Camp NaNoWriMo 2014 Cabin Mates

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I’ve briefly mentioned how I joined Camp NaNoWRiMo through Kboards, but haven’t mentioned my great cabin mates. We’re an assorted bunch of writers, covering a range of genres in novels, novellas, and short stories.

Without further ado, here are my fellow campers and some of their work.

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Christine Pope



About:

Finding the man of your dreams can be a real nightmare…

As the future prima, or head witch of her clan, Angela McAllister is expected to bond with her consort during her twenty-first year, thus ensuring that she will come into her full powers at the appointed time. The clock is ticking down, and her consort has yet to make an appearance. Instead, her dreams are haunted by a man she’s never seen, the one she believes must be her intended match.

But with time running out, and dark forces attempting to seize her powers for their own, Angela is faced with a terrible choice: give up her dreams of the man she may never meet and take the safer path, or risk leaving her clan and everyone in it at the mercy of those who seek their ruin.

Darkangel is the first book in the Witches of Cleopatra Hill, a paranormal romance trilogy set in the haunted town of Jerome, Arizona.

About the Author:
A native of Southern California, Christine Pope has been writing stories ever since she commandeered her family’s Smith-Corona typewriter back in the sixth grade. In addition to writing paranormal romance, she is the author of the bestselling Gaian Consortium SF romance series and the fantasy romance Tales of the Latter Kingdoms series. She fell in love with Sedona, Arizona, while researching the Sedona Trilogy and now makes her home there, surrounded by the red rocks. No alien sightings, though…not yet, anyway!

Why I joined Camp NaNoWRiMo
I like the sense of urgency it gives. I worked for many years in the magazine publishing industry, so I tend to be pretty deadline-focused anyway. NaNo really intensifies the need to write to a deadline, and I also like the support and sense of camaraderie I get from having cabin mates to help cheer me on. I have a pretty grueling release schedule for the next few months, and doing NaNo this July has definitely helped to keep me on track.

You can find Christine at her website.

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R M Nicholls



About:

“I was never charged with my father’s murder.” My voice echoed around the bare room.
“Well, lightning ain’t gonna strike you twice.”

Did Ness Stone get away with murdering her father to inherit his billions? According to the media she’s the ‘girl with the face of an angel, but the heart of a killer’. It’s always in inverted commas, an accumulation of fabrications, rumors and innuendo that follow her everywhere. So when she is found hiding near the blood-soaked body of her ex-lover she knows that no-one will believe in her innocence. Her lawyer, Benjamin Christ doesn’t believe that there’s such a thing as innocence. He knows how to win a case with a guilty client. Trouble is, Ness cares more about the truth than she does about her reputation. Her thirst for the truth is going to lead her to a lot of suffering…

A non-stop thrill ride story that takes you from the casinos of Vegas to the beaches of Hawaii with danger and glamour at every turn of the page.

About the Author:

R M Nicholls grew up in the North of England in a coal-mining village. Think of the movie ‘Billy Elliot’ and you’ll get the picture – except she was the girl up at the posh house. She studied in France and Australia but is now a confirmed Londoner – she even blogs about her love for London at thebestthingsinlondonarefree.com. When she’s not writing she works in television. R M Nicholls writes action-led thrillers with a strong female lead for the ‘Clytemnestra Stone’ series. She also writes fantasy adventure for older children under another pen name.

Why I joined Camp NaNoWRiMo:

I love the support and camaraderie of the Nano events – seeing everyone else’s word counts ticking up in the cabin helps me stay motivated. I have two releases scheduled for next month, and Camp is giving me a much-needed boost. The next book in my release schedule is ‘Fury’ under the name Joseph Bryant, which is a fantasy adventure, due to release in August. Also in August I’ll be putting out ‘Heart of Stone’ and ‘Don’t Look Back’ – the next two instalments of my ‘Clytemnestra Stone’ thriller series. ‘Don’t Look Back’ was written as part of Camp – it’s a rip-roaring story with violent gangsters, the ex-boyfriend from Hell and a firestorm of an ending!

You can find out more about R M Nicholls at her website.

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Anya Kelly



About:

Warning: This book contains very HOT, erotic scenes between a werewolf and his mate. It is only recommended for mature audiences who can stand the heat!

What is a wolf to do when the need for his mate has gotten out of control? Rolf has known Karina was the one for years, and he’s done waiting. He’ll have her now!

Karina has no idea what’s waiting for her when she goes to visit her grandmother. Instead of her lovely Nana she finds someone much bigger awaiting her arrival. Much much bigger!

Will she be able to handle everything her wolf mate needs? Or will they be unable to complete the mating in time?

About the Author:
I’ve always had these stories running through my head but only recently have I finally put pen to paper, or in my case hand to keyboard. I write erotic stories with Happily Ever After endings, because that is what I adore reading. I love writing a big alpha man who is brought to his knees by his mate. In between guzzling diet coke and writing like a mad woman you can find me hanging out with the local cowboys.

