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I’m Doing NANOWRIMO This Year!!!

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“Holy shit, I’m doing NANOWRIMO this year….”

In other words, “what thee HELL did I get myself into?” She says in a slight Irish accent.

Seriously, though. It’s kind of, or lots of crazy up in here. What is Nanowrimo, you might ask? Take it away, Google!

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Brilliant. So, hundreds of thousands of us apparently lose our damn minds and are determined to bust out 50,000 words in 30 days. At least, it’s genius to have this accountability and community while losing said damned minds. I’m actually really excited. I have watched from a distance many rally hard towards this novel goal for at least three Novembers now and always wondered if I’d have the mental stamina and time to participate myself. My good friend (and CoffeeReadingWriting business partner) Melody, has participated before and pitched doing it together this year. At first, it was a fleeting thought. I would think about it but kind of left it at that. She asked again recently and I just so happen to have gotten a premise and concept for a new contemporary story. That’s when I felt more prepared to dive in with only three weeks to spare.

Here we are, less than a week away from this crazy endeavor and time has kind of slipped from me with work and stuff. I’m trying not to freak out. For the most part, I have a pretty solid story to work with but being this is my first year, I would like to be more prepared. Tomorrow’s Wednesday, which is usually CRW work days with Melody and then I work at the paint studio Friday through Sunday. Yikes. I decided that leaves Thursday to say “LEAVE ME ALONE WORLD”, stock up on snacks, lots of coffee and use the entire day to outline and prep for Sunday…HOLY GUACAMOLE, Sunday is day one of NANO!

The super awesome and talented Melody did something pretty freaking awesome and made book covers for our NanoWrimo entries to have in our profile. I absolutely love what she did for mine. It encompasses the theme of the book beautifully!

Wanna see? Check out both of our NanoWrimo profiles to check out our novel titles, covers, and synopses. 

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Are you participating this year? If so, let’s be buddies! I’m already working on two other projects; one, I’m editing, the other, I’m drafting. Going into an entirely new project seems crazy right now but unlike my main two WIP (works-in-progress), this new one for November is an adult contemporary. My other projects are dystopian or post-apocalyptic supernatural which require crazy world-building and intricate plots. I’m actually excited to delve into a contemporary story for the first time. Well, first time in novel form. In the past, I used to write tons of contemporary screenplays (movie scripts), but the process is completely different.

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I feel I need this to get me out of this writing rut I’ve been on. Granted, life has kind of gotten out of hand on my end here so that’s affected it as well but it’s been frustrating having these stories in your head, wanting to get penned but for x, y reason, nothing.

One confession I will make about that is Editing. The editing process, when doing it for the first time is overwhelming and discouraging. It totally stumped me and kind of snuffed out any motivation. It’s why I’m glad to step back from that and dive into Nano this month. I’m hoping those juices and adrenaline will kick-start things to get back into a consistent groove of writing and less avoiding.

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GOOD LUCK to all participants! Let’s kick NanoWrimo ass!

COUNT DOWN: T-MINUS FOUR DAYS

Melody and I just did a video for our business channel about, “The Writing Process”, where we shared ours. Check it out!

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Book Tour and GIVEAWAY – ‘Dirty English’ by Ilsa Madden-Mills

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Hello friends!

For all my bookish folks who love New Adult, sexy, British twins, a wounded fighter who has so much more to offer than he’s given credit for, an inspired Pride and Prejudice modern tale, then you NEED to check out Ilsa’s new release, ‘Dirty English’! By far, my favorite from all her current works. I am a lover of Jane Austen and I have recently become obsessed with the New Adult genre, so tickle me pink when I get an author who gives me a beautiful, inspired mix of both!

Celebrating the release week, ‘Dirty English’ is going on tour–a book tour and today, is making a stop here on thee blog! Check out an except from the book below for a taste of Declan and Elizabeth. For a synopsis on the book, go take a quick looksie at my previous post, Release Day Blitz.

Also, there’s a GIVEAWAY! Might as well take your chances and try your hand at this giveaway for a SIGNED PAPERBACK COPY OF DIRTY ENGLISH! 

Enjoy pals and GOOD LUCK!

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Excerpt of DIRTY ENGLISH

“Come to my apartment and spend the night with me.” I touched his face, my fingers stroking the softness of his sensuous lips. “Just one night and we can make this shitty world disappear.”

