NONE NaNoWriMo? WTF Am I Even Doing?

This year's NaNoWriMo has been a weird one for me.

I started off working on a young-adult, fantasy-romance. I managed 13, 498 words before deciding I wasn't feeling the story. Something wasn't clicking in my head.

So, I switched to an adult, contemporary romance. That went a little better. I managed 11, 912 words. But then after a week of writing, that story wasn't clicking with me either.

I decided to just give up on NaNoWriMo this year. I obviously wasn't in a writing heads pace.

I took a week out, played some Skyrim, and then suddenly I started thinking about this story I conceived years ago. I've considered working on it a few times, and had jotted down some ideas and notes for it. Inspired by a different story idea, I'd also filed away for a later date, I decided to combine elements of the two and began in earnest ...

In the space of two and a half days, I've written 9000 words, and this story just won't leave me alone. Whenever I'm not working on it, I'm thinking about it, and wishing I was working on it. I'm excited to share it with other people, and see what they think. This is the story that needs to be written right now. This is the one that's clicked for me.

So ... I'm aiming to complete NaNoWriMo with 50k on a hodgepodge of three different stories. I might come back to the first two in the future. But right now, my focus is on the new, third story and for the first time since finishing All It Takes, and sending it to Kyra Lennon for editing, I feel excited about writing!!

I guess the moral of the story is, if something doesn't feel write, put it aside for a while. But don't give up writing entirely, because eventually, something will click.

How is everyone else getting on. Are those of you doing NaNoWriMo on track? How about this working on other things? I'd love to hear your news!

Book Release: Final Score: Part Two: By Kyra Lennon

Congratulations to Kyra Lennon on the release of Final Score: Part Two (Game On, book six)

With her wedding dress in tatters, and her relationship with Radleigh McCoy in a similar state, Leah Walker is going through the toughest time of her life.

The days until Leah and Radleigh’s wedding are running out. When Jen Winters’ campaign to make sure that day never comes takes a sinister turn, the couple’s love for one another is put to its biggest test yet.

With a life on the line, and a string of unresolved issues to battle through, Leah is close to breaking point. Jen is determined to win, but can she succeed, or will Leah be the one to settle the final score?

Book Release: Cloak of Snow, by Christine Rains

Happy Release day to Christine Rains, whose third book in the Totem Series is out today!

No one messes with Saskia Dorn’s family and gets away with it.

The same murderous shifters who had hunted her sister have attempted to steal a magical totem pole. Since the pieces are scattered across Alaska, Saskia, a polar bear shifter, takes her search to the tundra for any signs of the lost totems.

Instead she finds Sedge, the latest reincarnation of the old Inuit Bear god, who just happens to be the man who broke her heart.

They come across a small native village tormented by the Jinxioc, evil gnomes with an appetite for human flesh. Sedge declares he will rid the people of the menace, believing a totem token is nearby affecting the devils’ behavior. At his side, Saskia battles to save the tribesmen, but it could mean sacrificing herself.

Publishing News

Before I get started on my NaNoWrimo 2016 story, I wanted to share some news with everyone.

I've decided to self-publish my new-adult, contemporary romance ALL IT TAKES on February 14, 2017!

After entering some pitching and query contests over the summer, I made the decision self-publishing is the right route for me at the moment, and I'm very excited to share my book with the world.

I'm also thrilled to announce that All It Takes will be published via Snowy Wings Publishing, which is a co-op publisher that offers self-published authors access to resources (editors, cover designers etc.) and marketing help, along with a supportive community of authors.

The concept of Snowy Wings Publishing is actually something I was researching myself, with the plan of creating a a service to assist self-published authors, so I'm very happy to be joining them.

Here is the Snowy Wings Publishing website for those who're interested in seeing what other authors are affiliated:

They're also accepting submissions for both new authors, and industry professionals such as editors, and cover designers, so it's well worth checking out.

I'm currently in the process of organising a cover reveal for All It Takes for January 9, 2017, and in a bid to get ahead, and avoid all the holiday madness, those interested can sign up here:

As a special thank you, all participants and/ or those requesting ARCs will be entered into a prize draw, where one person will be chosen at random to win a prize bundle containing a paperback copy of All It Takes, along with some assorted goodies to be confirmed (likely chocolates, Lush products, a gift card etc.)

And now I best get cracking on NaNoWriMo. Those words aren't going to write themselves ...

Book Release: Silent Whispers, by Christine Rains

Congratulations and happy release day to Christine Rains. Book two of her Totem series, Silent Whisper is out today! Prepare yourself for an adorkable heroine, a hot as hell lynx shifter, and a classic, old school vampire!

It’s not only the dead who whisper upon the wind.

An ancient totem pole has gone missing, and its pieces are scattered across Alaska. Restoring the seven totem tokens may be the only way to save every shifter in the world.

Kinley Dorn, a geeky architect with a heart of gold and a polar bear shifter, jumps at the opportunity to help her family find the lost pieces. Their idea of “helping” involves staying indoors to research online. Work leads Kinley to sexy lynx shifter Ransom Averill. He coaxes her away from the safety behind her computer and into the path of a rampaging giant. Terrifying as the monster might be, she must brave its mountain because the owl totem is calling to her through silent whispers.

