Ask Stella – Caroline Penland

How long does it take you to write a novel and how detailed is your outline? The time varies by novel, but once I actually start writing, I aim for a complete draft in seven to nine months. After that, an editing and rewriting phase takes a few more months. While I’m editing one book, I’m starting the next. As I write this, Concierge (available Summer 2017) is in the editing and rewriting phase, and I’m conceptualizing my next novel.

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Roux Reveals . . .

Midnight; in vehicle, en route to the New Orleans Lakefront Airport, where Agent Jesus (“Zeus”) Hernandez will depart for Paris, France; commencing the job that will become Jigsaw, A Black Raven Novel. {Interview by Roux Barcelona, Papillon, AP Field Correspondent} Roux: Hello, Agent Hernandez. I’m Roux Barcelona. I appreciate you talking to me despite the… READ MORE


Musings – On Living, Writing, and JellyBean Moments

As I write this, I’m having a real-life special day, for which I’m grateful. I’m sitting on our boat, the M/V BLAZE, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We’re docked near the Intracoastal Waterway. My husband is enjoying the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show and I’ve stayed behind with our papillons. I’m spending most of the day writing… READ MORE


Jigsaw Release Day Giveaway – Celebrating New Orleans and Paris

Deceived is set in New Orleans; Jigsaw takes place in Paris, and elsewhere. To celebrate Jigsaw’s June 30th release day, I’ve put together a book lovers gift box with reflections of both cities. Enter from Wednesday, June 29 (6 p.m. CST) to Tuesday, July 5 (8 p.m. CST) Giveaway includes: a Kindle Paperwhite + $25… READ MORE


New Orleans to Paris Giveaway

Deceived is set in New Orleans; Jigsaw opens in Paris. To announce Jigsaw’s eBook preorder availability on Amazon beginning May 16, I put together a fantastic gift box that celebrates both cities! The contest will run from 6pm CST on Monday, May 16th through 8pm CST on Wednesday, May 18th. Enter now to win: Mignon Faget Sterling Silver Fleur-de-… READ MORE


Valentine’s Day Secret Heart Giveaway!

Giveaway Runs From 7 p.m. central time, Feb. 11, 2016, through 7 p.m. central time, Feb. 14, 2016 Enter to win signed copies of Deceived and Shadows, romantic thrillers by Stella Barcelona, and a Secret Heart pin/pendant, made of hand-blown glass and sterling silver, from the Whimsies collection of New Orleans jewelry designer Mignon Faget.… READ MORE