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Camp Nanowrimo

IT’S ALMOST HERE!! Camp Nanowrimo starts in 6.5 hours (for those of us on eastern standard time at least). I have my story mostly planned out, though there are quite a few holes. Check out my two posts about my story to be here and here. It’s a young adult fantasy novel about teens with super powers. But not in a big, us against the world type of story. I’m focusing much smaller, on an incredibly powerful teenage girl and her battle with PTSD, as told through the eyes of the guy who falls in love with her.

Wish me luck. I’ve never written a story told entirely from the guy’s perspective. Should be interesting!

I’m also using Scrivener to write this manuscript and so far I am really liking it, as far as outlining and research goes. I’ll write up a review for it once the month is over.

If you’re also participating in Camp Nanowrimo, comment below and let me know what your goal is and what your story is about. And good luck to all!

Curiosity is on Wattpad!

I have posted the first chapter of Curiosity on Wattpad!

This story is one of my favorite when it comes to cast of characters. Curiosity is random and sarcastic and has a heart of gold that sometimes gets her in trouble. Plus, she drives Mace up the wall with her antics! But he does his best to keep her focused…and alive, which is hard when she insists on poking her nose in everything. Then there’s Jack, the dangerously powerful warlock who helps no one for free and his best friend Tobias, who helps anyone and anything. Pink, the slave girl who trusts no one and Princess Anna who trusts everyone. Jack’s little sister Nicki who is just coming into her powers and Ryan, her best friend who currently thinks she’s a guy. And finally, Larah, the tortured sorceress who is willing to do horrendous things to stay alive.

Check out the story and let me know what you think! I’ll be updating it 1-2 times a week. Here’s a link to Wattpad!

And I promise, I will not continue to double post on both Bri Stox and Brewhaha!

Bri has a new site!

So after hours and hours and hours, my author site/blog is up and running! Sort of. I think. Head over there and check it out! And let me know if you have any suggestions. Seriously. Please. I have no idea what I’m doing.

Here’s the link! Bri Stox

Bri’s 2018

Long time no see! Sorry, been busy with both writing and baby goats!!

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Meet no name. Her sisters are Dove and Pigeon, but haven’t decided on her name yet. I’m going with birds this year, so if you have a suggestion, let me know in the comments!

But this is a book/writing blog, so lets talk books and writing! Check out my to read shelf:

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Yeah…I went a little crazy over Christmas with Amazon… I’m not sure where to start. Maybe Rook. I read one of her other books and absolutely loved it. Then again, maybe something smaller until I have more time, like The Princess Curse. So many to choose from! If you have any you want me to read and review first, let me know!!

Then there are my writing goals. Ya’ll ready for this? I’m not! First, I FINALLY finished the rough draft of Fey. If you don’t remember me talking about that one, no worries. It’s the one I was supposed to finish by September. Of 2016. Yeah. But it’s done! At 122,000 words. The thought of editing it makes me want to hide under the covers. But that’s for later this year, after I go to England in July.

Did I mention I’m going to England in July? For almost two weeks. CAN’T WAIT!! But I have a lot to do before then. Including, but not limited to:

  • Finish my novel in November, The Funeral Ghoul (due date: March 28th)
  • Finish my novel in November, Believing in Magic (due date: June 30th)
  • Put my novel Curiosity on Wattpad (start date: March 7)
  • Submit my 2016 Novel in November, Blue, to agents (start date: March 7)
  • Make an author site (due date: Feb 28)

A little overachieving, but I think I can do it! I’ll be making my author page at the very end of Feb (can we all say PROCRASTINATOR!!) and I’ll post a link on this page. I’ll be posting some short fiction every week. And I’m also hoping some of you will read Curiosity when I post it on Wattpad and give me some feedback.

Then, after London, I’ll come up with a new to do list. I’ll probably be working on Fey and trying to complete The Enchanted Trilogy. Then, of course, there is novel in November. Lots of writing to be done! Let me know in the comments your writing and reading goals for 2018.

This adventure is better when shared

Howdy, Friends!

It feels like such a long while since I’ve checked in with you lot, the lovely Brewhaha Book Café community. But don’t think I’ve forgotten you!

