Wednesday, November 5, 2014

November IWSG--Pushing Forward In Spite of Insecurities

It's IWSG time! Click here to see the complete list of participants. I'm currently #84

Can you believe it's already November?! It came so fast this year. Although it's possibly one of my favorite months, it can be a bit stressful. This year I added to that stress. :)

On November 1st I planned on sleeping in and being lazy all day. However, I was awake by 7 AM thinking, "It's November 1st! Must get up and write!"

My brain has been programed. Since I started participating in Nano in 2008, 4 of the 5 years were dedicated to writing Talia stories. Because of this, it's easy to turn back to her story for this month. I'm running with it! I'll probably do a mix of editing her second novel and drafting the third. This means I might not "win" this year, but for those readers who have been bugging me about the sequels it'll be a win. Every time I try to move forward something happens. Maybe this time I'll reach the end.

If you want to add me as a buddy, I go by solstice1974.

Bold New Worlds High School Short Story Contest
Mark this one up as a giant flop! I'm so sad about it too. As of Nov 1st there were no entries. The deadline is the 10th, but what kind of contest will it be with only 1-2 entries. *sigh* I'm prepared to return the donated prize money on November 11th.

One day I'll give this another try.

Nanowrimo 2011 was the only year I didn't explore Talia's world. Instead I met a troubled girl named Ryanne. She had secrets I didn't want to uncover, but her desperate need to be loved in spite of her scars kept drawing me back to her. I finally finished her story in 2013. Early this year I dug into revisions with a drive I hadn't felt since THE MAGIC WAKES (WiDo Publishing, 2013).

I was on fire.

That novel has been through multiple beta readers and grown into something I never could have planned. Some people will love it. Others won't get it. It's about a co-dependent girl who protects those who hurt her and runs from those who can make her whole. She's based on many women in my life. All of us had to learn that we are worth it and embrace those who knew that.

This month I'm running a kickstarter to pay for a professional editor and typesetter. With any luck, I'll make my goal and this book will be available early next year. Please take a moment and watch my video about the project. The book trailer is at the end. Then think of it this way, a $12 pledge is pre-ordering a signed print copy of FADE INTO ME. I will be selling the print copy for $12 on Amazon and other places when it's available, but it won't be signed!

For those outside the US. An $8 pledge gets you the e-copy of FADE and the e-copy of my short story collection STELLAR CLOUD.

Thanks in advance for any support you can give. Even if that's just tweeting and facebooking the project to your friends.

What do you think? Does it sound like something you'd read?
Click HERE to read the first 2 chapters.

Early Praise for FIM--

Fade Into Me was a remarkable read. I couldn't put it down! Bradford writes the story with so much conviction, I wondered if she was trying to tell us all something about the human race. The book is clean and well written. The character building hooked me from page one. The author's imagination helps make the book come to life. I give the book a 5 out of 5 rating! Great read for all audiences! I can't wait for others to be able to discover this new Urban Fantasy!
~Alicia Rivoli - Author of The Enchantment Series

I love the glimpse into two different worlds and can't wait to see how they collide! I have a clear picture in my mind as I read, I can't help but visualize Caeden's world-not something I can usually do in the first chapter of a book. I'm only disappointed I can't read the rest yet!