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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Shattered

The Jesus Christ Killer.
Dominic. 
One man taught me control.
The other taught me to love. 
The Jesus Christ Killer destroyed my innocence.
Dominic saved me from myself. 
Both men are entangled in my life.
They want to keep me safe from the danger lurking in the darkness.
One of them will stop at nothing to do so. 
But neither of them can. 
Not from what's coming.
From who's coming.
Ten years from now, I'll face the very devil plaguing me.
But that's a different story altogether. 
Before this night is over, hearts will be broken.
Souls will be laid bare and ugly truths will be revealed.
Both want to possess me.
But only one of them will shatter me completely. 
Shattered ... coming 2015.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone and welcome to 2015! It's been a while in between entries for me, I know!!!

With the new year, comes new beginnings, new experiences and new adventures.

Last year was a roller coaster of a year for me. Damaged hit the shelves and did amazingly well. It reached #2 in romantic suspense on Amazon and #88 overall - all in its first month on sales.

I started writing Broken, which was to be the sequel to Damaged, but scrapped it at the last minute. Broken was to be Jax and Lexie's story. I decided that Dominic and Stephanie still had their story to tell - to be shared - so started writing Shattered instead.

Except the words wouldn't come. I struggled to find balance between work, family life and writing, so I decided to take some time off. I just didn't expect it to be a whole year, but I needed it to refocus on me. In the past couple of years, I wrote three books back to back. It was a wild ride, but I really did need that break.

I actually felt like walking away from the industry I loved. Simply because I didn't love it so much anymore. It got bitchy. It got dramatic, and I couldn't be bothered with all of that anymore. So, I stayed away from social media. I read. I read a lot. As in over 1500 books. 

I hung out with family. I drank a lot of wine and watched a lot of movies. I just chilled out and forgot about writing for a little while. The desire wasn't there at all.

But then in October, I realised something. I missed writing. I started to get that drive back. 
The need to share stories and create characters come rushing back.

And, the idea for Shattered was born.

So what does this mean?

I've started writing Book 2 of the Outlaws series.

This will be followed by a .5 novella - which will show Dominic and Stephanie's happy ending for now.

Then I'm going back to write Jax and Lexie's story.

I know a lot of people who read Damaged went onto to read Nowhere to Run. Many were disappointed that Dominic was not in Nowhere to Run.

All I can say is please remember Nowhere to Run is close to 10 years later. 

And, all is not what it seems. 

Which brings me back to Nowhere to run. Nowhere to run was my first novel. It is my baby. I love everything about that novel, except the editing. It was a hatchet job. The plan is to re-edit and re-release Nowhere to run before Shattered comes out. I'm being honest here - it needs a complete overhaul and a new edit. I realise that. When you're a new author starting out, you put your trust in the belief that your editor will do right by you and that your book will be perfect.

That's not always case. It's not that my editor for Nowhere to run is not great. It's just that she's not for me and I feel like the book really needed a lot more work and attention than it was given. So, I want to find someone who can give it the justice. 

So, stay tuned and I hope I can make everyone proud with Shattered and Nowhere to Run's edits. 

I can't wait to share this new writing journey with you all!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The times are a changin'

It's hard to believe it's been less than a year since I took a chance on the Indie
Industry but February 8th marks the first anniversary of Nowhere to Run.

I think it's a great time to announce a slight overhaul of the novel.

I've decided to change the name of one of the major/minor characters in the novel. Jesse Carlisle will become Tyler Carlisle. I hated to do it, but on listening to readers advising there were too many J characters, I decided it was the best thing to do.

I will also be cleaning up the errors throughout the novel. I am aware that there are still a few and want to make it smoother. The same goes for Nowhere to Hide

This is a tough industry to work in and I've learned a few things along the way:

01) Network, network network

I have made so many wonderful friends in the past year and I am truly blessed to have done so. It has made the transition so much easier and I've received and given some amazing advice.

02) Shut up and write

I've learned in the past year that I'm way more happier when I am staying out of the limelight and just writing. I have found that the less time I spend on social media the happier I am, simply because places like facebook have become a bitchfest. September was an especially brutal time for me with dealing with bullying authors and nasty people. It made me realize that I'm not interested in other people's dramas or bitchiness, I just want to write and share my stories. 

03) Don't take reviews to heart

This has been one of the hardest parts of writing. The reviews. I've been lucky and had some amazing reviews but at the same time I've had some terrible ones. I've accepted not everyone will like my book. Some people will see it as a chance to personally attack me as well as my writing. If they want to do that, so be it. I try not to let it get to me anymore. There would have been a time when it did get to me and it hurt deeply to have someone attack you on a personal level but now I shrug it off. That's all you can do. In this industry, you need to have a thick skin to survive. You can't let the little things get to you and you can't allow it to creep in and make you second guess everything you say, do and write.

04) Find a good team and stick with it


I'm still working on this one. I've worked with several different cover designers - both brilliant in their own way. I've got an amazing formatter, who I will always use simply because her work is brilliant.

