Dawn Montgomery

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March Madness

In Goals on March 17, 2013 at 3:52 pm

2013 has started off with a bang! Writing with Ditter Kellen has been phenomenal. I couldn’t ask for a better partner since she counters my writing weaknesses. 😀 We put in some difficult hours and she’s been a helluva trooper about it.

January

  • January 5th marked 6 years as a professional writer. Has it really been that long? 
  • Haunting Melody St. Claire received a revise and resubmit letter. Rewrites began immediately.
  • January 16th marked the one year anniversary of the day I stepped off a plane and left my military life behind me for full time writing
  • Thunder and Roses full requested this month.
  • The month is a rough one on the home front. Enough said.

February

  • Revision of Haunting Melody St. Claire is submitted and accepted in this month. 
  • February 26th Ditter Kellen became an Ellora’s Cave author!!!
  • Continued writing on Thunder and Roses
  • Another home front rough ride. There’s a pattern developing…

March

  • It took a week to get all the paperwork done on contracts and such since Ditter is a first time author. 
  • Finished Thunder and Roses
  • It was a creative consumption week during the kids’ spring break. It was good to read again. I needed it.

Looking Back

Most of my great commanding officers in the military drove home the importance of physical, mental and spiritual health (not necessarily religious, just spiritual) in the troops. I watched (and suffered through this myself) strong leaders crumble when their families fell apart. When the home front isn’t supportive of the mission the mission suffers. While it may not be fair, it’s true. Strangely enough that follows over into any aspect of your life.

There’s been a growing discontent on the home front that drains me creatively. I won’t say much on it except that it’s a hard road to travel, this writing thing. But it’s worth it. Truly worth it. That’s the bear, huh? 😀

Haunting Melody St. Claire is a big amazing book of awesome. It’s the first book Ditter Kellen and I ever wrote together. It’s also the first book Ditter has written with the intent to publish. We put in long hours to get this book where it needed to be, and even after the contract rolled in there was a bit more work to go. It’s worth it, however. The book is a wonderful read and there’s nothing quite like a seasoned editor saying…you genuinely surprised me with the twist and that never happens. 😀

On the horizon

2013-Participant-Campfire-Circle-BadgeApril begins Camp NaNoWriMoCamp National Novel Writing Month occurs in April and July for those who need the motivation outside November to keep writing. It’s far more informal than the one in November, and this year they’re encouraging everyone to choose their own word count goals. For those who remember, April used to be Script Frenzy, but that had to go due to lack of participation and funding, so it’s been absorbed by NaNoWriMo complete with dedicated forum for those writing scripts. If none of this made sense to you, then let me sum it up…

Camp NaNoWriMo is a writing event that encourages people to reach their writing goals with like minded (and motivated) people. It provides accountability (you post your word count daily to see how you compare to yourself and others in the event) and ensures support when you get stuck. If you’ve never entered an event before, but need motivation to write, take on Camp NaNoWriMo. Oh. Did I mention it was free to participate? 😀  If you’d like to keep track of how I’m doing, here’s my profile: http://www.campnanowrimo.org/campers/auburnfaerie

With Thunder and Roses complete, we have some serious edits to prep it for submission. I adore this novel (it’s Ditter’s First!!!) and can’t wait to see what our editor thinks.

The next book on the list of WIPs is Feral Hunger. We’ll tackle that sweet thing in April. May is Dittercon. Las Vegas is never going to be the same. 😀

Works in Progress for the Coming Quarter

  • Sabian
  • Shift the Night (Dark Talisman 2)
  • Kassa’s Wish (takes place in the Haunting Melody world)
  • Book 1 in an all new angel series (currently untitled)
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September Rain

In Goals on October 5, 2012 at 3:22 am

July

  • Once Upon a Dragon Releases
  • This was my first 4th of July as a Veteran. It was tougher than I thought it would be.
  • We got the new addition to our family…Rocky, the Pug of Romance
  • My mom had a serious heart attack. I was in and out of the hospital with her for most of July and part of August

August

  • Happy Anniversary to my husband!
  • Mom’s condition stabilized and I returned home. She’s stubborn! And awesome!
  • Summer ended. Cousins and brothers went home, school started, and I could get back to writing
  • My dragon series was derailed. Nuff said about that for now.
  • Month of recovery ended with a new burst of energy
  • Developed and executed a Scrivener workshop
  • Completed and Polished To Catch a Fox

September

  • Began writing with Ditter. Having. So. Much. Fun!
  • Started GOT U series with Ditter
  • Sold Witchvine Seduction to Etopia Press for their Hot Halloween Menage anthology
  • Switched to nights permanently (YAY)
  • Went on a mini rant about political bullying on facebook (Summary: Be informed and make your OWN decisions, hype is smoke and mirrors. Get the facts)
  • No Dragon, No Problem becomes an All Romance Ebooks Bestseller!!

