Today I'm highlighting Tish Thawer! Tish and I met at the Nashville airport waiting on a shuttle to our Utopia 2016 convention hotel! Tish is a wonderful warm person and amazing writer! Here is what she has to say about NaNo!
I was so surprised when Tricia asked me to write a little something about my Nano experience, and that led me straight to my truth. I surprise myself every year. Not because I blast through Nano, claiming those 50,000 words in a record amount of time, no, but because every year, Nano is nothing more than a whim that I haven’t thought about for the last 335 days. When November 30th hits, Nano is a magical, glitter-filled bubble that pops and disintegrates, or at least it is for me. Then, the following November 1st rolls around and it’s like your sweet, old neighbor who jumps out and yells surprise at your birthday party, reminding you that she’ll always be there for the important things. I’ve been a Nano member for six years, and every single novel I’ve worked on has become one of my published works (not counting the manuscript currently being shopped to New York by my agents...fingers crossed my streak will stand.) Every year, I’m surprised by how motivated I become because of Nano, by how those little badges offer such fun incentives, and by how keeping up-to-date on my word count and sharing it with friends is just the thing I need to get excited about writing again after a year of edits, rewrites, and marketing for my previous releases.
Winning or losing, Nano plays an important role in my publishing schedule every year. From my second published novel, Blood of a Red Rose, to my recent release, Dark Abigail, I’ve used Nano to hit a goal that may have otherwise been slid to the backburner for another couple of months––especially during the holiday season. This year I’m working on my highly anticipated sequel,The Daughters of Maine (book #2 in the Witches of BlackBrook trilogy), and I’m now so engrossed in the magic and mood of this story, I can’t wait to finish it, reveal the cover, and share it with you all. And that is magic of Nano.
I’m not the type of person who likes surprises, but Nano is one that I’ll happily welcome again and again. (Insert the oxymoron = a repeatable surprise.)
To find out more about Tish and her book you can visit her website at: www.tishthawer.com!
All the best,
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Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving and blessed year!
Hi, I’m author SF Benson! Thanks, Tricia for inviting me to guest post on your blog today.
I just completed by third National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) project. I hit 50,000 plus midway through the month. This year’s NaNoWriMo went a lot smoother than last year’s and definitely better than the first year.
What changed? My plan of attack. In 2014, I attempted to plan. I spent a couple of months trying to figure out how to write a first draft combined with how to plan my story. I spent so much time planning I nearly didn’t start on November 1st. Last year, I planned but it wasn’t well thought out. I loved my story premise and went with it. Needless to say, the story is sitting on the shelf waiting to be completely rewritten. I figured I must really be a pantser and gave up the notion of planning.
This year, I decided that I’d write the rough draft for the fourth book in my Dystopian series. I knew what I wanted to write about (my story premise), developed a real outline for the plot, and gave myself real daily targets (two writing sessions per day of a minimal 1667 words). I must say, I was so excited to write Asher Jones’ story that I had no problem getting the words done.
Restore: the Alliance Chronicles, Book 4 is scheduled for a September 2017 release.
Have you started the series?
The United States has fallen.
Creativity is banned.
A government-mandated vaccine which totally blocks creativity.
It’s 2025 and the country is run by a group of scientists and technologists. Tru Shepard, a soon-to-be seventeen-year-old, wants to avoid the vaccine. Without self-expression, Tru would rather die. Zared Aoki has his own secrets. He wants Tru’s help exposing the plans of a corrupt, domineering government. In exchange, he’ll help her avoid the vaccine. Failure is not an option. Tru refuses to live a colorless, dull existence.
Ten days. That’s all the time Tru has. Lies and secrets make up her world. Is she ready to learn the truth?
A teen and young adult dystopian full of suspense.
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Zared Aoki saved a life, and he took a life in a matter of mere minutes, seconds. What choice did he have? It all comes down to choice. Choose to live. Choose to die. Choose to love. Zared’s choice is to rescue the love of his life, Tru Shepard, despite the warrant for his own death. Tru’s choices are limited. Marry a man she despises or face death. Zared holds the fate of mankind in his hand, the SIM card, and everyone wants it. Is love enough to risk it all?
A prequel novella, Release, will be published in January 2017. I’ll be revealing the cover next month!
In April 2017, Rebel: the Alliance Chronicles, Book 3 will be released.
Finally, I’ll be releasing a paranormal duology, the Hearts Duo, in February and May next year! Cursed Hearts is a Young Adult romance between a succubus and a vampire. Blessed Hearts is a New Adult romance with an incubus.
For more information about what I’m writing, check out my website: http://authorsfbenson.com/
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Thanks for having me on your blog, Tricia!
A note from Tricia... I met SF Benson at Utopia a year and a half ago and we were able to meet up this year at Penned Con! SF is a fun, sweet, wonderful person! She also features authors on her blog!
When Tricia asked me if I wanted to write a post for her blog about NaNoWriMo, I thought “what would I possibly have to say?” Apparently, a LOT. The more I thought about NaNo, the more I realized I owe that event (and Camp NaNoWriMo…but more on that later) so much. I took a look at my author dashboard and believe it or not, I’ve been a member for four years. I was shocked! Of those years, I only “won” once, but of the books I worked on, two are published and another will be. Not bad.
So, what does NaNo (and Camp NaNo) offer? Community…support…inspiration…and most importantly, accountability. I took my first baby steps into the author community through my regional group on NaNo. I shyly dragged my laptop to the local Barnes & Noble for a write-in. I chatted with folks in the NaNo message boards. Now that I’ve established a solid network through author events and conferences, I have quite a few writing buddies and friends on NaNo. Writing can be such a solitary thing, and it’s good to have a sense of community—people who’ll support you and cheer you on. Or hold your feet to the fire. Feel free to look me up on NaNo. My handle is phernandez.
