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Gayle-Carline-March 2017-022My Jan­u­ary cal­en­dar says, “Some­thing won­der­ful is going to hap­pen!” I’m a believer.


Happy New Year!  Okay, we’re well into Jan­u­ary, and as much as I promise myself I’ll update this page more reg­u­larly, it kind of doesn’t hap­pen, does it? My apolo­gies. Mea culpa.

As for “What’s new,” well…last Octo­ber (one of my favorite months), I broke my wrist. My first bro­ken bone, and it was just a frac­ture, very clean and not dis­placed. Still, it inter­rupted my entire life. Do you know how hard it is to pull your pants on with one hand? (TMI?) Typ­ing was enor­mously dif­fi­cult, because your hand actu­ally sits at an angle–something I learned when I tried it.

After the wrist broke, I went on hol­i­day to Lon­don with my hubby (I love the way the Brits call vaca­tions “hol­i­days” or “hols”–sounds more fes­tive) for almost 3 weeks. I planned to try to limp my way through some writ­ing, but in the end, that stu­pid wrist defeated me.

Only one bat­tle, though, and not the war. It may be mid-January, but I am back to writ­ing in all its forms. I kept my col­umn going through most of it, peck­ing one-handedly and half-heartedly, but every­thing else dropped from my radar.

So what have I got planned for this year?

Pri­or­ity #1: Fin­ish TWO books. I have about five run­ning loose in my head, but one in mas­sive re-editing, and one in first-draft mode. I can do this.

Pri­or­ity #2: Meet my com­mit­ments already on the cal­en­dar, and be open to any oth­ers that may pop up. What’s on my calendar?

FEB­RU­ARY: I’ll be teach­ing in San Diego at the South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Writ­ers Con­fer­ence, hap­pen­ing over Pres­i­dents’ Day week­end. If you are a writer and can afford this con­fer­ence, DO IT! There are agents, there are edi­tors, there are writ­ers like me (and bet­ter than!), and we are all wait­ing to talk to you, to exchange infor­ma­tion, to men­tor, to learn, to teach, to befriend you as a writer and encour­age your suc­cess. Here’s the link (sorry about this mas­sive chunk of words, but I can’t seem to make the link just show the link):

San Diego

MARCH: I’ve JUST been invited to speak at the Moreno Val­ley Writ­ers Launch­pad on March 10th. I’m super-excited to be invited and will def­i­nitely bring my A-game. More details to follow.


I’m sure there will be more, but this is what I’ve got at the moment.


I did star in a commercial.

It’s about writ­ers, for writ­ers, adver­tis­ing the South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Writ­ers Con­fer­ence. We have three con­fer­ences, San Diego in Feb­ru­ary, Irvine in Sep­tem­ber, and a new, inten­sive mini-conference in Sun­River, Ore­gon (I’ve been to this place–it’s fab­u­lous). Let this moti­vate you to check out the conference–I’ll be there, teach­ing a work­shop or two!




Works-in-Progress My newest man­u­script, aka The Girl Pirate Fan­tasy, aka BLOOD DRAGON RIS­ING (offi­cial work­ing title), didn’t get a bite from any agent, but they did give me some sparkling feed­back, which I am tak­ing to heart. It means mas­sive edits, but I know the work will be stronger. Because that’s what writ­ers do–we toughen our ten­der but-my-baby hearts, lis­ten to cri­tique, and step up to becom­ing bet­ter writers.

In the mean­time, I’ve also started the fifth Peri Min­neopa mys­tery. It’s in its infancy, so patience, please.


Lisette de Lille dreams of drag­ons. This is not nor­mal for a young noble­woman. Nei­ther are her dreams for high adven­ture and true love. Yet some dreams come true, even if they mean being a vic­tim to a polit­i­cal coup, sold to pirates, sub­jected to a blood curse, guided by god­desses, embroiled in a fight to the death with a lover, or turn­ing into a deadly dragon at night. Blood Dragon Ris­ing is the first install­ment of The Blood Dragon fan­tasy series.

Tune in next time to find out more.


JAN­U­ARY 28: Another Sun­day, another month, means another OC Sis­ters in Crime. I am relieved to say I am no longer pres­i­dent of our chap­ter. I had a great time, but four years is a loooooong time to be at the helm, unless you’re a pirate. I’m REALLY excited about this month’s speaker–SCWC direc­tor, author, law enforce­ment guy Wes Albers is going to be our guest speaker, talk­ing about his day job. Wes is a fab­u­lous speaker, and I can’t wait to hear him tell us, as both writ­ers and con­sumers of crime fic­tion, what the real scoop is when a sit­u­a­tion occurs and you need to nego­ti­ate with a criminal.

Join us! For more infor­ma­tion, http://​www​.ocsis​tersin​crime​.org.


So go here (http://​gayle​car​line​.com/​a​-​m​o​r​e​-​d​e​a​d​l​y​-​u​n​ion/) to find out more about the book, and…

Go HERE to buy (this link will take you to your choice of Kin­dle or Paper­back) - https://​www​.ama​zon​.com/​M​o​r​e​-​D​e​a​d​l​y​-​U​n​i​o​n​-​M​i​n​n​e​o​p​a​-​M​y​s​t​e​r​i​e​s​-​e​b​o​o​k​/​d​p​/​B​0​1​D​3​M​M​Z9K


The launch party was a blast! (Photo by Gar­rett Miller)

Life is good, folks!


That’s all for now, but check back when you can. 


BTW, if you want to lis­ten to me ram­ble aim­lessly about writ­ing, I’ve been priv­i­leged to be a guest on two shows. You can check them out here:

•  Gar­rett Miller’s Blogtalk Radio show, Rat­ed­GRa­dio. http://​www​.blogtalkra​dio​.com/​g​a​r​r​e​t​t​m​i​l​l​e​r​/​2​0​1​3​/​0​9​/​1​3​/​r​a​t​e​d​-​g​-​r​a​dio

• Jason Matthews’ Google+ Show, Indie Authors. http://​www​.youtube​.com/​w​a​t​c​h​?​v​=​9​y​O​T​9​Z​Y​4​TnA

The mys­ter­ies and humor are all still avail­able and sell­ing as ebooks and paper­backs. Take a tour of my author page on Ama­zon, pick out your favorite, and start read­ing imme­di­ately. Why wait?


Stay tuned… I’ll post more as I book ‘em.

Danc­ing Corgi Press

In the meantime,

Keep read­ing, Peeps!



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