NaNoWriMo; Week 1 Progress- I’m Coming Up For Air! #nanowrimo

NanoWell I have to say guys, this year’s National  Novel Writing Month has probably been my most successful in all the years I’ve taken part! Wow. Maybe it’s helped as I am in a group with other authors around the world I know, love, and talk to everyday on messenger.

So, I have met and exceeded my original word count limit. I guessed that the plot for my third Romance Set In Paradise series novella would be about 25kish words, and hoped I could jump over to finish off my romantic crime thriller full novel, no such luck I’m already on 26K words in, and the plot thickens LOL. So I will increase it to 30-35k or anywhere under 40k and let that be that.

Some people may think, “well Kim  you know, you can’t really put a limit on a story before you’ve even written it.” Yeah, I kinda see where you’re coming from, but for me I kinda can…if that makes sense, don’t ask how I can roughly guess by how I wish to tell the story where the word count might be.

As I am over and not done,  I will keep writing. What’s also interesting is that this story, has turned a little from just pure steamy, romantic and yes suspenseful. Last night while I was talking to the other writers in my team about ‘what do you call a novella length story’ just before, an idea for a twist in the plot dawned on me. And it’s not that ‘pretty or romantic’ it’s rather sad for one particular character. But, really helps to develop my main characters… yeah, you probably guessed I’m about to kill someone off… not the most romantic thing to do either for a romance in Puerto Rico with all that sunshine and good vibes. But, they are going out with a BANG if I keep this idea.

So overall, I am loving NaNoWriMo this year 2019’s attempt will be a success I think. I may actually complete a project during the month, and not go over. My only drag is that I really wanted to complete two! One that’s still half done, but one is good enough for me.

I will self publish this one, and I aim for  January 2020 for book three of  the series. The name is still a mystery even to me, I keep going  back and forth.

I must also say I am not a fan of the new interface on the NaNoWriMo website itself, I don’t really like it that much.. meh. What do you think?

If you’re strapped to your keyboard too this month, I wish  you luck and success with your project. Let me know how you’re getting on? I Hope week two starts off well.

Just a quick “hello, what’s going on” from me, before I start dinner and then knuckle down to tackle another chapter, and touch base with authors as distant as the Caribbean I am working with this year to see what they have done today…or maybe have not done. I’ve found some days I am full of motivation and write sooooooooo much. Other times I can’t be bothered to open up the laptop and end up catching up so I don’t fall behind. Typical me!

Good luck all.

Book Review; A Lustful Love Triangle, by Nikalos (Urban Romance) 5+ Stars!!… Lawrd, That Was Good!

I have never read this author’s work before or heard of him, but after reading this novel I know he is super talented. The twists, turns and emotion he pulled from me a reader, I really hope he does not give up writing. I came across this urban romance on Facebook, the blurb pulled me in and the fact that it’s a male writer…writing in the romance genre?  After reading I just know  the world of urban romance is blessed to have his talent. I just loved the unexpected story twists, rawness and yes…there’s plenty of steamy parts too! let’s get into the review.

Blurb

Sasha is married to a wonderful man named Ryan, who will give her the world if she asked for it. She plays the role of the perfect wife and mother to their two beautiful kids, but Sasha still feels as if something is missing out of her life. When Sasha learns that her husband, Ryan, is possibly having an affair, Sasha finds her perfect world crashing down before her eyes. Sasha learns a fatal truth that Ryan isn’t the perfect man whom she thought she had married. Champ have just been released from prison and goes back home, hoping that him and his baby mama, Trina, can pick up where they have left off. When he learns that Trina may have moved on he decides not to pressure her to get back with him just yet. Instead of chasing behind Trina and trying to get her back, he decides to put all his energy into finding a job and getting back on his feet.

When Sasha runs into Champ one day, something inside of her is awakened and she begins to feel things she has never felt before. The lust and chemistry between them both are explosive and mind blowing. Hearts will be shattered, betrayal will run deeper than ever, and blood will be spilled. Everyone have secrets but how far are you willing to go to keep them? Once Sasha gets a taste of Champ, she paints him as a man who can give her everything that her husband cannot give. But Sasha will soon learn that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. How far is Sasha willing to go to be with the man who she claims can love her? Will she walk away from her family or will she stay and try to be the loving wife that she so desperately needs to be. Champ have turned his life around and is trying to be the best father that he can be to his little girl Faith, but once he learns that his babymama Trina is moving up north for a better job opportunity his heart is shattered into small little pieces. The only thing that keeps him going is the love that he is starting to feel for Sasha. Even though he knows deep down in his heart that Sasha will never be his, he still accepts her into his life and gives her the love and attention that she isn’t getting at home. Will the love that Sasha and Champ share with one another survive or will the odds be against them?

