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Looking for ARC Reviewers for THE SCARS THAT MADE US!

UPDATE: THE RELEASE DATE IS NOW SEPTEMBER 28TH DUE TO AN UNFORSEEN SETBACK! ARCs WILL STILL BE GOING OUT ON AUGUST 18TH

As I mentioned a few days ago, my next endeavor for TSTMU is to find ARC reviewers before the release date. Below I’ll post a link to the Google request form you can fill out if you’re interested in receiving a free advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. You’ll be getting the eBook in kindle format, and I intend to send out the ARCs on August 18th. You’ll be expected to post your review on September 28th, the release date.

Google request form link for an ARC: https://goo.gl/forms/DLCYZyOlb8QZ0efp1

Synopsis:

Ultimatums suck.

I should know. I was handed one on my eighteenth birthday by my mogul of a father. And it’s all because he refuses to believe that I can take care of myself, that I don’t need a man to fall back on in case my college dreams fail. But as much as I hate to admit it, his doubt comes from a logical place. It all stems from the nightmare incident that happened to me when I was seven years old. An event that has left scars of both the physical and emotional variety on me, leaving my body weaker than most.

But what is the ultimatum, you ask?

I either marry a man of his choosing for a stable financial future, or else I don’t get his check to go to college and complete my dreams of becoming a doctor.

Tell me, how do you trust a man who only wants to marry you for the check your father is so obviously writing him? The answer is you don’t.

But when Jagger Wells, my ridiculously gorgeous intended, explains the real reason behind his going along with this scheme, I begin to see the man beyond the pretty face; a guy just trying to do right by his family. And I decide that maybe there’s a way we can both get what we want without having to sign a marriage certificate in the process. All it would require is a little acting on our part and a couple of well-placed lies.

After a while, though, it doesn’t feel like we’re tricking our families anymore, but ourselves. That’s when lines blur, feelings become something real, and the truth is ultimately questioned.

In the end, I discover that I’m not the only one with scars.

(This is clean contemporary/NA romance)

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THE SCARS THAT MADE US Release Date!

 And the release date is….AUGUST 31st!

After way, way, waaayyy too much procrastinating, I finally have the release date for THE SCARS THAT MADE US! I can’t tell you guys how excited I am about this! It’s been a long time coming, what with the million obstacles I encountered both in life and on paper, but it’s finally here, and I’m so relieved! And to make this moment even more awesome, I made it so that you can pre-order TSTMU right now on amazon.com! That way on release day, you’ll already have it on your kindle.

I really appreciate those of you who have been on this long journey with me. You’ve put up with my ranting and intermittent posting, and finally, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. I can’t wait for you all to read it!

Also, I’ll be updating everyone in a few weeks about ARC opportunities, so stick around if you’d be interested! I’ll have more on it soon.

Synopsis:

Ultimatums suck.

I should know. I was handed one on my eighteenth birthday by my mogul of a father. And it’s all because he refuses to believe that I can take care of myself, that I don’t need a man to fall back on in case my college dreams fail. But as much as I hate to admit it, his doubt comes from a logical place. It all stems from the nightmare incident that happened to me when I was seven years old. An event that has left scars of both the physical and emotional variety on me, leaving my body weaker than most.

But what is the ultimatum, you ask?

I either marry a man of his choosing for a stable financial future, or else I don’t get his check to go to college and complete my dreams of becoming a doctor.
Tell me, how do you trust a man who only wants to marry you for the check your father is so obviously writing him? The answer is you don’t.

But when Jagger Wells, my ridiculously gorgeous intended, explains the real reason behind his going along with this scheme, I begin to see the man beyond the pretty face; a guy just trying to do right by his family. And I decide that maybe there’s a way we can both get what we want without having to sign a marriage certificate in the process. All it would require is a little acting on our part and a couple of well-placed lies.

After a while, though, it doesn’t feel like we’re tricking our families anymore, but ourselves. That’s when lines blur, feelings become something real, and the truth is ultimately questioned.

In the end, I discover that I’m not the only one with scars.

(This is clean contemporary/NA romance)

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Nope, not dead. Just editing…

As the title suggests, I did not drop dead after my week long, day in the life of a writer project. I’ve simply been trying to make digital ARCs of “The Scars That Made US” to send out to readers, but the process has been more than a little stressful. If I had to use one word to sum up my experience so far with converting PDF files to MOBI/EPUB for Kindle ARCs it would be UGH!

