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Killer Deal on DepositPhotos is back!

Just in case you missed it elsewhere: The DepositPhotos $39 for 100 photos deal is back at AppSumo! I’ve been buying this one every single time it comes around for at least 7 years.

I have so many image credits it’s ridiculous. But also freeing. I never hesitate to download a photo for whatever I need, whether it’s for a book cover, social media post, newsletter, or my web page.

That $1 graphic on Canva seems like a good idea until you realize you could’ve had 2.56 images for the same price. #nerdlife

I’ve never seen DepositPhotos offer 100 images for less than $50, and they’re usually at least $100. But they periodically give them away extra cheap to AppSumo customers. The credits don’t expire, so if you think you might ever want access to quality high-resolution images for any part of your business, I wouldn’t sleep on this deal.

(If you’ve never heard of DepositPhotos, it’s similar to Shutterstock, and often has the same images.)

Get the offer here => https://appsumo.8odi.net/baOODP

(Yes, that’s an affiliate link. If you click it, I might make a few bucks, but you’ll get the same great price. I’m only sharing because I truly believe in the value of this product.)

Enjoy!

LIE WITH ME is out & BLIND TRUST is on sale!

LIE WITH ME is finally here! Emma Gallagher is out to expose the killer her sexy ex, Jason Chin, was hired to protect. When her mission turns deadly, they must overcome past betrayals and risk it all to outwit the enemy and forge a future together.

“You can always count on Gwen to deliver the perfect balance of steam, action, and suspense!” 

USA Today Bestselling author Rachel Grant

“A fantastic start to a new series has everything that checks all my boxes…mystery, mayhem, action and plenty of twists and turns. Throw in some romance and a 2nd chance for Emma and Jason and I loved it!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️”

Nancy K, BookBub

If you want to read an excerpt or look at fun facts and pictures about the book and settings, visit the LIE WITH ME page.

Ready to start reading now? Grab your copy in ebook or paperback from your favorite retailer.

Amazon | Apple Books | Nook | Kobo/Walmart | Google Play

pink and red heart with arrow drawn in crayon

And, to celebrate, the previous book BLIND TRUST (with crossover characters) is on sale through March 29th for only 99 cents/pence.

If you haven’t read BLIND TRUST, it’s the book where Todd and Lindsey meet when he rescues her on a Montana mountainside. They end up on the run from ruthless killers, and pretty soon they’re sharing more than a sleeping bag…

Amazon | Apple Books | Nook | Kobo/Walmart | Google Play

Happy reading! If you enjoy these—or any of my books—would you consider leaving a rating or review at your favorite retailer? Thank you!! 💕

Lie With Me Cover Reveal!

Guess what? LIE WITH ME releases March 21st—available now for preorder at your favorite retailer—and I can finally share the cover with you!

Lie With Me cover

This is the first romantic suspense novel in the new Night Herons series, a spinoff from the Men of Steele…

Old betrayals, new enemies, and a second chance at forever.

On a mission to expose the crimes of a powerful man, Emma Gallagher’s informant is killed before he can hand over the proof she needs. When the man who once broke her heart gets the files instead, she’ll use their fierce attraction, his guilty conscience…whatever it takes to recover the evidence to bring a murderer to justice.

Former special operator Jason Chin was hired to protect his wealthy client’s interests, but when an assassin attacks Emma, he’s forced to rethink everything he knows about the job, the choices of his past, and the woman he never stopped loving. On the run with her, he risks it all to outwit a deadly enemy and convince Emma to be his future.

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Preorder your copy of LIE WITH ME today, and it’ll show up on your e-reader automatically! ❤️

Amazon | Apple Books | Nook | Kobo/Walmart | Google Play | Goodreads

Enjoy the adventure!

Compile Webinars are this week

If you want in on the Scrivener 3 Compile Ready webinar, sign up now. The Mac session is on Wednesday (11 Jan 2023), and Windows is on Thursday (12 Jan 2023).

MAC | WINDOWS

If you can’t attend live—or want to watch again—the replay will be available through 31 March 2023.

