On Finishing First Drafts: Short Stories

Hi, lovely souls!

Well, I have done it again: I have finished two short story drafts in the span of a few months. I got a late start on writing this year, and of course, plans shifted. I started over completely.

With ideas anyway.

But two ideas kept nagging me. Begging me to write them. So, I did. And oddly, they didn’t take very long to draft either.

The first story short I finished is not in my genre at all and totally out of my comfort zone. I’ll call that project #ProjectWave. #ProjectWave is a psychological thriller that needs a lot of work. Or maybe, it doesn’t. I haven’t read it, or even thought about it, honestly, since I printed out two copies and put it away in my writer closet downstairs. But I am planning on editing it, at least once, before compiling it with several other short stories into a secret project for next year. So, there’s that. 🙂

The second short I finished yesterday evening. This short is near and dear to my heart for a myriad of different reasons. This is another story that I’ve tried to *not* write for years. Finally, i finished it. Not a novel, not a novella, but I’m proud that I finished it. I’ll call this one #ProjectNasir. Like #ProjectWave, #ProjectNasir will be included in the secret project, after editing, formatting, and all that good stuff.

So, that’s all I have for now. I’m heading back on another hiatus- into my plotting and planning cave, before I actually start my next project. I have two more to knock out before year’s end.

Wish me luck? How are things with you all?

Until next time.

Keep flying high,

Angel Mystique x 

 

Cover Reveal: BLAKE

Blake by Victoria H. Smith

Releases: August 2018

Blurb:

A chance encounter in rural Texas leads two strangers to a love over thirty years in the making.

 

Blake

 

Her trip across the country led her to me, my town—my booth on my lunch break and I never forgot her. I never forgot our conversation or her… taste when I’d been fortunate enough to have it.

 

She had me in a world where she was mine and, even though the experience of her had only been for a short while, I took that memory into the rest of my life, Anita… the girl who spoke of dreams.

 

She reminded me of my dreams and that it was okay to have them. I made those desires into reality years later, after a fallen marriage and a lifetime of hesitance, but never once did Ann leave me.

 

I never thought I needed anyone when the girl with talks of dreaming finally made it back into my life over three decades later, my family and the strong boys I raised into men all I needed. Anita sure proved me wrong, because not only did I need that woman, I lived for her once I had her back in my life.

 

My sudden heart attack may have brought us back to each other, but our history…

 

It gave us both a second chance.

 

Blake by Victoria H. Smith is a 20,000-word story created just for those who demanded to see and read more about Griffin’s pop, the head of the Chandler brood who has a love story all of his own. Set in the 1980s with flashes to the present, this contemporary romance will steam up your Kindle and possibly make you shed a few tears along the way! An origin story between Blake and Griffin’s stepmom Ann, this short read acts as book six in the Found by You series and is best enjoyed after reading the full-length novel Brody.BlakeCover

Writing Outside of My Genre + Hiatus

Hi, lovely souls.

How are you? I come bearing news.

7 days. 39 pages.

7 months of no writing until….

June 22!

Yes, I finally wrote something- and not only wrote it, but finished a first draft! I finished the first draft of a secret project last night. I printed it out and put it away for a while. I’ll go back and edit it. If I’m publishing it is still up in the air.

But, before I sigh again with relief, let me give you a little backstory on this project as well as my forced hiatus from writing. I had the story idea for years, and I struggled with writing it, because I was afraid. Afraid if I wrote and told this story that people would automatically think that I was a certain way. So, that held me back for years. I’m talking like almost a decade. This idea was given to me when I was still a teenager. So, fast forward some years, and last night around 8 o’ clock, I typed ‘THE END’ on the first 39 pages, almost 6K words. And I felt relief. Finally, the story that had been nagging me, is out of my head; at least until I edit it and make it what it needs to be. (There’s tons of telling, not a lot of showing in 1D, but hey, that’s okay, right?) I will at least edit it once or twice. 😉 Publishing it? I don’t know about that, just yet.

