Dawn Montgomery

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Rest

In #amwriting, Challenges, Goals on February 12, 2012 at 10:16 am

It’s another check-in day. We’ve been unpacking boxes, rearranging furniture, and all the crazy that comes with moving. My nighttime writing sessions have been a no-go since I’m usually too exhausted to stay awake. ๐Ÿ˜€ I finally had that day or two of rest I’ve needed since this adventure began back in January. Three days in a row of sleep for 12 hours at a time (which may or may not be due to having MY BED back -and/or- bone weary exhaustion). Yep, I think I’m finally rested. Last night was a seven hour sleep fest so I’m definitely back on track. ๐Ÿ˜€

So what did I accomplish this week?

  • Got the kids all their shots and back in school (YES!)
  • Won a contest for a $25 Amazon gift card. OMG how awesome! Thank you Evanne!
  • Unpacked most of my bedroom. I now have a desk and place to write YAY!
  • Worked through a plotting issue with A Familiar Kiss
  • Submitted Destitute and Undead to Entangled Publishing (the pitch win)
  • Became a Coffee Time Romance author (so cool!)
  • Thief‘s outline was completed.
  • Entered another pitch. Will find out next week if it’s selected by an editor for an online live pitch session
  • No Dragon, No Problem is at 6323 of 20k (started it on 3 Feb, I need to get in gear!).
  • Created my author page on Amazon.com
  • Joined up with the Platform Building Campaign
  • Updated my website, the books section on this one, and my work in progress page
  • Only produced 3k words this week (thank you #1k1hr on twitter!). Not good, but I’m giving myself a break and calling it a planning/spring cleaning week

You know, I think that’s enough for any writing week. No wonder I was so tired.

So what’s on the agenda for next week?

  • Complete A Familiar Kiss and get it to my editor by the end of V Day
  • Complete No Dragon, No Problem
  • Complete Chapter One of Feral Hunger/Primal Intent (the title gods are debating on this one)
  • Complete Chapter Two of Enraptured

What are the goals for the rest of the month?

  • Complete one chapter ea on two novels per week
  • Submit Chloe’s Kiss to the submission call
  • Finish and submit Thief and A Clockwork Conspiracy (this one’s tentative)

Guess I’d better get on the ball. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll be running several #1k1hr throughout the day, every day, from my twitter account. You’re welcome to follow along. I use Tweetdeck so I can create a #1k1hr column. This shows me any time another group is running.

Goals for the week:

A Familiar Kiss Rewrites
No Dragon, No Problem
Enraptured Chapter Two
Feral Hunger/Primal Intent Chapter One

That’s it for me!

Keep Writing!

Dawn

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Edits are done

In Write Talk on January 19, 2012 at 9:08 pm

First round of edits completed for Primal Hunger. Edits in a novel are a bit rougher than I’m used to. There’s definitely a formatting learning curve for EC. I’m adapting and taking notes. ๐Ÿ˜€

Now it’s time to work on another book.

Which one? Ah, now that’s the question. I think it’ll be tearing apart A Familiar Kiss and getting it ready for my other editor.

Keep Writing!

Dawn

Day 2, and I’m home…

In #amwriting, Challenges on January 18, 2012 at 5:52 am

Writing this post a day early so I can spend tomorrow writing without internet. I have about 15 pages of handwritten notes to transcribe. Edits for Primal Hunger have dropped in my lap. Reading the book again was such a treat. Azros is hawt.

My list for January is simple:

* Primal Hunger edits *

*Finish A Familiar Kiss rewrites and submit to editor*

* Finish and polish Enraptured for submission *

Now onto other news. We’ve done it. We’ve moved from Alaska to Texas. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll be working my butt off to get more books out there for you guys. Thank you for the awesome comments, emails, and instant messages I’ve received. You guys are amazing.

To answer a few questions…

Yes, there will be more Kitchen Witch books. No dates yet, I’m afraid.

I won’t revisit the Bound universe. It was one of my first walks into paranormal, and I didn’t like the limits I put on the universe.

There’s been a lot of interest in a possible Hellhound series. Just wanted to let you know I’ve heard ya!ย  I’ve got several books planned for this year, so I’ll have to put it on the backburner for 2013.

There are several titles that used to be available through the now-closed publisher, Aspen Mountain Press. I have no interest in resubmitting them to a new publisher, but the plan is to edit and expand the stories to release as free reads on my website.

Keep the questions coming. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll answer them as soon as I can.

Keep Writing!

Dawn

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Time Flies, 2011 in Review

In #amwriting on December 28, 2011 at 2:24 am

I’ve heard it said that a mother’s work is never done. This month has flown by! Here we are, three days from the new year. How did it happen so quickly? I’m currently working on Enraptured, a co-written series with the incredibly talented Lacey Savage. It’s coming along nicely. A Familiar Kiss is near completion. My goal is to have it and Nexus to my editors before the New Year. Primal Hunger’s cover is still phenomenal and I’m so thrilled to see my name on an Ellora’s Cave cover. Just amazing.

January brings me to Alaska with my family after a 15 month deployment. It’s hard knocks for a while, and injuries make recovery difficult. There are some pretty bad moments for a while, but I channel all that fury and uncertainty into the series that would become the Rift Wars. My injuries put me into a medical evaluation system. Lots of red tape and paperwork to sort through.

