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What the heck is NaNoWriMo?

If you are an author, then you’ve probably heard of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). For those who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, it is a writer’s challenge that occurs in November every year. Every person that participates in the challenge has one goal . . . to complete a 50,000-word novel in only 30 days. That’s a lot of writing in one month, and particularly challenging since it also falls around the holidays.

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My decision to participate

I’ve wanted to take the challenge for the past couple of years, but I had other projects to complete at the time. This year, however, I published Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions just in time for me to start a new project. I made the decision to participate in the National Novel Writing Month 50K challenge about a week before it started. I read up on the “rules” and then started preparing for the most challenging task I’ve taken on since I began this writing gig. Considering 50,000 words isn’t quite a novel length for me (all three of my novels are over 100,000 words each), I decided to personally make this challenge about sitting my butt down every day to write. Everything else came second.

Sacrifices made during National Novel Writing Month

Being self-employed, I scheduled my non-writing work around National Novel Writing Month. I actually turned down a couple of jobs in November because it conflicted with my writing schedule. Thankfully, these two small business clients also know I’m an independently published author and were very supportive about this NaNoWriMo 50K challenge I committed to.

I’m also a gamer, so that was also a bit of a hurdle for me. Video games are my main source of entertainment and stress relief. I’ll be the first to admit as an author, that my favorite pastime can also be my biggest distraction. Last month I had to resist the temptation of joining my friends online to play Call of Duty, Battlefield, Destiny, and Grand Theft Auto. My gaming buddies are a great bunch too. Some of them have become very close friends of mine, so disappearing off the PlayStation Network and going AWOL really was a bit of a sacrifice during the month of November. Other fellow gamers understand what I mean. Non-gamers are probably rolling their eyes and shaking their heads. That’s okay, because my gaming buddies were also very supportive of my commitment to take on this task, even though it did mean giving them the cold shoulder for a few weeks. With that said, I did manage to sneak in some game time here and there though. I didn’t want to go into withdrawal and get the shakes, you know?

Turning off my inner editor

With the exception of publishing my very first novel, participating in National Novel Writing Month was the most satisfying and rewarding experience I’ve had as an author. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to “win” this challenge, but the key to building momentum (and avoiding any type of writer’s block) was turning off my inner editor. This is something that I’m really bad at when I’m working on a novel, and sometimes it hinders my progress. Everyone that I talked to who had experience participating in NaNoWriMo gave the same advice . . . just write! Don’t worry about the structure. Don’t worry about the grammar. Don’t even worry about spelling errors or if you’re using the correct word in a sentence. Just get the story written. You can go back and polish later. So that is exactly what I did. And it made a huge difference!

Crossing the finish line

I normally take the week of Thanksgiving off for vacation, so I basically shaved off a week from the four-week challenge. No pressure, of course. :-) I also pre-ordered my “NaNoWriMo 2014 Winner” t-shirt as further motivation to make it to the finish line. Listening to the advice given to me by my peers in the writing community, and “buddying up” with a few other writers, made a huge difference on whether or not I would meet my goal of finishing by November 21, just in time for my scheduled vacation. I didn’t quite meet that personal goal, but after committing to hours of brainstorming and writing every day to the tune of about 2,300 words per day, I managed to cross the 50,000-word finish line on Saturday, November 22.

It’s something I worked very hard on and will display my certificate for completing my very first NaNoWriMo 50K Challenge with pride. I’m can’t wait to participate again next year.

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If you are also an author and have never challenged yourself to writing 50,000 words in 30 days, I highly recommend you doing it. It was the best thing I’ve done for myself in a long time. It really was the key to building momentum for me personally.

If you have also participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time, I would love to read about your own experience in the comments section below. 

Cheers!

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Today, award-winning author and criminologist Jennifer Chase and I are doing a little blog exchange. She’s taking over my site and I’m taking over hers to cross-promote our novels. To start things off I’ll dim the lights so Jennifer can show off her kick ass cinematic book trailer.

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Crime has a new nemesis and her name is Emily Stone. She will continue to hunt serial killers and child abductors as long as they are out there.

This is her life. Tag along with vigilante detective Emily Stone in a first time ever “live action” novel short film. Be sure to watch it full screen, turn up the volume, and enjoy.

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Check out the Award-winning EMILY STONE THRILLER SERIES available at Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes, Smashwords, and most online and book retailers.

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You can find Jennifer Chase and all of her books at:
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The wait is finally over! Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions, the much anticipated sequel to the Amazon bestselling Devil’s Nightmare is now available to purchase worldwide. If you pre-ordered it, Amazon should have automatically pushed it to your Kindle. If not, be sure to sync your device to check for new content.

For the rest of my readers, I’ve included all of the buy links below. If you haven’t read Devil’s Nightmare (Book 1) yet, you can get it for the bargain price of only 99 cents on Kindle to get you hooked. Premonitions is only $2.99. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can still read my books with the free Kindle Reader App. For those who prefer the classic format, the print version of Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions will be available soon on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online retailers, but it is available to order direct from my printer CreateSpace.

