NaNoWriMo is around the Corner – #ROW80

Friday !

Who can’t wait for Friday to get here?

If you are thinking it is just the beginning of the weekend, then you must not be a writer. This Friday is November 1st. The first of November marks the beginning of none other than Na No Wri Mo. That is National Novel Writing Month. It is the challenge where you are to write a novel of 50,000 in a month. That is 1654 words a day or something to that extent to meet the challenge.

No cheating now!

What will I work on? Hmmm…

At first I thought of working on the next Orgarlan book for this challenge, but I have changed my mind. I’m in the mood for writing crap. Maybe a crap storyline that I have no investment in so I can beat it up or make it as sloppy as I can make it without worry of the outcome.

I did this once before, and nothing ever came of the story line except it remains half done and in my slush pile. That was Wish Away. My genie story. Maybe someday I will open that manuscript up and give it another shot.

This time I think I want to try shutting off my internal editor and filter. If it turns out to be something worth keeping in the end, I would probably publish it under a different name since I have a feeling that it will be an adult story.

I have an idea too. Nope, I’m not going to divulge at this time. You will have to wait and see what I’m toying with. Hint: some kind of fantasy and a stand-alone.

Dog Update:

Julie is doing better. A week ago she was getting terribly lame. So lame that she barely could stand and move about. We feared the worst for our family pooch of 13+ years.

Last Thursday we pulled ideas out of the air as of what to do for her. After giving her three doses of Benadryl in a 24 hour period, she began to show improvement. My thought was to try and lower the swelling around some of her lumps. This seemed to help.

Then on Saturday we went out and bought her some Glucosamine for her hips and joints. We got her the good stuff in the red bottle, but it is only stage two. We wanted stage three, but apparently a lot of dogs are having this problem, now that the cold has hit the New Hampshire region. Regardless she has been getting three tablets a day and her improvement is remarkable. She had been in such a state that was so grim seven days ago, her recovery now, is so incredible. Now she is running, climbing up stairs, skipping and some jumping. This stuff is truly remarkable. Thank God she appears to be doing so much better.

ROW80 update:

I have not done any more work on the next Orgarlan book from last Saturday. I also missed my Sunday post update. I posted, but it wasn’t an update announcement. The thought was there. Trust me.

I do believe I will switch from the Orgarlan novel I was working on to work on to the NaNo Novel. This plot is kind of taking over me brainstorming. Why fight it? Who knows how it will turn out?

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Investigative Speaker

After digging out of nearly 2 feet of snow on Friday, today was our NHRWA monthly meeting, and they had a treat for us. Our speaker was Hank Phillippi Ryan, she is an investigative reporter for the NBC News station out of Boston, an Emmy award winner several times over along with Edward R Morrow Awards for journalism. She is also an Agatha Christie Award Winner, a Mary Higgins Clark Award Winner, and a Macavity Award Winner for her Mystery/Crime Novels.

She was great.

She compared journalism to writing fiction and showed how the technique for writing an investigative report for the news could be applied to writing any genre.

In working in the Journalism world, there is no such thing as Writers Block – so true. If you don’t make your deadline then you’re fired, plain and simple.

If you ever have the chance to hear her speak – do it! You will be so glad you did.

First Ever – I had a first. I stepped out of my comfort zone today and brought the first chapter of Along Came Neil to my writers group of for a critique. I’m so glad I did. It was like having your own personal editors. I loved the feedback that they gave me and I do plan on figuring out how I can make their suggestions work. I just won’t tackle the revision just yet. I will save their comments and suggestions for when I do the first edit. For now, I will continue writing the rest of the story and bring them one chapter at a time.

ROW80 Update:

This week I think I added over 10k words to Along Came Neil. Tomorrow I will try to hit the halfway mark at 25k words.

You know what? I’m not going to try. I’m going to do it – Goal + Deadline=Progress.

I’m not going to fire myself. Right now I want quantity and not quality. Quality comes later and will be saved for the critique.

 

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Friday List #Top10FavoriteArtist

Here we are, this is it, my final pick of the year. I have read many great books this year but this one stood out the most to me. It wasn’t just the story line, it was the over-all voice of the writer. The style was smooth and action packed with a good balance of showing and telling and will make a good role model of the style of writing I would like to develop in my own voice someday in the future. Kudos to the authors of this number one pick.

