Clara and Ezra 2 year anniversary

Today CLARA AND EZRA is 2 years old —that’s crazy to think about! I feel as though I just wrote this book yesterday, and to date it’s still probably the hardest book I’ve ever written. But it did let me explore darker things and step further into the mystery genre —which I’m super grateful for.

In a little less than a month now, Clara’s next adventure will be available for you to read.

This is just a quick post to say happy 2 years, and thank you to all of you for your support. I can’t wait to share what I’m working on next!

Pre-Order Clara and Daphne today

Good morning readers,

As of today the pre-order for Clara and Daphne is now available on Amazon. The pre-order is for the ebook only –so if you want to read the book on release day, this is for you. The paperback will be available for purchase on release day, December 6th.

If you’ve added the book to your Goodreads TBR list, Goodreads should keep you up to date with purchase links –and I’ll be posting them here, as well.

This is just a quick update post.

Happy Tuesday!

Clara and Daphne Release Date

Happy Monday, friends! Today I’m happy to announce that I finally have some release news for Clara and Daphne.

Release date: December 6, 2020

Pre-order: Coming Soon (should be live on Amazon in the next 72 hrs)

I’ve gone ahead and ordered the proof for the paperback, so that should be arriving soon. That’s really the last thing I need to review before this book is ready to go.

I’ll be posting another update once the pre-order link is live so you can go directly to Amazon for more details on ordering. The pre-order is for the ebook format only –I unfortunately can’t set up a pre-order for the paperback (hopefully one day in the future KDP will let me do that). So if you pre-order the ebook you’ll be able to start reading on December 6th, or if you prefer paperback, you can place your order on December 6th.

November has been my busiest month so far this year as I’m working on NaNoWriMo and also trying to get this book ready for release, so I’m sorry I haven’t stopped by with more updates.

I’ll most likely be doing some kind of live instagram event or Instagram video to celebrate on release day, so you’re more than welcome to join me –and who knows, maybe I’ll be giving out some free copies.

That’s it for now –I should get back to writing.

NaNoWriMo 2020

It’s almost that time of year again!

This year I will once again be taking part in NaNoWriMo. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this challenge, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is a writing challenge that happens once every year in November. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days.

I’ve been a part of the Nano community since 2008. I’ve written over a dozen books (some finished, some un-finished) because of this challenge, and some of those books were from my first series (the Magicians series –literally every book except Cursed With Power has been written in Nano). Some years I wrote entirely new books and some years I rewrote books (like in the Magicians series) that were later on published.

Last year I won Nano with my adult mystery/paranormal novel. Just barely made it to the 50k mark, but I did it. Not with as much grace and planning as I had hoped, though. At the end I was literally staying up late every night just to get words in.

Anyways, this year I’m participating again, and I wanted to share a little bit about my project.

My project this year is currently titled “Aurelia” –this is a temporary title because I couldn’t actually decide on a title (and didn’t want to call it “untitled” all year). Aurelia is actually the main character in the book. I don’t have a blurb or anything yet that I want to share, but I can tell you this: it’s a fantasy/romance novel with assassins, magic and love (the slow burn kinda love).

The idea for this project actually came to me two weeks ago when I was writing down any and every story idea I could think of.

I debated about writing the next book in my current series (A Rose With Thorns), but I decided I didn’t want to feel like I had to rush through writing the book –especially when I haven’t decided what exactly is going to happen just yet.

So out of about 13 ideas, I chose this fantasy/romance novel because I had a lot of inspiration for this one (thanks Pinterest) and it sounded fun. I just want to have fun with my project this year, so there’s no stress thinking about getting it ready for publication and etc.

I’m excited to be diving back in Nano this year, and if you’re participating let me know in the comments what you plan on writing.

I’ll be posting daily updates on Instagram, but I’ll try to stop by here now and again with brief updates as well.

Happy writing, and good luck to those of you participating in Nano this year!

Cover Reveal: Clara and Daphne

Clara and Daphne (A Rose With Thorns, # 3)

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Cover design by: Hell Yes Design Studio

Release Date: TBA (December 2020 – pre order coming soon)

BLURB:

Every rose has its thorn. Every man has his mask.

Daphne Barlow barely escaped from Ninomay alive.

A twisted turn of events forces her to flee to Shadowland. With nowhere else to go, she finds herself living in a safehouse with mages who remain loyal to Stefan. Amongst the group is none other than her lover, Killian.

Killian is faced with choosing between duty and love. Meanwhile, Daphne uncovers deadly schemes and realizes the safehouse is anything but safe. How could she stay here another day, having witnessed unthinkable horrors?

