Tuesday, August 28, 2012

All Together Now - Giveaway

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All Together Now by Madelynne Ellis

All Together Now

by Madelynne Ellis

Giveaway ends October 01, 2012.

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

So much for my plans...

It's been an odd week. Only one kiddie around for most of it. The other one was visiting grandma. I spent the early part of the week writing like crazy, and then I've spent the latter half... ahem... sorting out Lego. Two days of identifying miniscule coloured bricks and bagging them up so that my son has even a remote chance of making the items they're supposed to be. I have chronic heartburn as a result, due to leaning over too much.

There have been some writing  developments too, necessitating more project jiggling. Mischief have offered contracts for a short story, the Secret Project book and another novel. They're also interested in a follow up to Anything But Vanilla. Hence I need to get to work on those pronto.

That said, I refuse to give up on Vaughan, Bella and Lucerne. I'm just too excited by the idea. Therefore, since I have some flexibility regarding deadlines, I'm determined to work on this book alongside my other commitments. To keep me on track, I'm also going to attempt to blog more often about my progress.

Consider this a starting point.

TSK: Vaughan & Bella are currently making a carriage journey.

All Comers: I think/pray/hope I have the sequence and scenes very roughly mapped out now, all except the opening, which is still giving me hell. However, the penultimate chapter is completely written. How's that for doing things out of sequence?

Foursome: Again, I'm pretty sure I know where this is going, so hopefully it won't be to difficult to proceed. I'm not planning on doing much on this until All Comers is finished.

I also have a couple of short stories I'd like to write, with up coming deadlines, and I had a fab idea for a series of novellas the other day that I'd like to develop.

Wish me luck...

Haven't done this for ages.
Currently Watching: Caprica & Harry Potter films
Currently Reading: Powertools series by Jayne Rylon
Currently Listening to: Zilch. I'm in a complete musical void at the moment.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Pulling it together...slowly

After my minor melt down last week over the nonsensical work load I seem to have in store, I've calmed down a little and settled into sort of a routine. Daily word counts-- Yay! And a family who are being strangely co-operative about me spending hours on my computer. Naturally, I'm not working on what I should be working on, or rather, I'm only half working on my top priority, and I'm half working on something else that literally has me brimming with excitement.

So, the top priority: The secret project is finally underway. Yes, it's still secret. In fact, it's so secret, I haven't a clue what it's about. Okay, I know the general theme, but the tone of the story is completely different to how I originally envisaged it. Originally, it was lighthearted, sex intense and decidedly plot lite. Now-- there's still going to be plenty of the scorching stuff, but there's a darker theme emerging. Lyssa, the heroine of the story, is not who I thought she was. Nor is she nearly as in control of her situation as I originally planned. One of the characters who has knuckled his way into the story after starting out as a bit part is not the nice guy he seems to be.

I realize this might make it sound as if I know what's going on, but I really don't. The thing is, I'm writing it completely out of sequence, which means I keep making discoveries that change the tone in subtle ways.

As for the other project... The one that has me giddy with excitement... Let's just say that I've temporarily bypassed items 2 and 3 on the list below and skipped straight to 4. AGW3 or 6 depending on how you're counting it is on the agenda. The horses are tethered, and Vaughan is on the move again. I can't describe how excited it makes me feel to finally be properly piecing the bits of this story together from all the fragments I've collected over the years since Phantasmagoria's release. I'm beaming just thinking about it. Last night a re-read many of the pivotal scenes from A Gentleman's Wager and Phantasmagoria. Today, Vaughan and Lucerne have been having a chat about a few important issues. The scene it will eventually be is from a fair way into the story, but it's a pivotal point. I'm not sure yet how Vaughan's going to handle the repercussions. He seems a bit numbed at the moment.

 Also, I think someone has their eye on Joshua.

In other news: I've had a short story accepted for inclusion in and anthology. Only Wednesday's We Play will appear in The Invitation. Keep and eye on the sidebar for details.

Monday, August 06, 2012

I have so much work to do it's kind of scaring me...

Let me backtrack a little. At the end of last year I worked my socks off to get Anything But Vanilla in just over four months (that's unbelievably fast for me). The trouble came afterwards. With the exception of revisions on books already accepted for publication, I've written virtually nothing since January. Now, some of that it down to life being plain old shitty, but not all of it. Nor has it been down to a lack of ideas. There seem to be plenty of them zipping about my brain. Anyway, the result is that I really need to knuckle down now and write if I'm going to make any headway with the projects in the writing queue.

1. First up, is a 40K secret project story with a contemporary setting. I'm one chapter in. I think it's growing on me, but it's definitely a bit of a challenge. I don't want it to just be a bonk buster. It'd be nice to get a little bit of emotion and romance in there too.

2. Is a story of friends reconnecting after many years apart. Again, I'm just into the second chapter. I have a pretty solid plan for where this one is going, but that doesn't necessarily make it easier to write. I'm also still undecided on how long it's going to be. 40-80K I guess.

3. The follow up to Anything But Vanilla. Kara, Ric and Zach are back for more punishment, although the main story focus is on Ric's wayward cousin and Kara's brother. I'm looking forward to working on this one. I think it's going to be fun. At least 80K of it.

4. It's been put off for years, but I really, really do want to get back to Vaughan, Lucerne and Bella. I've left them at that precarious point for too long. It's time I actually got the rest of their story down on paper. Another 80-100K

5. More Blaze and Asha... Might have to change the coming soon date for that one. Hedging my bets here. Let's say 90K

6. I think I'm supposed to write some short stories too, but you all know I hate that prospect, right? 4K each, but I might as well list them as individual novels. They take about the same time to write.

7. For a moment there I thought I'd reached the end, but no, I'd simply forgotten that I have the next outing in my Romps & Rakehells series to write. I'm planning 8 in total BTW. (5x12K)

8. All the other stuff. Yep, I'm cheating and bundling it here together. I think it includes a yaoi style caper, a Sci Fi mystery, and of course, the Cryptozoology book. (Gazillions)

That makes a grand total of far too much. I think it may just be a while before I can pop up for air again.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Erotica Readers Wanted for HarperCollins Study.

HarperCollins are currently conducting a study of women erotica readers, who read on EReaders. They'd like to talk to a handful of women, either by phone or face-to-face, as soon as possible. They're willing to pay £50 a person. If you're interested, please contact suzanne at stunningpr dot com

Note: You must have purchased erotica for EReaders, not print.