Apparently, turning a PDF file into a Kindle ready MOBI file is damn near impossible. After watching a million and one videos on YouTube regarding the subject, and downloading numerous converting software, I’m now down to only one flaw in my file: the chapter number/title is set to the left instead of centered with the rest of the text. Guys, this has been an awful process, and I hate that it has set me back over a month. I promise I’ll continue to try to fix the bugs and bring you a release date soon. Until then, wish me luck!

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A Week in the Life of A Writer: Day 4

We’re in the homestretch ya’ll! Only one day left of the blog-a-thon, and then it all goes back to normal. This little experiment has made my week go by in a flash. I hope it’s made your week go a little faster as well 😉

So today, as usual, was more editing for TSTMU. It’s hard to believe how much slower the reading process is when you’re going over every detail to make sure nothing is out of place. I also forgot that it’s a 100,000+ word document. I really need to start writing smaller novels, if only for my eyes’ sake lol. But I don’t think my progress is too bad. I’m 48% through, meaning I should have it done by early next week, allowing me to start seriously thinking about a release date.

Other than that, I did a TON of reading. I finished “Compromising Kessen” and managed to get through 54% of “Dark Fates” by G.K. DeRosa.

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Recently I’ve been doing a 30 day free trial from Amazon for the Kindle Unlimited program, so I’ve been jamming books in left and right, power reading my way through a small library. Which also means it’s been cutting back on my editing hours, but I’m not letting it bother me too much, haha. Everyone needs some inspiration/down time, and I have been enjoying mine immensely.

Today was a beautiful day, further distracting me from my schedule. I wanted to go out on my porch and work since this would be my view, but the sun was a little too bright for my screen. Sadly, the leaves aren’t out on the trees yet since I live in the Northeast and heaven knows spring doesn’t hit us until early June.

Overall it was a productive day, and I’m always thankful for those, whether it’s with writing or just getting things done around the house. Another thing I forgot to mention is I do a lot of my writing at night. The house is usually quiet and I know I won’t be interrupted. I also think I’m more productive at night. I like to sketch after dark and go through my social media, updating all of my feeds. I post my artwork to my digital shop and finish going through emails for the day. It’s calm, peaceful. I’m also an insomniac, so that helps 😉

And that was day 4! I hope you all enjoy the rest of your evening!

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A Week in the Life of A Writer: Day 3

And just like that, we’re on to day 3! How is everyone liking it so far? You bored yet? I’m going to guess yes, since my life isn’t as scintillating as the Kardashians, obviously lol. But something I’ve figured out from doing this is that it’s giving me motivation everyday to accomplish certain goals so I can tell you guys about them. And for that alone I think it’s been worth it.

As with days 1 and 2, day 3 was more editing. In retrospect I probably should have picked a better/more interesting week for me to do this blogging challenge. One where I’m actually writing and creating, and, I don’t know, doing something interesting. But I figured maybe I could sneak in a writing favorite of mine today to make up for it.

One of the things I do, especially when my mind comes up with a new character, is to write them down in the notebook I showed you guys yesterday. I add details like height, build, hair color and style, little quirks they’d be likely to have, and then my favorite part: their name. I don’t know what it is about names, but I love finding unique ones that are perfectly built for the character I’m envisioning. Sometimes a name alone gives me a picture of a character, and then I build a story just from that. But either way, I write them down, that way when I go back and possibly do a sequel, all I have to do is open my notebook, go to the page with their description, and everything is there. No hassle. This, by the way, is a tip I learned the hard way when I was writing the Separate Ways series. There were so many characters and descriptions that it was a nightmare with book 2 when I had to remember them all, and I didn’t have any of it written down in a concise, organized way.

 Annnnddd here’s a random picture of my desk. Inspiring is it not? LOL. Sorry about the lack of visuals today. It was rainy, dark, and cloudy in my neck of the woods, meaning any pictures I’d have taken would have looked like they were shot in a dungeon. Blame Mother Nature for this one.

I know I said a few paragraphs ago that today was kind of boring, you know, what with more annoying edits. But I do have something interesting planned for later tonight.

Okay, let me rephrase that: interesting for me.

