It's July 17th and we are a little over 2 weeks into Camp Nano! July is over halfway over, and how am I doing?
I am slowly but surely catching up to where I need to be. I've had some really high highs, with one day ending with 2.7k+ words, and low lows, where I ended one day with a paltry 706 words for the day. But either way, I've kept on and ended up at 23,653!
Not too bad. I'm slowly chipping away at the deficit and I am hoping to be back on track to win Camp next week.
So, I guess you are wondering where my time went this week...
Well, when I wasn't writing, I was working on a new story that's hit Kindle Vella this week!
If you're new here, 11 Rules for Dating my Mortal Enemy has been a side project that I have been working on for a few months now. I originally intended for it to be a trilogy of magical novels, something outside of the world I am building in Thistlewood. But when I heard about Kindle Vella, the brand new program for serials, I figured that 11 Rules would be a GREAT starter story! I love serials and have always wanted to toy around with one, and now I have my chance.
You can find my story here.
New chapters/episodes will hit every Friday, but you can read the first three episodes for free right now!
Wanna know what 11 Rules is about?
The story is about a princess named Lailah who is from a magical town called Soland, a town that is always at odds with Veilside, its magical brethren to the south. When the good people of Soland hear about a coming eclipse, the Kings of both cities agree to a magical marriage between Lailah and the prince of Veilside, a young man named Mikhal. This marriage will solidify a peace treaty between the cities and usher in a new era of unity.
The only problem is... Lailah hated Mikhal! Loathes! Despises! He's not too fond of her, either, if he was to be honest.
The pair have to work together to make this bond work, or they risk all out war breaking out between their beloved towns.
So, while I've been lagging behind in Camp Nanowrimo, it was for a very good cause! I am excited about where Kindle Vella could take readers and authors, and with Lailah and Mikhal's journey just beginning, a whole new world awaits us all!
And now, we can get back to the writing!
With week 3 beginning, I am ready to set my nose to the grindstone and get this story back on track!
Have you heard of Kindle Vella?
Kindle Vella is a new program rolling out for e-readers through Amazon, featuring episodic chapters of stories which are available to read with tokens. Similar to Webtoon and Radish. Amazon made the announcement about the program back in April, sending the author world into a buzz about it.
And the more I thought about it, the more I realized I wanted to dip my toes into the Vella waters and see how it goes!
Honestly, I have always wanted to write an episodic series. I have a deep love for soap operas (blame my mother and her Days of Our Lives addiction), and I remember watching the wild, wacky Passions soap opera back in the early 2000’s. I honestly tried to never miss a show because the craziest things would happen if you looked away!
So, when I heard about Kindle Vella, my mind started turning with all sorts of ideas!
Now, as of this blog post, the program is still in beta and not yet available for readers, but writers can start uploading episodes, or chapters, of their works in progress. And I have started doing that with a side project novel called 11 Rules For Dating Your Mortal Enemy. When the program goes live, readers will be able to jump right into the enemies-to-lovers romance featuring magic, political intrigue, and two warring sister cities, with peace balancing on the shoulders of Lailah and Mikhal’s betrothal.
Once the program goes live, I’ll be posting ALL kinds of links to get you to the project!
And on my off time, I’ve been noodling an idea about a magical, wacky town filled with romance, drama, intrigue, sex, heat, betrayal... You know, a true soap opera! What a dream that would be to write a real soap opera, one episode at a time! And man, that sounds like so much FUN.
I think the Vella program is going to be interesting for authors and tons of fun for readers. I have my fingers crossed that Amazon will release it for readers soon, because I cannot wait for everyone to meet Lailah and Mikhal and watch their love story unfold, one episode at a time. And if you prefer to read the story in its entirety and not wait another week for a chapter, rest assured that once the story has concluded, I will release it as a proper ebook and paperback.
Come on, Vella! I’m ready for you!
Just me, a paranormal romance author with big dreams and even bigger crushes!