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The month of September has been a whirlwind so far. I got sick and am still recovering. We’re on the verge of packing our house because we sold house #1 (more on this to come). And, today, 9/11, I fasted for the first time. The fast ran from 6 AM to 6 PM today (I didn’t eat till 7:20 though). During that fast, we prayed for North Carolina — that God will guide hurricane Florence out to sea and have mercy on the US.

September 11th has been sobering today, as well. Our nation changed seventeen years, and it has never been the same. We cannot forget the lives lost and given that day. Remember. And continue to pray for mercy over our nation!

I do have exciting news. Seek is coming to an end sooner than I expected, so beta reader sign ups are OPEN! You can sign up HERE:

I have to run write, so that’s all for now. 😉 Thanks so much and see y’all soon. God bless!

– Ang

 

HOW HAS YOUR SEPTEMBER BEEN? DID YOU SIGN UP, FRIEND?

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DEEP WATERS | UPDATES

Last week, I wrote GOD WILL NOT FORSAKE US because God has shown me lots of truths during this year. The past few months have been jammed full of stressful circumstances, decisions, and plans for the future. It can be a struggle not to get bogged down by the disasters and get exhausted from trudging through it all. We’ve been working on our house which is finally on the market again (prayers that God’s will be done and that it sells soon would be greatly appreciated), among a list of other trials that face us.

God tells us to seek Him. Sometimes, that’s as ‘little’ as praying to Him throughout the day, and giving short but heartfelt prayers over things you have no control over. There’s so, so much in life I just can’t control or help — but I can pray. Prayer counts. Praising God for everything is important! Even when we have lists of things to fear or want to run from.

Hard work counts, too. While God wants us to have faith and be still, there are times when we have to be willing to work hard to do His will. My family and I have been doing a lot of working and preparing. When it feel like we’re in deep waters, even if the storm is tossing the waves, with God… we can walk on water. So, take courage, y’all!

Amidst the whirlwind, I’ve been tackling Seek’s final draft. I worked on it during Camp NaNo in July, but didn’t make booming progress. At the start of August, I made a goal of 30,000 words. I’m at 25,000 words on the 21st. Seek’s draft is over 70,000 right now, so I’m getting close to the end! =) I’ll be giving Seek out to beta readers during October (God willing), and while sign ups aren’t open yet (won’t be for a while, ha!), if any of you are interested in telling me you’d like to beta Seek, you can contact/message me beforehand. You can visit Seek’s page for the very rough synopsis which isn’t final yet. 😛 Here’s a quick snippet for you:

SEEK

ELI’S POINT OF VIEW

I shoved my questions aside, focusing on getting Angel out of danger. She didn’t wake or stir in my arms. The kind, loyal Angel was bloody and limp. And it was because of Michelle, who’d grown up with Angel, who’d watched Angel learn to walk, learn to speak… How could someone do this to their family?

Michelle had made her choice. She choice to destroy the family that had raised and loved her. I’d failed to protect Angel once. Not again.

Jake’s gun never left Fahn, though Fahn looked strangely bored. Michelle didn’t make a move but then she snarled at Fahn: “The cops, we need to go! NOW!”

Fahn cocked his head at me and Jake, smirking, stepping to the car. “Excuse us.”

Bang!

 

Well, I think that’s all for today, folks. I have to go get back at tacklin’ life. 😉 What has life been like for you? I’m always here to pray for y’all!

God bless.

– Ang

 

DO YOU WANT TO BETA READ SEEK (EVEN IF IT IS A COUPLE MONTHS EARLY TO ASK… *RUNS OFF*)? HOW HAS YOUR SUMMER BEEN?

CAMP NANO WEEK THREE | JULY ’18

Well, week three was really relaxed, as far as writing goes. I didn’t do over and beyond — but I’m not bummed. At the beginning of the year, I decided I’d cut myself some slack for July’s Camp, because of so much going on and it being summer. It’s a good thing I did! This week contained a lot of chores and preparing the house (for selling). Also, Mom and Dad left for a few days, so we held down the farm. And I cleaned. A lot. And blew the shofar hourly because God said to.