We are at the wire for the top of the top Friday Night Favorite Artist and I am ready to let you all know which book is the number one pick on my List of my Favorite Top Ten Artists

  • “For the past year I have been reading a lot of new authors on my Kindle, so instead of picking my favorite of my favorite, I wanted to pick from the books I have read during this past year. This I had to give some thought to, since I have read a lot of really great books on my kindle. So here is my list of favorites.”

Here is the recap:

Nine weeks ago at #10 was Winning Mr. Wrong by Marie Higgins

Eight weeks ago at #9 slot was A Modern Witch by Debora Geary

Seven weeks ago the #8 slot was Deadly Intentions by Candice Poarche

Six weeks ago at the #7 slot was The Book of Deacon by Joseph R. Lallo

Five weeks ago at the #6 slot was Sleep Tight by Anne Frasier.

Four weeks ago at the #5 slot was Hostile Witness by Rebecca Forster

Three weeks ago at the #4 slot was Bewitching by Alex Flinn

Two weeks ago at the #3 slot was Hollowland (The Hollows #1) by Amanda Hocking

Last week at the #2 slot was The Orphan Factory (The Orphan Trilogy #2) by James Morcan and Lance Morcan

So which book is up next?

…. (Linda opens up her word pad folder one more time and peeks inside)

#1

The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy #1)


byJames Morcan, Lance Morcan

How do you catch a man who is never the same man twice?

That is the question posed in The Ninth Orphan, a top-rated international thriller novel…

An orphan grows up to become an assassin for a highly secretive organization. When he tries to break free and live a normal life, he is hunted by his mentor and father figure, and by a female orphan he spent his childhood with. On the run, the mysterious man’s life becomes entwined with his beautiful French-African hostage and a shocking past riddled with the darkest of conspiracies is revealed.

Fast-paced, totally fresh and original, filled with deep and complex characters, The Ninth Orphan is a controversial, high-octane thriller with an edge. Merging fact with fiction, it illuminates shadow organizations rumored to exist in the real world.

Tackling genetic selection, mind control, secret societies and a chase around the globe, The Ninth Orphan also has a poignant, romantic sub-plot. The story contains the kind of intimate character portraits usually associated with psychological novels.

Written by father-and-son writing team Lance & James Morcan (authors of The Orphan Factory and Fiji: A Novel), The Ninth Orphan is Book #1 in The Orphan Trilogy. The unique thriller series continues with the recent publication of Book #2, a prequel titled The Orphan Factory. The sequel and final book in the trilogy, The Orphan Uprising, will be published by Sterling Gate Books in 2013. A feature film adaptation of The Ninth Orphan is also currently being developed.

“Action packed – intense – gripping – edge of the seat

What a great book this was. Great plot – great story.

I can see this as a movie – James Bond (no Sebastian Hannar) that is.

After you read this book you will see why I picked it as my number one pick of the year.”

And if you haven’t read any of these books I have listed over the past few weeks, you really do need to check them out, they were all great books.

Friday List #Top10FavoriteArtist

We are coming down to the wire for the top of the top Friday Night Favorite Artist and I am ready to let you all know which book is next on my List of my Favorite Top Ten Artists

  • “For the past year I have been reading a lot of new authors on my Kindle, so instead of picking my favorite of my favorite, I wanted to pick from the books I have read during this past year. This I had to give some thought to, since I have read a lot of really great books on my kindle. So here is my list of favorites.”

Here is the recap:

Eight weeks ago at #10 was Winning Mr. Wrong by Marie Higgins

Seven weeks ago at #9 slot was A Modern Witch by Debora Geary

Six weeks ago the #8 slot was Deadly Intentions by Candice Poarche

Five weeks ago at the #7 slot was The Book of Deacon by Joseph R. Lallo

Four weeks ago at the #6 slot was Sleep Tight by Anne Frasier.

Three weeks at the #5 slot was Hostile Witness by Rebecca Forster

Two week at the #4 slot was Bewitching by Alex Flinn

Last week at the #3 slot was Hollowland (The Hollows #1) by Amanda Hocking

So which book is up next?

