What happens when an ordinary girl writes the book of her dreams?
I did everything I hoped to accomplish with Carly's and Ryan's story. They are happy. They are in love. And I have to move on.
I feel like I'm abandoning my friends, these two wonderful people who have been such a part of me for the last two years. How can I move on, when I feel so firmly implanted in their world? But how can I live in that world, when there are so many more stories to write?
And yet, how can I not? How can I leave their story where it now stands, without writing about their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren? As much as I have loved writing about Carly & Ryan, so too do I want to get to know their family. I know that sounds strange, getting to know these fictional characters, but you have to understand, they are a part of me and I, a part of them.
I'm working on Peregrine, an entirely different style book. It's third person POV, it's not Christian Chick Lit, and it's not intended to be funny or cute. It's a little less innocent, as if my characters are growing up. It seems like just yesterday they were just baby ideas, newly formed in my brain, traveling so quickly from conception to the birth of my first novel, Breathless. Now, my latest characters are all grown up, leading adult lives and moving forward in ways I had never imagined possible when I began writing Breathless.
Peregrine stars Elle, one of Carly's best friends, but the two girls could not be more different. She's dealing with her own life this time, a good reason for her marked absence from Carly's day-to-day life in Sleepless. I hope you will enjoy her story, embrace her as you have embraced Carly & Ryan, and get to know Stavros as a new addition in my world.
As always, happy reading!
8:00 a.m. - Sleepless e-book - Brenda Kness
8:30 a.m. - SWAG PACK + Paranormal Anthology with a Twist - Barbara Gordon
9:00 a.m. - ARC of Seduce by Missy Johnson - Rebecca Anne Edwards
9:30 a.m. - Charmed by Lindy Zart - Rebecca Anne Edwards
10:00 a.m. - signed copy of Tripped Up Love by Julie Farley - Brenda Kness
10:30 a.m. - Mangled Hearts by Felicia Tatum - Carla Morgan
11:00 a.m. - Sleepless signed copy - Brenda Kness
11:30 a.m. - SWAG PACK + Lee Ryder Sleepless-inspired Frame & Bookmark + The New Ever After by Julie Farley - April Kirkland
12:00 p.m. - Devil in Disguise by Heather Huffman - Rebecca Anne Edwards
12:30 p.m. - Reconnected by Bethany Daniel - Stephanie Summers
1:00 p.m. - Semester Aboard by Elizabeth Kirke - Rebecca Anne Edwards
1:30 p.m. - SWAG PACK + King Hall by Scarlett Dawn - Steph Destiny
2:00 p.m. - Sleepless e-book - Christina Larson
2:30 p.m. - Be All by Marie Wathen - Stephanie Summers
3:00 p.m. - Signed copy of Poetry in Motion by Simone Frances Reed - Tina Connor Myers
3:30 p.m. - The 13th by Shadow Stephens - Rebecca Anne Edwards
4:00 p.m. - Ashes & Ice by Rochelle Maya Callen - Rebecca Anne Edwards
BONUS - Sleepless e-book - Robin McKinzie-Willis
SWAG PACK + Frame inspired by Sleepless + Beautiful Downfall by Scarlett Jade - Stephanie Summers
Signed copy of Sleepless - Stephanie Summers
5:30 p.m. - Falling for the Good Guy by Violet Duke - Steph Destiny
6:00 p.m. - Fool's Game by Heather Huffman - Pamela J. Stuard
6:30 p.m. - Flame by Mari Arden - Stephanie Summers
7:00 p.m. - Arotas Trilogy (Forbidden, Reckoning & Redemption) by Amy Miles) - Barbara Gordon
7:30 p.m. - SWAG PACK + E-book of winner's choice up to $2.00, courtesy of Author Edi Cruz (of the upcoming novel, Unbreaking the Broken) - Meraa Brownie SaysHi
Referral Contest - E-book of Sleepless - Jessica Martinez
Who wants to win some books?
So head on over to the Sleepless Release Party, where you can win more than 25 prizes, including a signed set of the entire Breathless series! Cool, right?
What's even better is telling your friends! The more the merrier! If you refer your friends and have them click that handy-dandy little question pinned to the top of the event, you could win an e-book of Sleepless!
