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#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!

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#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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Teaser Tuesday – Slots (As Featured in The Edge of Madness Boxset) – R. E. Hargrave

My good friend R. E. Hargrave is part of a horror boxset releasing tomorrow. Check out the excerpt below from her submission, Slots. I’ve preordered my copy, have you? Links at the bottom of the post.
unleashes MARCH 01, 2016
 
 
Official genre of box set: SUSPENSE, THRILLER, HORROR
Content warning:
RATED MA 18+ for mature content, V — violence, S — graphic sexual situations, L — vulgar language. Not suitable for anyone under the age of 18. Reader discretion is advised.
MARCH MADNESS as you’ve NEVER seen it… 15 COMPLETE NOVELS AND NOVELLAS FROM YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS IN ONE PRETTY PACKAGE THROUGH 
 
 
 
Below is an excerpt from R.E. Hargrave’s genre debut, a horrific short story not meant for the faint-hearted, SLOTS:
 
Although Nolan had already told me what he’d seen, witnessing it first hand on the tapes had my guts flip-flopping worse than the buffet gods. With no audio we couldn’t hear what the man in black was saying to them, but I could see Taylor’s clear adoration with him. She was doing that finger twirl thing with her braid and laughing a lot. She also kept leaning into the guy… almost stumbling. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that something was very wrong about the whole scene.
Hope had always been level-headed and aware of things. I’d never not seen her in total control of her surroundings. Leo replayed the footage and I watched closely, noting how Hope became more relaxed, less alert, as she sipped on the drink the man had given her. Taylor was giggling and falling into the mystery man while Hope stood by, giving a half-hearted laugh each time.
Hot tears pricked at the corner of my eye when I watched them walk off screen. The guy was practically carrying Taylor while Hope followed behind like an unknowing puppy. I had no doubts whatsoever that he’d drugged the girls.
“Mr. Schwarz, I think we need to call the police. Right now, please.”
(c) 2016, R.E. Hargrave, SLOTS
#99c BUY LINKS:
 

 

It’s LIVE! From the Heart: A Valentine’s Day Anthology

***RELEASE BLITZ***

 

From The Heart: A Valentines Anthology

 

Authors: Mich Feeney, L.J. Harris, Beverley Hallowed, Sarah Elizabeth, Laura Morgan, Kyra Lennon, RJ Thompson, JA Heron

Release Date 14th February 2016 

***All proceeds raised by this book will be donated to British Heart Foundation and will initially be priced at 99p/99c – this price will change soon after release***

Smart Buy Link:         http://smarturl.it/Fromtheheart

M.B. Feeney and L.J. Harris–Roll Of The Dice

A Roll of the Dice leads to . . . fun between Thomas McDonald and Maisie Lewis as they embark on the next stage of their relationship.
Will they see it through, or will nerves get the better of them?

 

 Beverley Hollowed–Changing Hearts
When Logan Bryce met Ella Graham, she became his whole world. Logan thought they would spend the rest of their life together. But when Ella gets sick, Logan has to face the possibility of losing the love of his life.
As he sits by Ella’s bedside and prays for her to live, he thinks back over their life together, and how they got to where they are today.
All Logan has left now is hope and a dream that maybe miracles do happen.

 

 

 Sarah Elizabeth-Online Valentine

All I wanted was for him to notice me, but he didn’t even know that I existed … well, not really.
To him, I was always just Emmy. 
Little Emmy.
Emmy the freshman. 
Emmy, his best friend’s little sister.
He never paid me any real attention. At least, he didn’t until the day I decided to become somebody else.
  
Laura Morgan–Fly Away
After years of feeling unhappy and alone, Aria dreams of spreading her wings and flying away. Playing second fiddle to her husband’s career was never her idea of a fulfilling life, but she’s too lost in her sea of self-pity to make a change.
That is, until she meets Dexter Fray. After pursuing his dreams and becoming part of one the world’s hottest boy bands, he’s lost himself in the process. He’s lonely and miserable, but so smothered by fame and fortune he can’t make that change either.
When the pair meet one starry night on a rooftop, they find a kindred lost soul staring back at them in the darkness. A connection is made and their lives start to change, whether they wanted it to or not, and Aria wonders if perhaps Dexter might be the key to helping her find herself again.
If only it could be quite so easy…

 

Kyra Lennon–Sunshine & Surprises
It was supposed to be the happiest day of Eden’s life. Graduation day, followed by one final summer with no responsibilities.
When an unexpected pregnancy scuppers her plans, Eden has to break the news to her commitment-phobic boyfriend, Declan. With big decisions to make and Declan pushing her away, Eden’s world crashes around her as she faces not only the prospect of single motherhood, but the knowledge that she may have lost the man she’d waited so long to be with.
In a bid to stop her life spiralling out of control, Eden has to make some tough choices, but will Declan step up and ease the burden, or will Eden be left – literally – holding the baby?

