2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Get Ready to Blog Hop!

Happy New Year - champagne and party decorationStarting January 1 until January 6th, I’ll be a part of a blog hop sponsored by Carrie Ann who is sensational at coordinating these events!

Each day you have a chance to win any of the following prizes:

 1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $300 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

How Do I Enter to Win?

You as a reader will want to go to EACH blog and comment with your email address to ensure your comment will be counted to win. Two hundred blogs are participating including yours truly. Yep, you can enter over 200 times! (One comment per blog please.) 

Get ready to hop on January 1st when the blog hop begins.

How to Write a Novel in Thirty Days – Nanowrimo 2012

So, who’s doing Nanowrimo this year?  November is under way and I have committed to writing 50,000 words in thirty days.  Who’s with me?

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Nannowrimo, the concept is simple.  You accept the challenge to write a novel in a month. Oh, did I mention the letters stand for National Novel Writing Month?  The website explains all you need to know, www.nanowrimo.org.  I said I was committed, by the end of the month I may be committed.

With the interest in The Lady in the Mist, The Western Werewolf Legend, I decided to write a follow-up book entitled Waking up Dead.  Tyler Loflin and Sonja Brooks will learn how to deal with being werewolves in love as they battle vampires disguised as Yankee soldiers.

You can keep up with my adventure this month as I try to complete my first draft of Waking up Dead.  You’ll have a firsthand look at how I’m progressing and some of the tips and obstacles I encounter along the way.  I’ve started the journey with my first post – check it out!

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Nanowrimo Update – Setting Sail

November 4, 2012 – Since this is my first year of Nanowrimo, I wanted to document my travels through these unexplored waters.  The trip should be exciting.  Like any seasoned traveler, I planned on being prepared for delays and storms along the way.  So I decided to stockpile a few words in case I found days where the writing weather was just impossible.  Maneuvering through the Nanowrimo waters can be tricky.  Learning how to paddle around was a problem for me in the beginning.  But with a little help from my Nanowrimo “writing buddies” I managed to set sail on schedule.

I’m a panster when it comes to writing a novel, so a shell of an outline is all I stowed in the hull of my boat.  Character development was documented in the first novel , check that off my packing list and we’re casting off with 8,000 words validated on the website.   I’m happy to report the beginning of the novel is underway with an action scene and a rescue fiasco.   My cast finds themselves in hot water and have to come up with a plan on the spot.  A bit of back story inserted along the way will explain some interesting details of Sonja’s birth family as well as her mentor besides proving useful later on in the book.  Check back in next week when I discover what Sonja and Ty will do to save the day.  I’ll keep you posted as the month floats along.  Happy Writing!

The Next Big Thing – Blog Hop

Week 17: The Next Big Thing
I’d like to thank Eva Marquez, SweetestTabooBook.com/blog/ for inviting me to the blog hop.

1. What is the working title of your book?
The working title of my new release was Renegade Rebel.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
The idea for the book came from my love of western romance and the paranormal genre. I wanted to create a story using these two elements in combination to weave a picture of love, honor, lust and danger in the old west.

The Lady in the Mist, The Western Werewolves Legend is a blend of western romance with the paranormal genre, an unusual pairing to be sure, but one I think the reader will find very entertaining.

3. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I think Hugh Jackman did a wonderful job as a cowboy in the movie, Australia, so he would be Tyler Loflin. The woman is a bit harder to determine for me. There are so many good actresses today. Nicole Kidman would be great in my opinion.

4. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

When confronted with life altering situations, will their love for each other be enough for Tyler, the confederate soldier and Sonja, the Yankee widow?

5. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Self-published. I love the course I’ve chosen by becoming an Indie author.

6. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Six weeks, though not in secession.

7. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

That is hard to answer. Why don’t we let the readers decide.

8. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I have a wonderful sister who I give the credit to for encouraging me to write in the first place. She suggested I take a risk with this unusual combination of genres. I’m so glad I took her advice, because I loved every minute I spent with this story.

Of course, the novel is about werewolves, but I think readers will find my furry friends maintain more of their human qualities and transcend the boundaries of the paranormal world as we know it. Watch for threads, which lead to a continuation of Ty and Sonja’s story coming this spring.

Thanks so much for stopping by and please check out these authors posts next week on October the 17th as we continue The Next Big Thing Blog Hop.

Lindsay Avalon – Lindsayavalon.blogspot.com
Emily Walker – Selfpublishordie.com
Ally Thomas – allythomas.wordpress.com
Virginia Wright – Virginiawright.com/blog
Wendy Ely – Wendyely.blogspot.com
Alexandra Anthony – alexandraanthony.wordpress.com