He exhaled. “A one-night stand?”

“Yeah.”

He cupped my chin. “Someone hurt you, didn’t they?”

My lips tightened. No one at Whitman knew about Colby except for Shelley and Blake, and I sure as hell wasn’t telling him. He’d judge me like everyone else had in Petal, North Carolina. “That’s none of your business.”

“I see.” His eyes searched mine until I felt like a bug under a microscope. “What if I wanted more than just one night?”

“Then your hands can let go of my hips now.”

He removed his hands slowly, the tips of his fingers grazing mine. “This may surprise you, but I don’t sleep with every girl I kiss.”

I’d been rejected. Again. “Blake said you got around, that you used—”

“And you believed him?” His voice was incredulous. “Dude is in love with you and he saw exactly how we looked at each other tonight—”

Looked at each other? What are you talking about? You refused to dance with me and then you ran off with your girlfriend. Not to mention I just kissed you and you didn’t even care.” I threw my hands up.

“I wanted to fuck you the minute you walked in that party,” he snapped.

“Then why don’t you,” I bit out, tossing back my shoulders.

“You think you want me?” he said tightly. “You can’t handle me, Elizabeth. I can see it in your eyes. You’re scared of something, maybe not me, but something.”

My eyes went to his black eye.

He let out a harsh laugh. “Ah, that’s what you’re afraid of. You want the real truth? You told me tonight you didn’t like violence, but I’m an arsehole who uses his fists. That’s who I am.”

“What do you mean?”

His gaze was intense, dark and low, his face struggling as he fought to find the right words. “I’m in a fight club for money. I show up at warehouses and fight other blokes. Sometimes I beat them so bad they need medical attention. A few times, I’ve been beat to unconsciousness. I’m everything you need to stay away from.”

I inhaled, anger and lust and excitement all riding me. Anger that he was pushing me away, lust for the alpha male in him, and God help me, the fighting thing repelled me and excited me at the same time. “I don’t want to stay away from you. I want you to fuck me and stop making excuses for why you can’t.”

My words seemed to snap his taut restraint.

He pulled me back in his arms, his lips fusing with mine unerringly. His tongue plundered me in a sensual way my body had craved for years. I wrapped my arms around his neck, my anger morphing into all-out desire as he turned us and pressed me against the wall.

Yes, yes, this is what I craved.

A passion to remind me that I was real, not just some sad excuse of a girl who chose to exist on scraps of love.

Before I knew it, he’d shoved my robe off, his hands sculpting my shoulders, massaging them as he ravaged my mouth. I reveled in the warmth of his hand on my neck as his mouth skated down, kissing the hollows of my throat, sucking on my collarbone.

“Like this?” he asked, his voice dark and gravelly. “You want me to take you up against this wall?”

“Yes,” I moaned. Gone. Past caring as long as he kept his hands on me.

Out of control, my brain whispered, but I beat back the dark warnings as his warm hand found my breast and squeezed, his fingers rolling my nipple between his thumb and forefinger.

I gasped in pleasure and arched my back to get closer to his body, ignoring the fear that pricked at the surface.

The rules girl in my head stamped her foot and yelled at me. I ignored her.

But even if I wanted to stop right now, I couldn’t. My tongue tangled wildly with his, my hands pulled at his hair, spurring him on, his hand palming my breast and then tugging. Sharp sensations of need went straight to my core.

“Is this what you want? Something quick where we just take what we want and forget each other the next day?”

No. Not that. Not like the way he said it, like it was something dirty.

“Yes, like that,” I whispered against his shoulder, my mouth on his skin, tasting him as my teeth bit down.


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About the Author:

ilsa madden -millsaNew York Times and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap.

She’s addicted to all things fantasy, including unicorns and sword-wielding heroes in books. Other fascinations include frothy coffee beverages, dark chocolate, Instagram, Ian Somerhalder (seriously hot), astronomy (she’s a Gemini), Sephora make-up, and tattoos.

She has a degree in English and a Master’s in Education.