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DAY FIFTEEN | 1,000

DAY SIXTEEN | 350

DAY SEVENTEEN | 400

DAY EIGHTEEN | 2,280

DAY NINETEEN | 570

DAY TWENTY | 2,000

DAY TWENTY ONE | 1,600

Overall Word Count: 30,000

I won Camp NaNo on the 21st at 30,000 — and counting! Seek’s final draft isn’t done but it’s moving along! Like I’ve said, I wanted this month to be less stressful, so while I haven’t been pushing myself insanely hard, I’ve been writing steadily. I’ll continue to work on Seek, because I plan on publishing it toward the end of this year. 🙂

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SEEK SNIPPET #1 | ELI POV

I got to my feet and stretched, turning away from the window. I went to wake Asher in the other bedroom, footsteps silent, pushing the door open.

Asher’s snoring made me scoff: “Asher. Your turn.”

Asher groaned. “Five more minutes.”

“Asher, the house is on fire.”

Snoring.

“Asher, there’s a snake in the closet!”

Snoring. Sniffing.

“Asher.” I nudged him hard, sighing. It’d been more fun to tease like that as kids. “Wake up.”

“What?” Asher lifted his head like a confused chicken and looked around. “What?”

“Your turn to watch.” I headed to the door and went back to the window, sighing. A few moments later, Asher staggered over, sitting down in the chair. His grumpy scowl made me bite back a chuckle — he wouldn’t like it if I laughed at him.

SEEK SNIPPET #2 | ANGEL POV

I almost drifted back to sleep when I heard a small thud from the hallway. A part of me opted to ignore it and stay in my warm bed, but then I remembered we were on the run and thuds in the night should be investigated. Even if I was a zombie doing so. Crawling off the bed and stepping across the wood floors on tiptoe, I eased the door open a bit wider.

Nothing.

What had been that sound? No one was in the hall.

I crept towards the kitchen slowly, trying to blend into the shadows.

Shuffling came from the kitchen. I tensed, praying it wasn’t some intruder, but stopped at the end of the hall. In the kitchen, opening the fridge, stood… Todd?

Well, Todd’s better than an intruder, right? Or… No, he’s not running away. He’s making… a sandwich?

 

HOLLOW BONES SNIPPET | HERMAN POV

“You’re right.” I’d said it! But I gulped hard, looking away. “I’m sorry for ditching you like that.”
“Again.” She bit.

“Yeah, again.”

She just snickered bitterly: “So?! A lot of people ditch. My own brother does. And he’s supposed to be some huge Army hero. He leaves his family behind with no second thoughts. Why should I expect anything different from you?!” She stared straight ahead but her eyes burned. Once again, I saw more in her than I wanted to see, and I couldn’t push it away.

Her words clawed at my chest. I could throw everyone else’s words away. Why was that getting harder to do now?

“I’m not Bryson.” I said calmly. “And I’m not leaving again.”

“I don’t want to handle the secret. Let someone else do it.” She stopped sharply and looked up at me, fists shaking. “I’m constantly trying to face the battles God gives me — but not this one!”

Fear. Fear glinted in her eyes. I couldn’t take that away.

But I could fight with her, instead of against.

 

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Also, I earned my purple belt at the karate belt exam, and got a top score in my age group. I can’t thank my family and second family at the dojo enough… they all are supportive, encouraging, and just overall amazing. And Kody got his (third degree) brown belt! I am SO proud of him!

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That’s all for now, folks! God bless.

– Ang

 

ARE YOU CLOSE TO WINNING CAMP NANO? HOW IS YOUR SUMMER GOING?

