What is NaNo WriMo?

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I have had a few people ask me, “What is NaNo WriMo?” To be honest, I never really thought to write an explanation of it. I thought it was common knowledge, but it’s not! So, I’ll explain it.

NaNo WriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it occurs every November. During the month, writers will go on a writing frenzy, dedicated to writing a novel at least 50k words in length. If you finish by the end of the month, you win! This was my first year participating, so I wasn’t aware of a couple things I will take advantage of for NaNo WriMo 2018.

did finish my novel, Missing, which came out today. My original plan was to put out a new novel in the series every November, but due to my Beta readers’ outcry, I’ve decided to continue writing the series now instead. That does mean Fire of Southland will be put on the backburner. Because I was struggling a bit with it, I think it’s a good decision anyway. Perhaps things will come more smoothly when I start it up again. I will probably do that series after I finish Faith in Concordia.

Since I have Rose of Petrichoria books still coming out in February and May, let’s plan on having the untitled book two of Faith in Concordia out in August. K? K. Cheers!

NaNo WriMo Release

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For NaNo WriMo 2017, I wrote the first book in a new series. The book is called “Missing” and it is the first book in the Faith in Concordia series. Each year, for NaNo WriMo, a new book in this series will be written and released January 1, so you have something fun to read on your day off. I hope you enjoy this first installment. Pre-order today!

Passing of My Inspiration

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As you know, if you have read the Note From The Author following each book of the Rose of Petrichoria series, my first novels were inspired by my wonderful mother. She suffered from Vascular Dementia for the last 10 1/2 years of her life. Though she lived with a caregiver, I took care of her as best I could in every other way, including weekly visits, sleepovers (until the last year), her finances, and other legal matters.

At first, she had near-blindness and short-term memory, but at the end, she no longer had her sight or long-term memory either. As her dementia progressed, she had a stage where she was unknowingly inventing memories and telling them alongside her true memories as if they were fact. If you hadn’t known her a long time, and subsequently had heard each of her stories a million million times, you would never know.

People around her didn’t really know how to respond. Most faded into obscurity. Some called and asked after her once or twice a year. Few interacted with her often and witnessed her decline.

Forgotten was written when my brain was trying to wrap around her experience. What would it be like to believe all these things happened, only to be told they never did? What would it be like for someone to tell you they know you well, when you don’t recognize their face? What if you couldn’t remember anything about your life and had only the people around you to guide you through? How would you react to their fear? Their anger? Their sadness? Their apparent moving on with life?

On November 27, 2017, my mother, Judith LeFebvre Gosvener, was called Home. Although I’m mourning, I know she is waiting for me to rejoin her one day. She is no longer with us in presence. She is no longer suffering. She remembers everything.

One Month

Wow. I cannot believe that Forgotten has been out for a month now. I have some exciting news. If you are local and don’t want to wait for shipping, you can head on down to Uppercase Books and buy Forgotten in print there! Right now, there are only a few on their shelves, so you’d better hurry before they run out!

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Price Change!

I have some awesome news. After a great deal of consideration, I’ve decided to lower the price of the Kindle versions of Forgotten and Remembered. Forgotten is now available for $4.99. Remembered is $2.99 if you pre-order. The day Remembered is released, the cost will go up to $4.99. If you know someone who was holding back because of cost, please tell them the news!

Click the image below to purchase the first two books in the Rose of Petrichoria series.

 

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One Week!

There’s only one week left until Forgotten is officially released to the public! I am very excited to share this story with everyone and hope you all love it as much as I loved writing it! Doing this independently of a publisher has been a bit difficult, but everything is finally ready and waiting for release! I ordered a print copy for myself to make sure everything looks perfect and it will be here Tuesday. If it looks good, I’ll post a picture of it! If you’re psyched, let me know!