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Disturbed Connections, gay paranormal romance

Gay Paranormal Romance 

 

A werewolf and a vampire, forbidden love. What could go wrong?
CHRIS, a werewolf on the run from his abusive clan, hides in a vampire house. ALEC, a vampire who has comfortably lived in the house for years, has no intentions to ever leave it.

Their connection is obvious from the first time they meet. But the house rules are strict, werewolves and vampires can not date. Unable to fight their attraction and unwilling to leave, they instead choose to hide their love.

Then Chris’ old clan finds him and takes him back.
Will Alec ever see Chris again?

 

Vampires and werewolves, a lot of growling and hot scenes, who doesn’t love that? This second book in the Otherkin Spirit series is a stand-alone novel with two new awesome characters.

Chris is a sexy long blond haired werewolf who loves to listen to metal music. Alec is a bulky but timid vampire who spends most of his days training for kickbox tournaments. Until, of course, they meet.

 

You can grab your copy of the book in most online stores and a print edition will be out soon. For your ease, here are some of the links:

 

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.ca

 

All Romance eBooks

Smashwords

Kobo

 

goodreads

 

Book Page

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Posted by on August 12, 2013 in gay, NaNoWriMo, reading, Smashwords

 

Holidailies 3: My trick to writing insane amounts a day…

… and still stay sane 😉

For everyone that doesn’t know what NaNoWriMo is: NaNoWriMo is the abbreviation of National Novel Writing Month in which you write a 50.000 word novel in the month of November. Which is insane and mind numbing and things like that. Or, at least, that is what I thought last year. This year was totally different and for one simple thing: timed writing.During the last week or so last year I learned about “wordwars” or “sprints” or whatever you want to call them. They usually require you and at least 1 other person and you set a timer and compete for the highest word count within the set time. I’ve been doing my own version of this.

Timed writing.

This year I completed NaNoWriMo in 11 days, yes, you read that right, I wrote 50.000 words in 11 days and didn’t spend the whole day writing. Usually it was two sessions, one from 10 to 1 and one from 3 to 5. Which meant I had quite a bit of time left to do other things (unlike last year).

One session means that for that time I write and relax with a timer. I usually set the timer for 10 minutes to write and then for 10 minutes to relax. By giving myself time to relax between writing I can check social media, do some quick research and things like that without totally getting lost and forgetting to write.

I wrote down the wordcounts for each run so I could see what I averaged and I’ve quite consistently been writing 300 words in 10 minute sessions. That is 900 words an hour because I can do 3 on/offs in one hour. 900 words per hour means that 4500/5000 words a day is only about 5/6 hours of work and you don’t even spend it all alone with just the screen. You can still check your social media and other things. Just as long as you keep writing in the set timer.

Only in the last 2 days I found that actually I do better with 20 minute runs, I can average about 700 words in 20 minutes, so that is 350 in 10, plus I can keep the 10 minute breaks in between and get up to 1400 words an hour. 30 minute runs actually makes no difference, I average 900 words in 30 minute sessions and need longer breaks between them.

So, the rules of timed writing:- keep track of your wordcounts so you can find your “sweet spot” time.

– while you are on the timer to write, keep writing, don’t worry about what you wrote, you can always correct it.

– take breaks, I usually take 10 minute breaks between 10 or 20 minute writing runs.

I don’t just use this for NaNoWriMo, I also use it in my other writing and even for university work. If I just start writing I get distracted, but by writing in runs I can be sure I get output because I HAVE to concentrate during a run.

Do you have tricks like this for writing?

Read on!

Kia

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2012 in Holidailies, NaNoWriMo

 

NaNo 2012, post 3, 8 days left!

Not a lot of posts this year before NaNo I guess… Doesn’t mean I’m not working or stressing though 🙂 I’ve send of the Black Sheep manuscript to an editor and did work for uni, but that is not what I’m talking about today. Today is about my outlining method and how I visualise my chapters and work.

 

This post compliments well with my 2 posts from last year, Post 4 and Post 6. That talk about my outlining method and other things.

 

So, where am I now? I’m around the 3rd and 4th picture of my Paperwaste method (Post 4). I have a couple of scenes written down and sort of planned where I’m going. They are all on different loose leave papers. I also did half of the Create a Character clinic from Holly Lisle (link at the bottom).

