Ten Tips for Writing (and Finishing) Your Book

shutterstock_235976374Last week, I received a comment interested in getting some writing tips from me. I wrote a few posts like this in the past, but haven’t made one in a while, for whatever reason. I’ve thought about writing a book on writing, but yet there are already so many, and I don’t have many great successes to boast, so I haven’t moved forward with that. I’m completely self-taught (other than any English skills I may have learned) but as far as creative writing, that’s all me. I’ve just developed a feel for it and I’ve looked at what others have done and learned from that.

Since I find myself needing to reconnect with some of this myself, I started thinking about what works for me and how I finish my own books. This is what I came up with.

Ten Tips for Writing (and Finishing) Your Book

1.) Know where your story is going – Even if you are a spontaneous kind of writer in some respects, you should at least know some things about your book. What’s the main thing you want to accomplish by writing your book? What makes you excited about your story? Focus on that. Is the romance the main aspect even though it has a fantasy theme? Stick to the romance and let it carry you through. Is there a major conflict that needs to be resolved? Know what you’re writing toward. For me, I need to know that I’m writing toward something that needs to be resolved: a mystery that I need to reveal, a romance that needs to come to fruition, or a conflict that greatly needs a resolution. Find the point you’re working toward and go for it. I usually find that the rest will fill itself in.

2.) Love your idea. – If you don’t love your idea – and I mean LOVE it – then you probably aren’t going to finish it. Think about it for a few days before you decide to write it. Try to figure out if it’s really something that you’re excited about or that you’re going to finish. If not, save the idea for later. You may be able to use it again for something else! I do this all the time. I have ideas that I think are swell but I don’t know how to make it work as a stand-alone story. What do I do? I write it down , and I might find a way to use it along with another idea I have later. I truly believe that some ideas can bloom, but we’re just not ready to write them yet. Either we don’t have the skill to figure out how to make it work (happens to me often) or the idea is just not solid yet (happens to me alllll the time).

Example, late last year I was excited about writing a weird western, but when I sat down to write it, I wasn’t happy with how it was going. I think it just wasn’t the right time, and I’m okay with that. Eventually, the time will be right.The idea is still there.

If you find yourself in this position, just go back to the drawing board and search for something that gives you a true feeling of love.

3.) Keep inspiration close at hand – This can mean many things. Have a ritual if you need one. Wear a decorative pair of open-finger gloves. Always have a cup of coffee in a mug that says #1 Writer, or whatever. Do what you have to do. For example, when I was writing Nevermor, I had this cheap little plastic ball that was filled with water and glitter, and when I wasn’t busy typing, I would sit there and throw it up in the air, or just shake it up and watch the glitter inside it. It sounds like a waste of time, but you have to do what you have to do! I’ve done things like that in the past, but it usually varies from one book to the next. There are, however, a few things that I always do.

One thing I always do when I’m working on something is find some music that inspires me to think. I listen to it often and just zone out while listening. I’ll clean up, exercise, listen to it while I commute, and use it as the soundtrack for whatever I’m working on. While I’m listening, I’m watching my characters. I may not always hear what they’re saying, but I see what’s going on. I develop a vision and then I put that vision to words, like watching a music video. Sometimes the words of the songs come through to me and that gives me an idea as well. I usually choose my songs based on the sound of the music, and then the words come through. I even choose songs that I don’t really know as long as the sound seems right, and then I connect with something new. (Spotify is really good for building playlists.)

Another good thing to do is search for character/setting inspiration online. Spend some time looking at pictures. Choose an actor to represent your character. This usually works pretty well for me. Assigning a face helps me to visualize everything a bit better, and looking at art gives me some nice ideas for visualization while my characters are moving around in my head.

4.) Take time to think. This is the part that has been getting me down lately. It’s not that I don’t have time to write, it’s that I don’t take the time to think about what I want to write. What I mean by that is that I get so distracted by so many other things. It’s not just work or real world stuff; it’s even what I do for entertainment. If you are constantly letting other people entertain you (with their books, their movies, and their games) how are you supposed to have your own ideas? Not that you can’t do those things too – inspiration can come from anywhere and that’s very important – but take some time to meditate on your own ideas. It’s not about just taking time to write or making a schedule or trying to write everyday. Choosing to sit down at your computer for an hour does not equal writing time. Trust me. Even if I start out with a word document, sometimes I’ll just stop and pull up Facebook, or the game I’m currently playing, or I think I’m going to watch Youtube while I write. No. No, it just doesn’t work. Unplug if you have to – like I’ve begun to do. Find a connection with your project that makes you want to write, not just for an hour a day, but ALL day.

