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3-2-1 – Launch! Aces Down is Up

As of this date in 2015, Aces Down has been officially launched upon the world.


Solitary witch Norah Cartwright settled in Colorado’s silver country, seeking protection from vengeful werewolves and a place to rebuild her life. When her former boyfriend, Tristan Byrnes, shows up at her bar, Aces Down, it seems there’s not enough silver in them hills after all. At least, not for a werewolf determined to win back his mate. Instead of flowers, Tristan brings proof that the pack has been called off, but he never guessed that his proof was more time-bomb than peace-offering. When her past blows up in her face, is Norah strong enough to trust Tristan and defeat an attack from beyond the grave?

Aces Down evolved from a writing exercise given to our critique group, led by Bud Webster. I enjoyed meeting Norah and Tristan and their story captured me. With that famous line from Casablanca running through my brain – Of all the gin joints in all the towns…, I began to build on the short story in hopes of arriving at a longer, salable length story. ACES DOWN is the result – a romance where a betrayed witch must decide if she can trust her heart and her magic to save her.

I’ll be posting tidbits and promotion over on my facebook page and hope that you’ll join in the fun by posting and sharing, and perhaps buying, ACES DOWN!


Coming Full Circle

As I settled down into my chair to write this blog, I was trying to think of something to write about and a memory snuck up on me.

Back when dirt was new, I dreamed of being a writer. I don’t remember exactly how old I was when this dream took hold, but I remember commandeering the family’s card table, a folding chair, and my parent’s portable manual typewriter. Yep, old school. Not even electric. Just push keys and a return bar you grabbed and hauled back to advance to the next line.

Keyword - Antique - OUCH! Image courtesy Pixabay

Keyword – Antique – OUCH!
Image courtesy Pixabay

My first opus was a Christmas play. My father was an actor for the local children’s theater and I wanted to write a children’s play about the true meaning of Christmas as told by Santa Claus. I remember assembling my tools – paper and typing eraser – and I had my reference material – our family Bible. Then, focused on my goal, I pounded away on that typewriter until my play was complete. I remember thumbing back and forth through that Bible to find the various aspects of the story, determined to keep the story accurate and factual, but entertaining. I’ve no idea how long it took, but I remember I did finish it and read it to my parents who praised me for my effort. I don’t think they believed I’d finish it; I was young enough to believe that I’d always finish my writing. Ah, the optimism of youth.

Fast forward to today where I’m in the midst of a triple move. Yeah, we sold our house in December and had to move in with my Mom temporarily while we looked for a new house to purchase–Move One. Last month, we bought our dream home and moved everything into it except me–Move Two. Now we’re working to pack Mom’s things so we can move her and me into the house this month–Move Three. Yeah, life has been a little crazy.

Anywho, staying at Mom’s means I don’t have an office, so once more I’m writing on a card table and today it hit me. I’d come full circle to that girl with a dream. Thanks to technology, I don’t need paper OR erasers and any reference material I need is as close as a Google search, but I did it.


AcesDown_Cover_300I’m looking forward to the release of my third book, ACES DOWN, courtesy of The Wild Rose Press and I’m old enough to realize that finishing the book isn’t all that easy. But it’s still just as exciting as it was that day I pulled the last sheet of paper from the platen, tapped it into alignment with the other sheets, and carried it in to show to my parents.

Yeah, that moment when I type “The End” is a thrill that will never get old. And every time, I celebrate with as much joy and pride as that little girl seated at the rickety card table in front of that old portable typewriter.

Do you have a full circle type story to share? I’d love to hear it.

I’m prepping to place my bet on ACES DOWN

Writing a novel takes a L-O-N-G time.

Getting it sold takes however long it takes.

Editing it takes less time, but seems longer.

Finally, you wait for your publisher to slip you into the production stream and then BAM!

You’ve got a Release Date and you’re off to the publicity races!

My latest entrant in that race is ACES DOWN and I’m in the line-up for launch on July 8th.

It’s a hot time at Aces Down when a witch and a shapeshifter square off against a vengeful ghost.


My newest Paranormal Romance will be available through my favorite publisher, The Wild Rose Press, as well as through Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Stay tuned for more celebratory posts and some prize-winning opportunities.

Editing = Hard Copy of Galley + Coffee / Or Not

Writers are always asking themselves and each other, repeatedly, “when do you know you’re done?” with the draft, the edits, the book! It’s a hard question to answer. Even those far greater than I seem to have struggled with this question – why even Leonardo da Vinci said, “Art is never finished, only abandoned.”

I usually make the call when the thought of reading through my current WIP makes me green about the gills. If I’m that tired of it, it’s time to set it free! Hmm, something about that doesn’t quite sound right, but it’s in the ballpark.

Anyway, I was reviewing my galley for ACES DOWN and while I had a definite deadline to turn it around, I was pushing it to get another run through, just in case. So, when I tripped UP the stairs at my office while carrying my galley and a full cup of morning nirvana, i.e. coffee, this is what happened.