 

RJ Thompson-An exercise in Love

At 25 Carly was fed up. She was single and the ugly duckling of her group. A night out turns into a disaster and opens her eyes. Giving her the courage to make that change and to be the woman she’s always hidden inside. Andy a personal trainer seeing the woman she really is gives her the push she needs to grab life with both hands and finally be happy and love herself.

 

 JA Heron-Jersey Girl
Fun loving Kat and her bezzie Benny, know how to have a good time. But, it’s not always been fun and games in Kat’s life. Circumstances left her with nothing and so far, her time on this planet has been a rough ride. Orphaned after losing both parents and abandoned by her last living relative–her sister. Kat depends on her two closest friends, without whom, she’d probably be sleeping rough on the streets with a bottle of rum in her hands. 
One cold and dreary night, she meets Connor Reeves. He arrives in Jersey to visit his elderly uncle. That’s when her life changes… but it’s not all plain sailing.

 

AUTHOR BIOS AND LINKS:

M. B. Feeney

M. B. Feeney is an army brat who finally settled down in Birmingham, UK with her other half, two kids and a dog. Currently at university studying for her BA (Hons) in primary teaching, she procrastinates on her assignments by listening to music of all genres and trying to get ‘just one more paragraph’ written on whichever WIP is open. She is also a serious doodler and chocoholic. Writing has been her one true love ever since she could spell, and publishing is the final culmination of her hard work and ambition.

Her publishing career began with two novellas, and she currently has multiple projects under way, in the hopes that her portfolio of what have been described as “everyday love stories for everyday people” will continue to grow. Always having something on the go can often lead to block which eventually gets dissolved by good music and an even better book.

Her main reason for writing is to not only give her readers enjoyment, but also to create a story and characters that stay with readers long after the book is finished, and possibly make someone stop and think “what if . . . ”

Links: Find M. B. Feeney at the following . . .
 

L.J Harris
L. J. HARRIS is a mother of teenage twin boys who she loves with all her heart. Her family is her life, her soul, and the very reason she gets out of bed every day. Coming a close second to her family is her writing.

She only just discovered a passion for writing in the past five or so years. She’d always written little poems in birthday cards for family members, but that was as far as her writing aspirations went…until she decided to write poems and give them to family members as homemade gifts.
It was then a spark was lit, and ever since, she hasn’t been unable to switch off the urge to write.

After a close family member fell ill, she began questioning what she wanted and searching for answers. Unable to sleep one night, she sat up and typed out her feelings on the laptop. Her husband read what she’d written and encouraged her to write more. It was then she knew she wanted to share her thoughts with others. She began with writing what she knew—her life story, but couldn’t get into it. Instead, she decided to write about something not based on fact, but fiction, and wrote a dream sequence which she showed to her family. They encouraged her to expand on it, and she hasn’t stopped since.

L.J. Harris discovered that as much as enduring pain, loss, betrayal, or any other negative thing in our lives can be devastating, if she hadn’t experienced them for herself, she not only wouldn’t have found some lifelong friends, she doubts she would have been able to write the feelings of anguish and loss that some of her characters have had to endure.

L.J. has been previously published and has shared several online stories and looks forward to continuing to share her work.

L. J. Harris can be found at:

Beverley Hallowed
My name is Beverley, though most people call me Bev. I live in Dublin, Ireland with my husband, my two sons and my dog Alfie. I released my first book, Forever and Always in December 2012. I have since released 10 more books, including two series. I am stay at home mom and a full time writer.  I love music and almost anything creative.

Sarah Elizabeth
Sarah Elizabeth is a British author who writes in the Romantic Suspense, New Adult, and Contemporary Romance genres. She lives and breathes for all things books, be it writing them, reading them, and sometimes even stroking them!

Her main influences are Rachael Wade, Jennifer Probst and Tina Reber.

She is a major fan of music with very eclectic taste, listening to Delta Goodrem through to Fightstar, Dvicio through to 3 Doors Down.

Sarah thrives to add mystery to the romance in all of her projects, spending many evenings and late nights when her four young children are tucked up in bed to let the words pour onto the pages and the characters inside her mind completely take over.

Social Media Links:

Twitter: @AuthorSarahEliz
Amazon Author Page: http://tinyurl.com/pznmvof
 
Laura Morgan
 
Laura started her writing career putting together short stories and fan fiction, usually involving her favourite movie characters caught up in steamy situations, and wrote her first full length novel in 2013. A self-confessed computer geek, Laura enjoys both the writing and editing side of her journey, and regularly seeks out the next big gadget on her wish list.

She spends her days looking after her two young children and their cocker spaniel Milo, as well as making the most of her free time by going to concerts with her friends, or else listening to rock music at home while writing (a trend many readers may have picked up on in her stories.)

Like many authors, Laura has a regular playlist of tracks she enjoys listening to while writing, featuring the likes of Slipknot, Stone Sour, Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch, and Shinedown. If you’d like to listen along with her, you can find her Spotify playlist by clicking HERE.
 
Laura also loves hearing from her fans, and you can connect with her via the following:

If you have enjoyed reading any of her stories, please take a moment to share your thoughts by leaving a review to help promote Laura’s work.

