Time to buckle down

SundayCoffeeHappy Sunday one and all. As the title suggests I have some work I need to get done. Namely a crap load of writing on book 2 of my Living Victorious series. While I’m still awaiting round two edits on the first book in the series this means I have time to knuckle down to finishing off the second book. I’m definitely not the fastest writing author out there, but these I want to come out within a reasonable time frame of one another.

So far it’s going really well. I’m currently over my halfway mark in the word count, and about halfway for what I have planned to go into this book. Still a number of things to get into the story of course, but they are coming along in a nice timely fashion. The muse is playing nice -always a worry- and staying on track. A pleasant change from her, lol!

I must admit I’m having a blast writing these books. They are definitely different from the last series I did. Namely there’s no murder, or bad guys involved. There is some mayhem of course, because they are rock stars, so things are definitely a little chaotic in their world. The characters are also a blast, easy going, and so fun to write. They all have their own personalities, and a number of similarities too.

This is the first series I’ve mostly planned out from the first word I put down on the page. I thought I’d give it a try, and see if it helped with the overall feel of the series. Not that I’m discounting any input from the muse, or the characters. But because of how the stories are interconnected to a degree I need to keep a close eye on where I take the story line, or where the characters feel it should go. Can’t let them go too far off script.

Well I think that’s about all I have to say today. Which means it’s time to grab some breakfast finally, top off the coffee, and knuckle down. I hope everyone has a fantastic day. Looks like it will be fairly decent weather wise at this end of the country. Talk again soon ~ Moira

A little editor love

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First off, happy Sunday to all! Now that we have that out of the way…

While initially nervous (okay, petrified) of what I might find upon delving deeper into the edits for The Rhythm, Living Victorious 1, I can now say that I am completely crushing on my new editor. She rocks in ways I can’t even comprehend let alone expound upon. She is da bomb. Evernight Publishing has the BEST EDITORS EVER! This is a personal opinion of course, and potentially a little biased since I’ve never written with another publisher. but it’s my post so I can say whatever the heck I want. HA!

Having an editor I’ve never worked with prior getting their hands on one of my babies is beyond nerve wracking. But I shall give credit where it is due, this woman knows her stuff. Since joining Evernight I’ve had the pleasure of working with four of their editors. Laurie T., Jessica R., Karyn W., and the latest in this powerhouse lineup is Kerry G.

All these ladies have gone above, and beyond. They are helpful, instructive, and when something in your story tickles their funny bone they love to point it out. Each has their own style to editing, much the same as every author has their own process and style to writing. I have only been blessed by the attention each editor puts toward one of my books. Truly I could go on, and on about them for likely hours. I won’t. If I do I’ll never get anything else done today lol!

But now that all the edits are done, and back into my publisher’s hands for round two, I can focus on getting book 2 of this series closer to completion. The muse is on board given how well editing went, and all we learned from Ms. Kerry – tools which we shall use for this book, and all those to come after. So I shall leave you all to whatever endeavors you might have planned for your Sunday.

Stay cool out there, and have some fun. I have my coffee in hand, a movie on the boob tube, and ideas to write. ~ Moira

Working on edits

Pen, Writing, Letter.

That’s right, I have edits for book 1 of my new 5 book series – The Rhythm, Living Victorious. My publisher sent them through last night, and after a quick peek to see who my editor was, and what she had to say I left them for this morning. Now I am armed with coffee, a bowl of cereal, and have it up on my screen ready to rock and roll once the caffeine starts to do it’s job.

For the most part it looks pretty good. A few filler words to get rid of, or change to something more productive to the sentence. There are also *snickers* some eyeballs doing things they shouldn’t be – oops! Definitely need to fix that since this isn’t a horror story where such things might slide. Let’s see, what else did she let me know about? Ah yes, some redundant words that can be scratched out – not that hard, and last were some overly repetitive words. I know the latter happens when I get tired. Even when I know I should stop for a while the muse is on a roll. As an author you keep writing when the muse is talking even if you can’t totally focus on the screen any more.

Depending on how far along I get on edits in the next hour I should have a vague idea of how long it will all take. Hoping to get the majority done today so that I can give it a good read through tomorrow with the changes to look for anything that needs work on the flow.

I also need to find my list of mistakes I noticed after I’d submitted so that I can ensure those too are fixed if she didn’t find them. Although this editor is scarily efficient (meep!) so I doubt she’ll have missed the things my eyes coasted over during the final read through prior to submission. Which I then later found while looking for teasers to share in my FB Group down the road. Yeah – that actually happens.

Well that would be it for today. Hope you are all having a great weekend, and staying cool out there. ~ Moira

Lazy writing day

GerberDaisy_70282557_XSHappy Sunday all. It’s been a pretty relaxing weekend around my place. Got in a bunch of writing on a couple of projects so that is always a major plus. The biggest one was getting back into Living Victorious 2, tentatively titled The Bass. This one has been giving me a little grief over the last couple of weeks, but I think it’s back on track. I got myself hung up a little on one scene so I did something I’ve never done before – I jumped to the next chapter to keep writing like that scene was done.

