I’d like a ghost for a boyfriend…I wouldn’t have to pick his socks up off the floor

Sure, I’d like a ghost for a boyfriend – no picking up dirty clothes or worrying about which way the toilet paper should face. But what does this have to do with anything? Well…back in November I participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and found myself with half a novel. Now after lots and lots of hard work, I’m almost there.

My revisions have gone back to my editor for one last look and then once I make those changes I’m ready for formatting and uploading. My cover is complete and I wanted to share it. I think it came out beautifully – the cover designer did a fantastic job.

I’m hoping to have it available on Amazon in April. Then on all other eReader sites. I’ll also be adding a paperback version and an audiobook version. So while the editor is doing her thing I’ll be working on book 2. Once the first book is live I’ll follow-up and let ya’ll know. For a modern-day ghost story read on…

Lost in ShadowWe were wrong…ghosts are frighteningly real. For centuries a war has been raging between light and shadow…Shadow Walker pitted against Day Walker, threatening to plunge the world into darkness. Colin, an ancient warrior who lost hope long ago, prowls the streets of Edinburgh, eviscerating those who prey on humanity.

Emily possesses the ability to see beyond our realm into the dangerous realms of Light and Shadow. Unwittingly drawn into the shadows when she intervenes to help Colin, igniting his long-buried desires, she unleashes a deadly curse. Now with a week to break the curse, time is running out as they are locked in a deadly fight with forces that will stop at nothing to destroy them before they succeed.

Intensely romantic and thrilling, Lost in Shadow portrays the struggle between redemption and retribution.

Fans of Sherrilyn Kenyon, J.R. Ward, Karen Marie Moning, Charlene Harris, and Jacquelyn Frank will devour this series.

 

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

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Debut Book – Shadow Dance – Coming Soon

I’ve been working on my first novel. NaNoWriMo really helped me with my productivity. It’s been a journey and I can hardly describe the joy I felt in writing “the end”.Shadow Dance Website Size 72 dpi 600 x 900

Book One – Shadow Dance is now complete and in the revision phase. I hope to have it available in February 2013. I’ll update everyone when it goes live. It’s a dark, edgy, paranormal romance and it’s going to be a series. I’ve got the ideas for the next several books. I’ll start on book two as soon as the edit process is complete on book one.

Shadow Dance  – Ghosts are not the gauzy white shapes, harmlessly floating around us as we’ve been led to believe – they are ancient warriors with the power to drain a human’s energy, instantly aging and killing them. A war has been brewing for centuries between light and shadow…shadow walker pitted against day walker, threatening to send the world into darkness, unless the shadow walkers save humanity before time runs out.

This is Colin’s story – Prowling the streets of Edinburgh, watching over, protecting humanity, Colin was a ghost – immortal – a deadly, lethal, predator reveling in eviscerating those who preyed on humanity. Losing hope centuries ago for a chance at redemption, he embraced the Shadow Walker life – until he crosses paths with Emily who changes his fate, intervening to save his life, igniting his long-buried desires. With a week to break the curse before Colin turns wraith, lost to darkness for eternity…time is running out as they are locked in a deadly fight with forces who will stop at nothing to destroy them before they succeed.

What are you working on? It doesn’t have to be a book – a new decorating project, craft, etc. How do you stay motivated?

Cheers!

NaNoWriMo – I finished my novel – The End!

Yep, a few minutes ago, I finished my NaNoWriMo novel – 50,227 words!

I am ecstatic and tired. The next two days are mine to play and then…I’m going to work on the first in a trilogy I’ve been thinking about and see how many words I can knock out by the end of November.

My goal was to have a good draft finished by the end of the year so I’d be ready to send to my editor early next year. There were some moments I wasn’t sure I’d make it but whoo-hoo! For all of you who have written one or two or a whole bookshelf of novels – you know how I’m feeling right now. Ahem, we won’t talk about editing at this point.

If you haven’t finished your novel yet, it’s only the 23rd, you can finish it with seven days remaining. Sit down, close your eyes and imagine….

