One Book Down, 4 Left to Go!

When I wrote the Welcome to 2017! post I mentioned that I thought that I’d have to extend The Warlord’s Daughter to 100,000 to finish the story. I figured that it would take me another week to do this, but the second I started the new scenes everything went downhill. I ran headlong into a big problem: I really wasn’t happy with the results.

Okay, so that is putting it lightly. I hated the new scenes. They felt all wrong. I think I scrapped the first scene I worked on twice, possible three times before I took a step back to really think through the scene and what I wanted it to do for the story. While outwardly, The Warlord’s Daughter seemed to need it, it really didn’t. All I really needed was to add a few lines to a scene I already had in the book and done!

The second scene I wanted to going to add was more needful, but I was having trouble with it because it’s from a secondary characters point of view and I knew it was going to open a small subplot thread that I couldn’t close without returning to the characters point of view again. The solution was once easier then I thought it would be. The scene ended up turning out better than I thought it was going to.

I scrapped the entire third scene as it would be similar to a scene I wrote for book 2.

Writing the end scene became a problem that has kept me from being done with The Warlord’s Daughter already. Strangely, the perfect solution to my problem occurred the day I watching my girls crash and burn on the sled for the umpteenth time. Not sure why watching them was necessary for my creative brain to realize that I splitting a scene in half and rewriting it a bit would work very nicely.

I finished The Warlord’s Daughter today!


This scene was one of those that makes a perfect ending. I had moved it from the front of The Scout’s Captive to end The Warlord’s Daughter a few weeks back. Now I have taken the first part of the scene and made it the end of book 1. The rest of the scene can go back to the beginning of The Scout’s Captive.

It was a simple solution with an easy fix that worked out so much better than what I had been attempting to do with the end of The Warlord’s Daughter. I couldn’t believe how much better the end of the story worked out. It tied up all the threads while not leaving the story on too big a cliffhanger (it really couldn’t be helped) or giving away the next book in the series.

So now I’m off to pick up my reward for finishing The Warlord’s Daughter ahead of schedule before starting The Scout’s Captive.

My Reward: Miracle Morning for Writers

What is that? you ask. Well, The Miracle Morning for Writers is:

Need to find more time to write–without sacrificing the important things? Looking to consistently discover great book ideas? Wish you could generate a steady income from your words…or increase what you already make?

The solution to these questions is to change what you do first thing in the morning. And that’s why you should read The Miracle Morning for Writers: How to Build a Writing Ritual That Increases Your Impact and Income (Before 8AM).

The Miracle Morning for Writers combines Hal Elrod’s global phenomenon with Steve Scott’s proven writing habit techniques (which helped him get on the Wall Street Journal bestsellers list). You learn how to take charge of your morning and maximize “the rest of the day” for your writing efforts.

Here’s what you’ll discover in The Miracle Morning for Writers:

  • How a morning routine can change every area of your life (Including your health, happiness, finances and relationships).
  • The proven strategy for “finding the time” to write–even if you have a full-time job.
  • Our method for selling lots of books (and the 8-step process to build it).
  • Steve’s favorite app for tracking your great ideas and researching your next book.
  • Hal’s process for overcoming the limiting beliefs that hold you back from success.
  • “Flow state” and how it can forever eradicate writer’s block.

You will also learn:

  • 4 business models perfect for writers, how to get started, and which one we recommend.
  • The 10-step process for publishing a book that readers love.
  • 6 tools for improving your writing skills.
  • 2 techniques for doubling (even tripling) your daily word count total.
  • How to find the “80/20” of your book-based business.
    The Miracle Morning for Writers is your key to building a writing habit that will increase both your income and the value you provide to the world.

The Covers for The Queen’s Rebellion Revealed

My girls’ school was canceled for today. Yay! Oh, Hell…

Due to my girls being home all day and hubby home by noon, I’m not really expecting to get a lot of writing down later today. So I’m writing as much as I can this morning in the hopes of finishing The Warlord’s Daughter today. I’m so close to the end and I really want to start the next book in the series.

