Writerly Wednesday~It’s drafty in here

Welcome back to Writerly Wednesday. This week I am going to talk about drafts. No not a chill in the air…though today it is a bit chilly or about being called up to serve in the service. I am talking about the process of getting a story from stage one…a first draft to the final stage…in your hands.

This process is different for every writer so that I will be talking about mine. The process also like snowflakes, unique and individual to each author. I have read several books on methods, plotting, story structure drafting; you name it I have probably read it. Sometimes even cried because I was doing things so differently. I tried several different methods only to end up overwhelmed. I would end up with stories half finish thinking they weren’t any good. After a couple of Nano’s ( a writing challenge for authors.)I had two stories at 50k in my files. I decided to try my way with them. I have one story I have worked on over and over, even having had it edited into the third stage of that. It still sits.

This year I decided to publish at least two stories. In order to do that I have to let my stories go. I developed my new process.

I take my first draft ( this is one of the stories I wrote in NaNo that is at 50k and pretty much complete). I wrote it in Scrivener so now I send to Word and correct all the errors that light up like Christmas trees. Now I am reading it through and checking it in Grammarly making notes of things I need to work on, perhaps remove, and especially a timeline. (NaNo is quickly writing the story, I didn’t have this plotted out ). Next will be my second draft, Fixing all of these errors and having the story ready to send to my Beta Reader. I know she will be brutally honest and let me know my strengths and weakness, When she is done, I will correct all of that and be ready for an editor after that I will read out loud( something new that so many have suggested I will try). Next, it goes to formatting then hopefully you will get a chance to buy it.

How long does all of this take?  Again it’s up to the author. I am trying to start fresh after these books are out and try something new and get a book out in 90 days or so but we will see.  On this one, I plan to have it to my Beta reader by the end of March then depending on how much she finds to an editor in April and a release in May. That’s rough estimates.

As you see, writing isn’t as easy as putting a pen to paper. There is a lot of work involved in getting a clear, entertaining, high-quality story to you.

Do you write? How many drafts do you do? Do you have a suggestion to make my life easier and get me to let go of my babies?

 

Cat’s Meow~reviews that purrr~Snapped @ttcbooksandmore #giveaway

Retribution Runs Deep

The line between retribution and vengeance is often just as thin as the line between love and hate. 
 
Cillian feels his life was stolen from him and is out for revenge. Grieving and seeking retribution for the death of his twin sister, August is easy prey. Cillian latches onto his grief and feeds into it, using the Outkast as a weapon to strike out at the family that abandoned him. When August learns the truth behind his sister’s death, everything changes.


Hector arrives at House Gaeland for a wedding, only to wind up in the middle of an unexpected war between brothers. He finds himself inexplicably drawn to an Outkast with hair as fiery as his temper. The immediate, intense, and mutual attraction stirs up an entirely different set of issues. To be together, August and Hector will need to thwart the most evil of plans and accomplish the most daring of rescues, all before Cirian follows through with his threat to drop August off the side of a cliff. 


The people of House Gaeland have endured much, and yet, there is more trouble on the horizon. A birth and a wedding are far too much happiness for the universe to allow, so to level the playing field, the devil must add his cards to the deck. Violence begets violence and Cirian is perfectly willing to take a dagger to his brother, if need be. Will he feel the same if the blood spilled belongs to someone much closer to his heart? 


Snapped is the third book in the Opposites series, the series must be read in order. It is an adult, dystopian majorly M/M series that encompasses all manners of relationships (including M/F and F/F). In this world logic is irrelevant, love is key, and things get broken—just ask Aiyan and Kaden.

 

*Warning* there is a brief mention of sexual assault, though not in detail.
 

 




Blog tour schedule…

February 20th
Two Book Pushers | Spotlight & Excerpt
O’Raven Chronicles | Spotlight & Promo
SiK Reviews | Review & Promo
February 21st
Bike Book Reviews | Review & Promo
Divine Magazine | Spotlight & Excerpt
February 22nd
Cathy Writes Romance | Review & Promo
Book Boyfriend Heaven | Spotlight & Promo
Molly Lolly | Spotlight & Promo
February 23rd
Love Bytes | Exclusive promo
Making it Happen | Review & Promo
Bayou Book Junkie | Spotlight & Promo
February 24th
MM Book Escape | This or That
Nic Starr | Dream Cast
Gay Book Reviews | Review & Promo
February 27th
February 28th
All in One Place | Spotlight & Promo
Triple A | Spotlight & Promo
A.O. Chika Book Blog | Spotlight & Promo

 

   Other books in the Opposites series   

 

Opposites
The Opposites series, book 1 
Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Amazon DE
Smashwords | iTunes
Also available on Audiobook: Amazon | Audible | iTunes

 

The Library 
An Opposites novella {book 1.5} 
Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | iTunes
Also available on Audiobook: Amazon | Audible | iTunes

 

 

 

Appearances
The Opposites series, book 2 
Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Amazon DE
Smashwords 
Available in Audiobook summer of 2017!

 

The Cellar 
An Opposites novella {book 2.5} 

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | iTunes

Also available on Audiobook: Amazon | Audible | iTunes

About the Author…

A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia; TM Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. A Texas transplant, she now calls DFW her home. Most days she can be found curled up with a good book, or ticking away on her next novel.
 
Smith is a single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Besides her writing, she is passionate about Autism advocacy and LGBT rights. Because, seriously people, Love is Love!
 