5.) Read something that inspires you – Do you remember the last book that you read and loved? Or do you have a favorite author whose words are phenomenal? You think: “I wish I could write like that or create something like that.” Read a paragraph from their book. Read the first page and REALLY read it. Look at how the words carry you away and then look at what words and sentences are actually being used. Think about what the author did in a technical way. Sometimes, when I can’t find inspiration, I’ll grab one of those books off my shelf – one that I know I loved and enjoyed – and I’ll open it up (sometimes to the first page and sometimes to a random spot in the middle) and I’ll read a few paragraphs. I’ll then think about what I just read and compare it to what I’m writing. If you’ll do this, you’ll probably find the same thing that I usually do – you’re doing fine and they’re just words after all. There is nothing magical about them, and they are probably just like yours. If you find that they’re not, think about why. What is different? Think about those things and learn from them.

6.) Edit as you need to, but remember that you can fix it later – Some tipsters might tell you to ‘save the editing for later’ and to ‘just get the words on the page’, but my advice is a little different. Here’s the thing: I read the beginning of my book more often than anything. If my first few paragraphs are crap, I get really annoyed. So, I’ll often spend a lot of time polishing the first bit of my book, just so that when I read it again later, it inspires me all over again. This assures me that the whole project is not garbage. If you need to do that for every chapter that you finish to make yourself feel good about going forward, do it. Do what feels right to you. Sometimes, I still like the manuscript to have a bit of polish before I go forward. It helps me to really get in touch with the words and to remember what I was doing and what still needs to be done.

Don’t drive yourself crazy though. As you’re working on this, don’t forget that you can fix it. And you will. If you’re like me, you’ll never ever stop fixing it, and it will never be perfect even after you publish it. I have to make myself stop. If I don’t, it would go on forever because nothing is ever good enough unless I’m working on something else. Once the work is complete, you’ll be able to look at it as a whole and see it for what it is. Then you can alter it so it all goes together.

So in that respect, yes, just get the words on the page.

That said, if when you’re reading over your book and you run across a section that absolutely bores you to tears, you can’t be bothered to read it let alone edit it, then it might be a good idea to think about cutting it – or rewriting it. If you’re bored reading it, someone else might be too.

7.) Don’t be afraid to skip ahead – When I first started writing, like so many others, I would write in a straight line from one chapter to the next, mostly because I was posting online and I couldn’t go on to the next part until I had finished the one before it. I don’t write like that anymore. If I’m having trouble writing a section but I know what happens directly after it, then I’ll jump ahead to write the next section. Then I’ll take some time to think about it and come back later to work on the part that I was having trouble with. I usually just fill those spaces in later. If I still can’t fill in that spot, then I need to go back to number 4 and take some time to think and visualize.

One reason this might not work is if you don’t know how to begin a story. That bothers me, personally. Like I mentioned above, when the beginning isn’t solid, it bugs me. It may not bother you that way. So, if you can deal with skipping the beginning, by all means, skip it and come back to it later.

8.) Change how/where you’re writing – In the past, I’ve had some of my best writing success by printing out what I had and sitting down with the printout and a notebook to add sections where needed and to edit. I would read over it and make it better as I went. Though that may be a waste of paper and computers are just so much faster for getting words on the page, sometimes it’s not as good, I feel. I think there’s a real difference when you put a lot of time and focus into something. So! If you sit down at the computer and you feel blank, grab a notebook. Type something up on your phone. Or maybe you need a change of scenery. Change the room you are writing in. Go outside. Go to a coffee shop (if that’s your thing). Figure out what works for you. Sometimes it really is as simple as that.