On the contrary, I’ve been dying to share my latest writing adventures with you. And on that note, I would like to invite you to visit me at my new author page, mezblume.com! You can find out what I’ve been up to in my blog, get the latest scoop on my book releases, and sign up for my VIP Readers’ Club to get my newsletter (with regular freebies;-))

Speaking of freebies, right now I’m giving away my time-travel mystery adventure, Katie Watson and the Painter’s Plotaudiobook. It’s worth $18, but it’s yours to download and listen to today!

In other news, if you’d like to join my Facebook group and keep up at that way, I’ll be sharing news & writing adventures there too! Here’s the latest update…

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I’m so grateful for you Brewhaha bunch. You are where this journey started, and I look forward to our adventures in store together!

Mez

P.S. — Don’t forget to snatch up your FREE AUDIOBOOK while it’s available! Happy Listening!

Follow me on Twitter @mez_blume and Pinterest

Big News: Book Launch + Giveaway!

Well, Friends, it’s really happening.

Katie Watson and the Painter’s Plot launches this Sunday,

December 10th! 

For those of you who haven’t heard, this is my debut MG novel, written last year during NaNo. Now, over a year later, it’s finally making its way out into the world with River Otter Books.

(You can find out more about the book on my website: Mezblume.com)

You will find the book on Amazon & in all good bookshops in both print and digital, and as a little bonus, I’ve included a link inside the book to download a free audiobook version. *(hint: look in the inside cover of the ebook!).

And speaking of FREE…

I’m so eager to share this story, I’ve decided to run a 5 DAY FREE PROMO!

That means from 10 – 15 December, you can download the ebook absolutely free.

**So, basically, that picture of the cosy Kindle-reader by the fire could be YOU this 10 December!** 😉

Now for the Contest. drum roll, please …

I’m giving away free signed copies of the book to 2 winners, announced on Dec. 11th. Here’s how to enter for a chance to win one:

  • Visit Amazon (in the site for whichever country you live) on 10 Dec. and download the FREE Kindle version of Katie Waston and the Painter’s Plot
  • Return to this post and leave a comment to say you’ve downloaded!

For a second entry:

  • Share this page on your own site, or post this banner (below) on Social Media
  • Return to this post and leave a comment to say you’ve shared

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I’m truly proud of this book, and I’d love to see it in the hands of folks like you — fellow readers, writers & tea-drinkers!

And of course, please leave me a review on Amazon after you’ve read it. I’d love to know what you thought!

Thank you for all the support, and GOOD LUCK!

Mez Blume

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PS. Don’t worry if you don’t have a Kindle. Amazon provides an e-reader download for your device.

PPS. If you’re a reviewer and interested in receiving an advance copy for review, please do get in touch!

 

NaNoWriMo is OVER!!!

And I did it!!! And it’s not even midnight yet. I’m so proud of myself (you know, for not writing the 50,000th word at 11:55). I completed 50,264 of The Funeral Ghoul and…well…21,590 of Believing in Magic. So not quite what I wanted to accomplish, but hey, I’ll take it! I’m hoping to complete them both before the end of the year.

I think one big difference this year from last year is that The Funeral Ghoul is actually moving along very well. There aren’t any huge plot changes needed (yet) and I know mostly where it’s headed (and as I warned Mez, it’s going to be heartbreaking) though the details are a little fuzzy. Can’t wait until I get there!

As for Believing in Magic, it’s harder for me simply because it’s not really moving. It will, I think, in a scene or two. The main problem is that I’m trying to convey how hard it would be for someone with social anxiety to be whisked of to a completely new world with new rules and new ways of doing things. Which means that I find myself describing how hard it is for her to find her new classroom by herself and how she hides in her room instead of having to face the horror of the mess hall…and so the story itself creeps by.

So there’s how my NaNoWriMo went! Let me know if you participated and how you did and what your plans are now! Happy December, everyone.

Novel in November Update: Day 15!

Greetings, Friends!

I don’t know about where you are, but here in West Berkshire, it is most definitely mid-November! The sky is Charlie Brown grey (if you’re a Peanuts aficionado, you know what I mean), my garden grass has disappeared beneath a blanket of brown leaves, and it’s proper chai-tea-sipping cold out!

