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Synergy - 3D - Jodi Ashland - U-District Book 1Synergy is now available on Amazon in print and e-book formats. Although it is book 1 of the U-District series, it can be read as a standalone novel.

This romantic mystery series takes place in the University District of Seattle following Detective Neal Hawkins (aka Hawk) as he gets involved with each crime, sometimes outside of his jurisdiction. Yeah, he’s that kind of cop. Don’t discount the strong heroine and hero who will not only have a sizzling romance, but may help solve the mystery.  See my earlier post titled “Synergy – Debut Novel” to see what Synergy is all about.

I hope you share my excitement and enjoy Jade and Bryce’s adventure.

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My fabulous editor just uploaded Synergy to Amazon for me to buy a proof. It’s difficult to put into words just how excited I am to see my book in print for the very first time. I’ve set a release date for August 2nd and will post when it’s available for sale.

See my earlier post to see what Synergy, book 1 of the U-District series, is all about.

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Super Excited!! This summer I’ll be publishing my debut romantic suspense mystery novel, Synergy, book 1 of the U-District series. Here’s what it’s about:

Desperate to save her late grandmother’s financially ailing company, a young woman must unearth a murderous embezzler—even if the evidence points to the man she loves.

Twenty-two-year-old Jade Buchanan suffers one blow after another. First, her grandmother dies, then she’s forced to quit college to take over Gran’s mysteriously ailing company. While handling a rebellion among the senior managers, who resent taking orders from an inexperienced CEO, Jade desperately tries to uncover the reason for the company’s financial difficulties before it goes under. The only bright spot is working side by side with her long-time crush, Bryce, but he runs so hot and cold, she doesn’t know where she stands. Can Jade uncover the murderous embezzler in the company’s midst before she becomes a target—or is it already too late?

Even though Jade seems under-qualified, Bryce Radisson accepts his new position as COO, but working with an impulsive—and incredibly attractive—woman like Jade could be more than he can handle. His feelings for her are irrational and unprofessional. Even worse, she stokes in him a deep, uncontrollable passion that he fears will ruin him. As Jade digs deeper into the truth, Bryce has to choose between protecting himself or protecting the woman he loves.

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The lyrics, “I’m so excited” by the Pointer Sisters, keep randomly popping into my head when I remember seeing my name in the September 2014 issue of Romance Writers Report. Listed as a finalist in the Touch of Magic contest for single title, I’m now an award-winning author. Woo-Hoo! Synergy was submitted before my editor convinced me to turn it into book one of a series. Okay, I have to say it one more time. Woo-Hoo!!!

 

 

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Blink. Another year has gone by. Seriously, when did that happen? I know I’ve been busy but… oh wait, that’s right, I’m writing like crazy.

I know, I know, I said I was close to publishing, over a year ago. What happened? Well, nothing bad if that’s what you’re thinking. My fabulous editor pulled me aside and asked if I planned to turn Synergy into a series. Well, no not really… but I know better now. When I’m not writing in my spare time, I’m researching the self-publishing industry. Most successful indie authors suggest writing a series and not publishing until you have three books ready.

So, I went home and did some serious thinking about how to turn this into a series. And once I came up with the idea of the U-District series, my brain wouldn’t turn off, and I mean literally. I’ve written over 70k words of the second novel, Obscurity, and over 30k words of the third novel, Supremacy. The secondary characters in book one, flow in to book two, and in to book three. Each novel is a romantic mystery that stands on its own; however, the series has an underlying theme of family.

I’m editing Synergy now. Once that’s in the hands of my editor, I’ll be putting my cover together with a fabulous graphics artist. I am beyond excited at this point.

#1  Synergy

  • Who knew a college dropout forced to become CEO, could lead to murder?

#2  Obscurity

  • Who knew writing a poem about a famous country singer, could be so dangerous?

#3  Supremacy

  • Who knew fighting off a serial killer, could heal the heart?

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Wow, it’s been a while since my last blog post, yet it seems like yesterday. This past year has gone by so fast. I’ve enjoyed time with my family, working full-time with wonderful co-workers, preparing for publication in my spare time, and recently elected President of my local RWA Chapter.

This past October, I attended my third conference at Emerald City Writers Conference. My critique partner and I took advantage of every workshop and networking with fellow authors, agents, and editors. From seven a.m. to midnight every day, was jammed packed full of learning and fun. When you do something you are passionate about, the best word choice to describe it is F. U. N.

Three years ago, I didn’t know a single author… today I’ve met hundreds of them. Just let me say, they are the best group of women and men I have ever met. Authors are eager to share their knowledge and provide support where no one else can. After all, only an author can understand, hearing voices doesn’t mean schizophrenia.

I’ve been diligently learning the craft of writing and attending other workshops like Mary Buckham’s Active Settings and Margie Lawson’s Deep Editing online series. Mystery versus suspense is an area I’ve had to learn the difference between. I’ve found I want to write stories that are somewhere in-between. Mysteries are slower paced, paying attention to detail as clues are unveiled. Suspense is fast paced constant in-the-seat-of-your-pants action. On top of that, I throw in a romance between the hero and heroine. Since I’m not one to follow the rules—so much as understanding why there are rules to begin with—I’ve created novels that I call romantic suspense with an air of mystery.  I like the surprises and whodunit aspect of mysteries yet, I crave a bit of fast-paced action. You’ll get both in my novels.

Since my first manuscript was complete, I decided to edit my third stand alone novel, Synergy, for publication first. With the heart of an entrepreneur, Indie publication (independent self-publishing) was my first choice. Not because I don’t want traditionally publishing someday, but because I want control over my work and want to see where I can take it. This past month, I had my first photo shoot to get a head shot (see About the Author page) for my blog, book covers, and social media. My daughter accompanied me and we had an absolute blast. The pictures turned out wonderful, depicting an air of romance and suspense. Believe me when I say, I wish I could look that good on a daily basis.

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A major shout out: I finished editing my first manuscript!

In April, I signed up for “Beginnings: Your Submissions” an online workshop. Janice, a freelance editor at http://www.documentdriven.com/, helped me put together an excellent query letter and synopsis. She also read the first three chapters of my romantic mystery suspense called Seeing Double. She offered excellent feedback and between her insight and Angela James instruction, I completely threw out the first two chapters (info dumps). The story starts where the action takes place, thus making it more interesting.

My eagerness to start editing was thwarted by a ski accident on Mt. Baker. Other than complete embarrassment falling face first into three feet of powder under the chair lift, I felt fine and knew I’d feel the aftermath later. The next night my muscles stiffened up while curled in my cozy reading chair. No big deal, right? Just take some ibuprofen and go to bed. I felt better in the morning until I made the mistake of standing up. That’s when the dizziness and nausea took over. I came out of the hospital that evening diagnosed with a mild concussion. The absolute worst part for me was losing my long-term memory. I couldn’t even remember the name of a woman who has worked for me for eight years. Talk about scary! I now have great respect for anyone who suffers from Alzheimer’s and knows they are losing their precious memories. It was the most frightening experience I’ve ever been through. Thankfully, the trauma to my head receded after three very long weeks. Hey, what happened to the month of May?

Once I started editing again, I added layers to my characters and setting, deeper POV, and hacked away much unneeded dialog and storyline that doesn’t propel the story forward. This is the “kill your darling” phase of editing. I loved it and hated it at the same time. The word count dropped from 95k to 82k. I’d say that’s a bit of editing.

Now, I’m done enough to take it to the next level. Critique partners, here I come… but first I need to celebrate and prepare myself for the next wave of editing with a Brandy Alexander and dark chocolate!

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