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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.

New Orleans Inspiration for Deceived, Introducing Black Raven

My debut novel, Deceived, is based in New Orleans, Louisiana, a city that I’ve lived in and around all of my life. More than a setting, the city defines the mystery elements, the backstory for the characters, and the logic behind how the story unfolded. Here’s a glimpse of some New Orleans-based inspiration:

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

Ask Stella

Dear Stella, When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer? And when are you writing another story set in New Orleans? ~ Amy W. Hi Amy, Two very different questions! My dream of being a writer began when I was really, really young. Maybe 7 years old? Or 8? Perhaps it… 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

Jigsaw Cover Giveaway

Giveaway Runs From Saturday, April 30, 2016, 7 p.m. Central Time through Monday, May 2, 2016, at 8 p.m. Central Time

In anticipation of the June release of Jigsaw, I’ve put together a gift box you won’t want to miss!

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

“My New Orleans”

 This is my first blog entry about my home city. I have to be honest. I don’t always love this place. New Orleans isn’t Disney World. It is a real city, with real problems that are no different than the problems that confront many other cities. Nonetheless, it is a city of contradictions and there… READ MORE