So come on out, tell your friends, and join us August 10th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST! This is an event you do NOT want to miss!
Winners will be posted here on the blog so as to not interfere with Facebook's rules on giveaways and promotions!
No, I haven't gotten so famous that people recognize me in the store. (Thank goodness - I would probably look a hot mess!) But I was asked the other day on Facebook on a book page if I was an author, as the admin thought she'd heard that. How cool is that??
I've gotten so bogged down with LIFE that I haven't had a chance to write much lately. I've also felt a bit stuck. I know where I want Sleepless to go, but I don't want to force it. I want it be good, not fast. I guess with all of the recognition I & my books have received and the publicity I'll get over the next couple of months, I really need to finish the book, but I'm trying to do it right, and not put out #3 just for the sake of having a third book.
If you're on Facebook, and if you are reading this blog, I imagine you're pretty tech-savvy, you should check out the following pages, not just because I think THEY are awesome, but because the feeling just might be mutual. ;)
Girls with Books
Lubs Book Chatter
International Girls YA Book Club
So check 'em out, tell them I sent you, and be sure to enter to win! All three should be doing a giveaway, and GWB is reading "Breathless" for the May Book Club.
On your marks...get set...write! That's right, it's National Novel Writing Month! I know I'm kinda cheating this year (having already begun my novel), but in my defense, I have to do a lot of research into my previous novels, as well as Carly's new chosen career path! So don't judge me, k?
I spent my lunch hour writing, so for all of you anxiously awaiting Sleepless, I'm on it! I intend to give it a real shot to have this book out by the end of the year, I promise!
Also, in case you haven't heard, Breathless & Strapless are being discontinued for the next 3 months on the Nook. I know - SADNESS! But only because my Kindle sales are far exceeding the Nook, and I thought I'd give Kindle Select a go, but they require me to remove it from all other e-publishing for 90 days. You might still have a chance to buy it, but good luck. I took it offline this morning, and it should take 24-72 hours.
I think that's all the news for today. In the meantime, if this blog post gets 10 likes (on the webpage itself, not on Facebook), I'll post a little of Sleepless
Well, to say today was long would be an understatement. Our server at work had a failed drive, and I was basically unable to work until about 2 pm. Our dependence on technology has humbled us - I was completely unable to anything related to billing for nearly six hours. I can't imagine losing my entire rough draft of Sleepless, or all of the girls' pictures from when they were little, but what would happen if my hard drive took a turn for the worse? Our dependence on our computers is unfounded, when today proved that anything and everything can happen when you least expect it. Word to the wise, back to he cloud, a flash drive, a portable HDD, something...don't lose your hard work or your precious memories. At work we use Mozy Pro, but I think I'm about to test out iCloud right now...just in case. ;)
Greetings from NaNoWriMo...well, almost.
It starts next month, and last year, I won! No big prize, except the pride of winning, and the completion of my first EVER novel, Breathless.
So this year I have a conundrum: Cheat by using the novel I've already started (Sleepless) and that I've been begged to finish, asked when will it be out? (I mean, come on, Becki, it's been since APRIL since you put out a book!!!) OR I could not cheat and start on the new project I've had in my brain, a sort of romantic suspense novel, Running, that I'm really excited about, but not really sure how it's gonna go, plot-wise.
What do y'all think? Sleepless or Running? I want to finish Sleepless so badly, but maybe I'm putting it off because I don't want to end Carly's & Ryan's story. Hmm...
I'm just not sure about this whole blogging thing. On the one hand, daily (weekly?) writing may help spur me on to more writing, which may lead me to finally finish Sleepless. I know, I know, Sleepless should be out already!! But most authors don't birth a book in 29 days, as I did with Breathless as part of NaNoWriMo 2011. I'm trying, I really am, but between trying to make Carly happy (she hates her job, you know) and keeping the details in line between book 1 to 2 to 3, it's just taking forever. At first I blamed my lack of computer. Then I bought an iPad. Now I'm just unmotivated. Therefore, I'm going to participate in NaNoWriMo 2012 (more on that in a separate post). In the meantime, y'all tell me, will blogging help motivate me? Or will it just suck away what little time I do have to write? Does anyone even care about what goes on inside my head, if it's not in the world of Carly & Ryan? Let me know!