Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012

2012 was an interesting year for me. Not the best, not the worst. Full of ups and downs, but, hey, it's the downs that make you cherish the ups.

As for the writing, 2012 was a busy year.
I jumped into the cold waters of self-publishing business and now my two novels and a collection of short stories are available on Amazon. Okay, a lot of people do that, but I have to say I'm still a little amazed to see my name and book cover pop up in an Amazon search.
I hope I will learn from the mistakes I made and that 2013 will be even better.

As for books, I read some really interesting stories this year (though some of them probably came out earlier).
My Top 5 Reads of 2012:


On Dublin Street by Samantha Young


Fate Succumbs by Tammy Blackwell

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

Revenge is Sweet by Misty Evans



Hello, Darkness by Sandra Brown


There are so many other stories I want to write and read, so here's to 2013 and catching up on them!
I wish you a Happy New Year!
Natalie



Thursday, December 6, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Hunt is On - Release Date

I've got good and bad news.
Bad first: the next Patroness Novel won't be ready in November.
But...
and here's the good news: The Hunt is On will be available as of December 6!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Cursed 8th Chapter

Hmmm…I don’t know why, but always when I hit the 8th chapter in a book I struggle, not exactly for words but to keep on going.

I don’t know why, since the story line is clear in my head, and on paper. I should have no trouble at all. 
Why always the 8th chapter? 
However, it’s not the first time this happened to me. It’s not writer’s block…more often than not it’s a moment were a few things should already come together and other’s should simmer some more, without suspense or reader’s interest decreasing. The characters want to move on, but sometimes they, too, have no idea where exactly it was they would like to go. It makes me feel as if suddenly trapped in the body of a surgeon and stuck with a lot of pointy and sharp tools in a stranger’s poor brain - without having the slightest clue what to do next.
So, I’m sitting here…8th chapter in black, fat letters on my screen…like a daring or a threat. The story is in a precarious situation – and needs a moment to dangle in the air, for the characters need a moment to take a deep breath before they have to dive into action.
How will I do this? Keep them up there on a kind of ‘pause’ without losing the action, the suspense, that tight moment where questions battle for answers that will come at the end? Well, first of all, I clear my mind, while writing this blog about my own precarious situation.Then I will get back to the book, and we’ll see.