Novel

The Girls and Boys Cover is FINALLY HERE!

It feels like I’ve been working on Girls and Boys for forever, but it finally has a release date. Before we get to that, I need to reveal the cover.

 

Here it is…

 

 

How amazing is it? J.C. Clarke of The Graphics Shed has blown me away once more with her graphics. I ADORE this cover.

Now, down to brass tacks.

Girls and Boys will be released on 4th July 2017 – I will be getting a pre-order sorted over the next few days, but for now, you can add it to your TBR list over on Goodreads.

And, to whet your whistle a little, check out the playlist I have created for the book over on Spotify. It certainly takes me back to my mid to late teenage years.

I hope you love the cover as much as I do!

#nano2016 – Day 23. I’m just getting started for the day.

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Day 23 – Forgive me readers for I have been too quiet. It has been a few days since my last update…

I have to admit. Nano2016 is knackering me out. I’m up til 11-12pm writing – which isn’t that late in the grand scheme of things, but it’s more draining staring at a computer than anything else. I have to admit, I’m so glad it’s almost over (just one more week) despite how proud I am of myself for not only sticking it out, but for being on target.

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Today’s word count: 0 I haven’t started writing yet – total for NaNo –37,734

Story word count: 61,880 – However, only 59,580 of those are for Girls and Boys. I finished that yesterday (Day 22) and I started writing an accompanying novella. I’m not spilling much about this book just yet, other than it’s going to be much more emotional than I first realised. If I don’t make you cry, you’re like me. Cold Hearted!

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I’m about to get started for the day (after I make a fresh cup of tea) and I’m only 599 words away from today’s target, so I can take it a bit easy if I want. I’d like to hit at least 2k if possible, to get me ahead again, ready for the weekend.

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I’m hoping to have a few new teasers for you b the end of the day. I just hope you’ve been enjoying them as much as I have!

 

 

 

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If you are writing during Nano… may the odds be ever in your favour and I wish many words fall from your fingertips!

#nano2016 – Day 18. Getting There Slowly.

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Day 16 – I haven’t updated in a while. There’s a couple of excuses I could give, but mostly I’ve been writing until late at night, then I go to bed and crash out. Simple as that. I can’t remember the daily totals for the days I’ve missed, but I do have some handwritten teasers…

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Today’s word count: 851 (so far) – total for NaNo –29,380

Story word count: 53,526 – I do believe I have a problem though. I don’t think I’ll get another 20k out of this story as it feels like it’s winding down. However, I do have an idea brewing for an accompanying novella, so if I do fall short, I’ll make a start on that. Totally counts, right?

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I’m hoping to get a big chunk done tomorrow as the other half is watching football (soccer) and it then working until 10pm. The kids can play to their heart’s content, but traditionally, I don’t do as well on a weekend.

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I have 45 minutes left of the day, so I’d like to get a few more words in if I can. Here’s some more teasers!

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If you are writing during Nano… may the odds be ever in your favour and I wish many words fall from your fingertips!

 

#nano2016 – Day 6. I’ll Catch Up, Eventually

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Day 6 – it’s currently 7pm, and I’m having a crap few days, writing wise. My word count for day 4 was 493, and my word count for day 5 was 1,439. Both days, I wrote during the day, but was then dragged out to be sociable. Myself and the other half went out drinking on day 4, and then he and the kids made me go to a friend’s house on day 5 to watch fireworks and have a bonfire. I enjoyed myself, but I could have done with pushing myself and writing more.

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Today’s word count: 1,131 (so far) – total for NaNo – 7,404.

Story word count: 31,550 – I’d love to add more over the course of the evening, so hopefully this total word count will go up.

Now I need to have some food, and try to write more.

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Tomorrow will be a low count day too. I have to go take part in a workshop at my son’s school, go shopping for something to wear tomorrow night (Himself is making me go out and be sociable), before going out. I hope I can squeeze a couple of hours in before we go. Finger’s crossed.

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Another teaser. It’s another one from Andy Stone – it’s not blowing my own trumpet if I say he gets the best lines…

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#nano2016 – Day 2. I’m on a Roll!

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Day 2 – it’s currently 09:20pm, and I’m calling it a day. Girl and Boys is still growing nicely.

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As I’d set my own personal goal of 2k a day, as mention in yesterday’s post, I was determined to hit that. Early on, I was just over 1k, then I stalled for a bit. Those last 700 and something words were a bit of a struggle, but I finally hit that magic number.

Today’s word count: 2,000 (Bang on!)

Story word count: 28,206 (I can smell you, 30k)

I do believe it’s time for more episodes of How to Get Away With Murder, Season 2 as a reward!

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Tomorrow needs to be as productive, as I’m out on Friday evening (May or may not be a blog post) and I’d like to be ahead by the time I start getting ready.

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Here’s a tiny snippet from what I wrote today.

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#nano2016 – Day 1. I’d Call It a Success.

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Day 1 – it’s currently 09:15pm, and I’m calling it a day. Girl and Boys is chugging away nicely.

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At some point throughout the day, I’d decided that I want my own personal daily goal to be 2,000 words a day. That way, I’ll be ahead of myself if ever I need to miss a day of writing for any reason (hey, it happens. I’m a mum of kids who argue!)

Today’s word count: 2,060

Story word count: 26,206 – I’d call that a win. For now…

Now it’s time for me to put on my PJs and chill with my kindle.

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Let’s hope that tomorrow is just as productive, if not more. If I manage to “win” this year, this book will end up about 75,000 words long. An actual full length novel. It’s been a while since I wrote one of those!

Also, if I win, what’s to stop me taking part in Camp Nano next year?

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