I’ve got news!!!!!!


Yes! I have a new book coming out in two months! I’m so excited about Simon and Isabel’s story. I first started it in 2013 while waiting on the edits for The Secret Life of Daydreams. After a long wait and lots and lots of starting over, I finally got it done and I’m totally in love with it.

One Small Chance is a standalone novella of 40,000 words and it’s set in Lisbon, Portugal. It’s a clean and wholesome contemporary LDS romance.


Here’s the blurb:

When Isabel Antunes is hit by a man on a bike, she doesn’t expect to see him again. But on Monday at work, she learns her boss just hired him. Despite the guy’s repeated assurances to the contrary, she feels he’s a threat to her position of director, and she won’t hand it over without a fight. As if that’s not enough, he’s a member of the same church she joined a few months ago and she can’t get away from him on the weekends either.
Simon Ackerley is in Lisbon, Portugal, as a consultant for an English-only private academy. He doesn’t speak any Portuguese but he’s enjoying the city and his new job, despite a co-worker who’s bent on treating him as the enemy.
When he discovers a clue to her identity, Simon realizes there is so much more at stake than just a pleasant working environment. If only he could tell her the reason why he’s come, he’s sure Isabel would treat him differently. But he knows she’s not ready for the truth.

Stay tuned for a publication date.

In the mean time, come take a look at Simon and Isabel’s Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/lucindawhitney/one-small-chance/

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Audrey Scott is more upset for her jilted cousin than for the best man who supposedly disappeared and caused the cancellation of the wedding. That is, until the cops come around looking for him on suspicion of murder. When that very same best man, Foster McGuire, ends up bleeding in Audrey’s closet, she has no choice but to try and get him off the hook for a crime he didn’t commit.
Too bad there’s too many people, from an irritating homicide detective who’s way too attractive for Audrey’s own good, right to mob bosses, who don’t want to see Foster McGuire tell his story. Audrey is no detective. In fact, she’s a children’s librarian. However, there’s always room for some good old investigation work between story times, and she’s going to use the skills she knows to follow a trail that starts with murder and ends with betrayal, with a whole lot of guns in between.


My review:
For starters, I love that cover.
I was so excited to see that this author has a new book out.
Audrey Scott is a quirky main character. I loved her humor and her seriousness. She’s trying to do what is right but she manages to get the attention of some very unsavory characters, and everything escalates from there.
And Derek? Well, what can I say? Not enough. I’m definitely looking forward to book two and more of Audrey and Derek together (and more kissing!).
If you like mysteries with a dash of romance and quirky characters this book is for you. Do yourself a favor and don’t miss it!


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I just came back from the LDS Storymakers 2016 conference in Provo. Once again, I came back realizing I need to change the plan for my current writing project. I have a lot of work ahead of me.

As usual, after the conference, the Whitney Awards Gala took place, and the 2015 winners were announced.

Here’s the list of all the winners for the 2015 Whitney Awards:

Best Novel of the Year—  Josi S. Kilpack for LORD FENTON’S FOLLY
Best Youth Novel of the Year—  Jennifer A. Nielsen for A NIGHT DIVIDED
Best Novel by a New Author— Valynne E. Maetani for INK AND ASHES
Best Middle Grade Fiction— Jennifer A. Nielsen for A NIGHT DIVIDED
Best Speculative Youth Fiction— Brandon Sanderson for FIREFIGHT
Best General Youth Fiction—  Martine Leavitt for CALVIN
Best Speculative Fiction—  Dan Wells for THE DEVIL’S ONLY FRIEND
Best Mystery/Suspense— Traci Hunter Abramson for FAILSAFE
Best Romance Novel—   Josi S. Kilpack for LORD FENTON’S FOLLY
Best Historical— A.L. Sowards for THE RULES IN ROME
Best General Fiction— Tara C. Allred for THE OTHER SIDE OF QUIET
Outstanding Achievement Award for 2015— Traci and Laura Hickman
Lifetime Achievement Award for 2015—  Marsha Ward


I had the chance to read and vote for the finalists in the Historical, Mystery/Suspense, and Romance categories, and these were my favorites:


(If you’re wondering what the Whitneys are, come read this post and then go nominate a book for next year’s awards. My book is eligible this year. If you read it and liked it, go vote for it too!)



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It’s that time of the month again, first Wednesday, which means, it’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group:

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!


Brace yourself—this is the most insecure post I’ve written. I’ve thought it plenty of times, but I’ve never admitted it in public.

I judge other authors.


