Camp NaNoWriMo 2019 Project

Title: Ash, Fire & Blood

Author: Vesper (Me, obviously)
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Goal: 50,000 words by 7/31
Total Word Count Goal: 65,000

-- Summary --

"Humans seek to control the things they fear and if they fail to control it, they pursue to destroy it."

War is inevitable. After Kaeyara's sole enemy is assassinated before her and his servants misunderstand their final exchange, she is deemed the new Queen of Anaria. Now, she must rule an entire kingdom when all she wanted to do was protect her home from a tyrannical king. With word having spread that King Handibal is dead and an untested Queen now rules, Anaria's surrounding neighbors flock to assess their new potential enemy. Unable to change back into her true form of the Great Phoenix, she must survive the power-hungry Oraclareon, dangerously curious leaders, and assassination attempts all the while hiding the power inside her that grows hungry for release with each passing day. It's only a matter of time before cataclysm strikes and the very future of Anaria now rests in Kae's hands.
It's camp time and I'm both extremely pumped and worried. Every time I've attempted to participate in camp NaNo, I've derailed and stopped writing completely. This time, I hope to finally complete a full camp session so that I am on track with my writing plan. Throughout July, all of my Twitch Streams will have at least a 2 hour virtual writing session where I will be hosting 30-minute word sprints that anyone watching can join in on. Those who just come to hang out are obviously more than welcome to considering that I do tend to love the company and chitchat to distract me from the stress of writing when you're pretty much pantsing the crap out of a NaNo (which is me every NaNo). 

What's a pantser? Well, let's just say pantsers are the type of writers that jump into an idea without fully planning it out and seeing where it takes them. Meanwhile, there's the opposite, planners, who plan their novels and work off of outlines and timelines. To be honest, I tend to be both of them, aka plantser, which means I plan a bit and write vague outlines that I don't always follow to a T. 

Make sure to join me on my writing streams and come hang out (or write with me!). I'd love to hear your project ideas and help motivate you all in getting your work done! 

monday. 4pm-6pm
tuesday. 8:30pm-10:30pm
wedsnesday. 3pm-5pm
thursday. 12pm-2pm
saturday. 8pm-10pm

What are you writing this Camp NaNoWriMo?

[Camp NaNoWriMo: Day 1] Here We Go!

Monday, July 1, 2019

I'm super excited to be finally releasing a novel summary for the first time in a little over a year. It's been quite some time since I last sat down and actually wrote a book and the fact that I can show this off to you guys now shows me that no matter what happens, writing is in my blood. It is a part of me that I cannot ignore. Should I ever stop, it will not be forever.

At the current moment, there is no release date. I will be working on this for Camp NaNoWriMo and spending the following months editing, looking for beta readers, editing, and editing. As I've said in "Planning & Plotting," I'm aiming to start querying agents in hopes to publish this book traditionally. 

With that said, I will be releasing another story prior to this book. I currently have two ideas to incorporate into a prequel which will be available for free upon release to celebrate the upcoming novel. 

How does this summary make you feel? Looking forward to your feedback!

Title: Ash, Fire & Blood
Author: Vesper
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: TBD

"Humans seek to control the things they fear and if they fail to control it, they pursue to destroy it."

War is inevitable. After Kaeyara's sole enemy is assassinated before her and his servants misunderstand their final exchange, she is deemed the new Queen of Anaria. Now, she must rule an entire kingdom when all she wanted to do was protect her home from a tyrannical king. With word having spread that King Handibal is dead and an untested Queen now rules, Anaria's surrounding neighbors flock to assess their new potential enemy. Unable to change back into her true form of the Great Phoenix, she must survive the power-hungry Oraclareon, dangerously curious leaders, and assassination attempts all the while hiding the power inside her that grows hungry for release with each passing day. It's only a matter of time before cataclysm strikes and the very future of Anaria now rests in Kae's hands.


Monday, June 24, 2019

I'm ecstatic to introduce the cover for my upcoming perma-WIP collection of completed writing prompts. The prompts that will be found behind this cover will have been written during my Twitch streams and edited off stream before being published for people to read. 

I've wanted to do something fun for my writing streams, so starting June 27th, viewers who watch my stream and earn enough stardust will be able to spend said stardust and request me to pick a random prompt. I will have an hour to write a short story. Viewers can spend more stardust to add more time to the clock in order to extend the prompt from a short story up to a short novelette. 

