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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 …

 

READING:

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.

 

WRITING:

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 ;)

 

WHATELSE:

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!

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ON MY BLOG:

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

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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

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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

 

Giveaway

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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Summary Sunday

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If you guys have been around here,  you know I post almost every Wednesday on the meme created by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, called What’s Up Wednesday (link goes to my last WUW post). I love it, but, as I’m trying to create a tighter routine so I can write and/or edit more, it’s becoming complicate to spend a couple of hours reading everyone’s posts. Don’t get me wrong – I love reading what everyone is up to and supporting, but it’s very time consuming, and time is precious. I feel really bad for leaving WUW behind.

But I thought having a day of the week to update the blog was a great idea. So, I’m creating my own Summary Sunday. It’s nothing major, no meme, no linksy. It’s just me telling you what I’m up to. And you read and comment if you want, when you want. No pressure ;)

(It’s a nice way for me to keep my progress in check too).

 

READING:

This past week I read Girl in Love by Caisey Quinn, and I read Write Your Novel Form the Middle by James Scott Bell – an awesome book that will make total sense and will make you eager to use this method on your manuscripts!

 

WRITING:

This past week, I wrote 12594 words (Mon, Tue, and Wed) and on Wed I typed THE END on Breaking Fences! *happy dance*

However, as you know, now come revisions. I have two weeks to make this work before sending it out to my editor *bites nails*

 

WHATELSE:

Last Sunday, I had my monthly write-in with my girls. We are six ladies, but only three of us went. Regardless, it was a good day — we talked a lot about writing and publishing, and I wrote 4800 words!

I took the daughter to see Sleeping Beauty with Royal Ballet at the movie theater on Thursday, and then I drove to Boston on Saturday and took her to see Cinderella by Boston Ballet — Lauren Garafalo met us there!

 

ON MY BLOG:

Teaser Tuesday

Cover Love: Breaking Fences

Cover Love: Dearest Clementine

 

GREAT POSTS OUT THERE:

–  Increase Your Writing Productivity: the power of realism, reset, and record by Susan Dennard

Writing Faster: Breaking the 10,000-Word-Day Barrier and Composing a Rough Draft in 2 Weeks by Lindsay Buroker

 

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

Cheers,

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Cover Love: Breaking Fences

I’m so excited to present you the cover of my new baby book, BREAKING FENCES!


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Genre: NA contemporary romance
Word Count: ~80,000
Release date: June/2014
Cover Design: Okay Creations

All Beatriz “Bia” Fernandes wants is to prove herself—to her family and friends—though it’s hard to prove anything with an overbearing father and three famous polo-playing older brothers. After her acceptance into college results in a heated family argument, the Brazilian girl leaves everything behind to find her own American dream.

College life away from home is perfect until the people she believes to be her friends turn on her. With lies and rumors threatening to suffocate her, Bia turns to her only freedom. Riding.

But one thing gets in the way of her escape. Garrett Blackwell and his bad cowboy attitude. Working at the ranch is his obligation, bugging Bia is his newfound hobby. His thick skin and easy grin don’t hide what Bia already knows—this misunderstood and lonely cowboy fights his own demons. Brushing horses’ coats and mucking out stalls shouldn’t be this sexy, and it isn’t long before he becomes a part of her distraction.

However, escaping won’t solve her problems, and it’s up to Bia to break down the fences around her and prove her strength—not to her family and friends, but to herself … and for Garrett. Because standing on her own doesn’t have to mean standing alone.

** Companion novel of Breaking the Reins. Can be read out of order.**

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Here are some teasers I made for your entertainment:

 

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Thanks to YA Bound Book Tours for organizing the cover reveal!

 

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I love it! What do you think?

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Cover Love: Dearest Clementine

 

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TITLE: Dearest Clementine
AUTHOR: Lex Martin
RELEASE DATE: April 18, 2014
GENRE: NA contemporary romance

Twenty-year-old Clementine Avery doesn’t mind being called bitchy and closed off. It’s safe, and after being burned by her high school sweetheart and stalked by a professor her freshman year of college, safe sounds pretty damn good.

