I'm just realizing that I haven't blogged since my birthday week (oops). So much for blogging every Monday in 2018. To be honest, I haven't had much to report. Once I turned 21, I've been hanging out with friends a lot more and away from my computer more than I ever have been (something my mom is positively loving).
Unfortunately, I've also been pretty stuck on writing a new Chapter 8 for Unmoored. But I have booked an editor (and now have a hard deadline, so I will be working my butt off to meet it). I've also let go from the flawed idea that this book has to be the same length as the first book. Because everyone knows that, at some point, writing to a length will eventually lead to adding in unnecessary filler. And no one wants to read lazily-written filler content in the middle of a novel.
I'm also low-key doing Camp NaNoWriMo but haven't done much because of the above reasons and not feeling well on more days than I would like to admit. Are you doing Camp NaNo this year? Comment below about how it's going! If you're not doing Camp NaNo, tell me how your April is going instead.
As you can tell from the title, I am writing a new chapter in the middle of revising Unmoored because I condensed the first 10 chapters into 7 (don’t ask me how—it just happened—I was trying to expand them, but that obviously didn’t happen). The new chapter is Chapter 8 (which you can see below) and I'm excited to delve a little more into Ivy and Alec's individual college lives before their supernatural problems take center stage.
As you can see from the title of this blog post, I have finally learned how to use InDesign. If you're wondering what finally made me bite the bullet, I'll tell you: the new Word update didn't read the main fonts I was using to format The Belgrave Legacy, Unmoored, and all my other books. So, rather than having to outsource all my book formatting in the future, I finally learned InDesign (with the help of this amazing Skillshare course).
And in order for there to be consistency for the whole series, I also had to reformat The Belgrave Legacy (although I have yet to publish this because my cover artist has gotten so booked—which is amazing for her, but a bit tough for me). I learned it in the past 2 days and am now finally getting back to revising Unmoored. And I'm super proud that I learned how to do it quickly and am now able to continue format all my own books.
What's a skill you've been wanting to learn? Comment below!
The cover is finally here! I'm still working on revising Unmoored (my personal life got a little nuts this month but it's settling down). You may remember me saying that I loved it upon first seeing it, and it still makes me grin from ear to ear whenever I look at it.
I hope you're going to love as much as I do. And here it is. Enjoy!
If you've been keeping tabs on my social media, you'll know that today I was shown the cover for Unmoored and LOVE it. My cover designer Jennifer Munswami is amazing and I'm so lucky to have found her.
I'm so excited, I've even updated the cover in the info block below. Yes, I know I'm mean in only showing you the least-revealing corner, but how else am I supposed to make you sign up for the cover reveal? You can find the form right below the book info.
Series: The Belgrave Legacy, 2
Author: Zara Hoffman
Genre: Upper YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: ZH Press
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A witch. A siren. Soulmates?
Alec Belgrave is overwhelmed. He's busy protecting his sister Fawn from the forces of Hell while also attending college in a different state. The last thing he expected was to learn their shared best friend was his soulmate.
As a siren, Ivy Moore knows a lot about attraction. But having Supernatural beauty is useless if her own soulmate doesn't see her as anything more than a sisterly best friend. Is it so unreasonable to want her soulmate to want her without fate pulling the strings?
They may be soulmates, but that doesn't mean love will come easily.
Unmoored is a young adult paranormal romance featuring magic and sirens. As a spin-off of The Belgrave Legacy, it can be read as a sequel or a stand-alone book.
It's been a while since I've blogged, what with finals, holidays, finishing the first draft of Unmoored (finally) and readjusting to life back home now that I'm taking next semester off.
Anyway, I'll keep it short and simple. One of my goals this year are to blog weekly (partly to actually use this blog for what blogs are meant for, and partially to keep my accountable with my writing, revising, editing, and publishing). That last part is particularly important because I also have a goal to publish at least the rest of The Belgrave Legacy's sequels: Unmoored and Taming the Alpha. You can already read it and the short stories.
So, that's me. My question for you all is what are some of your new year's resolutions? Comment them down below. And if you have any tips on sticking to those goals, don't hesitate to add that, too.
It's been a while since I've done a OneWord365 post because life has been extremely busy for me. But within the last week, I decided to take a leave of absence next semester to take care of myself. I won't go too deep into it, but long story short: if I went into next semester as I am (even with the 1-month winter break) things would not go well. So, I'm taking a step back to get myself and my life in order. That said, my winter plans are completely up in the air. I'm hoping to spend enough time to finish drafting and hopefully revising (and maybe even editing) Unmoored so I can publish it soon.
