Victoria PenderHow would you handle a new book release on Tuesday, June 11, 2014, another new book release on Wednesday, June 12, 2014, and getting married on Saturday, June 14, 2014?

A little reblog from her own words. “My father is so old school. My name should give you this information. He spoke to the priest at church and wanted us married quick. He also told me that until I write a proper  murder mystery, that I’m not a real author. Sometimes dad can be the worst critic, and had me shaking my head. Old school parents straight out of a Victorian tale. “How do you know he’s the one? Are you sure? I don’t know everything. I don’t know how my life will be in twenty years, but I have a track I prefer. Alive, listening to my heart, and spending my life with him would make everything more amazing. I was quite content on being single until I met my fiance. I had sold books. I was productive. My mind  was at peace, and I even stopped wearing makeup on my face for a few years and went outside. I didn’t melt away. Now, I’m happy to share the small stuff, good days, bad days, glamorous or boring moments. Everything is great and I’ve settled on a life of happiness that is sharing and hopeful. If I rambled, sorry, but I get a little crazy this close to OUR WEDDING.

CHAPERONING PARIS (Book One of the Collins Brothers)Chaperoning Paris Book Reveal

Gigi Dumont never forgot how she walked away from the only man she ever loved. She’s a teacher who has led her students to the finals of an international French competition to be held in Paris. The night before the trip, the Principal tries to cancel the trip before he loses his job to her high school boyfriend, Sean Collins.

Sean Collins has survived cancer, a divorce, and Gigi having aborted their child back in high school. He assumed he’d hate her, if they ever cross paths again. Instead he discovers she’s exactly what he wants.

When Gigi and Sean are stuck together for a week in Paris, Gigi feels she has lost all her control. How can she survive her attraction to Sean. The man’s sexier now that he was back in the day, and once upon a time, he’d had her heart. She finds herself falling for him, even knowing forever is impossible.



Penny moves back to Miami to start her new job. She must start on Monday, so she has a list of things to accomplish:

A:  find a place to live.

B:  Avoid her mother.

C:  Reconnect with old high school friends. There was her best friend, Sandra, the dramatic Eva, the dark Michael, her half-brother, Wyatt, and her old high school crush, Jay.

Jay had never looked twice at her except as a partner in math league, but at least these people respected her.

Jay spots Penny immediate and sets a plan in action. He needs her to pretend to be his date this week. She’s practical minded and stable, which is what he needs his investors to see in him.

Penny is caught in a whirlwind of plots. Her gold digging mother. Jay’s mother who is out to stop him. And, her own plans are being thrown off course. Worst of it is that she’s falling for Jay, all over again.




images_006I got up early to see the weather and saw only tents lined up around shopping center stores. I do not own a tent, would not know how to put one together, but the thought occurred — rent one out. Bet there would have been plenty of takers for the same ad.

This got me to thinking about “Black Friday,” and I did some research, as the photo suggests, except I used a keyboard and the Web. Here is a little history. The term, “Black Friday,” started back in the 1960’s as a kickoff to the Christmas Shopping Season. Sure, most of us know this, but black also refers to the stores moving from the “red” to the “black.” For some of you accountants out there, remember the balance sheets, income statements, and the old red and black pens? Red indicates a loss and black a profit.

Another thing I found out ….the modern Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade started in 1924, announcing the Friday after Thanksgiving as the unofficial start to a big holiday shopping season. Back in the 1960’s, police in Philadelphia had to put up with congested streets, clogged with motorists and pedestrians, a “Black Friday” for them. And way, way back in 1869, the stock market collapsed and stocks fell, set off by gold spectators.

All of this information is paraphrased from THE HISTORY OF BLACK FRIDAY on-line. This will have to be revised as they mention retailers opening up on Black Friday at 5 am to crowds waiting. Now, you’d better have Thanksgiving BREAKFAST as the stores open even on this treasured day.