Compile Ready is right for you if you need to know how to get your work out of Scrivener in a professional format for agents, editors, critique partners, or retailers.

This webinar will teach you to create professionally formatted files for agents, editors, readers, and retailers.

Give me 90 minutes and I’ll give you the tools you need to:

• Select what gets compiled

• Format the output

• Create a DOCX

• Create an EPUB 

• Create a PDF for print-on-demand

• Troubleshoot common issues, like chapter headings, hashtags, epilogues

• Use images for scene breaks and in chapter headings

• And more!

MAC | WINDOWS

I finished the manuscript!

I did it! After two years—an ignominious record for me—I finally, finally, finally finished my latest manuscript. It was a challenge for so many reasons (end of a series, start of a new series, the pandemic, my adult kids coming and going for months at a time, elections, my husband working from home, me getting increasingly worried that I’d lost my ability to finish a book), but the first draft is D-O-N-E.

What a relief!

The best thing about having it done, besides restoring my confidence that I can actually finish a 75000-word book, is that I learned a lot about my writing process and how my brain works.

I had already planned to pay more attention to what worked for me while writing this book, and sometimes my experiments failed, which slowed me down. I’m also a heavy thinker, and my instinct is to sit and think about the book a lot. Turns out, that’s not the best practice for me.

In case you’re curious, here’s what does work for me:

  • Commit to 2-4 hours of time in the manuscript each writing day (even if I just end up writing about the writing, or doing research I need to move forward)
  • Wear headphones. Even if I have nothing playing, it’s creates a virtual cone of space around me that helps me get into the zone. I often work best with one song playing on repeat that kind of sets a mood and isn’t too intrusive, but neural beats or rain sounds work too.
  • Asking questions about whatever I’m stuck on (what should come next, how to resolve a situation, the villain’s motivation), and writing answers until something sparks. I’ve found this works even better with a large pad of drawing paper—a white board would also be great if I had the space—and colorful Sharpies.
  • Write some backstory, or just free-write thoughts about the manuscript and what’s going on. Writing begets writing. (And in my case, also triggers revisionist thoughts that help make the story better and move it forward.)
  • If stuck and writing about it hasn’t produced an answer yet, meditate, take a short nap, or go for a walk. Ask the questions before bed, in writing or out loud, and ponder them while falling asleep, or just after waking up.

I don’t think you should take that list as a prescription for your own writing. More as motivation to figure out your own best practices. If you already know, I’d love to hear about it!

Also, if you’re looking for the perfect gift for the writer in your life, The Emotion Thesaurus is hands-down the reference book I use the most while writing. It gives me ideas for how to describe the emotion someone is feeling or displaying. What it feels like, where they feel it in the body, and how it manifests physically.

If I could only have one writing book, it would be this one.

I hope your own writing is going well. Have a wonderful holiday!!

My only intermediate Scrivener course

Have you been looking for a Scrivener class that covers all the fun features like color coding, using the Corkboard, tracking versions, adding comments, and more?

Then next week’s webinar is for you!

The Scrivener 3 Next-Level webinar is my only intermediate-level course. In it, you’ll learn how to:

  • Format your documents
  • View files side by side (great for research!)
  • Block out distractions
  • Mark specific text for follow-up
  • Store links to web pages and files
  • Color code your documents
  • Customize file icons
  • Track word count & set deadlines
  • Split & merge documents
  • Use Styles
  • Store versions of documents
  • Customize the toolbar
  • Save frequently used searches as Collections
  • Create your own project templates
  • Set up a series bible
  • Compile a DOCX

Sound good? Click one of the buttons below to sign up now.

I’ve decided to leave the replay up through the end of 2022, so if you can’t attend live, no worries!

Need more details?

WHAT: Scrivener 3 Next-Level ($99)

WHEN: December 7th (Mac) or December 8th (Windows) at 10am PST

WHERE: Zoom (video replay and handout included)

The live class will run about 90 minutes and will include an opportunity to ask questions. (If you can’t attend live, you can submit your question ahead of time.)

If you’re looking for a gift for yourself this holiday season, consider leveling up your Scrivener skills. 🙂