CAMP NANO UPDATE | JULY ’18

The first and second weeks of Camp NaNo are over. I didn’t track day by day progress like I usually do, and my lame excuse is ‘I was too busy’, though I was busy the other Camps, too. 😛 But I used the Camp’s tracker and got the word count totals, I just have no commentary. Ha!

My main project for this month is finishing Seek‘s final draft (or at least getting it down to the final chapters). However, my word count also includes smaller projects, like pieces of HELLFIRE and some short stories. I did, however, spend a good deal of time with the blog launch for my novella The Thief, The Damsel, And The Dragon. My word count goal is 30,000 — I moved it up from 20k within the first week.

I don’t think I’ve explained what Seek is about in a while, so for those of you who are new or want a refresher… Seek takes place in a small town in Tennessee where money can smooth over crimes and thugs are good at not getting caught. There are car chases, creepy bad guys, and fight scenes. Oh, yeah, and humor and romance, too. 😉

Gotta hold the book up so I can read notes easy… xD

Also, this is my fifth time doing Camp NaNo, so that detail has made me nostalgic. Two years ago in July, I wrote the first draft of Seek — and had no Camp cabin. The first April session, I joined up with the brand new Chatter Box! And now, two years later, we have the Chatter Box bursting at the seams, as well as Next Door bustling… and possibly, a third cabin, Yonder — which I named, y’all! xD I was happy the ladies liked that name. I really thank God for the wonderful women He has placed into my life… The writing community I have the blessing to know is absolutely dear to me. Thank y’all!

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Day One | 1,400

Surprised I reached 1k, considering I had a late night before… We all went to a huge firework show. It rocked (ha, get it?) and I really love the big ‘boom’ sounds. And it was done in a valley, so the bangs all echoed — so cool.

Day Two | 2,700

Day Three | 2,900

Day Four | 0

Day Five | 3,225

Day Six | 2,335

Day Seven | 2,440

Day Eight | 400

Day Nine | 400

Day Ten | 700

Day Eleven | 1,600

Day Twelve | 900

Day Thirteen | 1,000

Day Fourteen | 1,600

Overall word count: 21,800

Deaths:

0 (for now)(or that I remember? There might be one…)

Research Time:

Quite a bit. Like what spot to shoot a car and what kinda gun to use (I was pretty correct with my assumptions to start with). And how some drugs work and side effects. And how severe hyperthermia works (just to refresh my memory, ha).

Amount of times my characters have ignored me:

Don’t get me started. This is Eli, Asher, and Viktor we’re talking about. No one listens to me.

And now for some snippets! Which are like, totally unedited, except for one sentence in the last snippet. So, enjoy the insanity. 😛

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HELLFIRE SNIPPET #1

“What are you going to do?!” I hissed, body aching from hunkering down under the bush like some hoodlum in a video game my brother played. I really missed earth and my family and my bed and — “Daithi! Answer!”

“I’m going to set it on fire.” Daithi whispered, smirk cocky as ever grabbing his hood and tossing it over me. “I think that’s a fine idea.”

“No, it’s not! That’s a terrible idea.” I reached to grab his arm. He grunted, leaning in to whisper once more:

“Fire is always a good idea! Stay here.”

“No, it isn’t, you idiot –”

But Daithi jerked away like a little grasshopper and ran. In the darkness, it was difficult to see him, but he ran to the large hut.

I prayed under my breath angrily, heart hammering in my chest.

 

echo SNIPPET

“I’m… I’m… weak.”

“How?” his voice was so soft. So… sad. It made me want to truly break. I didn’t have to be strong now. Not with him. Everyone else, yes, I had to be strong and encouraging and brave for.

But him?

I could break and scream and cry… He’d only remind me of truths like I was still made of gold. He saw great amounts of pain in his world, yet never told me my pains were tiny. Or stupid.

“I can’t… FIX anything! Nothing! Nothing at all!” I cried, head down as I hugged my chest tight. “God isn’t listening! He’s just… We’re alone!”

His voice came gently: “You aren’t alone. He’s with you. Right now.”