So why am I writing a blog post? Well, I’m not. I took a small break from an hour-long writing session to look through my list of unpublished posts to make a game plan for later today and realized that I hadn’t posted my cover reveal for The Queen’s Rebellion Series before the Welcome to 2017! post where they were featured. So not cool! 😦

Now I’m only writing an introduction to this post and publishing it. So even though it’s a little late in coming, here are the covers for The Queen’s Rebellion and descriptions for the series of books based on the life and adventures of the Lady Laramina Khynal and her husband Lord Cynel Maelti.

The Warlord’s Daughter, Book 1

the_warlords_daughter_1_webWhen Warlord Darton Khynal accepted the mission to end the bandit threat and train the next recruits for the Baryano army, he accept, but his reasons have nothing to do with career advancement and everything to do with his daughter. The Lady Laramina Khynal has come of age and the power flowing through her veins is becoming stronger and harder to hide. It’s only a matter of time before she is discovered and enslaved by the Council, undoing everything Darton has done to protect her. Forced to play a dangerous game with Laramina’s future, Darton accepts the Council decreed marriage between Lord Nyden Farlon and Laramina, a union that could have terrible consequences for everyone, if he allows it to take place.

The Scout’s Captive, Book 2

the_scouts_captive_2_webCondemned to death and hunted by Baryano for being Nyfeli, Cynel joined a rebellion he didn’t believe in for three meals a day, a warm place to sleep, and a chance to survive. He become a legend among the Rebels as a lethal warrior without mercy. But the ruthless Cynel is ill-prepared for the Lady Laramina Khynal, the woman who saved his life and whose life he swore to protect, for she is far more dangerous than any foe he’s faced. She is the one woman he cannot have, and the only one he wants.

Dodging Council Soldiers scouring the land for her, Laramina must make a terrible decision. Will she let events play out and willingly go with the men who abducted her? Or will she attempt to save the ones she loves by escaping from the man she is coming to love and return to marry the disgusting Lord Nyden Farlon?

The Lost Heir, Book 3

the_lost_heir_3_webCynel has always played his part, be it servant boy, thief, warrior, scout, or killer. Now he’s being asked to play the part of Laramina’s husband or protector until the Rebel leaders are ready announce the return of the Lost Heir, the only hope they have of rallying those who hate the current state of politics to their dying cause. They will do anything to gain and hold the advantage, including end the relationship between the Lost Heir and a Nyfeli killer.

Rocked by the truth about her heritage, the Lady Laramina Khynal doesn’t want the responsibility of ruling the three races. She doesn’t want the power to start a war. She doesn’t want the man she loves to hand her over to the Kydeloi Prince she’s been promised to since she was four years old. She doesn’t want the destiny chosen for her if it means losing Cynel. But to stay together, they will risk everything and defy the most powerful people in the land.

The Empty Throne, Book 4

the_empty_throne_4_webBetrothed to a man she despises, married to a rebel she’s grown to love, and promised to a prince she’s never met, the Lady Laramina Khynal is tired of being other people’s puppet, she’s ready to make her own choices. And while falling into the hands of the Council Soldiers searching for her wasn’t the best choice, she would do it again to protect the Rebels she has come to love. She just didn’t plan on Lord Nyden Farlon presences or his demands to finish what they started so he can seal his claim to the Empty Throne.

Determined to save his wife from the clutches of the Council, Cynel and a few loyal warriors cross into Baryano territory to infiltrate the heart of the Council’s City. Their plan is simple: abduct the Lost Heir before the Council can claim control of the Empty Throne through her. But they didn’t plan on being captured by the enemy or finding a land in turmoil. They didn’t plan on Laramina.

The Rebel Queen, Book 5

the_rebel_queen_5_webThe fate of the Lady Laramina Khynal has always been precarious and uncertain, resting in the hands of those who care not for her happiness but only their own ambitions. Angry and determined to bring an end to the Council’s rule, she must decided if she will become the weapon other’s will wield or if she will take her newfound power and forge her own destiny with the man she loves.

Now I really must get back to writing this next scene. Cynel has just done something and I’m not sure that Mina will be able to forgive him so readily for it. I really need to see what comes next.

