2017, Day 4: What I’m Working On Now, Winter 2017

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New year… new plans…

So what’s coming from me, book wise, this year? I have some seriously ambitious plans, but we’ll see if they come to pass. Here’s what the plan is though. It is kind of novella heavy, but those are quicker and easier to write (usually!), and I have some I’ve been itching to get to.

A big chunk of this depends on how quickly I can get this current WIP done and into a writing-full-time-from-home groove. I’m also in the process of learning how to use dictation and transcription (both via DragonDictation) to improve my speed and am also looking at one of those pens you write on paper with and then it flips it to your computer in digital format. Somehow. I don’t understand how it works, just that it does. 😉 I’m hoping with all of those, I can speed up production. If so… who knows?! It could all come faster :D.

I do have a friend who dictated (via Dragon) FOUR. FULL. FIRST. DRAFTS in November. FOUR! Like three more than one. Full 70-75K drafts (which is about what my first drafts are though I shoot for 85Kish for my final drafts – the rest comes in edits). So yeah. Dictation. Working on it. 😉

Anyway… the tentative plan…

  • January or February: Glimpsing Hope (Christopher Bayfield) – look for a newsletter with release information later this month!
  • February or (early) March: Beauty and the Beast with a twist! (novella set in a BRAND NEW fictional country)
  • March or April (or even May, sigh): Reclaiming Hearts (Prince William of Mevendia)
  • April: Dare You (novella set in Serenity Landing with connections to Montevaro and the new royalty series coming later; this one is done and should release regardless of Reclaiming Hearts )
  • May: Lifeguard novella
  • June: Historical novella set in Mevendia and Ravenzario
  • July: Historical novella set partially in Mevendia
  • August: Grace to… (untitled full length sequel to Grace to Save; also opens on 9/11)
  • September: Novella to complete Mevendia novella collection
  • October: Christmas novella (I already have the cover! Oh. My. Lands. I love it!)
  • November/December: Heart of a Prince (full length first in the new royalty series! Picks up with Jordan from Dare You as soon as it ends – I already have this cover, too, and LOVE IT! And the prologue makes me cry – Every. Time. I read it.)

So there we go. Ambitious, but hey – if you shoot for the stars and miss, you could still hit the moon ;). Yeah. That’s it :D.

June 2017 #Kindle #Sale & #Giveaway

Whew! If it hasn’t been one thing, it’s been another!!! Hello flight delays! And WordPress not taking my password (but thanks to GoogleFu, I now know how to reset it from the back end – as well as get rid of the login blocker). And swollen ankles (thanks to conference room chairs and small airplanes and flight delays that leave you standing for 2.5 hours). Getting the pictures and graphics to cooperate? Madness I tell you! Seriously – these are not my best work, but I think they’ll get the point across ;).

And sheer exhaustion from all of it!

But here it is! I’ve had a sale going on for a couple of days now! It runs through Friday, June 9.

So, between now and then, we’re doing a giveaway! All of the prize packs below include a paper copy of:

  • Discovering Home
  • Glimpsing Hope
  • Reclaiming Hearts

Why? Because I FINALLY got the paper copies in and so I can! YAY!

Entries are simple.

If you’re on Facebook:

  1. Join the new Facebook Reader’s Group (you will have to be approved, but that’s just a matter of me or my assistant getting to it :)). Check out the latest newsletter for more information about it – and all kinds of other goodies!
  2. Like one of the posts about the giveaway on the Carol Moncado Books page
  3. Comment on one of the posts about the giveaway on the Carol Moncado Books page
  4. Share one of the posts about the giveaway from the Carol Moncado Books page

If you’re not on Facebook, comment here and let us know that you’re not :). (If you’ve never commented before, it’ll go into moderation – this is a one time thing and should you ever comment again with the same email address, you’ll be good to go! I’ll get to them asap!) Winners will be announced here on the blog next week. Unfortunately, the physical prizes are available to US residents only. However, the gift card option is available to anyone capable of receiving an Amazon gift card.

Entries close at 11:59pm June 9.

Prizes!

This plush ladybug is ADORBZ! My kids have begged me to keep it ;). The pencil pouch is pretty cool too! AND I just got the paper copies of Serenity Landing Second Chances in, so every winner gets those!

