Saturday, November 22, 2014

NaNoWriMo Winner 2014!

Yes, you read that right!

I finished my NaNo novel on November 20th. I wrote 51,110 words in 20 days, which is super exciting! I'm done with my YA contemporary romance, "Sweet Little Lies". This is my eleventh completed novel!! :)

Whew! I'm done. Parts of it turned out completely different than I thought they would, but that's what happens since I'm a pantser and really went into this novel with a title and a general idea of a cheerleader and a male dancer. Here's what I ended up with!

Title: Sweet Little Lies
Genre/Category: YA Contemporary Romance
Word Count: 51,110
Pitch: Ellie is a cheerleader, who is terrified of heights, has the perfect quarterback boyfriend, and loves high school. Thackery is a male dancer, who doesn't care what other people think of him. When Thackery joins the squad, things become quite a bit complicated. Tragedy and lies keep them apart until they have to rely on each other or feel completely broken.

I wanted to share a short little teaser with you! As background, this is when Ellie begins to realize her boyfriend, Mark maybe isn't the perfect guy for her. And it shows a great conversation between Ellie and Thackery. (Also, just so you know, Eve is Ellie's identical twin sister.)

Thursday of Homecoming meant our pep-rally in the gym. Eve insisted on coming back to school, but I negotiated if she didn't play her flute to give her sick lungs a chance to heal some before Friday's game. I adjusted my uniform skirt as I stood up and headed toward the gym. We'd been dismissed a little earlier than the rest of the school to give us a few minutes to set up and warm up. Thackery stretched behind me, gently smacking the back of my knee with his foot. I put my hands on my hips.

“What you doing?” I asked. “If you injure me, I won’t be able to do the pyramid. We’d have to toss you up instead.”

“I would look adorable in that skirt.” Thackery laughed, causing my heart to contract at the sound.

“Shut up.” I elbowed him as I laughed in return. “You don’t have the right legs for the skirts.”

Thackery lifted the edge of his pant leg and showed me his calf. “I have beautiful legs. You should see them when I wear heels.”

“Hey Ellie, how are you, baby?” Mark jogged over to me and wrapped an arm around my shoulder.
Baby? He’d never called me that. I didn’t know if one date and a few text messages meant we were at the romantic name-calling stage. I shrugged him off. “I’m okay, dear. What’s up with you?”

Thackery rolled his eyes and went to talk to Eve as she sat on the sidelines next to the band. For some reason, it hurt to see him walk away and I didn’t want to think about him laughing with my sister. Mark flipped his head to the side and I forced myself to keep smiling.

Good luck to everyone still writing their novel and if you've already finished, congratulations! :) I'm off to celebrate by having an early Thanksgiving with my sister and brother-in-law. Have a great weekend!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Nobody Knows by Kyra Lennon - A Review

I was super excited to read Kyra Lennon's new book and review it! She seriously knows how to write those scenes to make you cheer, gasp, and bawl your eyes out. I love her books! Today I'm reviewing her new book, Nobody Knows. :)

Title: Nobody Knows (Razes Hell #1)
Author: Kyra Lennon
Publisher: Amazon Kindle
Publication Date: November 3, 2014

Genre: NA Romance
Plot: First, here is the summary of "Nobody Knows" from Goodreads - It's not easy being friends with rising rock stars - especially when you're the glue that holds them together. Razes Hell has taken off in the charts, and Ellie can't believe her childhood friends, Drew and Jason Brooks, are on TV and drawing crowds after years spent playing in dodgy bars. From obscurity to overnight success, Ellie soon realises life in the public eye isn’t all it’s cracked up to be as dark secrets become headline news and old conflicts are re-ignited. When a fake feud meant to boost the band’s popularity threatens to rip the boys apart for real, Ellie finds herself torn – a position which only gets more uncomfortable when her loyalty to Jason collides with her blossoming relationship with Drew. Nobody knows how deep their issues run; nobody but Ellie. With friendship, a music career and a new love on the line, can Ellie keep their tangled pasts from ruining their futures?

Ellie is stuck between two childhood friends and officially living in the Friend-Zone with two rock stars. One, she's always supported both boys and their dreams. But two, Ellie doesn't want to be in the spotlight herself, which isn't easy. She's slowly realizing that her affection for Drew isn't just as the little girl next door anymore. But it's complicated. Due to Jason's rocky past and their friendship, it makes things hard for Ellie when she finally admits that she wants Drew and doesn't want to change her feelings. Of course, the public can't keep their noses out when they smell a scandal. The fake publicity stunt soon pulls Ellie in and makes things worse. Jason and Drew are barely getting along and when everything is blown out into the open, things spiral down quickly. Ellie has to find a way to help both boys without ruining what they have.

The romantic interactions between Drew and Ellie were wonderful! I love Drew so much and I want to keep him for myself. He was a bit hard to get a read on at first, but I really warmed up to loving him. Jason is definitely a feisty character and oh, I hope Kyra writes about his story, which is hopefully the hint I picked up at one point! I really appreciated how much Ellie didn't want the spotlight and wasn't using the friendship. She just wanted her friends to be okay.

Nobody Knows is a story about making our own decisions and protecting those we love, while at the same time trying to help each other grow. It's about friendship and love. I highly recommend this book! I do admit it was a little slow to start and it took me a few chapters to get into it, but then I couldn't put it down. It's a great romance with a story that makes you want to read it again.


Great job Kyra! Another awesome book to add to your collection! You can find it HERE, so go buy it! :)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

November Goals

Whew! October was an incredibly busy month! I started a new job and left my old job, so I'm much happier about that, but it's been a lot of work to switch. There were two weeks last month where I worked all 3 jobs in one week. Exhausting! But I'm now settled into my new job and keeping my nanny job. :)

It's time for an update on my monthly writing goals. :)

Here are my goals from October:
* Finish new draft of "Silent Beauty" by Oct. 8th

* Work on NaNoWriMo idea

* Celebrate Halloween!!

 All three goals were completed last month! I win! :) I did get a lot of reading done too, which is wonderful. I'm at 50 books for the year, when my goal was 40. Super excited about that! Here are the books I read in October. (The purple one is a reread.)

Nobody Knows (Razes Hell #1) by Kyra Lennon
The Trouble with Flirting (Trouble Series #2) by Rachel Morgan
Secret Catch by Cassie Mae & Jessica Salyer
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry

Goals for November:
* Write to 50,000 words on my NaNo Novel
My NaNo novel is tentatively called "Sweet Little Lies" and it's a YA contemporary romance between a cheerleader and a male dancer.

Only one goal for this month due to time! It's a busy month working retail and the holidays, so writing a book this month will be plenty. If you are doing NanoWriMo, good luck and happy writing! If not, what are your writing goals for November?