The absolute best thing NaNo does, though, is make you as an author accountable. That book WILL NOT write itself, people. Fingers on the keyboards, friends. It doesn’t matter that the first draft sucks. You can work with that. What you CAN’T do is edit a blank page. 50,000 words is a decent novel. Mine range from 60-75,000. So, by the end of November, I have a good start on a solid manuscript. Not bad.
This November, I decided that insanity, never going out, and no sleep would be awesome experiences. What that means is I’m simultaneously working on three projects. Yeah, I’m stupid. My official NaNo novel is the second book in my Whitewood Journals Series. The Whitewood Journals is a YA paranormal about Ellie Whitewood, who inherits a mansion in the middle of a secluded forest. She discovers that not only do the gargoyles come to life, but that she’s a member of an ancient line of women—Caretakers—who with their gargoyles protect the world from demons. My second…and unofficial…project is working with my editor to finish up the second book in my Earthborn Series, a YA science fiction novel called Verseborn. Addy Becker has to save her father from certain death on his home planet, but there are people back “home” who have other plans for her. My third…and final, oh my goodness, kill me now project…is Dark and Bright, a YA science fiction novel. I’m working on final edits before sending it to my editor. It’s about Carrie Franx, a girl who is secluded in her mountain home. But is it for her safety…or ours?
For those of you who are true gluttons for punishment, NaNo also runs Camp NaNoWriMo during the summer. The cool thing about that event is you can create your own “cabin” of fellow writers. I’ve participated in that for at least two years and it’s great to have the chance to create your own cozy club to encourage and inspire each other. There are also programs for young writers in both NaNo and Camp NaNo. If you’d like to do your own version of NaNo, there’s a great website—created by NaNoers—for tracking your writing projects and word count. It’s called Pacemaker and you can find it at https://pacemaker.press. Now, get creating!
If you’d like to learn more about me or my books, you can visit www.pmhernandez.com. And thanks to Tricia for having me on her blog!
I met NaNoWriMo Author Layla J. Omorose at Penned Con 2016. We shared a table and were able to chat about our books and writing for two whole days! It was awesome! Layla is a wonderful woman with a creative imagination. Here's some words from Layla:
I currently have two books that are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, Eternal Light (which is a Hound series novel) and Darknight: Ancient Bloodlines (which is a Faye princess novel). I am currently working on several stories, including the next books in the Hound and Faye Princess series, that are currently entitled: Eternal Earth and Darknight: Dawn of the Red Sun. I hope to have these two books out by the time August rolls around in 2017. I am also still working on my first novel from last year's Nano, called Seducing the Black Prince. This is my own little twist on Beauty and the Beast. I have taken elements from Disney's version of the story as well as the original story while putting my own creative twist on it. I have several other titles that are one hold until i finish this first group of books.
Honestly, if you would have asked me when I first started working on Eternal Light back in 2009 if I would now have several stories in the works, be going to conventions, meeting readers, and actually working towards my dream I wouldn't have believed it. But now I look back and see that the moment I first started to write when I was in junior high school there was no other path for me.
I think Nano is amazing and it forces me to keep on track of my writing. I am writing more now than ever and a piece of me has finally found peace and a world I finally belong in.
You can find Layla and her books at these links.... keep reading for a review of DarKnight!
DarKnight review - 5* for interesting creative plot twists and storyline!
DarKnight is an adult fantasy romance novel. The book begins with Tara, the second born princess of the Faye King running away to avoid marrying an ugly, old warlock. Alexios, the King's first in command and Tara's protector is entrusted with finding her. Unfortunately Tara was captured by slave traders. Many other characters are weaved into the plot as the story progresses. It is written in third person so you are able to experience all of the being's points of view. The book has many plot twists and novel unexpected elements and is definitely a page turner.
As I said this is an adult romance book with graphic scenes. If you're not into those you can skip over them to continue with the story but be advised this book may not be appropriate for young readers.
You can find DarKnight here for $0.99! https://www.amazon.com/DarKnight-Ancient-Bloodlines-Faye-Princess-ebook/dp/B00M0THBGK/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1478870692&sr=8-1
All the best,
It's hard to believe I wrote Think You Know Me a year ago for National Novel Writing month and now my series is complete! Between releasing my first young adult story and the last two books of the Being Me series and attending two book conventions it has been such an amazing year.
My experience with writing my young adult paranormal story, Drops of Sunshine, has given me the confidence to write about my all time favorite creatures, vampires! That's right, as of mid-February (date to be released) you'll have your paws on my first vampire book! This story, titled Kingdom of Embers is my work in progress for National Novel Writing Month. I was so excited about it I started a little early and am nearly half way through it! You can catch a blurb and partial cover image at the end of this post!
Looking ahead to 2017, I will be in Roanoke for the Roanoke Authors Invasion and am deciding on a convention to attend for the fall. I also don't want to leave my Being Me fans hanging so I have a Zack story idea for a rom com novel in my back pocket for late spring-early summer release.
My next story, Lovelock Ones: Native One will release December 8! It is a young adult dystopian healing themed story to be published with at least nine other similar themed but multi-genre stories in The Butterfly Box benefiting Doctors Without Borders. In Native One, teens Jema and Troy are sent to a remote Nevada camp when a flu epidemic seems eminent. Jema's sister Nave contracts the virus and Jema and Troy must decide whether to compromise the group to save Nave. I've had this story in my back pocket for a year and can't wait for you to read it.
Kingdom of Embers
Alena has been sheltered and protected all of her life but big changes are coming, she can feel it. Searching for answers about her future she uncovers information that leads to even more questions. Will her Mother find what she's looking for? Is her childhood friend the key to her future path?
Stay tuned for more from Kingdom of Embers!
Until next week- all the best!