Dawn Montgomery

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Christmas Story Accepted!

In Publishing News on October 27, 2011 at 8:11 am

Great news! My editor picked up The Other Klaus for Changeling Press’s White Hot Christmas series. I love participating in the December promotional. Every White Hot Christmas purchased puts that person in a drawing for free Changeling releases all year. Every single book that is released. Not a bad deal for short hot reads that set your blood pumping, and won’t bust the wallet.

Unofficial Blurb:

Luke Klaus has a problem. Christmas will be canceled if he can’t get Destiny, Texas back on the Holiday Cheer map. A Christmas wish is all that stands between him and a perfect record. His target is packed with killer curves and a heart of gold that’s been broken one too many times. Lucky for Luke, mixing a little business with pleasure might be just what the holiday doctor ordered.

Noella Davis is tired. Too many years as Destiny’s Cheer coordinator has left her drained and disillusioned. Is it a coincidence that brings her face to face with her old crush, or does the man in black leather have his own agenda? Either way, she’ll have her cake and eat it too even if she has to tie him to the bed. Maybe her Christmas wishes will come true…

This really is a case for The Other Klaus.

A Familiar Kiss

In #amwriting on October 26, 2011 at 9:35 am

It’s Wednesday. The very last Wednesday in October, and that means I’m in the middle of NaNoWriMo preparations. This year I’ll make a few local area write-ins. I’ll be posting pictures as well.

So what do we have for Work In Progress Wednesday? Three hours ago I finished The Other Klaus, my Christmas story, polished it up and zipped it off to my editor. Next on the list was my 25k novella: A Familiar Kiss.

A Familiar Kiss is outlined and prepped. A strange incident in the library prevented me from getting past the roughed out 215 word blurb. I had a young soldier ask me (completely at random) whether I was any good with math. When I told him yes, we spent the next hour or so working through his college homework. It felt good to give back to those who give us so much.

What can I tell you about A Familiar Kiss? It involves witchcraft, old allies and enemies, demons, and a blood legacy spanning generations. I love the characters. The home of our hero resembles the Koln cathedral, and I’ll post some images as we go along.

My sketchbook is filled with architectural elements, and personality tidbits. It should take a minimum of eight days to complete. That will push me into NaNoWriMo, but I don’t mind. My goal would be Sunday, but we’ll see.

Since I have nothing from my current WIP, here’s something from Primal Heat to tide you over:

“You know what I think?” His lips hovered close to hers.

“No. What?” She couldn’t stop the breathless hush of her voice.

“I think you want to kiss me.”

She pressed the barrel of her weapon under his chin. His lips thinned and a muscle on his cheek tightened, but other than that he could have been carved out of stone. “I said. Back. Off.” She pushed harder.

The Other Klaus

In #amwriting on October 26, 2011 at 8:25 am

I have completed and submitted my Christmas short story, The Other Klaus. Can’t wait to find out what my editor thinks. Blurbage will be on hold until I get the okay from the Powers That Be.

NaNoWriMo Prep: Word Sprints, IM, Chats, and More

In #amwriting, Goals on October 25, 2011 at 12:04 pm

What to do? What to do? You’ve decided to participate this year. Somewhere along the way, you’ve chosen to write 50,000 (100K, 20K, etc) words in 30 short days.

With American Thanksgiving thrown in the mix, a good number of writers will be stretched thin.

Mario Vargas Llosa once said:

“Writing a book is a very lonely business. You are totally cut off from the rest of the world, submerged in your obsessions and memories.”

I wonder if he would have felt that way had twitter and instant messenger been a part of life in the 1930’s. Technology makes support networks simple to create, manage, and interact with.

  1. Set up a list on facebook of all those friends who are NaNo participants.
  2. Find others on twitter using the hashtag search of #NaNoWriMo, #NaNo, or follow @NaNoWordSprints.
  3. Google Docs: There are people who are writing their NaNo projects in realtime using Google docs.
  4. Instant Messenger (IM): Hook up with other NaNo peeps via IM (Yahoo, MSN, Skype, etc), where you and a group of friends throw massive support to one another in realtime conversations.

If you check out the NaNoWriMo forum, you’ll find regional sponsors, writing buddy requests, word wars, and the ever-terrifying Day One Ridiculous Goals (DORG). Can you believe that several people have actually pledged to write 50K words on Day One? I won’t even get into the near impossibility of that goal, and I definitely wouldn’t bet a cookie-free year as a consequence of failure. *shudder*

I write romance, so there are a couple of sites I haunt:

NaNoWriMo Forum topics of interest (Freeware caution: always scan free downloads of anything for viruses and malicious intent.):

Great References:

  • Lynn Viehl/S.L. Viehl of Darkyn and Stardoc. Her site is FULL of encouraging and helpful writerly advice.
  • NaNoFiMo: National Novel Finishing Month has a ton of helpful documents, excel sheets, word count trackers, etc. (Edited to update with a new link)
  • Writer’s Digest article on why you should participate in NaNoWriMo.
  • Resource links to various NaNo articles.

Keep Writing!

