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BLOOD ROSES IS OUT!

I can’t believe it finally happened.

Let me see…How many years has it been?

I think when I wrote and completed the first draft, it was in 2003 or something crazy like that. That draft was an absolute dumpster fire. It was contrived, I was trying to write romance (not for me), and it was just bad.

But I liked the characters, I liked Tiltonsville, West Virginia, and I loved that title.

I decided to give it another shot.

Then…I decided to give it another go during a National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I took some of the ideas that I had in the original, dumped everything else, and discovery wrote everything else. And from there it was a tale of writing, editing, and rewriting. Each rewrite got it closer to what I was picturing in my mind. With each rewrite, I learned more about my writing process, what it’s like to tell a story, and how freaking hard it is to tell a story.

blood roses and honeysuckles is a tale of love and loyalty, self-indulgent carelessness and what happens when intentions are true even in the methods aren’t.

But it’s so much fun, y’all. It’s an incredibly good time. Everything has solidified that I want to publish books for a living. I loved creating the cover with Dee from DA studios, even though I’m sure I drove her crazy with my indecision and constant questions. Finding an editor was a learning experience, but it was necessary. I found a few betas who gave me their views, which was fun.

And now…finally…blood roses & honeysuckles is here. It exists! For you. Right now it’s available for Kindle, Kobo, and Google Play. I’m going to put it out for Nook and a few other places as well. I’ll also be publishing the print edition later this month. To find out those updates when they happen, join my newsletter.

Thanks for being along with me for this journey. It’s been quite the ride, but I’m ready for more. How are you doing? Let me know in the comments. And if you pick up a copy of #BloodRoses, leave a review. It helps so much.

Aloha y’all!

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Camp NaNoWriMo v NaNoWriMo: What’s the Difference?

Hey everybody! Every year there’s two different sessions of Camp NaNoWriMo. The second session is coming, which is in July.

But wait, I’ve gotten ahead of myself. I haven’t talked to you about what these things are.

NaNoWriMo is a National Novel Writing Month that occurs every November. People all over the world try to write a novel for at least 50k words in one month. The excitement each year is almost palatable. You’ll see all kinds of think pieces on blogs, videos about it, and so much more. You’ll find sprints on Twitter and NaNoWriMo Facebook groups are all of the sudden on fire, there are so many people posting and chatting it up. On the NaNoWriMo site you can create a profile, measure your progess, talk on message boards, and chat with friends who you’ve added, who are on this crazy ride.

 

 

With Camp NaNoWriMo, the atmosphere is absolutely different. The buzz is more of a murmur like the crickets at the end of a summer’s night. You don’t have a friend’s list in Camp NaNo, which I think is an unfortunate oversight. But, instead of friends list, you can join a cabin. You can get put into a randomly, join a friend’s cabin, or create a cabin and invite people yourself. (See how the whole camp thing comes to play?). In order to join a cabin, you first need to create a project. You have to choose a project type (novel, short story, script, etc…) and then your goal which measured in either words, hours, minutes, lines, and pages.  With the added bonus of being able to encourage your cabin mates, the Camp option  is a really flexible alternative.

Some writers find the flexibility helps them along and others like the madcap mayhem of a 50k word month. I like them both for different reasons. I use the Camps to finish projects and NaNo is to start something new and really dig into it for a month. I am trying to establish a daily writing routine and doing the NaNo events definitely helps.

Check out my NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo playlists. Let me know in the comments below, do you prefer one NaNo over another? And I’ll see you next Monday!

Aloha y’all

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Baby, I’m ready to go!- Writing Goals and Me

Aloha everyone!

I had so many people show concern for me, because of the volcano eruption, the earthquakes, and general horrifying events that never seem to quit. We are fine, all that volcanic activity has been on the Big Island. I made this map so people could know. I think we’re maybe a thousand miles away from all of that? There was a fear that a tsunami would result from all of that, but fortunately, that doesn’t seem to be happening either.

Do you remember that song from the 90s by Republica, Ready to Go? That’s how I’m feeling today. I’ve made a deadline for myself. I want to have my cozy mystery in my beta readers hands by June 10th. Not a lot of time, but incredibly doable.  (If you want to beta read it, let me know, I’ll add you to my secret group. Email me at: penpaperpad78@gmail.com)

Blood Roses and Honeysuckles is still a thing that exists in the world. I have one alpha and one beta taking it on at this time. They’re helping me to realize it’s not the flaming hot cheeto of sewage scum that I thought it was. I just needs some work.

Would you like to know more about my plans for the second quarter then check out this video. In this video, I’m also talking about a colleague of mine who is in a terrible situation and is trying their damnest to find their way. They are offering their editing services at an extremely discounted flat rate of $100. Watch the video. Pinned at the top of the comment section, there’s contact info.  If you’re in need of edits or proofreading, please contact them.

I’m asking everyone this week, is there anything that reminds you of me and the things I do? Whether it’s a color, a phrase, a song, whatever, no idea is too big or smile. This might come up again later. You may also see this question in other places.

Thank you so much for reading this and checking in with me.

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How are you doing? Have you been writing? Working on something new these days? Tell me down in the comments, you know I want to know everything.

Take care!

Aloha y’all

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