Guess you could say, I am not a shopper. An article on television news, stated the shopping experience(s) give the shopper an endorphin high. The bustle of crowds, the rustle of paper, and the number of bags you can carry, get shoppers in a good mood. I enjoy purchasing presents for my friends, but at odd hours, less shoppers, time to think, and look at the special gift for a special friend.

Tonight, in Atlanta, is the lighting of Macy’s Christmas tree. The rain will hold off, the cold weather will not, but when crowds gather for entertainment and fireworks, kids and adults forget the cold and feel only the excitement.

May all your favorite football teams win; may the turkey be there for that last sandwich; may you and your family share a special time; may you know I wanted to remember all of you readers and share a few moments on this Thanksgiving Day, 2013.

Happy Eating. Happy Snacking.

A Long Journey

Check your work.Please forgive my absence. There is no excuse, except to say, “I took a long journey. No, not to some fabulous island, or a trip abroad, but rather to my novels, the ones waiting to get published. I wanted to go back over each one with a new fine-tooth comb.”

These have gone through critique groups, gentle reading from other writers, but when a writer friend said she would do a “beta” read, this intrigued me. She did some of a novel, and we met to discuss her findings. Yikes. I got more information about my writing than I did from an editor, and she’s not finished yet.

So, I offered to “beta” read her novel. I gave her some of my findings and surprised myself with what bits and pieces I caught. My red pen got heated, as did my mind and creative side. Okay, I got picky, if not for her, for me, and my instincts sharpened.

Then, I decided to take my own novel and do MY “beta” read. I did not hold back. I searched for words, phrases, out of place scenes, duplicate words, and I was not easy on myself.

No, I did not do this on the computer (another long journey), rather I printed out 335 pages, got a new red pen, and in the evenings, I went to work. I read, marked, marked, marked, and then read again. I was on a ROLL. The red ink ran out, but I do keep a small stash of these red pens at hand.

I felt in control of me and my writing. When I came to something questionable, a big red “X” went across the page. I wasn’t critiquing me, I was critiquing my writing. And, I noticed the sensor stayed out of the way.

I need to thank my “beta” read person and all the pain she caused me. Why? Because, I now know how to critique myself in a new and inventive way. Does this hurt? YES. Does this help? YES. I can take a look at my words and see beyond the letters into the depths of the story.

Now, I’m back and ready to put some of the red marks into a revision of one novel.  Might end up with eight or nine (8-9) revisions; but if it takes ten, I’m on my way.

Let me hear from you and any of your experiences with a “beta” read or your ways to re-read your work and come out exhausted, but knowing you are on a new plateau.

I’ll be back sooner, and thanks for the new journey.

Happy Revisions.


An IdeaLet’s rewire the creative side of our brain. What? I am a writer not a doctor.

Every day chores feel like we are in a quagmire. We get distracted when the mundane activities cross our paths. Today is the day for changes. Are you ready?

Make writing your TOP priority. Whether you write first thing in the morning or after the day settles down, this is your choice. Do let others know this is YOUR time without any distractions.

Create new breath into your work. No television, no cell phones near, no e-book reader to draw your attention away and NO CHEATING. Keep seated and devour the sounds of silence. Let your emotions leave the pit of your stomach and roll around in your head.

Invite your creative process to get a jump start as your brain engages and think only of your writing. You might encounter bright colors or strange sounds. Would these fit into your story? You feel excited and let your fingers run across the keyboard. Do not look. Keep going.

Then you notice a slowing of the mind and fingers. Hey, this is a new process. Your brain is experiencing a new release from you. Keep the session short the first few times, and then be prepared for endless opportunities. Our creative sides, once rewired and unleashed, will want more and more. Dig in and be prepared for new outlets.

Look at your new writing. Are your characters more alive? Do the settings feel like you can touch them on the page? If so, you are on your way. Something new has happened and it is up to you to keep this rewired connection in place.

Write and feel the energy.