Scratch That!

Well, I knew there was a possibility for change and so it happened. I received a call from my editor. I’m excited to announce that I have accepted an offer for Her Merchant’s Courage (aka Her Merchant’s Heart). Soooo, since I’ll be writing on deadline I’ll be switching from A Warrior’s Love to Her Merchant’s Courage during NaNo.

After the death of her mother Hebrew mother and during her Philistine father’s mourning, Adi’s half-siblings sell her to a Philistine merchant and she finds herself being sold on the auction block.

Nikias, a merchant from Greece, knows more than most the horrendous conditions of being a slave, and he has no doubt the man bidding on the young woman means her harm, so he offers what he believes no man can top, but before he can discover her plight, a storm begins to roll into the port city and he must leave if he’s to meet his father’s challenge and beat his brother bac to Greece.

Can these two overcome the language barrier? Will Adi recognize Nikias’ heart for what it is? Will they both learn to rely on the one true God before it’s too late?

The Results Are In

A Warrior’s Love                          50%
His Guardian’s Heart                  28.57%
Her Merchant’s Courage          14.29%
Her Sailor’s Quest                         7.14%

A Warrior’s Love

Bilhah a former priestess of Ba’al is in want of a new life, but with the order to demolish all things related to the false god there are those who would see her dead. Ianatos, a Philistine warrior, has vowed, just has his father and grandfathers before him, to protect the line of David, including the former priestess, whether she accepts the fact that she’s a princess or not and even if it means shattering his family’s reputation that has been held for generations. Through him Bilhah discovers God loves all who call on the name of the one true God, even a Philistine, but can the Philistine with an esteemed reputation such as his love her?

I want to thank all of you who participated. I wasn’t leaning one way or the other because I love each of these stories. I guess that comes with the territory after having spent so much time plotting and doing character sketches. One thing is for sure, each of these stories will get written. And prayerfully, Her Sailor’s Quest will have a much better blurb than the one it has now. For now, I’ll take the week to plan and plot some more on A Warrior’s Love, especially since I need to rewrite the first three chapters in order to better suit Love Inspired Historicals.

Speaking of, y’all might pray over this story that I can make it what it needs to be so it’ll sell too.

 

Again, thank you for your help. It’s much appreciated.

Which Would You Choose?

NaNoWriMo is less than a week away and I have yet to completely decide which book I’d like to work on.  The one NaNo rule, or at least it used to, is that you have to start a new book, but I have several that are in various stages that I want to complete and I need the NaNo push to add 50,000 words to the novel.

Choice #1– ( a few chapters done but being rewritten)

A Warrior’s Love (The Guardians of Judah)

Bilhah a former priestess of Ba’al is in want of a new life, but with the order to demolish all things related to the false god there are those who would see her dead. Ianatos, a Philistine warrior, has vowed, just has his father and grandfathers before him, to protect the line of David, including the former priestess, whether she accepts the fact that she’s a princess or not and even if it means shattering his family’s reputation that has been held for generations. Through him Bilhah discovers God loves all who call on the name of the one true God, even a Philistine, but can the Philistine with an esteemed reputation such as his love her?

Choice #2– not even started

His Guardian’s Heart

After having dedicated her life to the young King Joash, Tama has been sent home. With the child no longer under her care, she begins to reminisce about the family she should have had, and begins to mourn the child she lost during child birth years before.

Esha has seen too many things slip from his grasp; his inheritance when his wastrel of a brother returned home to an over jubilant father, the woman his best friend married promptly leaving her a widow,  and now another woman he was courting to a former bondservant, which he’s not too disappointed given that he’s always wanted another, but will she forgive him for his part in her husband’s death and accept his offer of marriage or will he lose her again because the law dictates she marry her husband’s younger brother?

Choice #3– first three chapters complete

Her Merchant’s Courage (Mediterranean Seafarers)

After the death of her mother Hebrew mother and during her Philistine father’s mourning, Adi’s half-siblings sell her to a Philistine merchant and she finds herself being sold on the auction block.

Nikias, a merchant from Greece, knows more than most the horrendous conditions of being a slave, and he has no doubt the man bidding on the young woman means her harm, so he offers what he believes no man can top, but before he can discover her plight, a storm begins to roll into the port city and he must leave if he’s to meet his father’s challenge and beat his brother bac to Greece.

Can these two overcome the language barrier? Will Adi recognize Nikias’ heart for what it is? Will they both learn to rely on the one true God before it’s too late?

Choice #4– not even started

Her Sailor’s Quest

Breaking his vow to never return to the Island of Delos, Jason offers to search for his brother’s future wife’s sisters caught in the slave market to save his brother from memories of the past. And when a proposition is made for Jason to chase after a long told treasure in exchange for one of the sisters, Jason jumps at the chance.  After all he’s been looking for the treasure since he was a boy.

Miriam knows she deserves the punishment her father sentenced her to for her part in trading their younger sibling to a slave trader, however, she must gain her freedom in order to rescue another sister who is innocent of any wrong-doing, but before she can gain her freedom she’s swept from the island and out to sea for an adventure worthy of the greatest story-tellers.

