Trent & Chase – Chapters 9 & 10 are now LIVE!

Sick and tired of my Family posts yet? 😉

Yeah, that’s what I thought. You know what? Me too.

That’s why this is going up today instead of next Tuesday, and there’s an erotic scene bonus (that’s not in the story for those of you not interested. You’ll have to click the extra link in the story to get there).

You’re welcome. XD

So, before NaNoWriMo, we’ve reached the point of the story where I finally got them on the same floor, so to speak. It only took 50,000 words. Bad news, or good news depending if you like the story I suppose, is this – there are another 50,000 words coming and this book closes out on Chapter 17.

That means there is 7 more chapters coming plus one more erotic section because I made a promise to WitchyWoman (we’re writing buddies) that I will write smut until the end of NaNoWriMo and post them if she reaches the finish line.

Ya know what? She DID! ⭐ Congratulations ⭐ to her for such a massive accomplishment. More than me, I have to say. I cheated. XD

So, here we go… Trent & Chase… figuring each other out… without third wheels.

That’s right, girl. You don’t count as a third wheel do you, Walnut? *nuzzles and kisses the dog’s head*

ENJOY! Chapters NINE & TEN.

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DISCLAIMER~~~~ Because we love these so much:

  1. Chapters 9 and 10 are beta’d by the awesome BITWORKS!
  2. Chapter 10’s EXTRA is not beta’d.
  3. ALL MISTAKES ARE MINE! (to have and to hold until death do us part).
  4. Please do not steal. My writing isn’t that good. Write something yourself. I’m sure you can do much better than I can and then hit me with a link to read, ay?
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Trent & Chase – Chapter 8 Now LIVE!

Good Morning! 😀

At least it is morning as I am typing this. ⭐ HAPPY NOVEMBER!!

As the title suggests, Chapter 8 is posted at a whooping 11,000+ words. As much patience as I have for long-winded stuff, George R. R. Martin not withstanding, even I have come to understand of a-loved-author-I-follow’s passionate dislike for editing after the completion of this chapter.

It is a beast on ugly days. Truly is. 😛

So ridiculously delighted that it is behind me. However, seeing that the next book, or following books might just be more “action” than “romance”… obviously I have some thinking to do, eh? XD

About the Chapter ~~

I have attempted numerous times across many days to split this monster chapter into two parts. It just couldn’t be done equally. It also made it somewhat annoying to read when I tried. My beta reader told me to leave it. He dislikes “cliffhangers” and thoroughly loves that I wrapped up the whole incident neatly in one chapter, leaving the rest of the novel for its original intention.

Since I am writing this for the person who has supported my writing since my college days, I decided to leave it as-is. 🙂

If I was to regale you how my Husband and I ended up getting hitched and how we came about to be where we are, most of you might think I’m making things up. So if my life can be unbelievable non-fiction, I was plagued with the question of how to make a story “believable fiction” from the very beginning.

Two alpha males. Two worlds. Now I need to throw them together more than just a simple X in the crossroads.

This chapter was what it took to get me there. As my Beta said, Chase had been on Trent’s radar since Chapter 1, but Trent isn’t on Chase’s radar. I have to get them there for this story to be more “two men finding each other” than “one man obsessively running after the other.”

“You will end up hating Trent if you do the latter, and I like Trent,” he had warned me.

What’d you know? He’s right. I would, because that’s exactly where it went before I had to reset back to Chapter 6 and try again. I had to do something that’ll put Trent and Chase on the same playing field.

The Det-Cord was thrown in for my personal fun. 😉

Even I think taking 8 chapters to finally get these men on equal footing is… stomping on the side of “ridiculous.” But… It’s my first novel. It’s practice. I’m getting my feet wet. I think I’m doing an okay job of it. If you don’t think so, kindly keep them to yourself for now. You can bash and punch in Book 2, but let me just have my men and enjoy them now.

