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Here’s What I’m Reading – This Week.

 Past Shadows CoverThe Revenge Masquerade Cover  October 26 14Whilst I wait for my final round of edits for The Revenge Masquerade, due later this week. I am pleased to report that I am writing my new story Past Shadows. After last week’s hiatus I have  rediscovered my muse. (who was  probably trapped under my new fridge with me) 🙂  Now I only wish I could type faster.

 When I’m not writing, I’m reading and here’s what I’m reading this week.

 

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Twelve ancient cultures were chosen millennia ago to represent humanity in Endgame, a global game that will decide the fate of humankind. Endgame has always been a possibility, but never a reality…until now. Twelve meteorites have just struck Earth, each meteorite containing a message for a Player who has been trained for this moment. At stake for the Players: saving their bloodline, as well as the fate of the world. And only one can win.

  I’ve read the sample of this book and decided I wanted to read all of it and I’m not disappointed so far.

Click here for my review of the sample of The Endgame – The Calling by James Frey.

23487063The house has soft, purple wisteria twining around the door. You step inside.

The hall is cool after the hot summer’s day. The welcome is kind, and always warm.

Yet something makes you suspect life here can’t be as perfect as it seems.

After all, the brightest smile can hide the darkest secret.

But wouldn’t you pay any price to have a glorious place like this?

Welcome to Winterfold.

Martha Winter’s family is finally coming home.

 This series has really grown on me. It’s not the happiest of stories but  the characters are excellent and the plot intriguing, can’t wait to see how it ends.

Click here if you want to read my reviews of A Place for Us Parts 1-3  by Harriet Evans.

23245066Guilt can eat away at you, but love can cut like a knife…

Lusting after his best friend’s girlfriend is a cliché Billy knows well – it’s the tightrope he’s walked for years.
But now Jason and Lindy have broken up and Billy can’t help but be there for the girl he’s loved from afar for so long. She’s hurting.

Fighting to find a road to the future, Lindy’s heart hurts. She’s trying to escape the truth, but Billy keeps making her face it – and it’s ugly. How can she keep living when everything is made of glass and it keeps shattering?

Her one constant is Billy. Only, rebound isn’t his style and when Lindy starts to see him in a different light, he just can’t trust her. He’s no one’s second best

 I haven’t read any of this one yet but I hope to start it tonight. Jane Lark is such a talented author, I am a major fan of her historical romance and fast becoming one of her young adult novels. I have read the first two in this series and I have high hopes for this one.

 Click here if you want to check out my reviews of Jane Lark’s other books.

 Back to writing for me now. 🙂

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How Good a Multitasker Am I? #NaNoWriMo and Edits?

The Dragon Legacy Series Tomorrow sees the start of  the National Novel Writing Month #NaNoWriMo. Writers attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. I entered last year but only managed about a quarter of that target because I was editing my debut novel The Dragon Legacy that released December 2013.

THE REVENGE MASQ-LARGEThis year I am in a similar position with the release of my second book in The  Dragon Legacy series,  The Revenge Masquerade in December 2014.

I have decided to enter even though it will test my multitasking and time- management skills to the limit. 🙂 My edits will be my top priority but however much I write of my new novel it will bring it closer to completion.

Past Shadows CoverPast Shadows is a Gothic, historical romance. I started it last year in NaNo and so this year I intend to add to it. I’m aiming for a finished word count of around 70,000 so If I can write 50,000 in the contest that will be great.

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Justin Bracken has no choice but to resign his commission and return home to the cotton mills, when his father falls ill. Unrest among the workers, fire, death and an opinionated woman all seek to make his new life every bit as dangerous as the military battles he fought in the past.

Young widow and vicar’s daughter Lucinda Osborne is born out of her time. When her husband dies, she returns to her father’s home determined to improve the lives of the mill workers she grew up with. Mill owner, Charles Bracken refuses her offer to educate the workers’ children and threatens her. Lucinda narrowly escapes his unwelcome attentions, thanks to the rugged stranger who intervenes.
A fire at the mill and the sudden death of the mill owner has profound implications for Lucinda, who suspects her cousins’ are responsible. Determined to save them from the hangman’s noose, she risks her own reputation to do so.

Grief stricken by his father’s sudden death, Justin cannot forget his father’s last words, accusing Lucinda of starting the fire in the mill. Determined to find out the truth Justin summons the vicar’s daughter to the manor. Intuitively he knows she is not guilty but believes she knows who is. In an attempt to get to the truth and unable to control his inconvenient passion, he makes her an indecent proposal but will she accept?

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Captain Justin Bracken surveyed his father’ empire as he savored the smooth, aged whiskey, which slipped down his throat and left a pleasant warmness in its wake. The pristine, white manor house purposely built by his father, Charles Bracken, with the majority of windows facing the mills so he could admire his handiwork and spy on his workforce, in case anyone dared to shirk their duty or steal from him.
Justin cast a desultory eye around the palatial library where he sat; it was full of leather bound first editions, no one would ever read. Part of the pretence his father insisted upon, believing it made his money more acceptable to the landed gentry. Charles’ wealth owed more to the hard work of others, than birthright but maybe the similarities to old money were not so different, the chosen few, profited from the toil and poverty of the masses.
How typical of his father to prefer an industrial view rather than the exquisite greenery that surrounded them. The mills cut a swath through the valley. Tall multi- windowed, brick buildings and their interconnecting paths rose from the green hills and woods and ruined the little piece of heaven he so enjoyed as a boy. Justin didn’t share his father’s passion for commerce but Charles’ apoplexy, which stiffened the left side of his well-built body and limited his mobility, made his overseeing the three mills untenable. As the only son and heir Justin resigned his commission in the army, his chosen career of more than fifteen years and returned to the Derbyshire countryside and the family business.
A perfectly proportioned female form drew his silver- eyed gaze as she walked close to the mill ponds, the source of power for the two cotton mills. The woman stopped and looked back as if she could feel the weight of his stare. Justin stepped back from the long sash window. She flicked a stray hair from her face and carried on her way. He couldn’t discern her facial features but the vibrant mahogany red of her hair triggered a long ago memory of a young girl he secretly played hide and seek with, in the little wood. It couldn’t be little Lucy surely she would be long married and moved away by now. He turned away but a shadow in the mill window far below, stopped him. He stared at the dusty window and thought he saw a woman staring back at him but no one would be on the mill’s top floor which served as a store for the raw cotton. The creaking protest of a door hinge followed by the slam of the heavy oak door against the dark oak panelling drew his attention away from the window.’

©Jane Hunt October 2014

 

Follow my progress over the next month here on my blog and on the NaNoWriMo website.

 

 3 November 2014 – #Update – Initial Edits completed and returned to Editor 🙂 Now for #NaNo

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Writing Journey Post -National Novel Writing Month NaNoWriMo

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.’

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Dragon Legacy

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. 🙂 DSCN0062

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.

the dangerous gift 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.

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Writing Journey Update

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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.