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Opinions Needed…

I’ve been thinking. Dangerous I know, but bare with me.

Most of the books I write are romance books; or at least have romance at their core. They span a range of romance subgenres such as contemporary, erotic, and young adult. It’s been making me wonder…

I’m currently writing the first book in a possible 5 book series that has no romance at it’s core. I want to get as many of the series written as I can, so that I can release them fairly close together so there isn’t a long wait between each book.

The problem I’m having, is how I categorise the books.

The rough series synopsis is that it revolves around a boyband who win a televised talent show and their personal and professional lives beyond. Each book will be from the point of view of each band member.

I have no idea how well this series will be received, but it is a series that I really want to write.

Here’s a little snippet from book one which is still being written:

“I honestly thought it was going to be us this time.” Josh spoke quietly, but we all heard him as if he’d shouted. “I’ve never felt so sick in my life.”

Brad put one of his hands, calloused from playing his guitar, on Josh’s shoulder.

“Me too mate, me too.” He spoke just as softly.

Is this series something you would read? I’m honestly interested in your opinion.

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To Camp or Not To Camp?

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Every time I sign up for NaNo, I fail spectacularly (last November was the best word count I ever managed at just over 42k)

So… do I sign up for Camp next month? I would get to set my own target word count (which is great), and I have plenty of projects I can attempt to finish off – maybe even more than one could be completed.

I wasn’t originally going to sign up because of the Chester Signing next month, but sadly, I have had to withdraw from attending because of Childcare issues (urgh), so I would have the time to write, and it may kickstart the motivation that has been seriously lacking so far this year. Honestly, every time I sit down to write, I find something else to do and the word doc gets closed without me adding anything to it.

It’s getting ridiculous and frustrating and I’m getting angry at myself more than anything. I have multiple projects that need to be finished this year. I’m currently writing a charity piece (minimum 15k word count) which will be in an anthology to raise money for Clusterbusters. While Girls and Boys is complete, editing will be starting soon (ick) and I still need to finish Andy’s accompanying novella. This will be titled A Wicked Game and is about 9k so far. I’m aiming for it to be at least 35-40k (more would be great).

Next month, I am releasing The Exchange Series: The Complete Collection in both ebook and paperback.

So, with all that, I can’t afford to have no motivation right now. So, yeah. Just going to sign up for next month’s Camp…

 

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.

Here We Go Again…

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I have attempted NaNoWriMo so many times and every time I’ve failed, yet I still keep trying.

This year, I’m using it to push myself to get On the Buses (may still change that title) finally finished. It’s currently sat at around 24,000 words and I’d like it to be around 80,000 so another 50 (If I win Nano this year) would be a great chunk done.

It’s now the 2nd of October, and I have a couple of things to get finished before I can dive in to Buses. Please keep your fingers crossed for me!

I’ve added a wordcount widget to this blog in the hopes it’ll motivate me to keep going.

If you’re also doing Nano this year, find me (username mouse555) and add me as a buddy!

I must be crazy…

A Little News From Me…

Since the beginning of the summer, I have reworked Texas, decided to work Gage’s POV into a novella rather than the original 2nd epilogue, and I have finished writing the second in The Exchange Series, Reluctance. That’s three books in about four months – I’m exhausted.

But, rather than rest on my laurels, and sit back doing nothing, I decided I would try and get On the Buses (title may change), my 90’s based story about Jack and Andy. It was, when I opened it, sitting at 16,691 words, and I worked from top to bottom, and when I got to the bottom, it was 18,543 – great news. Then it came to writing new stuff… nothing happened.

I think I’ve burned myself out, but I’m still trying to move forward with it slowly.

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Speaking of Texas, Magic of Books Promotions are running a cover reveal for me in November. If you would like to sign up, fill in this FORM. You’d make my day!

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Also, I have set up a release event over on Facebook. I’m being a bit ambitious by hosting it over 12 days, with author takeovers and giveaways. Hopefully, I’ll pull it off, and I’d love to see you there. Check out the pinned post in the event for the first, and longest running giveaway of the event.

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I’m slowly getting myself ready for the Book-Pimpers signing in March of next year. As much as I loved being part of the Second City Signing, I felt a little unprepared and didn’t have much with me on my table. However, I’m certainly using it as a learning curve and making sure I learn from my own mistakes. Onwards and upwards…

If you’d like to come and see me, and other amazing authors, click HERE to buy tickets.

If you’d like to preorder books from me, whether you are attending the signing or not, fill in this FORM and I shall invoice you.

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As far as I know, this is all my news… but, keep an eye on my Facebook page, that is usually the first place I post any news.

If you have any queries, questions, or comments, either comment here, post to my page’s wall, or drop me a message. I’ll try my best to cat them all.