P.S. I’ll check back in on 12/1 and post my count for the five days on my new adventure…I think I’m going to end the world. <grin

Happy NaNoWriMo to all!

Gratitude, NaNoWriMo and a very Happy Thanksgiving

As we’re nearing the end of NaNoWriMo, I wanted to take a break from writing to show some gratitude with Thanksgiving sneaking up on us, well at least sneaking up on  me, tomorrow.

I’m grateful for NaNoWriMo – I’ve pushed myself further than I thought possible and am sooo close to typing the end. It’s the first in a planned series, I have rough sketches of the next five but before I start book two, I’m going to start book one of a trilogy.

I’ll finish before deadline and plan to use the remaining days in November to start on another book with a sassy character who’s been yelling it’s her turn now. This one is a trilogy, the world ends, my character is annoyed there’s no more soft toilet paper <grin.

The little things make me smile, fill me with gratitude:

  • my kitties
  • friends
  • family
  • my nieces, one pictured here enjoying a rather large bowl of popcorn
  • nature
  • books
  • movies
  • the smell of fall in the air

You get my drift. What are you grateful for? How are you spending your Thanksgiving?

Safe travels!

NaNoWriMo – Week 2 How Messy Is Your House?

Ok all you NaNoWriMo participants, it’s week 2, how are you doing?

Are your floors dusty, dust bunnies chasing the cats around, dishes piling up in the sink and you are wearing sweats with holes because you haven’t done laundry? Then give yourself a BIG congratulations – you are focused on your writing!

Chores can wait – ignore the urge to edit, keep writing – try something new, kill your character off in a different way, write in a different place. Instead of being locked away in my office, I’m sitting outside on the deck writing today – it’s 70 and I want to enjoy it before it drops down cold again by Tuesday.

How do you stay motivated? Do you follow an outline? Set up a reward like a massage or some other treat?

Me – I have a broad outline and I revisit it each night to think about what I want to write the next day. I’m going to break 25K words today so happy writing to all!

I’ll check in soon with my mid-month word count.

Cheers!
Cynthia

Keep your energy up for all that NaNoWriMo writing – have a smoothie

We are now on day 9 of NaNoWriMo, in case you’re a little tired, here’s a great fall smoothie to keep you energized, your fingers flying across they keyboard.

Also, take a few minutes at lunch today to get some fresh air – even if you go out the front door and right back in, the sun (if it’s shining where you are today) and fresh air will help you get your second wind for this afternoon and tonight.

Pumpkin ‘licious Smoothie
pinch of cinnamon
1/4 c. pumpkin pie filling (freeze it for a thicker smoothie)
1/2 c. almond or soy vanilla milk
2 tbsp vanilla yogurt blend well.

if you want to be decadent, crush up a few graham crackers and sprinkle on top.

P.S. feeling adventurous? add a couple of spinach leaves, up to a handful (you won’t even taste the spinach)

For more energy boosting smoothies, you can check out my blog – WickedGreenSmoothies.com

Other than pushing forward, maybe getting ahead on your writing this weekend, what fun things do you have planned? You’re almost at the halfway point so schedule something for yourself – a movie, a day of hooky from work, a massage – you decide and reward yourself.

Happy Thursday!

NaNoWriMo – 30% there! – Silence your inner critic

Have you heard of National Novel Writing Month? Or NaNoWriMo for short? It’s where during the  month of November, you try to write 50,000, yes, that’s correct, 50,000 words in ONE MONTH. To keep you accountable, there is a website with writing buddies so you can see how you’re doing in relation to others. Nothing like a little competition to keep oneself motivated.

It took me a couple of days to quit trying to edit what I’d written but now, 8 days in, I find I’m writing more without that inner critic. Also, finding I like having plenty of words to come back and edit once I can type “The End.”

So whatever it is you do – silence your inner critic.

So stay tuned and I’ll follow-up mid-month and end of the month with my final word count.

Cheers!