Peach Cobbler is the BEST book yet in the series!

Peach Cobbler Mystery (Amish Sweet Shop Mystery, #6)Peach Cobbler Mystery by Naomi Miller
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Naomi Miller has said that this may be her last cozy mystery, and while I would understand if that is the case, I hope it isn’t. I hope to read many more stories centering around the wonderful residents of Abbott Creek!

Peach Cobbler is a very different story than every other book in the series leading up to it. In my personal opinion, it is THE BEST story in the series, which is only part of the reason I am hoping to see more books in the series!

Fair warning: there are parts of this story that are very difficult to read, but I feel that Naomi handled what is a very sensitive and terrifying subject with Grace, Beauty and Love.

Great, GREAT job Naomi Miller!

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RELEASE DAY – JUNE 5, 2018!

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Conferences, Conferences, Everywhere…

GOD IS SO GOOD!

The ACFW Annual Writer’s Conference is in Beautiful St. Louis this year and I am beyond excited!

The only reason I am going to conference this year is because GOD PROVIDES!

 

Only a few weeks ago, I was certain we could never afford to go and I was heartbroken but trying very hard to buck up and let it go.

I wasn’t terribly successful but my wonderful family didn’t let on too much… that I was annoying them to death.

Then mum sprung the surprise on me! We were going! God provided the money we needed to make it happen and it was just in time too! Another few days and we would have been saying no again – because the registration would go up by $100!

GOD IS SO GOOD!

So, instead of being heartbroken, I am now in a mad dash to get my manuscript (MS) as perfect as I possibly can before conference so it’s ready to be shown to agents and editors and anyone else who might happen to want to see it!

And a HUGE Thank You to VistaPrint for having such AMAZING deals on Business cards! If not for their deals, I wouldn’t have business cards to pass out to the aforementioned agents and editors and fellow authors!

 

So now I will go back to my MS and keep polishing! I might even find time to work on book 2 of the series!

 

Good night and God Bless!

 

©Rachel L Miller 2014

Progress in my first week…

Here is the folly of Camp NaNoWriMo… I am editing – not just writing.

When I put in my starting word count, the NaNo meter went wild. It was like it could not believe I had gotten THAT many words already. And that was great – a WONDERFUL feeling! But… in the week since, my word count has jumped slightly and then inched and then stopped – as I have actually subtracted words at this point. 

As happens with editing.

Some days you add 500 words and don’t subtract any. Some days you add 300 and take away 250. Some days you add 10 and delete 400. Some days you simply read through and do absolutely nothing. Hey! It happens. I KNOW I can’t be the only one who actually writes some parts perfectly the first time.

But what do you do when you are revising and you actually subtract more than you put in? Do you just leave your word count where it is or do you correct it and cry as you do and your little line goes down and the computer goes… HEY WAIT! What are you doing!

Well I chose to leave it… it has to go back up at some point – right?

 

Anyway that has been my first week in Camp. I wrote. I edited. I deleted some words. I added others. I laughed. I sat and stared at the computer with a weird look on my face. And I drank more coffee in one week than I have in the past month. Oh yeah… and we held our first meeting of the NaNoWriMo Inspirational Authors group at a local Starbucks and we’ve planned our next one – this time at a local Barnes & Noble.

Now I’m off to week 2! FUN!

 

 

© Rachel L. Miller 2014

Packing, Moving, Unpacking and… Finally getting back to it.

April 11th –

I posted a special sneak peek at the Prologue of “A Mother For Leah”

 

And on May 6th –

I announced that I was approaching the finish line – on my final edit before querying.

 

However, between April 11th and May 6th, we found out that we were moving. And initially I did pretty well keeping to my schedule. I wrote each evening before bed. I got to the point where I was ready for the final edit. I was doing very well.

But…

If you’ve ever moved then you know, as it gets closer to the deadline, it gets more and more difficult to find time for anything other than packing and cleaning.

And so I put the laptop away. I packed and cleaned and then we moved. And for over a week, I did nothing but unpack and put away – because locating things like socks and plates and shampoo was my first priority… as it really should be when you move.

Now…

The boxes are not all unpacked but most of them are. And I am determined to get back to my poor neglected manuscript.

So back to the laptop I have come.

The finish line is not as near as it looked a month ago but it is still in sight. And I am running for it!

Pray for me…

 

GOD BLESS YOU!

 

© Rachel L. Miller 2014

I am almost there. The Finish Line is in sight!

finish-line

I am on my last draft before I officially begin the query process.

WHOO HOO!

Yes, I’m excited! Who could have thought that a story I wrote, basically on a dare, would end up being a serious project for me?

Since I am aiming at a young adult crowd, I plan to keep my project in the 70,000 word range since that is what experts recommend. Plus, I’ve seen plenty of other books in the Amish fiction genre that are around that length so I feel very comfortable with it.

Do I think it’s perfect?

No. I’m not that foolish. I’m certain there will be things an agent or an editor will want me to change, areas that need to  be expanded on or even subtracted from. But I feel that knowing this ahead of time will actually help me in the process.

Too many new authors think they are the next C.S. Lewis or Shakespeare and are offended when their work is critiqued. That is what an agent or an editor is supposed to do. They know what sells. They know what the public wants. And they know what works within a specific genre.

That is not to say there aren’t things in my book that I won’t fight for. There are things within my story that may be flexible and there are things in it that are not – things I will go to the mat over. But I’m confident that none of them are what an editor would consider a deal-breaker. And… spelling errors, weak scenes and phrasing issues are not among them.

Of course, the terror I have to deal with then – is the proposal. Oh the horror!

Pray for me…

 

© Rachel L. Miller 2014