Title: Musings of an Eccentric
Author: Vesper
Genre: Fiction (variety of subgenres)
Release: As written
Read it: Wattpad

Writing prompts are great to practice your writing and continue to form the habit of writing every day. With Musings of an Eccentric, Vesper combines all the writing prompts she completes into a single book. Prompts could fall under any genre from Fantasy to Horror or Romance to Paranormal. No story is the same and even a single, simple sentence can spark an entire short story's worth of a tale. 

All prompts are published to Wattpad.

What do you think of the cover and the premise of the prompt story collection? Let me know!

[Cover Reveal] Musings of an Eccentric

Sunday, June 23, 2019

It's been a long time since I last wrote anything... a year if I'm remembering properly. However, for those of you who follow my Twitch streams, you know I've been working on a project for the past few months using 4thewords. I'm not completely ready to give a bunch of information just yet, but know that I'm in the process of getting a good summary out into the world to begin the hype for Kaeyara and the kingdom of Anaria. After all, I'm only six chapters in! 

On top of the time spent writing, I also went back to school to study animal behavior with a focus on dog training. With a busy life that includes crazy work schedules, studying for school, and the occasional "me time," it's getting harder and harder to balance all of that with the writing. It sounds like a lot, but honestly, my job is pretty laid back. If there aren't a lot of dogs, the day has a lot of quiet time that I can take hold of and write during. Sometimes, I did just that but a lot of the time, I just get super distracted. That's why I'm setting a plan for myself, some deadlines, if you will. The rest of the year for my writing has been planned out accordingly knowing full well I have the time to achieve it. 

I want to make 2019 the year I get back into writing. I used to be able to write all day and after spending a year without a drop of motivation, inspiration, or drive. So, this will be my plan for all to see! I'll even put it up on my corkboard.

  • 6/21 - edit & post the first chapter to WritersCafe / Wattpad and share to Social Media.
  • 6/24 - have a good first summary written & published for Ash, Fire & Blood
  • 7/3 - post memorable quotes/snippets from Ash, Fire & Blood.
  • 7/19 - Ash, Fire & Blood cover reveal.
  • 7/31 - finish writing Ash, Fire & Blood for Camp NaNoWriMo
  • 8/31 - start edits on Camp NaNoWriMo project.
  • 9/6 - new project announcement for NaNoWriMo.
  • 11/1 - start new project for NaNoWriMo.
  • 12/31 - have Ash, Fire, & Blood ready for querying. 

It's going to be one crazy year. 

Planning Ahead

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Writing a novel is tough. Getting started is always the first challenge an author must overcome and I, myself, struggle with this part a bit too much for my liking. However, once over that hurdle, the writing comes easily and the words fill your blank pages one by one. The next thing you know, you've completely written your first novel after days, weeks, months hard at work to bring your ideas to life. Congratulations on finishing your novel. I have some bad news though, the writing process is about as easy as it gets when you're looking to publish it. 

Whether you're looking to publish through traditional means or self-publish, there are always steps to follow before making your next move. A lot of new authors make similar mistakes and this post should help you find the right path before you go out and publish. I am, by no means, a complete expert in publishing, but this all comes from experience. Learn from the mistakes I and others have made. 

Your first draft is NOT PUBLISHABLE. "What do you mean I can't publish right away?" I'd like to take a moment to give you some clarity. Just because you finished your novel, does not mean that it's ready to be published. The first draft is by far the messiest and ugliest part of your novel. Before you even think about publishing it, your book must go through several rounds of personal and professional edits. Your personal edits should focus mainly on the story itself to make sure everything flows well while you delete scenes and write new ones or reconstruct sentences that just seem off. Of course, you can always edit your spelling and grammar too. 

Get your novel PROFESSIONALLY edited. You did a few rounds of personal edits, so it should be ready, right? NO. The story always needs a fresh pair of eyes -- professional eyes. These editors are experts in their field and can pick up on a lot of things you didn't during your own personal edits. I can't tell you how many times I would edit my own works only to go through "one last time" and find even more things that I had to fix. Fresh eyes will always help, especially when they belong to an expert. 

