I've participated in NaNoWriMo for many years now. Sometimes I'll work on the traditional 50k novel. Other times, I'll tweak it for a plan that works for my current projects, such as writing two novellas during that time.
On a non-Nano day, I might try to reach a 500 or 1,000 daily word count. During Nano, that jumps to 1,667 words a day if I want to finish in time. Quite a difference! Other things are neglected during this time. My house is a bit messier and I don't work out as often as I chase reaching my word count goals, but I love having the focus. It's only thirty days, and at the end, I will have something to work with. It will be far from a perfect draft, but it will be a finished first draft.
If you're participating, good luck! I might need some luck myself. :D
In writing news, I'd like to share a boxed set featuring characters I love in a setting that I wish were real. There's a series trailer below, as well. I love the music!
Dark Attraction boxed set
A sculptor with a haunted past,
A musician with a shadowy secret,
No one can survive the darkness alone…
Escape into the world of the Chateau, a prestigious art colony that attracts more than simply poets, musicians, and artists. As a haven for vampires, gargoyles, and wolf shifters to practice their crafts, the Chateau has a concealed history.
One of dark secrets and shattered dreams…
Join the fans who have discovered a world unlike any other in Lisa Carlisle’s series The Chateau Seductions! Chalk full of fiery, forbidden romance and irresistible, misunderstood heroes, this three-book boxset will captivate fans of paranormal romance and lovers of all things gothic!
DARKNESS RISING (Book 0.5 Chateau Seductions)
Antoine Chevalier, a gargoyle shifter, wants nothing more than to cultivate his art, but when tragedy strikes, it destroys his dreams of being a world-renowned sculptor. Only one question remains—
How will he ever survive an eternity of darkness alone?
DARK VELVET (Book 1 of Chateau Seductions)
Ready for a respite from her hectic city life, grad student Savannah Evans is thrilled to be accepted into a prestigious art colony like the Chateau. But when she meets her sponsor, a mysterious French sculptor, her expectations for carefree days writing poetry near the ocean are distracted by unprofessional fantasies about her sensual benefactor.
Touched by her poetic words, Antoine Chevalier offers Savannah Evans a residency at the Chateau. But when a physical attraction grows between them after her arrival, Antoine struggles with his feelings.
After all, Savannah deserves more than someone of his kind….
But, when danger arrives on the island, choices must be made.
The wrong decision could be fatal.
DARK MUSE- (Book 2 of Chateau Seductions)
Shy and often misunderstood, Gina Meiro hasn’t had to worry much about meeting new people at the Chateau, at least not until a new resident arrives–a rock guitarist more suited for a billboard. But when she stumbles right into his welcome gathering, Gina has a feeling her carefree days of painting at the medieval-styled castle are over…
After a falling out with his band, Dante Riani wants nothing more than solitude to work on new songs. But when a shy young painter asks to paint him at sunset, he’s tempted by the opportunity.
He must keep his distance, but something about her is too difficult to resist.
And a threat might unveil his dark secret…
PRAISE FOR CHATEAU SEDUCTIONS
“Looking for a sexy vampire novel? If so, then this is definitely a must buy!”
“…insanely hot chemistry between the female protagonist Savannah & vampire Antoine. Their intensity starts off right away and you’re not a chapter in before it takes off like a rocket.” ~ Paranormal Romance Junkies
“While it is a story about struggle, it is also about love; and doing whatever needs to be done to be with the one you are attracted to. I really enjoyed the dynamic between Gina and Dante. This story has the perfect amount of witty banter, sex, and romance.” ~ Books and Beyond Fifty Shades
“Gina and Dante had chemistry galore! I liked that we get to be there for their first entertaining meeting and then watch their flirty attraction take off. It’s a fast-paced tale and their relationship goes from sweet to very hot quickly! Dark Muse is not just a romantic tale. In addition to Gina’s and Dante’s love story, the island, itself, is not without danger.” ~ Reading Between the Wines
“A wonderful continuation of the Chateau Seduction Series. Involves the previous characters, but definitely a stand alone book as well. I love the new (to me) aspect of the paranormal. I often find hot sex scenes are put in merely to enhance the scene, but in these books the romance and sex intertwine and fit perfectly into the story.” ~ Long and Short Reviews