Sequel to the Amazon bestselling horror Devil’s Nightmare, I’m bringing fans of the first novel another horrific thriller full of twists, chills, and a shocking conclusion. Two years have passed since Aaron Sanders retired from the Austin Police Department after what the media has called The Saint Hedwig Massacre. He moves his family out of the capital city to start a new life as a small town cop in Lost Maples, Texas, where the population count is updated more often than the murder rate. That bit of reputation is about to change when Aaron is once again caught in the middle of a mysterious investigation that has an eerie familiarity. This time, however, he is certain what is responsible for the violent deaths . . . Or is he?

Evil knows no boundaries and it is up to Aaron to figure out how to protect the residents of his community, and his family, from becoming its next victims.

Now available for Kindle (and Kindle Reading Apps):

Word-of-mouth is the best form of advertising, so if you are willing, I could use your help. Tell your friends and family about Devil’s Nightmare by sharing on Twitter and Facebook, sending smoke signals, or wearing a sandwich board. Every little bit helps. Thank you very much for your support and I hope you enjoy Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions.

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Kindle Books and TipsI’m excited to announce that Kindle Books and Tips is featuring my horror novel Devil’s Nightmare on their BLOG today during my Halloween Blog Tour. Why is this so exciting? Well, for starters, Kindle Books and Tips has a readership of over 675,000. The focus of this promotion is to attract new readers to the Devil’s Nightmare series. The second book in the series, Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions, is coming this Tuesday, October 14.

If you would like to help spread the word, I would greatly appreciate you LIKING, SHARING, RETWEETING, and PINNING this feature on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Be sure to follow the Kindle Books and Tips social media platforms below:

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Facebook: www.facebook.com/fkbooks
Twitter: www.twitter.com/fkbt
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/fkbooks

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This feature will also be a part of the Kindle Books and Tips daily digest. You can subscribe to their email list here: www.fkbooksandtips.com/subscribe.

Oh, and of course, if you haven’t read Devil’s Nightmare (I can’t imagine why :-) ) and are looking for a chilling horror novel to add to your Halloween reading list, check out one of the Kindle Books and Tips promos, or better yet, just click on the image below. Devil’s Nightmare is only 99 cents on Kindle, but if you prefer to read an actual printed version, I’ve got you covered there too.

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Devil's Nightmare Blog Tour

We’re now ten days into the spooky month of October and I’ve had quite a bit of fun traveling the World Wide Web during my Devil’s Nightmare Halloween Blog Tour. On Monday I visited  A Writer’s Journey for a guest post to talk about the top five things I’ve learned as an author. If you missed it, you can read it HERE. You can also check out the rest of my blog tour schedule below.

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TOUR SCHEDULE

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Today, I’m hopping onto a plane and traveling to Canada for an interview at Fear Not The Darkness for a discussion about my horror novels and a little bit about me as an author. I’ve reserved first class seats for you to join me, so hop on board (ahem . . . click on the plane) and enjoy the champagne.

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I’ll see you in Canada!

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Devil's Nightmare Blog Tour

We’re now into Week 2 of my Devil’s Nightmare Halloween Blog Tour. Last week I traveled to Colorado for an interview with author Jack D. Albrecht Jr., and I also announced the Devil’s Nightmare Pumpkin Carving Contest, which should be loads of fun. I’m going to continue traveling around the world throughout the month. You can check the tour schedule below.

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TOUR SCHEDULE

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To kick off the tour this week, I’m back in Texas to take over my buddy Nat Russo’s website A Writer’s Journey. My guest post will cover the Top 5 things I’ve learned as an author. Click on Nat’s Erindor Press logo below to read the post.

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Cheers!

Sharky Teeth

Pumpkin Carving ContestPumpkin Carving Contest

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October 4-18, 2014

A few days ago, during my interview over at An Author’s Ramblings, I announced that I’m going to have a PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST to test your knifing skills. I want to thank Patty Allread at My Cooking Life for this fun idea. Many of you are probably already planning on hitting the pumpkin patches anyway, so why not also enter your Jack-o-Lantern into a contest? If you think you have what it takes to carve the coolest or scariest pumpkin, then I challenge you to participate.

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So, here’s how it’ll work:

  • You’ll slice up your pumpkin and post a photo of you with your work of art to my Facebook author event page HERE or via Twitter HERE. Be sure to name your pumpkin (used for voting purposes) and include the hashtag #DevilsNightmarePumpkins.
  • DEADLINE for submission is Saturday, October 18. I’ll then compile all of the submissions and then include them in a blog post on Monday, October 20 where the public will be able to vote for the best pumpkin carving.
  • Voting will end on Sunday, October 27 and I’ll announce the winner on Halloween.

