CHOCOLATE FONDUE giveaway announcement


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I’ve listed a giveaway (two copies) of CHOCOLATE FONDUE, the sequel to my début novel, CHOCOLATE FOR BREAKFAST, on Goodreads. If you don’t know about Goodreads, it’s the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Their mission is to help people find and share books they love.

Just click here and you’ll be taken to the Goodreads page, where you can sign up to win one of two signed paperbacks!

Yes, if you’re wondering, my days have been filled lately with book marketing and promotion. It’s not my favorite thing, but it’s necessary to get the book noticed outside my circle of friends and family (aka my loyal readers and reviewers!). Last week I sent a copy of the book to the Hotel Walter in Lugano, Switzerland (the hotel is mentioned in the book), and I’ll be sending copies of both books to the Hotel de la Rose in Fribourg. Meanwhile, I’ve had some interest from a couple of book clubs, and will be appearing on three blogs this month.

I’ve begun my third novel – which has absolutely nothing to do with Switzerland or chocolate! – but the challenge I’ve found lately is writing darker passages when my mood is light and optimistic. After all, it’s spring, we’ve had gorgeous weather, everything is blooming all around me – and I’m struggling to write passages that are dismal and ominous. Perhaps a couple of rainy days this week will help.

This Writing Journey


It’s been a week since I’ve posted my final blog in the “April Blogging from A to Z Challenge.”  Yes, I did survive it, but the end of a daily post meant focusing more on the revisions to my first novel.

When I began writing last August, I decided not to make this blog about the progress of my first book, mostly because I thought it would be tedious (I wrote 5,000 words today!) and uninteresting (I stared at one paragraph for two hours today).  Also, when I decided to write this book, I was terribly unenlightened about the entire publishing world today.  I’ve learned a lot since then.

All I knew was that after leaving a job in fraud investigations, and dealing with a debilitating back problem, it was time to do something different.  Something I’d always wanted to do.  Writing was that something.  Was it too late to start?  The beautiful thing about writing is that it doesn’t (really) matter what age you are.  Some hit it big in their twenties, others in their fifties, or later.

I took two online courses, from September to December last year: Beginners Writing Workshop and Advanced Fiction Writing.  Both of them were worth it.  I learned to write better dialogue, backstory, characters.  By New Year’s, I’d written about 60,000 words and decided on a title: Chocolate for Breakfast.  That title, and the unedited manuscript, have been copyrighted.

Meanwhile, I’d been building my “platform,” essential for any writer these days.  I use LinkedIn, Facebook (adding a Martha Reynolds Writer page link to my personal page), and Twitter (where I am TheOtherMartha1).  I began following authors, publishers, bloggers.  I joined Goodreads and Pinterest.  With all this online presence, how did I ever get any writing done?!  It’s a challenge, but requires some discipline, in order not to be distracted.  And I write every day.

I’m reading.  I find authors who write the kind of books I want to write.  I read biographies, fiction, classics, poems, essays.

I learned about self-publishing, but there’s a lot more to learn.  I accept it as a viable option, and enjoy reading about the successes of self-published authors like Patrice Fitzgerald http://patricefitzgerald.com/ and Juliette Sobanet  http://www.juliettesobanet.com/.

I found an editor, through Twitter, who read my manuscript and provided me with an eight-page analysis of what worked and what needed improvement.   It’s what I needed to get to this phase: revisions.  I’ll likely return to her for the final edit, and if she likes my work enough, perhaps her small publishing company will want to publish it.  But self-publishing is there for me.

Every day is an opportunity to do better.  Onward!