You’re right. It should be free.

Miss Alexandrina:

Fauxpocalypse, in which I have a short story, is free on Story Cartel for the next couple of weeks. Download it, [hopefully!] love it, review it. Please. ^.^
The post on the official blog: http://fauxpocalypse.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/free-book-download/

Originally posted on The Matticus Kingdom:

And so, for a limited time, it shall be FREE .

Fauxpocalypse is currently being featured on Story Cartel, and you can download a copy of the book… for…  FREE!  That’s zip, zero, nadda, nothing.  Did I mention FREE?

All those stories.  All the drama.  The love.  The action.  The mystery.

FreeFreeFreeFreeFree.

Your money is no good.  (“Nobody drink the beer, the beer has gone bad.” – Can’t Hardly Wait.  Anybody?  Anybody?  Okay, moving on.)  We don’t want your money.  Though, we wouldn’t mind a review or two or twenty, anywhere and everywhere you can post a quick word about it.

Oh, and before I forget, have I already said it is FREE!?

So, pop on over to Story Cartel (http://storycartel.com/books/fauxpocalypse) and pick up your FREE copy of the book.

What are you waiting for?

Do you need…

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You Can Buy Fauxpocalypse in Print!

The not-end of the world is now available to read as a hard copy (and, yes, I’ll be posting when I get a copy myself! Keep an eye out on my blog and the main Fauxpocalypse blog as well as the other contributors’ for other promotional ideas we’ve in the works). My very own story, REVELATION, is the third in the collection.

What does one do when the world has, effectively, given up on itself? The supplies are less than low, the religious fanatics are praising, and of the population…some survived – some are still on their way to surviving. Now they must press through the failed end of society to whatever lies at the other side of the Fauxpocalypse.

This collection of twelve short stories by eleven authors tells of fire, revenge, family, change and, ultimately, hope.

 

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Amazon Kindle copy (this link should take you to the correct .com or .co.uk site relevant to you)

Amazon Paperback! 

Smashwords for Kindle

Our Fauxpocalypse ‘Webstore’

Unwrapping Fauxpocalypse

Miss Alexandrina:

Dave unwraps the print proofs of Fauxpocalypse, heralding the print not-end of the world. It is nigh, bloggers! Keep an ear to the blog-ground! :)

Originally posted on The Fauxpocalypse Project:

Despite the twin obstacles of many public holidays and flooded airports, the proofs for the paperback edition finally arrived from CreateSpace.

And I made a video of myself opening them. So you get a sneak peek at what Fauxpocalypse looks like as a physical book:

And, as several people have already kindly pointed out, at what my hair does when I am not watching it closely.

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An Interview with Alexandrina Brant

Miss Alexandrina:

My interview with fellow Fauxpocalypse author Debbie Manber Kupfer, in which I talk about the inspiration behind Revelation, novel When the Clock Broke, music lyrics and Quidditch.

Originally posted on Paws4Thought:

Welcome Alexandrina. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m eighteen, a student of Psychology and Philosophy (which means I alternate between writing lab reports and dismantling arguments), and will be officially confirmed as a Catholic in July. Non-academically, my interests range from Italian culture and good wine to astronomy and temporal paradoxes the like seen in Doctor Who and Back to the Future. And I’m dreadfully English, in case that wasn’t obvious. Some of my favourite authors include Lewis Carroll, Agatha Christie, and Lemony Snicket.

Tell us about your story in Fauxpocalypse. How did you come up with the idea?

My story, Revelation, finds an orphaned student of Oxford University making a last-minute prayer deal in a chaplaincy; if God saves them, they’ll become a Catholic. When the comet soars over the chaplaincy, the student must face the intellectual consequences of their wishful thinking, and consider…

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The World Failed To End For Christmas (AKA Fauxpocalypse is Live For Buying Now!)

Guess what! Yesterday, an anthology in which I am published went live on Amazon. In time for Christmas! :D Whilst the print copy won’t be available until January, the ebook version about the failed end of the world is out now. (This is the point where the voices in my head yell “now!” and do crazy dances. As for real life, I’ve only told one person yet.) Originally an idea by Misha Burnett, the Fauxpocalypse collection brings together authors from around the whole world with the same theme of life after a proposed death. Look!

