Book 4 Update

Yesterday was the day! I finished writing book #4!

That doesn’t mean the book is finished. It means draft one is complete. It means I still have a long way to go.

I originally started writing this book last summer. I wrote about 15,000 words and then, because it was summer and my girls were at home, I didn’t write any more after that. I was planning on writing a whole lot, but I ended up writing very little. Our family had some amazing days together, but that meant that book #4 suffered for a while. In the midst of everything, I was also preparing for the launch of Come This Way. That meant poor book #4 lost its mojo. Luckily, after I’d decided I did want to finish this particular story, it didn’t take me long to get into it again. fullsizerender

And because writer geeks like me love this kind of stuff, I’m including how my total word count tally grew each day. I kept track of it on these colorful post-its. >>>>>

The scribbles are where I recorded my word count and ended up writing more so had to go back and update the number. What can I say? My system is a little archaic. Here it is, in text form:

12/5/16 – 16,690 words
12/6/16 – 18,101 words
12/8/16 – 20,295 words
12/9/16 – 21,102 words
12/12/16 – 25,030 words
12/13/16 – 27,113 words
12/15/16 – 28,402 words
12/16/16 – 31,002 words
12/17/16 – 34,135 words
12/18/16 – 37,006 words
12/20/16 – 39,168 words
12/21/16 – 41,044 words
1/5/17 – 47,104 words
1/6/17 – 50,438 words
1/7/17 – 51,909 words
1/8/17 – 54,132 words
1/9/17 – 58,224 words
1/10/17 – 59,068 words
1/12/17 – 63,206 words
1/19/17 – 64,622 words
1/20/17 – 65,933 words
1/23/17 – 68,583 words
1/24/17 – 72,185 words
1/26/17 – 74,543 words

You can see there was a fairly large gap between the end of December and the beginning of January where I just didn’t get a chance to write. Crazy doesn’t even begin to describe those few weeks with everyone at home.

I assume I will add to the manuscript once I get into editing. That’s what usually happens. I add in more detail throughout and really start to sculpt everything so that it plays out as it did in my head.

I hope to be able to share a release date within the next month. Stay tuned!

ALSO…if you haven’t read The Blue Jay, my debut novel, get the eBook now for just $0.99 through the first week of February!

I’ll sign off with a short (motivational?) writing quote from Hemingway:

The first draft of anything is sh*t.

Here’s hoping I can turn it into…not sh*t. 😉

 

Come This Way Available Now

Come This Way is now available!

You’d think with each new book, the actual book release would get easier. I have found the opposite to be true. This has been the most stressful one yet (mostly because I know what needs to be done and keep adding more things to my to-do list with each book). But here we are. The book is complete. You can order it RIGHT NOW!

Thank you, readers, for all of your support. I wasn’t sure I’d ever get one book out and now I’ve released three in just over a year. I’m proud of what I’ve learned, what I’ve accomplished and where I’m at now. I’m also proud to have YOU. You all have surprised me in the most amazing way. It’s always been difficult for me to put myself out there. These books have allowed me to combat that fear. That has been truly special and I don’t take it for granted. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Here’s the book blurb again for anyone who is new to my site!

A hiking and outdoor enthusiast, fifty-year-old Fern Conrad can’t imagine spending her time doing anything else, much to the dismay of her daughter, Colby.

Kara Dawson, a twenty-five-year-old student therapist, has shut life out to focus on her sister’s illness. That is, until a chance meeting pushes her to confront the possibilities—by letting go and moving forward.

Eighty-three-year-old Nettie Campbell heals in the hospital while facing the consequences of her actions. Can she repair relationships and forge new bonds as she comes to terms with the truth?

Come This Way is an emotional, honest look into the lives of women who are discovering their own strength. It is a story about difficult choices and the people around us who help us find our way.

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Come This Way Cover Reveal + Giveaway

My latest book, Come This Way, will release in less than a month! This book release is especially exciting because it will happen on my oldest daughter’s birthday! Needless to say, there will be donuts….or cake…or maybe both.

