Drum Roll, Please!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Okay, folks! I can't believe I am getting to show you the cover for Mortal Obligation, but here it is! What do you think? Isn't she gorgeous? I am so excited. I can't wait to hold a copy of this book in my hands. It has been a long time coming.

And now for the next part-- the book blurb! Does it make you want to read???

Ree will face the darkest form of betrayal before the year is out.

Seventeen year old Ree McKenna has three goals: get through high school, convince her crush she is more than his best friend’s little sister, and save money for college. Fate, though, has other plans for her. After the untimely death of her older brother, Ree is haunted by dreadful nightmares and terrifying visions. To make matters worse, Ree has started to suspect that something dangerous is stalking her from the shadows.

A night full of frightening surprises leaves Ree with unsettling news. Gifted by the gods with unusual powers, she must devote herself to a battle that could very well lead to not only her death, but the demise of everyone she knows and loves. After all, Ree is the only mortal standing between the Earth and utter darkness.

Set in Savannah, Ga, Mortal Obligation is the first book of The Dark Betrayal Trilogy.

 So, the count down begins! If everything goes as planned this book will be available on July 29th. I hope you all will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it. 

Also, please take a minute to 'like' my new Author Facebook page! This will be the quickest way to find out more info about the book release and books to come. 

Is That Book Ever Going to be Done?!?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Publishing a book is like running a marathon. Not that I have ever run a marathon, mind you. But it is like what I imagine running a marathon would feel like. I do have a good imagination after all. To run a marathon it takes a lot of preparation, a lot of work, and a lot of determination. All of those things are required to publish a book. The good news is that I am in the last leg of the race. I'm rounding that last corner and I can see the finish line.

Mortal Obligation will be released by August 1st. 

That date may change by a week or so, but it will be out by August. I'm tying up the loose ends and finalizing issues at this point, but it very well may be out a week earlier than August 1st. I can't tell you how excited and nervous or how ecstatic and nauseous that I am. The last leg of this adventure is proving to be incredibly busy, but of course trying to raise a toddler while writing a book kind of makes that a moot point. The entire time I have been busy and constantly running. (No really, you wouldn't think something with such short legs could move so fast!) But I wouldn't trade a moment of it! I love my life. I love my family. I love my job. That's right. Writing is my job and I love it.
So, the main point of this post was to let you know that Mortal Obligation will be out in a month! (Eeek) So now that I have made my announcement I am going to go work on all of the little details that need to be taken care of and try to not throw up. ;)

--Completely off topic, but I took my daughter to see Sesame Street Live today at the Civic Center. She had a blast, and I loved watching her dance to the music and clap for Elmo. Too cute. It was all fun and games until someone brought out the Elmo balloons. $10 for a balloon? You have got to be kidding me! And people were buying them up! *headpalm* By the time we left there were several hundred dollars floating around the rafters. The moral of this story is-- don't spend $10 on a balloon! LOL.That's just crazy.

What Have I Accomplished?

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Well, I have been incredibly busy. Life likes to throw us curve balls, you know? I could tell you all about it-- but really, who cares? Lol. Instead, let me tell you about what I have accomplished in the last week.

I wrote a short piece of flash fiction to submit to the Snowbunnies from Hell anthology. It is due on the 15th, so I am cutting it close. Thank goodness for Scott, who pushed me to finish the piece, otherwise I may have caved to stress. I'm not sure about the rules about publishing the short on my blog-- but if it turns out that I can, I will do so. It is a short piece, that I think is a fun little read. If I am lucky it will end up in the anthology, and I will be able to say I am a published author. (Eeep!)

I have also written my -new and improved- author bio to put on my new website. (Coming Soon to Computers Near You!) So, here it is:

Nichole Chase is a daydreamer. No, really, just ask any of the math teachers that had the misfortune of seeing her name appear on their class schedule. For years she has had story lines and characters begging for attention, but she resolutely pushed them aside to focus on more normal (read, boring) jobs. Well, no longer! She is currently heeding the voices in her head and frantically writing their stories. Nichole resides in South Georgia with her husband, energetic toddler, three dogs, and two cats. When not devouring novels by the dozens, you may find her writing, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises. 

And there you have it! I am headed to try and catch up on some sleep! Have a great week everyone :)

Stomach Churning Nerves

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Well, I did it. I finished the second draft of Mortal Obligation. If you noticed the word count go up on the progress bar, that would be why! I added about 4,000 extra words... Well, 4,000 after I subtracted and then added more words. I am happy with the end result. However, that doesn't mean that I am not incredibly nervous about what my beta readers and editor will say. I want the truth, no matter what. But I also really hope that people like it! I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume that most writers hope that readers enjoy their work.

Maybe, I differ a little bit, because I also hope that my beta's won't tell me what I want to hear. Rather, I hope they will tell me anything that needs to be fixed so that I can make Mortal Obligation perfect. I don't want to rush publishing and turn out a product that isn't ready. Of course, the perfectionist in me will probably never think that it is ready... that is why I need my beta readers and editor. Hopefully, with their help I will be able to put out a wonderful book that others will enjoy reading.

So, for now I am going to focus on some of the other things on my to-do list and distract myself while I wait for their responses. I also need to start the outline for the second book. Look! My list of distractions is growing by the second. And if that fails, I can always read one of the new books I got for my birthday... and maybe sit on my hands so that I don't text people!

Wish me luck, you guys. And my dear friends that are reading Mortal Obligation, please don't leave me hanging! It may cause sanity issues... although that was really a questionable issue to begin with! ;)

Editing With One Sick Baby

Friday, June 3, 2011

Editing with a sick baby, basically means that there isn't much editing happening. So, I am going to keep this sweet and simple. I have spent most of this week holding a miserable, feverish baby while she shifted and fretted constantly. Right now we are watching Toy Story 2 for the umpteenth time this week. We have had a daily diet of Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, and Monsters Inc. Lather, Rinse, and repeat. These are the shows that keep her interested and still. I hate seeing her sick, it breaks my heart.

My writing and editing have taken a backseat this week, so that I can take care of my munchkin. However, that doesn't mean that I haven't been thinking of my long to do list. There is so much that I need to get finished and finished soon if I want to publish my book this summer.

I need to:

(Quite obviously) Finish the second draft (I'm almost there!)
Send the book to my editor (the amazing, spectacular Heather Darenberg)
Send the book to beta readers
Write a Blurb
Come up with a tag line
Get with the cover artist and decide on a dirction
Decide on a series name
Make a book trailer
Stress myself sick
Write my author bio
Design business cards
Think about swag
Scout places for possible book signings and readings
Pull my hair out in frustration
Come up with a theme for my new website (Yep! Nicholechase.com will hopefully be launched sometime soon. Thanks to my great friend Shawn for the early birthday present.)

So, as you can see, I have a lot to get accomplished once the munchkin is feeling better. Hopefully the antibiotics will get her to feeling more like her normal, zany, toddler self soon.

For those of you going the self-publishing route, what is on your to do list?
What about those seeking the traditional route? What do you have on your to do list?
Com'on guys, make me feel a little better about my long list! I'm not the only one with a ton of things that still need checking off, right? Right?!
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