How Should I Celebrate My Birthday Month? Join Camp NaNo, Of Course!

For all those joining July’s Camp NaNo, enjoy your last day of freedom! If you ever hang out in the NaNoWriMo forums, my username is Yawatta Writes. I’m very excited! I’m set up in a cabin with other writers from the eastern panhandle. It’ll be cool to get support and study our progress. I’ll obsessively check our stats (I’m an INTJ, I can’t help it hee hee). The beauty of the Camp NaNo website is that once a writer joins a cabin, then they get to see their own progress on their novel, and on the other column shows the total word count from all the members of the cabin. Right now, there’s 3 of us.

The premise:

At the end of 31 days, writers should have produced 50,000 words. That’s 1,613 words a day. Protect your writing time! People will definitely test you! 🙂

For my novel, I’m creating a suspense story based off a young ballerina who turns crazy once her older brother dies. She blames their sister for his death, so she terrorizes her. The sister is too afraid to speak up, but their mother has suspicions. The dad stays in denial because “daddy’s little girl” could never do anything bad….

Dun. Dun. Dun.

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I’m excited to start this new project, but I’d also like to share what I’ve been up to lately.

  • My short, Plenty of Fish, is with an editor now. If she keeps up the steady pace, then I should have her feedback by the end of July or the beginning of August. This will more than likely be my next published story.
  • Right now, I have a poll on my blog getting readers’ opinions of what my  new title should be for my suspense novella. Once I decide on a title, I’ll contact a potential editor to make arrangements. I’m crossing my fingers that she won’t be too busy. She’s affordable, and I trust her. If everything works out, then this story will be my next longer piece published.
  • I’ve finally been editing my 90 day novel. My critique partner is looking over it now. I can’t believe I started that challenge 2 years ago! Where did the time go? More importantly, where was my headspace to avoid dealing with this women fiction’s novel? Instead of dividing in three parts, I decided that it would be best to make it into a series. These books are about three celebrities caught up in a cheating scandal.
  • My writing buddy and I have been working on a screenplay based in Harper’s Ferry. I’ve had fun studying popular screenplays and outlining. I’m all about researching guidelines, so I’m confident that we’ll produce something worthy of Hollywood 🙂
  • I’m outlining the sequel to One By One and Something’s Amiss. Some readers have expressed an interest in wanting this to happen, so of course, I’ll listen. After Camp NaNo is over, I’ll work on the first drafts of these two projects.

And, that’s about it. The best promotion for self-publishers is producing more books. I’m taking things a day at a time, even been scanning premade bookcover sites.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

 

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Weekend Writing Warriors Excerpt #2

Weekend Writing Warriors bring authors together who’d like to share their work with the blogosphere and social media. By 9 AM on Sundays, an 8 sentence excerpt of your manuscript or draft is shared around the web. It can be from a published or unpublished work. If you’re interested in checking out other writers who participated for the week, please go to WeWriWa’s website on JUNE 29th.

This excerpt is a continuation from my women’s fiction novella, Something’s Amiss. Click here for last week’s. Poe and Oliver are standing in the kitchen; they haven’t seen each other in over a year.

Here’s the excerpt:

Oliver moved closer. “Do you love him?”

She didn’t know where to go. Leaning against the counter, Poe inhaled the scent of his cologne. A flash of him, his bare chest over her, danced through her mind. She shook her head, as if this would rid her of the memory. “No,” she blurted without thinking. “Do you love Kate?”

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21795800.jpg2THIS BOOK IS FREE JUNE 30TH-JULY 2ND. GET YOUR FREE COPY!!!

Oliver never thought he’d see his ex, Poe, step foot in Rhode Island again. But, she returns a year later to pay her respects for the loss of Jenna, Oliver’s cousin. Deciding life’s too short, he plans to fight for what he wants. Can he convince Poe to give him a second chance? Or will old resentments resurface?

Poe’s life is going well in Pittsburgh. Her comic book is in production, and she has a great social life. Her world is shattered when she finds out her best friend, Jenna, passed away. She goes to Rhode Island, planning to attend the funeral. She gets an unexpected surprise when she’s able to bond with Jenna’s younger daughter, Raven. And, for a long time, she thought her ex hated her. Poe soon realizes, maybe she was wrong.

Amazon          —Goodreads        —My Book Page

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

 

I Need A New Title…Can You Help Me, Pretty Please?

Thanks to the lovely ladies–Melissa, Lisa, Alexandrina, and Desirae–I have a manuscript completed of my suspense novella. From their suggestions, I decided to make the beginning more dark than originally intended, and I tweaked the ending to tie everything together.

What story you may ask? I loved my short story Trapped  so much that I wanted to expand Miki, Jahlin, and Finia’s story. Finishing my novella, I thought Trapped: A Novella sounded good, but Alexandrina wisely suggested I should change the title to make it stand out more and give a clue to the inciting incident.

The story is about an obsessive man willing to do anything to get the family he deserves.

Will you take my poll and help me decide what the new title of my suspense novella should be? If you don’t like any of the suggestions, I’d like to hear your thoughts. 🙂

I’m ready to shop around for an affordable editor, but I need a title first hee hee.

Thanks again! I always appreciate whenever you guys take the time to help me 🙂

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Something’s Amiss Received A 4-Star Review!!!

I would like to thank Becki at The Musing Writer for reviewing Something’s Amiss. She gives a pretty good account of the events that lead up to the cliffhanger, so if you’re curious about the plot, definitely check out what she had to say. Here’s a snippet:

I think Something’s Amiss is a good read. I hope Yawatta does a follow up book on this story, because I can’t wait to see what happens next.

If you’d like to read the rest, please visit–Book Review on Something’s Amiss By Yawatta Hosby.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Book Review: Playmates By Jess C. Scott

***I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review***

ABOUT THE SERIES:

A psychological thriller about a brother sister serial killing team–and their slow descent into amoral mayhem.

