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Monday, 2 March 2015

Yep, another update

Super sorry I missed last Mondays post. I was feeling, well, down in the dumps, there is no other way I can say it. I felt really tired last week especially across this weekend, and very fed up. I knew I needed to write and do stuff, but it was really hard to make words happen, or to find the enthusiasm and energy to do the little jobs I needed to do.

All of which sucked because I had hit 23K on Blood Book 2 and I was sure I could reach 27k - I finished at 17k last month - and basically do my 10k for the month, but epic fail. It seems like an easy target, but what can I say; I suck at targets, which is probably why I never set dates for releases, or have even agreed to write a book for a certain release date, because I know that I just won't make it. I hate it. I hate that I'm useless in that sense, but I guess there is no point grumbling. Blood Book 2 will be released in the summer one way or another.

So yes, been a crappy week, and another busy month - in the sense that time has passed and I haven't spent enough of it writing - but it is now March. So my aim is to get to 33k by April - 40k if I am able to find an item that will freeze time so I can have longer to write.

The book is going well despite the slow progress. It did slow down a little this month because I had to pause and snoop around google map. Part of Blood Book 2 is set in Venice, Italy. A big portion of it is indoors and in two particular areas, but there is the odd scene which will be set somewhere else. So, I like to go on the street view on google map and pretend I am walking about, to get the feel for the place, and to help with setting up the scene. So, I spent two days doing that at the beginning of this week. I can now push forward and carry on.

Funnily enough, I have figured out a title for the novella which is set between Cranberry Blood (Book One) and Blood Book Two... Have I mentioned that? That I am writing a novella between the two novels? Sorry if I haven't. All these plans in my head, and I tend to talk so much about this series I don't know what I have or haven't said. Book 1.5, which has got a title but you can't know just yet ;) is still being planned, but it stars two new character, it links in to the main arc, but its not directly linked... sub plot, yeah, that's what I'm looking for.

So yeah, title for Blood 1.5 came easily, and I have to say I'm really looking forward to writing it, because the two main characters come out with some funny shit. I have two titles in mind for Blood Book 2, but I'm waiting for one to jump out and be like "ME! It's Me!" but until then I'm afraid Blood 2 is the nickname.  I will be holding a cover/title reveal for Book 2 hopefully in May/June. Exciting!
So yeah, I guess today's post is an update post. Blood 2 is at 23k. There will be a Blood 1.5, which I will be writing after I finish Blood 2. Cover/Title reveal for Blood 2 will hopefully be held in May/June. The aim is to release Blood 2 in summer, and I may end up regretting throwing this out there, but I'm hoping to have Blood 1.5 released by Winter - so any time from Nov 2015 - Feb 2016.

What else is going on?

Oh, I'm taking part in Vampire Month over at D.A. Lascelles'blog - once I get my post back to him. Oops. Better get that done asap - along with other fab authors. So do feel free to keep checking in, and discover some other fab Vampire stories.

On March 14th I'm taking part in a Facebook Author Event - The book is Fully Loaded by Theresa Hissong, and it is a release party. My hours slot is 3-4pm est time - which I believe is  8-9pm here in the UK. God I hope I have that right, but I will be there and I will be talking books, sharing excerpts, and holding some competitions. So, do stop by and see me.

Last but not least, April 4th I will be in Sheffield, UK at the Yorkshire CosplayConvention. Along with fellow authors, Ninfa Hayes, D.A. Lascelles, R.A. Smith, Miriam Khan and I will be selling and signing paperback copies of my books - She-Wolf (Blood Series: Prequel), Cranberry Blood (Blood Series: Book One), and Razel Dazzle - as well as giving away free swag. It would be awesome if you could come join us and guess who we're dressed as. Yes, that's right, we will be in costume. ;)

I think that is it. Here's hoping March is more productive for us all. I hope to see you at one of the above events. Stay awesome. :D

Monday, 16 February 2015

The Perfect Length

I awoke to find a fab 4 star review from The Romance Reviews for my short erotic paranormal/horror story, On the Rocks. The review is really great, but one particular paragraph stood out for me:

"If the story were longer, I don't think it would have worked as well. It was the perfect length for this type of story."

On the Rocks and my other short erotic story Truth or Dare? have on the odd occasion received reviews and comments stating that "it was a shame they weren't longer." I can completely understand and respect a reader saying that since well, sometimes you do want to learn more about the characters and having readers state they would like one of my stories to be longer is a compliment - most of the time - because to me it means that the reader wants more, but I am very glad to hear that some readers do feel that these books are the perfect length for their type of story.

You see, both On the Rocks and Truth or Dare? are what I like to call brain nibbles. Gross, I know, but every now and again - and it is literally once in a blue moon - I get a story idea that is well, short and hot, straight to the point, and it doesn't have my brain working in over drive. Stories like these are a refreshing little break from other ideas that are huge and taking over my brain. You know the ones that are complicated and never ending; like the Blood Series. My Urban Fantasy series is big. The world is big. The cast of characters is big, and there are so many layers and things I'm still discovering as I go. Whereas On the Rocks and Truth Or Dare? were a bit of fun that didn't require too much thinking. They were a refreshing break.