The Fauxpocalypse Project

Fauxpocalypse: A collection of short fiction about the end of the world that wasn’t. Collected by Dave Higgins. Buy here!

Life on Earth is predicted to end on 15 July 2015. But the oncoming megatons of rock and ice break up shortly before impact. Now humanity must live in a world most believed would not exist. Across the planet, people are haunted by the future they did not fear, and even those who did not embrace death must face the consequences of others’ decisions.

A collection of twelve stories about rebuilding hope.

In case you’re curious, here’s an extract from my own story, Revelation:

A man crawled out in front of me.

“Spare change? Buy a Big Issue from me, madam?”

Life went on as it normally did. Now we had survived some explosion from the heavens, the poor no longer lounged with the rich. I looked up at the house from which he had been evicted. Typical Oxford house: nice furnishings, expensive, probably a Don’s.

I shook my head at their whitewashed windows. “Here.” I rooted around in my jeans; I had some money left from my last purchase of the chips. I lifted a fiver from my pocket and crumpled it into his grubby hand. “Keep the Big Issue.”

I didn’t normally give alms, but something about this night…maybe it glistened, maybe it was the magic of… I wouldn’t say ‘faith’. Not yet.

“Thanks. Penny for your thoughts?” he asked gruffly as his paws folded away my note.

“It’s nothing,” I replied. Why was I even talking to this man?

“Crisis of the conscience?”

I rubbed my nose. “Existential crisis, more like. We’re still here – now what? Who do we thank – a science that has let us down before? A god who only just rescues his people? Or maybe ourselves for being a human race to tolerate its own mistakes?”

The other contributors have come up with other brilliant stories and the collection is so diverse. See their blogs for snippets and hints:

Kate I Foley

Kim Plummer

Jane Thomson

Dave Higgins

Schevus Osbourne

Adrian George Nicolae

Debbie Manber Kupfer

Matt Blashill

Dacia Wilkinson

Fauxpocalypse Teaser

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In the run-up to the release of Fauxpocalypse on the ebook world, we are each posting teasers and little snippets of information on our various blogs. I’ll be doing a proper, informative you-can-buy-this-here (!) post when I have the definite release date. For now, here’s an extract of my story from the collection about the not-end of the world, titled ‘Revelation’.

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“Outside?” whispered the man from the pew in front. He crept out of the chapel and into the foyer, halting a metre from the front door.

“Careful!” cried his companion, a woman with tearstains across her cheeks, but the man ignored her. He stepped into the street.

I edged to the door, too. Comet phenomena hadn’t the habit of being late. Ergo, the chance of the comet striking was less. As I put a hand to the glass door, my heart thumped. Every logical possibility never accounted for the random. I might die – but what much had I to lose?

I pushed through.

Outside, the sky rested as dark as ever. The light previously from the comet had faded, but a dull hum still resonated through the air. The early-morning chill had remained, and I wrapped my arms around an ill-chosen t-shirt.

“Come on,” called the man. “It’s safe out here.”

He gestured to the other Christians crowding the entrance. Hands reached out to him, but he drew away. I knew this game: he’d only celebrate with his friends if they joined his side. Before tonight, I would have said the same thing about religion.

I smiled at the woman in the burqa and she, after the fragile moment of hesitation everyone took, stepped outside. The wind threw back her headpiece and her long, jet hair whipped at her face. Eyes in wonder, however, focused too much on a world not burning to fiddle with her garment.

People trailed out after that. Even the priest donned a coat and stepped into the street.

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Guest Post: Flight Risk by Nicole Helm

Today I’m welcoming Nicole Helm, author of Flight Risk, which comes out tomorrow with Samhain Publishing, to the blog to talk about her new book!

(FYI, I’m scheduling this on my friend’s laptop. I still have no internet and won’t until after the 31st. Bear with.)

 

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Flying too close to love could get her heart burned.

The Evolution of This Book

 

First of all, I want to thank Alexandrina for inviting me to guest post on her blog during the release of my third book, Flight Risk, a contemporary romance set on a small antique airfield featuring a reformed bad girl airplane mechanic, and her goody goody FBI agent best friend. There’s kissing. And swearing. Mostly from the heroine.

