NaNoWriMo2017

It’s a fortnight after the fact, but NaNoWriMo2017 is done, and I’m happy to say I completed it with 50,145 words.

Not bad for a first-timer.

So the plan right now to do nothing – well, not nothing…catch up on some of the other stuff I didn’t do in November – but once the new year arrives and I’ve had some distance from my story, I intend to edit and get it ready for publishing. Hopefully by early spring.

Goals.

But of course, I’ll keep you abreast of the progress. And I’ll be adding a page for The Book of Joy. And releasing my new novella, The Best Love.

Until then, keep reading.

#NaNoWriMo update; and The Best Love upcoming release

I am twelve days and 20,281 words into the #NaNoWriMo2017 challenge. I’ve gotten my day set into a routine where I work my big-people job, come home, eat something and then write for a couple of hours until I hit my word goal. It’s not a piece of cake, but I can atleast say, great, if I start by such and such time, I know I’ll hit my goal. And I’ve begun to ignore the many distractions that conveniently pop up the minute you decide to write (e.g. social media, Netflix, kids, work, laundry, dinner – every other exciting and mundane thing to pop up in life).

The one thing that has proven most challenging for me in all this is the editing. I am that person who has to outline everything so I know where I’m going. But I am also that person who has to make sure that what was previously written is almost perfect so I can continue forward. I’ve had to ignore that instinct and just make notes on the side to remember where and what I wanted to change. I’m sure there’s a life lesson in there somewhere, but I’m too focused right now on meeting my word count to put too much thought into it.

And while I am writing the #NaNoWriMo2017 book, I am also getting ready for the release my next book, The Best Love. I don’t have a date yet, but it will be sometime next month (just in time for Christmas!). I will post a sample tomorrow. Until then, here is the cover and synopsis for it. Enjoy.

 THE BEST LOVE:

“Ever since the accident…”

 Julieta cringes every time she hears those words. Everything lately is a result of ‘the accident’, and she is so over it: after almost losing her life, Julieta’s had to make adjustments to deal with some of the challenges she now faces – physical therapy to regain use of her leg, lost school time and lower self-esteem, among them.

However, none of those changes compare to the ones in the people around her: her brother Manny is pushing her like he’s never done before; her sister-in-law Sonia is nesting and treating her like a daughter; and Manny’s friend Alex is now offering her the attention she’s been craving from him for years. So maybe good things do come out of bad situations…

Except that when Julieta finds out why Alex has been so attentive, her world comes crashing down. With her already-fractured family now at odds with each other, she is ready to give up on the notions of fate and love and happily-ever-after’s, when another accident shows them that sometimes the best love is one that begins accidentally.

The Best Love (Paperback)-2

The Best Love

 

So I just realized that even though I added a page for my new book, I didn’t announce it. It’s coming November 13, 2017, but I’ll be posting excerpts in the upcoming weeks. Here’s the synopsis:

The Best Love (Paperback)-2

THE BEST LOVE

“Ever since the accident…”

Julieta cringes every time she hears those words. Everything lately is a result of ‘the accident’, and she is over it: after almost losing her life, Julieta’s had to make adjustments to deal with some of the challenges she now faces – physical therapy to regain use of her leg, lost school time and lower self-esteem, among them.

However, none of those changes compare to the ones in the people around her: her brother Manny is pushing her like he’s never done before; her sister-in-law Sonia is nesting and treating her like a daughter; and Manny’s friend Alex is now offering her the attention she’s been craving from him for years. So maybe good things do come out of bad situations…

Except that when Julieta finds out why Alex has been so attentive, her world comes crashing down. With her already-fractured family now at odds with each other, she is ready to give up on the notions of fate and love and happily-ever-after’s, when another accident shows them that sometimes the best love is one that begins accidentally.

So What Had Happened Was…; or Teasing My Next Book

Ever since I started my writing career, I have adamantly subscribed to the notion that I am above having writer’s block. Not because I am better than any other writer out there, or do things differently so as not to be affected by it. I just don’t. So when I finished my last book, I did what I always do – take a break for a couple of weeks, then prepare myself for the next book. I reread the outline, go through what’s written, add in details I know will be in the book, start preparing a cover if there’s an idea burning in my mind, start jotting plotting the first chapter – I get ready. Then I start writing.

Well, I did all that. I wrote the first chapter. And got ready for the second one, wasn’t quite feeling it. So I reread it and didn’t like it and rewrote it and didn’t like it again and rewrote and took some time off and reread what I wrote and didn’t like it and quit trying to write it and did other stuff and went back to the first chapter and scrapped everything and wrote it once again and didn’t like it when I read and finally quit trying to write it.

I always thought writer’s block was not being able to come up with something to write. Apparently, it’s also writing, but not getting anywhere.

I finally gave up on that book. I still intend to write it and I believe I may have decided on a starting point, but it’s not my focus right now. Instead, I went back to a story I started years ago. I reread it and decided to keep going. It’s been hit and miss, rife with rewrites and blocks, but I can happily say I’ve completed the first draft. I’ve got some reading and some editing to do before I send it to my editor, but I can happily say I am done with my next book and anticipate releasing it.

So that’s what happened. What’s the name of my next book? What’s it about? Stay tuned. I’ll share it this weekend! Until then, keep reading!

 

 

Whatsoever You Desire

A couple of weeks ago I noted on social media that I had completed the first chapter of my next book and promised an excerpt, if I didn’t change it. Well, I changed it – some – so I’m not posting it just yet, but to make good on my promise, I am sharing the cover and synopsis to whet your appetite. What do you think?

WHATSOEVER YOU DESIRE

Shannon has known everything but the love of a good woman. A successful attorney who is in the process of moving back home to care for his elderly mother, he wants for nothing – until he meets Joya, the widowed daughter-in-law of a family friend. She brings a much-needed spark into his life; but because she is younger than him and still dealing with the loss of her husband, he is hesitant to approach her. This of course will not do for his mother Evelyn and her friend Gail, Joya’s mother-in-law, who are determined to match the two. Neither Shannon nor Joya are completely oblivious to their machinations, but as the two contend with the directions their lives are moving, both find that sometimes it’s not a question of falling in love but allowing yourself to be loved that matters. 

#WhatsoeverYouDesire #Romance #Books #Comingin2017