I've worked with several editors and still trying to gauge the right one for me. I am fairly certain this will continue for a while. Finding the right editor is kind of like the Prince finding the girl who fits the glass slipper. Some look like they fit, act as if they fit but then you realize it's all a lie and others fit seamlessly. It's a work in progress.

Once you have a great team though, stick with them. I've been pretty lucky with the people I have found along the way. 


05 Love What You Do

Love what you do. If you're in it for the money but don't give a damn about the story there's the good chance you won't succeed. You need to believe in what you're writing about and believe in your characters. If you don't believe, then how do you expect your readers to?

Be passionate about your writing. Love it and respect it.
It's really that simple. 
I'm in this industry because I can't imagine a world where I'm not writing. I can't imagine not telling stories or breathing life into my characters. 

 I never got into this industry for the money. Sure, I want to make money from my novels. My biggest dream is to work as a writer full time. It might happen but if it doesn't then I'm okay with that too.

I have the following inscribed on my ipad:

I was born to write.

It's the truth. I honestly don't know where I end and the writing begins. It's always been ingrained in me. It always will be.

 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Damaged Cover reveal

Before Stephanie Carovella had nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, she was damaged.


Stephanie Carovella has been running from her past all her life. The survivor of a brutal attack, which left her best friend dead, she has carefully built a protective wall around herself, but she knows sooner or later her past is going to catch up with her. It’s why she doesn’t want to fall in love. It’s why she doesn’t want to let anyone get too close.

Dominic Delaney works hard and plays just as hard. He’s a love ‘em and leave ‘em guy who doesn’t believe in forever until Stephanie walks into Outlaws. She is wild, unpredictable and dangerous as hell, yet, he’s drawn to her. He needs to know the secrets behind her eyes. He can’t walk away.

A sexy, tattooed womanizer, Dominic Delaney’s everything Stephanie wants to avoid. She knows she should stay the hell away from him, but he makes her want to stop running. Sometimes, even the Damaged deserve to fall in love.

You can add Damaged to your to read list on Gr

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18048276-damaged

Friday, December 20, 2013

Sitting on the dock of the bay ...

It's funny to reflect back on the past year. In the past year, I've released two novels and written a third. I'm about to start on my fourth and fifth and it doesn't feel like I'm going to slow down anytime soon.

I finished Damaged on December 1st and handed it to my editor - who has told me I should be very, very, very proud of it. I guess that is a good thing, right? I'm nervous about getting it back but also very excited. Damaged is my first romance. Shattered will be my second, before I head back to writing crime again. I can't wait to introduce you to Jaxon and Lexi. 

Shattered will be a tough write, as it deals with the tender topic of domestic abuse before I slide into betrayal, secrets and serial killers with Deadly Secrets. My last book for 2014, will be Lucky, which will also deal with the topic of suicide. Anyone, who knows me knows that I will never write light, fluffy happy ever afters. It's not me. It doesn't mean I can't write amazing stories with characters who get the girl - or guy.

I'm currently on a well - deserved break, but it's also a research trip of sorts. Deadly Secrets is set in San Francisco, so it seems only fitting that I am currently in San Francisco. The last time I was here, I was so very young and impressionable and hopelessly in love with a boy and with San Francisco.

Coming back, I'm older, wiser and still in love with that boy. I always will be - even if he is now bittersweet memories. And, it turns out I'm still in love with San Francisco. This city is beautiful and it's changed a lot since I was here last, but it still leaves me breathless. I see the Golden Gate Bridge and I'm in awe, just as I was at 18. 

I'm really excited to be in San Francisco, as it plays an important part in Damaged. It also plays a major part of Deadly Secrets. I started writing Deadly Secrets over the past few days and I have to admit, I'm really excited to be slipping back into crime.

I'm also really excited to announce that Damaged's cover will be revealed on the 23rd of December. It's only fitting it's revealed on my birthday.

I hope you all have a happy holiday.

- Nina xo




Sunday, September 22, 2013

The blurb is out: Outlaws 01: Damaged

I'm really excited to announce that Damaged now has an official blurb:

Before Stephanie Carovella had nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, she was damaged.

Stephanie Carovella has been running from her past all her life. The survivor of a brutal attack, which left her best friend dead, she has carefully built a protective wall around herself, but she knows sooner or later her past is going to catch up with her.

It’s why she doesn’t want to fall in love. It’s why she doesn’t want to let anyone get too close.


Dominic Delaney works hard and plays just as hard. He’s a love ‘em and leave ‘em guy who doesn’t believe in forever until Stephanie walks into Outlaws.

She is wild, unpredictable and dangerous as hell, yet, he’s drawn to her.
He needs to know the secrets behind her eyes. He can’t walk away.


A sexy, tattooed womanizer, Dominic Delaney’s everything Stephanie wants to avoid. She knows she should stay the hell away from him, but he makes her want to stop running.


Sometimes, even the Damaged deserve to fall in love

Add Damaged to your reading list on Goodreads

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