 

Anyway, Alexandrina invited me to talk about the evolution of my book and how it came to be published.

 

Let me start by saying I’m a lifelong writer. For as long as I can remember I’ve made up stories and people in my head and translated them to paper. I finished my first  completed novel in college (with the help of NaNoWriMo), wrote a few manuscripts that will never see the light of day, then in 2012 the fifth book I wrote to completion was published.

 

Flight Risk was the sixth completed novel I wrote…kind of (though worth noting it was written long before book 5 was published). I first wrote Flight Risk to enter in Harlequin/Mills & Boon’s inaugural New Voices contest. In this competition, first chapters were posted for all to see and vote on. So, I wanted to open with a bang to grab people’s attention.

 

So, it started with the heroine getting in a bar fight. This did not go over well with the romance readers of the competition. In the end, their distaste for the scene was spot on, not because bar fights aren’t a great opener–but because it was a fight for the sake of a fight–for the wow, look at me factor. Not well motivated by either party.

 

In the end, after letting the book sit while I wrote something else, I decided to rewrite the novel completely. Toning down the fight scene, working on the character’s motivations. Then a few months later I submitted the full through another contest. The feedback was positive, but a rejection because my story had one fatal flaw: not enough conflict.

 

I set it aside again, worked on something else, thought about conflict. Then, started all over…all over again.

 

This third version is the version you’ll see if you pick up Flight Risk now (mostly). Not every book I’ve published has gone through three complete rewrites before it has sold, but I was still very much a romance writing newbie at this point and had a lot to learn about motivation and conflict. Setting the book aside and working on something else helped me learn and grow enough to come back and make the story something that could sell.

 

This new version did not come without rejections, though. A few agents requested a partial but ended up passing, and I had rejections from a publisher as well before I submitted to Samhain, who ended up being my publisher on this project.

 

It took almost six full months from submission to getting the email from my editor that she wanted to acquire Flight Risk. Then another four months to get cover and cover copy. Then another month before edits started rolling in.

 

My edits were mainly focused on tightening up the pace. No major plot or character changes, just delete a lot of scenes and inner monologues that aren’t necessary. I talk about this to prove that a lot of times in publishing, rejection isn’t about good or bad. right or wrong. It’s about finding the right editor who sees something special in your story.

 

I think sometimes in the pursuit of publication we’re told not to discuss our failures. Someone important might see and judge you based on that, but stories of failure are always what gets me through my own moments of failure. That we all can fail or be rejected or misunderstood, and then move on and up so that we succeed, get an acceptance, speak our story clearer.

 

I kept rewriting Flight Risk in the beginning because I loved the characters, but knew I hadn’t told their story well enough yet. I kept submitting that third version despite rejection because I believed the story was good enough and that those rejections were not for us rejections, not not for anybody rejections.

 

I like sharing my story, especially with other writers, because it’s always good to remember that rejections don’t define us. That everyone’s journey looks different. If you’re a writer, there are only two things you MUST do.

 

1.      Keep learning. I learned a lot from the feedback I got. Sometimes it was: this person just really isn’t the reader I’m trying to reach. More often though it was: okay, they didn’t get this…how can I change it so they do?

2.      Keep writing. Always. No matter what. Forever and ever. Over and over and over again.

 

Thanks for having me today. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments and I’ll try to answer them. You can also find me on my website: www.nicolehelm.wordpress.com, Twitter: @nicoleThelm, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorNicoleHelm.

 

If you’re interested in learning more about Flight Risk click here: http://nicolehelm.wordpress.com/flight-risk/

An Interview With the Teen Authors of St. Mallory’s Forever!

wpid-st-mallory-72dpiIn January, the bestselling writing duo Saffina Desforges released a new novel – with two unknown and previously unpublished teenage girls,  Miriam Joy and Charley Robson, whom I have known for a while. The ebook has already received a bunch of 5* reviews and much praise from reviewers for being a “light and engaging read” amongst others praising the humour.

You can buy the ebook ‘St. Mallory’s Forever!’, a novel about friendship, boarding schools and mysteries, here on Amazon.com as well as other Amazon sites. Print books are also available on demand. Also, check out the St. Mall’s blog.

Since I have not yet had the chance to read the novel myself, I’m interviewing Charley and Miriam on what it’s like to be a teen published.

Hi! First off, well done for publishing. I bet that’s an amazing feeling.

Thanks! :D

AB: St. Mallory’s meant writing in a new genre for you both. What was the trickiest part of making this change?

CR: I think it was having to adjust my language and mindset. I write a lot of high fantasy, science fiction, and historical works , so having to adjust to a modern setting was a bit of a leap, especially with regard to words I tend to avoid in my habitual writing. That, and having to deal with a mindset of a teenage girl – oddly, not something I’d do instinctively, as I generally use older characters – meant having to make sure the character wasn’t just a reflection of my own personality (something which, I find, is a lot easier with characters who are further removed by age and background).

MJ: Not killing anyone. (You think I’m joking? I have a habit of killing off my main characters. The narrators, sometimes.) No, it was mainly an issue of narrative voice and plot. I usually write things with some elements of fantasy, even if they’re in an urban setting, and having to keep everything very realistic, as well as having characters who were fourteen-year-old girls instead of age-old fairies, was a change.

Haha, I definitely can relate to that.

I’ve read that you met on a collaborative writing site [Protagonize.com, where I first met Charley and Miriam], which must have helped with the collaborative nature of St. Mall’s. But did you have much writing experience before that?

CR: Plenty! I’ve been writing properly since I was about 13 (though I shudder to look back on those early monstrosities. All that purple prose!), and lots of scribbles and silly things before that. I’ve done NaNoWriMo three times, as of this year, as well, so I’ve got plenty of experience in the novelling department. To varying degrees of success.

Varying degrees of success?

The trouble of producing novels is my inner procrastinator. I’ve got a pretty hectic life as it is, so when it comes down to time when I might novel I feel too lazy to apply myself. Inspiration is a rare commodity for me, so I often move quite slowly unless someone’s badgering me. 

MJ: I’ve been writing as long as I can remember. I wrote a play called … um, I think it was called ‘Escape’, and I turned it into a story later, but I wrote that when I was eight. I started turning it into a ‘book’ when I was nine. I was already interested in writing for publication when I was twelve, but it wasn’t until I joined Protagonize when I was thirteen that I really started committing myself to writing, and even then it wasn’t until NaNoWriMo that I wrote my first novel.

If you had had to do something different on the journey to completing St. Mall’s what would it have been?

CR: Less procrastination. I used to dither over the writing of chapters because I was worried I’d scuff everything up. With hindsight, I know now that my lovely co-authors wouldn’t have allowed me to get away with anything horrific, and I really needn’t have worried so much over it. Even if I deserve to be stoned to death for my incurable comma addiction. 

MJ: Probably prioritise it a bit. It slipped to the bottom of our lists a lot of the time, with exams and whatnot, but it would have been nice to finish it a bit quicker. And not leave proof reading until 1am on publication day.

Yeah, that’s a bit of tip for anyone self-publishing: don’t leave things to the last minute!

Apart from St. Mallory’s, what has been your favourite piece of your own writing to date? And, of course: why?

CR: Hmmm . . . oddly enough, I think it would have to be a story named “Ikarus”, that I wrote for NaNoWriMo this year. I love some of my first stories dearly, but “Ikarus” has really taught me a lot, and I think it shows how much I’ve changed as a person since I started writing. I’ve worked with themes and elements of setting and character that I’ve not been quite brave enough to approach before and, although I despise the writing quality and want to gouge my eyes out over the plot holes, I’m pretty proud of the story’s complexity and themes in comparison to my earlier works.

MJ: WATCHING, the first book in my YA urban fantasy trilogy (which is actually complete!) is the only thing I’m pleased enough with to be looking at publication, but I’ve got a whole bunch of first drafts waiting to be edited that I’m really proud of. One’s about the apocalypse. Another is about modern day knights.

If music is inspiration, what sorts of songs did you listen to get inspired for writing the boarding-school-mystery genre?

CR: I listened to the “St Trinians” soundtrack a lot, for obvious reasons. Miriam also introduced me to the joys of a band called Santiano – a German group who sing sea shanties. The bounce and energy and general happy quirkiness really put me in the right mood for writing “St Mallory’s” . . . even if I don’t understand a word of most of the songs!

