Friday, July 29, 2016

A Word of Two from Deja to You


A Word or Two from Deja to You~
Hello,
I hope this finds you well and happy. It’s time for another installment of my new and improved blog, my thoughts from me to you.

Within this blog, you'll read about my writing progress and what I’ve learned, see some awesome links for writing in my Blog Hopping, this week's audiobook fave and my favorite pictures which may just be a few of yours, too.

Enjoy!


 

My Writing Process

As a new author, my writing process is a work in progress. The first book Broken Bones was written without an outline, just a brief story line with character descriptions. I have never worked so hard in my life. You would think that I would remember how valuable an outline was as I did teach English for about fourteen years. But, no, I pressed on. 

The next book, Broken Pieces, I did an outline. But, somewhere along the line, I lost my way and the outline became my nemesis. Now, I’m working with Scrivener to improve that. I do like it. I have the character sketches which is nice because now I don’t forget who wears what, eye color, birth, etc. I also have bullet points for the chapters so I’m not as mired down. 

The next book that is not a part of any series will benefit from trial and error.

As for They Called Him Nightmare, I relied on childhood memories, visualizing my men in my mind. Is there an outline? No. Is there a storyline, a reference that I used while writing? No. There are character descriptions because I saw them in my head. I know Kai. I can see him, can talk to him. He’s honest to the point of brutal, but he loves hard. I know Alec. He’s a heartless cold bastard unless he’s with Kai. These two men are beautiful to me, and it didn’t take an outline to bring them here.

As for Scrivener, it’s definitely a learning curve. For example, where are all those extra quotation marks coming from? How do you compile the actual book? I don’t know. What I do like is having everything together. The outline, the research, everything. Everything is all there. That’s pretty sweet. Doesn’t mean my Microsoft Word doesn’t do the job. Broken Bones? Microsoft Word all the way.

As for the process itself, I see the characters, who I want them to be. Then, I think of how they should meet, where. Next, I work on making that happen. I’m a character builder. I love fleshing them out, giving my characters their own people to know and love. You can’t have a story with just two people. Well, I can’t. I need people, so my characters do, too.

Then, it’s time to actually write the story. The tricky parts? The word “that”, evil little word. Watch that one because it shows up when you least expect it. There’s also very and those pesky adverbs. Contractions, or the lack of contractions? What else? Repetitive words. What I do to solve that now is write the words down that I know I have a tendency to overuse. At the end, I scour the book and snip them away replacing those words with better ones.

In the end, I layer. Did I remember to add the details, the images that I saw in my head so the reader can have a peek, too? I don’t want to add too much, though. How many times have I read a book only to realize that the author and I didn’t agree on what the character looked like, spoke like? As a reader, I’ve tweaked the characters a bit in my head and expect that my readers will do the same. I have to allow my reader the space to create the story the way he sees it.

When the book is done, I radio for help. My betas come in, chapter by chapter and rip me apart, soothe me, uplift me or make me bleed. Only now, I actually give them the whole book, first so they can see the plot holes. It’s all exactly what I need. The betas are all different, each providing the essential outlook that will help the book become its best.

My writing process? It’s a work in progress.

The only thing I have to ultimately decide? What’s the best tool to use to make that happen?




Audiobook Fave for the Week!
Don't know about you, but I know my schedule on the daily is filled. With that said, I still want to enjoy reading but don't necessarily have the time. How to fix that? Audiobooks!

My absolute favorite this week is:






More than Everything by Cardeno C!





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Time might not heal all wounds, but with two motivated and strong-willed men on a campaign to win him back, Charlie will get more than he ever thought possible.

As a teenager, Charlie “Chase” Rhodes meets Scott Boone and falls head over heels in love with the popular, athletic boy next door. Charlie thinks he’s living the dream when Scott says he feels the same way. But his dreams are dashed when Scott unexpectedly moves away.

Years later, Charlie meets brash and confident Adan Navarro, who claims all he wants is a round between the sheets. After eight months together, Charlie is convinced Adan returns his love. But when the opportunity comes to be open about their relationship, Adan walks away.

Time passes and life moves on, but when Charlie learns the only two men he’s ever loved are now in love with each other, his heart breaks all over again. Scott and Adan tell Charlie they want him back, but Charlie doesn’t know if he can trust two people who have hurt him so deeply. Time might not heal all wounds, but with two motivated and strong-willed men on a campaign to win him back, Charlie will get more than he ever thought possible.


