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.
“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 Profile) is 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.
If Halya had known what the Knight Riders stood for, stood against, and what they did to protect her life from the Demons Den gang, would she have experienced the trauma and heartache that she had gone through?
Possibly, but that’s not what happened or how it was.
Sheltered and innocent to the reality of the bikers that swarmed about her everyday life, and the modern world, her family did what they had to do to save her from sure death. The Demons wanted her dead, but they had to find her first.
Orphaned and uneducated about the real world she was bullied, beaten, shunned, molested, raped, battered, harassed and broken, but her faith and will to endure gave her the strength to search for the man in her nightly dreams.
This is Halya’s side of the story, what she went through and how she overcame the pain and sorrow of her past.
Loving her, protecting her, sheltering her in warmth and tenderness, her dream man, The Buffalo, it was his destiny in Cocooning the Butterfly that would save her spirit from sure madness, as he used his horse whisperer’s tactics to make her feel safe.
A biker’s war, a long-standing feud over a multi-million dollar ranch, one boy and one girl were destined to achieve the promise of the old men of long ago.
“Cocooning The Butterfly” book is receiving wonderful words of praise and 5-Star Reviews – available worldwide at every major online book sales outlet.
A clean read, romantic, drama, literary fiction novel.
My family was a musical family. Guitars, a few beers, and homemade rootbeers chilling on ice in the picnic coolers. Fire roaring in the backyard firepit, kids running around dribbling mustard and ketchup from their barbequed hot dogs, the dog yapping in the background begging to be untied and wanting to play, the tunes filling the air and dancers swaying or stomping to the music; another serious ya-hoo was about to commence. Grammas and Grampas tapped their feet while rocking in the rocking chair, infants and little ones cuddled up on their laps. My sisters sang and played their guitars, spoons, tambourines, and squeezebox right along with my brother’s guitar and my father’s harmonica, as they played and sang all of those old country and western songs, mixing in a few rock and roll, or blues songs when Mom wasn’t paying attention.
I miss those times. I miss my parent’s laughter and my grandparent’s warmth, but those memories will always be with me. I just wished that I had a way to bring my memories out of my mind and into films to share with everyone. I suppose that’s why I write books now; using words to paint the pictures that float in my mind with fond emotion or tragedy. Life in a big family – eleven children from one couple – it was a hard life, and we were not well-off, but the love that filled our home, never held any bounds or limits. We always had good food, a warm bed, clean clothes, a few toys to share in play, hugs, laughter, and my parent’s hand of discipline was always fair and just.
I grew up listening to my brother singing songs by Merryl Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Willy Nelson, Chris Christopherson, and George Thorogood, and so many other great musical artists. My sisters sang songs by Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Anne Murray, Dolly Pardon, Reba McEntire, Rita Coolidge, and so many others. Country music was the chosen genre. To this day country music is a very real part of my life. I enjoy songs that tell a story, a tale or offer advice, insight, or tell of a lesson and experience. Today, my imagination can run rampant with ideas as scenes flash in my mind while listening to certain songs, songs that bring you back in time when men made promises and women worked alongside their men to create a life of stability, honor, and truth. I gain inspiration, insight, knowledge, and receive the advice offered while listening to the past music world that I grew up in. We were poor, but we had love.
Even today, in the state of our current world, these musical greats and their vocals tell it like it is.
Like books, music, paintings, and photographs, video also falls into the public domain and/or copyright protection. Please be sure to check and double-check that you have the appropriate license and usage rights prior to downloading and/or using any video for any of your projects. This list will continue to expand as I find more websites offering free & paid video, so please check back often. If you know of a great website, please let me know.