9.) Write a layout – Even if the layout is vague; even if you don’t have a full layout yet, make one. It will help you gather your ideas and remind you of what you know and what you don’t know yet. When you write one chapter, then you can look over and have a reminder of what you need to happen next in the story. It can change at any time, and when it does, alter the layout. This will help you keep it all together, and if there comes a time when you see the whole thing set out before you, Eureka!

Though I always have an idea of where my story is going, I like my story and characters to grow a bit as I progress. I don’t like the idea that everything has to be set in stone, because things change, and I enjoy it when that happens. Remember, your characters are not just words on paper – they are alive inside your mind. Get in touch with them.

Sometimes, your layout for a chapter might be one sentence. ‘Character A and Character B have a fight’. Oh…that isn’t very much detail. Well, if you can write yourself up to that chapter, chances are you’re going to have a better understanding of your characters and what is going on in the story in order to progress and get things done. By that, I mean set things up and reveal the information that your reader needs to know. ‘Character A finds out the big secret’. By this point, I hope you know what it is!

If all you know is the basic description of your story, write that down. Write character descriptions if you need to. Write about the world. Essentially, you’re writing about what you’re going to write, and that will help.

10.) Just write. Anyone who has ever written anything successfully is going to tell you this. But how?? How do you write when you can’t write?? I know, I know. I didn’t know how to take this one either until it actually happened to me, and then I finally understood. Here’s what you do. Don’t think about writing. Don’t think about what you’re going to build. Don’t think about who your characters are or what they’re doing. Just open up a fresh word doc, sit down and write the first sentence that comes to you. Look outside and write what you see, poetically or otherwise – whatever your style is. Write about what your cat is doing. Look up a writing prompt and try a short story. Write a piece of fanfiction if you need to. Just do something with it until you feel good about writing again. Then, when you’re ready, stop doing that and work on the real project that you have your heart set on. Sometimes these fake projects turn into real ones, or you can use pieces of it for something else. Find something that inspires you – anything! – and write about it.

Writing is just like any other skill. The more time you spend doing it and thinking about it, the better you will become. It grows with time, like how to know your sentences are good, that the flow is right, and that the characters have done what they needed to do. Get to know your own writing.

For example, I can now think of my current work and have an estimate on my word count and also when I will finish it. I know how many words it will take to get me through a plot point, and how many words I need per chapter – therefore, I know how many chapters the book will have. I’m pretty sure that I couldn’t do that for a long time, but I know what I’m capable of and I can know what a story needs to get it to the end.

The main things, I believe, are 1.) your mind needs to be clear and 2.) the STORY is LIFE. That means that when it’s right, it’s right, and you’re thinking about it 24-7 until it’s done. That’s the good kind of writing.

I hope you all liked this post! It felt pretty good to write it, so I hope it was helpful. Sitting down to think about these things helped me too! I’ve been doing a bit more writing lately and that has been really nice. Again, I’m not sure where I’m headed right now, but I’m enjoying this simplicity as far as not worrying about getting work out there just to make money. I definitely need to reconnect with writing for the love of it, and I think I may be on the right track.

Like I mentioned at the beginning, I do have a few older posts that give some writing advice, so here are the links to those.

Editing 101

Dialogue for Dummies

Character Building with Lani

Let me know if this post gave you some new ideas! Is there anything else you would like me to write about in the future? I’ll give it a shot!


Time to Think

Last week, my computer decided that it wasn’t going to work. This concerned me, because I didn’t want to lose any of my files in case the cold metal box never breathed again, and also because I’ve known for a while that I’m simply addicted to my computer.

I sit at the screen, even when I’m not actively doing anything, expecting it to entertain me when I’m bored and hoping that its endless streams of information will educate me, and so on. Doing anything away from my computer for entertainment simply does not occur to me very often.

After researching what was wrong with the computer, I was able to assure myself that it would indeed work again and I wouldn’t lose anything. I would just have to wait a week for it to be fixed.

A week. I went a week without my computer (but not without internet, because I do have my phone and Kindle.) Here’s what I found:

It was actually…very freeing! Not that being on the computer doesn’t also equal the best way to write, but I found that I could think more clearly. I read three books! I went outside and took a walk in the snow! I did several things around the house. I started feeling like I could write again. And I did! I fired up an extremely old laptop that is so slow it’s good for absolutely nothing except word processing – and that’s what I did. In fact, it might be my new writing device. There is basically no way I could be distracted by using it.

