• Ordinary people. Extraordinary romance.

    Ordinary people. Extraordinary romance.

I promised the answer to the fledekan disease.  It’s what turns my aliens into zombies in my WIP “Oompa Loompa Zombies and the Star Princess.”  Easter eggs are a form of inside jokes.  I’ve seen them on TV series, and I’m having a lot of fun planting them in OLZSP.

<Drum roll>

Fledekan is Naked Elf spelled backward.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled program.

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Know what an Easter egg is?  Not a brightly colored spring treat.  No, it’s a secret, an inside joke.  The TV series, Lost, was great at hiding Easter eggs for its avid viewers to discover.  They’d show characters in the background that shouldn’t be there, tie everyone together in convoluted plot twists, and who could forget “The Numbers”?  They showed up everywhere in the first couple of seasons.

I’m having a ball hiding Easter eggs in my WIP, “Oompa Loompa Zombies and the Star Princess.”

Todays Easter egg is “fledekan”.  It’s a disease that turns the space military into zombie like creatures.  What is its hidden meaning?

I’ll have the answer for you tomorrow.

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I’ve finished the last of four rounds of edits for “Tall, Dark and Slayer”, my January release from Champagne Books.  I’ve taken out em dashes, fragmented sentences and lots of question marks.  I’ve read the manuscript approx. twenty times.  I have to make one more pass and send it back to my editor.  She’ll bump it up to her editor then I’ll have to go through her line edits.  Then it’s done, set in stone.

You’d think, after twenty passes, and three or four from my editor, we would have caught all the errors.  I still find them, though they’re getting smaller and smaller.  The biggest one was using “going to her play as” instead of “going to her place as”.  I’m sure someone would have emailed me on that one.

All this reading and editing emphasizes the need to polish, polish and polish your manuscript.  This is especially important when sending out a query to an editor or agent.  You’re an unknown, your query is picked out of the slush pile and they have no time to overlook basic errors.  If you’re sloppy with your one page query, what will your manuscript look like?

I’m now editing “Robert’s Rules Undone” the sequel to “What Do You Say to a Naked Elf?”  Both books will be epubished this fall.  If you ever wondered what happened to Tivat the Shapeshifter in “Elf”, he teams up with Jane’s sister, Sheila Perfect, in an adventure that takes place approx. one year after Jane and Charlie find their happily ever after.

I’ll post the covers soon.

Take care,


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