Writing Diary Entry #6

pen with heartI received my second round of edits for The Trouble with Snowmen a couple of weeks ago and everything else came to a screeching halt! I’ve been a good girl and haven’t focused on anything except for those edits. So there are no updates on the other projects.

I will say that editing/rewriting is my favorite part of writing a book. There is something about finding the right word, reworking sentences, and discovering plot connections that I didn’t even realize were there that make this part of process the most rewarding to me. I would much rather have something to work with than a blank page.

But now that I have finished the edits, I will turn my attention back to my other projects. The question is: Which one do I work on first …?

Love and Laughter


Writing Diary Entry #5

Well, I don’t feel like it has been a very productive week …

June 29 – July 5

Trouble with Men Series book #3 – words written: 3253

I struggled pretty much the entire week. Since I really don’t know anything about the end of my book yet, it’s trial and error. This week had me wondering “How do I get through these rough drafts?” But from past experiences, I know I will eventually get to The End. Yesterday, was my turn to blog at Soul Mate Publishing’s Blog, so I used it as an opportunity to remind myself of the writing weapons I have to fight and win. En garde rough draft!!

YA Fairy Tale Inspired – time spent: 0 hours

Sorry backburner story … maybe this is your week. (Shhh – probably not)

The Trouble with Scarecrows (book 2 Trouble with Men series) Time spent: around 4 hours

I’ve made it through the entire manuscript and fixed all the easy changes my editor pointed out, so now I’m looking over the notes that were sent for some bigger issues, plus my own notes.

Love and Laughter,


Read more about Trouble with Men series here!

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Writing Diary Entry #4

June 22 – June 28

This week went to book 3 of my series. And I didn’t actually have a chance to write on it at the end of the week. I didn’t work on the fairy tale at all, and it doesn’t look good for this week either. I received some edits back from my editor, and so that will also go on this list – (it will also be measured as time spent.) So since this isn’t just a rough draft diary entry any longer, I will have a new title for these posts.

Trouble with Men Series book #3 – words written: 4283

What I find interesting about this book (and book 2) is that it wouldn’t exist without The Trouble with Snowmen. The main female character was only mentioned in Snowmen (book 1)  and the main male character has a minor role in The Trouble with Scarecrows (book 2) When I created their characters in the other books I didn’t know they would be the hero and heroine in this book. But while brainstorming they ended up being perfect opposites (which is the Tropes for the series) I’m not a pre-book character profiler – that’s work – yuck, and I have to get them into situations before I know how they will react. I’m over 12k in the book and have learned a lot about them. It has still been somewhat frustrating but I have to remember that frustration is a writer’s BFF. The story also took an unexpected turn. And now I have a few chapters that I have ideas for, which is always good.

YA Fairy Tale Inspired – time spent – 0 hours

Sorry backburner story ….

The Trouble with Scarecrows (book 2 Trouble with Men series) Time spent – 2 hours

I read over the notes and started working on edits for chapter 1 – I have some of my own changes also that I have been comparing with what edits were sent to me.

Love and Laughter,


Cover Reveal: The Trouble with Snowmen

The Trouble with Snowmen by Dorlana VannI am super excited to share the cover for my upcoming romantic comedy, THE TROUBLE WITH SNOWMEN (Trouble with Men series book 1). It will be available in eBook August 2015 (Soul Mate Publishing) the print book to follow (date TBA).

Here’s what it is all about:

A case of mistaken identity sets the stage for opposites to attract in my new contemporary romance. Add a large scoop of humor and a pinch of paranormal and you get:

The Trouble with Snowmen

by Dorlana Vann

Snowmen drift into your life like they were sent from above. The relationship is great, rolls right along, and builds. Everything seems perfect … until a little heat is introduced. Then they melt, leaving only their hat, their scarf, something to remind their victims of what they’d lost.

Urban cowgirl Haley Monroe is told that the fabulously hot guy who just dumped her was a snowman. Her friend, Maximilian, convinces her that the only way she’ll ever stop being played by snowmen is to become one. It takes a lot of drinks to work up the nerve, but Haley gets her sexy on and goes on the prowl.

Famous horror author Larry White drops everything to attend a midnight séance at Maximilian’s apartment where he meets Haley. By the way she’s dressed—and just propositioned him—he assumes she’s a hooker. Larry can’t pass up the chance to get inside her head, especially since prostitution is the character’s occupation in his next book.

After spending the weekend together, unexpected sparks surprise both Haley and Larry. The trouble is Haley is dead-set on snowmanning the unkempt “starving artist” she met at the séance, and Larry doesn’t think he could have a real relationship with a woman with a past, so they go their separate ways.

The real fun begins when they meet again and find out neither one of them were who they thought they were. Can they reignite the flame? Or will they have a snowman’s chance in hell?

GO HERE if would like to join the mailing list for the series release dates (email will not be used for any other purpose) and to be in the drawing for a signed print book.

Love and Laughter,



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