Years ago, I was able to write so much because my internet was soooo sloooow that it wouldn’t even play a video. There were fewer things to be distracted by. No Netflix, no Youtube, no endless articles about writing or cute puppies and kittens. The struggle is real, and I am so easily distracted.

My PC is fixed now, but I’m trying not to go back to my old ways so quickly. Yes, I’ve still been using it a bit, but I’m also giving myself more time to completely turn it off, or to not even turn it on when I don’t have to use it. My goal is to read more and think more.

I spend a lot of time “off the grid” anyway as far as social media inactivity, but the truth is that my brain just can’t handle it. I need to learn how to write for love again and enjoy simpler things.


This all leads me to think about what I want to accomplish this year, and the main thing I want to do is to write. I don’t know how much I’ll publish, but that’s usually how it goes for me. I spend the first part of the year kicking back, and then I suddenly realize I’ve done nothing, and I really need to write/publish something.

In my downtime, I decided that there are 4-5 projects that I really want to work on this year, and I may wind up doing that. It would be nice if I could finish at least one completely new work, but more than that is also welcome. I’d feel proud of myself if I could complete something new without getting distracted by something else. As far as what I’ve just been working on, I’m not sure if it will turn out to be a real project or if I’m just messing around, but either way it feels good to record a few words.

After I finish this post, I’ll be shutting down again and will hopefully take that time to reflect and be productive.

Also, as a side note, Nevermor is now priced at 2.99 on Amazon. I’m not sure how long it will stay that way, but I was wanting to run an ad and see how it goes at the new price. It’s still my bestseller, and maybe it would help me get more attention if I put more time and effort into the books I already have out.

Once again, thank you for all the support!

A Good Year – A Good Ending/Beginning

Looks like I’ve missed posting for a couple of weeks. I hope everyone had a great holiday season! It’s a new year!

Does it feel like a new year to you? Somehow, I don’t feel it. All of the holidays have blurred together and I don’t quite feel that refreshing feeling that is often felt when the year changes. It’s odd. It likely has to do with work and not getting much of a break for the holidays. Nevertheless, it is a new year, and with that must come new plans!


The books I’ve released this year! (forgive the shoddy picture)

Here we are now at another year’s end, and looking back,  I’m pleased with what I’ve accomplished. I released several titles (I won’t say new titles) I’ve gained knowledge, I’ve gained more time to dedicate to my projects, and I feel that I’ve grown as a person and as an author.

I was able to team up with 2 different book boxes – one for Nevermor this last July, and one upcoming this year with Indie Book Connect (I’m not allowed to share details for that one yet). I joined a great Facebook writing group called 20BooksTo50k which has a ton of information about indie publishing and is a link to many successful indie authors. There is so much information there and I have barely begun to scratch the surface, but that info will certainly help me as I go into the new writing/publishing year.

If you missed any of my releases this year, you can get them HERE!

I don’t know what this year holds, but I do know that I want to write more. That’s something that has been missing in my life, even as I work on my marketing. I need to figure out how to make that a priority again. It is so so difficult to find that place where the only thing that matters is the idea. I’m still stuck in the “I must earn money; I must produce product” limbo, and that’s not a good place for the creative mind to be.

I must claw my way out of this place!

What have I been doing lately? I did begin double-checking Nevermor for editing issues and I’ve changed the design inside. That will be updated when I’m finished, and then I can move on to the next work. Mostly though, I admit, I’ve been playing videogames and merely dreaming about writing instead of doing it. However, as I’m going along through my new edits, I’m also going to branch out to wide distribution again for some of the works that are not currently listed, so that will be a big help to those of you who use other devices to read on.

Thank you all again for being interested in my work! I feel blessed to have a following at all. I know I say this a lot and yet not enough: Thank you all for supporting me!


Vacation and Mid-December Lull

Hi everyone! It’s December, wow. I guess you’ve noticed that I haven’t written a post in a couple of weeks. I’ve been busy and yet not very busy at all, haha.

