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Fun, sexy reads

Fun, sexy reads

Looking for fast-paced, sexy romantic suspense with military heroes? All books in the Men of Steele series are connected but can standalone. Find fun facts and excerpts on each book's page.

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Scrivener Training for Everyone

Scrivener Training for Everyone

Need help with Scrivener? I provide Scrivener training to individuals and groups all over the world through online courses, in-person workshops, and private training sessions.

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Resources for Writers and Scrivener Users

Resources for Writers and Scrivener Users

A great reference for new and experienced Scrivener users, a guide to software and apps that help with productivity, and essays on every facet of writing from the Writer Unboxed contributors.

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Book news and a new year

Happy new year! I know, it’s a little late—and I completely blew off posting on the blog in December—but I was working feverishly to finish my manuscript and celebrating the holidays with family. Did you have a good holiday? Is 2019 treating you well so far?

We took the kids on a short cruise to Catalina and Ensenada over Christmas. I don’t cruise well, but it was a fun trip, and I enjoyed having both kids home for more than a week. My oldest is all the way in Virginia, so having them here was a special treat.

side of a cruise ship with island and boats in background
Carnival Imagination moored off Catalina Island
reindeer towel animal
The reindeer came to the ship
clear shallow water with rocks and a large white building in the background
Catalina Island Casino
mountains and boats on an ocean harbor framed by a palm tree
Avalon from the Casino on Catalina Island
man wearing cowboy hat walking with guitar in front of building with playing card murals
Ensenada

(If you want to see more photos of my travels, my dog, my writing, and whatever other quirky thing catches my eye along the way, the best place to follow me is Instagram.)

My big news for the new year is that I finished the first draft of Men of Steele #5 yesterday! 🥳 It took me far too long, but it feels great to reach The End. I’ll have to work on revisions soon, but I hope to have the book out in late March. I’ve been wanting to tell Tara Fujimoto’s story for ages (she played a key role in Blind Fury and a minor role in each of the other books), so I’m excited to finally give her the HEA—happy ever after—she deserves.

Keep an eye out for previews and a cover reveal. And if you’re on my newsletter list, you’ll see it all first, along with some of the best books I read in 2018. 😉

Anything exciting in the works for you this year?

Have a fabulous 2019!

20% off Scrivener classes with coupon

To celebrate Tech Tuesday—yes, it’s a thing (that I made up)—all of my Scrivener classes are 20% off through December 3rd with coupon code CT2018!

Want to love Scrivener but just can’t figure it out? Already love it but wish you were more comfortable with it? Or maybe compiling is your Achilles’ heel.

I have a class for you!

cartoon of confused man at computer labeled "Before" and happy man at computer labeled "After"

Scrivener 3 Fundamentals (Mac)

Scrivener 3 Compile Mastery (Mac)

Jump Into Scrivener 3 for Mac (FREE transition course for Scrivener 2 users)

Scrivener 1 for Windows: The Basics and Beyond

Scrivener 2 for Mac: The Basics and Beyond

Let me take you through Scrivener step by step. Every course lets you work at your own pace, and includes:

  • instant access when you're ready to start learning
  • step-by-step explanations in easy-to-digest lessons
  • unlimited Q&A with the instructor
  • plenty of screenshots
  • video walk-throughs (with closed captioning)
  • a mobile-friendly layout
  • all of the above indefinitely

"Fantastic course. I've been using Scriener for years. Long enough to think I know enough to work efficiently Think again. I was surprised how much I didn't know." -HSS

Don’t have time right now? No worries. Register today and start learning when the holiday craziness is over (or whenever you’re ready). Classes never expire.

No need to rush, except to take advantage of this deal. Coupon CT2018 expires Monday, December 3rd.*

Sign up today!

Enjoy the season,

Gwen Hernandez written in teal script

P.S. Feel free to share this with a friend. Or a loving family member, you know, as a hint. 😉

*Coupon expires December 3, 2018 at 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time. Don’t miss out!

Books, prizes, and holiday recipes at The Charmed Connection

Overwhelmed by holiday crowds and shopping yet? Looking for some holiday fun and maybe a few prizes for yourself?

The Charmed Connection Readers Group—a Facebook group where readers and authors connect—is hosting a holiday bookstore and author takeover.

Holiday Bookstore flyer

Throughout this week, from November 26th (that’s today!) through December 2nd, authors will be popping in with games, giveaways, and yummy holiday recipes. You can browse the holiday bookstores to find new-to-you authors, get delicious recipe ideas in Mrs. Claus’s Kitchen, and chat with authors and other readers.

I’ll be taking over The Charmed Connection on Thursday, November 29th from 4-5pm Pacific Time (that’s 7pm in Virginia, 1am Friday in Barcelona, and 11am Friday in Sydney). Mark your calendar now and join me for the fun!

Thanks to you

Happy Thanksgiving Day in orange and red script with a fall leaf at the bottomThank you for being part of my online community, for reading my books and blog posts and newsletters, for taking my classes, for commenting and writing and spreading the word to your friends.

I’m truly grateful to be able to write and teach, and that’s all due to you.

If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I wish you a happy day with friends and loved ones. If not, have a nice weekend anyway. 😉

To all the veterans

Gwen holding a baby and kissing her husband who's wearing Air Force camouflage/BDUs

Kissing my husband goodbye, circa 1997

Today I honor the men and women of all races, ages, backgrounds, sexual orientations, political beliefs, religions (or lack thereof), and even different nationalities who’ve served in the US armed forces.

I appreciate your commitment and sacrifice—and that of your families—whether you faced armed conflict or faced a computer.

Special thanks to my husband, father, father-in-law, and uncle.

Happy Veterans Day!

How to use Scrivener for NaNoWriMo (and beyond!)

When you need a break from frantically writing toward your 1667 words for the day (or whatever your goal is if you’re not participating in National Novel Writing Month this year), check out my post over at Jami Gold’s blog: How to Use Scrivener for NaNoWriMo.

I highlight my favorite Scrivener features for helping you stay in the flow, and cover how to compile your work when you’re done. Check it out!

And, if you’re in the US and you can, please vote. Ignore the exit polls and early returns. You wouldn’t quit a basketball game at halftime, no matter the score. Your vote matters, for you and for those who don’t have the privilege. Be heard!

Then, back to writing. 🙂 Enjoy your day!