I can’t believe I am about to publish my third book. It was this time last year that I was FREAKING OUT about releasing The Blue Jay. It’s truly amazing to look back at how far I’ve come since then. I can’t wait for everyone to meet these new characters and read their stories.

We went in another direction with this cover. While my first two covers were dark, this one is light. It has an airy, feminine quality which I think suits it. And don’t worry…if you are partial to the Michelle Schlicher book spine, this book will still look great lined up on the bookshelf with the others! Hanna knocked it out of the park and I’m thrilled to have another one of her creations to highlight my book.

Here is the cover!

ctw_amazkdpA hiking and outdoor enthusiast, fifty-year-old Fern Conrad can’t imagine spending her time doing anything else, much to the dismay of her daughter, Colby.

Kara Dawson, a twenty-five-year-old student therapist, has shut life out to focus on her sister’s illness. That is, until a chance meeting pushes her to confront the possibilities—by letting go and moving forward.

Eighty-three-year-old Nettie Campbell heals in the hospital while facing the consequences of her actions. Can she repair relationships and forge new bonds as she comes to terms with the truth?

Come This Way is an emotional, honest look into the lives of women who are discovering their own strength. It is a story about difficult choices and the people around us who help us find our way.

Giveaway: Share the link to this cover reveal post for a chance to win a signed copy of Come This Way. Leave a comment below stating where you shared it. I’ll pick two winners who will be notified October 1! THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. WINNERS WERE CHOSEN USING RANDOM.ORG AND NOTIFIED ON 10/1/16.

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Come This Way Pre-Order

The eBook pre-order links for my new novel, Come This Way, are now up!

Amazon eBook

Apple

Barnes & Noble

Google Play

Kobo

Here is the back cover blurb:

A hiking and outdoor enthusiast, fifty-year-old Fern Conrad can’t imagine spending her time doing anything else, much to the dismay of her daughter, Colby.

Kara Dawson, a twenty-five-year-old student therapist, has shut life out to focus on her sister’s illness. That is, until a chance meeting pushes her to confront the possibilities—by letting go and moving forward.

Eighty-three-year-old Nettie Campbell heals in the hospital while facing the consequences of her actions. Can she repair relationships and forge new bonds as she comes to terms with the truth?

Come This Way is an emotional, honest look into the lives of women who are discovering their own strength. It is a story about difficult choices and the people around us who help us find our way.

If you have a Goodreads account, don’t forget to mark the book as Want To Read. This will allow you to receive Goodreads giveaway alerts for the paperback!

Come This Way will be available on Friday, October 21. PT

To celebrate, Plot Twist Bookstore will host a book launch party in Ankeny (502 N Ankeny Boulevard, Ankeny, IA) on Saturday, November 5 from 1-3 p.m. Hope to see you there!

Summer 2016 Updates

Wow! It is already the end of July and summer is winding down. It’s been busy, both personally and author-ly(?), and I realized after updating my social media accounts with my new author photo that I haven’t written a blog post this month. Now, that’s not a huge deal. I don’t have posts mapped out or scheduled, but I do have a book coming out yet this year and I want to keep all of you informed.

So, what have I been up to? Well, as I said, today I’ve been busy updating my social media accounts with a new photo of myself. Here it is below.

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I had a lot of fun shooting with Jaime Hough. I left the shoot feeling at ease and was really happy with the results. Jaime is easy to talk to, she’s funny and she knows what she’s doing. Here are a few of my other favorite shots from the shoot. They aren’t what I need for my book jacket/social media sites, but they are fun, casual photos that you usually don’t get to see of yourself.

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On the book front, I have started writing a new manuscript. I haven’t gotten far, but this book is flowing pretty well from my head to my hands and I’m typing away. One difference with this story is that it is written in first person point of view. This has been more difficult than I originally expected, but a fun challenge nonetheless.

As I’ve begun this new manuscript, I have also been looking over my finished MS for Book #3. I’m still aiming to release before the new year.

