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November 1, 2017

Day one of Gratitude: NaNo start

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So, I am going to do this again this year, and hopefully I make it all 30. There is just a lot going on, but all of that is something to be grateful for, so I should be just fine.

I move on Friday. I am working a full-time job and a part-time job. I also am planning on getting 2 more projects finished before 2017 sees its closing. No one has ever said I was sane or realistic. So, of course, to add to the mix…is NaNoWriMo (or NaNo) 50,000 words in 30 days.

I woke up this morning at 2, with an idea for a perfect way to start chapter one…but my muse was sleeping, so I put it in Color Notes and went back to sleep. I didn’t think I would get my word count in today…I have boxes to move…work to do…more work to do…so I just thought…okay…just get it started. Start NaNo off…you can get caught up this weekend after you are moved in and settled.

I started writing…and except for my pen dying around page 3, I couldn’t write fast enough. The words poured out of me. I quickly grabbed another black pen whose color was close enough to the dying pen to be a match and kept going. I didn’t want to break the flow…didn’t want to have the magic die and have to face reality of boxes and work tasks.

So today…on day one of NaNo, I am grateful for 1804 words…chapter one of Quarterfinals being done. For this one moment, I am ahead of schedule.


October 16, 2017

Keep Coming Back

So far in my author life, I have self-published a single (Whatever you Make of It), a double (Arianna’s Honor and Arianna’s Destiny), another double (Broken Trust and  Redeeming Trust), and a trilogy (Lucky Charms: First Down, Stealing Second, and Hat Trick). I have potential ideas for a 2nd Whatever, a 3rd Arianna and a 4th Lucky Charms: Quarterfinals. I don’t currently have any ideas for a 3rd in the Trust books, though I cannot imagine my time with Sam and Ali is really done.

One one hand, I love these characters–I know them and love them, in fact have known and loved them for years now. They are my friends, and now that they are published, they are my readers’ friends as well. People have asked me for more. More Jac and Jyn (Whatever), more Ari, more Sam and Ali, more Lilly and the Lucky Charms crew. I love that they want more. I love that my characters have become real to my readers…and that my readers want more. I want to give them more, because that means I get to play with my old friends more.

On the other hand, there is this…


And if I keep revisiting old friends, how will I ever make progress with new friends? It’s the same as going back to the same ex…the same memories…rather than starting over with something new. There is comfort in the familiar, but there is also the promise of something you have never experienced before…

February 17, 2017

Lucky Charms Series

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fd-paperbackSo First Down met it’s publication date of 2016…it was mid-December, but it still says 2016 on it, so it counts. So far, people have seemed to like to my crew of characters, which is always the best compliment.

Some people have told me that my book kept them up past their bedtimes…I do believe that is the ultimate “sorry, not sorry” (at least for an author).

Stealing Second is well on its way to its March publication date. It may be closer to the end of March, but it will be out next month (wow…if saying NEXT month doesn’t light a fire, I don’t know what would). I am putting some final touches on the story for the fictional Kansas City Royals…then it is off to my fabulous reader…then final read through and cover (by my fabulous artist, Amanda Fugate).

Hat Trick was the first one in the series that got written. I have talked to other authors about this, how I knew the end of the series before I knew the beginning and some of them think it makes sense to know where I am going to know how to get there…to others I am a crazy person, and why wouldn’t I start at the beginning? It wasn’t actually a conscious plan. I was watching the hockey game, saw the super fan…and JD was born…Then Ty skated up to him, Chris came with his baseball glove, and Josh with his football. I love it when my characters introduce themselves to me right from the start…makes it so much easier than when they play hard to get.

January 4, 2017

And then there were six…

fd-paperbackSo yesterday my 6th paperback came in the mail. To say I was distracted while at work, is an understatement, but I still did my job to the best of my ability, so my present and my future are getting along currently.

I am excited about this novel…as I am for all of my ‘babies’ but this one is the first in a 3-part series, which means I get to play with my characters for two more novels…even better, those novels are written, so now it is just editing and polishing things up so that they can join their first one in the PUBLISHED category (moving up from the EDITING category, which then makes room for some new projects to join the WRITING category)…the assembly line in my head is as chaotic as you are probably imagining. ..but it’s fun. Just watch out for the unicorns.

