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February 11, 2015

Hello again, my friends...

You're probably wondering about the title of this post. It's simple. Today, after completing the first round of edits on the Mackleberry Ridge novel, I started writing the acknowledgments. While writing the draft of what I feel I want to say to the people who in some way contributed to the inspiration for this work, I began to think about the whole process of acknowledgment.

I wondered if anyone truly reads the acknowledgment page of a book. Does anyone really care that so-and-so endured months of constant rambling from the author as they worked out scene after scene. Do we need to know how much the author appreciated everyone that had some part in their process for creating a work that will most likely out live all of them?

Perhaps not.

But it is my feeling that it is important to let the people who have inspired, endured and contributed to the process know how deeply they are appreciated. Last names are rarely used in my acknowledgments. My peeps know who they are. I always express gratitude to my mama, because without her there would be no me, and therefore, no work by B.L. Newport. Enough said there. I have expressed gratitude for my favorite Goodreads book club. I have expressed gratitude for my best friends who have always boasted to anyone that might listen that I was a writer, even when I was still a scribbler just dreaming of a day my words might become permanent. I have thanked my readers in every book since publishing the first "Reapers, Inc.".

All of these people, known and unknown, are extremely important to me. Do I know if they read this page in my books as soon as they get them? Do they look for that minute praise that barely covers the immense appreciation that I have for their presence in my life?

I have no freaking clue. Well, my mom does. I've seen her do it as soon as she gets a shiny new book. And for the record, I do read the acknowledgements and dedications page of other authors. Even though I have no idea who the people are that helped in their process, it's nice to think they are as grateful as I am to have people in their lives that will make the journey with them.
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Published on February 11, 2015 21:50 • 69 views • Tags: acknowledgement, author, gratitude, mackleberry-ridge, reapers-inc

December 18, 2014

Hello Friends,

I haven't written a blog post in some time now. Almost 2 years, to be precise; but on the eve of a poignant personal anniversary, I felt maybe it was time to write something in the attempt to reconnect.

As the title says, 2014 was a quiet year - and thankfully so for my sanity's sake. (Anyone who knows me personally can stop sniggering now...we all know my sanity is questionable most days.) It's been a busy year with trying to get back on my feet emotionally, spiritually and financially. So far, I've accomplished the first two goals. I'm still working on the third, but that will take care of itself with time.

It's been a long road to here. If 2014 was the quiet year, 2013 was the silent year and it was one year ago tomorrow that I said 'no more' and made my exit from a Hell I had never thought I would find myself in. Eventually, I will write about it; but not soon. Not yet.

I have managed to dust off my creativity and prod it back into action this year. I was able to finish and publish the 5th and final installment of "Reaper's Inc." while quietly continuing work on the full length novel for Mackleberry Ridge. No, that is not the official name of the book. That part has not come to me yet, but after three years of working on it, I'm patient for the real title to reveal itself. My mind has been churning with new ideas and I have a running list that is added to each time I work out what I think is a good story line. So, I have plenty of years of writing ahead of me and, also thankfully, plenty of people who support my efforts at continuing to fuel my passion for words. At this point, I think if I were to even consider giving up the writing, my family, love and friends would take turns beating me back to my senses. And there would probably be pictures to document the time B.L. Newport completely lost her mind...

So, as the holidays creep all the closer and the year winds down to its eventual passing, I want to express my gratitude for my family, my friends, my love and my readers for keeping me on my path. I may not be the greatest writer in the world, but I am pretty sure I am one of the most grateful.
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Published on December 18, 2014 16:17 • 51 views • Tags: 2014, b-l-newport, gratitude, mackleberry-ridge, reaper-s-inc

September 23, 2012

It occured to me as I was writing in my private journal the other day that the month of September was almost over. The sudden rush of my to-do list came rushing over me and I realized I really need to get my rear in gear.

But, first things first. I promised in last month's post that I'd say how my vacation went. I took a long weekend and went to Oklahoma City. Someone might ask "why?" because one might not consider Oklahoma City a vacation hotspot. Well, the fact is that my little sister lives there and since she's already made many trips to Denver, I figured it was my turn to go see her. My best friend of 20 years also lives within a reasonable distance of OKC, so it was an all round win for me as far as connecting with people I love. I booked a room at the Habana Inn, the largest and only exclusively LGBT hotel in Oklahoma City. When I checked in, I was given the standard run down of questions:
"Do you have any small animals?"
"Do you have any minors with you?"
"Most definitely not."
"Are you aware this is a Gay hotel?"
"That's why I chose you. Don't worry. I'm family."
The Habana Inn was quaint. A little dated, but it hosts 2 different clubs, an adult bookstore and a full size restaurant. There are 2 beautiful swimming pools and they still offer the choice of a smoking or non-smoking room. Yes, the clientele was mainly male, but it was still a quiet, decent place to stay. If you're ever in the area, give them a thought when you're looking for a place to hang. http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Haba...

My only complaint during my stay: the nearest coffee house is on the next block. But, I can't really complain because once I found the coffee house, I was in heaven. Beans & Leaves is a small space with walls decorated by local artists. They are LGBT friendly and make an Americano to salivate over when thought of. Check out their Facebook page when you have a moment: http://www.facebook.com/#!/BeansandLe...

