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My Writing Process … Blog Tour

I was invited to be part of this fun game, My Writing Process Blog Tour, by the lovely Elodie. She will be releasing her first book,  One, Two, Three, in June and I can’t wait to read it! You can (should) follow her on twitter and on her blog!

Now, on with the game: 


What am I working on?
I’m revising Breaking Fences, and I’m plotting The Everlasting Circle (The Everlast Trilogy, #3) so I can start writing it in a couple of weeks.
I’m also thinking about a *secret project* that I want to tackle soon. I never had a secret project before and this is exciting!


How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Well, I think everyone’s  work is different, because it’s their voice, their characters the way they created them, their story, their view of it. And my work is no different. A little of my soul and blood goes with each one of my stories …
Also, I write in more than one genre within New Adult, so my readers can find every flavor in my books: sweet romance, angsty romance, some fantasy and paranormal.


Why do I write what I do?
I’ve started writing New Adult way back when … it was when I was in my early 20s, actually (around 2004-2007). So, I’m proud to say that I was writing New Adult way before it was a thing! But it wasn’t a conscious thing, you know. I just wrote it because I felt comfortable with it. I was writing about characters who were my age … nothing felt more natural.
And, like I said above, I write in many genres within NA and I usually switch with my mood. However, all my stories have plenty of romance, because come on! Who doesn’t like a bit of romance?


How does your writing process work?
It depends on the book. But usually, it begins with a simple idea (a song, a music video, something someone said, a feeling …). I write this idea in one of my many notebooks and let it simmer. Each time this new idea expands, or scenes and characters come to me, I write on the notebook. I don’t try to force it out. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.
Let’s not forget about Pinterest! I create a new board for the new story (usually keep it hidden while it’s in the plotting stage *wink wink*) and add images that remind me of my story. I spend many, many hours pinning! It’s great to get a feeling of setting, characters, mood, etc …
After that, I open scrivener and work on an outline to follow. Even if I don’t know every step, I usually know the middle and the end, and I can fill in the blanks as I go. But, when I end a scene, I plot the next 2 or 3, so I know where I’m going …
When the first draft is done, I revise it using an outline – I make changes on the outline (using colors!) and then follow it for the revision. Hopefully, after that detailed revision, the manuscript is ready to be read by my editor or my beta-readers.
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My plotting notebooks!


My turn to pass the torch! The next three writers to tell us about their writing process are:  
E.J., Carrie, and Summer!


Carrie Butler daydreamed her way through college—until they thrust a marketing degree into her hands, slapped a summa cum laude seal on the corner, and booted her out into a less-than-stellar job market. Instead of panicking at the prospect of unemployment, she used her Midwestern logic to steer into the skid and point her life in the direction she really wanted to go: writing out those daydreams. Her Mark of Nexus series has appeared on Amazon bestselling, top-rated, and hot new release lists in various genres.


Summer Lane is the author of the national bestselling YA/NA Romantic Adventure novels, State of Emergency, State of Chaos, and State of Rebellion, the first three installments in The Collapse Series. She is a freelance writer, publicist and lover of all things feline. Summer began writing when she was 13 years old, due to the fact that the long afternoons after school were somewhat boring, and writing stories seemed to make the time pass a little quicker. Since then she has written many books about jungle cats, secret agents, princesses and spaceships. She is also a non-fiction writer, but her debut novels of The Collapse Series are her favorite books yet.


E.J. Wesley resides in South Texas. He holds degrees in psychology and counseling, but prefers to examine the heads of fictional characters over the living ones. He likes his food and his stories spicy, and tries to give a little extra ‘kick’ to paranormal, horror, and the other genres he writes. In true Texas fashion, he is very neighborly, and enjoys chatting about books, movies, music, and family.


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Summary Sunday

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This week was slow, so I don’t have much to report …



I’ve read Writing the Bestseller: Romantic and Commercial Fiction by Jane Porter,  Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and Kiss Me at Midnight by Diane Alberts.



I’m revising Breaking Fences and, since revising is my least favorite part of the whole writing/publishing thing, it’s going slooooooow.

And, on the back of my mind, I’ve been plotting The Everlasting Circle (The Everlast Trilogy #3) and also a secret project ;)



Nothing much. The kid didn’t have school this Friday, so I haven’t done anything writing/revising related since Thursday!

I’ve been very absent on social media this past week and I feel bad about it. But at the same time, I don’t feel like trying to catch up.

Meanwhile, Xpresso Book Tours posted the sign-up for the review-only blog tour of Breaking Fences! If yo’re a blogger and/or a reviewer and would like to participate, you can click here!




Release Day: 8 Weeks by Bethany Lopez

Release Day: If Only by A.J. Pine


Tell me about you? Anything new? Writing or reading a lot? Any inspirational posts out there you want to share?


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Release Day: 8 Weeks



8 weeks

Title: 8 Weeks
Series: Time For Love #1
Author: Bethany Lopez
Release Date: March 24, 2014
Is eight weeks enough time to earn back the love of someone you’ve betrayed…the only one you’ve ever loved?
Shelly has been in love with Cal since they started dating in eleventh grade. Despite everyone saying that the odds were against them, they got married after graduation and built a life together. Now, six years later, she is faced with the ultimate betrayal. Devastated, her first instinct is to call it quits…
After a drunken binge at his best friends’ bachelor party, Cal betrays the one person who has always been there for him, his wife, Shelly. Terrified and realizing she might divorce him, Cal must come up with a way to prove to her that his love is true…
Cal asks Shelly for eight weeks. Eight weeks to convince her that their marriage is worth the fight. Will Shelly be able to trust him again, or will their marriage end the way many others do when faced with opposition… In divorce?
8 Weeks is book 1 in the Time for Love series, but can be read as a stand alone.



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Award-Winning Author Bethany Lopez began self-publishing in June 2011. Since then she has published various YA and NA books. She is a lover of romance, family, and friends, and enjoys incorporating those things in what she writes. When she isn’t reading or writing, she loves spending time with her husband and children, traveling whenever possible.


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Release Day: If Only


About If Only:

Sometimes it takes crossing an ocean to figure out where you belong.

It’s been two years since twenty-year-old Jordan had a boyfriend—which means it’s been forever since she, well, you know. But now she’s off to spend her junior year in Aberdeen, Scotland, the perfect place to stop waiting for Mr. Right and just enjoy Mr. Right Now.

Sexy, sweet (and possible player) Griffin may be her perfect, no-strings-attached match. He’s fun, gorgeous, and makes her laugh. So why can’t she stop thinking about Noah who, minutes after being trapped together outside the train’s loo, kisses Jordan like she’s never been kissed before? Never mind his impossible blue eyes, his weathered, annotated copy of The Great Gatsby (total English-major porn)…oh, and his girlfriend.

Jordan knows everything this year has an expiration date. Aberdeen is supposed to be about fun rather than waiting for life to happen. But E. M. Forster, Shakespeare, and mistletoe on Valentine’s Day make her reconsider what love is and how far she’s willing to go for the right guy.

Find If Only Online:

 Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Goodreads


Find A.J. Online:

Website | Twitter | Facebook



If Only Swag Pack -An “I love you from here to Scotland” print, Ahava pendent, A pack each of Much Ado about Nothing and A Room With a View confetti, Much Ado about Nothing travel mug and A Room With a View Blu-ray (a $25 Amazon gift card will be substituted if winner is outside the US)


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