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Do you Nano?

No, it’s not some freaky fetish or weird fruit diet. Nano or NanoWrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month. The title implies what it is. For the month of November you push yourself to sit at the computer and write a novel; get the words down until you get 5oK. Simple as that.

Don’t edit. Don’t revise. Just write.

I have participated every year since 2004. Some years I have completed the 50K word count and some I have faded away about a week into it. I can’t say that I have sold either of the ones I completed, but I did get a rough draft done, completed; it only needs to be tweaked. Where as before all I had was a blank page. And twice, the writing in such a fast paced time-frame got me “in the mood” to write and I finished something else that I did eventually sell. So it helps and works!

It’s not difficult if you pace yourself right. It’s roughly 1800 words a day, which works out to about 7 or 8 pages. That’s not that bad. Half a chapter, a scene or two. When you break it down that way, you can easily crank out a scene or two. I have even had days where I have written 25-30 pages so it is totally doable.

And the best part, it doesn’t have to be perfect it only has to be done. There is a famous (in the romance world) quote, “You can’t edit a blank page.”  So think of November as getting those pages down and then in December edit ’til your hearts content!


Join those of us up to the challenge and NANO!


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I go to my page at Samhain’s website every day–several times in fact–hoping my newest book will be up… and it is!

note: if you are related to me in any way shape or form… I didn’t write the book-blurb   8)

“Second Chances” by Denise Belinda McDonald    

Samhain Publishing, Coming Soon

Samhain Publishing, Coming Soon


ISBN: 1-60504-359-1
Length: Novel
Price: 5.50
Publication Date: January 13, 2009
Cover art by : Coming Soon

Be careful what you ask for. It might come with spurs—and baggage.

The Paintbrush series

After catching her boyfriend with his pants around his knees while a walking, talking cliché takes “dictation”, Suzanne Walters quits her job, quits her man, quits Texas and moves to Wyoming to find the woman she used to be. Unfortunately, her first five minutes in Paintbrush finds her facing down the town bully in the local diner—and running smack into the one thing she’s not looking for: a wet dream in cowboy boots, Jacob Bowman.

Jacob excels at two things—flying under the radar, and saving his pennies in hopes of running his own ranch someday. He can’t stop thinking about the fantasy in tight Wranglers who nearly mowed him down exiting the diner. The curvy, vivacious spitfire makes his mouth go dry. She’s got her eye on him, as well, but her determination to prove her independence is just as strong as the sexual pull between them.

Life’s knocks have given them both strong hearts, and even stronger wills. As danger looms, that stubborn pride could cost their one chance to discover if there’s something more between them than great sex.

Will they swallow their pride, or will they lose it all?

Warning: Cowboys and horses and bullies OH MY! Sweet, sweet loving and a little rowdy behavior.

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