MJ: The BBC Sherlock soundtrack? I don’t know. My writing playlists are fairly general: I have ‘All Writing Music’ (2 days long), ‘Death Scenes’ (6 hours long), ‘Fight Scenes’ (3 hours long), and ‘Epic Writing Music’ (2 hours long). Then I make playlists for some of my novels, too. But I didn’t make a St Mall’s playlist, mainly because I was never writing for more than about half an hour / 45 minutes at a time. I couldn’t do too much without the others’ approval.

I read on your blog, Charley, that you applied to Oxford University; do you think that writing a novel with end of publishing affected/effected your university applications (for the good or bad)?

Luckily, I don’t think it had much of an effect at all. I’m a pretty good prioritiser, and I definitely put the immediate needs of university application before writing (we were in a bit of a slow period during the time I did most of the application, too, so that helped). That said, I did mention the imminent publication in my personal statement, but what effect that had on my offers I cannot tell you, if it had any at all!

Miriam, people have asked it before, but how DO you manage multi-instrumentalism with writing?

I don’t sleep a lot. I write at lunchtimes and eat at breaktimes. I don’t practice my instruments as much as I should. I type quickly. Writing is my hobby as well as something I have to make myself do, so it takes priority. I don’t really watch a lot of TV and my social life is based around the orchestra-band-ballet-archery circuit – there’s nothing outside of that.

Okay…

Finally, has anything changed now that you two are published authors? Has it changed your opinions of whether to go traditional or continue the self-publishing route?

CR: Pshhht, what hasn’t changed! Forgive the cliché, but it’s a real dream come true for me – and I never would have suspected it would be achieved like this at all until now. We’ve done pretty well sales-wise, even with very little pre-publication promotion, and I think that’s taught me that self-publication isn’t as risky as I thought it was. That said, I’m still very open-minded and situationist about publishing on the whole, so depending on the book and my own needs at the time, I’d make decision about that book’s route accordingly.

MJ: Yeah. Teachers come up to me and say, “I heard about your book!” (and if I tell them I was working on St Mall’s stuff, they might let me off missed homeworks…) No, it’s not really changed a lot yet. I’ve been looking at agents for WATCHING, but I’m not making any plans about publishing. I don’t know what’ll happen next week, next month, next year … things might change my mind, so it’s best not to make it up!

Definitely! I’m glad it has gone so well for you two. Thanks for giving some insight into your published world!

(I’m Not Going to Call it) The Next Big Thing

Jae of Lit and Scribbles tagged me in The Next Big Thing blog chain post. Yay!

What is the working title of your book?

WHEN THE CLOCK BROKE…

Where did the idea for the book come from?

It started out as a 100-word paragraph assignment on a writing site with the title ‘The Broken Clock’. I happened to write this at the end of October 2010 around the time when I was first acquainted with NaNo. What followed was a month of umming and erring, some plotting, mostly pantsing, not concentrating in my GCSE lessons whilst scribbling into a notebook (which, at one point, I lost for a week). Suffice to say, I didn’t complete NaNo. However, I was left with the beginning and middle of a story that I was in love with writing. By February ’11, I had a finished first draft of 65K words.

What genre does your book fall under?

NA romance with sci-fi elements.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Aidelle Masters is the main protagonist of the novel, being introduced to her new home as the novel opens.

Admittedly, this was hard. I had no ‘first choice’ for Aidelle, and although I have chosen Alex Kingston, this is as a ‘good enough for now’. Although, I’ve only seen her as sassy River Song in Doctor Who, I know Alex as a range broad enough – and she’s genuinely a brilliant actress to play a main character!

For looks, Alex was my first choice, in that she has a quirky look with those expressive curls. My main reason that I was hesitant to select her was because River Song exudes confidence and charm, the opposite of Aidelle, but, to be fair, I have also seen Alex act a feminine side, and I think she would be able to pull off Aidelle’s frequent uncertainty.