This yarn is hand dyed by my friends at Show Me Yarn! They do FANTASTIC work! In fact, they’re the ones that inspired all of the heroines in the Serenity Landing Second chances series!

The yarn pops are small skeins you can do fun stuff with! The Candy House Sweet Shoppe Self-Striping is probably my favorite (Etsy listing for a closer look). And the Riverside Inn is from the cover of Glimpsing Hope. I promise it’s the same! But the picture on the front cover is before they re-skeined it. (Etsy listing for a closer look.)

Each of the heroines in Serenity Landing Second Chances does their part to help set trafficked women free by supporting FreedomWorks! This fabric yarn (about 1″ strips) is made by these women, giving them a way out of a life they likely had no choice in. It makes fantastic pot holders or placemats and I’ve seen some other really cool stuff, too!

The winner of this package will get his/her choice of two skeins of two different colors (first choice). I can email better pictures if needed.

This is the same fabric yarn as Prize Pack 3. It can be purchased at Hobby Lobby as well! This is a fantastic cause I hope you’ll consider supporting!

The winner of this package will get his/her choice of two skeins of one color (from what remains after the winner of prize pack 3 has chosen). I can email better pictures if needed.

And the equivalent of a $20US Amazon card for the international readers! There’s two of those :).

Thank you all so much for your support on this journey! I appreciate ALL. OF. YOU!

 

Something New! Facebook Readers’ Group!

Hey all!

So I haven’t blogged much in eons, but such is life :p. I am, however, working on my third book of the year, with a goal of five novels and a novella total by the time 2018 rolls around ;).

Another thing I’ve been doing is trying to come up with a better way to connect with y’all. After seeing what some other authors have done, and I’ve enjoyed, I’m going to try a Facebook Readers’ Group. Click here to join.

There will be book discussions, sneak peeks, book recommendations, prizes, etc.

Below you’ll see the “about” section from the group, but one of the first things I’m going to do is ask for your help!

Because I’m working on the next royalty books and right now it’s filled with names like “SIS1” and “BRONAME2” and “QUEENNAME” – and I’m pretty sure they all need actual names before I can release it into the wide world :D.

That’s where y’all come in!

I need a BUNCH of names – and if I use your suggestion, I’ll give you an ecopy of the book where it’s first used AND an ecopy of the book where that character is the hero/ine! If more than one person suggests the same name, then the first one will be the “winner” and the others will be added to a drawing! (And it’s possible not all of them will get their own book, so no guarantees for two books.) Only suggestions made in the group will count :).

Because I’m headed out of town next week and have oodles to get done before then, we won’t start the regular postings until June 5 or so.

From the about:

Welcome to Carol Moncado’s Reader Group (we’ll try to come up with a better name sometime soon ).

This is going to be a work in progress as we figure out what y’all want and what works with my schedule, etc. Most threads will have comments turned off after a predetermined period of time.

To make sure you don’t miss anything, go up to “notifications” by the cover photo, and click “all posts” – you’ll be notified when a new post goes up :).

Sunday:
General discussion thread for the week

Monday:
Book Club Questions – in the month or so following a release (possibly less for novellas), we’ll post discussion questions about the most recent release. There will be an end date for these discussions that will be clearly posted.

Ask the Author – when we’re not doing the discussion questions, we’ll have an ask the author thread on Mondays.

Wednesday:
On my blog, many moons ago, I did What I’ve Read Wednesdays. Here it comes again. This might be a recommendation I’m making or a call for recommendations from y’all, or a combination of the two . Or just a “hey – what are y’all reading now” post!

Friday:
Teasers! This could be a snippet from the book I’m working on – or the one coming next (if they’re not the same for some reason). It might be a cover reveal or inspirational pics from my board (but, let’s face it, usually it’ll be snippets 😉).

Random times:
New release info!
Sales/specials!
Asking for help naming characters or places, titles, or who knows what!
Etc.

Prizes!
Because there will be prizes! Everyone who participates in the Monday threads will be entered into a drawing for the month. That winner will be announced a week or so into the new month. The winner will have their choice of an Amazon card or autographed paperback copy that I already have in stock (I endeavor to keep all paperbacks in stock at all times but…) – the paperbacks, for the moment, are available to US addresses only.