Wishing you the best weekend this week,



Welcome to 2017!

I hope your holiday break was as fun and productive as mine. I spent most of my free time working on finishing The Warlord’s Daughter (both productive and fun), putting together puzzles with my girls (possibly not so productive but it was really fun), working on my latest stitching project (more meditative), and spending quality time with my family (both productive and fun).

Now that our girls are back to school it’s time for me to buckle down for some heavy writing sessions this month. But first, I wanted to give you all a preview of what I’m doing in 2017.

~ Reading 55 Books in 2017 ~

I made the goal to read 50 fiction books and 5 non-fiction books this year. I’ll be making a monthly post about the books I read that month on my blog.  I wish I could say that I picked them all out ahead of time, but since I don’t know what each week will bring I thought the better plan would be to pick them out as I went along. The fiction will be a mix of novels, novellas, and short stories.

~ Writing 5 Books in 2017 ~

When I posted my writing goals for 2017 in December I mentioned that I wanted to finish writing 5 books in 2017. Those books include the entire The Queen’s Rebellion Series. They are: The Warlord’s Daughter (#1), The Scout’s Captive (#2), The Lost Heir (#3), The Empty Throne (#4), and The Rebel Queen (#5). This is where most of my focus will be for the next 12 months. My hope is to have all 5 book written, edited, and on pre-order so that I can publish them throughout 2018.

To accomplish this I had to rethink my entire writing game plan. I’m going to have to be focused, organized, and disciplined in my writing. Which is code for “stop goofing around on Pinterest and playing Solitaire or Sudoku on the computer during writing time, Stephannie!”

So I started 2017 by erasing all the games from my computer, weaning myself off Pinterest (started this in December), downloading the new version of the Cold Turkey app (December 31st), and making my writing schedule for 2017. While I don’t want to push myself too hard and burn out, I also like to aim for the moon, maybe then I can land among the stars (LOL). So while I made my goals attainable, I decided to challenge myself with an added bonus to inspire me. If I finish these 5 books before my scheduled deadline then I get a prize. Incentives are really great for people like me. 😀

I will be writing a post at the beginning of each month to let you all know where I am in my goals.  This is where I am so far in the books…

The Warlord’s Daughter (Book 1)


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I was about 70,000 words into this book in December 2016. My word goal for the book started out at 85,000 but I as I reached my goal I realized that the story wasn’t done so I changed my word goal for the books to a 100,000. During the holiday season, I started on the complete overhaul of the scenes in The Warlord’s Daughter and even got around to writing some new scenes that I needed.

As of January 1st, I have around 93,000 words done and about 8,000 to go. I should be done with this book before my deadline.

Deadline: February 1st
Status so far: 92,974 words written of my 100,000 Word Count Goal
My Incentive for finishing this book: Buy Miracle Morning for Writers. I love the idea behind the Miracle Morning Routine, however, what I learned about it didn’t mesh with my kinda chaotic schedule. I stumbled upon one for writers and figured it would be a good incentive to work

The Scout’s Captive (Book 2)


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I’m not as far along in this book as some of the others, but mostly because I took more than half this book away to create The Warlord’s Daughter.

This book will take more fleshing out as most of the big scenes are already written, although I have a few ideas for new scenes that I will be adding.

Deadline: April 1st
Status so far: 32,755 words written of my 100,000 Word Count Goal
My Incentive for finishing this book: Buy that Tibetan Singing Bowl I’ve been eyeing for the last two years to add to my meditation collection.

The Lost Heir (Book 3)


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This one should pretty much write itself as I know where this book is going and as with The Scout’s Captive all the big scenes are written. Side Note: If I finish The Warlord’s Daughter and The Scout’s Captive early, the deadline for this book will shift to compensate. It wouldn’t be much of a challenge if I had an extra month to three months to finish this book.

Deadline: June 1st 2017
Status so far: 50,905 words written of my 100,000 Word Count Goal
My Incentive for finishing this book: Buy three books from my wishlist.

The Empty Throne (Book 4)


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This is one of those books that I don’t have much done on. The scenes in this book are where I stopped because I had written myself into a corner and needed to figure out some plot holes. I have a better idea where the books are going so I’m hoping by the time I get to writing it it will go fast.