I’m still working on the scene that caused so much grief, but it’s not my sole focus. It’s the sort of scene that can be added in later on since while it’s a necessary scene to the progression of the book, it’s not a scene that makes or breaks the story line. So onward I continue in writing the stuff that pushes the story forward, and creates complications for my characters. Oh yes, there will be many problems for the two leads of this book. The biggest, and deadliest, distance. Since the lead male is in a band they have to tour. The lead female has a job that doesn’t allow for much flexibility to go with him. This will test their resolve to be with one another, but if they make it (which is sort of a given knowing me) then it will make their relationship all the more solid.

Not much work on the paranormal story I have on my WIP list, but I am puttering on it off and on. It helps to pull out of one story to poke at another to get the brain churning. It’s why I pulled another WIP out of the “draft” stage to something a little more solid. While I may not get it done any time soon, it’s another welcome diversion to get my mind working a different angle so that when I head back into LV2 I’m not sluggish on the plot. Not that this method works for most people. Usually it doesn’t work for me either but on this one book it’s been very helpful. Let’s my mind take a breather, and allows the muse to regroup for when I dive back in.

Well that’s about all the news I have to share currently. I need to dash out for some more necessary supplies to the writing process (pop and snacking foods) before I buckle down again at the keyboard so I’ll end this post quick like. Have a fantastic afternoon and evening ~ Moira

Things to do

Happy Saturday all. A few things to share with everyone. First up is I’ve completed first and second round of edits for Drakon’s Prize, a part of the Bad Alpha anthology from Evernight Publishing coming this summer. It went really well, and super fast. Not sure if there will be a third round, but it’s more than possible given my lovely editor, and I had to do one pretty big fix. I think it works well though in the story – fingers crossed!

I’m also up on The Romance Review today for all interested. You answer the questions, and are put in for the prizes with points. So if you’re interested in getting in on the action it’s never too late! You can check it all out here.

The other plans for the day is to get some work done on my latest WIP’s. Last week I was mostly focused on a yet-to-be-named paranormal I’m working on. Bloody thing’s driving me batty. But it is trundling along rather well. Unfortunately I really need to buckle down, and whip the muse into shape to work on The Bass, Living Victorious book 2. I’ve had a few thoughts on that this past week that I think shall work rather splendidly in the over all story line.

Let’s see, what else… Nope, I think that’s actually it. Beyond a bunch of boring household chores, bleh!, there really isn’t anything else to share at this point. So have a fantastic weekend everyone ~ Moira

Making the brain have to work

Happy Saturday all! Been a pretty good day so far minus a small incident with a tap that led to a much more thorough cleaning of my kitchen than was allotted for the day. But that’s fine, it would have had to happen eventually, and I got my shower out of the way all at the same time lol! Well, not quite.

The small British kitten sleeps

With coffee in hand today I’m working on finishing up my edits for Drakon’s Prize out of the Bad Alpha anthology. The majority I got through quickly, and easily with only one hiccup so far. Had to resort to sending off a note to the editor for some clarification since my brain couldn’t quite figure out what she meant. I hate bothering them but this one just couldn’t be resolved by my poor little brain. Once I have her answer back I will finish up, and shoot it back to EP for round two.

Once I’m done edits then I will be swinging over to work on book two of Living Victorious for a while. Though I think I may sneak in a nap. I did not sleep well last night. My neighbors and I will be having words of a rather harsh sort soon if they don’t get their acts together. I truly couldn’t care less that they work on different shifts than I do, usually I can sleep through anything – brass band in the bedroom, cop cars popping wheelies on the street, or whatever. One of the few things I can’t sleep through is annoying laughs. Whether it be the sort like Janice off of “Friends”, or someone that sounds like a braying donkey, there is a level of laugh that is abrasive in the way fingernails down a chalkboard is. They had such an individual over last evening braying away in the wee hours of the morning waking me up. Had I not been happily ensconced in my bed enjoy the rain dampened air coming through my window I likely would have wandered over to have a “talk” with them. Lucky I didn’t feel like unrolling from my blankie.

So a small nap is on the schedule before I have to figure out what I’m doing for dinner. I’m thinking of maybe a little East Indian. I’m in the mood for some good Tandoori chicken, and there’s a place not that far from me that serves some of the best. And now I’m hungry. Okay, so a snack, and then a nap. Better stop writing this post before I talk myself into something else! Have a great day, and a fantastic weekend ~ Moira

So many pretties!

One of the best things ever about being an author is getting your cover artwork. It’s like the first piece of the puzzle of what’s to come next. With EP’s Anthologies we get the pretties early – which is fantastic. I love having something to drool over before the anxiety of edits starts. And these are un-freaking-real! Jay Aheer, the cover artist for the Anthology, did yet another amazing job in creating something fabulous. A genius is all I can say. And so I share some of these goodies that I got on Tuesday with you, enjoy.

