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Friday, January 30, 2015

Take A Trip Into The Everglades...

Happy Friday All,

I've decided to do an impromptu book review. Recently I finished reading Stacy Hoff's Desire In The Everglades.

When I read Anne B. Cole's blog post where Stacy made a guest appearance, her story and the background behind it intrigued me. Stacy and I emailed each other and decided to exchange books. She sent me a copy of Desire In The Everglades, and I sent her a copy of my novel, All's Fair In Love In Lion.

Anyway, I finally got to sit down and read Stacy's story:

Stephanie Lang has enough stress being a producer for Teleworld Broadcasting Company without being forced into working on the insane new show her boss and the Board of Directors have come up
with. Seriously...a guy armed ONLY with a knife surviving in the Everglades? Have the higher ups lost their minds?

But between being strong-armed and then catching the photo of Colin, who they plan to contract to be The Everglader, she finds herself agreeing to the whole idea.

Little does she realize what she's about to experience.

The story has plenty of action and adventure for those who crave it. It's definitely a romance novel, and the romance is done well.

If you're someone who loves a bit of danger, a bit of romance, and suspense, then head over to Amazon to pick up a Kindle copy of Stacy Hoff's Desire In The Everglades. You can also pick up a paperback copy through Amazon or go to Barnes & Noble to order a paperback copy.

Hope You All Have A Fantastically Fabulous Friday!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Excitement Abounds...

Happy Tuesday All,

Excitement abounds in the Averie Household...if it's not every day things (new toilet seat for the master bath, pregnancy, being a parent, writing, editing, you name it) it's other excitement:

I got some of the notes back from my proofreader, so I've started in

on those notes. It's going well so far, so I'm glad about that. Proofreader is almost done with Immortal Love, and has
pronounced it "a rip-roaring and imaginative story." Which made
me smile. It's definitely got a bunch of action in it. I did my best to throw everything I possibly could into this novel, especially since
 
it's the final book in the Trilogy.


Another exciting happening is that Immortal Dreams Book One: Divine Love got a wonderful review from Coffee Time Romance. You can read the 5/5 cup review here.

So, what's it like coming to the end of writing a trilogy? A myriad of emotions. Sometimes it was sad. Other times I experienced relief--I managed to complete the task. And in other moments, it's been a sense of accomplishment. I've never written a story using Greek mythology, so this was definitely an adventure. Some of the research was a lot of fun--cars, and the mythology--I know quite a bit on the outset of mythology, but I still learned a lot and I'm sure I'll learn more.


In the meantime, I'm going to finish polishing this novel up, turn it in, and get it out (hopefully in March!) I have other projects I've also been working on, so like I said...a lot of excitement!

What exciting thing is going on in your life?

Have A Tremendously Terrific Tuesday!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

It's All About The GMC...

Happy Thursday All,

Smokey Mountains in
Gaitlinburg, TN, 2013
In writing, editing, critiquing, and being a judge (yes, I've done a little judging for a contest) there's a few things about writing that are true all the way across the board--no matter what genre, no matter if you're a newbie, or best seller, or somewhere in between. Or if you're a "pantser" or a "plotter". And that's organizing your story.

Every writer is different and every writer does this differently. I call myself a "half-in-half" writer because I do a little plotting and I do a little pantsering. But the main things every writer needs whether they do it before they write the first draft, or in the editing process are for every important/main character(s) in one's novel:

Me, at the NWHRWA
Lone Star Conference, 2014
Goal, motivation, conflict.

Yes,  GMC that leads to the actual plot.

Whether you're writing the hero, heroine, villain, whatever character, you have to know their GMC.

I'm not the first author to talk about this, and I doubt I'll be the last. I won't say my way is the only way to do things, it's just one idea of how you can organize your characters' GMC and a method that has worked for me.

Me, holding paperback copy of
ALL'S FAIR IN LOVE & LION
(I believe this was 2014).
In my files I have what I call my GMC Worksheet and I make this up for every main character I write. (Side note: I didn't use one when I wrote All's Fair In Love & Lion), in my writing it became apparent I needed something to refer to so that I didn't write myself into a corner, so here's what I do:

I have the title of the new novel--usually a working title or something that says what the novel will be, if I don't know the title. Like say I write something about a magic coat, but I don't know the title, yet. I'll put "Magic Coat Story"

Below that I have the following information:

GENRE:

Name:
Type of being:
Hair:
Eyes:
Physique (height/weight):
Goal:
Motivation:

Conflict:

I have these categories outlined for every character, and then at the very bottom I put in a basic plot line--I write out a draft of what the story will be about. (By the way, I have "type of being" because I write Fantasy and Paranormal, so not every character is strictly human--although, I do have some fully human characters).

