Oh, boy, here we go!
It's CampNaNoWriMo time!
Man, I love the NaNo months. April, July, and November get me so hyped every time they roll around. April, especially! The first NaNoWriMo that I ever started AND completed was April 2015, just a few months before my daughter was born, and I was so proud of myself that I couldn't sit still! Since then, I've participated in every Camp month and every NaNo-November. I really find them to be inspiring in a way that keeps me motivated and pushing through to the very end.
This time around is no exception. I am so pumped for this April's Camp! I have already planned, plotted, and am patiently waiting to start my new project. I'm going full-on novel length with this one, tentatively titled "11 rules." I've laid out a monster plot, and I think that this book is going to be my biggest yet, leaving Tea Witch's 69k words in the dust. I filly expect this story to grow legs of its own and take off without me. But it's such a good, twisty, entertaining story that I think I'll let it.
I plan on doing weekly blog posts on my Camp progress, just like I did during November 2020 (you can read those here!). I'm all about documenting things, and Camp gives me the perfect excuse to check out my progress. Expect posts to come out on 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, and a wrap-up post on May 1st!
Man, April needs to hurry up and get here, because my fingers are absolutely itching to dig into my new story!
For the past little bit, I have been working extra hard on getting my next novella written, edited, and ready to hit Amazon. This third story has been my longest novella so far, clocking in at over 30,000 words! I joked to my husband that if I had written just a bit more, I could have made it into a full-on novel! What a crazy concept!
My third novella, called Frost and Flame: A Love Story, is currently up for preorder on Amazon and will go live on March 30th, 2021!
This story was so much fun to write! It features Victoria, a hot-headed, quick to action fire mage who is excited to complete the Trials, which is a series of tests that every acolyte must complete. However, things get complicated when she is unexpectantly paired up with Samuel, a quiet, reserved ice mage who seems like her opposite in every way.
And they hate each other.
Together, they must complete four trials to assemble the device to send them home, but tensions are quick to rise. And feelings that were long buried start bubbling up to the surface. They must learn to work together and trust one another, or return to the Arcane Institute with their Trials unfinished, forever shamed.
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I know that I say this a lot, but I LOVED working on this story! I have actually been working on it for a few months. Between moving and illness and family-related stumbles, this story took a long time. But I got to do a lot of fun things this time, like creating monsters, challenges, riddles, and more for Samuel and Victoria to overcome. It's very much a story of change and growth, and the blossoming romance that grew with the characters made everything so much sweeter.
I really hope that you all end up loving this story! If you do, make sure to leave a review when you're done. And, if you want to read more of my work, check out The Sorcerer's Apprentice and Breaking the Lovers Curse, both available on Amazon and free to read with KindleUnlimited!
I don't know about you, but I have been looking forward to SPRING! I've got the winter blues for real, and in West Virginia, the cold is so strong that it seeps into your bones and gets stuck there. I've been so desperate for sun and warmth that I've taken to writing by an open window on sunny days, because even though its 40 degrees outside, I can at least feel like it's summer!
But before we get to summer, we've got to hit Spring!
Other than the waves of pollen that mess up my sinuses, Spring is my favorite season. I love to feel the weather change and the air turn warmer. Spring rains are my favorite things to watch for hours on end. And planting seeds and tending to my garden is my favorite thing to do outside of writing. In fact, I've already started a few seeds for this year's garden, and I'm already nurturing a few sprouts!
Spring is amazing.
And Spring officially starts on March 21st, the Spring Equinox.
The Spring Equinox means a lot to many people all around the world. Humanity has always watched the sky for signs, and watching the sun rise into the sky with the warming of the earth always heralded good news. The spring equinox not only signified that warmer weather was coming, but that crops would start growing and the world would bloom. Food was coming in all shapes and forms, and it was a wonderful reason to celebrate!
For those who are interested in the wild world of witchy goodness, you'll be happy to know that March 21st is not only the beginning of spring, but it's the start of everything! The holiday, also known as Eostara, or Ostara, is celebrated as a sun holiday! On Ostara, the day and night are the same, but after, the daytime lasts longer than nighttime. It's a time for celebrating new life, and many Ostara decorations will have eggs, which symobolized new life. Sound familiar?
I like to spent my Spring Equinox outdoors if possible, even if the weather is colder than I would like. I usually take this time to plant seeds, like wildflower mixes. If I can't be outside, I like to visit local greenhouses and garden centers, admiring the new plants and planning my garden for the year to come. Me and my husband also like to buy up a new plant or two, just for the fun of it!
We also tend to burn a lot of candles around the spring equinox. We burn lots of yellow, pink, and green candles, and we use a lot of bright floral scents in our home. I have friends who will "seed bomb" the places around us by scattering wildflower seeds in open areas, hoping that they will sprout and grown and beautify our world. My own dad will take this time to tend to his garden, turning the soil, adding fresh soil from his compost pile, and preparing everything for his yearly vegetables.
I hope that the spring equinox brings about wonderful changes and new growth for you in your life!
If you like this series, I am going to be writing about the holidays of the wheel of the year for the next bit! 8 holidays stretched out over the year, all with significant meanings to those who practice real witchcraft in their everyday lives. I may write about wild and crazy magic and love, but I also have a deep respect for the ways of old. And it's so fun and rewarding to write about the wheel of the year!
Until Beltane, friends!
Just me, a paranormal romance author with big dreams and even bigger crushes!