Sometimes it is hard as a writer to know when to stop a story. I could quite easily extend both of these shorts and make them longer, but that isn't how I wrote them.

On the Rocks was a fun, sexy, twisted idea that I had and I love how the story flows and ends, and Truth or Dare? was a bit of hot, funny fun, which also shows that not everyone has to be in love or be charming and go about "asking someone out" the right way; there's no right way of expressing your feelings for someone. There is only the way that works for you as an individual, and Cameron and Dani had a pretty intense, crazy way of going about such things.

It's the same for my novella, Creak. It's not quite a horror/thriller. I don't really think it would fit in that genre because I don't, personally, think that it has the correct formula to be classed as a horror/thriller. I'm happy with the book, but even when I was going through the edits I found myself wondering if it should be longer, if more should happen, but then the characters would have shown me if there was more, it wouldn't have played out the way it did if there was meant to be more. So, I stick by that book, the way the story plays out and the length. I think it could be extended, but then it would feel like I was adding scenes for the sake of trying to make it fit with the formula of an actual horror book, and well, I'm happy to state that it is more of an erotic horror then an actual mainstream horror/thriller book.

So yes, sometimes stories are meant to be short because that's what is right for the characters. Not every story has to have a huge plot with tons of drama, or twists and turns. Sometimes it's good to have a little nibble and read something that you don't have to concentrate on so heavily. Sometimes you might find that the perfect length is 20 pages and that a short story can be a perfect read simply because it is a short story.

Have a great week!

Monday, 9 February 2015

Valentines Day: Blood Series Style

So Valentines Day is literally right round the corner. I am sure most of you are pretty prepared, but then again perhaps you have left it too the last minute, or maybe you're just looking for one last quirky items to add to the goodie box you have got for your other half?

I can help with that. Welcome to the Elizabeth Morgan Zazzle Store!

Yes, I did mention that I had opened a zazzle store at the beginning of January, and it is still a work in progress as in I will constantly be adding products to it, but there are a couple of fun items in my store that you might find amusing or romantic? enough to get for your other half, or point out to them that you wouldn't mind having zed item yourself.

If you have read either She-Wolf (Blood Series: Prequel) or Cranberry Blood (Blood Series: Book One) then you might love these products, and if you are buying them for your other half, well, I think they are fun enough to be enjoyed by someone who has never heard of this series before.

Item Suggestion One: "I've Always Been Yours" Necklace

This is a Clare quote taken from She-Wolf. Sure, it isn't those magical three words, but personally, I still feel this holds a beautiful directness, plus it is romantic.

There are a few choices in regards to the design of the necklace. So you can pick colouring, shape etc

Guys, I personally think this is a present to give to your ladies, and I think it works well for those of you who have been together for a long time, but either way, I think it gets your feelings across beautifully.

As well as a necklace there is also the very lovely keyring...

Item Suggestion Two: "I've Always Been Yours" Keyring

Same as before, lots of choices for designs, but I think that even if you picked the heart design or went for an oval shape this is a nice one for you Ladies to get your Men, or vice versa. It's still romantic, and I think makes a sweet little side present, don't you?

Item Suggestion Three: "I just want a kiss. You're the one who is unable to control yourself." Men's T-shirt

This is an Owen quote taken from She-Wolf.

It comes in a variety of sizes and colours. So don't feel you have to stick to the red, white, and black theme that my Blood Series products tend to come as.

This is more of a fun present. One that your guys might enjoy as it is sure to stroke their ego; the idea that you can't control yourselves when he just wants a simple kiss.

Item Suggestion Four: "Dating instead of Mating?" Badge

This is another Owen quote from She-Wolf.

And this is definitely just a funny, silly little trinket, which I personally think would go down well for a) anyone who likes a good Werewolf story, b) likes the paranormal genre, and c) at the very least understands what "mating" means in the correct way and circumstance. Don't want to go freaking anyone out, but I think this is a quirky little present, which might actually be quite fun to put in that secret valentines day card.

Item Suggestion Five: "I am the embodiment of beauty and perfection" Ladies T-shirt

This is a quote taken from my modern fairytale retelling of Rapunzel, Razel Dazzle.

Guys, this is your turn to stroke your Ladies ego by letting her know that you think she is beautiful and perfect and should be proud. Not that she needs a t-shirt to know that she is beautiful and perfect in your eyes, but yet again, it's just a funny t-shirt that she can kick about in and when she is cleaning or running around after the kids and not feeling as powerful and as fabulous as she should be, she can look down and remind herself that she is.

Click on any of the pictures to be taken to the product page or alternatively you can click this link - http://www.zazzle.co.uk/elizabeth_morgan - and head on over to the store page and check out the rest of the products that are available to buy. There are a few others that might make fun side presents for Valentines day, or alternatively birthdays, or other special occasions.

Also, be sure to check out Dianna Hardy's Zazzle store as she has some fab products on there, which would also make good Vals Day presents.

Have a lovely week and I hope you all have a beautiful Valentines Day.