Yesterday National Novel Writing Month got underway. I am taking part with my historical novel Past Shadows. I have made a good start my word count after two days is 5533. I’m hoping to maintain my momentum as I would like to finish Past Shadows before the end of November so I can begin the sequel to The Dragon Legacy – Jasmine and Zane’s story.
Here’s what Past Shadows is about:
‘Major Justin Bracken assumes control of his ailing father’s cotton mill amid rumours of atrocity and cruelty. Shadowed with grief widowed vicar’s daughter Lucinda returns to her childhood home determined to improve the lives of the women and children who work in the mill.
A fire at the mill implicates Lucinda who refuses to defend herself when she clashes with Justin whom she has admired from afar. Angered by her behaviour Justin gives into his baser desires and proposes Lucinda becomes his secret mistress in return for his protection and against the consequences of her actions. Lucinda isn’t guilty but agrees if Justin promises to improve the working conditions at the mill.
Justin regrets his behaviour when he discovers Lucinda’s innocence. He needs her forgiveness and becomes her ally but is his love enough to save her from the evil that surround them.’
I am featured on Janie Crouch‘s blog The Adventures of Calamity Jane today in her My Writing Spaces feature. I was excited to be asked as this is my first guest post on a blog other than my publishers. 🙂
I met Janie during So You Think You Can Write 2012 and I am looking forward to her debut novel from Harlequin Intrigue Primal Instinct due for release April 2014.
My polishing of The Dangerous Gift is continuing slowly. Unfortunately I am easily distracted and keep writing book reviews or brainstorming ideas for my next project rather than grafting on my second story. I have set myself the end of October. That’s seven days Jane for it to be ready for submission. I always work best under pressure so hopefully I will meet my self-imposed deadline. 🙂
I have decided my next project will be a historical romance more details about this next week when I have decided between my four ideas and time periods. 🙂
The plan is to write my new story as part of NaNoWriMo in November.
The Dangerous Gift dominated my time and energy this week. After entering the first chapter in the So You Think You Can Write Competition. I was pleased with the comments I received from fellow writers. Most importantly it pushed me to prepare The Dangerous Gift for submission.
It was no surprise I didn’t make the final 50 but I was glued to the #sytycw2013 hashtag as the results were announced to share in the excitement of those who were picked. 🙂
Congratulations to the 50 finalists it’s a great achievement. 🙂
What next for The Dangerous Gift?
I aim to have it polished and ready for submission by the beginning of November.
During November I am participating in National Novel Writing Month ( NaNoWriMo). I can’t wait to start on a new book. 🙂
Leave a comment if you are taking part too.