Wednesday, December 3, 2014

What's Up Wednesday: A Snow Day!

What's up Wednesday is a blog hop created by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk to help writers keep in touch with each other. If you'd like to participate, sign up on the linky at one of their blogs, and use one of the cute WUW buttons provided. Thanks!

I love that cute "What's Up Wednesday" picture. It's adorable.

Alchemy and Hidden Magic will both be free during the cover reveal, so mark it on your calendars! Because of things, Hidden Magic will probably only be free for Monday and Tuesday. 


Copyediting! If you ever decide to go on a collaborating adventure, I recommend that your partner be someone with mad copyediting skills, like Sabrina (but you can't have her--she's taken). 

If you are interested in helping with the cover release, book release or in reviewing an ARC, please email me at thecrousefamily @ yahoo . com  (But without the spaces, of course). There is a raffle for all blog hosts and reviewers, with an amazon gift card as the prize. 

Writing Goal: Next week is the cover reveal!!! My goal this week is to get that all worked out so it runs smoothly. 


This week I attempted to read a book called Elizabeth Is Missing. It's a mystery story where the POV character is an elderly woman with dementia. It was very well written--so well written in fact that I had to stop reading it. I was disoriented for at least an hour every time I set the book down. I'm one of those people who can get very caught up in the emotions of a book anyway, and when those emotions are accompanied with was kind of awful. I have Blue Lily, Lily Blue AND Mortal Heart waiting for me at the library...if only I could get there!


Our copyediting has three main phases--this first part, where Sabrina goes through and fixes every little mistake and we clean up behind her; the second part, where our copyeditor, April, finds even more stuff to fix, and then the third part, where we each get our own hard copy of the book and find even more things to fix. It's ridiculous that it takes so long, and that there is so much to find, when we've been editing it for ages, and when we've had so many beta readers (including Connie, who spent a tremendous amount of time copyediting). But that's what it takes.


It's a snow day today, so all the kids are home, and we've all been pretty lazy. The boys did A LOT of shoveling, so they would like to be exempted from the lazy list. My lovely friend and neighbor always has a video party in the afternoons on snow days, so the boys are headed there, while the girls still have some shoveling to do. Poor girls...


  1. Wow, ELIZABETH IS MISSING sounds great. Congrats on copy edits, Mel!!!! and good luck with the snow day and the kids home :)

  2. It blows my mind how you can still find mistakes after reading the dang thing a million times! Glad I'm not the only one!

  3. Oooh, I want snow! I don't know if it'll be cold enough in my part of the world this year though, boo! ;_;

    I've heard of Elizabeth is Missing. Might be one for the TBR pile :)

    Have a great week. Stay warm ^_^

  4. Good luck with all the copyediting and preparing for your cover reveal! Sounds like you've got your hands full lately. Hope you can get to the library soon to pick up your books. I've got BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE sitting here waiting to be read, and I have to get my hands on a copy of MORTAL HEART, which I really should've read by now. Enjoy your snow day! :)

  5. Wow, congrats on getting a book together!! Looking forward to the cover reveal! And Elizabeth is Missing sounds like a powerful book, but I can definitely see how it might get too intense. In other news, BLLB is excellent. So many feels!

  6. MORTAL HEART is on my Christmas list, and I can't wait to read it. I never did get around to reading my copy of the second book, so I'm actually looking forward to starting the trilogy over from the beginning. I loved the first books so much! Can't wait to see the cover for your book! Have a great week, Melanie! :D

  7. Can't wait to see the cover release! And yeah, copy edits are no fun, but at least you have a team of lovelies to help out. :)

    Hope you have a great week!

  8. Copy editing is fun stuff... mostly! I am going on a collaborative adventure right now... actually two. Have tons of people to help copyedit, so no problems there. I may just steal Sabrina anyway. ;)