I do hope you enjoy this group! I’m looking forward to getting to know y’all!

2017, Day 3: Infinitely More

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Happy New Year, all! Hope your 2017 is off to a great start!

2016 was a difficult year for many people. For us, it wasn’t bad. It was pretty good overall. No major tragedies in our family – immediate or (close) extended. In our extended-extended families there were more challenges – like the members of our family who miscarried twin girls or those who lost everything but each other in the flooding in Baton Rouge. That story isn’t mine to tell, but some of what’s happened to them in the last few months is nothing short of amazing – and even miraculous.

As for my writing career, it’s seen some ups and downs – though the downs weren’t BAD by any stretch, just not as good as the good. I was able to quit my day job*, though there were other factors involved in the decision. Writing, and selling, books enabled me to even have the choice to work at home full time.

That said, I didn’t hit all of my goals for my writing this year. Income wise I did fine, but I’d hoped, planned even, to write (and publish) so much more. For a variety of reasons, some in my control, some not, it didn’t happen.

But there was one thing I spent a lot of time doing, successfully, last year.

Many of you may have seen authors you follow or other friends talking about their “one word” for the year. This is a word they believe is their focus for the next twelve months. Maybe it’s diligent or peace or joy or dedication or any of a thousand other words they want to focus on. It’s often paired with a verse along the same lines. I know I’ve had one before, but I don’t see that I’ve ever posted about it on my blog.

Last year, I didn’t post it publicly. I’m not sure I ever made a decision about a word or just kind of thought something in my head. I don’t even remember what it was.

But I began doing, began sort of focusing, on one word – or concept – that really defined my year in many ways. I didn’t think of it in the “one word” sense, until my friend Ginger Solomon posted that it’s her word(s) for 2017.

DREAM BIG

I love that! I love it for her – because she deserves to dream big and have those dreams come true!!! I’m so proud of her!

I dreamed big last year. This year has something else – something beyond – in my mind… a sense of expectation, of anticipation, that made it… more.

Another friend (also named Ginger ;)) was over on New Year’s Day, and we discussed this at length. “Dream Bigger” or “Dream Even Bigger” was kind of where I thought it was headed, but it felt like stealing from Ginger S., though people often have the same word of the year as someone else.

Even after that settled in my mind, I knew it wasn’t… right. It didn’t fit.

Ginger V. and I went through a bunch of options, phrases, themes, etc. that encompassed it, but still none quite fit that sense of promise or prospect I feel God calling me to.

So tonight I Googled (isn’t that where everyone goes when they can’t quite put their finger on something?!) for verses about “God can do anything” – because when it boils right down to it, I can dream as big as I want, but it’s God who holds everything in His hands.

The first verse that popped up wasn’t exactly what I was thinking, but is exactly what I was looking for without realizing it.

Ephesians 3:20
Now to Him who is able to do infinitely more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (BSB, emphasis mine)

The first page that popped had the verse from The Message. I don’t normally use it, but the way it worded the first section caught my eye and sent me digging for the others:

God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! (part of Eph. 3:20, The Message)

I texted Ginger V. and asked her about “beyond wildest dreams” – but it wasn’t until I hit up BibleHub for other translations (including BSB) and I read verse 21 that it all clicked.

Not just more.

Infinitely more.

Not a little bit. Not a lot. Infinitely.

Wowza.

Yeah. That fits.

When you read the verses, it’s talking about giving glory to God – because He alone is capable of infinitely more. Anything I accomplish this year is through Him and by Him and for Him.

And with Him**, I can do and be infinitely more. Exceedingly abundantly above/beyond/more what I can ask or think. Immeasurably more. Above and beyond.*** Like the Milky Way, outer space, in the header pic today.

So my words for the year are infinitely more – because God is capable, and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Phil. 4:13)

Which reminds me… it’s time to get to work ;). Later this week, I’ll be outlining my goals for the year, including an updated What’s in the Works and What I’m Working on Now post.

Until then…sign-off-love-you-all

 

*I had a fantastic part-time job teaching American Government and Politics one or two classes a week (2.5 hours of time inside the classroom per section). Officially, I took the fall (and now spring) off and could go back, but once classes have been given to someone else, it’s notoriously difficult to get them back.