Follow the Wilde twins in a twisted tale of love and loyalty…

GENRE: Psychological Thriller

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Book 1 PLAYMATES:

As kids, Tania and Trevor’s unsupervised play time offers a lifeline to sanity amidst the chaos of family dysfunction. When danger threatens Tania, Trevor isn’t willing to stand by and watch his sister get hurt. The instinct for survival is only rivaled by the killer instincts the Wilde siblings encourage in each other. Instincts that turn into a deadly game igniting their first taste for blood.

Book #1 in The Wilde Twins trilogy.

18212105I enjoyed this book. Meet Trevor and Tania, a set of twins who were doomed from the start. Talk about dysfunctional parents! Each twin had a first person point-of-view account, my favorite type of stories to read. My favorite line: “Do the crime, do the time…”

I respected the author’s edginess. She wasn’t afraid to tackle taboo subjects. I can’t really explain; otherwise, I’d be posting spoilers. Those kids, especially Tania, went through hell and back, and this was only between the ages of 9-13! I cringed through a lot of the book because Jess C. Scott did an excellent job of showing rather than telling. She painted a vivid picture in my head, and I really felt for Trevor and Tania.

I really loved the twists and turns throughout the story. Their mother was a piece of work. I cheered when she died. Was their dad a saint? Did he look out for their best interests? Or was he an evil monster? You’ll have to read to find out.

It was a nice build up to the twin’s first kill. I had chills down my spine through most of the book. And that cliffhanger! Talk about mind-blowing!

Normally, I’m not into series, preferring standalone novels, but I have to check out the next book to see what happens with Tania and Trevor’s journey as teenagers.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

For more information on the author or book:

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Weekend Writing Warriors Excerpt #1

This week I just joined the Weekend Writing Warriors. By 9 AM on Sundays, an 8 sentence excerpt of your manuscripts or drafts is shared around the web. It can be from published or unpublished works. It’s a cool concept that I couldn’t pass up. If you’re interested in checking out the other writers who participated for the week, please go to  WeWriWa’s Website on JUNE 22ND.

For my debut, I picked a section from my women’s fiction novella, Something’s Amiss. Poe and Oliver have just tucked in Raven, his younger cousin. Here’s the excerpt:

The kitchen was quiet, heightening her anxiousness. “It’s good seeing everyone again, especially your mom.” Good. Keep the focus on his family, not him.

He smirked, mischief in his expression. “Everyone? Even me?”

Oh no, he was opening a whole can of worms.

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21795800.jpg2Oliver never thought he’d see his ex, Poe, step foot in Rhode Island again. But, she returns a year later to pay her respects for the loss of Jenna, Oliver’s cousin. Deciding life’s too short, he plans to fight for what he wants. Can he convince Poe to give him a second chance? Or will old resentments resurface?

Poe’s life is going well in Pittsburgh. Her comic book is in production, and she has a great social life. Her world is shattered when she finds out her best friend, Jenna, passed away. She goes to Rhode Island, planning to attend the funeral. She gets an unexpected surprise when she’s able to bond with Jenna’s younger daughter, Raven. And, for a long time, she thought her ex hated her. Poe soon realizes, maybe she was wrong.

Amazon          —Goodreads          —My Book Page

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

 

Book Review: Unspoken Bonds By Michelle Grey

***I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review***

Being summoned to the emergency room to interpret for deaf patients is nothing new for Rachel Mansfield. But finding herself interpreting for a scared, abandoned little girl with nothing but a note pinned to her shirt? Well, that’s a first.

An instant bond forms between them, and Rachel’s protective instincts kick into high gear as Lily’s mysterious past meets an uncertain future. As hours turn into days, Rachel’s biggest worry is that they won’t find Lily’s family. Until she meets Lily’s uncle, Garrett. Then he becomes her biggest worry.

Betrayed by his family, Garrett Staker knows his path. He’s plotted every step. And as he closes in on his most important business goal, one thing is certain–his plan doesn’t include assuming responsibility for a niece who was presumed dead after his sister’s murder.

Despite the undercurrent of attraction, Rachel and Garrett are at odds over Lily’s future. But as Garrett’s business comes under attack from within, and the questions about Lily’s past loom larger, they must find a way to work together. Their lives, and Lily’s, depend on it.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00075]I loved this book. My favorite lines: 1) She might not be sure of his motives, but there was something real, and painful, behind his decision. 2) “I’m a businessman, Ms. Mansfield. My life isn’t designed to include a child.” 3) She was officially in creeper territory now, but at two in the morning her objectivity was long gone. 4) Funny thing about logic, though. Sometimes it lacked conviction. 5) Principle and discipline be damned; he was tired of cold showers.

Rachel and Garrett were strangers who were forced to meet once Lily came into the picture. Lily was a cute little girl who was deaf. She was abandoned, so Rachel had to help her until she could find a home. Garrett was her uncle. I felt for all parties involved. Garrett and his mom had thought Lily had died alongside her mother. He led a busy life and didn’t have time for a child. I respected his decision, but at the same time, it would’ve been heartache if Lily was abandoned again. Rachel and Lily bonded, so Rachel agreed to move in with Garrett to a different state to help him raise Lily until he could get back on his feet.

Even though Garrett was selfish, I still liked him as a character. I thought his and Rachel’s back and forth was cute. The sarcasm was entertaining. I loved the suspense. There was something not quite right about Andy, a stranger from the park. Plus, who took photos of Rachel and Lily? Who had murdered Lily’s mom, Garrett’s sister?

The author had a brilliant talent with setting. I could touch, smell, hear, and feel everything as though I was there with the characters. The story had a very cute ending.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

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Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby