Updated #amwriting Playlist


Really, I update this playlist frequently. The first song is responsible for changing the name of my WIP and of course, will remain on the final book playlist. But what IS that title, Gen, you may ask? I mean, I still don’t know the title to Star Wars IX, so you can just share in my suspense. What if I change it again? I’m in that chaotic messy middle phase of the novel, with all sorts of extraneous scenes in my slush file. Will they make it? We’ll see… I really love these characters, both teens and adults, and I’m hoping you will too.

 

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Meh to genre boxes! #amwriting real spit


You know, my previous novels in the Downey trilogy never fit very neatly into a genre box, but for the sake of marketing I would call them romance/family drama. Basically because you’re forced to, even when you’re Indie. Marketing is exhausting, and I stopped for a while knowing that at the time I was not writing in earnest. But now I am, and I’m trying to decide if it fits a genre box.

Needless to say, I’m chafing a bit at discovering there are supposed “rules” one has to follow if one is writing Young Adult. I had no idea people liked to delude themselves that 16-year-olds don’t swear. I asked my 16-year-old daughter what she thought of this rule and she said, “Young Adult is for twelve year-olds and adults who want to relive their childhood.” (All said while texting on her iPhone something that contained ‘ffs’ and ‘gmafb’)

There was no swearing in that verbalized sentence but trust me, my faceless internet friends, it was only because a “parental unit” was in the room. I have been down the hall from her and her friends and, lawdy child, I blush at their filthy tongues.

So I ask, how disingenuous is it to pretend teenagers don’t swear in your prose? I think very. Now, do you need to salt every line with it? No, of course not. But I’m not about to pretend the main character of my current WIP (who is sixteen going on seventeen) has the lexicon of a monk.

So I guess… my work-in-progress has a teenage boy for a main character, but probably won’t be ‘young adult’ if one has to conform to that rule. This book is (hopefully) going to deal with topics such as depression and anxiety and sexual identity and of course, family dynamics.

Is there a genre box for that? Good thing I don’t write with genre in mind.

“I will not fit in your box.” — Dan Reynolds

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#amwriting Here’s my Current Writing Playlist


Yeah I suck at the updating the website thing… But you all know where to find me.

Want a free peek into the Downey-verse? Stay a while…


The Downey Series consists of The Downey Trilogy (First, I Love You; Second of All; and Third Time’s The Charm) as well as the spin-off romances featuring Dom & Kate (The Bird Day Battalion , The V-Day Aversion, and The Good Life).

The Downey Trilogy novels are contemporary family drama/suspense with a romance subplot set in Chicago and Omaha. The Dom & Kate stories are contemporary romance set in the Omaha-Lincoln area of Nebraska. It is not necessary to read The Downey Trilogy to understand the Dom & Kate stories OR vice-versa.

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[Start reading First, I Love You for FREE here on my website: Chapter One]

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If you want a free taste of the characters or you’ve read them and want more, check out the missing scenes and flashbacks:

 

NEW BEGINNINGS (A Tommy Gates and Kyle Anderson Flashback)

This short scene features a young Tommy Gates and Kyle Anderson and is set shortly before the flashback scene in the first chapter of First, I Love You in which Mickey finds Mary & Tommy. Rated G.

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SPIN THE BOTTLE (A Dominic Valentini and Katelyn Anderson Flashback)

This is a look at the spin the bottle game that Kate references in Bird Day Battalion. Little Tommy Gates makes a brief cameo at the party. Rated PG.

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ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS MY TWO FRONT KNEES (A Dominic Valentini and Katelyn Anderson Flashback)

This is a short holiday scene between Dom and Kate set the Christmas before they get together in Bird Day Battalion. Published in A World of Joy Anthology. Rated G.

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HER PRINCE (A Mickey Downey & Mary Gates Flashback)

This scene features a nineteen year old Mary Gates, freshly arrived in New York, talking with her new best friend Claire (Anderson) Underwood about the mysterious new man she started seeing, Michael…something or another. Rated PG.

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CONVERSATIONS AT 30,000 FT (A Maeve Downey & Ginny Sommers Missing Scene)

This is a quick missing moment from Second of All set aboard the flight to Dublin that both Maeve and Ginny are on. Rated PG.