All Josh Matthews ever wanted to do was hang out with his friends and be the quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs. He didn’t put any faith in the superstitions of his teammates and really played for the love of the game. When he sees a fan holding up a sign during the first regular season game, he decides to put the team’s superstitions to the test. Upon meeting Dillon Winters, and her daughter Lilly, everything changes, including his belief in Lucky Charms. Could this star quarterback find something even more important to him than football?

Dillon is a single mom who knows all too well the high price of fame. Her ex-husband taught her to avoid stars that were only shiny from a distance. She has been raising her daughter and working at her bar and doing just fine on her own. Can she get past
her fears and experiences to believe in love again?

First Down is available on Amazon in both paperback and ebook format. Nook updates to be coming soon.

December 26, 2016

First Down

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On December 20, 2016 at 12:13AM, my 6th novel was born. I sent her off to the fabulous people at Bookbaby so they could check her over and format her and get all shiny for the world.

She is already out on Kindle.

She will be coming out on Nook in the coming weeks.

She will be on my doorstep, in paperback format, on January 5th.

As the first in the Lucky Charms series, she leads the way for the other two books, Stealing Second, due out in March 2017, and Hat Trick, due out in June 2017.

This entire series started at a hockey game on New Year’s Eve, 2011,  with one Missouri Maverick’s super fan who danced around in the stands to get the crowds riled up and cheering. One guy, who I’ll likely never meet, started the whole series. He became JD…and the rest of the crew introduced themselves from there.



October 31, 2016

First Down Update

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One of the hard parts of being a “grown up” (I figure it’s only fair I put that in quotes since I tend to put them there for the kiddos I teach) is the financial part where the I have to pay for this has to come before the I want to pay for this. I have been working on a balance of my have to’s vs. my want to’s (it’s very middle-child, ego –in the ID, ego, and superego trilogy, Gemini me) where there is an equal as possible a balance between the two parts in regards to resources (money) and schedule (time) since there is a finite amount of both money and time. I have pared down my budget and am working on paring down my schedule so there is more consistent, daily work on my novels.

The game plan was to have First Down out in October (of which tomorrow is the last day) and Stealing Second out in December. Money-wise and schedule-wise, this would have put me behind farther than i could handle. I do have bills and a full-time teaching job I need to take care of on a pretty regular basis. SO the schedule has shifted to get First Down out mid-Dec and Stealing Second out in February (which makes more sense with their respective sports as well as keeping a roof over my head and a job which keeps giving me paychecks) It also gives me time to get First Down right — not just out.

I have been feeling very rushed where First Down was concerned and as badly as I want this series started and out in the world — I also want it solid. I don’t believe in the perfect draft — I don’t really believe in a “perfect” anything, but I really want First Down to start off the Lucky Charms series on its best possible foot. I want my readers to love First Down because of the story and the characters, not just out of loyalty to me. So I slow down and get it right. You’ll thank me for it, patient reader.

And yes, I know there will come a time when the deadlines are not self-imposed and therefore not so bendy — but by then author will be my full-time job and someone else will be paying to click send.

July 25, 2016

Doing better at this author thing

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I have been doing a lot of thinking of where I was both physically and “authorily” a year ago compared to where I am now. (Without a doubt, I am in all ways measurable in a better place now).

The advancements I have made as an author are really the most tangible (and those steps I have taken are the direct result of all that has happened in the past year.)

I now have my 5th book out. Redeeming Trust  was originally promised out last September, but I had some people to meet and experiences to go through before she was truly ready for her close up to the world.

I have my three-book series, Lucky Charms, on deck (pun intended). The game plans is October for First Down, December for Stealing Second, and March for Hat Trick.

I now have a Post Office box. I have, for the first time in my life, some actual roots to a city. Baby steps, I know, but I finally feel at home somewhere.

I have started the initial planning for my 2nd book signing. Details to follow.

I am restocking the shelves of my various novels. Turns out, it is harder to sell them if I don’t have any on-hand.

As much as I have enjoyed my full-time teaching career, I am actually making some plans to be able to see an end in sight (525) to be an author full-time.