Dawn

NaNo Prep 2011:

  1. NaNo Prep 1: Story Ideas and NaNoWriMo site account settings
  2. NaNo Prep 2: Word Tracking and Outline Creation
  3. NaNo Prep 3: Word Sprints, IM, Chats, and More

NaNoWriMo Prep: Tracking and Outline

In #amwriting, Goals on October 24, 2011 at 3:04 am

It’s day two of NaNoWriMo Prep and I’m just getting started. I’m 2k away from finishing my Christmas short: The Other Klaus.

That will give me another week or so to polish up and send my witch story. Hopefully I’ll hear back on my Primal Heat by November 1st.

So what will I do in preparation for the next novel?

  • Set up character sheets and world-building reminders for book 2 in the Sheon Wars series.
  • Work on my wordcount tracking system (I use a complex excel widget that I’ve been playing around with for years)
  • Outline the novel

I think that’s more than enough to keep me busy for a few days.

What about you? What preparations are you engaging in? If you’re not participating in NaNo this year, what other things do you have on the horizon?

Keep Writing!

Dawn

NaNo Prep 2011:

  1. NaNo Prep 1: Story Ideas and NaNoWriMo site account settings
  2. NaNo Prep 2: Word Tracking and Outline Creation
  3. NaNo Prep 3: Word Sprints, IM, Chats, and More

NaNoWriMo Prep: Story Idea and Account Settings

In #amwriting, Goals on October 23, 2011 at 11:20 am

Hello Fellow NaNoWriMo-ers!

It’s NaNoWriMo prep-time!

This weekend was a great transitional one for me. I am in the process of closing out two projects, and have an additional full manuscript in the hands of an editor.

My family is already used to me writing at break-neck speed. This means November might be less traumatic than it has for the past few years.

Work has become far less hectic than ever. I’m also transitioning from my career to becoming a full-time writer. Before the nay-sayers have a go, let me just say…this isn’t because I want to do it now but because I have to…and that’s all I’ll say about it.

This weekend is tying up loose ends and preparation for NaNo. I’ve dropped by the site and registered for this year’s challenge. I changed my region and forum topic subscriptions. I popped in to see if there were any local groups, made a few contacts, and scoped out the site’s new design (verra nice, btw). Then came the part of writing my novel information.

There are so many possibilities. Plot bunnies fought with old stories I’d never got around to rewriting. Quite the conundrum. It wasn’t until I was combing through the archives of images on my dawnmontgomery.com site that I came across this little jewel:

There it was…a lightning strike of inspiration. Feral Intent was a story I’d planned a couple of years ago, but the plot never went anywhere. I kept the image, however, because I was pretty proud of how it turned out. Glad I did! Feral Intent is now the second book in the Sheon Wars series (Primal Heat was first). I was searching for a title, and there it was. How exciting!

NaNo Prep 2011:

  1. NaNo Prep 1: Story Ideas and NaNoWriMo site account settings
  2. NaNo Prep 2: Word Tracking and Outline Creation
  3. NaNo Prep 3: Word Sprints, IM, Chats, and More

What a Month!

In #amwriting on October 23, 2011 at 2:34 am

First the awesome news! A full was requested on Primal Heat, my 67K novel. I turned it in on the 20th. Let the nail-biting and compulsive refresh on my email begin.

Do you know what amazing writing event happens in November? Not American Thanksgiving (though that is DELICIOUS and wonderful!). It’s also not Veteran’s Day (an amazing and wonderful day to thank those who fight for the same freedom of speech that allows erotic romance to be read in the first place!). No…for writers far and wide it’s NaNoWriMo season. That’s right! National Novel Writing Month is upon us! I am a willing slave participant this year! NaNo will not defeat me! Expect updates-a-plenty via my twitter feed and facebook! If you are also participating, give me a shoutout via my NaNoWriMo profile.

I’ve had some interesting changes to my available titles. Anything published with Aspen Mountain Press is no longer available. The grumbles of author and staff discontent dating back as early as 2009 have finally erupted in a volatile situation that resulted in Aspen closing its doors. My heart goes out to everyone involved in this, and I’m deeply saddened. It was Sandra Hicks who gave me my first break. The same woman who encouraged me to chase my dream despite the hurdles in my path. I will always be thankful for that. I wish her well. To my fellow Aspen authors…I wish you all the best in your new endeavors, and will be keeping up on how things go.

Her plight is a cautionary tale to me and all writers out there. It is easy to get overwhelmed and takes only moments to be buried under the weight of too many projects. Make sure you keep yourself grounded, and look at your projects with an objective eye. I encourage you to keep track of your (honest) wordcount in a month. Type it in excel, or keep a notebook by your computer.

Keep track of the zero days as well as the explosive wordcount days. Take a good, hard look. You have days where you are brilliant, and the words pour onto the page, but how many days does that happen? Not every day. Don’t base your capabilities on the best days…base them on your average for the month. Armed with that data you can safely look at your writing schedule and plan accordingly. You can’t keep a stressful break-neck pace without suffering the consequences of burnout and perhaps even health problems.

Aside from a looming move, there’s not much going on in the Montgomery household. Alaska is so stunning. Pictures will never do it justice. You need to experience the full immersion of the senses. I’ll be switching careers very soon, and that’s a scary thought. I’m trading places with my husband so I can follow my dream. Full-time Writer…can you believe it???

Keep writing!

Dawn

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