Cover Reveal, The Dream Keepers

Cover Reveal: The Dream Keepers

Hello! Announcing the cover reveal of The Dream Keepers with Enticing Journey Promotions. Thank you to EJ and all their tour hosts!

The Dream Keepers - Ali Lucia Sky

This World is just one of thousands of Worlds the Makers have created. The Universe and Makers are playing with those who live on it.

GABRIEL

No one who had met Michaela Beauchamp could come away from it unscathed. She was a shrew–argumentative, crass, and the focus of all my wet dreams. I loved to hate her. We were at war and I was determined to win. I didn’t want her to just go away, I wanted to watch her fine ass as she went in that direction.

MICHAELA

Whoever thought Gabriel Langdon was more than a pretty face never met the douchecanoe. 

He had very few redeeming qualities. He was dumb, frustrating, and constantly featuring in all my sexiest dreams. I wasn’t difficult to please. I was reasonable. All I asked was that the Universe bless me with the absence of this jackhole!

THEA

What is one to do when you summon a hitchhiker and they take up residence inside your head? No fifteen-year-old girl has a good answer. With my brother and neighbor circling one another in a strange mating dance, I barely know how to ask for help. 

I mean really, all I did was a little spell to Invoke Helpful Spirits and Positive Energy Beings.

Note: THE DREAM KEEPERS is a New Adult book and for readers over the age of 18 due to sexual content, substance abuse and profanity. This is part one of a trilogy and ends on a CLIFFHANGER. 

This book is rated M for Mischief. 

October 2021 – The Dream Keepers

February 2022 – Wishcraft

October 2022 – TBA

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Teaser Tuesday, The Dream Keepers

The Dream Keepers Teaseday!

Happy Teaser Belated Tuesday!

It’s a day late because there were two Mondays this week… augh! Sorry. 

Today’s teaser is Michaela. Got to love this girl. She’s special to me and I can open a document and she almost writes herself. 

“God made me in the image of herself.” – Michaela.

Please pre-order The Dream Keepers $2.99 on Amazon.

Wishcraft, Writing

Behind the Scenes: Working on Wishcraft!

I have the bulk of Wishcraft, book 2 of PTB written. I read it last week and it made me laugh out loud and cry. There is one part that will definitely require tissues.

Yesterday I made the outline so Bri could see where the story was going and help me stay on track, and did the second draft on chapter one. I really am proud of Wishcraft. If anything, it is better than The Dream Keepers, and that is saying something, because I’m happy with how TDK turned out–even if I did think it was an extra needy baby in the end. 😜

This morning I woke up at five a.m. and started on chapter two. It’s a downer and I wanted to get it out of the way. I have a busy day, but before the end of the day I should be able to do chapter three too.

How do I write a second draft?

It sounds crazy and time consuming, but I do a hardcopy of the original and on a new Google document, I rewrite it. I have a guideline of the second book but it allows me to expand or edit as I see fit. AND THIS BOOK, AS ORIGINALLY WRITTEN, IS IN THE WRONG TENSE!

Augh. So, I’m rewriting it in the correct tense.

I make new Google documents for each chapter, and then download each one as I go, in case something happens, I have it backed up. I have written chapters before that I lost, and nothing is more heartbreaking than pouring your heart out and losing it to knuckleheadedness.

How much do I write a day?

When I’m writing a new story, I write between 3k and 4k words a day. And that is how authors tend to measure their books, not in pages, but words.

On a rewrite, like I’m doing with Wishcraft, I tend to use a pace program. I have, in the past, written primarily during NaNoWriMo events and the goal is to write 50k words in 30 days. This time, I’m using Pacemaker Planner. It works basically the same way as WriMo, but I don’t get an award at the end of it. Well, I get a book. 😂🤣

I gave myself 31 days to write 65k words. 65k isn’t a long novel and by the time Bri reads it and has me expand on things and redraft, the novel will probably be closer to 80k. The outline is almost ten more chapters than the first book. It’s possible that this book will just flow and I’ll write more than my goal to start with.