So usually when I’m at this stage I start also making a large paper to have a better oversight on what I’m doing. I’m doing a different one from last year (as seen in Post 6), but the idea is the same.

 

I divide the total amount of words by the amount of words I want in a chapter (or the amount of chapters you want in total, depending on how you work). Last year I did 1.000 words per chapter and had a total of 50 chapters planned, but as I was writing I found out I already ended the story at 44 chapters.

So this year I do 1.250 words per chapter. This also goes better with my uni work of 2.500 word piece of a story. So I have a total of 40 chapters, which is close to where I got last year. Which is good.

I then spread those out on the paper so I can keep track of where I am and so I can see how my story works as a total.

 

So, how do I make a wall outline? Well, like this:

 

Needed:

– paper

– marker or marker pen (as long as it’s easily visible and thicker than a pen)

– ruler

– Adhesive tape (I use the matte see through type)

– scizzors

– pens

– amount of chapters you need written down somewhere

– last but not least, a wall:

 

 

1. Choose how big you’ll make the large sheet of paper. I choose 4 by 2 pieces of A4 paper. 4 wide, 2 high, so I have 12.500 words in each column.

I work on one side and stick them together like this:

I first tape the outer edges together, keeping it aligned and as flat as possible.

 

When I have everything in place like this.

 

I then tape all the cracks. So that I can use the sheet as one sheet, without having to worry about my pen getting caught in the edges.

 

2. I then flip over the paper and divide the paper into sections. 4 columns with 10 chapters each, which is 5 chapters per character in each column.

 

I then put the word counts of each column at the bottom.

 

3. I divide the columns into different sections. Each section holds 2 chapters, one for each character. This was I can be sure I explore different things with both my characters and won’t have everything come from only 1 of the characters and have the other one lag behind.

 

 

The text you see in it is from this article: Writing the Romance Novel – Seven story beats

 

4. Put it up on the wall.

 

 

Yep it is that simple. Okay, I’m cheating a little. I still need to put in the story elements that I’ve got.

Here is a picture with some of my notes that will be put onto the page:

 

 

But it will get quite full with notes once I’ve got my official outline finished.

 

The pros of doing this are endless. You can make sure each character has enough story, you can be sure that you have enough story to begin with, you can keep track of separate story lines.
The con if it? there is a lot of paper involved…

 

After his step I usually put it into the computer and print out another story outline which is focused more on the smaller parts and the scenes in each chapter (see Part 4).

 

Okay, enough for today. I’m gonna get some more planning done!

 

Tip for the day: Holly Lisle’s website

Holly Lisle has amazing stuff to work with. Her website is full of articles on outlining, fantasy elements and all sorts of other stuff that can help, no matter the genre you write, check it out!

Right now I’m working through her “Create a Character clinic” on my kindle, and though different from how I normally work, it’s great!

 

Write on!

 

Kia

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2012 in NaNoWriMo, writing

 

NaNo 2012, Post 2, 18 days to go!

I’m starting to slightly freak out now. Last year I had about 4 posts written by this time. I’ve been quite busy with all sorts of things up to this point, though stuff is slightly changing around now. I’ve been doing quite a lot of university work for the past 2 weeks, now I need to start concentrating more on NaNo.

 

First, a flashback. Last year I wrote some useful posts so I’ll be quickly reading them over to see if I need to repeat something.

My October 8 post from last year talks about the dreaded wordcounts and how to make sure you don’t have a deficit of about 300 to 1000 words at the moment you upload. Check your work on time so you can make sure that both the NaNo counter and your own counter show that you have indeed won. Wouldn’t want to end up having 200 too little at 11 o’clock on November 30, now would you? Check out the post here: NaNo 2011, Post 3, 23 days to go!

On October 10 I wrote a more substantial post. All about plotting and outlining. I show two methods (Notecarding by Holly Lisle and 9 grid plan by ?? ) and how even though I tried them they didn’t work. The next part is more about how I normally plan my work, with an example of Black Sheep. I’m not sure what I was on that day, but I must have been having a lot of fun writing it, cause some of the stuff I say… Anyway, it shows different ways of outlining and might be useful to some people who think about how to plot. NaNo 2011, Post 4, 21 days to go!

I then talk more about how I plan where my main plot points go in my last post before NaNo: NaNo 2011, Post 6, 2 days to go!