Last weekend, I took a trip to Chicago. It was the first vacation I’ve been on in quite a long time, and it was much needed. But there is something about vacation that is also exhausting. Now that I’m back home, I think I’m still recovering from the hectic travel, but the city was certainly a sight. I was so happy to see some snow! (Though it waited until we were getting back on the train to snow like crazy.)


Even though I prefer to ignore the idea, getting out in the world and having experiences is a valuable tool in creative writing, and I saw a few things on this trip that could definitely help to inspire me for something in the future.

Goodreads Giveaways

I got an email last week about how Goodreads is changing their giveaway listings. While offering more features and options for promotion, the giveaways are also no longer free to post. Instead of only paying for the cost of the book and for shipping, there is now a large charge for this service from Goodreads. They are within their rights to do what they want, but this upset me a bit. I considered the giveaways a nice way to let people know about my books, and now I feel I won’t be able to do that anymore. Unlike many self published authors, I simply don’t make enough money to fund too much promotion. So as of now, there will be no more Goodreads Giveaways from me.

Book box deal

On a much better note, I recently made another deal with an indie book box! Yes! This one is several months away, but I’m stoked! This one is for The Hallowed and promises to be for more copies than the last one I did — all of which I have to sign. But that’s great! It’s such a thrill to have more of my printed books out in the world and in the hands of readers.

What’s next?

I recently released The Hallowed and The Nutcracker Bleeds, and now I’m going to take some time to read and think about what needs to happen next in my publishing journey. I need to decide on a plan of action before I go forward. I’ve been doing a lot of research as far as book marketing, so before I make a move with another book, I’m going to have a plan. I’ve already published most of my written works, but I do have a couple more to go.

The main work that I have on my mind is The Mark of Thorn saga, which is planned for five books. I’ve already written two of them and started on the third, but I think that before I publish that one, I’m going to complete the saga. If you’re unfamiliar with this one, it’s a fairy tale mashup that I started years ago featuring a dark fantasy world where many fairy tales exist together. The fairy tales in this book do not (currently) include any of those used in my other books. This one is it’s own thing and so far the lore does not cross. For this one, I was able to look at some of the lesser known, more gruesome tales and add those into a larger story that I’ve always been very excited about. I think about this story from time to time and I’d love to get back into it. I just haven’t found the right time yet. Hopefully that will come soon.

My idea for now is that I’m going to finish all of these books before I begin to publish them, because I want the story to be complete and know that it all goes together, even though I already have a pretty strong vision for the main events. Then, based on what I’ve read about marketing, I may release the volumes in quick succession. Otherwise, I’ll have a year between books like with Nevermor, and I don’t want to do that again. I want to have a sound plan for success!

I’m not sure when this is going to happen, but I’ll definitely keep you updated.

For now, I think I’m going to take a break from publishing to read more and to make this plan. As I mentioned before, I’ll also be reviewing my previously published works to check for errors.

Thank you all once again for the support! I’m so amazed to see readers purchasing copies of my books for the holiday season, even though many of them have been out for years. I appreciate you!


The Nutcracker Bleeds is Available Now!

Whew! That was a rush! For the first time, I was beginning to think that I wasn’t going to meet my deadline. I was doing another proofread even though I’d already made most of my corrections, and when I finally finished that, I had to update the file and reformat the print version. It was a bit close, but I did it! The Nutcracker Bleeds second edition is live!






I put in the request for the book to be updated for those who have already purchased the ebook, but I haven’t heard back from that yet. When it happens, it will have to be done manually, I think. So if you’ve purchased the book before, you can either go back in and re-download or re-sync your Kindle.

So! What’s different?

rat 1Obviously, the cover is different. The description is new, and now there are adorable little mice in the chapter headings! AND they are different for each chapter!

There is no new content, but I did some editing and cleaned up the text a bit. I think it reads better now. I added a few lines and took out lines as needed, but the story is the same.

line art 3For the last few books I’ve released this year, I’ve moved away from the numbered sections I once used in my chapters. That was a good way for me to keep up with it for a while, but I’ve decided it looks neater just to have dividers within the chapters to signify the breaks in scene and pov.

In the print version, the text is still a bit small, but I had to do that in order to keep the page count reasonable. The page count makes the price of the book go up, and I wanted to make sure to keep it in a good place.