**The Story of With – by Allen Arnold…incredible

***All from other translations

2016, Day 313 or #NaNoWriMo2016 Day 9: Leavin’ on a Jet Plane – Help!

 

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(Scroll to the bottom for details on a SALE!)

Okay – so that plane looks a little LOSTish and I have no desire to end up on a desert island with a smoke monster, a mysterious hatch, crazy Others, Benry, and Desmond.

BUT…

Matt and I talked the other night and it looks like I’m going to two new conferences next year! YAY! They’re the StoryMaster’s conferences in Toronto (May) and Houston (June). Both look fantastic and I hope to learn a lot.

My issue is transportation.

Clearly, driving to Toronto is out. It’s about a 16 hour drive. I’d thought to buy tickets out of St. Louis, Kansas City, or Tulsa, because they have much bigger airports, and I have family in all three who could likely help with transportation to and from if needed.
But then I looked at tickets out of my local regional airport. I can get a round trip to Toronto (and Houston, which isn’t quite as far) for about $400. That’s not much more than flights out of those other cities and MUCH closer to home.

Both directions have one layover, but with the same airline (or regional counterparts). However, there is with one airline and back is with another. Even when I choose the same airline for both sides of the trip (which wouldn’t work out time wise), I get this note on

Expedia:

Your flight is a combination of two one-way fares, each subject to its own rules and restrictions.

When I click more details I get this:

If one of your flights is changed or canceled, it will not automatically alter the other flight. Changes to the other flight may incur a charge.

Question 1: does that mean the leg to Toronto is a one way fare and the way back is a separate one? Or that my flight to Chicago and from Chicago are two separate one way fares combined to make one longer trip and if my flight to Chicago is delayed and I miss my connection, I have to pay out the nose (probably) to get on another flight? How does that work?

When I looked at buying a one way ticket, that note disappeared and the prices were (ballpark) half of what the round trip was. So I’m guessing it’s that the two directions aren’t connected rather than the two legs on the way there or back, if that makes sense.

Does anyone know for sure? Is there any other potential issue? I mean, presumably, it just might affect the time of day for my flights as it appears there’s multiple flights at different times.

Question 2: I’m still six months out from these trips, but these prices astound me. Do I buy them now, or will they be cheaper later?

Keep in mind, I’ve flown exactly once since 1998… :p

SALE!

All of the books in the Brides of Belles Montagnes series are on sale for .99!!!! If you’ve been waiting to pick them up, now is a GREAT time!

Hand-Me-Down Princess
Winning the Queen’s Heart
Protecting the Prince (long novella)
Prince from her Past

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2016, Day 308 or #NaNoWriMo2016, Day 4: Choosing Names

Just a quick note. Hubs had the day off today so we went out to lunch and did a bit of shopping and then did some stuff with the kids then dropped them assorted places, went out for dinner, and birthday shopping, then walked the dogs and went for Andy’s Frozen Custard! Yum!

I also posted a request for names on Facebook. An adorable four-year-old showed up and needed a name. Over 100 of you responded. I’ve chosen a name but a couple of you will win an ecopy once this book releases. Plus I’m making the list in Excel so I can have a WHOLE LONG LIST of names next time I need one ;).

The name I’ve chosen is super special for many reasons. When we get closer to release date, I’m sure it’ll be told. I love the name. I love how the story behind the name relates to the title of the book to come. And so many other things that were already falling into place before this decision was made.

Only God…

But NaNo…

NaNo Yesterday Total Word Count: 3549
NaNo Daily Word Count: 0 (and unlikely to change)
NaNo Total Word Count: 6334/150000
Percent Done: 4.22%
Percent To Go: 95.78%

2016, Day 307 or #NaNoWriMo2016, Day 3: Finding Calendars

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I almost went with “Finding Time” but I haven’t found much of that…

Today was a vet appointment for the new dog, plus a return trip when I forgot the paperwork the shelter gave us. And an appointment next week for a heartworm test because the shelter went by the word of the former owners that they’d been giving him medicine. Our vet wants a test to make sure. Plus a trip to the groomer tomorrow (but I won’t stick around for that obviously).

