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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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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Apparitions Audiobook is Available Now

I’m honored to announce that following very speedy production by narrator Beizo Tierno, the Apparitions audiobook is available now.  Many, many thanks to Beizo for such great work and prompt service!

Apparitions audiobook cover revealAdoration.  Desire.  Passion.  Apparitions explores something everyone is familiar with.  Dreams.  We all have them.

Written from a unique, anonymous, perspective, the narrator takes you on a journey through time and consciousness.  And the multitude of physical and emotional responses experienced when you are attracted to someone.

Do they feel the same way?  What should be done or said in their company?

Affection and love are the greatest gifts one can give another.  No matter how old you are, love makes you young again.  It is all encompassing, involving body, mind and soul.

Apparitions is a very emotionally driven story.  One that will arouse, excite and delight the senses.

Buy Apparitions now to enter into a sensual, romantic, dreamy world.

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What They Are Saying About Apparitions

Here’s what one reviewer, Jillian, said about the Apparitions ebook on Goodreads, after giving it a 5 star rating…

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

No Giveaway?  No Problem!

Regular readers will know that I usually run a giveaway when each book launch is announced.  While I’m not yet ready to announce the main giveaway, I am ready to make a further announcement…

Apparitions Will Soon be in Paperback!

I’ll bring you that cover reveal next week.  In the meantime, to celebrate the audiobook launch and build up to the paperback launch, please join me at the Facebook Launch Event.

Please consider subscribing to my blog or following me on Twitter for further updates.  Thank you!


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Pre-order Apparitions Now

Apparitions

The release of Apparitions on Friday, May 27, 2016, is just days away.  But you don’t have to wait that long, because you can pre-order Apparitions now from your favorite ebook retailer, including Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Apple.

Thank you!

To my ever loving husband and family, without whose unending, unconditional love and support Apparitions wouldn’t have been possible.  I love you more than you know.  Words are not enough to express my thanks, but thank you!

To Melissa Alvarez of BookCovers.us, your work on the cover design and customer service, have again been excellent.  Having previously worked with you, you can be sure that I’ll work with you again.  Thank you!

To my Beta readers, your input has once again been invaluable.  Thank you!

To all who have bought, or in some cases been gifted the book, and have read through to this point; I’m honored that you’ve spent your precious time with my anonymous characters, and I hope you’ve enjoyed their adventures as much as I did, both during the creative process and each time I have read it.  Thank YOU!

Free Sample

You can read Chapter One of Apparitions here.  Alternately, head over to Smashwords for a free sample and to pre-order

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Apparitions Chapter One

My new novella Apparitions is launching soon and will be available for pre-order from Amazon and Smashwords later this week.  To give you a taste of what’s to come, here is Apparitions Chapter One…

Apparitions

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

Chapter One   Visions in the Mists

In the gentle mists of a splendid twilight or the graceful dawn, our deepest thoughts are truest, unconstrained and visceral.  They often appear quite unexpectedly; softly pleasant and then vanish most grudgingly.  Those delightful visions of something, or someone we never want to let go of, so pleasing is this dream.  And when finally we are unkindly forced to awaken from those happiest of thoughts we always feebly attempt to cling to every minute detail lest they recede into the envious mist from whence they came.  When someone is most special, you can discover that apparition over and over again as your head finds the pillow next.

Decades can pass quickly by, but the dearest of friendships remain as fresh as the day they were first made.  There is no judgment; no counting of wrongs or the smallest slights.  They can hold each other’s confidences and trust; even their most intimate feelings they share with no one else.  The unpretentious affections are tangible and palpable.  Some things voiced, some left unsaid… often silent far too long.  Is it introversion?  Are they unknowingly shared apparitions?  Is it fear of rejection?  Is it out of deepest respect?  Indeed, the possibilities exist.  Why the dance of evasion from expressions of sincere affection?  Why, indeed?

She is such a wonderful vision and he cherishes each unique thought and this passage of the lovely sonnet she has become in his mind.