 

Kim’s Review 5 Plus… I Loved It All, Gimmie More Stars!

Okay, so as a first time reader I loved everything about this story, the plot, characters, writing style, and it was very steamy and sexy in the right places. I found it hard to put down. The author’s style of writing kept me turning pages as the chapters are pretty short, but always end on a cliff hanger so of course I had to keep reading. I’ll be honest I was up a few nights until about 2.00 a.m reading. Here’s what I loved.

Plot- This is not your typical ‘ he said she said’ ,’ baby daddy and mama drama’ ‘ or  love triangle’ story line. It’s raw, yes but it’s full of emotion and realness with an outstanding plot in my humble opinion. The way the characters come full circle and have a connection was not something I saw coming. I found it all very realistic based on the country it’s set in as a British reader. I also found the relationships between the characters realistic. In addition to this, without giving spoilers there were a few things I just did not see coming, which completely drove the plot to a peak, and I mean peak! That kept me turning pages. Overall, it is a well plotted out story. The pace is fast, things happen and draw you in.

Characters- There were some nice ones, typical ones , relate-able  ones and then there was  Champ.  *Smiles*  he was such a sweetheart, just thinking of his character really makes me smile. I have no idea where the author found the inspiration for him, but he is a swoon worthy  bad boy turned good man and ‘book boyfriend’,  for those of us who love these kind of leading males in romance. I found him to be a cool guy, based on how he grew so much from the moment he left prison, to the moment he ends up a married man.

Sasha…hmm, well you know as much as she was great to read, I did feel sorry for her. She is a classic example of a woman who really was scorned toward the end, love is so powerful and I felt her pain.

Heat level and emotion–  As I type this I am laughing a little as the heat level in this book is high, there’s a lot of sex which I don’t mind at all. It’s well written, and at times I did think “hmm, he has done a good job with that scene.” I was rather impressed as I have read sex scenes written by men, and find it all rather drab or in personal  and could not really connect with the writing style and story telling. I never had that problem.

This story line is also rather    very emotional in places. I few tears did prick up for me towards the end.

The ending– This is where my reading experience went from 5 stars, to 5 plus. The way it ended for me, you understand where the author is coming from when he says ‘love is a powerful drug, don’t misuse it.’  It was also a fast paced, and moving ending. Overall, for me as a reader I am giving this novel 5 plus stars as I felt every word, it was not typical of the urban romance genre, it was steamy, raw, realistic, enjoyable and I want more from him! Good job, 5 plus stars from me. Available on Amazon now!

 

What’s In Store… For #NaNoWriMo

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Yaasss so NaNoWrMo is here, this year I am actually working with four other authors in various genres in a group. We will share our word count goals, and keep each other motivated. Every year I attempt this challenge, start strong and then trickle off and complete the project later. Mainly as, I’ve had so much going on personally over the last two years.

This year, I have no drama and I’m already fifty percent through my project !! So my aim is to finish it and self-publish this one in 2020.

What’s in Store??

I will finish off the third book in the Romance Set In Paradise series and self-publish this in mid-January  2020.  I’m taking readers from Barcelona, Spain to Puerto Rico in this novella. I’ve got a great “second chance love” from across the water theme, that’s of course got a few twists and on the steamy side. The character line is a hot Puerto Rican, and a Spanish beauty from Barcelona, Spain.  I have sailed through the 15k words so far, I only hope I can keep up the momentum. If I do, and complete before the end of the month, then I am back on the romantic crime thriller. If not, that’s Decembers focus… busy, busy. Just how I like it.

If you’re doing NaNoWrMo, drop me a comment I’d love to hear what you’re working on this year.

 

The Road To Publishing Update, Turned One Down, But One In The Bag…

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Afternoon people!

I  hope you are well,  and enjoyed  a wonderful Halloween and All Saint’s Day, if you celebrate it.  A little update on new releases from me…

For me the end of the year writing wise has  picked up I have been productive while not blogging, one novel completed so far.  I sadly turned down one publisher for Sacrifices ( A romantic story with a historical element, but as always lots of suspense!) as they aren’t for me. So I sent out a few more queries, and pending their responses…which let’s face it takes forever right! I will be patient with this one, I am so tempted to self-publish it but I am being cheered on by family and friends to keep submitting my work. So here goes.

One Publishing Deal In The Bag Thou!…Yassss!

Something so unexpected happened around October’s full Moon (yes, I  am a qualified astrologer too for those that are new! I love it, and it was a ‘lucky Moon’ when I looked at the planet’s positions). Anyway, a publisher across the water who publishes mainly urban fiction approached me,  they asked if I would like to join their new team for 2020. They are establishing themselves  fully and expanding. Now, I am NOT an urban fiction writer in any shape or form…I told them that too and mentioned I may not be the best fit, their response was, “we know you’re not, we want something fresh and for you to be yourself.” I could not believe it. I never thought I’d work with a publisher of this type, let alone someone ask me to join. Purely as I thought I’d never fit in. We negotiated a contract of one book to start with, I signed with them and 2020 I will release one romance title, or possibly a thriller under their label.  I am very excited to write something “Kim’s way” for them.

