Friday, February 22, 2019

Crazy Busy Writer Needs Coffee by Nancy Fraser #RomanceGems

Wow! What a month it's been so far. Here we are 3/4 of the way through February and, to me at least, it feels as if it should be June. Other than that blasted winter weather of course.

Last week I posted about making my yearly writing project list. And I did. It just grew far more expansive than I'd expected. I made the mistake of checking out three of my four publishers' wish lists and now my crazy brain won't stop pumping out ideas.

Most writers would love to be in that predicament. Not me. The older I get, the less my brain wants to scramble. What I use to accomplish with a day planner and some sticky notes, now takes a spreadsheet, a white board, copious markers of different colors, and lots and lots of coffee.

Just to give you an idea of how much coffee I drink, I've usually had two 12 oz cups before I even think about breakfast. I'm on my second Keurig in three years. And, it's not because they're defective.

My online coffee order arrived just the other day. Final count: 285 pods! As you can see by this snapshot ... I'm addicted!

Last Friday, as planned, I began my spreadsheet. Coffee in hand, this is what I came up with ...

Now, if only my muse will cooperate!

Since I've been all about sneak peaks my last few posts, I'll give you a quick look at one of my books scheduled for Fall release. Note: this is not the cover but a mock up for promotion!

Waking Up in Oz
Location, Location! - Set in 1975 in the small town of Oswald, KS. Yes, Kansas ... where tornadoes are as plentiful as the fields of golden wheat. So, hold on to your hat, it could get windy!

When attorney Dorothy Gail Farmer leaves her firm's offices in Kansas City for the small town of Oswald, she's not sure what to expect.

Sent to file an injunction on behalf of her client, a wildlife rescue mission, Dorothy is certain the task will take her no more than a day or two at most.

What she doesn't bargain on is landing in the middle of a town obsessed with the Oz legend and meeting so many strange people. And, of course, there's the tornado.

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Out of all the books I've written, this one has been the absolute most fun!

Speaking of fun ...

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Until next month ... stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read!



  1. Wow...what a great premise for a book Nancy. And congratulations to our 3 winners for the month so far!

  2. Nancy, I'm glad you don't sleep so you can write these terrific books. I can see why the Oz book was so much fun. I enjoyed reading about it too.

  3. That's A LOT of coffee. A lot. And I thought I loved coffee...

    You're such a prolific writer, congrats! I'm sure Waking Up in Oz will be an excellent story, as always!

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  4. Should I even admit I don't drink coffee? What a great premise. That book sure does sound like fun!

  5. Absolutely can't wait to read Oz. Wonderful premise. I'm a coffee drinker too. Dunkin' Donuts Coffee. Buy it by the pound at our local DD. Best coffee ever.

  6. Omg, I can't wait for this book to come out!!! I'll be reading it with my pot of coffee by my side ;)

  7. Wow that's a lot of coffee and I thought my mom drank a lot of coffee lol! I can't drink coffee bcz I have a heart defect that doesn't allow me to have caffeine. I'm told I make great coffee though!

    I'm sure all that caffeine helps you stay focused on all your projects for sure!

    MsRedK at aol dot com

  8. Wow! I think you may be an even bigger coffee fiend than me (and THAT'S saying something!)

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  10. Hi Nancy! I am exhausted just looking at your spreadsheet. I can see why you need all that coffee! 'Waking Up in Oz' looks to be a good read. I look forward to it. Good luck for your goals in 2019. (humbird4me at hotmail dot com)

  11. Nancy, you and I are of the same mind on how fast this month has flown by. Wasn't it February 1st last week? Whoa, that's a lot of coffee. It almost rivals my stash of chocolate. lol! Waking Up in Oz sounds like a great read. Now go rock out that spreadsheet!

    Mrs. N

    nnlight at nnlightsbookheaven dot com

  12. Can't wait to read Waking Up On Oz. It sounds great.

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  13. This book sounds absolutely wonderful! I can’t wait until it comes out.
    My schedule is crazy, too lol. I’ll finish a book and think about taking some time off, but I start getting antsy after a couple of days.
    And I live in coffee! I want the new Keurig that does lattes.

  14. I enjoy my coffee, but you win hands down.


  15. I'm in serious envy over the spreadsheet.

  16. Talented, organized, AND fueled by copious amounts of coffee? I LOVE it, Nancy Fraser! Can't wait to read the book :)

  17. Wow, lots to do.
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