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Music Monday: Perfect (Ed Sheeran)

For today’s musical selection, I have gone back to my Music to Write By playlist and plucked out this sweet song. It’s one of those songs that is beautiful both as an instrumental number as in this cover by Samuel Solis and with the lyrics.

Did you take the time to listen? If you did, wouldn’t you agree there is a great amount of story inspiration in that song?

Speaking of stories, I do not have an excerpt for you again this week. (Sorry) However, I should have one next week. I have started a new work in progress, but I only have the first chapter done so far. I should have another chapter or two done before next Monday, which should give me the assurance that what I share is going to almost assuredly 😉 end up in the final draft. This also means that I should have chapter one posted on Patreon before the week is over. At least those are my plans.

Today, for those who might have missed Friday’s Feature, is the last day to pick up A Dash of Darcy Duo 2 at its introductory price of $2.99 USD (other currencies also reduced) on either Kobo or Kindle.  This duo is a one book set of the previously published Dash of Darcy stories Discovering Mr. Darcy and Unravelling Mr. Darcy.

If you remember from past Monday posts, Unravelling Mr. Darcy was supposed to have a sequel to tell Anne’s story (called Becoming Entangled), but then, it morphed into a trilogy. I have just received the third story of this trio, Enticing Miss Darcy, back from my second reader, and I will be starting final edits of that this week. Publication should be in early March as planned.

I do have some promo’s coming up this week with Kobo. I will send out a newsletter to my mailing list with the info as the days approach, and of course, I will post on social media as well. One promo starts on Wednesday and the other two start on Thursday. I am new to these sorts of promos on Kobo, so I am kind of waiting to see if there is a code that I need to give you before I announce anything. They run through the weekend, so I will strive to put an announcement on the blog on Friday, so you can take advantage of the discounts in time for some weekend reading. 🙂

I think that’s all the writing news I have for you today. I hope that you have an awesome week!

Oh, wait, I want to show you one more thing. I finally got some samples of my mugs from my Society6 store, BonnyLassCreatives. They took a while to get here, and sadly, I had to wait an extra day between getting the notice that they were at the post office and being able to pick them up (after I paid the duties, of course — a drawback to having to order from the US. 🙂 ) However, I love them. I have four — one from One Winter’s Eve, one from With the Colonel’s Help, one from His Beautiful Bea, and the one below, which is from Becoming Entangled and has been my water mug while writing this week. 🙂

Is it dangerous? Not if we do it correctly.

Ok, now you may get on with your week! 🙂

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Leenie B Books

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Friday’s Feature: A Dash of Darcy Duo 2

Introducing a new Dash of Darcy Duo!

This duo contains the Dash of Darcy novellas Discovering Mr. Darcy and Unravelling Mr. Darcy. This is the first time that these two novellas have been available in a “combo pack,” and for this weekend only (Feb. 16-19,2018) it will be available on both Kindle and Kobo for the sweet price of $2.99 USD (Prices reduced worldwide dependent on currency). After this weekend, the price will go up to its regular price of $4.99. So, if you have not yet picked up these two novellas, now is your chance to get both for the price of one!

For those not yet familiar with my Dash of Darcy stories, these novellas range from about 20,000 to 25,000 or just slightly more words and answer the question “what if Darcy and Elizabeth’s story took a different path to happily ever after?” Each story in this collection will depart from the original work, Pride and Prejudice, at some specific point in that story’s timeline, and while some parts of the continuation may mirror the original, most will not because these tales are reimaginings and not retellings.

Because this month’s featured book is actually a pair of books, this post is going to be a bit long.  I will begin by sharing a short description and an excerpt from Discovering Mr. Darcy and follow that with the short description and an excerpt from Unravelling Mr. Darcy.

Remember that this book will only be priced on Kindle and Kobo at the cost of one of the books, $2.99, for this weekend, Feb. 18-19, 2018. After Monday, the price will go up.
Continue reading Friday’s Feature: A Dash of Darcy Duo 2

Thursday’s Three Hundred: Confounding Caroline, Part 18

You can find previous posts HERE.

Part Eighteen

Mr. Bennet popped his head out of his study door.  “Hill.”

“Yes, sir.”

“Could you inform Lizzy that I would like to see her?”  He held a very interesting missive in his hand and knew that his daughter had also received some correspondence from town.  He was interested to know what Jane and Mrs. Gardiner had to say.

He closed the door and returned to his chair.  Propping his feet on a footstool, he peered through his glasses once again at Edward Gardiner’s surprising letter. He gave it a quick perusal and then put it aside to open the next unexpected piece of mail.  Colonel Fitzwilliam? The name did not sound familiar to him at all.

He smoothed the creases out of the letter and began reading.

Mr. Bennet,

Allow me to introduce myself to you. I am the Right Honorable Richard Fitzwilliam, colonel in his majesty’s militia and second son of the Earl of Matlock. I am also the cousin of Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley in Derbyshire, whose acquaintance you hold, and the co-guardian of his sister, Miss Georgiana Darcy. 

What follows is information that is of a very sensitive nature, and I would request that as a gentleman you guard it with utmost care.

