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An Update on Me.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Nano2016 was another fail, but I beat my personal bet. I managed to write 42,483 words, this included finishing the WIP I had been working on – Girls and Boys, a novel set in 1990s London – and starting a novella linked to the novel. While I’m disappointed to not have ‘won’ at Nano yet again, I am so proud that I didn’t give up halfway through week one and I finished a first draft.

Since the end of November, I have had shorts released as part of boxsets. These sets were released by Papergold Publishing and if you check out the books page, you can find the buy links for them both. They are only available on Amazon as an ebook. I’ll share the covers and the blurbs for each of my shorts:

Mile High: Part of the Pleasure Me boxset – Erotica and steamy romance

When Taryn Caine was assigned a long haul flight on a private jet hired by Blazed, the hottest new band around, she never expected to end up screwing the lead vocalist, Max Reeves.

Max certainly rubbed Taryn up the wrong way from the moment he stepped foot on the jet, but can he rub her the ‘right’ way by the end of it?

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Cover Created as always by The Graphics Shed

I’m pleased to announce that this short has been picked up by Papergold Publishing as part of their new 18+ imprint Liquid Gold. I don’t have any details of release just yet, but as soon as I know, you’ll know.

While You Were Asleep: Part of The Winter Wishes boxset – heartwarming tales set during winter and around Christmas

When Jared Keating is admitted into hospital after being beaten up and left for dead, his family and friends wait for him to wake up. In the hopes he can hear them, they all spend a little time with him, recalling memories of good times with him, letting him know that they can’t live without him in their lives.

Anger and sadness overwhelm them when they come face to face with the reason Jared is in a coma, but they soon understand that no one is to blame other than his ruthless attackers.

Will he wake up? Will he still be ‘Jared’ if he does?

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Cover Created as always by The Graphics Shed

I shall probably be self publishing this once the boxset is dissolved, but I am undecided for now. Again, I’ll let people know once I decide.

Also, I have been confirmed as an author at an Hourglass event in 2018. It’s in March in Leeds. If you keep an eye on my events page, I’ll update details as and when I have them. I’m hoping to have a deposit paid for a 2nd event in 2018 in Birmingham, but that will have to wait until the new year as I need to pay for Christmas first… You may not have realised that I had to withdraw from the Titanic signing in Belfast. I’d looked through everything I had committed myself to and realised that I simply couldn’t afford it, so unfortunately I had to pull out. Hopefully, I’ll be able to attend as a reader and I wish everyone the best with it.

My plan for 2017 is to finish all the WIPs I have started. I would like to get them finished and edited so I can release as and when I am ready, keeping up a consistent release schedule. I have offered Papergold first refusal on anything new I release, but I will still be self publishing also. I’d like to have a good mix of indie and traditional works on the market.

Another thing I shall be working on improving, is sending out regular newsletters. If you’re interested, subscribe here.

So, I guess I best get writing and finish some more manuscripts.

#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 3. It’s been a bit crap.

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Day 3 – it’s currently 10:15pm, and I’m calling it a day. Motivation was NOT my friend today!

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Today’s word count: 281

Story word count: 28,487 – At least it’s going up, slightly.

Now it’s time for me to go and relax.

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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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No teaser today, because let’s face it, I’ve haven’t written anything worth teasing.

#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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