Wednesday, December 12, 2018
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Falling Snow: The strange dark circus is the only life she’s ever known—but is Snow a performer or a prisoner?
Raven’s Heir: Taking her in could risk the lives of his rebel band—but how can Damien leave the young woman at the huntsman’s mercy?
The Fairest One: Her people look for the prophesied Fairest One—but can Livna find courage to step out of the shadows and save her nation?
Red as Blood: He’s been hired to assassinate the princess, no questions asked—but how can Zaig take the life of one so young, so innocent?
Snowbird and the Red Slippers: She longs to be worthy of the scholarship that changed her life—but can Jeong Hayan survive the bitter rivalry of a prestigious New York dance school?
Experience the haunting beauty of Snow White in five thrilling retellings.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
For today’s post I’m taking part in the second installation of the Know The Novel linkup, hosted by Christine.
1. How’s the writing going?
Hehe what writing? I did good the first half of the month. It wasn’t perfect or pretty, but I was on track. Then I got sick, deer season started, and Jarod’s mom got in from Washington, so I have done little writing since. I’m sitting at 17,807 words with Bad Boy and 17,787 with Mad Hatter. I’m definitely not going to win nano. But you know, I’m ok with that. I’m glad for the words I’ve got down. I’ve run into some things with the stories that I need to deal with and have learned a lot about where my characters need to be. Once the holiday festivities are over Monday I’m going to start back writing again like I’m supposed to and be happy with whatever the outcome is.
2. What’s been the most fun aspect about writing this novel so far?
Um...honestly, there wasn’t much fun in it. Bad Boy is nearing the end and I’m trying to tie up all the plot threads. Mad Hatter is falling flat of what I had planned. There were a few snarky parts I had fun with, and it was fun to reach 10k on both pieces.
3. Has your novel surprised you in any way?
Yes. Mad Hatter surprised me when I couldn’t find Hatter’s voice. I’ve had such a clear picture of him in my mind, for years, and now that I’m trying to write him it’s not working. It also surprised me that he isn’t a love interest.
4. What do you think of your characters at this point? Who’s your favorite to write about?
I love Brass, even though he’s being a boring, temperamental little brat. I’ve got some plot issues to work out with him. Once that’s resolved I think he’ll go back to having my undying love. And I’m really enjoying Molly. Way more than I thought I would, actually.
5. If you were transported into your novel and became any one of the characters, which one do you think you’d be? Would you take any different actions than they have?
I desperately want to say Brass or Malec (Hatter) but I’m afraid I wouldn’t be either of those. I’d be Tamille and Molly. They’re both fairly reasonable, but when they do get emotional it’s over the top. Bossy, motherly. Me, essentially. I think if I was Tamille I wouldn't have kissed Brass. And if I were Molly, I would have told my boyfriend what is going on instead of hiding it.
6. Give us the first sentence or paragraph and then 2 (or 3!) more favorite snippets!
He ducked out into the hallway without waiting for an answer from Tamille, and headed out to the street.
He should have known better than to allow her so much importance to him. He’d changed his entire plan and strategy to get her back first, and now he was reaping the consequences. He should have known.
“Do you think he’ll come?” The same nervous voice who had spoken first asked.
She must have been high when she decided she could run a diner. Molly grabbed the carafe of coffee and headed back out to the tables. They were chuck full, mostly of old men who didn’t want to cook their own meals, but there were also some women who didn’t want to cook either, and a few younger couples.
The little bell on the door announced an incoming customer. Molly turned to look and nearly dropped her stack of dishes. What the heck was he wearing? The man who walked in was a stranger. Blakely Nebraska only boasted a population of two hundred and she knew them all. None of them dressed like that. He wore a ratty grayish jacket covered in more buttons and zippers than it seemed to merit, and perched on his shaggy brown hair was an honest to goodness top hat that could have belonged to Abe Lincoln.
Molly pulled her notepad from her grease stained apron pocket and walked over to him. “Hi. Can I get you started with something to drink?”
“Do you have tea?”
His accent was strange and one she couldn’t quite place though she was sure she recognized it. “Ice tea, yes.”
She started to turn away but his voice stopped her. “No, not iced tea. Whoever came up with this idea of putting ice into perfectly good tea is an abomination.”
Molly raised an eyebrow at him.
He raised a pierced eyebrow right back at her.
Brass is across the country from where he’s supposed to be in the outline. Tamille is stuck in a spiritual hard place that I’m not sure how to get her out of. It’s a mess.
