Tuesday, August 25, 2015

WIP Progress Report (#2)

To recap, these "progress reports" are basically a way for y'all to know a little more about what I'm working on and to be able to follow along with the process. The main update will be on my solos, but at the end, there will be quick updates on other projects.

If you missed the first one, you can check it out here.

Let's start with a quick rundown of things for Haley and Keelan's book.

- Still untitled. 
- Genre: Young Adult Romance
- Word Count/Goal: 53,609/70,000 (I'm so going over 70K words.)
- Release Date: Hopefully, sometime in early 2016. I have a date in mind, but want things to be more concrete before I say what it is.

As I've said, I want these PRs to give y'all more of an insight into a my writing process and to start getting you excited about my next project. I'm really excited for the progress I am making on this book, although I won't be finished by my self-imposed deadline of having the first draft done by the end of the month, but that's okay.

So, this is my first YA book since late 2012! What you may not realize is that it was a semi-conscious decision. You see, my characters (for the most part) aged with me. I started worrying that I would never be able to write another YA because I was growing older. 

Ridiculous, I know, but when you're still learning what you like to write and getting better at writing in general, things like this can go to your head. (Or, at least mine.)

Never mind the fact that plenty of adults, older than I am, write in that genre all the time. Never mind that I love the genre. For an insane reason, I was worried I wouldn't be able to write YA again.

When Haley and Keelan's story came about, it was originally New Adult. Things weren't working, so I tweaked the story. I tweaked again and again and again until I realized why their story wasn't working.

They were too old!

I needed them in high school, not college. 

I needed them younger, not older.

As soon as I made that change (and other adjustments, of course), the story and characters fell into place. I was still semi-worried about going back to YA, but I was so excited about the story, that I decided to push my worries aside.

And y'all, I've missed the YA genre. It's felt so good to return to it. I just needed the right story to bring me back. 

Now, for my YA lovers, don't get too excited yet. This is currently my only planned YA for 2016. The rest will be in the New Adult age range. BUT, it doesn't mean I won't go back to it. Like this book, I just need the right idea to come along.

Other Projects:
Mary and I are working on The Ninth Inning series. We just got Hector back from the formatter, and OMG. I can't wait to get my hands on the paperbacks. SO pretty! 

I should be getting Without a Doubt back from my editor soon. I'll be working on those before I send it to the formatter next month.

That's all for this progress report. Until next time, happy reading!

Friday, August 21, 2015

These ladies are too much.

This week, I'm sharing more than one commercial because Volkswagen has hit it out of the park with these ladies. I've loved every single commercial I've seen them in. Enjoy!

New or maaannnyyy miles on it? hahaha

Which is your favorite?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Without a Doubt, I love these shirts!

Here's the first look into some of the Without a Doubt swag. I am in love with these t-shirts. The cover looks beautiful on them.

Now, let me explain the front of the shirts. As you can see, I've described the characters...sort of.

Emerson is comfy, prettier, sweeter, experienced, and a cover hog.

Eva is nosey, older, wiser, funnier, and quicker on her feet.

They sort of keep track of their adjectives in the book. Here's a little unedited teaser, showing how it starts.

His thumbs knead my hand for a bit until he asks for the other one.

“You know, I think I'm going to be the one having to convince you to keep me around,” he says once he's done.

“Are you kidding me? You just massaged my hands for me. You're a keeper.” He laughs, but then I realize what he said, and add, “Why do you think that?” I turn my head, barely able to make out the grin on his face.

“You're older, wiser, quicker on your feet, and prettier. You're taking all the good adjectives from me.”

I try not to giggle. “Would you like the prettier one then?”

He chuckles. “Yes, thank you."

So, that's where it comes from! Last thing I'll add is that there's a bit of a story behind Emerson having the "experienced" adjective, and I think it's a bit funny, if I say so myself! You'll have to read the book to find out what it is. ;)

I really, really, really can't wait for y'all to meet Eva and Emerson on December 18th. That's all I have for now!

Preorder Without a Doubt on iBooks, B&N, or Kobo, and add to Goodreads.

Monday, August 17, 2015

August's Paperback Pick

The ABC's of Dee by Danielle Bannister was the Paperback Pick of the Month for August. And what a pick it was!

Romance? Check.
Humor? Check.
Great story nestled within the pages? Check!

I can't tell you the number of times I laughed out loud while I was reading this book. There are a couple of lines that had me closing the book for a moment while I laughed it out.

Another thing I really liked was the chapter titles. It added to the story and was often the source of more laughter.

This book was definitely a piece of happiness in a crappy week. When I finished it, I called my mom and told her she needed to read it.

It's a really great book, so check it out!

It always starts out so innocent. A drink, a laugh, a bet. For 40-year-old Dee Harper, her hum-drum life is about to become...educated.