Market your book! Because you're new to the scene, chances are you don't have a following from an audience of people who would be interested in your book. Frankly, you should start marketing way before you finish your book, but as they say, "better late than never." Use Twitter, Facebook, and even Instagram to get your book out there. Make sure to use hashtags that are relevant to your book and its genre while providing a quality post that could hook your potential readers. Bring out that inner salesperson!

Have an EYE-CATCHING cover. Get a cover done by a professional to ensure you get a high quality and attractive book cover for your book. I know there's that whole saying "don't judge a book by its cover" and while that may be true in some cases, there are readers out there that do, indeed, judge the book by the cover. I happen to be one of those people (though there have been a book or two with simple and not-so-attractive covers that actually ended up being really good), so you bet there are other readers out there that are the same way. 

The road to publishing for a new author is tough and long, but following the advice found in these posts can really help you go a long way and set you on the path to the correct and most successful way to publish. 

If you have any questions you would like answered in a future "New Author Tips" post, please send me an e-mail with them and I will have them answered in the next post! 

[New Author Tips] You've Finished Your Novel, Now What? #1

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Happy book anniversary to Painting Sky by Rita Branches!

Painting Sky
by Rita Branches
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 25th 2016

Summary from Goodreads:
Nobody ever said life was easy...

People pleaser, Jane Skylar wants nothing more than to earn her art degree, start her life, and bask in the bliss of living with her boyfriend.

But things don't always go as planned...

Struggling with her creative side, Jane finds herself in turmoil, often confiding in her roommate - another, more talented art student, Keith Hale. Keith just so happens to be her boyfriend's older, brooding brother. After a devastating breakup, Jane turns to Keith for comfort. But when the lines blur between roommate and lover, Jane's life becomes more complicated than ever before.

When Keith's past comes back to haunt him, their lives all get turned upside down, forcing the truth to surface. Now Jane must fight for what she wants--even if it hurts everyone she loves.

Available on Amazon

About the Author
Rita Branches is the author of young adult and new adult contemporary romance. She published her debut novel in April 2016.

Rita lives in Portugal and has a degree in Landscape Architecture, although from a very young age, her love has been in books. She has a healthy obsession with books, you can always find her with her eReader. She’s been writing for years, but just ventured into the publishing world in 2016.

Author Links:

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Title: A Pack of Blood and Lies
Series: The Boulder Wolves #1
Author: Olivia Wildenstein
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Published: April 18, 2019
Source: Copy provided by NetGalley

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads 

The primal rule of winning: don’t fall in love with the contender.
Three months shy of her eighteenth birthday, Ness is forced to return to Colorado. Even though it’s been six years, and the wolves of her all-male pack don’t recognize her, she recognizes them. People who shun others because of their gender are hard to forget.

Especially Liam Kolane—son of Heath, the crudest and cruelest Alpha to have ruled the Boulder Pack. Liam is as handsome as he is infuriating, as kind as he is punishing, and he makes Ness’s traitorous heart race, which isn’t good. After all, he’s a Kolane. Like father like son, right?
When Heath dies, Liam vies to become the new Alpha and no one dares challenge him.
Except Ness. 
Thus begins a treacherous game. 

The rules: winner takes all…including loser’s life.

Fans of Kresley Cole and Cassandra Clare will devour A PACK OF BLOOD AND LIES


What's me without werewolf stories? Nothing. Nada. So of course when I saw this, I just HAD to get it in my library and in my noggin. Couple werewolves with a strong female lead and it was already a winner.

Ness. Strong, misunderstood female with a shitton of things to prove to an all-male pack of hard-headed, ignorant jerks and the key to my heart. With my love for her type of character, it was easy to like her steel willpower and stubbornness when it came to proving herself. She did what she needed to do to survive, but never really forgot who she was.

The plot was amazing. What's not to love about a woman who's not allowed in the pack fighting to be the alpha whilst also finding out the truth behind her past and losses? The author did a great job at keeping me guessing the answers to the questions behind what happened to her parents and the mystery going on within the pack.

Honestly, the entire time I read this, I was glued to my phone because my kindle was dead. I started reading it at about 2pm and finished it at 8pm. Four. Hours. It took me 6 hours to read the entire book. Normally, a book around this length has me finishing after about a full day of reading (with plenty of interruptions) at work. That's enough proof to show how entirely addicted to this book I was. I'm so utterly excited to continue on with the next book!

