Monday, December 28, 2015

How I use #Scrivener for my series #Storybible @Scrivenerapp #amwriting #write

PictureLivia Quinn's Storm Lake series Storybible

I offered this as part of my "Why You Should be Using Scrivener to pants, plot, revise, brainstorm or analyze your next novel." It's a bit more of an advanced tip though it's very easy to do once you understand the flexibility of the binder, labels, status and cork board.

If you write multiple series - or would like to - keeping track of books, how they relate, when they are scheduled, when they published, which series they were in can be challenging. Scrivener is so flexible and such a great organizer that it is perfect for doing story bibles. In this case, I have my greater series - Storm Lake - and under that umbrella I have a series set in each community around Storm Lake. So it’s my Storm Lake series bible.

I could have chosen to organize by community but I wanted to see the list of books and my progress in my ongoing plan. So this is more of a series tracker than my storybible, which I have for each individual series since they each have their own set of characters and premise.

Since the Destiny Paramortals are paranormal I gave that label the color purple and called it Paramortals. Each label (see on the right in the picture) is the name of a series and each status item a date when the book published, or I expect to publish. In the binder on the left I named each file with a code I use to tell me what series and in what order each book falls. SL6 PMS4 BIOTM is Storm Lake 6, Destiny Paramortals 4, Blame it on the Moon. You’ll notice on the index cards which are produced from the synopsis, I can add information like how much of the book is already written, 53k, 70k, etc.

This system helps when I am planning my writing and revision schedule for the year. I can also plop my finished .doc into a file inside each series folder. I can’t tell you how often that came in handy. I wish I'd thought of it back in in 2007 when I began using Scrivener.

As you can see not only is Scrivener flexible and organized but it creates a great visual. At a glance I can see all the purple Destiny books, Hot pink Under-Cover Knights (appropriate eh?), and blue Thunder Points.

Hope this gives you some ideas for your series bible or another way to let Scrivener work for you.


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

D is for Destiny in the #A2ZChallenge


There is bliss in looking back, seeing what you've accomplished. On April 8th the boxed set of the first three of my Destiny Paramortals books will go live on Amazon.

Tempe's and Jack's story has morphed into so much more than when they first came to me on the mail route six years ago. I'm working on book four now and let me tell you - writing it is reminding there is so much joy in it. I look forward to a slowdown at work in a couple months when I can get back to it.

Do you have a passion for something? When you can participate in it fully, even for long hours, is doesn't seem like work does it?

I'm participating in the A2Z Challenge this month. Please check out some of the other bloggers and if you're blogging, leave a comment so I can visit you as well.


Sunday, December 6, 2015

Yesterday was release day for Merry Christmas, Baby (A Knights Christmas) book 3 in my Under-Cover Knights series. The lovely cover was created by Linda Boulanger. 
It’s a Christmas weekend full of love and Larue social media is a twitter at the return of their hometown movie star, Ducane Beauregard Larue, and a visit by Raptors quarterback, Gino Manelli, at the only place to celebrate Christmas Eve—the Romanos’. Catch up with the characters from Larue and Thunder Point and as a bonus get a peek into the lives of upcoming characters.

Beau hates Christmas. It reminds him of what he can’t have. He’s been avoiding homecomings and the biggest reason is unavoidable this Christmas – Madison Hart, who has loved Beau for most of her adult life. Whenever rumors surface about him returning home, Madison hyperventilates at the prospect of seeing him again.

Samantha Larue’s baby is overdue and everyone is hovering including Jed, who ended their relationship last summer because kids weren’t “in his future”.

Bad guys don’t scare Delilah Burke but Luc’s mother and five sisters have her stalling on setting a date to marry the man she loves.

Nothing could make Buffy Romano happier than delivering a few surprises and helping the people she loves find love. Then, a Christmas Eve miracle confirms what she already knows – that with a little nudge, all her love ones’ happily ever afters will happen in the not so distant future.

Read an excerpt on the Amazon description page or my books page here.

Ironically, the book went live on Pearl Harbor Day and my oldest character, Grandpa Earl was there. If you'd like to know how you can support our troops in some way, visit my Vet-links Page.