Distant Shores II Update

Distant Shores II Update

It’s six months since I began drafting the follow up to Perfect Timing, so a Distant Shores II update is perhaps overdue.  I have, however, been working on the story constantly.

NaNoWriMo 2016

Prior to the event, I set out my plans for November.  Did things go as planned?  For the most part, yes.  I exceeded the 50,000 word target, writing 54,980 words by December 1st, so I’m a…

Distant Shores II Update

What Actually Happened?

I said I wouldn’t be doing any editing while writing the draft, and I didn’t for the first couple weeks.  But because I was writing scenes as they came to me, instead of chronologically, I did some MINOR editing – inserting a missed word, correcting a glaring typo – while reading the previous day’s writing.

Approaching the end of November I knew I would exceed the contingency completion date of the middle of December, so extended the deadline to Christmas.  Unfortunately I needed a further extension, but by then the draft was over 78,000 words so allowed myself a well-earned week off to enjoy the holiday.

Into 2017…

I completed the draft on February 21, 2017.  Far later than I ever intended, but I’m what’s referred to as a “vomit drafter” – get it all out onto the page, good and bad.  The first draft should be rough and my philosophy is “If it’s not there, it can’t be edited.”

First Edit

The finished draft far exceeded 100,000 words.  So I knew a LOT would be cut, including a number of unnecessary sections of dialog.  I’d written some while battling the dreaded writer’s block, but it had kept me going and at the time that’s all that mattered.

While I advocate taking an extended break between edits, my internal editor screamed during the latter stages.  I silenced her by doing some prep – collating words to be culled, and highlighting every section of dialog – so only took a couple days off.

The edit took a month and was completed on March 24.  In addition to an eighty-five strong word list, I checked and amended contractions and extensions.  Then edited the dialog, and having eliminated tens of thousands of words, I printed and bound the draft myself.

Distant Shores II Update

Second Edit

Although the break of a couple weeks is relatively short, I’m ready to begin the second edit.  Or will be when I’ve made a few more preparatory notes.

This will be the main edit and I expect it to take a couple months.  There are a few inconsistencies to fix and the final title needs setting.

Similarly to Perfect Timing, the story is written from both Lou’s and Will’s points of view, but there is some balancing to be done as both will be heard equally this time around.  I love writing from the male character’s POV and it’s only fair Will is heard as much as Lou.

Next Distant Shores II Update?

The story is due for release in seven months, so I promise I won’t keep you waiting as long for the next Distant Shores II update.  In the meantime, please do follow me on Twitter and Facebook which I update more frequently.

Do you have any advice for me as I begin the second edit?  I’d love to chat!


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Perfect Timing Kindle & Paperbacks Available NOW

Although the launch of the audiobook has been delayed, I’m honored to announce that both the Kindle and paperback versions of Perfect Timing are available NOW!

Thank you!

First and foremost, I must thank my ever loving husband and family for their unconditional love and support.  Without them, I wouldn’t have gotten to today.  Thank you!

Special thanks must also go to the wonderful group of Indie authors who have recently joined together to support each other.  I’m honored to be among you and can’t thank you enough for your support!

Perfect Timing Kindle & Paperbacks Available NOW

Perfect Timing Kindle & Paperbacks available now

Perfect Timing Kindle & Paperbacks available now

Friendship. Desire. Romance. Lou’s life changes forever the first moment she encounters Will online during a brief break from work. Enlarging his photo on the social network, she is immediately captivated by his dazzling smile and azure blue eyes. Reluctantly refocusing on her work, she is frequently distracted as the image floods her thoughts. Who is that guy?

Later that evening while gazing in wonder at his photo albums, she is startled by an instant message from him. Hours fly by as they chat easily, discovering shared interests and passions.

Passions of a different kind are soon ignited as she feels her now best friend’s embrace across the miles. They have shared so many secrets, but her desire for the man who she openly admits adoring is one she dare not share. Not now. Not ever?

Perfect Timing is an enchanting story of romance in today’s technology driven world. It is the perfect example of how physical distance is no barrier to deep, all encompassing, all consuming love.

