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  • Writer's pictureVeronica Cline Barton

Veronica’s #WritersDiary, Edits are Done, a Giant Leap!

No, I haven’t traveled to the moon (although its cold temps are extremely tempting). I am glad to say that I have finally ended the edits for book 3, a really giant leap (at least for me)! It’s so hard to know when to call it a wrap, but every writer needs to draw his or her line and declare the work done at some point. I know I have put a lot of time and effort into this and have been helped along by some tremendous folks too. I’m ready for the next phase with the publisher, and hope to have the book released in February–light at the end of the tunnel! It’s Wednesday, time for #DearDiary:


So excited to be working with BookBaby for this next phase of the publishing journey. I will be taking advantage of their self-publishing services to get everything put in place and polished, ready for release. Personally, I like have a one-stop-shop that manages the release and distribution processes for you. The team has been great to work with and are very helpful. Writing and editing are stressful, I’m glad to reduce the stress wherever I can! I’ll give updates as we go through the next stages. In the meantime, take a look at their website:

And now I think it’s time to experiment with some of the Savoy cocktail recipes….

Reading Rd

Always glad to have some time to read…it’s good to get out of my writer’s head!

This week was filled with chills as I read:

Author Ken Stark’s Arcadia Falls, 5 STARS

Author Ken Stark gives the reader chills and thrills with this tale of menacing evil plaguing the town of Arcadia Falls. As main character Tyler John and his teenage friends discover the unsettling truth behind several disappearances, their next steps could determine the fate of the town.

I really enjoyed the dialogue and action throughout this story. Mr. Stark does a fabulous job at keeping you riveted through the twists and turns as the teens expose the town’s unsettling past. The characters are great, giving readers a glimpse of high school life. This is a chilling page turner, highly recommended!

Next in the reading queue (I have quite a few books in my #TBR, but I will get to you!):

Mark Schultz and Grizz

So excited to be doing Q&A with Mark Schultz (and Grizz) this week for Cast, Crew, & Carnage; the Filming of Castlewood Manor!

Mark’s stellar review is music to this author’s ears:

I enjoyed this story even more than the first one! I was already familiar with many of the characters and Veronica’s style of writing. These stories are written in the First-Person point of view of Gemma. She is the American import helping her British relatives with many different projects surrounding the ancient family manor house on thousands of acres. There are so many tidbits I want to share, but I am committed to a no-spoiler policy. The upside is you get to have the reading pleasure of discovering all these wonderful things yourself.

I love Veronica’s writing, she assembles so many different elements to weave a masterful tale of intrigue and suspense. Scene setting, dialogue, and action are just a few of the things she does so well! Also, there is no head-hopping whatsoever! One of my pet peeves is having to stop and figure out who is speaking.

She offers lots of clues and it might be a little easier if you read the first book, The Crown for Castlewood Manor beforehand. It isn’t necessary by any means. I have reviewed Crown previously, last September.

I give Cast, Crew, and Carnage a score of 4.9 stars. The score would have been higher except for the small handful of spelling errors I found.

Mark’s Wordrefiner and book promotion services are first rate and highly recommended–plus they’re a lot of fun! Follow Mark on Twitter, @wordrefiner

murder on the orient express

Showtime for Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts!

So excited to see one of my favorite stories brought to life on stage.  This production looks great. My little gray cells are churning thinking of how they’ll put us in a train on stage—this should be fun!

Welcome to my world! Enjoy the rest of your week and have a great weekend!

Crowns and Kisses,


P.S. If you get a chance, go over to Mark’s site and ask me a question! Gemma would approve 😉

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