A MUST LISTEN! This book has it all. There’s love, passion and an amazing storyline. The characterization of Charlie both written and narrated shows the truly great partnership of the talented Cardeno C and the skilled Ezekiel Robinson. You will feel Charlie’s frustration, suffer his broken heart, and celebrate with all three at the story’s end.

I will never forget this one, and neither will you.


Blog Hopping!


Are you a writer, a reader, or just interested in anything literary wise? Well, I have three excellent blogs for you!


Justin McLachlan – 5 Ideas on How to Write Dialogue

Are you trying to figure out the perfect way to write dialogue? Are you looking for the many words to use instead of the word said? Well, don’t. Let McLachlan tell you why as well as clue you in on some other fantastic strategies for writing dialogue in a way that won’t take your reader out of the fabulous story you just wrote.

Kristen Kieffer – 33 Ways to Write Stronger Characters

If you’re like me, you enjoy characterization. After all, the characters are the focus. But, do you have trouble knowing how to fully develop them? If you do, Kieffer has some ideas for you. In fact, she even has worksheets to help.

Now, if you want those worksheets, you will need to download them which will require you to subscribe to her blog. It’s pretty easy, though. Once you plug in your email, you’re done and can wait on more great advice from someone who really knows her craft.

33 Useful Websites You Never Knew Existed

Now, this isn’t a blog. It’s actually an article from Buzzfeed. But, what it has will amaze you.

Do you want to know how many times you’ve repeated a word? There’s a website for that.

Need an online etymology dictionary? There’s a website for that.

Want to print a webpage, but you don’t know how? There’s a website for that.

The word counter makes this article worth a visit if nothing else does.




Pictures! Pictures! 


Classic, but also a little dark and twisted. He knows something you don't.


Tender kisses and a delightful view. 


There's a story there, something wicked.


Of course, there must always be a photo of Jason. There's so many stories for him. 


~Breathtaking~


His lips are beautiful, the curve and bend inviting.


My, how you have grown, and we have all enjoyed watching.


Have to admire the classics. 


That look says it all.


Purple is one of my favorite colors especially when it's wrapped around him.


Lovely


Can you feel the emotion portrayed in this photo? Shiver.


I love a silver fox. Don't you?


The pose, the cheekbones, the sheer elegance - Extraordinary! 


It gives me hope.


Simply marvelous. 


This pictures moves me. 


Stunning. 


That look. It says so much, and I want to hear all of it. 


His eyes are precious.




He's looking into your soul. What does he see? 


A timeless porcelain beauty


One of my favorites!


It isn't so much his look as it is the voice that makes me tremble.


I believe in them. Do you? 


No words.


Young love. It gives me hope.

We all deserve a chance
for hope 
and 
for 
happiness.

Love,
Deja



Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Word, Please~


A Word, Please~
As with anything new, there are learning curves to be had. Thank you for your patience while I've navigated mine.

Within this blog, you'll find a word from Kai Bennu, one of the main characters in They Called Him Nightmare, some awesome links for writings in my Blog Hopping, this week's audiofave and my favorite pictures which may just be a few of yours, too.

Enjoy!



Kai Bennu.

Alec says I have to speak to you, that this will help me socialize more, that I didn’t get enough of that when I was younger. 

Don’t know why that’s important. It’s not like I’m going anywhere anytime soon. But, if I’m going to leave here in a few months, maybe even a year and work with him, talking’s apart of it. Want to work, have to talk.

So, you want to know my biggest fears?

One of them has happened, and I’m still trying to wrap my mind around it. My mama’s gone. If there was anything that scared me, it was losing the woman who’d always been there for me. 

How many people would accept a child, a creature literally dropped off on their doorstep with a cryptic message attached? She still had it among all of her things, things I still haven’t been able to let go of yet. Alec says I should take my time, that when I’m ready he’ll help me take care of it all. Leave it to him and he would have it destroyed. He doesn’t do ties very well, connections other than me. 

But, he loves me, so if it means living here in South Carolina for now, handling his business while I process, that’s what he’ll do. 

First thing I was going to do was get rid of Moniker because I still hate that little dog, but Mama loved it. And, I just can’t let him go, either.  A part of her is there with that mongrel, and he knows it. He looks at me sometimes, puts his cold paws on my thigh, and my heart breaks. 

So, yeah. He’ll be coming with us. Better watch him or Alec will use him for a snack. 
Ow! Damn it, Alec.

So, the note? Well, it still lay in a nightstand next to her bed with other bits and pieces of my history she kept close.

The words?

Watch carefully both the child and those around you. Love him as we will forever. Keep him safe when we could not.