BadAlhaMF-evernightpublishing-jayaheer2015-banner (1) BAD-Antho-CoversSoooooo pretty… I could stare at these for hours, upon hours, upon hours. But I must tear my gaze away from them to attend to other things. Like first round of edits which hit my inbox today. Haven’t looked yet, but I’m hoping it’s not too bad. After that I must get to writing, because writing is goooooood.

I’ve been thrown completely off my normal schedule due to a familial obligation of the birthday sort last weekend – singing and all. This is something I must rectify this weekend by getting back into the swing of things. Book 2 of my Living Victorious series is calling to me. I left my characters in a most awkward place. Not sure if I’ll pick up there or in the next chapter. My muse is a bit … oh what is the word I want here? … “preoccupied” works I think. She’s being a bit flighty as well, not a good trait to have in a muse for those that are curious.

Need to get her back on target once more. Should be an interesting challenge, and keep me busy for a few hours. But at least she’s giving me lots of great ideas for the book. That definitely counts for something. Anyway, I am off to get dinner going, and see if I can coax a couple thousand words out of the muse. Have a lovely evening, and stay tuned for more information on the Anthology that will be coming out August 2015. For a little peek into my story, Drakon’s Prize, you can check the page here. ~ Moira

Keeping on task

My muse has decided to give me an extra task of late. Writing two different stories, with a bunch of bits and pieces for others laying on the sidelines apparently isn’t enough. Now she’s added in random thought processes to my writing time. For example, I was writing the build up to the first sexual encounter between two characters when she suddenly threw out this idea for later in the story. Of course I have to jot it down. Don’t know if it will be used, but it’s better to have it and not need it then to sit there attempting to remember what it is later.

Now this probably sounds like a great thing. To a degree it is. Unfortunately it has a terrible side effect. I end up distracted by the new thought, and can’t remember where the hell I was in the scene! This insanity has been going on for two nights now. I don’t know what the hell my muse is up to but I think I may need to give her one heck of a stern talking to.

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In other news these bouts of distraction have led me to go looking for new inspiration for my various scenes. I have a whole new, and very interesting collection of men for my folder. So many pretties to look at, not enough will power to look away. Oh what is an author to do? And with that I leave you for now. I really need to duct tape my muse to one spot, and get some writing done. Book 2 for Living Victorious is going well, but she’s not making it easy to write this first sex scene. Time to buckle down ~ Moira

Contemplating chaos

HappySaturdayMy muse apparently is in a vindictive mood today. Trying to keep the wench in line is a task unto itself. Don’t know what’s up with her but I’m interested to see what she has in mind for my characters today. I’m working on two different WIP’s to try and keep things level. So far so good, though the muse is muttering about something else. Not sure if it has anything to do with these two potential stories or if it’s something new she’s cooking up. I never really know with her.

But I shall continue onward with what materials she provides to me, and hope that I’m not suddenly confronted by some nearly impossible situation I have to get everyone out of. She’s done this to me before and it’s worked out. These are slightly different stories so to be backed into the proverbial corner on either could prove to be rather bothersome. Here’s hoping I don’t need to find some overly creative means for my characters to climb out the proverbial window to freedom.

The weather is perfect for writing. Overcast, comfortably cool with a hint of a breeze bringing in the smell of the impending rain we’re expecting. Of course the weather person hasn’t been exactly accurate of late so that scent of rain could be foretelling a storm coming in three days. Since I don’t plan on moving far this weekend it really doesn’t matter. I have writing to get done.

To that end I need to get back to it after I grab a bite to eat. So I hope everyone has a lovely weekend, and don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for #SexySnippets Sunday. I’ve got your first taste of my new series, Living Victorious. ~ Moira

Release Day!

dangerous-reactions2The day is finally here! I know many have been waiting on this book, thank you for being so very patient with me, but this one I could not rush. Mostly so I got everything right, but also because it is the last C&M Security book for a while. I needed it to be as close to perfect as I could make it. Okay, okay. As close to perfect as my editor, the lovely Jessica Ruth could make it. She really helped to iron out kinks I hadn’t realized were there. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Jessica for all your hard work.

Now that Dangerous Reactions is out I can turn my mind to other books. Mainly my newest series. The muse has been riding me hard to get a bit down every night. So I am off to the writing cave to get her off my back for the evening as soon as I give you all the links I currently have available for book 6. And here they are:

Evernight  |  Bookstrand  |  Amazon (US)  |  Amazon (CA)  |  All Romance

Of course all the links can be found on the Dangerous Reactions page at any time. Including all the ones that will go live in the next week or so. Well, I’m off to grab a snack, and settle in to do as the muse hath biddeth me to do. Have a great Friday, and an even more amazing weekend. ~ Moira