Laura Morgan’s novels include:
The Black Rose series:
Embracing the Darkness: book #1 in the Black Rose series
A Slave to the Darkness: book #2 in the Black Rose series
Forever Darkness: book #3 in the Black Rose series
Destined for Darkness: book #4 in the Black Rose series
A Light in the Darkness: book #5 in the Black Rose series
And her contemporary romance novel:

Forever Lost

Laura also writes YA Science Fiction under the alias L.C Morgan, with her new novel:
Humankind: Book 1 in the Invasion Days series 

Kyra Lennon
Kyra is a self-confessed book-a-holic, and has been since she first learned to read. When she’s not reading, you’ll usually find her hanging out in coffee shops with her trusty laptop and/or her friends, or girling it up at the nearest shopping mall. Kyra grew up on the South Coast of England and refuses to move away from the seaside which provides massive inspiration for her novels. Her debut novel, Game On (New Adult Contemporary Romance), was released in July 2012, and she has since published a number of books within the New Adult genre.

RJ Thompson
R J Thompson is a freelance writer of fantasy fiction/erotic.. R J has always loved history so using her wild imagination and tying in her love of history and fantasy she started writing. With her debut novel Soulkiss already published R J has her sights set on producing some more mythical inspired novels along with a future series based on some hard assed demons.

She has many hobbies which include jewellery making, cross stitch, crafting and she also makes some awesome swag too. As well as this she also works out with her husband at their local gym and  they both attend Caveman training. When R J isn’t writing she still works full time as a dental nurse and is also the Oral Health Educator for the practice.

 
J A Heron

Jane Is a self confessed coffee addict and chocoholic. Like most women, she enjoys nothing more than snuggling with a good book, a steaming cup of coffee with a few munchies on hand.  Jane lives in a small town called Burton on Trent, Staffordshire in the heart of England. This little town where she resides is famous for making beer, the home of Coors Brewery. She has called this industrial town home, all her life.

Jane is a mother, a fiancée and loves to write books of all genres. She believes in variety and loves nothing more than to try her hand at anything her mind conjures up.

Her back catalogue includes:

Erotic romance ~ ‘Belleza’
Erotic romance ~ ‘Alias’
Erotic thriller ~ ‘30 Days’
Women’s comedy drama ~ ‘GirlsQuad – A Best of Friends series: Book one’

She is currently working on GirlsQuad: Book two and a dark horror, collaborating with another author, amongst other projects. 
Jane believes in her work, she believes in her stories and she hopes you will too, she will be bringing you lots more tales from the heart. 
 
Stalk Jane on any or all of the following:

 Facebook ~   https://goo.gl/jIuFLE
Goodreads ~  https://goo.gl/wejYGH
Google+ ~   https://goo.gl/1GeIC0
Amazon author central  ~ http://goo.gl/8RpOV6
Wattpad  ~  https://goo.gl/Ea1191
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the heart – A Valentine’s Day Anthology

As you know, myself and L. J. Harris are collaborating on a story which will be included in the charity anthology which will be raising money for The British heart Foundation. Below is a full list of the authors included and their story titles. Blurbs will be released during the release tour, so you’ll just have to wait for those.

I am also posting a couple of teaser pictures for the collaboration myself and L. J. are almost finished with. We both hope you enjoy . . .

Pre-Order your copy now!

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M. B. Feeney and L. J. Harris – Roll of the Dice 

Beverley Hollowed – Changing Hearts

Sarah Elizabeth – Sinful Deceit

Laura Morgan – Fly Away

Kyra Lennon – Sunshine & Surprises

RJ Thompson – An exercise in Love

JA Heron – Jersey Girl

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12 Days of Book Nerdiness – Day 1 – Mary Elizabeth

Get Low with Mary Elizabeth’s upcoming release!

 

It’s hard living on the wrong side of the tracks.
Lowen Seely has a criminal record to prove it. Determined not to follow in his father’s footsteps, he fights instinct and tries honesty. But hunger becomes painful, and bills are due. Forced to choose between what is
right and wrong, the boy from the hood learns abiding by the rules is nearly impossible when corruption is in your blood. 
Falling for an outlaw has changed everything.
Poesy Ashby is the definition of ride or die, even when it means turning her back on freedom. The girl from the suburbs gives conformity the middle finger. Bonnie and Clyde have nothing on her love story. 
On the run with consequences in the rearview mirror, Lowen and Poesy accept the truth: they are the bad guys. 

 

But can they get away with their crimes?
 
Mary Elizabeth is an up and coming author who finds words in chaos, writing stories about the skeletons hanging in your closets. 
 
Known as The Realist, Mary was born and raised in Southern California. She is a wife, mother of four beautiful children, and dog tamer to one enthusiastic Pit Bull and a prissy Chihuahua. She’s a hairstylist by day but contemporary fiction, new adult author by night. Mary can often be found finger twirling her hair and chewing on a stick of licorice while writing and rewriting a sentence over and over until it’s perfect. She discovered her talent for tale-telling accidentally, but literature is in her chokehold. And she’s not letting go until every story is told. 
 
 

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