Daphne’s only hope is escaping with Killian. Can he walk away from a lifetime of crime and still be the man she fell in love with?

***

In Ninomay, Clara and Lukas work together to deal with the aftermath of tragic events.

When Clara receives a mysterious letter, her worst fears come to light. The island is threatened again –this time with the return of white roses.

While the Council tries to handle the threat internally, rumors soon spread after Declan is attacked and falls ill.

Clara and Lukas’s investigation leads them back to Shadowland, an island far from home and filled with dangers. With death lingering nearby, can they find the rose culprit before another life is lost?


Cover Reveal Sign Up

Next week on Saturday, September 5th, I’ll be revealing the cover for Clara and Daphne.

I’ve been keeping this cover a secret for about 3 months now, and I’m so excited that in a week’s time I’ll finally be sharing it with you.

If you would like to participate in the reveal -and help share the beautiful cover with me on social media -please please fill out the Sign Up Form. I’ll be sending out the cover to those who sign up sometime on Friday -so you can post to your social media on Saturday for the reveal. Be sure to tag me (@lindseysablowski on instagram or @LindseyReneeR on twitter) so I can share your pictures!

Thank you so much to everyone for the support! I’ve been talking about this book for at least a year now (while it’s been in production), and I’m just excited to be sharing more about it very, very soon.

Right now I am still aiming for a December release -but I will let you know if that changes (hopefully not).

Lastly, in other writing-related news, I’ve really benefited from the break I took this month to recollect my thoughts and relax. I’m more eager than ever next month to jump back into writing -and I already have one secret project (not related to Clara’s series) that is in progress. I’m also planning for the next book in my current series. So while I didn’t write a lot this month, it has been a very product month. Here’s to September being even better.

Happy writing everyone!

Scheduled Break Time (from your writing)

I was so tempted after finishing the 2nd draft of Clara and Daphne to jump right back into writing. Whether to write the next book I have planned (for publication) or to focus on another passion project of mine. But I stopped myself.

Now that my book is finally in the hands of my CP, I decided to take a little break from writing –at least during this time my CP has my book. To take time for myself and catch up on my other hobbies –like reading, video games, and journaling.

Now that’s not to say that I won’t write at all. I do have another project that’s been on the back burner –so I might work on that some, but I don’t want to do anything writing related that may come with a deadline. If I write during this time I just want to do it without obligations. I want to write freely and give myself a much needed break.

Since Clara and Ezra‘s release, I’ve been working on Clara and Daphne 6 days a week –sometimes 7. I didn’t schedule any break time, and when I did take a break from the book it was usually do to being overworked and stressed. From burn out. This certainly isn’t how I want to feel when writing, and it certainly isn’t a healthy way of writing in the future if I want to stay productive and on time with my deadlines.

So as July comes to an end, I’m looking back at all I’ve done these past couples of months and giving myself a break. No commitments, no guilt, no pressure. Just some time to think and relax. So that when my CP gets back to me I’ll feel refreshed and inspired with (hopefully) new ideas. And I’ll be ready to get back to writing this story I love.

Anyways, I wanted to share this because I feel like as writers we work long hours and never realize or admit how taxing those hours can be. We pressure ourselves to keep up with everyone else when really I think we all could use some more scheduled breaks.

As for how to deal with writer’s burn out in the future? I’m not sure I have all the answers yet, but I think smaller daily goals (especially word count goals) and scheduled breaks are definitely key. With my next book I’ll test this theory more and get back to you.

But for now, this is me reminding you it’s ok to take a break from your work. Your story will be there when you’re ready.

Clara and Daphne: 2nd Draft Complete

I’m a week late writing up this post, but on July 5th I finished the 2nd draft of Clara and Daphne. If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you know I worked day and night to make sure this draft was finished. And while I’m still working out some last minute fixes, it’s a huge relief to know the hardest part is finally over.

If you’re interested in how the 2nd draft was completed, what changes were made, and what’s the next steps before publication –we’re reviewing all of that here. So without further ado, here we go!

Writing the 2nd Draft

Oof, writing this 2nd draft was no easy task. I knew by the time I finished the 1st draft I had my work cut out for me, but I underestimated just how much time I would need to complete the 2nd draft. There were some set backs, especially when it came to just not having enough time/energy. Most of these chapters I spent an hour or more working on –rewriting sections, reorganizing, or just changing certain sections.

Writing Programs/Apps I Used

Half of the reason this draft got done was because I constantly sought out new programs/apps to make the most out of my time. I used a variety of apps –several of which this was my first time using. So I wanted to share that with you, in case any of you want to check them out. Keep in mind, I mainly use my MacBook but I do have a chromebook as well (so I have access to some android-only apps).