So, vacation news aside...I've begun working on book 5 of the "Reapers, Inc." series. I've received some great (and surprising) reviews on the current books available from Affinity e-books and another reader. I say I'm surprised because I'm always shocked that someone I have absolutely no knowledge of in my daily life would want to read my stories. My readers, all of you, inspire me to keep going and do better. I thank you all every day.

The to-do list. Ah, yes. I should probably explain that. The date while I was journaling kinda flicked me on the end of the nose because I realized that I really need to have everything ready to go for "The Assassin's Bargain" by this time in October if I am to have it available on November 1, as I have been promising. So, this week is the final - final read through. The beta-readers gave me great feedback and ultimately loved the story. They're biggest compliment was that it was so different from the "Reapers" books. In the mean time, here's the back of book description:

"Control the situation. Trust no one.

Phaedra Humphrey has been an "Intimate Assassin" for twenty years and has decided it is time to retire. Rather than simply walking away from her legendary career, Phaedra makes a bargain with the boss - Joy Oh - to train a replacement in exchange for total freedom. The bargain creates a complication, however, when Phaedra cannot control her feelings for Petra Brighton, the beautiful woman mean to replace her. It becomes a situation that can get them both killed...

When a price is placed on Phaedra's head, can she allow herself to trust others and still maintain enough control of everything in order to protect herself and the woman she loves?

So, that's where I am for now, friends. I've got some work to do...
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Published on September 23, 2012 12:04 • 174 views • Tags: affinity-e-books, assassin-s-bargain, beans-leaves, habana-inn, lgbt, reapers-inc, reviews, vacation

August 25, 2012

This month has been busy, my friends. I can't believe it's almost over, quite honestly; but that's how time goes when you're too busy to pay attention to it. So, what's been going on:
At the beginning of the month, I enjoyed a k.d. lang concert in Fort Collins, Colorado with my long time dear friend, Kim. It was fun to watch all the various forms of lesbian fill the seats. It was a great time and hearing k.d. sing my all-time favorite song (Hallelujah - written by Leonard Cohen) was almost a religious experience. It was beautiful.

In the middle of the month, I received a notice that "Reapers, Inc. - Brigit's Cross" and "Reapers, Inc. - Rogue Reaper" had been reviewed by Affinity ebooks. Click the links to read the reviews.


It was a wonderful surprise and I was elated to know they had enjoyed the stories.

In other writing news, I have begun the writing to "Reapers, Inc." book 5. If you listened to the podcast I recorded with Cocktail Hour in July, I announced there were only going to be two more "Reapers" books. So the end is coming, my friends. That being said, I'm lining up the projects in between. I'm still on track to publish "The Assassin's Bargain" this fall. I'm excited about it and just as excited to be planning the sequel, which won't be started until later next year.

So, for the last few days of this month, I'm just going to plug along until I leave for a short vacation to see my sister and my best friend. Yes, I will have pen and paper with me and I have plans for staying somewhere that seems to possess a potential for some kind of inspiration.

I'll let you know next month when I return how it all turns out.
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Published on August 25, 2012 15:47 • 192 views • Tags: affinity-ebooks, assassin-s-bargain, lesbian, reapers-inc, reviews, vacation, writing

July 14, 2012

It's early in the month for me to be writing a post, I know, I know... It's been a busy month, though.

On the 7th, I took part in a Cocktail Hour podcast where I drank a HUGE margarita and discussed my work with Andy and The Rev (aka, Cheri). We laughed, we drank, we talked. It was a fantastic experience and I really look forward to the next time I can hang out with them. If you missed the podcast or the link to it, here it is now: http://cocktailhour.us/archives/263
Take a listen and have a couple of laughs. There is a contest with it. Leave a comment for the chance to win the first three of the "Reapers, Inc." books (print or ebook). The Contest ends 7/20/12.

There are 2 1/2 weeks left for the Smashwords Summer Sale. Follow this link to find my work. https://www.smashwords.com/profile/vi...
Use the following coupon codes at check out to receive the discounted price for the titles you select:

Buddy Hatch & The End of the World - SSWIN
Dani Mackleberry & The Bike - SSWIN
Reapers, Inc.
Brigit's Cross - SSW75
Rogue Reapers - SSW75
Dark Souls - SSW75
The Hunter - SSW25

The sale ends 7/31/12 . Be sure to take a look at some of the other authors participating in the sale. You never know who will be your next favorite...

In writing news, there's not much to report. I'm in the middle of the 3rd round of edits for "A Matter of Trust". I'm hoping to have it ready for the beta readers sometime over the next month. I have a few other projects started, but the main priority right now is editing and resting before I am caught in the next wave of creativity that has me swimming for my life.
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Published on July 14, 2012 08:17 • 145 views • Tags: cocktail-hour, reapers-inc, smashwords, summer-sale

June 30, 2012

I'm happy to announce that it is that time of the year again when Smashwords runs their Summer Sale.

The Summer Sale runs from July 1st - 31st and is a great way to discover new writers at discounted prices. (Or even for free!) The trick to receiving these promotional prices is to remember to enter the coupon code during checkout.