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My Birthday Gift To You

Today is my birthday!  I’m one of the lucky people who only get to celebrate their real birthday once every FOUR years!

Celebrating on the actual day is gift enough for me (I usually celebrate March 1st), so instead I’m giving YOU a gift…

Birthday Gift

Birthday GiftSerendipity is available until March 7, 2016 at the celebratory price of 99c instead of the usual $2.99 (or equivalent) in ALL markets…

Amazon: US, UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain.

Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple iBooks and Smashwords

Thanks for helping me celebrate!

 


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Fantasy Blog Post

In this post, I’ll say more about my thoughts on fantasy.  It is something I touched on briefly in the Porn or Erotic Writing article that can be found here.

Earlier in that piece, before fantasy was mentioned, I said that I myself am a dreamer, so let’s start there, with the definition, according to Merriam Webster…

DREAMER

one that dreams :  one who lives in a world of fancy and imagination

Picking up on the first definition, here’s the definition of dream, according to the same source…

DREAM

a series of thoughts, visions, or feelings that happen during sleep : an idea or vision that is created in your imagination and that is not real : something that you have wanted very much to do, be, or have for a long time

Of course, dreams don’t only happen at night.  At least mine certainly don’t.  There are many, many times when I drift off into a dreamy state during the day, into a daydream…

DAYDREAM

a pleasant visionary usually wishful creation of the imagination

I’ve always been a dreamer.  I can’t remember a time when I didn’t dream in one way or another.  For me, it’s not only an integral part of who I am personally, but it’s also essential to who I am as an author.  Especially when coupled with something else that’s mentioned in all three of the above definitions…

IMAGINATION

the ability to imagine things that are not real : the ability to form a picture in your mind of something that you have not seen or experienced : the ability to think of new things : something that only exists or happens in your mind

In the Related Words sections of both daydream and imagination, you’ll find…

FANTASY

something that is produced by the imagination : an idea about doing something that is far removed from normal reality : the act of imagining something : a book, movie, etc., that tells a story about things that happen in an imaginary world

Yes, I know it’s taken us a little while to get here, but I did say that I was expanding on what I’d said in the other article.  In truth I already have, in a way.  I’ve taken you on what I hope is an enlightening, insightful journey along a couple of pathways, by way of definitions, that interlink.

All that’s well and good, but how do they relate to me, or you, or more specifically to my writing?

Personally, mine and my husband’s life is pretty good, but it wasn’t always that way for me.  When times were tough, I’d escape into a world that my mind, my imagination, had created.  My dreams, my fantasies, took many forms.  Sometimes the vision was location based, where I lived or was visiting somewhere different.  There are times, even now, when I still have that dream.

In other dreams the scene/s that played out were of a sensual and yes, erotic nature.  One of the beauties of dreams or fantasy, as well as being able to explore worlds that are far removed from reality, is that they allow you to do so safely.  Without fear of being hurt, either physically or emotionally.

It is my opinion that fantasies are critical to our development as we get older.  Yes, I’m referring to those of a sexual nature now.  The fantasy exploration can help us develop our intimate identity.  In the Porn or Erotic Writing article, I mention some of my personal preferences.  Preferences that I either include, or indeed omit, from my writing.

How have I come to those decisions?  How do I know, with abject certainty that I prefer to make love, instead of having sex?  How do I know that I dislike anything involving sensual contact that isn’t consensual?  Because I’ve explored those scenarios, safely, in my mind, in my imagination.

Our fantasies are very personal.  Just as each and every one of us is unique, so too are our fantasies.  They are unique to us.  They are also often secretive.  Something that we dare not mention to anyone, including our partner, or the object of our desire.

While there is nothing at all wrong with that, sharing your sensual, intimate fantasies can also greatly enrich a relationship.  Doing so certainly brought my husband and I closer and indeed has added even more depth, no pun intended, to our intimacy.