Author links: Amazon || Smashwords || Website || Facebook || Twitter 

Giveaway…
 
 
Up for grabs are two prizes…
 
Grand Prize goodie bag is US only shipping and includes a signed paperback copy of either Opposites with The Library or Appearances with The Cellar, series inspired swag and an Author TM Smith image collage coffee mug.
 
Runner up is for International readers as well, a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble giftcard, winner’s choice, to be delivered electronically at the end of the tour. 

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Writing Romance A-Z~~ N, O and especially P

Writing Romance A – Z

Hi, everyone! I know I haven’t been blogging lately.  Life happened, and I fell into a bit of depression. I’m not looking for pity, but I have disabilities that sometimes hit like a Mack truck. I am on medication and mostly controlled, but there is no cure for seizures and my back pain is chronic.  I thought about giving up the writing, the blogging, all of it.  I have made a lot of changes to make things less overwhelming. That is what you haven’t seen much on the blog lately.

I am going to finish my writing A-Z. Then I’ll decide what’s next.

 

So now we are at N.   The first thing pops in my mind is Naked.  Difficult to write romance without getting naked.  I also like the spelling nekkid. I don’t use it much, but it’s cute in a western among cowboys or little kids. Sometimes we need a bit of humor, and odd spellings add that.

I love the word negligée.  The word alone stirs images of flimsy, sexy, romantic nighties and underwear.  What can be more romantic than that?

And of course naughty.  I think that speaks for itself.

 

Let’s move on to the letter O.  Only. Being the Only one the only man in the heroine or hero’s life.  The One. That can work in contemporary romance or in paranormal where they find their mate.  In my current WIP, my main young man is very different. He is only 23, but he has high morals and saving himself for the ONE. He says his mom told him he would know in his heart.  I also like the word Ominous. It is a great word for paranormal, supernatural or Romantic mystery/suspense.

 

I love writing Paranormal romance. It’s not all I write, but I love-making new worlds, creating new characters that don’t exist, giving them powers, but making them likable or human as well.  My first foray into writing was paranormal or urban fantasy.  I have learned so much since then that I think will make that series better. My dream back then was to be the next Kim Harrison. I have two file cabinets with binders of notes handwritten and some in chapters and drafts. I am considering pulling this out and reorganizing it, perhaps working on it next year.

 

I have another book called Dark Magick that I had planned to publish last Halloween, but my beta found a significant loophole, and I think this may become a series as well.

 

This brings me to a Trilogy that I also have nearly done.  It’s called Love Bites…First Bite. An urban fantasy.  It’s also vampires.  The first book began as an 8-thousand-word short story. I rewrote it into a 23k novella then decided it needed a bit more, and it is now a trilogy. I am sending it today to my last Beta then after we get done with my editor for a final look over. I am ready to make the leap and let this baby go. I won’t say when it will be out since that will depend on how much my Beta and Editor find, but it’s a big possibility it may be out this year or early next.  At least I have a plan. (see I slipped in another p-word)LOL

 

 

Do you like Paranormal stories? What are your favorite types? What do you look forward to in a new paranormal book? What do you hope you won’t find there?

Writing A-Z Letters K & L

Hi Y’all. I got behind last week on my blogging with family and so much outside work to do.  Hubby and I are trying to get this jungle of garden and my rose garden back under control for the weeds. I will let you know if we win or not LOL.

I missed last weeks post on the letter K so this week I am doing  K and L, which is kinda good since two of the words fit together quite well.

For K I have kind and the derivatives, kindly and kindness. I like a character that is kind and has a good heart or a broken hero that is lost and needs  a boost to the seat of his pants to get back to that point.  He may not have anything kid to say to anyone like a crotchety old man LOL.

Kids can be an important part of a story in so many ways. They can be catalysts for  a characters behavior, a plot if one is missing or ill or if a character wants one or not in their lives.

Then there is Kiss ( not the  old rock band) but a kiss. A romance isn’t a romance without Kissing, which brings me to L

Love is the first word that springs to mind and one of the most important in romance.

Libation is a cool L word . This can be used in paranormal romance as an act of pouring out a liquid to a God or Deity such as a sacrifice. This is great for paranormal stories. For regular romance it works as well. It can refer to consuming alcohol and would work in both contemporary and historical fiction.

Lark. A lark is a bird. But it can also mean on a whim.

Late. Nt good if you are on a deadline!

Last but not Least ( see that…a twofor!) life. A good story needs to resemble life in some form. even though it is fiction it needs to make sense. Life is important to characters. what they do for a living, how they live, where they live, what they live for. All of this makes a story.

I hope you enjoyed the double post.  Is there any K or L words you like? What do you do when Life gets you down?

 

#WritingRomance A-Z ~~ Letter I

Hi, Y’all  Welcome back to Writing Romance A-Z.

Introduction is a perfect word. You have to introduce characters to each other.

a character can be ignorant to the  other’s needs.

An idea can be ingenious

Ill is another good word. An illness can bring a character to town or  can be a good plot in a story.

A character can be Innocent or at least innocent until proven guilty.

A story and the characters need to be interesting or at even intriguing.

I love the words incandescent, Intoxicating, and indelible.

Impressive is one of those you can use to describe many things  iff you write or read erotic stories you get my drift.

There are many more great I words but  I am going to leave it at this.

Let’s not forget the biggest little word in te world.  If.

Remember~~ IF you can dream it ~~ you can do it.

 

 

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