Author rambles

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Ok, so, this will probably not be news to some of you, but Facebook filters out posts. The truth is, only about 10-20% of you are deemed worthy by them of seeing my updates. That’s probably being generous.

Anyhoo, my point, yes!

Here it is: Due to the filter-unless-you-pay-us shakedown of Facebook, and the incredibly fast moving nature of Twitter, and my bad habit of forgetting other social media outlets exist, the ABSOLUTE BEST WAY for you to not miss out on any special sales, free giveaways, or advance peeks is to sign up for my new fan newsletter! Brand spankin’ new, peeps!

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That one post in which Gen answers @laDEEda51’s questions about The Writing Process

So, my friend Deidre at The Red Velvet Chair  asked me to be a stopping point on a blog hop about The Writing Process. I told her I am the chainmail killer. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve actually tagged forward on one of these things. She was all, ‘pssh, don’t care, whateves’. So I agreed to answer the questions, on the off-chance you were curious as to the answers. It totally wasn’t hard and I’m not sure why I was whining in the first place (story of my life).

Gen’s Writing:

1. What are you working on?

I am currently writing The Good Life, a full length Dom & Kate novel. It features the characters in my popular free short romance The Bird Day Battalion  set in Nebraska. Even though Dom and Kate’s love story is still a major part of the plot, as it centers around their wedding (Ooops! Spoiler! LOL), the main romance is between Kate’s twin brother Kyle and Dom’s sister Demetria. It’s a funny, quirky romance with a strong emphasis on the bonds of family and friendship, a recurrent theme in all my writing. Fans of Bad Penny and Caroline in the V-Day Aversion (Dom&Kate#2) will be happy to know they both make an appearance.

2. How does your work differ from others?

Hmmn, that’s a tough one I guess in that we all write differently. All my stories are told 3rd person, in that manner in which the prose is narrated by the character, thus prone to vernacular. Also, Bird Day Battalion is the only book I’ve written in which there is only one point of view (Kate’s). All my other books have at least two points of view. First, I Love You  has six, (seven if you count the epilogue!) Some like that sort of “head-hopping”, others don’t, however it is not the same sort of head-hopping you would find in a Nora Roberts novel in which you are privy to the thoughts and feelings of more than one character in the same scene, omniscient style. In my books when it is Kate’s point of view, for instance, it is constrained to her and what she knows and feels like in Harry Potter. I also make it a point to include sex scenes from both the female and male point of view which is not always found in romance or family dramas, it’s usually one or the other.

3. Why do you write what you do?

Well…I don’t know. I write what I love, I guess. Family dynamics, love and loyalty, romance, cops and mobsters. I wrote  The Downey Trilogy set mostly in Chicago because I love that city; it is where my family is from. Likewise, I set Bird Day in Nebraska because that is where I was born and raised (mostly).

4. How does your writing process work?

I let ideas and scenes mull around in my head for a while before I write them down. Usually I type them up without writing them on paper, but sometimes I simply have to get them out and then if I am not near my computer, I’ll write them down on whatever I have nearby. I don’t usually write in sequence, or rather I do, but will leave out entire blocks if a later scene is just vivid in my head. Then I go back and bridge to it. I’ll write a scene, flesh it out, then rewrite it a bit, then edit, then edit, then edit. It’s a very circular or ebb and flow process. I try not to force myself to write if the mood is not with me. On those days I edit or proofread or block chapters out (meaning I write down who is in each chapter and what happens, so I can make sure it flows, and there are no major anachronisms or gaps). Oftentimes in the course of doing that, I will end up writing anyway. If all else fails, I strap my inner Hemingway on and fix myself some whiskey. ;p

Thank you, Dee! *smooches*

Be done with it and just do the work.

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.


How would you like to read First, I Love You (Downey #1) for free?

My last question, do you want me to read from Third Time’s The Charm got very little response so I’m just going to table that idea for now. I know everyone’s been busy with the holidays and getting back into the swing of school, etc.

What did get a nice response was posting The V-Day Aversion here chapter-by-chapter. Tons of new Bird Day fans came out of the woodwork! THANK YOU so much! It warms my heart that Dom & Kate have brought a smile to so many people. I’m still writing on the novel, The Good Life, in which you’ll get Dom & Kate AND a romance for her brother Kyle (Tommy Gates’ detective partner).