Buy Perfect Timing now to enter into Lou and Will’s sensual, erotic, romantic world.

Everyone’s a Winner

Because of the postponement of the launch of the Perfect Timing audiobook, I thought I’d do things a little differently for this giveaway.  All you need to do to receive a FREE copy of the Kindle edition of Perfect Timing is…

Leave a Comment

Yep.  It’s that easy.  Leave a comment on the blog post and I’ll send you a copy of the Kindle book!


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Perfect Timing Audiobook Delayed

Perfect Timing audiobook delayed

Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, the audio edition of Perfect Timing, which was due to be simultaneously released alongside the Kindle and paperback versions of the novel next Monday, November 28, 2016, has had to be postponed.

Both myself and narrator Beizo Teirno apologize unreservedly for this and we will endeavor to get the book released ASAP; hopefully in time for Christmas.

The Kindle and paperback launch will still go ahead on November 28, 2016 as publicized.  As indeed will the anticipated giveaway, although at this time it will be a smaller prize, with the main planned package instead being offered at the time of the audiobook launch.

Thank you for your understanding.


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IAC Book Launch Blog Tour – Remember by Joan Carney

IAC Book Launch Blog Tour - Remember by Joan Carney

Hello and welcome to the latest “Indie Author Cooperative” Book Launch Blog Tour. Today we’re joining with the romance author Joan Carney, to celebrate the Kindle launch of her Christmas novella Remember

Remember Synopsis

For most people, Christmas is a time of joy and anticipation. But when a freak accident robs Gracie of her memory, the lines between fantasy and reality blur.

Now there’s only one gift Gracie wants for Christmas, and the only man who can bring it is not Santa.

About Joan Carney

joan-carneyA transplant from the concrete sidewalks of New York City to the sunny beaches of Southern California, Ms. Carney enjoys writing stories about women who are strong—whether by nature or circumstance—and the men who love and respect them for who they are. Things that make her happy are rainy days (too much sun is a bore), writing the perfect first line, family get-togethers, reading books that grab her heart, and finding new connections in her genealogy research. Bold coffee and dark chocolate fuel the artistic fire inspired by her family, friends, and psycho, lizard hunting cat.

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Where to buy Remember

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Joan’s Remember Giveaway

To celebrate the launch of Remember, Joan is hosting a giveaway on her blog, where you can win an Amazon giftcard, or a copy of her previous release, “Fated Memories.” To enter the giveaway, please head over to her blog

My Remember Giveaway

Joan has very kindly given me a copy of the Remember Kindle ebook, to giveaway to one of my readers. All you need to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment on this blog post. The giveaway will close on Sunday, November 13th, when the winner will be chosen at random and notified by email.

Congratulations Joan!

I’m honored to be a part of your Remember launch team and wish both you and the book every success!


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NaNoWriMo 2016

NaNoWriMo 2016 is fast approaching and I’m proud to say that I’m taking part for the second straight year.   Yes, it means I’m committing to writing 50,000 words in a month at a required rate of 1,667 per day, while promoting Perfect Timing AND working with my narrator/ producer Beizo Tierno on the audiobook.

There’s no need to tell me I’m crazy… I already know!

NaNoWriMo 2015

Before I say anything about NaNoWriMo 2016, let’s recap last year’s event.  My freshman NaNo project was in fact Perfect Timing; the 67,500 word romance novel that you can pre-order now.

You can’t possibly have written so many words in 30 days?  You’re right.  A considerable portion of the story was already written, but I included them in my 2015 NaNo total, because I went against advice and let my inner editor lose on the pre-written sections during November, as they fitted into the story.  And by the end of the month I had full the finished draft.

Nanites fit into one of three categories…

Planner – someone who has a detailed outline of their story, perhaps including scenes they’ve already written.  This was me in 2015.

Pantser – someone who starts the month with a literal blank page and aims to write 50,000 in 30 days without any prior planning, therefore flying by the seat of their pants.

Plantser – someone who fits between the two, only doing minimal planning.

So what about NaNoWriMo 2016?