 

SEEK SNIPPET #1 | ANGEL POV

“I didn’t mean…” Eli sucked in a breath, obviously struggling for words. “I didn’t mean to make you out to be like her. You’re not. I know that. I just… I was just being stupid.”

Asher looked at Eli like he’d grown another head, but a slow smirk tugged on his lips.

I bit my lip, shaking my head slightly. “I’m… sorry I blew up.”

“You’re stressed. Rightfully so.” Eli’s tone was matter-of-fact. “I am sorry, though. I don’t think you have a grudge. I just wasn’t thinking.”

“He does that a lot.” Asher added easily.

 

SEEK SNIPPET #2 | ANGEL POV

We were total strangers. He was a thug. Not a great mix for relaxation.

Unless you were Asher.

He lay sprawled out on the living room couch, eating ice cream out of the tub, dressed in pajamas. The TV played a Western movie with John Wayne in it, or someone famous I couldn’t recall very well. He hadn’t a care in the world.

I was almost jealous of him. I couldn’t sit still or eat much, and I gulped down water thirstily, growing queasy. Don’t panic now. Just because we’re sharing our safe house with two thugs who shot at us… Doesn’t mean I have to be afraid. OK, Lord. Please, help me. My flesh is really weak right now. And tired. And it’s not been but a few days… Help me… Give us all strength. And courage. I could use some courage right now…

 

SEEK SNIPPET #3 | ELI POV

I glanced to the shooter calmly, “What’s your name, kid?”

He scowled at my nickname. “I’m Todd. And you’re really screwed.”

“Hardly an intimidating threat when you’re the one shaking.” I replied easily, glancing at his trembling hands. How had he gotten in Viktor’s group if he was so… Immature? “You sure you’re one if Viktor’s guys, kid?”

“Stop calling me that.” Todd snapped, fists clenched tight. He stepped closer to Earl but Asher didn’t look up from bandaging Earl’s arm.

“Hey.” Earl eyed me, eyes piercing. Warning. “Leave him be.”

 

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I’ve had these lil’ dudes for over a year and just now am showing them to y’all… sorry.

Alright, so, I’m pretty tired and want to relax (or maybe just freak out over the upcoming Venom movie. Which comes out THE SAME DAY AS ‘TRENCH’ DOES, ON OCTOBER 5TH. Trench is Twenty One Pilots’ new album, by the way… Let’s just say, my birthday month is looking fabulous… 😉 )…. So, that’s all for now! God bless.

– Ang

 

HOW IS YOUR CAMP NANO GOING? ARE YOU REACHING YOUR GOALS? ALSO, ANYONE ELSE ODDLY EXCITED FOR VENOM?

BLOG TOUR: THE THIEF, THE DAMSEL, AND THE DRAGON | WINNERS

Howdy, y’all! You had to come back for more, huh?

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Well, I know I’m cool, but I didn’t know — oh. You’re here for the giveaway winners. Right! Yay!

I’m super excited to announce the first (who will get a signed paperback copy of The Thief, The Damsel, And The Dragon) and second place (who will get a digital copy of TT,TD,TD) winners to my giveaway. First, I wanna give a huge thanks to everyone who entered! I wish I could send all y’all a copy. xD But you can still buy the novella here!

NOW! For the WINNERS!

 

 

Ready?

 

 

Did you SAY yes, or just think it?

 

 

Am I annoying yet?

 

 

Yeah? Good.

 

 

1ST PLACE WINNER

MADDY C.!

 

2ND PLACE WINNER

PARKER HANKINS!

Eep! I will email you both soon and big congrats to you both! ♥ I hope y’all enjoy TT,TD,TD!

 

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That’s all for today, folks! The first week of Camp NaNo, I wrote over 15,000 words. And I am pretty excited for Seek’s last draft. *screams*

God bless,

– Ang

HOW IS CAMP NANO GOING FOR YOU?