Currently, I am also running a Facebook contest through this Sunday for an autographed copy of The Blue Jay and a $15 Amazon gift card. You can find the contest on my Facebook page. THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!

I hope you are all enjoying summer and reading some awesome books! I’m always looking for new reads, so leave your latest in the comments below!

Summer Reading Spots in Central Iowa

(This post is for my fellow Iowans and anyone who might find their way to this special place I call home…)

Imagine for a moment that you just picked up the latest bestseller from your local bookstore or downloaded a few indie reads to your personal reading device. Now, imagine you have some time to yourself (I know, this might be a rare thing!) and you’re here in Iowa…maybe you’re visiting family, maybe you live here, maybe you’re lost (I kid, I kid!).

Anyway, you’ve got a book. You’ve got time. And you’ve got beautiful Iowa sunshine.

So, where should you go?! Here are my top picks! Enjoy!

 

1. Pappajohn Sculpture Park – This artsy destination is smack in the middle of downtown Des Moines, surrounded by places to eat and the busyness of the city. Sprawl out on the hill above Nomade and get lost in a good book.

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Featured Book: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes

 

2. Iowa State Capitol Steps – When you pause to contemplate the end of a chapter, why not look up from the pages to an awesome view of downtown? And since you’re in the East Village there are plenty of places to stop in the event you get a little parched from that summer sun.

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Featured Book: Eleanor & Park (swoon!) by Rainbow Rowell

 

3. Gray’s Lake – Shade trees will keep you from squinting and a breeze off the water will keep you cool. It’s a pretty great view, too.

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Featured Book: Faithful Place by Tana French

 

4. The Outdoor Space Between Starbucks and the Des Moines Library – Located on Locust Street, this spot is also in the heart of the city…right between the Des Moines Public Library and Starbucks. Let me say that again, it’s between the library and Starbucks. Books and coffee. Coffee and books. The perfect setup for instagramming your next reading session. #coffeeandbooks, anyone?

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5. Meredith Test Gardens – Sparkling water fountain? Check. Rich, floral aromas? Check. Tranquil atmosphere? Check. All you need now is the perfect book to enjoy in this cozy reading spot. Only open to the public on Fridays, but still completely worth it.

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6. Iowa Arboretum – A bit off the beaten path, this reading spot is located in Madrid, Iowa. Pack a blanket and spend an afternoon among the trees and flowers in this oh-so-scenic environment. A $5 per car admission is asked of non-members.

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Featured Book: My Brave Year of Firsts  (Tries, Sighs, and High Fives) by Jamie Lee Curtis & Laura Cornell, Model: Sawyer 🙂

 

Did I miss one of your favorite reading spots? Leave it in the comments below!

And one last Des Moines-focused tidbit…June 18-19 is the Wonder of Words Festival downtown and some of my favorite local authors will be there, including Stormy Smith, Michelle Eastman and more! I wish I could attend, but I’ll be out of town, however you definitely should!!

Happy summer reading, friends!!!!

Book Trailer | The Blue Jay

Better late than never! Check out the book trailer for THE BLUE JAY!

Also, keep an eye out this summer for the book trailer for my next novel! This time, it will be released BEFORE the book. 😉

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THE BLUE JAY by Michelle Schlicher I BOOK TRAILER

On sale now!

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Amazon US – http://amzn.to/1sT5aRw
B&N – http://bit.ly/1TJvLsG
Kobo – http://bit.ly/1Z5M7NC
iBooks – http://apple.co/1XCvRoA

A debut novel about a young woman and a young boy scarred by abandonment who find they share an unlikely bond.

Josie McCray was eight years old when her mother left. Now a young teacher, she guards her heart carefully but finds herself pulled to mentor a child in need.

Payton Runnells was 12 when his mother left. Now in foster care, he’s slow to trust anyone but senses that Josie might somehow understand the grief that grips him.

As Josie and Payton lower their walls and forge a friendship, they begin to open themselves up to all life has to offer.