And this is how I organize my work. This is how I know what each story is going to be about. If I can't sit down and start the story right away, I have the worksheet on file and can refer back to it whenever I want. These worksheets help me figure out what direction my story will take, where I am going and what I'm doing. I didn't do a detailed one for each of the Immortal Dreams books because I had a basic idea of what was going on after Book One. But I played with some ideas. But I do use this worksheet for every other novel I haven't written or finished yet. It gives me a chance to hash out ideas.

If you're someone who has trouble getting that first draft written, I

Me at the Botanical Gardens in Arkansas
2013
really recommend doing something like this. It'll help you get started. Whether you're a pantser or a plotter, sometimes playing around with ideas without the pressure of actually being within the manuscript itself can make the difference between writing yourself into a corner and knowing where you're going. I've been on both sides of the fence and I can tell you I do a lot less writing myself into a corner since I started thinking in terms of GMC than I used to do.

But, every writer is different and whatever way you write, you have
to know your strengths and weaknesses and what helps you and what doesn't. No writer is perfect. Trust me. I run across best selling authors who tell me such-and-such thing is their Achilles' heel. It happens. But if a writer learns from his or her mistakes and keeps working, he/she will get better. You don't get better if you don't work on your short-comings and sharpen your strengths.

Hope you all are having a great week! I've been getting a much needed break while waiting for my proofreader to finish with Immortal Love. That doesn't mean I'm not doing anything. I've done some writing and I'm doing some reading and stuff with the family. Also sleeping. Pregnancy is tiring at times.

Have A Totally Tantalizing Thursday!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Updates & Projects...

Happy Tuesday Everybody,

I know I'm doing a lot of inconsistent posting, but as always, I'm very busy.

Recently I sent Immortal Love (Book Three in the Immortal Dreams series) off to my proofreader. Once I get the notes back from my proofreader and get them all finished, Immortal Love will get turned in to my publisher. Then we'll do edits and eventually the book will be released (I believe we're shooting for March).

I also completed a critique for another author who asked for my input on their novel. That took a while because I've been really tired with the pregnancy (and uncomfortable) so everything is a lot slower than it normally would be. But, at least I got it done and sent off to the author, so now that author doesn't have to wait for it anymore.

My thoughts are turning towards the next project. There's about 3 that I'm really interested in getting into. One I'm working on some
research for, one is a spin off of one of my other novels, and another is a project I've had waiting for me for a long time that I'm hoping to complete. Each project is different in the sense of different characters/worlds, so the each have something different to offer. It's pretty exciting to be in this position of being able to pick and choose my next project to work on, but I don't know exactly what I'll do. I guess I'll have to figure out which one is calling the loudest to me.

So what are you all reading these days? Please include the title, author, and genre!

Have A Thrillingly Terrific Tuesday!

Friday, January 2, 2015

It's 2015!

Happy New Year Darling Readers,


I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year's.

The Averie Household continues to be busy. I'm still working on getting Immortal Love ready to turn into my publisher (although, getting closer--thank goodness!)

Christmas was nice. We went to Church for the vigil on Christmas Eve, and enjoyed the rest of the evening as a family. The next day presents were opened and we headed for my parents' house for more presents and Christmas dinner. My father made gluten free chocolate chip cookies and a gluten free apple pie (thank you, dad!) which were both really good. The ham was awesome, too (I can't eat turkey, I'm allergic to it, so Dad had turkey and ham--yes, he loves me!) We hung out with some friends of my folks and family members. The next day (Friday), one of my brothers made it into town and we saw them Saturday for dinner. Sunday we relaxed at home.

This week has been mostly hanging out at home, but busy. I finished reading As You Wish Inconceivable Tales From The Making Of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's not written as an expose, or even a definitive behind-the-scenes type book, but more like a memory book for some of the cast and crew to talk about their experiences. Cary is tremendously humble. The entire cast and crew very supportive of each other--which I really appreciated. It was nice to read something that was so positive and heartwarming. I laughed out loud in some places and felt for the actors in others. It was a fun read.

The new year brings a flurry of activity for me. Working hard to get Immortal Love turned in. I plan to work on several other writing projects I hope to work on throughout the year, not to mention expecting the new baby sometime this year. Which means I don't know how often I will be posting on the blog. I don't have an assistant (maybe one day!) so I have to figure out how to delegate my time and I have responsibilities in my real life, too. I will try, though.

I wish you all a very blessed, safe, healthy, and happy new year 2015. May it be, as Jason Magnus in the Immortal Dreams Trilogy would say, "awesomeness."

Have A Fantastically Fabulous Friday!