I am happy to say I am participating in the Summer Sale. Please note the coupon codes after each book's title.

Reapers, Inc. Series
Brigit's Cross (SSW75)
Rogue Reapers (SSW75)
Dark Souls (SSW75)
The Hunter (SSW50)

Mackleberry Ridge Short Stories
Buddy Hatch & The End of the World (SSWIN)
Dani Mackleberry & The Bike (SSWIN)

Click the following link to go right to my page:

Thanks so much for everyone's support, not just for me but for all the writers out there with a dream. Happy Reading!!
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Published on June 30, 2012 18:14 • 177 views • Tags: mackleberry-ridge, reapers-inc, smashwords, summer-sale

June 16, 2012

Well, my friends, it has been a busy month since my last post. I am pleased to announce that "Reapers, Inc. - The Hunter" (#4) is now available in print and ebook.

The print version can be found on Amazon and the ebook can be found on Smashwords.com via the link:

While The Hunter was fun to write, I am back to work on other projects after this weekend is over.(It's Pride weekend. I can't miss that!) I have some serious rewriting and editing to do on another project that I hope to have out later this year that I may have to put a 'Lesbian Content Rating' on in order to warn my non-lesbian readers that may think I'm keeping it at a PG rating as I have with Reapers. And, of course, there is the beginning of Reapers book 5 to begin...There truly is no rest for the wicked. ;)
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Published on June 16, 2012 06:58 • 267 views • Tags: lesbian, pride, reapers-inc, smashwords

May 20, 2012

It's been a couple of months since I last posted any kind of update. It's been busy. Between the schedule of the real world and the new habit I've formed in trying to write every day/night, I've not had much time for telling everyone what I'm up to. The new habit of trying to write every day/night keeps me working and I say it's 'new' because prior to the project I am currently working on, I would wait until I had the day off from my day job to write. I would wait until all my errands and chores around the house were taken care of. Sometimes that would mean 6-8 hours of writing time - especially if I managed to finish all my real world responsibilities the night before...

So, I'm writing every day now. I'm falling to sleep quickly because my conscious brain has been melted to a puddle of exhausted goo, and my subconscious brain is anxious to use my dreaming time to show me what should happen next. It's a never ending cycle for me.

I finished Book 4 of the "Reapers, Inc." series. The official title is: "Reapers, Inc. - The Hunter". Today, I'm taking it to the fresh set of eyes to help me with the last couple of rounds of edits. I'm shooting for a late June/ early July release.

What I'm currently working on, however, is what has changed my writing schedule. So far, I'm past 89,500 words in the story and I'm still a good 10-15 chapters from finishing. While I realize some of these words will probably fall away during editing, I'm still kind of freaking out (in a good way) that I have this much to write about. The Mrs. asked me this morning how much more I would end up writing on it. All I could tell her in truth was that I had to follow the flow of the story and it would end up as long as it wants.

It's my first thriller, so I'm hoping the grip it has on my attention while I'm writing will have the same grip on my readers when they read it. For now, though, I must focus on the journey through the story and not the end - even though I'm freaking out over the word count...in a good way, of course.
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Published on May 20, 2012 07:01 • 148 views • Tags: project, reapers-inc, thriller, word-count, writing-schedule

March 5, 2012

It's read an E-book week at Smashwords.com!! From March 3 - March 10, all "Reapers, Inc." titles will be 50% off with coupon code REW50. Both "Mackleberry Ridge" short stories will be FREE with coupon code RE100.
Use this link to find my page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/vi...

Thanks for taking a look & be sure to tell your friends!
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Published on March 05, 2012 03:54 • 121 views • Tags: mackleberry-ridge, read-an-ebook-week, reapers-inc, smashwords

February 28, 2012

Well, here I am again. It's the end of the month and I'm posting a blog to let y'all know what's up. If you are not a fan of my Facebook page, then you are unaware that I am almost to the end of writing "Reapers, Inc." book 4.

Yes, it came back to life and demanded its place back in line. So, almost every spare moment and for the two hours on Monday nights that "The Bachelor" is aired, I've been at it, pen in hand, earphones cranked with tango beats or the magical guitar of the late Michael Hedges. Occasionally, I've had help from the cat, coming in to bless the paper I scrawl the story on with a cursory lick or two before I must shoo her out of the room. I am aware that I have a few more months of re-writes and editing to undertake before I can turn it over to a new set of eyes to gander, but at the moment, I am excited.

What's after that, you ask?

Most likely, I will take a break from "Reapers, Inc." and any character associated with it. That means the "Lightbearer" book will stay in time out for awhile and book 5 will just have to be patient. I do have a few ideas for some Lesbian Romance/Fiction/Fantasy that I want to flesh out a little more. For the past six months, I've been making note after note for every little thing that enters my brain. So, stay tuned, my friends. I'm working as fast as I can with the hope that you will enjoy it once it is set free into the world.

And in case you'd like to become a fan of my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/BLNewport
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Published on February 28, 2012 11:32 • 140 views • Tags: fantasy, fiction, ideas, lesbian, reapers-inc, romance