Pacemaker has me set up to write roughly 2,400 words a day and half that, 1,200 words, on weekends. I like to spend time with my husband, so the lighter schedule then is a big help.

How do I edit?

I think each author has a method and most people probably finish the book and hand it off to their editor. Bri and I have a different way of doing things. I write five or, sometimes, ten chapters, and hand them off to her to edit. I asked her to read for content the first pass this time.

Content editing is when you are reading to make sure the events are continuous, make sense, and that the plot doesn’t have any holes. My book is character driven–it means that this book in particular is mainly about the characters and the plot itself is the second priority.

Why?

Because writing this trilogy allows me to stretch out the plot and it story arcs, plays out, over the three books. You get to focus on the characters. And trust me, Michaela is a hoot and you want more of her.

I will compile the chapters I write and put them together in one document for Bri. She and I edit separately or in tandem, when we can, and we talk about my choices or argue over dialogue. Michaela drops her prepositions all the time and that is purposeful. It drives Bri nuts.

How do you know the book is complete?

It’s easy when I’ve a first draft, like now, because I can read through it and make an outline.

It’s an altogether different thing when I am writing a WIP (work in progress) that is fresh. Most books have the crux or crisis happen between 60-70% of the story. Then, your resolution is the last third-ish of the book. So when I’m writing, I use word count, plot, and common sense to determine where that 60-70% is. Then I work on the resolution.

A long reaching story arc like The Power That Be series works differently than all that. The fact that I have the chance to write the story up to the end and dangle a cliffy there for readers, means that the 60-70% happens in the third book. I get to do whatever resolution I want and leave readers hanging in book one and two as long as book three provides a resolution.

Book three is a pile of poo. It’s a meandering story that needs to be wrangled, outlined, edited and then redrafted. There is gold in it but it’s far from ready, despite me knowing what happens in that book.

So, there is some ‘behind the scenes’ on writing book two and some How-To on the writing process in general. I really hope that it inspires someone to write. You don’t need to be a Stephen King or Jane Austin to write a good book. All you need to do is have some ideas, time, methodology, and you have to write.

You can do it.

Please check out the pre-order on The Dream Keepers.

Look to also see it go up on Booksprout and BookSiren in the future. And sign up for my cover reveal and book tour.

Cover reveal with Enticing Journey will be 13 September.
Book tour with Xpresso Tours will be 25 October – 05 November.

Purchase, The Dream Keepers

Behind the Scenes: It’s On Amazon!!

I sort of can’t believe I’ve made it to this point. I’ve been writing for years, but this year my New Year’s resolution was to bring one of my babies into the world. And I’m doing it. No more hiding behind coffee cups for me. Today the book went up on Amazon for pre-order.

Please, be a peach and one-click the hell out of it.

Writing a book is scary. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions. I would have to say filling out my form to put my book up for pre-order on Amazon was terrifying. It’s not that I didn’t want to see it go up, but every step makes it more real and Amazon is as real as you can get. All the same, searching and finding it was nothing but pure joy and a sense of true satisfaction.

So as soon as it is back from the formatter and approved it will be uploaded. Another yikes!

Look to also see it go up on Booksprout and BookSiren in the future.

Cover reveal with Enticing Journey will be 13 September.
Book Tour with Xpresso Tours will be 25 October – 05 November.

Sign up and you can read an ARC of my book in exchange for an honest review!

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Teaser Tuesday, The Dream Keepers

Teaser Tuesday

☆꧁𝐓𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐫 𝐓𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲꧂☆

𝐇𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐲 𝐓𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐫 𝐓𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲! 𝐓𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐰𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐧𝐚𝐩𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐭-𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐌𝐢𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐞𝐥𝐚 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐚 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐧𝐢𝐞𝐬. 𝐈𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐝𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐚 𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐳𝐲 𝐛𝐞𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐥𝐚𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐬 𝐌𝐢𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐞𝐥𝐚 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐚 𝐰𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐞 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝.