Full justified text in the print version! This is something I didn’t realize I needed until all of a sudden I did.

During my first edit, I tried to rewrite some of the sections so they would be in my usual third person limited pov, but that was not how I originally wrote it. This time, I decided that it was breaking the flow in some of the sections, so I got rid of some of the dividers and decided to keep the text omnipresent. Some of the sections now move seamlessly from one pov to the next, and even though that’s not how I usually do things anymore, I think it works for this book.

Oh! It has a commentary now! Some of you may have read most of this before if you followed the book while it was online, but the commentary just gives a bit of info on some of the characters and some of my thought processes while I was writing the book, and how it all came together. I think it’s a fun part of the book. I haven’t successfully done a commentary for any of my others works — not quite like this one.

Is that all? That might be all, but I am so proud of it now!


Reviews and Ratings

I hate to ask, but I want you all to know how reviews and ratings help. You don’t have to say much, and sometimes you don’t have to say anything at all, but having those ratings out there for others to see is very helpful.

If you could take a moment to rate and review my books book whenever possible, that would be so helpful! Books with more reviews stand out, and anything you have to say will boost the book and make it more noticeable.

The Holidays

I hope you are all having a fantastic holiday with family and friends! (You know, if you want.) My mind kind of skipped Thanksgiving this year and went directly to Christmas after Halloween (Nutcracker helped) so now I’m definitely in the spirit! I’m ready to put my tree up finally, but I wanted to do it weeks ago. This weekend I had a nice family dinner with some close but out-of-town relatives that I don’t see often anymore, so I don’t want to take these chances for granted…no matter how much I think I just want to be at home. :p

You’ll hear from me again soon! Thanks for all your support this year!

And also, hey, The Hallowed is free right now. 😉


The Nutcracker Bleeds: Ultimate Edition

I’ve been feeling a little stressed lately and lacking focus, so I’ve made a decision: I’m holding off on my NaNo novel until I can focus on it exclusively. When I began writing it, I realized that I didn’t have as many details as I needed, and trying to write in the midst of my major Nutcracker Bleeds edit just isn’t working out. I feel that I need to drop one in favor of the other, so that’s what I’ve decided to do. Since I’m trying to get The Nutcracker Bleeds out before Christmas, that one wins.

So, finally, I’m ready to talk about it and show it off!

omrikoresh.comLondon 1905—It begins when a toy-maker comes bearing a unique Christmas gift for his favorite niece, Olivia—a handsomely carved nutcracker doll.

Anne, Olivia’s young governess, believes that a girl of fourteen is much too old for toys. Olivia, however, refuses to grow up. She cares for the dolls as if they are dear friends. They speak to her. Anne merely humors the girl’s pleasures. She has never had much use for fantasy.

Yet not even Anne can deny the curse.

At the stroke of midnight, Anne is immersed in the horrific world of her unstable charge when a bite from a mouse makes her the size of a doll. She must brave a world of mangled and demented toys that have come to life. Each has his own agenda—the most unrelenting of which is the mysterious Nutcracker, who becomes Anne’s only sane ally.

There is war in the lower levels of the Ellington house between the rodents and the toys, yet Anne’s only concern is getting Olivia and herself back to their own world before they are stuck in this twisted reality forever, or worse: become subjected to the terrifying Rat King.

The Nutcracker Bleeds is a mature, unusual, and horrific retelling of the classic Nutcracker story.

Isn’t it beautiful?? And terrifying. This cover was created by Omri Koresh, who I always praise, but he really outdid himself this time. I love this image because at first glance, you see Anne and the darkness around her, but when you look more closely, you see the seven rat heads. For those who have read the book before, look! –you can see the sugar on her cheeks! And don’t worry; the back cover of the print edition is just as impressive.

I’m calling this version the Ultimate Edition — secretly though. It won’t be listed like that. Officially, it’s just the second edition, but everything about it is better. It is what it was meant to be, with an amazing new cover, new description, new interior, and with commentary. (And again, I am so sorry and so embarrassed over the copies I sold that were in poor condition. I could make a lot of excuses, but in the end, it was a lack of care on my part.) So! I have to make it better this time. And I have!