In the meantime, I'm busy writing 2 final papers and studying for 3 final exams. I've gotten a jump start on one of the papers (the draft is already done), but I still have quite a lot of work ahead of me. So while I may not be able to start thinking of fun things for myself yet, that doesn't mean I don't have something for you, my audience. Below, I have 3 giveaways featuring signed paperbacks of The Belgrave Legacy. The first one ends on 12/20/2017 at 12:00am EST, the second one ends only 2 days later: on 12/22/2017, and the final one goes all the way into the new year: until 2/28/2018.
So enter all three below now, and good luck!
NaNoWriMo is over and I did not win. I only made it just past 45,000 words. Which is 3 days short of the goal. Although it's less than the 50,000 word count goal, I still did much better than I thought I would given I didn't write at all for 4 days (red), and under 1,667 on 11 days (yellow) and under 600 on 5 other days (orange).
With that said, I only have 5 more chapters to write, which will put me over the 50,000 word mark for NaNo (albeit late), but it will still be short of my novel's goal of 60,000. I intend to expand at least 18 chapters during the revision process, so I don't think that will be a problem.
Now, enough about me and my writing. Let's get to the fun stuff!
Starting today, my book is in 2 paperback giveaways. The first ends on December 22, and the second ends February 28. So, click on the images below and enter for the chance to win The Belgrave Legacy and many other books.
I have a little writing update. But first, here's a little recap of my Thanksgiving Break:
My Thanksgiving has been a bit rocky to say the least. On Wednesday, very close family friend went into the ER and my mom stayed with her while I hauled all our Thanksgiving food and plates into an Uber and rode up to my uncle in New Jersey by myself. Let's say it was an unfortunate reminder of my mom's trip to the ER this summer when I had to play point person and actually realized for the first time that at some point in the future, I'll be the one taking care of my mom, not the other way around. It wasn't something I ever expected to deal with so early, but I was oddly calm about it all (publicly, anyway).
But things picked up on Thursday because my mom came up to New Jersey, and we assumed everything was fine with our friend. It wasn't, but she wasn't alone, and we were getting updates throughout the day. And on Friday, we were set to come home, get our dog back, and host said friend in our guest room.
That didn't happen because I started feeling chest pain (had been off-and-on for the past few months, but it wouldn't go away all day on Friday), and took my own trip to the ER (same one my mom had been in this summer) and spent 4 hours waiting and taking tests, and then waiting for results. Luckily, it's nothing dangerous. But these three incidents (although I was saying this before my own trip) have made me so consciously grateful for the existence of ERs (even if they do take forever) and cell phones, which allowed me in all cases to stay in touch with the people I needed to.
So, what does this have to do with writing? Well, it explains my lack of (substantial) writing 11/22-11/24. Today, I'm hoping to get some writing in, but I think I may have to admit that NaNoWriMo will be unwinnable this year. Which is a kind of tough pill to swallow since I started out so ahead, then didn't have my computer for 5 days while it was fixed, and all this Thanksgiving medical drama. But, even when I don't win, NaNoWriMo has been so helpful in getting me to write Unmoored that I'm also thankful for the kick in the butt it's given me this month.
You may remember me announcing that I was doing NaNoWriMo this year, and was part of The Mighty Pens fundraising campaign for the Malala Fund. If you haven't read that post yet, I would go read it here. If you're wondering about how I've been doing, I just passed 15,000 words in my draft today. And because I'm part of The Mighty Pens, I received this badge and was featured on the blog with the below questions (with a few others).
What is your favorite book and/or author, and what draws you to them?
Favorite book is The Giver by Lois Lowry, favorite author is Cora Carmack. Love the book because of the imagery, story, complicated worldview, and the fact that it was one of the first novels I ever read and partly made me fall in love with reading. Love Cora Carmack because her stories always propel me through them dying to know what happens and loving the love stories she writes.
Is this your first book? If not, what was the first book you ever finished writing? Tell us a little about it.
No, it’s the second official book I’ll be publishing. Technically, it’s the 7th book I’ve written (but that includes 3 separate books—one of which I published—that wound up becoming 1 single book, which is the first book I officially published). The first book I ever wrote was the summer before fourth grade and I wrote a blatant Nancy Drew rip-off. It will never see the light of day, but it was fun at the time.
What’s the working title of your NaNoWriMo17 project?
Unmoored. It’s the sequel to The Belgrave Legacy.
Give us an elevator pitch of your project.
She’s the best friend. He’s the twin brother. She’s a siren. He’s the only male witch in the world. And while they love each other, they drive each other nuts and can’t seem to agree on the nature of soulmates when it comes to her best friend and his sister’s crazy relationship with a duplicitous angel. So there’s no way in hell she’s going to tell him that they’re each other’s soulmate.
Share your favorite line/short paragraph from your book so far.
“How many of Ivy’s exes are here?”
Fawn surveyed the other guests for a few moments. “About thirty, give or take.”
“That’s all the guys here.”
I'm a self-published author— because being a college student wasn't hard enough! I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love This Is Us, NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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