When she’s not pecking away on her computer, she shops for cool magnets, paints old furniture, and eats her weight in sushi.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

You can stalk her on her website as well as get signed books: http://www.ilsamaddenmills.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorilsamaddenmills?pnref=lhc

IG: https://instagram.com/ilsamaddenmills/

Twitter: @ilsamaddenmills

Ilsa Madden-Mills’ other books:

VERY BAD THINGS

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1RH9CJY

iBooks: http://apple.co/1gl5Yaj

BN: http://bit.ly/1bOyH2g

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1D0BVw5

VERY WICKED BEGINNINGS

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1K5NvX8

VERY WICKED THINGS

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1NvRIr5

iBooks: http://apple.co/1mVS3Wo

BN: http://bit.ly/1mT1cDB

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1C9EZt3

VERY TWISTED THINGS

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1cvvkkh

iBooks: http://apple.co/1eN7Clh

BN: http://bit.ly/1KK0ljh

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1BHcK4R

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ: “Dirty English” by Ilsa Madden-Mills

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It’s here! It’s here! THE BRITISH ARE COMING, THE BRITISH ARE COMING….They’re here!


Meet Declan and Elizabeth in Ilsa Madden-Mills new fighter romance!

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★★ PURCHASE Dirty English Today!★★

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**Dirty English is a modern love story inspired by Pride and Prejudice**

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A scarred fighter.

A girl with rules.

One night of unbridled passion.

There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Bennett: she’s smart as a whip, always in control, and lives by a set of carefully crafted rules. She’s learned the hard way that people you love the most always hurt you in the end.

But then she meets Declan Blay, the new neighbor at her apartment complex.

A tattooed British street fighter, he’s the campus bad boy she’s supposed to avoid, but when he saves her from a frat party gone bad, all her rules about sex and love fly out the window.

She gives him one night of unbridled passion, but he longs for more.

With only a cardboard-thin wall separating their bedrooms, he dreams of possessing the vulnerable girl next door forever.

One night. Two damaged hearts. The passion of a lifetime.

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Quick BookTalk: 

4.75 Stars!

We meet our modern day Elizabeth Bennett during the darkest moment of her life. From the very beginning, the story gripped my heart, clogged my throat with emotions and keep me eager to flip the page to see where life takes our heroine two years later.

Elizabeth’s a smart girl fighting for more than her low income, lack of family support circumstances, and she earns a full ride to a top school full of rich and beautiful people. The very kind of people Elizabeth would prefer to stay away from–especial the opposite sex from that group. Elizabeth doesn’t let the horrendous tragedy of her past rule her future. Or so, she tries and in doing so, has created specific rules for her love life.

Enter Declan “Dirty English” who combats everything you may think of him. He’s from a rich family, a fighter, and campus’ Sexiest Man on Campus! But there is SO much more to Declan than meets the eye. Fighting for his own freedom and his own past demons, Declan recognizes something in Elizabeth only he gets and understands. The connection they have is instant and undeniable and though they both try to remain stubborn to their views and ways, fighting even this very connection, the “dragonfly” deemed it so, and you can’t fight what’s right and meant to be.

This story was beautiful, funny, sexy, and sweet! I absolutely loved it and read it in one sitting. By far, my favorite from this author so far. I love Declan, and I loved Declan and Elizabeth together. Declan’s twin Dax was lovable and hilarious and Elizabeth’s friends, Shelley and Blake were great supporting characters.

I highly recommend this! Read it now! You’ll want your very own “Dirty English” ❤ I’m hoping we may get a Dax story in the near, NEAR future!

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GET YOUR COPY TODAY!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

ilsa madden -millsa

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap.

She’s addicted to all things fantasy, including unicorns and sword-wielding heroes in books. Other fascinations include frothy coffee beverages, dark chocolate, Instagram, Ian Somerhalder (seriously hot), astronomy (she’s a Gemini), Sephora make-up, and tattoos.

She has a degree in English and a Master’s in Education.