“𝐈’𝐯𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐠𝐨𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐡𝐢𝐠𝐡 𝐛𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞. 𝐈’𝐯𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐠𝐨𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐝𝐫𝐮𝐧𝐤 𝐛𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞.”

“𝐒𝐢𝐭 𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐦𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐂𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐩𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐫.”

⭆ 𝐈’𝐦 𝐚𝐧 𝐀𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐖𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐚𝐧 𝐬𝐨 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐦𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐚𝐜𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐬 𝐚 𝐥𝐨𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬. ⭅

The Dream Keepers, Writing

Behind the Scenes: Formatting

I have one thing to say about formatting your book.

God bless your heart if you can do it.

So, today was a migraine of a morning. Bri and I spent the late morning and early afternoon tandem editing the last of the book. Then we compiled it. We tried to get it appropriately formatted, but what she was seeing and what I saw didn’t match.

What in the butt, dude!? We were looking at the same document on the same program, on the same type of computers. Hers showed it being off by a line. When I exported it as a PDF, sure enough, it was off by a line! I couldn’t even see it to fix it!

It was a conspiracy to see my brain leak out my eyeball, as migraines try to do.

So, then we had a little fun because I got to teach Bri how to export to .ePub and convert to .mobi. Of course, this was to put the book on our Kindles, where we found that the formatting was balls.

Bri, who I called a fancy devil earlier today, had to do a ton of convo juggling and info wrangling to find us some formatting info. And amongst this, we found out we didn’t need to do ISBN and Copyright the way we were going to do them.

We are so in the weeds on this first book. I swear to you, if it weren’t for Bri, I’d have lost my mind already.

So then we spent two hours researching book formatting services.

I still have to read the book tonight to do the last pass on it. I can’t tell you how spoiled this book baby is! It has all this attention and coddling. It better grow up to be successful.

It’s 21:35, I do 24 hour time in my house, it’s 9:35 for you civvies, and I just had to start pulling together everything we’d need for our book formatting. And when I went to purchase the copyright, the US Copyright online registration was offline. I don’t need this. Bri already has a freaking ulcer–she doesn’t need another one, and me not getting copyright done will give her one!

Did I mention that formatting a book requires the stuff that goes, you know… inside the book???

It might be the seven cups of coffee I drank today. Or the migraine that never went away. The fact that the only thing I ate today was a PB&J and some spaghetti sauce, not together. Maybe it’s that I’m overtired. I really want to see the backend of this book today. I’m ready to start writing book two.

But before that… I want a shower, more Excedrin, and would it be too much to ask for some In-n-Out? I’d die or kill for some fries right now.

Teaser Tuesday, The Dream Keepers

Teaser Tuesday

𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞’𝐬 𝐚 𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐆𝐚𝐛𝐞 𝐋𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐝𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐓𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐫 𝐓𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲!

𝐆𝐚𝐛𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐨. 𝐇𝐞’𝐬 𝐚 𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐛𝐲 𝐢𝐭 𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐢𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐬𝐤 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫, 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐚. 𝐈𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐬𝐤 𝐌𝐢𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐞𝐥𝐚 𝐡𝐞’𝐬 𝐚 𝐝𝐨𝐮𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐨𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐆𝐨𝐝 𝐦𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐚 𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐭𝐨𝐨 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝐬𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝𝐧’𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐡𝐢𝐦 𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐤 𝐭𝐨𝐨.  

𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐌𝐢𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐞𝐥𝐚 𝐭𝐨𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐆𝐨𝐝 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐰𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧.

𝟕 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤𝐬 𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐃𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐦 𝐊𝐞𝐞𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬!

