The PROOF is in the pudding…

Actually the copy has been ordered – it’s ready for print – and should arrive on THURSDAY!

Sweet Surrender is getting closer to being a published REALITY!

On a side note: worked out this AM (gotta get ready for my picture on the next book!HA!!!) – made it 12 minutes and I am shaking – is it the work out or my JOY over the proof?!

I’ll be back after the PROOF is in my hands!!!

Have a beautiful day!

Love, Barbara

“no writing errors were found”

That was the message I got on the final review…. Oh, today is a GOOOOOOD day!
File with changes/corrections has been resubmitted for approval and now we wait… Should have an answer to proceed to the next step in a day or two!

After a week full of Mondays I am so relieved to get this done and move forward!

I can tell you – honestly – that the pressure I put on myself to get it done TODAY has my body stiff, and a headache from being so tense!  Meeting a publisher’s deadline is hard! ha! But I was so excited last night to be so close that I couldn’t sleep!  I want this one GOOD TO GO so I can start really ROCK AND ROLLIN’! (you’ll just have to wonder! ha ha!)

Delaney’s story has been a great experience! This one has been three month journey – from start to now. I don’t want to say too much about that because that story is part of the book! But, I’ve learned so much..  and I am excited and ready to move on. The approval should take 2-3 days and then I re-order the proof copy to make sure. As many times as I have gone through it, the book should be as close to perfect as I am! ha! (that means there will probably be a flaw or two!)

We were reading info on what comes next, and it looks like after we get the proof copy the book could be available on in about five days or so. Kindle is still being explored because it looks like there will be a fee involved – may have to sell some books before that happens (hint hint!).

I will be ordering copies (and I will post here when we get to that point) so if you want one through me with a love note (ha!!) I’ll post info here before I do..

Well, I am ready to get something else done today, so I’ll buzz along.

Thank you for believing in me and taking this journey with me!

Love, Barbara

P.S. Thank you Bev for my beautiful banner!

Back at it!

Waiting on coffee, and checking for commas!

Been away for a few (busy) days. But they were GOOD days! FUN days…. productive! We saw lots of progress this weekend, and I’m closer to a finished product – a few more tweaks and then resubmit for a new proof copy,  Then we’ll see where we go from here!

Exploring… looks like the e:reader version takes (a couple weeks) longer than the paperback, so we’ll roll with whatever it is! And it sounds like we will be able to buy and resell copies quicker than they would be available on Amazon (for those who are close and want a copy…) As it gets closer I’ll keep you posted on what we learn. Excited!

Well, yesterday was back to the  J O B  after a few days of ‘writer’s heaven’, and I have a few more commas to find  : )

Have a blessed day, Barbara, THE WRITER!


WIP it…
WIP it good!

: )

If you checked in yesterday and the site wasn’t available I was supporting the SOPA PIPA blackout. 

Thanks for coming back!

I took a few days off from the J O B – I needed a brain recharge and….

Shhhhh… don’t tell but there is Work In Progress today! I have a helper and am hoping to get thru some edits on Sweet Surrender – getting anxious! And I told you PATIENCE is NOT one of my attributes! ha!

Thank you for believing in me! And for those who have asked – when it’s ready (I’ll let you know!!!) I will gladly write ANYTHING in YOUR copy that you want me to! ha!  There has already been an offer for my favorite Dunkin Donuts coffee to sign a copy! ha ha! And who knows… since we are regulars maybe they will let me do a book signing at the store. (A girl can dream!)

Anyway… what was I sayin’? (some will get that – some will not! ha!) I’ll let you know what kind of progress is made! But now… I gotta get to WORK!

Be well friends!

Love, Barbara


How, plus who, what, when, where and why… : )

Last night I came home and did the drop and flop: flopped on the couch, hiney parked with the laptop. I tried to read through some of the stuff I need to but I was seriously brain-dead…. yesterday was one of those days that just sucked the functioning brain matter away… so anything that required THOUGHT wasn’t happening. I sat the laptop aside ten times and finally gave up and decided to reread some of the replies to my posts…

THANK YOU, once more, for your support and encouragement. I am seriously so excited to get to the next step, PATIENCE is not one of my better characteristics! ha ha! I’m excited to share it with you. I’m excited for you to read it (but not till it’s really ready)!

Gene has been so awesome about this experience, I can tell you that a romantic (PG13*) love-story would NEVER have been on his radar, but he has read and reread and listened as I chucked thoughts and ideas his way, and don’t tell him I told you (HA!) but I saw tears and heard laughs as he did. (I have been sitting here reading or writing and something will make me bust out laughing or start crying myself at times). He asks occasionally where the ideas come from.


My fingers just start (sometimes keeping rhythm with my bouncing legs) and then I’ll go back and expand, and I have learned so much in the process. TWENTY THINGS is my favorite tool . Sometimes he’ll read something and tell me that he remembered it from a place we’d been or something we’d done and sometimes he’d read and say ‘that’s your mom’ or ‘that came from Mamaw’.

I told you that these stories are pieces of my heart, and you may even read “you” (but will you REALLY know?! ha ha ha!) in something, although the names were changed to protect the innocent… HA!

*It started more like PG10, but someone picked up some of my pages and kept flipping and said it needed “more sex”, (have I said I love my Johannes family!) so there will be some, but… I wouldn’t be embarrassed for my nieces to read it – nothing worse that the 8:00 TV time slot. 🙂

Well… I have to git’along lil’doggies!

Have a beautiful day – and if something pops in your head today – WRITE IT DOWN – you never know where it might take you!

Love, Barbara