Which one would you work on?

Poll closes Sunday at midnight central time.

NaNoWriMo – Published Works (Mine Included)

Have y’all heard of NanoWrimo? I’m sure a lot of you have, but for those of you who haven’t NanoWrimo is short for National Novel Writing Month. It occurs every year in November. Writers from all over the world, thousands upon thousands of writers, sign up and sit down to pound out 50,000 words in one month. That’s roughly 1667 words a day for 30 days.

Some people hate it, others love it. Most are addicted and have no idea why they keep coming back year after year.

I’ve participated six of the last seven years under three different names (something about losing passwords and forgetting my login info)

One thing I’ve learned is it’s maddening when you fall behind on the daily count, but it’s also fun. And there is a great sense of accomplishment when you meet hit that fifty thousandth word.

You may think pushing that kind of count in a month is ridiculously insane and nobody could possibly produce a decent story doing so. Well, I’m here to tell you differently. First, to some authors 50,000 a  month is a drop in the bucket for them, for others, like me, 50,000 words is a huge feat. I’ve finished four or five of those six years and two of those books (The Guardian’s Promise and The Warrior’s Princess) are scheduled to be published with Love Inspired Historical. Hopefully a third will find its way to a contract soon.

You know what? I’m not the only one. There are a lot of NaNo books that have sold to traditional publishing housing, including Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. Many more have sold to smaller houses, others of have hit the Indie’s bestseller list (Independent publishing). Here’s a list of published works written during NaNoWriMo. Since I just sent the staff of my soon to be published books they aren’t listed yet.

So, yeah, y’all can do this too!

You can write a novel in a month!

You can publish that novel!

Who is going to join me?

NaNoDidMo

Winner-180x180I did it! I wrote 50,000 words in a month. It’s not the first time and I’m sure it won’t be the last but it is a huge accomplishment. If you don’t think so, you try it and I’m not talking about all those little texts and Ims you send in mass messages to all your peeps. I’m talking about start to finish on a cohesive story.

Okay, well it may not be completely cohesive as there are scenes I’d like to go back and add, and I have to go back and smooth out the character development, add the five senses, action tags etc. But at least I have the bare bones, and I have to say I think I like this story a lot. At first I wasn’t sure if it was going to work, and even clear to the last several thousand words I was wanting to type a former hero’s name down, but now I totally see this hero as an excellent hero, he is just different. Love my heroine though, which is strange because I usually don’t connect with them in the first drafts.

So, what is next? Hmmm, outside of catching up on dishes and laundry, I am not sure. The month of December is ACFW’s Novel Track Editing month, but I don’t think I am ready for that with this story. I think I would like to finish it to the end before editing the first 50,000 pages, which means adding another 100 pages. Some of those, okay a lot of those will need to be added in the first 50k, because like I said, it is just the bare bones. Some places I only have dialogue, no action whatsoever. And I need to do some deeper research so I can bring the ancient Jerusalem and the Judean Desert alive.

How did your NaNoWriMo go for the year 2012?

NaNO/NaNES Pantser turned Plotter

I’m so over the panic. I only have 13 days to make up a little over 39,000 words. NO PROBLEM, none whatsoever.

Okay, so maybe I’m a little freaked. Typically I wouldn’t care, but I really want to write this story. I don’t usually have problems producing word count, but for some reason it’s like pulling teeth. Why is that?

Hmmm, well after three hours of trying to write and a disappointing 1281 words, I plopped in bed and it hit me. I’m having problems with this story because I don’t know much about it. And seriously, I don’t want to wonder around aimlessly in the desert of empty words. I at least want to have some sort of direction. Maybe even a *cough, cough* plot.

Goodness, what has happened to this pantser? I discovered plotting works, at least as long as I give myself permission to sway from the plot as I write. I’ve discovered that by having a tentative direction for my hero and heroine it saves me a lot of work during revisions.

So guess what? I’m either going to plot this story out or I’m going to jump to the suspense I already have plotted. Problem with the suspense is, I can’t do anything with it for a while, and well, I really need to get this second biblical finished, and then move on to the third one.

If you think about it today, you might pray for me. Pray God grant me direction with my writing and with this story. I love the idea of it. I love my hero and heroine and the obstacles they have to overcome in order to find their happily ever after.

On a side note, be watching for upcoming reviews of the following holiday books:

1. Christmas Roses by Amanda Cabot
2. Season of Joy by the awesome, talented (am I scoring points?) Virginia Carmichael
3. Legacy of Love by Christine Johnson

NaNo Day 16

Ahhh, it’s day 16. By the end of tonight you should have 26,672 words. I’m about 16,000 words shy of that number. Ach, that’s not even 25% of my goal. That’s okay, though. Even though I have quite a bit of ground to make up I figured if I write around 3,ooo a day I’ll still meet that goal.

How’s it going for you?