Why I joined Camp NaNoWRiMo:
For Camp NaNoWriMo I’m writing my first novel (if you can call 40,000 words a novel). I have 10 short stories published (ranging from 4,000 words to 12,000), and writing a novel is a completely different experience. It’s been fun and crazy and hair pulling and awesome. I love the idea of “cabin mates” so we can interact with other authors.

You can find Anya at her blog.

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Sara C Roethle



About:

Xoe Meyers had a normal life. So she was stuck going to high school, and she only had a few friends to call her own. She liked her normal life. Things were about to change though, because there’s a new guy in her small town, and he is anything but normal. Before Xoe can say, “Werewolf,” her best friend’s life is in peril, and Xoe’s world is turned upside-down. Then, of course, there’s Jason. Xoe doesn’t trust him as far as she can throw him, and given that he’s a vampire, she’d have to be able to catch him first.

You can find more about Sara at her blog.

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Shayne Rutherford



About:

Dared to spend the night in a haunted house, a young man unearths a deadly secret.

ALONE IN THE DARK is a short story of roughly 3,500 words.

You can find Shayne on his website.

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Daniel Wallock



About:

A very short story about a young man’s seven life-threatening heart conditions. This story is an introduction to Daniel Wallock’s life story. Daniel Wallock’s full memoir will come out one day. For now this story will show readers a tiny glimpse of the powerful and life-changing struggles Daniel endured as a teenager.

You can find Daniel at his website.

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Mercia McMahon



About:

A novel about dealing with the shadows of the past in 21st century Seattle. Martine Brown, a Seattle ex-pat, leaves London after a bereavement-related mental health breakdown to move to Poulsbo, Washington State. First, she is spending November 2013 in Seattle, where she plans to re-visit old haunts, in the hope of recovering her mental health. That plan goes awry, but she finds help from new (and renewed) friendships. Each chapter is a Day in the Month of Martine. As she seeks
to overcome her mental illness she has to confront her loss over the deaths of her mom (2012) and father (1993), especially when breaking into tears on the monorail on the way to the Space Needle.

As an interlude to each chapter, there is a talking head short story from a member of one of Seattle’s minority communities talking about the past or present suffering of another Seattle minority community. There is a particular focus on the Japanese American, Native American, and LGBT communities.

The novel was inspired by the 2012 commemorations in Seattle of both the 50th anniversary of the World’s Fair and the 70th anniversary of Japanese Internment and in particular the iconic internment photograph of Fumiko Hayashida holding her daughter while she waits to be taken by ferry to Seattle from Bainbridge Island and onto a concentration camp. There is a strong rock music theme with The 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s suicide, the AIDS-related death of Freddie Mercury, and the London and Seattle lives of Jimi Hendrix featuring prominently in Martine’s storyline. Chief Seattle of the Suquamish and Duwamish tribes is also a key reference point.

You can find Mercia at her website.

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LJ Briar

You can find LJ Briar at website.

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B David Hughes

You can find B David Hughes at his website.

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Missy Marciassa

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Rachel Collis

You can find Rachel at her website.

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I hope you enjoyed reading about my cabin mates & found some new stories to read. Have you read any of the works I’ve mentioned above? Let me know in the comments!



Obsessed with: 7 Weird Things Only A Fasting Person Experiences

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A friend of mine shared a link to Amne Alrifai’s hilarious Ramadan blog post. This basically sums up every day of Ramadan I’ve had so far and my group of friends agree.

We’ve all been fan girl-ing over Amne’s blog, so definitely check it out! We’re fans of this post and that post, and of course we all related to this post. But the post below is the one that started it all:

Friends, we’ve talked about what Ramadan is. We’ve talked about what the average day of fasting is like. But you are my readers, and I know what entertains you. As educated and worldly as you are, you just want to giggle at the weird things.

Now that we’ve completed the first week of Ramadan, I give you the seven strangest experiences that this month brings.

1. Sleepy eating.

Many Muslims wake up before sunrise to have a small meal before starting their fast. At first, my brothers and sisters in Islam awake with vigour and enthusiasm:

pooh hungry

But then the toll of waking up so early starts to get to them and they question why they do it. Although they’re eating, they’re not quite awake.

sleepy eating

I remember one year, I woke up to have some water. I was so tired that I filled up my glass of water and put it back in the cupboard. I forgot I had done it and went back to get a glass. Well, you can imagine what happened when I picked up the same glass. I was definitely much more awake.

As the month goes on, many tend to undertake the strongest jihad – to eat or not to eat:

garfield sleep eat

And on nights when ‘eat’ wins…

sleepy baby

It looks something like that.

 

2. Lots of energy highs and sudden energy lows.

I don’t know if it’s just me, but during Ramadan, it’s like my energy levels can be changed as easily as flicking a switch. You see, I go through these high phases where I’m a machine on a mission and then it momentarily falls apart. I go from this

don't mess with me

 

to this.

sleey kitty

 

3. Keto-breath

The biggest problem Muslims face during Ramadan is keto-breath. Halitosis. Bad-Ramadan-breath. It’s amazing how quickly your breath starts to stink when you haven’t eaten. No amount of brushing, flossing and mouth-washing in the morning can prevent it. I’m not sure if others can smell it, but there are some days where I’m like… God have mercy on us all. If a Muslim attempts to conversate with you at a distance, they’re just trying to protect you from this:

Fasting breath - it's real.

