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Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2018!

Looking back, 2017 had its ups and downs, but it was a pretty good year for me. I published Blindsided, and finished writing and revisions for Running Blind, created two new online courses for Scrivener 3, and gave my first international workshop in Canada.

I got into journaling for keeping track of my personal and professional goals, and to help reduce stress by thinking things through on paper. Another change came when I switched up my schedule to increase productivity. Both helped tremendously.

The new year should be busy and fun. In addition to Running Blind (out January 16th), I plan to release book 5 in the Men of Steele series toward the end of the year, as well as create additional Scrivener 3 courses and books, including those for the Windows version when it releases in 2018 (yay!).

My husband took a job in the Los Angeles area, so I’m starting off the year by moving into a new house (our stuff arrives Saturday!) in a new city (Redondo Beach), and looking forward to a slightly different lifestyle with more walks on the beach, more walking (and less driving in general), more exploration/travel, and less stuff.

How was your 2017? What’s on your plate for 2018?

Thank you for being part of my online community. I hope the new year has fabulous things in store for you!

Cover reveal: Running Blind (Men of Steele #4)

Running Blind cover artYes! Kurt Steele finally gets his own book. Running Blind (Men of Steele #4) releases January 16, 2018, and is available now for preorder at Amazon, iBooks, and Kobo. For fun facts and an excerpt, check out the book page.

Description

Charter pilot Caitlyn Brevard’s sister disappeared while working undercover to expose human traffickers in the Caribbean. Four months later, Caitlyn has finally found her, but to infiltrate the captor’s inner circle and rescue Rose, she must appear at the man’s gala event with a fiancé she concocted to keep his lecherous son at bay. Can she convince Kurt Steele to forgive a past betrayal and play the doting groom-to-be?

Former special operator and wounded warrior Kurt can’t say no to a friend in need, especially not Caitlyn, who he can’t forget, no matter how hard he tries. But playing ardent fiancé to the woman who broke his heart—and still attracts him like no other—might just be more than he can bear. When their mission turns deadly, he and Caitlyn must risk everything to save Rose and get a second chance at a love worth dying for.

Scrivener 3 Fundamentals for Mac course is live

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My new course, Scrivener 3 Fundamentals for Mac is now live at ScrivenerClasses.com. For $39, this course provides the essential functions and features of Scrivener 3 that you need to get started writing. Valuable for plotters, pantsers/discovery writers, fiction and nonfiction, long or short stories, blogging, or whatever else you’re writing.

By the end of Scrivener 3 Fundamentals, you’ll be able to:

  • create and setup a project that works for your writing style or type of project.
  • rename and rearrange chapters, scenes, sections of your manuscript.
  • work with the Corkboard to plot or preview your manuscript’s structure.
  • find anything in your project.
  • backup your work and find/use a project backup.
  • compile to a Word document.
  • find help when you need it.

Includes:

  • 48 quick, step-by-step lessons
  • 15 instructional videos
  • Q&A with the instructor (either on the site or via private Facebook group)
  • 10 cheat/review sheets
  • progress chart to keep you on track

I’m moving this week, but I’ll be checking in at least once a day to answer student questions. Happy writing!

Moving to Los Angeles

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I won’t be hanging Christmas lights or putting up a tree this year because we’re moving to Los Angeles in less than two weeks! My husband got a great offer for a new job, so off we go. Lots to do for both work and selling the house in the next ten days, but we’re pretty experienced at this moving thing—and I’m always up for a new adventure, especially one that brings me close to the beach—so I’m excited!

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed our 18 months in Sacramento. It’s a great mid-sized city with lots of culture and things to do, and great weather most of the year. And I’ll miss my friends here. But I’m ready to explore LA, and get more beach time in my life, since we should be pretty close to the water.

It’s going to be a busy but fun month. I’ll have more news soon. Enjoy the season!

Thankful for you

illustration of autumn leaves wreath and lettering thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving. Even if you’re not celebrating, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for following and supporting me.

You cheer me on, cheer me up, and are just plain awesome people. I’m grateful for each and every one of you.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Scrivener 3 and a FREE mini-course

Scrivener 3 for Mac is here! To celebrate, I’ve created a free mini-course to help you transition from Scrivener 2 that covers what’s moved (with a downloadable table of menu commands), what’s changed, and what’s new.

In addition, I’ll be rolling out new Scrivener 3 for Mac courses over the next few weeks. I’m going to be taking a slightly different approach this time around, while offering the same style of teaching that you’ve told me you love. I hope you’ll check them out. To make sure you get notified when new classes are live, you can join my newsletter, follow this blog, or check ScrivenerClasses.com from time to time.

Windows users: There’s still good news. The Scrivener 3 for Windows public beta released today as well, and the full software is due next year. When the time comes, I’ll have classes for you too. 😉