Check out my new book trailer for Rainy Days for some quotes from the novel! For those who are curious, it took me about an hour or so to make in iMovie. Nothing too mind-blowing, but it gives you an idea of what the book is about if you’re still unsure about your interest.
I’ve started work on my latest novel/novella. I’m still hammering out the names of the protagonists since they’re being a little cagey about them, but I have a first scene written that I think is awesome (if very violent) and a second scene that needs a little polish but is getting there.
I’m very excited about this project. I keep scribbling little ideas down on scraps of paper to use later. I think this one could even become a series. I’ll share a little excerpt once I have something I can show.
In other project news, I still have my Heart Of The Sun novella to clean up and submit to the Goodreads M/M Sci-Fi Group challenge, and Written In The Snow is still demanding my attention. Not to mention promotional work for Rainy Days! My schedule is packed, so apologies if I don’t hang out on Goodreads and Twitter as much.
I do want to extend my congratulations to all the winners of the Rainbow Awards as well as the honorable mentions. You’ve given me a lot of books to consider reading!
When Michael Williams helps stranded motorist Ashley Fallow, little does he know Ash will make him question everything he’s been taught about what a man should want. Michael’s a married man, though – not the greatest partner for a man like Ash who just wants to settle down.
The chemistry between them is undeniable and leads to a one-night-stand, which soon blossoms into a full blown love-affair. Michael struggles to keep his family afloat while seeing Ash on the side. Ash brings some baggage of his own to the relationship; secrets that could draw them closer or drive Michael away.
Torn between his family and the man he loves, Michael must choose between them or risk losing everything. But it’s not so easy to just leave his stormy marriage when his seven-year-old daughter Taryn smiles up at him. His wife Michelle may be selfish at times, but she genuinely loves Michael despite their problems. Ash is ready to leave for California if Michael can’t commit. Michael knows somebody will get hurt, but it’s too late to walk away. He knows he must face up to his feelings and the consequences if he’s to achieve any real happiness, but that’s easier said than done in small-town America.
Rainy Days is available now! (Please wait 5-7 days for the paperback edition to be available on Amazon.)
I won’t win NaNoWriMo this year.
I’m totally fine with that.
I’ve planned my story out a little differently to how I originally envisioned it, but finally things are making sense in my head. I’m estimating 10-15k should finish the story. Which will bring it to 35-40k.
I don’t believe in padding, and I won’t pad a story to meet an arbitrary deadline. NaNoWriMo serves its purpose by getting people to write and in the end, a finished novella is far more useful than an unfinished novel. I’ll actually be glad to finish this story over Thanksgiving so I can edit it, hand it over for the challenge it’s for and get back to some Serious Work.
I have two potential new titles for the Hearts On Fire novel, as that name is too generic in my opinion and I’m not happy with it. One title is Rainy Days, since rain plays a large part in the story. The other is Drive You Home, since getting a ride is how the affair begins. If you have opinions, please, let me know. I want this novel finished and out the door by the end of the year. I never thought I’d be sick of looking at one of my works but the line-by-line edit of this book is a muse-killer.
After that I get to clean up Written In The Snow and commission cover art. I’m hoping that novel won’t be so much of a pain to edit. The sci-fi comes so much easier to me than the contemporary. I know that’s not what a lot of readers want to hear but the muse is boss here, sorry.
One day I’d love to get a publisher so I can hand off some of these tasks and get better feedback, but I’ve heard some very scary stories in the last week or so that have made me swear to do some real research before ever signing anything with anyone, ever. Some days I’m reminded that I’m a real newbie in the writing/publishing world and I need to tread very carefully.
While I really want to get 50k in November, I feel like it may not happen. I have just over 12k, and we’re almost half way through November. While I can get 3k on a good writing day, obligations are eating up more and more of that time. Furniture deliveries. House repairs. Trying to sleep for my night job.
However, what’s most important to me is to get a finished story. And that the writing I’m doing feels right, which it does. I feel that The Heart Of The Sun is going to be good, and that, to me, is what matters. Even if I have to work into December to get a finished novel.
The reason I chose to participate in NaNo this year was because I’ve been having trouble getting around to writing, and I wanted something to give me a kick up the butt to get back to work on actual writing, as opposed to editing and other stuff. That, at least, has worked.
Don’t think I’m giving up, either! I have four days off later this month and I have cleared out all obligations. I intend to work my butt off. Most I’ve ever written in a day is 11k. Can I beat that? Let’s see!
Regardless of victory or failure, I’m happy to be working on a project that’s “just for fun”. After that, it’ll be back to the grind of editing hell!
It’s Day One of NaNoWriMo, and I’m changing my novel idea already! I want to write something brighter and more hopeful. The Game is still floating around in my head, but it goes to dark places that I cannot follow right now.
I also owe a nice little group on Goodreads a challenge story. So I figured why not do that, and make everyone happy.
Now I actually have to get some words down on the page.
I apologize for my recent absence from writing. I moved somewhat abruptly and had no access to the Internet or my computer for a while. The dust is still settling, but I hope to get back to work ASAP on Hearts On Fire and I still hope to participate in this year’s NaNoWriMo event. I’m hoping to get Hearts On Fire out by Xmas, and I apologize again for the repeated delays. Nobody is more disappointed than I am about the lack of writing on my schedule.
This month sees vacation time for myself and a couple of weeks off. Which is bad when you consider how much work I have yet to do, but good for the Muse, which is very tired after sifting through a ton of soul-draining editing work.
Hearts On Fire missed a September release date. I ordered a proof and was not happy upon reading it, so it’s gone back for a thorough, line-by line edit. I’m hoping to release it this month but not until it can be the best it can be.
NaNoWriMo: I may be a semi-professional author now, but that doesn’t make me any less excited about the challenge and community. NaNo may just be the kick I need to get to work on a new novel.
New Novel: I have a new novel idea forming in my head. I’ve written two pages of notes on it so far. It might be my NaNo. I haven’t decided yet. It might even be a series of novellas. More on this when I actually have something to show.
When I first entered the world of self-publishing in June of 2012, I thought I knew a great deal about the subject. I’d been lurking around for years with a “should-I-or-shouldn’t-I?” attitude, browsing through the CreateSpace and Lulu forums, reading about author scams to avoid and wondering if I was ready to dip my toes in the water of the biggest challenge of my life. I wrote a novel in my favorite genre (m/m romance) and decided to get off the fence and take the plunge.
I wasn’t ready at all, but without taking the leap, I never would have been. I’ve learned a lot of things by making mistakes, so I’m going to share with you my five biggest errors, so you can be aware of the dangers before you take a dive into the shallow end of self-publishing.
You’ve written that great short story or novel, and you’re ready to embrace the digital revolution. Amazon is the biggest marketplace on the web, and the Kindle is the hottest reading device out there, so you quickly upload that .doc file you have to find out one simple, horrifying fact: It looks awful. Your pages of text all flow together, with no breaks between chapters. Your layout is mangled and ruined beyond all repair. You wouldn’t want to sell this book because you wouldn’t want to buy this book.
In despair, you turn to Google and turn up several well-written articles on what a .mobi file is and how to make one. However, these articles are written for people with technical know-how and you quickly realize it’s all going way over your head.
Don’t worry. I’m here to help. With this article, you will have a functional, professional-looking Kindle .mobi file in less than ten minutes, using software included on your Mac and free to use software from the Internet.