…. (Linda opens up her word pad folder one more time and peeks inside)

#2

The Orphan Factory (The Orphan Trilogy #2)


byJames Morcan, Lance Morcan

 An epic, atmospheric story that begins with twenty three genetically superior orphans being groomed to become elite spies in Chicago’s Pedemont Orphanage and concludes with a political assassination deep in the Amazon jungle.

The Orphan Factory, a coming-of-age spy thriller novel, is book two in The Orphan Trilogy and a prequel to The Ninth Orphan. Go on another frenetic journey with the ninth-born orphan as he busts out of the clandestine orphanage he knew as home and goes on the run across America.

In the late 1970’s, in Chicago, Illinois, the secretive Omega Agency initiates the Pedemont Project – a radical experiment utilizing genetic engineering technologies – to create twenty three orphan babies with the plan to turn them into the world’s most effective assassins.

One of the prodigies will rebel: meet Number Nine, an orphan with a mind of his own.

In 1998, when Nine reaches adulthood and graduates with honors from the Pedemont Orphanage, he is already an adept of the deadly espionage arts. Ordered by his Omega masters to assassinate a survivor of the Jonestown tragedy in Guyana’s Amazon rainforest, Nine is forced to draw upon all of his advanced training just to stay alive.

“Looking for an adventure – suspense – conspiracy – action packed novel to read look no further. What a great read, there was never a dull moment in this story. It is a page turner and well written. This is a movie quality story.”

And if you haven’t read any of these books I have listed over the past few weeks, you really do need to check them out, they were all great books.

Friday List #Top10FavoriteArtist

Oh no! What ever happened to Friday?

I must have missed a day; I can’t believe it is already Saturday.

So that’s what happened to the update of my weekly list of top favorite books of this past year, must have gotten my days mixed up somewhere along the way.

But here it is, the Friday Night Favorite Artist and I am ready to let you all know which book is next on my List of my Favorite Top Ten Artists

  • “For the past year I have been reading a lot of new authors on my Kindle, so instead of picking my favorite of my favorite, I wanted to pick from the books I have read during this past year. This I had to give some thought to, since I have read a lot of really great books on my kindle. So here is my list of favorites.”

Here is the recap:

Six weeks ago at #10 was Winning Mr. Wrong by Marie Higgins

Five weeks ago at #9 slot was A Modern Witch by Debora Geary

Four weeks ago the #8 slot was Deadly Intentions by Candice Poarche

Three weeks ago at the #7 slot was The Book of Deacon by Joseph R. Lallo

Two weeks ago at the #6 slot was Sleep Tight by Anne Frasier.

Last week at the #5 slot was Hostile Witness by Rebecca Forster

So which book is up next?

…. (Linda opens up her word pad folder one more time and peeks inside)

#4

Bewitching 

                                                                        (Kendra Chronicles #2)

by Alex Flinn

Kendra Hilferty, the witch who curses Kyle Kingsbury in Beastly, tells about her immortal existence-how she discovered she was a witch and the various ways she has used her powers to help people throughout the centuries. (Unfortunately her attempts have often backfired.) As it turns out, Kendra has actually had a hand in “Hansel and Gretel,” “The Princess and the Pea,” and “The Little Mermaid”-but these are not the fairy tales you think you know! Kendra’s reminiscences are wrapped around a real-time version of “Cinderella,” except the “ugly” stepsister is the good guy. With dark twists, hilarious turns, and unexpected endings, Bewitching is a contemporary read for fairy-tale lovers, fantasy fans, and anyone looking for more Alex Flinn.

This was such a good read, an enjoyable tale. I had great difficulty putting this book down.

I highly recommend this book to all “Once Upon a Time” fans.

This book is very much on the same concept as the TV series mentioned above. It is where the author, Alex Flinn takes several different fairy tales and gives them a different perspective on what they were all about, from the view point of a witch, known as Kendra.

My favorite tale in the book was about Emma and Lissette.

Good book for all ages.

“I won this book as a Goodreads Giveaway.”

And if you haven’t read any of these books I have listed over the past few weeks, you really do need to check them out, they were all great books.