Side Note: Even if I’m ahead on my book writing goals the deadlines I will probably not change the deadlines for The Empty Throne or The Rebel Queen. I going to be writing these books during the Summer and Fall months when my girls are out of school and there is a lot going on around the Ranch. I’m pushing it with the deadlines I have already.

Deadline: September 1st 2017
Status so far: 3,233 words written of my 100,000 Word Count Goal
My Incentive for finishing this book: Wacom Digital Graphics Tablet. I’m not sure what model as the one on my wishlist is now years old and out of day. I have to do some research.

The Rebel Queen (Book 5)


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I have a vague notion of where this book is going but other than the opening chapter that refused to go away, I have nothing else written. I’m hoping to have several ideas for scenes ready by the time I write this book.

Deadline: December 31st 2017
Status so far: 9,167 words written of my 100,000 Word Count Goal
My Incentive for finishing this book: Buy a new tablet as my old one died at the end of 2016. Yeah, I know. Why am I waiting a whole year? Because I still have a Kindle I can read my books on for the moment.

Wishing you all the best for the New Year!


NEW RELEASE! Two 2017 Planners Designed with Writer’s in Mind

Last year, I released the 2016 Task & Project Planner and now I’m really, really excited to announce the unveiling of the 2017 Task & Project Planner and the 2017 Writer’s Notebook Planner, but only because of a very dear friend of mine really loved last years planner made the request that I create a new one for this coming year. I didn’t just create one, I created two.

The 2017 Project & Task Planner is both a yearly and weekly planner that allows you to see what appointments you have for the week, keep track of those pesky tasks that you need to make sure you have done daily, and make a to-do list of projects and tasks you need to work on but have no specific time or day when they need to be done. (This Planner is perfect for the more task oriented writer who doesn’t have a lot of events or appointments to track.)

While the 2017 Writer’s Notebook Planner was specifically designed for writers to help you track your time, pursue your goals, plan your projects, record your ideas, and live your life! (This Planner is better for the writer who wants to track their projects, goals, and what they do daily.)

And here they are! Aren’t they lovely? 😀


Here’s the covers for 2017 Task & Project Planner (left) and 2017 Writer’s Notebook Planner (right) that I designed. Yes, they’re a little girly.

I know there is someone out there wondering why two planners?

Well the short version is: I wanted something different.

The longer version: I’m a planner addict who really, really wants to find a planner that fit my needs because my planning style has always been more task oriented without set deadlines then task oriented with set deadlines. I’m one of those people who wants to make a meal plans for the month or even a week but can’t stick with it because I don’t feel like eating or cooking the meal I thought I was going to make that day. I plan my days according to how I feel that day.

So in my quest to find a planner that doesn’t drive me crazy I’ve bought, printed off, and even created several different types of planners to no avail. Then I stumbled onto the Bullet Journal and it really worked for me. If you don’t know what I’m talking about when I say Bullet Journal, you can learn more about it at (a blog that I’ve never personally read but was created by the guy behind the system), or check out Tiny Ray of Sunshine to read her thorough guide to the Bullet Journal system (this one I have read and liked), or look at some images on Google or on my Bullet Journal & Planners Pinterest Board to get the idea (all outside links).

The 2016 Task & Project Planner was created because I wanted a printable planner using one of my favorite bullet journal layouts. When I told my really great friend and fellow writer (who I mentioned above) what I was doing, she really wanted one, so I had LULU print it and sold it for as cheap as LULU would allow me to because I wanted fellow writers to be able to afford something that could help them. I also gave it away as a free printable for anyone who wanted to try it and do the printing themselves.

When my friend asked me last month if I would have another planner for this year, I jumped at the chance to improve the 2016 Task & Project Planner. The 2017 Task & Project Planner is done in the same style as last year with a few added bonuses. The 2017 Writer’s Notebook Planner is a whole new design I created with another bullet journal layout that I love. I really want to see which one works best with my planning style or if I’ll be going back to the bullet journal system in 2018.