When Dee’s wealthy friend, Gail, makes her a ridiculous bet, she never dreams she'll actually go through with it. After all, dating 26 men in one year, from A-Z, is ludicrous. Right? Then Gail offers her fifty thousand dollars if she succeeds. Now that is an offer she can't refuse.

From Adam the cocky limo driver to Kevin the klepto Dee learns the hard way what sort of guy she doesn't want.

Filled to the brim with snark and sarcasm about the joys of dating 'later in life,' The ABC's of Dee reminds us that even though life sometimes sucks, there is always someone there to laugh with.

Friday, August 14, 2015

How many times can I say it? I love Flo!

This latest Progressive commercial cracked me up, so of course, it gets to be this week's funny commercial.

What is your favorite Flo commercial?

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

WIP Progress Report (#1)

I have a pretty hectic schedule for the next five months. Not only with traveling, soon-to-be schoolwork, and regular everyday life stuff, there's a lot on my writing plate as well. There is so much going on with my writing right now, which is why I thought it would be cool to start a new feature.

These "progress reports" are basically a way for y'all to know a little more about what I'm working on and to be able to follow along with the process. The main update will be on my solos, but at the end, there will be quick updates on other projects. Hopefully, you'll enjoy this feature. :)


My next WIP is Haley and Keelan's story.

I started writing it prior to working on Without a Doubt, but I put it aside when I became obsessed with WaD. I am back to it and excited to be reunited with them.

Here's a quick rundown of things.
- Currently untitled. I usually don't know this until later in the story anyway.
- Genre: Young Adult Romance (I know! I'm going back to the genre I started in. Fun Fact: My last YA was Don't Panic in 2012.)
- Word Count/Goal: 34,244/70,000
- Release Date: Hopefully, sometime in early 2016. I want to release five solos next year, and this will be the first of those five.

With every new WIP, I feel like I can say, "I'm doing something I haven't quite done before." That holds true for this book as well.

How so?

Well, there's a new element to the story, which I've never done and no, I'm not sharing what it is yet. Both characters are athletes (Haley - tennis; Keelan - football). Their story isn't just about their romance. It's about their relationships with their families too.

While this doesn't necessarily pertain to the story itself, I sort of outlined the story. *gasp* I never do this. Brainstorm and have notes, sure. But to get a rough outline of the story? Nope. Usually it blocks me, but I tried something different this time and it's jumpstarted my brain even more. (I've done it with two more books now, too.)

Other Projects:
Mary and I are juggling a few things in preparation for the releases in our The Ninth Inning series. We're working on edits, getting the books formatted, and writing those in Season 2.

Lastly, my December release, Without a Doubt, is with the editor.

That's it! I'll share another progress report whenever I make some decent progress, haha.

Until next time, happy reading!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Monday's Book Spotlight

The book hangover is no joke, y'all. And I'm suffering. So much! Of course, that means it's time to post a spotlight because I gotta share this series. I feel like a book junkie who is dying for a fix, and I seriously think I may be going a little crazy. I'm craving the next book in this series like crazy, something I haven't experienced in a while and it feels awesome.

But, my goodness, I've been losing my mind since last Wednesday. I need this book. So, I'm going to drop some info about this series with their gorgeous covers and continue rocking in a corner until it releases tomorrow, okay? (Edit: It released early!!!! There went my Monday :D)

This is the first book, the book that gave me the initial hook. Here's my thoughts as seen on Goodreads:

Okay, so the only thing I knew going into this book was that it has bikers in it. Between watching Sons of Anarchy and after I finished reading Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry, I asked for recs for more biker books. This was one of the books I was told about. I bought it without reading the blurb, and I still didn't read it before I started.

So, I open the book on my Kindle and I'm met with an Author's Note, and then some terminology. I got worried. Not the What have I gotten myself into? kind of worry, but an excited Oh, boy. This is going to be interesting kind. I've read one of Cole's books before, so I felt confident I would enjoy this one as well.

And I did.

I was fascinated, absorbed, and completely mesmerized by the book. There's a surprise that I never saw coming, (but then, I rarely do see them coming). And there's this part at the very end that possibly gives you a heads up about other potential couples and my mind is just reeling from one of them. Twenty minutes after I finished, I kept shaking my head and saying, "I can't believe it. How will that turn out? Is it even possible? Just wow." So, I'm crossing my fingers for that potential couple, but I just gotta know what in the hell will happen with those two characters.

I'm not sure if I can pinpoint one thing about this book that made me enjoyed so much. I think it was a bit of everything. The bikers, the couple, their backgrounds, and the writing. I mean, how can you not sigh happily when a book completely sucks you and holds on to you during and after you've read it? I started this book, with the only expectation and hope that it would give me break from my reality, and it did the job perfectly. 

Here's my thoughts on the second book as seen on Goodreads:

Oh. My. God.

I loved this one even more than the first.

Declare me obsessed with this series.

<<<< And I mean, just look at this cover? How can I not be waiting to get my greedy fingers on it?

What are you waiting for? Go check the Hades Hangmen series out!!!