With the relief, I can finally get back to my writing roots: romance and love stories. They are my heart and soul. So, now that the past seven days are behind me, stepping back into the arms of writing what I love is going to feel really good.

Stepping out of my comfort zone taught me that writing in another genre was worth it; because romance and love stories weren’t flowing the way I wanted them to flow. Even while writing by hand.
Oh, yeah, and I typed up 1D 😀 All the typers rejoice!

So, after this current project, my first romance novel or novella of 2018 is complete, I will be a satisfied writer this year. I didn’t want to put so much on my plate, with grad school and work.

Let me pick up a pen and get to writing.

Until next time, lovely souls. 

Keep flying high, 

Angel Mystique x 

 

 

 

Writing Woes + More…

 

Hi, lovely souls.

I know I have been quiet on here, and there is a reason. I’ve been struggling finding my flow again as a writer. I’ve been reading more recently, finding my love for romance novels again (paperbacks, not on my Kindle). I have missed holding a book in my hands and feeling the pages against my fingertips. So, that’s progress.

As much as I am afraid to admit, I am writing again. Today, I am giving myself permission to finally let go of my writing insecurities and just feel- as my literal muse told me the other day. Speaking of muses, this story has been long overdue. And what better way that to focus on me and writing for myself than with a project that has been on my mind for almost six years now.

This… is going to be quite the journey, but today, I am releasing all inhibitions and getting back to what I love: writing and writing romances and love stories. 

I’ll keep you updated on my progress. I promise 😉

How are things in your writing life and personal life? Chat with me. Let’s share stories and help each other grow.

Keep flying high,

Angel Mystique x

 

Angel Reads

Hi, lovely souls.

For the rest of the year, I’m going to be bringing you all more reviews. Book reviews. I’ going to be reading more this year. I know! It’ exciting to be getting back into the groove.

 

Today, I’m bringing you two of the most phenomenal novels I’ve read in the past month.

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I do mean they are phenomenal in their own right! Rachel writes Urban fantasy, YA, and Paranormal. Evie is the type of heroine this genre needs!

Victoria writes heroes that make me swoon and cry. Her leading man Gray made me do just that!

You should 1-click my May favorite reads today! 😀

As Angel Writes…

Hi, lovely souls.

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything here, and I just wanted to give you all a quick update.

Oddly enough, this year hasn’t been like last year. In so many ways. But most importantly, my writing has suffered. I’m still trying to ‘catch my flow’ and find my voice… and get back to the point where I need to write every day. That was me until last night. Sure, I’ve posted a short story on my Facebook page, and sure, I even published Love So Beautiful, but that wasn’t fulfillment for me. It hasn’t been fulfilling. I’m being honest.

So, where do I stand right now? I stand now with two pages typed of the beginning of a story. I won’t go into any further details, because for all I know, this story, once I reach my self-imposed quota, won’t even see the light of day.

But what I can say is that I am writing. I’m taking my time doing so, and I’m okay with that.

Here’s my finding myself again, spreading my wings, and flying through the pages that I will write- not stumbling along the way.

Any tips? Suggestions? I’m a full-on pantser, and I can’t be changed. I’m sorry not sorry.

Until next time.

Keep flying high,

Angel Mystique x 

SOMETHING’S MISSING- A Short Story

Hi, lovely souls! 

How are you? I hope all is well! I have a little something for you all tonight. Warning: it is different from my fiction work and doesn’t fall into romance or paranormal romance. It isn’t even Romantic Realism. I know. I wanted to try something a little different this go round.

I hope you enjoy it.

Without further ado… I give you…

SOMETHING’S MISSING

An Adopted Twin Sister Short

By Angel Mystique.

Continue reading “SOMETHING’S MISSING- A Short Story”

More LSB NEWS!

Hi, lovely souls!

