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What I wrote in 2013

In my last post, I discussed what I read in 2013. In this post, I’m going to talk about my writing!

My biggest accomplishment, of course, was publishing my first novel, The Sight Seer, in June. That was both exciting and scary, and it was an experience I’ll never forget. I have always, always wanted to be a published writer, and to finally hold a book of my own in my hands? It’s amazing.

I thought that was going to be it for me this year, in terms of books being published, but then the fates aligned and An Autumn Dream came out in November! I don’t know how it works for others, but when I write something, I hope it’ll be published, but I’m realistic and know that it’s never guaranteed. I felt that way with The Sight Seer, and I felt it even more with the novella. It was just a few little stories that I wrote for myself because it was hard for me to let the characters. So to have this one out there as well? It’s even more meaningful.

In terms of writing, I wrote the sequel to The Sight Seer over the summer, from June 8th to August 12th. The first draft was 78,442 words, and the current draft is 79,416 words. After I finished the sequel, I wrote the third short story for the novella. And then, starting November 11th and still going strong, I began writing the third book in the Silver Moon Saga. It’s currently 58,374 words, and I have a ways to go. I had been hoping to finish it before the year ended, but I quickly learned that writing during the holidays is a very bad idea. At least now I know for next year!

In 2014 I hope to completely finish that series before venturing into something new. I’ve had an idea for a fairy tale since May that I’m itching to write, along with an idea for a contemporary. There’s always something, but never enough time to write it all. I’m excited to see what I come up with in the new year!

Have a wonderful 2014!

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A New Giveaway!

Happy November! My new novella, AN AUTUMN DREAM, is out in less than two weeks! I wanted to do something amazing to celebrate, and I enlisted the help of my fellow authors to bring you:

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That’s right, one lucky winner will get everything that’s pictured. That includes:

  • An ebook of An Autumn Dream
  • An ebook of A Witch’s Tale by Rue Volley
  • An ebook of the short story Engaging Kennewick by Sarah Jayne Carr
  • An ebook of the short story Lost in the Seven Worlds by Petronela Ungureanu
  • An ebook of the short story The Orah by E.H. James
  • A signed cover poster of Heavy Metal Heartbeat by Ambear Shellea
  • An ebook of How to Date a Nerd by Cassie Mae
  • An ebook of (Never) Again by Theresa Paolo
  • An ebook of Your Soul to Take by Brittany Booker
  • Ebooks of The Madie Maze series by Rue Volley
  • An ebook of Unscripted by Jayne Denker

Huge thanks to everyone for donating books! Isn’t this a great haul? There’s a little bit of everything: YA, NA, chick-lit, paranormal, contemporary. Definitely check this one out:

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You can rack up over 50 entry points! You can also tweet about the contest daily to earn even more entries. This contest is open internationally, and all of the listed ebooks are available for the Kindle only (you can also read them on your PC, once you’ve downloaded Amazon’s free Kindle reader!). The contest will run from November 1st to November 14th. Once it is over, I will use Rafflecopter’s random generator to pick a winner and notify him or her by email. After confirming the winner’s email address, I will notify the participating authors and we will gift the winner with all of these fabulous books and swag.

Good luck!

The giveaway is over, thanks for playing!

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Check out Contemporary Summer Fling!

My good friends River and Sam have teamed up over at River’s blog to bring you Contemporary Summer Fling! Not only are they sharing their reviews about awesome books,  but there’s also going to be a giveaway in August! You don’t want to miss out!

So far they’ve reviewed This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales (amazing book, don’t miss out when it releases this fall!) and The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen (haven’t read it yet but it’s on my list). Can’t wait to see what else they have in store for us.

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To My Fellow Readers.

Lately, I’ve been wanting to read more YA Contemporary. I don’t know where this feeling came from; I think it’s partly series fatigue (as in, I’m in the middle of reading 32098324 series and I just want a stand-alone every now and again, you know?), and partly guilt for ignoring this genre for so long. When I pick new novels to read, I always gravitate towards historical, fantasy, fairy-tales, paranormals, or dystopians. I like magic and swords and all that fun stuff, but it’s time for a change. Unfortunately, I know next to nothing about what’s out there, which is why I’m calling for YOU, fellow bloggers, to recommend some titles. Tell me anything because chances are, I probably haven’t read it.

Come on, throw some titles my way!