This edition is going to be on the same Kindle book listing (since it’s a second edition. Same ASIN.). So there will be no preorder for this one. I’m still planning to have it updated for those who have already purchased it, so you don’t have to purchase it twice. You should get the new cover and everything. The paperback edition will be an all new book with a different ISBN, but it should be linked on the Amazon page.

I’ve decided to release it on November 24th (Black Friday, fitting) so it’s only a week! I haven’t decided on the price of the ebook yet. The print book is likely going to be $14.99 because of the size of the book.

I am sooo excited about this one. I think it’s going to end my year in a good way. Reading over it, I feel that everything is in place and it’s much better than it was. I still think that, overall, The Nutcracker Bleeds story is one of my best stories. I was very crestfallen at seeing all the errors in it when I went through it the first time, but I feel confident in it now.

I’ve recently found some online software called ProWritingAid, and I’m hoping that this will help me out with catching errors. I still have to sort through the text manually, but this software can help to remind me of grammar rules and to quickly spot issues. I have high hopes in using it.

The next step for me:

I’ve decided that following my recent editing issues, I’m going to take some time to review my other works and make sure that everything is the best that it can be before I try to release anything else. I hate to think that I might lose readers over a few errors and formatting issues. One thing that I am grateful for is that readers are pretty forgiving about this sort of thing (not that it’s alright) but reviews still say “Lani Lenore can write” which is the highest compliment, in my opinion. Even if a person doesn’t like the story, if they still say that I’m talented, I feel happy. :p

I’m going to spend some time sorting through my other works, and I also want to spend more time reading. I feel that I need to explore written worlds that are not my own.

So! November 24th for The Nutcracker Bleeds! And don’t forget to get your copy of The Hallowed!


The Hallowed is here! So is Nanowrimo!


My original Gothic horror books! They look so pretty together. 🙂

My weekly blog post was delayed just a bit so that it could coincide with the release of The Hallowed. So here it is. I’m making it official!

The Hallowed is finally out in the world!

Current stats!

Those numbers are promising so far! I’d love to see it move up in rankings. I’ll bet it wouldn’t take much to get it to the top, so if you’re thinking of snagging a copy, now is the time! It’s still listed for the special preorder price of $3.99. As with all my new releases, the preorder and first day price is a little cheaper than the regular price of the book, so get it now at a special deal!

Hallowed front coverA beautiful woman. A handsome man. A secluded manor, and a family with wealth and intrigue. But it only sounds like a fairy tale…

Celia wakes up to a room she doesn’t remember, in a house she cannot recall. Suffering from amnesia, she doesn’t even recognize her own face.

Her circumstances only get stranger from there.

She meets the LaCroix family, who took her into their home after an accident that left her unconscious and confused, but there is something unsettling about them. Twin maids keep watch over the house with hard stares.

Then there is Adam.

Celia doesn’t remember him, but they share a common bond: they were in the same accident. Somehow, he doesn’t remember her either. They must rediscover each other to unlock the past, but the attraction between them is so strong that neither want to complain. They are invited to stay as long as they’d like while they recover their memories, but it doesn’t take long for Celia and Adam to decide that they don’t want to stay in the sprawling mountainside chateau.

All around them, doors are locked. Someone is always watching. Celia and Adam must rely on one another as they plan for a means of escape – and try to uncover the secret of why the family will not let them go.

In addition to this new release, I have a couple of other things going on. It’s November, so I’m working on my new book! I’ve fallen just a little behind in my word count, but I’m hoping to catch up today. I hope to keep up the blog posts this month, but I’m really busy trying to focus and keep my word count up.

Did you catch that? I’m writing a new book! I know! I can hardly believe it myself!

I can’t say when this book will be finished or when I’ll release it, but I’m happy to be working on something new again.

For those of you who follow my Facebook page, you may have seen my recent comments about editing The Nutcracker Bleeds. I’m finishing that up, and pretty soon I’ll be ready to show off the new cover. I can’t wait! The new edit is going well, and once I’m finished, I hope to update the Kindle version with the new one, so that any of you who have already purchased it in that form will be able to have the current version.

It’s going to be amazing!

Stay tuned!