I can’t believe it’s been a whole month since my last post. Anyway, since I’m new to all of this, I overestimated how much work I’d be able to get done while my mother in law was visiting and the tot was off school. The answer: Not much.

And now we just got back from visiting my mom out of state and the tot started school again yesterday (God Bless year round school). So… whew. Anyway, you might notice that I’ve gotten 5k more words done on Doc and I hand wrote more this afternoon. I won’t know the final word count until I type it up this evening, but I’m back in the saddle and hoping to ramp up my word count next week while the kid is at school all day.

Anyway, I originally wanted to release Doc in August but I’m not totally sure about that. I can finish it in August but it takes a while to have it edited. So I’m crossing my fingers for the last week in August but it might be early September for editing. I don’t know for sure.

Thanks for reading and I hope you’re having a great summer. To and from Indiana, I listened to “The Crime Writer” by Gregg Hurwitz, “The Mephisto Club” by Tess Gerritsen, and “77 Shadow Street” by Dean Koontz.

The Crime Writer was great. The Mephisto Club was my first Rizzoli and Isles book and it was… a lot different than I expected. “77 Shadow Street” was okay. It kind of came across like a mashup of The Shining and Rose Red but wasn’t nearly as good. I didn’t even finish listening to the whole thing…and I kind of don’t care.

Anyway, I’m chugging along now to the finish line.

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Slick Update..

for you self-publishers who are interested in permafree, I set Slick to free on June 13th on B&N and Amazon price matched it today (the 27th). So it took exactly 2 weeks for it to take effect. I doubt this is standard for all titles across the board, based on what I’ve read online, but it’s a good guesstimate for the future.

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Trying something new…

I’m trying a new way of writing this time around, using traditional story beats (hook, inciting incident, etc). It appears to be an acquired taste but it is interesting to think about your story in terms of structure, which I’ve never really done before. We’ll have to wait and see how it pans out. My “hook” is done (the first 6 chapters). My “inciting incident” is 2 chapters long. I wrote the first one this morning.


I downloaded the templates here, for anyone who is interested.

I don’t know if I’ll end up using the templates going forward, but I’ll try anything new since I’m just starting out and haven’t really settled on a preferred writing process yet.

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The entire series thus far (Shooter through Easy) is now available on Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iTunes for those of you who asked me about that.

I’ll have a release date for Doc soon.

Thanks for reading.

Also, Slick is free on Barnes and Noble. I’m marking the date. I’d like to see how long it takes for Amazon to price match titles. For those of you reading who are thinking about or are new to self-publishing, I’ll let you know how long it took (if it happens.) Sometimes Amazon just won’t price match a title nor will they tell you why, so we’ll see.

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is now available at Barnes and Noble and Kobo. No word on iTunes yet. It’s been edited for all platforms including Kindle.

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Contest Over….

My first-ever giveaway is officially over! Check to see if you won and then send your snail mail address to dahliamwest@gmail.com so I know where these things are going.

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Inspiration comes from the craziest places, sometimes the places you least expect. I woke up this morning and was checking out my FB page when I saw this quiz. Just your average, run of the mill, silly Facebook quiz that means nothing. But the idea of the elements and this picture



inspired me. If you see me in my FB travels, you know I asked what types of books y’all read other than just general romance. I love to read a ton of different genres and I’m interested in branching out and maybe trying my hand at writing some other genres within the next several years. A lot of you said Fantasy was one of your fave genres. I’ve read some fantasy (Marion Zimmer Bradley, Tolkien, Terry Pratchett) but I haven’t made a read study of the genre the way I did with romance. It’ll be a great opportunity to read some great books while I learn the ins and outs of the genre.

But look at that pic up there. That’s just begging for a series, isn’t it? It is to me, anyway. This is a few years off at best but the one thing I love about writing is that the well never really runs dry. Even when you think you’re at the bottom, another idea will come along and fill it right back up again. So now I have an idea for a six part Fantasy series based on the elements. It’s probably been done before, but I’ll be looking for ways to do my own thing.

Comment here and hit me up with your favorite fantasy titles so I can generate a top 100 list of books to check out. I’d like to get a feel for the entirety of the genre, though I suspect you could read fantasy your whole life and never really make a totally in-depth study of it. What are the highlights?

Anyway, Doc is a bit slow going at the moment, but I have all the moving parts in place. Now look I love my family, I do, but I can’t say I’m not ECSTATIC about the fact that Management and the Tot are going to visit family in 2-3 weeks. So I’ll have an entire week to myself to knock out Doc and get it just about done. THEN Management will be bringing my Mother in Law back with him, Which is double awesome.

One because I LOVE MY MOTHER IN LAW! Seriously. I know a lot of people fall into that stereotypical “in law” thing but not me. I love my in laws to death. In fact I’ve been trying to get them to move down here for years. If you guys buy every single thing I ever write, I may be able to buy them a house and kidnap them!

Two, this is awesome because the Tot will be officially on her teeny tiny summer break (she goes year round) and my mother in law will watch her for me so I can (Cross your fingers here) finish up Doc while she’s visiting.

She doesn’t know I am a writer yet. I guess I’ll be breaking the news to her when she comes. Interestingly enough, she has been kicking around the idea of writing something HERSELF for a few years and I’m kind of hoping that once she finds out I do it, she might go ahead and pull the trigger on that and write something. She’s more into thrillers/mysteries and since she’s the second smartest woman I’ve ever met, she’d kick some serious ass at it.

Any anyway, today is Puppy Day! I’m going to pick up Luna Lovegood at my friend’s house here in a moment and it’s going to be an interesting weekend, to say the least. I promise though, I’ll get some more writing done on Saturday and Sunday (even if I have to write in the dead of night while everyone else is asleep. It’s okay- I’ve resorted to that before).

Have a good weekend and don’t forget to hit me up with some awesome fantasy novels!


How often do you shop in brick and mortar stores (Barnes and Noble, Indies- like The Regulator in Durham)

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You may have noticed…

the publishing brouhaha going on at the moment. If you are a writer who happens to be checking out my blog, you are probably watching this prizefight. If you are a reader, you may not be but you should consider it because depending on who wins, it could mean a price hike on some of your most beloved ebooks.

I have a lot of opinions on it. I considered writing them out, but Bob Mayer does a much better job of it. So just pretend I wrote all this (with all the Star Wars references but no military ones):


And if you haven’t read this:


Or especially THIS:




Go Do That!

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On Breaking the Law…

The library was closed so I totally (maybe) trespassed a teeny bit. They have this great (well it’s not great because it’s next to an industrial air conditioner) but this really secluded picnic table outside the library building that is hidden in a copse of trees. Technically, this area is employees only, but since the library is closed today (and tomorrow) there are no employees. So I snuck onto the property parked in the parking lot and used the table.

I got one chapter done. And I didn’t get arrested. Though if Caleb showed up with handcuffs I wouldn’t resist.

I do pay taxes, so maybe I’m not trespassing. It’s a public building, after all.

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