BOOK RELEASE: Dark Dawning, by Christine Rains

Title: Dark Dawning
Author: Christine Rains
Series: Totem, Book One
Genre(s): paranormal-romance, urban-fantasy
Release Date: October 17, 2017
It’s a dark day when someone murders one of their own.

Shifters across Alaska are going missing. When up and coming interior designer Ametta Dorn rescues the gorgeous Kodiak shifter Lucky Osberg, she comes into the crosshairs of two relentless hunters. While Lucky sets his sights on wooing her, the killers seek to not only capture her in her powerful polar bear form but to also take her skin.

To prevent her murder and the deaths of other shifters, she must work with Lucky to track down and stop these merciless hunters. After all, their enemy’s plan for shifter skins is something much more terrifying than collecting mere trophies.
Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

COVER REVEAL: As We Know It, by Carrie Butler

Title: As We Know It
Author: Carrie Butler
Category: Adult
Genres: Action / Adventure (Disaster) & Romantic Suspense
Release: December 2016
About the Book: Deep beneath the ocean, stretching hundreds of miles alongside the Pacific Northwest coastline, lies the Cascadia subduction zone—a fault on the verge of unleashing a catastrophic earthquake, thirty times more powerful than the San Andreas. Unfortunately, like most tourists, Elena Cordova is oblivious.
She’s got her own pent-up stress to deal with, a humiliating breakup that’s driven her to end her tenure as a human doormat once and for all. So, when a pickpocket makes off with the last remnant of her relationship, she takes action—only to get trapped with him when disaster strikes.
Now, if either one hopes to survive, they’ll have to get past their initial impressions and work together . . . because in fifteen minutes, half the town will be underwater.

Book Trailer:

About the Author: 

Carrie Butler is an award-winning author and the owner of Forward Authority full-service studio—not to mention an inbound-certified marketer with a penchant for superhero socks and Firefly. Time away from her desk is spent playing with her rescue pup, yelling at the TV during hockey season, and indulging in target-based recreation. Otherwise, you’re likely to find her glued to her chair, discovering new ways to share her daydreams...

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NaNoWriMo 2016: The Lost Princess

It's been a while since I did NaNoWriMo, but as November is looking less busy for me, I decided to give it a go this year, with a YA fantasy-romance story that's been knocking around in my head for a few months.

Feel free to add me on the NaNoWriMo site if you want to be NaNo buddies!

And for those who're interested, there's more about my story, THE LOST PRINCESS, under the cut ...

Son of a Pitch: Query Round!

Hey all!

So after my success with PitchWars (one mentor liked my query and first chapter enough to request the full manuscript!), I've decided it's time to start putting All It Takes out there for the world to see, in the form of querying and entering pitch contests etc.

The first of which is Son of A Pitch, hosted by CQ author Katie Hamstead! The first round calls for entrants to post their query and first 250 words for peer critiquing.

Here's mine for anyone who has time to critique it, and I'll be off visiting the other entrants!

Title: All It Takes

Category and Genre: Adult, contemporary romance

Word Count: 120,000


In ALL IT TALES university student Megan Green finds herself pregnant after a rare one-night-stand with womanizing cage fighter Kian Murphy.

Still trying to get her head around the unplanned changes to her life, Megan has to deal with Kian’s demands for a paternity test. She takes his request as a personal insult, causing a gulf between them.

After Kian blows up at an interviewer on live TV, Megan is left questioning if he’s really the type of person she wants to raise a child with. Spiraling out of control, Kian returns to old bad habits of drinking and lashing out; landing himself in hospital.

Faced with the possibility of losing Kian, Megan admits her feelings for him. But Kian, who has just agreed to return to therapy for his anger issues, insists he’ll only end up hurting her.

When the stress of graduating and looking for a new job cause complications in the pregnancy, and Megan is admitted to hospital, Kian realizes he can’t keep pushing her away.

As the baby’s due date approaches, and their feelings for each other grow, Megan and Kian are left questioning what the future holds.

ALL IT TAKES is a dual-POV adult, contemporary romance about responsibility, love and self-discovery that is rooted in my personal experience of becoming pregnant in my early twenties; complete at 120,000 words.

First 250 Words:

 “Come on, Meg. It’s almost Christmas. If that isn’t cause for celebration I don’t know what is.” My best friend Stacey looked up at me from behind long lashes, her baby blues pleading with me. The puppy dog eyes worked on men without fail, but I’d known her for eleven years. Her charms had no power over me.

Still, the lure of a night of drinking and dancing couldn’t be ignored. We’d been slaving away at uni for months. We deserved a night out.

“All right, but let’s not make it a late one, okay? I’ve got work in the morning.”

“We’ll go to O’Neil’s. There’s a band playing; it’ll be fun.”

“Oh no, not O’Neil’s. That place is a dive.”

“I like it.” Stacey pouted. Another trick she used to get her own way. I could see why men found it adorable, and I knew men were exactly what she had in mind.

“You only want to go there because it’s where all the gym junkies hang out, and you’re hoping to snare one.”

“Have you seen some of the guys that go there? There’s this one, Josh Browne, he’s an MMA fighter and OH.MY.GOD. You should see his body.”

I laughed and shook my head. I could appreciate a hot body as much as the next girl. Hell, I’d been charmed by a pair of biceps and a few well-placed tattoos in the past.

“Okay, we’ll go to O’Neil’s. You can pull a fighter, and everyone will be happy.”