Well I am very happy to say that I have completed my NaNoWriMo novel with a few days up my sleeves (not that I have sleeves as it's kind of warm here in Sydney today).
It's been a busy month in my corner of the world and so I feel particularly pleased that I managed to reach this goal this year. One of the reasons I enjoy the process of NaNoWriMo so much is that it gives me a huge sense of accomplishment at the pointy difficult end of the year.
(I didn't really crack open the Veuve last night though I did have a wine or two but I have so many Christmas gatherings lined up that I'm not worried that I won't get my fair share of champagne).
So onwards, time to get back to the business of being a writer. Writers in the modern age have to balance their desire and love of writing with their need to market and promote. This is true for all writers not just indies. I'm sure many of those writers you see on panels at festivals, signing books in shops or being interviewed would in fact rather be at their desk escaping into their own made up world.
As part of that promotion I have a couple of fun things happening in December.
1. I have lots of lovely authors stopping by with holiday posts and doing guest blogs, so make sure you keep an eye open for that.
2. I'm involved in this Coastal Romance Blog Hop if you want to stop by and win a $100 gift card and 26 e-books for Christmas this is your chance....you should visit the blogs of every author for more chances to win- many are doing their own give away as well!
Meanwhile don't forget that you can send people a gift of a book direct from Amazon this Christmas. My books are only $2.99 which makes them an inexpensive way to brighten someone's day. They're all available at my Amazon author page!!
So I haven't been blogging much this last week or so because life has been extra busy.
November, when I do NaNoWriMo is always hectic and something has to give, I suppose. In my case it has been the blog. (Oh yes and exercise and cleaning the house but that's Ok, I don't miss those things.)
I enjoy doing NaNoWriMo because it highlights how much time I waste in a normal week when I could be writing. Let's hope I can remember that in January....and February...someone feel free to remind me. I hate the middle of my NaNoWriMo novel but lucky for me I've pushed through and now I'm on the downward run...I do so love that march to a happy ending
I juts thought I'd remind you that Alphabet Dating is actually a book set in the month of November - one month, one girl, 26 dates....and even a Thanksgiving tragedy.
You might like to grab a copy if you haven't already read it. It's available here. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CMHEVXG
Hopefully I'll be back on the blogging bandwagon again next week.
As part of the launch of Building Attraction I have had the lovely Jaidis at Juniper Grove Books help me arrange a blog blas/tour.
What that means is that Building Attraction will be featured on a number of wonderful blogs on November 14 & 15 (US time) and that you can visit them to go in the running to win an Amazon GC.
This is the list of all the wonderful bloggers who are hosting on the tour. I hope you stop by their blogs and support them.
Book bloggers do a wonderful job letting readers know about new releases and supporting authors so I urge you to support them. Take a look around their pages...you might find some other wonderful new authors to support yourself.
Building Attraction by Monique McDonell:
People often ask writers how much of their stories are based on their own lives. In my own case I've drawn on aspects in all my books because it is easier to write what you know. In some cases it's experiences I've had in others it is aspects of my personality.
For Building Attraction I honestly didn't think there was much of me in there at all when I wrote it. That's a funny thing actually. As an author you just write and then of course you have to draw people, scenes and settings from somewhere but a lot of what happens can be quite unplanned.
Then I went back to look at it with fresh eyes as I did the edits.
Have I worked in a PR consultancy very similar to the one in the book? Why yes, yes I have.
Does that boarding school resemble the school I attended, not that I was a boarder, complete with nuns that used to chase down the peeping toms? Why yes, yes I did.
So I guess I drew on more of my experiences than I might have imagined.
I've never been a rural girl working to save my farm. I've never been responsible for teenage siblings either but still, there are elements of me in this story as well. It's amazing what you discover when you read a book, even your own.
At last the day has come BUILDING ATTRACTION is live on AMAZON.
Saddle up and head on over there to get a copy.
If you don't have a Kindle you can download the Kindle app from Amazon for your tablet, smartphone or computer!.
Competition: Take a photo of you and your copy on your Kindle/iPad/device and post it at my Virtual Book Launch on FB and you could win a $10 Amazon GC.
Book launch is here. Stop on by!
Building Attraction –Single Tittle Romantic Fiction
Hers has been a life of too many responsibilities and his has been a life of too few. Could the thing that initially repelled them from each other finally be the ultimate source of attraction?
Holly Adams has two jobs in the city, two petulant teenage sisters to support, a farm with a big mortgage and a terrible secret that propels her forward. Brad Winchester has a reputation for being a spoilt playboy who has abandoned his family business but he also has a secret that has finally brought him home.
When they are forced to together at work (Holly works at the cut-throat PR Consultancy that handles his family’s account Winchester Homes – They don’t build homes, they build dreams”) a series of misunderstandings has them
Still while working together they learn they have more in common than either might have imagined – common friends, family loyalty and dreams of something different. When life keeps pushing them in each other’s paths they must decide whether this is an attraction that might be worth building on after all.
If you read it and enjoy it please leave me a review on Amazon US and/or Amazon UK. I am always very grateful when someone does.