Together Forever Kindle Cover Reveal

Together Forever Kindle Cover

It is my honor to, finally, bring you the Together Forever Kindle cover reveal.  But before I do, here’s the book’s synopsis…

Love.  Commitment.  Guilt?  After reveling in blissful days together following the sweetest kiss, the long distance lovers part, but was Will and Lou’s untold long-held love and desire their only secret?

In the second book in the Distant Shores series, we hear more from Will than in Perfect Timing.  They have been each other’s rock for years, but seeing an innocent photo of Lou and another woman, his subconscious response could spell the end.  Dare he reveal his feelings to his love?

Together Forever chronicles the challenges of long distance love, and how the couple fully open themselves to each other.

Buy Together Forever now to enter Will and Lou’s romantic, sensual, fraught world.

Together Forever Kindle Cover Reveal

Together Forever

I’m still hard at work on the final edit of Together Forever, Distant Shores Book 2, but that is going well and is on schedule for its November release.  For more information, please click here, and consider following me on Twitter or Facebook.  Thank you.


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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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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 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

Tabi

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

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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

Enter here

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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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Apparitions Launch Giveaway Winners

Apparitions Launch Giveaway Winners

It is my honor to announce the Apparitions Launch Giveaway winners, but first, I must say THANK YOU to everyone who entered.

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1st prize: $10/ £10 Amazon Giftcard

Valerie U.

2nd prize: Copy of “Apparitions” and “Serendipity”

Nikki J.

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

Thanks again to everyone who entered and helped me to spread the word about Apparitions.  If you weren’t one of the lucky winners, you can purchase the book from Amazon or your favorite ebook retailer by clicking here.


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Apparitions is Available Now & Win Prizes

The long-awaited launch day is finally here and Apparitions is available now!  HUGE thanks to my amazing husband and family for all your support.  Today wouldn’t be happening if it wasn’t for YOU!

ApparitionsAdoration.  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.

Help spread the word and win prizes

The giveaway is open between Friday, May 27, 2016 and Sunday, June 5, 2016

1st prize: $10/ £10 Amazon Giftcard

2nd prize: Copy of “Apparitions” and “Serendipity”

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

Enter here

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Apparitions is available now

Apparitions is available from your favorite ebook retailer; AmazonApple iBooksBarnes & NobleKobo and Smashwords

Do you have any advice as I launch Apparitions?

Please leave a comment and remember to check the box on the giveaway. Thank you!


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My Writing Process

I think of my writing as a living thing that needs nurturing to allow it to grow and develop.  In this post I’ll discuss elements of my writing process.

Planning

Sometimes I let an idea, or a premise for a story roll around in my mind for a long time before writing a single word.  When the idea’s almost infantile cries become more demanding, I make notes in a notebook and let it develop.

Writing can be and often is a solitary calling.  But it’s vitally important I don’t become isolated.  I always discuss my ideas with my husband in the first instance.  He knows me and my style better than anyone.  He tells me what he thinks and occasionally suggests something I’ve perhaps not thought of.

When I’m happy with the ideas, I type up the chapter framework as I see it at that time.

First Draft

Writing process

When I’m happy with the framework, or when the story’s metaphorical cries are becoming more persistent, I start writing.  I always start with the first chapter, but from that point I’m not too concerned about doing things chronologically.  Again, I listen to and observe the story in my mind and if a chapter, or even some part of one later on is demanding attention, I give it.

Writing this way helps battle the nightmare that is writer’s block.  If the words aren’t flowing as freely as I’d like, but something else is, perhaps a section of dialog, I get that written.

While all my chapters are typed in individual documents, I don’t abandon the notebook.  It’s an essential tool for a writer at all times, and I’ll jot ideas down as they come to mind.

When the initial very rough draft of a chapter is complete, I leave it overnight while going over what I’ve written in my mind.  Is there anything I’ve inadvertently missed out?  If there is, I’ll revisit the chapter and add it in as soon as possible.  At that point I might also do some very basic edits, but only if I notice something immediately.

When I’m happy, before moving on to the next chapter, I make a note of the individual and cumulative word count.  Similarly to how we nurture and watch our children grow and develop, I like to see how the story is growing, and it also helps during the editing process.

First Edit

The editorial process can, and should be labor intensive.  It should never be rushed.  I always leave anything, even these blog posts, to rest for a while before beginning the edit.  Depending on the length of the first draft, I don’t touch it for anywhere between a day, to a couple months, or even longer.  By the time the first draft is complete I’m so familiar with the story, having been so immersed in it, I need a break to clear my mind.  To spend time with my husband and family and anyone or anything else I’ve neglected.

When I’m ready to edit, usually when the story’s cries are becoming more persistent and demanding of my attention, I always start with what I think of as a pre-edit, or first phase.  Using Diana Urban’s list of 43 Words you should cut from your writing, I find and replace, or delete them.  The word list is extensive, so I go through each chapter in turn in 5 word blocks to make it easier.  Yes, it means I’m going over each chapter multiple times, but I find it actually speeds the process up.  When each block is complete, I note the revised word count.  It is surprising how much the numbers change, even during this first phase.

I begin the true first edit by reading each chapter aloud, editing as I go.  By reading this way, you pick up things that aren’t so obvious when reading silently.  I repeat the step any number of times, but never less than twice, because it is so easy to miss something the first time.  That is especially true, if, during the first read I’ve added in extra details.  Then, the second read in effect becomes the first and so is vitally important.

Second Edit

This is when I check certain things for consistency, including for example the number of times a character uses a catchphrase.  I go through each chapter highlighting them in the document and edit where necessary.

When I’m relatively happy with the draft, I print the whole thing.  Similarly to reading aloud, it helps catch things I’d otherwise miss, because I’ve gotten so used to seeing the words on screen.  By seeing the story in print, it’s almost as if I’m looking at it anew.  I make notes on the printed copy, then go back to the electronic version and implement them.

When I’m happy with the manuscript, I move on to the next step.  I’ll share that with you next week.

What’s Your Writing Process?

Our writing process is as individual as we are.  Is yours similar or vastly different from mine?  Or have you got any suggestions on how I can improve?  Please leave me a comment and let me know.


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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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