After one day of placing my latest release LOVE SO BEAUTIFUL under Kindle Unlimited’s Five Free Days… THIS happened… Thus far.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #712 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

I am eternally grateful and so so humbled right now!!! Even though it’s free currently, this is HUGE for me!!! So, very HUGE!

Until tomorrow, lovely souls!

How are you all doing?

GUYS!!!! GALS!!!! READERS AND AUTHORS!!!!! I HAVE NEWS!!!!

I know this may seem small to some, but today, I made my latest release LOVE SO BEAUTIFUL free for the next five days, and THIS HAPPENED!!!

 

LOVE SO BEAUTIFUL IS IN THE TOP 10 FREE RANKINGS!!!!

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,159

Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

#6 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > African American > Christian

#35 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > African American > Romance

#45 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > Two hours or more (65-100 pages) > Literature & Fiction

THIS IS HUGE TO ME…. I ADORE this story! Your support in any capacity is so very much appreciated!!!

 

Carry on.

Until next time,

Angel Mystique x

HAPPY RELEASE WEEK TO US!

Hi, lovely souls.

Yes, I said us for a reason. Because of THESE 😀 😀 😀

FORBIDDEN ATTRACTION

Coming February 13, 2018- aka TOMORROW! From Best Selling Author Siera London!! (Proud of you, lovely!)

Recently divorced, Sarah Jones no longer looks forward to the cupid and candy holiday. With her shattered heart and designer swimsuit in tow, she plans a little vacation to Adventure Cove Resort and Spa. It’s just the respite she needs from inquiring minds. 

Quiet and brooding, Deputy Lance Stevens wants to be left alone with the pain of his past mistakes, but his family has other ideas. This contrived vacation is another family intervention he plans to squash, that is until Sarah zips into his life. 

What’s meant to be Sarah’s escape turns into a steamy attraction to a man who’s too young, and too determined to get what he wants-her. Lance is forbidden in more ways than one and Sarah is harboring a secret that could destroy more than their budding romance. What happens when Ms. Jones realizes there’s more than a Valentine’s Day fling going on?

BUY LINK: http://a.co/dKrGiW2

And….. There’s MORE 😀

From Author Olivia Gaines!! Go grab it now, before it comes out tomorrow! 😉

On a Rainy Night In Georgia

Blurb: 

On a rainy night in Georgia, Ezekiel Neary lights a fire in the old hunting cabin in the mountains where he, his two brothers and father would come to get away from it. Healing from a gun shot wound, the post traumatic stress has left him less than fit for human company. Company was more than he bargained for when a naked pregnant woman in labor shows up on his doorstep.

The roads are washed out and Aisha Miller has no choice but to run from her captor or risk bringing her child into the world in a dark cabin. Praying, she runs wildly through the woods, ending on a washed out road. The only glimmer of hope is a blue mailbox, partially rusted, halfway sticking out under the sparse moonlight.

The lone cabin sits on a hill, with two large windows looking down on her as if to pity her circumstance. Half crawling, the contractions are one minute apart and she prays that the figure in the window will be a Godsend versus the nightmare she just escape.

Join me as we head to Georgia for a new twist in the happily ever after of Ezekiel and Aisha.

BUY LINK: http://a.co/jccOTTk

 

Lastly, my latest book baby is LIVE!!!!! Josiah and Peyton are out in the world!!!

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Blurb: 

What happens when you get another chance to make everything right? 

A chance encounter brings Josiah Briggs and Peyton Sinclaire face-to-face. He has everything he could ever dream of- except her. She’s at the end of her rope and needs to find a silver lining. 
They embark on a journey of second chances, forgiveness, and love. They’ve tasted a cup of pain, dealing with one another before, but will this time be different? 
Will they take a chance on each other again to truly discover how they can make each other’s lives and worlds house a LOVE SO BEAUTIFUL?

BUY LINK: http://a.co/4ZyT5ac

That’s all I’ve got for now, lovely souls! Enjoy! 😀