Tuesday, January 3, 2012

All the News: 2011 Recap

Here's a look back at the 2011 year in review.

December 2011

How did December get here so fast? The holidays are right around the corner and my shopping is no where near done! Ack. In writing news, I'm finishing up Code Black this week. Then, it's edit time and off to beta readers for the holidays. One beta reader is even taking it to Florida with her. Yelena and I are still working on our sequel, and we'll have that finished by early spring. That's all the news for now, but hopefully, I'll have another update for you soon, but shh...it's a secret.

November 2011

Yelena and I are working on a follow-up to Blood Bond. EEP! What a month! So, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) - the writing event where writers attempt to write 1667 words per day of a new project? Nah! I've got my hands full working on two works in progress this month. A third and I think my brain would runaway.

October 2011

It's shaping up to be a GREAT month! If you haven't heard the news, I have an agent...err, agents! Frances Black and Jennifer Mishler at Literary Counsel are officially representing both my writing partner, Yelena Casale, and me. Yelena and I are in the process of revising Blood Bond now. We couldn't be more excited and in fact, started the second book. I'm also finishing the first draft of Code Black, and I should meet my deadline of having it ready before winter hits.

September 2011

Autumn is almost here. It is my favorite season and I can't wait to dive into my fall wardrobe (and work). Boots, jackets, jeans and sweaters make up the ideal outfits. With this season, also comes a renewal of energy. Kids go back to school, the summer lull ends, and everyone prepares for winter. I always notice a crisp vibrancy in the air that helps renew my creative stride after the hot summer's humidity and heat. With conferences and contests coming up in the next few months, I'll definitely need that work horse mentality. So, here's to fall!

August 2011

Summer time in the city! Many agents, editors and heck, even writers are on vacation. I was able to travel with my husband and brother to Italy and England this year. We are all big travel buffs and loved the chance of seeing the ancient sites like Pompeii and the wonders of the Vatican Museum. We even got to visit inside the inner circle of Stonehenge. Needless to say, my writing has taken a bit of a back seat in the summer lull. But, the deadline for CODE BLACK is still on and I'm determined to have it finished before winter hits. So, hold me to it, readers. :)

July 2011

*UPDATE: BLOOD BOND HAS PLACED FIRST IN CENTRAL FLORIDA RWA'S TOUCH OF MAGIC CONTEST FOR THE PARANORMAL ROMANCE DIVISION! The final round judge, Meredith Giordan, editor for Berkley, has requested our full manuscript!!! SQUEE! Here is the link to the announcement.

The writing process - or more precisely the querying process - is often a waiting game. This month is no exception. Yelena and I are waiting to hear the final results of the Central Florida RWA's Touch of Magic contest. We know we've made top 3 in our category and that's pretty darn exciting. We're also waiting on a series of partials and fulls for BLOOD BOND that we have out with agents. I'm trying to resist RIS - refreshing inbox syndrome - but I have to admit that I'm not doing a good job of it. However, I'm distracting myself from RIS by...you guessed it, writing. I'm chomping away at CODE BLACK and seriously considering retrieving A PLAY FOR HIS HEART from the trunk. Hmm... looks like it's going to be a busy summer.

June 2011

Maybe I was a little overzealous on the date of my WIP's first draft. CODE BLACK is progressing, but not at the swift pace I maintained for the start of the book. The first seven chapters are complete, but the next two thirds of the book are alluding me. Need to revamp and reboot. New ETA for first draft - this Autumn. ;)

May 2011

*UPDATE: BLOOD BOND HAS MADE THE FINAL ROUND OF CENTRAL FLORIDA RWA'S TOUCH OF MAGIC CONTEST! Yelena and I are very excited. Winners will be notified in July. Please keep your fingers crossed for us! Here is the list of finalists.

More full requests, contest results, and revisions have been in store for BLOOD BOND. Yelena and I are making great progress with it. On my WIP, book one, CODE BLACK is coming along and I believe I'll have the first draft finished in August. Not a bad first quarter for 2011. :)

April 2011

Pitches, contests and queries! Oh my! Worse than lions, tigers and bears combined, but a necessary part of any writer's life - the submission process. This month I've been focusing on getting the word out about our story. From Twitter pitches to RWA chapter contests to blogfests! I've done it all...Now, waiting for the results.

March 2011

The hunt continues. I'll be attending the Liberty States Fiction Writers Conference this Saturday. Looking forward to the panels, workshops, pitch sessions and book signings! For more information check out there website HERE.


  1. He he. Needed to post the 2011 recap to get me motivated for 2012!

  2. Congrats on a great year, Tina. Especially October!! Hope 2012 is even better.