Speaking of Tommy and the Downey-verse, I thought maybe I’d do a similar thing, post a chapter at a time of First, I Love You. While I’m not sure I’m comfortable posting the entirety of that novel on the blog, I would be happy to post a very significant sample of it, say at least half of it–that’s around 150 pages of the paperback book. I think this would give people a feel for the different style of writing I have in that book, which is written almost like a third-person memoir and each chapter is from the point of view of one of the six main characters. That’s tough for some to swallow as a concept, but a significant majority of those who’ve read First, I Love You have said they ended up enjoying it.

I really wanted the reader to get to know the thoughts and personality of these people in the first book before I hit the ground running with the story I had to tell. Second of All (Downey #2) and Third Time’s The Charm (Downey #3) have their own “feel” and “tone” but the chapters are not constrained to each person as in First, I Love You.  Second of All contains a lot of flashbacks, and is more introspective and romantic than First, I Love You. Third Time has a more suspense feel to it. First, I Love You was the first book I ever wrote and telling that story was both cathartic and emotionally wrenching. As many authors have found out, there is a difference between having a story to tell and actually writing it. I have learned a great deal since the day I sat down to write First, I Love You in January 2012.

ANYWAY, that’s enough blither-blather. Suffice it to say, I’ll start posting a chapter at a time of First, I Love You starting tomorrow January 5th, and see what kind of feedback/traffic I get. Who knows, maybe I’ll end up posting the whole thing for a limited time like V-Day Aversion. 🙂

As always, THANK YOU for your wonderful support!


The Good Life Playlist while I write for my Nebraska boos (Ironically, no Lady Gaga)

You’ve seen my Downey Trilogy Playlists on YouTube, well it’s only fair I share my Dom & Kate writing songs.

The Good Life Playlist:


A friendly reminder for my friends doing NaNoWriMo…



Haha! Nothing like a dose of Jason Statham  to get you motivated, huh?

I’m busy writing on The Good Life, the Dom & Kate novel (which is actually just as much a Kyle Anderson novel).

By the way, not to sound too needy or anything, but feel free to rate/review Third Time’s The Charm wherever you bought it or at Goodreads! I adore all the tweets and inboxes I’m getting, but why not share those thoughts with others?

Don’t be shy, I appreciate you more than you can possibly know! 🙂

[Insert Blog Post here] aka Gen’s had enough.

When I was around seven or eight, I can’t remember the exact age, we were visiting my grandpa and grandma in Wheaton (near Chicago) and my grandpa sat me down and explained the concept of cost/benefit ratio.

I can’t express how helpful that one simple conversation has been in making decisions throughout my entire life.

But, sometimes my stubbornness gets in the way.

You see, “they” say if you create blog content on a regular basis, and join amplifiers like Triberr, the traffic comes. Eh… sometimes that’s true, sometimes it requires creative word usage in your title and hidden SEO content, certainly creating a controversial or sexy post always helps.

Sadly, I hardly ever do any of those things. I’m just … me.

Most of the time I use this blog as more of a website; I put up content which is meant to enhance the reader’s experience, not really provide illumination or pontificate on any one subject per se. Every once in a while I do that, or put up a guest post. But, I have made a concerted effort to put up posts on a regular basis only to see a fairly small level of clicks.

Sometimes none at all…which is… ouch.

It’s not that I don’t appreciate the handful of you who visit this blog on an almost daily basis, it’s that the amount of time it takes to create new content such as Letters From Mickey or Flash-fictions. That time takes away from the time I have to write novels or play with my kids or cuddle with my husband (one of my favorite hobbies).

So, I am going to take a little break, which actually started last week, and recharge my batteries.

My sweet friend Penny is horrified, I can feel it all the way up here. It’s so close to the release of Third Time’s The Charm, after all.


But how on earth will I have the energy to spam all of you with Book Release posts in a few weeks?


In the meantime, I will be posting Third Time quotes on Facebook prior to the book release.

THANK YOU for your support! Love you guys!

I visit Paloma Beck’s blog to talk about a Dom&Kate novel! #ASMSG Come chat!

Genevieve visits #RomanceBeckons to talk about POV #QuestionOfTheWeek (via Romance Beckons)

Welcome Genevieve Dewey to Romance Beckons. Genevieve Dewey is the author of The Downey Trilogy (First, I Love You & Second of All) and the short stories Bird Day Battalion & V-Day Aversion. She is a wife, mother, sister, friend and Anthropologist.…


A very important question for Dom and Kate fans… | #ASMSG #BYNR |

I have an important question for the Dom & Kate fans. Would you like the next dose of Dominic and Katelyn to be another short story (hopefully done this summer) or a full length novel (which will, of course, delay its release until after Downey #3 is out). The poll is geared towards fans so there is no options for none at all. HA! #HatersToTheLeft

The Downey Series Goodreads Group Poll

DOM & KATE FANS! Would you like the next dose of Dominic and Katelyn to be another short story or a full length novel?

