Writing Tip #6 – Turn it OFF!

For effective writing, turn off the phone. Close the internet browser. Put everything on silent mode. Reduce the distractions. Honestly this is the hardest by far for me personally. I’m so used to having everything accessible. I’m great at responding to...

Writing Tip #5 – Sprinting

We’re rounding out NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month – how’s everyone doing? With just six days remaining, if you haven’t discovered sprinting yet, this may be your favorite tip ever! What is sprinting? Sprinting in the context...

Writing Tip #4 – Set Goals

Goals are important, but they are also fully customizable. What kind of goals might one have for writing? Daily word count goal Too intimidating? Try a weekly or monthly word count goal Or maybe you’d do better with a chapter goal, say 1 chapter a day or 1 a...

Writing Tip #3 – Schedule Time

Again, these are not genius ideas, just reminders that we need to hear. Heck, I need to hear it… again and again. We schedule meals. We schedule playdates. We schedule meetings. I don’t know about you, but my calendar is overflowing with all the things in...

20booksVegas

Wow, where to even begin? 20booksVegas was more than I had even hoped for. I’ll be weeding through notes, rewatching videos, and dissecting everything I learned probably through the end of the year. It was SO MUCH. Craig Martelle and team did an amazing job....

Writing Tip #2 – Pantser or Plotter

Those new to the world of writing may not even know what this means… pantser or plotter? Heck, I had two books published before I understood it. Pantser – someone who writes by the seat of their pants. It’s all in your head and you don’t take...

Writing Tip #1 – Just Write!

I’ve had a lot of readers reaching out to me lately, a lot of authors, and a lot of aspiring writers. Westin Pack in particular is doing really really well, and with success comes lots of questions. How are you doing it? What’s your writing schedule? Do...

Keeping Up

Sometimes just keeping up with life is hard. This fall is flying by and I keep losing track of the days. Do you ever have that problem? There’s lots going on around here. I have a very aggressive writing schedule through the end of the year to prepare for 2018....

What a Week!

Fighting Destiny officially went live on Tuesday, September 26th. I really was feeling like I dropped the ball on this one. I didn’t do enough, or even as much as I have been for other releases. BUT, WOW, is all I can say. It released with a bang despite my...

Bye bye summer

A whole new chapter in my life begins today. After eight years of homeschooling, my oldest is returning to school for his last two years of high school. It has been an amazing journey and quite the whirlwind this month getting here. And you guys are all to thank for...

Summer Break

Let’s face it, I’m not very good at this blogging stuff, but I am trying! Summer came through like a whirlwind. So what have I been up to lately? Let’s see… wrapping up our school year, swim team, hanging with a bunch of crazy teens, the beach,...

Read the First 2 Chapters of OTM Here!

Kelsey – Chapter 1 “Mama,” I cried, laying my head on her lap. Blood was everywhere, and I could hear the snarls and growls outside as my father fought valiantly against the rabid wolves attacking the house. “Mama, please don’t go. Stay with me, mama.” The...

Presale!!! One True Mate is up for Pre-Order

One True Mate, a Westin Pack Novel launches June 6th!!! Preorders are up and on sale for only 99 cents! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071HXL3R2 I am so excited about this new series.  It’s getting rave reviews from my Elite Review Team and I can not wait to share...

Important Dates!

I have a couple new releases coming up, so save these dates! June 6th – One True Mate,  a Westin Pack Novel ** all new series coming! ** July 6th – DISCONTENT, a Compounders Novella. This book aligns with the series from the end of book 1 till...

Goodbye 2016

Tomorrow we say goodbye to another year and ring in 2017.  Looking over the blog newsfeed, I seem to be missing the post regarding the launch of DISSENSION: Compounders Book 2.  It released on 12/14/16.  So if this is first you’re hearing of it, run to Amazon as...

Compounders Book 2 Update

We’re finally over the big hurdle.  The book has made it through editing and is looking good.  We’re now heading into the final phase madness where all the fine details start being worked.  I love writing…. the details are not my favorite thing. ...

Another 1st Draft Complete

There’s always something so exciting as an author about getting that 1st draft completed.  It’s like sprinting to that finish line after a long marathon and that’s exactly what I did with this book.  It came together quickly and I am super excited to...

What’s going on in the Compound?

I know original thoughts were that the next book in the Compounders series would be released late summer/early fall.  And as fall is quickly approaching I’ve been getting daily inquiries on “when when when!” I know you are all excited to see where...

Life gets in the way

We had some site issues this spring and I got away from posting.  But I’m BACK!  Personal life has been keeping me really busy this summer, but not so busy that I haven’t found time to write.  Book 2 of The Compounders was completed and submitted for...

Lila Felix’s “Seeking Havok” Review

I imagine this is true of most authors but I don’t just love to write, I LOVE to read! Honestly there isn’t too much out there I don’t/won’t read. I’ve never had a “genre” I love more than any other and I doubt I’ll ever...

All quiet in the New Year

First,  Happy News Year!  This is the time for resolutions and changes and there’s some big ones going on in the Trettel house. Of course I broke my first 2 resolutions on Jan 1, but then I’ve never been all that great with resolutions!   I do however plan...

A Random Fact

Random fact of the day……….. My favorite character in the entire series was NOT part of the original outline for this book.  He was only supposed to be a minor support character I needed in a few scenes.  He kind of snuck in on me and grew in...

Holly’s Love Life

So, speaking of reviews yesterday, I did get my first review recently regarding Holly’s love life. Reviewer – “I had a hard time with the love triangle….err…quadrangle……” I was expecting this to come up eventually.  It...

What to Blog?

When this site was setup I was originally asked if I would be interested in blogging.  “Sure!”  I said, and here we are.  Now I guess it’s time to decide what to blog about, cause, well, no one actually tells you that part!  I haven’t blogged...

Reviews

I’m learning quickly the importance of reviews!  New authors rely heavily on them to get established.  It is not always the rating number that is important but also the number of reviews left.  Some sites, like Goodreads, will allow you to leave a rating without...

Can’t Shut Off

I hadn’t meant to post again so soon, but nights like this I have a hard time shutting down and sleeping.  Right now I’m in the middle of a re-read of The Compounders: Book 2 (full name still to be determined, but we’ll go with that for now).  I...

Wrapping up 2015

2015 was a bit of a tough year for me. Saying goodbye to too many people taken from us too soon was hard. Work, the “real” job, changed and picked up in intensity this year, especially these last few months. Juggling the kids schedules as the 4 of them ran...

How do you do it?!?!

I’ve always written, but until recently it’s just not something that I’ve really shared much with people, so as Book 1 of The Compounders is being released and friends and family are hearing about it, many for the first time, the first question...

We’re LIVE!

After a few delays we finally hit live with the paperback edition of The Compounders: Book 1 yesterday around 5pm. It’s up and rolling now and available for purchase and I’m thrilled to see tonight that it is fully synched on Amazon allowing for multiple...

We’re on delay…..

Waiting it never fun, especially when it’s something you are super excited about!  And life doesn’t always go our way.  Obstacles arise every day.  Today is just that kind of day!  We were blessed to see the early release of the Kindle edition a week...

Why I wrote Compounders

Go through my closet and you’ll find random pages in any notebook of things I’ve written throughout the years, most long forgotten. I also love to read and after a seemingly endless round of books with endings I wasn’t pleased with and complaining that even I could...