You only live once right?, something told me “go for it girl, just one book.” So it was a very “lucky full Moon” energy for me indeed. I’ll keep you updated on this release due for the first quarter of 2020,  a story idea actually came to me while I was in the bath LOL.
I remain optimistic about 2020 and what’s ahead, I’l keep pushing with Sacrifices and remain patient for the right agent or publisher.  In the mean time, work on the two works in progress I have, and this idea for the contract I have signed!

Catch up with y’all soon.

Book Review; ‘When Love Matters’ ( Non-Fiction), by Jessica Minasian – 3.5 stars

This was a super quick read a few hours if that. Thank you to NetGallery for a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I found this an interesting approach to love and relationships,  but unbalanced for the average reader. Let’s get into the review.

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Kim’s Review 3.5 Interesting Stars

Well, after browsing the non fiction section the cover and title caught my eye for sure. The blurb also pulled me in, as well as the advance praise for the book. With my own interest in universal laws and esoteric subjects, I was so intrigued at how this could be connected to relationships, love and even the concept of ‘soul mates’.

Here’s what  I loved

  • The logic.
  • The alternative way of looking at relationships,  love and connecting with others.
  • The idea of a ‘practical’ informative book, using science.
  • This book is for everyone no matter your relationships status.

I  enjoyed the scientific aspect of this book to start with as I read, as it touches on astronomy, how the universe, planets and solar system work. Areas I naturally enjoy this made it very easy for me to follow the direction of the book. However, while it helped hold my interest personally,  it also hindered the book’s overall purpose and main direction – to help others and inspire them when it comes to love and relationships, regardless of  being married, single or looking for love. I felt the heavy delivery of science took the book in a different direction, almost a pure academic direction. Given the genre, I  feel more balance between science and ‘self-help’ ‘inspiration’ is needed.

I would imagine an average reader who does not have GREAT interest or even knowledge in astronomy, astrology or the science of the universe and its function might become turned off quickly.  In addition even if you love these things like me, this probably is not what you may expect, or even hope to read mostly about, based on the book’s blurb and gene.  Too much science  took away the beauty of ‘self help’ and ‘inspiration’ when it comes to the subject matter of relationships, love and soulmates. This was the main downfall for me as a reader.  Too much science, less practical every day language and content.

Overall, it is a very interesting read ( if you like science), and the concept is intriguing, but the approach to delivering the  message  could be better balanced, for general readers and just generally.  Sadly, the book does need a bit more formatting and editing for readability too. But if you love the subject matter of the universe and it’s function, how it impacts on life here on earth this could be for you.  Note that the ‘ inspiration’ or practical ‘self help’ may not be fully gained, due to the balance of the content. 3.5 stars from me. More balance could have easily increased my enjoyment and overall star rating!

Book Review; ‘The Crystal Alchemist’ (Non Fiction), by Karen Frazier- 5 Very Informative Stars!

Thank you to NetGallery for my free copy, in exchange for an honest review. This book was so good to look through, I pre-ordered a hard copy for my bookshelf. I’ve always loved crystals, gems and precious stones, I keep them around the home, car and my desk. What a great book! Let’s get into it

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Kim’s Review- 5 Very Informative Stars

What I loved about this book was the level of detail, from both a scientific and  spiritual  view point. The book covers what makes a stone a stone, a gem a gem and a crystal a crystal scientifically. Something I was not fully clear on. In addition, it then goes into detail about the kind of stones, crystals and gems that can be used  for certain things, and gives a lot of clarity. It also takes into consideration different cultural view points on things like colours of stones, their energies.

The book also is very detailed on things like the history of gems and crystals, how to use them, why you should use them etc.  I would sum it up as an encyclopedia of some sort,  ideal for someone with no knowledge, as well as those more advanced from their previous reading, or understanding.

Not everything in the book will be relevant, this is more like a resource book, you can dip in seek out what you need clarity on, or to learn about and dip out. The book also has a very detailed section on how to assess what kind of stones may benefit you, and how to select stones.

Overall, I recommend this book to anyone who has a fascination with crystals and stones, collects them or would like to learn a bit more about their benefits and uses. From a flick through, I found a few chapters I’d like to explore in detail, and would prefer a hard copy so I can use my highlighter! I can’t wait until it arrives in January. A cool book to have on the bookshelf. Five stars from me due to the level of detail and versatile use, scientific and spiritual view point on gems, stones and crystals to help benefit reader’s understanding on the subject matters.