But what’s more, we are HALFWAY through National Novel Writing Month!!

Are you finding your groove? Feeling stressed? We’re here to celebrate with you and to commiserate with your stress, so leave a comment & exult or vent all you like. Either way, I promise you, you’re not alone.

And that brings me to business: My own NaNoWriMo update (drum roll…..)

Learning curves + new publishing tools

In case you’re not up-to-speed with these updates, I (Mez) decided to use this November not to write a brand new manuscript, but to launch the novel I wrote last year for N in N.

It’s been a bumpy road with many a sharp learning curve, but…

I’m loving it!

Here’s where I’ve got up to so far this month:

  1. Completed developmental edit to smooth out story glitches
  2. Have been (& still am) working with a cover designer, & I’m SO excited about his concept drawings. One this is certain, this is going to be a beautiful book!
  3. Am just finishing up formatting the ebook & print versions to send them off to my Proofreader (last polish!!)
  4. I’ve gathered an awesome launch team & polled them on potential title options. The winner? Katie Watson and the Painter’s Plot. 

What I still need to do:

  1. Create an audiobook version (any tips? Please share below!!)
  2. ORDER print copies from IngramSpark
  3. Market, market & market some more!

**I’m always on the lookout for willing & able reviewers. Do you review Middle-Grade books? Please get in touch– I’d love to send you a copy!

Like I said, indie publishing is a new world for me, and I’m learning tons at a crash-course pace as I race to Launch Day (10 December). I couldn’t have got this far without a few tricks of the trade, so of course I’m going to let you in on these little secrets…

Trade secrets/ tools that have been game-changers for publishing your book:

Scrivener is my new best friend — how did I ever write without it?! If you’ve not tried it out, you can trial the software for FREE. But honestly, it’s the best $40 I’ve spent this year!

Reedsy.com is an awesome online publishing market where you can link up with vetted professionals (these people work for the big time publishing houses!) & hire them for your book — editors, cover designers, formatters, you name it!

Vellum is a book formatting software, and my goodness, it’s amazing! Formatting has been the one thing I’ve most dreaded. I’m not super techy, and I’ve heard this can take even experienced authors days upon days. But Vellum does all the hard work for you! It’s actually fun to use! Not exactly cheap, but definitely a good investment if you plan on publishing in ebook or print!

So there you have it! My November journey has been an exciting one. Watch this space — I’ll be sharing links to get your FREE ebook copy of my novel very very soon!

*And next week, more from Bri! I can’t wait to read her TWO Novels. I know she’s behind in one, & a lot behind in the other, but still, she’s written a TON of words which are sure to be brilliant!

Happy writing (or publishing!) this week!

Mez

Novel in November Update

It’s November 8th! How are all of you doing on your Novel in November going? On schedule? Is your book a mess or making it’s way in a logical way? Hopefully you aren’t looking at a blank page, but even if you are, don’t give up! Still 22 days left and you can get a lot down in that time. Let us know how you’re doing in the comments!

As for me, I am miraculously on schedule, meeting my personal goal of 2000 words for each of my stories a day. I may have had to have a bit of a marathon writing session yesterday to catch up, but I’m there. That’s 14,000 words each, totaling 28,000 words in 7 days.

What on earth do I usually do with my time??

Seriously, though, I’ve found if things are going well and I really focus, I can write about 3000 words in 90 minutes. But that’s only when things come easily! So it hasn’t been terribly hard to meet my goals.

The hard part is actually switching from story to story. I have two very different character and two very different tones in the story. Cassie is confident, couldn’t care less that the town has ostracized her, and makes fast friends with Billie. On the other hand, I’m channeling every bit of my social anxiety into Anni, poor girl. She’s terrified of strangers and new situations and she’s surrounded by both.

I’ve found what helps the most to make sure I’m writing the right character and tone with the right story is background music. For Cassie, it’s Evanescence while Anni gets Bethany Dillon. Click on the names for youtube vidoes of their music! They go very well with the tones of the stories.

So hopefully I can keep up with the schedule! Stay tuned for Mez’s update next Wednesday and good luck to everyone writing away this month.

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