Yep, just call me Grace! After the massive clean up, fortunately we did not have to call in professional assistance, I was draping the coffee-soaked pages all over an empty office and I realized it was a sign. Time to set it free.

Writers, crafters, artists, poets, et al – when do you know that it’s time to let go?

It’s so revealing!

I’m thrilled to be able to share the cover for my next book – ACES DOWN! Galley has been returned to my editor at The Wild Rose Press (that’s a topic for another post LOL) and ACES is in the queue for a Release Date.

And in case you’re wondering what ACES DOWN is all about:

Solitary witch, Norah Cartwright, settled in Colorado’s silver country, seeking protection from vengeful werewolves and a place to rebuild her life. When former boyfriend, Tristan Byrnes, shows up at her bar, Aces Down, it seems there’s not enough silver in them hills after all. At least, not for a werewolf determined to win back his mate.

Instead of flowers, Tristan brings irrefutable proof the pack has been called off her trail, but he never guessed his proof was more time-bomb than peace-offering. When her past blows up in her face, is Norah strong enough to trust Tristan and defeat an attack from beyond the grave?


Happy Dancin’ – oh yeah!

Something Old, Something New

The only constant in life is change.


Don’t you love a play on words?

You know, blogging is a lot like standing in a Super Bowl stadium and trying to get the TV cameras to zoom in on your hand-made sign. A lot of effort into goes into that sign, but the chances of getting that cameraman to swing the lens your way are pretty slim. But you know, you pays your money and you takes your chance.

So I’m gonna be trying out some stuff here on Golinowski’s Gambol and we’ll see what sticks.

Happy Dancing & Tooting My Horn

Happy Dancing

Something Old/Aces Down – just sent my first round edits on Aces Down to my editor at The Wild Rose Press. Yep, I SOLD Aces Down to The Wild Rose Press! Yipee! My third release through The Wild Rose Press. And I get to work with Callie Lynn Wolfe again!

Something New/Editing trick – Every time you edit your writing, you (should) learn a new trick or hone an old one to make the process easier. This time, I did a search on “ly” in an adverb search and destroy mission. In almost every instance, there was a stronger way to phrase it. So I did.

“She moved away slowly” became “She eased away” or

“He turned quickly” became “He spun”

I was happy to discover that I had fewer adverbs than I expected – thanks to the efforts of my wonderful critique groups. And, as some folks would be quick to point out, in some instances I kept the adverb because it worked for me. We’ll see what my editor thinks.

Questions? No Answers, just plodding along.

Do not seek so much to find the answer as much as to understand the question better.

SNARKY RESPONSE: That’s not what they say in the Test instructions.


My OS is OTH (Over The Hill)

My home computer has become semi-obsolete with the demise of Windows XP. Now: buy a new tower, upgrade this one, or switch to a laptop? A tablet is not for me. I’m old-school and I like the tactile effect of a keyboard. Testing out the laptop for now. Missing my mouse and full size keyboard, but adjusting.

Cinching it in!

Cinching it in!

My new weight loss program is going well. I’m losing on a nice steady, slow scale. I’m eating much better and learning to eat a few things I hadn’t been willing to do before. Best thing is that I’m beginning to kinda enjoy the exercise side of things. Free weights are challenging, however, I enjoy the challenge. The cardio is less enjoyable until it’s over. Then, it’s not bad. LOL

Timing is Everything

Timing is Everything

Finally,shortening the timeline on Aces Down sounded easy enough until I realized just how fast things would have to move and how my seasonal cues would have to change in order to line up. Yes, it’s pretty obvious on the outside, but the implementation is a bear. Fingers crossed.

Definitely short on answers right now, but working on the questions.

Do you hear a train?

See the light at the end of the tunnel.

SNARKY RESPONSE: Just hope it’s not a freakin locomotive.


I am right at that point where the sense of anticipation is finely balanced with a sense of dread.

Let the fun begin!


My revisions to ACES DOWN have been fleshed out, and I believe I’ve feathered the plot and character changes into the original text pretty well. I’ve read it through on the screen, and now I’ve printed it out to read, marking out timeline, plot twists, romance points.



Aces Down Before Norah

It’s the final push to my personal revise&resubmit deadline, and now’s when it gets truly real.

  • Did I write a strong enough story?
  • Have I built a believable world with an intriguing setting?
  • Do my characters connect strongly enough to satisfy my readers?
  • Are my characters going to connect with the reader?
  • Have I written a good enough story to convince my readers to blithely disregard reality in favor of fantasy?
Tristan’s First Love


Granted, readers who might consider ACES DOWN will be expecting the kind of book I hope I wrote. Paranormal Romantic Suspense covers such a diverse landscape. Will my take on the genre provide adequate entertainment to keep them turning the pages?


Only time will tell.



If not, that light will be the flash of my revised submission imploding.

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