Yeah, I am in a much better place in every aspect of my life and looking forward to where I will be another year from now.

May 31, 2016

Saying bye to May 2016

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Well this was a rainy rainy month…I could definitely use some sunshine…please, and thank you.

I worked out 23 of the 31 days, which considering I had a weekend in Chicago and then a weekend of the sick, is a pretty damn good ratio…especially given how my knee feels about rain. I used  to laugh a bit when people would say their knees knew when it was going to rain. Not laughing anymore…because wow…that is a unique kind of pain.

I started the edit of First Down and have the entire Lucky Charms series printed out and ready to edit and make even stronger (though I have to say…it’s pretty strong right out of the gate.

I ended my part-time job this month…am looking for something else to bring in some extra cash, but am limited by my knee and my unwillingness to sacrifice too much of my precious writing time…so we will see what the universe has up its vast sleeves. Everything happens for a reason.

I have read 8 books so far this year…which is a deplorable average, but I am cutting myself a bit of slack given everything else that is going on.

I have slipped a few days on my goal to write every single day, so June that gets put back on the front burner.

I am making progress on multiple projects to keep myself and my muse from getting bored.

I have queried 6 agents so far and have the next ones ready in case the ones I am currently waiting to hear from are not my future home.

I have figured up my budget for the duration of 2016 and have figured that I can publish Redeeming Trust and Lucky Charms this year (though two of the 3 for LC may be more realistic, time wise).

I am being kind yet strict to myself in accomplishing my goals, knowing that nothing in my life will change if I don’t get things done.

Doing pretty good!

May 30, 2016

Happy Birthday, Author

41 years ago I was born. In my time on this planet, I have had more blessings than scars, more smiles than tears, and more friends than enemies. Seems like I am doing something right after all.

I have taught for 19 years. The class that just ended for the part-time gig, reminded me that I still have a passion for the career, which has helped the full-time gig. It’s easy to get lost in the bureaucracy of the education world, especially when, like me, you are a purist when it comes to education and learning. I think school should be all about learning, the student, and getting an education that is worth a damn. We will see what the future holds for me as Ms. Sodaro, teacher…but I know I will continue to do what I do, the way I do it…

In 2011, I published my first book, Whatever you Make of It. Holding that first book…everything changed for me. All my novels collectively sighed in my head and then screamed, “ME NEXT!!!!! PICK ME!!!”

In 2012, I published Arianna’s Honor and seeing my girl, Ari, in print was exhilarating because I was so proud of all she had done.

In 2013, I didn’t have anything ready to publish, and this gap is going to pointlessly bother my OCD forever.

In 2014, Ari cut in line and I published Arianna’s Destiny and I am happy to say there is a 3rd one whispering around in my mind, but she will wait her turn this time…or at least she is waiting her turn for now. Once she starts practicing with her sword, my other characters tend to give her space.

In 2015, I published Broken Trust and the world got to meet Sam and Ben and, of course, Ali.

In 2016, after getting my life right side up again, I will be publishing Redeeming Trust, which is Broken‘s sequel and Ali’s chance at love.

I am working on my Lucky Charms series and as of right now have budgetary plans to publish at least 2 of the 3 books in the series in 2016.

With all of this…have to say…year 41 is looking damn good.

May 11, 2016

Nauseated…or is it Nauseous

In Never Been Kissed Drew Barrymore does an excellent job of discerning the difference between the two and while I loved that movie (me relating to someone that awkward when it comes to social things and dating, who knew?) I can’t for the life of me remember if I am currently nauseated or nauseous.

Yesterday, a simple question from a very good friend hit the very core of me and when I realized the truth of the answer, I immediately took action to fix it.

Her question: Are you afraid to send out query letters?




Um, yes.

Yes…so very afraid.

But then to prove to myself I wanted my author life more than I was afraid of it…I sent off a query letter for each of my novels that is done…one for Arianna’s Honor/Destiny, one for Whatever you Make of It, one for Broken/Redeeming Trust, and one for Lucky Charms (though I’m stretching the word “Done” a bit here).

And then I felt nauseated…or nauseous…or both…it definitely felt like both.

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