Now that you have the background story behind these planners, let me tell you a bit about them. I’ve taken some pictures to help you see what these planners are offering you too!

Inside the 2017 Task & Project Planner

This planner is coil bound and printed on white, letter size paper. The format is a one page weekly spread that covers January – December 2017. At the behest of my friend, I added a few things in this planner from last year and then a few more things she didn’t ask for because I thought it would make it more useful. So let’s have a look inside, shall we?


Purchase at LULU

The Plan Ahead Section has:

  • Birthday & Anniversaries calendar is a basic month by month spread for you to write down all those Birthdays and Anniversaries of friends and family all in one place.
  • Gift Lists is basically a notes page to write down gift ideas for yourself or the other people in you life.
  • Things I Need To Do This Year is another lined page where you can list all the things you want to do in the year that don’t really have a place on your calendar yet.
  • 2017-at-a-Glance is a yearly overview where you can pre-plan your projects, write down events and appointments, list your set deadlines and plan your projects backward, or track your work flow in a Gantt-like styled Chart (for an idea of what I’m talking about you can check out the Work Flow Chart section of Jessica Chung’s article).
  • Things I Need to Do Next Year is where you can write down anything you need to remember to do next year.

The 2017-at-a-Glance page gives you a full view of your year at-a-glance! I once used these to track book cover designs I needed to do for clients, my writing deadlines, and even days I wrote.

The 2017 Calendar Section has:

  • Monthly Goals & Projects is a divided line page for each month where you can list out all the things you want to do during the month.
  • The Weekly Spread is divided into three sections. At the top you have a place for Appointments. The next area is a Daily Project & Task Tracker for you to track things you do everyday but don’t really want to have to write them out each day. The bottom section is where you list all your Weekly Projects & Tasks for the week that don’t have any specific day that they need to be done on. If I need to get it done at a certain time I might write the due date beside the task.

Here’s what the weekly spread looks like.

My Writing Projects

  • My Projects for this Year is a place to write down all the projects you want to do in the year.
  • My 2017 Writing Tracker was something I added this year. I use it to keep track of the days I write or meet my word count.
  • Project Planner is where you can plan your projects. There is even an extra page for notes.
  • Project Plans is several blank sheets of paper where you can brainstorm your projects.
  • My Projects for Next Year is where you can list out project ideas for next year as they come to you. I use sticky notes in this section too.

Both the Projects for This Year and the Projects for Next Year have the same layout with a different title.  I use sticky notes in both of these calendars because my plans frequently change.


The Writing Tracker (left) and the first page of the Project Planning sheets (right).

Lists, Notes, & Inspiration Section

  • Online Tools is a table where you can write down the website, username, and passwords for all you online stuff. I use abbreviations and hints for most of mine. Just enough to remind me and not enough to give someone free access if I ever lost my planner.
  • Waiting On is another new page for this year. These pages give you a place to track what has been ordered but is pending fulfillment and delivery, that email you sent and are waiting for a response from, support from services, letters from pen pals, giveaways, blog comments, or anything else you can think of.
  • Notes & Ideas is lined paper for writing notes.
  • Mind Mapping & Sketches is blank paper for sketching and mind-mapping.


Contacts Section

  • Contacts is the place for names, addresses, phone numbers, email address, and notes about the person.

The 196 page, 2017 Task and Project Planner can be Purchase at Lulu for $13.99

(I won’t be offering the 2017 Task & Project Planner as a FREE printable on this site this year; however, if you want to make a request for a PDF to do your own printing, please email me and I’ll send you a FREE copy.)

Inside the 2017 Writer’s Notebook Planner

New this year, the 2017 Writer’s Notebook Planner was my attempt to try something different with some of the layouts. This planner is coil bound and printed on white, letter size paper. The format is a two page weekly spread that covers January – December 2017. Inside you will find…


Purchase at Lulu

Trackers Section

The tracker section is a way to eliminate having repetitive tasks filling up your weekly pages and give you an overview of the year. However, the goal is not to accomplish all the tasks every day, but rather to track your activity throughout the month or year for the things that matter most to you. It’s a great tool for self-assessment and reflection.

