And here’s the official “There’s Something About Her” update post! Whenever you want to learn what’s going on with the novel, then revisit this post! Those who follow the Parched novel update posts kind of know how this works. I usually sound off when I’ve reached those milestones! First full chapter, 30k words in, cover reveal and then those final days, which are always nail-biting days.
As of 12/4/2013
By the way, it’s done!
I’m reading through the final draft after receiving it from the editor. I’m using the speech function to make sure I get those stealthy errors. I’ve just finished chapter 15 and I think I only found two so far. Tomorrow, or today, as it’s very early in the morning 1:20AM, I have 3 more chapters.
The official release date is 12/6/2013 but the book will probably go live a day before on some outlets.
Okay. It’s time to go to bed. I have an Italian lesson tomorrow. It’s always the one hour in my day that I really don’t have to dedicate to learning a new language. I probably would be speaking it fluently already if I lived in Italy. Anyway, I didn’t even have the hour to work out yesterday so I have to make sure I get it in as soon as I wake up. I have a body by Jillian Michaels. :-) Her DVD’s are A-MAZING. So that’s two hours, plus the hour of post-workout recovery (eat, shower, make my bed, etc), that I’m taking away from my writing. Oh, and I had to go back to the beginning of “Say You Love Her, An L.A. Love Story” because I initially wrote it in the 3rd person since it’s Charlie’s voice and he’s a man. But the 3rd person isn’t intimate enough for my style of storytelling. I had to go back and revise it by changing it to the first person. As soon as I did that, it become more intimate and sensual.
Going to bed.
As of 11/16/2013
New update! And so close to the last update!
There’s Something About Her has been submitted for the first round of proofing. I’ve also started the pre-release process on Apple iBooks.
Today I made some serious progress on the outline for the third book in the series, Say You Love Her, An L.A. Love Story. The fourth book in the series will be a Chicago Love Story and it’s going to feature Daisy and Belmont a year later. The LA story is not going to be exactly what you think, although it is Charlie’s story. This is going to be a good one.
As of 11/15/2013:
Lord forbid the posse of relentless gardeners around here where I live go two EARLY mornings straight without striking up the power tools! Heck, two days straight! Have you ever heard of a such a thing????? What sort of apartment complex has that kind of budget??? Unless they’re exploiting workers. I wouldn’t put it past them. Mark my words. I will NEVER live in a garden-style complex ever again. I wish I didn’t have to live in another apartment complex but I have no idea where I want to settle down yet, so….
Anyway. (rolls eyes. shakes head)
So. I’m halfway through the first round of edits. I should be getting the manuscript back to the editor for the second round by tonight. After that, it’ll be two rounds of proofing.
I also decided to move forward and write the 3rd book now. It’s titled Say You Love Her, An L.A. Love Story. I have to write this story out of me while it’s brewing :-). I’m outlining now.
As of 10/31/2013:
And it’s officially off to the editor!!!!
Cover reveal to come!
Wow. That was fun! Get ready to meet Vincent Adams… He’s hot. Belmont and Charlie and Daisy… They’re all in it!
Alright. Now it’s time to decompress.
As of 10/12/2013:
I just wrote these words: The End
And now on to the second part of the book re-write before I head into the full story tightening.
I’m right on schedule!
As of 10/7/2013:
Finishing up ACT III! Yay!!!
The complete novel should be finished by Friday. I’ve just finished outlining to the end. I love the ending!
Goodness. I forgot to report the half-way mark. Well, I hit that a week and a half ago. It only took me less than a week to tighten the base. I’ll once again start from page 1 on Saturday and tighten all the way through to the end. That should take another week. Then, I’ll do my final read through before submitting it to the editor.
I’m extremely happy with the story. And, yes, Belmont, Daisy and Charlie are in this one. You’ll see. This book will lead us into the LA L.O.V.E Story
Oh and cover reveal this week!
Time to go to bed. I’m beat.
As of 9/12/2013:
Yay! So after reworking my outline for the second time, I found the story and the characters. I’ve pinned down the first two chapters and now I’m on an EASIER street Not THE easy street, as you can never become overconfident when you’re writing the first draft. At least I can’t. I have to…
You don’t want to hear it.
Anyway. I’m now on track for 3k words a day and I’m almost 6k words in. I had to stop at 5794K because I came to the end of a chapter and paid off one major plot point, which lead me to the next. Now the fun really begins! This is not the hot and steamy romance that Daisy and Belmont had. However, they are in this book, and so is Charlie. Charlie’s going to be a major factor in the next story in this series and you’ll see why as you read this book. I just have to figure out who’s POV I’m going to use–his or hers. I find it more difficult to write men these days because their thoughts are not as deep as women’s. Their stories are better told in the 3rd person. So, I don’t know. Hey, one story at a time, right?
Anway. It looks like I’m going to be right on time with the editor. Fingers crossed she can take my full-lenght novel. I was supposed to turn in the first three episodes of a serial I was writing but I decided to go with this book instead. Also, I might want to write Misty Black as serial first since it was first conceived as a one hour drama TV show. I’m thinking…
And now to bed for the night.
Peace. And stay tuned for the 30k page update, hopefully coming in the next 7 to 10 days. You already know how I work. I go back and tighten once I reach 30k-35k words.
As of 9/9/2013:
I’ve been outlining since last week. I finally hit my stride today. That means that I’ve successfully plotted the beginning of the novel, bringing the two characters together and creating story elements that I can use to complete this novel and take me to the next book, which will be “A L.A. L.O.V.E Story.” Hmmm… Should it be LA or Los Angeles”… Too many dots in L.A. L.O.V.E Story and It’s actually An L.A I think being that “L” sounds like “EL.” I don’t know anymore. I always thought I knew grammar rules until I started writing full-time and dealing with editors. I mean, the rules for prepositions alone are enough to make your head spin!
I went to Vegas this weekend and…
I needed that.
Anyway… I have to get my mind in the writing mood and IMMEDIATELY.
As of 8/18/2013:
I’m on the last chapter of Steal With A Kiss, next the Denouement and then I’ll be done! I’ll spend a week and a half tightening the story (re-reading first and then listening to it through the read function in Scrivner) and then it’s off to the editor!
I’m outlining “There’s Something About Her” at the moment. I’ll start on the story as soon as I submit Steal With A Kiss! I’ll post a blurb soon. Also, I’m still waiting to hear back from the editor regarding switching projects. I plan on submitting this book on November 4th for an early December 2013 release! I’d say Friday, December 6th but the novels go through a tedious editing process, which includes two proofreads–and then my final re-read.
Basically, you’ll see the story way before the end of the year! Yay! Until my next update!