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 doesn’t ring to beckon my attention, nobody knocks on the door, my chores are done, meals prepared in the fridge or freezer, and my husband agreed 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’m 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. 

Cocooning, The Butterfly by Laila Doncaster ~ Official Book Description

Watch the Book Trailer Here!

BOOK DESCRIPTION ~ COCOONING, THE BUTTERFLY

If Halya had known what the Knight Riders stood for, against, and their protection, 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 biker reality that swarms around her, the family did what they had to do, to save her from certain death. The Demons want her dead and will stop at nothing, but they have to find her first.

A naive orphan at 17, bullied, beaten, molested, raped, battered, and broken. Faith gave her the strength to search for the man she dreamed of. This is Halya’s story, what she went through, and how she overcame a painful existence. Love, protection, shelter, warmth, and tenderness, could The Buffalo’s destiny in Cocooning, The Butterfly save her mind from madness?

Knight Rider Law rules the biker world, yet as time passes and tempers flare, war is inevitable. 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.

Will she survive, find the man in her nightly dreams, escape Hell, and remain sane?

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“Cocooning The Butterfly” book is receiving wonderful words of praise and 5-Star Reviews.

A clean read, romantic, drama, literary fiction novel.

Connect with me on Social Media …

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Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show… 

Free & Paid Images for Personal & Commercial Use

A time-consuming thing it can be to find the right images for a project, whether that project is a book cover, poster, banner, or a social media header.  This list will expand with time, as I locate more of these websites, so come back often.  Please note that some of these websites may ask you to create an account, and it is probably a good thing that you do.  Read through their Licensing Terms & Conditions to be sure that you have the right to use, manipulate, and/or transform any image prior to downloading and using them.  Do the CYA and stay legal – you’ll save yourself a world of stress if you do.  Best of luck to you in your projects.

Adobe Spark – Some of the images appearing throughout this website were acquired through the generosity of Adobe under Creative Commons License.

Pixabay – Some of the images appearing throughout this website were acquired through the generosity of Pixabay.com under Creative Commons License.

Pexels – Some of the images appearing throughout this website were acquired through the generosity of Pexels.com under Creative Commons License.

Deviant Art

Jeshoots

Yale Art Gallery

WDRFree

Travel Coffee Book

Gratisography

StokPic

NOAA Photo Library

Picography

Death To The Stock Photo

UnSplash

GoodFree Photos

US Agriculture Image Gallery

New York Public Library

Public Domain Archive

FFCU – Free For Commercial Use

StockSnap

MorgueFile

National Gallery of Art

Europeana Collections

 

All Music – Free & Paid

Looking for music for your book trailer, or perhaps just wanting to listen to something new?  Here are the best websites that I’ve come across so far, for both free and paid music.  Every genre under the stars, you’re bound to find that perfect tune.  I love music, it inspires me in my writing, and I’m forever searching for that one song that will make my stories and thoughts come alive with emotion.  Feel the beat, and go for a listen.  If you know of a great music website that I haven’t listed yet, please contact me.

BeatSuite Music

Epidemic Sound

DanoSongs

Incompetech

Digital History

Vimeo

Tune-In Music Radio

Free DP

BeatPick

Free Music Archive

Last.FM

Amazon Free Music

YouTube

BenSound

Audio Archives

Audio TUT

PublicDomain4U

CC Trax

Pure Volume 

MobyGratis

PacDV

Artist Direct

Free Soundtrack Music

MusOpen

SoundCloud

SoundClick

FMA – Free Music Archive

Noise Trade

MusOpen

Partners In Rhyme

Jamendo

ReverbNation

CC Mixter

Zapsplat – Music & Sounds & their Licensing Policy

Free Music – Public Domain

UnRoyaly – Royalty Free Music

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