Her number one rule for survival? No dating. That is until she accidentally signs up for a romance writing class and needs material for her latest assignment. Sexy RA Gavin Murphy is more than happy to play the part of book boyfriend to help Clem find some inspiration, even if that means making out…in the name of research, of course.

As Gavin and Clem grow closer, they get entangled in the mystery surrounding a missing Boston University student, and Clem unwittingly becomes a possible target. Gavin tries to show Clem she can handle falling in love again, but she knows she has to be careful because her heart’s at stake…and maybe even her life.

DEAREST CLEMENTINE is a stand-alone novel with two companion novels. This New Adult contemporary romance series is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content. Look for the second book, DEAREST DANDELION, this June.

 

EXCERPT:

The laundry room is dark when we walk in, so Gavin flips on the lights. A row of washers and dryers line both sides of the small room. He opens up a washer and dumps in his basket of clothes.

“Gavin, why are you washing clean laundry?” I can’t help the laugh that escapes.

He drops in a few quarters and starts the machine before he turns to me, grinning.

“I’m helping you get in the zone. Come here.” He wraps his hands around my waist, and I let out a surprised squeak when he lifts me up onto a washer. I can’t believe he just picked me up. Okay, that’s a stupid thought to have. He did carry me home two weeks ago.

His grip is firm on either side of me as he leans down to look into my eyes. I lean back slightly. He’s so far in my personal space that my shadow is crowded.

“Clementine, I want to warn you.” His voice is husky and deep. “I’m going to kiss you, and you’re going to like it. A lot. But I want to be clear that I’m not going to sleep with you because I want you to respect me in the morning.” His mouth lifts up in a wry smile. “This is simply one friend helping out another. Okay?”

Wait. Is he serious? 

He must sense my apprehension because he rubs his thumb softly across my cheek. “It’s just an exercise, to get you into your story. I promise.”

I laugh, embarrassed, intrigued, and a whole lot turned on by the idea. He smiles again, but this time it’s different. His eyes darken as his hands glide over my hips. My breath catches in my chest.

“Gavin, I don’t think—“

He rests a finger over my lips.

“I’m doing this in the name of academics. You need inspiration? You’re looking at it. Now shut up and let me kiss you.”

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Lex Martin writes new adult novels, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she’s not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher. She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, this native Texan has lived all over the country but currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.

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Teaser Tuesday

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Hey, look! A new feature on my blog! I mean, Teaser Tuesday is not new, but it is here :)

By the way, there’ll be another new feature here on Sunday as well … Two in one week, um?

Anyway, my plan is to post a teaser about what I’m writing or editing almost every Tuesday.

Disclaimer: since these excerpts weren’t edited it, there might be some changes (grammar and content) until the final version is released.

 

I’m writing the end of Breaking Fences, so why not start with it?

Here’s a snippet:

 

Garrett turned to me and Tom. “I should probably go to the hospital, check on Delilah,” he said, his voice low.

“Go.” Tom nudged me in the arm. “I know Bia will be a trooper and stay with me and help me out around here. Right?”

My wish was to go after Midnight, but he wasn’t my horse. What if Delilah found out I spent my free time on the waiting room of a veterinary practice? Not that I minded what she thought, but I was concerned about what she could do to the horse because of my affection for him.

“Right,” I answered.

Garrett nodded and started walking away. His usual high chin pointed to the ground, and his perfect posture and open shoulders slacked to the front as if he really was responsible from what happened.

Wait. Did he think he was responsible for it?

I rushed after him and only realized what I was doing when I closed my hand around his wrist, making him stop and face me. As soon as his bright but now sad hazel eyes locked on mine, I let go of his arm.

“Y-you know it’s not your fault, right?”

 

Hope you liked it!

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