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Sing Me Home – A NaNoWriMo 2018 Challenge

I was challenged a few weeks ago by several of my author friends, to write a book in thirty days.  I love a good challenge.  NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for 2018 begins November 1, 2018 and carries on to the end of the month, an annual writing contest.  I accepted the challenge, entered the contest, and as of today, I’m a week ahead of schedule with my preparations.  The book is outlined, characters defined, plot and sub-plot laid out, social media images created and applied, book cover and video trailer created, and I’m set, ready to rock and roll.  I have exactly 30 days to write this book, and hand in the rough draft of a minimum of 50K words.  I believe I can do it, if the phone does not ringing to beckon my attention, nobody knocks on the door, my chores are done, meals prepared in the fridge or freezer, and my husband agrees to hand me food and coffee for the entire month of November.  

You can find me on the NaNoWriMo website by searching for my ‘handle’ which is simple enough, considering I’ve used my full name with no spaces … or, you can click my name here and send me a writing buddy request … LailaDoncaster

Below is a short blurb about this new book, the cover image, and the book trailer as well … yes, I’ve been a busy bee, and I am pumped!  

Cover Image for “Sing Me Home” 

Book Description for “Sing Me Home” 

“Passion for music put him in the wrong bar, on the wrong night.  Murder.  A life sentence for an innocent man.  His guitar sang death row to their doom.  Free in a world he knows nothing of, musical memories haunt him.  A cowboy’s song was all he needed to give up the ghost.  Sing Me Home, was his last request.” 

Book Trailer for “Sing Me Home” 

 

This project is scheduled to commence Nov 1/18 during #NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and will release to the public upon completion of the contest, as well as the editing, polishing, proofreading, formatting, and publishing processes. 

5 STARS from C. Michael Bennis on Cocooning The Butterfly

 5 of 5 stars – MAGNIFICENT narrative with the touch of excellence

“Very quickly I became caught up in the narrative and was trapped irrevocably with this delicious heroine who was orphaned at a very young age and left alone to cope for her self and not surprisingly made bad decisions that really hurt. Then suffering horrible consequences, she takes control of her life. It is an adrenaline pumping experience where I was loudly cheering her on as SHE began to turn her life around. This is the stuff of Gabriel Garcia Marquez where — carefully crafted and beautifully constructed fiction is irreversibly captivating. This extraordinary and remarkably fabulous narrative has a way of trapping the reader at the edge of his or her seat. To say I could not put the book down is the truth. This is a great experience. I COMPLETELY RECOMMEND THIS FIRST BOOK!”  Amazon Review by C. Michael Bennis, Author & Speaker ~ Tucson, Arizona USA

Thank you Mr Bennis for your kind words, encouragement and praise.  To be compared to such a writer as Gabriel Garcia Marquez (learn more about Mr Marquez on his IMDb Profileis to be honored with the highest regard for my writing, and I accept this as not only an honor, but a privilege.  You have given me the courage to continue writing, and I thank you, from the bottom of my heart.  And, I am so very happy that you enjoyed the book. 

5 STARS from Madlyn Doey on Cocooning The Butterfly

“Drama, mystery, feuds, sorrow, joy, unconditional love, unconscionable hate and abuse, and healing the heart and soul.  Laila Doncaster, you rock; a stellar author.  Kept me enthralled the whole darn book!  Hurry up and get book 2 done so I can continue with the story.  I could not put it down!.”  Review by Madlyn Doey ~ British Columbia, Canada

 

 

Madlyn Doey’s review from Amazon.ca

Madlyn Doey’s review on my Facebook Fan Page

5 STARS from M. Tillotson on Cocooning The Butterfly

 “I was taken by this fresh, light-heartted romance with a twist, a turn and a touch of modern life melded with life of old. The landscape descriptions, truly give a sense of Canadian terrain, and life in all seasons. A diverse cast of characters with brilliant personalities came together to form and remain solid unity throughout the book. Cocooning the Butterfly is as deep a metaphor as the author’s bravery in exposing her emotions.”  Review by M. Tillotson ~ British Columbia Canada

 

5 STARS from Jay Squires on Cocooning The Butterfly

 “Beautiful first chapter (chapter reveal) by this fresh. young writer. We’ll undoubtedly be hearing more from her and her new writings. Good, visual opening. Reader gets pulled into characters early on, when identification is so necessary, then gets pulled up by the scruff of her neck to learn the protagonist (at least one of them) is The Buffalo. Fascination point of view for the story.”  Review by Jay Squires, Author

  Reader’s Reviews 

“A bold but sensual story of the rapture in the coming together of a powerful man and a woman searching for safety in love. How fun to be a part of the pre-read, and share the insight of a woman’s heart as she finds truth in love, and then blossoms with it. I know this is just the beginning as Halya travels our paths, for this is the reality of all women in wanting a real man. A great read.”

Review by ~ Steel Riata, AB Canada

“I was taken by this fresh, light-hearted romance with a twist, a turn and a touch of modern life melded with life of old. The landscape descriptions, truly give a sense of Canadian terrain, and life in all seasons. A diverse cast of characters with brilliant personalities came together to form and remain solid unity throughout the book. Cocooning the Butterfly is as deep a metaphor as the author’s bravery in exposing her emotions.”

Review by ~ M. Tillotson, BC Canada

"Beautiful first chapter by this fresh. young writer. We'll undoubtedly be hearing more from her and her new writings. Good, visual opening. Reader gets pulled into characters early on, when identification is so necessary, then gets pulled up by the scruff of her neck to learn the protagonist (at least one of them) is the Buffalo. Fascination point of view for the story."

Review by ~ Jay Squires, Author

“Drama, mystery, feuds, sorrow, joy, unconditional love, unconscionable hate and abuse, and healing the heart and soul. Laila Doncaster, you rock; a stellar author. Kept me enthralled the whole darn book! Hurry up and get book 2 done so I can continue with the story. I could not put it down!”

Reviewed on Amazon by ~ Madlyn Doey

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