Aidelle is youngest of four sisters (and a brother), but, unlike them, she has an interest in the stars over the fashions of society. Even so, she’s aware that society ladies don’t think her worthy enough to marry Phillip, hence the reason she would rather like to be as pretty as her sisters. Behind the floaty exterior, however, is quite a smart young woman with crushed potential – and someone with a stubborn side. I reckon Alex could bring this out well, especially for the whole pivotal clock-throwing scene.

Alex is also a bit older than Aidelle, but what’cha-gonna-do-about it?

Phillip Costello is Aidelle’s fiancé: “more likely to lift a paintbrush than a rifle”. His education was in Philosophy, not war, and thus his individuality from his brothers unites him with Aidelle, whom he adores. For Phillip, I needed someone who would portray the neat, creative side of an introverted man whose biggest grievances are his own past actions. After much searching, I chose Matthew Lewis of Harry Potter Neville fame. I guess I could even picture Phillip with stubble in his darkest moments! Matthew has a soft face that would imitate a kindly heart.

I created Rion Costello (whose name recently underwent a makeover from the more traditional ‘Ryan’) before Downton Abbey came onto our screens, but, especially in the most recent series, I’ve been seeing him more and more resemble one of the characters, Thomas Barrow. They share a selfish nature that leads to mischief and manipulation – and both look good in uniform! As for Rob James-Collier, his square face and rough features are perfect for what I’m looking for in my bad guy.

Peter Costello is Phillip’s younger brother, a boy thrown into the man’s world of fighting when he is conscripted into war with his brothers, aged only fifteen. Even though he’s twenty for most of the novel, I needed an actor who looked particularly boyish for the contrast with Phillip. I found Logan Lerman through another writer’s blog, so I don’t know what he has acted, but he has the right sort of look for Peter. He’d have to lose any American accent, though. This picture, I felt, particularly shows Peter’s childishness.

I found Lucy Hale via Google. I don’t know much about her acting résumé, but she certainly looks the part to play Zara, the mysterious time-traveller who comes to Aidelle’s aid, bringing troubles of her own from the future. In Lucy, I see affection coupled with the aggressive modern style of Zara’s personality.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Separated by a twist of time, betrothed Aidelle and Phillip must match their wits against their doubts of a perfect relationship and a society fixated on image and money to reunite before they end up alone in a non-existent eternity.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Although I don’t dislike self-publishing, I’d much rather go for a traditional route of publishing. I’m not against ebook publishing, but only after physical copies have come out first (this is only added to by the fact that I don’t have an ereader).

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Four months! It has taken much, much longer since to rewrite and edit…

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Difficult. I’d like to hope that the novel will make people think, but it doesn’t fit into traditional romance or traditional sci-fi (the straight genres I rarely read).  I read a lot of Dickens whilst writing, so there’s bound to be purple prose and turns of phrase that are more towards his style. Because the book is set in a parallel world (not even called Earth), the mood of society is quite archaic.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

As I said before, NaNoWriMo and a prompt were big parts of beginning this book, but I wouldn’t have thought to stop writing the previous book if it had not been for a fellow writer and my pen-friend, Katherine Hinzman. I owe her. Along the journey, I was also inspired by my knowledge of Star Trek and Doctor Who, which probably influenced the way time works in my novel.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Being psychic is a genetic trait! This leads to some accusations of madness and some troubles throughout, but I’m pretty proud of applying my knowledge of Biology/Psychology to this part of my novel.

Tag! They’re it!

In (to quote Jae) ‘blog-chain tradition’, I am tagging three others to give us some insight into their novels. I found it brilliant fun to answer these ten questions about my beloved novel, and I hope that you guys will, too! Thanks :)

Yawatta HosbyA Box of Thoughts, and Miriam Joy.

A Table of Contents…of My Mind

I recently found a table I had written in the back of an old notebook of the novels I had been working on a few years ago. Whilst surprised at the order and precision, I should have expected that I’d want to keep an eye on how I was doing. I thought it needed updating now (and where better online! xD), since many of the stories mentioned were those that I began and stopped immediately afterwards. As tables are somewhat incompatible with the WordPress page layout (and I have no idea how to create them here), I’ve listed the findings, including those that I want to get back to…eventually.
(If there’s any sort of order, it’s of importance to me.)

