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Thursday, 30 January 2014

Writing Update For January

Yay! Tomorrow is the end of the month and January will be over finally. I've never liked this month; the cold, dark, wet weather never seems to end and the gloomy days make it hard to focus here in the UK. However, despite all of the rain we have been getting (at least it's not been snow), the days are starting to get slightly longer and even if I find it hard to concentrate on a screen, it does give me an excuse to stay in the warmth. 

I always find that once January is over things start to get better as we're on the home stretch out of winter.

So, because it's the end of the month and I've surprised myself with what I ended up doing, I thought I'd write an update about what's been going on with my latest projects and what to expect in the coming months.

I was busy editing Elemental Killers 3 and my new stand-alone novel (which is going to be an action/suspense urban fantasy aimed at the upper YA market) at the start of the month. That project took a while to get through as it is the longest novel I've penned yet but thankfully, it is in the hands of my editor so I can get on with more fun things, such as cover design! I love playing around with images on Photoshop and creating different covers so I'm looking forward to that.

As well as this, in the last week I have written and edited a new contemporary romance novella.It only took me four days to write so the rest of the week has been about re-drafting and editing which is definitely the fastest I've completed a book (even if it's only 25,000 words). It's an idea I've been wanting to write for a while now and rather than turn it into a full length novel, I thought the novella length suited it better. Tomorrow will be my final day with it and then I will be sending that off to an editor so I can work on more covers, blurbs and start Elemental Killers 4 - yes I've still been putting it off.

Anyway, I'm planning to give this novella away free at its release and for as long as possible after that, so make sure you're checking back often so you don't miss out! I want it released as soon as possible. I think Valentine's Day will be pushing it, but it will definitely be released in February so there will be something new to read before my stand-alone comes out. 

Happy reading!
Mia
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Thursday, 23 January 2014

Be With Me by J. Lynn (Jennifer L Armentrout) 5 Chapter Excerpt



I am thrilled to get to share with you the first 5 chapters from J.Lynn's BE WITH ME! This is the next book in the With You Saga and after loving the first, I can't wait to read this (I'm waiting for my review copy from Harper). These 5 chapters should get you ready because BE WITH ME releases on February 4th (14th if in the UK - I know it's unfair)!

Check out all of the information  below, read the first 5 chapters.

Friday, 17 January 2014

I Will Never Write American

Today I was reading a book and, even though I enjoyed it, there was one thing that really annoyed me...and it's something I'm coming across quite often from American authors. I know the same thing probably happens when British authors write American characters, but being English I can't really comment on that as much.

Although the two versions of English are blending, there are still many differences between the languages and this is where, for me, authors slip up when writing different nationalities into their novels. It's also the reason I would never write an American character into my book or set it in the US. I'm not talking about American or British spelling here, what makes a story unbelievable is the speech the characters use, especially in YA and NA fiction.

For some reason, it is a common occurrence that authors who aren't British or haven't lived here take the 'stiff-upper-lip' stereotype of British people and then make them sound incredibly posh. First of all, most of the population does NOT speak like that and secondly, a lot of the language is either dated, tied to a certain age group, or has changed meaning entirely. I know the author may want to make a definite separation between the characters, but honestly? We're not a different species of people, and we really aren't that different in formality levels--especially teens .

One of the way I've noticed authors make this distinction is with the phrase "said in his thick British accent." Because there are many regional dialects and accents that change the language (I'm sure it's the same in the US) this comment just doesn't work. The author once again refers to the stereotypical British accent that most people do not use. I also find the constant distinction between the nationalities makes the British character out to be some kind of alien, as you hardly ever find the sentence "spoken in a thick American accent" in the same novel.

Anyway, in the book I was reading the other day, the British character sounded like he was plucked straight from Mary Poppins or Downton Abbey. I won't rant about how much this wound me up every time he opened his mouth to speak--as I would never stop--but here are a few of the things I've come across in books recently (all of the comments are based on my opinion of teen characters). I'm by no means saying the words are never said--I know they are--but based on my own experience (I left college just over a year ago so I'm in the age group) a lot of this language for a teen is dated.


*These are actual phrases I've seen in books. All of the comments though, are based on my opinion of teen characters*

Sunday, 12 January 2014

New Novel Update, Facebook & Giveaways

This is going to be a short post as my eyes and head are hurting from spending three days straight typing up my notes for my re-drafted stand-alone novel, but there were a few things I wanted to share with you all. 

The first is that I finished typing up my notes! Couldn't be happier that's over - it just seemed to go on forever. I will be doing one more read through/edit before I hand it over to my editor and then I can start writing Elemental Killers 4. Yes, I've put it off as long as I can, I'm finally going to have to say goodbye to Kai and Serena...

I have it all planned out and ready to start. There are also a few big things planned for the book and hopefully a few unexpected twists that you won't see coming. I know this book is probably going to break my heart but the reasons for that will remain a secret for now!

Anyway, the other good news is that today I hit 600 likes on Facebook! Thank you all for the support and I will probably be setting up a giveaway soon to mark the occasion so make sure you are 'following' my page as well as liking it so you receive the updates as I will be posting it on Facebook (yes I think their new system is rubbish and annoying).

I'm off to read a paperback now as I cannot look at this screen any longer.

Happy Reading!
Mia 
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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Guest Post ~ Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins (Blog Tour)



Stir Me Up
Release Date: 10/01/13
Harlequin Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
Cami Broussard has her future all figured out. She'll finish her senior year of high school, then go to work full-time as an apprentice chef in her father's French restaurant, alongside her boyfriend, Luke. But then twenty-year-old ex-Marine Julian Wyatt comes to live with Cami's family while recovering from serious injuries. And suddenly Cami finds herself questioning everything she thought she wanted.

Julian's all attitude, challenges and intense green-brown eyes. But beneath that abrasive exterior is a man who just might be as lost as Cami's starting to feel. And Cami can't stop thinking about him. Talking to him. Wanting to kiss him. He's got her seriously stirred up. Her senior year has just gotten a lot more complicated….


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10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT STIR ME UP

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year!

Another year has come and gone and looking back I achieved everything I set out to do. Everything is coming together slowly but finally I'm starting to see what works and what doesn't. Looking back, I've written four books this year (my editing pile is rapidly increasing), published one and re-released another. My numbers have dramatically increased on all social media outlets but more importantly, I have met some great people.
My highlight of the year was definitely travelling down to London for HarperImpulse's Autumn Fete. I met a load of lovely people, had a great laugh and as a bonus there was free food and books! Yes, you read that correctly. All you have to do to get me somewhere is offer free food, I'm not hard to please really.

I don't know what this year is going to hold for me but I have 2 books going through edits right now: Elemental Killers 3 and a new stand-alone so hopefully they will be released at some point (I'm not setting any dates yet). I have also planned the final book in the Elemental Killers, so that needs writing and I have another two books (a series but stand-alone books) I can't wait to start. It's looking like a busy year!

Happy New Year everyone, I hope it brings you happiness, success and lot of fun!
Mia
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