It’s finally here! The cover of His Norse Star, Book 2 of the Majesta Landing Series. This contemporary romance novel will be released to ebook retailers on December 15th.
The Story ~ The Raines brothers have a problem. Looted Native American artifacts buried on their land are recovered including one glass bead. A mystery begins. Are the artifacts real? Or are they a hoax? Enter Dr. Mairenn Vestergaard, archaeologist. She’s invited to investigate the mounds, and reluctant helicopter pilot Tec Raines becomes her trusted right arm. He wants to sell the land. She’s an obstacle – a beautiful one. The summer heats up, and so does their attraction. They must work together to solve the riddle before priceless artifacts are lost forever. Did the Norse who came to Newfoundland in 1000 AD explore deeper into the New World’s interior?
Those who have read Pictures for Maddie will enjoy getting reacquainted with familiar characters while they join Tec and his Norse star on their journey of love and discovery.
As I begin final preparations for the release of Book 2 of the Majesta Landing Series, I decided to add Instagram to my social media @gaylemullenpace. There are icons in the right margin at the top. It’s fun, and it’s a great way to highlight the things I enjoy when I’m writing and when I’m not. You never know what I’ll post next–a book quote, a photo of delicious food made right in my own kitchen (writers have to eat, too!), story inspiration, writer’s humor, or an occasional photo of a hobby creation (I love to knit and crochet). To get you started, here’s a quote I posted on Instagram from Pictures for Maddie, my book starring Kody Raines and Larke Scott.
It’s been a long time in coming, but it’s almost here. Book 2 of the Majesta Landing Series has been through beta reading and is now in the hands of my editor. For those of you who enjoyed Book 1, Pictures for Maddie, you’ll remember that the hero, Kody Raines, has a brother named Tec. He’s a cocky helicopter pilot who owns his own company and played an important supporting role in Kody’s story with heroine Larke Scott.
Finally, Tec has his own story. complete with a heroine who turns his life upside down. She catches his eye, and he soon discovers that she’s different from any other woman he’s ever met. Not only is she beautiful and smart, she’s an archaeologist hired to assess a possible historic site. Sparks fly.
It’s one roller coaster ride of an adventure. And, it’s by far the sexiest story I’ve written so far. My beta reader (who’s no prude), said I made her blush! And the best part is the Happily Ever After ending. So, stay tuned. The cover reveal is coming up and I can’t wait to share it with you! Some good things are in the works for the official launch, including a small bonus at the end of the story–something I’ve never done before. I’m excited!
Pictures for Maddie has been out for almost a month and I decided to create a storyboard on Pinterest that features items from the book. The Tennessee River. Larke’s favorite tea in a delicate china cup. The quaint, downtown area of Majesta Landing. Tec’s homely, red pickup truck. A stuffed rabbit toy. If you’ve already read it, take a peek at what was on my mind while I was writing it. And if you consider it cheating to look BEFORE you read it, then wait until you’re finished! I plan to add storyboards for all my books. Happy reading!
I have a confession to make. I found myself in a pickle. Now, I like pickles, as a rule, but not this pickle. At the end of last year, my editor finished with the manuscript for Pictures for Maddie and I was happy with the outcome. The holidays were upon us and I knew I couldn’t do anything until the new year.
The new year came and I got sick. I get sick every January like clockwork. So, while I was huddling in my recliner with a warm blanket, tissues, thermometer, cough syrup, and comfort food, I did something a writer should NEVER do with a completed manuscript.
I started tinkering with it.
I shouldn’t have done it, I know, but there were things I felt needed showing rather than telling. So I tinkered away. I got well. It lasted two weeks. Then, in February, I got hit with round 2. There I was, trapped in my recliner again, feeling worse than I had in January. This time, I lost my voice. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, according to my family. Instead of working on a new project, I went back to Pictures for Maddie.
I tinkered with it some more.
By the time May rolled around, my deadline for the 31st was counting down. So, in my usual way, I began the final formatting and preparation for the book launch. One week into the month, I got sick again. (I’m beginning to think this isn’t my year.) I pushed hard to get everything ready for the book launch and came in just under the wire. It was time to celebrate.
Pictures for Maddie will be the first book to be offered in print. It’s shorter than the other four and seemed like the most logical book to start with. And that, dear reader, is where the pickle comes in. As I began to place the text into the template, I began to find mistakes. None were left by my editor. All of them were in the text I had added when I tinkered with the manuscript.
My heart sank. The book was already on Amazon and Smashwords and its distribution partners. Now I’m finding mistakes. Not serious mistakes, just enough to make a discerning reader wonder why my editor and I are incapable of finding mistakes.
What have I learned from this fiasco? Well, for starters, I shouldn’t tinker with finished manuscripts, especially when I’m sick. My editor is very good at what she does and I don’t want anyone thinking she doesn’t perform her job well. I owe her a HUGE apology. I also owe all my readers an apology. The current mistakes are my fault. Tinkering in and of itself isn’t bad, but next time, I should let my editor have a go at it before I release it. And that is the end of the story, dear reader.