Then I spent quite some time looking for my calendars for Winning the Queen’s Heart and Discovering Home because there’s some overlap. I finally found them.

Kids are in bed. Time to write.

NaNo Yesterday Total Word Count: 2031
NaNo Daily Word Count: 351 (so far)
NaNo Total Word Count: 3136/150000
Percent Done: 2.09%
Percent To Go: 97.91%

2016, Day 306 or #NaNoWriMo2016, Day 2: Life Happens

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I’m really afraid that’s going to end up being my motto this month.

Last night, I spent several hours doing insane things (like pushups, crunches, and leg lifts) to keep my mind off Kid #1’s district band tryouts. She did well, but only 4 of 15ish tenor saxophones made it – and she was a freshman competing against much older kids. So not this year :(. They didn’t get home until 1130. Because of that and because she wasn’t feeling great, she slept in this morning then stayed home.

It’s always harder to write when people are home. Plus I took her to get her favorite food (even though we brought it home to eat). Then Kid #2 twisted her ankle during Trick or Treating and needed to go to the sports’ medicine clinic to have it looked at. Slight fracture of the growth plate in her right fibula. Brace and rest for the next couple weeks (and two hours of time today…)

I have a vet appointment for the new dog tomorrow (we had a naming meeting tonight, but The Yorkie Formerly Known As Prince remains TYFKAP for a few more days while we decide for sure – I was on board with Zeus, but I think I’m voting for Chewbacca now).

Time to get some words in before bedtime…

NaNo Daily Word Count: 161 (so far)
NaNo Total Word Count: 916/150000
Percent Done: 0.6%
Percent To Go: 99.4%

2016, Day 305 or #NaNoWriMo2016, Day 1 – Getting Started

Because my goal this month (and every NaNo) is to do a quick blog post every day, I’m doing one super quick before I officially start on NaNo.

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I was up until the wee hours last night finishing the Still-Untitled Christmas novella. Then took Kid #1 to school this morning. Went back to bed for a couple hours followed by an eye appointment with a semi-specialist. It’s the same doc kid #3 has spent a year in vision therapy with. Her reading speed and comprehension are Off. The. Charts. compared to last year.

My eye surgeon recommended I go see him because I have a bit of Gaze Nystagmus. This is unrelated to the PRK surgery I had in April, but it is why I’ve had the double vision issues. The inflammation from the surgery absolutely took significantly longer than most to heal, but it is healed. The Gaze Nystagmus means my eyes wobble just a teeny tiny bit. Enough to make everything just a smidge blurry – and help cause headaches.

For reference (kind of anyway), when cops suspect someone of being intoxicated they do the “follow my finger with your eyes only” thing. I would fail that because of this. They look for that telltale wobble.

Mine, however, isn’t the result of alcohol, but most likely because of the medication I take to (wait for it!) prevent headaches :p. Talk about counter productive. I have an appointment with my regular nurse practitioner next week to discuss the possibility of an alternative. If we find one, I’ll go see him a month or so later to follow-up because it’ll take a while to get out of my system.

But now… stats… then I’m headed to write…

NaNo Daily Word Count: 0
NaNo Total Word Count: 0
NaNo Goal Word Count: 150,000 (yes, I’m insane)
Percent Done: 0
Percent To Go: 100

Fall 2016: What I’m Working On Now

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What am I working on now?

Well, the honest truth is not much of anything.

A couple days ago, I posted this post about why I’m taking some time off. Not too long. Just a few weeks, but I need some R&R. Or at least no writing/deadline stress.

I’m also entering my first competition season as a marching band mom. Our next four weekends have competitions anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours from home. Plus three family birthdays and… well, it’s time for a break.

I’m also going to watch a bunch of movies and/or episodes of things like Gilmore Girls. Read a bunch of books for fun. Make my story world bible. Read some craft books to become a better writer.

Things like that. And give my mind a break.

I will finish up the Christmas story in October and get it out when it’s done.

So what will I be writing when I do write?

  1. Christmas story in October
  2. Possibly fun thing just for fun
  3. Christopher Bayfield’s story for NaNoWriMo! (I already have the cover for it! YAY!)

I’m also updating my “What’s In The Works” post to reflect what’s coming next, further into the future. 😀

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