When she’s not pecking away on her computer, she shops for cool magnets, paints old furniture, and eats her weight in sushi.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

You can stalk her on her website as well as get signed books: http://www.ilsamaddenmills.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorilsamaddenmills?pnref=lhc

IG: https://instagram.com/ilsamaddenmills/

Twitter: @ilsamaddenmills

Ilsa Madden-Mills’ other books:

VERY BAD THINGS

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1RH9CJY

iBooks: http://apple.co/1gl5Yaj

BN: http://bit.ly/1bOyH2g

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1D0BVw5

VERY WICKED BEGINNINGS

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1K5NvX8

VERY WICKED THINGS

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1NvRIr5

iBooks: http://apple.co/1mVS3Wo

BN: http://bit.ly/1mT1cDB

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1C9EZt3

VERY TWISTED THINGS

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1cvvkkh

iBooks: http://apple.co/1eN7Clh

BN: http://bit.ly/1KK0ljh

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1BHcK4R

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BOOK TALK: ‘Sweet Obsession’ by J. Daniels

– Let’s Talk About ‘Sweet Obsession’, Yeah? –

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Goodreads Synopsis: 

Author’s Note: Sweet Obsession can be read as a standalone novel.

Everyone knows Brooke Wicks loves to have a good time. She’s not interested in getting serious, settling down, or limiting herself to one man. So when she meets the sexy, irresistible Mason King, she sees another opportunity to let loose and go wild. But the gorgeous Aussie isn’t interested in just a quick fling with Brooke, and if she wants to get into his bed, she’s going to have to do it on his terms.

Loving fast and hard has always been Mason’s philosophy. He doesn’t want a meaningless connection, he wants it all, and he wants it with Brooke. When she makes her one desire known—to hit it and quit it—Mason wages a plan to ensure Brooke keeps coming back for more. Or so he hopes.

Getting her attention was the easy part. Keeping it might be damn near impossible.

Sweet Obsession is where the Sweet Addiction series meets the Alabama Summer series.


– Let’s Book Talk –

This was definitely an anticipated read. The second I finished When I Fall from the Alabama Series (BamaBoys!), I needed more. I have been a fan of J. Daniels for a while now. She is one of those auto-one-click authors for me. Anything she writes, I’m reading. I first discovered her through the first book in the Sweet Addiction series. Fell in love with Reese and Dylan–especially Reese–and later came across Ben and Mia in the first book of the Alabama series, Where I Belong.

We met Brooke Wicks in Sweet Possession (book two) when she found herself needing a job and her cousin Jules begged Dylan and Joey to let her work at Dylan’s Sweet bakery. Brooke, from what we could gather, was the “irresponsible” party girl who’s never on time and doesn’t even realize that’s not the best work ethic. Somehow, she keeps her job and nearing the end, seems to have found a hidden knack and passion in baking.

Mason…Oh, Mason King is the Hot Yoga Aussie we caught a glimpse of in book two of Alabama series, All I Want. Him and Tessa are now besties and he then moved to (Chicago?), which brings us to our series crossroads in Sweet Obsession.

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Going into this read (which arrived hours earlier than midnight which I jumped and squealed about and bought immediately), I loved that I had a very specific picture of the two main characters. Throughout the process of editing this book, J. Daniels made it known who her inspirations for these characters were. OMG, One Tree Hill’s Brooke IS Brooke Wicks–in looks, personality, attitude, antics, everything! It was so cool because I had her perfectly matched in my head while reading. Then, we have this Aussie hottie Yoga man up there who was every bit Mason King.

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I loved this book. I loved that we were back in Dylan and Reese’s world and got to see where they are now. They have two ADORABLE little ones and Dylan’s pregnant again! I love the light, sweet setting of being in Dylan’s bakery.  I could picture the street we visited so many times throughout, and I could see Mason’s Hot Yoga studio across the street.

It may have been lust at first sight, in EVERY way, but it became Mason’s obsession to not give into Brooke’s MO with guys. He didn’t want to just be another guy she screwed and moved on from. He was determined to break through that wall and show her that there could be more and it could be sweet.

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J. Daniel’s is just one of those authors you know will deliver on two things: HOT and SWEET. Her men are determined, strong, and passionate. Knuckle-headed alphas at times but when they know they’ve found something good, the sweetness they give, the love they pour, is beyond beautiful, and pulls at your heart.

If you’ve read this series and/or the Alabama series–them BamaBoys, tho–then for sure, you will LOVE this addition to the pack. If you haven’t, this could be read as a standalone. Trust me, you’ll want to read them all! Start with Sweet Addiction, then read Where I Belong. Give yourself a taste of both series and you’ll be hooked!

That’s all for today! Happy reading. If any of you check these out, let’s chat about it below!