I would like to say that this will probably be the extent of my US Air Force Para-rescue and Combat Search and Rescue obsession, but I doubt it. One of the books coming later – involving extensively of my Chase & Trent duo, will probably be about that.

I will have to find a few USAF Pararescuemen to chat with first. XD

So… The link to the NEW CHAPTER IS HERE. I do hope you enjoy.

Now for a Little Update ~~

I am participating in this month’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). If interested, you can find my profile HERE. The goal of this project is to write a novel in 30 days. Their definition of a novel is 50,000+ words. As of Chapter Eight, I’m past it. Therefore, my goal for NaNoWriMo is this:

Finish this story.

I don’t think I have another 50,000 words left in this. I don’t know. We shall see.

How I propose going about this without making it seem like I’m “cheating” would be counting only the words of the chapters I am writing – which is 13 onwards. If I finish the story, but is short of the word count, I’ll add everything from Chapters 1 through 12 to it to claim a victory because at that point, I did, in fact, finish both goals.

If I didn’t finish the story, then I won’t be adding anything to my word count. This year will be marked as “did not succeed.”

I think it’s relatively fair. 🙂

Unfortunately, that means the posting of this story is now on hiatus until December. I won’t be spending time editing. ONLY WRITING.

For those of you also involved in the NaNoWriMo, ⭐ ⭐ GOOD LUCK! ⭐ ⭐

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Wynter, out. 🙂

Trent & Chase – Chapter Seven now LIVE!

I love Ash. I also love Trent. I absolutely hate this chapter.

It’s one of those chapters where I wrote Six not entirely sure where I was going with it, and then outlined Chapter EIGHT… with Chapter Seven as that neglected, horribly abandoned bastard child that’s the get of “Unsure-Six” and “Maybe-It’ll-Work-Eight.”

I don’t know why I dislike this chapter so much. It was difficult to write as the words simply didn’t flow. Editing was like trying to fight Godzilla with a toy lightsaber, and when all’s said and done for posting… I’m just like…

😕 😳 😕

Urgh.

Bear with me. Chapter 8 is being processed into 2 parts if I can’t trim it down from the 11k word monster that it is, and it will be posted on the same day. I had written that part as a one chapter, so by golly, it will stay as one chapter. Two parts is my compromise.

What I’m expecting to do from Chapter 9 onwards is focusing strictly on the men. It’s about them figuring out about themselves and the relationship. Will it work? Will it fail? The obstacles. If it does work out, it’ll be about Trent coming out to his family which he hasn’t done yet to this point. At all. There’ll be a couple of scenes in there with his mother. And Evan, too.

If it doesn’t work out… well… friends still, I suppose? With benefits? 😉

However, I’m trying to get away from the whole “romance story” effort into a… something a little bit more Tom Clancy-ish for Book 2. At least, that’s the plan. As long as nothing else new springs up in the middle of it and tells me “Hey, there’s a hidden door right here to another place. Come on, try it with me.”

After all, what’s the point of throwing paranormal into it if I’m not going to use it, right? 🙂

So, link be HERE. I do hope you enjoy!

And remember. It is mine. Copyrighted. Including every last mistake that will live in infamy. XD

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Happy Halloween for those of you who observe the Trick-a-Treating!

 

Did My Blog Get Possessed?

Exorcism performed yet, Wynter?

Yes. It has been. Although the blog wasn’t possessed. XD

Then what happened?

  1. Lack of internet connection for nearly 3 weeks… (all of you think about this for a moment) 😉
  2. Ownership of my laptop was on permanent loan for 3 weeks to my kids while I was in Houston, TX trying to fix up my parents’ place. I got some of it done. Found a whole load of things that weren’t build to code, so somebody obviously was being paid to look the other way. I shall blog about this later. 😐
  3. Unfortunately, I had to work in heat that was both cruel and unusual. 39.3°C // 104°F in the afternoons that didn’t rain all the while wearing SPF100 sunscreen. I still nearly had heat stroke as I tried to treat the yard for pests and insects, weed & feed the grass, and sprinkled crabgrass killer on it…

… which would explain what happened with the blog the last 3 weeks and the story. I tried to make a heat-stroked brain work those precious few minutes I had between fixing dinner, feeding the kids, giving them a shower, and going to bed with them.

