Monday, July 27, 2015

Ready. Set. Write! (Week 8)


Ready.Set.Write! is a summer writing intensive hosted by Jaime Morrow, Alison Miller, Katy UppermanErin Funk, and Elodie Nowodazkij. Every Monday participants share how they're doing in reaching their goals for the summer. To see a full list of participants, go here .


1. How I did on last week's goals: My goal was 4K. And I got in 4, 200 words! I think this is the first time I've actually made my word count goal. *throws confetti* And I did get my dystopian novel off to my critique partners, so one RSW! goal completed. *eats a cupcake*

2. My goals for this week: Write 5K. I am nearing the beginning of the end on my New Orleans paranormal novel. And I want to finish it quick, because I have a new idea clawing at my brain that I HAVE GOT TO START WRITING OR IMGONNADIE!!! (I also might have updated my Writing tab w/a wee bit of info on it...)

3. A fav line from my story: 

Once Shane's in, I'm next. I catch a glimpse of a small bedroom before turning around and helping pull Nan through, with Corey offering assistance outside. 

She suddenly giggles, and Corey's whisper comes a moment after. "Sorry, Nan. I did not mean to put my hand there."

And for context here, Corey's like late twenties and Nan's pushing sixty, so... awkward.

4. The biggest challenge I faced this week: Not getting distracted by the shiny internet.

5. Something I love about my WiP: That I know that it's not some earth-shattering, life-changing novel. Rather that it's more of a fun/entertaining/quick read when you don't want something super heavy. The world needs books like that too!

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This week, Pat Esden revealed the cover for her NA paranormal novel, A Hold On Me, and I would love to share it with you all!

A HOLD ON ME (Dark Heart Book #1) by Pat Esden
Kensington Books
Release date: March 2016


She never wanted to return.

He wants nothing more than for her to leave.

But the fire between them is as strong as the past that haunts them.

Annie Freemont grew up on the road, immersed in the romance of rare things, cultivating an eye for artifacts and a spirit for bargaining. It’s a freewheeling life she loves and plans to continue—until her dad is diagnosed with dementia. His illness forces them to return to Moonhill, their ancestral home on the coast of Maine—and to the family they left behind fifteen years ago, after Annie’s mother died in a suspicious accident.

Once at Moonhill, Annie is shocked when her aunt separates her from her father. The next time Annie sees him, he’s a bizarre, violent shadow of his former self. Confused, she turns to an unlikely ally for support—Chase, the dangerously seductive young groundskeeper. With his dark good looks and powerful presence, Chase has an air of mystery that Annie is irresistibly drawn to. But she also senses that behind his penetrating eyes are secrets she can’t even begin to imagine. Secrets that hold the key to the past, to Annie’s own longings—and to all of their futures. Now, to unlock them, she’ll have to face her greatest fears and embrace her legacy…


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PAT ESDEN would love to say she spent her childhood in intellectual pursuits. The truth is she was fonder of exploring abandoned houses and old cemeteries. When not out on her own adventures, she can be found in her northern Vermont home writing stories about brave, smart women and the men who capture their hearts. An antique-dealing florist by trade, she’s also a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and the League of Vermont Writers. Her short stories have appeared in a number of publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, the Mythopoeic Society’s Mythic Circle literary magazine, and George H. Scither’s anthology Cat Tales.

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22 comments:

  1. Oh wow - that COVER! Gorgeous! Congrats to your friend! Also, your excerpt made me giggle, especially once you revealed their ages. And I agree with you. The world definitely also needs light and humorous books. Which is pretty much what I write so... :) Congrats on exceeding your goals, lady! I hope you have another great week!

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  2. Congrats to Pat on her release!
    Yay to hitting the word goal - that's great! And yes, the world needs fun novels. Not everything should shake and change. . .such monumental books aren't even my favorite reads. Good luck this next week!

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  3. Love your excerpt! I totally relate to the shiny new idea. It always hits me right when I need to buckle down on the current thing. Good luck!

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  4. Yay for hitting your word count this week! *Adds more confetti to the party* Good luck keeping the new idea from taking over! Have fun writing this week.

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  5. I agree--the world needs lighter books, too. That's the kind I like to read/write, so I'm right with you! Congrats on doing so well on your goal this week (and congrats on the gorgeous cover for your friend)! Good luck on your goals this week :)

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  6. Yay for meeting your word count! Also, yes, the shiny Internet is my nemesis too.

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  7. ooh love Pat's cover! gorgeous! And huge congrats on finishing that major goal! yay! eat two cupcakes :) I loved that line and laughed out loud knowing she's sixty. I'm SO glad you said that about quicker, fun reads b/c that's pretty much all I write. I never go too too heavy (not to say I never will, it just hasn't happened yet!) and lighter reads are some of my favs. :)

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  8. The world most definitely needs fun and quick reads. We think it's awesome that you recognize that super heavy books aren't always warranted. And we know the feeling of needing to be done with one project so that we can start a new one. Good luck with everything this week!

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  9. Love Pat's cover. Also, way to go on your writing! You're seriously moving and grooving. Bravo!

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  10. I'm always getting distracted by the shiny internet ... I'm doing it right now!

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  11. Way to surpass your word count goal! That's awesome! :) I can totally to relate to getting internet-distracted. I'm a total pro at it, too :p

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  12. Hooray for meeting your word count! If it's not the shiny internet distracting me, it's the shiny TV.

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  13. Fun & quick reads are essential! Many people read to escape, and lighter reads are some of the best ways to do that :). Loved the snippet you shared--awkwardly funny once we know the context ;).

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  14. Wow, great job this week! :)

    I like fun, entertaining reads. Not everything has to be heavy and serious!

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  15. You bet the world needs those fun reads.
    Awesome you made your word count and more.

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  16. Another gorgeous cover and premise. Congratulations, Pat! And Leandra, I'm in awe of how you accomplish your goals--have another cupcake! I've hardly had a chance to write all summer. :(

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  17. Thanks you so much, Leandra, for celebrating with me. You're story sounds fantastic. New Orleans is one of my favorite settings!

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  18. And thank you to everyone for your cheers as well. It's been a long journey to this point.

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  19. Congrats on the word count goal and getting that book to betas!

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  20. That's one gorgeous cover! I'm going to need to check the book out :) And YAY on that word count! You're doing great! :)

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  21. You're doing awesome! I know how it feels to have a new idea you can't work on. It's exciting to have but hard to wait to write!

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  22. Woohoo!! You're doing great! That's exciting that you're doing well. Keep it up!

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