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!
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.
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 🙂
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.
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.