Basically, take 2 hours of writing one would do, cut it up into ten minute chunks, and perform said task over the course of five days in between this and that. 😮

My brain was highly unamused and retaliated. Hence why one would think my blog was possessed. XD

Ouch…So, what now?

I tore the whole story apart, ripped out more than 15,000 words and basically started over… with my Chapter 3 as the new Chapter ONE and got in some writing for the new stuff including a bit more on the ending of the story. Ever watched a two hour movie in say, ten minutes? I dreamed mine. So that’s currently being typed up as soon as my hands work again.

They’re a little carpal-tunneled to Africa and back.

😛

So, this is how things will break down for me…

My children start summer program up again Monday. It actually began on June 30th, but obviously I had places to be and things to get done. The roadtrip was about as far from a vacation as I could have gotten. When I left here in a whirlwind, this place was left in a mess as I bundle the whole family into an SUV and drove half way across the country. There will be a lot of cleaning planned for the next few days as I put order back into my life and home – one of which is to get the children back to the schedule they were used to for going to school.

There were also a couple major storms that hit us while we were gone. I remembered having a yard when I left. What I found when I got home was a forest floor. o_O

Now, for the really tragic news…

My fridge is empty. Actually, it’s more than empty. Which would make just about any food loving human being like me cry. It did. Profusely. So there is grocery shopping to be done across at least two stores today. Maybe three. And I’m rather sick and tired of seeing the interior of my SUV.

*heads desk*

*swivels head to the side from position*

And I don’t want to be seeing the interior of my SUV while I brave the grocery list with the rest of NJ state on a weekend. Believe me when I say I’ve just about had enough of people… all the way until 2015.

There is going to be a lot of planning and discussing with certain folks back home to see if I’m still visiting home in August with the brood in tow *hides groan unsuccessfully*.

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There is nothing more daunting than just getting back from the crazy and then trying to figure out how much tickets will cost to go overseas for probably another two weeks. Because things like this were supposed to be planned MONTHS in advance. But Hubby’s work has managed to make taking a real vacation impossible for us.

I’ve not had one in nearly 10 years… a vacation.

Then we need to take an extra week to help the children recover from jet lag for school. Not to mention yours truly. I’m the powerhouse when it comes to these things… because I’m a obsessive-compulsive-power wee tad bit of a control nut when it comes to scheduling. And Hubby has learned to keep his hands to himself on these things lest he lose fingers in the midst of notebook, pen, calender, and excel budget sheet. XD

Or, you know, maimed from a thousand paper cuts from hell.

Since the kids are only in school from basically 9am until 1pm, my time to finish my house projects are cut considerably, but that will take up all available time my kids are in school.

Which means… (please don’t shoot me)… all writing will have to take place either when my Hubby has the time to distract the kids by himself or when I’m suffering from insomnia at 2am and none of the usual things are keeping me distracted… like the long queue of books I have on my hard drive. I downloaded them all for the road trip and didn’t manage to start on a single one. Didn’t finish the one(s) I started either.

Because I drove all the way there, all the driving there, and all the way back again. Kind of. Hubby had 2 hours on the way back because I was at risk of falling asleep behind the wheel from lack of sleep the previous night, and we had a hotel to get to. Still. Rather proud of myself >:D

Now, Chapter ONE is completely ready to go. It’ll get uploaded, at the latest, by the end of next week. It will only be available here until I find time to fiddle with places like y!gallery and other fiction sites.

If people are interested in the event that basically jump started the story, I can have that posted as well sooner rather than later. But only if there are requests as I view that as a writing exercise at this point. 🙂

And I have no problems with any of you wanting to read that just to make you feel better about your own writing.  😉

I hope all of you have a gloriously wonderful weekend! 😀

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