 

Looking back to those posts makes me feel slightly lacking this year, I was so busy with planning and the language I use… so grown up and professional (for me anyway). I’m nowhere near as confident this year. Largely because I’m actually not planning a lot, I’ve been working on university stuff mostly and doing some other things on the side. Though today I looked at my calendar and sort of freaked out… Sort of… A lot.

I feel like I should be way more ahead for NaNo than I really am at this moment, I feel like I should have at least some planning done (not that I haven’t done anything, it’s just that it’s not really planned). The problem for me this year is something I haven’t thought of before.

I don’t know how the genre works structurally. I’ve never before written a romance story.

Black Sheep’s outline wasn’t too hard for me because I already knew a couple of things that had to happen, they were main story points. For Disturbed Fate this was slightly more complicated but still, I knew what I wanted to happen and made it happen. I had a couple of points, I put them on the page and then linked them. Both of them are quite dark stories, though Black Sheep more than Disturbed Fate. This story is not planned to be like either of them. Yes they have gay characters, yes they will kiss, but as far as I know, there is where the comparison ends between the three stories.

 

So the plans for this year are simple, my story will have these elements:

– Gay characters

– romance

– ….

No actually those two are the only two things I’ve come up with, not much, I’m totally aware of that. I have a couple of scenes I’m really keen on putting in it and I’ve got the global story down. It will take place in the same world as Disturbed Fate, which is partly why I haven’t finished my work on that story. I’m changing some of the “rules” for this story and will have to work those back into Disturbed Fate.

The plus point is that this story has less story arches and sub stories and all the other things that are always so hard to plan. If I’m right I should be able to use more standard methods of outlining this time around. Which might turn into some blog posts. It’s harder to spoil the story when working on a romance story in comparison to Black Sheep or Disturbed Fate, which were both not based on standard story forms.

 

The downside for me right now is that I’m having a hard time figuring out how a love story technically works. I’ve read quite a couple of them in the last few months, but I feel like I’m missing HOW they work. I can’t seem to get a decent grasp on how those stories are actually planned.

Which is what I’ll be working on in the next week or so as I’m winding down to finishing most first drafts of my uni work.

 

So, adding a couple of tips for NaNo-ers, some you might know or already do.

– Fill out your NaNo profile on the website, you can now add your book. Also don’t forget to check out the forum of your local NaNo group and get to know the people that write in the same genre as you do. This is where the fun begins.

– Check out the dares and adoption fora. I actually took a scene to put in my story from a dare, and I thought it would perfectly make for the tension I need at a few points. Not only is it good to do if you’re stuck, but even if your planning is going well, the adoptions forum or the dares might spark an idea to make the story even BETTER.

– Get your writing program ready and have your back-up options available. This is good to do up front as it means you won’t have to go trough some of the hassle when you actually start NaNo. Take special care to make sure you have a back-up system so when your computer crashes or anything you don’t lose all your work.

– Make sure people know you’re doing NaNo so they don’t expect you to come out with them every night or something and are annoyed when you can’t. This also means for some people making sure they have enough food in the house for the days they can’t be bothered to cook and things like that. NaNo can take a lot out of you, don’t make it worse by not planning right.

 

Most of all though: ENJOY THE PREPARATION FUN. If you’re not preparing you will curse yourself later on and if you’re not enjoying the preparations you might not be doing something right.

So now I’m off checking out the NaNo template for Scrivener, which they have up on their website: http://www.literatureandlatte.com/nanowrimo.php

 

Write on!

 

Kia

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2012 in NaNoWriMo, writing

 

NaNo 2012, Post 1, 35 days to go!

So, it’s been almost a year to the day, last year my first NaNo post was with 34 days to go, well, today it is 35 days till NaNo starts.

YAY!

35 days till NaNoWriMo 2012!

You already scared yet? I’m really looking forward to it. So I’m reading my blog post from last year as I’m writing this one.

Well, apparently my preparations for last year worked really well. I not only finished NaNo but also passed all my classes. Yeah, that was hard work but it paid off. Disturbed Fate is still between typing out and editing, but that is fine, it is a full rounded story already. I finished NaNo on the last day last year, but I finished anyway. Which was awesome and amazing!

