Tootin’ My Horn A Bit

I need to toot my horn a bit so please do indulge me. I just published my NaNoWriMo novel, Loving Ashe, a few weeks ago and wouldn’t you know it?  I’ve neglected to make even an announcement on my main blog!

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So here I am doing just that and hope that you will mosey on over to Loving Ashe’s landing page to read a few sample chapters and even purchase a copy.

The paperback is still in the works but the ebook is available right now.

Loving Ashe - High Resolution

For those of you unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, it’s stands for National Novel Writing Month which falls every November. It benefits literacy programs throughout the country and it’s a challenge (to write 50K words in 30 days) I’ve undertaken three years in a row now.  I failed that first year but it planted the seed, which was all I needed.

Loving Ashe started as a short story challenge on this blog two years ago and I expanded it into a novel, which I serialized live on Wattpad on November 2014.  Sour Patch Kids (that sour and sweet candy) included it in their list of featured stories this February during their #sourthensweet contest which definitely didn’t hurt boosting its reading numbers, which now is at 1.5 million reads.

So if you like to read an unconventional romance novel with a little twist, do give Loving Ashe a read!

And from today till July 7, 2015, you can purchase Loving Ashe at 50% off on Smashwords (epub version only) using code: WG32X

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Whew! Hope that wasn’t too painful for you to read, and thanks for reading this far 🙂

Beauty #2

  

It’s the same drawing, only this time with her hair all colored – on my iPhone app called Sketch This. I’m calling her Paige, for one of my characters in my just-published novel Loving Ashe.

Yep! I did it! I went ahead and published my novel yesterday and it’s a bit bittersweet and scary and awesome all at the same time. 

I miss writing my poems but nothing’s coming out just yet. Guess it’s because there are other things I need to do first. Like hitting that Publish button – and planning out my son’s summer. 

Somehow the idea of a five-year old and me this summer has the makings of a comedy of errors. 

NaNoWriMo Blues

It’s the 23rd day of NaNoWriMo, and though my word counter says I’ve written 67K words, I’m really only at 45,635 words (because I am editing as I go – don’t tell anyone).  In the midst of it all, the house is untidy, my gray roots are showing, and I’ve slackened off on my running – and walking.  Yes, my butt has gotten quite big in a span of 23 days.

But in those 23 days, I published my novel Finding Sam.  Indie-publish should be the word to use though, since I didn’t get published by some big-name publisher and they’re not yet beating a path to my door.  Hell, not even a small publisher, not that I even know what publishers are not actually vanity publishers right off the bat.

But I’m quite pleased with myself that I got my book on Kindle and Smashwords’ Premium library, which means I get to see it featured in the search results on the Apple bookstore and other stores that Smashwords sends their novels to be featured.  I thought it would be nerve-wracking and confusing. it’s not like I kept a checklist on paper – for this one was all in my head, and on my browser bookmarks folder.  Now all I have to do is tackle the marketing, but that will be after NaNoWriMo.

So all in all, in those 23 days, I don’t think I’ve done too bad.  I’ve managed to stay out of trouble – online, at least, and have kept on writing, and pants-ing pseudo plotting my way to the end of my second novel, Loving Ashe.  All I need to do now is input the number on the NaNoWriMo website and call myself a winner.

But not till this second book is done and dusted.   I’ve got 7 days left.