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SPECIAL DELIVERY  (A Kiki Downey & James Hoffman Missing Scene)

A Kiki Downey & James Hoffman missing love scene from First, I Love You set shortly after they “hook up” for the first time as Kiki puts it. Published in A World of Romance Anthology – Rated R, For Sexual Material.

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SECOND CHANCES (A Mickey Downey & Mary Gates Flashback)

A flashback to when Mary tells Mickey she is pregnant with Tommy, and Mickey persuades her to be his mistress. – Rated R, For Language and Sexual Material.

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LETTERS FROM MICKEY DOWNEY (Letters Mickey Downey wrote to his loved ones)

These are the letters referenced in The Downey Trilogy that Mickey wrote to his loved ones over the years. In the books, the reader rarely gets to see the contents of these letters so I have begun sharing them as periodic blog posts. Rated PG-13.

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Current Writing Earworms


 

How would we write without music to feed our souls? Thank God for all the artists whose creativity gives us a burst of energy to feed our own creativity. Even if nature is all the music you need, that is still basking in the artistry of life, isn’t it?

Here’s a sample of my current writing playlist:

Mental blocks


I’ve had this mental block every time I’ve wanted to write the Andersons or Downeys. I spent so long writing so many books in short succession that I felt… spent, for lack of a better word. I have written several works-in-progress since then, but none I could finish without feeling like it was a chore. Writing should never feel that way. Thankfully, I opened my rough draft of Isabel up a few weeks ago and found writing them again was like coming home.

If you haven’t read The Good Life, I hope you’ll check it out since Isabel will take place a few years later…

Turkey Day Shenanigans


Several years ago I wrote a free little short story about Thanksgiving set in a small town in Nebraska. If you haven’t read it, grab one today! But you like things a bit less fluffy and a bit more drama? Try the Downey Trilogy

 

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The Bird Day Battalion is a short, sweet and sexy little Thanksgiving story.

Meet Katelyn Anderson, a play by the rules, temporarily out of work archaeologist desperate to pull off the perfect Thanksgiving dinner for her family. Enter Dominic Valentini, her oldest friend and former neighbor, a take chances, take control, think outside the box kind of man. She needs his help. He just needs her.
This is a quick read (fluffy with a wee bit of spice) served up free on a platter of gratitude to my readers for all your kind support. It’s the usual blend of family shenanigans, love, and romance in a small uncomplicated dose.
If you enjoy Bird Day, there’s more Dom & Kate romance in The V-Day Aversion!
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CUSTOMER REVIEWS:

“Loved it! Very cute, very short, but great book! No holes, just want more.”

— Apple customer review

“Very cute short story wish it was a bit longer but hit all the right notes :)”

— Barnes & Noble customer review

“This book was a quick read, just over 100 pages on my Nook, that kept you wanting to read. It reminded me of my family in a lot of ways. A LOT of ways. Good way to introduce readers to her style as an author.”

— Goodreads Review

“I absolutely loved this. It’s a classic boy next door book. It’s funny, light hearted, and with a hint of erotica. A definite keeper!”

— Amazon customer review

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Bird Day is FREE at all major eBook retailers!

Apple (iPad/iPhone) * B&N (Nook) * Amazon (Kindle)

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Kobo * Goodreads * fReado

 

Missing Scenes and Flashbacks


Have you read the missing scenes and flashbacks from the Downey Series?

Check them out here: Missing Scenes and Flashbacks

Random Encounters


Recently someone asked me, “Whatever happened with Kevin Anderson of The Good Life? Are you going to write about him?”

Well… as a matter of fact, he happens to be spending a good bit of fictional time with Isabel Alesio (also from The Good Life).

You may wonder what these two could possibly be working on together since, if you recall, Isabel had decided to live the boring civilian life at the end of The Good Life.

Then again, you didn’t really believe her, did you?

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Be done with it and just do the work.


Genevieve Dewey

Saw this the other day on Pinterest and it’s stuck with me. I don’t know about you, but I often have trouble letting the day “go”, and certainly while writing, I am thinking of all the other “places” in the story I need to be, or get to, or polish.

But you’ve GOT to just let it go, and begin each day with fresh enthusiasm.

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