…and thanks for stopping by.

Please note…I am excited to say that my website is in the process of being completely rebuilt and will soon be up and running perfectly. So if you happen to run into any problems using my Contact form, etc., please check back and try again.

Book Stuff…I’m currently working on the first book in a series that will include a few familiar characters from Kisses Don’t Lie and Kiss Me Twice. Every Little Lie should be finished by mid-summer. I’m also happy to announce that I have completed my first Christmas novel, Christmas Wish.

Fur Baby Brees…My adorable Brees needs a playmate. A sister who will wear him out and keep him in line. This is what I tell myself every night when he’s climbing on my head trying to get me to wrestle with him. And of course I do because I’m a good dog mommy. But, still, a sister to pester him would be ideal.

And remember…If you ever feel you can no longer care for your aging dog, or if you have a dog that needs medical care you can’t afford, please check out any of the organizations that may be able to help. Old Dog Haven is one in my area that I just love. They do such great things for our furry citizens!

A great read for writers…Understanding Show, Don’t Tell, by Janice Hardy. This book will literally change your writing.

Writing Tips…

1)  The word that first comes to mind when you realize you’ve submitted an earlier version of your manuscript than you intended to a potential agent/publisher/anyone is horror. Followed by humiliation. Then regret…for not double-checking the material about to be sent. It happens. The only thing to do is move on and, hopefully, you will have learned something.

2)  When you’ve finished writing your book (or think you have), print out a hard copy and read it (out loud). You’ll be surprised at how much different a sentence might sound when you hear it, rather than just see it. Unless, of course, you’re a super talent like Stephen King. Then you might only need to pop the cork on a bottle of champagne to celebrate.

3)  You’ve come up with the perfect plot…but then you discover a similar book has just been published. Now what? Don’t be put off! Your voice and your story will be completely different and maybe even better. Besides, it’ll take you a while to write that book and by then that other book will have lost its newness.

4)  When you land an agent, treat them like the gem they are, for they will weather your storms and be the champion who finds a home for your story.

Please join me…

Remember…posting a review on Amazon or Goodreads is a wonderful way to say you enjoyed a book.

Thanks again for the visit…

Romantically ever after…

Alexa Darin

A random thoughtDon’t allow self-doubt into your head and prevent you from realizing your dreams!

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