Finishing NaNo last year pushed me more into actually taking my writing more serious. Between last year and now I fully finished Black Sheep. Part 1-3 are all finished, which has taken me a total of 5 years. Part 3 was the fastest of all with just a 3 month writing spree to complete it. I also just yesterday finished my edits on Black Sheep Part 1 and after digitalising it it’ll be ready to be send off to an editor. SCARY! That is after I find an editor 😉

I also released a collection of short stories, some of which I wrote last year and some which I had already written before that. Magical Roads is available on both Kindle, Nook, Kobo and other devices. Check out my page for it: Magical Roads

Okay, enough flashback, time for some flash forward.

So, it’s almost October, which means the last month before NaNo starts. At least my workload is less this year. I’ve only got 2 classes. I’ll also have to do research for my dissertation but I’ve already started that and the deadline isn’t till the end of the school year.

So, what to do this and next month, from most till least important:

– Write a 15 page screenplay and a commentary on it, I’ve got an idea, I only need to work it out

– Write outline for my NaNo novel, which I’ve already started (sort of). But I need to make sure I got enough to happen before November.

– Write a piece about a writer that inspired our work. I’m taking a novel writing class this semester which is why I’m actually doing NaNo this year. I had told people I wouldn’t 😉

– Put my edits into Black Sheep and find an editor, I’m not even sure how to do this but I think it’ll be okay.

So, yeah. Let’s start with tips then. Two for today.

First one, use social media to help you out and keep on track!

I use Google+ a lot to do hangouts and be accountable for what I do. This really helped last year. We would open a hangout and then do writing sprints of 10 minutes. I got about 600 or so words done per hour, and this was by hand. We’d do sprints of 10 minutes “on” and 10 minutes “off” leaving enough time to do other things inbetween. This gives a total of 3 sprints per hour and I averaged about 200-250 words per sprint.

These same sprints are often held on both twitter and the NaNo forums. Competing with other people to have the highest wordcount can really help some people out.

But at the same time, I used it to not be too distracted. My G+ and my twitter were full of people doing NaNo so I would feel guilty while not writing. Plus seeing people around you reach wordcounts really helps keeping your spirit up.

Second one, check back to this page regularly: NaNoWriMo 2012 Preparations

I’ll be linking more and more articles over time that talk about NaNo, or writing, or programs or anything else that might help you. I’ve already put some links to some programs (all of them I already talked about last year in my blogposts, so check them out), plus some articles I’d bookmarked or written this year. I’ll be adding more links as I find them.

For now, GOOD LUCK PLANNING AND STRESSING!!!!

Write on!

Kia

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2012 in NaNoWriMo, Writing

 

I’m working really hard, not on 2 but 3 projects!

Hi all,

It’s been quite a busy time for me, I’m finally calming down after the whole publishing of Magical Roads. If you want to check it out, just go to my website: Magical Roads.

And I’ve written a guide on how to properly format your book for the kf8 format (the new kindle format that works on the Kindle Fire and the Kindle touch and baby). A lot of people are not aware there are a lot of books that are formatted wrongly and show up poorly on the Kindle Touch. Most people don’t know why this problem exists or how to solve it. I’ve written this guide with a lot of pictures so it’s easy to follow. You can find the guide here: Formatting your file KF8 proof.

But that is not what I wanted to talk about. What I wanted to talk about is the other side of my writing, the side you normally don’t really see. The part where I write pieces that are longer than 2000 words and don’t immediately put them online.

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I bet you want a release date, right? ;)

So, yes, I’m back! Sort of… More on that later 😉

I finished my second year of university almost 2 weeks ago, which both seems really far away and really close at the same time. The only thing left is waiting on my results now.

For the past 2 weeks I’ve been doing all sorts of things, mostly having quite a few social responsibilities and fixing up things to live at my parents place or my boyfriends place over summer. I haven’t really gotten that much writing done yet. I’ve yet again found that writing 12K worth of words in less than a week is very VERY stressful and I’ve yet to fully recover from it. Plus that writing essays and fiction are two totally different things and require a different mindset. Sometimes I do wish that it was the same though, writing my story as an essay, though it would probably end up only be 5 pages instead of 500… Especially the way I write. 😉

Soooooooo, I’ve been saying that I’ll have a special thing for this summer and I think it’s time I’ll tell you what it is.

Around the first of July I will release a short story collection with magical realism stories.

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