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Month: August 2017

Summer’s End

I’ve sent out a bunch of beta reading copies (if you were supposed to get one and didn’t, let me know), and I’m tired of the stuff I’ve been working on, so I thought I’d blog before the kids go back to school next week. I know the beta reading came out of nowhere, but it was a last-minute decision partly based on himself being sick of me whingeing (Why is this word so hard to spell? It never looks right.) about the story forever. 🙂 I should have set it up ages ago, but I kept tweaking details. Even after I announced it, I spent the day messing with the story. Not the best idea!

As predicted, I’m sad that the kids are going back to school. I’m scared for my eldest going to secondary school for the first time. It’s such a long day, and the rest of the bunch will miss having him around. We’re at that stage of the holidays where everyone’s a bit subdued because the thought of school is over their heads again. Overall this summer, I’ve had a lot going on, but I mostly managed to squeeze in writing/editing whenever I could. My youngest will be finished school at the same time as most of the others for the first time this year, so that kind of widens my schedule a little.

I’ve had blue hair for a few months, and I dyed the ends of four of my kids’ hair in various shades, but the haircuts for back to school are swiftly approaching. My kids are so sad to lose their crazy colours that I might get rid of my blue in solidarity. It wasn’t the best colour for the heat we had in June/July. I spent about a month waking up every morning with a blue neck and face, so I’ve been called a smurf all summer. 😀

I changed my blog, by the way. It’s not finished – I think I said that last time and never finished it. :/ I need a nice header, and I have to fill out a bunch of pages, but I’m glad I switched things up because it was hella boring. Not that it’s particularly mind-blowing now, but I think it’s neater.

Just realised the title of this post makes me think of direwolves in the worst way. The vet recently recommended we euthanise one of our dogs, so that’s put a dampener on things lately. Also partly why the beta reading happened – desperately needed a distraction. We haven’t yet decided what to do, and even if we do make that decision, the timing feels wrong. Losing our bunny this year was hard for the kids, I can’t imagine how they’ll take losing a dog they’ve all grown up with. I feel like I grew up with this dog. I work with this dog mouthing on my feet like a puppy every day. I don’t know how to get to that point where I feel ready to let go, but by then, a certain line will have already been crossed, and it will feel too late instead. It’s all a bit shit.

It’s the end of the summer holidays, but technically, here in Ireland anyway, August is the first month of autumn. I hope September chugs along better than we expect. I wanted to start blogging more frequently, but I have a one-track mind at the moment, so I’ll probably continue with a monthly update for the rest of the year.

So, yeah. I know this post looks long, but I deleted another 1,000 words of it. I think that might be a sign I need adult conversation. 😀




Beta Readers – Aug/Sep 2017

I probably should have posted this sooner, but I’ve been having a hard time judging whether this story’s even ready for beta reading – and there’s been a lot going on around here – but I’m just going to throw it out there. So… I’m sending out a call for beta readers for a new story in the Evans Pack world. New main characters, still a young adult paranormal romance type of thing, and, erm, it’s not in the best shape of all time right now, but I’m too close to it to figure out whyyyyyy.

I’m looking for a limited number of readers who are willing to give relatively detailed, honest feedback on the plot, preferably within the next three weeks, and are capable of side-loading a file I send them onto their ereader. Some apps apparently can’t do this, so be aware of that. I need a mixture of people who have read the original Cursed series and those who have not. I’m hoping to be sending copies of this thing out by the weekend, but we’ll see how it goes. If you’re interested, then please either email me or private message me on Facebook, and I’ll get back to you during the week.

I’m not interested in editing/proofreading, or anything like that. I just want personal opinions, what works for you, what doesn’t, that kind of thing. If the thought of offending me or hurting my feelings (you won’t, I swear. I don’t even have feelings) stresses you out, or you’re one of those lucky people who loves everything they read, then this might not be for you. 🙂 I was thinking of getting some kind of group thing going to see what a bunch of you might come up with together (sometimes it’s easier to be critical when somebody else starts), but it might be simpler to stick to the standard routine, so… thoughts?

It’s mostly a wolfy story, as teen-y as Cursed, called Sleepwalker, and if this actually goes okay, then it’s the first in a new trilogy called Harbinger. Terrible last-minute kinda-sorta blurb below!

Margo has a secret – she just wishes she could remember what it is. When she sleepwalks, she wakes up next to things she shouldn’t, and if she doesn’t figure out what’s happening, then her family’s fresh start will have been for nothing.

Dorian’s the most submissive member of his pack, and he hasn’t done anything to secure his place. The pack is over-crowded, and once he turns eighteen, he fears he’ll be one of the werewolves selected to relocate to a place where his guardians can’t protect him.

After a Halloween prank divides the town, pack members start to go missing, and Margo’s scent in the wrong place at the wrong time puts a target on her back. Together, Margo and Dorian must work to uncover her secrets and earn his place in his pack by tracking down a murderer before he/she finds them first.



August 2017

Squeezing in a quick post before the rest of the month runs away on me. Spoiler alert: My progress sucks.

I’m a little busy, so I’m not getting as much editing done as I’d like, but I should have expected that! I’ve had a couple of lock myself away weekends in an attempt to catch up, but now my brain is all squishy and in desperate need of a Netflix binge.

We’re over halfway through the holidays, and we haven’t gotten too sick of each other yet. Although if I get asked who would win in a fight – seven random Marvel characters vs seven random DC characters vs seven random characters from random universes – one more time, I might cry.

Lately, when I sit down to work, my youngest will usually have left little scribbled messages on my notes. I can’t get mad because they’re cute and sweet. Anyway, the other day I was looking through some old notes for research I’d forgotten, and she’d actually corrected my handwriting with a red pen. A future editor, perhaps? 😀

By the way, I have a teenager now! I kind of can’t believe how quickly time has gone by. It doesn’t feel so long ago that I couldn’t wait for his due date so I could finally meet him, and now he’s my height.

Aaaaand now it’s time to feed the constantly ravenous animals children again (because when they feed themselves, they make five times the mess). 😀

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