8. What’s been your biggest victory with writing this novel at this point?
Making it this far without dying.
10. Take us on a tour of a what a normal writing day for this particular novel has looked like. Where do you write? What time of day? Alone or with others? Is a lot of coffee (or some other drink) consumed? Do you light candles? Play music? Get distracted by social media (*cough, cough*)? Tell all!
Well, when I was writing, I’d get up at six in the morning and write until Henry woke up. Then I’d write what I could throughout the day on my phone, or on my laptop during nap time. Evenings were for catchup if I missed word count. Most of the writing was done at the kitchen table or in the living room. And ungodly amounts of coffee were drank.
So that’s the extent of my NaNo experience.
In other news, the launch date for Five Poisoned Apples is set for December 1st, and we are having a party to celebrate. Be sure to join the Rooglewood Fairytale Contest page on Facebook by 7 pm EST. We are doing author Q&A, games (the prizes you guys. So good), and behind the scenes sneak peeks. It’s going to be great.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone! Don’t eat too much! Joking.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018
So NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow! I’m so excited. Today I’m gonna talk about my project(s).
Christine took up the banner after Beautiful Books went on hiatus and she’s turned out this amazing link-up designed to help authors talk about their nano projects. This is a three part series that will take place over the next two months and update you to my progress. This is also the last day for me to join the first linkup, so without a moment to spare, I give you
Know The Novel
I am /this/ close to finishing Bad Boy, and the pole results were so close, so for Nano I’m going to start by finishing Bad Boy and then dive right into this new story idea. So we’ll see how it goes. I’m a rebel.
Now, for the questions, and answers for each story.
1. What first sparked the idea for this novel?
Bad Boy: Six of Crows. I liked the idea of having a criminal main character, but I preferred one that wasn’t quite so dark as Kaz.
2. Share a blurb!
But then the trick is keeping her, and an old nemesis is intent on recruiting him for a rebellion he wants nothing to do with. All he wants is to wreak his own destruction his own way. But the game changes when he discovers his captive has no desire to get home, and the rebellion he’s been avoiding all along might just be the weapon he needs.
Mad Hatter: When an eccentric young man sporting a top hat and Chicago accent wanders into Molly’s diner spouting nonsense about tears in the realm, the raven queen, and fae destruction, Molly thinks he’s had too much to drink.
But there’s something odd about the man that she can’t quite explain. Something hovers over him that she can’t quite bring into focus, and he seems to know she can see it.
Then monsters start invading her life. Monsters that no one else can see. Molly has to find the mysterious Hatter and discover what is happening to her world.
3. Where does the story take place? What are some of your favorite aspects about the setting?
Bad Boy: The Spills. How grungy and cutthroat it is.
Mad Hatter: Molly’s diner and small town Nebraska. I'm excited for the fae realm. All kinds of fun creatures, plus the gossipy out in the sticks feel of little Nebraska.
4. Tell us about your protagonist.
Bad Boy: Brass is a criminal with dreams for a big prize. He's secretly got a good heart. And I mean very secretly. Deep down where he doesn't even know it exists.
Mad Hatter: Molly is rundown, world weary, downtrodden, but when someone believes in her she comes alive and is a bright fun person. This diner is her last chance at making people proud of her, and it's not off to a great start.
5. Who (or what) is the antagonist?
Bad Boy: Fram Dulin, leader of the rebels, is the main antagonist, but also the kind and dukes.
Mad Hatter: The Queen of Ravens.
6. What excites you the most about this novel?
Bad Boy: Brass.
Mad Hatter: Writing Hatter’s crazy character.
7. Is this going to be a series? Standalone? Something else?
8. Are you plotting? Pantsing? Plansting?
9. Name a few things that makes this story unique.
Bad Boy: The Christian theme underlying it. Being from a bad person's POV. Non-magical fantasy.
Mad Hatter: It’s an Alice in wonderland retelling. It’s modern fantasy. The setting (NE)
10. Share a fun “extra” of the story (a song or full playlist, some aesthetics, a collage, a Pinterest board, a map you’ve made, a special theme you’re going to incorporate, ANYTHING you want to share!).
I could totally bombard you with music playlists, pictures, maps, etc. but I'm on a bit of a time crunch, so I'll keep it simple.
You can find Bad Boy's Pinterest board here and Mad Hatter's here.
Thank you Christine for hosting this link-up! You guys should go check out the other links and read what everyone else is up to.
What about you? What are you planning for November? Are you participating in Nanowrimmo, or do you think those of us who are have lost their minds?
Let me hear your thoughts!