Lots of life interruption stuff happened this past quarter. It was tough to maintain focus. A lot of wonderful things happened despite the madness. The last quarter of 2012 will be filled with writing news. You know I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month again this year. I love me some NaNo.

That’s it on the writing front. I hope you’re taking stock of your goals and adjusting them appropriately.

March Madness

In Goals on March 31, 2012 at 12:31 am

I like to keep things up to date, so I thought I’d give a quarterly summary of what’s going on in Montgomery Land.

January:

  • Hits 5 years as a professional writer (time flies, huh?)
  • Begins Round of Words in 80 Days (self-directed writing challenge)
  • Edits for Primal Hunger
  • Become a full-time writer
  • Moves from Alaska to Texas
  • Vacation in Seattle, Washington
  • Receives my release date for Primal Hunger of 3 Feb (on my birthday: Jan 24)
  • Go to a horse ranch with the kids
  • Moves in to the new apartment

February: 

  • Primal Hunger releases 3 Feb (My EC debut and first published novel)
  • Go pick up car in Dallas
  • Continue the Round of Words in 80 days challenge
  • Wins Entangled pitch contest (they have my partial)
  • Large load of our stuff arrives from Alaska
  • Kids start at their new schools
  • Husband gets a temporary job
  • I retire from the military

March: 

  • Finishes No Dragon, No Problem (Submitted and Accepted with a release date of 27 Apr)
  • Wins Harlequin Presents pitch contest. A full and synopsis is requested
  • Submits Presents partial
  • Receives second (and much smaller) load from Alaska
  • Sets up a PO Box (Yay, professional address!)
  • Posts on Sidney Bristol‘s blog
  • Putters out on the Round of Words challenge
  • Edits for No Dragon, No Problem
  • Joins a FANTASTIC group on Facebook called According to Ditter. Just awesome!
  • Signs up for the next Round of Words in 80 days.

Quite a busy quarter, eh? Two books down, eight more definites to go this year. 🙂 I’ve agreed to write four more dragon books (Once Upon a Dragon is my current work in progress). Feral Hunger and Ravenous Hunger (both working titles) conclude the Hunger trilogy. And finally, a novella that involves beauty and the beast…but not in the way you’ve ever imagined. 🙂

So what other projects do I have brewing? A Familiar Kiss is almost done with edits. I finished Rise of the Wolf on the 29th of March. A synopsis and polish are needed before I submit it. My Nightmare Gale trilogy is going strong. I don’t plan to have those done until close to October/November time frame.

Other than that, I’m writing in 20 minute sprints with 20 minutes up and around. I’m in the pool two-five times a week. My back is already thanking me (and so are my jeans…LOL!).

In April we’ll celebrate the release of No Dragon, No Problem. I’ll have a guest here on April 2, 2012 (the incredibly talented Tina Donahue! with a contest RIGHT HERE…so stay tuned!). I’ll keep you all posted on the status of my other submissions. There will be a fantastic contest on the According to Ditter reading group (on Facebook, just look up Ditter). My order of submission for the next few projects (please note that submission date does not equal release date) are as follows:

  1. Rise of the Wolf (m/m/f … a wolf, a cougar, and an empath walk up to the roof…)
  2. Once Upon a Dragon (m/f … What does a princess do when she wakes up chained to an incredibly sexy man who tells her he’s a fictional beast?)
  3. A Familiar Kiss (m/f … A witch without a familiar is like a living timebomb of magic. What happens when a blood brother’s demon summoning sets it off?)
  4. Feral Hunger (m/f … She is the enemy. He is damaged. Their mating should have been impossible.)
  5. Dragon Begone (m/f … WTF Dragon book 3)
  6. Taming Beauty (m/f/m … What would you do to save the humanity of a woman? Sometimes beauty hides the darkest beasts of them all. Dark BDSM wicked fairytale.)

Of course, this list is subject to change at any moment!

Keep Writing!

Dawn

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