Wikimedia Commons, My Trusty Gavel, 2009


It’s true. I judge indie authors and I judge traditionally published authors.

You may be asking yourself where I fall as an author since I’m being liberal in my judgments. I have one book published, it came out in January of this year, and I published it independently. It was not an easy decision but I did what I felt was better for my and my writing. I hired editors (both for content and line editing), a cover designer, and a paperback formatter, and I took a part-time job as a substitute teacher to fund the publishing of my book.
I’m now working on my second book (something I started over two years ago but then put aside) and I’d like to see it published by Fall this year.

And this is where the judging starts. I’m a slow writer and I want to control the quality of my book (which means running it by beta readers and editors, etc) and I’m okay with publishing a full-size novel every 10-11 months. I feel like the indie authors are judging me because I’m not publishing more books per year.

Then I feel like the traditionally published authors are judging me because I didn’t do queries and didn’t submit to publishers, nor did I wait for the “real” publishing.

I know, it’s ridiculous and it’s all in my head. I told you, lots of insecurities.

I’m actually the one judging myself and holding myself back from freedom and peace of mind. Freedom to do what I want and definitely not judge myself nor others for what they’re doing.

Here’s to not passing judgement. Something that is easier said than done.

Insecure Writer #88


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  • Angela WooldridgeMay 4, 2016 - 7:07 AM

    Hey, at least you made that decision. You’ve made those sacrifices and achieved something, well done you!
    It’s all too easy to worry about what we think people are thinking about us (and usually they aren’t thinking anything at all!)ReplyCancel

  • Meka JamesMay 4, 2016 - 7:36 AM

    I’m right there with you. I judge myself the hardest. I’m also a slow writer and like you I started book 2 shortly after self publishing book 1 and still it sits unfinished. It was untouched for nearly a year. I wonder why I’m so slow, why can’t I be like others who seem to crank out several books in one year.

    Anyway, you’re not alone. Here’s to being slow and taking our time. **cheers**ReplyCancel

  • Mary AalgaardMay 4, 2016 - 8:22 AM

    It’s the judging and comparing that kills us. I hope you can let that go. Focus on the positive, and on your projects. Celebrate successes!
    Mary at Play off the PageReplyCancel

  • Stephanie ScottMay 4, 2016 - 8:23 AM

    For as supportive as the writing community is, I agree, there’s also a fair amount of judging! I roll with the Romance Writers of America (I write YA, so I’m more the niche group within them) and there’s been some pushback about this idea of self pubbing 3 or 5 or however many books a year (full length, novelllas etc). There are some writers saying their sales aren’t as strong so they slowed down to focus on the story rather than the output. Other writers are just plain good at producing content, but this idea of everyone HAS to write X books a year or you won’t be relevant is ridiculous. There are too many other factors involved.

    Here’s my May IWSG post: It’s (not a) Shame about ReyReplyCancel

  • AnnaMay 4, 2016 - 8:41 AM

    How boring life would be if we were all the same. Worked at the same pace. Wrote the same books. Cut yourself slack and be the best writer you can be.

    I’m slow too and I blame walking to a different drum. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginetteReplyCancel

  • UlaMay 4, 2016 - 11:50 AM

    I’m all for not judging ourselves or others. It’s something I’ve been actively working on. Whenever I catch myself judging myself or someone else I make myself say something nice (in my head, of course) or negate the judgement in some way.

    It’s important we do things our own way – the way that feels best to us. Indie or traditional, x amount of books a year, x amount of words a day. It doesn’t matter. Life isn’t a contest.ReplyCancel

  • Ellen @ The Cynical SailorMay 4, 2016 - 3:01 PM

    I’m new to this whole writing thing and have been fascinated to read various viewpoints on traditional vs. indie publishing. So many opinions! I think it’s great that you made a decision that works for you.

    Trying not to judge others is something I’m constantly working on. I find it helps not to surround myself with people who are very judgemental. Sometimes, though, that’s easier said than done.ReplyCancel

  • Marie AndreasMay 5, 2016 - 7:49 AM

    I think most of us judge ourselves. I am a fairly fast Indie writer, I also have a full time day job to pay for my writing career. I feel sometimes people might be judging me as putting out books too quickly. Plus, the whole, “Oh- you’re self-published.” issue. (Like you, I hire a bunch of professionals!). I think books are books, and we are writers. No matter if we’re plotters, pantsers, indies, trads, fast, slow- we are ALL writers. You should stand tall and be proud of what you’ve done :).ReplyCancel



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