[Review] A Pack of Blood and Lies

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Title: Sugar Spells
Series: The Spellwork Syndicate #2
Author: Lola Dodge
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Published: October 30, 2018
Source: Copy provided by NetGalley

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

After her run-in with a jealous warlock, apprentice baker Anise Wise can’t wait to get back the kitchen where she belongs. But thanks to her brush with death, the land of the living isn’t all cupcakes and marshmallows.

Anise’s magical mojo is way out of whack and her evolving powers are stirring up trouble. As the town buzzes with news that Anise can bake deathly spells, unsavory characters start lining up for a taste. They’ll stop at nothing for the chance to use Anise and her witchcraft to further their own plots.

She plans to hole up researching magic recipes until the attention dies down, but then she discovers the horrifying terms of her bodyguard’s contract. Wynn has saved her life so many times, she can’t leave him trapped. But doing the right thing will mean risking death or worse—being cast out of her dream job.

For this witch, justice might not be as sweet as advertised.
I requested this before having read the first of the series, Deadly Sweet. I enjoyed it enough to want to read this book to see where the story would take us. 

Unlike in Deadly Sweet, it turns out Anise grew up a bit. She still made some dumb decisions because of the things she wanted, but the ones she made are mistakes I would probably make if I had been in her situation, not gonna lie. She has gained my respect.

I still don't quite like Wynn because I hate jerks, but the more time spent delving a bit into his backstory, the more I understood and that put me in a weird space. I didn't like him, but I knew why he acted the way he did. 

As for the plot, I felt more engaged in this one than in the first book. There's just something about kicking skeevy creatures' asses that makes me giddy. Things were definitely more exciting than in the first book, so I'm glad I decided to continue on with the series. Luckily, it doesn't end here and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what's in store for Anise!  

[Review] Sugar Spells

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Title: Paper Girl

Author: Cindy R. Wilson
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Published: December 4, 2018
Source: Copy provided by NetGalley
Content Warning: Anxiety, Panic attacks

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

I haven’t left my house in over a year. My doctor says it’s social anxiety, but I know the only things that are safe are made of paper. My room is paper. My world is paper. Everything outside is fire. All it would take is one spark for me to burst into flames. So I stay inside. Where nothing can touch me.

Then my mom hires a tutor. Jackson. This boy I had a crush on before the world became too terrifying to live in. Jackson’s life is the complete opposite of mine, and I can tell he’s got secrets of his own. But he makes me feel things. Makes me want to try again. Makes me want to be brave. I can almost taste the outside world. But so many things could go wrong, and all it takes is one spark for everything I love to disappear…
When it comes to books regarding anxiety or panic attacks, I read with caution. Some may ask, well why would you read something that could trigger you? I read things like this to see if I can find books that could help others who don't suffer from these things understand instead of romanticizing the mental illness. 

Zoe suffers from Agoraphobia, anxiety, and panic attacks, otherwise known as the paper girl. She doesn't leave the house and hasn't in about a year. Because of this, her family relationships are a bit strained. I loved Zoe and felt for her during her panic attacks, she was a nice, well-rounded character. Throughout her narration, she talks a lot about paper, calling herself a paper girl, hence the title. The thought of her love for paper on top of her issues was poetic, for sure!

Jackson, however, had me a bit dumbfounded. He would constantly make comparisons between Zoe and the girl he talks to online without actually connecting the dots until the story was ready to move forward with that. The entire time, I was wondering how a character who we are told is smart as hell, Valedictorian smart, can't put two and two together. It was just mind-boggling. 

As for the overall story, while it was beautiful, it was also extremely predictable and underwhelming. Happy endings are great and all, but it made it predictable. Is it too much to ask for a book like this to follow someone who doesn't necessarily make it there at the end, but is happy with their progress and is going to continue getting toward their end goal? Everyone got a happy ending, too. Maybe I'm a sucker for endings that are more bittersweet. I was going to give it a lower rating, but I'm adding an extra point because the book did make me cry a few times (that's a good thing). The book itself put me at borderline panic attack mode, but I did it and enjoyed the book. However, because of this, I've placed a content warning for those who suffer anxiety and panic attacks. 

[Review] Paper Girl

Saturday, March 2, 2019