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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!

#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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The Exchange Series – An update.

I’d never planned to write a series because I was always worried that I’d never be able to maintain one, but with so many people writing standalone series’, I decided to give it a go.

Admittedly, I copped out a little with The Exchange Series, because they’re all shorts (around 10k each roughly), but I’ve enjoyed it.

Dear Diary and Reluctance are already available, while book three – Repentence – is awaiting formatting and as soon as it’s ready will be released. The fourth – Dear John – is currently with pre readers. This will be the final book in the series, and in the new year, I will be working on combining them into an omnibus paperback.

I have to admit, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the reception these books have received and a lot of the comments concern the way they’ve been written (diary and journal entries). I’m always pushing myself to be a little bit different where I can, and this format just worked. I will say now though, Repentence and Dear John are not the same format, but they are both different from a straight narrative.

Hopefully, both will be released soon, and I hope you love them as much as I’ve loved writing them.

Here are a couple of short teasers from both:

Repentence:

When his mom first told him a British chick was coming to stay with them, Tyler had been like a shark tasting fresh blood. He was going to charm her into his bed, then let her head back home, he hadn’t forseen her coming back thanks to his brother knocking her up. What choice did any of them have but to have her in the house, this time permanently?

“Hey, where d’you go just then?” Anna’s question brought his attention back to the present. Once again he could feel the warm sand on his bare feet and her small form in his arms. He smiled down at her.

“Sorry, I was thinking about home.” He bent to capture her lips with his own. The kiss making his heart rate pick up as every other kiss they’d shared had done. When he boarded the plane back in Arizona, he’d never expected much to happen on his vacation. He’d planned on lounging on the beach during the day, and drinking in bars in the evenings, but as he was checking into his hotel, he’d spotted Anna struggling with her bags and from the moment he’d helped her into the elevator, his plans had changed.

Plans that had never included falling in love with someone in a two week period.

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Dear John:

“As many of you know, I spent a lot of time over in the UK. During my time there, I made many contacts with teachers in schools and one such contact has agreed to take part in this project with us. Inside these envelopes, you will find a name and address of your counterpart at a high school in Brighton, a town on the south coast of England. You will, over the entire semester, exchange letters with them and learn about them, their family, and the culture they associate themselves with in the UK. At the end of the semester, you will present your letters— so keep copies of those you mail out via myself and the school, after all, we don’t expect you to pay for postage to the UK.”

I stared at him, unsure what the point of this assignment was. We’d all learnt how to write letters years ago.

“In this technological age, handwritten letters are a rarity and this saddens me, so I aim to bring them back; even if only for one semester. Maybe some of you will end up with a pen pal for life and continue to correspond with them after this project is over. I predict that many of you will drop your correspondent like a hot potato once the semester is over, but as long as you learn something from them, that is your prerogative. You may open your envelopes.”

The sound of tearing paper filled the air. I slid the single sheet out. The only thing printed on it was:

                    John Davids
                   c/o 78-92 Falmer Academy
                   Falmer Road
                   Brighton
                   East Sussex
                   BN2 3FF

Groaning to myself at not getting a female pen pal, I tucked the paper into my bag and waited for Mr. Larsson to continue the lesson.

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Hopefully, these will leave you wanting more! As soon as I have dates of release (or they’re live if I’m feeling sneaky), you’ll be the first to know. Make sure you’re following my Facebook Page to keep up to date with everything. That’s usually the first place I post anything.

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.
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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
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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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