Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Scrap that...

Am no longer ticking along nicely. My eldest son has a horrible virus and my littly has just this morning broken out in chicken pox, so am under house arrest with two restless kids.  The last couple of days have mostly been about taking temperatures and giving out medicine and hugs. Word count since last post = zero. Best laid plans and all that. 

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Ticking along nicely

Ola amigo's! Summer is upon us, which means the kids are now all mine for six whole weeks - goodbye lovely writing time, i'll miss you! Actually I won't, because I'm determined to make time before they wake and after they sleep - i'm on a bit of a roll, so stopping isn't an option.

I'm still writing the first draft of my ST attempt, word count is currently 63,000 with an aim of around 80,000, so almost eighty percent there. I'm currently slightly obsessed with updating my ticker at the end of each writing session to see it inch towards the end, but happily I know what actually needs to happen to get me there. All praise the pretty plan! Thank you, Julie!

I am hopeful that I'll reach the end of this draft before the end of the six week holidays, but then what do I do next? Do I dive straight back in for editing, or is it best to put it away for a bit and come back to it with fresh eyes? And how long does that take? Impatient.com. And Clueless.com.

I read that the 2011 New Voices comp has been announced. Exciting stuff! I think i'm going to declare myself out this time around, am not brave enough. Or should I flip the coin over to the positive side and say i'm going to be brave and stick with the ST despite not knowing if it's a big old bag of crap?

Yeah, that sounds better doesn't it?

Happy summer everyone! Unless it's your winter of course....

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

#MarryingCadeWave Stop Seven

It’s launch day for the lovely Sally Clements’ fabulous  new book, Marrying Cade, and to celebrate, she’s having a Mexican wave of excerpts! You can keep up with the wave’s progress on the twitter hashtag #MarryingCadeWave – and add a tweet with the hashtag to chat with everyone else who’s reading along!

Here’s how to do it…these are the stops, just call in to these blogs to read each excerpt (they start at stop one, and finish at stop ten). Alternatively, start wherever, and click on the next stop link at the bottom of the excerpt. Or just click on the buy link, to get your own copy of Marrying Cade!

Stop One – Talli Roland’s blog  http://talliroland.blogspot.com/
Stop Two – Maya Blake’s blog  http://mayabauthor.blogspot.com/
Stop Three – Nas Dean’s blog  http://nas-dean.blogspot.com/
Stop Four – Joanne Coles’s blog   http://joannecleary.blogspot.com/
Stop Five – Romy Summers’ blog  http://romysommer.blogspot.com/
Stop Six – Lorraine Wilson’s blog  http://lorraine-wilson.blogspot.com/
Stop Seven – Joanne Pibworth’s blog  http://joannepibworth.blogspot.com/
Stop Eight – Suzanne Jones’ blog  http://suzanne-sj.blogspot.com/
Stop Nine – Lacey Devlin’s blog  http://laceydevlin.blogspot.com/
Stop Ten – Sally Clements’ blog  http://sallyclements.blogspot.com/

Stop Seven’s excerpt…

“So do you.” She grinned, revealing white even teeth. Long fingers reached up and smoothed over his jaw line.
Cade held himself in check, resisting the urge to rub against her like a lonely cat.
“Are you growing a beard?” Her tone was deep, sexy, teasing.
Cade struggled through the sensuous fog that descended as her fingers touched his skin. Melo’d always teased. “Maybe. Do you like it?” Her eyes were no ordinary blue, but deep sapphire.
She dropped her hand quickly. “I love it. But Rosa won’t. She’ll probably ask you to shave.”
Adam pulled out a chair, and Melo sank into it.
Cade took his seat again, and helped himself to an olive-topped crostini. Melo picked an olive from the platter and popped it into her mouth. The cherry gleam of her lips was impossible to ignore.
Adam poured her a glass of wine. “So, how’s my Rosa?”

Before you go on to stop eight,  tweet this to  help continue the wave!

Now, continue on to Stop eight here! http://suzanne-sj.blogspot.com/

Review at Madeline Ash’s blog… http://madelineash.blogspot.com

Lots of luck with the wave Sally!!