So for the past few weeks I’ve been quiet on the blogosphere for no reason other than trying to spend more time writing and meet certain deadlines. I can’t believe it’s August already, and my plan to have my novel finished is completely out the window. In fact, it’s been ripped apart by the wind and scattered in a trillion pieces. I know, how dramatic. I guess I’m in that kind of mood since I’ve made a huge realization.
The current novel I’ve worked on for this year is actually more like book 2 in the series. I know, how the @%#! didn’t I realize that when I first wrote it. Well don’t get me started. Let’s just say after struggling to make the plot work, and I threw in the possibility of this being book 2, then all of a sudden everything started falling into place. So there you have it – I’m now plotting book 1. On the bright side, the sequel is almost written. There has to be a bright side to this, right?
I mean, I love the book’s premise, the characters, the world, and the MCs voice. The idea has been rolling around in my head for a long while, and I just want to tell the story, but it’s not a straightforward tale apparently.
On more positive news, I’m close to finishing my YA Steampunk short story for the Real Girls Don’t Rust anthology over at Pugalicious Press. I really like the name for my story:
Lotti Lowther and the Rustplague
My other novella, Cursecaster, is coming along nicely and I hope to have that completed soon too.
Dianne Salerni is holding a huge giveaway including a first chapter critique. Check it out.
Lately I’ve been trying to read more and teach myself to read quicker. I figure if I read each night a couple of hours, then I’m bound to speed up. At least that’s the theory. I have so many unread books on my bookshelf and kindle, that I plan to get through them before I buy any more.
The books I’ve enjoyed most recently include:
Ruby Red is a time travel book with a strong heroine, ghosts, mistaken identity and a possible love interest. The book started slow, but once it kicked off, I was hooked. It’s very different to other time travel books, and I really enjoyed.
Here’s the blurb: Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era! Read more here.
This is the first book from Janet Evanovich I’ve read, and I’m liking her style. What I really enjoyed about this story was that it didn’t take itself too serious. By this I mean, the characters were a bit goofy and funny. Plus there’s a one-eyed cat, a crazy monkey, and magic spells involved. How couldn’t I love it.
Here’s the blurb: Life in Marblehead has had a pleasant predictability, until Diesel arrives. Rumor has it that a collection of priceless ancient relics representing the Seven Deadly Sins have made their way to Boston’s North Shore. Partnered with pastry chef Lizzie Tucker, Diesel bullies and charms his way through historic Salem to track them down—and his criminal mastermind cousin Gerewulf Grimorie. The black-haired, black-hearted Wulf is on the hunt for the relic representing gluttony. Caught in a race against time, Diesel and Lizzie soon find out that more isn’t always better, as they battle Wulf and the first of the deadly sins. Read more here.
A beautifully written and scorching sexy story. Seducing Cinderella is a romance at the core about Lucie whose life changes when she agrees to an arrangement with boxing champion Reid. It’s a fun and quick read with a HEA ending. There’s more coming in the series, so I’ll be looking forward for the sequel.
Here’s the blurb: Mixed martial arts fighter Reid Andrews’s chance to reclaim his title as light heavyweight champ is shattered when he’s injured only months before the rematch. To make sure he’s healed in time, his trainer sends him to recuperate under a professional’s care—Reid’s best friend’s little sister, all grown up. Disorganized and bookish Lucie Miller needs some professional help of her own. She’d do anything to catch the eye of a doctor she’s crushed on for years, so when Reid offers seduction lessons in exchange for 24/7 conditioning for the biggest fight of his career, Lucie jumps at the chance. Read more here.
So what have you been reading lately? Have you ever had a huge light globe moment about your story, requiring major rework?