NOTE: I took out the PollDaddy poll because I was having embed issues with it. NOW I put it back and I hope it works, I realize not all of you have Goodreads accounts. I wish I could figure out how to embed it on the side but the code isn’t working for me like the Goodreads did.

Guest Blog! BLUE COYOTE MOTEL by @DianneDHarman Dianne Harman #ASMSG |

Hulllooooo, my peeps! I have another treat for you, a guest blog from my author colleague Dianne Harman. She’s here to tell us a bit about how her book Blue Coyote Motel came to be.



by Dianne Harman


I’ve been a reader since before kindergarten and was an English Major in college, but I never felt I had the “necessary credentials” to become a writer. I’d never gone to numerous workshops, joined critique groups or anything else that I thought “real writers” needed to do. Nevertheless, whenever someone would ask me what my dream thing would be I always pictured myself at a computer with a large window looking outdoors next to it and me writing. And so I sit here today at the computer, the large window next to me and a hummingbird nest in my tree! So much for visualization!!!

My husband read a review of Stephen King’s ten-year old book, On Writing, and suggested I read it which I did. It changed my life. Stephen said I could write. I didn’t need to do all the things I thought an author had to do to write. But now what to write?

We were at a wedding in Palm Springs, California where our son was the best man. It was being held in an old renovated downtown hotel. The temperature outside was 106 degrees in October. The air-conditioner was silent, and for what reason I will never know, I turned to my husband as we were getting ready to go out to dinner and said, “Wouldn’t it be interesting if someone put a ‘feel-good’ drug in the air-conditioner and everyone felt good all the time?” He looked at me and said, “There’s your book.” That was the genesis of Blue Coyote Motel.

At dinner that evening a large priest with a huge cross was seated at the table next to us. It was about the time of the Penn State – Jerry Sandusky scandal. The priest became an alcoholic pedophile in my book. At the wedding dinner the next evening I was seated next to a couple who owned gold mines in Brazil. They became characters in the book. And so it went.

I wrote the book on my iPad as the California State Senate was in session and I was in Sacramento, California with my husband without a convenient computer. It went fast. The characters dictated what was going to happen and I simply wrote it down. I thought it would probably go in the bottom drawer of my nightstand and that would be it but I would have fulfilled my dream. My husband asked to read it. Three days later he told me it had to be published. I couldn’t have scripted the rest. I self-published it and a few months later Blue Coyote Motel was chosen as a quarter finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award contest. Then, unbeknownst to me, it was chosen as Goodreads Psychological Thriller of the Month. Who would have thunk? Not me. And it’s still selling well after all these months!

I never intended to write a sequel or a series, but the Beta readers and others kept asking me what happened to Maria. The next in the series, Coyote in Provence, is in the final editing stages and the third book has been written and should be out by the end of the year.

I guess the whole lesson is to “bloom where you’re planted.”





You’ll never look at motel air conditioning the same way after you read Blue Coyote Motel.

Blue Coyote Motel is a suspense filled thriller about six travelers who stop and spend the night at a remote California desert motel. Each of them leaves the following morning “feeling good,” but unaware that they have inadvertently become addicted to a gaseous drug piped into their rooms.

Jeffrey, the owner of the motel, is a scientist who was recently fired by a prestigious Southern California drug manufacturer for giving an anti-aging hormone he discovered to his beautiful Latina wife. Spinning slowly into the depths of insanity, he decides to test the effectiveness of another of his drug discoveries on unsuspecting motel guests. He calls the drug Freedom because it frees people from depression, anger, stress, grief, and aggression. Jeffrey has grandiose plans to make Freedom available throughout the world in order to bring about peace and harmony, but instead it causes grief and chaos in the lives of the motel guests. The cast of characters includes a defrocked priest, a Native American pediatrician, a wealthy widow, a Brazilian couple who owns gold mines and a salesman intent on finding himself.

Blue Coyote Motel presents an engaging look at the human frailties present in all of us.





Dianne Harman draws her stories and characters from a diverse business and personal background. She owned a national antique and art appraisal business for many years, leaving that industry and opening two yoga centers where she taught yoga and certified yoga instructors. Dianne has traveled extensively throughout the world, most recently dividing her time between Huntington Beach, California and Sacramento, California, where her husband is a Senator. A gourmet cook, she has entertained Governors, Congressmen and numerous other political figures in her homes. An avid reader, Dianne brings the richness of her life experiences to her novels, Blue Coyote Motel and Tea Party Teddy.

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