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Happy New Year!

January 6, 2020 by in category Pets, Romance & Lots of Suspense by Linda O. Johnston tagged as , ,

I know it’s the sixth of the month and you’re probably tired of hearing Happy New Year, but it is my first post here on A Slice of Orange for 2020. I could also say Happy New Decade, although I know that the new decade probably starts in 2021 instead, but I like the idea of 2020 being the new beginning.

So what’s up this year? For me, I’ll have at least one more Harlequin Romantic Suspense book, Colton First Responder, published in February. I’m working on two more HRS books but I don’t know when their publication dates will be. And so far, I don’t have any more cozy mysteries in the hopper, after the demise of my most recent publisher, Midnight Ink, but I do have some ideas I’m working on.

Last year, I attended four or five writing conferences. This year? I’m not sure how many I’ll attend–but the possibility exists of none. Sigh. I enjoy them but two of those I went to last year that are local are held every other year. Others? Well, I might jump in but there are reasons I may not–such as I may not attend Malice Domestic since I’m not currently writing a cozy mystery, nor do I have any recent ones to promote. Maybe the Romance Writers of America, though.

So how about you? What are you up to this year? More writing? More reading? More traveling or attending conferences? More enjoyable things?
Have fun no matter what you do!

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Happy New Year!

January 6, 2019 by in category Pets, Romance & Lots of Suspense by Linda O. Johnston tagged as , ,

Happy New Year!

For a Good Paws | Linda O Johnston | A Slice of Orange

If the rest of this year is anything like the beginning, I’m in trouble!  Oh, it’s been fun, but with family things still going on and my working on writing something I still probably shouldn’t talk about much, it’s been so busy that I haven’t kept track of what day or date it is as well as I ought to.

As a result, this post–which is late thanks to my current mind set–will be short and hopefully sweet.  I’m already pondering the couple of published novels I should have available this year, and the first will be my last Barkery & Biscuits novel, the fifth in the series, called For a Good Paws, which will be published in May.  As with my Harlequin Nocturnes, the publisher, Midnight Ink, is ending.

But there’s always more to come.  I’m already working on a couple of things including the one mentioned above, and one will also be out in 2019. 

So–Happy New Year to all of you–and lots more Slices of Orange to you in 2019!

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2014: Why haven’t you finished that book yet? by Jina Bacarr

January 11, 2014 by in category Archives tagged as , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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The clock is ticking…

Tick tock…tick tock…

How many words did you write today? Why haven’t you finish that book yet?

We all torment ourselves with these phrases and then blame our lack of productivity on…

Twitter…Facebook…Instagram…kids…family…the Internet…not enough coffee.

It’s all about focus.

And finding that beautiful space in our minds where we can run free and create and write and write and write.

It can be as elusive as a butterfly.

But well worth going after, no matter what gets in our way.

According to experts, interruptions can put a big damper on our concentration and it can take about ten minutes to get the writing flowing again.

So the next time an email pops into your Inbox, or the phone rings, or someone yells, “Hey, Mom, are you busy?” know that it’s not your fault if it takes a few minutes to get back into the moment.

Then let the butterfly in your mind run free…



In case you missed it, here is an 11-minute video with an excerpt from Chapter One in my novella, “A Soldier’s Italian Christmas” available on Amazon Kindle.

You can be sure I had a lot of interruptions putting this together, but I finished it!

A Soldier’s Italian Christmas: Excerpt from Chapter One from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

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