It's been a while since I talked about writing The Matchmakers (which was probably more recent than the last time I actually wrote anything for that story... until this past week). I'm proud to say that starting this past Saturday, I've been writing Rosemary's story for at least 20 minutes a day. I have to say Chris Fox's 5KWPH app is awesome (if you're a fellow writer, you should use it, but read his book 5,000 Words Per Hour: Write Faster, Write Smarter first).
If you read my last personal blog post, you'll know that I had some big news. I released it to my newsletter yesterday, and now I'm sharing it with everyone:
Title: The Belgrave Legacy
Author: Zara Hoffman
Genre: Upper YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: ZH Press
Publication Date: October 31, 2016
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A Reluctant Heroine. A Snarky Angel. A Big Mess.
Fawn doesn't believe in magic. But it is very real, and has made her a vulnerable target.
Caleb is sick of Hell. When the Devil offers him a way out, he immediately says yes.
Can this young witch trust the dark angel assigned to romance and seduce her? Or will his betrayal tear them apart forever?
The Belgrave Legacy is an upper-young adult paranormal romance. Filled with magic, witches, angels, and demons, this story will keep you turning the pages until the very end. Buy the book now, and discover a world hiding in our own.
Today was the day The Matchmakers was supposed to be released into the world in all its edited glory. Unfortunately, school, work, and some good old procrastination (if I'm being 100% honest) have prevented me from finishing this book on my projected schedule.
I seem to have run into a creative writing rut, and although it's highly recommended against, I have decided to go back to the start and edit what's there to reignite my fire about this project, start fixing some major issues I already know will be changed, and will then plow ahead to the end, editing, and eventually publication.
Thank you for understanding. In the meantime, you can start reading The Matchmakers on Wattpad, and add it on Goodreads.
You may remember me making a Beautiful Books 2016 post a little while ago about The Matchmakers, and today, Cait (PaperFury) has called for an update, so here it is:
1. Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going?: Truthfully, my mental state is shot to Hell (and not because I'm trying to promote The Belgrave Legacy which has Hell in it). I'm going crazy because I unexpectedly became the head costume person on a show I volunteered as an assistant for, have an exam tomorrow (which I've barely studied for), and 2 papers due next week (which I haven't started yet). NaNoWriMo hasn't even been open on my browser since it started—if I ever get on top of this work, and have time to write, I'll have a lot of catching up to do.
2. What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?: My sister looks like a goddess as she waits for the tailor to appear. Her waist-length hair is braided in a Dutch crown and diamond jewelry hangs from her ears, wrists, and neck. The only thing missing is a smile. Instead, she frowns at the holographic display of her outfit. “You’d think that after seventy-five years, the Matchmakers would become more flexible with the color scheme.” She whispers the last part, but not quietly enough.
I'm 2 days late for the 6th anniversary of my reading this novel, but I've been meaning to review this book for forever, so why wait a whole 363 more days to get it right on the 7th anniversary when I can stop wasting time and review it right now?
Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) is perhaps my favorite, and most-disturbing, dystopian novel I've ever read is definitely this Orwellian classic. And what makes it most terrifying is that so many of the techniques and technologies of this authoritarian government are already here: big TV screens, cameras, etc. And given "the War on Terror" since 9/11/2001 and subsequent Islamophobia in America the Hour of Hate, unfortunately, isn't that hard to imagine like it once might have. Although, given this novel was published soon after the end of WWII, I suppose that it's never been that far of a stretch of the imagination (and that's pretty scary).
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