  • The Writing Tracker is a yearly overview of your writing progress. Over the years I’ve given myself a lot of grief for not writing more, but it wasn’t until I used the writing tracker that I realized how many days I wrote. It was awesome to see a visual of my writing year!
  • There are three Extra Trackers for you to track other things such as exercise, blogging, or business. It’s up to you on how you want to use them.

2017 Calendar Section:

This section gives you tools to plan and track your year, month, and days in advance (I think that is my only real complaint about the bullet journal system, planning days and months in advanced.):

  • The Birthday and Anniversaries gives you a place to record birthdays and anniversaries you wish to remember.
  • The Gift Lists is where you can write down those great gifts you run into for yourself, friends, and family, plus any information related to them.
  • 2017-At-A-Glance is a yearly overview calendar where you can write down birthdays and anniversaries you need to remember, record deadlines, schedule a book launch, or set aside a week to work on your big writing project’s tasks. By knowing what is coming up and when, you can more easily schedule your days to meet your obligations. When you track your deadlines, you will be better able to avoid scheduling tasks that aren’t so urgent in the same time-frame.
  • The Monthly Planner has a place for morning, afternoon, and all day commitments and appointments. For example, since I use my planner for both business and personal, I will write down the days my kids are out of school in the all day section. There is also a column for monthly goals & projects where you can list out all the things you want to accomplish that month.
  • The Weekly Planner is a two page spread that is broken down into four sections:
    • This Week’s Projects & Goals is where you can write down the projects, goals, and weekly to-do list for things you need to do that have no specific time or day when it needs to get it done but that needs to be done that week.
    • This Week’s Task Tracker can be used to track specifics task that you want to do daily for the week.
    • The Day Planner works in two ways. First, there is a horizontal Time Tracker to help you track what you’ve done that day or to help you plan the day. I like using symbols from my key on my time tracker such as an email icon when I check email, or color codes such as green for business work, red for writing, orange for family, or blank for unscheduled time. Second, it has a place to add specific tasks and to-dos for that day.
    • The Notes section for you to write down any reminders or ideas for that week or to improve next week’s plans.
  • Schedule for Next Year is where you can record any reminders, events, tasks, and anything else you want to do next year. I use small sticky notes in this area so I can move them around as my plans solidify.

Use the 2017-at-a-Glance calendar to plan your year, set your deadlines, or track your work flow.


Not your usual monthly spread with boxes, this monthly calendar is based on the bullet journal style with space to record all day, AM, and PM appointments and events.


This weekly spread has a way for you to track your time and create a daily to-do list.

Project Planner Section

  • My Projects for this Year gives you a place to list all the projects you want to work on during the year and so that you can see what you want to accomplish and decide on the best time and date for those projects before imputing them into your planner.
  • The Project Planner & Notes is provided for you to plan out the project you wish to work on this year. There are six Project planner areas provided. They can be used for writing projects, website redesigns, blogging, or home improvement.
  • My Projects To-Do Next Year is where you can write down anything you want to remember to do next year.

Both My Projects for This Year and My Projects To-Do Next Year are a two page spread where you can plan out your projects in advanced. I use sticky notes until my plans are solidified.

Lists, Notes, & Inspiration

  • Online Tools can help you keep track of websites, usernames, and passwords for all you online stuff. Although, I feel safer using abbreviations and hints to jog my memory for much of this.
  • Waiting On sheets gives you a place to track what has been ordered but is pending fulfillment and delivery, that email you sent and are waiting for a response from, support from services, letters from pen pals, contests, blog comments, or anything else you can think of.
  • Notes & Ideas is lined paper for brainstorming and writing down reminders about ideas you might have.
  • Mindmapping & Sketches is a blank paper for sketching pictures or brainstorming ideas.


  • Contacts is for the names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and notes about the people you contact.

The 228 page, 2017 Writer’s Notebook Planner can be Purchase at Lulu for $14.99

(I won’t be offering the 2017 Writer’s Notebook Planner as a FREE printable on this site this year; however, if you want to make a request for a PDF to do your own printing, please email me and I’ll send you a FREE copy.)

Wishing y’all the very best today!