Darcy has made me aware of the presence in your neighbourhood of a particular scoundrel with a well-practiced charm and ease of manner which will ingratiate him with nearly one and all.  However, he is not to be trusted with credit, wagers, or the hearts and virtue of young ladies.  Continue reading Thursday’s Three Hundred: Confounding Caroline, Part 18

Music Monday: Austen Girls, That Don’t Impress Me Much

I thought I would have a bit of fun with today’s post. 🙂 I know that Valentine’s Day is coming, and I did consider posting a sweet love song sort of montage video (there are several on my Music Meets Movies playlist). However, as I was scrolling through that list, I came upon this one.  May your Valentine far exceed these options. 🙂

Did you notice how the splicing of a few clips makes the story appear to be different from how it actually is in the film? I did. BUT I still enjoy the video — and that last shot of Henry Crawford and his expression as he walks away, I thought worked perfectly as an ending both for the video and song.

Just like last week, I do not have a story excerpt to share this week, but I do have a little peek into my writing process for those who might find such things interesting. 🙂

I have finished the bonus short story to go with Enticing Miss Darcy, and I have received notes back on Enticing Miss Darcy from my first reader. This means I will be sending it out to my second reader this week.

That means I will need to begin a new story this week, which also means I most likely will not have an excerpt ready to share by next Monday.  I always like to have a few thousand words of a story written before sharing.

So, how do those few thousand words and the rest of the story get written? Like this:

I tend to follow a process of writing that I like to call writing into the fog. (It’s my take on the info found in Writing into the Dark by Dean Wesley Smith.)  What this means for me is that planning before I begin is minimal — think word webs and sticky notes and a few bullet points at the most.

Where my planning happens is during writing. I fill in sheets of information as I go, and I have a story structure diagram hanging above my desk that reminds me to ask how the scene I am about to write fits into the plot.

To a planner sort of person, it might seem a bit scattered and even scary to write a story without an outline safety net. However, for me, an official sort of outline tends to tie me up in knots creatively.

It’s taken me a long while to accept that this is how I write best and embrace it. It’s not a ‘wrong’ way for me to write — it might be for someone else, but it is not for me.  This is where I got stuck — worrying that I was doing it wrong — until I read Dean Wesley Smith’s book in which he pretty closely described how I tend to write.

I did a series of seven posts on Instagram (#writingintothefog) about how I was writing Enticing Miss Darcy using this into the fog method.

In brief, my process looks like this:

  1. Brainstorm — Choosing the title first is major as that tends to be my focus. Then, I consider incidents that might happen along the way and any character defects/improvements I wish to include. This might be done by scrawling all over a page or plastering it with sticky notes, or it might simply be done in my mind.
  2. Set up the notes page document — this includes a chapters chart, a calendar, a section for characters and details, and a section to list relationship plot points. I also include an area for a working blurb, in case I have one. I don’t always.
  3. Begin writing — Jump right into the action. Step into a character’s head and settle in for at least the first scene. Remember to record things on the notes page.
  4. On the second day and all following days, I will re-read/edit what I wrote the day before writing a new scene. Remember to record things on that notes page. It’s super important to help keep things straight and see how the story is building.
  5. Anytime there is a need for a name or some info needs researching — pause and research before continuing. (And don’t forget to record things on the note page if necessary. 🙂 )
  6. Share — excerpts on Mondays and full chapters on Patreon.
  7. Freak out somewhere in the middle that I’m messing it all up, question everything, and torment my friends with my self-doubts. Take their advice to basically shut up and get on with it. (They always say it nicer than that. That’s how I reword it to myself. LOL)
  8. Hit that exciting moment when the ending starts to come into view and realize that it’s all actually coming together and might work out well. 🙂  (And often get struck by an idea for a sequel or even a series of sequels.)
  9. Write the conclusion.  Share excitedly that I am done! Bask in that glorious feeling for a brief moment before…
  10. Edit <– this includes a full re-read looking for errors and adding a few details that I didn’t already add when I re-read before beginning a new scene each night. Send it to my first reader and fix as needed. Send to my second reader and fix <– this fix includes another full re-read. Finally, prepare for publication.

That’s my process, and believe it or not, as crazy as that list looks, I LOVE doing it. I crave writing time.  I even feel lost when I don’t have something to edit before I start writing each night, and, about the time I start to see the end of my current project, I start getting fidgety about what I will write next.  I simply love to write.  And I can’t express to you how much I appreciate the fact that you guys read that writing whether here on my blog, over on Patreon, or in a book.

Thank you.

Have a wonderful week and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Leenie B Books

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Thursday’s Three Hundred: Confounding Caroline, Part 17

You can find previous posts HERE.

Part Seventeen

So it was settled that, as soon as it was convenient, Bingley and Darcy would find a way to meet Sir Matthew Broadhurst and evaluate his suitability as a husband for Caroline.  It took only two days from the time of the decision being made in Darcy’s drawing room for an opportunity for such a meeting to occur.

As the sun was beginning its journey to its height, warming the earth and the people who had ventured out into the crisp air of a clear winter’s morning, Darcy and Bingley came upon a solitary rider loping his way through the park, a groom trailing at a good distance behind him.  Bingley, as he always did, tipped his hat and wished the gentleman a good morning.

The gentleman returned the gesture and then slowed his horse as he drew nearer Bingley and Darcy.

“I do not believe I have had the pleasure of making your acquaintance,” he began. “I am Sir Matthew Broadhurst of Stoningham in Surrey.”

“Charles Bingley,” Bingley returned, “and my friend, Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley in Derbyshire.  It is a pleasure to meet you.”

“Indeed it is,” Darcy agreed.  Continue reading Thursday’s Three Hundred: Confounding Caroline, Part 17