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Writing Prompt Series Update

In March, I shared with you that I am currently working on a seasonal writing prompt series alongside my fictional WIP. I wanted to update you all on how that is coming along.

Firstly, I have progressed well and have 2 of the 4 books fully completed. I am optimistic that I will have the other 2 finished before Christmas.

Next, come the beta readers. I understand that it’s a little different to beta read writing prompt books than fictional books, so I have some trusted individuals who know what I’m particularly interested in i.e. Theme, similarities etc.

I am still working out how I am going to release the series. I’m leaning toward a single release day, but will keep all books separate. It had been suggested to me to release one book a week, but I don’t think I have the time to focus on 4 release days in a month.


Any suggestions welcome. What release day/ days would you prefer as a reader/ writer?


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Prompt Me Monthly: July

Welcome back for July’s picture prompt!!

Each month, I will choose a picture to inspire me to write a paragraph. Some of my novels have even started this way!

Join in if you wish. Remember to tag me, so I can read your interpretations.

July’s Prompt:

When you are the daughter of the pack’s Alpha certain things are expected of you. The main thing being that you don’t fall in love with someone from the rival pack, the pack who have been your sworn enemies for seventy years, especially if that person is the son of their Alpha.

We didn’t mean for it to happen. A chance meeting and a few drinks later, and I was head over heels in love with Mac Harrison. It’s now a year on and we’ve managed to keep our romance a secret the whole time. But something is about to throw a spanner in the works… my growing belly.


I hope you enjoyed my writing prompt post. Come back on the 28th of every month for more.


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Word Count Challenge Update: Final Week

It’s the final update of my June 15k word count challenge. Not the most productive week, but I think that was because I was pretty confident I could knock out the remaining words needed in the 9 days. And… I did!!!!!

My total word count for all of June was:

17,634 Words!!!!

Word Count Totals:

22nd: 1198

23rd: 550

24th: 468

25th: 0

26th: 605

27th: 280

28th: 436

29th: 501

30th: 610

That’s a grand total of 4,649 words and it took me over the 15k target! Whoop!

Here’s another teaser to round off this challenge!


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Prompt Me Monthly: June

Welcome back for June’s picture prompt!!

Each month, I will choose a picture to inspire me to write a paragraph. Some of my novels have even started this way!

Join in if you wish. Remember to tag me, so I can read your interpretations.

June’s Prompt:

This is not how I imagined it would be. All he had to say was ‘I do’. Two little words I said easily, freely. For him, those two words changed to ‘I can’t’.

An audible gasp rolls around the church. James kisses my forehead before rushing down the aisle and out into the street. All eyes fall on me. My chest heaves, but it feels like no air is getting in. A ringing starts in my ears and I can feel a panic gripping at my lungs.

Alyssa, James’ sister, fills my vision. ‘He loves you. Are you listening to me, Hannah?’ she whispers. ‘Hannah, he’s only keeping you safe.’

Alyssa slips a piece of paper with an address on it into my hand before hurrying out the church after her brother. The address is written in James’ handwriting, and underneath is just two words.

Safe house.


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Word Count Challenge Update: Week Three

It’s day 21 of my 15k in 30 days (500 words a day) challenge. 3 weeks in, I’m on target to hit 15k and then some, but I felt I could have done more this week. I had a day of just a hundred or so words, and a day of zero. You know what? The sun was shining, so I enjoyed that with my family instead.

Word Count Totals:

15th: 128

16th: 802

17th: 0

18th: 509

19th: 536

20th: 1145

21st: 975

That’s a grand total of 4095 words this week, and a huge 12,985 since the 1st of June.

I have 9 days to hit 15k! I’m pretty confident at this point. I will check back in on the 30th with the final tally.

I also remember telling you there may be a teaser this week…


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Word Count Challenge Update: Week Two

It’s day 14 of my 15k in 30 days (500 words a day) challenge. I’ve had a good writing week, considering I didn’t get anything written on the 9th due to adulting.

Word Count Totals:

8th: 828

9th: 0

10th: 1134

11th: 712

12th: 545

13th: 777

14th: 580

That’s a grand total of 4,576 words this week, and a fantastic 8,890 since the 1st of June.

See you again on the 21st, and I’ll have a few teasers ready.


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Word Count Challenge Update: Week One

It has been a week since I started my 15k in 30 days (500 words a day) challenge, and I have been pleasantly surprised with how easy it has been to schedule thirty minutes each morning to get at least 500 words written.

Word Count Totals:

1st: 675

2nd: 519

3rd: 535

4th: 576

5th: 961 (I know, right? Who even am I?)

6th: 546

7th: 502

That’s a grand total of 4,314 words!!

I shall post weekly updates, so keep your eyes peeled!


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15k in 30 Days

I am desperately trying to get words written, and it is incredibly hard with kids, life, school holidays etc.

For the month of June, I am challenging myself to write 15k in 30 days. If I can find time to sit and write just 500 words a day, I’ll be 15k words further into my draft on July 1st. That sounds awesome and I’m feeling motivated!

If you need a little accountability too, feel free to join in and let me know!

I shall post updates weekly, so keep your eyes peeled!


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Prompt Me Monthly: May

Welcome back for May’s picture prompt!!

Each month, I will choose a picture to inspire me to write a paragraph. Some of my novels have even started this way!

Join in if you wish. Remember to tag me, so I can read your interpretations.

May’s Picture Prompt:

It’s as if he appeared out of nowhere. I didn’t see him emerge from the trees or even hear the crunch of gravel on the track. I glanced back over shoulder for a moment, and as soon as I looked back he was standing right in front of me.

All in black and his hood pulled low over his face, he held a card out in front of him. “What do you see?”

“Excuse me?”

He didn’t move and inch. “On the card- what do you see?”

Wanting the encounter over quickly and worried I would antagonise him by not playing along, I took a proper look at the card. “Umm, well, it’s a white tiger.”

He nodded curtly and placed the card inside his pocket. “That’s what I hoped you’d say. I’ll be in touch soon, Bea.”

I recoiled at his use of my name. My phone ringing startled me all the more. I quickly fumbled in my pocket to retrieve it, and when I looked up he was gone.


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Why Do You Write?

Do you ever ask yourself why you write? My answer is always because I just have to- because I love telling stories, and most importantly, I want to tell stories that I want to read.

Money isn’t a factor for me. I would love to make good money from writing, but I’m an indie author and I’m a realistic one.

Making a full time living as an indie author is no easy feat, but if we write for the love and the fun, and to let our stories be heard, then we’re already winning in my book. If we can make a living off of it too, then that’s a bonus! If not, hey ho, we’re doing what we love, right?

If just one reader loves my story, then I’m ecstatic. That’s why, as a reader, I like to let authors know when I love their book!

I think the writing community is fantastic and supportive, and we are a group of like minded people who share a passion for telling stories. Whether traditionally or indie published, making a good living from our books or not, we are all in this together. I wouldn’t give that up!


Do you think I’m right? Or do you think that authors should strive for wealth? Are you happy to write your stories regardless? Let me know in the comments.


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