NaNoWriMo Novel and Temp Cover Reveal!

It’s October 3 and that means the NaNoWriMo site has been rebooted, and it’s waiting for you to announce your NaNo novel! So here I am announcing mine.

During November this year, I’m going to write a novella with the temporary title Greed, and here’s my temporary book cover, which I made myself and ended up really liking. I hope you like it too!

greed-temp-book-cover

I know, I know, my name needs to be bigger, but that will all come with refinement. There will also be a logo on the bottom right or left to indicate that this book is part of the Happy Endings Resort series. I’m aiming for 20-30k words, and the book already has a publication date of February 2017, so I really have to finish it during NaNoWriMo. The stakes are high!

Here’s a little excerpt from the book:

She drank from the ornamental fountain and her skin felt immediately better, rejuvenated. The fountain’s water wasn’t meant to drink, of course, but at this point it didn’t make a difference. Toxins, bacteria – it didn’t matter anymore.

The statue of Mary in the center of the fountain looked down at her.

Holy Mother, what must you think of me? Am I abhorrent? You could stop me if I am, couldn’t you? Isn’t it my children who are the abhorrent ones? Something allows me to do this, to be here again. I’ve forgotten the afterlife, so I don’t know if it’s your Son or His enemy who allows it. I am here either way.

She bent down and drank the fountain dry.

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this year, add me as your writing buddy so we can support and encourage each other!

Book Title, Cover, and Synopsis Revealed

THE DAY HAS COME! NaNoWriMo has begun and I’m off to a satisfying start. I was nervous my novel writing skills would be too rusty to do as well as I hoped, but today is proving to me that I’ve still got it – I just have to dust it off. I think this novel idea has been ripening in my head long enough that the ambiance is set, and for me, that’s the biggest, most important part of writing anything.

On to the big news: to kick off this adventure, I’ve uploaded my book cover, title, and synopsis to my author page! Check it out here, and add me as a buddy if you’re a fellow NaNoWriMo writer: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/christie-stratos/novels. If you’re not doing NaNoWriMo, here’s all the exciting book info!

Anatomy of a Darkened Heart book cover

Some people are better left unborn. In the darkened hallways of a Victorian house, Abigail’s family wishes she had never entered their world. But was it her ominous birth, her already tired one-day-old face that spawned their mistreatment of her? Her intense but purposely subdued nature, her piercing, seemingly omnipotent eyes? Or was it her family’s automatic assumption of evil based on their Victorian superstitions that pushed her to become what she is? Either way, each and every one will rue the day the clocks stopped and she was born Abigail Delilah Whitestone.

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I’ll make sure to update you on my progress. If you’re taking part this month, good luck!