NaNoWriMo 2016

My project this year, is perhaps unsurprisingly, the second book of the Distant Shores series; Perfect Timing being the first.

As of right now, with EIGHT days to go before the event starts, I only have a bullet pointed outline for this one.  I will be working on a more detailed outline this week, and by November 1st I’m hoping I’ll have a few scenes, or at least sections of dialog drafted.

Will I include those words, however many I write, in my NaNo word count? You bet I will, as long as they make it into the draft. I will NOT be editing as I go this year, so it truly will be a rough draft, as first drafts should be.

Although my current planning state might put me into the Plantser category, in truth I consider myself a Planner.  I already know both my characters well having already written about them in Perfect Timing, and I also have a good idea of where I want them to go, because this won’t be Will and Lou’s last book!

What if you don’t finish the draft by November 30?

Let’s face it, while 50,000 words can seem a lot on one hand, it’s a relatively small total in novel writing terms.  Even Perfect Timing’s 67,500 words is on the shorter side.

If Distant Shores II isn’t finished by the end of the month, I’ll continue, NaNo style, into December.  Last year I cleared a couple weeks at the beginning of December as a contingency, and have done the same this year.  Ideally, I’ll finish the draft by the end of the first week of December.

Once it’s finished, I’ll not look at it until at least mid-February, when I’ll have another window in my schedule, and a clear head to work through the first edit.

You can read more about my writing process in this post from March this year.

Are you doing NaNoWriMo 2016?

If so, leave me a comment with your user name and I’ll buddy you.  Mine is Bex80.  Regardless of whether you’re a Nanite, do you have any advice for me?  I’d love to chat!


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Introduction to Audiobook Creation with Audio Creation Exchange (ACX)

The following presentation, Introduction to Audiobook Creation with Audio Creation Exchange (ACX), was produced by me with the help of Beizo Tierno, the narrator/ producer of the Apparitions audiobook.

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The presentation came about after I co-hosted a live event on Facebook as part of the inaugural Indie Author Day on Saturday, October 8, 2016.  Then, one of the questions I answered related to the processes involved in producing her aforementioned audiobook, Apparitions.

While comprehensive, my reply was brief, because of the nature of the event, so after mentioning it to Beizo, the idea for this in depth walk-through of the process quickly took shape.  As you’ll see, both Apparitions and Perfect Timing feature, as does my debut title, Serendipity, which is currently only available in ebook format.

The presentation itself is long, but very in depth, so grab a beverage of your choice and settle to watch it.  If you do get to the end, and would like a FREE copy of the Apparitions audiobook, please leave a comment on the post and I’ll get one out to you.

Free Apparitions Audiobook

Please leave a comment and I’ll email you a code for your free audiobook


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Apparitions Paperback Launch Giveaway Winners

It’s my honor to announce the Apparitions Paperback Launch Giveaway Winners, but first, I must say a HUGE THANK YOU to all who entered and shared the giveaway!

Apparitions paperback launch giveaway winners

Apparitions Paperback Launch Giveaway Winners

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1st Prize: Signed copy of the Apparitions paperback, Apparitions audiobook and ebook bundle

Jillian Selwood

2nd Prize: Apparitions audiobook and ebook bundle

Deb Baldwin

3rd Prize: Apparitions audiobook and ebook

Aliya DalRae

4th Prize: Apparitions audiobook

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Congratulations Jillian, Deb, Aliya and Tabi.  You will be emailed shortly and have 48 hours to claim your prize.

Not a Winner?

Don’t worry, you can purchase the entire Apparitions family at Amazon

Thanks again to all who entered


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Apparitions Paperback is Available Now & Win Prizes

Apparitions paperback launch giveaway winners

Today marks the inaugural Indie Author Day.  And is the perfect day to announce that the Apparitions paperback is available now, and that you can win prizes!

Apparitions paperback is available now & win prizes

The release of the paperback completes the Apparitions “family,” alongside the ebook and recently released audiobook.

What they are saying about Apparitions

Jillian gave it a 5 star rating on Goodreads, and said this…

“Fabulous story and so well written.  If you haven’t read it yet then you need to, you won’t be disappointed.”

