So… now what?

Gabe’s Bride is finished, published, promoted, I’ve pinned a $20 bill to its front cover and sent it out to make its own way in the world. Now what?

Would you like to know how I’m relaxing for a couple days before I start my next Masters of the Castle book?


This is the one I just finished. It’s a wreath made out of coffee filters in all the stages of its creation. 🙂


This is all you need to start: Wreath form, 1.5 packages of coffee filters, and a glue gun.

wreath 2

My husband modeling it up against our unfinished basement wall. Yeah…that probably ought to be my next ‘craft’. If only I liked spackle as much as I do glitter.


The pretty sparkles I put on the bottom. Give me a sparkly and I become Jeremy the Crow from Secret of N.I.M.H.


The top and center pieces.


And the finished piece, all sparkly, glittery and hanging on my bedroom door! I bought some cinnamon-scented pine cones, which I’ll be attaching just as soon as I wrest the glue gun away from my sister. 🙂 It turned out pretty good, didn’t it? Here’s a step-by-step for anyone who’s interested.

Today’s craft? I’m back to work on my Hawaiian Mandala by Chatalaine. And yes, I am doing it on black because I am just that masochistic.

Have an awesome and crafty weekend of your own!

5 thoughts on “So… now what?

  1. HI Maren, I have missed your posts. Glad you are back. Nice decorations. I am so excited to think there will be a new masters of the Castle book. I have read the others to death, lol.
    love Jan,xx

  2. Hi Mrs Smith & belated welcome back! i hope your new MoTC book will not keep you away from us for so long! As always i can not wait for another in the series. “i’ve always wanted another MoTC book of my own” sorry couldn’t resist i love the secret of NIMH!

  3. Hello! I just wanted to tell you that it was very hard to find “Gabe’s Bride” on my search in Amazon. I first searched under “Penny Alley” because I didn’t know the exact title of the book … nothing showed. Then I stumbled across the title somewhere else and was able to come back and purchase it. I think it’s only coming up under the search of “Maren Smith.” I wanted you to know this because I have only known your work under Penny Alley. I would hate to see you lose attention/sales for this book because of something this simple. I know that I personally have been keeping tabs online for this sequel ever since the first book came out. It’s only by chance I found out it had been published! 🙂 P.S. Also, because it’s not listing under Penny Alley on Amazon, I wasn’t notified that anything new had published (I have you selected as “followed”), and it didn’t receive any information from the Penny Alley blog I follow. Such a shame if I had missed this. Hope you find this information helpful.

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