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NaNoWriMo 2013

2 weeks. We’re 2 weeks away from the next NaNoWriMo! If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.

30 days.

50,000 words.

1 novel.

Okay, so if you’ve read any of my books, you know that I can’t possibly finish a novel in 50,000 words, but some people can. I admire those people. Still, I am going to commit to writing at least 50,000 words from November 1st through November 30th. I’ll be sending out a newsletter sometime next week with some details about my future book plans, but I will tell you now that I’m nearly halfway done with By the Fates, Fought. I won’t finish before the end of October, but I’ll be close. I’ll probably keep working on it during November, but it won’t be my focus. No. I’m starting a brand new book.

Werewolves!

Yes, it’s probably cliche, but I’m a paranormal romance author. I should be equal opportunity paranormal, right? Witches, vampires, and werewolves, oh my! No, there won’t be vampires in this book…well, not as characters, but there will be a witch and a wolf and some hot, steamy sexual tension between them. I also have this great little exchange that’s been bouncing around in my head.

“What, are vampires real too?” Mara asked.

Cade shifted uncomfortably from one foot to the other. “Well, yeah. But it’s not like in the books. They’re not dead. It’s a virus-similar to the one that made me. But for them, it allows them to digest blood, slows their metabolism. But they have a heartbeat. They rarely kill humans any more. Most of them live in Iceland.” He shrugged. “I’ve met a couple. They keep to themselves.”

The outline is about 75% done and I’m hoping to finish it up over the next couple of weekends. If all goes well, I should be able to get through 3/4 of the book by the end of November AND finish up By the Fates, Fought.

There’s no title yet for the werewolf/shifter book and I don’t have a release date. In theory, I’ll have both this book and By the Fates, Fought finished at about the same time and well…I just can’t possibly fathom sending two complete, full-length novels to my editor at once. She might throw something at me. Virtually anyway. But I’m excited about these characters. It’s another modern tale and I think it’s set in the Pacific Northwest again. It might even be set IN Seattle and Vancouver, BC.

I am looking for beta readers. I feel like I’ve been overwhelming my two primary beta readers lately and while they will still get everything I write (until they tell me to stop flooding their inboxes), I’d love to have some new eyes on this piece as well. If you’re interested in becoming a beta reader, here’s what you’d be committing to:

  • You’ll receive a chapter or two every 2-3 days. Each chapter is about 2,000-3,000 words. Emails will start around November 3rd.
  • I’d like feedback on each chapter within 3-4 days of receipt.
  • You don’t need to review for grammar (no copy editing). My editor takes care of that.
  • Most times, I will send a couple of questions along with the chapter. Things like: Do you believe Cade’s reaction here? or Do I need to explain more of Mara’s reasoning? I take all feedback. Positive and negative. You shouldn’t be afraid to tell me that you are hating my protagonist because he’s too arrogant or that you just really can’t believe that X or Y would happen.
  • When the book is released, you’ll review it (hopefully favorably, after all, you’re helping make it great) on Amazon and Goodreads within a few days.
  • You’ll receive an electronic copy of the book for free in the format of your choice.

You can send me an email or leave a comment if you’d like to be a beta reader.

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