 

Title: When The Clock Broke…

Genre: Sci-fi romance

Current wordcount: 75K

Status: editing/polishing

Logline [credit to Jae]: Twenty-year-old Aidelle has a bigger problem than being second-rate to her gorgeous, elder sisters. She’s broken time—literally. Stuck in a time-frozen limbo, she must team up with her mysterious ‘granddaughter’ in order to restore time or lose her soulmate forever.

Other:

 

Title: A Game of Murder

Genre: Historical mystery

Current wordcount: 43K

Status: editing

Logline: Working on the mystery party of a 1930′s lady, housemaid Alexandra notices that some of the house-guests aren’t playing by the rules. Suddenly, what was meant to be fun is a matter of life, death, and status.

Other:

 

Title: Triangle

Genre: Contemporary straight romance

Current wordcount: ~55K

Status: first draft, second draft of beginning chapters

Logline: Andrea’s dream of meeting her perfect man is put aside when she meets bank-worker Keith, and is prepared to spend her time with him. Yet, when new-to-town Lucas finally returns her call, she is drawn to him more, in spite of the very many secrets he keeps from her and the sin of infidelity.

Other: Originally a collaborative work before my friend had to drop out. Due to this, I don’t have an exact wordcount or a doc. with the whole novel in.

 

Title: A Tale Of Jackets and Phones

Genre: YA whodunit/mystery

Current wordcount: 30K

Status: Rewrite on hiatus

Logline: Stubborn schoolchild Agnetha only ever had one friend: her dear teacher Mr. Craig. When he is murdered, she is determined to uncover his killer, even if it means disturbing the hard past of a quiet man.

Other: The very first novel I finished!

 

Title: A Tale Of Moscow Mysteries

Genre: YA whodunit/mystery

Current wordcount: 57K

Status: First draft

Logline: Agnetha King, teen detective, is summoned to Russia to help an old friend. As she attempts to work out the mystery of a missing girl, she finds herself in the middle of a murder – with a house full of multi-cultural suspects.

Other: Sequel to ‘Of Jackets and Phones’. Need to finish typing out the last few chapters from my notebook.

 

Title:Ezme

Genre: YA contemporary drama, bildungsroman

Current wordcount: n/a

Status: Massive rewrites on hiatus

Logline: Ezme dreams of fame and recognition. Unfortunately for her, this means finding out who to trust in the ferocity of schoolyard taunting. But Ezme’s not going to give up…even if it means losing her friends.

Other: One day I will make it into an ebook as I keep proclaiming…

 

Title: L.I.L.Y.

Genre: YA contemporary, bildungsroman

Current wordcount: 25K

Status: first draft on hiatus

Logline: When she finds out she’s adopted, not only does teen Lily shed her name and fake past, she also embarks on the trail her birth mother has laid out so they might find each other – before the people in the shadows find Lily.

Other: I began a blog for this story in the height of its [second] germination about inspiration and plot-points, but haven’t had time to work on that either.

 

Title: A Belgium Mystery

Genre: Historical mystery

Current wordcount: 10K

Status: first draft

Logline: At the height of the 20’s diamond trade, young Christophe finds more than just work: someone’s set him up and he has a week to uncover the real diamond thief before a looming jails sentence falls.

Other: Prequel to ‘A Game of Murder’.

 

Title: Today Was A Good Day

Genre: Contemporary mystery/thriller

Current wordcount: 20K

Status: first draft and rewrites on hiatus

Logline: Not many people smile at the death of an ex-husband. But Bella is relieved when her estranged wife-beater is found shot – that is, until her life starts falling into turmoil. The reason he died was for her.

Other: Stopped writing this for ‘When The Clock Broke…’. Unfortunately for ‘Today Was’, I’ve not looked back!

 

Title: My Sister-In-Law is the Devil

Genre: YA contemporary drama/romance with supernatural elements

Current wordcount: n/a

Status: First draft on hiatus

Logline: Meggie hates her troubling past, made only worse by the fact that she’s dating her former teacher. When he proposes, she must face up telling the religious man who exactly her mother is, before the Devil herself puts a stop to their budding relationship.

Other: Must get back to this sometime! I have the plot in mind, just haven’t had a minute to begin to write. Also, changing perspectives from the original first few chapters.

 

That’s about it! *grin*