Buy Now

Click the buttons below to be taken to the Apparitions paperback in your market

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Win Prizes

Help spread the word about the Apparitions paperback and win prizes.  Anyone over the age of 18 across the globe is eligible to enter.  The giveaway is open between Saturday, October 8th, 2016 and Sunday, October 16, 2016.  Winners will be announced in a blog post on Monday, October 17, 2016 and once notified have 48 hours to claim the prize.  1st prize winner must allow 28 days for delivery of paperback.

Prizes

1st prize:  Signed copy of the Apparitions paperback, Apparitions audiobook and ebook bundle

2nd prize: Apparitions audiobook and ebook bundle

3rd prize: Apparitions audiobook and ebook

4th prize: Apparitions audiobook

Four ways to win

Leave a comment on this blog post

Visit and follow Author Rebekah S. Fiore on Facebook

Follow Author Rebekah S. Fiore on Twitter

Tweet your support

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What’s your favorite romantic gesture?

Let me know by leaving a comment.  I’d love to hear from you.


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Pre-order Perfect Timing Now & Get Rewarded

Perfect Timing, my first full length novel, is due for release in all formats exclusively across Amazon’s global markets on November 28, 2016.  Please read on to see how you can pre-order the ebook version of Perfect Timing now and get rewarded.  But first here’s a reminder of the book’s synopsis and ebook cover…

Pre-order Perfect Timing now and get rewardedFriendship. Desire. Romance. Lou’s life changes forever the first moment she encounters Will online during a brief break from work. Enlarging his photo on the social network, she is immediately captivated by his dazzling smile and azure blue eyes. Reluctantly refocusing on her work, she is frequently distracted as the image floods her thoughts. Who is that guy?

Later that evening while gazing in wonder at his photo albums, she is startled by an instant message from him. Hours fly by as they chat easily, discovering shared interests and passions.

Passions of a different kind are soon ignited as she feels her now best friend’s embrace across the miles. They have shared so many secrets, but her desire for the man who she openly admits adoring is one she dare not share. Not now. Not ever?

Perfect Timing is an enchanting story of romance in today’s technology driven world. It is the perfect example of how physical distance is no barrier to deep, all encompassing, all consuming love.

Buy Perfect Timing now to enter into Lou and Will’s sensual, erotic, romantic world.

Available Now at Amazon

Click the button to be taken directly to the Perfect Timing page for your country.

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Pre-order Perfect Timing Now & Get Rewarded

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Once you pre-order Perfect Timing, Tweet me or email me at rebekah.s.fiore@gmail.com with a SCREENSHOT of your Amazon receipt and I’ll send you a link to claim a FREE ebook copy of Apparitions as a thank you.

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Thank you


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Apparitions Paperback Cover Reveal

It’s only a few days since I announced that my short story Apparitions is now available in audiobook format.  And today I’m delighted to share with you that the book’s “family” is growing once more, as I bring you the Apparitions paperback cover reveal.  But before I do, here’s a look at the audiobook cover, for a hint of what’s to come…

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Apparitions Paperback Cover Reveal

Apparitions paperback cover reveal

Cover Design

I designed the cover to perfectly fit the story.  The silhouetted couple symbolize the anonymity I gave my characters, and I chose the background image of both the sun and moon because it too epitomises the very premise of the story.  Apparitions, as described  here in the opening stanza of the book…

“Anything that appears, especially something remarkable; an act of appearing; manifestation.”

…are not limited to night; the gentle mists can envelop us at any time of day or night.  That itself is something I explored in one of my first blog posts, which has now, rightly, been given it’s own page on the site.  You can read my thoughts on dreams, daydreams, fantasy and more, here.

Apparitions Paperback Coming Soon

The good news is you’ll only have to wait a few days before you can get your hands on the paperback version of Apparitions.  This Saturday, October 8th, is Indie Author Day, and the launch will coincide with that.

What Do You Think?

Have you read Apparitions?  Do you think, as I do, that the cover represents the story?  Please leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.  Thank you.


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