I don’t know why she chose to keep it. Why do mothers keep things like that? Whatever her reason, she did, so I have it, too. As for the people who wrote it, I don’t care about them. They did what they had to do, and I got Veronica Bennu out of it. That’s all that matters.

But, you asked about my biggest fear.

My biggest fear would be losing Alec. For years, I’d never believed I would have someone to love me, to see me the way he does, to be able to touch me. Alec sees me, all of me. I blaze hot with our love, and when I fall, he is there to catch me. 

Losing Mama? It broke me, but Alec has been there to pick up the pieces. He told me about their talk, about the way she just told him what “her boy” needed. I laughed because that was like her. She knew, had always known what I needed.

Now, I do, too.

I need Alec in my life, at my back. I need him beside me as we face what could be years or centuries together. I need his power, his touch. 

I’ve never known need like this.

My biggest fear?

My life without Alec in it.





Audiobook Fave for the Week!
Don't know about you, but I know my schedule on the daily is filled. With that said, I still want to enjoy reading but don't necessarily have the time. How to fix that? Audiobooks!

My absolute favorite this week is:







Sebastian Orwell did the only thing a smart wizard could do when he stumbled upon the wounded Crown Prince: he healed him and dumped him in a tavern where he could continue not being Sebastian's problem. Unfortunately, the prince isn’t content with being alive, and he hunts Sebastian down to thank him personally. Not only is Sebastian stuck with the prince's unwanted affections, he's also confronted by growing evidence linking the assassination attempt to someone from his father's past. Lord Orwell is a lot of things: thief, liar, drunk, and all around horrible father, but Sebastian knows he's no murderer. In order to prove it, Sebastian has to keep the prince alive long enough to discover the truth—a task made considerably harder because the idiot prince prefers wooing Sebastian over securing his own survival. On top of everything, Sebastian needs to save the day without revealing his magical powers and the real reason he hides his appearance. Sebastian had no intention of playing the hero, but whoever is stirring up shit in his country will pay for destroying his quiet life.

THIS book is phenomenal! The storyline and the narrator are a perfect blend, the characters come to life and each has a voice you'll immediately enjoy. Whatever you have to do, whatever you working on, you will finish in no time as you listen to one of the best books I've ever heard. 


Blog Hopping!

Are you a writer, a reader, or just interesting in anything literary wise? Well, I have three excellent blogs for you!

Kimberley Grabas - 71 Ways to Promote and Market Your Book
http://goo.gl/vkwcF2

It's definitely worth checking out. My first book? Epic fail. Why? It's not the writing. That's solid. Excellent publisher, too. What was the problem? Marketing. I didn't have the first clue. Maybe you could use a little help, too. So, give this a read. Can't do it all? No worries. At least you'll have a plan!

Bryn Donavan - 50 High-Stakes Plot Ideas
http://goo.gl/TOKnO7

New writer and need ideas? Veteran writer and need ideas? Just need a place to start so you can come up with a few ideas of your own? Well, this is a great source for some excellent ones. 

Brianne Toma - 6 Eyesores to Chop in Writing
http://goo.gl/9ih0Dw

One of the greatest gifts ever created was an editor. I know. Tricia Kristufek is mine with Dreamspinner Press, and she's a blessing. But, every editor has eyesores, writing issues that keep popping up that drive them nuts. How can you avoid these in your own writing? Check out what Toma has to say. She has a list, and that list is going to really work wonders for you. 




Pictures! Pictures! 

Bet you can't figure out this picture? But, have fun trying!


I love his eyes and the way they dare me to find his secrets.


So beautiful and gracing so many book covers, too. 


Dressed to impress and ready for work! Love it!


Powerful.


Give this man a gun and put him in an action movie! Got it? Me, too!


Hmm.


Love a great profile!


Could you imagine waking up next to this dreamy guy?


Dressed or not, he's amazing. But, put this man in a suit? Divine!


It must be summer break because I'm all about sand right now. 


Art.


There's a story here. You should give it a go!


Happy Innocence!


Now, use your imagination. You know you want to. 


Again? Yes.


Who doesn't love a silver fox?


If you know him, you love him. If you don't, you really need to check out Supernatural. 


His acting range is phenomenal. The way he fills out a suit, awe inspiring. 


Majestic.


I love that cocky smile and the little something extra.


Protecting him while he sleeps? Love.


He's everywhere, and I try really hard to get each picture.


A beautiful man surrounded by lovely flowers? Adam?


Let's keep you smiling! 

Check me out next week!
Love,
Deja