The Dream Keepers, Writing

Behind the Scenes: Read-Through and Editing

The Dream Keepers
Lovey

Good afternoon everyone! A little Behind the Scenes diary entry for you. 

Bri and I are delaying a little since the read-through has proved to wave some red flags our way. We are eight weeks out from book launch and need to edit the book again and do another read-through as soon as we are done to move to copyright and ISBN. This means we are juggling some cats. 

Not real cats, no, the real cat was helping me with my reading today. 

This is Lovey. She’s really a sixteen-pound paperweight. She eats my binding, my red pen, and drools on the hard copy. I love her, and she’s an excellent editor.

Now for the next step. 

Coffee. 

Who cares that it’s afternoon, right? Sleep is for the weak.

Teaser Tuesday, The Dream Keepers

Teaser Tuesday (ish)

𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 ☆꧁𝐓𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐫 𝐓𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲꧂☆! 𝐈 𝐠𝐨𝐭 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐲𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐨𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐓𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲.

♥ 𝐌𝐞𝐞𝐭 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐚 ♥ 

𝐒𝐡𝐞’𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐨 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐲 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤. 𝐒𝐡𝐞’𝐬 𝐠𝐨𝐭 𝐚 𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐠𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐭𝐰𝐨! 

𝐎𝐌𝐆! 𝐈’𝐦 𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐭𝐰𝐨 𝐚𝐥𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐲!.

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The Dream Keepers, Writing

Behind the Scenes: Writing, Editing, and Drafting

Hello! 

Welcome to the ‘Behind the Scenes’ of my book writing and publishing journey. Today I’m going to talk a little about the final draft read… cry, cry, cry. 

It’s not going the way I’d hoped. 

First of all, this is the 4th trip through this with Bri and easily the 8th draft overall. I wrote the book for NaNoWriMo in 2014. The Dream Keepers is a very well-loved story. When I decided to publish it, I printed out my last copy of the manuscript and rewrote a whole new draft into the Scrivener application. I then would export the files and import them to Google Docs and compile them for Bri. Bri and my friend Raylene read my ‘beta’ file. I took all their comments and notes and made them on a physical draft. I then posted them to Bri’s manuscript and the Scrivener one.

Why was I making extra work for myself? I don’t know yet. We will see how Scrivener works out to determine if it is worth it or not, okay!?

So, Bri and I went through the copy twice more, and then we recompiled it for this final proof. Which I again made a physical copy. 

I stress writers to do two things: 

  1. Read your book out loud or have someone read it to you if you have the luxury.
  2. Create a physical copy you can read to see what it looks like and make notes on that copy. I can’t tell you how different a physical copy looks compared to a digital one.

So, why am I crying? 

Because we might as well be looking at this from the beta version for all the things I see format-wise and content-wise that are wrong. It’s heartbreaking and deadline threatening since we need the final copy no later than the 16th, which probably means one more read-through, making it late.

Why, oh, why?

I guess this is just because Bri and I are being very thorough. We don’t want to publish rubbish. I want to put the best I can out there for people to read. I don’t want anyone to read and review my book and leave a comment saying, ‘this wasn’t worth the money because the grammar and punctuation were a mess.’ I worked very hard on The Dream Keepers and I want it to reflect that.

So, this time it is me reading my book like it’s the first time I’m looking at it, after reading it at least twenty times before. I have notes to droplines to a new paragraph. Notes to explain terminology that seems unusual. Notes to move apostrophes and correct tenses. And

notes to ask Bri why I am using tenses in some places that seem antithetical. 

None of this includes Bri’s comments! 

Wah, wah, wah. 

All I want to do at this point is burn it and start over.

That said, I’m looking for ARC readers and bloggers, and bookstagrammers interested in signing up for my book tours. I will have a 100% readable product ready for release. 😁 

Here is the sign-up for the book tour with Enticing Journey. https://forms.gle/Lwidgprz8fEwzTqH8