Oh, Happy Day

It has been a while since I posted anything, but today is a breakthrough day that I felt like sharing (and yelling from a mountaintop.) I have an ending for my book! Hooray! The second novel in the Annie McDoogan series might just get published this year. It’s a great day!




Benefit of Distractions

Having a new puppy is great but full of distractions that keep me from writing. It turns out thats a good thing. It gives my characters time to let me know what they want. In particular, my primary antagonist from book 1, Secret Visions, is demanding the right to return. I thought I was done with Father Sullivan, but it looks like he’ll be back causing trouble in book 2. Stay tuned.


KOBO Publishing

I have tweeted a couple of times about KOBO, an international eBook self-publishing platform. I finally decided to try it and just submitted my novel, Secret Visions, for review. It should be live tomorrow. I will let my readers know if it generates any sales. My characters are Catholic, Buddhist and Muslim teens who come together to try and bring peace through telepathy, and I hope I can reach  a global community of readers with the message. Stay tuned for updates.

New Character

If you read this blog, then you know I have a new puppy. We’ve been together for 6 weeks and I decided to make her a companion for one of my characters who is in mourning at the beginning of the second book in the Annie McDoogan series of novels. As soon as I can, I will have my author photograph taken with her and include it in future book covers. She’s 95 percent house broken, so I should be able to get back to work soon. Look for a puppy named Lady in the next book!


Getting back to work

My writing stopped on April 2 when I acquired a three month old American Eskimo female puppy. She is shaping up nicely, and I’m hoping she will like participating in agility competitions. My now-deceased shiba wanted no part of it, but she may be a different story. I’m teaching her obedience now and formal agility training can start at 9 months.

House training is on target and I think we’re almost there. Her bladder is getting bigger and pee breaks are further apart. We are spending a lot of time on the porch. It’s shady and temp is moderate.

I hope to bring my laptop out on the porch and start writing again this week. I have already written and discarded two partial versions of the second novel, and I’m 1/4 of the way through version three, which I think is a keeper. Meanwhile, I’m reading Secret Visions once again to help me maintain the series flow in this second novel.

Stay tuned. I think I’m working on a good one.





My Proudest Moment

Secret Visions front kindle cover

Below is a review of my  YA paranormal novel, Secret Visions. The reviewer understood perfectly what I was trying to accomplish with this story.

“This is an excellent novel that captured my attention from the beginning, pulled me in, and never once let go. Pat O’Connor is a talented writer who knows how to grab and keep our attention! Each scene was riveting, imaginative, and flowed smoothly from one to the next… never a “dull part” where you get bored or want to skip ahead… in fact almost the opposite with the various interweaving plotlines and going from one character and event to the next.   The descriptions were very strong, and I mean with the author’s word choice… unique and powerful…. Had a very deep, spiritual, almost philosophical quality, especially for a YA book, which I found to be refreshing. I felt like I was genuinely inside the characters’ heads experiencing the world through their eyes, for better or worse. I would love to read more from this author in the future as the series continues (this is just book 1). She has a natural gift for creating a well-thought out story and developing deeply memorable characters with a great positive message. Recommend for ages 13 and up (even adults!) (5 stars)” Indie Book Reviewers