 

4. Random tummy rumbles – really loud, random tummy rumbles.

You’re at an important meeting and being all professional-like. You’re about to make the comment of the meeting. Then this happens:

homer hungry

You’re not really that hungry. But now your insides are empty and the noise that the beast inside makes echoes with the strength of a thousand beating drums. How embarrassment.

 

5. Unreasonable dinner plans.

The second dumbest thing you can do while fasting is talk about food. The dumbest is go grocery shopping. But sometimes you and your friends decide that it’s a great idea to talk about what you’re going to have for dinner that night. It starts off sane. You’ll have some steak and salad. Maybe some soup. Then you decide you’re going to make some pasta as well… or maybe a lasagne. Maybe you’ll have some roast lamb and some stir fry as well. Then you make an oath to eat everything on God’s green earth.

britney fried chicken too

Oh, and your plans for each and every night?

homer eating

 

6. Unparalleled excitement about sunset.

I’m sure this onedoesn’t require much explanation. You’ve been abstaining from eating and drinking all day. The day has edged closer to its glorious end. Suddenly, you hear the athan which rings in maghrib (sunset). The realisation that you may now quench your thirst and silence the beast that has growled inside you all day hits, and you celebrate:

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7. Inability to actually eat.

After fantasising about food all day, you imagine dinner time to look something like this:

mr bean eating

But as much as you want to, your stomach just won’t accept food in those quantities or at that speed. So instead, you have to take it slow and eat like this:

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It’s probably a very good thing, and the one thing that will prevent you from gaining a trillion kilos during the holy month. But it doesn’t really mater, because the first mouthful of anything you eat is amazing.

emma stone yum

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TV: The Strain, 24, Suits, Taxi Brooklyn

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I’ve been trying to be good and avoid television but sometimes it can’t be helped. I thought I’d have an easy time of it in the summer with less shows to entice me but these shows snuck up on me and I can’t help spending time on them. Here are four shows I’m hooked on:

The Strain TV Show 2014

The Strain

The newest tv show to my line-up, I thoroughly enjoyed the first episode. I vaguely remember reading the The Strain Trilogybooks years ago. Right now I’m split between wanting to reread them and deciding to enjoy the tv show on its own merits. I’m not a fan of True Blood so it’s nice to have a vampire show to watch.

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24: Live Another Day

I’ve really missed Jack Bauer. I’ve been enjoying the latest season of 24 in all its time ticking glory. I don’t really understand why they keep persisting on making Chloe look bad. She’s sporting some truly hideous makeup.

suits-season-4

Suits

Ah, Harvey, Harvey, Harvey. Great quips, great relationships, great suits. What’s not to love?

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Taxi Brooklyn

Taxi Brooklyn is another new show that managed to hook me this season. I love the interplay between Jacky Ido & Chyler Leigh. I felt really silly when I didn’t recognize her as Dr. Lexie Grey but it does her credit. I was not a fan of Lexie. I am a fan of Detective Caitlyn Sullivan though.

Flash Fiction Anthology

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The Witch in the Woods Nadia Nader Misty Hills Flash Fiction 101 Stories on the Go Anthology

Today, I submitted my first flash fiction piece, The Witch in the Woods.

It’s inspired by a chapter in my currently unpublished novel. The plan is that by the time the anthology is published, my novel will be too. I keep pushing back my deadlines so we’ll see if that happens. In any case, the short piece should give readers a taste of the series.

I’m excited to be part of this project. I’m in awe of the amazing and supportive authors who have participated and I’m proud to be among them. I’ll post more details when it’s published.

Camp NaNoWriMo: Day 1

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Well, it’s the first day of Camp aaaaaaaand I’ve already managed to mess up my stats!


*facepalm*
 

Basically, I wrote about 400 words earlier today. I updated the Current Word Count at the top of the page. Later on in the day, I wrote more. But I didn’t update until 12:30 AM. I wasn’t paying attention to the time. So that means I hit update Word Count on what is technically Day 2 of Camp for me. Oops!

I went to my Stats page and edited the daily word count. For Day 1, I put 1,023 words & zero words for Day 2.

Now I had 1,023 words for Day 1 and somehow set my Day 2 words at -1,023.

But the Current Word Count at the top was still a big fat 0.

 

I know, I know. It turned into a mess.

I updated my Current Word Count to 1,023.

At this point, my Daily Word Count Stats showed 1,023 words for both Day 1 & 2. That doesn’t make any sense. I am going to have to put that to rights by the end of the day today by writing I guess.

I’m not sure what’s going on. I’m terribly confused by the Stats page and I’m not sure if it’s because I’m horrible with technology or if it’s because it’s 1 AM at the moment.

Enough with boring statistics, it’s time for s’mores…