Good Morning Monday! Another week gone, another thousand things to do…

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I’m happy to report it was a productive week on the word count front. Yay!!  My WIP, titled The Weight Of It All is now at 52.5K and, all things going well, I should finish the first draft this week!!

I can’t wait for you all to meet Henry and Reed.  I just love them to bits.  ❤

A little insight into the story and the characters might be in order, yes?  LOL  Okay, here it is:

Thirty five year old socially awkward Henry suddenly finds himself single after eight years, when he’s told it’s because he’s let himself go. He’s overweight, unfit, unwanted.

In a mad attempt to get his ex back, he joins the local gym where his new personal trainer, Reed Henske, will change his life in ways Henry can’t possibly imagine.

Henry is adorkable and sassy, with no social filter. Reed is a sweet character, who is shaped by his backstory, and he is the perfect counterbalance for Henry.

I still don’t know have any clue on a release date yet. I’m hoping it will be out before I leave for the US but given that is now less than 40 days away, and I still haven’t finished the first draft, it’s not looking likely. I have seen the prelim cover (done by the amazing Sara York) and I just CAN’T wait to show you all.  It’s so utterly perfect for Henry, and it really suits the tone of the story.

And just so you all know, Henry and Reed don’t even kiss until the 45K word mark, so while this book is heavy on the  character growth and romance, there isn’t much heat.  But as always, I let the characters drive, and their story is theirs to tell.

This week I’m hoping to wrap up the first draft and get it out to my betas and pre-readers. It will be my main and only focus this week. And nope, I still haven’t touched my accounts… sshhhhh, don’t tell my accountant. LOL

In GRL news, I have put together my bookmarks that I’ll be giving away and will be posting them off this week to my friend in the US who I’ve dubbed my “swag manager”.  LOL  Here’s a pic of how many there are and it’s not even half the swag I’ll have there… ugh. It seemed like a good idea at the time LOL

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I’m also working on having my website updated and more professional. I’ve seen glimpses and it looks amazing so far.  Can’t wait to show it off!

Facebook kindly reminded me yesterday in their “here’s your memory” thing, that it was FOUR years since I submitted Blind Faith to Silver Publishing.  Wow. Four years.  It’s a bittersweet memory, given that Silver Publishing turned out to be a nightmare. It’s also bittersweet because while I learned a lot from whole experience, apparently I didn’t learn enough because four years later I find myself, all over again, waiting for publishing contracts to expire.  Believe me, it’s not a mistake I will make again.

In happier news, in case you missed my last post, here’s the gorgeous cover of the Anthology the M/M Daily Grind authors are doing for charity.

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It’s called It Was Always You, and all proceeds from this anthology will be donated to the LGBTQ youth organization ONE.N.TEN: http://onenten.org!

PRE-ORDER is available now for only $0.99 and is EXCLUSIVE to iBooks:http://apple.co/2aup8hL!    **Please Note – Regular price one release day will be $2.99!

It will be released on all sites October 4th, and you get SEVEN stories for the price of one, while helping out a great organisation.

Okay, that’s it from me today.  I will have house guests next weekend, so whilst I will try and do a Good Morning Monday post, I can’t promise it.

Until next week…

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