Fantasies, in some form or another, are a key part of my stories.  It is my hope that all of them, including Serendipity and others yet to be released, allow you, the reader, to escape to a world that is, perhaps, far removed from your reality.

Fantasy blog postIn Serendipity, Sam Meyers meets Kate, his high school crush, the object of his teenage fantasies, some thirty years later.  Back then, in his senior year, he had been too shy to even ask her to dance, never mind take things to the next level.  Unbeknown to him, sophomore Kate felt similarly, yet kept her feelings secret.

During the school’s Homecoming Weekend, they chat and admit their attraction.  Then, as their relationship develops, in scenes that are sensual, pleasing and erotic, they explore their long held intimate desires and fantasies.

You can read Chapter One of Serendipity here. Or if you prefer to download a sample, you can do so here.

Are you a dreamer?

I’d love to hear your thoughts, please leave me a comment and let me know.


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Serendipity Launch Giveaway Winners

Serendipity Launch Giveaway Winners

Many, many thanks to everyone who entered the Serendipity Launch Giveaway.  It is my honor to announce the winners…

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1st prize: $10 Amazon Giftcard

Ellie Wright

2nd prize: Copy of Serendipity

Jason Watson

3rd prize: Discount Voucher for Serendipity from Smashwords

Lisa Brown

 All winners will be contacted and have 48 hours to claim their prize.

Thanks again to everyone who entered and spread the word about erotic romance Serendipity


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Serendipity is Available Now and Win Prizes

The long-awaited launch day is finally here and Serendipity is available now!

Serendipity is available nowSerendipity by author Rebekah S. Fiore, is a heartwarming, steamy romantic tale about a couple who finally reveal their secretive adoration for and attraction to each other.

Sam Meyers, a successful businessman in his late forties, spots his high school crush, Kate, as the crowds gather at the beginning of the school’s Homecoming Weekend.  Will he be able to overcome his shyness after so many years and get his girl?  To his relief the answer is yes!

Help spread the word. Win prizes

Giveaway open between February 1, 2016 and February 6, 2016

1st prize: $10 Amazon Giftcard

2nd prize: Copy of Serendipity

3rd prize: Discount voucher for Serendipity

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Serendipity is available now

You can purchase Serendipity for Kindle in all Amazon markets… US, UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain.

It is also available globally from Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple iBooks and Smashwords

 Do you have any advice for me as I launch Serendipity?

Please leave a comment, I’d love to chat


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Pre-order Serendipity Now

Pre-order Serendipity Now

It’s literally taken years to get to this point and the release of Serendipity is just a week away!  Wow!  But you don’t have to wait a week, you can pre-order Serendipity now from all good ebook retailers.

I’ll give you the links shortly, but before I do, I’d like to take this opportunity to say…

Thank you…

Thank you, my ever loving husband and family for your unending love and support, without which Serendipity wouldn’t have come into being.  I love each of you more than you’ll ever know and words are not enough to express my thanks and gratitude.

I would also like to thank the wonderful Melissa Alvarez of BookCovers.us for her work on the cover design and excellent customer service.  You can be sure that I’ll work with you on future projects!  Thank you!

I also have to thank my beta readers, without whom Serendipity could have been a hot mess.  Much like myself at various times during the writing process!

What They Are Saying…

After reading Serendipity, this is what one of the beta readers had to say about it…

“I loved that the character Kate was as sexually empowered as Sam and broke away from the typical storyline of man seduces woman. It’s a great love story with some hot scenes! So good that the sex was consensual too. Overall, an easy-to-read fast-paced spicy novel.”

Free Samples

If that review has whetted your appetite, you can read Chapter One in last week’s blog post here. Or for more of a sample and to pre-order head over to Smashwords…

Pre-order Serendipity Now

In addition to Smashwords, Serendipity is also available to pre-order from Barnes & Noble, Kobo

Amazon… USA, UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, and Spain

And the Apple iBook store… USA, UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. For all other locations, please visit the App Store.

Thank you!


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