I’m doing some fact checking and internet research for my latest project. To me, it’s one of the most important aspects when writing a book, especially when you’re writing about something specific, like an unfamiliar country, or the rules of a sport, or even the minute details of a dialect or accent. I love books where the descriptions are accurate and thought out, as though the author had first hand experience with it even if they didn’t. The key to a good book is in the details. Which is why I’ve been doing some digging into the world of fighting/MMA for a few weeks now, since that’s what my next book is going to focus on. I even watched martial arts practice sessions on YouTube and followed along so that when I write about it, I can perfectly describe how the stance feels, the pull you experience in your calves, the tightness of your shoulders before you release a punch. I want it to feel like you, the reader, is in that character’s shoes going through it with them. Hopefully I’ll accomplish this the way I hope to.

And that was day 3! I’m sorry it wasn’t very interesting, but hopefully tomorrow will breed something a little more fast paced. If you guys have any questions for me, I’d love to answer them! Perhaps we can even do a fun Q&A tomorrow 🙂

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A Week in the Life of A Writer: Day 2

So, Day 2! Like I said in my last post, today was more editing, and I managed to finish reading “A Little Bit Haunted”, bringing my total up to 13 of 15 books read for 2018.  Now I’m on “Compromising Kessen” by Rachel Van Dyken, pictured below.

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BTW, can someone tell me if the man on the cover is wearing a PEARL earring? Or am I continuing to go blind? Either way, I got a laugh out of it.

Anyway…after I got my daily reading in as well as my editing session, I did as I said I would and jotted down some more details for a book idea I’ve been messing with. I don’t want to elaborate too much on it since it’s still in the beginning stages, but let’s just say there’s an MMA aspect to it as well as a feisty heroine, which is always fun to write. Of course, some things need to be blurred because, hello, this brilliance isn’t free 😉 #Kidding

Also, I thought it was nice of Chloe to photobomb us all in the corner there. You know, the white blob of fur that could easily get mistaken for a fluffy pillow/and or a marshmallow.

After writing down three pages of notes and getting some nasty finger cramping, I then proceeded to cook dinner, do laundry, and clean dishes. Now here I am, typing this up as I stare longingly at my diet Coke sitting next to me, which as we all know is the true fuel of writers.

So, with that said, I’m going to go and enjoy my evening now (and my precious Coke lol). I hope you all do the same!

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A Week in the Life of A Writer: Day 1

As promised, today marks the first day of five where I will be posting about my daily writing process/routine. Of course, everyday changes for me, so you’re not going to be reading the same boring thing each evening. But there are a few elements that remain the same. Mostly my morning ritual, which begins with me taking care of my pupper, Chloe Cleopatra, and then getting breakfast before returning to my iPad for a morning read. Currently I’m on “A Little Bit Haunted” by Melody Summers. (I secretly think the cover model looks like Matt Lanter, hehe. Heck, it might even be him. I’ll have to do some research.)

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This is the one thing I’m not always faithful to. If my morning is busy, I try to find little times throughout the day to read to make up for it. But reading in the morning is probably my favorite, because it gives me inspiration to get to work on my own writing 🙂

And that brings me to around eleven a.m. At the moment I’m not currently writing any new projects, not because I don’t want to, but because I have so much to do for the release of “The Scars That Made Us”. I’m a terrible procrastinator, so I’ve been forcing myself not to get distracted with anymore side projects. Though I do have something cooking 😉

So, today was edits for TSTMU. I recently converted my HTML file over to MOBI so that I can find any little bugs/issues with the layout for when it goes to kindle. The highlighting feature is great to track changes so that when I go back and change the original document, I know exactly where to go.

I normally edit for a couple hours and then give myself a break. Editing is my least favorite part of the job, and so I try not to ruin my day by dedicating it solely to the task. I’m the type of person that constantly needs to be doing something different and interesting each day to keep motivated. I blame my adult ADHD for that.

Next I take an hour for lunch, maybe do a load of laundry, and then I go back to work until five or six o’clock. I dedicate at least an hour or more a day to drawing/creating art, whether it’s for personal enjoyment or because I’m posting something new on my art shop, courtesy of redbubble.com. I’m an illustrator/graphic designer as well as a writer, so it keeps me nice and busy every day, and I love the diversity I get out of both jobs.

Of course, I don’t always stick to the schedule. Sometimes I spend a whole day on art related projects, and others I’m writing for hours at a time. Like I said before, today was dedicated to edits, and tomorrow probably will be too, but I also plan to vet out a few more details for my latest story in the afternoon, and I’m definitely looking forward to that. You need to give yourself a little treat every once in a while, and mine is scheming new book ideas. What’s yours? I’d love to know, so leave your answer in comments!

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