

January 1, 2014

Looking Forward 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — michelle sodaro @ 12:50 pm
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This is going to be my best year yet!!! (It’s okay that I say that almost every year-It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy if I’ve ever heard one.
This year, I’m getting back to the things that make me a better ME:
**I’m going to write EVERY day. I have novels inside my mind and daily pen-to-paper time gets them out of my head to make room for more.
**I’m going to edit EVERY day.  I have a pile of first drafts just waiting to be edited and shared with the world.
**I’m going to start journaling and exercising on a more consistent basis so that it doesn’t take so much out of me when I do either activity.
**I’m going to smile more and be more grateful.
**I’m going to read and blog more…because I need to do so.
** I’m going to embrace my love of teaching. 
**I’m going to believe in love again,  because it’s time to do so. I’m not going to settle or pretend anymore-it’s real or nothing.
**I’m going to talk to more writers and help them as they help me.
**I’m going to fix my finances after my struggles so that I can get back to and finish my PhD.
**I’m going to be more social and go out into the world more, because I need more non-teacher interaction with people.
2014 is going to be amazing

2013 in review

Filed under: Uncategorized — michelle sodaro @ 2:11 am

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 18 trips to carry that many people.

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