February and March are touch and go, health wise. So many medical appointments and briefings. I learn to adapt to a new lifestyle, and find alternative sports options. My sons and I realize we are really great at archery. I learn to ski, and Rift Wars becomes an obsession. I’m now writing several hours a day. Oh how I had missed writing…

April rolls around and I get back into the writing game. Send out a few submissions, receive amazing feedback (but no bites), and realize that my writing had changed significantly since my return from overseas. My work was darker and less apologetic. I receive some amazing fanmail that keeps me going.

By May and June the family helps me realize there is no going back. My life had altered, and we had to figure out what was going to happen next. I need a new career. After talking it over with SuperChef (husband), weย  come to the conclusion that it is now or never. Time to get moving again on the writing train.

In July, I contact Lacey Savage about a crazy book series idea. We iron out the details and decide to go for it later in the year. So I set my sites on a publishing company I’d wanted to be a part of from the beginning: Ellora’s Cave. First novel submission is a feedback rejection, and I immediately begin working on the next submission.

By August,ย  Primal Hunger is submitted to an editor at Ellora’s Cave and a full is requested in less than a week. Insert OMG and Squee fest. My second novel submission ever, and it’s showing promise. Now to get it all polished up and pretty. My annual Holiday short submission is away to Changeling Press and approved. I love the winter contest they have every year.

September: The Other Klaus is written, polished, and submitted. I start working on Feral Intent, a sequel to Primal Hunger. The Other Klaus is accepted. WOOHOO!

October/November blend together in excitement and incredible change. Primal Hunger is accepted (and title is changed from Primal Heat to Primal Hunger). Contract information is completed, and I get to announce to the world that I’m an Ellora’s Cave author!ย  SuperChef celebrates record-breaking traffic on his recipe blog. He’s getting some serious acclaim from several incredible cookery sites. I get notice of a pending retirement. My career as an Airman is almost over. With that comes an emotional rollercoaster of epic proportions. Fourteen years. <Poof!> The family and I agree to settle down south where the weather is less intense. We settle on San Antonio, Texas.With two days to spare, I complete NaNoWriMo for the second time, ever. I get together with Lacey Savage and we work out all the details of our trilogy. We decide to start working on them the second week or so of December. Not a bad month…

The insanity doesn’t stop! I begin work on Enraptured. December 10th, The Other Klaus releases. I forgot how much I loved release day. December is tense while I transition from the military (OMG the paperwork…I forgot how much I’d had to sign to come IN. Getting out is just as crazy!). We’re still in the process of packing up a house for the move, house hunting, etc. The first three weeks in January will be just as intense, as we’ll be moving a household from Alaska to Texas. Family meltdowns and worries collide in some pretty potent mixes. Some of the best parts of the month: Christmas… just incredible! I also got to have a wonderful writing session with the fabulous Leila Brown! The Other Klaus came out! And I was just naughty enough to get a little extra in my stocking this year.

Throughout the year, I celebrated a ton of wonderful releases by my great critique partners, Kim Knox and Lexxie Couper. Don’t believe me? Check out Kim’s Smokin’ Hot Planetary Bodies series, or Lexxie Couper’s Sizzlin’ Ty the Sexy Dragon novella.

So what’s in store for 2012?

January will be busy. Enraptured will be finished, edits for Primal Hunger are expected, we’ll be moving to Texas (yikes!), and looking for a house. Internet will be sketchy, but that’s why the book gods created Barnes and Noble. My oldest son and I are getting our hair dyed something ridiculous, and I’m getting my fingernails done in funky tips as a retirement gift to myself.

In February I have two books releasing from Changeling Press. Will give you more information as soon as it becomes available. I officially retire as a Technical Sergeant of the United States Air Force at the end of the month. The kids get back into school. The new life officially begins. Despite the change in income and such, I expect it to be much like the old life…only more writing. And no more asking permission to go on a road trip. Or filling out paperwork if I want to go to Oklahoma. Or sending other men and women to war in my place b/c my body can’t do it anymore. Hmm. So far, I see far more positives than negatives. Enraptured should be polished up and submitted. By then, we’ll be working on the final book in the trilogy.

I have five books planned through May. Primal Hunger is slotted to release some time early 2012.

May your 2012 be prosperous, awe-inspiring, and non world-ending. ๐Ÿ˜‰

See you in 2012!

Keep Writing,
Dawn

Cover Love

In Publishing News on December 6, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Will you get a load of this? Primal Hunger has a rawr cover.

What do you think? Delicious, huh? No date for release yet, but I’d expect an early 2012 launch. ๐Ÿ˜€

In the meantime, I’m working on two novellas: A Familiar Kiss and Nexus. Both are making me growl with frustration atm. I keep getting distracted with the looming move. 34 more days until I say goodbye to the EDJ/Alaska and hello to Texas/full-time writer.

I would say that I’m going to miss all the traveling, but to tell you the truth…I just want to spend some time with my family and do the mom thing. I’ve missed so many things. Globe-trotting is fun, but the cost just isn’t worth it to me any more. Muah! Enough of this seriousness!

The Other Klaus comes out this week! I’ll post the release on Friday!

Keep Writing!

Dawn

Primal Heat is now Primal Hunger

In #amwriting, Publishing News, Sale on November 14, 2011 at 10:06 pm

I can finally share my great news…

Primal Hunger (formerly Primal Heat) has been contracted.

Yours truly is an Ellora’s Cave Author!

Celebration! Confetti Canon!

Back to writing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Dawn

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:

โ€œYou know what I think?โ€ His lips hovered close to hers.

โ€œNo. What?โ€ She couldnโ€™t stop the breathless hush of her voice.

โ€œI think you want to kiss me.โ€

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. โ€œI said. Back. Off.โ€ She pushed harder.

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
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