Scrivener

Wordly

Forest

Google Docs

Vellum

Paper

Pencake

Pure Writer

Changes/Improvements

The 1st draft ended at 87k words, and this one ended a little over 97k. So about 10k was added to the story –some chapters were rewritten entirely (especially in the middle and end sections), Salvatore (a new character we meet in this book) is introduced earlier (than in the 1st draft). At least 2 new chapters were added, and one of the original chapters (from the 1st draft) ended up getting cut from this book.

Next Steps

So, what’s next? Well, once I’m finished fixing some last minutes things, this book is off to my critique partner and then to beta readers. The necessary edits will be applied, and then hopefully I can start looking at a date to release this book.

I already have the cover –which I still need to plan a reveal date for. So more on that soon, but I can’t wait to share this cover with you guys –it’s gorgeous, and it’s difficult keeping it all to myself for now.

I think that’s everything for now! I’m proud of how much this book has grown and changed –and I can’t wait to be sharing it soon with you guys. In the meantime, hope you’re staying safe. I plan on taking some relaxing time (from writing) once this book is off to my CP and beta readers –so let me know what books you’re currently reading that I can dive into.

June Update

Hi guys, it’s been a minute.

I found it so difficult to make time for my website on top of everything else I’m juggling lately. Admittedly I never plan ahead with my blog posts, so I have no one else to blame but myself.

I do have a couple topics I want to talk about, but I’m going to save those for later –hopefully in the next week or two if I finish this book (like I’m planning to).

Anyways, on with the update!

I’m currently at 81k words in Clara and Daphne. The 1st draft of this book ended around 87k, and my goal with this 2nd draft is to reach 90k (or more). I think the past two books in this series has been over 90k, so hopefully I go above and beyond that goal, but we’ll see.

I was keeping track of how many words I added (or deleted) overall with each chapter in an excel sheet. Admittedly I’ve been slacking on that as well, so I’ve lost track on how much I’ve actually added into this new draft of the book. I’ll update it and do the final tally once I reach the end and share it with you guys -in case anyone’s curious to see just how many changes occurred between these two drafts.

Overall I’ve been rewriting and adding in a lot of new material. Some new scenes were added in here and there –a lot in the beginning. One of the new characters is introduced earlier on in the book -which was a fun addition because this character has become one of my favorites.

These last two months have been really challenging. This month especially I’ve been using writing sprints (more on that in a future post) and a variety of writing apps/software to keep myself motivated and focused. Sometimes you just need to change things up or give yourself a smaller goal to work towards to help build back up your motivation.

This is the last full week of June, so I definitely have my work cut out for me. At this point anything could happen -I might finish the book, or it might be another week or two. I’m trying to be kind with myself about this process. That despite being behind on my own schedule, I have other things in motion (like the book cover) so that I can still aim for a late winter release.

I’ll try to report back by the end of the month or start of July with another update. Definitely expect one if I finish this draft in time.

For now I’m optimistic with how this draft is finishing up. I think that’s all for now.

Hope everyone’s staying safe.

Writing on the Bad Days

Today I had a crappy day. As bad of a day as it can get, and there was a moment in the day when I really started to feel the weight of everything pulling me down. I thought to myself that today was a day I couldn’t possibly write because I felt awful, and I didn’t want negative thoughts bleeding into my story.

But later in the day I found reasons to laugh and smile. The entire day wasn’t ruined –my night was actually quite peaceful. Once I finally felt at peace again with my emotions I decided that I could write, and, more importantly, that I wanted to write.

I guess the reason I’m sharing this with you is because we all have bad days. Sometimes they’re really bad. I truthfully believe on these “bad” days when our emotions are all over the place we shouldn’t be forcing ourselves to write.

But if your day turns around or maybe you just have that moment of calmness, I think then it’s okay to write. Even if it’s only for five minutes or maybe it’s only 50 words. You never know, you could surprise yourself and end up writing a lot. Writing has always helped me on the rough days, and sometimes you just need to sit down and escape to a different world with make-believe characters and maybe even magic (if there’s fantasy in your story).

I’m writing this tonight to remind you –and myself– that it’s okay if you don’t write on the bad days. And it’s also okay if you do write on those bad days. It’s really up to you –to listen to yourself and your needs and decide what’s best for you.

P.S. Today I did two different writing sessions. Ended up writing a total of 1,050 words… even though at the start of today I didn’t think I had the energy or focus to write at all.

Keep writing, friends. Don’t give up.