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I know this questions is burning on your mind now: So, what does the winner get? First of all, EVERY PARTICIPANT IS A WINNER, because everyone who carves a pumpkin and enters the contest will get a FREE Kindle version of my Amazon bestselling horror Devil’s Nightmare. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can still read it with a free Kindle reading app available for multiple devices HERE. One random participant will also win an autographed copy one of my books.


That’s awesome, but what about the grand prize? What does the person with the coolest pumpkin carving get? I’m a starving novelist, so no trips to Las Vegas or big screen TVs are up for grabs. However, I will be giving the winner a signed and personalized copy of Devil’s Nightmare and Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions. Plus, you’ll have the pride of knowing your pumpkin was selected as the coolest pumpkin in the world!

So, what are you waiting for? Start slicing up that pumpkin and post those pics! I look forward to seeing what you all submit.

Cheers!

Sharky Teeth

All throughout the spooky month of October I’m going to be traveling around the world for a “Halloween Blog Tour” in order to help promote my horror novel Devil’s Nightmare and its sequel Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions, which is scheduled to publish on October 14, just two weeks from now.

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TOUR SCHEDULE

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To kick off the blog tour I’m chatting with author Jack D. Albrecht Jr., the mastermind behind the very popular Osric’s Wand fantasy series. We’ll be discussing my upcoming horror novel, a cool pumpkin carving contest, and my frightening cooking skills. Well, let’s get this show on the road, so hop on the tour bus (okay, click on the bus) so I can magically transport you to Jack’s realm, aptly called An Author’s Ramblings, in Colorado. Be sure to be bring a sweater and an umbrella on board, because it might get a little chilly and wet today.

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Enjoy the tour!

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Devil's Nightmare Blog Tour

I’m beginning to pack my virtual bags for my month-long trip around the world for my Devil’s Nightmare Halloween Blog Tour. For those interested (which is everyone that follows this blog, of course), here is the confirmed schedule that I have so far:

Wednesday, October 1
An Author’s Ramblings – Author Interview
Location: Colorado

Saturday, October 4
Pumpkin Carving Contest Details
Location: The World

Monday, October 6
A Writer’s Journey – Guest Post: “5 Writing Tips From Robert Pruneda”
Location: Texas

Friday, October 10
Fear Not the Darkness – Author Interview
Location: Canada

Sunday, October 12
Kindle Books and Tips – Daily Digest Feature
Location: The World

Tuesday, October 14
The Book Mall – Daily Featured Reads
Location: The World

Author Eden Baylee – Book Release Announcement
Location: Canada

Author Steven Montano – Book Release Announcement
Location: Michigan

My Writing Life Away – Book Release Announcement / Review of Devil’s Nightmare
Location: Texas

L.O.V.E.: Lyricism, Oration, Verse, Expression – Book Promotions International Feature
Location: Georgia

Author Ken Hoss – Devil’s Nightmare / Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions Feature
Location: Texas

Friday, October 17
Author Jennifer Chase – Blog Swap
Location: California

Monday, October 20
The Darkness Goes ‘Round – Guest Post
Location: Iowa

Thursday, October 23
My Train of Thoughts On . . . – 10 Statements Feature
Location: Europe

Saturday, October 25
Starving Novelist – Author Interview
Location: Michigan

Monday, October 27
Karen’s Different Corners – What’s New With Me
Location: California


As you can see, I stick to no particular route. Thank goodness these are virtual travels or else my tour bus driver would slap me on the back of the head. As more locations are added, I’ll update this list.

I hope to see you on this tour. And be sure to pre-order your copy of Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions HERE or start with the first book HERE.

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PREMONITIONS (Coming Oct 14) BannerFor those of you who have read my first horror thriller Devil’s Nightmare and have been waiting for Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions, I have great news to share. If you have a Kindle (or Kindle reading app) you can now pre-order the anticipated sequel today. I also have a release date. While the manuscript is still in the hands of my team of beta readers, Premonitions will hit the virtual book shelves on Tuesday, October 14 . . . just in time for Halloween. :-) 

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PREMONITIONS (Coming Oct 14)Sequel to the Amazon bestselling horror Devil’s Nightmare, I’m bringing fans of the first novel another horrific thriller full of twists, chills, and a shocking conclusion. Aaron Sanders returns as the main protagonist in Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions and is now employed with the Lost Maples County Sheriff’s Department. Adjusting to the slow pace of small town law enforcement is challenging for Aaron, but he is once again caught in the middle of a mysterious investigation that has an eerie familiarity. This time he knows what is responsible for the violent deaths . . . or does he? The chimera becomes the least of Aaron’s problems after something even more evil and malevolent begins to unleash its wrath in the once quaint little town of Lost Maples, Texas. Evil knows no boundaries and it is up to Aaron to figure out how to protect the residents of his community, and his family, from becoming its next victim. (more…)